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Alt-Meat Trounces Animal Meat's Massive Inefficiencies

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 09:00
Opinion: Animal meat production is slow, rigid, and wasteful. Plant- and cell-based meat production is swift, nimble, and sustainable.
Categories: Just News

Uber’s $5 Billion Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 09:00
Plus: A crippled plane lands in a cornfield, beam-bedeviled bus terminal reopens, and a clever license plate goes awry.
Categories: Just News

To Power AI, This Startup Built a Really, Really Big Chip

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 08:30
Many computer chips are smaller than your fingernail. Cerebras' new chip for AI systems is bigger than a standard iPad.
Categories: Just News

A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 08:00
Tropical Race 4 has spread to the region where most exported bananas are grown.
Categories: Just News

Why European Restaurants Are Much More Vigilant About Food Allergies

Dining out can be fraught with hidden perils for people with food allergies. European allergen disclosure laws have made restaurants highly aware of the issue. But U.S. rules lag.

(Image credit: Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

Dive Into the Existential Escapism of the Fish Tube

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 07:00
The salmon-shooter is the latest—and darkest—in a long line of "I don't wanna be here" memes.
Categories: Just News

Seized Iranian Ship Steams From Gibraltar After U.S. Loses Legal Fight

The vessel, which was intercepted by British Royal Marines on July 4, left Gibraltar after a court there ruled that it had no authority to enforce U.S. sanctions against Iran.

(Image credit: Marcos Moreno/AP)

Categories: Just News

Amid A Brewing Royal Scandal, Prince Andrew Distances Himself From Epstein

The Palace has issued a statement saying Andrew is "appalled" by Epstein's crimes after a British tabloid published video it says shows the prince with a young woman outside Epstein's mansion in 2010.

(Image credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 06:00
You follow them on Instagram, admiring their bodies, envying their lifestyles. And then they get intimate on OnlyFans. The influencers are now obtainable.
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Netflix's Carla Engelbrecht Chooses Her Own Adventures

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 06:00
The master of nonlinear TV creates shows that demand to be played, not just watched. But when you determine your own path, you have to face the consequences.
Categories: Just News

We Can Be Heroes: How the Nerds Are Reinventing Pop Culture

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 06:00
Harry Potter–loving, TV-debating, fanfic-writing enthusiasts have emerged from the underground to dominate—and shape—the mainstream.
Categories: Just News

Upstart Crossword Puzzle Builders Get Their Point Across (and Down)

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 06:00
A new wave of crossword creators started to notice something: The old guard didn't have a clue. Now this band of enthusiasts is thinking outside the boxes.
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How Fans Are Remaking Entertainment in Their Own Image

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 06:00
The nerds are now in charge. They're now the creators of culture—the participants, the coauthors, the influencers, the storytellers.
Categories: Just News

Amid Homelessness Crisis, Los Angeles Restricts Living In Vehicles

Nearly 10,000 people in Los Angeles live in vehicles. The city council recently extended a ban on sleeping overnight in cars, vans or RVs in residential areas and near parks or schools.

(Image credit: Anna Scott/KCRW)

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Trolled Online, Women In Politics Fight To Hold Big Tech Accountable In The U.K.

The move in Europe to get tough on tech is partly thanks to an awakening that began with the experiences of women in politics.

(Image credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Got Pain? A Virtual Swim With Dolphins May Help Melt It Away

A recent study found virtual reality experiences were better at easing pain than watching televised nature scenes. Immersive distraction seems key to the success, scientists say.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Cedars Sinai/Screenshot by NPR)

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How Much Hotter Are The Oceans? The Answer Begins With A Bucket

Scientists need to track the history of sea temperatures precisely to model climate change. A newly discovered clue in measurements taken by sailors in the 1930s could have far-reaching implications.

(Image credit: Suomi NPP — VIIRS/NASA Earth Observatory)

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No Joke: Trump Really Does Want To Buy Greenland

The president confirmed a recent report in The Wall Street Journal that he'd asked his advisers to look into purchasing the Arctic island. But Denmark's prime minister says Greenland is not for sale.

(Image credit: Patrick Semansky/AP)

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Google’s ‘Assignments’ tool flags plagiarism and missing sources

engadget – Students can proactively use the tool to improve their work. “Google is setting out to make plagiarism harder than ever. The search giant today announced the launch of Assignments, a new grading software for higher education instructors who use G Suite for Education. Formerly known as Coursework, Assignments will allow instructors to create, assign and grade coursework with Google Docs and Drive. To boot, all student work turned in through Assignments and Classroom (its K-12 counterpart) will receive its own “originality report”, a new feature that is essentially a litmus test for plagiarism…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Dark Patterns at Scale: Findings from a Crawl of 11K Shopping Websites

“Dark patterns are user interface design choices that benefit an online service by coercing, steering, or deceiving users into making unintended and potentially harmful decisions. We conducted a large-scale study, analyzing ~53K product pages from ~11K shopping websites to characterize and quantify the prevalence of dark patterns.

  • We discovered 1,818 instances of dark patterns on shopping websites, which together represent 15 types of dark patterns.
  • These 1,818 dark patterns were present on 1,254 of the ∼11K shopping websites (∼11.1%) in our data set. Shopping websites that were more popular, according to Alexa rankings, were more likely to feature dark patterns.
  • We demonstrate which of the dark patterns that we discovered rely on consumer deception. In total, we uncovered 234 instances of deceptive dark patterns across 183 websites.
  • We identify 22 third-party entities that provide shopping websites with the ability to create dark patterns on their sites. Two of these entities openly advertise practices that enable deceptive messages…”
Categories: Law and Legal

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