Which Astronaut Recently Got Fired From NASA for $1,600 in Fake Taxi Receipts?

File photo of the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft launch at night containing NASA, ESA, and Russian crew members (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images) Last December, an astronaut with NASA was fired for submitting over $1,600 in fake reimbursements for taxis they didn’t take. And strangely enough, we don’t know who it is. Gizmodo filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with NASA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on the incide...
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You Will Feel Unclean Watching This Video of Bee Sex

GIF Image: Karla Thomspon. Gif via Hudson Hongo For those who came here expecting the uncut version of Bee Movie, you’re in the wrong place. This is a blog about some very unnerving bee-on-bee action—not some culmination of sexual tension between Renee Zellweger and Jerry Seinfeld’s characters in the 2007 cult movie . Apparently, long-horned bees copulating is pretty unsettling and uh, there’s video to prove it. I’m sorry. Arthropod macroph...
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U.S. Government Fears a Monday Explosion of the Ransomware Plague It Helped Create

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. Photo: Getty As a second wave of the WannaCry Ransomware attack is infecting more systems in more countries, the White House has ordered emergency meetings to deal with a threat that is, in part, the NSA’s fault. Experts believe that we may not even know the extent of how hard the attack hit Asia, and we won’t know until Monday. Today’s Massive Ransomware Attack Was Mostly Preventable—Here’s How ...
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Trump Expected to Pick Former Business Professor to Serve as the USDA's 'Chief Scientist'

Photo: AP The United States Department of Agriculture’s research division studies matters such as nutrition, food distribution, and climate change, and, according to the 2008 Farm Bill, is meant to be helmed by a “chief scientist” chosen “from among distinguished scientists.” Naturally, President Trump is expected to appoint a man with literally no science education, much less a career in the discipline, to head the USDA’s research section,...
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Today’s Massive Ransomware Attack Was Mostly Preventable—Here’s How To Avoid It

Photo: Getty Ransomware may be mostly thought of as a (sometimes costly) nuisance, but when it hinders the ability of doctors and nurses to provide aid to those in need of emergency medical care, then it qualifies as armed robbery. On Friday, a quickly spreading, nasty piece of malware crossed mountains and oceans to infect more than 70,000 machines around the world in a matter of hours. Among those infected were more than a dozen hospitals...
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Alien: Covenant May Be the Biggest Disappointment of the Summer

Here’s a sentence I’m just incredibly sad to type: Alien: Covenant is bad. It’s not terrible. Director Ridley Scott didn’t make some kind of hugely annoying, incoherent movie or anything like that. There are a few pockets of enjoyment in what unfolds on screen and watching it is semi-pleasant. But after the credits roll, mulling over everything you just saw, the film continues to sour like milk left out in the sun. I...
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Deadspin If Kelly Oubre Jr.

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LAX's New Private Luxury Terminal For The Rich Is The Most Obnoxiously LA Thing Ever

The one thing that helped me combat my irritation at being at an airport was the knowledge that airports are the great social equalizer: generally, it doesn’t matter who you are—rich, poor, famous, normal, whatever—you still have to check-in, go through security and get on the moving sidewalks to your gate. It sucks equally for everyone. Not anymore, if LAX has anything to say about it. Recently, The Los Angeles Times ’ Steve Lopez got a ch...
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Melania Trump's Twitter Just Liked a Tweet About How Much She Hates Her Husband

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Hackers Leak New Episodes of Orange Is the New Black and Claim More Leaks to Come

TheDarkOverlord has claimed responsibility for the leak. Speaking with TorrentFreak , the hacking group claims that a post-production company engaged in negotiations to prevent the release of one of its most high-profile shows months ahead of schedule. Payment never materialized and the group made good on its threats. According to TorrentFreak : In information sent to TF, the group says that sometime during the closing months of 2016, it ga...
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New York Times Columnist Has a Few Thoughts About People Who Believe in Climate Change 

Image: 20th Television It’s time to talk about climate change. Because Bret Stephens wants to. Stephens, as you may know, is the recently hired New York Times columnist known for holding ugly, entirely unremarkable ideas (Black Lives Matter is “thuggish,” there’s no data to support a campus rape epidemic) that will supposedly “ diversify ” the paper’s stable of old white dudes who believe different wrong things. In his debut Times piece on ...
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This Viral Photo of Bill Nye Talking About Gender is Completely Fake

Have you seen this screenshot from an old episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy? It shows Nye with the caption, “Gender is determined by your chromosomes.” Alt-right social media users have been posting it because Nye recently said that gender is on a spectrum. But the old image is completely fake . Screenshot of a tweet showing a doctored image of Bill Nye saying that “Gender is determined by your chromosomes” (Twitter/ItsActuallyHim) The sc...
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This Hacker Is My New Hero

Image: Flickr / The Preiser Project The hacker’s name is Janit0r. You’ve probably never heard of him, but perhaps you’ve heard of his work. Janit0r is reportedly the one behind a particularly gnarly but undeniably fascinating form of malware called BrickerBot. BrickerBot, as the name implies, will brick internet of things (IoT) devices that fail a simple security test. This is surely illegal, but I love it. News recently emerged that a thir...
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Mind-bending 360° Video Takes You From Space to Tokyo and Back Again

GIF So far, 360° videos have mostly worked as novelty items that are rarely impressive. But I have to say this motion graphics exercise that starts in a sort of Max Headroom-ish outer space blasts through a deconstructed Tokyo and finally turns into a Space Odyssey-style head trip is one of the finest examples of the technique that anyone’s produced. Japanese R&D firm Wowlab produced the clip using its own in-house omnidirectional motio...
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The March for Science Has Spread From Pole-to-Pole

While climate change is a major reason that scientists and supporters are marching in over 600 cities around the world, the protests are focused on promoting the scientific process in general. The official mission of the March for Science is a “call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.” But the changing climate is an unavoidable topic for...
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Report: US to Seek Arrest of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Photo: AP Citing unnamed American officials, CNN reports that the United States is preparing charges to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent the last four years alive but clearly bored in Ecuador’s London embassy. According to the network, authorities “believe they have found a way to move forward” in prosecuting Assange after years of wrestling with First Amendment concerns: During President Barack Obama’s administration,...
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Holiday Inn Cops to Massive Credit Card Data Breach

Image: Getty It seems like every day there’s news of another significant data breach, so here’s today’s: An internal investigation by the InterContinental Hotel Group, which owns Holiday Inn, has revealed that guests at more than a thousand of their hotels had their credit card details stolen. The company identified malware on front desk systems used between September 29 and December 29 in 2016, but that malware may not have been erased unt...
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No, Google Hire Won’t Share Your Search History With Employers

Image: hire.withgoogle.com The perfect fake viral news story has two crucial elements: something outrageous that makes you real mad and something you could basically believe. Not like, “Donald Trump Decrees ‘All Dogs Are Boys,’” but like, “Donald Trump Nominates Steven Seagal as Secretary of Defense.” That perfect storm of plausibility and heinousness seems to have been achieved today by a story concerning Google Hire , an upcoming Google s...
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Actually, Bread Crusts Are Good

Image: Monica Arellano-Ongpin /Flickr The world might feel like it’s ending, but that doesn’t mean researchers should give up the pursuit of establishing truths via evidence-based science. Nor should they give up the aromatic crusts of a fresh-baked loaf of French baguette. Ooh la la, happy Friday. Eating food freaking rocks, in part thanks to the aromatic compounds, also known as volatile organic compounds, traveling from your mouth up you...
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Playing Tetris on a Business Card Is Everything I Hoped It Would Be

Images: Andrew Liszewski/Gizmodo Three years ago Kevin Bates created a Tetris-playing business card to showcase his engineering skills to potential employers. But his creation quickly went viral on the internet, and everyone reminiscing about their beloved childhood Game Boy clamored for their own. After testing the waters with the equally tiny Arduboy , Bates has finally delivered an officially-licensed Tetris MicroCard . If you’ve got $60...
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The Oceans Are Getting Warmer Faster Than Anyone Realized

Photo: Getty Great news, everyone! We’re getting better at measuring the changing temperature of the ocean. Unfortunately, the data shows that they are warming more rapidly than researchers thought. A new study published in Scientific Advances has pulled together the data we have for ocean heating from 1960-2015. It provides what is believed to be the most accurate account of the changes that the oceans have experienced over those 45 years....
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Google Has Finally Killed the CAPTCHA

CAPTCHA’s are an irritating but necessary evil. The system that is used to verify whether or not a user is human has been around a while and it had to evolve because machines were getting better at reading the text than humans. With its latest iteration, Google says you’ll no longer have to input anything at all. Invisible CAPTCHA’s are the latest development in the “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart...
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Logan Almost Featured a Nod to Jean Grey

Image: Fox Logan might stand out as its own film, not needing or wanting to include parts of the X-Men franchise that didn’t serve the story, but it turns out we were pretty close to getting a rather depressing ode to the Phoenix herself. In an interview with Empire , director James Mangold chatted about drawing up early versions of the Munson house dinner scene. Mangold said it originally had a moment where Logan somberly discussing his de...
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A Bunch of Handmaid's Tale Handmaids Are Creeping People Out at SXSW

GIF South by Southwest, the Austin-based tech and entertainment expo, is known for hosting some experimental TV promos. This year, American Gods has a giant buffalo , The Man in the High Castle is opening a Resistance Radio station , Better Call Saul and Twin Peaks opened restaurants for Los Pollos Hermanos and Double R Diner. But none of those compare to the uncanny valley insanity that is whatever’s going on for The Handmaid’s Tale. Atten...
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NASA Just Found a Lost Spacecraft Orbiting the Moon

Image: NASA Much like George Clooney in Gravity, sometimes, spacecrafts meet unfortunate fates—they get lost in space, and are almost always victims of the final frontier. But over the last few years, NASA has been having some real success locating wayward spacecraft, including its STEREO-B solar observer. The agency has now done it again, locating an Indian spacecraft that lost contact with the Earth nearly eight years ago. Using a ground-...
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