Stephen Piper

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Cryptocurrency is just one of seven types of cryptoassets you should know

• <b>Cryptocurrencies</b> like bitcoin, the granddaddy of all cryptoassets, are instruments of exchange, stores of value, and units of account. To wit, bitcoin today holds over $100 billion dollars and supports billions a day in global transactions. Banks are taking notice, going from “bitcoin bad, …

Cryptocurrency

Why Don’t More Men Take Their Wives’ Last Names?

The vast majority of U.S. adults think a woman should give up her maiden name when she gets married.<p>In the run-up to marriage, many couples, particularly those of a more progressive bent, will encounter a problem: What is to be done about the last name?<p>Some have attempted work-arounds: the Smiths …

Relationships

The complicated truth about a cat’s purr

Our cats may purr when we pet and tickle them, but it’s a much more complicated form of communication than we've assumed.<p>We <i>think</i> we know what a cat’s purr means.<p>It is arguably the most recognisable sign of animal contentment: a pleasurable rasp that erupts whenever a cat is tickled or petted, the …

Pets

Building Blocks of Life Found on Mars

Exploring Mars<p>Two landmark discoveries reveal organic carbon on the red planet, shaping the future hunt for life on Mars.<p>Day to day, it’s easy to lose sight of an astonishing fact: Since 2012, humankind has been driving a nuclear-powered sciencemobile the size of an SUV on another planet.<p>This …

Methane

No, I Didn’t Fake This Lava Photo

Yes, it’s possible. I did indeed capture what you see above in one shot. Although some of the Internet seem to disagree, it’s true. What you see …

Senate Report Shows Obama Administration Lied About Iran

On Wednesday morning, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), led by Senator Rob Portman, released a majority report reviewing the …

The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer

What's with the obsession with pizza wedge spaceships?<p><i>Star Wars</i> combat vehicles are iconic, sure, but almost always dumb in design and employment. Look no further than all-terrain transports that have legs instead of treads and are now shaped like apes for no good reason. So when <i>Star Wars</i> spilled …

Here's How You'd Really Fight With a Lightsaber

Forget the theatrical flailing. Armed with an elegant weapon for a more civilized age, you'd try to poke your opponent before they poked you.<p>You've seen all six Star Wars movies and eagerly await the seventh. You've bought the merch and played the video games. Now, dear Padawan, you can train as a …

5 Reasons 'Star Wars' Spaceships Make Absolutely No Sense

An exercise in overthinking a great sci-fi series.<p>The <i>Star Wars</i> films are great escapist fantasies, and like all escapist fiction, it's best not to think about it too much. The films take place, as the saying goes, "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away," where apparently almost everything is …

Trump Orders Pentagon to Consider Reducing U.S. Forces in South Korea

WASHINGTON — President Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for drawing down American troops in South Korea, just weeks before he holds a landmark meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, according to several people briefed on the deliberations.<p>Reduced troop levels are not …

North Korea

States, cities sue US over census citizenship question

NEW YORK (AP) — Seventeen states, the District of Columbia and six cities sued the U.S. government Tuesday, saying the addition of a citizenship question to the census form is unconstitutional.<p>The Trump administration's decision to ask people about their citizenship has set off worries among …

Rhode Island

Sheep-Human Hybrids Made in Lab—Get the Facts

The breakthrough moves researchers a small step closer to growing human organs for medical transplant.<p>Building on a controversial breakthrough made in 2017, scientists announced on Saturday that they have created the second successful human-animal hybrids: sheep embryos that are are 0.01-percent …

‘Time traveller’ shares chilling warning

ANOTHER person has come forward to claim they have time-travelled — and they say they have chilling proof of the future of humanity.<p>The man, known …

Air Force security hackathon leads to record payout

And there were fewer vulnerabilities than last time around.<p>The US Air Force's second security hackathon has paid dividends... both for the military and the people finding holes in its defenses. HackerOne has revealed the results of the Hack the Air Force 2.0 challenge from the end of 2017, and it …

10 Gmail extensions that can boost your productivity

A Better Way<p>E-mail plug-ins you didn't know you needed but really do.<p>There’s a reason Gmail has become so popular — it’s free, it’s easy to use and it keeps evolving. To top it all off, Gmail offers even more improvements through the use of extensions, which are optional, user-installed upgrades …

Social Media

Here's how much US astronauts can earn working for NASA

As entrepreneurs like SpaceX founder Elon Musk launch increasingly powerful rockets, call for a new space race, and prepare to send astronauts into orbit for the first time, it's an exciting time to think of joining NASA's ranks.<p>But to apply to be an astronaut, you must first pass a stringent list …

How to Make Your Models Smile Naturally for Portraits

Rating:<p>5.00 based on 4 Ratings<p>January 5, 2018 By Taya Ivanova<p>How to Make Your Models Smile Naturally www.sleeklens.com<p>The dreaded “cheese” is …

How Did The Matter In Our Universe Arise From Nothing?

When you look out at the vastness of the Universe, at the planets, stars, galaxies, and all there is out there, one obvious question screams for an explanation: why is there something instead of nothing? The problem gets even worse when you consider the laws of physics governing our Universe, which …

Particles

Robert Downey Jr.’s Custom 1970 Ford Mustang Boss Debuts at SEMA

The 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 has always been a looker, but this restrained restomod debuting at the 2017 SEMA Show might just give the original design a run for its money. Actor Robert Downey Jr. commissioned SpeedKore to make this customized Boss, which comes with a new beating heart from Ford …

Sports Cars

Men Are More Satisfied By ‘Bromances’ Than Their Romantic Relationships, Study Says

Young men get more emotional satisfaction out of “bromances”—close, heterosexual friendships with other males—than they do out of romantic …

Relationships

America's shadow war in Africa

The U.S. has deployed at least 1,500 troops to the Sahel and sub-Saharan regions, with little public debate and what experts call an unclear strategy.<p>America’s little-known war on terrorists in Africa is becoming more perilous as the U.S. deploys growing numbers of troops to the continent’s most …

South Sudan

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Infected DNA successfully hacks computer in terrifying experiment

Remember a few month ago when we were all laughing at Harvard scientists for putting a GIF inside a strand of DNA? Now that bridge between technology …

President Trump's enemies list

The president remembers every political slight — and the politicians who abandoned him during the 'Access Hollywood' scandal.<p>Donald Trump is less than six months into his presidency, yet one of the organizing principles of his political operation is already becoming clear: payback.<p>In private, Trump …

Scientists Are "Tantalisingly Close" to Producing a Limitless Blood Supply From Stem Cells

Decades in the making.<p>Two papers published this week have revealed that scientists are "tantalisingly close" to being able to produce large …

Best Used Cars by Price

Do you need new wheels but have a specific budget? Buying a used car can be a way to get the biggest bang for your buck. It’s simple: After one year, …

U.S. launches rare intentional strike on pro-government forces in Syria

By Missy Ryan<p>Missy Ryan<p>Reporter covering the Pentagon, military issues and national security<p>Email Bio Follow<p>American aircraft struck a convoy of troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday, in a rare direct assault by the United States on forces affiliated with the Syrian …

Middle East

Japan Moves to Allow Its Emperor to Abdicate. But Just This Once.

TOKYO — Ten months after Japan’s octogenarian emperor indicated he wanted to give up the throne while he was still alive, the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved special legislation on Friday that would allow him to abdicate.<p>The bill, which will be considered soon by the full Parliament, …

Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and April 2018 Update added even more bells and whistles to Microsoft's powerhouse operating system.<p>PCMag reviews …

Windows 10

How to Safely Retrieve Files Off Failing HDD, SSD, or SD Cards Using Free Tools

All of the drives we are using to store our precious photos and videos are not 100% reliable. Everybody should know that by now (and back everything …