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‘Weaponized Ad Technology’: Facebook’s Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

‘Weaponized Ad Technology’: Facebook’s Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye Image Government officials, researchers and advertising executives have warned that microtargeting tools, like the kind Facebook offers, can be exploited to polarize and manipulate voters.CreditRichard Drew/Associated Press By Natasha Singer Aug. 16, 2018 Facebook has made a mint by enabling advertisers ...

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The Physics of Catching a Gnarly 80-Foot-Tall Wave

I’ve never been surfing—but I’m willing to give it a try. I would not, however, be interested in attempting to surf a massive wave like this one off the coast of Portugal. That’s a pass for me. Of course even if you don’t surf, there is still some cool physics ...

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44 Small Graves Stir Questions About U.S. Policy in Yemen

44 Small Graves Stir Questions About U.S. Policy in Yemen Image Yemeni children in the northern Yemeni city of Saada on Monday vented their anger during a mass funeral for children killed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition last week.CreditAgence France-Presse — Getty Images By Shuaib Almosawa, Ben Hubbard ...

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Should Coffee Come With Cancer Warnings? California Says No

Should Coffee Come With Cancer Warnings? California Says No Image A California agency has proposed a rule declaring that not only does coffee pose no significant risk of cancer, it may actually have health benefits.CreditCaitlin Ochs for The New York Times By Tiffany Hsu Aug. 15, 2018 In every cup ...

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How Rude Humanoid Robots Can Mess With Your Head

The little humanoid robot’s name is Meccanoid, and it is a scoundrel. The well-meaning human test subject asks the robot: If you were to make a friend, what would you want them to know? “That I’m bored,” Meccanoid says. Alright, let’s start over. A new participant asks Meccanoid the same ...

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Italy Bridge Collapse Leaves 26 Dead

Italy Bridge Collapse Leaves 26 Dead Video At least 20 people were killed in Italy after the structure broke apart, falling nearly 150 feet. Officials expect the death toll to grow. We spoke to a local journalist who described the aftermath.Published OnAug. 14, 2018CreditImage by Reuters By Gaia Pianigiani, Elisabetta ...

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Tesla Directors Do Damage Control After Elon Musk Tweets

DealBook Business and Policy Tesla Directors Do Damage Control After Elon Musk Tweets Image Some members of Tesla’s board of directors are said to have sent a stern message to the chief executive Elon Musk: Stop tweeting.CreditJoshua Lott/Getty Images By Andrew Ross Sorkin, Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Kate Kelly and Neal E. ...

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Drone Swarms as You Know Them Are Just an Illusion—for Now

Look at all the pretty drones. Hovering above sports stadiums from Houston to Pyeongchang, many hundreds of them have lately sparkled in artful murmuration. On a recent Time magazine cover, 958 drones pixelated the sky. The world record, 1,374 LED-bedazzled microbots, was set by Chinese company EHang UAV in May. ...

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