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Meet the Protein That Plugs a Sperm Into an Egg During Fertilization

The successful union of egg and sperm in fertilization depends on a sperm cell’s ability to get through an egg’s thick protective coating and latch itself to its membrane. A study published in the journal Andrology yesterday gives us our first look at the protein responsible for the tie-down. » 8/27/15 5:50pm 4 minutes ago

A Cyclist's Track Stand Befuddled One of Google's Self-Driving Cars

It’s usually easy for our human brains to predict how any given car, pedestrian, or cyclist is going to act, but computers must be programmed to “understand” all of our varying behaviors on the road. The latest thing perplexing Google’s self-driving cars (and thereby entertaining us)? A simple track stand, according… » 8/27/15 5:00pm 54 minutes ago

A Journalist Used an Artificial Tusk to Track the Illegal Ivory Trade

Tracking the movement of ivory through the nebulous, international black market is extraordinarily difficult. But we need to start doing a better job of it if we want to stamp out the illegal trade that claims 100 elephant lives every day. One journalist’s solution? Build the world’s most convincing fake tusk, and… » 8/27/15 4:50pm Today 4:50pm

American Drones Are Killing ISIS Hackers Now

ISIS talks a big talk when it comes to hacking, and United States forces just showed they’re not going to put up with it. The Obama administration just announced that a drone strike has killed the organization’s top cyber-terrorist, Junaid Hussain. At least one American leader says the rest of the ISIS hackers should… » 8/27/15 4:05pm Today 4:05pm

The Best Operations Security Propaganda Posters From World War II

“Loose tweets destroy fleets.” That’s the slogan of the United States Air Force’s latest operations security (OPSEC) campaign, and if the phrase sounds familiar, don’t be surprised. We collected 50 propaganda posters from World War II that show an age when keeping military secrets was a matter of life or death. » 8/27/15 3:35pm Today 3:35pm

The FDA Is Cracking Down on American Spirit and So-Called "Natural" Cigarettes

If you’re a smoker looking for a “healthier” cigarette you may have turned to American Spirits in recent years. They’re marketed as “natural” and “additive-free,” leading many people to believe that they’re less harmful. This, of course, is bullshit. And now the FDA wants to finally crack down on them. » 8/27/15 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

3 Things Movies and TV Shows Get Wrong About Serial Killers (and 3 Things They Get Right)

Hannibal may be ending its NBC run on Saturday, but serial killers as entertainment will, no doubt, live on forever. But how accurate are the most popular examples of narrative, non-docudrama works that depict their gruesome habits? We make like Will Graham and investigate. » 8/27/15 2:36pm Today 2:36pm

America Has Lost The War Against Guns

Yesterday morning in Roanoke, Va., a man named Vester Lee Flanagan walked up to newscaster Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward as they were filming a segment for local TV station WDBJ, and, using a handgun, shot them to death. (He also critically wounded Vicki Gardner, the woman Parker and Ward were interviewing;… » 8/27/15 2:20pm Today 2:20pm

Beautiful Pieces of the 1893 World's Fair Discovered In Storage In Chicago

The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition was the prototypical World’s Fair. It brought together wonders of engineering, the latest technologies and consumer products, and music and art from far-off lands. Sadly, almost all of its buildings are no more—but in Chicago, three lovely fragments of one have resurfaced. » 8/27/15 2:00pm Today 2:00pm