Ghostery’s Making a Privacy Browser—and Ad-Free Search Engine

Ghostery’s Making a Privacy Browser—and Ad-Free Search Engine

Which is why using Ghostery’s new ad-free search engine and desktop browser, even in their pre-beta form, feels at once like a throwback to a simpler internet and a glimpse of a future where browsing that puts results ahead of revenue is once again possible.

How Cowbirds Raise Their Young, Without Raising Their Young

How Cowbirds Raise Their Young, Without Raising Their Young

The act of brood parasitism allows females to forgo the costs of nest building, incubating eggs, and feeding and protecting vulnerable young.

Nature Nerd Trivia: Bats

Nature Nerd Trivia: Bats

The bat world is full of oddies and surprises, from the carnivorous ghost bat to one species that’s actually the world’s fastest mammal.Only one percent of the world’s bat species feed on vertebrate prey, and the ghost bat is one of them.

The Very 2020 Ascent of Sarah Cooper

The Very 2020 Ascent of Sarah Cooper

In the kind of topsy-turvy story that could only happen in 2020, the UX designer turned comedian is leveraging the fame she's garnered online during the Covid-19 pandemic to put together a special for the streaming giant.

Hackers Broke Into Real News Sites to Plant Fake Stories

Hackers Broke Into Real News Sites to Plant Fake Stories

The propagandists have created and disseminated disinformation since at least March 2017, with a focus on undermining NATO and the US troops in Poland and the Baltics; they’ve posted fake content on everything from social media to pro-Russian news websites.

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.

The Rental Is a Perfect Movie for Sleepy Summer Nights

The Rental Is a Perfect Movie for Sleepy Summer Nights

From the fanciest mansion to the dingiest studio apartment, when you step foot inside, there’s no hiding the fact that it’s a rental, not a home.Josh and Charlie are brothers, as it turns out, so it’s not such a hard sell.

Startup Guesty Under Investigation for Illegal Airbnb Bookings in NYC

Startup Guesty Under Investigation for Illegal Airbnb Bookings in NYC

Soto was right, NYC’s short-term rental market was booming—but what he failed to mention was that it was also largely illegal .On Monday, just four days after Soto’s presentation, the mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement formally announced it had opened an investigation into Guesty, saying that the bulk of the company’s business in New York has likely been unlawful.

How to Watch the Oscars 2020

How to Watch the Oscars 2020

Regardless of what happens, you won’t know what everyone is tweeting about—or whether 1917 will get the little gold men we think it might —if you’re not watching.Meanwhile, Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live will be available to stream for free from the Academy’s official Twitter account.

Cops Take Over a Botnet to Clear Malware Off Nearly a Million PCs

Cops Take Over a Botnet to Clear Malware Off Nearly a Million PCs

But with tensions between the US and China continuing to escalate , The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the effort might not survive a national security review.

How Anthony Levandowski Put Himself at the Center of an Industry

How Anthony Levandowski Put Himself at the Center of an Industry

He dabbled in robotics while studying industrial engineering at UC Berkeley and made the move into autonomous vehicles when he entered the 2004 Darpa Grand Challenge —a seminal event that helped launch the self-driving industry we know today.

How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York

How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the city names real-estate agent Elvis Tominovic as the central figure in the “lucrative unlawful hotel operation.” The city wants Tominovic and 13 other people and businesses alleged to be involved in the scheme to turn over all revenue, properties, and proceeds from illegal rental activity; pay fines and damages; and shut down their listings.

The Photographs That Paved the Way for Apollo 11

The Photographs That Paved the Way for Apollo 11

Bill Finger's Ground Control draws on his own childhood fascination with the Apollo missions, shadowing a fictional character who longs to leave earth for space. "People have probably had a fascination with the moon since there were people," Finger says.

Adam Savage Tells Us How (and Why) He Makes Stuff

Adam Savage Tells Us How (and Why) He Makes Stuff

You might know Adam Savage as the co-host of the television show MythBusters , as the editor of , or as the host of countless web videos that show him building machines, sewing costumes for Comic-Con, and occasionally blowing something up in his San Francisco workshop.

There’s a Plague in Our Oceans. Can Ecosystem Services Help?

There’s a Plague in Our Oceans. Can Ecosystem Services Help?

Those of us who study non-human diseases are worried that mass mortality caused by multi-host pathogens is becoming a common and recurrent event, threatening biodiversity in both terrestrial and marine environments.

How to Watch the Star Wars Celebration Livestream

How to Watch the Star Wars Celebration Livestream

A streamed panel on Saturday at 2:30 pm ET focuses on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order , from the same studio that brought you the delightful Apex Legends .

Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerrilla War’ Against Local Governments

Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerrilla War’ Against Local Governments

On its website, Airbnb says it is “democratizing revenue by generating tens of millions of new tax dollars for governments all over the world.” But when Palm Beach County, Florida, a popular tourist destination, passed an ordinance in October 2018 requiring Airbnb and other short-term rental companies to collect and pay the county’s 6 percent occupancy tax on visits arranged through their sites, Airbnb sued.

Angry Nerd: Smart Replies Make Us All Dumber

Angry Nerd: Smart Replies Make Us All Dumber

And it’s no Lee Israel—she’d balk at all the fast-­flying verbal inanities. I speak of Smart Reply, Google’s answer, in the form of a triad of autogenerated responses, to the problem of email. It’s always been Google’s internet; we’re just living in it.

Hundreds of Photos Form a Single Portrait of Britain’s Decline

Hundreds of Photos Form a Single Portrait of Britain’s Decline

It’s a view of Rome that exists only in the imagination of the artist.Allchurch’s image maintains the compositional structure of Piranesi’s etching but replaces the Roman artifacts with British iconography ranging from the Glasgow Necropolis to the latest London high-rises.

11 Wildly Colored Moths to Brighten Your Day

11 Wildly Colored Moths to Brighten Your Day

This relatively plain-looking moth opens its wings to reveal grand yellow-and-pink hindwings with large black and blue eyespots. The painted lichen moth has a noticeable wing pattern, with thick gray and yellow streaks and additional pops of color ranging from pink to red.

How Do Viral Videos Make Money? YouTubers Share Their Secrets

How Do Viral Videos Make Money? YouTubers Share Their Secrets

Beyond that there are merch deals, collaborations with brands, and other promotions YouTubers can use to bring in cash from their channels."I don't think you get paid for subscribers [though]," says Rhett, one half of Rhett and Link, the team behind Good Mythical Morning—a fact that his cohost calls "sad."But that's just one of the tricks of the trade revealed in this episode of Creator Support, wherein we asked a host of YouTubers questions that fans and aspiring viral video creators posted on Twitter.