After a decade of growth, Silicon Valley grapples with ‘unintended consequences’
Dec05

After a decade of growth, Silicon Valley grapples with ‘unintended consequences’

The technology that connects us has revolutionized the world over the past decade — at times moving faster than we could keep up with, irrevocably changing how people interact and in many ways changing our lives for the better. But as the decade comes to a close, some say the most significant development in tech was its unintended consequences — including impinging on privacy and presenting new opportunities for criminals...

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Police partner with Amazon’s Ring to crack down on porch pirates
Dec04

Police partner with Amazon’s Ring to crack down on porch pirates

A police department in New York announced a new partnership with Amazon’s Ring doorbell to help combat porch pirates just in time for the holidays. The announcement comes at a time, however, when the smart doorbell has faced intense scrutiny from lawmakers over privacy concerns. The Nassau County Police Department on Long Island announced the initiative on Wednesday, saying the agency is working with the Ring Neighbors App to...

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Amazon pulls Auschwitz holiday ‘ornaments’ after online outrage
Dec02

Amazon pulls Auschwitz holiday ‘ornaments’ after online outrage

Online retailer Amazon has pulled a range of macabre holiday ornaments featuring images of the Auschwitz death camp posted by sellers on its platform. The items came to light after the Auschwitz Memorial tweeted on Dec. 1, saying that the products did “not seem appropriate” and called on Amazon to remove them. The items it highlighted included Christmas tree-style ornaments featuring images of a path surrounded by barbed wire and the...

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Massive black hole that ‘should not even exist’ has been discovered
Nov29

Massive black hole that ‘should not even exist’ has been discovered

A black hole with a mass 70 times greater than the Sun was discovered, leaving scientists stunned. “Black holes of such mass should not even exist in our Galaxy, according to most of the current models of stellar evolution,” Professor Jifeng Liu, who led the team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences that made the discovery, said in a statement. Scientists previously believed that the mass of an individual stellar black hole...

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How these birds use ‘passwords’
Nov17

How these birds use ‘passwords’

This is an Inside Science story. (Inside Science) — Most songbirds learn to sing by copying songs they hear around them. But young brown-headed cowbirds face a problem: they aren’t raised by their own kind. Female cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of more than 100 different kinds of birds, foisting the work of chick-rearing onto unwitting foster-parents. Now, a new paper describes how the cowbird chicks may learn to...

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We’re recycling but garbage keeps piling up: What you may not know about recycling
Nov17

We’re recycling but garbage keeps piling up: What you may not know about recycling

When Chip Britting celebrated the first Earth Day in April 1970, the then-teenager saw recycling as a promising industry and went on to create a community-led recycling center in Phelps, New York with his teacher. Now, 50 years later, some are calling the efficacy of recycling into question as landfills keep growing with items people put into blue and green bins. The system is complicated by a number of issues the recycling public may...

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