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No, really, George W. Bush lied about WMDs

The best estimates available suggest that more than 250,000 people have died as a result of George W. Bush and Tony Blair's decision to invade Iraq in 2003. A newly released investigative report from the UK government suggests that intelligence officials knew ahead of time that the war would cause …

National Security

Black Lives Matter: The Racist Reflexes of Police Officers Who Draw Their Guns

Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot to death by police officers this week. Both were calm. Both were compliant. Both were African American. …

10 best new web design tools in March

This month's tools are quite exciting: there's a new version of Foundation for Emails which should make it easier to put together your HTML …

Research shows that if you remove anonymity, you won’t hear from most of your readers

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock / Moodboard<p>Many online publishers and journalists believe that there’s a simple solution to the problem of …

Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent Of Power Needs From Renewable Energy

On Sunday, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a record …

Storium — The Online Storytelling Game

<b>DID YOU MISS OUR KICKSTARTER? It's not too late to support us and try our Beta test! Please visit us at storium.com for more information.</b><p><b>4/8/14:</b> WE …

Twitter's Problem Isn't A Lack Of Tweeters

There’s a good chance if you use Twitter, you’ve never tried to distill your wisdom into that 140-character window and pressed the tweet button. This is not, never has been and never will be a problem for Twitter, which doesn’t rely on you, me or anyone in particular to send out pithy bits of news …

You’ll soon have 16+ different smart glasses to choose from. Here’s how to pick the right one

Smart glasses are expected to gain a lot of momentum as “wearable computing” takes root in the consumer market. A lot of the details, like how to protect privacy in a world full of smart glasses, still have to be worked out.<p>Sales of the devices could grow from 87,000 in 2013 to more than 10 million …

Trini innovator develops app for masqueraders

Carnival is the biggest national event for T&T attracting approximately 40,000 visitors each year. As foreigners and nationals plan for the Carnival …

Pope Francis says the internet is a 'gift from God'

Pontiff calls for 'a network not of wires but of humans' in statement released Thursday<p>Pope Francis today described the internet as a "gift from God," hailing its ability to foster dialogue among disparate groups, though he acknowledged that the speed of social media can make it difficult for users …

Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

Tesla and Adobe: Why Continuous Deployment May Mean Continuous Customer Disappointment

For the last 75 years products (both durable goods and software) were built via Waterfall development. This process forced companies to release and …

Customers

DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision Makes Aerial Photography Easy

The advent of affordable quadcopters has made aerial photography accessible for almost anybody. Getting really good results still often takes a bit more than just attaching a GoPro to a quadcopter. A few months ago, I looked at the DJI Phantom and that was already a lot of fun to fly, though the …

I think the internet needs these...

When I was a young boy I was confused as a chubby little girl... a lot. My mom found these pictures of me when I was taking Taekwondo. I think I was …

Cross Site Scripting (XSS) and prevention

Variants of Cross site scripting (XSS) attacks are almost limitless as mentioned on the OWASP site …

$1B/year climate denial network exposed

In Institutionalizing delay: foundation funding and the creation of U.S. climate change counter-movement organizations, a scholarly article published …

How Promotion Affects Pageviews on the New York Times Website

<i>2013 OpenNews fellow Brian Abelson has been conducting research on pageviews as a metric, and on the relationship between pageviews and promotion at</i> …

FDA Supports Unapproved Meningitis Meds For Princeton's Crazy Outbreak

Following another confirmed case of meningitis on campus this week, the FDA has urged Princeton University to offer a drug that hasn't even been …

How to understand “The battle for power on the internet”

I still remember the moment I first discovered the World Wide Web. It was in 1994 or 1995, at a row of desks that held the handful of computer terminals then available in the university library of the London School of Economics. On the Windows 3.1 desktop (so old there wasn’t even a Start button) I …

Privacy

Brazil's controversial plan to extricate the internet from US control

President Rousseff expected to bring the conversation about the continued role of US-based supernetworks to the UN this month<p>When Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff postponed her official visit to the US in protest of National Security Agency spying activities on Tuesday, it seemed like a routine …

I Met The World's Smartest Dog

Chaser isn't just learning objects by name: she's beginning to understand the basic structure of human language.<p>"Chaser, this is Dan. Chaser! This is <i>Dan</i>," said Deb Pilley, a classical musician who goes by the name Pilley Bianchi professionally and signs her emails as "Pill." Pill is the daughter of …

New Details On How U.S. 'Helped Saddam As He Gassed Iran'

Newly declassified CIA documents "combined with exclusive interviews with former intelligence officials, reveal new details about the depth of the United States' knowledge of how and when Iraq" used chemical weapons against Iran in the 1980s, <i>Foreign Policy</i> reports.<p>According to the magazine:<p>"In …

Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago

Humanity Is Getting Verrrrrrry Close to Extinction

We've had a good run, but the Near Term Extinction movement and others are saying that it's pretty much over for humans. Oh, well.<p><i>Too late, Stop sign. via Flickr.</i><p>If you were to take a comparative look back at our planet during the 1950s from some sort of cosmic time-traveling orbiter cube, you …

Climate Change

DoJ Wants Apple To Terminate Deals With Publishers, Link To Rival Bookstores Instead

The ongoing iBooks antitrust case between Apple and the United States Department of Justice took a very interesting twist this morning when the DoJ and 33 state Attorneys General laid out plans to remedy Apple’s wrongdoings and restore competition to the market.<p>The DoJ wants Apple to terminate all …

eBooks

Uruguay votes to create world's first national legal marijuana market

Proposals likely to become law, leading to innovative policies at odds with the 'war on drugs' philosophy<p>Uruguay's unprecedented plan to create a legal marijuana market has taken its critical first step in the lower house of Congress.<p>All 50 members of the ruling Broad Front coalition approved the …

'Top' hospitals aren't always tops, new report finds

The top hospitals don’t always live up to their reputations when it comes to handling surgery, according to a new report released on Wednesday.<p>Consumer Reports used newly available federal government data to look at how patients fared after surgery at nearly 2,500 hospitals in 50 states. The report …

Health Care