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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum 1 hours 6 minutes ago. 2 comments

'Remarkable' Mathematical Proof Describes How to Solve Seemingly Impossible Computing Problem

'Remarkable' Mathematical Proof Describes How to Solve Seemingly Impossible Computing Problem

You enter a cave. At the end of a dark corridor, you encounter a pair of sealed chambers. Inside each chamber is an all-knowing wizard. The prophecy says that with these oracles’ help, you can learn the answers to unanswerable problems. But there’s a catch: The oracles don’t always tell the truth. And though they cannot communicate with each other, their seemingly random responses to your...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck 1 hours 22 minutes ago. 5 comments

Utah Pulls Free Condoms After Packaging Deemed Too Horny

Utah Pulls Free Condoms After Packaging Deemed Too Horny

A collection of innuendo-heavy, Utah-themed condoms that were produced as part of an HIV awareness campaign are getting pulled from distribution for being incredibly horny.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported this week that Governor Gary Herbert has directed Utah health officials to halt the distribution of the condoms in question. One displays a mile marker for Fillmore (6) and Beaver (9). Another...

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Sam Rutherford Sam Rutherford 3 hours 6 minutes ago.

Microsoft's Xbox Console Streaming Preview Is Now Available Worldwide

Microsoft's Xbox Console Streaming Preview Is Now Available Worldwide

Following a pretty successful trial run in the U.S. and U.K., Microsoft is now opening up its Xbox One Console Streaming Preview to the world, or at the very least, every country where Microsoft supports Xbox Live.

Not to be confused with Microsoft’s Project xCloud (which is the ability to stream Xbox games to your phone or tablet from a Microsoft server in the cloud), Xbox Console Streaming...

George Dvorsky George Dvorsky 3 hours 46 minutes ago.

Scientists Are Generating Oxygen from Simulated Moon Dust

Scientists Are Generating Oxygen from Simulated Moon Dust

European researchers are working on a system that can churn out breathable oxygen from simulated samples of moon dust.

“Being able to acquire oxygen from resources found on the Moon would obviously be hugely useful for future lunar settlers, both for breathing and in the local production of rocket fuel,” explained Beth Lomax, a chemist from the University of Glasgow, in an European Space...

Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski 3 hours 56 minutes ago. 4 comments

Redesigned Thermal Paste Syringes Are Supposed To Look Less Like Drug Paraphernalia

Redesigned Thermal Paste Syringes Are Supposed To Look Less Like Drug Paraphernalia

We’ve all been there as a teenager. What starts as a nerdy afternoon building a fancy new gaming PC ends up with a stint in rehab after your parents assume those tiny syringes full of thermal paste mean you’re doing the drugs. Cooler Master is apparently tired of all the confusion, so it’s redesigned its thermal paste applicators to look less like drug paraphernalia.

Out of Thermal Paste for...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak yesterday at 19:15. 1 comments

Deadly Mystery Virus Spreads Outside China to New Countries

Deadly Mystery Virus Spreads Outside China to New Countries

Health officials in Thailand and Japan have announced that a strange new virus, which has killed two people and sickened dozens of others in China, has appeared inside their borders this week. The virus, known as 2019-nCoV, was first identified in Wuhan, China in late December and questions remain about how it spreads, according to the World Health Organization.

Officials in Thailand first...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song yesterday at 08:01.

Maybe We Shouldn't Go Bananas Over Smart Contacts Just Yet

Maybe We Shouldn't Go Bananas Over Smart Contacts Just Yet

Imagine plopping a contact lens in your eye, and instead of just seeing better, you could see an enhanced view of your environment. That’s what Mojo Vision is saying their new prototype smart contact lens could do. Eventually. It sounds like a concept straight out of a sci-fi movie. But whereas anything is possible in fiction, real life has very real limitations—and there’s a lot of questions...

Tom McKay Tom McKay yesterday at 07:55.

Asking the Tough Questions: Here's What All the 2020 Democrats Would Look Like If They Had No Eyebrows

Asking the Tough Questions: Here's What All the 2020 Democrats Would Look Like If They Had No Eyebrows

No one wants to believe that a person without eyebrows can’t be elected as president. But there are certain political realities we have to face in the run-up to the 2020 presidential elections.

Any Democratic candidate who lacks eyebrows is sure not only to face dirty tricks and low-blow Twitter nicknames from the president (“Joey No-Brow,” “Weird-Browed Warren,” “Bernie Bye-Brows,” etc.) but...

Ed Cara Ed Cara yesterday at 06:00.

Texas Judges Are Increasingly Denying Teens' Requests for Abortion Care

Texas Judges Are Increasingly Denying Teens' Requests for Abortion Care

In many places across America, it’s become harder for women to obtain an abortion. But a study out Thursday highlights an added challenge for teenage girls living in Texas and elsewhere: Judges who refuse to let them get an abortion without the involvement of their parents.

Legally, the Supreme Court has ruled since 1979 that no one can veto a minor’s decision to seek an abortion, including...

Catie Keck Catie Keck yesterday at 05:41. 4 comments

Friends, The Office, and Ads: Details on NBC's Peacock Streaming Service

Friends, The Office, and Ads: Details on NBC's Peacock Streaming Service

NBCUniversal has been teasing out details about its forthcoming streaming services for months, but the company today finally dropped the scoop on its ad-supported model and pricing structures.

During an investor relations call on Thursday, the company revealed that service will be built around “primarily ad-supported premium streaming,” with three pricing tiers. Peacock will have a free...

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Sam Rutherford Sam Rutherford yesterday at 05:22.

Say Goodbye to Every Bose Store in the U.S.

Say Goodbye to Every Bose Store in the U.S.

If you’ve been planning to buy or return something to a nearby Bose store, you might want to do it soon because the well-known audio equipment maker is about to close 119 stores, including every retail location in the U.S.

According to Bose, the reason for the closings is due to a rise in online purchases and a consumer shift away from brick-and-mortar retail locations. In addition to closing...

Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus yesterday at 05:05. 1 comments

DoorDash Contractors Earn Less Than Dogshit, Study Finds

DoorDash Contractors Earn Less Than Dogshit, Study Finds

Delivery platform DoorDash has been at the top of the public’s most hated gig economy value extraction firms for some time, owing largely to its prior policy of subsidizing its wages with customers’ tips. According to a study released today, even with that policy repealed, the efficiency of DoorDash’s race-to-the-bottom pay structure nets workers an estimated $1.45 per hour.

The findings are...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky yesterday at 05:00.

New Research Casts Doubt on Theory That Volcanoes Caused Dinosaur Extinction

New Research Casts Doubt on Theory That Volcanoes Caused Dinosaur Extinction

Scientists have new evidence in their quest to settle the longstanding debate about whether it was a gigantic meteorite or massive volcanic eruptions that triggered the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs.

A curious thing about the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) mass extinction is that two apocalyptic-scale events happened at roughly the same time. Some 66 million years ago, a large...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron yesterday at 04:23. 2 comments

70,000 Tinder Photos of Women Just Got Dumped on a Cyber-Crime Forum

70,000 Tinder Photos of Women Just Got Dumped on a Cyber-Crime Forum

More than 70,000 photos of Tinder users are being shared by members of an online cyber-crime forum, Gizmodo has learned, raising concerns about the potential for abusive use of the photos. Ominously, only women appear to have been targeted.

Aaron DeVera, a member of New York City’s task force on cyber sexual assault, told reporters they discovered the images on a website known for trading in...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum yesterday at 02:30. 2 comments

Scientists Built a Robot From 40 Pigeon Feathers and It Flies Beautifully

Scientists Built a Robot From 40 Pigeon Feathers and It Flies Beautifully

Scientists seeking to understand the mechanics of bird flight have constructed PigeonBot, a robot made from 40 pigeon feathers (and a few other components).

While airplanes maneuver by altering their wing elements, birds can morph the shape of their entire wings to dive, bank, and coast through the air, increasing both their efficiency and agility. This new study on pigeon wings has not only...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara yesterday at 02:00.

Cancer and Heart Disease Could Be Contagious Through Our Microbiomes, Scientists Argue

Cancer and Heart Disease Could Be Contagious Through Our Microbiomes, Scientists Argue

It’s a science lesson you probably learned in grade school: You can only catch certain illnesses, like the flu, from another person. But a new paper argues that many diseases seen as noncommunicable, like most cancers and heart disease, might be transmissible sometimes—thanks to the seemingly harmless microbes living in and on our bodies.

Every one of us is a walking zoo, filled to the brim...

David Nield David Nield yesterday at 01:40. 1 comments

How To Get a Smart Display to Actually Show Videos You Want to Watch

How To Get a Smart Display to Actually Show Videos You Want to Watch

Get yourself a Google Nest Hub or an Amazon Echo Show , and you’ve got a device that can do everything a smart speaker can—plus play videos. It’s not always obvious which video apps work on these smart displays, or what you can do with them, which is why we curated this list of what you can run and can’t run right now.

There’s one conspicuous omission: Netflix . You can’t run Netflix on...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck yesterday at 01:20. 1 comments

The FBI Broke Into an iPhone Just a Few Months Ago, Why Does It Need Apple Now?

The FBI Broke Into an iPhone Just a Few Months Ago, Why Does It Need Apple Now?

Federal officials have called on Apple to unlock a phone belonging to a shooter who killed three people last month at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, but the company has refused to do so , saying there’s “no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys.” But the FBI has managed to unlock iPhones all on its own in the past, so why can’t the agency do it again?

A search warrant obtained by...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky yesterday at 00:30. 3 comments

Surprising Experiment Suggests Wolf Puppies Can Play Fetch

Surprising Experiment Suggests Wolf Puppies Can Play Fetch

Scientists in Sweden have shown that some wolf pups, like dogs, are capable of playing fetch with humans. It’s an unexpected result, one that suggests the ancestors of dogs were primed for domestication.

A new study published in iScience presents evidence showing that some wolf pups, with a bit of encouragement, will retrieve a tossed ball and return it to an unfamiliar human. In other words,...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski yesterday at 00:18. 3 comments

This Battery Pack With Built-In Games Lets You Never Talk to Another Soul Ever Again

This Battery Pack With Built-In Games Lets You Never Talk to Another Soul Ever Again

Occasionally, the makers of the junk gadgets you can find at gas stations, convenience stores, and mall kiosks manage to come up with a genuinely useful piece of tech. Such is the case with this 8,000 mAh backup battery featuring its own built-in video game system so you can continue to ignore the world around you while waiting for your smartphone to come back to life.

The device appears to go...

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