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Second Life Is Plagued by Security Flaws, Ex-Employee Says

A former infosec director at Linden Lab alleges the company mishandled user data and turned a blind eye to simulated sex acts involving children. A lawsuit filed by the former information security director of Linden Lab—the company behind the online...

/ August 16, 2019

These Mind-Blowing Recreations of Famous Artworks Are Made With Only Thread—and an Algorithm That Runs Over 2 Billion Calculations

What do you get when art meets math and computer programming? If you’re Ani Abakumova, what you get are stunning replicas of art historical masterpieces made from colored thread. The 32-year-old Russian artist developed the technique in conjunction with her...

/ August 16, 2019

Pacific Island nations will no longer stand for Australia’s inaction on climate change

The Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tuvalu this week has ended in open division over climate change. Australia ensured its official communique watered down commitments to respond to climate change, gaining a hollow victory. Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached...

/ August 16, 2019

Oh My Goodness, Look at These Adorable Pictures of Cats Taken by the Godfather of Feline Photography

Do you share the internet’s insatiable obsession with cats, but need a classy alternative to the cliched “hang-in-there” poster? Check out Walter Chandoha: Cats, Photographs 1942–2018, a glossy new coffee-table book published by Taschen that showcases the work of the...

/ August 16, 2019

Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations?

The Milky Way: a pattern of stars, or a pattern of gaps? Luke Busellato/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SAAlmost every person throughout the existence of humankind has looked up at the night sky and seen more than just a random scattering of...

/ August 16, 2019

These Portfolio Tracking Tools Will Also Prepare Your Crypto Taxes

Tax season is months away, which is why you need to start preparing for it now. Leave everything to the last minute and you’ll only end up cursing your procrastination. Organize your cryptocurrency activity in advance and you’ll breeze through...

/ August 16, 2019

Trump Has Asked His Lawyer to Look Into Buying Greenland

“What do you guys think about that?” he asked. “Would that work?” omething you’ve probably picked up on by now is that Donald Trump exists in an different reality than most people. Here, he’s the person who invented the phrase...

/ August 15, 2019

Logged out: farmers in Far North Queensland are being left behind by the digital economy

Connecting with the digital economy is a trickier prospect out here. NGRMG, Author providedFarming families and communities in Queensland’s remote north are being left behind by the digital economy, putting them at significant social and economic disadvantage. Our report, launched...

/ August 15, 2019

LafargeHolcim is selling CO2-sucking cement for precast, reduces emissions by 70 percent

Solidia Technologies' chemistry could make concrete almost benign. Read More

/ August 15, 2019

Top climate scientist: I put myself through hell as an IPCC convening lead author, but it was worth it

The IPCC is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Boxun Liu / shutterstockIn my day job, I am a scientist at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland studying things such as how agriculture contributes to climate change and what we can do...

/ August 15, 2019

Francis Ford Coppola Likens Himself to Michelangelo as He Releases the Final Cut of ‘Apocalypse Now’

Filmmaking is like sculpture, according to the great director and auteur Francis Ford Coppola. “It’s like Michelangelo of all things. You just cut away everything that’s not part of the fabric. You look for the movie as it’s already there...

/ August 15, 2019

AI Algorithms Need FDA-Style Drug Trials

Opinion: Algorithms cause permanent side effects on society. They need clinical tests. Read More

/ August 15, 2019

Child Victims Act: Hundreds File Suits as New York Extends Statute of Limitations on Sex Abuse Cases

Hundreds of child sex abuse victims filed lawsuits in New York on Wednesday under the Child Victims Act, a new state law that allows survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the state to bring their perpetrators to court who previously...

/ August 15, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein Is Dead. Civil Rights Lawyer Says Civil Charges Against His Estate Will Continue

Charges and civil suits against Jeffrey Epstein are continuing following the death of the serial sex abuser, who was found dead in his jail cell on Saturday. Epstein had been arrested in July for allegedly running a sex trafficking operation...

/ August 15, 2019

How ancient seafarers and their dogs helped a humble louse conquer the world

Male (left) and female Heterodoxus spiniger from Borneo. Natural History Museum, London, Author providedThis is the story of how a parasitic, skin-chewing insect came to conquer the world. For more than a century, scientists have been puzzled as to how...

/ August 15, 2019

Alcor Life Extension Foundation Now Accepts Bitcoin Cash Donations

Alcor Life Extension Foundation has revealed the company is accepting bitcoin cash (BCH) donations. Alcor was convinced by Bitcoin.com’s executive chairman Roger Ver to add BCH acceptance, the same person who convinced Alcor to accept BTC payments via Bitpay back...

/ August 15, 2019

Henry Golding Might Star in the Next ‘G.I. Joe’ Movie

The 'Crazy Rich Asians' lead is in talks to play Snake Eyes. Also, Netflix is adapting a 'New Yorker' sci-fi story. Read More

/ August 15, 2019

A 12-Year-Old Boy Found an Ancient Woolly Mammoth Tooth During a Vacation in Ohio

A family vacation in Ohio’s picturesque Amish country gave one boy a surprising glimpse of a far-off past, a time when glaciers covered North America. Last week, Jackson Hepner, age 12, discovered a massive woolly mammoth tooth, dating to the...

/ August 14, 2019

Can Scott Morrison deliver on climate change in Tuvalu – or is his Pacific ‘step up’ doomed?

Pacific leaders don't want to talk about China's rising influence – they want Scott Morrison to make a firm commitment to cut Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. Mick Tsikas/AAPThis week’s Pacific Islands Forum comes at an important time in the overall...

/ August 14, 2019

New research shows that Antarctica’s largest floating ice shelf is highly sensitive to warming of the ocean

Since the last ice age, the ice sheet retreated over a thousand kilometres in the Ross Sea region, more than any other region on the continent. Rich Jones, CC BY-NDScientists have long been concerned about the potential collapse of the...

/ August 14, 2019