Twitter admitted on Friday that its investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections had turned up what it believes were over 50,000 automated accounts linked to the Kremlin -- and that it had identified 677,775 other accounts that "followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked a tweet from these accounts during the election period."
When AncestryDNA sold some 1.5 million of its genetic testing kits over Black Friday weekend, it seemed like clear evidence that after years of being a niche product, consumer DNA testing had finely gone mainstream. The market is expected to keep booming. A new report out from market research firm Kalorama Information estimates that the consumer market for genetic health testing alone could nearly triple from about $US99 ($124) million this past year to $US310 ($388) million in 2022. That's an awful lot of spit.
Hasselblad's 40-megapixel X1D? Into the sea with you! Why would you even bother taking photos on that piece of junk when you could use HB's 400-megapixel H6D-400c instead?
On January 19, 2017, the Plasco building, a 17-storey steel high-rise in Tehran, caught fire. The blaze began on one of the building's upper floors and then spread quickly through the tower's sprinkler-less garment workshops. As the Tehran fire department battled the nearly unreachable fire, the steel skyscraper collapsed in full view of Iranian state television cameras.
The new "End of Ze World" video looks just like the original for exactly two seconds. A few moments later, the long-awaited sequel to what many call the world's first viral video displays a collage of missiles, pumpjacks, a Nazi flag, a hurricane and protest signs. Your eyes will immediately drop to the one that says boldly, "WTF?!" This is "End of Ze World... Probably for Real This Time" and it's haunting.
Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. These three words are the bane of Bitcoiners' existence. Cryptocurrency enthusiasts use the acronym FUD to describe any negativity that might be swirling around the market that causes prices to drop. And the FUD was strong this week, when the whole cryptocurrency ecosphere got fucked.
YouTubers, Instagram devotees and other vaguely influential social media "influencers" don't have the greatest reputation as of late. That's with fairly good reason, because whenever one of their controversies explodes into the real world it's usually some kind of horrifying thing like Logan Paul's Aokigahara forest video, brand endorsements that flirt with the FTC's patience, or worse, anything involving PewDiePie.
You wouldn't survive a stint on the hellish early Earth that existed between 2.5 billion and four billion years ago. There was almost no breathable free oxygen, for one thing. But scientists may have located an ancient oxygen oasis that existed prior to whatever event first oxygenated our atmosphere.
It's generally agreed that some kind of microbe will be the first form of life we discover on another planet, moon or other space rock. But hardly anyone thinks we'll find an alien virus, which is weird, given how prolific and successful these biological entities are on Earth. A new study seeks to correct this oversight, calling for an entirely new discipline known as "astrovirology".
Aside from getting vaccinated (which everyone should), an important strategy to evading the flu is regularly washing your hands and avoiding contact with the sneezes, coughs and snot of sick people. The logic behind this simple advice is that the influenza virus requires reasonably close contact with the fluids of a plainly sick person in order to jump into its next victim. But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that you can catch it by just inhaling someone else's infected breath.
Inspired by a photo of someone cramming a firecracker inside a USB flash drive, a hacker who goes by "MG" on Medium has detailed a recent project where he engineered a Mission Impossible-style flash drive that ignites and explodes after delivering a nefarious software payload onto an unsuspecting computer.
After a brief holiday hiatus, Toy Aisle makes its triumphant return with an exclusive first look at a new collectable from DC Comics that fans of The New Teen Titans will want to start saving for. We also have the easiest way to build your own ship-in-a-bottle courtesy of LEGO, and something for Star Trek: Discovery fans looking to recreate epic Federation vs. Klingon space battles at their desks, instead of actually working.
Video: Instead of a majestic national park, or the crowded streets of a busy urban centre, filmmaker Drew Geraci pointed his 4K camera at a microscope with every day foods and objects magnified up to 1000X. The results are a series of atypical landscape shots you could never see with the naked human eye.
On February 19 in the US, Star Wars: Rebels will begin the second half of its fourth and final season, which will hopefully answer all (or at least some) of the questions we've had about the series since day one. Now, we have a new trailer for those episodes - and with it, predictably, come even more questions. Thankfully, we got Rebels' executive producer Dave Filoni on the phone to get to the bottom of them.