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In China, a Three-Digit Score Could Dictate Your Place in Society

In 2015, when Lazarus Liu moved home to China after studying logistics in the United Kingdom for three years, he quickly noticed that something had …

China

Worker Says Colleague Faked Out Her iPhone X's Facial Recognition ID

It could also be cheeky passcode training, an Apple spokesman says.<p>A worker in the Chinese city of Nanjing claims a colleague has bested the facial recognition technology on her new iPhone X — twice.<p>The woman, identified only by her surname Yan, told the Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp. that her …

Phil Schiller

Rocket Men: The Team Building North Korea’s Nuclear Missile

North Korea’s nuclear missile progress has stunned the world. Here are some of the scientists behind it.

Team Building

At PornHub Pop-Up Shop, a Hint of New York’s Dirty Old Days

In today’s squeaky-clean version of New York City, there’s a dearth of smut. Crunched by restrictive regulations and eclipsed by the internet, the once-plentiful naughty bookstores are thin, and only a few peep shows remain.<p>So the lines down the block for a new adult store that opened on Black …

New York City

Denver shuts down 26 legal pot businesses, makes arrests

DENVER (AP) — Denver authorities shut down 26 legal marijuana businesses Thursday and arrested 12 people suspected of illegal distribution of pot after a yearlong criminal investigation.<p>Potential charges relate to marijuana sales exceeding limits set in state law, police said. Colorado allows …

Cannabis

How to Appease Household Spirits Across the World

Quit playing games with my hearth.<p>If you’re lucky, you can live in a home where a hairy little household imp will help keep your kitchen clean, or a …

Harry Potter

When Frank Lloyd Wright Comes to Harlem

A show at Columbia University illuminates the celebrated architect’s vision for housing in America by placing it alongside the urban brick apartment towers he loathed.<p>A wooden panel designed to accompany Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City model declares that students of his proposed utopia must …

Avant-garde

10 Schools of Philosophy and Why You Should Know Them

For your reading pleasure, here are ten schools of philosophy you should know about. Some of them are commonly misunderstood, and we correct that …

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Telling AI to not replicate itself is like telling teenagers to just not have sex

Do humans have the capacity for safe AI? Our history shows innovation and technology advancements are replete with unintended consequences.<p>Who knew that widespread social-media adoption would lead to disinformation campaigns aimed at undermining liberal democracy, when it was originally thought it …

Artificial Intelligence

World Health Org Announces CBD Has No Health Risks

Today the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report stating that the medical use of CBD (cannabidiol) is safe and poses no health risks. Here are a few highlights from the report:<p><b>It's not addictive</b>: "CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential."• <b><br>It's an effective</b> …

Medicine

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Munich's Krampus Run

As the bells began to ring, hundreds of people spread along the sidewalks to make way for the procession. I could see market-goers preparing …

Christmas

You Know What? F**k Santa Claus

I was young when I discovered that Santa Claus didn’t exist. It’s pretty much one of my first memories. This, as far as I can remember, is how my world fell apart:<p>I was fighting with my least-favourite cousin in the street. He said: “Father Christmas isn’t real”. I said: “Yes he is,” and ran inside …

Christmas

What I Learned from Mexican Women in Prison

Almost as soon as I set foot inside the razor wire, I realized I’d be sharing this controlled space with hundreds of women facing possible deportation.<p><i>This article was published in collaboration with the Marshall Project.</i><p>I always knew high school Spanish would come in handy one day. I just didn't …

naughty

Teslasuit VR Haptic Feedback Suit

Virtual reality users looking to take their immersion to the next level, may be interested in a new haptic feedback suit specifically designed for …

Virtual Reality

Net Neutrality is dead and your privacy is at risk. Here are 5 VPNs that can help.

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.<p>The FCC has spoken and it's official: Net …

Internet

A Cryptocurrency without a Blockchain Has Been Built to Outperform Bitcoin - MIT Technology Review

Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency on a hot streak—plenty of alternative currencies have enjoyed rallies alongside the Epic Bitcoin Bull Run of …

Bitcoin

Jeff Sessions accidentally narced on his secret anti-weed meeting – VICE News

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is currently overseeing a sweeping Justice Department crackdown on leaks, but it appears he’s been busted making his own unauthorized disclosure.<p>Session held a closed-door meeting last week about drug policy with several longtime opponents of marijuana legalization. …

Cannabis

Bitcoin fever exposes crypto-market frailties

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As bitcoin raced to another record high on Tuesday, one of the biggest providers of digital currency wallets, Coinbase, went down under the weight of traffic, leaving many of its more than 10 million customers unable to access their funds.<p>At the same time, Bitfinex, the …

Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin is failing as a currency

It's been a good year for bitcoin investors but a terrible one for those who hoped that the cryptocurrency would become the de facto tender for the internet. Satoshi Nakamoto, its creator, may be dismayed at what has become of the project, intended as peer-to-peer electronic cash that didn't …

Cryptocurrency

'Mad to Be Normal' trailer: David Tennant and Elisabeth Moss embrace the crazy (exclusive)

<i>Doctor Who</i> fans should prepare to see David Tennant as a different kind of doctor. The Scottish actor, best known his tenure on the beloved sci-fi …

TV

1.4 billion stolen credentials found on dark web

Researchers found a massive repository of cleartext stolen credentials on the dark web that is the largest of its kind.<p>Julio Casal, founder and CTO …

Security

Nasa announcement: Space agency finds entire solar system filled with planets like our own

Nasa has found an entire solar system with as many planets as our own.<p><i>More follows</i><p>More about:<br>• Nasa<p>Reuse content<p>Comments

Exoplanets

F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences.<p>The agency scrapped the so-called net …

Net Neutrality

How masks explain the psychology behind online harassment – Sandra Newman

It is an acknowledged fact of modern life that the internet brings out the worst in people. Otherwise law-abiding citizens pilfer films and music. …

TV Review: Kit Harington in HBO’s ‘Gunpowder’

For his first major foray into producing, Kit Harington stayed fairly close to the kind of story “Game of Thrones” fans are used to seeing him …

TV

When big companies sue just to silence you through enormous legal fees

Have you heard of SLAPP lawsuits? You soon will.<p>SLAPP stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.” It is a lawsuit brought by big …

Dakota Access Pipeline

Unstable Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Raise Sea Levels Dramatically With Global Warming

As Earth’s climate changes, several scientists across the world debate the possible changes that could arise from the significant warming of our home …

Global Warming

Scientists Are Watching This Cigar-Shaped Asteroid Because They Think It Might Be Watching Us Too

Are intelligent extraterrestrials trying to communicate with or study us? Some scientists think that’s a possibility—and that it’s happening right …

Aliens

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society

‘No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth.’<p>Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he …

Sean Parker