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Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit …

Communist Party

A Nearby Earth-Size Planet May Have Conditions for Life

There’s a new place to look for life in the universe.<p>Astronomers announced on Wednesday the discovery of an Earth-size planet around a small red star in our corner of the galaxy. The planet could hold liquid water and conditions favorable for life.<p>The star, Ross 128, is not the closest with a …

Universe

Google reveals the top things people want to find out ‘How to’ do

Google has a new website compiled using search data and built by its News Lab, working together with Xaquin G.V., an interactive visual data journalist. The site uses data related to searches made by users about “How To” do things, which represents a massive amount of activity on Google, it turns …

List-Worthy

Internet providers could easily snoop on your smart home

We’ve mostly moved past the point where our Internet of Things devices leak private information to anyone watching via unsecured connections, but that doesn’t mean you can stop being afraid. <i>Never, ever stop being afraid</i>. To top up your paranoia reserves, a new study finds that internet providers …

Computer Science

Google made a tiny error and it broke half the internet in Japan

When an ISP makes a tiny mistake, the outcome could have immense repercussions – and this is precisely what happened in Japan last week.<p>Last Friday, half the internet in the country suddenly shut down after the Big G accidentally botched a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) around noon local time. The …

Message showing apparent hack appears on Neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer

Twitter account linked to the Anonymous network of hackers says apparent hack might be a stunt initiated by neo-Nazi site<p>A message purportedly posted by hackers has appeared on the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, saying the site has been taken over in response to an article criticising a woman …

Rights & Freedoms

Amazon is selling you a bunch of stuff through secret brands

Do you wear Amazon? You may not even know it if you do.<p>Amazon has long sold commodity-type goods like batteries and baby wipes through its own …

eCommerce

7 Stunning Natural Cenotes Around the World

Cenotes are the gorgeous sunken swimming holes you’ve probably never heard of. These sinkholes are the result of collapsed rock that reveals …

Americans Are Quickly Losing Street Cred Abroad

1) Jamie Dimon, Uncensored<p>The quote ricocheted across Wall Street. “It’s almost an embarrassment being an American traveling around the world,” said …

Digestion

Scientists Map the Receptor That Makes Weed Work

Add marijuana to humans, and you get some fairly predictable results: euphoria, hunger, introspection, anxiety, and a whole panoply of other effects. …

Cannabis

Language-learning apps that you need now

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Suspended – Medium

17 of the best under-the-radar islands to visit in Europe

Even if you haven't done much traveling in Europe, though, these breathtaking islands are well worth the detour.<p>They boast laid-back cultures, quiet charm, and an unspoiled nature that simply cannot be matched by the European mainland.<p>So pack your best camera and get ready for an adventure.<p><i>Brittany</i> …

European Travel

Bali is Surprisingly More Affordable than Ibiza this Year

Distance may make relationships harder, but apparently it can sometimes make vacationing easier. We know that sounds crazy, but trust us on this …

Long Haul

A pioneering computer scientist wants algorithms to be regulated like cars, banks, and drugs

It’s convenient when Facebook can tag your friends in photos for you, and it’s fun when Snapchat can apply a filter to your face. Both are examples of algorithms that have been trained to recognize eyes, noses, and mouths with consistent accuracy.<p>When these programs are wrong—like when Facebook …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists Just Produced A "Molecular Black Hole" Using X-Rays

Stripping It Bare<p>Essentially, a black hole is an object whose gravity is so strong that it sucks in surrounding objects. That’s what became of a …

Chemistry

Dutch households will use servers to heat their showers for free

A small trial for a clever idea<p>You know just from using a laptop that computers give off a lot of excess heat. For data centers containing tens of thousands of servers, this is a big problem, wasting energy and money. To try and mitigate this, companies have experimented with moving facilities to …

Selling

Not Counting on Having Social Security? Here Are 3 Money Moves You Should Make

You may be surprised to learn that you can actually receive Social Security benefits. But even if you can't, there are ways to get ample income in …

Retirement

Hear the 'chirp' of gravitational waves passing through Earth - Futurity

For the third time, scientists have "heard" gravitational waves—the product of black holes colliding billions of years ago—pass through Earth.

Gravitational Waves

16 amazing photos that will make you wonder why you haven’t visited Hawaii yet

THE HAWAIIAN Islands were formed millions of years ago by volcanoes, some of which are still active today. Here are images that will lure you to …

Hawaii

Your 3 Edges Over the Investing Pros

Wall Street and the financial media love to tell individual investors they have no chance in the stock market against big-money professionals using high-tech software to sift through complex stock trends. That’s true to an extent, but it’s only part of the story.<p>Sure, if individual investors want …

How Safe Is Your Roth IRA?

Investing rarely offers guarantees of safety, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't invest. Fortunately, your Roth IRA may be safer than you thought, …

Retirement