Ryan Clifford Olson

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A Where's Waldo-Finding Robot Is Here to Steal Your Toddler's Only Job

Tired of that smug look of satisfaction on your kid’s face when they’re able to find Waldo on a page faster than you can? A creative agency called …

Machine Learning

The Only Known Sound in Space Is This 'Singing' Black Hole

Sound Mysteries“Sound Mysteries” is a Gizmodo series in which we explore weird or unexplained sonic phenomena.<p>Everyone knows there is no sound in …

Black Holes

When Did Ajit Pai Know?

Set to appear before a Senate oversight committee next Thursday, Ajit Pai will face a barrage of questions about why senior officials at the agency …

Net Neutrality

WATCH: New Mexico cop shatters car window and drags driver over broken glass after accusing him of seat belt violation

Disturbing video from a traffic stop in New Mexico documents law enforcement shattering the window of a car during a traffic stop over a disputed …

New Mexico

Bill Maher Is Done Defending Fox News’ Laura Ingraham After Racist Rant: She’s ‘Not a Good Person’

The ‘Real Time’ host thinks the controversial Fox News pundit has gone too far with her latest racist rant.<p>Back in April, Fox News host Laura …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alaska Airlines plane stolen from SeaTac airport: What we know so far

“This is not a terrorist incident.”<p>An airline employee stole an empty Alaska Airlines Q400 passenger airplane from Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) late Friday night and has since crashed on Ketron Island in the southern Puget Sound. No passengers are believed to have been on board …

Puget Sound

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.

The white supremacists marching at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year were not ashamed when they shouted, “Jews will not replace us.” They were not ashamed to wear Nazi symbols, to carry torches, to harass and beat counterprotesters. They wanted their beliefs on …

Psychology

Judge finds Roger Stone associate in contempt for refusing to appear before grand jury

A close associate of Roger Stone — the longtime confidant of President Donald Trump — has been held in contempt of court for refusing to appear before special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury, his attorney confirmed Friday.<p>Andrew Miller’s attorney Paul Kamenar told reporters outside a federal …

Donald Trump

The White Nationalists Are Winning

Fox News anchors and high-profile politicians are now openly pushing the racism of the alt-right. The fringe movement’s messages have permeated the mainstream Republican Party.<p>The year since the white-supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been difficult for the rogues’ …

Rights & Freedoms

Trump Will Fold if Mueller Calls His Bluff. Giuliani Is the Tell.

The president’s lawyer puts more preconditions on an interview that the special counsel will never agree to meet. It’s meant to make the eventual …

Donald Trump

This Genius Map Explains How Everything in Physics Fits Together

From space-time to chaos theory.<p>Physics is a huge, complex field. It also happens to be one of the most fascinating, dealing with everything from …

Physics

Virginia governor declares state of emergency for anniversary of Charlottesville protests

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville have declared a state of emergency ahead of the anniversary of the violent Unite the …

Rights & Freedoms

Mysterious 'Alien' Radio Signal: Here's What You Need to Know

You may have seen recent headlines about a strange radio signal picked up by a Canadian telescope. Some go as far as to say it was caused by all-caps …

Astronomy

The modern education system was designed to train future factory workers to be "docile"

The education system as we know it is only about 200 years old. Before that, formal education was mostly reserved for the elite. But as industrialization changed the way we work, it created the need for universal schooling.<p>Factory owners required a docile, agreeable workers who would show up on …

Education

Trump surges to fore of Manafort trial

For the first time, the president's name was invoked repeatedly in a trial Trump insists has nothing to do with him.<p>President Donald Trump says that the criminal trial of his former campaign aide, Paul Manafort, has nothing to do with him.<p>But jurors in a Virginia courtroom heard his name repeatedly …

Donald Trump

FCC Inspector General: John Oliver Segment Triggered System Slowdown, Not Bots

WASHINGTON — When John Oliver urged viewers of “Last Week Tonight” on May 7, 2017, to file net neutrality comments to the FCC’s website, the system …

Net Neutrality

A 'Complete Fabrication': FCC Chair Ajit Pai Finally Admits Claim of Attack on Net Neutrality Comment System Was Total BS

After spending a year claiming that the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) public comment system had been hacked while the agency was …

Net Neutrality

Troy Balderson wins the Ohio special election

Republicans eked out a win by less than 2,000 votes in the Ohio special election.<p><b>Why it matters:</b> Troy Balderson may have beat Democrat Danny …

Elections

A Better Way to Ban Alex Jones

Let me start by making a few things abundantly clear. First, Alex Jones is a loathsome conspiracy theorist who generates loathsome content. Second, there is no First Amendment violation when a private company chooses to boot anyone off a private platform. Third, it seems reasonably clear that Mr. …

Rights & Freedoms

Facebook recently started asking banks for your financial data

A report from the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> today revealed Facebook was attempting to gain detailed financial information from its users’ banks. Oof, in how many languages can I say “no?”<p>According to the <i>Journal</i>, Facebook has approached the likes of Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, and Citigroup with an eye …

Wells Fargo

Emmett Till Memorial Sign Vandalized With Bullets, 35 Days After Being Replaced

A sign memorializing Emmett Till has been vandalized for the third time, according to local outlet the Clarion <i>Ledger</i>, shot through with bullets.<p>The …

Black History

Sacha Baron Cohen Gets Joe Arpaio to Accept ‘Amazing Blow Job’ From Trump

Former sheriff Joe Arpaio also told Baron Cohen it ‘wouldn’t surprise’ him if the president has had a ‘golden shower.’<p>After an underwhelming <i>Who Is</i> …

Donald Trump

John Oliver Dismantles Trump’s ‘Galling Lie’ About Don Jr.

‘That is just flagrantly false!’ the ‘Last Week Tonight’ host exclaimed after the president called Donald Trump Jr. a ‘wonderful son.’<p>John Oliver …

Donald Trump Jr

John Oliver on Donald Trump's defence strategy: 'There's so much wrong there'

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed the president’s evolving defense of his son Donald Trump Jr and the first days of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s trial.<p>“We begin with yet another development in the scandal that we’ve been calling Stupid Watergate,” said Oliver. “Like …

Paul Manafort

Rick Wilson: Trump’s Tweets May Actually Be His Undoing

President Trump’s manic Twitter dysentery over the weekend contained more than a few nuggets that would have shamed, embarrassed or mortified normal …

Donald Trump

Trump says hire American. These businesses say they can't — and foreign labor limits are killing them

For nearly 25 years, Donnie and Michelle Massie have been on the ride of their life, traveling with their family-run carnival, Alpine Amusement, across the Midwest.<p>But now they say it may come to an end. The Massies, like other seasonal American businesses including landscaping and crabbing, have …

Immigration

What Would Happen in the Minutes and Hours After the Supreme Court Overturned Roe v. Wade?

From cops forcibly closing abortion clinics to "abortion tourism," the country could change overnight.<p>When he nominated far-right jurist Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Donald Trump took another step toward keeping one of the more shameless promises he made as a candidate. He may not have …

Feminism

DeVos Family Money Is All Over The News Right Now

From the policy of separating immigrant families, to limiting the power of labor unions, to naming the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, this summer the DeVos family name has been all over the news.<p>Over the years, the parents, in-laws and husband of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have …

Education

‘We are Q’: A deranged conspiracy cult leaps from the Internet to the crowd at Trump’s ‘MAGA’ tour

On Tuesday evening, the dark recesses of the Internet lit up with talk of politics.<p>“Tampa rally, live coverage,” wrote “Dan,” posting a link to President Trump’s Tampa speech in a thread on 8chan, an anonymous image board also known as Infinitechan or Infinitychan, which might be best described as …

Donald Trump

Alex Jones' reckoning is upon us

Alex Jones’ attorney today argued that “no reasonable reader or listener” would expect that Jones spoke factually on his show, Infowars.<p>Attorney Mark Enoch today spoke on Jones’ behalf in a Travis County, Texas courtroom. In a particularly contentious moment, Enoch attempted to explain away a Jones …

Alex Jones