Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It

Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It

Yet in the West, at least, the threat of government surveillance systems being integrated with the existing corporate surveillance capacities of big-data companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon into one gigantic all-seeing eye appears to trouble very few people—even as countries like Venezuela have been quick to copy the Chinese model.

After Trump's Speech, Twitter Fact-Checks the Fact-Checkers

After Trump's Speech, Twitter Fact-Checks the Fact-Checkers

After Trump's Speech, Twitter Fact-Checks the Fact-Checkers Last night after President Trump's address on border security, an Associated Press tweet claimed that, in placing blame for the government shutdown, "it takes two to tango." Twitter thought otherwise.

Rotating Detonation Engines Could Propel Hypersonic Flight

Rotating Detonation Engines Could Propel Hypersonic Flight

Rotating Detonation Engines Could Propel Hypersonic Flight You know in movies, how the heroes are running away from an explosion, then get knocked forward by the shockwave?

8 Best Latte and Cappuccino Machines (2019): Breville, Mr. Coffee, and More

8 Best Latte and Cappuccino Machines (2019): Breville, Mr. Coffee, and More

Like the cheaper version, you have to load coffee in the portafilter basket yourself and twist it on (use a fine grind and tamp it down with some pressure for the best taste), but the machine can mix a cappuccino or latte macchiato for you at the press of a button.

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

“I am still very concerned.” He later cited another launch of 31 objects, of which only 18 had been identified three and a half days in.“We put our plan in front of all the regulators and in front of the Combined Space Operations Center,” Blake says, referring to the relevant part of the Air Force.

The Truth About Facebook's Fake Quest to Connect the World

The Truth About Facebook's Fake Quest to Connect the World

Facebook’s point is more direct: The business goals of Facebook are simply good for the world.“The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de facto good,” Andrew Bosworth, an outspoken Facebook executive, explained in a 2016 memo circulated within the company that only leaked out this year.“That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified,” the memo continued.

FilmStruck Has 2 Weeks Left—Spend Them With These 10 Movies

FilmStruck Has 2 Weeks Left—Spend Them With These 10 Movies

But because 2018 is the year in which literally nothing good has happened, their pleas are likely to be ignored.For those hoping to cram one last movie-blitz before the site departs, here are 10 invaluable classics that illustrate FilmStruck’s breadth, depth, and sheer art-house-in-your-house joy.Alice in the Cities (1974)The first entry in writer-director Wim Wenders’ famed mid-’70s “Road Movie” trilogy casts Rüdiger Vogler as an aimless, irritable writer who’s tasked with accompanying a rebellious young teenager (played by Yella Rottländer) from America to Germany.

Three Great New Nature Reference Guides

Three Great New Nature Reference Guides

Johns Hopkins University Press has emerged as one of the leading publishers of nature reference guides. The book also includes detailed accounts of all the world’s owl families, plus a checklist of all species.

These Wind Patterns Explain Why California's Wildfires Are So Bad

These Wind Patterns Explain Why California's Wildfires Are So Bad

That’s why all these fires popped up on either end of the state nearly simultaneously: They share a common origin in the jet stream.https://twitter.com/RobElvington/status/1061385865857949696When the air masses hit the Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern California, they behave like water flowing over a rock in a stream.

The White House's Fake-News Shenanigans Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

The White House's Fake-News Shenanigans Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

You’d think that that someone so stuck in the past as President Trump would remember the saying about never arguing with people who buy ink by the barrel…The Takeaway: This is just the beginning of a bigger fight—and one that's likely going to happen sooner rather than later.https://twitter.com/melissakchan/status/1060531575492935680Wave Hello, Say GoodbyeWhat Happened: If no one expects the Spanish Inquisition, and no one expected the president to fire his attorney general immediately after the midterm elections, does that mean that Jeff Sessions was a victim of the Spanish Inquisition?

How an InfoWars Video Became a White House Tweet

How an InfoWars Video Became a White House Tweet

It’s notable that neither Watson’s nor Sanders’ video has sound, as the source video for both appears to be a three-second GIF circulated in conservative circles moments after the actual event took place.At 12:34 pm Wednesday, ForAmerica, a conservative group popular on Twitter, posted this three-second GIF of the press conference lifted from C-Span’s feed.https://twitter.com/ForAmerica/status/1060224093604245504?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwTwelve minutes later, the Daily Wire, a right-wing news and opinion blog, posted the same GIF.

Yes, You Can Boil Water at Room Temperature. Here's How

Yes, You Can Boil Water at Room Temperature. Here's How

That means your water in Denver is going to be 203°F and this will have an impact on your cooking.But why?Water Vapor PressureThere are many awesome things about water—one interesting "factoid" is that on the surface of the Earth you can find water in all three phases: solid (we call this ice), liquid water, and as a gas.

New large shark species heading for the UK? That’s no cause for panic

New large shark species heading for the UK? That’s no cause for panic

This detailed study of Australian tiger sharks suggested that an increase in water temperature of 1-2°C will lead to them being seen off New South Wales all year round (at the moment, they tend only to visit the region in summer).

Reducing food waste can protect our health, as well as our planet’s

Reducing food waste can protect our health, as well as our planet’s

Food waste costs Australia A$20 billion each year and is damaging our planet’s resources by contributing to climate change and inefficient land, fertiliser and freshwater use. Healthy and sustainable dietary recommendations promote the consumption of fewer processed foods, which are energy-dense, highly processed and packaged.

'Very worrying' Endless summers to strike UK and USA due to global warming warn scientists

'Very worrying' Endless summers to strike UK and USA due to global warming warn scientists

SUMMER weather patterns are increasingly set to get stuck in Europe, North America and parts of Asia in future after a new climate study revealed how Arctic warming is creating global heatwaves and torrential rainfall which can have a dangerous and devastating impact on human health.

Old Stone Drought Warning Resurfaces in Europe: 'When You See Me, Cry'

Old Stone Drought Warning Resurfaces in Europe: 'When You See Me, Cry'

Old stones bearing ominous messages have resurfaced in a river in Central Europe, according to news reports. Over the course of centuries, Europeans marked low water levels during droughts by carving lines and dates into boulders along the Elbe River, which runs from the Czech Republic into Germany.

Five more days from the official hottest summer on record

Five more days from the official hottest summer on record

Over land, Dr Kidson noted that “in none of the four months November [1934] to February [1935] did any station in New Zealand record a mean temperature which was not above normal”.