President Trump’s Attempt to Fire Robert Mueller Last June Tops This Week’s Internet News

Last week was a busy one. Between the government shutdown and deciding whether or not—in light of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar being sentenced to 175 years in prison for decades of sexual abuse—the internet has a new hero in Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, a lot went down. It was also a week that marked […]

The Shrinking Building in Ant-Man and the Wasp Would Cause Massive Problems

Let’s start with the full-sized building in this trailer. How big is it? What is the volume? What is the mass? Of course I am going to have to make some rough estimates, so I’ll start with the size. Looking at the video, I can count 10 levels with windows. That makes it 10 stories […]

Lomography Lomo’Instant Square Review: Great For Square Photo Lovers

One of my favorite cameras ever is the original Polaroid SX-70. This marvel of engineering, chemistry, and industrial design introduced the world to fully integral instant photography—before the SX, instant photography wasn’t quite instant, requiring a peel-apart film that relied on some pretty gnarly chemicals. The SX-70 was like the iPod of its time. With […]

Google Autocomplete Suggestions Are Still Racist, Sexist, and Science-Denying

In a statement, Google said it would remove some of the above search prompts that specifically violate its policies. A spokesperson added, “We are always looking to improve the quality of our results and last year, added a way for users to flag autocomplete results they find inaccurate or offensive.” A link that lets Google […]

The Google Chrome Ad Blocker Has Already Changed the Web

You might see fewer ads on the web from now on. But you probably won’t. On Thursday, Google Chrome, the most popular browser by a wide margin, began rolling out a feature that will block ads on sites that engage in particularly annoying behavior, such as automatically playing sound, or displaying ads that can’t be […]

APT37: Inside the Toolset of an Elite North Korean Hacker Group

North Korea’s most prolific hacking group, broadly known within the security community under the name Lazarus, has over the last half-decade proven itself one of the world’s most internationally aggressive teams of intruders. It has pulled off audacious attacks around the globe, from leaking and destroying Sony Pictures’ data to siphoning of tens of millions […]

The Struggle to Predict—and Prevent—Toxic Masculinity

That means it’s worth digging into people’s histories. Whisper networks have been the de facto means of protecting women in the workplace; the taxonomy provides an intellectual framework for giving them a louder voice, because it suggests that men with a history of harassment and abuse probably also have a future of it. Now, some […]

Congress Takes On Sexual Harassment in the Sciences

Female scientists were reporting sexual abuse and harassment by professors years before the #MeToo movement exploded in the public eye last fall. From unwanted comments and weird texts to missed promotions and direct assaults, female graduate students and postdocs are often vulnerable while working in male-dominated field camps, laboratories, or remote observatories where there are […]

The Improbable Rise of the Daily News Podcast

Which brings us to Act 3: The Daily. The New York Times is a daily newspaper, so when it decided to build a flagship podcast, it pretty much had to come out daily. That was a smart financial decision: A regular show, even if it builds up slowly, has a very predictable listener base and […]

VHacks: Inside the Vatican’s First-Ever Hackathon

This past weekend, tourists milled around St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the world, snapping selfies and experiencing Michelangelo’s art through their phone’s camera lens. A few hundred meters away, in a 500-year-old palazzo, 120 students coded for 36 hours straight at the Vatican’s first-ever hackathon. This, it would seem, is the […]