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Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 15, 2019 at 12:04.

The founder of Mozilla has a crazy plan to solve the ad-blocking crisis haunting the web

<a href="https://splinternews.com/the-founder-of-mozilla-has-a-crazy-plan-to-solve-the-ad-1793854293" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">The founder of Mozilla has a crazy plan to solve the ad-blocking crisis haunting the web</a>

The internet is in a moment of crisis. On the one hand, people who use the internet hate ads—they're annoying, make sites load slower, crowd out the stuff you're actually trying to see, and sometimes carry malware. On the other hand, people who put stuff on the internet need users to look at ads so they can make money so they can keep putting stuff on the internet.

The reason why these...

Jul 15, 2019 at 11:00.

What alcohol does to your brain

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You had a few too many Manhattans. You're less coordinated. Your reflexes aren't as sharp as usual. Your speech is slightly slurred, but making conversation seems easier. Suddenly the dude sitting across the bar looks more like Ryan Gosling than Steve Buscemi. So, of course you catwalk...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 15, 2019 at 03:12.

But, like, how long should you wait to text him back? This random website has the answer.

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In the future, perhaps we'll have plugins to help us craft the perfect e-mail to a potential sweetheart or figure out whether we're even a good match. In the meantime, though, a new website has as algorithmic answer to at least one of dating's greater mysteries: how long do you wait before texting back?

Txtwar presents the problem as a simple equation:

how hot are you + how hot are they + how...

Patrick Hogan Patrick Hogan Jul 14, 2019.

Terrifying snake robot just wants to get to know you better

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What's that peeking around the corner, telescoping straight out of your nightmares? Why, it's none other than OC Robotics' new snake-armed robot here to lend a coiling appendage!

Hey there, not-at-all horrifying snake robot!

According to OC Robotics' website, the robot was designed to get inside locations humans cannot reach because they are either hazardous or too small. Snake-like...

Jul 14, 2019.

Science is embarrassingly white. That's a huge problem.

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Type the word scientist into Google image search, and you'll overwhelmingly get a bunch of white faces in return. Even the cartoon scientists are white.

Sadly, this is a microcosm of the state of science today. Researchers are largely monochromatic. It's no matter that the country is becoming more multicultural and interracial. What that means is that science—the very thing that's supposed...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 14, 2019.

What does 'perfect sound' look like? Inside the bizarre science of concert hall design

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Zackery Belanger

When Charles Garnier designed the Paris Opera in the 1870's, he said that architecting the acoustics of a room was a “bizarre science.” Garnier compared the acoustician to an acrobat “who closes his eyes and clings to the ropes of an ascending balloon.”

More than a century later, how sound moves through a room is still sometimes a mystery.

At the spherical Mapparium, a so-called...

Jul 14, 2019.

How soft robots will help sick kids walk and make the elderly stronger

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The SRI International campus is nestled on a quiet tree-lined Silicon Valley street, down the road from a high school and a seminary. The commuter train runs nearby. Its buildings are nondescript brick constructions that harken back to the 1970s. By all accounts, it’s a rather unimpressive place.

But within its walls, scientists are building the future. SRI has been at the forefront of...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 13, 2019.

Hello Barbie isn't just creepy. She is also pretty sexist.

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Among the 8,000 phrases programmed into Hello Barbie's speech, the word "fashion" appears more often than almost any other noun, at 51 times. Style is one of artificially intelligent Barbie's favorite topics of discussion. She frequently interrupts conversations to direct them toward what she presumably deems more fashionable subjects instead.

"We've been talking a bit about school, why don't...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 13, 2019.

I tried three apps that claim to make you more likable—and am now addicted to one of them

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I have a confession to make: I might have cheated to get this job.

Last spring, when I was applying to Fusion, I heard about a new start-up called Crystal that promised to, among other things, help you write the perfect email. Crystal scrapes the web for public data on a person, from sites like...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 13, 2019.

DARPA is testing implanting chips in soldiers' brains

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UPDATE: DARPA responded to a request from Fusion that "brain-neural interfaces" have not yet been implanted in soldiers, though test devices have been implanted in the brains of volunteers already undergoing brain surgery. We’ve changed the headline to reflect that implantation of chips in soldiers’ brains has not happened yet.

For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 13, 2019.

Here's how artificial intelligence could cure disease in the future

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When you get right down to it, developing vaccines is about data and luck. Scientists start with a set of variables—what drugs a virus responds to, how effectively, and for whom—and then it's a whole lot of trial and error until they stumble upon a cure.

One of the most exciting possibilities in medical research right now is how technology like machine learning could help researchers rapidly...

Jul 13, 2019.

How genetics is reshaping the marijuana industry

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Every morning, Josh Chase makes his way from Goetz House, a yellow-and-white cottage in the middle of nowhere Washington, past a makeshift 8-foot “security fence” built from square-cut pieces of lumber and black plastic tarp, down to the greenhouses. A sign hangs on the fence: “PERSONS UNDER...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 13, 2019.

Women are better at coding than men—if they hide their gender

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Women's contributions to technology projects are appreciated, as long as people don't realize the contributions are from women.

An astounding survey last year found that 92% of software developers are men but a new study suggests that the small percentage of women who are coding are really good at it. On GitHub, women’s contributions actually outnumber men’s—as long as they don’t actually...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 13, 2019.

The age of profile anxiety

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When I was in high school in the 90s back in those days when the Internet was still new and wondrous, there was a kind-of-scam called Who's Who Among American High School Students that took advantage of the fact that people still loved printed things.

It was a book, published starting in 1967, full...

Alexis Madrigal Alexis Madrigal Jul 12, 2019.

David Carr is dead.

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My wife and I were sitting on the bed, reading books to our son, when the news came across Twitter. A push alert: 67 friends had shared the New York Times' media critic David Carr's obituary. We held it together, but our son is already old enough to know something was up. He got upset. I dropped him into his bed crying.

I sang him the nighttime songs I do and thought of nothing but Carr. I...

Kevin Roose Kevin Roose Jul 12, 2019.

NASA's Messenger probe is giving up on life this afternoon

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Sometimes, you just can't make it to Friday.

Around 3:30 p.m. EDT this afternoon, NASA's Messenger spacecraft, a $446 million probe that was launched in 2004 to study Mercury's geology and atmosphere, is expected to crash into the planet, ending a successful four-year orbit.

"Following this last maneuver, we will finally declare the spacecraft out of propellant, as this maneuver will deplete...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 12, 2019.

Has Tinder really ushered in a dating apocalypse? (Hint: probably not)

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We’re in the midst of a “dating apocalypse,” if one is to believe a recent article by Vanity Fair journalist Nancy Jo Sales, a terrible time in which apps like Tinder have disrupted the basic nature of human courtship and turned us all into sex-crazed commitment-phobes.

Sales interviewed "more than 50 young women in New York, Indiana, and Delaware, aged 19 to 29" and concluded, depressingly,...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 12, 2019.

What really broke Reddit?

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Over the last few months, the internet's favorite watering hole, Reddit, has been in a state of turmoil. First, the natives got upset when a few of their communities were banned for being abusive. Then they went into full-stage revolt when a popular employee, who ran the site's "Ask Me Anything" channel was let go, with several subreddits going dark in protest. In response, the company's CEO...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 12, 2019.

This technology is trying to save football

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In 1905, after field injuries resulted in at least 18 deaths of college football players, President Teddy Roosevelt phoned up the president of Harvard and asked him to rethink the way the game was played. Football was just too deadly, said Roosevelt, who is considered the game's savior. But now, a century later, after research showing the toll of concussions in the sport, football is again...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 11, 2019.

Prominent Bitcoin developer declares the digital money dead

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In the world of Bitcoin, Mike Hearn is a big deal. He developed the code that made it possible to use Bitcoin on smartphones. A couple of years back, he quit a cushy engineering job at Google to focus on Bitcoin full time because he was convinced of its potential to change the world. But now he's quitting the digital currency and declaring Bitcoin a failed experiment.

"The fundamentals are...

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