New Interstellar Comet is ‘Very Red’, Initial Results Show

The Gemini Observatory in Hawaii caught this first-ever color image of the interstellar comet and its faint tail. (Credit: Composite image by Travis Rector. Gemini Observatory/NSF/AURA) Astronomers are in a frenzy to learn more about the newest visitor to our solar system, comet C/2019 Q4. While it hasn’t yet been officially confirmed, they’re largely convinced the object originated outside our solar system. “I will say there is no debate at this point,” said Quanzhi Ye, astronomer at th

Cows Burp Out Tons of Methane. Feeding Them Seaweed Could Help

Adding seaweed to cows' diet would help tamp down their methane emissions. (Credit: Jan K/ Shutterstock) Every morning, Breanna Roque goes out to the barn to feed the cows. But this isn’t your typical farm – in fact, it’s a laboratory. The University of California, Davis graduate researcher spends her time among bovines, tweaking their diets so that they burp less. Why? Less burps means less methane. And less methane, on a global scale, could mean slowing down climate change.   Roque is p

See How AI Stereotypes You

Computers think they know who you are. Artificial intelligence algorithms can recognize objects from images, even faces. But we rarely get a peek under the hood of facial recognition algorithms. Now, with ImageNet Roulette, we can watch an AI jump to conclusions. Some of its guesses are funny, others…racist.

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This App Resurrects Clippy on MacOS

Long before we were talking to AI assistants on smart devices, we had Clippy—the cheery, animated paperclip mascot of Microsoft Office, who’s definitely-not-at-all-annoying tips and contextual actions “helped” users navigate Word, Excel, and the rest of the Office suite.

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To Avoid a Security Bug, Make Sure You’re Running the Latest Version of the LastPass Extension

If you’re a LastPass user, you should make sure that you’re currently running the latest version of the browser extension.

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Prevent SIM-Swapping Hackers From Stealing Your Phone Number—and the Rest of Your Identity

You know what’s worse than having your password stolen? Having your phone number stolen. SIM-swapping, a type of identity theft, is a means for scammers to get access to your phone number and all of the personal accounts secured through it.

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When to Quote Tweet a Jerk

Twitter is for yelling. I go on Twitter to yell, be yelled at, and to read slightly different takes and jokes about whatever we’re collectively yelling about that day. It’s not relaxing, but it is cathartic at times. In terms of Twitter-catharsis, nothing feels quite as good as the judiciously executed quote tweet.

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Identify Ads Masquerading as Real Headlines With This Chrome Extension

Anyone who has spent enough time on the internet knows not to believe everything you read. But scroll through Google search results and you’ll find yourself confronted with ads masquerading as news articles or other official content. These results are usually tagged with an “Ad” icon that most users will easily spot,…

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Every 2020 Democrat’s Plan to Fix the Housing Crisis

Over the weekend, Bernie Sanders teased a $2.5 trillion housing plan, which, among other things, promises to establish a national rent control standard and make significant investments in affordable housing. Like Sanders, several other Democratic candidates have released proposals to tackle housing inequality in…

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You Can Buy Bags of the Good Ice at Sonic

A crucial part of hosting a large get-together is providing enough ice. Tepid beverages are no fun, and parties should be fun. The most fun ice, of course, is crunchy, chewable pellet ice, also known as “nugget ice” and “the good ice.” This ice can be found in soft drinks at Sonic, and—in most locations—you can buy …

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