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How gel and X-rays are helping us fix art and read thousand-year-old manuscripts

My dream is that we also use these methods to solve murder mysteries<p>If you use tape to hang up a drawing, it’s tricky to later get that tape off without ruining the image. When the drawing in question is centuries old, the stakes are far higher. But researchers have figured out how to fix this …

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China's social credit system has blocked people from taking 11 million flights and 4 million train trips

China's social credit system has blocked people from taking 11.14 million flights and 4.25 million high-speed train trips.<p>The numbers, from the end of April, were included in a report by China's state-run news outlet Global Times, but it is unclear what offenses those targeted in the travel ban …

Train Travel

How Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur had the last laugh over Mohamed Salah and Liverpool

Harry Kane's pursuit of Mohamed Salah in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot provided an interesting sideshow during the closing weeks of the …

Google Duplex is Silicon Valley’s latest experiment at the expense of the service industry

Google’s phone-calling AI seeks to enhance our lives, but at what cost?<p>The more technology advances, the clearer it becomes that our smartphones are no longer about conversing but more about transfers of information. This was evident at Google’s I/O keynote, where the company unveiled that its AI …

Why the TSA's award-winning Instagram account is hilarious and unexpected

Don’t you hate it when you're at the airport, ready to fly out, and agents with the Transportation Security Administration say you can't bring your supermarket-grade meat slicer in your carry-on? Or your enormous lobster?<p>Next time, better check the TSA’s Instagram account first for some travel tips.<p>…

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This company is making an at-home CRISPR kit to find out what’s making you sick

‘When I think of CRISPR, I really think of biology’s search engine’<p>A new biotech company co-founded by CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna is developing a device that uses CRISPR to detect all kinds of diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, and Zika. The tech is still just in prototype phase, but research …

In Egypt, dating apps are a refuge for the LGBTQ community, but they can also be a trap

In Egypt, dating apps are a refuge for a persecuted LGBTQ community, but they can also be traps<p>Firas knew something was wrong when he saw the checkpoint. He was meeting a man in Dokki’s Mesaha Square, a tree-lined park just across the Nile from Cairo, for what was supposed to be a romantic …

Appeals court blasts PETA for using selfie monkey as ‘an unwitting pawn’

Monkey can see but monkey can’t sue<p>On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a copyright lawsuit brought by a selfie-taking monkey.<p>The parties in <i>Naruto v. Slater</i> settled last September, but the appellate court refused to grant their joint motion to dismiss, imposing this decision …

No, staring at a screen won’t damage your eyes

I’m here to quell your health concerns: staring at a screen doesn’t damage your eyes. They won’t make you go blind, and your doctor isn’t going to worry about your health if he or she hears that you’re spending a lot of time in front of them. However, you might feel uncomfortable after a long time …

Spotify claims it actually had a better Weeknd than Apple Music

Counting is very, very hard<p>Yesterday, <i>The Verge</i> reported that The Weeknd’s latest album, <i>My Dear Melancholy,</i> had a very strong debut on Apple Music, pulling in 26 million streams in the first 24 hours. The lead single, “Call Out My Name” pulled in an additional 6 million streams, surpassing the 3.5 …

Cellphone radiation may never stop scaring people, no matter what

‘There’s never an ‘all clear’ sounded for any of these borderline risks out there.’<p>Driving and texting is much more likely to kill you than cellphone radiation. So why are we still talking about the radiation?<p>Fears that the low-energy radiation emitted by cellphones could cause cancer seem to have …

Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic Score Two Goals in Impressive MLS Debut

There’s a lot more fight left in Ibra.<p>After having his contract terminated by Manchester United and then quickly signing on with the MLS’s LA Galaxy, Zlatan Ibrahimovic wasted no time going to work on what he does best — just outright playing the game of football with much passion and skill. In his …

HBO will air its film adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 on May 19th

Starring Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan and The Shape of Water’s Michael Shannon<p>HBO’s upcoming adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel <i>Fahrenheit 451</i> finally has a release date: May 19th, 2018, according to <i>Variety</i>. The network announced the project last year, which stars <i>Black …

The South Korean government will shut down employee computers so they leave on time

But over two-thirds of government workers have asked to be exempted from it<p>The South Korean government will launch a new initiative to stop the “culture of working overtime” by shutting down computers at 8PM on Fridays so workers can go home when they’re supposed to, reports the <i>BBC</i>.<p>The Seoul …

China bans video spoofs and parodies

No more videos that “distort, mock, or defame classical literary and art works”<p>China’s media regulator has cracked down on online video spoofs and parodies, according to state-run media outlet <i>Xinhua</i>.<p>Video sites now must ban any videos that “distort, mock, or defame classical literary and art …

The nerve agent poisoning in England was a message to the rest of the world

‘You won’t be safe anywhere, even if you’re in Britain’<p>The nerve agent attack on former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter sends a powerful message to the rest of the world: the assassins aren’t playing by the rules.<p>On March 4th, Skripal and his daughter Yulia were hospitalized …

Scolding female scientists for embracing Instagram doesn’t solve the gender gap in STEM

We can have selfies and push for policy change at the same time<p>Yesterday, <i>Science Magazine</i> published an op-ed about why one woman doesn’t use Instagram for science outreach. The answer, according to this writer, is that women do science communication (or scicomm) because they are forced to by …

Bad iPhone notches are happening to good Android phones

Copying the iPhone’s design has never been done with more speed or cynicism<p>I’ve been coming to Mobile World Congress for close to a decade now, and I’ve never seen the iPhone copied quite so blatantly and cynically as I witnessed during this year’s show. MWC 2018 will go down in history as the …

Australia considers banning ISPs from listing internet speeds they cannot provide

The Australian government is considering a bill that would make it illegal for ISPs to falsely advertise high internet speeds. Under the proposed legislation, lying about internet speeds would become a fineable offense that could cost ISPs that violate the law up to $1 million AUD.<p>Andrew Wilkie, a …

This tiny USB adapter lets you use a PS4 controller with a Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s Pro Controller for the Switch is a solid gamepad, but it’s also a pretty expensive add-on. If you already have a Dual Shock 4 laying around, this tiny USB adapter might be a better (and cheaper) alternative. 8bitdo — a company best known for its aftermarket retro-style controllers — has …

Inside the fight over the sugar conspiracy

‘To boil it all down to the sugar industry, in our view, it doesn’t capture the whole picture’<p>In a paper published in <i>JAMA Internal Medicine</i> in 2016, researchers suggested that in the 1960s, the sugar industry paid scientists to obscure the relationship between sugar and heart disease, derailing the …

Russia was behind the cyberattack during the opening ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics

The country tried to make it appear as though the North Koreans were responsible<p>Russian hackers were responsible for a cyberattack against the 2018 Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony, and tried to make it appear as though North Korea was responsible, reports <i>The Washington Post</i>.<p>Citing officials …

9 Secret Shortcuts of People Who Are Good at Everyday Math

Even in an age of smartphones, crunching numbers quickly — and getting good at it — can give you snappy, useful answers to pressing real-life math …

Scientists think they’ve discovered a fourth type of human fuel beyond carbs, fat, and protein — and it could have key health implications

One swig of the stuff and I'd had enough. The colorless, odorless liquid tasted like nail polish remover — but I was told it offered unparalleled benefits for my body, so I chugged away, if somewhat skeptically.<p>The small plastic bottle contained pure ketone ester, a substance that a team of …

Huawei got people to write fake reviews for an unreleased phone

Maybe not the best move<p>Huawei’s new flagship phone, the Mate 10 Pro, is available for pre-order in the US despite not having any deals with US carriers — so to get some attention, it seems the company has stooped to having fake reviews for the new phone planted online, as spotted by <i>9</i><i>to5Google</i>.<p>The …

Why we cringe, and why it can be a good thing

‘Self-consciousness with this undercurrent of uncertainty’<p>It’s hard to fault anyone for thinking that awkwardness is to be avoided. The familiar, sinking feeling of knowing you’ve embarrassed yourself does not rank high on the hierarchy of desirable emotions.<p>Still, says journalist Melissa Dahl, …

Online dating isn’t easy — especially when you’re asexual

The struggle to find a match when you’re looking for romance, but not necessarily sex<p>First dates, by and large, are cringe-fests. Someone who seemed perfect in an online profile waltzes in late, doesn’t resemble their photo, and can’t stop talking about themselves. But for people who identify as …

Facebook’s two-factor authentication system auto-posts replies on your profile

It may be a bug<p>Facebook’s two-factor authentication (2FA) system has come under fire today for some bizarre design elements that seem to have gone largely unnoticed for quite some time. Bay Area software engineer Gabriel Lewis noticed earlier this week that Facebook was using the same phone number …

Sending a Tesla into space wasn’t such a dumb idea

There might just be a method to Musk’s madness<p>Maybe it’s my instinctive distrust of bored billionaires treating the world as their playground, but I’m always dubious about Elon Musk’s various moonshot projects. He seems to be enjoying it all a little too much. Latest among his outlandish ideas was …

Feds tracked down Russian spam kingpin with help from his iCloud account

Peter Levashov was arraigned earlier this week for his role in the Kelihos botnet<p>An affidavit unsealed today shows Apple’s unexpected role in bringing a Russian spam king to justice. Once listed as one of the ten worst spammers in the world, Peter Levashov allegedly ran the Kelihos botnet under the …