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20 Aug 11:43

Want to ‘Speak’ Elephant? Now You Can

by Casey Smith
20 Aug 11:22

Chemical Concerns – Fipronil and the egg contamination scandal

by Compound Interest
Over the past few weeks, concern has been growing regarding the contamination of eggs for sale in a number of EU countries with the chemical Fipronil. Currently seven different countries have discovered contaminated eggs, and it has led to large number of eggs being withdrawn from sale. So, what is Fipronil, how has it gotten […]
04 Aug 13:47

UK Security Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry Outbreak Arrested in US

by msmash
Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: A security researcher who in May stopped an outbreak of the WannaCry ransomware has been arrested and detained after attending the Def Con conference in Las Vegas. Marcus Hutchins, 23, a British national, was arrested at Las Vegas airport on Wednesday by US Marshals, several close friends confirmed to ZDNet. A friend told ZDNet that he was "was pulled by Marshals at the lounge" after clearing security. He was briefly detained in a federal facility in Nevada until he was moved. "We went to see him this morning and we had already been moved," said the friend. Hutchins is now understood to be in custody at an FBI field office in the state. Motherboard first broke the story on Thursday. Update: A Motherboard reporter tweets, "Here's the indictment accusing @MalwareTechBlog of running the Kronos banking malware." Update 2: New DOJ statement: Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on July 11, 2017, following a two-year long investigation, a federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment against Marcus Hutchins, also known as "Malwaretech," for his role in creating and distributing the Kronos banking Trojan.

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04 Aug 11:29

How To Make Boozy Bourbon Bacon Jam — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

by Meghan Splawn
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Nothing makes me feel like more of a breakfast or dinner hero than remembering that I have jars of boozy bacon jam in the fridge. This rich spread could turn a sleeve of stale crackers into a pretty stellar dinner, but when you fold it into warm pasta with fresh corn, sweet tomatoes, and basil, or mix it with maple syrup for pancakes, then you'll feel like giving yourself a gold star for having the foresight to make it.

Boozy bacon jam is also a practical way to preserve bacon that might need using up. You cook the bacon, caramelize some onions, and hold the two together with a little maple syrup, a decent amount of bourbon, and a splash of vinegar. The resulting spread is chunky, with plenty of smoky, savory flavor and back notes of sweetness and bourbon. Making bacon jam is the greatest gift you can give to your future self.


02 Aug 05:33

In pictures: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017

The shortlisted images in this year's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year have now been selected.
02 Aug 05:16

hipsterenglishteacher: I bet this was found in the bottom of a...


I bet this was found in the bottom of a Mesopotamian teacher’s desk. “Hammurabi, bring me that right now. You will leave a mark on this world if you keep playing with foolish trinkets. Now get back to your studies.” 

31 Jul 14:05

Comic for June 29, 2017

by Scott Adams
31 Jul 13:58

For Sharing:Square-ways | Long-ways

For Sharing:

Square-ways | Long-ways

31 Jul 13:04

Sir Peter Jackson’s studio reveals augmented reality demo

Apple gave Sir Peter's studio, Wingnut AR, special access to its augmented reality developer kit.
31 Jul 12:49

Smart Tip: Keep Berries Fresh Longer with This Washing Method — Tips from the Kitchn

by Anjali Prasertong

Fresh berries are one of summer's great pleasures, but they don't come cheap — which makes it even more disappointing when a basket of strawberries or raspberries turns to moldy mush within days of purchase. Washing them before storage usually accelerates the deterioration, but Cook's Illustrated has a washing method that actually keeps the berries fresh longer in storage. Here's what they recommend.


28 Jul 08:20

What We Can Learn From This Ancient ‘Lunchbox’

by Sarah Gibbens
26 Jul 12:43

IKEA 2018 Catalog Sneak Peek: 10 Products We're Excited About — IKEA Shopping Guide

by Lisa Freedman
(Image credit: Janel Laban)

Get ready to wish this week was next week. Why? IKEA's 2018 catalog hits stores next Wednesday (that's August 2 — you can request your copy now and you can also browse it online on August 7). Exciting, right?

We couldn't agree with you more: This is always our favorite time of year. Will there be something that's even more versatile than the RÅSKOG cart? What amazing — and totally affordable! — tabletop finds will be on offer? What will their kitchens look like? So many questions!

Luckily, we have a few answers. In that we got a sneak peek at the catalog. Here are 10 new kitchen-related things we're most excited about.


26 Jul 12:37

If You Love Amaro, You Need to Try Cardamaro — Travel Intelligence

by Geraldine Campbell

This past weekend, I knew I needed to get out of town. My dog, Charlie, was acting like a Hoover, eating every piece of trash in his path; my apartment was basically sweating due to the 95-and-humid-as-a-Russian-bath-house temperatures; and the combination was putting me in the foulest of moods.

This mindset was not improved during my drive to Livingston Manor, a charming little town in Sullivan County, New York. Under normal circumstances, it takes somewhere between two and three hours to reach this part of the Catskills; that day, it took me as long to get out of the city and again as long to navigate my way to my destination. Many expletives were uttered en route.

When I arrived at The DeBruce, I was hungry, tired, and desperately in need of a drink.


21 Jul 12:52

Shigeaki Hinohara: Remarkable life of Japan's centenarian doctor

Highlights from the life of Shigeaki Hinohara, one of Japan's most famous doctors, who has died aged 105.
21 Jul 11:34

Chinese mahjong lovers take to the river to beat the heat

What do you do if it's way too hot but you just can't stay away from your favourite boardgame?
21 Jul 11:28

Harar - the Ethiopian city known as 'Africa's Mecca'

Our correspondent visits the ancient city of Harar as it celebrates its 1,010th anniversary.
20 Jul 12:13

A Kenyan artist imagines what the Maasai people would look like in space

A Kenyan artist imagines what the Maasai people would look like in space
19 Jul 12:31

evnw: deservingporcupine: seksilelulaatikko: Olisiko teillä...




Olisiko teillä hetki aikaa puhua puurosta

Translation from Finnish: “Do you have a moment to talk about the porridge.”

I do

18 Jul 13:31

The History of Chewing Gum, From Chicle to Chiclets

by Keith Pandolfi

A look at how chewing gum is made and the surprising history that gave birth to gumball machines, bubble gum, and beyond. Read More
18 Jul 10:55

Flyover Video Reveals Pluto’s Bizarre Terrain

by Sarah Gibbens
13 Jul 12:29

Millions of Verizon Customer Records Exposed in Security Lapse

by msmash
Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: An Israeli technology company has exposed millions of Verizon customer records, ZDNet has learned. As many as 14 million records of subscribers who called the phone giant's customer services in the past six months were found on an unprotected Amazon S3 storage server controlled by an employee of Nice Systems, a Ra'anana, Israel-based company. The data was downloadable by anyone with the easy-to-guess web address. Nice, which counts 85 of the Fortune 100 as customers, plays in two main enterprise software markets: customer engagement and financial crime and compliance including tools that prevent fraud and money laundering. Nice's 2016 revenue was $1.01 billion, up from $926.9 million in the previous year. The financial services sector is Nice's biggest industry in terms of customers, with telecom companies such as Verizon a key vertical. The company has more than 25,000 customers in about 150 countries.

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11 Jul 06:51

Why Can Lavender Be Used to Repel Moths? – The Chemistry of Lavender

by Compound Interest
Hanging in the wardrobes of our flat, alongside our clothes, are a couple of small bags of dried lavender. Like many others, we keep them there to ward off clothes moths, but while offhandedly discussing this a couple of weeks ago I realised that I had absolutely no idea if there was scientific evidence to […]
10 Jul 12:23

Google Home Ends A Domestic Dispute By Calling The Police

by EditorDavid
An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo: According to ABC News, officers were called to a home outside Albuquerque, New Mexico this week when a Google Home called 911 and the operator heard a confrontation in the background. Police say that Eduardo Barros was house-sitting at the residence with his girlfriend and their daughter. Barros allegedly pulled a gun on his girlfriend when they got into an argument and asked her: "Did you call the sheriffs?" Google Home apparently heard "call the sheriffs," and proceeded to call the sheriffs. A SWAT team arrived at the home and after negotiating for hours, they were able to take Barros into custody... "The unexpected use of this new technology to contact emergency services has possibly helped save a life," Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III said in a statement. "It's easy to imagine police getting tired of being called to citizen's homes every time they watch the latest episode of Law and Order," quips Gizmodo. But they also call the incident "a clear reminder that smart home devices are always listening."

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07 Jul 08:16

'Al Shabab' militants in day-long battle with Kenyan forces

Three police officers are confirmed dead after a huge, 10-hour gunbattle with militants.
07 Jul 07:19

EU and Japan reach free trade deal

The European Union and Japan conclude a landmark free trade deal in Brussels, EU officials announce.
30 Jun 08:08

Mozilla Employee Denied Entry To the United States

by msmash
Reader Artem Tashkinov writes: Daniel Stenberg, an employee at Mozilla and the author of the command-line tool curl, was not allowed to board his flight to the meeting from Sweden—despite the fact that he'd previously obtained a visa waiver allowing him to travel to the US. Stenberg was unable to check in for his flight, and was notified at the airport ticket counter that his entry to the US had been denied. Although Mozilla doesn't believe that the incident is related to Trump's travel ban, the incident stirred fears among international tech workers, who fear they'll miss out on work and research opportunities if they're not allowed to travel to the US. The situation even caught the eye of Microsoft's chief legal officer Brad Smith, who tweeted at Stenberg to offer legal assistance.

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30 Jun 07:33

New Study Finds How Much Sleep Fitbit Users Really Get

by BeauHD
Fitbit has published the results of a study that uses their longitudinal sleep database to analyze millions of nights of Sleep Stages data to determine how age, gender, and duration affect sleep quality. (Sleep Stages is a relatively new Fitbit feature that "uses motion detection and heart rate variability to estimate the amount of time users spend awake in light, deep, and REM sleep each night.") Here are the findings: The average Fitbit user is in bed for 7 hours and 33 minutes but only gets 6 hours and 38 minutes of sleep. The remaining 55 minutes is spent restless or awake. That may seem like a lot, but it's actually pretty common. That said, 6 hours and 38 minutes is still shy of the 7+ hours the the CDC recommends adults get. For the second year in a row Fitbit data scientists found women get about 25 minutes more sleep on average each night compared to men. The percentage of time spent in each sleep stage was also similar -- until you factor in age. Fitbit data shows that men get a slightly higher percentage of deep sleep than women until around age 55 when women take the lead. Women win when it comes to REM, logging an average of 10 more minutes per night than men. Although women tend to average more REM than men over the course of their lifetime, the gap appears to widen around age 50.

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07 Jun 12:06

FOO FIGHTERS представят видеоклипа "Run"

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   FOO FIGHTERS пуснаха изненадващо онлайн нов видеоклип и песен. Парчето се казва "Run", а видеото е режисирано от фронтмена на ...
05 Jun 13:15

Saturn at Its Best, and 6 More Can't-Miss Sky Events in June

by Andrew Fazekas
23 May 11:43

The Worst Things IBM Voice Recognition Could Do in the 80s

by Adam Clark Estes

In the age of Siri, we take for granted how far speech recognition technology has come. But a quick glance back at 1986, when IBM introduced its voice recognition software, shows that we’ve travelled light years since the earliest version of this game-changing software. And it’s even more fun in satire form.