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Pfizer CEO gets 61% pay raise—to $27.9 million—as drug prices continue to climb | Ars Technica

In a recent three-week span, the company hiked 116 drug prices as much as 9.46 percent.<p>As drug giant Pfizer Inc. hiked the price of dozens of drugs …


'Star Wars Battlefront II' Officially Ditches Paid Loot Boxes

Soon 'Star Wars Battlefront II' loot boxes will only contain cosmetics and you can’t pay for them with cash.<p>After four months of being in limbo on the issue, publisher EA has finally announced that it will remove paid loot boxes from <i>Star Wars Battlefront II</i>. In an official blog post, the publisher …

Gaming Industry

Maybe 'True Love' Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Most of us think of love as a unique experience shared with one special person. But what if, by changing your thinking, you could love anyone?


To find suspects, Raleigh police quietly turn to Google

In at least four investigations last year, Raleigh police used search warrants to demand Google data not from specific accounts of suspects, but from …


Say goodbye to the information age: it's all about reputation now

There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the …

Stanley Kubrick

Two months of daily GTA causes “no significant changes” in behavior | Ars Technica

No difference detected over a battery of 52 separate behavioral tests.<p>A new, longer-term study of video game play from the Max Planck Institute for …


About a quarter of U.S. adults say they are ‘almost constantly’ online

As smartphones and other mobile devices have become more widespread, 26% of American adults now report that they go online almost constantly.

Pew Research Center

Male contraceptive pill reports successful results from Phase 1 clinical trials

The race is on to develop a male contraceptive drug similar to that of the female birth control pill. From investigations into an ancient African …


Scientists identify gene behind brown fat's energy-burning abilities

Fat may be a villain of our time, but it's not fair to paint it all with the same brush. There are actually several types of the stuff – white fat, …


How About That Study Claiming Bisexual Women More Likely to Be Psychopathic Narcissists, What a Ride

You may have heard about the study this month that says some bi women report higher levels of psychopathy and narcissism — how legit is it really?


Flow Hive 2 sees sweet success in offering new features for honey on tap

People are talking about the whopping amount of money an innovative beehive has raised on Indiegogo. The beehive is actually a redesign of a once …


This is 'nanowood,' an invention that could reduce humanity's carbon footprint

Scientists have designed a heat-insulating material made from wood that is both light and strong and made entirely from tiny, stripped-down wood …


China tests reusable hypersonic technology

Chinese researchers recently tested a demonstration version of a reusable, hypersonic spacecraft in the vast Gobi Desert in late February as part of …


Black Panther Breaks $1 Billion, A Wrinkle In Time Claims #2 Spot in Historic Weekend for Black Films

<i>Black Panther</i> zoomed past the billion-dollar mark in worldwide theaters this weekend, earning the number one box office spot for the fourth week in a …

Black Panther

What scientists found trapped in a diamond: a type of ice not known on Earth

Trapped in the rigid structure of diamonds formed deep in the Earth's crust, scientists have discovered a form of water ice that was not previously known to occur naturally on our planet.<p>The finding, published Thursday in Science, represents the first detection of naturally occurring ice-VII ever …


Crops successfully engineered to need 25 percent less water

Scientists have revealed that a simple genetic tweak to overexpress a single protein in crops could result in the plants needing up to 25 percent …

Carbon Dioxide

Amelia Earhart mystery may be solved, says scientist

Ever since she disappeared while attempting a round-the-world flight in 1937, people have wondered what became of American aviator Amelia Earhart. …

Amelia Earhart

Seal poo provides first proof of ocean plastics traveling up food chain to marine mammals

There is still a lot we don't know about the path of plastic waste through the ocean, though we are learning more all the time. Scientists late last …


More Evidence That Dogs ‘See’ the World With Their Powerful Noses

Dogs are equipped with a powerful sense of smell, but scientists haven’t been sure if our canine companions are capable of linking an aroma or scent …

The Brain

FBI's Use of Paid Best Buy Informants Goes Deeper Than We Knew

Questions were raised last year about whether FBI agents were actively recruiting technicians at Best Buy’s Geek Squad to search for illegal content …


Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones

Google has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to help the agency develop <b></b>artificial intelligence for analyzing drone footage, a …

Artificial Intelligence

'Corporations Are People' Is Built on an Incredible 19th-Century Lie

How a farcical series of events in the 1880s produced an enduring and controversial legal precedent<p>Somewhat unintuitively, American corporations today enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens. Both, for instance, are entitled to the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. How …

Constitutional Amendments

Is Google Going Underground With Hypersonic Tech?

High-speed drilling and tunneling machines could revolutionize geothermal energy and enable Hyperloop trains Gif: HyperSciencesGoogle is carrying out …

Vladimir Putin

Can the U.S. Military Combat the Coming Swarm of Weaponized Drones?

To counter the threats posed by small drones, the U.S. military may have to rapidly step up its R&D timeframes, according to a new report …


Common ‘Superbug’ Found to Disguise Resistance to Potent Antibiotic

New study finds little-known resistance by a dangerous bacteria to a last-resort antibiotic, part of a worrisome trend<p>Some common “superbugs” appear to harbor a little-known type of resistance to a last-resort antibiotic, a new study shows, suggesting a worrying new way in which dangerous bacteria …


Fox Wants to Reduce Ad Time to Two Minutes per Hour by 2020

Network announced the target at an event it hosted to discuss TV advertising’s challenges<p>By<p>Alexandra Bruell<p>Alexandra Bruell<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@alexbruell<p><p>Fox Networks Group’s ad sales chief, Joe Marchese, is setting a lofty goal for the broadcast network: …


Steam January 2018 survey: Oculus Rift overtakes HTC Vive for first time

For the first time ever since the launch of both headsets in early 2016, the Oculus Rift has overtaken the HTC Vive on the monthly Steam hardware survey.<p>The survey is entirely optional and scans a user’s PC for various hardware components, including any VR headsets that may be connected. After a …

Ready Player One

Google Unveils 72-Qubit Quantum Computer With Low Error Rates

Google unveiled that it's working on a 72-qubit quantum computer with error rates below 1%, which is what the company said it's required to have …

Quantum Computing

MoviePass CEO proudly says the app tracks your location before and after movies

Everyone knew the MoviePass deal is too good to be true — and as is so often the case these days, it turns out you’re not the customer, you’re the product. And in this case they’re not even attempting to camouflage that. Mitch Lowe, the company’s CEO, told an audience at a Hollywood event that “we …

Venture Capital

Stratolaunch, the world's largest plane, speeds down the runway for the first time

Announced back in 2011, Stratolaunch Systems is one of several companies working to develop an air-launch-to-orbit aircraft. After years of …