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Anonymous "Comes Out" In Worldwide Protests

5 months ago

What's the Latest Development? The hacktivist collective Anonymous has chosen today (Nov. 5) for members and supporters to protest in cities around the world as part of a "Million Mask March" against "billionaires who own banks and corporations who corrupt politicians who enslave the people in ...


UK Retailer To Scan Customers' Faces At The Counter

5 months ago

What's the Latest Development? The UK's third-largest retailer, Tesco, has announced plans to install scanning screens at the counters of each of its 450 gas stations so that it can present advertising tailored to a customer's approximate age and gender. According to a spokesperson for digital ...


The UN Proposes A Global Asteroid Defense Plan

6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Call it the Asteroid Justice League: Last week the United Nations put forth a plan to bring together space agencies from around the world to solve the challenge of incoming asteroids. If it's adopted by the General Assembly next month, it will "create an ...


Study: Everyone Objectifies Women's Bodies

6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? University of Nebraska-Lincoln psychologists asked test subjects to wear an eyetracking device while evaluating photos of women with different body types and rating them on either appearance or personality. When asked to rate their appearance, both men's and women ...


These Lasers Could Help Cure Brain Diseases

6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Researchers from universities in Sweden and Poland have found a way to include photoacoustic therapy in the search for treatments for brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. With their "multi-photon laser technique," they are able to see into the brain ...