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Why a staggering number of Americans have stopped using the Internet the way they used to

Nearly one in two Internet users say privacy and security concerns have now stopped them from doing basic things online — such as posting to social networks, expressing opinions in forums or even buying things from websites, according to a new government survey released Friday.<p>This chilling effect, …

Privacy

Why LinkedIn Is About to Make a Big and Unexpected Shift

There are major changes going on at LinkedIn. Discover what they are and how the business climate could be permanently changed as a result.<p>More than a decade after its humble beginnings, LinkedIn has become the unchallenged -- and dominant -- social network for professionals worldwide.<p>With 433 …

eLearning

A new theory is close to solving one of the greatest mysteries of how life began on Earth

Life on Earth began some 4 billion years ago. But it shouldn’t have.<p>In its lifecycle, at that time, a young star like our sun would have been radiating only about 70% as much energy as now. That would have made the Earth an icy ball. And so there would have been no liquid water to give life an …

Solar Cycle

Is Vine Dying?

A new analysis finds a “mass exodus” of the platform’s most popular accounts.<p>Cultural death and actual nonexistence aren’t mutually exclusive in the world of social media: It’s possible for a social network to pass from the world without actually going offline. Myspace, after all, is still around. …

Reality Doesn’t Exist Until We Measure It, Quantum Experiment Confirms

Mind = blown.<p>Australian scientists have recreated a famous experiment and confirmed quantum physics's bizarre predictions about the nature of …

Quantum Physics

The Dark Art of Mastering Music

According to many Metallica devotees, the official version of the band’s 2008 record <i>Death Magnetic</i> is not the one worth listening to. Upon the album’s release, fan forums exploded in disgust, choked with complaints that the songs sounded shrill, distorted, ear-splitting. These listeners liked the …

Music Production

LIGO Might Have Discovered Dark Matter on Accident

The search for dark matter just got weirder.<p>When scientists working at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) discovered …

Dark Matter

Oculus' New DRM Just Made Pirating Games Way Easier

It took a developer less than 24 hours to get around Oculus' new DRM and make piracy easier than it was prior to its implementation.<p>It's been a little bit over a day since Oculus started rolling out new DRM for its software, but it's already backfired, making pirating the company's games easier …

Research has uncovered the precise age at which we start losing friends

Holding onto friendship is hard, once families and more-demanding careers begin to weigh. But researchers have made a stab at pin-pointing the age at which our social circles start to contract, and it’s earlier than you might think: 25 is peak friend for both men and women, according to a study …

Oxford University

Can Someone Repost Your Images on Instagram Without Asking?

Images are extremely easy to copy, repost, and republish on the Internet and as photographers we have an inherent interest to not let that happen …

Social Media

YouTube Red Is Now Available In Australia

Available in the US since November 2015, YouTube Red is YouTube's premium paid ad-free service with original platform-funded content and offline …

YouTube Red

Pluto's Moons Have a Strange and Wonderful Pattern of Orbit

Pluto's five moons are as weird and fascinating as the dwarf planet itself.<p>You think you know Pluto? Think again. NASA’s <i>New Horizons</i> space probe …

Moon

Here’s how much every videogame console would cost today

Videogame consoles are big-ticket items, especially for kids. They save up their allowance all year for the chance to pick up the latest games system. If they’ve got generous parents, they may get one for Christmas in a moment of pure ecstatic bliss.<p>That makes the pricing of the new virtual reality …

Virtual Reality

Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People

For most of the past six weeks, the biggest story out of Silicon Valley was Apple's battle with the FBI over a federal order to unlock the iPhone of …

The Future of Banking: Talk is Cheap

In an industry where discussion about "the future" is never lacking, isn't it time to stop talking and start making the commitment (and investments) …

Banking

Antarctic IceCube Experiment Comes Up Empty on Neutrino Ghost Hunt

Sterile neutrinos, a once-promising dark matter candidate, just might not exist.<p>In a paper posted this week to the arXiv pre-print server, physicists at the Antarctic IceCube experiment announced that in two years of data collection at the ice-bound particle detector no sterile neutrinos have been …

Physics

Immortal but Damned to Hell on Earth

The danger of uploading one’s consciousness to a computer without a suicide switch<p>Imagine a supercomputer so advanced that it could hold the contents of a human brain. The Google engineer Ray Kurzweil famously believes that this will be possible by 2045. Organized technologists are seeking to …

Rise and fall of Jess Miller's pizza empire

<b>It happened overnight,</b> Melbourne time. And when, at 16, you wake up to discover your entire online world has disappeared, and that your …

Bill McDowell showcases Depression era Farm Security Administration photographs in his book, Ground.

Beginning in the 1930s, the Farm Security Administration was responsible for combating rural poverty in America. By hiring photographers to document …

Great Depression

Google isn’t taking the crown as the world’s largest company, Apple is losing it

The king is dead. Long live the king.<p>Google’s parent company Alphabet saw its market value close roughly $30 billion above Apple’s yesterday (May 12), marking Google’s ascension as the world’s largest publicly traded company, according to Dow Jones.<p>But it’s not as straightforward as that. Howard …

Stock Markets

Legendary Internet Troll Ken M on What Comment Sections Tell Us About Ourselves

“They have the opportunity to connect with people and they choose instead to be dicks to each other.”<p>One of the greatest commenters on the internet began his reign nearly on accident: in 2011 Ken McCarthy, a Brooklyn-based comedian, started to relieve his frustration with the cyclical arguments of …

NPR built a private personal finance Facebook group that now has more than 10,000 members

“The group has become a great community in its own right.”<p>Facebook for most publishers is distribution-first, community-second. But a recent effort from NPR is turning that dynamic on its head by putting community at the core.<p>Last October, NPR launched Your Money and Your Life, a special series …

American Millennials are among the world's least skilled

We hear about the superior tech savvy of people born after 1980 so often that we tend to assume it must be true. But is it?<p>Researchers at …

Hirsutes you sir: but that beard might mean more to men than women

What is the point of a beard, evolutionarily speaking? Children, women, and a whole bunch of men manage just fine without one. But take a walk down …

Beards

Those Fancy Dyson Hand Dryers Spread Way More Germs Than Paper Towels

Science says it's better to just dry your hands with a boring-ass paper towel.<p><b>Read:</b> <b>How Scared Should I Be of a Contagious Disease Wiping Out Humanity?</b><p>Turns out that washing and drying your hands in the bathroom might actually be making you sick, according to a new study from the University of …

More on Porn: Guard Your Manhood—A Response to Marty Klein

Marty Klein wrote a reaction to our original post on how porn is shaping young men’s sexual response. Klein suggested that science doesn’t …

Are Instagram influencers actually influential? Travel marketers are finding out

Travel marketers in 2016 are well into the digital age, and Instagram has emerged as a valuable way for tourism bodies and destinations to reach …

Social Media

Parallel Universes: Theories & Evidence

Is our universe unique? From science fiction to science fact, there is a concept that suggests that there could be other universes besides our own, …

Be Suspicious Of Online Movie Ratings, Especially Fandango’s

You were excited for the date: dinner and a movie. Your date picked a restaurant — “It got five stars on Yelp!” — but the movie was up to you. So you …

Rotten Tomatoes

Roller Coaster of Death

Death is terrifying, so why not make it exhilarating instead? That’s the purpose of the “Euthanasia Coaster,” a giant big-dipper design aimed at …

Roller Coasters