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5 easy ideas for a greener holiday season

Some reevaluation of your annual traditions and holiday practices can go a long way.

There are now robots chasing away homeless people in San Francisco

The only thing more cold-hearted than a robot: the people who use them

Watch this high tech prosthetic arm help a musician play the piano and drums again

Recent breakthroughs in prosthetics are giving people the ability to return to their lifelong talents.

Alzheimer’s is already a serious problem in the US — and numbers will double by 2060

Alzheimer's is a growing problem in the U.S., and scientists are calling for more interventions to catch the disease early.

Netflix’s latest viral tweet raises questions about how it uses your private data

When you watch Netflix, it watches you back. But you (probably) don't need to panic.
Dec. 11, 2017

Why researchers sometimes publish their papers in fake scientific journals

Some scientists are tricked into publishing their papers in fake journals. Others do it on purpose.

The countdown to controversy around the brand-new Genies app begins now

“If, God forbid, Donald Trump bombs North Korea,” Nigam told 'TechCrunch,' “you’ll see your Genie riding a nuke to North Korea.”

Elon Musk’s plan to fix the world’s worst traffic probably won’t work, experts say

LA commuters waited 104 hours on average during their commutes last year, and Musk's high-speed tunnels probably won't change that.

The “gay Twitter wrist thread” highlights the utter absurdity — and poignance — of gay Twitter

I'll show you mine if you show me yours.

Women and people of color have no part in Silicon Valley’s favorite myth

Here's why we haven't seen a woman-of-color Mark Zuckerberg.
Dec. 6, 2017

Twitter is crowdsourcing hilarious survival plans for Sophia the robot’s inevitable takeover

Even in the face of a robopocalypse, Twitter continues to be as nihilistic and hilarious as ever.

A trans woman said she was banned from Tinder because of transphobic men — again

Swiping while trans might get you banned from Tinder permanently.

Facebook’s Messenger app for kids is out — here’s all the data it’s collecting

It won't track your location, but you can't use the middle finger emoji.

North Korean college coders beat Stanford University in a 2016 competition. Here’s why that matters.

North Korea is raising its next generation of hackers — and so far, it appears to be working.

People are breaking a cutting-edge cryptocurrency market with a virtual cat trading game

The most expensive digital cat was sold for more than $100,000.
Dec. 4, 2017

Scientists are raising worms in space soil in hopes of bringing Earthly life to Mars

It's no Sweet Green, but scientists are on their way to making a Martian salad.

A conversation with the person who sent the world’s first text message, 25 years later

In December 1992, Neil Papworth sent the world's first text message from a cold, noisy server room in Berkshire, England.

Scientists (known haters of fun) want to ban glitter from our sad world

Glitter, the ultimate problematic fave.

Thanks to global warming, we might have to kiss 13,000 American archaeological sites goodbye

If trends continue, the U.S. will lose thousands of precious archaeological sites in the next century.