Toothbrushes Might Not Be Covered in Poo After All

Toothbrushes Might Not Be Covered in Poo After All

If you’ve worried that your toothbrush, being usually in the same room as your toilet, is perpetually covered in microscopic faecal matter, well, here’s some relief. According to a new study, our brushes are full of bacteria found in our mouths, but they’re not full of bacteria from our guts….

This Week’s WandaVision Looks Jam-Packed With Marvel Links

This Week’s WandaVision Looks Jam-Packed With Marvel Links

Disney+’s WandaVision series has (mostly) been a chipper televised event for the Scarlet Witch and her synthezoid husband. They’ve experienced all the enforced happiness that sitcoms from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s were built on, but a clip from this Friday’s coming episode looks like it’s going to explore what’s…

Someone Hacked a 17-Year-Old iPod to Stream Spotify

Someone Hacked a 17-Year-Old iPod to Stream Spotify

There hasn’t been much attention paid to the iPod since the iPhone arrived, and that’s a crime, because it was a brilliantly simple device with a wonderful user interface. To help make it relevant again, Guy Dupont gave a 17-year-old iPod a much-needed upgrade with the ability to wirelessly stream…

How Do Some Dogs Learn Words So Quickly?

How Do Some Dogs Learn Words So Quickly?

Vicky Nina, a Yorkshire terrier, and Whisky, a border collie, were given a straightforward task that few dogs can complete: Amid a trove of toys the two pets were already familiar with, they had to identify a new toy by name — more specifically, by the fact that it was…

Mini Refreshes 2022 Cooper With A Goatee

Mini Refreshes 2022 Cooper With A Goatee

For the most part, the new Mini Coopers, now refreshed for 2022, look a lot like the cars they’re replacing and even their last-gen predecessors. The outline of the daytime running lights within the oval clusters has been a good look, and halving the Union Jack across the taillights was…

Facebook Once Again Pledges To Depoliticise Facebook

Facebook Once Again Pledges To Depoliticise Facebook

After initially pledging not to recommend civic and political groups to its users, but then sort of continuing to do that anyway, Facebook once again affirmed its commitment to reducing the amount of political content that users see on Wednesday.

What is an Algorithm, and How Do Computers Know What to Do with Data?

What is an Algorithm, and How Do Computers Know What to Do with Data?

The world of computing is full of buzzwords: AI, supercomputers, machine learning, the cloud, quantum computing and more. One word in particular is used throughout computing – algorithm. In the most general sense, an algorithm is a series of instructions telling a computer how to transform a set of facts…

Musk and Bezos Scrap Over Who Gets to Be Space King

Musk and Bezos Scrap Over Who Gets to Be Space King

The two wealthiest men in the world — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos — are bickering about their competing satellite internet projects, in an argument prompted by SpaceX’s recent request to move some Starlink satellites to a lower orbit.

The Star Wars Games We Want to See Out of Lucasfilm’s New Era

The Star Wars Games We Want to See Out of Lucasfilm’s New Era

Earlier this month, Lucasfilm announced something of a pivot in its video game licensing. Rebranding its outreach as Lucasfilm Games, it looked toward a future where studios outside of EA, which currently holds an exclusivity deal until 2023, could make Star Wars games. Naturally, that led to us inevitably making…

China Deploys Anal Swabs For Covid-19 Testing, Says It’s More Accurate

China Deploys Anal Swabs For Covid-19 Testing, Says It’s More Accurate

Health authorities in China have deployed anal swab tests to detect covid-19 in the lead up to the Lunar New Year celebrations, according to the Chinese state media outlet the Global Times, a technique that some claim might be more accurate than traditional nasal swabs, throat swabs, and antibody tests….

Current Status of WallStreetBets’s GameStop Run: ????????

Current Status of WallStreetBets’s GameStop Run: ????????

The current scoreboard on the Reddit meme stock war here. Reddit: 1, Hedge Fund Antagonists: 0. Citron Capital and Melvin Capital — the latter, the main loser in the massive inflation of GameStock prices, thanks to the subreddit WallStreetBets — have reportedly pulled out of their short positions in GameStock….

Signal Blocked by Iran as Encrypted Messaging App’s Popularity Explodes

Signal Blocked by Iran as Encrypted Messaging App’s Popularity Explodes

With great popularity comes great scrutiny. Following WhatsApp’s controversial announcement of changes to its privacy policy, users have flocked to the encrypted messaging app Signal. The app has maintained a relatively small userbase for years, but in the last month, it has reportedly doubled in size. And now it’s attracted…

The World Has Lost 70% of Its Sharks in 50 Years

The World Has Lost 70% of Its Sharks in 50 Years

Sharks are doing really badly, according to a new report. The study, put together by the Global Shark Trends Project and published in Nature on Wednesday, found that the number of sharks and rays in the world’s oceans has fallen by more than 70% since 1970.

I Love The New Bose Frames Even If I Look Like an Absolute Jabroni

I Love The New Bose Frames Even If I Look Like an Absolute Jabroni

I liked the original Bose Frames. They were stylish sunglasses that featured audio-based augmented reality, which actually seemed like a clever workaround for the technological challenges of smart glasses. But alas, Bose AR wasn’t meant to be. Last summer, the company shuttered that division and as a result, Bose Frames…

The Alfa Romeo SZ Has An Incredibly Confusing Trunk

The Alfa Romeo SZ Has An Incredibly Confusing Trunk

As you may know, one of my many idiotic automotive obsessions has to do with difficult or challenging trunks. I’ve even found them inspirational at times, the efforts expended to wrestle out a bit of usable storage volume even when every bit of geometry was seemingly confederated against the idea….

The World’s Biggest Diesel Engine Plant Is About To Go Electric

The World’s Biggest Diesel Engine Plant Is About To Go Electric

The days of Europe serving as the spawning habitat for so many great diesel cars are coming to a close. In another example of the tectonic shift underway in the auto industry, Stellantis will transition its plant in Tremery, France, from the production of diesel engines to electric powertrains.