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During major news events, how easy is it to sort the tweets from people who are caught up in it from the frauds? Look for tell-tale words and punctuation, writes Alfred Hermida.
Take a good look at the latest picture of Pluto because it shows the face of the dwarf planet that will not be seen during next week's historic flyby. The US space agency's New Horizons probe was less than 2.5 million km from the diminutive world on Saturday and closing in fast...
In folk medicine, rosemary has been associated for centuries with having a good memory. But is it worth investigating whether it really has any powers, asks Dr Chris Van Tulleken. In scientific terms there are different kinds of memory.
Meagan Abell was sifting through a box of vintage photographs in Richmond, Virginia when she found four sets of "transparency slides". She took them home to scan them and was "shocked" at the level of detail...
It's been a long time coming but we are now at the business end of building Hubble's successor. The spectacular new observatory that has been designed to find the "first light" to shine in the Universe is getting real...
Scientists have developed a tiny robot - based on the water strider insect - that can jump on water. The robotic version uses the same forces to jump as the water strider - pushing off without breaking the surface.
William Meredith, from Hillview, Kentucky, was subsequently arrested by police. According to local media, he was arrested and charged with first degree criminal mischief and first degree wanton endangerment.
The Earth's magnetic field, which shields the atmosphere from harmful radiation, is at least four billion years old, according to scientists. This is 550 million years older than it was previously believed to be...
Many firms use Globalstar's satellite-based system to keep an eye on trucks, cars, containers and ships as they move around. However, said Colby Moore from security firm Synack, the way it passes data around is "fundamentally broken" making it vulnerable to attack...
The US has been spying on Japanese cabinet officials, banks and companies, including the Mitsubishi conglomerate, whistleblowing website Wikileaks says. Documents released by Wikileaks list 35 telephone numbers targeted for interception by the US National Security Agency (NSA).
A government-related agency in the US has suggested lawmakers consider strengthening privacy laws around facial recognition.Such systems are increasingly being used in public areas, such as shopping centres.
New York's famed Empire State Building hosted new guests on Saturday night as images of endangered animals were flashed across its facade. The unique display, on one of the world's most recognisable structures, was aimed at sparking conversations about mass extinction...
The Earth is old, very very old. It is difficult for us humans to fully comprehend just how old our planet actually is. This infographic offers a visual way to explore the various stages of the Earth's history using a 12 hour clock analogy...
Today we announced that the Google Translate app now does real-time visual translation of 20 more languages. So the next time you’re in Prague and can’t read a menu, we’ve got your back. But how are we able to recognize these new languages? In short: deep neural nets.
We are weary of academic conferences. We are humanists who recognize very little humanity in the conference format and content.
I gave my State of Drupal presentation at DrupalCon Los Angeles in front of 3,000+ attendees. In case you didn't attend DrupalCon Los Angeles, you can watch the recording of my keynote or download a copy of my slides (PDF, 77 MB)...
The tragedy of the commons is a term, originally used by Garrett Hardin, to denote a situation where individuals acting independently and rationally according to each's self-interest behave contrary to the best interests of the whole group by depleting some common resource...
It’s sometimes said that the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide.

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