Chris Towlson

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If You Care About Data, Change These 15 Default Privacy Settings Right Now

Say no to defaults.<p>On the Internet, the devil's in the defaults.<p>You're not reading all those updated data policies flooding your inbox. You probably …

This incredible animation shows how deep humans have dug

If we were to journey to the center of the Earth, it would take a lot longer than you might expect. Here's how deep humans have dug underground.<p>The typical grave is 6 feet down. Most Olympic swimming pools are 10 feet deep. Nile crocodiles dig burrows as deep as 39 feet deep. The Paris Catacombs …

Archaeology

Gaming's racist and sexist personalities aren't a new threat to children

Technology changes the fears, but not the strategies<p>“Do you watch PewDiePie?” I asked my oldest son. He shook his head no, but then asked why I would even bring it up.<p>“Because he doesn’t understand why jokes about genocide aren’t funny,” I explained. My son goes to a German language school, and …

A controversial theory may explain the real reason humans have allergies

For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a hornet nest the size of a football. An angry squadron of insects clamped onto my leg; their stings felt like scorching needles. I swatted the hornets away and ran for help, …

Immunotherapy

Scientists Just Found Even More Evidence That RNA Is Behind The Origin of Life

Here's how it all began.<p>Scientists have been closing in on RNA (ribonucleic acid, the close companion of DNA) as being the most likely candidate for …

E-cigs shut down hundreds of immune system genes—regular cigs don’t

People who vape may have weakened defenses against infections.<p>WASHINGTON—It’s widely assumed that swapping cigarette puffing for vapor huffing is …

Sherlock Pikachu is the best Pikachu

Nintendo has just announced a new (Japan-only) title starring Pikachu as a world-famous detective. Named <i>Famous Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Partnership</i> (translated by our Japan-based editor), it's described as a cinematic adventure game in which a "smug," "wise-cracking" Pikachu will team …

Pikachu

Star

Latest<p>Kevin Feige Talks Marvel Studios’ Collaborative Efforts<p>Marvel Studios 5 hours ago<p>Marvel Studios<p>Marvel Studios Boss Won't Give Advice to Less …

The Walking Dead

Constructing London's Tower Bridge required intricate innovation

Building Tower Bridge<p>A London bridge, going up.<p>c. 1889<p>In the late 1800s, London was faced with the task of building a new span across the Thames, …

London Bridge

Man proposes to girlfriend 148 times without her realising

LONDON — There are so many innovative wedding proposals online these days, it's hard to pull off something new.<p>Ray Smith from Grimsby was struggling …

5 questions for anyone who calls 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' a 'remake'

<b>Warning: There are spoilers ahead. Only use this article in a seasonal argument if everyone in the room has seen the movie or cares to see it. Come</b> …

Physicists demonstrate the quantum von Neumann architecture

A new paradigm in quantum information processing has been demonstrated by physicists at UC Santa Barbara. Their results are published in this week's …

The time illusion: How your brain creates now

WHAT is “now”? It is an idea that physics treats as a mere illusion, yet it is something we are all familiar with. We tend to think of it as this …

Consciousness

How the Mast Brothers fooled the world into paying $10 a bar for crappy hipster chocolate

Whether you’ve seen their beautifully wrapped bars for sale at Shake Shack or Rag & Bone, featured in the pages of the New York Times or Vogue, or decorating one of their New York, London, or soon, LA shops, Mast Brothers chocolate bars have become the world’s most prominent brand of artisanal …

Dessert

Not just a headache: How migraine changes your brain

“WELL a very, very heavy ah heavy duit burtation tonight. We had a very deres dereson. But let’s go ahead tarish tasen losh lobitt behend dupet.” …

'OMG this is so weird': Irish student finds her doppleganger online

LONDON — There's something spookily fascinating about two strangers who are completely unrelated, but somehow look like they could be twins.<p>In the …

Lips

First high-energy LHC results: Supersymmetry still dead, watch for gravitons

The particle collider's first run at new energies has a hint of a signal.<p>The world's biggest particle collider, CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), …

After Capitalism

How will it end? For centuries even the most sanguine of capitalism’s theorists have thought it not long for this world. Smith, Ricardo, and Mill …

Economics

Rez producer Tetsuya Mizuguchi on his return to music games

On Saturday at Sony’s PlayStation Experience press conference, <i>Rez Infinite</i> stood out as one of the biggest surprises of the show. A remastered version of the classic music-infused rail shooter, <i>Infinite</i> is heading to PlayStation 4 with bonus content, including the option to play it with Sony’s …

A scientist examines the folly of 'I am not a scientist.'

A few weeks back, I wrote a piece about the political, social and journalistic implications of a phrase that has been bothering me like a burr under …

Nobel Prize

A Star-Crossed 'Scientific Fact': The Story Of Vulcan, Planet That Never Was

There's a common misconception that science is purely about cold, hard facts — concrete evidence, mathematical models and replicable experiments to explain the world around us.<p>It's easy to forget that there are peoplebehind the data and equations. And when people are involved, there is always room …

“Enough shovels to go around”: Ars looks back at the lies of the Cold War

In the early and late Cold War years, the US government planned for nuclear survival.<p>In the fall of 1971, I got my first taste of what the Cold War …

Google rewards restaurant reviewers with 1TB storage

Did you know that Google has its own, homegrown rival to services like Yelp and TripAdvisor? You do now. The search engine is hoping to improve the quality of its offering by handing perks to its unpaid contributors that keep everything updated. Before, they'd simply be provided recognition for …

Star Wars hype has burned us before

It's a trap<p>Hype is what gives a movie its power. It is an energy created by all beloved franchises. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds our galaxy together. But beware the dark side of hype.<p>Yes, I was like you, once; fresh-faced, hopeful. Back in 1999. Before the birth of social media. …

Star Wars

Star

Latest<p>These 'Star Wars' 3D Pop-Up Cards are Perfect for Father’s Day<p>Star Wars 05/25/2018 10:41 am<p>Star Wars<p>Bandai Conjures Up 'Harry Potter and the …

Destroyed Star Rains Onto Black Hole, Winds Blow It Back

New details about what happens when a black hole tears apart a star have been gathered by a trio of orbiting X-ray telescopes, giving scientists an …

Spot The Station

Watch the International Space Station pass overhead from several thousand worldwide locations. It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy …

The Evacuated Chernobyl Is Now Teeming With Wildlife

Human habitation is more devastating to animals than nuclear fallout<p>On April 26, 1986, reactor four of the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine, was destroyed by an unexpected surge of power during testing. The explosion was followed by a violent fire that spewed tremendous amounts of …

Mysterious moons and alien life: the 42 best space movies ever made

Every Solar System Image You’ve Ever Seen is Wrong. Till Now.

So which one are we (we human beings, I mean)?<p>Infinitesimal<p>String scale<p>Nanoscale<p>Subatomic scale<p>Atomic<p>Molecular<p>Mitochondrial<p>Cellular<p>Microscopic<p>Minuscule<p>Tiny<p>Lilliputian<p>Small<p>Medium<p>Bulky<p>Large<p>Immense<p>Massive<p>Giant<p>Mammoth<p>Colossal<p>Leviathan<p>Vast<p>Galactic<p>Cosmic<p>Universal<p>Well, it depends on who’s asking. To a …