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Your Appendix Might Serve an Important Biological Function After All

Wait, what?<p>One of the first things you learn about evolution in school is that the human body has a number of 'vestigial' parts - appendix, wisdom …

Neodriven is a rearview mirror replacement that can make your car semi-autonomous

And it’s built off of George Hotz’s open source plans<p>In late 2015, iPhone and PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz teased a project that sounded like a dream: his new company would produce a $1,000 consumer product that could grant your car semi-autonomous capabilities. Eleven months and one terse …

FDA confirms that St. Jude's cardiac devices can be hacked

It's official: Hearts can be hacked.<p>The FDA confirmed that St. Jude Medical's implantable cardiac devices have vulnerabilities that could allow a hacker to access a device. Once in, they could deplete the battery or administer incorrect pacing or shocks, the FDA said on Monday.<p>The devices, like …

Cybersecurity

Thanks to AI, Computers Can Now See Your Health Problems

Patient Number Two was born to first-time parents, late 20s, white. The pregnancy was normal and the birth uncomplicated. But after a few months, it …

Artificial Intelligence

An asteroid just flew by Earth about 50% the distance to the moon, and we barely saw it coming

Early Monday morning, while people on the East Coast were making coffee, dropping kids off at school, and cursing in traffic, a space rock as big as a 10-story building slipped past Earth.<p>The asteroid, dubbed 2017 AG13, was discovered on Saturday by the University of Arizona's Catalina Sky Survey, …

A new theory challenges everything astronomers thought they knew about how the Moon was created

Yet new research from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has put forward a theory that the Moon may have actually formed from a series of large impacts, rather than just one.<p>The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, explains why the Moon appears to be made mostly from …

Design Plagiarism Is A Serious Problem–This Startup’s AI Could Help

It’s an omnipresent fear for companies and designers alike. Deep learning might hold the solution.<p>There are two competing nightmare scenarios for any company unveiling a new brand or logo. The first is that the internet will rise up in righteous indignation about how awful it is or what part of …

Graphic Design

Germany investigating unprecedented spread of fake news online

Government focus on false reporting comes amid claims that Russia is trying to influence German election later this year<p>German government officials have said they are investigating an unprecedented proliferation of fake news items amid reports of Russian efforts to influence the country’s election …

Fake News

Elon Musk Takes Customer Complaint on Twitter From Idea to Execution in 6 Days

Attention, business leaders: This is how it's done.<p>For business leaders, social media can be confusing (and sometimes dangerous) territory.<p>But last month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk provided a master class in how to use social media effectively. When a Tesla owner complained about fellow …

Tesla

The people who can’t go numb at the dentist’s

Some people are resistant to local anaesthetic, meaning they must endure dental and medical procedures without such pain relief. And we’re only beginning to understand why.<p>To Lori Lemon, the doctors all seemed flabbergasted. She had come in to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, to have a …

Anesthesiology

MongoDB "ransomware" exists because people are bad at security

Over the course of a turbulent week, several hackers were able to break into over 10,500 systems running the MongoDB database software.<p>Once inside, the attackers would wipe the database and leave a ransom note, essentially demanding payment to restore it to its previous state. This is typically …

Is evil a disease? ISIS and the neuroscience of brutality

WHY would an apparently normal young adult drop out of college and turn up some time later in a video performing a cold-blooded execution in the name …

Interesting Photo of the Day: Space Shuttle Aboard a Boeing

An incredible amount of science and technology goes into constructing and flying a space shuttle or airplane. What happens when you fly them …

Amazon’s Alexa started ordering people dollhouses after hearing its name on TV

Check your settings<p>Children ordering (accidentally or otherwise) items from gadgets is nothing new. Major retailers have refunded purchases made by children playing with phones or computers, and with voice-activated devices making their way into homes, it’s a problem that parents will have to be on …

Designer babies: an ethical horror waiting to happen?

Nearly 40 years since the first ‘test-tube baby’, how close are we to editing out all of our genetic imperfections – and should we even try to do so?<p>Comfortably seated in the fertility clinic with Vivaldi playing softly in the background, you and your partner are brought coffee and a folder. Inside …

Fertility Clinic

There’s one big problem with satellite imagery, and a space startup has found a solution for it

Many space startups are vying to take the place of the world’s governments as the pre-eminent operators of imaging satellites, but this one has a unique scheme to take advantage of orbital radar.<p>Capella Space, which will launch its first satellite this year, aims to take advantage of a gap in …

Imaging

Key and Peele revive their Obama Anger Translator sketch for a post-election America

Keegan Michael Key, formerly of <i>Key & Peele</i> fame, appeared on <i>The Daily Show</i> last night to give fans one last Obama Anger Translator before President Obama leaves the White House for good. Here, Jordan Peele and Key go back forth as Obama and his anger translator Luther, discussing Trump’s rise and …

Why We’re All UX Designers Now

What do Apple, Tumblr, and Toyota have in common? They all champion the user. And you should, too.<p>What’s the difference between interacting with a Dell laptop and an Apple one? Fumbling through Blogger or gliding through Tumblr? Hyperventilating on Twitter or exhaling on Medium?<p>Call it user …

Stop Telling Your Employees What to Do

I will never forget the experiences of getting my first suit. I was 12 years old and my father took me to a department store on 18th street in New York City. I was very excited; this was the transition to feeling grown up. A real milestone. I would have a suit like all the grown men I knew.<p>At the …

Hackers Are Trying To Create An Untraceable And Comprehensive Financial System Using Bitcoin

As virtual currencies grow, that could have profound implications for governments trying to keep track of and regulate the flow of money across their borders. What's more, this ghost of a banking system is key to understanding that there's a real demand for bitcoin—just not as a currency in the …

Through a Google Glass, Darkly: Why Most Innovations Tank

Google has the human and intellectual capital to become the leading technology company of the next 20 to 30 years. But Google Glass doesn’t reflect the sort of ethos that will get the company there.<p>Google Glass is a bold solution in search of an imaginary problem, that problem being how difficult …