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'Immortalized' Stem Cells Could Be the Key to Mass-Produced Artificial Blood 

Photo: Getty The need for more blood donations is a seemingly never-ending problem. Between interruptions to the donation process, fear of needles, rare blood types, and a general lack of awareness, life-saving blood supplies are difficult to keep stocked. But a team of researchers has found a way to manufacture artificial blood that could make a major impact on millions. Scientists worki......
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LOL, the Treasury Secretary Says Automation of Jobs Is "50-100 More Years" Away

Steve Mnuchin takes the automated stairs. Photo: Getty Steve Mnuchin, the genius behind Suicide Squad and our nation’s treasury secretary, isn’t worried about artificial intelligence or automation. It’s not even on his radar, so just relax. On Friday, Mnuchin sat down with Axios’ Mike Allen to talk about a wide range of issues including the strength of the dollar, tax reform, and Donald......
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Streaming Music Services, From Most Screwed to Least Screwed

Image: Gizmodo Composite/Spotify/Deezer/Apple Music/Pandora/iHeartRadio/Tidal/SoundCloud/Napster SoundCloud is fucked. On Thursday, the streaming music service mostly known as a place to hear podcasts and remixes from unknown DJs confirmed that it had taken $70 million in debt funding—basically a loan from various investors—in order to stay in business. It’s never a good sign when venture-backed companies have to raise money fr......
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Theranos Offers More Worthless Stock to Investors Who Pinky Swear Not to Sue

Photo: Getty The Wall Street Journal has yet another essential report from inside the meltdown of biomedical company Theranos. The company, which is currently the subject of a criminal probe for allegedly misleading investigators and government investigators, is reportedly offering investors more shares in exchange for a promise not to sue them. The Theranos disaster-saga began after a series of damming WSJ reports revealed that ......
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The Curiosity Rover's Wheels Aren't Looking So Good

Two treads, or grousers, on Curiosity’s left middle wheel are broken. In this image, a torn grouser can be seen at the top of the wheel. (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) A routine check performed by NASA has uncovered two tears on the treads of the Mars Curiosity Rover’s left middle wheel. The damage isn’t unexpected, nor is it catastrophic, but it’s a reminder that this intrepid little explorer won’t last forever. Scientists with......
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UK Testing Out Drone Army to Beef Up Its Already Insane Surveillance State 

  Photo: Getty For citizens of the UK, being watched is just a way of life. Britain alone has one CCTV camera for every ten people. What do you do when you have all the cameras but you want more? Make those things fly, of course. Police in Devon and Cornwall are spearheading a new unit that will informally be known as the “f......
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Experts Worry as Germany Tests Voice Recognition Software to Screen Refugees

Photo: Getty Germany announced this week that it will begin testing voice recognition software in its screening of refugees seeking asylum. The approach may help speed up the processing of hundreds of thousands of migrants, but some experts fear that the imperfect technology could cause more harm than good. In 1998, Germany began to use speech analysis to help determine the country of ori......
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Russian Bank Says Hackers are Trying to Make It Look Like Its Servers are Contacting Trump

Photo: Getty The saga of Russian cyber-ties to Trump just gets more complicated. Reports of contact between an Alfa Bank server and one belonging to the Trump organization have been circulating for months. Now, the bank says that US-based hackers have been attempting to make it appear that its servers are communicating with Trump since mid-February. First reported back in October by the ......
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Understand Microprocessors By Looking at This Beautiful Blinking 'Megaprocessor'

GIF GIF: Centre for Computing History Pretty much everything that’s great about technology today is thanks to the microprocessor. Billions of them are manufactured every year and they are one of the many reasons you can read this fine website. But few people understand what’s going on inside that little integrated circuit. Here’s a crash course. The fine folks at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge ha......
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Jalopnik Occasional Nazi Cosplayer Jesse James Is Selling A Beetle That’s As Nazi As Beetles Get | i

Jalopnik Occasional Nazi Cosplayer Jesse James Is Selling A Beetle That’s As Nazi As Beetles Get | i
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MormonLeaks Goes To Battle With Mormon Church Over Leaked "Enemy List"

On Tuesday March 14th, a group of former and inactive Mormons—who have leaked dozens of internal documents exposing the inner workings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—sent a legal letter to the LDS Church warning that MormonLeaks has no intention of ending their crusade for transparency. Since launching in December, MormonLeaks has published a steady stream of controversial internal documents that have drastica......
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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 thos......
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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 ......
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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 ......
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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 Handma......
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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. Usin......
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The Azure Window From Game of Thrones Has Been Swallowed by the Sea

Screengrab: HBO Malta’s famous natural arch, the Azure Window, has long been a hot spot for cliff jumping tourists and a location for fantasy films like Clash of the Titans and Game of Thrones. But filmmakers will have to use CGI now if they want to shoot a scene there because the arch is completely gone now. The loss of the arch could mean a big hit to Malta’s tourism industry but it didn’t come as a surprise to authorities. E......
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WikiLeaks Just Dumped a Ton of Alleged CIA Hacking Documents

Image: AP Here we go again, gumshoes. WikiLeaks (read: Julian Assange) says it acquired a massive cache of CIA documents related to the agency’s cyberwar efforts. The information therein, WikiLeaks claims, reveals covert CIA hacking tools that can take over iPhones, Android phones, TVs, and pretty much any type of computer. It’s scary stuff—if you believe what WikiLeaks is saying is true. The Tuesday morning release, codenamed Vaul......
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Logan Director Explains Lack of Post-Credits Scene, Though It Should Be Obvious

Credit: Fox Director James Mangold is letting audiences know exactly why Logan, the final X-Men film for both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, doesn’t have a post-credits sequence. Although, honestly, it kind of goes without saying. In an interview with The Toronto Sun, Mangold explained that he wasn’t interested in closing out Logan w......
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Air Force Leaders Say It's High Time Our Planes Shoot Deadly Lasers

An AC-130. Photo: Getty Military bigwigs gathered in Orlando this week for the annual AirWarfare Symposium to discuss big plans for big weapons that do big damage. According to a report, the biggest unfunded project that U.S. Special Operations Command hopes to push through is a C-130 that’s equipped with a power laser weapon. Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, the head of Air Force Special Operations......
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Japan Forced to Shut Down Two Cameras on Venus Probe

Image: JAXA Following an unexpected energy surge, Japan’s space agency has hit the pause button on two of the five cameras aboard its Venus-orbiting Akatsuki spacecraft. It’s a bad sign for the troubled orbiter, which has been exposed to more radiation than anticipated. Back in December, an electronic device that controls the two cameras started to consume an excessive amount of power, making it impossible for mission planners to ......
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90-Year-Old Mold Sold for Almost $15k

Photo: AP The idea that a bit of gross mold would be worth $14,617 seems absurd until you realize it may be the most important mold to that was ever grown. Bonhams auctioned off the mold that belonged to Dr. Alexander Fleming earlier today, along with a handwritten inscription from Fleming himself that describes it as “the mould that first made penicillin.” The buyer who was willing to pay such exorbitant amounts for a piece of sc......
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How One Little Amazon Error Can Destroy the Internet

Image: Amazon / Gizmodo The fact that Amazon controls a vast swath of cloud computing services became dreadfully clear on Tuesday afternoon when a string of errors brought countless websites to their knees. This consolidation of power is, perhaps suddenly, a very big problem. Unlike its internet marketplace, Amazon Web Services (AWS) works more like a house of cards than a traditional retail business. After all, instead of selling books and......
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Sony Really, Really Wants You to Care About Camera Phones 

All images: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo Sony makes really, really good cameras. The company’s professional series cameras are currently coveted by even grumpy old pros reluctant to upgrade, and its camera sensors are found not just in Sony products, but in many competitors, too. So its no surprise that for years the company makes a big show of playing up the cameras in its smartphones. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is no exception. The Xperia ......
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ZeniMax Asks Court to Halt Oculus Sales Completely

Photo: Sergey Galyonkin/Flickr Earlier this month, ZeniMax won a $500 million lawsuit against Oculus and its parent company Facebook. The court ruled that the VR headset manufacturer had indeed violated the company’s copyrights and a non-disclosure agreement. That half a billion looks like it wasn’t enough because ZeniMax wants blood. It has now filed an injunction demanding all products using the infringing code be removed from sale. ......
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Chickenshit Scott Pruitt Is Never Going to Stand Up to the Fossil Fuel Industry

Photo: AP The existential threat posed by climate change can often obscure the more immediate vulnerabilities that regulatory bodies like the Environmental Protection Agency guard against. As Scott Faber of the nonprofit research organization Environmental Working Group put it, “The EPA is the only guarantee that when you turn on your tap your water isn’t full of shit.” So it’s alarming that Scott Pruitt, newly confirmed administrator of th......
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You've Got to Watch This Four Minute Prologue to Alien: Covenant

Well, this is a nice surprise. Wednesday night, a four-plus minute prologue to Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant came online. In it, you get brief introductions to the characters, the setup of the story and, well, maybe a little shock. This is required viewing before the film is released on May 19.Now, you didn’t actually think an alien was going to pop out of her chest, right? But it was a good fake-out.This crew seems to be in very ......
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The International Mission to Get Bao Bao the Panda Laid

Photo: Getty Bao Bao the giant panda is on her way to China today and National Zoo Director Dennis Kelly only has one thing on his mind: smokin’ hot panda sex. “Bao Bao going back, as the ministry said, is important because she will have a boyfriend,” Kelly told reporters at a press conference this morning. He’s not the only one who has his mind the gutter. Brandie Smith, the zoo’s associate director for animal care sciences, was t......
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Saudi Arabia Holds Kingdom's First Comic Con

Screengrab via YouTube Saudi Arabia hosted its first comic convention over the weekend, marking a turning point in acceptance of Western entertainment and comic books, as well as showing evolving social norms. At Saudi Comic-Con, over 20,000 men, women, and families co-mingled while checking out the cosplay and panels, including an appearance by Doctor Strange’s Mads Mikkelsen. Comic book, video game, and anime fans celebrated havi......
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Accidental Inbound Missile Warning Scares the Hell Out of American Air Force Personnel 

Screengrab: Air Force amn/nco/snco The message read “MISSILE INBOUND. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!” as it took over the screens of Air Force personnel working at the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, earlier this week. It was accidentally sent out to all terminals through the bases AtHoc emergency alert system that is typically used for weather updates. Spokesman Maj. Bryon McGarry told Stars and Stripes, “One of t......
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