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Startups in China Are Hiring Women as 'Programmer Motivators,' and It’s Just as Sexist as It Sounds

Shen Yue works as a “programmer motivator” at a consumer finance company in China. As the name suggests, her job is to inspirit programmers at her …

Human Rights

Watch These Privileged White Manhattan Parents Rail Against Plan to Bring Kids of Color to Schools

The effort to desegregate schools was not welcomed.A new effort to diversify schools in the Upper West Side of Manhattan — one of the richest regions …

Manhattan

Neuroscientists discovered what happens to our brain when we die — then realized a 1980s 'Star Trek' episode knew it first

CBS Television Distribution<p><b>A few months ago, a team of neurologists published research that explains what happens to the brain as we die.</b>• <b><br>In effect,</b> …

Star Trek

How Microsoft helped imprison a man for ‘counterfeiting’ software it gives away for free

In a sickening concession to bad copyright law and Microsoft’s bottom line over basic technical truths and common sense, Eric Lundgren will spend 15 months in prison for selling discs that let people reinstall Windows on licensed machines. A federal appeals court this week upheld the sentence …

Customer Service

Florida Police Shoot and Kill Black Man, Then Go to Funeral Home in Attempt to Unlock His Phone Using His Fingerprint

There really appears to be no line that the police will not cross. At least, not in this case, where Largo, Florida police shot and killed a …

Crime

Here’s why you’re getting all those terms of service update emails

Get the feeling you're suddenly being bombarded with emails from companies about updated terms of service policies?<p>You are. And there's a good …

Privacy

Scientists can now keep brains alive without a body

A team of scientists recently revealed they’d successfully conducted experiments on hundreds of pigs that involved keeping their brains alive for up to 36 hours after the animals had been decapitated.<p>Maybe Sergio Canavero, the mad scientist who wants to perform a brain transplant on a human, isn’t …

The Brain

How to download a copy of everything Apple knows about you

Like Facebook and Google, Apple has a really simple way to download a file that shows all of the information that Apple knows about you.<p>Apple has …

Personal Information

Hackers create 'master key' that can unlock every room in a hotel

When you leave a hotel, what do you do with that plastic keycard they give you to get into your room? Do you return it to the front desk, or maybe …

Information Systems

Hackers find devious way to break into hotel rooms

Hotels are weird. When we check in somewhere, it’s typically for a very short time — often a week or less. Despite that, we often come to look upon our rooms as our homes away from home. From the moment you drop your luggage on the floor and climb under the Egyptian cotton sheets, you’re in your …

Cybersecurity

End of ageing and cancer? Scientists unveil structure of the 'immortality' enzyme telomerase

Making a drug is like trying to pick a lock at the molecular level. There are two ways in which you can proceed. You can try thousands of different …

Immune System

This startup wants to make expert networks faster and cheaper

Founded by 4 MIT students, DeepBench wants to match clients and advisers faster and better than ever before.<p>By Betsy Vereckey | April 24, 2018<p>Why It …

MIT Sloan

Aliens on Distant Planets Could Be Trapped by Intense Gravitational Forces

Not enough fuel.<p>In the ongoing search for extraterrestrial intelligence, it's easy to become discouraged sometimes, what with all the evidence …

Moon

Nvidia's AI reconstructs partially erased images with jaw-dropping accuracy

Nvidia this week unveiled its newest AI breakthrough in the form of a mind-blowing computer vision technique that can ‘inpaint’ parts of an image that have been deleted or modified. If you’re thinking Photoshop already does this, think again. This is something you have to see to believe.<p>Nvidia’s …

Deep Learning

Senate bill would require clearly worded terms for online data privacy

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Kennedy (R-LA) have introduced a new bill aimed at protecting consumers' online data privacy. They announced plans for such a bill earlier this month after Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress. "Every day companies profit off of the data they're …

Privacy

Tomorrow's Star Map Release Could Revolutionize Our Understanding of Astronomy

Astronomers from <b></b>the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission <b></b>will release the biggest map of our galaxy ever tomorrow, using data collected by the Gaia …

Universe

Is Facebook replaceable? Tech investor launches bid to 'start the process'

Jason Calacanis, an early investor in Uber, spearheads a contest to find a service ‘that is actually good for society’<p>Can Facebook be replaced? The prominent Silicon Valley investor Jason Calacanis, who was an early investor in several high-profile tech companies including Uber certainly hopes so. …

Social Media

Why Physicists Are Saying Consciousness Is A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, A Liquid Or A Gas

A new way of thinking about consciousness is sweeping through science like wildfire. Now physicists are using it to formulate the problem of …

Consciousness

Man sells all of his belongings and invests in Bitcoin to travel the world

A man is travelling around the world with his girlfriend with a monthly budget of £2,000, after he sold everything he owned to invest in …

Cryptocurrency

Trello rolls out major update with new home and newsfeed feature, enhanced notifications

Popular home, work organization, and project management app, Trello, has released a major update today. Just last month, the app saw a major refresh and now it’s being updated again with a brand new home and newsfeed feature and new notification features.<p>First up is Trello’s new home feature and …

Project Management

Ninja’s Fortnite tournament was an exhilarating and unprecedented e-sports experiment

The future of e-sports may be in hybrid entertainment that puts fans, pros, and streamers together in the same server<p>As I found myself seated at a gaming PC on the floor of the Luxor hotel’s exuberant Esports Arena, preparing to play <i>Fortnite</i> among the best players in the world, I can say my …

eSports

Supreme Court upholds legality of patent review process

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday gave its stamp of approval to a government review process prized by high technology companies as an easy and cheap way to combat "patent trolls" and others that bring patent infringement lawsuits.<p>The justices ruled 7-2 that a type of in-house …

Patents

Humans Can Sleep For Days When Living Alone Underground, Experiments Show

Really weird stuff happens when humans are left alone in the dark.<p>Whenever we've tried to test the effects that living in isolation without sunlight …

Tom Hanks

This Neurologist Found Out What Happens to Our Brains When We Die

Only to realise 'Star Trek' had already explained the process in a 1988 episode.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Germany</i><p>If we had paid closer attention to <i>The Simpsons</i> 18 years ago, the election of Donald Trump might not have come as such a shock. And if German neurologist Jens Dreier had …

Star Trek

This discovery could show our universe is teeming with advanced alien civilisations capable of building giant ‘megastructures’

Scientists have made a discovery which could be a crucial step in proving that our universe is populated by vast numbers of advanced alien …

Habitats

'Silicon Valley' Fact Check: That Thought Experiment Is Real and Horrifying

Gilfoyle wants to keep impending artificial intelligence leaders happy — to avoid extinction<p>In the latest episode of “Silicon Valley,” Gilfoyle — …

Silicon Valley

Company director used laser jammer so he could escape fines while giving police cameras the finger

A company director jammed speed cameras with a laser in order to escape fines whilst sticking his finger up at them, a court has heard.<p>Timothy Hill, 67, fitted a laser jammer to his white Range Rover which meant that his speed came up blank.<p>Hill drove past mobile speed camera vans on the A19 near …

Crime

When Cool Guys Want Luxury Watches and Wrist-Mounted Flamethrowers, This Is Where They Shop

Touch of Modern has carved out a niche for itself as the go-to source for unique lifestyle products for men.<p>It might be a cliche but it's a pretty accurate description of the e-commerce startup Touch of Modern: The third time is the charm.<p>Its four co-founders pivoted twice before settling on the …

Startups

Doctors Have Performed The World's First Full Penis And Scrotum Transplant

It should provide "near-normal urinary and sexual functions".<p>Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University have given a wounded soldier the world's first full …

Medicine

Unstoppable exploit in Nintendo Switch opens door to homebrew and piracy

The Nintendo Switch may soon be a haven for hackers, but not the kind that want your data — the kind that want to run SNES emulators and Linux on their handheld gaming consoles. A flaw in an Nvidia chip used by the Switch, detailed today, lets power users inject code into the system and modify it …

Retrogaming