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Lenovo finally admits its sleazy adware ploy put its own customers at risk of being hacked

After news broke this week that Lenovo was putting dangerous adware on its computers, the company responded by removing the offending software from …

Cybersecurity

Earth’s gravitational pull may partly melt a bit of the Moon | Ars Technica

A small region near the edge of the Moon's core may be partly molten.<p>Scientists have studied stars many light-years away, exoplanets, black holes, …

How sci-fi series Extant built a realistic future | Ars Technica

On the show, Halle Berry plays a woman married to a roboticist with a robot son.<p>Sci-fi drama <i>Extant</i> explores a world where human-level artificial …

U.S. sees profound cultural shift on marijuana legalization

More than a third of adults have smoked it — including the last three presidents. Dozens of songs and movies have been made about it.<p>Marijuana is no longer whispered about, nor hidden in back rooms and basements. It has come into the open in American life despite decades of prohibition and laws …

Artist got $35K for two weeks of no work, says developer of failed Kickstarter game

The developer of a video game project that raised half a million dollars over Kickstarter and collapsed without delivering it has provided a rough accounting of where the money went.<p>Winterkewl Games llc, said it had $415,000 to use following the 2012 Kickstarter to build <i>Yogventures!</i>, a game based …

NFL 2K5 — sports gaming's King Arthur — launched 10 years ago today

Today is the 10th anniversary of the launch of <i>NFL 2K5</i> — more formally, <i>ESPN NFL 2K5</i>. Killed by the infamous exclusive video game license the NFL would sell to EA Sports five months later, few other games — in any genre —have remained a constant part of modern conversation despite not publishing in a …

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers review: It's barfin' time

It's morphin' time<p><i>Polygon managing editor Justin McElroy is a profoundly broken person who thought it would be a good idea to review every FMV game. This is his Full Motion Vision Quest. Further examples of his depravity can be found here.</i><p><b>YEAR:</b> 1994<p><b>DEVELOPER:</b> Sega TruVideo<p><b>SYSTEM:</b> Sega CD<p>Mighty …

Giant ants are infesting the Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery in London is swarming with giant ants. The massive insects are on the ceiling and on the walls. They teem in the corners, their bodies pressed so thickly together that it is almost possible to imagine that they might be guarding a nest. Rafael Gómezbarros' sculptures measure 50 …

DEA may be losing the war on marijuana politics

For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation's war on drugs.<p>Lately, however, the Drug Enforcement Administration has found itself under attack in<p>Congressas it holds its ground against …

Don't fly your drone in front of the NYPD

Two men were arrested for flying a drone too close to a New York Police Department helicopter in New York City, but the police and the drone pilots are telling different stories.<p>The cops say the drone was flying 2,000 feet over a major bridge just after midnight earlier this week. The drone pilots …

Experience the shocking power of Britney Spears without Auto-Tune

Leave Britney alone<p>Auto-Tune has been embraced by the music industry for its ability to create polished, listenable recordings when an artist lacks the natural talent to hit every note. That's the nice way of saying it. Engineers also turn to Auto-Tune when dealing with truly wretched "singers." …

Watch out: Fire TV could become the most expensive device in your home

The announcement of the Fire TV set-top box was inevitable. With a huge catalog of streaming movies, TV shows and original series, it only made sense …

This one story shows why people love working for Google

Google employees work hard but they seem to absolutely love it. People who work for the search titan are routinely listed as the happiest employees …

Former FCC Commissioner: ‘We should be ashamed’ of the current state of U.S. broadband

Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps is not happy with the current state of U.S. broadband service under the watch of former top cable lobbyist and …

WATCH: The Science Behind the World's Biggest Wooden Roller Coaster

Your brain wants nothing to do with roller coasters—and for a wonderfully simple reason: your brain would very much like you to stay alive. So …

Roller Coasters

Rocket Raccoon steals the show in the latest 'Guardians of the Galaxy' trailer

August can't come soon enough. All the trailers for Marvel's <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> have so far done a good job of balancing the action and comedy that come with teaming up a group of interstellar misfits. The latest one doubles down on that balancing act, while also giving us closer looks at who …

Larry Bird wants Lance Stephenson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Larry Bird wants Lance Stephenson back with the Indiana Pacers at the right price.<p>After spending the past week hearing Stephenson …

Third team a haul for Paul George

The happiest member of the just-announced All-NBA teams is likely Paul George, who had a large clause in his contract triggered by being named to the …

Reverse-Engineering The Technology Of D-Day

For the 70th anniversary of the invasion, one French firm is making digital versions of World War II machines and infrastructure.<p>The June 6th, 1944 invasion of Normandy by British, American, and Canadian allied forces was the largest invasion in history. In the 70 years since then, it turns out …

Engineering

Gaming System Helps Young Babies Kick Their Way To Health

Microsoft’s Kinect gaming system has lots of uses – you can exercise with it, catch criminals or even create real-time light sabers. But now it can also help newborns get their legs stronger.<p>First, a little background: premature babies are at higher risk for cerebral palsy – nearly half of people …

Pregnancy

A New Idea For Colonizing Space: Send Our DNA, Assemble Ourselves Once We Get There

I mean, it’s just too hard to send actual humans, right?<p>It’s difficult to send people far into space. Why not send bacteria instead? That’s the simple foundation behind one decidedly out-there idea for sending humans to live on other planets in the future.<p>“Our best bet for space exploration could …

Harvard

The Real-Life Science Behind The Summer's Most Outrageous Sci-Fi Movies

When inhumans attack<p>Mechanized suits, alien apes, dinosaur robots -- this summer's blockbusters are brimming with scientific-sounding conceits. But is there any real science to back them up? While you watch, here's something to chew on (besides the popcorn).<p><b>DIGITAL EFFECT: AN ALIEN-BLASTING</b> …

Science Fiction Movies

Demand For Privacy Will Kill The Free Internet. Thank Goodness.

Paying for privacy in today's digital age<p>In February, Facebook purchased the WhatsApp messaging service for the mind-boggling sum of $19 billion. It was the largest acquisition of a venture-backed company ever, but it also proved a clear, albeit subtle, point: Our relationship to personal data is …

Privacy

Inside The New Dragon Spacecraft

The Dragon V2 Capsule can carry humans, dock with the ISS, and land on its own.<p>Last night, SpaceX unveiled the Dragon V2 capsule, destined to eventually carry astronauts to the International Space Station.<p>Although the previous version of the Dragon capsule was flightworthy enough to deliver …

Space Travel

The Science Of Bubbles

More than just good for a bath, bubbles are a focus of new research<p>Bubbles may seem pretty ordinary. We tend to think of them just as beverage enhancers or entertainment for small children. But scientists are uncovering another side to bubbles: They can perform computations, drive climate, and even …

University College London