Yesterday, The Internet Solved a 20-year-old Mystery

Yesterday, The Internet Solved a 20-year-old Mystery

He turned to the website Ask Metafilterfor help. Within hours, the website’s users had reunited the punchlines with their long lost setups. Yesterday afternoon, a user posted a thread asking for help with a decades old family mystery: My grandmother passed away in 1994 of a fast-spreading cancer. See full story on onthemedia.org more…
Despite Small Glitch, The Comet-Chasing Craft Rosetta Has Awoken After Years Of Sleep

Despite Small Glitch, The Comet-Chasing Craft Rosetta Has Awoken After Years Of Sleep

It was brought to life to chase comets but has been asleep for 31 months, drifting beyond the orbit of Jupiter. 20), the European spacecraftRosetta successfully turned itself on. The craft had been powered down to save energy, but is now closer to the sun and the comet that it was designed to approach and […] more…
IceCube cosmic neutrinos detection: Relic particles may tell us about the big bang.

IceCube cosmic neutrinos detection: Relic particles may tell us about the big bang.

Trillions pass through your body every second but there’s only maybe a 25 percent chance that one will interact with an atom in your body in your whole lifetime. RJ: Some come from the heart of the sun; others are produced in the upper atmosphere when cosmic rays hit atoms. Then there are geoneutrinos that […] more…
Mystery Rock ‘Appears’ in Front of Mars Rover

Mystery Rock ‘Appears’ in Front of Mars Rover

After a decade of exploring the Martian surface, the scientists overseeing veteran rover Opportunity thought theyd seen it all. That was until a rock mysteriously appeared a few feet in front of the six wheeled rover a few days ago. The science star-studded public event was held in celebration of the decade since twin rovers […] more…
The Brian Lehrer Show: A Running List of What We Know the NSA Can Do. So Far.

The Brian Lehrer Show: A Running List of What We Know the NSA Can Do. So Far.

The trove of documents leaked by Edward Snowden has revealed the elaborate tricks the NSA can use to monitor communications and data around the world. Here, a running list of things we now know the NSA can do, based on media reports and other publicly available documents — so far. †’ Note: Analysis, audio, and video […] more…
Dropbox and Uber: Worth Billions, But Still Inches From Disaster

Dropbox and Uber: Worth Billions, But Still Inches From Disaster

According to the company, the widespread outage was the result of a bug it introduced while updating the hundreds of computer servers that drive its massively popular file-sharing service. On one level, a dust-up like this is just part of life as a startup. This weekend’s Dropbox outage, along with recent problems for Uber and […] more…
NSA Data Have No Impact on Terrorism: Report

NSA Data Have No Impact on Terrorism: Report

A public policy group says a review of U.S. terrorist arrests shows the government’s collection of bulk phone records does little to prevent terrorism, adding fuel to a debate over whether the spy program should be ended. The majority of cases started with traditional techniques, such as use of “informants, tips from local communities, and […] more…
Internet Censors Came For TorrentFreak & Now I’m Really Mad

Internet Censors Came For TorrentFreak & Now I’m Really Mad

Their ‘parental controls’ do not achieve their stated aim of “protecting children” and are already causing collateral damage by blocking totally innocent sites such as the one you are reading now. It’s hard not to get angry when you realize your website’s accessibility is becoming disabled by default. Someone once told me never to go […] more…
The Smartest Book About Our Digital Age Was Published in 1929

The Smartest Book About Our Digital Age Was Published in 1929

I first read Jos Ortega y Gasset’s The Revolt of the Masses more than thirty years ago. I still remember how disappointed I was by this cantankerous book. I’d read other works by Ortega (1883-1955), and been impressed by the Spanish philosopher’s intelligence and insight. See full story on thedailybeast.com Photo by The Daily Beast more…
The Pappy Van Winkle Whiskey Mystery

The Pappy Van Winkle Whiskey Mystery

Friday, 3 January 2014During the dying days of Summer last year, something very strange was happening in a nondescript 1920s industrial building on the outskirts of Frankfort, Kentucky. By the time the theft was discovered, 222 bottles of Pappy had vanished in what NBC News would later call the bourbon theft of the decade. To […] more…
The Art of the Handshake

The Art of the Handshake

They’re meaty and fat, the very definition of a paw. My father used to check them by shaking my hand from time to time. Shaking hands, it follows, is an intimate act, though this might not be agreed upon outside the discussion board for obsessive hand-washers. See full story on esquire.com more…
Scientists discover a naturally occurring hormone that blocks marijuana buzz

Scientists discover a naturally occurring hormone that blocks marijuana buzz

It’s called Pregnenolone, and a new study suggests it may be released as a natural response to counteract the mental effects of marijuana. Monitoring the rats’ brains, they discovered elevated quantities of Pregnenolone being metabolized in response to the marijuana, which in turn reduced many of the mental effects of the drug. The same effect […] more…
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