Semantic Infiltration

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Spies, spies everywhere: a journey through DC espionage - Washington Post

Founding through Civil war (1790-1865)<p>1 Dolley Madison, first-lady spy<p>First lady Dolley Madison established an observation post on the White House roof in 1814 to watch for the approaching British army. While fleeing to avoid capture, she saved the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington …

American History

New study confirms that voter ID laws are very racist

But the Supreme Court probably won’t care.<p>Conservative lawmakers routinely tout voter ID laws as a solution to voter fraud, but multiple …

North Carolina

You’re a completely different person at 14 and 77, the longest-running personality study ever has found

Look at a photo of yourself as a teenager and, mistaken fashion choices aside, it’s likely you see traces of the same person with the same personality quirks as you are today. But whether or not you truly are the same person over a lifetime—and what that notion of personhood even means—is the …

Psychology

Paul Krugman dissects the staggering ignorance of the Trump White House

Is the Trump White House evil or just stupid?<p>Is the Trump White House evil or just stupid? The answer to that burning question is, well, both. In Monday’s column, Paul Krugman takes as his subject the incompetence piece, which is evident in matters both large and seemingly trivial.<p>Though when you …

Paul Krugman

GOP Plots To Clip NASA Wings As It Tweets Climate Change Updates

Budget to be "rebalanced" to restrict agency to space.<p>NASA continues to steadfastly tweet urgent climate change information despite a critical president and GOP efforts to force the agency to stick to space and forget the Earth.<p>The Trump administration aims to largely restrict NASA to focus on its …

Climate Change

Museums and libraries fight ‘alternative facts’ with a #DayofFacts

First the National Parks went rogue, sharing climate change data on Twitter. Now museums and libraries have taken up arms — or at least typing fingers — to fight on behalf of facts.<p>Using the hashtag #DayofFacts, more than 280 scientific and cultural institutions are devoting Friday to dropping …

Climate Change

We need to rethink how it is that we define citizenship, and here's why | Opinion

<i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>The hottest year on record was 2016. It was also the year …

Climate Change

This Is What a Robot Designed by a Neural Network Looks Like - Creators

In classical sculpture there is a great emphasis on movement. In the world of robotics, the emphasis is on actual motion. For the last several years Riga, Latvia-based new media sculptor Krists Pudzens has been fusing the two disciplines with his “electromechanical art.”<p>In his first major …

Robots

'Forest cities': the radical plan to save China from air pollution

Stefano Boeri, the architect famous for his plant-covered skyscrapers, has designs to create entire new green settlements in a nation plagued by dirty air<p>When Stefano Boeri imagines the future of urban China he sees green, and lots of it. Office blocks, homes and hotels decked from top to toe in a …

Cities

The Mathematics of Quantum Computers | Infinite Series

Want to Make a Lie Seem True? Say It Again. And Again. And Again

You only use 10 percent of your brain. Eating carrots improves your eyesight. Vitamin C cures the common cold. Crime in the United States is at an …

Criminology

Net Neutrality Is in Danger. Tell the FCC Why We Need It

What’s Going On?<p>Net neutrality is in grave danger. Back in 2015, advocates for the open Internet won a hard fought battle to preserve net neutrality, …

Net Neutrality

10 Ways Technology Is Killing You

What Are Your Rights if Border Agents Want to Search Your Phone?

Haisam Elsharkawi was about to travel from Los Angeles to Saudi Arabia last week when, he says, he was stopped at the airport, questioned, handcuffed, questioned some more and then released without charges three hours after his flight had departed.<p>Mr. Elsharkawi, 34, an American citizen, said in an …

Security

Dan Rather on Journalism & Finding the Truth in the News

Section 1: Introduction<p>Lecture 1<p>03:49<p>In this lecture, Dan introduces you to the course and shares his thoughts about his 60 year broadcast career, …

You're never alone at the Museum of Broken Relationships

BBC News, Los Angeles<p><b>After a relationship ends, even the most mundane objects can become painful reminders. One museum in Los Angeles puts them on display.</b><p>When you're heartbroken, everything reminds you of the person who's no longer there. So do you burn your love letters? Throw away your wedding …

Relationships

Trump's likely science adviser calls climate scientists 'glassy-eyed cult'

William Happer, frontrunner for job of providing mainstream scientific opinion to officials, backs crackdown on federal scientists’ freedom to speak out<p>The man tipped as frontrunner for the role of science adviser to Donald Trump has described climate scientists as “a glassy-eyed cult” in the …

Climate Change

The Trump Resistance Plan: A Timeline – Russia and President Trump

The last installment of the Trump Resistance Plan began with Thomas Paine’s 1776 observation in <i>Common Sense</i>, “Time makes more converts than …

Vladimir Putin

Rapid warming and disintegrating polar ice sets the stage for ‘societal collapse’

Carbon pollution is destabilizing both the Arctic and Antarctic.A crack in Antarctics’s Larsen C ice shelf has grown sharply in recent months. …

Global Warming

Diehard Coders Just Saved All of NASA’s Earth Science Data

On Saturday morning, the white stone buildings on UC Berkeley’s campus radiated with unfiltered sunshine. The sky was blue, the campanile was …

National Parks

The Myth of Apple's Great Design

The company’s new “spaceship” headquarters shows how its beauty has always been skin deep.<p><i>Apple has great design</i> is the biggest myth in technology today. The latest victim of this ideology comes in the form a remarkable report on the late Steve Jobs’s final project, still in production: a new, $5 …

iPhone

Humans causing climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces

Researchers behind ‘Anthropocene equation’ say impact of people’s intense activity on Earth far exceeds that of natural events spread across millennia<p>For the first time, researchers have developed a mathematical equation to describe the impact of human activity on the earth, finding people are …

Climate Change

Ex-FBI man spills on why hackers are winning the security game

<b>BSides SF</b> Comfortable illusions about how security is working are crippling the ability of government and industry to fight the threat, a former …

Security

Act now before entire species are lost to global warming, say scientists

Climate change is threatening about 700 endangered species and policymakers must act urgently to lessen impact<p>The impact of climate change on threatened and endangered wildlife has been dramatically underreported, with scientists calling on policymakers to act urgently to slow its effects before …

Climate Change

Which Dystopian Novel Got It Right: Orwell’s ‘1984’ or Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’?

In Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, Charles McGrath and Siddhartha Deb debate which classic dystopian vision rings truest at the beginning of 2017: George Orwell’s “1984” or Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”<p><b>By Charles McGrath</b><p><i>Was Orwell right after all?</i> …

Literature

Universe Neither Confirms Nor Denies Its Holographic Nature

Cosmology is a funny kind of science. At one end of the spectrum, cosmologists can explain vast swathes of the Universe with remarkable accuracy. …

Physics

In Honor of Black History Month, 10 Heroes You May Not Have Heard Of

Black History

Erase yourself from the internet? It's nearly impossible, but you can try.

For those of us who spend a lot of time on the internet, there will be the occasional urge to simply disappear - delete your accounts, roll back your …

Security

How algorithms (secretly) run the world

O'Neil argues that while some algorithms may be helpful, others can be nefarious. In her 2016 book, "Weapons of Math Destruction," she cites some …

Quantum Mechanics