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22 Mar 11:47

South Korea to shut off computers to stop people working late

The initiative in South Korea's local government aims to stop a "culture of working overtime".
16 Mar 06:50

Prepare to be Creeped Out

by Jen Caltrider

Mozilla Fellow Hang Do Thi Duc joins us to share her Data Selfie art project. It collects the same basic info you provide to Facebook. Sharing this kind of data about yourself isn’t something we’d normally recommend. But, if you want to know what’s happening behind the scenes when you scroll through your Facebook feed, installing Data Selfie is worth considering. Use at your own risk. If you do, you might be surprised by what you see.

Hi everyone, I’m Hang,

Ever wonder what Facebook knows about you? Why did that ad for motorcycle insurance pop up when you don’t own a motorcycle? Why did that ad for foot cream pop up right after you talked about your foot itching?

I wondered. So I created something to help me find out. I call it Data Selfie. It’s an add-on–a little piece of software you download to use with your web browser–that works in both Firefox and Chrome.

How does it work? Every time you like, click, read, or post something on Facebook, Facebook knows. Even if you don’t comment or share much, Facebook learns about you as you scroll through your feed.

My add-on does something similar. It’s here to help you understand how your actions online can be tracked. It does this by collecting the same information you provide to Facebook, while still respecting your privacy.

NOTE: The add-on is available in Firefox too.

Want to see what your Data Selfie looks like? Here’s how:

  1. Go here:
  2. Download the Firefox or Chrome add-on
  3. Check out my privacy policy if you want to know more about how this works .
  4. You’ll see an eye icon that looks in the upper right corner of your browser. Click on it.
  5. From the list, click “Your Data Selfie.”

You’ll see there’s not much to your Data Selfie yet. Just browse Facebook as you normally do. It takes about a week of regular Facebook use for your Data Selfie to gather enough information to give you a good idea of what Facebook might know about you.

Thanks! I hope you enjoy your Data Selfie.

Hang Do Thi Duc
Mozilla Fellow

PS. My Data Selfie says I’m a laid-back, liberal man who isn’t likely to have a gym membership and prefers style when buying clothes. Pretty accurate, actually.

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16 Mar 06:44

The Genetics of Depression Are Different for Men and Women

by Kristen V. Brown

There may not be a single depression gene, but there’s no question that our genetic makeup is an important factor in whether or not we get depressed. And our sex, it turns out, can be a factor in how those genes are expressed. In men and women diagnosed with major depressive disorder, the same genes show the opposite…


15 Mar 11:29

The German entrepreneurs celebrating their mistakes

Talking about failure is taboo in Germany, and it could be holding business back.
13 Mar 08:36

The girl who convinced the Maasai to stop FGM

Aged eight, Nice Leng'ete was destined to undergo female genital mutilation. But she fought back. This is her story.
12 Mar 17:12

Experts Explain Exactly Why You Spend Too Much Money at Target and IKEA — Shopping

by Maria Speidel

She was standing in front of me in the IKEA checkout line. Dressed casually chic in cute jeans and carrying a brown leather purse just the right amount of broken in. In her hands was one item: a rolled up rug. (It was the LOHALS, a $140 jute area rug.) The key words here being "one item."

This woman had the power to brave the housewares temptation juggernaut that is IKEA and emerge with a single purchase. I had deep and immediate admiration for LOHALS lady.


09 Mar 06:49

International Women’s Day: Twelve women in chemistry

by Compound Interest
8 March is International Women’s Day – to mark the occasion last year, I made this image highlighting twelve famous women in chemistry history. Since then a number of people have pointed out it would be great to have an image for female chemists who are actually alive, too, and so here it is! I’m […]
09 Mar 06:33

6 Inventions You Wouldn’t Have Without Women

by Mary Beth McAndrews
You can thank female inventors for these now-everyday things.
02 Mar 06:41

Diabetes is actually five separate diseases, research suggests

Scandinavian researchers say a new classification would mean better treatment for patients.
01 Mar 13:07

7 Reasons to Keep Your Clothes in the Freezer — Apartment Therapy

by The Kitchn
28 Feb 17:16

Meet the Woman Who Guides NASA's Juno Probe Through Jupiter's Killer Radiation

by Ryan F. Mandelbaum

On the night of July 4th, 2016, scientists successfully maneuvered a basketball court-sized probe into the orbit of the largest planet in the solar system. Some at the Florida launch cheered, some breathed a sigh of relief. But for NASA’s Heidi Becker, this could have been the mission’s end.


28 Feb 08:16

Amazon Just Launched an Exclusive, Handmade Dinnerware Collection — Shopping

by Marshall Bright

Looking for a design-forward spring refresh for your dinnerware? We've got a suggestion from a surprising source: Amazon.

While we think of the website as a destination for things we might otherwise pick up at a big-box store, the retailer has been working to quietly change that. Amazon Homemade, an attempt to compete with Etsy, launched in 2015. And more recently, a line of unique, one-of-a-kind dinnerware was just rolled out on another platform: Amazon Launchpad.


27 Feb 13:26

Unseen photos of East End London in glorious colour

The recently-discovered photo collection reveals scenes of London life in glorious colour.
27 Feb 07:06

Math Shows Some Black Holes Erase Your Past and Give You Unlimited Futures

by BeauHD
dmoberhaus writes: An international team of mathematicians has found that there are theoretical black holes that would allow an observer to survive passage through the event horizon. This would result in the breakdown of determinism, a fundamental feature of the universe that allows physics to have predictive power, and result in the destruction of the observer's past and present them with an infinite number of futures. The findings were detailed in a report published last week in Physical Review Letters.

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26 Feb 06:47

Fighting female suicide in a country with a tragic record

How one former beauty queen made it her mission to reduce the rate of female suicide in her country.
19 Feb 08:19

Autism: Scientists take 'first steps' towards biological test

Differences were found in blood proteins between children with and without autism, a study says.
15 Feb 06:37

Comic for December 31, 2017

by Scott Adams
08 Feb 09:58

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07 Feb 10:00

Meet Cheddar Man: Face of prehistoric Brit

A scientific reconstruction shows the stone age Briton had dark skin and blue eyes.
07 Feb 06:56

A Study Showing the Dangers of Hot Tea Reveals How Complex Cancer Risks Can Be

by Ed Cara

There are few better things on a blustery cold day than a spot of hot tea. But a new study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that some people’s tea habits—in particular, those who drink and smoke regularly—might be raising their chances of developing esophageal cancer. The findings also…


31 Jan 19:12

Michael Mosley: 'Forget walking 10,000 steps a day'

Experts say there is a better way to get fit than counting your steps.
31 Jan 14:27

Kenya TV stations to remain off-air after Odinga 'inauguration'

The government says it is conducting an investigation after the opposition leader's "inauguration".
30 Jan 19:07

High School Seniors in Japan Share the Last Lunch Bentos Their Parents Made Them — Food News

by Elizabeth Licata

A bunch of teenagers about to graduate high school in Japan have been sharing photos of the last lunch bentos their parents made for them, and it's absolutely adorable. I am a person who cries very easily, and I must warn my fellow easy-criers that they might need a tissue, because some of these lunch boxes made me cry almost as much as the latest episode of This Is Us.


28 Jan 13:26

10 Little Upgrades for Your Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes — Tips from The Kitchn

by Faith Durand

Have you ever tried two-ingredient banana pancakes? They're a magical little recipe — just two ingredients and a little flip time on the griddle and you've got tender, toasty, totally delicious pancakes that kind of taste like the inside of French toast.

But that's just the beginning. Since they're so easy (and so healthy), why not go the extra mile and get fancy with your pancakes? Here are 10 little upgrades that take them from delightfully simple to just plain awesome.


28 Jan 13:17

Japan's amazing snowmen will blow your mind

Tokyo's been hit by heavy snow and people there have been turning snowmen into an art form.
25 Jan 14:16

Boris Johnson 'is descendant' of mummified Basel woman

A Swiss woman who died in 1787 after contracting syphilis is identified as an ancestor of the politician.
24 Jan 07:02

Why stress makes you fat

Dr Michael Mosley explores the link between stress and over-eating - and the best stress-busting techniques.
23 Jan 09:49

Amazon opens its first grocery store in Seattle - with no tills

No tills? No problem. Inside Amazon's new, fully automated store, which has no checkouts.
23 Jan 07:13

Crafty New Caledonian crows make hunting tools

New Caledonian crows make hooks out of plant material, using them to "fish" for grubs and spiders.
17 Jan 13:35

Salmonella Probably Killed the Aztecs

by BeauHD
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: In 1545 disaster struck Mexico's Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally followed in three or four days. Within five years as many as 15 million people -- an estimated 80% of the population -- were wiped out in an epidemic the locals named "cocoliztli." The word means pestilence in the Aztec Nahuatl language. Its cause, however, has been questioned for nearly 500 years. On Monday scientists swept aside smallpox, measles, mumps, and influenza as likely suspects, identifying a typhoid-like "enteric fever" for which they found DNA evidence on the teeth of long-dead victims. Scientists now say they have probably unmasked the culprit. Analysing DNA extracted from 29 skeletons buried in a cocoliztli cemetery, they found traces of the salmonella enterica bacterium, of the Paratyphi C variety. It is known to cause enteric fever, of which typhoid is an example. The Mexican subtype rarely causes human infection today. Many salmonella strains spread via infected food or water, and may have travelled to Mexico with domesticated animals brought by the Spanish, the research team said. The study has been published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.

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