Kimm Viebrock

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Twitter Is Reliving All The Things Teachers Did To Us As Kids & They’re SO Infuriating

While school days might be pretty far in the rear-view mirror for many of us at this point, one thing is for sure: you never forget the ways your …

Teaching

Czech Snowboarder Ester Ledecka Just Took Gold in an Olympics Skiing Event—on Borrowed Skis

When it comes to the Olympics, there's usually one or two athletes that are favored to win a given event. But no one saw Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecka coming at Saturday's alpine skiing Super-G competition—until she crossed the finish line on borrowed skis and took gold in one of the Winter …

Skiing

Thanks, Boston Dynamics! We are doomed.

I’m sorry to inform you, but it appears the end is nigh.<p>Boston Dynamics, the robotics company now owned by SoftBank (and once deemed too creepy for Google to keep its hands on), released a new video today (Feb. 12) of its latest four-legged creation.<p>The video shows the latest iteration of its Spot …

Robotics

Earth’s Magnetic Poles Show Signs They’re About to Flip—Exposing Humans to Radiation and Planet-Wide Blackouts

<i>Updated</i> | Historically, Earth’s North and South magnetic poles have flipped every 200,000 or 300,000 years—except right now, they haven’t flipped …

The disturbing reason why so many baby boomers are being hit hard with this year's deadly flu

Baby boomers across North America are really sick this flu season. In the US and in Canada, experts who track the flu say people between the ages of 50 and 64 are being hospitalized at alarming rates, second only to the elderly.<p>That's unusual. In a typical flu season, babies in the 0-4 age group …

Public Health

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Terry Pratchett

China’s latest energy megaproject shows that coal really is on the way out

China has some of the worst air pollution in the world. In several cities, thick layers of smog are common, resulting in thousands of deaths every year.<p>According to a 2016 study, the top contributor of air pollution-related deaths in China is the burning of coal. The team of Chinese and American …

Renewable Energy

Before Investing in Artificial Intelligence, You Should Know These 4 Things

You need to train and integrate a cognitive agent much as you would a human one<p>IPsoft is, in many ways, an unusual entrant into the crowded, but burgeoning, artificial intelligence industry. First of all, it is not a startup, but a 20-year-old company and its leader isn't some millennial savant, …

Artificial Intelligence

Billy Graham's Granddaughter Says What We're All Thinking About Trump's Evangelical Enablers

Jerushah Armfield, granddaughter of famed evangelist Billy Graham, criticized both President Donald Trump and the Evangelical Christians who support …

Donald Trump

Burger King Deviously Explains Net Neutrality by Making People Wait Longer for Whoppers

On the heels of its brilliant anti-bullying spot last year, Burger King has found another cause it can get behind, and promote with a clever in-store …

Advertising

You Asked: Why Do Certain Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?

You can’t walk into the office without Rihanna’s voice singing “work work work work work work” in your head. And that one line from Lady Gaga’s “Bad …

Dogs

One year after the Women's March on Washington, people are still protesting en masse. A lot. We've counted.

Groups gather for the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017. (Amanda Voisard for the Washington Post) Each month the Crowd Counting Consortium …

Women who marched, one year later: 'We are exhausted but we're here and we're still marching'

<b>(CNN) —</b> One year ago, Allison Busch-Vogel of South Orange, New Jersey rented four buses even before she knew if she could fill them.<p>So outraged about the election of Donald Trump, she focused her energies on getting her and her 13-year-old daughter and more than 200 other women, mothers and …

CNN

Immigration 101: Why Can’t Immigrants Just “Get Legal”, “Get in Line” and Get Their Papers?

<b></b>Here’s a basic question we often come across: why can’t undocumented immigrants just “get in line”, “get legal”, “get right with the law” — i.e. …

Immigration

Free advice: Turn your phone's damn battery percentage off

Attention is a kind of love.<p>Except when it's directed toward your iPhone and its unending series of notifications, at which point, if you're anything …

Obama's stern warning for Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> During a conversation with David Letterman on his new Netflix program, former President Barack Obama issued a stern warning for the current commander in chief: "One of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways faster than I did, was part of your ability to lead the country doesn't …

Donald Trump

What Self-Awareness Really Is (and How to Cultivate It)

Self-awareness seems to have become the latest management buzzword — and for good reason. Research suggests that when we see ourselves clearly, we are more confident and more creative. We make sounder decisions, build stronger relationships, and communicate more effectively. We’re less likely to …

Google’s voice-generating AI is now indistinguishable from humans

Humans have officially given their voice to machines.<p>A research paper published by Google this month—which has not been peer reviewed—details a text-to-speech system called Tacotron 2, which claims near-human accuracy at imitating audio of a person speaking from text.<p>The system is Google’s second …

Artificial Intelligence

Use this calculator and see how the tax bill will affect your paycheck

With Republicans' passage of one of the most significant tax reform bills in decades, everyone is asking the same question: Will my taxes go up or down? Obviously, every tax return is different and generalities are difficult. Is a person's income from a job or investments? Are they itemizing or …

Retirement

CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity

The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including "fetus" and "transgender" — in official documents being prepared for next year's budget.<p>Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and …

Public Health

Inside China's Vast New Experiment in Social Ranking

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 …

Women in Tech

America's healthiest and least healthy states

<b>(CNN) —</b> Despite years of efforts to even out health disparities across the United States, some states are dramatically healthier than others, according to a new report.<p>Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Utah and Connecticut rank as the five healthiest states, while West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, …

Public Health

New Trump administration rule could force workers to share their tips

The Trump administration is moving to scrap another Obama-era rule. This one affects workers who get paid in tips.<p>Under a Labor Department rule change proposed Monday, employers could ask employees who earn a salary of at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, and also earn tips, to pool …

CNN

Never Been Able to Keep a Journal Before? This Is the Journal Format for You

You know journaling is a good idea. Here's how to actually do it.<p>I write about productivity and personal achievement for a living so take it from me: you already know how to be successful. All the good advice? You've already heard it. No doubt multiple someones have told you to meditate, commit to …

‘Mailsploit’ Lets Hackers Forge Perfect Email Spoofs

Pretending to be someone you're not in an email has never been quite hard enough—hence phishing, that eternal scourge of internet security. But now …

Information Security

My laptop no longer works. How can I erase my personal data?

Colin’s old laptop has a faulty motherboard. If he junks it or sells it, how can he erase the data that’s still on the hard drive?<p>I am unable to power on my Acer laptop, and the technician says the motherboard is faulty. I am planning to sell it. Will the buyer be able to retrieve my data after …

Anyone Can Hack MacOS High Sierra Just by Typing "Root"

There are hackable security flaws in software. And then there are those that don't even require hacking at all—just a knock on the door, and asking …

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

The first time the police arrived on her doorstep, in March of 2015, Courtney Allen was elated.<p>She rushed to the door alongside her dogs, a pair of …

AI’s latest application: wasting email scammers’ time

Schadenfreude is one of life's simplest pleasures -- especially when the victim in question is an email scammer. That's the service Netsafe's Re:scam provides. Simply forward your Nigerian prince emails to the service and it'll use machine learning to generate conversations to waste the nefarious …

America is facing an epistemic crisis

What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter?<p>Over at the Gothamist, Jake Offenhartz has an astounding and richly symbolic story about the latest bit of “fake news” burped up by the alt-right.<p>At Columbia University on Monday, alt-right self-promoter Mike Cernovich gave a speech to College …