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Why is Will Smith trying to be the next Jake Paul?

Why is Will Smith trying to be the next Jake Paul?

“Oh and click subscribe ‘cause Imma be makin’ hot content.”

theoutline.com/post/2856/will-smith-youtube-channel-vlogging/

New Zealand creates special refugee visa for Pacific islanders affected by climate change

New Zealand creates special refugee visa for Pacific islanders affected by climate change

As some Pacific countries prepare to relocate entire communities, New Zealand’s newly-elected Labor-led coalition government has become the first country in the world to introduce a climate refugee scheme.

www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/new-zealand-creates-special-refugee-visa-for-pacific-islanders-affected-by-climate/

Australian Birds “Intentionally” Light Their Prey on Fire

Australian Birds “Intentionally” Light Their Prey on Fire

A new study suggests that certain species of birds in Australia have figured out a way to spread fires in order to terrify – and eventually eat – their prey.

www.inverse.com/article/40018-australian-birds-light-prey-on-fire/

It Snowed in the Sahara and the Photos Are Breathtaking

It Snowed in the Sahara and the Photos Are Breathtaking

Look, I know we cover a lot of the bad types of weather here. Wildfires, droughts, extreme cold, hurricanes. But allow me to make it up to you with some Good Weather. Snow in Sahara? Yes, please.

earther.com/it-snowed-in-the-sahara-and-the-photos-are-breathtaking-1821884950/

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Google’s Latest Search: What Happened to Its Bikes?

Google’s Latest Search: What Happened to Its Bikes?

Google built a massive business organizing the world’s information, but it’s struggling to keep track of the bikes it provides for employees to get around its giant headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Local residents tend to ride off with them.

www.wsj.com/articles/googles-latest-search-what-happened-to-its-bikes-1515172167/

Is Your Child Lying to You? That’s Good

Opinion | Is Your Child Lying to You? Thatâ??s Good

Kids who know how to deceive are smarter and better adjusted.

www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/opinion/sunday/children-lying-intelligence.html

Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection — ProPublica

Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection — ProPublica

Waste removal is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. On the darkened streets of New York City, it’s a race for survival.

www.propublica.org/article/trashed-inside-the-deadly-world-of-private-garbage-collection/

How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At Once

How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At Once

The uncanny coincidences among the Meltdown and Spectre discoveries raise questions about “bug collisions”—and the safety of the NSA’s hidden vulnerability collection.

www.wired.com/story/meltdown-spectre-bug-collision-intel-chip-flaw-discovery/

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Why no one has died in a commercial passenger jet crash in over a year

Why no one has died in a commercial passenger jet crash in over a year

“I contacted Dispatch and discussed with them that I was uncomfortable taking the aircraft with an unknown reptile condition.…” the pilot wrote.

medium.com/popular-science/why-no-one-has-died-in-a-commercial-passenger-jet-crash-in-over-a-year-d6e3623edc7e/

Who Owns Aokigahara?

Who Owns Aokigahara?

Japan is a prop in these videos, and in the case of Logan Paul, sadly, Japan’s very serious problem with suicide was a prop. For the past year I’ve been doing research on media representations of Aokigahara inside and outside Japan…

gradland.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/who-owns-aokigahara/

Chrome is turning into the new Internet Explorer 6

Chrome is turning into the new Internet Explorer 6

As Google continues to dominate our access to the web, information through its search engine, and services like Gmail or YouTube, Chrome is a powerful entry point in the company’s vast toolbox.

www.theverge.com/2018/1/4/16805216/google-chrome-only-sites-internet-explorer-6-web-standards/

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Andy Warhol’s Whimsical Drawings Before He Went Pop

Andy Warhol’s Whimsical Drawings Before He Went Pop

A new book collects Warhol’s early hand-drawn illustrations and accompanying texts, reproduced faithfully and filled with wit and whimsy.

hyperallergic.com/416162/andy-warhols-whimsical-drawings-before-he-went-pop/

Fukushima’s surfers riding on radioactive waves

Fukushima’s surfers riding on radioactive waves

“We will only know the true consequences of our time in the water 20 years from now.”

www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/08/fukushima-surfers-riding-radioactive-waves-160826095748798.html

Why did Google think LaVar Ball founded the NBA?

Why did Google think LaVar Ball founded the NBA?

The search engine continues to produce errors in its attempt to provide quick and easy answers to queries.

theoutline.com/post/2838/why-did-google-think-lavar-ball-founded-the-nba/

Pinterest’s Third Way

Pinterest’s Third Way – NewCo Shift

Ben Silbermann and company have built tech’s most misunderstood platform. 2018 could be the year it breaks out with a model markedly distinct from its Valley cousins.

shift.newco.co/pinterests-third-way-a1877c5f1001/

Astronomers Debunk the ‘Alien Megastructures’ Theory About that Weird Star

Astronomers Debunk the ‘Alien Megastructures’ Theory About that Weird Star

Over 100 people collaborated on the newest study about KIC 8462852.

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mbp7wy/astronomers-debunk-the-alien-megastructures-theory-about-that-weird-star/

Daily Links (Doom and Gloom Edition)

Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong

Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong

The MIT economist Peter Temin argues that economic inequality results in two distinct classes. And only one of them has any power.

www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/04/economic-inequality/524610/

Earth will start becoming a desert by 2050 if global warming isn’t stopped, study says

Earth will start becoming a desert by 2050 if global warming isn’t stopped, study says

More than 25 percent of Earth will experience serious drought and desertification by the year 2050 if global warming is not curbed, according to a new study by the journal Nature Climate Change.

www.newsweek.com/earth-desert-2050-global-warming-768545/

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The case for defeating death

The case for defeating death

We’re taught that death is natural and that trying to escape it is wishful lunacy. However, these researchers have made tangible discoveries. They’ve published studies in highly respected journals and attracted serious amounts of funding. When they say it’s possible to live longer, and maybe forever, it’s tempting to believe them.

theoutline.com/post/902/the-case-for-defeating-death/

Does the White Working Class Really Vote Against Its Own Interests?

Does the White Working Class Really Vote Against Its Own Interests?

Trump’s first year in office revived an age-old debate about why some people choose race over class—and how far they will go to protect the system.

www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/12/31/trump-white-working-class-history-216200/

Documents Reveal the Complex Legacy of James Angleton, CIA Counterintelligence Chief and Godfather of Mass Surveillance

Documents Reveal the Complex Legacy of James Angleton, CIA Counterintelligence Chief and Godfather of Mass Surveillance

James Angleton was a conspiracy theorist with state power who had a profound impact on America’??s secret government.

theintercept.com/2018/01/01/the-complex-legacy-of-cia-counterintelligence-chief-james-angleton/

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Internal Emails Show Twitter Struggled To Interpret Its Own Verification Rules While Hunting Trolls

Internal Emails Show Twitter Struggled To Interpret Its Own Verification Rules While Hunting Trolls

Emails suggest that verification was never quite what Twitter said it was and that the company was aware it served as a tacit endorsement long before it admitted so publicly.

www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/internal-emails-show-twitter-struggled-to-interpret-its-own?utm_term=.thvGO4olV

We’re witnessing the wholesale looting of America

We’re witnessing the wholesale looting of America

Politicians are making decisions to enrich their donors — and at times themselves personally — with a reckless disregard for any kind of objective policy analysis or consideration of public opinion.

www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/19/16786006/looting-of-america/

Productivity is dangerous

Productivity is dangerous

I often see shit like, “Ten Habits I Have QUIT to Get More Done,” and I think, “Maybe quit writing posts like this.” If you’re waking up at 4 a.m. to write 1,000 words about how you write 1,000 words every day, what are you actually getting done? Just stay in bed.

theoutline.com/post/2595/productivity-is-dangerous/

Seeing Through Big Tobacco’s Smokescreen – Project Syndicate – Medium

Seeing Through Big Tobacco’s Smokescreen – Project Syndicate – Medium

Legal setbacks in the US have forced the tobacco industry to concede that its products are harmful, and that for decades cigarette producers deliberately misled the public about the health effects of smoking. But these “corrective statements” do not mean that the war with the industry is over.

medium.com/project-syndicate/seeing-through-big-tobaccos-smokescreen-2c14bc5be373/

The US Will Fund Research to Make Pathogens Deadlier Again

The US Will Fund Research to Make Pathogens Deadlier Again

The NIH lifted a 3-year funding moratorium on “gain-of-function” research meant to make deadly viruses stronger and more transmissible.

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d34vyj/the-us-will-fund-research-to-make-pathogens-deadlier-again/

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Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

NYTimes.com

For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times.

mobile.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/politics/pentagon-program-ufo-harry-reid.html/

Let it go: The Arctic will never be frozen again

Let it go: The Arctic will never be frozen again

There’s new evidence that an unprecedented transformation is underway at the North Pole.

grist.org/article/let-it-go-the-arctic-will-never-be-frozen-again/

The editorial meeting of the future

The editorial meeting of the future

“In the future, we’ll instead organize the editorial meeting around this all-important question: “What can we help the public understand or do today?” We won’t start with our ideas — we’ll start with the information gaps the public demonstrates they have, and focus our efforts squarely on filling those gaps.”

www.niemanlab.org/2017/12/the-editorial-meeting-of-the-future/

2017 in pictures: The best science images of the year

2017 in pictures: The best science images of the year

A spectacular total eclipse, hitch-hiking octopus, nanoscale fireworks and more.

www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-08492-y/

Laser-driven technique for creating fusion is now within reach, say researchers

Laser-driven technique for creating fusion is now within reach, say researchers

A laser-driven technique for creating fusion that dispenses with the need for radioactive fuel elements and leaves no toxic radioactive waste is now within reach, say researchers.

phys.org/news/2017-12-laser-driven-technique-fusion.html

Which Kobe Bryant Shot Was the Kobe-est Kobe Shot?

Which Kobe Bryant Shot Was the Kobe-est Kobe Shot?

The NBA’s third-leading scorer of all time never met a shot he didn’t think he could make — distance and defenders be damned. But which of his attempts best exemplifies his indomitable self-belief?

www.theringer.com/2017/8/2/16095344/kobe-bryant-kobe-est-shot-inefficiency-week-d1a1987b6da9/

We are sleepwalking toward war with North Korea

We are sleepwalking toward war with North Korea

But here’s the genuinely scary thing. Numerous conversations with US policymakers, former US government officials, and experts all point to one disturbing conclusion: Far from being unthinkable, a war with North Korea is becoming more likely by the day.

www.vox.com/world/2017/12/18/16733560/north-korea-war/

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Just one link today because what a fucking bummer.

The death of the internet

The death of the internet

I have loved the internet — its promise, beauty, and potential — as I’ve loved the world. But the internet today is a place I do not recognize. Trump, Facebook, Twitter, and the serial abusers they all rely on have destroyed what it was, and now they’re working hard to kill it entirely. And when it dies, something bigger than a network dies — the “real world” goes with it. It’s half gone already.

theoutline.com/post/2558/death-of-the-internet-net-neutrality-donald-trump-alt-right-gamergate-facebook-twitter/

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How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet

How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet

“They didn’t realize the power they were unleashing,” says FBI supervisory special agent Bill Walton. “This was the Manhattan Project.”

www.wired.com/story/mirai-botnet-minecraft-scam-brought-down-the-internet/

The Reddit Moderator Getting a PhD in Online Moderation

The Reddit Moderator Getting a PhD in Online Moderation

Kat Lo is studying the largely thankless job of unpaid content moderation so we can make open and safe online communities.

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a3jkd4/the-reddit-moderator-getting-a-phd-in-online-moderation/

This Is The Daily Stormer’s Playbook

This Is The Daily Stormer’s Playbook

“I once rewrote the lyrics of 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club’ to make it about the migrant crisis.”

Scientists sequence extinct Tasmanian tiger’s genome

Scientists sequence extinct Tasmanian tiger’s genome – Futurity

The sequenced genome of the Tasmanian tiger reveals that the iconic Australian animal would have struggled to survive had it not gone extinct.

www.futurity.org/tasmanian-tiger-genome-1629182-2/

 

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Police shoot more than twice as many Americans as previously understood

Police shoot more than twice as many Americans as previously understood

An exclusive analysis of data from the 50 largest local police departments in the United States shows that police shoot Americans more than twice as often as previously known.

news.vice.com/story/shot-by-cops/

The Father-Daughter Duo Who Found the Truth Behind a String of Century-Old Murders

The Father-Daughter Duo Who Found the Truth Behind a String of Century-Old Murders

‘The Man From the Train’ co-author Rachel McCarthy James on unraveling the identity of a long-ago serial killer

melmagazine.com/the-father-daughter-duo-who-found-the-truth-behind-a-string-of-century-old-murders-8f4725322e01/

The Dirty Secret of the Global Plan to Avert Climate Disaster

The Dirty Secret of the Global Plan to Avert Climate Disaster

The Paris agreement on climate change charts a narrow path to avoiding a global apocalypse. Just one problem: Its centerpiece is a technology that basically doesn’t yet exist.

www.wired.com/story/the-dirty-secret-of-the-worlds-plan-to-avert-climate-disaster/

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In defense of drinking one dozen Diet Cokes a day

In defense of drinking one dozen Diet Cokes a day

“Nobody drinks that much Diet Coke in one fucking day. He [Trump] might be a serial killer,” wrote one Twitter user, the declaration garnering more than a thousand retweets.

quartzy.qz.com/1152498/in-defense-of-donald-trump-drinking-a-dozen-diet-cokes-a-day/

‘Star Wars’ Was Influenced By The Nazis — And It Fails To Hold Them Accountable

‘Star Wars’ Was Influenced By The Nazis — And It Fails To Hold Them Accountable

While Nazi-inspired aesthetics and plots provide “Star Wars” with a convenient shorthand for “evil,” the ideological core of Nazism’s evil is missing.

forward.com/culture/film-tv/389632/star-wars-nazi-influence-leni-riefenstahl-triumph-of-will/

“Cat Person”

“Cat Person”

“It was a terrible kiss, shockingly bad; Margot had trouble believing that a grown man could possibly be so bad at kissing.”

www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/11/cat-person

The 63-Year-Old Retiree Who Broke A Game Looking for The End of the World

The 63-Year-Old Retiree Who Broke A Game Looking for The End of the World

How one retiree’s obsession with ‘The Flame in the Flood’ encapsulates a lifetime of enjoying digital worlds.

waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/z4y3v9/the-63-year-old-retiree-who-broke-a-game-looking-for-the-end-of-the-world/

Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere – The Nearly Now

Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere – The Nearly Now

You can’t understand what Trump’s doing to America without understanding the “Carbon Bubble”

thenearlynow.com/trump-putin-and-the-pipelines-to-nowhere-742d745ce8fd

Greenland shark is oldest living vertebrate and could be 512 years old, study finds

Greenland shark is oldest living vertebrate and could be 512 years old, study finds

If the data proves correct, the shark could have been alive before Galileo Galilei was convicted of heresy and before Dutch settlers made it to New York City.

www.newsweek.com/greenland-shark-longest-living-vertebrate-science-740965/