Page 1 of 4

Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1:35 PM

The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech giant’s biggest ever data breaches, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box…

Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of millions of children…

Suspending Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group from Facebook

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 9:57 AM

We are suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), including their political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, from Facebook. Given the public prominence of this organization, we want to take a moment to explain how we came to this decision and why…

Scant Evidence of Power Laws Found in Real-World Networks

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 9:49 AM

A paper posted online last month has reignited a debate about one of the oldest, most startling claims in the modern era of network science: the proposition that most complex networks in the real world – from the World Wide Web to interacting proteins in a cell – are “scale-free.” Roughly speaking, that means that a few of their nodes should have many more connections than others, following a mathematical formula called a power law, so that there’s no one scale that characterizes the network…

A Cyberattack in Saudi Arabia Had a Deadly Goal. Experts Fear Another Try.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 5:57 PM

In August, a petrochemical company with a plant in Saudi Arabia was hit by a new kind of cyberassault. The attack was not designed to simply destroy data or shut down the plant, investigators believe. It was meant to sabotage the firm’s operations and trigger an explosion…

Keep Your Identity Small

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 2:29 PM

I finally realized today why politics and religion yield such uniquely useless discussions…

Female Uber drivers earn $1.24 per hour less than men: study

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:51 PM

Men who drive for Uber earn roughly 7 percent more per hour than women, according to a new study that examined over a million Uber drivers. Women were found to earn $1.24 per hour less than men, and also $130 less per week on average, in part because they tend to drive fewer hours…

On Informed Complacency and the Potential Decline of Curiosity

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 9:18 AM

If I were to ask you a question, and neither of us knew the answer, what would you do? You’d Google it, right? Me too. After you figure out the right wording and hit the search button, at what point would you be satisfied enough with Google’s answer to say that you’ve gained new knowledge? Judging from the current socio-technical circumstances, I’d be hard-pressed to say that many of us would make it past the featured snippet, let alone the first page of results…

Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 8:49 AM

It would be overkill to say that the carrot you eat today has very little nutrition in it – especially compared to some of the other less healthy foods you likely also eat – but it is true that fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today. The main culprit in this disturbing nutritional trend is soil depletion: Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows. Sadly, each successive generation of fast-growing, pest-resistant carrot is truly less good for you than the one before…

'White Flight' Persists in America's Suburbs

Monday, March 12, 2018 at 2:42 PM

In the 1960s and ‘70s, “There goes the neighborhood” was both a popular punch line and a reflection of real-life unease. Many white homeowners felt fearful when the first minority family moved in down the block, convinced that it meant the area – and the value of their property – would quickly deteriorate…

The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 1:06 PM

“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” Jonathan Swift once wrote…

After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat. Utilities are freaking out.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 1:48 PM

The US electricity sector is in a period of unprecedented change and turmoil. Renewable energy prices are falling like crazy. Natural gas production continues its extraordinary surge. Coal, the golden child of the current administration, is headed down the tubes

The New York Times Fired My Doppelgänger

Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:16 PM

The day before Valentine’s Day, social media created a bizarro-world version of me. I have seen strange ideas about me online before, but this doppelgänger was so far from resembling me that I told friends and loved ones I didn’t want to even try to rebut it. It was a leading question turned into a human form. The net created a person with my name and face, but with so little relationship to me, she could have been an invader from an alternate universe…

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 8:11 PM


At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

Collects Lumberjanes No. 1-4.

Hack/Slash Omnibus Volume 2

Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 6:59 PM

Collecting the entire first year-and-a-half of the ongoing series The Hack/Slash collection readers have been waiting for, this new Omnibus collects the first 14 issues of the ongoing series, and features classic slasher villains like Acid Washed and Father Wrath, as well as Cassie’s first encounter with Georgia. All this and the first-ever Hack/Slash Annual in one mega-volume

Collects: Hack/Slash 1-11, Annual 1 featuring the Suicide Girls, portions of 12 and 13, and 14-17.

TPB Equivalent: A portion of Friday the 31st (volume 3) and all of Revenge of the Return Part 4 (volume 4) and Reanimation Games (volume 5).

Extras: Cover and pinup gallery, sketchbook, and Psychofiles featuring The Lunch Lady, Dr. Gross, Father Wrath 2, Six Sixx, Emily Cristy, The Children, Tin Woodsman, Diaboliq and Dr. Herbert West.