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  • Facebook: Actually, We Do Listen to You Sometimes
    by Dan Robitzski on September 18, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    It turns out that Portal, Facebook’s video-chatting tablet, occasionally records users and stores the audio on company servers. When a user says “Hey, Portal” to activate the device, it sends the recording and transcript to Facebook, according to CNET. Sometimes, however, the system glitches and records users as though they had said the […]

  • Shrinks Are Treating Climate-Traumatized Kids For “Eco-Anxiety”
    by Victor Tangermann on September 18, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    An increasing number of children in the UK are being treated by healthcare professionals for “eco-anxiety,” a growing sense of fear over climate change and impending environmental disasters, the Daily Telepgraph reports. It’s no secret that our planet is on the brink of disaster thanks to escalating global emissions causing global food […]

  • The Number of Migrants Is Growing Faster Than the World Population
    by Dan Robitzski on September 18, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    The number of international migrants in the world — currently 3.5 percent of people on Earth — is now increasing at a faster pace than the entire population of the planet. The official U.N. tally of migrants — now 272 million — includes people who are changing countries both for any reason, voluntary […] The post The Number of […]

  • Cops Are Giving Facebook Bodycam Footage
    by Kristin Houser on September 18, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    When a gunman used Facebook to livestream an attack on several New Zealand mosques in March, Facebook’s automatic detection system should have immediately flagged and removed the content. But it didn’t — and the reason it didn’t, Facebook’s public policy director Neil Potts told British lawmakers in April, was the video’s […]

  • Oxford Physicist: Geogineering Away Climate Change Won’t Work
    by Dan Robitzski on September 18, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    As the global climate change catastrophe gets worse and worse, engineering a more favorable planet with environmentally-altering technologies often seems like a good plan B. But geoengineering technologies are unlikely to work as well as techno-optimists claim, according to University of Oxford physicist Raymond Pierrehumbert. He writes in the Bulletin of […]

  • Someone Deepfaked Trump Into “Breaking Bad” and It’s Horrifying
    by Victor Tangermann on September 18, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    YouTube creator Ctrl Shift Face has had the ingenious idea of replacing the face of Bob Odenkirk in a scene of “Better Call Saul” with the face of Donald Trump. In the scene that’s set inside a beauty parlor, Odenkirk’s titular character James McGill (who later takes on the pseudonym Saul Goodman) explains to a […] The post […]

  • Want Improved Gut Health? This Tech From Los Alamos National Laboratory Can Help.
    by Futurism Creative on September 18, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Over the last decade scientists have made huge advancements in our understanding of the human gut microbiome and how it affects our health. Unfortunately, a lot of what science has revealed is being drowned in what Harvard researcher William Hanage calls a “tsunami of its own hype.” Food companies and health bloggers push all sorts […] […]

  • Juno Captures Stunning Images of a Solar Eclipse on Jupiter
    by Kristin Houser on September 18, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    On September 12, NASA’s Juno spacecraft performed its twenty-second close flyby of Jupiter, zooming down until it was just 8,000 kilometers (4,970 miles) above the gas giant’s clouds From that vantage point, Juno then snapped a stunning series of photos of the shadow of Jupiter’s moon Io on the planet. In other words, it […] […]

  • Editor of Chinese Paper Complains About Censorship, Gets Censored
    by Dan Robitzski on September 18, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Hu Xijin, editor of the Chinese, state-backed Global Times newspaper, recently took to the microblogging site Weibo to rail against China’s internet censorship. But his post vanished shortly thereafter, according to Bloomberg News. Whether the post was deleted for him or he was simply urged to do so, it’s an ironic ending to […] The post […]

  • Researchers: Blaming Violent Video Games for Shootings is Racist
    by Victor Tangermann on September 18, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Despite a mountain of scientific evidence, mass shootings in the U.S. are still being blamed again and again on violent video games, ignoring far more pertinent topics including gun control and a severe lack of accessible mental health care. So why is this misguided belief still kicking around? A new meta-study published in the journal Psychology […]


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