North Korea Says It Tested a New Weapon But Won’t Say What It Was

North Korea just announced a new missile test and made demands for ongoing disarmament negotiations with the U.S., calling for the removal of Pompeo.

Keep it Vague

North Korea is flexing its muscles. On Thursday, the nation announced that it had test-launched a new “tactical guided weapon” — but kept the details vague.

The weapon is unlikely to be a long-range ballistic missile that could jeopardize peace talks, according to the Associated Press. Rather, given the fact that the announcement came with new demands for ongoing negotiations with the U.S., the tests were likely intended as a display of military strength.

Guessing Game

South Korean experts suspect that the new weapon was some sort of cruise missile, per the AP‘s attempt to learn more. Had the weapon been a Lees verder

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Facebook “Unintentionally” Uploaded 1.5 Million Email Contacts

Yet Another Glitch

Is your data safe with Facebook?

After getting caught storing “hundreds of millions” of account passwords in plain text last month — a flabbergasting breach of good data security practices — Facebook has been busted in another security snafu, admitting yesterday that it “unintentionally uploaded” email contacts of some 1.5 million new users since May 2016, Business Insider reports.

The extent of the damage caused by the glitch is still unclear, but Facebook says it’s fixed the problem.

“These contacts were not shared with anyone and we are deleting them,” a spokesperson told Reuters

A Horrible Idea

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Someone Listed a T-Rex on eBay, and Paleontologists Are Furious

Alan Detrich, the man who found a baby t-rex fossil on his property, decided that he wants to sell it off. The fossil is currently up for auction on eBay.

Clearance Sale

Savvy eBay bidders may have noticed a one-of-a-kind item up for auction: the fossil of a baby tyrannosaurus rex that died about 68 million years ago is up for sale for the low, low price of $2.95 million.

The fossil, discovered in 2013 by a Montanan named Alan Detrich, has been on display at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum since 2017. But now, in a move that The Guardian says has incensed paleontologists, Detrich has decided to sell it off.

Tyrannosaurus Flex

The listing, which as of press time is still live on eBay, reads like someone trying to unload their old, Lees verder

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Russia Built a Grotesque Robot Newscaster and Put It on TV

A humanoid robot TV news anchor dubbed Alex just read the news on Russia 24, a state-owned television channel, yesterday.

News Anchor Horror

A humanoid robot TV news anchor named Alex read the news yesterday on Russia-24, a state-owned television channel. The silicone-faced anchor presented some run-of-the-mill updates — and even touched on a lurid case in which local authorities were hunting down a mayoral candidate who allegedly kicked a homeless cat.

The unsettling humanoid TV anchor was built by Russian startup Promobot. So far, the company has mostly produced screen-faced service robots for local banks. Alex’s terrifying silicone face moves thanks to 29 motors, and is modeled to look like the company’s founder Alexei Yuzhakov, according to The Telegraph.

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Scientists Used CRISPR to Turn a Cell Into a Biological Computer

Using CRISPR gene editing tools, MIT scientists turned a human cell into a tiny computer that could be used to detect diseases and churn out treatments.

Splinter Cell

Scientists say they’ve gene-hacked a human cell, using CRISPR tech to turn it into a tiny biological computer complete with the cellular analog of dual core processors.

The squishy little CPUs could eventually lead to powerful computers housed entirely within a cell, according to New Atlas, that would detect and treat diseases.

Logic Gates

The cellular computers, described in research published in the journal PNAS this month, mimic the normal process by which organisms turn genetic information into the proteins that carry out specific tasks within a cell.

The computer is programmed to take in specific genetic codes and perform computations that result in the Lees verder

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Review Units of Samsung’s Folding Phone Are Breaking Almost Immediately

Worrying reports of Samsung Galaxy Fold review units showing small bulges and broken displays are coming in.

PR Disaster?

Korean tech giant Samsung has a PR disaster on its hands.

The Verge just published a worrying report of its Samsung Galaxy Fold review unit showing a small bulge on the crease of the smartphone’s bending seven inch screen. CNBC noted similar problems with its review unit.

“A review unit given to CNBC by Samsung is also completely unusable after just two days of use,” wrote Todd Haselton.

And the evidence keeps rolling in. YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee, better known by the handle MKBHD, tweeted earlier today to warn other early testers to not peel away a thin layer covering the screen — in his own attempt Lees verder

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Yale Scientists Kept Decapitated Pigs’ Brains Alive for 36 Hours

A team from Yale created a system that let them breathe new life into pig brains that had been removed from the animals' skulls.

True Story

In March 2018, Yale neuroscientist Nenad Sestan shared a remarkable bit of news with his peers at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) meeting: he was able to keep pigs’ brains “alive” outside their bodies for up to 36 hours.

The news quickly made its way from that meeting to the media. And now, more than a year later, the details of the radical study have finally been published in the highly respected journal Nature, confirming that what sounded initially like science-fiction was actually sound science — and raising startling questions about what it really means to Lees verder

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Stanford Declines to Punish Faculty For CRISPR Babies

After conducting an internal investigation into three professors who knew about He Jiankui's CRISPR baby research, Stanford let its faculty off the hook.

Internal Review

After media revealed that Chinese scientist He Jiankui had conducted research that led to the birth of gene-hacked babies, it soon emerged that he had corresponded about the controversial work with American scientists.

Three of those scientists are from Stanford University, but an internal investigation conducted by the university just cleared all three of wrongdoing, according to the MIT Technology Review. While the school’s faculty knew about the controversial and illegal research, the university maintains that they didn’t contribute to it.

Insider Knowledge

The three Stanford professors named in the investigation are Stephen Quake, He’s former employer, William Hurlbut, who dropped the news that a Lees verder

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Indoor Air Pollution Is ‘Worse Than New Delhi.’ How Does Your Home Stack Up?

When you hear the words “air pollution,” what image springs to mind? Do you think of trucks spewing exhaust on the highway, or a factory emitting god-knows-what into the atmosphere? One thing you probably don’t associate with air pollution is the air in your own house or apartment. But given the staggering levels of indoor air pollution found in most homes, maybe you should.

A recent study conducted at the University of Texas, Austin, found that the indoor air pollution in a home where a Thanksgiving meal had just been prepared Lees verder

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Scientists Find Mysterious Star-Forming Factory In Milky Way

Astronomers have discovered that one subregion of the Milky Way is far more efficient at star formation than the others — and they don't know why.

Starry Sight

On the outskirts of the Milky Way, about 14,000 light years from Earth, is a massive region highly conducive to star formation. But because it’s so far away and hidden behind clouds of dust and gas, astronomers have never been able to get a good look at it.

With a newly commissioned radio telescope, though, an international team of astronomers has now created a higher-resolution map of the area — and in the process, they found that one subregion is inexplicably far more efficient at star formation than the others.

Generation Why?

According to a press release, the Lees verder

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