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How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s On Tonight

The growing concern over online data and user privacy has been focused on tech giants like Facebook and devices like smartphones. But people’s data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of their living rooms via their televisions, sometimes without their knowledge.<p>In recent years, data …

Samba

Private space companies no longer have to follow the law

The Space Commerce Free Enterprise Bill says private companies don't have to abide by a foundational half-century-old space treaty.<p>It just got a …

Space Exploration

The Last Days of the Blue-Blood Harvest

Every year, more than 400,000 crabs are bled for the miraculous medical substance that flows through their bodies—now pharmaceutical companies are finally committing to an alternative that doesn't harm animals.<p>Horseshoe crabs are sometimes called “living fossils” because they have been around in …

I don’t date men who yell at Alexa:

OK, Alexa isn’t a real person. But it’s still unsettling to hear a man yell at “her.”

‘Redistributing Sex’ Is a Toxic Conversation About Toxic People

Ross Douthat and 'The New York Times' has amplified the harmful incel mentality.<p>In late April, a man mowed down and murdered 10 pedestrians with a van in Toronto, and wounded 15 others. Eight of the people killed were women. Police charged 25-year-old Alek Minassian, from the Toronto suburb of …

Scientists Still Can't Decide How to Define a Tree

We think we know what trees are, but even at the level of genetics, it's difficult to find what separates them from other plants.<p>Several years ago, after Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house in Vermont, lightning struck a backyard maple tree. There was a ferocious crack and the darkness outside …

Mind-bending new screen technology uses ‘magic pixel’ to display different content to multiple people

Walking through the airport, you look up at the big screen to find your gate. But this is no ordinary public display. Rather than a list of arrivals …

Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you? | Dylan Curran

Taping over the lens is just the first step in keeping online snoopers out of your business<p>Here is what the former FBI director James Comey said when he was asked back in September 2016 if he covered his laptop’s webcam with tape.<p>“Heck yeah, heck yeah. Also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I …

Spying

How to Talk About ‘Race’ and Genetics

In a Sunday Review essay last weekend, David Reich, a geneticist at Harvard, argued that science is changing how we think about “race” and urged a candid discussion of the findings, whatever they may be. Hundreds of readers left comments, many expressing worry about the possibility that the results …

Facebook Is Tracking Me Even Though I’m Not on Facebook

Facebook collects data about people who have never even opted in. But there are ways these non-users can protect themselves.I don't use Facebook. I'm …

Hand over my social media account to get a US visa? No thank you | Arwa Mahdawi

A state department proposal to ask visitors for their social media identifiers could affect nearly 15 million visa applicants. We can’t let it happen without a fight<p>Donald Trump has done such a good job making America great again that nobody in their right mind wants to visit it any more. Tourism …

Social Media

Canadian Hotel Forgives Guest 17 Years After Flock Of Seagulls Trashed His Room

No, not the English new-wave band A Flock of Seagulls.<p>It's the ubiquitous seaside birds that deserve at least part of the blame for getting Nova Scotian Nick Burchill blacklisted at the Fairmont Empress hotel in Victoria, Canada, one fateful day in 2001.<p>Burchill had planned to send a suitcase full …

These 14 women are shattering stereotypes of Africa one photo at a time

Africa is a massive continent that is complex, dynamic, and ever-changing, and yet so often tourists to any part of it sum it up with a few very …

Don’t be so sure you know what a lowercase G looks like

Were you aware there are two versions of a lowercase G?<p>Can you pick out a lowercase G from a lineup? Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that a surprising number of adults can’t. In fact, many of the adults they tested weren’t aware that there are two versions of a lowercase G at all …

The Way We Treat Our Pets Is More Paleolithic Than Medieval

<i>John Bradshaw | Excerpt adapted from</i> The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human<i> | Basic Books | October 2017 | 18 minutes (4,861 words)</i> We have no …

Metaphors can change our opinions in ways we don’t even realize

What has the ability to influence your opinions, in some cases, even more than your own political party? A metaphor, as it turns out.<p>When we think about metaphor, we might think about how we typically learn about metaphor in school: as a poetic device or a rhetorical flourish. But, metaphors are …

Satellite images from highly oblique angles are pretty mindblowing

"I thought it would be great to take some imagery of the world’s most vertical places."<p>Founded in 2010 by three former NASA scientists, Planet Labs …

'Being cash-free puts us at risk of attack': Swedes turn against cashlessness

Sweden’s central bank governor has called for public control over its payment system. Others say a fully digital system is vulnerable to fraud and attack<p>It is hard to argue that you cannot trust the government when the government isn’t really all that bad. This is the problem facing the small but …

The Paradox of Universal Basic Income

On December 15, 2017, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, issued a damning report on his visit …

Universal Basic Income

Why You Shouldn't Eat a Slug (In Case You Need Reasons)

Gory Details<p>Hint: A brain-infesting worm carried by gastropods is spreading around the world.<p>Sam Ballard was 19 years old when friends at a party dared him to swallow a slug. Within days, the Australian teen developed a rare form of meningitis and fell into a coma that lasted more than a year. Even …

Immune System

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look<p>Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it.<p>Related: Why have we …

How Facebook Helps Shady Advertisers Pollute the Internet

It was a Davos for digital hucksters. One day last June, scammers from around the world gathered for a conference at a renovated 19th century train …

Santa Monica

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica problems are nothing compared to what’s coming for all of online publishing

Let’s start with Facebook’s Surveillance Machine, by Zeynep Tufekci in last Monday’s <i>New York Times</i>. Among other things (all correct), Zeynep explains …

Why Gen X Isn’t Psyched for the ’90s Revival

Crushed velvet and sensible shoes are back, but for women in their 40s, the revival doesn’t feel well-timed.<p>When the 1960s ended, my mom put them in a box. Twenty years later, pop culture was saturated with Summer of Love retrospectives, neo-hippie jam bands, mod-influenced Britpop, and <i>The Wonder</i> …

Generation X

The last joke is Tide Pods

The Tide Pod meme craze has been dumb and demoralizing — it’s convinced me that this is no longer fun<p>The idea of ingesting a Tide Pod used to be a little bit funny.<p>For example, when <i>The New York Daily News</i> printed a comment from Senator Chuck Schumer under a rudely ageist headline in September 2012. …

'Corporations Are People' Is Built on an Incredible 19th-Century Lie

How a farcical series of events in the 1880s produced an enduring and controversial legal precedent<p>Somewhat unintuitively, American corporations today enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens. Both, for instance, are entitled to the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. How …

Fourteenth Amendment

Why bland American beer is here to stay

Although craft beer has experienced explosive market growth over the past 25 years, the vast majority of Americans still don’t drink it.<p>Only about 1 …

Your Speech Is Packed With Misunderstood, Unconscious Messages - Facts So Romantic

Imagine standing up to give a speech in front of a critical audience. As you do your best to wax eloquent, someone in the room uses a clicker to …

Busting the Myth of ‘Welfare Makes People Lazy’

Cash assistance isn’t just a moral imperative that raises living standards. It’s also a critical investment in the health and future careers of low-income kids.<p>“Welfare makes people lazy.” The notion is buried so deep within mainstream political thought that it can often be stated without evidence. …