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The unspoken factor in Amazon’s search for a new home: Jeff Bezos’s support for gay rights

Washington Post illustration<p>When Amazon executives recently toured the Dallas-Fort Worth area, one of 20 finalists for a second company headquarters, local officials touted its growing workforce and low taxes as perfectly suited to accommodate 50,000 planned Amazon jobs.<p>But the local team also …

LGBTQI

New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

Over the past 125,000 years, the average size of mammals on the Earth has shrunk. And humans are to blame.<p>That's the conclusion of a new study of the fossil record by paleo-biologist Felisa Smith of the University of New Mexico.<p>Smith studied fossils going back 65 million years, when dinosaurs died …

Paleontology

The Revolutionary Giant Ocean Cleanup Machine Is About To Set Sail

Boyan Slat dropped out of school to work on his design for a device that could collect the trillions of pieces of plastic floating in the ocean. After years of work, it’s ready to take its first voyage.<p>On a Wednesday afternoon in a sprawling lot on a former naval air station in Alameda, California, …

Pollution

Recipe: The Income Tax Cocktail — Cocktail Recipes from The Kitchn

Yes, believe it or not, there really is a drink called the Income Tax cocktail. And what better day than April 17 to give this gin-based classic a …

Income Tax

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis<p>Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution …

Pollution

Introducing 50 Essential iOS Apps, a guide to the best iOS apps around

With a mind-boggling 2.2 million apps in Apple’s iOS App Store, how do you find what’s good? That discovery problem is why we’re starting the 50 Essential iOS Apps series, a curated list of the best iOS apps on the planet.<p>Throughout this series, we will highlight essential iPhone and iPad apps in a …

Apps

Bad News for Kissers: Mono Virus is Actually Linked to 7 Other Diseases

Celibacy's looking pretty great right now.<p>Getting mono is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it means you have someone to kiss, or at least swap …

Multiple Sclerosis

Google expands anti-ad blocking PSA tool for publishers to more countries

In recent months, Google has targeted “intrusive ads” that result in bad user experiences and lead to aggressive blocking of all advertising. Chrome’s ad blocker launched in February to help mitigate this problem, but another Google initiative called “Funding Choices” is seeing a wider launch and …

Digital Advertising

Exclusive first look: Inching closer to launch, TWA Hotel unveils room design

NEW YORK — Rotary dial phones. Iconic midcentury modern architecture. TaB sodas in the mini-bar.<p>If that sounds like it could be 1962, that’s by design. It’s all part of the DNA of the new TWA Hotel that’s set to open next year at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.<p>Anchored around the …

Aviation

Ketamine has 'fast-acting benefits' for depression

<b>Ketamine has "shown promise" in the rapid treatment of major depression and suicidal thoughts, a US study says.</b><p>Ketamine has a reputation as a party drug but is licensed as an anaesthetic.<p>The study found use of the drug via a nasal spray led to "significant" improvements in depressive symptoms in …

Depression

Flesh-eating ulcer spreading rapidly in Australia

A severe tissue-destroying ulcer once rare in Australia is rapidly spreading and is now at epidemic proportions in regions of Victoria, prompting infectious diseases experts to call for urgent research into how it is contracted and spread.<p>In an article published in the Medical Journal of Australia …

Public Health

An Apology for the Internet — From the Architects Who Built It

<b>Something has gone wrong</b> with the internet. Even Mark Zuckerberg knows it. Testifying before Congress, the Facebook CEO ticked off a list of …

Internet

A Drug to End Addiction? Scientists Are Working on It.

Scrambling for ways to contain America’s out-of-control opioid crisis, some experts in the field are convinced that one bit of good advice is to just say no to the enduring “just say no” antidrug message. Addiction, they say, is not a question of free will or a correctable character flaw, as a lot …

Obama Administration

How often to clean everything you own, from your toilet to your phone, according to science

Humans do not live in our homes alone. There are approximately 7,000 different species of bacteria floating around in your house right now. And that's just in the dust.<p>The rich and complex web of dirt, viruses, and pollen floating around us isn't all bad. It's important to keep some microbes around …

E.coli

Scientists Find a Crucial New Role For DNA We Once Considered Junk

We were so wrong.<p>Researchers have determined how satellite DNA, considered to be "junk DNA", plays a crucial role in holding the genome …

Biology

Google demos natural language understanding w/ ‘Talk to Books’ search & ‘Semantris’ game

One particular advancement driven by machine learning is the ability for computers to understand natural language, with Google showcasing these improvements with Smart Reply. Its Research division has been exploring other applications and today releasing two fun and interesting demos.<p>Last year, …

Natural Language Processing

I Finally Figured Out How to Make the Crispiest, Crunchiest Chickpeas—And They’re Seriously Good on Everything

Crispy chickpeas are one of those things you either need to nail, or it’s a total disappointment. <i>Almost</i> crispy chickpeas just don’t cut it. In my …

Country Lifestyle

Police across the US are buying an affordable iPhone cracker

More and more authorities in the US are getting access to an affordable device that can unlock iPhones, according to <i>Motherboard</i>. The publication's investigation has revealed that a number of local and regional police forces, including Maryland's and Indiana's, have either already bought or are …

Privacy

Google loses landmark 'right to be forgotten' case

Businessman wins legal action to force removal of search results about past conviction<p>A businessman has won his legal action to remove search results about a criminal conviction in a landmark “right to be forgotten” case that could have wide-ranging repercussions.<p>The ruling was made by Mr Justice …

Privacy

Avoid Gulf stream disruption at all costs, scientists warn

How close the world is to a catastrophic collapse of giant ocean currents is unknown, making halting global warming more critical than ever, scientists say<p>Serious disruption to the Gulf Stream ocean currents that are crucial in controlling global climate must be avoided “at all costs”, senior …

Global Warming

Recipe: Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken — Recipes from The Kitchn

Spring cleaning is not just for vacuums and dustpans! Once winter's over, I go through my recipe box, clear the cards of casseroles and braises, and …

Cooking

It's time to pick a better smartphone photo editing app

Ditch the stock Instagram filters for something more sophisticated.<p>Smartphone cameras have gotten fantastic over the past couple years, but many of them have also developed a distinct aesthetic. The iPhone camera, for instance, often compresses your highlights with its HDR function in order to keep …

Mobile Photography

Ankle Socks Will Ruin Even Your Best Outfit

Those tiny little peeking-over-your-shoe socks must be stopped at all costs.<p>The Great Bare Ankle Revolution of a few years back was a truly big deal: Pants got shorter, shoes got crazier, and socks basically disappeared. Well, not disappeared, exactly. No-show socks—the ones that hide out of sight …

Clothing

Extra glass of wine a day 'will shorten your life by 30 minutes'

Drinking is as harmful as smoking, and more than five drinks a week lowers life expectancy, say researchers<p>Drinking will shorten your life, according to a study that suggests every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit will cut half an hour from the expected lifespan of a …

Biomedicine

Boeing CEO Says He's Considering Launching a Rocket to Bring Back Rival Elon Musk's Tesla

Boeing Co. Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg highlighted the company’s deep roots in space exploration with a playful jab at up-and-comer …

Space Exploration

GIF search is coming to LinkedIn messaging through Google’s GIF engine Tenor

Tenor is now going to exclusively power GIF searches in LinkedIn messaging after Google a few weeks ago, adding yet another service to its already pretty large portfolio of messaging platforms.<p>Tenor has long positioned itself as a GIF search tool working across a number of different platforms, …

Apps

TSMC is about to become the world’s most advanced chipmaker

MORRIS CHANG is preparing for retirement. After 30 years in the role, the founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the island’s …

Moore's Law

20 Worst Fonts You WIll Definitely Want To Avoid

Fonts are always important, whether you need to write a formal letter, a CV, or any digital marketing post. You always have to pay extra attention to …

Typography

Bill Gates says it would be a “tragedy” not to take advantage of CRISPR gene-editing

Bill Gates thinks the future should be genetically edited.<p>In an piece for Foreign Affairs published yesterday (April 10), Gates outlined the case for using CRISPR and other gene-editing techniques on a global scale to meet growing demand for food and to improve disease prevention, particularly for …

Genetics

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

Health