Sarah Emerson

Sarah is a San Francisco-based Motherboard reporter covering the environment, tech culture, and science oddities. You can reach her on email or on Twitter (@SarahNEmerson).

tech-science

Florida Captures, Kills Giant Lizard That Terrorized Local Community for a Year

The elusive, human-sized reptile was nabbed by wildlife authorities.
Sarah Emerson
5.17.19
tech-power

Police Are Feeding Celebrity Photos into Facial Recognition Software to Solve Crimes

Law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition systems with little to no rules, found a new study by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology.
Sarah Emerson
5.16.19
tech-science

Dead Whales Are Washing Up in Droves on California’s Beaches

Ten dead gray whales have been spotted at Bay Area beaches over the last two months.
Sarah Emerson
5.16.19
tech-power

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Use by Police and the Government

The technology hub is now the first US city to have issued a moratorium on the invasive spy technology.
Sarah Emerson
5.14.19
tech-foia

‘Balls Are Complete’: How a Navy Jet Crew Drew a Massive Penis in the Sky

A Navy probe revealed who was responsible for the contrails phallus.
Sarah Emerson
5.14.19
Science

New Zealand Man Goes Swimming, Finds Footprints of Extinct Mega-Bird

“I was just going for a casual swim, so it’s escalated a bit.”
Sarah Emerson
5.10.19
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Kazakhstan's President Needs to Go Easy on the Photoshopping

Before and after photos of Qasym-Zhomart Tokayev suggest the interim president’s appearance has been beautified.
Sarah Emerson
5.2.19
cryptids

The ‘Yeti’ Footprints Found by the Indian Army Are Probably Just a Bear's

“Any reasonable person can see these are melted prints.”
Sarah Emerson
4.30.19
weird

Whale Freed From Harness Was 'Likely' Trained by Russian Navy

We talked to the Norwegian marine biologist who freed a beluga whale from a harness that said "Equipment of St. Petersburg."
Sarah Emerson
4.29.19
Voat

Founder of Voat, the ‘Censorship-Free’ Reddit, Begs Users to Stop Making Death Threats

Voat founder Justin Chastain said that a “US agency” had contacted the platform, allegedly over threats on the website.
Sarah Emerson
4.26.19
chimps

That Viral Video of a Chimp Scrolling Instagram Is Bad, Actually

The video of the chimpanzee scrolling through social media isn't good for wildlife conservation, experts say.
Samantha Cole
Sarah Emerson
4.25.19
an investigation

Did Trump Show Printed-Out Tweets to Jack Dorsey? We Asked Digital Forensics Experts

President Trump brought a conspicuous stack of papers to his meeting with Jack Dorsey.
Sarah Emerson
4.24.19
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