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Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Silicon Valley technologists who were early employees at Facebook and Google, alarmed over the ill effects of social networks and smartphones, are banding together to challenge the companies they helped build.<p>The cohort is creating a union of concerned experts called the …

Silicon Valley

Inside R. Kelly’s ‘Sex Cult’

Starved, beaten, and forced to have sex with other women, Kitti Jones still couldn’t see a way to leaving R. Kelly. In a shocking Rolling Stone …

Crime

Robots could destabilise world through war and unemployment, says UN

United Nations opens new centre in Netherlands to monitor artificial intelligence and predict possible threats<p>The UN has warned that robots could destabilise the world ahead of the opening of a headquarters in The Hague to monitor developments in artificial intelligence.<p>From the risk of mass …

The Future

20 best seafood recipes: part 3

Jordan Bourke and Rejina Pyo’s seafood and spring onion pancake – haemul pa-jeon<p>This dense, savoury pancake makes a fantastic starter or sharing dish with everyone diving in with their chopsticks, mopping up some of the soy dipping sauce along the way. Extremely popular as a snack in Korea, this …

Seafood

How do you pronounce 'meme'?

<b>Reality television star Gemma Collins has been roundly mocked online for mispronouncing the word "meme" - a term commonly used to describe a viral piece of internet culture. Where did she go wrong?</b><p>"Thank you for all the memes you've done for me this week," she told her fans in a video posted on …

Richard Dawkins

I bought a Costco vacation — here's why the retailer has completely changed how I book travel

"You can buy a vacation through Costco?" I was asked at least a dozen times in recent months.<p>My answer: Yes, and it's incredible.<p>I became aware of Costco's travel deals last May when a friend suggested checking out the warehouse store's website while planning an upcoming vacation.<p>I was amazed by …

Flying

Is it Possible to Stimulate Deep Inside Our Brains Without Implanting Hardware?

For decades, scientists have dreamed of how electricity might be used to change the human brain. By altering its firing patterns using currents, …

The Brain

New research on the biology behind over-thinking shows how it makes us less creative

According to new research, one reason for experiencing this is biological.<p>Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmiths University of London have discovered that using a targeted electric current to suppress a particular region of the brain can help break us out of these states of …

The Brain

The Doctor Who Delivered the World's First 'Three-Person' Baby

When reproductive endocrinologist John Zhang introduced a new in vitro fertilization technique at a medical conference in China in 1997, the audience …

Genetics

'Winged Serpent' Fossil Found in 5-Million-Year-Old Sinkhole

Inside a 5-million-year-old sinkhole in Tennessee, at a spot dubbed Gray Fossil Site, scientists have unearthed the fossilized remains of an ancient …

Paleontology

A Teenager Just Built The World's Lightest Satellite - And NASA's Launching It

What a legend.<p>An Indian teenager has won an international competition to build a functioning satellite, and not only has he produced what is …

Space Exploration

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Some call it 'stealthing,' others call it sexual assault

<b>(CNN) —</b> Some people call it "stealthing" -- a practice where men secretly remove or damage condoms without their partners' knowledge. Others call it sexual assault.<p>But giving it an official name could be a major support for survivors of sexual assault, many of whom face an uphill battle in the …

Julian Assange

Mike Judge, the Bard of Suck

<b>A</b>s we took a seat in the back of the Commissary, a restaurant on the Sony Pictures Studios lot, Mike Judge pointed out a man seated two booths away. It was Tom Rothman, the chairman of Sony Pictures and former head of Fox’s film division, where he oversaw the rocky release of Judge’s 2006 film, …

Silicon Valley

Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump hasn't been in the White House for 100 days, yet he's already reversed himself on many of his key campaign promises.<p>In several interviews this week, the president has forged new positions on topics ranging from NATO to Chinese currency manipulation. They …

Donald Trump

This fan hack lets you play as Yoshi in Sonic 2, and it’s shockingly good

Yesterday a Twitter user by the name of Ktr4ks posted a video of what appears to be a hacked version of <i>Sonic The Hedgehog 2</i> starring Yoshi, …

Persona 5’s impossibly cool sense of style helps set it apart

Looks aren’t everything, but they count for a lot<p>Even before you start playing, <i>Persona 5</i> makes sure you know that it is <i>just so effortlessly cool</i>. A jazzy tune kicks off the opening credit sequence, where the names of directors and artists appear as street signs and graffiti on billboards. A top …

Persona (Video Game)

The Reckoning: Why the Movie Business Is in Big Trouble

Anyone in the movie business who tells you they’re not scared stiff about the future is probably lying.<p>There’s ample reason to be fearful. It’s been …

New Orleans

April Fool's Day: What are the best pranks and where did it come from?

A day of laughter<p>It is a tradition in Western societies to take-part in pranks and trickery on the first day of April every year. Taken as an opportunity by many to inflict some quick humour into an otherwise ordinary day.<p>Although April Fool's activities are often trivial, there is an increasing …

April Fools' Day

A Comprehensive Guide to the Ghost in the Shell Controversy

The first live-action, English-language adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series <i>Ghost in the Shell</i> hits theaters this week. But even before …

Anime
Anime

This Is How To Stop Checking Your Phone: 5 Secrets From Research

How long do you think the average work email goes unread? 10 minutes? 5 minutes? <i>1 minute?</i><p>Try 6 seconds.<p>In reality, 70 percent of office emails are …

Slot Machines

The Dirty Dozen

On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released its latest "Dirty Dozen" list. The list reveals the fruits and vegetables that have the …

Agriculture

20 years later, Biggie Smalls’ murder remains rap’s great mystery

After 20 years, the Mafia-style murder of Biggie Smalls remains one of the most baffling mysteries in rap history.<p>The Brooklyn-born hip-hop legend …

Really hot stuff: AR and VR spending to double in 2017

It seems we're all especially keen on trying out games and entertainment in virtual reality.<p>Strap on a headset and you'll fuel a growing piece of the economy.<p>Worldwide spending on virtual reality and its cousin augmented reality could reach $13.9 billion in 2017, nearly half of that driven by …

Virtual Reality

Newly found sunken continents suggests the mythical continent of Lemuria was REAL

<b>Scientists have discovered at least TWO sunken continents on Earth. The discovery of these continents has changed the way we look at Earth’s history,</b> …

Twitter quickly made a glorious meme out of that massive Oscars mess

What <i>La La Land</i> producer Jordan Horowitz lost in a Best Picture Academy Award, he gained in memes.<p>Just as the <i>La La Land</i> producers began thanking …

Swimming Pools

10 Chick-fil-A Copycat Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings, Even on Sundays

Why is it that Chick-fil-A cravings seem to hit the hardest on Sundays, the only day the fast-food chain is closed? These copycat recipes allow you to get your fix any time, any day. From the classic Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich to the nuggets and more, every Chick-fil-A obsessive will surely …

Cooking

The dazzling firefall of Yosemite has returned

The rare and stunningly beautiful phenomenon only occurs during a two-week window in February.<p>While winter in Yosemite National Park offers a …

National Parks