• These New Shape-Shifting Materials Get Super Cool, Super Fast

    After losing his sight to smallpox in 1759 at the age of 2, John Gough developed a heightened sense of touch. The budding naturalist soon learned to identify plants by feel, touching their hairs with his lower lip and their stamens and pistils with his tongue. So when as an adult he quickly stretched a piece of natural rubber and felt its sudden warmth on his lip—and its subsequent coolness as it relaxed—he gained what he considered the most direct and convincing proof of a curious phenomenon.

    Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research develop­ments and trends in mathe­matics and the physical and life sciences.

    He described his observations in 1802, providing the first record, in English at least, of what’s now known as the elastocaloric effect. It’s

  • Republican leader shares faked video of disabled activist on Twitter

    A Sunday tweet from Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) showing a video of activist Ady Barkan got a “manipulated media” label from Twitter. Barkan has ALS and speaks through voice assistance.

    In the video, a conversation between Barkan and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Barkan asks “But do we agree that we can redirect some of the funding?” The version Scalise tweeted edits in the words “for police,” to the end of the question, words which Barkan says in a different context earlier in the video.

    A Twitter spokesperson confirmed in an email to The Verge that the tweet was labeled “based on our Synthetic and Manipulated Media policy.” As of 10:45PM ET Sunday, the tweet with the manipulated video appears to have been deleted from Scalise’s account.

    The video was first noticed by Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel.

    In the original video, Barkan asks Biden about what he

  • Lady Gaga showed up to the VMAs in all the most Lady Gaga face masks possible

    Face masks are a crucial weapon in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. But if you’re Lady Gaga, they’re also a weapon in the fight against being boring.

    You didn’t think Mother Monster was going to come to the MTV Video Music Awards to serve you a plain square of fabric, did you?

    No, Ms Stefani Germanotta came prepared. She stepped out onto the VMAs’ distanced drive-in stage to accept Artist of the Year, Collaboration of the Year and Song of the Year for “Rain On Me” with Ariana Grande, and the first-ever Tricon Award, whatever that was. And she had a fresh and wildly extra outfit each time, and an extra mask to match.

    “You merely adopted the pink. I was born in it, molded by it.”

    Image: Kevin Winter/MTV VMAs 2020/Getty Images for MTV

    HORNS UP!

    HORNS UP!

    Image: Kevin Winter/MTV VMAs 2020/Getty Images for MTV

    This whole outfit is made from offcuts from Miley's disco wrecking ball. Sustainable!

    This whole
  • Design For People Accenture Tech Imaginative and prescient

    Biotechnology tops the listing of most popular science courses for many students in India, because of the lucrative career scope it provides. This sequence notably attracts inspiration from earlier science-fiction smash hits such as The Twilight Zone; one other television series that was identified for coping with extra controversial and taboo material. Like its predecessors, Black Mirror explores darker topics of humankind’s relationship with know-how, and futuristic stories of how this can be influenced over time. On the 2019 MIT Analysis and Improvement Conference: Human and Know-how Collaboration , which came about on November 13-14 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Casalegno delved into the imperatives of human-centered, experience-pushed design and the distinctive function it plays in our modern society.

    Superb level. My father once advised me that, somewhere in the first half of the twentieth century, he read a science fiction ebook the place folks didn’t use paper cash all they had …

  • The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California

    In their model, 25 days of relentless rains overwhelm the Central Valley’s flood-control infrastructure. Then large swaths of the northern part of the Central Valley go under as much as 20 feet of water. The southern part, the San Joaquin Valley, gets off lighter; but a miles-wide band of floodwater collects in the lowest-elevation regions, ballooning out to encompass the expanse that was once the Tulare Lake bottom and stretching to the valley’s southern extreme. Most metropolitan parts of the Bay Area escape severe damage, but swaths of Los Angeles and Orange Counties experience “extensive flooding.”

    As Jones stressed to me in our conversation, the ARkStorm scenario is a cautious approximation; a megastorm that matches 1862 or its relatively recent antecedents could plausibly bury the entire Central Valley underwater, northern tip to southern. As the report puts it: “Six megastorms that were more severe than 1861–1862 have occurred in

  • Ubisoft to remove image of raised black fist from Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad

    French game publisher Ubisoft is apologizing to fans after a video showing the opening sequence for Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad showed images of a raised black fist, which critics said was “insensitive” and appeared to connect the Black Lives Matter movement to a fictional terrorist organization in the game.

    The game’s opening sequence shows UMBRA, an anarchist group which the narrator explains is taking “advantage of escalating civil unrest” to “generate more chaos and weaken governments.” The black raised fist image was associated with UMBRA.

    After the video was uploaded, several fans criticized how the imagery, including the fist, appeared to cast the Black Lives Matter movement as a terrorist group. One Twitter user who is a senior programmer at Massive Entertainment, a studio owned by Ubisoft, tweeted that the video was “gross and extremely disrespectful.”

    Ubisoft said in its apology that the imagery in Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad’s opening