‘These new vaccine mutants are extremely disappointing,’ by Magneto
From Alexandra Petri at the Washington Post: Sherri Tenpenny, an osteopath, testified in Ohio that, “I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures all over the Internet of people who have had these shots and now they’re magnetized. They can put a key on their forehead. It sticks. They can put spoons and forks all over them…
Gourmet Pop Rocks
This is some top-notch “I do not want to do this content but I will do this content because it is my job” content. Also I learned more about Pop Rocks than I ever thought possible, so that’s a pretty solid bonus.
BBC News: Physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76
Stephen Hawking died yesterday: The British theoretical physicist was known for his groundbreaking work with black holes and relativity, and was the author of several popular science books including A Brief History of Time. I’m a huge fan of Stephen Hawking and genuinely love “A Brief History of Time”, so this news really bums me…
WIRED: Google’s Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring ISIS Recruits
Jigsaw, Google’s think-tank, has used Google’s search advertising algorithms to help dissuade people searching for information on joining ISIS to, y’know, not join. The program, which Jigsaw calls the Redirect Method and plans to launch in a new phase this month, places advertising alongside results for any keywords and phrases that Jigsaw has determined people…
Should All Locks Have Keys
Given the hullaballoo over the idiotically-dangerous “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016” that was released in draft form today, I thought it might be wise to remind people why strong encryption is a good and necessary thing. Fortunately, this video does all the legwork for me, which is really rather considerate of it.
Quantum Chess: Paul Rudd vs. Stephen Hawking
Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, which apparently is a thing that exists, released a video where Paul Rudd plays Dr. Stephen Hawking in a game of Quantum Chess, which is also apparently a thing that exists. It’s directed by Alex Winter, who played Bill in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and/or Bogus Journey”,…
FOX News: The Voice of Reason
FOX News’ Shepard Smith on Ebola. It’s reasonable, non-sensationalist, clear and coherent. No, I don’t know when we fell into a portal that landed us on the Bizarro world, either.
Elon Musk, the dude behind Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and was a founding member of PayPal, announced his intentions for the Hyperloop transportation system yesterday. The solar-powered system, which Musk previously described as a cross between a Concorde, rail gun and air-hockey table, would shoot as many as 28 passengers in each enclosed capsule through a…
Cicadas On Parade!
The Huffington Post reports that we’re going to see some crazy on the East Coast this summer: If you live on the East Coast between Georgia and Connecticut, get ready for the air to be filled with billions of large, buzzing insects known as cicadas, a massive brood of which have been feeding on roots underground…
SCIENCE! In SPACE!
Two thoughts: Science is awesome. The 133 people who have thumbs-downed this video on YouTube should be arrested for murdering their inner child. Monsters. via NPR via Aduronia