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Climate refugees: why we can’t yet predict where millions of displaced people will go

gregorioa / shutterstockIn the near future, global warming is expected to create millions of climate refugees, and individuals and organisations are already searching for ways to help them. Some ideas are obvious, such as improving conditions in refugee camps. But...

/ November 28, 2019

See 10 Striking Photos of a Young Patti Smith Taken by Her Friend and Collaborator, Lynn Goldsmith

The four-decade friendship between musician Patti Smith and rock’n’roll photographer Lynn Goldsmith has led the pair to collaborate on a new limited-edition photo book, published last month by Taschen. Released in an edition of 1,300, each $700 volume is signed...

/ November 28, 2019

The Postwar Period Saw an Explosion of Female Painters at the Art Students League. A New Exhibition Celebrates Their Achievements

What do Elaine de Kooning, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Bourgeois, and Faith Ringgold have in common? They all studied at the Art Students League of New York—and they are all featured in a new show at the school highlighting...

/ November 28, 2019

The case of the pirated blueberries: courts flex new muscle to protect plant breeders’ intellectual property

Not all blueberries are the same. A variety called Ridley 1111 is at the centre of an important lawsuit for intellectual property and plants. ShutterstockA few weeks ago, the Federal Court of Australia ordered a farmer in New South Wales...

/ November 28, 2019

4 steps the Indonesian government can take to ensure locals help put out forest fires

Forest fires break out in Indonesia every year from land clearing using fires. www.shutterstock.comA massive forest fire broke out in Indonesia in 2015, burning at least two million hectares and killing 19 people. It also resulted in an estimated 500,000...

/ November 28, 2019

Attorney Fees Stack up as Craig Wright Fights Court Order

During the last week, court documents stemming from the Kleiman v. Wright lawsuit show that the Kleiman estate is now pursuing roughly $658,581 for attorney fees and expenses. Additionally, self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor Craig Wright has filed a motion to fight...

/ November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving From All of Us at Tor.com!

Stubby and the Tor.com staff are about to scatter to the stars for the holiday, but we’ll be beaming more content your way on Friday. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Read More

/ November 27, 2019

A surprisingly big black hole might have swallowed a star from the inside out, and scientists are baffled

A recently discovered black hole -- found by the way it makes a nearby star wobble -- is hard to square with our understanding of how these dark cosmic objects form. NAOC, Chinese Academy of SciencesAbout 15,000 light years away,...

/ November 27, 2019

The Definitive Ranking of Every MST3K Short

The news coming out of Circle Pines is disheartening: Netflix has cancelled the MST3K revival after two seasons. And this is, yes, sad. But! It’s not like the show hasn’t died and come back a couple times already. Joel and...

/ November 27, 2019

The internet’s founder now wants to ‘fix the web’, but his proposal misses the mark

Tim Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium, an organisation which aims to develop international standards for the web. SHUTTERSTOCKOn March 12, the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, the internet’s founder Tim Berners-Lee said we...

/ November 27, 2019

Fish kills and undrinkable water: here’s what to expect for the Murray Darling this summer

Dry conditions will make for a difficult summer in the Murray Darling Basin. AAP/Dean LewinsA grim summer is likely for the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin and the people, flora and fauna that rely on it. Having worked for sustainable...

/ November 27, 2019

Devs Discuss Formal Specification Project for Bitcoin Cash

On Monday, Bitcoin ABC’s lead developer Amaury Séchet explained in a blog post that Bitcoin Cash will be getting its own formal specification from Bitcoin Verde programmer Joshua Green. Séchet noted that although a slew of developers have written documentation,...

/ November 27, 2019

Frontiers of Gender: Transcendent 4, Edited by Bogi Takács

Speculative fiction allows us to ask why and how and why not about the world surrounding us—in ways that can often be used to tell unique stories about gender and society. The Transcendent series from Lethe Press (a longtime publisher...

/ November 26, 2019

The ugly truth: tech companies are tracking and misusing our data, and there’s little we can do

While leaks and whistleblowers continue to be valuable tools in the fight for data privacy, we can't rely on them solely to keep big tech companies in check. SHUTTERSTOCKAs survey results pile, it’s becoming clear Australians are sceptical about how...

/ November 26, 2019

A History of Blockchain Consensus Mechanisms

The consensus mechanism is a critical blockchain component, providing a non-partisan means of establishing agreement as to the network’s current state. But ever since Bitcoin emerged in 2008, its original consensus mechanism – Proof of Work (PoW) – has been...

/ November 26, 2019

SFF Horse Behavior: The Confident Horse

Last time, I talked about how horses can inspire fear in humans—between their size, their strength, and their unpredictability when startled. I also talked a little bit about how humans can overcome that fear, and how doing so helps make...

/ November 25, 2019

The most important issue facing Australia? New survey sees huge spike in concern over climate change

Nearly half of Australians aged 18-24 view climate change as the biggest problem facing Australia in new national survey. James Ross/AAPWhile most Australians still view the economy as the most important issue facing the country, a new survey released today...

/ November 25, 2019

‘It Needs to Be More Than Just a Surface-Level Effort’: Dealer Tina Kim on the Rise of Women Artists in 2019, and What Must Happen Next

The art dealer Tina Kim opened her Chelsea gallery in 2001 with a mission to provide exposure to lesser-known international artists, particularly those from her native Korea.  Over the years, Kim has established her space as a go-to destination for...

/ November 25, 2019

Tesla’s Blade Runner-inspired pickup truck kind of flopped. Here’s why

Tesla’s new “Blade Runner-inspired” electric cybertruck has the world turning its head. The internet has had a field day since the vehicle’s launch on Thursday, with users finding creative ways to ridicule the truck’s eccentric design. This isn’t the first...

/ November 25, 2019

Watchmen Takes Us Into the Past To Show Us A True American Hero Story

What is the price of “Truth, Justice, and The American Way”? Are Truth and Justice only for certain people? Can anyone earn them? This week’s Watchmen, “This Extraordinary Being”, takes us into the youth of Will Reeves, via Angela Abar’s...

/ November 25, 2019