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Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now

Our democracy is in serious danger.<p>President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign to divide and undermine our democracy.<p>That is, either Trump’s real …

Donald Trump

The hottest iPhone and Android accessory we’ve covered in 2018 so far is only $37 on Amazon

Thousands and thousands of our readers have picked up a Depstech WiFi Borescope Inspection Camera based on our coverage, making it the most popular …

Tech Trends

Trump's America will be saddled with debt – like his bankrupted hotels were

The Republican spending bill throws conservative principles – whatever remains of them – into the wind<p>Once upon a time, conservatives said they hated Barack Obama because of his budget deficits. They said he was destroying America and its future, which made them very angry indeed. They were so mad …

Donald Trump

Bitcoin's Crash Looks Spookily Familiar

Bitcoin has been a plaything for risk-hungry traders and punters rather than a widely held investment or real-world currency. It's been shunned by …

Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin Miners Fried in Game of Chicken

Bitcoin miners who've decided to stay in the game amid plunging prices may soon find that the well has run dry.<p>A 70 percent price drop since the …

Cryptocurrency

Restaurants have no right to take employees' tips

Trump’s labor department is planning to make tips employers’ property – a huge transfer of money from workers to owners<p>When most people leave a tip at a restaurant, they assume it will go to the person who served them their meal. For decades, that assumption was correct. But the Trump …

Economics

The chemical industry doesn’t want you to be afraid of Teflon pans. You should be.

Health experts and advocates say nonsticks should have been banned years ago; fortunately, you can mitigate risk<p>Nonstick pans are an icon of the postwar “Better Living Through Chemistry” epoch of technological enamorment; fittingly, almost every home in America likely has at least one of them. …

Nonprofits

Quantum Chemistry Solves The Question of Why Life Needs So Many Amino Acids

A flexible approach to life.<p>One of the oldest and most fundamental questions in biochemistry is why the 20 amino acids that support life are all …

Aminoacids

In Trump vs. the F.B.I., Trump Will Lose

President Trump entered office last year as a singular figure. But he has come to resemble two of his predecessors in one crucial respect. Though he’s more paranoid than Richard Nixon and more mendacious than Bill Clinton, he seems bent on following them down a road to hell: a confrontation with …

Donald Trump

"Faulty" aluminum alloys sport the strength of stainless steel

Aluminum is nice and light, but as an easily crushable soft drink can shows, that comes at the cost of strength. By introducing faults into the …

Nanotech

Newly Discovered Egyptian Dinosaur is 'Holy Grail' of Fossils

'When I first saw pics of the fossils, my jaw hit the floor.'<p>Filed Under Evolution & Paleontology<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent …

Dinosaurs

Scoop: Trump team considers nationalizing 5G network

Trump national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile network to guard against …

Jonathan Swan

The White House seems interested in the Falcon Heavy launch | Ars Technica

“Major (positive) ramifications for US space industry if this goes according to plan.”<p>As the head of the recently established National Space Council, …

Space Exploration

The Answer to Whether Trump Obstructed Justice Is Now Clear

Most white-collar prosecutions turn on the issue of criminal intent. These cases involve behavior that would, in ordinary circumstances, be totally legal—if not for the intent of the defendant. Consider, for example, the entrepreneur who sells stock in a company whose value goes down. If business …

Donald Trump

Load up on CompTIA certification training for less than $8 per course

Learning will always be the cornerstone of any progressing career. And if you make your living (or want to make your living) as an IT pro, you’d better be ready to pick up new skills and learn new disciplines even faster than most.<p>In the IT world, there’s no more bankable training than …

U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on Exchange Rates: Clueless

On January 23rd, the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that a “weaker dollar is good for trade.” On that, the greenback promptly made a three-year low. He uttered those remarks while addressing the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, of all places. The …

Economy

Octapeptin: 'Forgotten' antibiotic offers hope against worst superbugs

An antibiotic overlooked since its discovery 40 years ago could help develop new drugs against life-threatening infections caused by some of the …

Microbiology

FCC broadband committee wants to restrict publicly-owned networks | Ars Technica

Ajit Pai accused of tilting broadband committee toward industry representatives.<p>A broadband deployment advisory group organized by the Federal …

Net Neutrality

Will the Times-Post Rivalry Be Donald Trump’s Doom?

The great newspaper war takes another bite out of Trump’s White House.<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p>It happened again Tuesday evening as it does most nights for <b>David Cohen</b>, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency and onetime Undersecretary of the …

Brian Kilmeade

As Mueller closes in, paranoia spreads in the White House

Jeff Sessions tries to purge FBI of Comey’s influence, while right-wingers spread outrageous conspiracy theories<p>For those of us who follow the news through the mainstream media, Tuesday was a busy day for the Russia investigation. It started with Monday's late-breaking story from Axios, reporting …

Government

Why is the US stock market so high – and is it justified?

It’s not the Trump effect or tax cuts. Americans seem to have a strong desire to own capital<p>The level of stock markets differs widely across countries. And right now, the United States is leading the world. What everyone wants to know is why – and whether its stock market’s current level is …

Economy

11 Diving Concepts You’ve Never Learned or Already Forgotten

A major problem exists with any open water course. Although a scuba instructor teaches his students how to react to common emergency scenarios, he …

Scuba Diving

These Amazon Echo Accessories Will Make Alexa Your New Best Friend

As we all settle into a fresh new year, many of us have a helpful, chatty new friend at home: Alexa. In fact, tens of millions of holiday revelers …

Home Automation

Bank of America has found the formula for a market meltdown — and we're dangerously close

The scorching-hot stock market is fresh off yet another week of new record highs, yet one glaring question remains: When will it all come crashing down?<p>The global investment strategy team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch has an idea.<p>The firm, which has repeatedly warned of investor overexuberance, …

Markets

Space mining is going to seriously disrupt Earth's economy. And we're nowhere near ready for the shock

Zip into the future for a second. It’s 2035 and Earth’s population has grown dramatically. People are desperate to find alternatives to the dwindling …

Exploration

Leaked Memo Shows White House Doesn’t Really Want a Dreamer Deal

Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested that he believes undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children — and who went on to obey …

Immigration

Jeff Sessions’s War on Pot Goes to Court, Attorney General Will Fight 12-Year-Old With Epilepsy

<i>Updated</i> | A 12-year-old suing the federal government may have a whiff of adorableness. But for Alexis Bortell, who filed a lawsuit against Attorney …

Rick Perry hugged a coal baron. This photographer got the picture. Then he was placed on leave.

Energy Department photographer Simon Edelman is seeking whistleblower protection after the department placed him on administrative leave and seized personal belongings he kept at the office.<p>In a Jan 4. complaint, Edelman,the department’s chief creative officer,said that he had given official photos …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

The impromptu Slack war room where ‘net companies unite to fight Spectre-Meltdown | Ars Technica

When major security vulns go live without warning, competitors suddenly band together.<p>Meltdown and Spectre created something of a meltdown in the …

Can Government Officials Have You Arrested for Speaking to Them?

The Supreme Court faces a test of the authority of politicians to use police to silence their critics.<p>If a citizen speaks at a public meeting and says something a politician doesn’t like, can the citizen be arrested, cuffed, and carted off to the hoosegow?<p>Suppose that, during this fraught …