This Year’s Sundance Lineup Might Be Its Most Crucial Yet

Every year important movies come to the Sundance Film Festival. Documentaries about global warming, narrative features about the trials of incarceration, stories of marginalized communities—they’re all screening from sunup to sundown. Yet this year’s Sundance lineup might be its most crucial, and timely, yet.

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That’s because at a time when less than 5 percent of the top-grossing movies in US theaters are directed by women, 37 percent of the Sundance lineup had women behind the camera. Not only that, many of their films—from documentaries about attorney Gloria Allred and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to features about women coming to terms with past sexual experiences—reflect issues currently filling news and social media feeds. “We’re proud of the diversity of this year’s read more

These high-speed ‘nano-cranes’ could form molecular assembly lines

Things aren’t going well down at the ol’ nano-factory. They’re having trouble getting all those tiny workers to synchronize and move quickly together. But leave it to the Germans to get things running smoothly! All it took was a careful application of that newfangled technology “electricity.”

Tiny nano-scale machines formed from DNA could be the future of manufacturing things at small scale but great volume: drugs, tiny chip components, and of course more nanomachines. But moving simple, reusable machines like a little arm half a micrometer long is more difficult than at human scale. Wires for signals aren’t possible at that scale, and if you want to move it with a second arm, how do you move that arm?

For a while chemical signals have been used; wash a certain solution over a nanobot and it changes its orientation, closes its grasping tip, or what have you. But that’s slow and inexact.

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich were looking at ways to improve read more

Trump Signs Surveillance Extension Into Law

Trump Signs Surveillance Extension Into Law
Published on January 19, 2018 at 11:30PM
President Trump took to Twitter this afternoon to announce that he has signed a six-year renewal of a powerful government surveillance tool. “Just signed 702 Bill to authorize foreign intelligence collection,” Trump tweeted. “This is NOT the same FISA law that was so wrongly abused during the election. I will always do the right thing for our country and put the safety of the American people first!” The Hill reports: Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which the Senate voted to renew with a few small tweaks this week, allows the U.S. to spy on foreigners overseas. The intelligence community says the program is a critical tool in identifying and disrupting terror plots. But the broader read more

A Persian leopard makes her debut into the wild—for the second time

A Persian leopard makes her debut into the wild—for the second time

    <img width="660" height="495" alt="" src="https://c402277.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/photos/14981/images/simple_style_full/DSC_3831.jpg?1516400468" /><img width="660" height="495" alt="" src="https://c402277.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/photos/14980/images/simple_style_full/DSC_3818.jpg?1516400434" /><img width="660" height="495" alt="" src="https://c402277.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/photos/14982/images/simple_style_full/DSC_3832.jpg?1516400497" /><img width="660" height="495" alt="" src="https://c402277.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/photos/14983/images/simple_style_full/DSC_3833-2.jpg?1516400521" /><img width="660" height="495" alt="" src="https://c402277.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/photos/14984/images/simple_style_full/DSC_3836.jpg?1516400587" />Meet Victoria. She was among three Persian leopards released in 2016 into the wild of the Caucasus Nature Reserve&mdash;a place where the species had gone extinct. Last June, she went off the grid, only to reappear six months later in
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The hottest PC gaming gear to look forward to in 2018

The only thing better than the Ultra HD graphics and silky-smooth gameplay that PC gaming affords is all the cool gear surrounding your computer. From keyboards to mice, monitors, gaming chairs and headsets, PC gaming hardware goes much farther than your main rig.

While we’re all still lusting after that ultra-wide gaming monitor or fancy keyboard, there are always new products to pine after. This year at CES 2018, we got our first glimpse of some of the most desirable pieces of gaming gear we’ve seen yet.

Asus Bezel-Free Kit

Multi-monitor setups for PC gaming can be amazing, especially for flight simulators and racing games but the only thing that sucks is seeing gaps between each of your screens. Asus’ Bezel-Free monitor kit aims to eliminate the problem by optically merging two or more screens into a seamless picture. 

Because it only uses prisms and the magic of light refraction, they can be slipped between practically any monitors with thin bezels and require no electronic control or power read more

SEC letter shows bitcoin funds won't happen soon, if ever

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Logan Paul forced YouTube to admit humans are better than algorithms

Up until now, Google’s (and by extension YouTube’s) solution had been to take down offensive channels and tweak its advertiser-friendly guidelines to give brands more control over where their ads show up. But the tech giant is now taking that one step further. Earlier this week, it announced YouTube will now manually review uploads from accounts that are part of its Google Preferred ad tier, which lets brands publish advertisements in videos from the top five percent of YouTube creators.

The shift is notable because it means YouTube will rely less on algorithms to catch bad actors, something that social media companies are finally realizing needs to happen. Facebook and Twitter have both also vowed to hire more humans, as they look to crack down on bots and troll accounts that have plagued their sites. What Google and YouTube hope, naturally, is that this will help avoid another mess like the one Logan Paul created.

Mobile Technology Applications

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How to make smart investments in cryptocurrency

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MoviePass says it will start acquiring movies, too

On the heels of hitting a 1.5 million subscriber milestone and bringing on a new marketing chief, the subscription service for watching movies in theaters, MoviePass, today announced it’s going to start buying movies, too. The company says it will begin to invest in films so it can share in their success beyond the box office, including on other platforms like streaming, DVD, and on-demand.

At present, MoviePass is seeing rapid growth thanks to dramatic cuts to its subscription pricing, rolled out last year.

Essentially, the company is subsidizing the cost of its subscription with the capital it raised from data firm Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (HMNY), now its majority owner. The idea is that MoviePass will operate in the red while growing its subscriber base, and then hit some sort of break even point in terms of revenue before the funding runs out. (Or perhaps HMNY is willing to keep piling on more cash until that point arrives.)

HMNY believes it will eventually be able read more