Marcel Gagne

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China builds ‘world’s biggest air purifier’ … and it seems to be working

An experimental tower over 100 metres high in northern China – dubbed the world’s biggest air purifier by its operators – has bought a noticeable …

Pollution

The 'Underground Railroad' To Save Atheists

A vision to protect those persecuted for non-religion<p>Lubna Yaseen was a student in Baghdad when death threats forced her into exile. Her crime was to think the unthinkable and question the unquestionable—to state, openly, that she was an atheist.<p>Growing up in Hillah, a city in central Iraq, she …

Atheism

Facebook’s head of AI really hates Sophia the robot (and with good reason)

‘This is to AI as prestidigitation is to real magic.’<p>Sophia the robot is a bit of a <i>non-persona non grata</i> in the AI community. Its creators, Hanson Robotics, consistently exaggerate the bot’s abilities, pretending that it’s “basically alive,” rather than just a particularly unnerving automaton. For …

Artificial Intelligence

​Learn how to run Linux on Microsoft's Azure cloud

With Linux running one in three server instances on Azure, it's past time to learn how to do a good job of running Linux on Microsoft's Azure …

Linux

Pantheon Explained: A Look at the Minimalist Elementary OS Desktop

If you’re a first-time Linux user, there’s a decent chance you’re using Elementary OS. The relatively young Linux operating system has accrued …

Linux

How DNA Testing Botched My Family's Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too

My grandfather was caramel-skinned with black eyes and thick, dark hair, and until he discovered that he was adopted, he had no reason to suspect …

DNA

Where does a Vine star go after Vine?

Christiana Gilles was on her way to being a Vine star, until the app suddenly shut down. One year later, she’s still finding her creative path.<p>In …

Social Media

The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Tesla

The eccentric inventor and modern Prometheus died 75 years ago, after a rags-to-riches to rags life<p>Early years<p>Success as an inventor<p>Challenges along …

Albert Einstein

The Crack-up of Theocracy

It is odd to hear Westerners, hopelessly permeated with Marxism, dissect the nationwide Iranian protests as primarily an economic eruption, the …

Iran

No More Ubuntu! Debian is the New Choice For Google's In-house Linux Distribution

Shares 9<p><i>Brief: For years Google used Goobuntu, an in-house, Ubuntu-based operating system. Goobuntu is now being replaced by gLinux, which is based</i> …

Linux

It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech

For most of modern history, the easiest way to block the spread of an idea was to keep it from being mechanically disseminated. Shutter the …

Censorship

The Real Problem with Silicon Valley's "So-Called Sex Parties"

'Maybe call it a sexual harassment party instead," says entrepreneur in attendance.<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox …

Silicon Valley

Barcelona abandons Windows and Office, goes with Linux instead

In another entire-city-abandons-Microsoft affair, Barcelona has announced that it’s dumping Windows and Office in order to migrate to Linux and other …

Linux

5 arcade-style games for Linux

Gaming has traditionally been one of Linux's weak points. That has changed somewhat in recent years thanks to Steam, GOG, and other efforts to bring …

Linux

Bromite Is the New NoChromo — Open Source Chrome Port with Ad Blocking

A while back, we told you about NoChromo, a no-root ad-blocking browser based on Google Chrome's open source code base, Chromium. That browser was …

Plasma 5.12 LTS Beta Makes Your Desktop Smoother and Speedier

Plasma's support for running as Wayland is now more complete and is now suitable for more wide-ranged testing. It is included as Long Term Support …

Linux

Huge Water Reserves Found All Over Mars

New NASA images show layers of ice peeking out of eroded cliffs—a potential boon for future humans on the red planet.<p>At sites across the midsection of Mars, scientists have found layers of water ice buried mere feet beneath the red planet’s surface. The discovery adds crucial detail to Mars’s …

Planets

Plane left dangling on cliff after its skids off runway in Turkey

ISTANBUL—A commercial plane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey dangled precariously off a muddy cliff with its nose only a …

Aviation

Physicists Say They've Created a Device That Generates 'Negative Mass'

Say what?<p>Physicists have created what they say is the first device that's capable of generating particles that behave as if they have negative …

Physics

The Psychology of Inequality

Researchers find that much of the damage done by being poor comes from feeling poor.<p>In 2016, the highest-paid employee of the State of California was Jim Mora, the head coach of U.C.L.A.’s football team. (He has since been fired.) That year, Mora pulled in $3.58 million. Coming in second, with a …

Equality

Used Toyota Highlander for Sale: 12,658 Cars from $2,600

The Toyota Highlander is a five-door crossover-style vehicle seating up to seven passengers as a midsize CUV. This crossover utility vehicle was …

Toyota

The Stick Is an Unsung Hero of Human Evolution - Issue 56: Perspective

In April 1997, at the snooker world championship held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Ronnie O’Sullivan stepped up to the table to play a frame …

Prehistory

Social Media Is Making Us Dumber. Here’s Exhibit A.

This week, a video surfaced of a Harvard professor, Steven Pinker, which appeared to show him lauding members of a racist movement. The clip, which was pulled from a November event at Harvard put on by Spiked magazine, showed Mr. Pinker referring to “the often highly literate, highly intelligent …

Media Industry

Top 3 Linux Distributions That ‘Just Work’

Twenty years ago, when I first started using Linux, finding a distribution that worked, out of the box, was an impossible feat. Not only did the …

Linux

Chinese factory replaces 90% of human workers with robots. Production rises by 250%, defects drop by 80%

After a factory in Dongguan, China, replaced most of its workers with robots, it witnessed a spectacular rise in productivity.<p>Image not from said …

Meet Sony’s Robitic Dog Aibo

Sony’s newest push into robotics is a dog. And while it’s primarily intended to be a toy, it has the makings of an adorable pet and the artificial …

The Robotmageddon coming our way

The influx of androids, many featuring smoother movement and more artificial intelligence than before, were shown off at the Consumer Electronics …

A video game that doesn’t click until you let go of the controller — and your need to win

The host of Slate’s Trumpcast on Everything<p>In <i>The Right Stuff,</i> Tom Wolfe tells a story about the first supersonic jet pilots that doubles as a parable about control.<p>When a plane is flying 13 miles up and close to twice the speed of sound, Wolfe writes, aerodynamics go haywire. Midcentury daredevils …

explicit

What Was a Nazi Church Service Like?

Unrolled thread from @mandilivingston #RaptureAnxiety #purityculture #YouDontKnowEvangelicals

I had nightmares about the rapture. I was a child. Despite saying the sinners prayer at 4, getting baptized at 6, I constantly worried that I would …

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