Our Favorite Cosplay From NYC's Black Comic Book Festival

Our Favorite Cosplay From NYC's Black Comic Book Festival

The annual event, hosted by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, featured two days of panels, screenings, and book signings, as well as the wall-to-wall cosplay that's become a staple at any fan convention.

Google and Facebook Backed an Event Denying Climate Change

Google and Facebook Backed an Event Denying Climate Change

But the donations also put the firms in company with some of the event’s other sponsors, which included three groups known for their work attacking climate change science and trying to undermine efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Nest Cams Hijacked in the Name of PewDiePie and North Korea Pranks

Nest Cams Hijacked in the Name of PewDiePie and North Korea Pranks

Then they heard a hacker's voice on their Nest cameras saying, "I’m going to kidnap your baby, I’m in your baby’s room." For years, Internet of Things security woes have been epitomized by hackers accessing live feeds from video baby monitors.

Boeing’s Flying Taxi Prototype Takes to the Air (Briefly)

Boeing’s Flying Taxi Prototype Takes to the Air (Briefly)

Replace the wheels with heavy-duty helicopter skids, add four buzzing dronelike electric fans to each one, and you’ll have something like Boeing’s prototype flying taxi.

The Prime Challenges for Scout, Amazon’s New Delivery Robot

The Prime Challenges for Scout, Amazon’s New Delivery Robot

And soon, your Amazon Prime packages may show up courtesy of Scout, Amazon's new six-wheeled autonomous delivery robot built to withstand the sidewalk. While at the moment Amazon’s Scout is sequestered in one neighborhood in Washington, it’s not hard to see a future where delivery robots of all kinds roam among humans on city streets.

Facebook Cracks Down on Networks of Fake Pages and Groups

Facebook Cracks Down on Networks of Fake Pages and Groups

If a troll runs two fake news pages but only one of them violates Facebook’s policies, the company can’t take down the other until it breaks the rules as well.

How Tim Cook’s Data Broker Registry Might Actually Work

How Tim Cook’s Data Broker Registry Might Actually Work

But it has to cover the tech giants and brick and mortar stores, too." Even some data brokers have come around to the idea of a federal privacy law, as long as it levels the playing field for all industries in all states.

Scientists Reconstruct an Object by Photographing Its Shadow

Scientists Reconstruct an Object by Photographing Its Shadow

“They’ve demonstrated that in some situations, you really don’t need expensive sensors,” says Gordon Wetzstein, an electrical engineer at Stanford University, who was not involved with the work but is developing a similar camera, using lasers.

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

When the Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday, I found comfort amid the nominees for Best Documentary—alongside Liu’s transformative portrait of abuse was Hale County This Morning, This Evening , director RaMell Ross’s impressionistic meditation on black southern life in Selma, Alabama.

The Sensible Math of Knocking Over Absurdly Large Dominoes

The Sensible Math of Knocking Over Absurdly Large Dominoes

Since multiplication can be tedious after a while, let's make a computer program to calculate the height of the 29th domino assuming the starting domino is 5 millimeters tall. Here is a similar program that calculates the height of dominoes needed to get one big enough to possibly crush a car.

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.

Want to Boost Transit Ridership? Try Making Women Feel Safer

Want to Boost Transit Ridership? Try Making Women Feel Safer

And of the women who said they wouldn’t use the nearby transit option, 20 percent said they were avoiding the line for fear of harassment or for their safety—on the train, at the station, or on the walk to and from it.

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day Organic matter sits in open-air tanks where microbes feed on it and release CO2 as a byproduct.

Have Phones Become Boring? Well, They’re About to Get Weird

Have Phones Become Boring? Well, They’re About to Get Weird

Vivo calls this particular feature the Elevating Front Camera, which makes it sound like it hovers above the phone in an act of magic.

EU Privacy Law Snares Its First Tech Giant: Google

EU Privacy Law Snares Its First Tech Giant: Google

The French data privacy authority CNIL ruled that Google violated GDPR because the company hadn't properly gained consent from users to use their data to personalize advertising.

Travel Back in Time With These Vintage Computers

Travel Back in Time With These Vintage Computers

A gloved technician gently placed those light enough to carry against white and black velvet backdrops for Richards to shoot with his Canon 1DS Mark II, using simple overhead fluorescent lighting for illumination.

Google Gives Wikimedia Millions—Plus Machine Learning Tools

Google Gives Wikimedia Millions—Plus Machine Learning Tools

Wikipedia’s blog post announcing Google’s new investment makes this strategy fairly clear, noting that the company also provided Project Tiger with “insights into popular search topics on Google for which no or limited local language content exists on Wikipedia.” Google is also providing Wikipedia free access to its Custom Search API and its Cloud Vision API , which will help the encyclopedia’s volunteer editors more easily cite the facts they use.

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities The Labor Department says the vast majority of engineers Oracle hired out of college for its headquarters in California, shown here, were Asian, including many on student visas.

Watching Our Weight Could Be Killing Us

Watching Our Weight Could Be Killing Us

The work of the antidiet crowd asks anyone touched by diet culture to entertain the possibility that body weight doesn’t, in itself, cause health issues.

Black Panther and Netflix Just Got Historic Oscar Nominations

Black Panther and Netflix Just Got Historic Oscar Nominations

Night Shyamalan's trilogy-ending almost-superhero film Glass ruled the long-weekend box office, and Pixar lost a big director. Night Shyamalan's Glass won the box office, bringing in $47 million in North America during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

Bracing for climate change – a matter of survival for the Maldives

Bracing for climate change – a matter of survival for the Maldives

The Bank has been working with the Maldives to increase the use of renewables and has invested in a $16 million solar power project on the islands of Male and Hulhumale in the Greater Malé region.

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible Visually impaired creators are a lifeline for those who share their disability—and they’re educating and making allies of sighted people along the way.

Fender's New Acoustic Guitar Has a Million Different Voices

Fender's New Acoustic Guitar Has a Million Different Voices

But inside the instrument is an array of electronics that lets the player dial in a wide variety of sounds; when amplified, the Acoustasonic can take on the tonal character of different styles of acoustic guitar as well as solid-body and hollow-body electrics.

How to Tame Slack for a More Productive Workday

How to Tame Slack for a More Productive Workday

Customize your notification settings by navigating to the gear icon in the top right corner of a channel. You can also set times when Slack won’t send you notifications at all, like after you've gone home for the day.

We Can Still Avoid a Repeat of Last Year's Deadly Flu Season

We Can Still Avoid a Repeat of Last Year's Deadly Flu Season

Getty Images As flu season nears its annual peak, between eight and nine and a half million people in the US have already been sickened by various strains of the respiratory virus, according to new estimates released Friday by federal health officials.

Want to Try Camera Trapping? Check Out This New Guide

Want to Try Camera Trapping? Check Out This New Guide

Check Out This New Guide Flying squirrel caught on camera trap © Janet Pesaturo Trail cameras have become a common tool for wildlife biologists. That’s why Janet Pesaturo’s Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Sign, and Behavior of Eastern Wildlife (Stackpole Books) will be invaluable for both novice and experienced camera trappers.

Weedmaps’ Grip on the High-Flying California Pot Market

Weedmaps’ Grip on the High-Flying California Pot Market

“If you’re unlicensed, you’re probably not paying taxes, you’re certainly not paying licensing fees, and you’re not participating in all the regulations and oversight the state has in place.” The number of businesses listed on Weedmaps fluctuates as shops pop up and shut down, but by the beginning of August 2018, the site was listing about 2,000 total marijuana dispensaries and delivery services in Southern California.

For Women Job Seekers, Networking Like a Man Isn't Enough

For Women Job Seekers, Networking Like a Man Isn't Enough

“Quite frankly, most of the jobs are still male-dominated and therefore the kind of private information that's so important to help women get ahead isn't as important to men's advancement,” says Northwestern University data scientist Brian Uzzi, the lead author on the study.

Think the Rust Belt Is Struggling? Welcome to Romania

Think the Rust Belt Is Struggling? Welcome to Romania

“Every town had an industrial center, and people were moved all over the country to these areas to work in the mines and factories,” says photographer Ioana Cîrlig , who grew up in the Romanian capital of Bucharest in the 1990s after the fall of Communism.

The VA Wants to Use DeepMind's AI to Prevent Kidney Disease

The VA Wants to Use DeepMind's AI to Prevent Kidney Disease

In a project that drew on roughly 700,000 medical records from US veterans, the agency worked with Google parent Alphabet’s DeepMind unit to create software that attempts to predict which patients are likely to develop AKI.

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