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Uh... The Army Just Contracted With Tom DeLonge's UFO Group to Study Those 'Alien Alloys'

To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences (TTSA)—the UFO research organization founded by former Blink 182 star Tom DeLonge—has struck a research deal with the U.S. Army filled with eye-popping references to exotic technologies. Read more...

Artists Performing at Amazon's Music Festival Say They Weren't Told It Was Hosted by Amazon

Multiple artists who were listed in promotional materials for a music festival being put on by Amazon Web Services say they didn’t know the festival had ties to the tech giant. At least one performer has since been removed from the event’s lineup. Read more...

Ranking the 20 Best Witchy Fashions Because I Have Magic Powers Now

There’s something I need to tell you all: I have magic. It’s true! Even I was surprised. Now, I can’t conjure flames or raise people from the dead—as much fun as it would be to reanimate Benedict Arnold and, I don’t know, light him on fire or something. What I do have is an otherworldly knowledge...of style. Read more...

FAA Says Pilots Complained of 'Egregious' Issues With 737 Max In Messages Boeing Withheld

The Federal Aviation Administration has accused Boeing of withholding an exchange between two employees showing their concerns about the 737 Max’s malfunctioning automated system a full two years before crashes occurred in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed a total of 346 people. Read more...

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Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder Over Possible Asbestos Contamination

Johnson & Johnson announced a voluntary recall of its talc-based baby powder products on Friday, after the Food and Drug Administration found traces of cancer-causing asbestos in sample testing. The recall follows legal losses and an investigative report linking asbestos exposure to the company’s talc products. Read more...

Cosmic Rays May Have Blasted Gigantic Sand Dunes Into Existence on Saturn's Moon Titan

The equatorial dunes on Saturn’s moon Titan are among the most dramatic surface features in the Solar System, but scientists aren’t exactly sure how they formed. New experimental evidence suggests the dunes arose as a result of cosmic rays hitting Titan’s surface ice. Read more...

The 10 Best Deals of October 18, 2019

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today. Read more...

'Grace and Frankie' Cast Gets Their Asses Arrested for the Planet

Jane Fonda is not playing when it comes to climate change. The “Grace and Frankie” star (and my new hero) was arrested Friday outside the U.S. Capitol as part of her promised weekly protests called Fire Drill Fridays inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Future climate strikes. Read more...

Apple and Blizzard Slammed Over China Censorship by Top U.S. Lawmakers

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Friday cosigned letters sent to the chief executives of Apple and Blizzard expressing “deep concern” over recent decisions by the American companies that have negatively impacted overseas app users and gamers “at the behest of the Chinese government.” Read more...

Tropical Storm Nestor Pops Up, Beelines for Florida's Gulf Coast

After a period of quiet in the Atlantic, tropical cyclone activity has once again picked up. Tropical Storm Nestor formed on Friday afternoon and is slated to impact the Gulf Coast Friday and into the weekend. Read more...

Finally, An Electric Crate Motor You Can Drop Into Your Old Car

The idea of converting classic cars to EVs has been around a while, and a number of companies, including some major automakers, have been retrofitting old, classic cars with all-new EV drivetrains. Individual tinkerers have been doing this as well, but it’s not as easy as you’d hope. Dealing with salvaged EV… Read more...

We're Not Ready for the Next Pandemic

If the seeds of a pandemic illness were planted tomorrow, how would the world fare? Well, according to a simulation carried out on Friday by Johns Hopkins University, the answer is: terribly. Read more...

Maybe Don't Sell Human Fetuses, Even Super Old Ones

A Colorado woman is facing smuggling charges after allegedly attempting to sell and ship human fetal remains in violation of federal law. According to court records, she conducted much of her business over Facebook. Read more...

U.S. Border Patrol Reportedly Eyes Face Recognition for Body Cams

U.S. Customs and Border Protection—one of the arms of the federal immigration machine shoving tens of thousands of people into de facto concentration camps—is eyeing equipping officers with facial recognition body cams, according to Reuters. Read more...

Scientists Can Now See Stranded Whales From Space

Scientists have begun using satellites that can produce high-resolution imagery to monitor whale strandings from space, according to a new study. Read more...

Buy Committee: Which Mirrorless Camera Should I Buy?

Buy Committee, our favorite deal researcher and jack-of-all-trades, Corey, needs your help. Read more...

Save Up to 50% On Water Filtration, Air Quality Essentials, and More at Home Depot

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Dormant for 500 Years, a Potentially Deadly Fault in California Has Started to Move

This past summer, southern California experienced a significant earthquake swarm. Analysis of the event suggests earthquakes unravel in a more complicated manner than is typically appreciated. What’s more, this event has perturbed a major, previously idle fault nearby—and scientists aren’t entirely sure about the… Read more...

U.S. Military Will Stop Using Floppy Disks to Operate Its Nuclear Weapons System

The systems used to control the United States arsenal of nuclear weapons rely on outdated computers. But the Department of Defense is updating at least one part of the archaic technology—the floppy disk storage systems. Read more...

Get a Pair of Stretch Denim Jeans From Jachs Before You Gain Holiday Weight

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Somebody Put Libra Out of Its Misery Already

The slow march to death for Libra, Facebook’s forthcoming cryptocurrency, continues. Yesterday, a Group of Seven nations task force threw up another hurdle in a report, stating global stablecoins like Libra could potentially wreck the global monetary system and upend financial stability. Read more...

Disney Picked a Hell of a Time to Announce Its Latest Attempt to Make Star Wars Big in China

Right now, amid a storm of protest movements in Hong Kong calling to liberate the area from its status as a special administrative region of China, scrutiny of Western companies seen as implicitly supporting the actions of the Chinese government is higher than ever. So, of course, the House of Mouse picked right now… Read more...

Friday's Best Deals: Scrabble, Modern Love, Legendary Headphones, and More

An Anker Roav DashCam, an awesome bread box, and an all-time low price on Sennheiser HD 6XX headphones lead off Thursday’s best deals from around the web. Read more...

The Potential of Green Urban Planning for Mental Health

There is no single solution to the world-wide epidemic of poor mental health; addressing its root causes—like poverty-triggered stress and social isolation—and choosing effective treatment for sufferers remains paramount. One way to potentially partly buffer against the effects of poor mental health is through contact… Read more...

Black Panther’s Daniel Kaluuya Is Bringing a ‘Misunderstood’ Barney to the Big Screen

Barney is a dinosaur who we all know from TV, but now Mattel is bringing Barney & Friends to the big screen. Read more...

A Bug Lets Any Fingerprint Unlock the Galaxy S10 and Note 10, and Samsung Blames Phone Covers

After a British couple discovered that their Galaxy S10 could be unlocked by anyone’s fingerprints, Samsung has now provided an official statement explaining the issue and advising late model Galaxy phone owners on what to do. Read more...

Add These 9 Simple Browser Bookmarks to Make Your Online Life Easier

Your browser bookmarks might be stacked with articles you’ll never get around to reading, and sites you’ve long forgotten about, but there are ways to use bookmarks more productively—save these 10 handy URLs saved in your browser, and you’ll be able to get more done and more quickly while you’re online. Read more...

How Can You Keep Your Old Desktop PC Running Well?

When your desktop PC is aging, but you don’t have the heart (or the budget) to replace it, there’s still plenty you can do to give it a long, fulfilling life. In this week’s tech-support column at Lifehacker, we’re taking a question from a reader who wants to know what they should put on their maintenance checklist… Read more...

Updates From Stranger Things, Jurassic World 3, and More

Bruce Campbell says a director has been found for a new Evil Dead—and it’s not Sam Raimi. Robert Pattinson teases the grey morality of his Batman. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker gives us another look at Keri Russell’s mysterious bounty hunter. Plus, f-bombs aplenty in new Terminator: Dark Fate footage. To me, my… Read more...

Drop's Legendary Sennheiser HD 6XX Headphones Are Cheaper Than We've Ever Seen

Sennheiser’s HD 650 open back headphones are widely considered some of the best-sounding cans you can buy for under $1000, and the best chance to get them is when Drop (formerly MassDrop) drops a new shipment of the legendary HD 6XX. Read more...

Tribes Are Pushing Washington to Be the First State to Declare a Climate Emergency

There’s an occupation taking place in Olympia, Washington. Native American activists have established a semi-permanent camp 15 minutes away from the state Capitol as part of a campaign to push Governor Jay Inslee—the former presidential candidate who put the climate crisis front and center as part of his bid—to… Read more...

Twelve South's Tablet Stand Is Designed For Portability, And Is Only $15 Today

With the ability to fold up to practically nothing, and designed to hold a tablet at both typing and video-watching angles, Twelve South’s Compass might just be the ultimate tablet stand. It’d cost $40 when it first came out, but Amazon’s got the black model marked down to $15. Read more...

Pixel 4's Face Unlock Works When Your Eyes Are Closed; What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Not to be outdone by Apple’s Face ID, Google’s equipped its upcoming fourth generation of Pixel phones with facial recognition tech so that all you need is that adorable mug to access your device. And, just like its competitor, Google still seems to be working out the kinks. Unlocking your Pixel 4 may be a bit too… Read more...

That New Viral Face App Sucks, But It Got One Thing Right

All those celebrity look-alikes you’ve been seeing on your timeline Thursday come courtesy of the internet’s latest collective obsession: Gradient, a barely week-old photo editing app that went viral after a few choice influences promoted this new feature on Instagram. According to the Google Play store, it already… Read more...

Fat Can Build Up in the Lungs, Study Finds, Which May Explain Obesity-Asthma Link

For people living with obesity and excess weight, fat around the belly may not be the only thing to worry about. A new study out Thursday seems to show that fat can build up in a person’s lung airways, too. The discovery may help explain why some health problems like asthma are more common or worse in obese and… Read more...

Gab and Twitter Served With Search Warrants Over Neo-Nazi Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Federal authorities served search warrants to social network and white supremacist haven Gab as well as Twitter in an investigation into a neo-Nazi arrested for child pornography in Boulder, Colorado. Read more...

Tax The Hell Out Of Frequent Flyers

Flying, as I have written before, is one of the more vexing climate-related problems facing transportation. There are no good answers for cleaning up aviation except to fly a whole lot less, reversing the massive growth in the aviation industry over the last several decades that is projected to continue for several… Read more...

New Satellite Pics Show Curiosity and InSight Hard at Work on Mars

New images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are providing fresh views of NASA’s Insight lander and Curiosity rover on the Martian surface. Read more...

Juul Is Halting the Online Sale of Your Beloved Mango and Cucumber Pods

Juul announced on Thursday that it is pausing the sale of all non-tobacco and non-methanol pod flavors the U.S., meaning that those sweet, fruity flavors are—at least for now—no longer available in its online store. Read more...

Hear Me Out: Super Bees

The bee population is plummeting and the ecosystems and food systems that depend on their pollination are declining. One startup’s solution to the incoming beepocalypse is to make better bees. Read more...

The 10 Best Deals of October 17, 2019

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today. Read more...

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Would Have Prevented the Iraq War

Addressing a group of rightfully bored-looking Georgetown students, one of whom was allegedly escorted out for failing to silence their phone, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used his much-anticipated speaking engagement today primarily to try to rewrite the history of his data collection company. Read more...

Give Your Old Hard Drive or SSD New Life With This $8 Enclosure

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Blue Light from LEDs Can Rot the Brains of Fruit Flies, Study Finds

The blue light that emanates from every smartphone and fluorescent bulb isn’t thought to be great for our health, particularly the health of our eyes. But a new study in fruit flies suggests that blue light can even be harmful to brains and speed up aging—again, in fruit flies. There’s a very long way to go before we… Read more...

A brief history of The Zone, the sci-fi idea that swallows everything

Infinite Scroll is a series about the increasingly blurry lines between the internet, pop culture, and the real world. Read more...

First All-Women Spacewalk Scheduled for Tomorrow Morning

NASA has rescheduled its first all-women spacewalk for this Friday. Read more...

How to Prepare Your PC for Windows 10's November Update

Microsoft is readying the public release of its next major Windows 10 update, version 1909. These major releases show up twice a year, first in spring then again in the fall, and tend to include a number of new features, updates, and patches. However, they can also come with some major bugs and annoyances, so it’s… Read more...

These Are Our Readers' Six Favorite Halloween Candies

Obviously, there’s not one objectively “best” Halloween candy (or is there??), but that’s not going to stop us from voting for a pointless prize! The six candies below got the most stars in our nomination round, but which one would you most like to see in a trick or treat bucket? Be sure to vote at the bottom of the… Read more...

Modern Humans Inherited Even More DNA from Neanderthals and Denisovans Than We Thought

A comprehensive analysis of DNA from modern Melanesian people suggests an assortment of mutated genes inherited from extinct Neanderthals and Denisovans provided evolutionary advantages, such as the ability to consume new foods and avoid infections, among other important benefits. Read more...