Why Silicon Valley’s “growth at any cost“ is the new ”unsafe at any speed“

Monday, January 21, 2019 at 3:01 PM

If there’s one person outside of government who has stood against Facebook’s crashing wave, it’s Ashkan Soltani.

Mysterious 'Planet Nine' Might Actually Be a Gigantic Disk of Space Objects

Monday, January 21, 2019 at 3:01 PM

The mysterious “Planet Nine,” which is theorized to be 10 times larger than Earth and lies somewhere in the outer reaches of our solar system, might not be a planet at all, says a new study.

Study: Cory Booker’s baby bonds nearly close the racial wealth gap for young adults

Monday, January 21, 2019 at 9:25 AM

Baby bonds, a proposal embraced by likely presidential candidate Cory Booker, would give newborns savings accounts that would be worth tens of thousands of dollars by age 18.

How conservative media became a “safe space”

Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 10:45 AM

One of the more peculiar political phenomena of the last few years has been the rise of “woke conservatives,” sometimes called “Never Trumpers.

Trump is looking for a new way to cut Medicaid — without Congress

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11:29 AM

Two years in, senior Trump administration officials are still finding new ways to cut Medicaid.

New ransomware rakes in $4 million by adopting a “big game hunting” strategy

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 12:50 PM

A recently discovered ransomware group has netted almost $4 million since August, in large part by following a path that’s uncommon in its industry—selectively installing the malicious encryption software on previously infected targets with deep pockets.

Why Kamala And Beto May Have More Upside Than Joe And Bernie

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 12:45 PM

Last week, we introduced a method for evaluating Democratic presidential contenders, which focused on their ability to build a coalition among key constituencies within the party. In particular, our method claims there are five essential groups of Democratic voters, which we describe as:…

We’re All To Blame For The Shutdown

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 12:35 PM

At its strategic core, the partial government shutdown — soon to enter a record-breaking 22nd day — is a breakdown of bargaining: two sides, no solution in sight. President Trump and congressional Democrats are engaged in the latest battle of a game that economists have studied for decades.

Yellow vests knock out 60% of all speed cameras in France

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 6:39 PM

Members of the “yellow vests” protest movement have vandalised almost 60% of France’s entire speed camera network, the interior minister has said. Christophe Castaner said the wilful damage was a threat to road safety and put lives in danger.

Joshua Tree National Park has been trashed in the shutdown. Now visitors are cutting down trees.

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10:44 AM

A week ago, Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California was forced to shut down its campgrounds due to “health and safety concerns over near-capacity pit toilets,” according to CNN. But despite the partial closure, things continued to get worse.

American Phone Companies Are Literally Letting Their Networks Fall Apart

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10:15 AM

Once as important as the American railroad and electrical grid, American phone companies aren’t quite what they used to be.

YouTube will remove automatic Twitter and Google+ posting tools later this month

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 9:59 AM

In its latest update, YouTube has just revealed plans to ditch one of its built-in sharing features. Starting later this month, the built-in sharing options for Twitter and other social networks will be removed from YouTube.

I work with kids. Here’s why they’re consumed with anxiety.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 2:27 PM

While on a youth retreat with my church a few months ago, I asked about 10 kids, ages 13 to 18, to take a few minutes and write down three words to describe what their lives felt like.

California’s Monarch Butterflies Hit ‘Potentially Catastrophic’ Record Low

Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 2:23 PM

Each year, clouds of monarch butterflies travel thousands of miles across North America to winter in sunny Mexico and California.

Software patents poised to make a comeback under new patent office rules

Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 2:22 PM

A landmark 2014 ruling by the Supreme Court called into question the validity of many software patents. In the wake of that ruling, countless broad software patents became invalid, dealing a blow to litigation-happy patent trolls nationwide.