Trump, Twitter, and the Failed Politics of Appeasement

Trump, Twitter, and the Failed Politics of Appeasement

Zuckerberg has given Trump and other conservatives an even wider berth, beginning with his 2015 decision to leave up Trump’s anti-Muslim post that seemingly violated the company’s hate speech policy.

Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Is Purely for Show

Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Is Purely for Show

Most significantly, it will ask the Federal Communications Commission to propose regulations that “clarify” the meaning of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act—the federal law that gives internet platforms broad legal immunity over how they choose to regulate, or not, the content of user posts.

On the Moon, Astronaut Pee Will Be a Hot Commodity

On the Moon, Astronaut Pee Will Be a Hot Commodity

The resulting material is a geopolymer, which has similar properties to concrete and could potentially be used to build landing pads, habitats, and other structures on the moon.Lunar regolith has chemical similarities to fly ash, which makes geopolymers an attractive option for building stuff on the moon.

How Much Energy Does It Take to Blow Up a Planet?

How Much Energy Does It Take to Blow Up a Planet?

This position is measured in pixels, but we can convert it to distance by scaling it to a known object in the scene.But if I only plot its pixel position, I’ll underestimate the distance traveled and thus the speed.

After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light

After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light

The next step, says Bakkers, will be to use the technique they’ve developed to create a tiny laser made from the silicon alloy.

Bernie Sanders Is Out—but He Transformed Campaigning For Good

Bernie Sanders Is Out—but He Transformed Campaigning For Good

“In so many ways, Bernie Sanders’ run in 2016 and, less so, in 2020, cemented the fact that insurgent candidates running a strong, robust challenge to institutionally validated candidates can use the internet as an extremely powerful tool,” says Daniel Kreiss, a professor of political communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Uncanny Portraits of Perfectly Symmetrical Pets

Uncanny Portraits of Perfectly Symmetrical Pets

It all started in 2017, when Knudsen cast a sphinx cat as a co-model in a beauty editorial.Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano.“The owner said, ‘Oh my god, fox pee never comes off!’” Knudsen says.

Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

And herein lies the premise: if drivers are moving slowly enough, they will have time to avoid hitting large animals, such as deer and pronghorn, on the road.

Hurling Satellites Into Space Seems Crazy—but Might Just Work

Hurling Satellites Into Space Seems Crazy—but Might Just Work

Before I get to the calculations, let's look at the details of the system and the physics involved.

The Secret to Blowing Massive Soap Bubbles

The Secret to Blowing Massive Soap Bubbles

That's what's happening, physics-wise, when we blow bubbles through a ring at then end of a little plastic wand: the jet forms at our lips and is wider than the soapy film suspended within the ring.

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.

Speaking Simulator Feels Different When You Have a Stutter

Speaking Simulator Feels Different When You Have a Stutter

Speaking Simulator, by developer Affable Games, puts the player in the head of a robot that has to puzzle out, syllable by syllable, how to talk.Simulator games aren't supposed to make you think, really.

Watch Trump Give the 2020 State of the Union

Watch Trump Give the 2020 State of the Union

The White House is live-streaming the State of the Union from its YouTube channel.

Mandalorian vs. TIE Fighter: Who Would Win?

Mandalorian vs. TIE Fighter: Who Would Win?

It's fairly linear, which means the TIE fighter is moving at a roughly steady speed of 117.3 meters per second (262 mph for the Imperials).He's already up to his maximum vertical speed by the time he gets 10 meters off the ground.

The Two Myths of the Internet

The Two Myths of the Internet

She was there to proclaim the power and importance of “internet freedom.” In the previous few years, she said, online tools had enabled people all around the world to organize blood drives, plan demonstrations, and even mobilize in mass demonstrations for democracy.

How Facebook Gets the First Amendment Backward

How Facebook Gets the First Amendment Backward

So, for argument’s sake, let’s take Zuckerberg at his word when he says Facebook is taking inspiration from the First Amendment, and instead ask a different question: Does the decision to not fact-check politicians actually embody First Amendment values.

Trolling Is Now Mainstream Political Discourse

Trolling Is Now Mainstream Political Discourse

We had canvassed thousands of the world's leading experts in technology and culture, and had begun the long task of interpreting the more than 700 responses to the final question in our survey:In the next decade, will public discourse online become more or less shaped by bad actors, harassment, trolls, and an overall tone of griping, distrust, and disgust.

Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Free Speech—the Facebook Way

Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Free Speech—the Facebook Way

Maybe the most powerful part of the speech was when he said, “I’m not going to be around forever,” and so he thinks it essential to deeply embed free speech values into Facebook so the company continues giving voice to people long after he’s gone.

DNC Hackers Resurface, Zuckerberg Talks Free Speech, and More News

DNC Hackers Resurface, Zuckerberg Talks Free Speech, and More News

A dangerous hacker group resurfaced, Mark Zuckerberg delivered a long-winded defense of Facebook, and Volvo is going green.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

How Eliud Kipchoge Pulled Off His Epic, Sub-2-Hour Marathon

How Eliud Kipchoge Pulled Off His Epic, Sub-2-Hour Marathon

On Saturday morning in Vienna, Austria, Eliud Kipchoge, the world's finest marathoner , became the first person in history to run 26.2 miles in under two hours .

The Guy Who Wrote Facebook's Content Rules Says Its Politician Hate Speech Exemption Is 'Cowardice'

The Guy Who Wrote Facebook's Content Rules Says Its Politician Hate Speech Exemption Is 'Cowardice'

That essay is notable not just for its well-argued points but for who wrote it: Dave Willner is Facebook’s former head of content standards.

Tesla's Million-Mile Battery, Greta Thunberg's UN Speech, and More News

Tesla's Million-Mile Battery, Greta Thunberg's UN Speech, and More News

A lofty Elon Musk promise may soon be realized, a teen activist blistered members of the UN, and we have some recommendations for fitness trackers.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids

An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids

My hunch was confirmed later that year, at a tech conference in Oslo, when Dame Marina Warner, the visionary polymath and today the president of the Royal Society of Literature, fielded a disturbing question about pornography from the illustrious philosopher and early Edge member John Searle.

Bugatti's Chiron Clocks 305 MPH Thanks to Top Notch Tires

Bugatti's Chiron Clocks 305 MPH Thanks to Top Notch Tires

BugattiBugatti’s new champion is a pre-production prototype of a special edition of the $3 million Chiron , which in its base form is electronically limited to 261 mph and goes from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds.

Even Physics Textbooks Tend to Get Friction Slightly Wrong

Even Physics Textbooks Tend to Get Friction Slightly Wrong

Let's consider a very basic physics problem involving pushing a block with a frictional force .Let's use these two ideas for some simple physics cases and see what happens.Here is the momentum principle (in 1-D):Rhett AllainNow let's use this.

The Biomechanical Perfection of Simone Biles in Flight

The Biomechanical Perfection of Simone Biles in Flight

And then, pow pow, Biles is in the air, a möbius loop of motion 10 feet off the ground at the apex, more than a second in the air, twisting around her head-to-toe axis three times and flipping over her side-to-side axis twice before, bang!

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.

Self-Parking Garages, Robovans, and More Car News This Week

Self-Parking Garages, Robovans, and More Car News This Week

Speaking of electrics, we watched Ford’s prototype battery-powered Ford F-150 haul a train, saw Cruise delay its plans to launch a robo-taxi service in San Francisco, and inspected financials from Tesla showing that while deliveries are up, so are losses.

Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real

Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real

One of the most remarkable ideas in this theoretical framework is that the definite properties of objects that we associate with classical physics—position and speed, say—are selected from a menu of quantum possibilities in a process loosely analogous to natural selection in evolution: The properties that survive are in some sense the “fittest.” As in natural selection, the survivors are those that make the most copies of themselves.

Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More 'Toxic'?

Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More 'Toxic'?

If such AI tools are entrusted with the power to police content online, they have the potential to suppress legitimate speech and censor the use of specific words, particularly by vulnerable groups.