Why More Human Rights Groups Are Getting Hacked Than Ever

A new report released today by the University of Torontos Citizen Lab—a multidisciplinary research organization specializing in cyber security, hacking, and online surveillance—shows state sponsored hackers are targeting human rights groups and political dissidents with impunity.For the ...

Who’s Afraid of Quantum Mechanics?

Is quantum mechanics less spooky than advertised? That’s the question being mulled in the blogosphere after last month’s three-day writers’ workshop on quantum mechanics. [Disclosure: The workshop received support from the Foundational Questions Institute, which also supports this blog.] As Tushna Commissariat asks at the physicsworld....
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Military Grade ‘Shooter Detection System’ Installed in Massachusetts School

A Massachusetts school has become the first U.S. school to install an 'active shooter detection' system which is currently used by the Military in war zones...
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JW Probes How DOJ Quietly Reversed Online Gambling Law

Judicial Watch is investigating yet another Obama Justice Department scandal this time involving the reversal of a law passed by Congress decades ago banning all forms of online gambling...
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CAIR Accuses Public U.S. College of Anti-Muslim Bigotry

The terrorist front group that coerced federal and local law enforcement agencies in the United States to change the way they conduct terrorism training is also wielding its power to control what occurs in the nation’s public schools, including large taxpayer-funded universities...
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In Virtual Reality, You Can Comfort a Crying Child, Then Become That Child

Virtual reality can allow you to play any character of your choosing, in all manner of fantastical environs. But a new VR experiment offers another experience youd never be able to pull off IRL: talking to ...
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Nebraska Ebola Patient in ‘Extremely Critical Condition’

Dr. Martin Salia, the ebloa-infected doctor that has been flown back to Omaha for treatment, is listed as being in 'Extremely Critical Condition'
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Prince George: Pair says stats show fluoridation hasn’t worked

Has fluoridating Prince George’s water for the past 50 years actually helped prevent cavities? “Despite years of fluoridation, we don’t look very good,” said Tracey Brown who, along with Dave Fuller, is behind the ‘no’ campaign for the...
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Polygraph.com owner indicted for training customers to beat the polygraph

A former Oklahoma City police officer was indicted Thursday on accusations of teaching people to cheat on lie detector tests, the government announced Friday. The 69-year-old Norman, Oklahoma, man is the owner of Polygraph.com and charged...

Designer Drug Users Could Stumble onto Cures for Mental Disorders

Every day, people use designer drugs—synthesized, quasi-legal analogues to drugs like ketamine, molly, and even weed—to get high. At least one researcher thinks that they, by experimenting with largely untested substances, could unknowingly be doing crucial ...
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Secret Donors Behind Some Super PACs Funneling Millions into Midterms

From Pro Publica: In the final weeks before this year's elections, a super PAC called Key Questions, Key Answers started buying TV ads across Pennsylvania...

Video: Do We Live in a Multiverse?

Could parallel universes exist? If so, what would they look like and how would they form? Video by Greg Kestin; article by Charles Choi. Our universe may not be alone. It could just be one of multiple realms...
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Watch Live: Announcement of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics

The Nobel Prize in Physics will be announced Tuesday, October 7 at or after 5:45 am ET. Watch it live here! In the meantime, check out our coverage of the 2013 prize, which was awarded to Francois Englert and ...

Let There Be (White) Light: Physics Nobel for LED Developers

The winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics are Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura, three scientists who contributed to the development of light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. LEDs generate light by ...
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Drone-Killing Laser Weaponry System Deployed by U.S. NAVY

The United States NAVY has deployed a ship in the Persian gulf which is equipped with a laser system capable of destroying small aircraft and sea vessels.
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Oracle wraps up fight against SAP, taking $357M instead of a retrial

Enterprise software giant Oracle has wrapped up a years-long lawsuit against its European competitor SAP by agreeing to forego a massive $1.3 billion copyright verdict it won in 2010. Germany-based SAP bought a company called TomorrowNow, intending to compete for maintenance contracts with Oracle customers at ...

The Canadian Government Told Us It’s Down With Social Media Monitoring

The Government of Canada finally got back to us late yesterday about the nature of a request for Social Media Monitoring services to help its several departments and agencies across the country.The Government monitors social media as a part of its general ...
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Parry Sound begins fluoride debate

Council wants more information about fluoride in town drinking water. At the all-candidates meeting in September, a question was posed about the necessity and the potential health risks associated with having fluoride in the town’s water. The town currently puts fluoride in its drinking water...
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Wanted: Director of the Federal Register (Top Secret)

The National Archives is seeking a new Director of the Federal Register program, a position that requires a Top Secret security clearance. The Federal Register is sometimes described as the “daily newspaper” of the executive ...

AT&T stops using undeletable phone tracking IDs

AT&T says it has stopped its controversial practice of adding a hidden, undeletable tracking number to its mobile customers' Internet activity. "It has been phased off our network," said Emily J. Edmonds, an AT&T spokeswoman. The move comes after...

NASA Is Working on Creating Bioengineered Drones Made of Mushrooms and Bacteria

Drones—especially autonomous ones—can sometimes creep people out because it seems like they have minds of their own. But a new, NASA-backed research project seeks to create something quite different: A living, breathing, biodegradable drone made out of bacteria and fungi.The immediately clear advantage is an environmental ...

Verizon settles charges that it never gave “free TVs” to FiOS customers

But you might not actually get that "free TV." The Advance Guard Verizon has agreed to pay $1.375 million to Maryland customers to settle charges that it misled them about the price of its FiOS fiber-to-the-home service...

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About ‘Interstellar’: The Motherboard Podcast

Don't read this or listen to the podcast if you haven't seen Interstellar (or listen to it anyway if you don't care about spoilers)Interstellar may not be a great film—then again, it might be—but it does cut to the heart of quite ...

How Blue LEDs Work, and Why They Deserve the Physics Nobel

In the early hours of October 7, 2014, while most of America slumbered, members of the Swedish Academy of Sciences were meeting to decide to whom they should award the Nobel Prize in Physics. The Nobel Committee often recognizes grand discoveries, like the prediction of the Higgs boson and the ...

Inflation, Elation, Deflation: Reflecting on BICEP2

Six months ago, astrophysicists working on an experiment called BICEP2 were celebrating what some called the discovery of the century: the detection of a specific polarization signature in the cosmic microwave background radiation that, interpreted conservatively, provided the most direct confirmation ever of cosmic inflation. Read more expansively, it was...