science
Do Not Fear the Brainless Blob Monster

Hey, you! Yeah, you all in the ceremonial robes about to perform a sacrifice in the name of the Almighty Blob! Stop it right now! Also, you over there, building the blob survival shelter. You may also stop. Read More >>

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Elon Musk Smoking Weed Somehow Ended Up Costing the US £3.9 Million

Last year, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went on YouTube host Joe Rogan’s show and smoked some weed. That was unfortunate, because SpaceX happens to be a US military contractor, and the US government does not like marijuana – and in this instance, it disliked it so much it spent $5 million (£3.9 million) to demonstrate its displeasure. Read More >>

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Report: EU Antitrust Officials Are Looking Into Apple Pay, iPhone NFC Chips

Officials across the European Union have already made their thoughts on Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project clear. Now those concerns have extended to Apple Pay, with EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager’s office probing whether the company’s pre-installed mobile payments software is playing dirty with the competition, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Flash Memory on Some Tesla Cars Is Reportedly Burning Out, Causing Major Issues

Displays on older models of Tesla electric vehicles are bricking because of shoddy flash memory, according to reports in Inside EVs and Motherboard. Read More >>

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In Unprecedented Move, Met Police Ban Extinction Rebellion Climate Protests Throughout London

Protests by climate activist group Extinction Rebellion has continued to roil cities around the world, including London. And after shutting down parts of Central London, police banned the group from conducting protests anywhere in the city on Monday evening. The move comes after eight days of protests centred on Trafalgar Square resulted in more than 1,300 arrests across the city. Read More >>

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Google Suggests Stadia Will Somehow Achieve ‘Negative Latency,’ Perhaps Via Predictive Button Input

Google sure has some bold plans for its Stadia game streaming service: “negative latency.” Read More >>

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Essential Debuts Phone, Just Cut in Half and With a Creepy Backstory

Here’s something to raise your eyebrows. Essential, the company founded in 2015 by disgraced former Google exec Andy Rubin, released images of its Project Gem smartphone on Tuesday – and it basically looks like a phone chopped down the middle. Read More >>

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Elon Musk: ‘I’m a Fucking Idiot’

Elon Musk admitted he is a “fucking idiot” for smearing a British cave diver that helped save a dozen kids as a “child rapist” in an email to a BuzzFeed reporter, court documents in the ensuing defamation trial show. Read More >>

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Six Elephants Die in Thailand Trying to Rescue Each Other From Waterfall

At least six wild Asian elephants died in southern Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park after trying to save each other from a waterfall, Reuters reported on Saturday. Read More >>

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Chernobyl’s Infamous Reactor 4 Control Room Is Now Open to Tourists

The “highly radioactive” control room at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant’s Reactor 4 at the centre of the facility’s infamous 1986 catastrophe is open for tourists, so long as they wear a protective suit, helmet, and gloves while inside, CNN reported. Read More >>

technology
Peter Thiel’s VC Fund to Host Conference for Ideological ‘Heretics,’ Maybe Summon a Ghost or Two

“Ideological outcasts” who have been “banned from other conferences”– surely the most beleaguered minority – can soon find a home with other like-minded individuals at “Hereticon,” a three-day conference being planned by the Founders Fund venture capital firm. Read More >>

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WhatsApp Vulnerability Could Have Allowed Attackers to Hijack Phones Using Malicious GIFs

Fair warning: It’s time for users to update encrypted messaging service WhatsApp. Read More >>

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Unruly Airport Cart Tries to Ram Plane, Is Promptly Sideswiped by Worker Driving Another One

Good night, sweet prince: An out of control, apparently furious, and driverless catering cart that was spinning in wild circles on the tarmac of Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), in the US, on Monday was laid to its final rest by a quick-witted worker who prevented it from hitting a plane by slamming into it with another vehicle. Read More >>

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Sounds Like Things Aren’t Going Well for Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Scheme

There’s been no shortage of official opposition to Facebook and dozens of corporate partners’ plans to launch a cryptocurrency powered global payment network, Libra. A short list of the wary might include the heads of the U.S. Federal Reserve and Treasury Department, the House and Senate banking committees, EU antitrust officials, Indian and Chinese finance officials, and the French government, which vowed to stop it in its tracks across Europe. Read More >>

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Fake Lightning Cables That Can Hijack Connected Devices Are Heading for Mass Production

Dummy Lightning cables that allow an attacker to gain remote control of computers they’re plugged into are slated to hit mass production, per a Wednesday report in Motherboard. Read More >>