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Peter Yeh

  • Economics

Is Bitcoin's rise driven by Russian pyramid schemer Sergey Mavrodi moving into China?

Is Bitcoin's rise driven by Russian pyramid schemer Sergey Mavrodi moving into China?

Bitcoin’s price jumped this week, but mostly in China. Is a notorious MMM pyramid schemer Sergey Mavrodi responsible? He wouldn't be the first hustler to get in on the market.

  • Politics

This is the niche, dirty drug that landed a Saudi prince
in lock-up

This is the niche, dirty drug that landed a Saudi prince 
in lock-up

A Saudi prince was allegedly busted with two metric tons of Captagon, or likely, its counterfeit brew of amphetamines popular on the Syrian battlefield. We talked to the DEA about its origins.

You shouldn’t need a prescription to stop a deadly overdose
  • Wellness

You shouldn’t need a prescription to stop a deadly overdose

Naloxone won’t make you “high” or “trip.” It's a lifesaving antidote that reverses overdoses from opioids like heroin, OxyContin and Vicodin. So why isn't it available at your local pharmacy?

  • News

At least 27 dead, 80 injured in Bangkok bomb blasts

At least 27 dead, 80 injured in Bangkok bomb blasts

The first improvised explosive device (IED), as described by police, was strapped to a utility pole near the Shrine.

  • News

What does Google's new company, Alphabet, mean for its future?

What does Google's new company, Alphabet, mean for its future?

Google got too big.

  • News

Reddit finally removes white supremacy forums

Reddit finally removes white supremacy forums

White supremacist subreddits and subreddits dedicated to making drawings of child sex abuse were banned.

  • Gif of the day

Drug found that fights addiction by wiping out memories

Drug found that fights addiction by wiping out memories

It's like a real-life 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'.

  • News

Malaysian Prime Minister confirms debris is from missing MH370

Malaysian Prime Minister confirms debris is from missing MH370

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s disappearance last year sparked a massive search

  • Gif of the day

Watch the first FDA approved 3D-printed drug dissolve magically in seconds

Watch the first FDA approved 3D-printed drug dissolve magically in seconds

If you've ever had trouble swallowing pills, rejoice.

  • News

How a hashtag warned the US of a missile fired by Yemeni rebels

How a hashtag warned the US of a missile fired by Yemeni rebels

“The first warning of that event: ‘hashtag scudlaunch,’” Marine Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, the head of the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), told a meeting of intelligence contractors Thurs

  • News

"100%" effective Ebola vaccine is nearly here

"100%" effective Ebola vaccine is nearly here

A Phase III efficacy trial in Guinea has shown the Canadian government developed VSV-EBOL vaccine is "100% [effective] in individuals."

  • Breaking news

Has debris from Malaysia Airlines MH370 finally been found?

Has debris from Malaysia Airlines MH370 finally been found?

Today French blog Peuravion is claiming that debris has been found on the French overseas territory of La Réunion, an island in the Indian Ocean.

  • News

Google finally realized that full-screen interstitial ads on mobile are obnoxious

Google finally realized that full-screen interstitial ads on mobile are obnoxious

Google has now permanently retired the interstitial.

  • News

Coder uses genetic testing site to write a program that blocks people who aren't "white enough"

Coder uses genetic testing site to write a program that blocks people who aren't "white enough"

In an example on his GitHub page, it shows the program denying someone access for not being white enough.

  • News

Tech-feminist solves comment spam and trolling

Tech-feminist solves comment spam and trolling

There is a disease attacking websites, and it’s the comments section.

  • News

Scientists grow miniature beating hearts from stem cells

Scientists grow miniature beating hearts from stem cells

Scientists at University of California at Berkeley have induced pluripotent stem cells to form miniature hearts by using special scaffolds.

  • News

Shorten your URLs with emoji

Shorten your URLs with emoji

Linkmoji is a new URL shortener, like bit.ly, but with a twist, instead of a pile of numbers, you get emoji!

  • News

The machines cometh: Pornhub unveils robotic twerking butt and VR interface

The machines cometh: Pornhub unveils robotic twerking butt and VR interface

Pornhub, the most social media savvy porn brand, has released a hilarious commercial for an app-controlled, virtual reality augmented, twerking butt sex toy, aptly called TwerkingButt™.

  • News

Could sitting in coach get even worse?

Could sitting in coach get even worse?

Zodiac Seats, the largest manufacturer of airplane seats in the world, has decided to remove any dignity left for people flying in coach with their new design: “Economy Class Cabin Hexagon”.

  • Tip of the day

Journalists, activists beware: government spyware tricks revealed in Hacker Team leak

Journalists, activists beware: government spyware tricks revealed in Hacker Team leak

We will try to keep this list updated as security researchers pour over the massive leak.

  • News

Evil global hacking company gets hacked

Evil global hacking company gets hacked

Hacking Team, the Italian spyware company that helps governments hack its citizens, have themselves been hacked.

  • News

Minecraft's soundtrack is finally getting a classy vinyl release

Minecraft's soundtrack is finally getting a classy vinyl release

Daniel Rosenfeld, or C418, the composer behind the dreamy ambient music that helps give Minecraft that innocent, wide-open, and lonely feeling, is finally getting a physical release.

  • Science

No, teenagers did not invent STI-detecting color-changing condoms

No, teenagers did not invent STI-detecting color-changing condoms

Scientifically, “S.T.EYE” is a pipe dream. And it's pure tabloid bait, combining some of tabloids' favorite things: smart children, sex, and shaming people.

  • News

Israeli researchers unveil spy bread

Israeli researchers unveil spy bread

PITA, or Portable Instrument for Trace Acquisition, is an inexpensive set of easily available equipment, and a delicious pita.

  • News

MarI/O is a computer program that teaches itself how to play Super Mario

MarI/O is a computer program that teaches itself how to play Super Mario

The program started with no knowledge of even how to control Mario, but over 34 generations of evolution, is able to complete a level via Neuroevolution, a form of machine learning.

  • News

Virginia teenager pleads guilty to helping donate Bitcoin to ISIS

Virginia teenager pleads guilty to helping donate Bitcoin to ISIS

Ali Shukri Amin, 17, faces up to 15 years in prison.

  • News

"Threatening" emoji senders arrested in South Carolina

"Threatening" emoji senders arrested in South Carolina

Yesterday, two men in Spartanburg, South Carolina were arrested after sending threatening Facebook messages to another man.

  • News

Watch DARPA's very expensive robots fall over

Watch DARPA's very expensive robots fall over

Last week, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) held the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). Gravity turned out to be a greater challenge than expected.

  • News

Time Magazine killed summer vacation

Time Magazine killed summer vacation

This week’s TIME Magazine cover shouts “WHO KILLED SUMMER VACATION”, but five years ago: “The Case Against Summer Vacation.”

  • News

The only Chrome extension you need replaces anything with anything

The only Chrome extension you need replaces anything with anything

Beyond Cloud-To-Butt, Millennials-To-Snake People, or KardBlock, here's a very custom extension.

  • News

In 1950, Ray Bradbury wrote about the saddest smart home

In 1950, Ray Bradbury wrote about the saddest smart home

There will come smart homes.

  • Number of the day

How old is Pac-Man?

How old is Pac-Man?

They change the maze. But it’s still the same. Each round is the same.

  • News

Rubix Cube will soon have friends: Rubix Rabbit and Rubix Dildo

Rubix Cube will soon have friends: Rubix Rabbit and Rubix Dildo

The Rubix Cube, the quintessential 3D “twisty puzzle”, that challenges your brain, may soon find itself just a single member of a massive family.

  • News

Bitcoin gets listed on the New York Stock Exchange

Bitcoin gets listed on the New York Stock Exchange

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has launched a Bitcoin Index (NYXBT), an important endorsement for Bitcoin’s lurch towards the mainstream.

  • News

Erle-Copter is the first open-source drone with apps

Erle-Copter is the first open-source drone with apps

Erle Robotics has launched the first drone with apps, the Erle-Copter Ubuntu Core special edition, a smart drone using a special cloud version of the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu.

  • News

Verizon to drop $4.4 billion on AOL

Verizon to drop $4.4 billion on AOL

The US telecommunications megacorp, Verizon, with a market capitalization of over $200 billion, has agreed to buy AOL for $4.4 billion.

  • News

Gold bugs are launching a gold-backed Bitcoin... again

Gold bugs are launching a gold-backed Bitcoin... again

The idea is that gold would act as a hedge against Bitcoin’s volatility, notoriously declared the worst investment of 2014.

  • News

Norway to end FM radio

Norway to end FM radio

The Norwegian Ministry of Culture has announced that beginning in 2017, the country will eliminate FM radio stations, and transition entirely to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB).

  • News

Japan to blast space trash with huge lasers

Japan to blast space trash with huge lasers

Researchers from Japan’s Riken Institute want to attach huge lasers to the International Space Station (ISS) to blast space junk.

  • News

New thumbnail-mounted wireless trackpad "becomes part of your body"

New thumbnail-mounted wireless trackpad "becomes part of your body"

MIT Media Laboratory researchers are developing a miniature wearable that turns the user’s thumbnail into a wireless trackpad.