Social Media Bans Are Really, Actually, Shockingly Common

Social Media Bans Are Really, Actually, Shockingly Common

To combat review fraud, Yelp and other platforms flag reviews they deem spammy or objectionable and remove them from the main listings of the page.Platform-wide estimates show even higher rates of content removal, some 25 to 30 percent of all reviews aren't shown on businesses’ main review pages.

Nintendo Has One Decent Switch Deal for Black Friday

Nintendo Has One Decent Switch Deal for Black Friday

It's on sale for $300, which is admittedly its actual retail price, but this bundle includes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a party game every bit as essential as Scrabble.The Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle costs $300 ($68 off) at Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and GameStop.

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

It didn't take long for some Mac users to note that trustd—a macOS process responsible for checking with Apple's servers to confirm that an app is notarized—was attempting to contact a host named but failing repeatedly.

The Genome of Your Pet Fish Is Extremely Weird

The Genome of Your Pet Fish Is Extremely Weird

In both goldfish and the carp they were derived from, there are 25 chromosomes, but each fish carries 100 of them—instead of two copies, they have four, or rather two sets of two.

The iPhone 12 Is a Smartphone Made for Our Terrible Times

The iPhone 12 Is a Smartphone Made for Our Terrible Times

At the very least, you have to use a VPN service anytime you connect to the internet through a network that you don't personally control.

The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music

The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music

“We were trying to pay some homage to the original two films while making it feel like it was contemporary," Parisot told Ars about how he approached bringing the Bill and Ted franchise into the 21st century.

An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers

An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers

Check Point also suggests that a hacker might be able to access banking data history through the attack, but Amazon disputes this, saying that information is redacted in Alexa's responses.

Cloud Support: Why Do I Keep Refusing OS Updates?

Cloud Support: Why Do I Keep Refusing OS Updates?

Open a cloud support ticket for assistance with your personal problems, moral dilemmas, or philosophical concerns about encounters with technology.On the other hand, it’s not like accepting an update will put an end to them.

Ghosts of Tsushima Isn't Samurai Cinema—It's a Popcorn Flick

Ghosts of Tsushima Isn't Samurai Cinema—It's a Popcorn Flick

The first thing to get out of the way about Ghost of Tsushima, developer Sucker Punch's newest open-world game about samurai, is that it's not much interested in those cultural questions.

A Mathematician’s Guide to How Contagion Spreads

A Mathematician’s Guide to How Contagion Spreads

But most important, Kucharski says, is what he calls “epidemiological thinking.” That’s a mindset for dealing with incomplete information, as infectious-disease researchers must when they encounter a novel, fast-moving pathogen.But transmission is not going down, because people aren't following those supposedly obvious things that can help reduce transmission.

This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease

This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease

Tessera has spent the past two years developing a new class of molecular manipulators capable of doing lots of things Crispr can do—and some that it can’t, including precisely plugging in long stretches of DNA.It’s not gene editing, says von Maltzahn.

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Newly formed Google accounts will auto-delete activity and location every 18 months by default.Auto-delete features also don't apply to services explicitly meant for long-term data storage, like Gmail, Google Drive, and Photos.

Cool Green Summer Book Review

Cool Green Summer Book Review

And if you’re looking for more, Cool Green Science has abundant reviews on a variety of topics, from nature in literary fiction and mystery novels, books for birders and for anglers and traveling naturalists , reviews of field guides and nature references , and much more.

Celebrate Earth Day With These Books

Celebrate Earth Day With These Books

But there are also many new books that continue to tell nature, conservation and science stories in creative ways.I’m impressed by the different ways of telling the story, including a children’s adventure series, fun daily readings of nature facts, a literary novel and more.

The Deliciously Surprising Science of Taste

The Deliciously Surprising Science of Taste

“But this has been converted down the years into a more extreme version of the taste map that says sweet is at the front of the tongue, bitter is at the back, and salty and sour at the sides,” says Robert Margolskee, director and president of Philadelphia's Monell Chemical Senses Center, which researches taste and smell.

The Hidden History in My Backyard

The Hidden History in My Backyard

Photo © Dan Holtz /TNC Photo Contest 2019 Hiawatha Grove stood until 1954, when developers cleared both the house and the orange groves to make way for a new neighborhood: Dommerich Estates.

The Best Nature Documentaries On TV Now

The Best Nature Documentaries On TV Now

Here are the best nature documentaries on our list… from volcanoes to ivory poaching, from coral reefs to tree rings.You’ll notice that some old favorites aren’t on the list, because we wanted to bring you new films that you haven’t already seen a million times.

Where Did Plants Come From? This Ancient Algae Offers Clues

Where Did Plants Come From? This Ancient Algae Offers Clues

But a few recent papers—two based on molecular biology, and one on rare, precious fossils from 1 billion years ago—are helping to fill in the gaps in our understanding of those ancient algae and what allowed them to eventually make the transition to land.

Tell Us Your Pandemic Stories for Our Oral History

Tell Us Your Pandemic Stories for Our Oral History

Capturing the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, how this crisis unfolds and how our thinking about it changes, is critical both to understanding it now as well as to the stories we someday will tell about it.

Oscars Woes for Netflix, Money for Yahoo Users, and More News

Oscars Woes for Netflix, Money for Yahoo Users, and More News

Yahoo is repenting and Netflix is lamenting, but first: a cartoon about Elon's summer space camp .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars

Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars

No matter how great you feel, you’re likely not feeling any better than director Bong Joon Ho , whose movie Parasite won three Oscars last night, including Best Picture—the first foreign language film to win the award in the Academy’s 92-year history.

A Weekend at Concours d'Lemons, the World's Worst Car Show

A Weekend at Concours d'Lemons, the World's Worst Car Show

There are oddities like the Yugo–the worst car ever made–so poorly engineered it’s had more of a life as a punchline than a vehicle.If you like cars that never should have never been made, then Concours d’Lemons is a feast for your trash-loving eyes.

How American Politics Became a Meme Theater

How American Politics Became a Meme Theater

The positive consequence of the political meme ecosystem is that average people at least seem to be more civically engaged.The downside of the new meme-conscious political world, of course, is that facial expressions and stunts have become as important as substance and policy, if not more.

How to Levitate Objects With Sound (and Break Your Mind)

How to Levitate Objects With Sound (and Break Your Mind)

But at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, physicist Chris Benmore and his colleagues are levitating objects with an unlikely tool: sound.Beyond the entertainment value, acoustic levitation is helping Benmore and his team do science: They're suspending pharmaceuticals and watching how molecules interact, by pointing the most intense X-ray source in the western hemisphere at the acoustic levitator.

The Doomsday Clock Moves Closer Than Ever to Midnight

The Doomsday Clock Moves Closer Than Ever to Midnight

These weapons "will severely limit response times available to targeted nations and create a dangerous degree of ambiguity and uncertainty, at least in part because of their likely ability to carry either nuclear or conventional warheads," the board members noted.

Valve Swears Half-Life: Alyx Is Actually, Legitimately Done

Valve Swears Half-Life: Alyx Is Actually, Legitimately Done

So as the release date for the new VR experience Half-Life: Alyx approaches, and other high-profile games face delays , it's understandable fans might be worried.Every year, the Game Developers Conference releases a survey on the state of videogames, tabulating results from all across the industry.

Athletic Authorities Must Reckon With Racing Tech Again

Athletic Authorities Must Reckon With Racing Tech Again

World Athletics (then called the IAAF) was acting on the certainty that “running blades,” engineered specifically for running fast, could perform better than regular legs.

A Facebook Bug Exposed Anonymous Admins of Pages

A Facebook Bug Exposed Anonymous Admins of Pages

All software has flaws, and Facebook quickly pushed a fix for this one—but not before word got around on message boards like 4chan, where people posted screenshots that doxed the accounts behind prominent pages.

The Decade That YouTube Changed TV

The Decade That YouTube Changed TV

Taking over TV is quite the coup for a platform that got its start just 15 years ago above a pizzeria in San Mateo, California, and it’s not just late-night television that’s ceding territory to the big red play button.

The Firefox Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

The Firefox Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

Open the Firefox menu and choose Customize ; from there, you can drag and drop shortcuts to certain features—including edit tools, your browsing history, and private browsing—into the toolbar, so they're always available to you.