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NASA is creating a super cold lab in space to study quantum physics

NASA is creating a super cold lab in space to study quantum physics

You’re cool. You’ll go far to explore interesting notions. But you probably wouldn’t take cool-hunting quite as far as NASA—which is creating an ultra-chilly laboratory…

Is bitcoin being manipulated by traders? The US government has opened a criminal probe

The US Justice Department has started a criminal investigation into market manipulation of bitcoin prices, Bloomberg reported today. The probe will look for evidence of…
What the world’s fascination with a female-only Chinese script says about cultural appropriation

What the world’s fascination with a female-only Chinese script says about cultural appropriation

When I was a university student in Beijing in the early ’90s, I stumbled upon an academic article by Zhao Liming, a professor at Tsinghua…
The government is now using drones to prevent corruption on construction sites in Johannesburg

The government is now using drones to prevent corruption on construction sites in Johannesburg

South African construction workers thinking about overstating supplies or flouting safety regulations may now notice a drone hovering above them. Gauteng province’s department of infrastructure…
An app that matches sugar daddies and babies is suddenly China’s hottest social network

An app that matches sugar daddies and babies is suddenly China’s hottest social network

Forget WeChat, the social network of the moment in China is a dating app for people seeking “sugar daddies” or “sugar babies.” SeekingArrangement (SA), an…
Facebook hired an Oscar-winning director to make a short film about how it’s fighting fake news

Facebook hired an Oscar-winning director to make a short film about how it’s fighting fake news

As Facebook reels from the Cambridge Analytica scandal and gears up for GDPR in Europe, the company is attempting to bolster its image as a…

A London fintech unicorn is betting that more crypto is better crypto

Fintech unicorn Revolut got a boost in customers, valuation, and profit after it added services for bitcoin, litecoin, and ethereum last year. Today (May 24),…
Apple is reportedly working with Volkswagen on building self-driving vans

Apple is reportedly working with Volkswagen on building self-driving vans

“Hey Siri, call me a ride.” Apple has signed a deal with German automaker Volkswagen to develop self-driving cars for its employees, The New York…
A court has ruled that Donald Trump blocking users on Twitter is unconstitutional

A court has ruled that Donald Trump blocking users on Twitter is unconstitutional

Blocking people on Twitter can be pretty satisfying—who says you have to listen to your trolls? Well, if you’re president, the First Amendment does. A…
Ukraine’s government reportedly paid Michael Cohen at least $400,000 for a meeting with Donald Trump

Ukraine’s government reportedly paid Michael Cohen at least $400,000 for a meeting with Donald Trump

The government of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko paid at least $400,000 to Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer of US president Donald Trump, to arrange a…

Millennials actually save more than Gen Xers did in 2001—but they’re still worse off

It may be commonplace to compare millennials with other generations, but it’s not exactly fair. After all, they graduated into the financial crisis, are saddled…
AirPods are what the Apple Watch should’ve been

AirPods are what the Apple Watch should’ve been

Apple has put out a string of iterative or uninspiring products over the last few years, from the iPhones that have looked the same since…
When can white people say the n-word?

When can white people say the n-word?

There are few people in the world that get to say they rapped on stage with Kendrick Lamar. A white woman, calling herself Delaney, had…
The number of US banks that are “too big to fail” just shrank

The number of US banks that are “too big to fail” just shrank

Republicans have been gunning to dismantle the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act from the moment it came into existence. Donald Trump promised to do “a big number”…

The Venn diagram between libertarians and crypto bros is so close it’s basically a circle

Libertarians believe that the government should have minimal interference in the lives and finances of its citizens. The cryptocurrency community believes in a monetary system…

“Bill Wi the Science Fi:” The best wifi network names on the internet

Queens name ships. Moguls name business empires. Millennials name routers. The moniker you choose for your wifi network is a chance to impress your house…

No one buys clothes on Amazon because they’re fashionable

Amazon is vying to become the largest apparel seller in the US, where it already trails only Walmart. But even those who buy clothes on…

The world’s biggest database of hacked passwords is now a Chrome extension that checks yours automatically

Choosing a strong password is an essential move in guarding against hackers. But even if your password checks all the right boxes, you still may…
Rebecca Solnit reminds us how people unknowingly change their minds in divisive times

Rebecca Solnit reminds us how people unknowingly change their minds in divisive times

It’s hard to imagine how anyone can change their minds amid a political landscape that feels defined by its divisiveness. For someone to hear our…
American parents invented 1,100 new baby names last year

American parents invented 1,100 new baby names last year

American babies were given 29,910 distinct names last year. Of those, 1,100 were brand-new ones that hadn’t appeared in the data before 2017, new data…