‘Deep Fakes’ a Looming Crisis

An emerging technology will take “fake news” to a whole new level.

Has Google Gone Gaga?

I’ve noticed in the last day or two that, suddenly, all of Google’s search services have gotten ridiculously worse.

Donald Trump’s Own Appointees Are Telling World Leaders To Ignore His Tweets

President Trump’s tweets, other public statements, and actions are causing world leaders to doubt the reliability of the United States on the world stage.

Uncase that iPhone!

Nick Statt argues that the iPhone X is just too nice to ruin with a plastic case.

Hyperpartisanship Continues To Ruin Our Political Culture And Our Country, And We’re Letting It Happen

The tragedy in Florida last week revealed once again how hyperpartisanship is destroying our politics and harming the country.

SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy, Another Advance In The Space Race

Yesterday’s Falcon Heavy Launch was a near-complete success and another amazing advance in the race to the stars.

Have Smart Phones Gone the Way of the PC?

Have we reached the point where the processing speed, connectivity, and cameras on our smart phones are simply good enough?

500 Women Scientists Don’t Like Science Guy

The headline “Bill Nye Does Not Speak for Us and He Does Not Speak for Science” at the Scientific American site caught my eye, never having considered Nye particularly controversial. Its byline is “500 Women Scientists.” Tonight, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” will accompany Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Trump’s nominee for NASA Administrator, to […]

Soldiers Revealing Secret Locations With Fitness Wearables

A quarter century ago, soldiers were first using GPS to help them navigate the battlefield. Now, GPS is giving away their location.

States File Suit Against F.C.C. Decision To Dismantle Net Neutrality Rule Changes

A group of 21 states has filed a petition to review the F.C.C.’s recent net neutrality rule changes, but it faces an uncertain future.

Trump Says That He’s A “Very Stable Genius”

Donald Trump’s latest Twitter rant is one of his most bizarre.

The Power of Vaccines

Via the NYT, Measles Deaths Fall to a Record Low Worldwide: For the first time in history, annual deaths around the globe from measles have fallen below 100,000, the World Health Organization announced this year. As recently as the 1980s, measles killed 2.6 million people a year. The decline — a public health triumph, as measles has […]

What Happens When A Business Won’t Accept Cash For Payment?

An increasing number of businesses are refusing to accept cash as payment, that raises some interesting social and legal issues.

Trump Announces NASA Policy Goal Of Returning To The Moon

President Trump announced a goal of returning American astronauts to the Moon, but that’s easier said than done.

Supreme Court Hears Argument In Case Involving Fourth Amendment Rights And Technology

The Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in what could end up being a landmark case on the issue of the scope of Fourth Amendment rights in the 21st Century.

Trump’s Tweets Are Hurting Him, And His Aides Can’t Stop Him

There’s growing evidence that Donald Trump’s tweets are hurting him but his aides have basically given up trying to control his Twitter habit.

Shot. Chaser. (Trump And Bob Corker Edition)

President Trump fired another shot at retiring Tennessee Senator Bob Corker today: Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017 …Corker dropped out of the race in Tennesse when I […]

AOL Instant Messenger To Shut Down After 20 Years

In other news, this week we learned that AIM still exists.

Aaron Hernandez Suffered From ‘Severe’ Case Of C.T.E. At Time Of Death, Report Says

Former N.F.L. player, and convicted murderer, Aaron Hernandez suffered from a severe case of C.T.E. at the time of his death according to a post-mortem brain study.

Cassini Probe Plunges Into Saturn, Ending A Twenty Year Mission Of Discovery

Ending a mission that began when it was launched nearly twenty years ago, the Cassini probe was sent into Saturn’s atmosphere to perform one final task.

GoDaddy Boots Racist Website ‘Daily Stormer’

It couldn’t happen to a nicer domain. But it’s a slippery slope.

SpaceX Now One Of The World’s Most Valuable Privately-Held Companies

In a short period of time, SpaceX has become a huge success, as has the commercial space launch industry.

Federal Judge: Official Violated First Amendment By Blocking User From Her Facebook Page

A Federal Judge has ruled against an elected official who blocked a constituent from accessing her Facebook page.

Blocked Twitter Users Sue President Trump Alleging First Amendment Violation

Twitter users who have been blocked on the service by President Trump are suing him, claiming that their First Amendment rights have been violated.

States Resist Giving Data To Trump’s ‘Voter Integrity’ Commission

More than twenty states are resisting requests for data from a ‘voter integrity’ Commission built on President Trump’s lie that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Barring Social Media Use By Sex Offenders

The Supreme Court rules that states cannot bar convicted felons from using social media sites.

President Trump Thinks The Media Hates His Twitter Habit. He Couldn’t Be More Wrong.

Donald Trump thinks the media doesn’t like his Twitter habit. In reality, they love it.

Twitter Users Blocked By @RealDonaldTrump Claim First Amendment Violation

If Donald Trump blocks you on Twitter does that constitute a First Amendment violation? Two Twitter users say yes, but their argument is very weak.

Supreme Court Accepts Fourth Amendment Case Involving Location Tracking Of Your Smartphone

Yesterday, the Supreme Court accepted a case that will determine whether the Fourth Amendment allows law enforcement to obtain location data without a search warrant.

Majority Of Americans Oppose Trump’s Decision To Back Out Of Paris Climate Accord

Only 28% of Americans support President Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris Accord, but it’s not clear that this will harm him politically.

What does MIT Know?

Via Boston Magazine:  MIT to Trump: Stop Citing Our Climate Research If You Don’t Understand It.

Withdrawal From The Paris Accords: Much Ado About Nothing?

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords was neither the big win his supporters claim nor the disaster his critics fear.

Trump Reportedly Ready To Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Accord

Reports indicate that President Trump is preparing to fulfill a campaign promise and withdraw the U.S. from the accord on climate change reached in Paris in 2015.

NWS Revised Forecasts to Smaller Snowstorm But Didn’t Tell Public

The National Weather Service didn’t want to confuse the public by changing the forecast at the last minute.

Viewership For Live Televised Events Down Across The Board

Fewer people are watching live television events such as the Super Bowl and Academy Awards.

SpaceX Wants To Send Civilians To Orbit The Moon, By The End Of 2018

An ambitious plan to return men to the Moon in less than two years.

Supreme Court Considers Whether There Is A Right To Access Twitter And Facebook

The Supreme Court will now consider a case regarding whether or not a state can bar a former felon from accessing social media sites.

Scientists Have Discovered An Entire System Of Earth-Like Exoplanets

A major announcement from NASA in the search for possible life outside the Solar System.

The Rise Of The Robots And The Decline Of The Middle Class

Technology continues to make more and more jobs unnecessary and irrelevant. And the consequences are going to be widespread.

More on Megaprojects

Megaprojects are not a partisan thing. Megaprojects are large projects typically costing more than $1 billion and often tens of billions of dollars and impacting the lives of tens of thousands of people if not millions.

Global Temperatures Set Another Record In 2016

The reality of global climate change made itself evident again in 2016.

Eugene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 82

One of the few members of a small fraternity of heroes has passed away.

Norway Begins Getting Rid Of FM Radio

Norway is switching from FM Radio to digital broadcasting. A similar transition in the United States seems unlikely for the time being.

New Ebola Vaccine Is 100% Effective

Big news in the war against a horrible virus.

Families Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims Sue Facebook, Twitter, And Google

Survivors and family members of the Pulse Nightclub attack have filed what amounts to a frivolous lawsuit.

John Glenn, First American To Orbit Earth, Dies At 95

Godspeed, John Glenn.

Buzz Aldrin Safely Evacuated From South Pole After Medical Emergency

Yesterday, Buzz Aldrin was evacuated during what was supposed to be a week-long visit to the South Pole due to unspecified medical issues: Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was evacuated from the South Pole on Thursday after falling ill during a visit with a tour group. The 86-year-old Aldrin arrived at a hospital in Christchurch, New […]

The Coal Industry Is Dying, And It Isn’t Coming Back

Canada is phasing out coal as a source of electricity production by 2030. The same thing will happen in the United States no matter how much politicians try to stop it.

Oops: Dell Offers $33 Laptops in Mexico

Via the BBC:  Dell error hands Mexicans $33 laptop bargain Mexican officials have ordered Dell Computers to honour the sale of laptops that had been mistakenly advertised online for just 679 pesos (£27; $33). The computers normally sell for up to 50,000 pesos (£1,990; $2,500). But because of an apparent software malfunction, only the shipping […]

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