Tiger King Is Cruel and Appalling—Why Are We All Watching It?

Tiger King Is Cruel and Appalling—Why Are We All Watching It?

Like Joe, Carole keeps big cats and other wild animals in cages and charges visitors to see them while paying her support staff meager wages.Joe does not succeed in killing Carole.

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

It’s also home to the World Health Organization, which has been a critical source of expertise and information throughout the Covid-19 crisis.That’s because the root of the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t really a virus, it’s poor governance and under-investment in prevention, crisis-oriented capacity, and government institutions.

The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

Still, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more sensitive interaction between humans than the doctor-patient relationship, and this has remained a thorny problem in hospital robotics.How well a robot can tackle a health worker’s task depends, in some measure, on whether it’s replacing that human interaction, or simply channeling it.

Squids' Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures

Squids' Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures

Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and their colleagues reported on Monday in the journal Nucleic Acids Research that longfin inshore squid (Doryteuthis pealeii) are the first known animals that can edit messenger RNA outside the cell nucleus.

Locally Grown Is PBS for the Streaming Age

Locally Grown Is PBS for the Streaming Age

Flipping through Locally Grown is like finding lost treasure, each channel its own trove of .Like a video archive that is available 24/7, Locally Grown is an anti-streaming streamer, the PBS of black cultural ephemera.Locally Grown lets viewers tune in to one of 11 curated channels, 24/7.

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a 'Snake Flu'

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a 'Snake Flu'

The release of genetic data has also spurred a flurry of new research findings in recent days, including one paper published by a team of Chinese researchers last night in the Journal of Medical Virology that claims to have used the viral sequence to find the most likely source of the emerging outbreak.

Free Press Advocates Decry Cybercrime Charges Against Glenn Greenwald

Free Press Advocates Decry Cybercrime Charges Against Glenn Greenwald

The complaint goes to some lengths to emphasize that Greenwald was not initially a subject of the investigation into this alleged hacking group, but that an audio recording uncovered during a lawful search pointed to "direct participation of the journalist in criminal conduct."

A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech

A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech

Some ethics executives experimented with creating a new process for these “ethics checkpoints,” but quickly realized that this unduly burdened the notoriously tight product development cycle, or was ignored altogether.

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.

Inside the Icelandic Facility Where Bitcoin Is Mined

Inside the Icelandic Facility Where Bitcoin Is Mined

The abundant water and underground heat is harnessed by hydroelectric dams and geothermal power stations to produce cheap, green electricity that facilitates the energy-intensive process of confirming cryptocurrency transactions—called mining, since miners are rewarded for their efforts with newly minted and extremely volatile “coins.” The fact temperatures rarely top 57 degrees Fahrenheit also helps.

Trying to Plant a Trillion Trees Won't Solve Anything

Trying to Plant a Trillion Trees Won't Solve Anything

Last month a bunch of climate scientists and ecologists piled onto that tree research in the same journal, calling out numerous errors in the first team’s calculations.

Wealthy Counties Benefited Most From a Flood Relief Program

Wealthy Counties Benefited Most From a Flood Relief Program

If some property owners who live near the ocean or in a river floodplain can be convinced to sell their homes, and the land is returned to open space, the entire community will benefit.

Inside Pioneer: May the Best Silicon Valley Hustler Win

Inside Pioneer: May the Best Silicon Valley Hustler Win

Since then, tens of thousands of people from around the globe have entered Pioneer’s eponymous tournament—a convoluted, semi-anonymous online competition that uses software and game mechanics like points, quests, and leaderboards to quantify participants’ real-world productivity and incentivize behaviors Gross and his team believe are key to success.

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Epic Games has added a picture-in-picture option to the game, so when you launch Fortnite and enter the game lobby, you'll see a little window in the upper right inviting you to watch the livestream. The Fortnite World Cup finals tournament runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 26–28.

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing. Photo © Dan Streiffert /Flickr Mateo started studying ground squirrels in 2002. While the ground squirrels I’m watching in Idaho don’t show family favor, they still recognize relatives even after hibernating for nine months.

The Terrifying Unknowns of an Exotic Invasive Tick

The Terrifying Unknowns of an Exotic Invasive Tick

But tick scientists such as Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York, have said for years that what is most needed is routine catching and sampling of ticks themselves, as is done by mosquito control agencies, to figure out what species are hatching and what diseases they may carry.

The New Charlie's Angels Trailer Is Here

The New Charlie's Angels Trailer Is Here

Today we have the first trailer from the new reboot of Charlie's Angels and a whole lot of news about Netflix. George Clooney will be directing and starring in an upcoming film adaptation of the sci-fi thriller Good Morning, Midnight for Netflix.

Alphabet's Plan for Toronto Depends on Huge Amounts of Data

Alphabet's Plan for Toronto Depends on Huge Amounts of Data

On Monday, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs released more detailed plans for Toronto, the site of the Google sister company’s first attempt to bring its techified, digital-forward sensibility to a full-scale development project.

Another Ripple From the Huawei Ban: Scientific Peer Review

Another Ripple From the Huawei Ban: Scientific Peer Review

But this week the Chinese technology news publication Pandaily published an email sent by IEEE to the editors of its publications, instructing them to stop using Huawei employees as peer reviewers for articles they're considering for publication.

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where a Tornado Will Strike

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where a Tornado Will Strike

“Pretend you've got a bunch of invisible ferris wheels in the air,” says David Gold, chief meteorologist for Global Business Services at IBM, which is rolling out a new forecasting system this year.

The Latest Charges Against Julian Assange Are an Assault on Press Freedom

The Latest Charges Against Julian Assange Are an Assault on Press Freedom

Unlike the previous indictment—which focused narrowly on an apparent offer to help crack a password —the 17 superseding counts focus instead on alleged violations of the Espionage Act. In doing so, the DOJ has aimed a battering ram at the freedom of the press , whether you think Assange is a journalist or not.

James Holzhauer's Jeopardy! Greatness, in Charts

James Holzhauer's Jeopardy! Greatness, in Charts

In addition to hitting 97 percent of buzz-ins overall, Holzhauer has correctly answered 49 out of 53 Daily Doubles and whiffed on only one of his 22 Final Jeopardy clues.

Cities under climatic siege: #InclusionMatters

Cities under climatic siege: #InclusionMatters

We just released a short policy note on what social inclusion means for city residence, while focusing on urban floods. READ MORE: Download: What Does Social Inclusion Mean for a Resilient City?

A Dying Scientist's Rogue Vaccine Trial

A Dying Scientist's Rogue Vaccine Trial

Halford confided to Fernandez that he’d secretly tested the vaccine in humans and that a participant named Carolyn had not experienced herpes outbreaks since the injections and had even stopped taking antiviral medications.

A low-carbon future must protect the world’s forests

A low-carbon future must protect the world’s forests

To address this deforestation, a forest-smart approach to mining requires strong governance to manage the development and impacts of the mining sector, protect forests on a landscape level, and recognize and protect local community tenure and rights.

The Strange Journey of an NSA Zero-Day Vulnerability—Into Multiple Enemies' Hands

The Strange Journey of an NSA Zero-Day Vulnerability—Into Multiple Enemies' Hands

Most notably, Symantec says the Chinese group's hacking had planted an NSA backdoor on the network of its victims using a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft's Server Message Block or SMB software, also seemingly learned by studying the NSA's hacking tools.

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Might Work Like Loyalty Points

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Might Work Like Loyalty Points

As the Journal notes, Facebook’s foray into blockchain could look a bit like a loyalty-points system—tokens that can be earned through and spent on Facebook services, or cashed out elsewhere though partner merchants.

Apple Launches Apple News+ Paid Subscription Service

Apple Launches Apple News+ Paid Subscription Service

Apple formally unveiled its new subscription news service today, a tab within its existing Apple News app that is designed to unlock access to premium magazines and a few national newspapers for $10 per month.

Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So

Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So

About 22 percent of Estonians work for the government; that’s about average for European countries, but higher than the 18 percent rate in the US.Siim Sikkut, Estonia’s chief information officer, began piloting several AI-based projects at agencies in 2017, before hiring Velsberg last year.

What to Expect From Monday's Big Apple Event

What to Expect From Monday's Big Apple Event

It’s widely expected that streaming video services will be front and center at Monday’s event; the question is whether Apple will highlight is own new original series, or show off some kind of service that aggregates content from other places.