New Vaccine Conspiracy Theories Are Going Viral in Arabic

New Vaccine Conspiracy Theories Are Going Viral in Arabic

Across dozens of Arabic pages and groups, dangerous conspiracy theories about the pandemic are racking up millions of views and likes.Between January 1 and February 28, ISD researchers found 18 Facebook pages and ten groups sharing pandemic-related misinformation and conspiracy theories in Arabic.

Help! My Colleague Is Taking Credit for My Work

Help! My Colleague Is Taking Credit for My Work

Ask OOO at [email protected] .A small but appreciable tragedy of our remote-work age is the loss of petty workplace dramas that used to add intrigue to the sameness of the day.

Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It’s Spilling Back

Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It’s Spilling Back

But within a few months, as the coronavirus spread rapidly through the world’s human population, it leapt from people back into an animal species: minks, being raised in confinement on fur farms.

Bill Gates Is Upbeat on Climate, Capitalism, and Even Politics

Bill Gates Is Upbeat on Climate, Capitalism, and Even Politics

Don't you think a giant political investment in the 2016 election that might have resulted in a different outcome would have helped the climate more than any of the things in your book?

How Pi Keeps Train Wheels on Track

How Pi Keeps Train Wheels on Track

If you look at a train wheel head on, you might think it looks like this.You might have a wheel handy—if not, here is what it looks like when my bike rolls.

Meet the Climate Change Activists of TikTok

Meet the Climate Change Activists of TikTok

“From our research experience we know that storytelling is key for communicating the climate crisis in a way that can lead to taking action.” According to Schinko, TikTok has incredible potential as an arts-based activist platform.

A Silicon Chip Shortage Is Causing Big Issues for Automakers

A Silicon Chip Shortage Is Causing Big Issues for Automakers

And despite its size, the auto industry is actually a bit of a minnow when it comes to buying chips, accounting for roughly a tenth of global semiconductor fab output.

How to Use Your Speedometer to Figure Out Where Your Car Is

How to Use Your Speedometer to Figure Out Where Your Car Is

Let's start with a simple case to make sure we know what's going on.If I algebraically solve this for Δx, I get:Illustration: Rhett AllainWith a velocity of 10 m/s and a time of 5 seconds, that gives a displacement of 50 meters.

The Secret Ingredient That Powers Supernovas

The Secret Ingredient That Powers Supernovas

Whenever theorists tried to model these intricate particle motions and interactions in computer simulations, the supernova’s shock wave would stall and fall back on itself.Only in the last few years, with the growth of supercomputers, have theorists had enough computing power to model massive stars with the complexity needed to achieve explosions.

The Ongoing Collapse of the World's Aquifers

The Ongoing Collapse of the World's Aquifers

As the growing human population and more intense droughts brought on by climate change are putting ever more stress on water supplies, land is subsiding all over the world.

How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music

How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music

Such is the popularity of recommendation systems that we’ve come to rely on them to serve us what we want without us even having to ask, with music streaming services such as Spotify , Pandora, and Deezer all using personalized systems to suggest playlists or tracks tailored to the user.

The Crooked, Complex Geometry of Round Trips

The Crooked, Complex Geometry of Round Trips

You might not spend much time imagining life on a cube, but mathematicians do: They study what travel looks like on all kinds of different shapes.On a sphere, straight paths follow “great circles,” which are geodesics like the equator.

Share Streaming Accounts? Set Up Separate User Profiles

Share Streaming Accounts? Set Up Separate User Profiles

Click Add Profile to do just that—you'll be prompted to provide a name for the profile first of all, and then you can set an avatar image and various user preferences (like episode autoplay).During the profile creation process, you'll be asked if you want to configure it as a child profile, which means you can put restrictions on it in terms of maturity ratings and which kinds of content can be viewed.

After Centuries, a Simple Math Problem Gets an Exact Solution

After Centuries, a Simple Math Problem Gets an Exact Solution

In the decades that followed, the Monthly published variations on the interior problem, which mainly involved horses (and in at least one case a mule) rather than goats, with fences that were circular, square, and elliptical in shape.

Will Rising Temperatures Make Superweeds Even Stronger?

Will Rising Temperatures Make Superweeds Even Stronger?

Eventually, Stahlman, who has since retired, decided that the problem was likely temperature: Something about spraying in high heat was rendering the herbicides less effective.

The Race To Crack Battery Recycling—Before It’s Too Late

The Race To Crack Battery Recycling—Before It’s Too Late

Of the small fraction of lithium-ion batteries that are recycled in the US—just 5 percent of all spent cells—most of them end up in a smelting furnace.A common form of this technique, called leaching, involves soaking lithium-ion cells in strong acids to dissolve the metals into a solution.

The New Demon's Souls Remake Tries Too Hard to Be Realistic

The New Demon's Souls Remake Tries Too Hard to Be Realistic

In the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One era, when Shadow of the Colossus was remade, it often meant lovingly rendered wilderness, technological advances allowing game consoles to produce stunning trees, grass, and leaves.

What Will Happen to the Far-Right After Trump?

What Will Happen to the Far-Right After Trump?

Many experts were looking to Saturday’s Million MAGA March as a kind of violence-and-extremism barometer, but, much like the election itself, it wasn’t decisive enough to be entirely comforting.“Trump was just kind of a golden goose,” says Shannon Reid, who researches street gangs and white power at UNC Charlotte.

7 Simple Tech Tips to Keep Your Family Safe This Holiday

7 Simple Tech Tips to Keep Your Family Safe This Holiday

Most of them have auto-updates turned on by default, but it's worth double-checking with family members to make sure they're not putting off an update for whatever reason (a lack of free storage space might be a problem on older devices, or one stalled or failed update may mean no updates since the failed one.).

Social Media’s Dance With Donald Trump Is Getting Clumsier

Social Media’s Dance With Donald Trump Is Getting Clumsier

But it turns out that when Trump got into stuff that really violated policy—like Covid or election misinformation, or what might be interpreted as calls to violence—Facebook and Twitter began to place warning labels on his posts.

OK, You've Just Won the Election. Now Fix Covid

OK, You've Just Won the Election. Now Fix Covid

When I asked a well-placed and concerned Republican strategist why the Trump administration had not used the DPA more aggressively in the spring, this person told me that doing so would have been seen as a big government solution, which runs against long-established principles of the American conservative movement.

Formulas or Code? It’s All Numbers When It Comes to Physics

Formulas or Code? It’s All Numbers When It Comes to Physics

If you aren't familiar with these numerical calculations (another name for computational physics), the basic idea is to take a problem and break it into many smaller and simpler problems.

My Twitter Addiction Got So Bad, I Had to Block Myself

My Twitter Addiction Got So Bad, I Had to Block Myself

The solutions that satisfy others strike them as false and inauthentic, and “their lives are one long drama of repentance and of effort to repair misdemeanors and mistakes.” Most people find it easy to diagnose themselves as one of these two types, and I hope I won’t offend you in saying that you strike me, unmistakably, as a divided soul.

Computer Scientists Break the 'Traveling Salesperson' Record

Computer Scientists Break the 'Traveling Salesperson' Record

Now, in a paper posted online in July, Klein and his advisers at the University of Washington, Anna Karlin and Shayan Oveis Gharan, have finally achieved a goal computer scientists have pursued for nearly half a century: a better way to find approximate solutions to the traveling salesperson problem.

A Literal Child and His Mom Sue Nintendo Over ‘Joy-Con Drift’

A Literal Child and His Mom Sue Nintendo Over ‘Joy-Con Drift’

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .The 2019 lawsuit has been moved into arbitration, and the plaintiffs' lawyers recently asked Switch users to submit videos describing their experiences with Joy-Con drift to help bolster their case.

Taiwan’s Digital Minister Knows How to Crush Covid-19: Trust

Taiwan’s Digital Minister Knows How to Crush Covid-19: Trust

It helped that back in December, while the coronavirus was just starting to spread inside the Chinese city of Wuhan and the World Health Organization was still months away from declaring a global pandemic, the Taiwanese government deployed its equivalent of the US Defense Production Act to produce masks for its citizens.

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?

There’s a lot of discussion about artificial consciousness and the possibility of machines gaining self-awareness once they become sufficiently complex.As it happens, one of the most convincing cases for internet consciousness stems from a theory of mind that was developed to account for precisely this kind of unified experience.

Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem

Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem

He delved into the literature, coming across a 1974 paper by Carl Pomerance, a mathematician now at Dartmouth College, which proved that any OPN must have at least seven distinct prime factors.“Seeing that progress could be made on this problem gave me hope, in my naiveté, that maybe I could do something,” Nielsen said.

A Florida Teen Allegedly Shut Down School With a DDoS Attack

A Florida Teen Allegedly Shut Down School With a DDoS Attack

Amazon Infiltrated Private Facebook Groups to Spy on WorkersMotherboard this week reports that Amazon has used discreet access to private Facebook groups for drivers in its Flex program to monitor potential problems for the company, including organized labor initiatives.

Porn Sites Still Won’t Take Down Nonconsensual Deepfakes

Porn Sites Still Won’t Take Down Nonconsensual Deepfakes

Deepfake videos hosted on three of the biggest porn websites, XVideos, Xnxx, and xHamster, have been viewed millions of times.Deepfake upload figures seen by WIRED did not include Pornhub, which is the second-biggest porn website and despite banning deepfakes in 2018 still has problems with the videos.