Benjamin Soyka

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Philadelphia father killed by carjackers while trying to shield 2-year-old daughter

They shot him in cold blood – in front of his little daughter.<p>Last Thursday, Gerard Grandzol, 38, took his toddler and dog on a family outing that included playing with a Frisbee.<p>When he returned home in the evening, he was confronted by two men who demanded his wallet.<p>They also wanted to take his …

Crime

The New Live Wind and Wave Map

VentuSky is a very interesting service. It is a live weather map that also includes live wind or wave animations. You should check out Hurricane Irma …

Self-tinting smart windows powered by the sun

Rather than fumbling with blinds, the windows of the future could change their tint or opacity on demand to keep out unwanted heat, light or …

Chris Christie Closed New Jersey's State Beaches — And Then Went To The Beach

<b>Updated 12:30 p.m. ET</b><p>What's worse than a government shutdown closing state-operated beaches on a sweltering holiday weekend?<p>Now we know: Seeing photos of the governor — a key player in the budget standoff that caused the shutdown — enjoying one of those empty beaches like it was his own private …

New Jersey

Major Black Hole Discovery Shines New Light on How the Universe Formed

Researchers at the University of New Mexico (UNM) have made an incredible discovery that could help us better understand not just black holes, but also the universe.<p>For the first time ever, astronomers have observed and measured two supermassive black holes orbiting one another. The black holes are …

Black Holes

Dark Matter Theory Triumphs In Sweeping New Study

When you look out at the Universe, all you see is matter and light. The stars, galaxies, plasmas, and unusual astrophysical objects all emit radiation from across the electromagnetic spectrum; the dust, gas, and neutral atoms absorb it. Yet what we infer from viewing them, particularly on the …

Dark Matter

Scientists made an AI that can read minds

Whether it's using AI to help organize a Lego collection or relying on an algorithm to protect our cities, deep learning neural networks seemingly become more impressive and complex each day. Now, however, some scientists are pushing the capabilities of these algorithms to a whole new level - …

Police now routinely crack and extract all phone data from arrestees

Muckrock filed Freedom of Information Requests with multiple US police forces to find out how they were using "mobile phone forensic extraction …

HomePod, Echo, Google Home: How secure are your speakers?

Here’s what Apple, Amazon and Google offer in terms of privacy with their smart speakers.<p>Smart speakers are pretty good listeners, too. Which makes you wonder if your conversations are staying at home.<p>Apple raised the question when it talked up the security and privacy aspects of its newly unveiled …

Smart Homes

Jumping Spiders Can See Galaxies Far, Far Away

Telescopic eyes that can peer into alternate galaxies.<p>Spiders are already scary impressive, what with their speed, cunning hunting skills, and …

Spiders

I Used to Think No-Bake Desserts Were BS—Then I Found This Recipe

I grew up in Southern California. Not by the beach or in glitzy L.A., but way, way far inland where it gets VERY hot during the summer. Like, 118 …

Scientists Want to Set Some Ground Rules to Stop AI Taking Over The World

Who's in charge here?<p>Artificial intelligence technology is accelerating forward at a blistering pace, and a trio of scientists are calling for more …

London attack: Police 'know identities of killers'

<b>Police investigating Saturday night's terror attack in London say they know the identity of the three attackers who killed seven people and injured 48.</b><p>The Met Police said their names would be released "as soon as operationally possible" as officers work to establish if they were part of a wider …

Extremism

Google Chrome bug allows sites to spy on you by secretly recording audio and video

Google said that it will 'improve the situation' but that it doesn't consider the issue as a security vulnerability.<p>A new Google Chrome bug has been …

Forward Labs' new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla's - and it can be installed in half the time

Tesla gets all the attention lately when it comes to solar roofs, but start-up Forward Labs has been hammering away at their own solar roof …

Tesla

The government might stop searching your phone at the border, but things could still get worse

Over the last year, the risk that border agents will search and detain U.S. citizens’ personal devices has increased dramatically. Arriving …

Privacy

Motion activated under-bed LED lighting is the latest craze on Amazon

Fads come and go on Amazon, but sometimes you come across a craze that really is worth the hype. It might not seem like it, but under-bed lighting is …

Honors Student Suspended, Banned From Graduation, And Nearly Arrested For Dress Code Violation

"It's just sad because I worked so hard for four years to walk across that stage."<p>Summer in the outfit that got her suspended.<p>Dress codes are a …

High School

Scientists May Have Found a Simple Solution to a 40-Year-Old Space Mystery

“Sherlocking” our Galaxy<p>While scientists have already uncovered answers to some of the universe’s greatest mysteries, there’s still a great deal we …

Google's $5,000 4K digital whiteboard goes on sale

It only took half a year, but Google's first take on a digital whiteboard is finally available. Google has started selling the Jamboard in the US for $4,999 plus $600 per year for management and support ($300 if you buy one by the end of September). As before, it's ultimately a 55-inch 4K display …

The Easiest Way to Make Tres Leches Cake from Scratch

One-Bowl Tres Leches Cake<p>Serves 12<p><i>For the cake:</i><br>Cooking spray <br>3 cups all-purpose flour <br>1 3/4 cups granulated sugar <br>1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder <br>3/4 …

Dessert

Butter unlikely to harm health, but margarine could be deadly

Saturated fat found in butter, meat or cream is unlikely to kill you, but margarine just might, new research suggests.<p>Although traditionally dieticians have advised people to cut down on animal fats, the biggest ever study has shown that it does not increase the risk of stroke, heart disease or …

Nutrition

8 Tech Gadgets Under $250 That Will Make Your Life Easier

Forget about self-driving cars for a moment -- can one of these affordable gadgets make an impact on your daily life now?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If we aren’t already there, we’re quickly approaching the type of future we used to see in science fiction T.V. …

China Just Extracted Gas From 'Flammable Ice', And It Could Lead to a Brand New Energy Source

But are we ready for a new fossil fuel?<p>For the first time, Chinese engineers have successfully extracted natural gas from icy deposits beneath the …

Black Hole Or Supernova Star Explosion? Scientists Spot Galaxy’s Mysterious Bright Spot

Scientists may have found a new supernova explosion or supermassive black hole in a galaxy about 600 million light years from Earth after pointing a …

Google Reveals Automatic Machine Learning: A.I. Can Create Itself

This month Google revealed a major new approach to A.I. development that seems to call out to the most sensational and apocalyptic predictions in all …

WannaCry ransomware's real victim: Your local corner store

Six out of 10 small businesses shut down after cyberattacks. Here's why.<p>These businesses may be small, but they're a big draw for hackers.<p>Thanks to WannaCry, ransomware has taken the world by storm, without any discretion on whose computers it holds hostage. It'll lock down hospitals, mailrooms, …

Someone trained a computer to invent names for paint colors, and it went totally nuts

Are you one of those people who rolls your eyes at the names of paint colors? “Egg shell and cream ARE BOTH WHITE I literally CAN’T TELL THE …

AIRS

When you think of the Deep Web, what comes to mind? Illegal activity? Phishing and scams? Bitcoins? Well, you’d be kind of right…and kind of wrong. …

SEO

The vanishing animals that future generations will never see

Some of the world’s most exotic animals could be extinct within months, conservationists have warned, with future generations growing up in a world without many of the species that are alive today.<p>The WWF claims that some animals, such as the vaquita porpoise, could be wiped out in the next few …

Extinction