Coal May Find New Life Outside the Energy Market If This Bill Passes

Kentucky coal, baby.Photo: Getty Coal is dead, gone, fin. RIP, right? Well, not if Republicans have their way. It seems the GOP has accepted that coal just won’t survive in the energy market, so they’re now trying to find a place for it elsewhere in our economy. On Wednesday, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney introduced the…

Phishing scams leveled up and we didn’t

In case you missed it, on January 22 Guardian reported: “Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos had his mobile phone ‘hacked’ in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message that had apparently been sent from the personal account of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.” According to the now-contested report by FTI Consulting cited by Guardian, that was…

Draft bill could penalize companies for using end-to-end encryption

The draft does ask the commission to consider issues like privacy and security when establishing the practices. However, the 15-person commission would be led by the Attorney General, and current AG William Barr has been a vocal opponent of end-to-end encryption. As the draft law would let Barr modify the rules without a consensus, it…

A Spectacular Fireball Lights Up the English Sky

A meteor streaks across the English sky on January 21, 2020. Image: Christopher J. Small Check out this incredible photo of a streaking fireball, which appeared over England last week. The photo, captured by Christopher Small, was taken in Bude, a seaside resort town in northeast Cornwall, England, reports the European Space Association (ESA). The…

Aston Martin won’t release EVs until it’s financially stable

Since Aston Martin first teased the Rapide E back in 2015, the supercar has suffered multiple setbacks. After a false start courtesy of LeEco and the financial meltdown the Chinese company went through in 2017, Aston Martin said it would produce 155 Rapide Es in time for 2019. Earlier this month, however, Automaker published a…

Can You Spot a Deepfake? Here’s What to Look For

Could you spot a fake video created by artificial intelligence? In the video above, I share some telltale signs that a video has been altered with deepfake technology. A “deepfake” is any piece of digital content that’s been manipulated with artificial intelligence. The most common example is videos and GIFs, but the technology can be…

The Climate Crisis May Have Helped Spawn Massive Locust Swarms in East Africa

A girl tries to chase swarms of desert locusts away from her crops in Kitui county, Kenya on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.Photo: Ben Curtis (AP) East Africa is currently plagued with locust swarms of biblical proportions, but these swarms aren’t the act of an angry god. According to UN scientists, they may be a result…

EU votes in favor of choosing a common charging cable standard

The European Parliament also instructed the Commission to think about wireless chargers and how they could be used to reduce electronic waste. It also wants the body to find ways for the EU to collect and recycle more cables and chargers. “There is ‘an urgent need for EU regulatory action’ to reduce electronic waste and…

You can still watch the Super Bowl for free on Roku (updated)

There is one caveat: the NFL app won’t stream the game in 4K HDR. If you refuse to watch the big game in anything but 4K, you can check out our guide to watching the Super Bowl via cable and satellite TV, streaming or online livestreams. The Fox and Roku dispute began yesterday when Fox…

Astrophysicists Observe Star Dragging Space-Time

Artist’s impression of the Parkes radio telescope observing a pulsar-white dwarf binary.Illustration: Mark Myers, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery Scientists have observed a spinning star dragging space-time along with it, according to a new paper. Physicists today devote a lot of time to trying to disprove the claims made in Albert Einstein’s…