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Scientists find evidence of prehistoric man-vs-giant sloth battle

Fossilized footprints in New Mexico tell a tale of pursuit, misdirection and evasion between ancient humans and the strong giant sloth. The rare find …

Paleontology

This new privacy tool would speed up your internet, too

It's no joke how much data your internet service provider can collect about you. A new service from Cloudflare aims to change that.<p>These days, you may wish you had a magic switch you could flip to keep your data more secure.<p>The misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica is only the latest …

Privacy

Scientists Have Discovered a New Organ in the Human Body

It’s not a second stomach or a mini-brain. But scientists have discovered an important new organ that may play a critical role in how many tissues …

Stress in Your Early Childhood Could Actually Make The Brain's DNA Remap Itself

Your genes are not written in stone.<p>Our first few years of life play a crucial role in our brain's wiring. New research suggests our experiences …

How to opt out of Facebook’s Platform data sharing

You shouldn’t have to do this. You shouldn’t have to wade through complicated privacy settings in order to ensure that the companies with which you’ve entrusted your personal information are making reasonable, legal efforts to protect it. But Facebook has allowed third parties to violate user …

Here’s what Facebook knows about you, and how to download all your data

Facebook has long allowed you to download an archive of all the data the social network has on you, and <i>HackerNoon’s</i> Georges Abi-Heila decided to find out exactly what company knows about its users …<p>Abi-Heila reports (via <i>TNW</i>) that his archive was a 500MB zip file, and it included everything from the …

Never-Before-Seen Mineral Found Inside a Diamond

Calcium silicate perovskite (CaSiO3) is thought to be the fourth most abundant mineral on the planet, but until recently, it had never been observed …

How to stop annoying robocalls on your iPhone or Android phone

Fight back against the constant, annoying scam calls<p><i>Update May 10th 9:30AM ET: This article was originally published on March 6, 2018 and has been updated to include video.</i><p>Mobile spam calls have been a nuisance for years, but over the last few months, it’s felt to me like there’s been a surge of …

Identity Theft

After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

SAN FRANCISCO — One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.<p>The accounts addressed the news with the speed of a cable news network. Some adopted the hashtag …

Social Media

A California city is launching the first US experiment in basic income — meet the 27-year-old mayor behind it

Stockton, California made national news last October when it announced it would host the first US experiment in basic income, a system of wealth distribution in which people receive a standard salary just for being alive.<p>The plan, spearheaded by Stockton's 27-year-old mayor, Michael Tubbs, will …

Basic Income

A 'super blue blood moon' is coming. Here's how to see it

It's a "lunar trifecta!"<p>NASA is urging skywatchers to head outside early on Jan. 31 for a look at what the space agency is calling a "lunar trifecta."<p>It's the rare combination of a blue moon (the second full moon in a single calendar month), a supermoon (a moon that's full when it's at its closest …

Super Blue Blood Moon

Ingredients for life found in meteorites that crashed to Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> Although two 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites crashed to Earth in 1998, it's taken until now to uncover some of their secrets.<p>The two meteorites, called Monahans and Zag, are the first discovered to contain the ingredients for life: liquid water, amino acids, hydrocarbons and other organic …

Astronomy

Scientists have figured out how to grow real meat in a lab, no animal required

For people who have chosen not to eat meat or animal products for ethical reasons, one of the biggest arguments against the practice is that the …

Agriculture

You seriously cannot trust the internet to name anything

An ownership group in San Diego that's trying to make their city the next home of Major League Soccer put potential team names online for a fan …

Male-To-Female Transgender Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard Sets New Records, Wins Gold

Some of Laurel Hubbard's competitors, however, have quickly raised claims of unfairness.<p>Laurel Hubbard, a weightlifter from New Zealand, may have …

How Trees Talk To And Care For One Another

Trees form complex relationships with one another to survive — and may offer lessons for us on how we can do the same.<p>It’s a question many …

10 Reasons We Still Haven't Found Aliens

The Fermi paradox, first introduced by physicist Enrico Fermi, asks the question, “Where is everybody?” Or, more specifically, “Where are all the …

Is an Island Off Cuba the Last Surviving Piece of East Germany?

Everybody knows the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. And that West Germany eventually reabsorbed East Germany, after which the reunited country lived …

History

When America Last Had Two Presidents at One Time

In 1968, Richard Nixon torpedoed LBJ’s peace negotiations in Vietnam, newly revealed documents show—presaging today’s tension between President Obama and President-elect Trump.<p>Over the holiday weekend, the Nixon biographer John Aloysius Farrell (who has sometimes written about the 37th president in …

23 Photos That Are Extremely Fascinating

This fascinating world we live in has so much to offer. From the unbelievable, and hard to understand, universe that surrounds our planet to exotic …

ASSANGE: I would've had 'no problem' releasing similar info about Trump and might do so in 4 years

In an interview on Fox News host Sean Hannity's radio program, Assange said that in four years, he might release hacked information on Trump — if Trump should upset someone that ends up providing WikiLeaks with such documents.<p>Assange also would not say how he received the hacked emails from …

Hardcore Dude Socks Kangaroo to Save Dog

Pretty much every kind of flora and fauna in Australia can kill you. Seriously, take it from someone who was born there: Every crazy story you hear …

Only 4% of British Muslims believe Al Qaeda planned 9/11

Only 4% of British Muslims can correctly identify who was responsible for the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, according to a survey of conducted by centre-right think tank Policy Exchange, a non-profit education think tank.<p>The survey — of 3,000 British Muslims from a variety of towns …

Al-Qaeda

Obama’s Official Photographer Favorite Pictures in 8 Years

Pete Souza fut le photographe officiel de la Maison Blanche durant les deux mandats de Barack Obama. Le nombre de clichés qu’il a pris durant huit …

Maison-Blanche

Foreclosures are suddenly spiking across America

Compared to October last year, homes with foreclosure filings still decreased, but this nationwide decrease is covering up what is now happening in 28 states and Washington D.C., according to the Foreclosure Report by ATTOM Data Solutions. There, the inventory of homes with foreclosure filings is …

Jesus' Tomb Unsealed For The First Time In Centuries

“I’m absolutely amazed. My knees are shaking a little bit because I wasn’t expecting this," said the archaeologist-in-residence.<p>The Edicule (shrine) …

Researchers developed a facial photo-matching game that reverses racial bias in children

In a recent study from Yale University, preschool teachers were found to spend more time watching African-American children, and especially boys, for signs of misbehavior, than they did children of other races.<p>Sadly, this didn’t surprise anyone who knew it to be true from experience.<p>What fewer of …

Psychology

The Surprisingly Long Histories of Expressions Commonly Used in the Modern Lexicon

For their incredibly informative etymological whiteboard series for Mental Floss , linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill verbally and …

Aftermarket head-up display competition heats up with Carrobot

Chinese company Ileja Tech creates crowdfunding campaign to launch its Carrobot head-up display infotainment system in the US.<p>With its first automotive head-up display (HUD) already on sale in China, Ileja Tech seeks funding through an Indiegogo campaign to offer a second generation of its device …

Crowd Funding