The Internet As We Know it Needs ‘a Complete Replacement’

Dominant Internet companies like Facebook and Google have been dogged by controversy in recent years. But there are efforts afoot to create an alternative, known as “Web 3.0,” that would hand more power back to users and small businesses. The goal is to build systems that look more like open protocols—think email and RSS feeds—and […]

California’s Gambit to Keep Its Doctors: Brainstorm Health

Hello and happy hump day, readers! It’s no secret that America has a doctor shortage. Rural areas of the country, and plenty of places in between, must grapple with a dearth of physicians, and patients often have to drive miles out of their way in order to contact a health care provider. The irony is […]

Scientists Propose Dumping Absurd Amounts of Snow On Antarctica To Curb Sea Level Rise

A photo of Thwaites Glacier taken during a reconnaissance flight. (Credit: U.S. National Science Foundation) Climate change is melting the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. A recent swell in warm ocean water on the western side of the continent is eating away at two predominant glaciers, Pine Island Glacier and Thwaites Glacier. And the retreating glaciers […]

Netflix Stock Plunges 12% After Reporting Slowdown in Subscription Growth

But the battle for viewers’ attention and dollars is about to get much tougher. Besides the Disney and Apple, AT&T will also join the fray next year with HBO Max and NBC is expanding into video streaming, too. “The competition for winning consumers’ relaxation time is fierce for all companies and great for consumers,” Netflix […]

Notorious Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Sentenced to Life in Prison

Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the notorious drug kingpin known as El Chapo, was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for his convictions on federal drug, murder, and money laundering charges earlier this year. The sentence marks the end of a 30-year drug trafficking career that saw Guzmán rise to the top of Mexico’s infamous Sinaloa […]

SpaceX’s Starhopper Engulfed by Fireball During Test

Starhopper sits at a test site in Texas earlier this year. (Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX) On Tuesday, SpaceX ran its second test of Starhopper, the prototype for their enormous future passenger spacecraft. The static fire test was meant to measure the Raptor engines that power the craft. But at the end of the five second test, […]

Prosecutors Drop Groping Case Against Kevin Spacey

Prosecutors dropped a case Wednesday accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a resort island bar in 2016, more than a week after the accuser refused to testify about a missing cellphone the defense says contains information that supports the actor’s claims of innocence. Spacey was charged with indecent assault and battery last […]

Scientists Start Developing a Mini Gravitational Wave Detector

Gravitational waves can be detected from the collision of massive objects in the universe, but also from much smaller objects like dark matter particles. (Credit: EPA/R. Hurt / Caltech-JPL) In 2015, scientists made history by detecting the first gravitational waves — ripples in space-time predicted by Albert Einstein a century earlier. The waves were created […]