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Theranos Offers More Worthless Stock to Investors Who Pinky Swear Not to Sue

The Wall Street Journal has yet another essential report from inside the meltdown of biomedical company Theranos. The company, which is currently the subject of a criminal probe for allegedly misleading investigators and government investigators, is reportedly offering investors more shares in exchange for a promise not to sue them. Read More >>

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Pouring Random Liquids Into an Aquarium Is Equal Parts Beautiful and Disgusting

Through the lens of a talented photographer, even the most haunting, disturbing, and distressing scenes can be made beautiful. But we can’t decide if photographer Brian Tomlinson’s experiments with pouring random stuff into aquariums looks like a modern masterpiece, or just someone blowing chunks. Read More >>

science
New Options for Getting Your Cat High Can Only Be a Good Thing

Catnip has long been the preferred fix for cats. Given just a tiny whiff of the plant, most cats will temporarily turn into an approximation of a fully loaded, 1970s era Dennis Hopper. But for some cats, it’s as pointless as an O’Douls. A new study has found three new options that could allow all cats to get totally twisted. Read More >>

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Microsoft Hit With a Bunch Service Outages, Again

According to several reports, Microsoft’s online services have been suffering through some pretty major outages this afternoon. Xbox Live, OneDrive, Outlook.com, Skype, Azure, and the Windows Store have all had issues letting users log into accounts. Read More >>

crime
A Texas Grand Jury Just Called Tweeting an Animated GIF ‘Assault With a Deadly Weapon’

A Texas grand jury has charged a Maryland man with “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon” after authorities say he tweeted an animated flashing GIF designed to trigger Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald’s epilepsy last year, “immediately” causing him to have a seizure. Read More >>

science
This Poor Cretaceous Damselfly Has Been Waiting 100 Million Years to Get Laid

Scientists in China have discovered male damselflies caught in the act of trying to court females inside a piece of 100-million-year old amber. It’s an extremely rare find, providing a glimpse of insectoid peacocking behaviour during the age of dinosaurs. Read More >>

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Miner Finds Enormous 706-Carat Diamond, Promptly Hands it Over to the Government

A pastor and independent miner in Sierra Leone has unearthed an uncut 706-carat diamond estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars. The pastor turned the diamond over to the government in hopes that the proceeds from its sale will help the impoverished nation. But given the history of this former “blood-diamond” nation, what happens from here is anyone’s guess. Read More >>

space
Will Humans Have to Upgrade Their Bodies to Survive on Mars?

Living and boning in space — particularly on Mars — has fascinated our degenerate species for decades. Recently, SpaceX founder Elon Musk decided to put his very large amount of money where his mouth is by announcing his plans to colonise the Red Planet. NASA also likes to bloviate about its Journey to Mars in the 2030s, and there are a handful of other, shadier plans to colonise the Red Planet championed by celebrities, billionaires, and even the UAE. Read More >>

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18 Ways to Make Your Online Accounts More Secure

Your existence is scattered across the internet. You likely have accounts at forums you haven’t been to in a decade, and social media services so bereft of users they resemble graveyards. And each and every one of those accounts is a potential avenue into your private life for a hacker. So you need to secure them. Read More >>

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WhatsApp Security Flaw Reveals You Can Apparently Use WhatsApp in a Browser

Security researchers just announced the discovery of major vulnerabilities in WhatsApp and Telegram, two popular messaging apps with end-to-end encryption, when used in an internet browser. In related news, you can use WhatsApp and Telegram in an internet browser. Read More >>

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Finn Jones’ Latest Dumb Defense of Iron Fist: It’s Trump’s Fault

Finn Jones, star of Marvel and Netflix’s Iron Fist, keeps blaming outside factors for the poor reviews of his show. He’s already trotted out the old and rotted “this is for the fans not critics” argument, but now he’s added an argument as baffling as it is new: Danny Rand is too much like Trump and that is why people don’t like him. We are dead serious. Read More >>

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The Best Add-ons For Protecting Your Gmail Account

There’s no doubt Google runs a tight ship as far as security goes, if you’re hacked using Google services its usually (but not always) because of something you did, not Google. If you want to keep your emails on Google’s services more secure you’ll need to do more than just enable two-factor authentication. You need to practice safe browsing, steering clear of sites and emails that could steal your info. Read More >>

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Facebook Swears It Won’t Let Anyone (Other Than Facebook) Surveil You

On Monday, Facebook updated its platform policies to prohibit mass surveillance on its platform by explicitly blocking developers from using “data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance.” The move came after sustained pressure from civil rights organisations to make it harder for police agencies to surveil Facebook and collect data on users without their knowledge. Read More >>

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This Skatepark Looks Like It Was Designed by M.C. Escher

You’ll find posters of M.C. Escher’s sketches of impossible structures and buildings in almost every college dorm room. But there’s a good chance the artist also spent some time designing magnificently twisted skateparks in Mexico that just barely abide by the laws of our universe. Read More >>