Spring is well ahead of schedule across much of the southern United States, in some cases by at least two to three weeks. An early spring may sound nice, but it comes with serious consequences-both to human health and the environment.
The Algerian town of Ain Sefra is known as the Gateway to the Sahara, and it’s not the kind of place that gets associated with winter weather. So imagine the surprise of amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata when he awoke to see his picturesque town and the surrounding sand dunes covered in a blanket of snow.
Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.
Hurricane Matthew is one of the most powerful storms to barrel through the Caribbean in over a decade. The violent windstorm has already claimed the lives of more than 108 people in Haiti and at least 4 people in the Dominican Republic. The hurricane has displaced tens of thousands more across the Caribbean including the Bahamas and Cuba.
In what’s being hailed a meteorological first, two back-to-back hurricanes are marching toward Hawaii, both of them threatening torrential rains and rip-roaring winds this week. The closer of the two, hurricane Madeline, could break a second meteorological record as the first hurricane to strike the Big Island since bookkeeping began in 1949.
Astronomers using the RATAN-600 radio Telescope in the Russian Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia have detected an unusual signal emanating from a star located about 94 light-years from Earth. It’s not clear if the signal is being transmitted by aliens, but the researchers say we should keep a close watch on this intriguing new extraterrestrial candidate.
One of the most surprising things about the Apollo 11 guidance computer source code isn’t just the sheer size of it, but rather the amount of in-jokes that scientists included with it.
It is becoming increasingly clear that Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, co-chairs of the Senate Intelligence Committee, don’t have the slightest clue about how encryption works. Good thing they’re currently pushing disastrous legislation that would force tech companies to decrypt things for law enforcement!
By now you probably know that the emoji you send on an iPhone might not be the emoji that is received on a Nexus. Since emoji are designed differently across platforms, sometimes your text messages might get lost in translation. But how differently might your well-intentioned emoji be displayed?
Today in “amazing ideas the internet had” we bring you an experiment that is without a doubt the best way to celebrate the end of 2015 tonight, and an even better way to usher in 2016. One sparkler is fun, but 10,000 igniting at the same time?
It’s the future! But the Catholic church doesn’t seem ready to embrace it. A priest in the Philippines recently rode a hoverboard during a Christmas Eve Mass. But the Diocese of San Pablo has now suspended the poor hoverboarding Father. Video of the priest hit social media and instantly went viral.
The old logo uses a complicated serif font which can only be created using bezier curves. All together, it has 100 anchor points, resulting in a 6 KB (6,380 bytes) file. When compressed, the size comes down to 2 KB (2,145 bytes).
You know Logitech, that company that makes the great keyboards, and the great speakers, and the great gaming mice? It’s going to start calling itself just “Logi” now, and that transition begins today. When I asked exactly why it decided to karate chop its tenured brand name in half, the answer was simple: tech means nothing.
This spring, an 80-year-old Japanese chalk company went out of business. Nobody, perhaps, was as sad to see the company go as mathematicians who had become obsessed with Hagoromo Fulltouch Chalk, the so-called “Rolls Royce of chalk.” With whiteboards and now computers taking over classrooms, the company’s demise seemed to mark the end of an era.
A drug-resistant form of dysentery known as Shigellosis has begun to appear in the U.S, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend that doctors stop providing antibiotics to treat mild forms of the illness.
It happened late on Tuesday night. Of course I was working. “Have you seen this?” my colleague Chris Mills texted. He followed up with the link to a site where a rather devilish-looking UX professional promised to get drunk and evaluate the website of your choice. Only $75!
The open internet finally got the protection it deserves from profit-hungry cable companies. The FCC just approved the strongest set of net neutrality rules in this country’s history, punctuating a years-long battle for this future of the internet. However, the war’s not yet over.
People are putting butter in their coffee. And hey, if you’re just craving a new flavor experience, more power to you. The problem is that Bulletproof Coffee, the company behind the trend, is claiming that drinking a mug of fatty joe every morning instead of eating breakfast is a secret shortcut to weight loss and mental superpowers, and now the butter coffee has developed a cult of highly caffeinated, shiny-lipped adherents.
Remember when we all switched from Firefox to Chrome? Chrome was stripped down, simple but fast as hell. It was like browsing the web on a whole new computer. These days Chrome is bloated, slow, and constantly crashing on me. I’ve finally reached the breaking point.
Scroll the page. Go on, scroll it. And marvel at the way the new, perfectly static Sonos logo pulses-like sound is emanating from its centre, producing a pounding bass line. This new logo has been produced for by Bruce Mau Design, and it’s supposed to “advance the idea of the modern music experience.”
Space is big, humans are small, and spacecraft, well, vary more in size than you might think. Redditor Heaney555 has compiled an a chart of every rocket, spacecraft, and space station involved in human spaceflight. And man, Saturn V is huuuuuuuge-it’s as long as the whole International Space Station.
There’s something about this magnificent photo of the Eiffel Tower taken by Sylke Scholz that makes it look completely different from what I remember-most probably the choice of lenses. Sylke Scholz is a photographer based in Dresden, Germany. You can follow her on Flickr.
The next time someone asks you to explain 3D printers, and why anyone would want one in their home, you can simply bring up this article and show them that without 3D printing technology we may never have had a T-Rex shower head.
Every month, the bills get paid on time. The emails get answered, and any orders filled. Which, for HeavensGate.com, is positively extraordinary. Because as far as the public is aware, every last member of the suicide cult died 17 years ago from a cocktail of arsenic and apple sauce.
On September 18th, Scotland will hold a vote on independence-whether or not it should be a country separate from the United Kingdom. If the “ayes” have it, the decision could herald the break-up of Britain, which turns a political issue into a design issue: What will happen to the Union Jack?
A Leatherman multi-tool hanging off your belt is a great way to stay prepared for emergencies, but it means you look like someone with a Leatherman hanging off their belt–and that part’s not so great. This innocuous hair clip is a better alternative.
It wasn’t the Kraken. It wasn’t Godzilla. And it wasn’t even a rabid killer whale. The mysterious animal that had killed and eaten the 9-foot great white shark and had stumped scientists turned out to be a super predator feared by even apex predators like the great white shark.
If you’ve ever washed your hands with anti-bacterial soap, there’s a good chance you were rubbing yourself down with a chemical called triclosan–a chemical that’s been proven to be harmful in humans in recent years. Now, Minnesota has become the first state to officially ban it. And yours could be next.
By now you know that a huge landslide consumed an entire street in Baltimore yesterday. But HOLY MOLY is it scary to watch. Don’t lie-if you were there, you’d be screaming too. While it’s been dubbed “the Baltimore Sinkhole,” in reality what we’re seeing is more of a landslide.
Just a little over a day after Microsoft revealed a massive Internet Explorer vulnerability, Adobe is pushing out an emergency security update to patch the Flash-enabled flaw. In other words, if you’re an IE user (and statistically 26 percent of you are), go download it right now.
It’s true. After days of speculation over whether the NSA knew about the Heartbleed vulnerability that affected as many as two thirds of the websites on the internet, two anonymous sources tell Bloomberg that the NSA didn’t just know about it, they used it to gather intelligence.