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Fifty Years Ago, a Rag-Tag Group of Acid-Dropping Activists Tried to "Levitate" the Pentagon

Late in the evening of January 14, 1967, a few of the people responsible for turning the seventh decade of the century into the cultural moment known …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

How to quit Facebook (if the time suck, Russian ads or political noise has become too much)

It’s not as impossible as you might think.<p>There are many valid reasons you might want to quit Facebook. Maybe you spend too much time there. Maybe you’re tired of its cluttered app. Maybe you’re unnerved by all the Russia stuff.<p>I was an avid Facebook user for more than a decade. But due to a …

Facebook

There's a Big Problem Skewing Neuroscience - We're Not All White And Middle Class

We need more diversity.<p>A few years ago, researchers were finding that psychology research was being affected by something WEIRD – an oversampling …

The Brain

A Yale psychologist's simple thought experiment temporarily turned conservatives into liberals

• <b>Social scientists say conservative political views can be fueled by fear.</b>• <b><br>A new study suggests that making people feel safe from harm can change their stance on hot-button social issues.</b>• <b><br>The new research gives insight into the role of the unconscious mind in the voting booth.</b><p>Social scientists have …

Psychology

Women of color at tech companies are few and far between

Thanks to an analysis of EEO-1 data by Reveal News, we have a clear picture of just how many women of color* (Native American, black, Latina, Asian, Pacific Islander or two or more races) work at major tech companies. When tech companies release their diversity reports, they rarely, if ever, report …

Diversity

Scientists investigate why crows are so playful | Ars Technica

New experiments reveal a complex link between crow play and tool use.<p>Crows share an interesting set of behaviors with humans: they like to play, and …

Birds

ARM chip OG Steve Furber: Turing missed the mark on human intelligence

Ten mice and a million cores are going to prove it"Brains are massively parallel. We each have just under 100 billion neurons inside our heads, all …

Singularity

The Trailer for Maria Bamford's Lady Dynamite Season 2 Immediately Takes on Mental Illness

Maria Bamford is a damn delight and watching her struggle with a relationship, work, and mental health issues is actually fun.<p>The trailer for Season …

Mental Disorders

Watch the first four episodes of the Silicon Valley mockumentary ‘Bubbleproof’

We’re excited to be premiering a new mockumentary series about the startup world; watch the first four episodes of <i>Bubbleproof</i> right here on TechCrunch.<p>The show stars Reputation.com founder Michael Fertik and David Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners. Fertik and Cowan play fictionalized (?) versions …

Silicon Valley

This long-time Amazon exec left the company and is now recruiting tech workers to mentor students of color

Ian Freed is working with TAF, a Seattle area non-profit that runs a STEM-focused school.<p>Ian Freed, a longtime Amazon executive best known for his roles leading its Kindle and Fire phone teams, recently left the company after a 12-year career there, <b>Recode</b> has learned.<p>Now, Freed is spending much of …

Education

DC's Latest Hanna-Barbera Comic Will Reimagine Snagglepuss as a 'Gay, Southern Gothic Playwright' [UPDATED]

You thought post-modern <i>Flintstones</i> or apocalyptic future <i>Scooby Doo</i> was the weirdest thing DC could do to classic Hanna-Barbera characters? DC comics …

Comics

Next in DC’s Snagglepuss and Flintstones Comics: Political Persecution and Judging Humanity's Worth

Last year, the biggest surprise from DC Comics’ radically re-invented Hanna-Barbera comic book series was <i>The Flintstones</i> title written by Mark …

Comics

Scientists detect incredible collision of neutron stars

Astronomers have detected the collision of a pair of dead stars, called a kilonova, that caused a cosmic ripple of gravitational waves around 130 …

Astrophysics

Social bots as a threat to democracy

In The Guardian, my Institute for the Future colleagues Marina Gorbis and Sam Woolley write about social bots as a threat to democracy:<p>Social media …

Bots

Machine Learning Is Easy

In this article, we will talk about machine learning in general and its interaction with data warehouses. If you are a beginner who doesn't know …

Machine Learning

Dolphins have ‘human-like’ societies...but are held back by a lack of opposable thumbs, say scientists

Whales and dolphins live in human-like societies and share similar brain evolution to primates and man, scientist have concluded.<p>A new study which looked at 90 species found a link between brain size and social and cultural traits in marine mammals.<p>It is the first time that scientists have …

Evolution

The end of oversharing

The early 2000s were the era of user-generated content. Companies like Associated Content and Shareasale rewarded content producers richly – one friend of mine made millions on YouTube in 2004 because he was one of the few serial content producers on the platform. The future was going to be …

User Generated Content

What We Get Wrong About Lyme Disease - Issue 53: Monsters

My sister Camilla and I stepped off the passenger ferry onto the dock at Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard’s main port, with a group that had already …

Lyme Disease

How “Big Data” Went Bust

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Thinkstock. Five years ago—in February 2012—an article in the <i>New York Times</i>’ Sunday Review …

Big Data

An ex St. Petersburg ‘troll’ speaks out. Russian independent TV network interviews former troll at the Internet Research Agency

One of the many remarkable things about 2017 is that American journalists no longer have the Irish Republican Army in mind when writing “IRA,” which …

Russia

Not Britain’s Finest Hour

<i>This article appears in the Fall 2017 issue of</i> The American Prospect <i>magazine. Subscribe here.</i> It is not often that a great, historic nation decides …

Brexit

‘The pipeline’ isn’t causing tech’s diversity problem: The workplace is, and here are 3 ways to fix it

For tech organizations trying to diversify, there’s an obvious go-to: invest in a more diverse pipeline.<p>“For me, and I think for many, many, many …

Diversity

I loved AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. I can’t wait for you to love it too.

The tech drama went from a curiosity to one of my favorite shows of all time. When you’re a TV critic, one of the hazards of the job is that a show …

These maps show how much damage a North Korean thermonuclear weapon could do to major American cities

Nuclear weapons may be humanity's most terrifying creations, but most people would be hard-pressed to say what, exactly, such an explosion might do to their town or city.<p>To help the public get a handle on nuclear threats, Alex Wellerstein, a historian of science at Stevens Institute of Technology, …

Maps

The Case for Letting Fevers Run Their Course

Numerous studies over the past few years have shown that taking fever reducers hurts your body’s ability to recover from an illness.<p>Fever isn’t an illness. It’s the body’s attempt to fight illness. So when we treat fever with antipyretics, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen, we only handcuff …

Medicine

How Sci-Fi Writers Imagine Iraq’s Future

In a new speculative-fiction anthology series, Iraqi authors consider their country’s tumultuous present as they envision how it could look in the year 2103.<p>Speculative fiction from around the world has been gaining significant traction in the U.S. in recent years. Nordic sci-fi novels such as <i>The</i> …

Science Fiction

Cambridge Analytica: the Geotargeting and Emotional Data Mining Scripts

Last year, Michael Phillips, a data science intern at Cambridge Analytica, posted the following scripts to a set of “work samples” on his personal …

Python Programming