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Our nights keep getting brighter

Our nights are getting brighter and they have been every year since 2012, according to a new study published today in <i>Science Advances</i>. Researchers led by Christopher Kyba at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences used satellite imagery to track changes in nighttime outdoor artificial …

Science

Connected sex-toy allows for code-injection attacks on a robot you wrap around your genitals

Anonymity and privacy researcher Sarah Jamie Lewis realized that a connected sex toy's "email a blowjob" feature had significant security …

Information Security

FCC explains why public support for net neutrality won’t stop repeal | Ars Technica

Americans who support net neutrality find that their voices don’t count for much.<p>Net neutrality rules are popular with Americans who use the …

Internet

Apple just gave us all a look inside the AI of its secretive self-driving car project

Apple is beginning to show the world that it’s undertaking real, competitive research for its secretive autonomous car project.<p>The company is working on a new approach to make self-driving cars understand where other cars, cyclists, and pedestrians are located nearby, by reading data from a LiDAR …

Artificial Intelligence

Cassini Image Mosaic: A Farewell to Saturn

In a fitting farewell to the planet that had been its home for over 13 years, the Cassini spacecraft took one last, lingering look at Saturn and its …

Space Exploration

First Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Footage Online

<b>Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom</b> has been playing its cards close to the vest, but that may change soon. The secretive sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World …

Movies

This New Rick and Morty Short Will Actually Make You Cry

A <i>Rick and Morty</i> tearjerker? That’s unexpected. But we’re not kidding. New short “The Poop in My Pants,” starring fan-favorite Mr. Poopybutthole …

Pop Culture

Scythe artist’s latest project is a short film by Neill Blombkamp’s experimental studio

Video game Iron Harvest also in production<p>It’s been quite a year for artist Jakub Różalski. First came critical praise for his hit board game <i>Scythe</i>, followed by the first trailer for a video game called <i>Iron Harvest</i><i>,</i> which is set in the same world. Now comes a short movie based on one of his …

Movies

Even Scientists Were Blown Away by These Weird Sea Creatures They Found

GIF<p>Scientists aboard the ocean-exploring ship the E/V Nautilus have been prowling the ocean for wonders since 2008, literally just exploring the seas.<p>…

Oceans

Here's the FCC's Plan to Kill Net Neutrality

The FCC on Wednesday released a draft order that would effectively repeal landmark Obama-era regulations that ensure internet service providers offer …

Net Neutrality

Review: Coco delivers Pixar’s best technical and emotional magic | Ars Technica

A boy searches for music in the Land of the Dead in a plot twistier than a telenovela.<p>Like Pixar's greatest films, such as <i>Toy Story</i>, <i>Up</i>, and <i>Inside …

Walt Disney Company

FCC plan would give Internet providers power to choose the sites customers see and use

Federal regulators announced a plan Tuesday that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers can see and use, and at what cost.<p>The move sets the stage for a crucial vote next month at the Federal Communications Commission that could …

Internet

Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

BBC News<p><b>More than 70,000 of the world's most precious seeds have been sent from the UK's Millennium Seed Bank to the Middle East, in its largest export to date.</b><p>The consignment contains more than 50 wild relatives of cultivated crops, such as wheat, barley and lentils.<p>The seeds will be used for food …

Agriculture

Terry Gilliam and the Time He Shared a Crew With ‘Star Wars’

When Terry Gilliam made his solo directorial debut in 1977 with “Jabberwocky,” he was best known for his work as a founding member of Monty Python. Mr. Gilliam’s work in that influential sketch comedy troupe was unique: Besides being a performer, he was the animator, drawing absurd cartoons as …

Terry Gilliam

Earplugs unavoidable for musicians in the orchestra and at home

Many musicians suffer ear damage. Professional orchestras have therefore taken measures in recent years to reduce the sound levels. Studies now …

Physics

Behind the Scenes as NASA Tests the Most Powerful Rocket Ever

SCROLL DOWN<p>SCROLL DOWN<p>Behind the Scenes as NASA Tests the Most Powerful Rocket Ever<p><b>NASA wants to send a human to Mars in the next two decades. And</b> …

Determine

The Father of Virtual Reality Is Back With a New Book

Jaron Lanier may not have sired the term <i>virtual reality</i>—that honor generally goes to French playwright Antonin Artaud in 1938—but he’s one hell of a …

Virtual Reality

FCC announces vote to destroy net neutrality next month

The Federal Communications Commission will vote to put an end to its net neutrality rules next month, commission chairman Ajit Pai said today. The proposal will reverse the Title II classification of internet providers, which allows the agency to put strict limits on their behavior, and replace it …

Net Neutrality

What makes YouTube’s surreal kids’ videos so creepy?

Earlier this month, journalist James Bridle launched a wide-reaching debate on the “industrialized nightmare production” of YouTube Kids videos. These weren’t overtly violent, sexual, or scatological videos, but they felt viscerally <i>wrong</i><i>.</i> They consist of inane, confusing, low-budget animation …

Surrealism

How the sugar industry tried to hide the health effects of its product 50 years ago

Pour some sugar (science) on meeeee<p>About 50 years ago, the sugar industry stopped funding research that began to show something they wanted to hide: that eating lots of sugar is linked to heart disease. A new study exposes the sugar industry’s decades-old effort to stifle that critical …

Sugar

James Cameron Explains How He’s Shooting Underwater Mo-Cap for ‘The Avatar Sequels’

One of the very first things we learned about <b>The Avatar Sequels</b>, before we even knew there would be four of them, was that we’d be going underwater …

Movies

Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled

Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card?<p>Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it …

Disability

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YouTube

This AI Can Spot Art Forgeries by Looking at One Brushstroke - MIT Technology Review

Detecting art forgeries is hard and expensive. Art historians might bring a suspect work into a lab for infrared spectroscopy, radiometric dating, …

Machine Learning

A Path to Competitive Solar Thermal Power - MIT Technology Review

A 200-foot tower stands centered in front of a field of rotating mirrors on the southern edge of Albuquerque, New Mexico.<p>It’s the National Solar …

Energy

Toyota's T-HR3 robot mimics your hand, arm and foot movements

While Honda's ASIMO has taken much of the attention for automaker-built robots, Toyota has been working on humanoid helpers of its own for years, and now it's unveiling a third-generation model. The THR-3 expands on previous models built to test specific joints and movements by putting together a …

Robots

The Robocall Nightmare Is Only Getting Worse—But Help Is Here

You probably get robocalls all the time. Some pretend to be from the IRS, others come from a phone number very similar to yours. And then there's the …

Security

The FCC's plan to undo net neutrality is about to be revealed

Back in April, new FCC chairman Ajit Pai outlined a plan to undo net neutrality protections implemented during the Obama administration, before taking public comments. Millions of messages in response crashed the FCC's website for a time, but despite opposition, he is reportedly ready to move …

Net Neutrality

“You feel really stupid and you hope the CGI team makes you look good.” | Ars Technica

12 actors and 1 director told us how VFX changes how they do their jobs.<p>These days, your typical science-fiction or fantasy movie is performed by …

Movies