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Anyone who works as a freelancer these days has to be at least a bit familiar with techie things. But it isn’t just that. When I was a kid and those vaguely SF puppet shows were on the television and all the other kids wanted to be Greg Gogetem or Steve Savetheuniverse, I wanted to be the guy in a white coat and glasses called Doc or Brains. Here are some technology-related feeds I find useful and/or entertaining.

Slashdot » YouTube TV Is Adding More Channels, But It's Also Getting More Expensive

Wednesday 14 February 23:40:00 UTC 2018

YouTube's internet TV streaming service is expanding its programming with the addition of several Turner networks including TBS, TNT, CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies. YouTube TV is also bringing NBA TV and MLB Network to the base lineup. NBA All Access and MLB.TV will be offered as optional paid add-ons "in the coming months." The … [Link]

Mashable » 'My government just told me I don't matter': Trans students on Betsy DeVos' school bathroom decision

Wednesday 14 February 23:31:57 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookGrace Dolan-Sandrino, a 17-year-old transgender high school student, was prepared for the Department of Education to let her down.  The federal agency had done so already a year ago, she says, when it rescinded an Obama-era guidance advising schools to allow trans students use of bathroom facilities that matched their gender identity. SEE ALSO: Trans and non-binary fitness trainers are building … [Link]

Mashable » This video of the 'Outlander' actors' first chemistry test has us swooning

Wednesday 14 February 23:21:03 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe most undeniable part of Outlander is the powerful chemistry between its two leads, burning with the passion of a thousand fierce highland warriors fighting for their independence.  And it looks like it's been that way from the very beginning. A video of the first ever "chemistry read" between Sam Heughan (Jaime Fraiser) and Caitriona Balfe (Claire Beachum) was released just … [Link]

Mashable » MashReads Podcast: Dave Eggers and the Monk of Mokha discuss their thrilling new book

Wednesday 14 February 23:09:29 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Can one person revitalize a country while sharing its history with the world? Mokhtar Alkhanshali is trying to do just that. In his new book, The Monk of Mokha, Dave Eggers (author of The Circle and … [Link]

Slashdot » New Silicon Chip-Based Quantum Computer Passes Major Test

Wednesday 14 February 22:58:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Researchers from two teams now working with Intel have reported advances in a new quantum computing architecture, called spin qubits, in a pair of papers out today. They're obviously not the full-purpose quantum computers of the future. But they've got a major selling point over other quantum computing designs. "We made these … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Cape Town is about to run out of water – how did this happen?

Wednesday 14 February 22:47:50 UTC 2018

Cape Town's water reserves are so low that it may soon have to turn off the taps. We’ve known for a decade that this could happen, but almost nothing has been done [Link]

New Scientist – News » Was SpaceX launch about progress in space, or just a giant ad?

Wednesday 14 February 22:47:49 UTC 2018

The Falcon Heavy launch was more than just spectacle – it set the stage for a future Mars mission. Now we need to think about who's in the driver's seat [Link]

New Scientist – News » Oceans on alien worlds may form when the air explodes in flames

Wednesday 14 February 22:47:48 UTC 2018

When hydrogen and oxygen combine in a planet’s atmosphere, they can ignite into a ball of fire and then leave behind liquid water oceans that would be good for life [Link]

New Scientist – News » Drone dogfight crowns a winner in the battle against rogue UAVs

Wednesday 14 February 22:47:47 UTC 2018

Illegal or unwanted drones put air travellers at risk, so a competition called DroneClash is calling for new ways to tackle them [Link]

Mashable » No one can tell Russian bots from average trolls on Twitter, and that's a very bad thing

Wednesday 14 February 22:43:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTwitter’s decision to simply delete the tweets of accounts it says are part of a Russian-linked propaganda bot army has proven to be really short-sighted because, well, it turns out that those tweets are really similar to your average Twitter troll. And telling the difference is a crucial, if difficult, task that the average user needs to be able to do … [Link]

Mashable » Why is everyone so disappointed with the winner of the Westminster Dog Show?

Wednesday 14 February 22:33:18 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA fluffed-up bichon frise named Flynn took home the Best in Show award at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, but not everyone was cheering him on. To hear the Associated Press tell it, it was a moment of disbelief for those sitting on the sidelines. From the AP's dog show dispatch: It's true that Flynn was up … [Link]

Slashdot » Tesla Roadster Elon Musk Launched Into Space Has 6 Percent Chance of Hitting Earth In the Next Million Years

Wednesday 14 February 22:15:00 UTC 2018

sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk grabbed the world's attention last week after launching his Tesla Roadster into space. But his publicity stunt has a half-life way beyond even what he could imagine — the Roadster should continue to orbit through the solar system, perhaps slightly battered by micrometeorites, for a few tens of millions … [Link]

Mashable » Kindergartner takes different approach to Valentine's Day cards for her class

Wednesday 14 February 22:14:46 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWe’ve all had to write Valentines to our classmates when we were younger, but Michael Cruz Kayne's daughter took a slightly different approach. On all of her cards this year, she wrote "you love me" to each of her peers. When told that she may have made a mistake, she said simply, "no I didn't." SEE ALSO: Little girl pens grim … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's HomePod is marking up furniture, and the internet isn't happy

Wednesday 14 February 22:08:50 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. The HomePod is finally here, and we love it. But after spending a few days with Apple's smart speaker, some users have discovered an unexpected side effect.  WireCutter's review, published Wednesday, praised the HomePod's audio quality, … [Link]

Mashable » Delicate flower Scott Pruitt admits the real reason he takes first class

Wednesday 14 February 22:02:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEsteemed noble and EPA Head Scott Pruitt is not one to mix with the hoipolloi. On Sunday, The Washington Post reported hat Pruitt had been flying first class throughout his time at the EPA and leaving the government with the bill. Pruitt defended his decision on security grounds, before pouring his heart out to New Hampshire's WMUR On Tuesday.  The EPA … [Link]

Slashdot » FBI, CIA, and NSA: Don't Use Huawei Phones

Wednesday 14 February 21:45:00 UTC 2018

The heads of six top U.S. intelligence agencies told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday they would not advise Americans to use products or services from Chinese smartphone maker Huawei. "The six — including the heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA and the director of national intelligence — first expressed their distrust of Apple-rival Huawei and fellow Chinese telecom company … [Link]

Mashable » Your cat can achieve ultimate chill with this portable hammock

Wednesday 14 February 21:38:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTooty Store's 'Cat Hammock Bed' is a bed for your cat that can mount to the window. The hammock perches using suction and braces, and can reportedly support up to 60 pounds. It also comes with a travel pillow so your cat can ride in comfort.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Mashable Video, Accessories, Toys, and Window [Link]

Mashable » Light up the slopes with this LED snowboard

Wednesday 14 February 21:31:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAn LED snowboard prototype from Japanese manufacturing company 3 Enomoto is in high demand after the field test videos wowed the internet. Read more…More about Sports, Technology, Design, Mashable Video, and Snow [Link]

Mashable » Figure skating wins gold in the sexual tension Olympics

Wednesday 14 February 21:17:45 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHave you grown weary of shipping every possible character pairing from every CW show? Take a leaf from the internet's book and consider shipping figure skating pairs instead. One key difference between the two: figure skating pairs are seasoned athletes working with their professional partners, so don't, like, publish detailed fanfic about them like you would about Betty and Veronica. But, … [Link]

Mashable » SpaceX satellite broadband fleet picks up endorsement of FCC head Ajit Pai

Wednesday 14 February 21:17:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSpaceX hopes to launch a global fleet of small internet-beaming satellites in the next few years, and Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai wants to grant SpaceX that opportunity.  In a statement released Wednesday morning, Pai urged the other four FCC commissioners to support an approval of SpaceX's application to put a constellation of thousands of satellites into orbit some 700 … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk's vision of human spaceflight can take us to Mars, but there's a cost

Wednesday 14 February 21:07:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPicture this: A crew of the first humans to journey beyond Earth and the moon arrive at Mars. Their boots touch the rusty surface of the red planet after a months-long trip through deep space.  Who are they? How do they understand what they see? And what are the circumstances that sent them there? These are questions that may seem like … [Link]

Mashable » It's misleading to ask what Earth's 'ideal temperature' is. Here's what's really important

Wednesday 14 February 21:06:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe most commonly asked questions about climate change, particularly from those who doubt the mainstream findings showing that greenhouse gases are warming the planet, tend to be zombies. They rear their heads again and again, only to seemingly die and then rise once more.  This is the case with one particular question that a high-ranking U.S. official has been asking: How … [Link]

Mashable » Another 'Charles in Charge' star accuses Scott Baio of sexual misconduct

Wednesday 14 February 21:05:16 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook“I was sexually harassed by Scott Baio and ultimately assaulted by him between the ages of 12 to 15 years old." Charles in Charge star Alexander Polinsky made that statement at a Wednesday press conference, raising new allegations regarding Baio's behavior on the set of the popular TV series. Polinsky appeared with his attorney, Lisa Bloom, and co-star Nicole Eggert, who … [Link]

Slashdot » Valve Bans Developer After Employees Leave Fake User Reviews

Wednesday 14 February 21:05:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Insel Games, a Maltese developer of online multiplayer titles, has been banned from Steam and had all its titles removed from Valve's storefront after evidence surfaced that it was encouraging employees to manipulate user review scores on the service. Yesterday, redditor nuttinbutruth posted a purported leaked email from Insel Games' CEO … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook will launch two new smart speakers in July, claims report

Wednesday 14 February 20:50:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFacebook’s foray into hardware may actually be happening. Its new smart speakers will be available starting in July, according to a Digitimes report published Wednesday. Portal, the Facebook-connected video chat device will reportedly have two models announced at the social media company's developer conference in May. The devices, under the code names Fiona and Aloha, will then be available to order … [Link]

Mashable » A very serious and extremely important ranking of Olympic mascots

Wednesday 14 February 20:44:55 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMascots are a special, yet often overlooked, component of the Olympics.  Since 1968, a cute creature has been designed for each of the games and plastered all over merchandise. In the grand internet tradition of ranking things, it's only fitting that we examine the strengths and weaknesses of some of the most beloved Olympic mascots and see how they stack up. … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » ​Google to Update Basemap Style for Google Maps APIs

Wednesday 14 February 20:44:54 UTC 2018

Google yesterday announced that it will be updating the Google Maps APIs with a new basemap look and feel that is consistent with the look and feel that is now present across all Google products that incorporate Google Maps. [Link]

Mashable » Kanye West is back on Instagram, and what is happening?

Wednesday 14 February 20:41:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookRemember the days when Kanye West skipped concerts and spammed his Instagram accounts with screenshots from fashion lookbooks, or shared completely random Total Recall stills?  If you don't, it's not your fault. The rapper deleted his Instagram back in May 2017. But have no fear—he's finally made his return to timelines everywhere with a very stripped down (and very underwhelming) Valentine's … [Link]

Mashable » The Norwegian curling team wore red and pink pants with hearts for Valentine's Day

Wednesday 14 February 20:24:40 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s pretty cold in Pyeongchang, but Team Ulsrud's outfit choice will warm your heart.  SEE ALSO: The Norwegian curling team's pants are the real stars of the Olympics The Norwegian curlers sported these showstoppers during the men's curling event at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday: bright red and pink trousers, complete with layers of hearts for Valentine's Day. Image: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple's HomePod Speakers Leave White Marks on Wood

Wednesday 14 February 20:18:00 UTC 2018

Apple's new smart speakers can discolour wooden surfaces, leaving a white mark where they are placed, the firm has acknowledged. From a report: The US company has suggested that owners may have to re-oil furniture if the HomePod is moved. The device went on sale last week after having been delayed from its original 2017 release date. Apple told Pocket-lint … [Link]

Mashable » Gas-filled vessel barrels solo through pathetic Arctic sea ice during dead of winter

Wednesday 14 February 20:12:40 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe massive vessel Eduard Toll, loaded with liquified natural gas from Siberia, successfully traversed through an icy Arctic sea route in January without any help from icebreaking ships — robust vessels that typically break through masses of ice to clear a path ahead.  This is a first for this time of year, when sea ice should be too thick for non-icebreakers … [Link]

Mashable » This intimate iOS game about love is the perfect way to spend Valentine's Day

Wednesday 14 February 20:05:49 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Love stories have defined film, TV, poetry, novels. But games? Not so much. "That's largely a blind spot for us," says Ken Wong, who was previously the lead designer on the iOS art house hit Monument … [Link]

Mashable » Here's why Olympians are awarded stuffed tigers in Pyeongchang

Wednesday 14 February 20:05:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAfter training all your life to become the most powerful athletes in the world, Olympic medalists are given… a stuffed tiger.  It might seem a bit anticlimactic to viewers, but the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics claim they have a good reason to be handing out plushies in place of medals. SEE ALSO: Watch this Olympic skater perform to Beyoncé According to the … [Link]

Mashable » Tinder is about to become more like Bumble in an important way

Wednesday 14 February 19:44:55 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s not always easy to be a woman on a dating app.  That's a big part of why Bumble, which leaves it up to women to decide whether they want to initiate a conversation, has been so successful. So much so, in fact, that rival dating app Tinder now has plan to implement a similar feature. SEE ALSO: Which dating app … [Link]

Slashdot » Even Apple and Google Engineers Can't Really Afford To Live Near Their Offices

Wednesday 14 February 19:35:00 UTC 2018

That's according to the Y Combinator-backed real-estate startup Open Listings, which looked at median home sales prices near the headquarters (meaning within a 20-minute commute) of some of the Bay Area's biggest and best-known tech companies. Fast Company: Using public salary data from Paysa, Open Listings then looked at how many software engineers from those companies could actually afford to … [Link]

Mashable » Knotty Vibes is the feminist sex toy company the world needs

Wednesday 14 February 19:23:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTwo best friends are working together to shatter the stigma surrounding sex toys for women. Knotty Vibes, an innovative feminist sex toy company co-founded by Sheila Oh and Courtney Davis, aims to empower women to embrace their sexual freedom while simultaneously rais~ funds for women's reproductive health. SEE ALSO: Exploring the Orgasm Gap "Knotty Vibes is an organization founded in my quest for women's freedom and equality," … [Link]

Mashable » It's time for Huawei to prove its phones aren't spying on Americans

Wednesday 14 February 19:11:57 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHuawei, the second-largest phone maker in the world, needs to do something fast if it ever wants to gain a foothold in the U.S. and potentially become the world's largest phone maker one day. The Chinese company can't get U.S. carriers to sell its phones. And now the heads of the FBI, CIA, and NSA have publicly accused the company of … [Link]

Mashable » Despite efforts of transparency, Twitter is still clouding Russian troll abuse

Wednesday 14 February 19:00:17 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTwitter is finally following Facebook's lead and coming clean about how Russian trolls abused their platform in spreading misinformation ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But even in transparency, Twitter is still clouding the issue by literally deleting the evidence. SEE ALSO: Americans say social media is destroying the news — but nobody knows what to do about it In … [Link]

Mashable » 'The Walking Dead' will be getting its first 'fully nude' zombie soon sure why not

Wednesday 14 February 18:53:15 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf you want to make it in the entertainment industry, you gotta give the people what they want. And the people want naked zombies. [Editor's Note: Do they?] The Walking Dead will feature its first fully nude zombie at some point before the end of Season 8, executive producer and director Greg Nicotera told Entertainment Weekly Wednesday. So if you're into … [Link]

Slashdot » Best Linux Distribution

Wednesday 14 February 18:50:00 UTC 2018

Linux Journal: We started things off with Best Linux Distribution, and nearly 10,000 readers voted. The winner was Debian, with many commenting "As for servers, Debian is still the best" or similar. One to watch that is rising in the polls is Manjaro (7 percent), which is independently based on the Arch Linux. Manjaro is a favorite for Linux newcomers … [Link]

Mashable » 'Invincible' comics are done, but Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen have big movie plans

Wednesday 14 February 18:48:22 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Hey! Do you already like and know Invincible? Robert Kirkman walked us through a spoiler-y rundown of the series' past, present, and future right here. Robert Kirkman's long-running Invincible comic book series comes to an end on Feb. 14, in issue 144. But there's more to come from The Walking Dead creator's superhero universe, including a movie written, directed, and … [Link]

Mashable » Robert Kirkman's 15-year journey with 'Invincible' is over. Here's his story.

Wednesday 14 February 18:48:11 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Proceed with caution, Invincible fans. Light spoilers ahead in the last section of this story for the comic's final issue. Read the issue first if you don't want to ruin any surprises. In issue 7, Invincible gutted us. And then, in issue 11, it happened again. The twists never actually stop in this superhero story that defies all known comic … [Link]

Mashable » Facebook is so desperate for engagement, it's spamming users via their 2FA numbers

Wednesday 14 February 18:32:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFacebook is feeling lonely these days.  The social media behemoth has seen a decline in traffic in recent weeks along with millions of users leaving its platform, and it appears to be taking rather drastic measures to win them back. Specifically, spamming the hell out of them in a most unfortunate place.  SEE ALSO: The time has come to remove Facebook … [Link]

Mashable » Like Gmail's smart replies? Now you can add them to other messaging apps

Wednesday 14 February 18:26:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookGoogle is currently testing updates to smart replies, a feature that's common to Gmail users, and predicts the way you might respond to a message, providing you suggestions and one-tap buttons to use them.  According to Android Police, the company is testing a new app called Reply, which will add Smart Reply to third-party messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, … [Link]

Mashable » Beyond 'Black Panther': A brief history of Afrofuturism

Wednesday 14 February 18:10:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookExcited for Black Panther? So are we. Which is why we're rolling out obsessive coverage with Black Panther Week. Among the images glimpsed in Marvel’s first Black Panther trailer was a tribal elder in an emerald suit with a matching lip disc, a body modification found in the Suri and Mursi tribes of Ethiopia.  Warriors draped in blue “blankets” (or Seanamarena) … [Link]

Slashdot » Crypto-currency Craze 'Hinders Search For Alien Life'

Wednesday 14 February 18:10:00 UTC 2018

Scientists listening out for broadcasts by extra-terrestrials are struggling to get the computer hardware they need, thanks to the crypto-currency mining craze, a radio-astronomer has said. From a report: Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) researchers want to expand operations at two observatories. However, they have found that key computer chips are in short supply. "We'd like to use the latest … [Link]

Mashable » Thank you, Lupita Nyong'o, for making Michael B. Jordan do a bunch of push-ups

Wednesday 14 February 18:08:08 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLupita Nyong'o has managed to turn things up a notch at the Black Panther press tour thanks to… push-ups.  It all started with an undisclosed bet that Michael B. Jordan (luckily) lost to his co-stars. His punishment? On-call push-ups. Whenever and wherever Nyong'o demands, the Erik Killmonger has to drop down and do push-ups. That's right—Jordan ultimately loses, but we're all … [Link]

Mashable » 'Black Mirror' made the Season 4 dating app just in time for Valentine's Day

Wednesday 14 February 17:45:55 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookValentine’s Day is a great day to revel in a relationship, but a better day to embrace the existential dread or spiral into doubt about whether love even exists! Netflix and Black Mirror have you covered there with the actual invention of Coach, the Season 4 dating app that tells people exactly how long their relationships will last. In "Hang the … [Link]

Mashable » A self-driving truck drove from California to Florida with minimal human intervention

Wednesday 14 February 17:44:50 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEmbark has just completed a coast-to-coast test drive of its self-driving semi-truck. The San Francisco-based startup is building self-driving software specifically designed for long-haul routes on interstate highways. The 2,400-mile ride lasted 44 hours over the course of 5 days, as there had to be a human pilot ready to takeover in case of a disengagement. Read more…More about Technology, Cars, … [Link]

Mashable » Everyone can go home now. The Obamas just won Valentine's Day.

Wednesday 14 February 17:41:46 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEver wonder what you get the former president who has everything for Valentine's Day? Michelle Obama has nailed it. Wednesday morning she tweeted out a customized Valentine's Day playlist she made for Barack on Spotify, and we're slowly melting in a puddle of our own happy tears. Did we mention it's 44 tracks? 44 as in 44th President of the United … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple's Software 'Problem' and 'Fixing' It

Wednesday 14 February 17:30:00 UTC 2018

According to media reports, Apple is planning to postpone some new features for iOS and macOS this year to focus on improving reliability, stability and performance of the existing versions. Steven Sinofsky, a former President of the Windows Division, shared his insights into the significance of this development: Several important points are conflated in the broad discussion about Apple and … [Link]

Mashable » Destroy Dreams With These Brutal Tech Gag Gifts

Wednesday 14 February 17:14:32 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Iphone, Mashable Reels, Sn Reels, Gag Gifts, and Tech [Link]

Mashable » Want to become CompTIA certified? Get the proper training for less than $5 a course.

Wednesday 14 February 16:59:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Anyone who's anyone in the IT world has a ton of CompTIA certifications under their belt.  Having these industry-recognized certifications makes you stand out from other IT professionals and can even help … [Link]

Slashdot » MPEG-2 Patents Have Expired

Wednesday 14 February 16:44:00 UTC 2018

New submitter jabuzz writes: Unless you live in the Philippines or Malaysia, then MPEG-2 has now joined the likes of MP3 and AC3 and gone patent free with the expiration of US patent 7,334,248. Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Mashable » Flipboard CEO: Apple News is 'living in the past'

Wednesday 14 February 16:42:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookShots have been fired in what is ramping up to be a war of the news reader apps. At the Code Media conference on Tuesday, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue shared his not-so-subtle thoughts on one of his company's biggest competitors, Apple News. “Apple News as a product is living in the past,” McCue said, according to Recode.  SEE ALSO: Siri can … [Link]

Mashable » Kick your plastic bottle habit and get this self-cleaning water cooler for 34% off

Wednesday 14 February 16:42:45 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Remember when people around the office would gather around the water cooler to talk shop and exchange gossip? Recreate those '90s vibes in your own home and cut down on plastic bottle … [Link]

Mashable » These $100 headphones can be yours for only $7

Wednesday 14 February 16:31:01 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. A 93% discount on headphones? Yeah, sign us up. This pair of wired headphones are equipped with drivers that supposedly create stereo sound and deep bass. According to the product page, they're … [Link]

Mashable » Verizon is offering free Netflix with its Fios package

Wednesday 14 February 16:16:54 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookVerizon has a new, formidable partner: Netflix.  Starting Tuesday, Verizon began bundling a free one-year Netflix subscription into its Fios Triple Play package (which includes internet, television, and phone service).  SEE ALSO: Netflix’s comedy ‘Everything Sucks’ is pure ‘90s nostalgia Verizon Fios customers who subscribe to the company's Multi-Room DVR Enhanced or Premium service will also be able to stream their … [Link]

Mashable » Deals for Feb. 14: Save on water coolers, kitchenware, and more on Amazon

Wednesday 14 February 16:12:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Hopefully, you've already handled Valentine's Day shopping for the bae. Now that you've splurged on a romantic gift, it's time to dial it back and get some stuff to improve your life … [Link]

Mashable » Amy Poehler and her 'Parks and Rec' costars celebrating Galentine's Day is everything

Wednesday 14 February 16:11:20 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAll is right in the world of love because Amy Poehler and her Parks and Rec co-stars gathered on Feb. 13 to celebrate Galentine's Day. What's Galentine's Day? Oh, it's only the best day of the year. The unofficial holiday was introduced to the world in Season 2 of Parks and Rec and has since been celebrated by women everywhere, including … [Link]

Mashable » 5 reasons why ‘Black Panther’ scored big with fans and critics

Wednesday 14 February 16:09:34 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Marvel Cinematic Universe's latest film, Black Panther, has received rave reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics and fans alike are praising the film for being the first of its kind and for setting the bar high for those to follow. Read more…More about Film, Mashable Video, Marvel, Action, and Panther [Link]

Mashable » CIA, FBI, NSA: We don't recommend Huawei or ZTE phones

Wednesday 14 February 16:05:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. The U.S. intelligence agencies aren't thrilled about the idea of U.S. citizens using phones from certain Chinese manufacturers. According to a CNBC report, the heads of six intelligence agencies — including the CIA, FBI and NSA … [Link]

Slashdot » Messenger Kids Advocates Were Facebook-Funded

Wednesday 14 February 16:05:00 UTC 2018

Fast Company: Facebook unveiled this kid-friendly version of its signature messaging service in December, while the YouTube Kids scandal was in full swing. Messenger Kids, Facebook said, had been designed to serve as a "fun, safer solution" for family communications. It would be available for children as young as 6, the company said. To forestall criticism, Facebook asserted that the … [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat has a hidden Valentine's Day Easter egg

Wednesday 14 February 15:47:37 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt’s Valentine's Day, and that means one thing: the whole world has been plastered with love hearts. Literally. If you look at Snap Maps on V-Day, you'll notice that it's looking a little different than usual.  SEE ALSO: 'Snap Maps' are prime territory for FOMO and lurking Cast your eye at the Snap Map and you'll see that it's been bedecked … [Link]

Mashable » Fat unicorn cakes are almost too cute to eat

Wednesday 14 February 15:42:59 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThis takes 'unicorn food' to a whole new level. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Trends, Cute, Cake Decoration, and Cake [Link]

Mashable » Badass Milo Ventimiglia doesn't follow the rules of Instagram

Wednesday 14 February 15:40:28 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMilo Anthony Ventimiglia is back on Instagram and you'd better believe he's playing by his own rules. Die-hard fans may recall the This Is Us star quit Instagram in January 2013 after feeling like people were no longer paying attention to his photos. (We get it, Mi.) He shared a memorable final post captioned "Finito," and proceeded to go dark for … [Link]

Mashable » The artists behind the striking Obama portraits

Wednesday 14 February 15:27:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFormer POTUS and FLOTUS Barack and Michelle Obamas' official portraits for the Smithsonian Institute's National Portrait Gallery were revealed yesterday. Barack selected New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley, and Michelle selected Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald. Both Kehinde and Amy made history as the first African-American painters to receive a presidential portrait commission from the museum.  Read more…More about Watercooler, Barack Obama, Art, … [Link]

Slashdot » Kaspersky Lab Sues Over Second Federal Ban

Wednesday 14 February 15:22:00 UTC 2018

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has filed a lawsuit targeting the second of two federal bans on its wares. The latest suit goes after language in a defense law explicitly blocking the purchase of Kaspersky products. An earlier suit targets a Homeland Security directive doing the same. From a report: The bigger picture: With the White House reluctant to institute additional … [Link]

Mashable » To really understand the Olympic Athletes from Russia, watch 'Icarus' on Netflix

Wednesday 14 February 15:14:40 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSpoilers ahead! Like most huge geopolitical spectacles, Russian athletes competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics — despite the country being banned for doping — is complicated.  If you're confused about how we got here, a good place to start is Netflix. The streaming service has just the documentary to get you caught up on the Russian doping scandal, and it has … [Link]

Mashable » This portable pod is actually a smart, self-sustained home for two

Wednesday 14 February 15:06:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSlovak studio NICE&WISE has just launched the production of Ecocapsule, a portable, wind and solar-powered pod that can be transferred almost anywhere in the world and be used like a pop-up hotel room. Each unit offers 68 square feet of useable floor area and is fully equipped with all the necessary amenities and furniture. For the first generation of Ecocapsule, prices … [Link]

Mashable » Snap gives influencers analytics as everyone else rages about Snapchat's redesign

Wednesday 14 February 15:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAs Snapchat users continue to sign online petitions and retweet desperate pleas for the company to walk back its redesign, the company is looking to make amends with one important group of users: influencers. No, even Snapchat's most popular accounts are stuck with the unpopular new design, but Snap is giving them something they've been clamoring for for years: analytics tools … [Link]

Mashable » Olympics volunteer could not be more unimpressed with winter games

Wednesday 14 February 14:58:51 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook The world's most emotionless man is volunteering at the Olympics this year. Set to the tune of "Mad World" by a YouTuber, we watch the man stand as female luge athlete after female luge athlete speeds by. Sometimes, the man is not even looking in the right direction as the luge flies into view.  Not even a hint of amusement … [Link]

Slashdot » Germany Considers Free Public Transport in Fight To Banish Air Pollution

Wednesday 14 February 14:41:00 UTC 2018

"Car nation" Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. From a report: The move comes just over two years after Volkswagen's devastating "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal unleashed a wave of anger at the auto industry, a keystone … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how Chrome will filter annoying ads

Wednesday 14 February 14:16:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Starting tomorrow, Feb. 15, Google's web browser Chrome will start automatically blocking overly intrusive ads, which might mark a huge (positive) change in how we view the web.  In a blog post Wednesday, Google has explained … [Link]

Mashable » The 10 best movies to watch if you're doing Valentine's Day solo

Wednesday 14 February 14:11:16 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookValentine’s Day can be a tough one for the newly or perpetually single, but it doesn't have to be.  Now free of the district-mandated cards passed around in grade school, most of us don't even have to interact with the holiday beyond some excellent chocolate sales at the local pharmacy (embrace these, by all means). But if you do start to … [Link]

Mashable » YouTube TV adds a bunch of channels and cities—for a price

Wednesday 14 February 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYouTube TV is expanding its programming, and will be available in more cities with a higher price. The network has added a number of channels to its lineup, including TNT, Adult Swim, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies. Soon, sports lovers can also expect NBA TV and MLB Network to join YouTube TV's base package, and NBA League … [Link]

Slashdot » Google's Chrome Ad Blocking Arrives Tomorrow

Wednesday 14 February 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Google is enabling its built-in ad blocker for Chrome tomorrow (February 15th). From a report: Chrome's ad filtering is designed to weed out some of the web's most annoying ads, and push website owners to stop using them. Google is not planning to wipe out all ads from Chrome, just ones that are considered bad using standards from the Coalition … [Link]

Mashable » A pilot drew a massive heart in the sky using flight radar

Wednesday 14 February 13:45:54 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIn case you hadn't already spotted the onslaught of heart-shaped everything in the shops, it's Valentine's Day.  SEE ALSO: This spoken word poem about the orgasm gap will make you want to open up in the bedroom And, one cheeky pilot decided to have a bit of fun by drawing a giant love heart in the sky. The Virgin Atlantic pilot—who … [Link]

Mashable » 'Get Out' returns to theaters this month with free screenings

Wednesday 14 February 13:35:29 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMissed out on your chance to see Get Out last year? Or just want to see it again? Either way, you'll have a shot to do just that this month. On Feb. 19, Presidents' Day, Get Out will screen for free at 55 AMC Theatre locations. You'll want to line up early, as each location will host only one 7:00 p.m. … [Link]

Mashable » A tiny Shetland pony had a munch on Prince Harry's hand

Wednesday 14 February 13:15:36 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYou don't wanna mess with Shetland ponies. SEE ALSO: John Oliver has a stark warning for Meghan Markle about the Royal Family Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first official visit to Scotland on Tuesday. They started their tour in Edinburgh, and were greeted at the castle by regimental mascot Cruachan IV — a tiny Shetland pony. Cruachan clearly does … [Link]

Slashdot » AMP For Email Is a Terrible Idea

Wednesday 14 February 13:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via TechCrunch, written by Devin Coldewey: Google just announced a plan to "modernize" email with its Accelerated Mobile Pages platform, allowing "engaging, interactive, and actionable email experiences." Does that sound like a terrible idea to anyone else? It sure sounds like a terrible idea to me, and not only that, but … [Link]

Mashable » 80-year-old man's reaction to using a mobile phone for the first time is super adorable

Wednesday 14 February 12:36:13 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere is something particularly sweet about watching an elderly person mastering a piece of technology for the first time. It's happened before, and it'll hopefully happen many, many more times to come. SEE ALSO: Potty-mouthed 98-year-old is very surprised to learn he's 98 Today's video comes courtesy of a man from Phoenix, Arizona, who shared footage of an adorable 80-year-old man … [Link]

Mashable » Qualcomm's new X24 LTE modem can reach a ridiculously fast 2 gbps

Wednesday 14 February 12:32:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYou future smartphone could be ridiculously fast even without 5G. That's the promise of Qualcomm's latest LTE chip: the Snapdragon X24, which the company says is capable of hitting blazing-fast download speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second.  SEE ALSO: 5 things to know about 5G Now, as we've noted before, the company's touted top speed is more of a … [Link]

Mashable » A dad carved Hogwarts out of ice for his daughters

Wednesday 14 February 12:19:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMost dads have a "world's best dad" mug, but this guy probably has the actual trophy. SEE ALSO: Please enjoy this dramatic reading of the nonsense Harry Potter book written by a bot Kelly Davies of Alberta, Canada is an ice sculptor. So a heavy snowfall meant lots and lots of material to work with. What better thing to do with … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Transgender woman is first to be able to breastfeed her baby

Wednesday 14 February 12:01:49 UTC 2018

An experimental treatment regimen has enabled a transgender woman to exclusively breastfeed her baby for six weeks, during which time the baby grew healthily [Link]

New Scientist – News » Valentine’s Day seems to cause a mini baby-boom 9 months later

Wednesday 14 February 12:01:48 UTC 2018

National Health Service data reveals that around Valentine’s Day there is a 5 per cent rise in the number of babies conceived in England [Link]

New Scientist – News » China’s reckless attitude to space debris needs to change

Wednesday 14 February 12:01:47 UTC 2018

Recent near misses show China's pursuit of space prowess seems to trump debris risks. The re-entry of its space station is another looming drama, says Paul Marks [Link]

New Scientist – News » Ants care for wounded comrades by licking their wounds clean

Wednesday 14 February 12:01:46 UTC 2018

If a Matabele ant loses a limb in a battle with termites, its nestmates will tend its injuries – a behaviour never before seen in any non-human animal [Link]

Mashable » Even gorillas need dating apps to find love

Wednesday 14 February 12:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf a lonely Valentine's Day has you doubting the power of dating apps, get ready to believe again.  Calaya and Baraka met just three years ago thanks to a matching algorithm. Since then, the two strangers went from potential dates, to lovers, and finally, to expectant parents — of a baby gorilla. Baraka and Calaya are western lowland gorillas, residents of … [Link]

Mashable » Doctor Who jumped out of her TARDIS to meet some young fans and it sounded awesome

Wednesday 14 February 11:39:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Doctor may have a pretty packed schedule what with all the alien fighting and galaxy-saving she has to do, but she still makes time for her fans. SEE ALSO: 'Doctor Who' star Peter Capaldi sends beautiful letter to kid worried about regeneration On Tuesday, Jennifer Bulcock tweeted a photo of her children with Jodie Whittaker. From the looks of it … [Link]

Mashable » Westminster Dog Show without the dogs is actually more entertaining

Wednesday 14 February 11:11:45 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Who even likes dogs? SEE ALSO: Kimmel gets couples to compare how long they think their sexual encounters last On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel Live used green screen technology to edit the dogs out of the Westminster Dog Show. The purpose? To shift the viewers' focus onto the humans running alongside the dogs. Turns out watching people trotting along beside … [Link]

Mashable » This spoken word poem about the orgasm gap will make you want to open up in the bedroom

Wednesday 14 February 11:08:00 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2018%2f2%2f3d630480 61c2 51d1%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ spoken word poem about the orgasm gap will make you want to open up in the bedroom","sources":[~ More about Valentine S Day, Equality, Sex And Relationships, Durex, and Orgasm [Link]

Mashable » This 'Game of Thrones' fan theory may just have nailed the entire plot of Season 8

Wednesday 14 February 11:04:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWarning: Contains both icy and fiery spoilers. If that Maisie Williams interview slip is anything to go by, we've still got 14 long, hopeless months to wait before the final Game of Thrones season airs. That doesn't mean it's too early to start making predictions, though. With filming well underway and the cast constantly being asked about the show in interviews, … [Link]

Mashable » Best smart home hubs: The differences between the Echo and other Amazon devices, Google Home, and Apple HomePod

Wednesday 14 February 11:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Smart homes are seriously taking over the world. Remember when Disney Channel's Smart House premiered in 1999 and we all thought that having a smart home assistant that could talk seemed like … [Link]

Mashable » Snapchat's relationship-crisis show 'Second Chance' returns for season 2

Wednesday 14 February 11:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe two had spent more than a minute in front of each other before the first word was spoken. "Why did you cheat on me?" the girl asked, seated on a white chair with a white wall behind her and a white floor below. The boy, seated in an identical white chair, replied, "It was the stupidest thing I could have … [Link]

Mashable » 'Avengers: Infinity War' toy may contain hints about Thor's hammer prospects

Wednesday 14 February 10:33:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSpoiler Alert: this article contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok and potentially for Avengers: Infinity War. SEE ALSO: This action figure may have just revealed a detail about Captain America in 'Infinity War' A picture recently surfaced on Reddit claiming to show an image of Thor's new hammer from Avengers: Infinity war, his trusty blunt instrument Mjolnir having been shattered by his … [Link]

Slashdot » The Next Falcon Heavy Will Carry the Most Powerful Atomic Clock Ever Launched

Wednesday 14 February 10:00:00 UTC 2018

schwit1 shares a report from Space.com: This isn't your average timekeeper. The so-called Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC) is far smaller than Earth-bound atomic clocks, far more precise than the handful of other space-bound atomic clocks, and more resilient against the stresses of space travel than any clock ever made. According to a NASA statement, it's expected to lose no … [Link]

Mashable » 11 times Alyssa from 'The End of the F***ing World' was the ultimate DGAF badass

Wednesday 14 February 9:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen it comes to giving absolutely zero f*cks, nobody does it better than Alyssa from The End of the F***cking World. Played by an impressively deadpan Jessica Barden, Alyssa is a 17-year-old girl who goes on the run with potential psychopath James (Alex Lawther) in Netflix's latest black comedy. SEE ALSO: Why this Netflix Original is the Bonnie & Clyde of … [Link]

Mashable » 5 powerful stories by girls whose lives were forever changed by child marriage

Wednesday 14 February 8:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFor most of us, a wedding day is something to look forward to. To plan and prepare. Or something to look back with fond memories of a choice once made.  SEE ALSO: 10 countries where gender equality is closer to reality For millions of young girls and boys around the world, however, marriage is not a choice. It interrupts their childhood, … [Link]

Mashable » Former homeless man hands out roses for Valentine's Day, because it makes people happy

Wednesday 14 February 7:16:01 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookValentine’s Day might suck for single people, but for some, it's an opportunity to share a little bit of love. Like for a formerly homeless man named Cameron, who pledged to hand out roses to people at Nobby Beach, on the Gold Coast in Australia. SEE ALSO: This stranger bought a man the most heartwarming gift ever It's a tale that's … [Link]

Slashdot » New Horizons Probe Captures Images At Record Distance From Earth

Wednesday 14 February 7:00:00 UTC 2018

jwhyche writes: The New Horizons probe has captured the farthermost images of Earth. The probe took images of Earth from a distance of over 3.79 billion miles on December 5th, 2017. This beats the image Voyager 1 captured 27 years ago. The Voyager image was taken at a distance of 3.75 billion miles and has become known as the "Pale … [Link]

Mashable » Behold, the sublime Bichon Frise who won top prize at Westminster Dog Show

Wednesday 14 February 6:12:33 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhile the Winter Olympians might be carving up medal after medal in Pyeongchang, a very good girl named Flynn has been named top dog in New York City. Taking out "Best in Show" at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, the unfathomably pristine Bichon Frise was crowned canine queen on Tuesday night, reports USA Today. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » People freak out over Shaun White's Olympic win, but it's not the only thing they're talking about

Wednesday 14 February 5:23:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSnowboarder Shaun White has cemented his place as one of the sport's greatest of all time — but some old accusations have joined the moment. The 31-year-old Californian won his third Olympic gold medal at the men's halfpipe event on Tuesday, achieving a medal-winning feat which no other snowboarder has attained. SEE ALSO: What is Team OAR and why are they … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2492: You can't compete with Mr. Perfect!

Wednesday 14 February 4:30:05 UTC 2018

JoT thumbShe just won't move on! [Link]

Mashable » Olympian Adam Rippon speaks out about his starvation diet

Wednesday 14 February 3:36:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOlympian Adam Rippon has spoken candidly about his starvation diet for the same reason he publicly came out: to start a conversation. The U.S. figure skating champion told the New York Times of his incredibly strict 2016 diet, which consisted of three pieces of bread and not much else. SEE ALSO: Adam Rippon at the Winter Olympics has captured all of … [Link]

Slashdot » Hospitals May Turn To Algorithms To Fight Fatal Infections

Wednesday 14 February 3:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: Clostridium difficile, a deadly bacterium spread by physical contact with objects or infected people, thrives in hospitals, causing 453,000 cases a year and 29,000 deaths in the United States, according to a 2015 study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Traditional methods such as monitoring hygiene and warning signs often … [Link]

Mashable » Snake slithers into a Gryffindor backpack, seriously

Wednesday 14 February 3:24:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSlytherins, always causing trouble. In what's perhaps a perfect metaphor for the Harry Potter universe, a snake somehow snuck into an Australian student's Gryffindor print school bag on Tuesday. SEE ALSO: Here's a snake eating a possum, because Australia The unnamed student went to grab her lunch when she discovered a red-bellied black snake lurking in the front pocket of the … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Expedition to uncover hidden life in mystery Antarctic realm

Wednesday 14 February 2:20:00 UTC 2018

In July 2017 a huge iceberg broke away from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf, revealing a marine world that was concealed for thousands of years [Link]

Slashdot » New York Times CEO: Print Journalism Has Maybe Another 10 Years

Wednesday 14 February 2:10:00 UTC 2018

New York Times CEO Mark Thompson believes that the newspaper printing presses may have another decade of life in them, but not much more. "I believe at least 10 years is what we can see in the U.S. for our print products," Thompson said on "Power Lunch." He said he'd like to have the print edition "survive and thrive as … [Link]

Slashdot » Kaspersky Says Telegram Flaw Used For Cryptocurrency Mining

Wednesday 14 February 1:50:00 UTC 2018

According to Kaspersky Lab, hackers have been exploiting a vulnerability in Telegram's desktop client to mine cryptocurrencies such as Monero and ZCash. "Kaspersky said on its website that users were tricked into downloading malicious software onto their computers that used their processing power to mine currency, or serve as a backdoor for attackers to remotely control a machine," reports Bloomberg. … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Opioid painkillers are prescribed more in northern England

Wednesday 14 February 1:30:00 UTC 2018

The opioid crisis may have crossed the Atlantic, with signs that opioid painkillers are prescribed more in England in socially-deprived areas in the north [Link]

Slashdot »  Seattle To Remove Controversial City Spying Network After Public Backlash

Wednesday 14 February 1:30:00 UTC 2018

schwit1 shares a report from Activist Post: Following years of resistance from citizens, the city of Seattle has decided to completely remove controversial surveillance equipment — at a cost of $150,000. In November 2013, Seattle residents pushed back against the installation of several mesh network nodes attached to utility poles around the downtown area. The American Civil Liberties Union of … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Face-recognition software is perfect – if you’re a white man

Wednesday 14 February 0:56:00 UTC 2018

Three leading face-recognition systems correctly identified white men 99 per cent of the time but did badly at identifying women with darker skin [Link]

Slashdot » Trump Administration Wants To Fire 248 Forecasters At the National Weather Service

Wednesday 14 February 0:50:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: After a year that saw over $300 million in damages from hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters, the Trump administration is proposing significant cuts to the National Weather Service (NWS) and hopes to eliminate the jobs of 248 weather forecasters. The idea, which is part of the 2019 fiscal budget proposal and … [Link]

Mashable » Please pause the Winter Olympics because Michael Phelps just had another baby

Wednesday 14 February 0:49:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWe interrupt the 2018 Winter Olympics to bring you some very important Summer Olympics-related news. Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and his wife Nicole have just welcomed their second child, Beckett Richard Phelps. You know what that means? Boomer’s a big brother, baby. SEE ALSO: Phelps on saving water, Instagram famous babies, and self care On Tuesday night the Phelps family … [Link]

New Scientist – News » A single atom is visible to the naked eye in this stunning photo

Wednesday 14 February 0:49:00 UTC 2018

This photo shows a strontium atom suspended in electric fields. A blue laser makes the tiny dot visible, though it’s only 215 billionths of a millimetre wide [Link]

Mashable » How to watch Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster disappear into deep space

Wednesday 14 February 0:48:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWe’ve been watching "Starman" cruise through space in his cosmic Tesla Roadster for a week now. But on Valentine's Day, Elon Musk's shrewd payload from SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket will disappear into deep space — and you can watch it happen live. SEE ALSO: What SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch means for the future of spaceflight Streaming live via the Virtual Telescope … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Skincare science is frivolous and warrants attack, right? Wrong

Wednesday 14 February 0:42:00 UTC 2018

It won't save the world and is misused in adverts but skincare science isn’t nonsense. So why is resurgent interest in it under fire, wonders Lara Williams [Link]

Mashable » Google engineer shares terrifying video of his plane falling apart, makes dad jokes

Wednesday 14 February 0:24:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookPassengers on United Airlines flight 1175 from San Francisco to Honolulu experienced an unfortunate incident Tuesday when the engine's cowling fell off mid-flight. The plane made it to its destination safely, though it did make an emergency landing.  Google Engineer Erik Haddad was on the flight, and captured this video from his seat on board the Boeing 777-200. The cowling, or … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Is Adding Snapchat-Style Stories To Mobile Search Results

Wednesday 14 February 0:10:00 UTC 2018

Google is rolling out tappable, visual stories that incorporate text, images, and videos in the style made popular by Snapchat. "It started widely testing the multimedia format, called AMP stories, today (Feb. 13) in an effort to help publishers engage more with readers on mobile," reports Quartz. Google announced the feature in a developer blog post. From the report: Users … [Link]

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