WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins’ New Legal Woes Spell Trouble for White Hat Hackers

WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins’ New Legal Woes Spell Trouble for White Hat Hackers

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British security researcher Marcus Hutchins, who was indicted and arrested last summer for allegedly creating and conspiring to sell the Kronos banking trojan, now faces four additional charges. Hutchins, also called MalwareTech and MalwareTechBlog, is well-known in the security community for slowing the spread of WannaCry ransomware as it tore through the world’s PCs in…

*’Ocean’s 8′ Is Good, but It’s Time for New Women’s Stories, Not Just Gender-Swaps

*’Ocean’s 8′ Is Good, but It’s Time for New Women’s Stories, Not Just Gender-Swaps

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For the entire history of moviemaking, men have been the focal point. There have been exceptions, of course, but the epic hero journeys, the buddy comedies, the spy thrillers—most of them revolved around dudes. Until recently. From calls for equal pay for actresses to calls for more women-led films, Hollywood has slowly been making strides…

Behind the Scenes With the Stanford Laptop Orchestra

Behind the Scenes With the Stanford Laptop Orchestra

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Ten days before the big concert, the members of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra are performing technology triage. Rehearsal has only just started, but already, things seemed to be falling apart. First there was trouble with the network that connects the laptops to one another. Then one of the laptops crashed; its human component, a graduate…

Wanna Pull Water Out of Air? Grab Some Ions or a Weird Sponge

Wanna Pull Water Out of Air? Grab Some Ions or a Weird Sponge

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Find yourself adrift at sea, surrounded by undrinkable water, and you will parch to death. Find yourself lost in a desert and you will meet the same fate, also surrounded by water, also undrinkable. That’s because, even in the driest of lands, the air is loaded with water molecules—they just won’t do you any good.…

It’s Time for the Next Wave of Ocean Exploration and Protection

It’s Time for the Next Wave of Ocean Exploration and Protection

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This week marks the 10th Annual World Oceans Day, a global confluence of ocean-awareness events intended to bring our oceans the level of public attention they deserve. As we both have had the opportunity to explore a fair amount of our globe’s seas, on this occasion we’d like to share our excitement and our vision…

The US Again Has World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

The US Again Has World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

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Plenty of people around the world got new gadgets Friday, but one in Eastern Tennessee stands out. Summit, a new supercomputer unveiled at Oak Ridge National Lab is, unofficially for now, the most powerful calculating machine on the planet. It was designed in part to scale up the artificial intelligence techniques that power some of…

The Many Shades of Bad Physics

The Many Shades of Bad Physics

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What happens when you see bad physics in the world? Does it make you angry? Does it make you laugh? Do you have to hold back a tidal wave of “well, actuallys” because of the overwhelming wrongness? Some might feel that way, but I think about it a little differently. In my mind, there are…

Inside the Arctic Circle, Golden Hour Has Nothing on Golden Day

Inside the Arctic Circle, Golden Hour Has Nothing on Golden Day

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The light in Reuben Wu’s Love is Metaphysical Gravity, shot at the Svalbard Satellite Station in Norway, is breathtaking. Everything—the data center, its geodesic domes and the snowy landscape surrounding them—drips with exquisite shades of pink, purple and gold. You might assume it’s because Wu shot the images at golden hour, that magical time just…

Meet Germán Garmendia, the Aggressively Normal YouTube Superstar Who Wants It All

Meet Germán Garmendia, the Aggressively Normal YouTube Superstar Who Wants It All

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Germán Garmendia can’t meet this month. He couldn’t meet last month. I won’t be able to see him next month, either. This has been the situation, roughly, for three years. Garmendia is not a pop star or a reclusive poet. He’s a YouTuber. OK, a huge one. His main channel, which has 33.8 million subscribers,…

What Brought ‘Sense8’ Back—and What Killed It in the First Place

What Brought ‘Sense8’ Back—and What Killed It in the First Place

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I have a hard time recommending science fiction TV shows to anyone. Not because I don’t watch and enjoy an inordinate amount of sci-fi (I do), but because when it comes to television, I’m John Wick levels of cursed. Everything I love—the stuff that’s weird and complicated and doesn’t just export Earth’s injustices into space—is…