Bezos' $10B Climate Fund, Bluetooth Bugs, and More News

Bezos' $10B Climate Fund, Bluetooth Bugs, and More News

Researchers from Singapore University of Technology and Design discovered 12 new Bluetooth bugs that potentially expose more than 480 devices, from fitness trackers and smart locks to medical tools and implants.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Christina Koch and Jessica Weir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

Christina Koch and Jessica Weir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

Photograph: NASAThis accidental artistic photo shows two astronauts: Weir is working on battery replacement, and Koch, who took the photo, is captured in the shiny reflection on Weir’s visor.

How a Space Engineer Made Her Own Rotary Cell Phone

How a Space Engineer Made Her Own Rotary Cell Phone

Haupt, who works as an astronomy instrumentation engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, detailed how she took the rotary mechanism from an old Trimline telephone, paired it with a microcontroller and an Adafruit Fona 3G cell transceiver, put it all into a 3D-printed casing, and built something that could replace her daily flip phone.

Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA

Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA

The former all-star shooting guard of the Los Angeles Lakers was among nine people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California.

Artist Refik Anadol Turns Data Into Art, With Help From AI

Artist Refik Anadol Turns Data Into Art, With Help From AI

Anadol creates mesmerizing art installations by seeking out interesting data sets and processing them into swirling visualizations of how computers capture the world and people in it.Anadol used machine learning to group photos and morph between them, creating flickering images of the city as recorded by many different people.

Can This Notorious Troll Turn People Away From Extremism?

Can This Notorious Troll Turn People Away From Extremism?

It’s less than a year into Donald Trump’s presidency and Bonnell is hosting a debate on his Twitch stream with Masterson, a chippy, mustached “Rand Paul Republican” who helms a weekly podcast called The Dick Show.

Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

These “gauge-equivariant convolutional neural networks,” or gauge CNNs, developed at the University of Amsterdam and Qualcomm AI Research by Taco Cohen, Maurice Weiler, Berkay Kicanaoglu and Max Welling, can detect patterns not only in 2D arrays of pixels, but also on spheres and asymmetrically curved objects.

South Jersey's Mid-Century Modern Motels, in All Their Neon Glory

South Jersey's Mid-Century Modern Motels, in All Their Neon Glory

The area first developed into a major summer tourism destination in the 1950s when brothers Lou and Will Morey, inspired by a visit to Miami’s South Beach, started building motels on the island.

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

The other was a tax credit that allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.After that, individuals won’t receive any tax credits for installing solar on their homes, and business owners will receive a paltry 10 percent.

The 7 Best Albums of 2019

The 7 Best Albums of 2019

As for 2019, the year's best albums were the exact opposite (in spite of efforts by Kanye West to use Jesus Is King as some kind of unifying opera).Bandana is the best rap album of the year.

The 24 Absolute Best Movies of the 2010s

The 24 Absolute Best Movies of the 2010s

Tom Cruise (whose effectiveness as a movie star has been one career-long live-die-repeat) and Emily Blunt do normally linear-time things like fall in love and kill aliens over a looping single day.One answer is empowering, and for that we have movies like Black Panther and Wonder Woman and Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse on this list.

The 5 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV Shows of 2019

The 5 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV Shows of 2019

It’s just that, this year, when it came to new shows, genre kind of kicked all the butts.In fact, we could’ve left off the sci-fi/fantasy qualifier and called this list “The 5 Best TV Shows of 2019,” period.

Amazon Device Christmas Sale (2019): Fire Tablets, Kindles, Echos

Amazon Device Christmas Sale (2019): Fire Tablets, Kindles, Echos

Amazon has afforded a few opportunities in the past few weeks to nab its own devices at steep discounts, and—good news fellow last-minute deal seeker—there are still some surprisingly good deals going on.

Meet the Mad Scientist Who Wrote the Book on How to Hunt Hackers

Meet the Mad Scientist Who Wrote the Book on How to Hunt Hackers

And for a smaller core of cybersecurity practitioners within that massive readership, it’s become a kind of legend: the ur-narrative of a lone hacker hunter, a text that has inspired an entire generation of network defenders chasing their own anomalies through a vastly larger, infinitely more malicious internet.

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

“As has been the trend, sex-positive imagery of any kind is slowly being washed away from social media,” Ford said, adding that he can imagine a future on these major platforms where adult content is forbidden completely.

The Hidden Gems of Apple Arcade

The Hidden Gems of Apple Arcade

Best of all, Tangle Tower is adapted perfectly to play on a phone, with simple controls allowing for easy navigation, inventory management, and puzzle solving.Over the Alps provides that kind of spy experience, set against a backdrop of World War II intrigue and told engagingly though postcards sent to your confidant.

How Earnest Research Into Gay Genetics Went Wrong

How Earnest Research Into Gay Genetics Went Wrong

One of the top geneticists in the country, Neale and his colleagues at the Broad Institute, a pioneering biotech hub in Boston, had a decade earlier developed software that made it much easier for scientists to study the vast amounts of genetic data that were beginning to flood in.

How Ford Created the Mach-E, Its Fully Electric Mustang SUV

How Ford Created the Mach-E, Its Fully Electric Mustang SUV

“We’d pop in sketches on a Monday, choose the one we wanted on Tuesday, build the CAD model on Wednesday, mill it on Thursday, then present it on Friday,” says design manager Chris Walter.

Disney+ Changes 'Star Wars' Canon Once Again

Disney+ Changes 'Star Wars' Canon Once Again

As the person behind a Twitter account called Star Wars Visual Comparison, Stewart is a kind of unofficial keeper of apocrypha, of the sometimes subtle, sometimes extraordinary changes wrought by their makers upon three Star Wars movies: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi.

For All Mankind Imagines an Alternate History for NASA

For All Mankind Imagines an Alternate History for NASA

In the team’s most recent creation, For All Mankind, Moore and company introduce audiences to a new history of the space program: One where the Russians made it to the moon first; where Ted Kennedy cancelled his party on Chappaquiddick; and where national heroes like Buzz Aldrin and Wernher von Braun become people, wracked with their own insecurities, flaws, and humanity.

California’s Wildfires Are the Doom of Our Own Making

California’s Wildfires Are the Doom of Our Own Making

A single spark can ignite a wind-driven wildfire that moves with such speed firefighters can’t safely confront it, even from the air, as flame retardants dropped from planes and helicopters blow off course in the gusts.

Physicists Get Close to Knowing the Mass of the Neutrino

Physicists Get Close to Knowing the Mass of the Neutrino

Its measured mass would also serve as a check on cosmologists’ theories for how the universe evolved.“Depending on what the mass of the neutrino turns out to be, it may lead to very exciting times in cosmology,” said Diana Parno, a physicist at Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the KATRIN team.

Depth of Field: Zuckerberg in Twilight

Depth of Field: Zuckerberg in Twilight

On Wednesday, Zuckerberg appeared on Capitol Hill in a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee, where he faced deep criticism from lawmakers who worry that the social network now wields a difficult kind of influence—it's become too big even for itself.

Why Zuckerberg’s Embrace of Mayor Pete Should Worry You

Why Zuckerberg’s Embrace of Mayor Pete Should Worry You

Buttigieg connected with his important supporters when he was not quite a teenager, making friends at Harvard with Facebook’s early team and other soon-to-be Silicon Valley figures like Mylavarapu, who volunteered with Buttigieg as part of Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

All Hail the Blob, the Smart Slime Mold Confounding Science

All Hail the Blob, the Smart Slime Mold Confounding Science

And despite having no mouth, eyes, or brain, slime mold can remember things and solve simple problems.Slime molds reproduce by releasing spores that develop into sex cells, and for successful reproduction to take place then all that needs to happen is for two sex cells containing different variants of those sex genes to meet.

Why the PG&E Blackouts Spared California's Big Tech HQs

Why the PG&E Blackouts Spared California's Big Tech HQs

Wara says they tend to be built to higher standards, making them less prone to wind damage.“The lines in the South Bay where the tech headquarters are, like in Mountain View and Santa Clara County, are [surrounded by] wide open space—there's basically no vegetation.

How Apple Arcade Will Reshape the App Store

How Apple Arcade Will Reshape the App Store

Only 5.5 percent of games released in the App Store this August were paid, versus nearly 25 percent that same month five years ago.And revenue from paid games made up only 1.4 percent of overall App Store game revenue last month.

Amazon Employees Will Walk Out Over Climate Change Inaction

Amazon Employees Will Walk Out Over Climate Change Inaction

They want Amazon to stop donating to politicians and lobbying groups that deny the reality of climate change, to stop working with oil and gas companies to optimize fossil fuel extraction, and to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030.They also created a video featuring workers who plan to join the walkout.

An Unprecedented Cyberattack Hit the US Power Grid

An Unprecedented Cyberattack Hit the US Power Grid

We took a look at a bug in Supermicro hardware that could let hackers pull off a USB attack virtually.Several DMVs told Motherboard that at least they don't also sell user photos and Social Security numbers, which, thanks?

Depth of Field: Coco Gauff and the Future of Women's Tennis

Depth of Field: Coco Gauff and the Future of Women's Tennis

The US Open culminates Sunday—where Serena Williams again has a chance to seize tennis immortality—but the tournament's real crowning moment came last weekend, on Day 6, between Naomi Osaka, the No. 1 ranked women's player, and Cori "Coco" Gauff, a 15-year-old rising talent of unforgettable resolve.