Vaping May Harm Your Blood Flow—Even Without Nicotine

Vaping May Harm Your Blood Flow—Even Without Nicotine

For first-time vapers, merely inhaling vape juice from an e-cigarette caused their blood vessels to constrict, stiffen, and circulate less oxygen.Last week, the Centers for Disease Control announced that it is opening an investigation into the health effects of smoking e-cigarettes, after nearly 100 teenagers in 14 states reported lung illnesses related to vaping.

Bananas in Crisis, Aggressive Social Spiders, and More News

Bananas in Crisis, Aggressive Social Spiders, and More News

Bananas in Crisis, Aggressive Social Spiders, and More News.Hurricanes are fueling a rise in aggressive spiders, the end of the banana could be near, and Bugatti has released a $9 million car.Colonies of aggressive, social spiders boom after a hurricane.

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.

A Strange Radioactive Cloud Likely Came From Russia

A Strange Radioactive Cloud Likely Came From Russia

After the ruthenium plume was detected in late 2017, IRSN issued a report in which it theorized that the accident occurred when Mayak attempted to create a highly compact, highly radioactive material that could emit a large number of neutrinos (difficult-to-detect fundamental particles) for a physics experiment in Italy called SOX.

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Material Safety Data Sheets, the chemical equivalent of technology user terms and conditions, have offered descriptions of those hazards since the early 1900s.Even if users don’t read the safety data sheet, they are greeted by this bright, unavoidable summary of material hazards every time they look at the container.

Fact-Check the Physics of Captain America Hammering Thanos

Fact-Check the Physics of Captain America Hammering Thanos

If this interaction force is the only force acting on our two humanoids for the same amount of time, Captain America's change in momentum will be exactly opposite that of Thanos.

Ugly or Beautiful? The Housing Blocks Communism Left Behind

Ugly or Beautiful? The Housing Blocks Communism Left Behind

Their new book Eastern Blocks features 100 images of modernist housing estates and other unusual Soviet-era structures.The duo began photographing modernist and brutalist architecture in central and eastern Europe after founding Zupagrafika as a design studio and publishing house in 2012.

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.

Jill Tarter Swears She’d Tell Us If She’d Seen an Alien

Jill Tarter Swears She’d Tell Us If She’d Seen an Alien

Jill Tarter Swears She’d Tell Us If She’d Seen an Alien. That’s why Tarter and her colleagues have worked to diversify their approach, considering other ways an alien species might leave a “technosignature.” Maybe they like lasers.

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.

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

It aspires to be a central outlet for the study of all manner of internet abuse, assembling for visiting researchers the necessary machine learning tools, big data analysts, and perhaps most importantly, access to major tech platforms' user data—a key to the project that may hinge on which tech firms cooperate, and to what degree.

New York's Revenge Porn Law Is a Flawed Step Forward

New York's Revenge Porn Law Is a Flawed Step Forward

It is indefensible.” New York Assembly member Edward Braunstein and Mary Anne Franks, the tech and legislative policy advisor for the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, first drafted a bill criminalizing nonconsensual pornography in 2013, a time when few other states had similar laws on the books.

Remembering Rutger Hauer, Black-Armored Knight of the Genre

Remembering Rutger Hauer, Black-Armored Knight of the Genre

In an oral history of the movie that ran in Los Angeles magazine in 2007—I can’t find a link, but I saved a copy of the story because I am like that— Blade Runner ’s director Ridley Scott recounts that by the time they were ready to shoot the nighttime scene, they’d been working for 30 hours straight and the studio was about to pull the plug on him.

Watch Robert Mueller's Testimony Live Right Here

Watch Robert Mueller's Testimony Live Right Here

Mueller will start his day at 8:30 am ET with a three-hour House Judiciary Committee session focused on obstruction of justice.

Cold War–Era Bunker Mania Forever Altered Albania

Cold War–Era Bunker Mania Forever Altered Albania

"I believe the local community has missed an opportunity to be the guardians of remembrance for those who suffered under Enver Hoxha, and also denied themselves a huge income from tourism," Hackman says.

The Meaning of All Caps—in Texting and in Life

The Meaning of All Caps—in Texting and in Life

Emphatic caps feel like the quintessential example of internet tone of voice, and sure enough, they’ve been around since the very early days online: Linguist Ben Zimmer found people in old Usenet groups explaining that all caps meant yelling as far back as 1984.

How to Share Books and Movies Through Amazon Household

How to Share Books and Movies Through Amazon Household

Amazon’s first step in its plan for world domination seems to be making sure that every single person alive is a shopper with an Amazon Prime account. Sign someone else up and they can share access to Amazon's media services, as well as free Prime delivery.

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

FaceApp is also the product of a Russian company that sends photos from your device to its servers, retains rights to use them in perpetuity, and performs artificial intelligence black magic on them.

Tech Giants Claim Competition Exists. House Dems Don't Buy It

Tech Giants Claim Competition Exists. House Dems Don't Buy It

“The notion that they all see themselves in fierce competition I think strains credulity,” said representative David Cicilline a House antitrust hearing featuring executives from major tech companies.

Headed to Mars? Pack Some Aerogel—You Know, for Terraforming

Headed to Mars? Pack Some Aerogel—You Know, for Terraforming

It’s called a solid-state greenhouse effect—light penetrates the surface, passes through the translucent ice, and then hits darker regolith, which warms up. Could an insulating material create a solid-state greenhouse effect warm enough to make Mars habitable?

The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

In the case of the pedophile scandal, YouTube's AI was actively recommending suggestive videos of children to users who were most likely to engage with those videos. The feedback loop works like this: (1) People who spend more time on the platforms have a greater impact on recommendation systems.

The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device

The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device

You might be thinking a lot of things at this point, hopefully among them: Why, in 2019, did a sex researcher have to go to such lengths to detect the physiological signals of orgasms?

A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam

A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam

Zoom patched this DoS issue in a May update but for now is only adjusting its auto-join video settings, giving users a more prominent way of choosing whether their video feed automatically launches when they click a Zoom call link.

What Is Credential Dumping?

What Is Credential Dumping?

Credential dumping is so crucial to modern hacking operations, Serper says, that he finds in analyses of victim networks that it often precedes even the other basic moves hackers make after gaining access to a single computer, such as installing persistent malware that will survive if the user reboots the machine.

What to Look Forward to in MacOS Catalina

What to Look Forward to in MacOS Catalina

It’s a framework that allows developers to easily port iOS apps over to the Mac, which means mobile apps like Twitter—and many others once app makers have time to tool around with this—can now run as MacOS apps.

Can't Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives

Can't Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives

If it’s the flashy colors of a fireworks display that you’re after, well, good news: we have lasers .The current state of this once-futuristic technology ranges from the safe and festive to the deliberately dangerous.

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration. The US women’s soccer team forward scored in the team’s semifinal win over England. Catherine Ivill’s photograph of US women’s soccer team forward Alex Morgan is one such moment.

The Simple Way Apple and Google Let Domestic Abusers Stalk Victims

The Simple Way Apple and Google Let Domestic Abusers Stalk Victims

With a few seconds of physical access to a phone, even apps as common as Google Maps and Apple's Find My Friends can be tweaked to persistently share a user's location with another contact while offering the phone's owner no notification or warning, the researchers told me.

The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme

The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme

In the clip, the first daughter looks less welcome than a geek at the cool-kid table, and less than 24 hours after it made the rounds, writer Erin Ryan kicked off the #UnwantedIvanka meme by asking the internet to place Trump into other scenes, like soccer player Megan Rapinoe's goal celebration and Beyoncé's Coachella performance.

How Hackers Turn Microsoft Excel's Own Features Against It

How Hackers Turn Microsoft Excel's Own Features Against It

On Thursday, researchers from the threat intelligence firm Mimecast are disclosing findings that an Excel feature called Power Query can be manipulated to facilitate established Office 365 system attacks.

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