A tech nerd’s (somewhat reaching) theory behind NFL Deflate-Gate
Jan23

A tech nerd’s (somewhat reaching) theory behind NFL Deflate-Gate

Mark Lee Rollins for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Even though it seems like it, this isn’t the first time football pressure or football contents have been called into question. In 2012, USC was actually fined for intentionally deflating footballs. This year, even, the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings were warned about modifying footballs. Then...

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Scientists may have discovered oldest section of Gospels ever
Jan20

Scientists may have discovered oldest section of Gospels ever

John Hopton for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Some of ancient history’s wealthier people were lucky enough to be mummified with masks of gold, but for most, the materials had to be much cheaper. One such material was papyrus paper, and in many cases it had been previously been used for writing. Scientists have found...

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Why We Should All Start Reading Paper Books Again
Jan12

Why We Should All Start Reading Paper Books Again

Reading in and of itself has plenty of benefits for our minds: Studies have shown that reading over the course of a lifetime (or even starting to read consistently when you’re well into your 60s and 70s) can prevent mental decline. Along with keeping your mind sharp and enlarging your knowledge base, reading can expand...

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New Discovery Channel president: No more sensationalistic bullcrap
Jan10

New Discovery Channel president: No more sensationalistic bullcrap

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Since its early days in the mid-1980s, Discovery Channel has marketed itself as a channel focused on scientific facts and merit-based research. But at some point in the last decade, the channel started to veer more toward the sensational and away from nuts-and-bolts science. Critics and social...

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FAA Issues Safety Warning As Drones Become Popular Gifts
Dec25

FAA Issues Safety Warning As Drones Become Popular Gifts

The FAA is concerned that the thousands of Americans who find unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, under their Christmas trees this year might end up on Santa’s naughty list, and have issued a warning for budding pilots. Drones are among the most-wanted gifts this Christmas, and manufacturers have sold 200,000 units a month in 2014,...

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This Is Why We’re Scared Of Spiders [VIDEO]
Dec24

This Is Why We’re Scared Of Spiders [VIDEO]

\ For a while, psychologists assumed that we’re so afraid of creepy crawlers like spiders and other bugs because of their association with a “disgust” level. Humans actually developed a sense of disgust as a form of self-protection: to recognize slimy, rotten foods or other items like vomit or feces that might be highly-infectious or diseased....

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FBI Officially Blames North Korea For Sony Hack
Dec19

FBI Officially Blames North Korea For Sony Hack

The US Government has officially blamed North Korea for the Sony hack. Hardly a surprise but it is now formally announced. President Obama has said we will “respond” to the incident though it is unclear what that response will be. The incident led to the virtual cancellation of the Sony film “The Interview” and is seen by some as the first major strike in the cyber wars of the future. It is something that an...

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Latest Twitter self-destruct: #PhillipWhite, San Jose cop
Dec16

Latest Twitter self-destruct: #PhillipWhite, San Jose cop

Veteran police officer Phillip White may have tweeted himself out of a job. Buzzfeed reported on Sunday that White was making threatening comments on his Twitter account. His account settings were soon set to private; the account has now been deleted.   On Monday, the San Jose Police Department placed him on administrative leave. According to the San Jose Mercury News, department policy is that police officer posts in social...

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Idiotic behavior: Study shows one gender clearly wins
Dec13

Idiotic behavior: Study shows one gender clearly wins

We are here to discuss idiotic behavior. Not those who tailgate and pass on the right to advance one car-length. That’s being a jerk. Not those who are blind to obvious reality, such as those who thought the Jets really had a chance this year. They’re fanatics. Not those who invested their hard-earned money in...

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Paul Rosolie of ‘Eaten Alive’: ‘I don’t care if you’re upset I didn’t get eaten by an anaconda’
Dec09

Paul Rosolie of ‘Eaten Alive’: ‘I don’t care if you’re upset I didn’t get eaten by an anaconda’

Paul Rosolie went from being PETA’s enemy number one to the Internet’s Sunday night, when his much-hyped “Eaten Alive” special on the Discovery Channel failed spectacularly in at least one respect. Rosolie was not eaten alive by a giant anaconda. “People made so many assumptions so quickly, that I got cut out of the snake,...

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The impact of digital violence (Guest Voice)
Dec08

The impact of digital violence (Guest Voice)

I consider myself a digital evangelist, but in the last weekend I began to question myself on how far this evangelism can go. My reflection started when I decided to play with my nineyearold nephew. He’d been playing his Sony PlayStation. What I saw sent chills down my spine. “See this, uncle, I have killed all… graphic via...

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French Failure to Deliver Mistrals to Russia ‘Impolitic and Masochistic’ (Marianne, France)
Dec04

French Failure to Deliver Mistrals to Russia ‘Impolitic and Masochistic’ (Marianne, France)

Is France damaging its own interests by buckling under pressure from the U.S. and NATO to halt delivery to Russia of two Mistral amphibious assault/helicopter carriers? Olivier Zajec of the French Institute of Strategy and Conflict insists that by not delivering the ships, Paris is damaging its credibility, undermining efforts to subdue the Islamic State, and rendering it impossible for French diplomacy to play the role of fair...

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(Updated) NORAD Goes Hi-Tech to Track Santa
Dec03

(Updated) NORAD Goes Hi-Tech to Track Santa

(Scroll down for “update”) It probably is my imagination, but it seems to me that the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD begins preparations to track the “Santa Threat” earlier and earlier each year. Not only that, but each year our air and space defenders develop and use increasingly sophisticated sensors, tracking algorithms, models and communication systems to detect and track the...

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More than 100 jars of human brains are missing from the University of Texas
Dec02

More than 100 jars of human brains are missing from the University of Texas

I don’t understand, how is this really news? One hundred jars of human brains taken from the late patients of a mental hospital in Austin, have disappeared from the University of Texas. The Atlantic reports that the brains, submerged in formalin, were kept in the campus’ Animal Resources Center. The specimens date to the 1950s, when the Austin State Hospital (AHS) was known as the Texas State Lunatic Asylum. The brains...

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Once Our Human Ancestors Stopped Living In Trees, They Got Drunk
Dec02

Once Our Human Ancestors Stopped Living In Trees, They Got Drunk

We didn’t start living on the forest floor because of the alcohol, but it didn’t hurt. A new study suggests the previous estimates that stated human ancestors began consuming alcohol 9,000 years ago is a few orders of magnitude off. The real timeline, researchers claim, traces back as far as 10 million years. The science...

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The Republican War on Science and Education
Nov18

The Republican War on Science and Education

While America and other western nations are concerned about climate change and ISIS, Republican conservatives take stances similar to some of those of ISIS and Boko Haram. The conservative wing of the Republican Party, which seems to dominate the party’s ideology, appears to be waging its own war against science and education. (Fortunately, they’re not quite as brutal in how they handle women as their Islamic counterparts.) Some of...

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The Power Of Emotion: How Feeling Disgust Spurs Your Worst Behavior
Nov16

The Power Of Emotion: How Feeling Disgust Spurs Your Worst Behavior

A new study from Rice University in Houston finds disgust can rule our bad decision-making. “As an emotion, disgust is designed as a protection,” said Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke professor of marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, in a press release. “When people feel disgusted, they tend to remove themselves from...

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This is our government’s war on privacy
Nov14

This is our government’s war on privacy

It’s becoming increasingly evident that governments see our phones as personal tracking devices. Read on for a new slant on these words: dirtbox and stingray. *** Boeing is at the center of the latest Department of Justice privacy story that broke in the Wall Street Journal ($) Thursday. The claim: the DOJ, via its US Marshals Service, has been using airplanes to secretly collect cellphone data from phones on the ground since...

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It’s not a theory. We know Facebook can influence elections
Nov13

It’s not a theory. We know Facebook can influence elections

This week we learned, from an article by Ben Smith, that BuzzFeed has gained near-exclusive access to Facebook sentiment data from now until election day 2016. This data is important, he tell us, because Facebook is quickly becoming a dominant force in U.S. politics, one that will surpass television in importance and become the battleground for targeted ads and direct-to-constituent messaging. “Facebook is on the cusp — and I suspect...

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BREAKING: We have landed on a Comet
Nov12

BREAKING: We have landed on a Comet

We have landed on a Comet! by Slamfu Another major milestone in the advancement and exploration of space has happened today. On Nov 25th 2014 the human racesuccessfully “softlanded” on a comet. I am a huge fan of space exploration and consit not only the obvious next stage of human endeavor but also absolutely within our reach if we choose to run with it. Comets in particular have the potential for being useful as sources...

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