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Motherboard

Leaving Facebook Makes You Happier and Less Informed, Study Finds

When researchers measured the welfare of hundreds of people who left Facebook for a month, they found they were happier, less politically informed, more active in IRL activities, and less likely to go back to Facebook.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.30.19
DNA/IDK

‘Society Will Decide What to Do Next’: Chinese Researchers Claim to Create the First Gene-Edited Babies

The researchers claim the DNA of twin girls was altered to protect them against HIV, but the results haven’t been published in a scientific journal and many researchers are questioning the ethical and scientific validity of the claim.
Daniel Oberhaus
11.26.18
ad blockers

Researchers Defeat Most Powerful Ad Blockers, Declare a ‘New Arms Race’

Perceptual ad blockers will come out on the losing side in the war against internet advertisers and expose users to a host of new attack vectors in the process, the researchers warned.
Daniel Oberhaus
11.9.18
sexual assault

After Losing Appeal, Brock Turner Must Register as a Sex Offender for Life

A court rejected Brock Turner's request for a new trial on Wednesday after his lawyer argued he wanted "outercourse" with his victim, not intercourse.
Marie Solis
8.9.18
Great Scott!

Watch Stanford's Self-Drifting Electric DeLorean Shred Some Doughnuts

If you’re going to build a autonomous electric car, why not do it with some style?
Becky Ferreira
7.9.18
Cyberwar

The Army Wants to Use a Theoretical Particle To Make an Unhackable Quantum Computer

A telltale signature of the theoretical particle was discovered last year. Now the Army wants to use it to build a quantum computer.
Daniel Oberhaus
4.18.18
NFL

Jonathan Martin Arrested After Posting Threatening Photo on Instagram

The former Miami Dolphin threatened two former teammates, and tagged his old high school, which was shut down after the post.
Liam Daniel Pierce
2.23.18
sexual assault

Stanford Fails Brock Turner Victim Again, This Time Over a Rape Memorial

The university agreed to install a plaque with a quote of her choosing, but repeatedly denied her suggestions, driving her to back out.
Linda Yang
1.31.18
HOTY2017

The Entrepreneur Trying to Democratize Law with a Free Chatbot

Joshua Browder created DoNotPay to help people fight parking tickets, and hopes to make the platform a resource for all kinds of legal issues.
Samantha Cole
1.24.18
Academia

Study That Claimed AI Could Determine a Person’s Sexuality Is Under Ethical Review

The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology is reexamining a Stanford study after it received significant backlash.
Louise Matsakis
9.12.17
Daily Dystopia

A Frightening AI Can Determine Whether a Person Is Gay With 91 Percent Accuracy

“Essentially, we believe that further erosion of privacy is inevitable.”
Louise Matsakis
9.8.17
quantum

Researchers Found Evidence for a Particle That’s Its Own Antiparticle

“This discovery concludes one of the most intensive searches in fundamental physics, which spanned exactly 80 years."
Daniel Oberhaus
7.24.17
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