Wil Broussard

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Why the Authors Guild Is Still Wrong About Google's Book Scanning

A few months ago, a U.S. appeals court ruled unanimously that Google’s scanning and indexing of millions of books was not a wholesale attack on …

Monsanto, Biased Scientists, or the Media: Which One Scares You Most?

Advocates masquerading as scientists to try and establish credibility for biased claims do the public, and science, serious harm. And journalists who …

Monsanto

Raise the smoking age to 21

FORTY-TWO million Americans still smoke. That is a much smaller proportion of the population than decades ago. But it’s still a public health disaster: Eighteen percent of adults put themselves and their families at risk of major and wholly preventable health problems. Education programs, changing …

DARPA thinks it has a solution to Ebola (and all other infectious diseases)

Saving the world from Ebola suddenly sounds so simple, as the solution spills from Colonel Dan Wattendorf’s mouth, up on the stage in the windowless …

Where is the Instagram for Audio?

An invested listener envisions an upgraded podcast sharing experience<p><b>When I listen to a really excellent episode</b> of a podcast, I rarely share it with …

Goodbye, math and history: Finland wants to abandon teaching subjects at school

Finland already has one of the best school education systems. It always ranks near the top in mathematics, reading, and science in the prestigious PISA rankings (the 2012 list, pdf) by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Teachers in other countries flock to its schools to …

Education

Those evil GMOs aren’t as evil as you think

For many activists, genetically-modified anything is unacceptable. It is unfortunate that many advocates of sustainable agricultural practices and “green” thinkers have embraced ideas that lie well outside scientific reality, and have let the anti-science zealots control the environmental movement. …

Agriculture

Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband

If you want to imagine how the world will look in just a few years, once our cell phones become the keepers of both our money and identity, skip …

Submarine Cable Map

TeleGeography's Submarine Cable Map has been updated for 2018. It depicts 366 cable systems and 1,006 landing stations that are currently active, …

Rand Paul, Vaccinations and the (Not So) Secret History of White Supremacy

Last month, Senator Rand Paul said a few confusing things about vaccines, leading some to ask: Is he or is he not an anti-vaxxer? In an interview …

Apple’s new MacBook reiterates how desperately we need battery innovation

Apple yesterday announced a new MacBook that’s thinner and lighter than the existing MacBook Air. It’s got some impressive new features, but Apple’s focus on making things smaller still has a barrier: batteries.<p>The picture above illustrates just how much companies like Apple have managed to shrink …

Hands-on with Vivaldi, the new Web browser for power users

Uber-customizable browser goes against the IE-Safari-Chrome-Firefox grain.<p>It's been a long time since a brand new desktop browser landed on the Web. …

Millennials Are More Racist Than They Think

Just look at the numbers.<p>News about race in America these days is almost universally negative. Longstanding wealth, income and employment gaps between whites and people of color are increasing, and tensions between police and minority communities around the country are on the rise. But many claim …

Circadian Surprise: How Our Body Clocks Help Shape Our Waistlines

We've long known about the master clock in our brains that helps us maintain a 24-hour sleep-wake cycle.<p>But in recent years, scientists have made a cool discovery: We have different clocks in virtually every organ of our bodies — from our pancreas to our stomach to our fat cells.<p>"Yes, there are …

Are murderers born or made?

<b>Murders are tragic but rare. But what drives some people to kill? Michael Mosley has been looking into research exploring the minds of murderers.</b><p>In the 1870s Dr Cesare Lombroso, sometimes called the father of scientific criminology, was studying criminals imprisoned in Turin.<p>He became convinced …

Shitphone: A Love Story – Matter – Medium

I was an iPhone man once, like you. Then Shitphone changed everything.<p><b>By John Herrman</b><p><b>Last month my</b> fourth iPhone in six years was, in medical terms, …

The Brief Life and Private Death of Alexandria Hill

<b>When the government took her from her family, it outsourced her safety to a for-profit corporation. Nine months later she was dead.</b><p>By Brian Joseph<p><b>THE</b> …

Additional document casts doubt on ‘home invasion’ of local Fox reporter

A document from the D.C. police department shows that Emily Miller, the chief investigative reporter for WTTG-TV (Fox 5), didn’t fall victim to a home invasion on New Year’s Day 2010 as she has told various interviewers in recent years, including some gun-rights lobbying groups. Instead, Miller …

There’s no proof daylight saving time saves electricity, so why do we even bother?

If you’re looking for someone to blame for daylight saving time, allow us to suggest the Germans.<p>After all it was Germany which, in April, 1916, first started moving clocks forward by an hour, to conserve energy during World War I. The rest of Europe followed, as did the US, in 1918. They dropped …

This Is What It’s Like To Go To Prison For Trolling

In January 2014, two people were found guilty of sending death and rape threats to the feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez in the most high-profile online abuse case Britain has yet seen. They told BuzzFeed News why they did it – and what happened next.<p>At 2.29pm on 29 July 2013, Isabella …

Laser beam capable of burning hole in a car from one mile away unveiled by Lockheed Martin

A photo of a car on fire, which wouldn’t look out of place in a Hollywood action movie, has displayed the startling power of a new laser weapon which …

Why parents want to believe in a vaccine conspiracy

<i>Susan Senator lives in Brookline, Mass.</i><p>For the first three years of my son’s life, I lived a kind of “Gaslight” experience. Sometimes everything seemed fine. But other times, ordinary activities such as piling him into the stroller and going to the park would feel odd somehow, false. Something was …

Rand Paul comes out as being 'offended' by gay marriage

In an interview with Bret Baier from <i>Fox News</i>, potential GOP presidential nominee Rand Paul came out in support of “traditional marriage,” before …

Pseudo Science And The Age Of Irrationalism

Wikipedia defines pseudo science as “a claim, belief, or practice which is presented as scientific, but which does not adhere to a valid scientific methodology, lacks supporting evidence or plausibility, cannot be reliably tested, or otherwise lacks scientific status.<br>Pseudo science ignores the …