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The Staggering Mass Of The Craft We've Sent Into Space, Visualised

Ever tried to picture how much one rocket weighs compared to another, or how heavy some of the craft orbiting our planet really are? Well this chart explains all.


Sony Data Breach Actually Exposed 47,000 Social Security Numbers, Including Rebel Wilson's

The Sony data breach continues to get worse. First, it was exposed budgets, layoffs and 3800 social security numbers, then it was passwords. Now, it’s way more social security numbers, including that of Australian actress Rebel Wilson.


How Facebook Is Hacking Together A Better Data Centre 

Data centres are boring. They have to be; these are spaces of control, consistency, security. You wouldn’t expect to find much creativity inside the plain facades of these highly-regulated structures — much less hacked-together experiments involving robotic Blu-ray storage systems and thousands of Mac Minis.


Why Tracking Our Lives May Be Key In The Next Step Of Human Evolution

Our friend Jason Silva gives an interesting argument in this video: Rather than thinking that tracking ourselves — geographically and biologically — will inevitably result in our individual alienation and the ultimate slaving of humanity, he believes that it would help each and everyone of us to realise our full potential.


US Government Wants To Delete Years Of CIA And DHS Emails

On September 17, the National Archives published a seemingly routine announcement in the US Federal Registrar. Couched in language about preserving records of value is a line about the destruction of records and a list of federal agencies. The CIA is one of these agencies, and its emails about waterboarding could be some of those records.


Telstra's Best Prepaid Plan Now Comes With More Data

More data. Those have to be the best two words to hear when it comes to your mobile phone these days. Telstra is throwing in more data for customers on its Freedom Prepaid offer. Here’s what you get.


How To Use Satellite Imagery To Predict The Market

You can do some crazy stuff with satellite imagery. What kinds of crazy shit? Well, for one, a startup’s spying on the shadows of half-built skyscrapers in China and then selling the data to investors who want to predict what the real estate market. That’s crazy!


Uber's New Privacy Policy Has A Hilarious Loophole

In case you haven’t already switched to a new method of getting around town, this might help to cement your decision. Uber has published an update to its privacy policy and it includes a loophole so wide you can drive an entitled black SUV through it.


An Entire Day Of All Of The UK's Air Travel, Visualised

Every day, around 6000 flights operate in UK airspace. In this visualisation by NATS, one of the UK’s air traffic control providers, you can see them all in intricate detail. It’s mesmerising.


Bacteria Have Been Hacked To Work Like Tape Recorders

You might not think a lone E. coli bacterium has much in the way of memory. But now, researchers have hacked their DNA so that they can store memories of their environment — working much like an old tape recorder.