You’ve Been Drinking Microplastics, But Don’t Worry—Yet

You’ve Been Drinking Microplastics, But Don’t Worry—Yet

That makes things difficult for the World Health Organization, which today released an exhaustive report on the state of research on microplastics in drinking water. Meanwhile, people the world over will continue to drink and eat and breathe microplastics, as scientists work frantically to better understand the potential impacts on human health.

Firefox and Chrome Fight Back Against Kazakhstan's Spying

Firefox and Chrome Fight Back Against Kazakhstan's Spying

In addition to concerns about mass surveillance, the group also cited repeated incidents of internet censorship in which the Kazakh government has blocked access to communication, social media, and news services for hours at a time during political speeches, protests, and other controversial national events.

Disney+ Brandishes Its Weapon: An Infinity Gauntlet of Brands

Disney+ Brandishes Its Weapon: An Infinity Gauntlet of Brands

An apt analogy for Disney+ might be the Infinity Gauntlet, the jeweled glove that propelled the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Altruism Still Fuels the Web. Businesses Love to Exploit It

Altruism Still Fuels the Web. Businesses Love to Exploit It

As a social scientist myself, I can say that convincing a colleague from the past that Wikipedia and Linux actually work the way they do would be a pretty huge lift.

NASA's Next Martian Rover Is Almost Ready to Rock

NASA's Next Martian Rover Is Almost Ready to Rock

Once consumed, the samples are hermetically sealed inside tubes, which the rover will then deposit in one place to be retrieved by a future mission. Jet Propulsion Lab technicians evaluating the Mars rover wear white “bunny suits,” which dissipate static electricity so they don't accidentally zap sensitive electronics.

Building Virtual Worlds Is a New Form of Self-Expression

Building Virtual Worlds Is a New Form of Self-Expression

In many ways, people have tapped into the enjoyment of “world-building,” says media scholar Mimi Ito. It's easy to see this moving mainstream, much as image-meme culture did.

Henry Golding Might Star in the Next G.I. Joe Movie

Henry Golding Might Star in the Next G.I. Joe Movie

Also, Netflix is adapting a New Yorker sci-fi story and Phoebe Robinson is going to Comedy Central. According to a new report in Variety , Henry Golding is in talks to appear in the new G.I. Joe spinoff Snake Eyes . Netflix Adapting New Yorker Short Story for Pyros.

The Internet Needs Tumblr More Than Ever

The Internet Needs Tumblr More Than Ever

Chances are, Tumblr's new owners won't bring back the porn (Mullenweg has said as much), but it could indicate that it'll do more to moderate, to let, say, erotic art continue to have a place on the site, even if hardcore pornography doesn't.

The Fight Over Section 230—and the Internet as We Know It

The Fight Over Section 230—and the Internet as We Know It

“Something tech companies have really gotten wrong—they’ve proceeded for years basically treating Section 230 like it’s a right that’s enshrined in the Constitution, and I think, frankly, some of the large platforms in particular have gotten incredibly arrogant,” says Jeff Kosseff, who wrote a book about Section 230 called Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet .

A Night With the Platypus Scientist

A Night With the Platypus Scientist

“Platypus travel quite a few kilometers in a night, so you don’t want the net sites too close together,” says Brunt. Brunt tells us that very little research has been done on platypus in Queensland, which means conservationists don’t have the data they need.

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter’s Big Storm Is Blowing Over

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter’s Big Storm Is Blowing Over

This 300-year-old storm used to be huge—so big it could hold nearly four Earths, although over the past few decades it has been shrinking and no one knows why.

The Physics of Falling Magnets in Stranger Things Season 3

The Physics of Falling Magnets in Stranger Things Season 3

So, if you just have a constant electric current in the solenoid, you get just a static magnetic field. If you have a solenoid that makes a constant magnetic field, does it interact with any charged object?

How a 10-Year-Old Desk Phone Bug Came Back From the Dead

How a 10-Year-Old Desk Phone Bug Came Back From the Dead

Povolny says that with the Avaya desk phones, it took only basic hacking skills to gain access to the device's systems and firmware (the foundational code that coordinates a device's hardware and software) and analyze them for flaws.

Wu Assassins Gives Netflix New Footing in Streaming's Battle Royale

Wu Assassins Gives Netflix New Footing in Streaming's Battle Royale

Enter Wu Assassins , which launches on the streaming service today—an unprecedented vehicle for star Iko Uwais, and a telling glimpse of the fighting technique Netflix intends to deploy in its own upcoming battle royale. Faced with that void and that competition, it's little wonder that Netflix sees a future in martial-arts action shows.

A Boeing Code Leak Exposes Security Flaws Deep in a 787's Guts

A Boeing Code Leak Exposes Security Flaws Deep in a 787's Guts

An attacker could potentially pivot, Santamarta says, from the in-flight entertainment system to the CIS/MS to send commands to far more sensitive components that control the plane's safety-critical systems, including its engine, brakes, and sensors.

Elizabeth Warren Unveils a Plan to Expand Broadband Access

Elizabeth Warren Unveils a Plan to Expand Broadband Access

Wednesday, presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) unveiled a plan to spend $85 billion to bring internet service to unserved and underserved areas, along with proposals to restore net neutrality and crack down on what she calls "sneaky maneuvers" by broadband providers to increase prices and decrease competition.

HBO's Next Big Idea: Recommendations From Actual Humans

HBO's Next Big Idea: Recommendations From Actual Humans

HBO's new site Recommended by Humans will offer viewers free episodes of shows like A Black Lady Sketch Show. As of today, there are more than 50 free episodes and movies—from mainstays like Game of Thrones and The Sopranos to new shows like Euphoria and A Black Lady Sketch Show —available for free through the Recommended by Humans site.

Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now

Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now

Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now. The behavior of magnets can be explained with Maxwell's equations, which also describe the behavior of light and everyday objects like electric motors.

Cloudflare Ditches 8chan. What Happens Now?

Cloudflare Ditches 8chan. What Happens Now?

What Happens Now. Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince announced Sunday that his company would stop providing protection for internet for 8chan, after a series of mass shooting manifestos were posted on the forum.

5G Is Here—and Still Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance

5G Is Here—and Still Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance

The researchers found that they could use their first stingray attack to modify a device's stated category number during the connection process, downgrading it to an older network.

A Black Lady Sketch Show Is a Much-Needed Jolt to TV Comedy

A Black Lady Sketch Show Is a Much-Needed Jolt to TV Comedy

In fact, the foursome are among a rising comedy avant-garde on TV that includes Spanish language curios (HBO's charming Los Espookys ), alt-sketch programs (Netflix's deliriously clever I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson and Comedy Central's Alternatino ), black mockumentaries (IFC's Sherman’s Showcase ), and more traditional fare ( South Side , which debuted on Comedy Central last week to impressive numbers).The boom is likely to hold, too.

The Senate's Transportation Plan Reckons With Climate Change

The Senate's Transportation Plan Reckons With Climate Change

It would offer funding for electric vehicle charging stations, pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly street design , reducing diesel emissions in ports, infrastructure resilient to floods and heat waves , and more.

Aquaman Director James Wan Is Making Secret Horror Movie

Aquaman Director James Wan Is Making Secret Horror Movie

James Wan will work on a horror film before starting on the sequel to Aquaman. Aquaman Director James Wan Making Secret Horror Movie. Aquaman Director James Wan Making Secret Horror Movie.

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

In her new Netflix special, comedian Whitney Cummings shares the stage with an ultra-modern version of one of the most outdated comedy props imaginable, the ventriloquist dummy: a laughing, talking sex robot that looks just like her.

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

The tool grew out of Pew’s Broadband Research Initiative, which researches policy issues like the economic impact of broadband access and expanding broadband in rural and low-income communities.

Trump's Cyber Czar Is Back—and He Wants to Make Hackers Suffer

Trump's Cyber Czar Is Back—and He Wants to Make Hackers Suffer

But you never stop to believe there's an adversary outside the window interfering with the beam between the remote and TV," says Ryan, who left the NSA two years ago to start work on Trinity before recruiting Bossert six months ago.

An Operating System Bug Exposes 200 Million Critical Devices

An Operating System Bug Exposes 200 Million Critical Devices

But the Armis researchers, who first disclosed their findings to Wind River in March, say that the patching process will be long and difficult, as is often the case with IoT and critical infrastructure updates .

The Bizarre, Peaty Science of Arctic Wildfires

The Bizarre, Peaty Science of Arctic Wildfires

That, though, would require forest management across swaths of the Arctic, a kind of management we in the US can’t even do right on a small scale .What we’re looking at, then, is yet another complicating factor in the massive complexity that is climate change: When peat burns, it emits lots of CO2, and when peatlands aren’t healthy, they don’t capture any.

The $26.5B T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Moves a Big Step Forward

The $26.5B T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Moves a Big Step Forward

Justice Department officials said they approved the deal after they were convinced that the sale of Sprint’s so-called prepaid business, which includes the Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands, and portions of Sprint’s wireless spectrum, would help Dish create a viable network.

Every Movie Referenced by Stranger Things

Every Movie Referenced by Stranger Things

But Stranger Things is also so jam-packed with movie references it's impossible to catch them all. Watch the video above to see just how they found their way into the Netflix series. Universal Pictures/Netflix. Universal Pictures/Netflix. Warner Bros./Netflix. Columbia Pictures/Netflix. Columbia Pictures/Netflix.

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