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Government accidentally sends file on "remote mind control" methods to journalist

When journalist Curtis Waltman filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Washington State Fusion Center (which is partnered with Department of …

Surveillance

Woman sucked out of Southwest plane window 'was wearing seatbelt' and died from blunt impact trauma

The woman who was killed when she was partially blown out of a Southwest Airlines plane was wearing a seatbelt at the time, but died from blunt impact trauma, according to authorities.<p>Spokesman James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said Wednesday evening that banking …

Airplanes

Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.<p>It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on …

Apps

A Robot Does the Impossible: Assembling an Ikea Chair Without Having a Meltdown

And just like that, humanity draws one step closer to the singularity, the moment when the machines grow so advanced that humans become obsolete: A …

Robotics

NASA teams with engineering, 3D printing companies for moon mission

NASA is partnering with Stratasys, PADT and Lockheed Martin to create 100 3D printed parts for the Orion spacecraft, headed to the moon and …

3D Printing

Why the White House wants to create a traffic cop for space

COLORADO SPRINGS — Space may be vast, but it’s getting pretty crowded up there. There are now nearly 1,500 satellites in orbit around Earth and lots of debris — an estimated 20,000 pieces of space junk bigger than 10 centimeters and hundreds of thousands of smaller pieces.<p>And it’s only going to get …

Space Exploration

I guess the lesson here is: don’t get divorced.

<i>This story is part of a series called</i> <i>Craigslist Confessional</i><i>. Writer Helena Bala has been meeting people via Craigslist and documenting their stories for over two years. Each story is written as it was told to her. Bala says that by listening to their stories, she hopes to bear witness to her</i> …

Divorce

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

The Latest: Russia: Missiles aimed at Syrian air base downed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria (all times local):<p>2:50 a.m.<p>The Russian military says Syria's Soviet-made air defense systems have shot down all 12 cruise missile aimed at a Syrian air base.<p>The Russian Defense Ministry said that 12 cruise missiles have been launched …

Middle East

Google's Speech Recognition Can Now Handle Cocktail Parties

Noisy environments and multiple voices are no longer a problem for Google understanding what is being said.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but …

Google Home

NASA may fly crew into deep space sooner, but there’s a price | Ars Technica

The Exploration Upper Stage seems nowhere near readiness.<p>NASA will likely launch its first astronauts into deep space since the Apollo program on a …

Space Exploration

Instagram will soon let users download copies of their photos and videos

Instagram is currently developing a new data portability tool that will enable users to download their entire Instagram history, according to a new …

GDPR

Uber unveils much-needed passenger safety features

Uber has taken a lot of flack over passenger safety, but it has just rolled out some long-overdue changes to its app and taken other steps to ensure passengers are secure. First up, a new update will let you automatically provide alerts for up to five "trusted contacts." When you request a ride, …

Road Safety

Ring: Amazon aids smart home push by closing video-doorbell firm deal

Retailer celebrates by slashing prices on smart doorbells, while deal includes transfer of customer data to company<p>Amazon’s reported $1bn acquisition of video-doorbell maker Ring has closed, giving the company a significant lead over rival Google in the potentially lucrative home security …

Home Security

Best smartwatches (February 2018)

Smartwatches are still a very new thing to a lot of people, and for good reason. You don’t absolutely need one to get through the day, and some of the best smartwatches are much too expensive for many folks out there. With that said, they are good for a lot of things. They can provide you with an …

Wearable Tech

Apparently high-definition vinyl is coming next year

The process of making records hasn't changed much over the last hundred or so years, but that itself could change soon. Austria-based Rebeat Innovation has begun the work to bring vinyl into the 21st century. Of course, that involves lasers. Specifically, converting analog audio information into a …

High-Definition

I’m a Body Language Expert. Here’s What I Noticed in Mark Zuckerberg’s Testimony.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before Congress Tuesday and Wednesday in an event being watched closely not just by Facebook users, but …

Mark Zuckerberg

Humans are going to infinity and beyond (or at least the moon) with Boeing’s Starliner

NASA wants to go to Mars. SpaceX wants to go to Mars. Michio Kaku wants humanity to go to Mars so we can avoid extinction. The rest of us just want …

Space Exploration

The Rocket Fuel Rivalry Shaping the Future of Spaceflight

The red-hot debate over rocket fuel inside a bastion of solid fuel power.<p>Rocket science, it turns out, is no different than the rest of society. People have divided themselves up into two tribes.<p>When it comes to space launches, there are two basic options for rocket fuel: solid and liquid. Solid …

Space Travel

Elon Musk shows off SpaceX BFR tool (and it's huge)

SpaceX's CEO feeds the hype for a new rocket with a photo showing a gigantic tool that will be used as a mold to create the spaceship's body.<p>The SpaceX Falcon Heavy is a large, powerful rocket system, but the company's upcoming BFR (which stands for either Big Falcon Rocket or Big F****ing Rocket) …

Elon Musk

A New Luxury Hotel Is Opening...In Space

When a new luxury hotel opens, there might be some “oohs” and “ahhhs” around details like the roof deck infinity pool or bath butler. A few months later, the excitement dies. But there was one high-end hotel announcement made today that is sure to keep people buzzing.<p>Yes, it has things you’d expect …

Space Exploration

Affordable Full Frame 4K is Now a Reality Thanks to Nikon and Atomos

Nikon and Atomos have teamed up to release a single bundle of the D850 and the Ninja Flame to make Full Frame 4K capture as affordable as …

Cinematography

This 9-year-old girl should be writing every caption for the New Yorker cartoons

Kids should just run everything, shouldn't they.<p>Comedy writer Bess Kalb shared pictures of the captions her cousin's 9-year-old child has written for …

Viral

Ready for more? Everything we know about the ‘Armada’ movie

Following the box-office success of the big-screen adaptation of Ernest Cline’s debut novel, <i>Ready Player One</i>, a movie based on his second novel, …

Film Industry

Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1 Available Next Week With ProRes RAW and Advanced Closed Captioning

Apple today previewed Final Cut Pro X version 10.4.1, an upcoming update to its professional video editing software.<p>The headline feature is a new ProRes RAW format, which combines the visual and workflow benefits of RAW video with the performance of ProRes, a lossy video compression format …

Final Cut

Elon Musk's next SpaceX rocket could blast off 100 times

The CEO envisions colonizing Mars atop reusable rockets. So far he's never used the same Falcon 9 booster more than twice, but that's about to change.<p>Believe it or not, all the SpaceX rockets you've seen making those impressive landings the past few years are something like the beta version of the …

Space Travel

Asimov’s laws of robotics need an update for the workplace

Seventy-six years ago, sci-fi author Isaac Asimov wrote his initial three laws of robotics as part of his short story, “Runaround.” With visions of physical robots living alongside humans, Asimov’s universal maxims were designed to be programmed into robotic DNA, thus preventing them from harming …

The Future

Google Drive will tell you who has access to your files

When you’re emailing the file to various recipients, Access Checker will now also show you the names or email addresses that don’t currently have access to the file<p>Google is introducing an updated Access Checker, a feature which lets you easily share a Drive file with someone, whether it’s two …

Google

Google Search revamps movie lookup and comparison with new cards interface

Following last week’s Play Movies & TV update that made the app a centralized streaming directory, Google Search is boosting its own movie features. Thanks to a new interface, movies that are currently in theaters will be easier to lookup and compare.<p>Searching “showtimes,” “movies,” or other …

Google Apps

SpaceX Has Launched an Experimental Space Junk Sweeper Into Orbit

Space may be about to get a lot less cluttered.<p>A Monday launch by SpaceX, Elon Musk’s private aerospace company, saw a Falcon 9 rocket lift off from …

Space Exploration