The War on Polio Just Entered Its Most Dangerous Phase

The War on Polio Just Entered Its Most Dangerous Phase

In other words, there now exist more cases of polio paralysis caused by vaccines than there are cases caused by the original wild virus.

NYC Has an Old-Timey Plan to Fix Its Traffic Future

NYC Has an Old-Timey Plan to Fix Its Traffic Future

New York City is still more than a year away from becoming the first American metropolis to implement a congestion charge , but its plan to ease Manhattan traffic is starting to take shape.

Yet Another Challenge for Air Travelers: Finding Your Uber

Yet Another Challenge for Air Travelers: Finding Your Uber

Now instead of waiting for cars curbside, ride-hail and taxi riders must hop on a shuttle to a dedicated LAX-it parking lot seven to 15 minutes away from the terminals.

What Makes an Element? The Frankenstein of Sodium Holds Clues

What Makes an Element? The Frankenstein of Sodium Holds Clues

Publishing this Monday in Physical Review Letters, the Riken physicists and their team confirmed that the limit for a fluorine nucleus is 22 neutrons, and a neon nucleus can contain up to 24.

A Mind-Boggling Uber Oversight, a Firefox Scam, and More News

A Mind-Boggling Uber Oversight, a Firefox Scam, and More News

Firefox users are gettin' scammed and Uber is gettin' slammed—but first, a cartoon about not liking what you see in the mirror .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

The Carp Show: An Inside Look at the Jumping Fish Invasion

The Carp Show: An Inside Look at the Jumping Fish Invasion

The invasive fish known collectively as Asian carp represent four species: silver, bighead, black and grass carp.“Our ability to control water levels at Emiquon means that if Asian carp, or other non-native species, become too invasive, we can dry the preserve up and start again,” says Blodgett.

The Big Lure of Tiny Keyboards

The Big Lure of Tiny Keyboards

The keys of a tiny keyboard aren’t any smaller than normal, they are just fewer in number.Toby Dan, who works in software sales in Atlanta, Georgia, is a mechanical keyboard enthusiast who builds and designs layouts for small boards.

The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO

The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO

To visit when speakers drown out aerospace-y sounds, when stage lights blind you to the aircraft that might be hovering above, when there are so many eyes that the Air Force would be crazy to test anything actually advanced—it kind of makes a trip to Area 51 not very much like a trip to Area 51.When my alarm goes off in the middle of the night, I can see headlights on Back Gate Road.

Shell Leads Big Oil in the Race to Invest in Clean Energy

Shell Leads Big Oil in the Race to Invest in Clean Energy

Oil companies have done about 70 deals in sectors including solar, wind and biofuels so far this year, already close to surpassing the total for the whole of 2018, according to the report.

DejaBlue: New BlueKeep-Style Bugs Mean You Need to Update Windows Now

DejaBlue: New BlueKeep-Style Bugs Mean You Need to Update Windows Now

Microsoft today warned Windows users of seven new vulnerabilities in Windows that, like BlueKeep, can be exploited via RDP, a tool that lets administrators connect to other computers in a network.

Inside the Hidden World of Elevator Phone Phreaking

Inside the Hidden World of Elevator Phone Phreaking

At the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas today, Caruana will give a talk on a very specific subgenre of that pastime: phreaking elevator phones, the emergency call boxes legally mandated to be in every elevator in America, and largely left wide open to any caller who can determine their numbers.

Cashless Stores Alienate Customers in the Name of Efficiency

Cashless Stores Alienate Customers in the Name of Efficiency

There’s been growing support from both consumers and retailers to move away from cash in favor of digital payment options .It’s one thing for luxury brands to self-select their customers on the basis of price point, but it’s another for a retailer to deny access to a person trying to buy a pack of gum.

Apple's MacBook Pro Battery Recall Adds to Its Laptop Problems

Apple's MacBook Pro Battery Recall Adds to Its Laptop Problems

The batteries, according to Apple’s support page, “may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.” The recall is said to affect 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina displays sold between September 2015 and February 2017, and Apple is replacing batteries for free on eligible laptops.

Female Representation in Videogames Isn't Getting Any Better

Female Representation in Videogames Isn't Getting Any Better

Of the 126 games we tallied from the E3 events held by Microsoft, Nintendo, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and EA, as well as the annual PC Gaming Show, a paltry six centered exclusively female protagonists, while almost five times as many, 28, centered male characters.

How to Make a Less Toxic, More Sustainable Surfboard

How to Make a Less Toxic, More Sustainable Surfboard

Also on the show, the hosts cover the latest news about products from Amazon and Google, and also give a preview of what to expect from Apple’s WWDC developer conference that takes place next week.

Microsoft's BlueKeep Bug Isn't Getting Patched Fast Enough

Microsoft's BlueKeep Bug Isn't Getting Patched Fast Enough

When security researcher Rob Graham scanned the entire public internet for BlueKeep-vulnerable machines on Monday, using a tool he built, he found that 923,671 machines hadn't been patched, and were thus still exposed to any potential worm.

How to Throw a Boomerang Like a Pro

How to Throw a Boomerang Like a Pro

"But a boomerang is thrown vertically so the directional lift is to the side, unlike an airplane flying horizontal where the directional lift is up in the air.

Abortion Bans Create a Public Health Nightmare

Abortion Bans Create a Public Health Nightmare

Foster’s team has a paper in review on actual, longer-term health consequences among the turnaways, but it’s not out yet, and I didn’t find any research comparing outcomes in states with different abortion access levels beyond when women get abortions during a pregnancy—second-trimester abortions become more common—and the admittedly blunt statistical instruments of maternal and infant mortality.

Why I Love My Teeny Tiny Knock-Off Nokia

Why I Love My Teeny Tiny Knock-Off Nokia

Last week, I went to the cell phone store across the street from my apartment in Brooklyn to purchase a SIM card for Baby, after one from AT&T failed to work with the device.

The Robocall Crisis Will Never Be Totally Fixed

The Robocall Crisis Will Never Be Totally Fixed

In addition to authenticating that calls are really coming from the numbers they claim, STIR and SHAKEN will also append an "Origin ID" to every call, making it much easier to track robocalls to the source.

How Much Time Would It Take to Dig an Underground Pool?

How Much Time Would It Take to Dig an Underground Pool?

With my estimates, I get a dirt toss volume of 3.14 x 10-3 m3. Looking at the video, I get the following estimated times for one scoop:Dig time = 10 seconds. This puts the total dig time at 1.45 x 105 seconds or 40 hours.

Apple Enters the Credit Card Market With—Yep—Apple Card

Apple Enters the Credit Card Market With—Yep—Apple Card

Like pre-existing personal finance apps such as Mint and Acorns, Apple Wallet will automatically track where and how much you spend with Apple’s credit card.

On the Trail of the Robocall King

On the Trail of the Robocall King

Hoping he might get lucky and receive one of the robocalls himself, Garvin began answering every suspicious call and spoofed number that lit up his cell phone.

FEMA Leaked Data From 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

FEMA Leaked Data From 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

On Friday, FEMA publicly acknowledged a Homeland Security Department Office of the Inspector General report that the emergency response agency wrongly shared personal data from 2.3 million disaster survivors with a temporary-housing-related contractor.

TypeScript’s Quiet, Steady Rise Among Programming Languages

TypeScript’s Quiet, Steady Rise Among Programming Languages

Microsoft's programming language TypeScript has become one of the most popular languages among developers, at least according to a report published by the analyst firm RedMonk this week.

Facebook Will Crack Down on Anti-Vaccine Content

Facebook Will Crack Down on Anti-Vaccine Content

The company also said it was exploring ways to give users more context about vaccines from “expert organizations.” The decision was widely anticipated: Facebook, along with YouTube and Amazon, has faced criticism from journalists and lawmakers in recent weeks for allowing vaccine misinformation to flourish on their sites.

Amazon Wants Brands to Fight Fake Products Themselves

Amazon Wants Brands to Fight Fake Products Themselves

Her experience wasn’t a fluke: In 2016, Apple sued a company in New York for allegedly selling counterfeit versions of its accessories on Amazon, like charging cables. On Thursday, the company announced Project Zero , a program designed to reduce the number of fake products for sale on Amazon.

Gene Editing Is Trickier Than Expected—but Fixes Are in Sight

Gene Editing Is Trickier Than Expected—but Fixes Are in Sight

Using a new method for measuring unplanned edits, a team of American, Chinese, and European scientists has found that the same base editor, widely in use by researchers today, actually messes up the genome at an eyebrow-raising rate. Besides the base editors, Steinmetz’s group also tested good ‘ol Crispr 1.0, the gene-editing workhorse of the biological research world.

Calculate How Fast Quicksilver Is Moving in X-Men Apocalypse

Calculate How Fast Quicksilver Is Moving in X-Men Apocalypse

If I know the time this takes and the total distance, I can calculate the average speed as: Rhett Allain That seems straightforward, but I need to point out that this is the average speed.

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access

Moreover, the majority of those gaining access to such high-speed connections, approximately 5.6 million, live in rural America, where broadband deployment has traditionally lagged." Pai's press release also says that private Internet providers have "responded to FCC reforms by deploying fiber to 5.9 million new homes in 2018, the largest number ever recorded." However, much of that may have come from a multi-year fiber deployment that AT&T began during the Obama administration.