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  • 3 days ago
    Achievement TheSpirit

    Midnight Express

    Published 2/2 expression snaps! Congratulations TheSpirit on this achievement!

    +2350 XP
  • 3 days ago
    Expression TheSpirit

    The Beleaguered Tenants of ‘Kushnerville’

    Tenants in more than a dozen Baltimore-area rental complexes complain about a property owner who they say leaves their homes in disrepair, humiliates late-paying renters and often sues them when they try to move out. Few of them know that their landlord is the president’s son-in-law.

  • 6 days ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Theresa May's plan to scrap free school lunches will hit 900,000 poor families

    Almost one million children from poor backgrounds will lose the right to free school meals if Theresa May pushes through cuts in the Conservative manifesto, an educational think tank has warned. The Prime Minister announced last week that universal free lunches for infants will be stopped if the Tories win the June 8 general election, with free breakfasts on offer instead.

  • 6 days ago
    Analysis TheSpirit

    Researchers design moisture-responsive workout suit

    A team of MIT researchers has designed a breathable workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to an athlete’s body heat and sweat. These flaps, which range from thumbnail- to finger-sized, are lined with live microbial cells that shrink and expand in response to changes in humidity. The cells act as tiny sensors and actuators, driving the flaps to open when an athlete works up a sweat, and pulling them closed when the body has cooled off.

  • 8 days ago
    Analysis TheSpirit

    Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America

    On March 2, a disturbing report hit the desks of U.S. counterintelligence officials in Washington. For months, American spy hunters had scrambled to uncover details of Russia's influence operation against the 2016 presidential election. In offices in both D.C. and suburban Virginia, they had created massive wall charts to track the different players in Russia's multipronged scheme. But the report in early March was something new.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    HP is shipping audio drivers with a built-in keylogger

    That fancy new HP Elite laptop you just bought? It may be silently recording every keystroke. For what it’s worth, it doesn’t look like there’s malice here – just staggering incompetence. According to ModZero’s blog post, an update to HP’s audio drivers released in 2015 introduced new diagnostic features. One of these is used to detect if a special key had been pressed or released. Except it seems this was poorly implemented, as the driver ultimately acted like a keylogger, capturing...

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    2nd German soldier arrested in ‘false-flag’ plot to assassinate pro-refugee politicians

    German authorities have detained another soldier who is believed to be involved in an alleged far-right plot to stage a false-flag terrorist attack against high-ranking pro-refugee politicians and blame it on asylum seekers. The 27-year-old suspect, who the prosecutors identified as Maximilian T, was arrested in Kehl, Baden-Wurttemberg on Tuesday after military intelligence discovered a link between two suspects detained in late April.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    New Zealand to scrap blasphemy crime after Garda investigation

    New Zealand plans to scrap the crime of blasphemy following calls for reform in response to a Garda investigation into British actor and comedian Stephen Fry. David Seymour, leader of ACT, a minor opposition party, who has instigated the move, said politicians of all stripes wanted to end what they saw as an archaic curb of freedom of speech. “New Zealanders cherish the fact that we have strong separation between church and state,” he told AFP.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Level Up TheSpirit

    Level 8

    TheSpirit is now level 8 with 32,470 XP.

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    • Tribe creation The maximum amount of tribes you can create has been raised by 2 to a total of 7.
    • Tribe membership The maximum amount of tribes you can join has been raised by 5 to a total of 95.
    • List submission The maximum amount of items you can submit to a unique social list has been raised by 1 to a total of 6.
  • 2 weeks ago
    Achievement TheSpirit

    Brainiac

    Published 2/2 analysis snaps! Congratulations TheSpirit on this achievement!

    +2010 XP
  • 2 weeks ago
    Analysis TheSpirit

    Why Do Gas Station Prices Constantly Change? Blame the Algorithm

    One recent afternoon at a Shell-branded station on the outskirts of this Dutch city, the price of a gallon of unleaded gas started ticking higher, rising more than 3½ cents by closing time. A little later, a competing station 3 miles down the road raised its price about the same amount. The two stations are among thousands of companies that use artificial-intelligence software to set prices.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Hundreds of workers 'take cover' after tunnel collapses at massive US nuclear site

    Hundreds of workers have been forced to "take cover" after a tunnel in a nuclear finishing plant collapsed in Washington state. Following the incident Tuesday morning, which a spokesperson told the Independent is still being investigated, a manager sent a message to workers telling them to “secure ventilation in your building” and to “refrain from eating or drinking.” The US Department of Energy activated its Emergency Operations Center Tuesday following the collapse.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Analysis TheSpirit

    Depression, anxiety more widespread among patients using opioids than patients using medical cannabis

    Aching joints? Old injuries? Long-term illness? If these issues ring a bell with you, you’re probably one of the millions of people suffering from chronic pain in the United States. But before you reach for that bottle of prescription pills, you should know new research suggests medical cannabis has a leg-up on traditional opioids when it comes to anxiety and depression relief.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Edward Snowden is welcome to stay in Russia as long as he likes

    Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden can stay in Russia until he decides to leave, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said. “I think that that is something he will decide himself,” Zakharova said on Thursday when Yahoo News anchor Katie Couric asked her how long Snowden’s sojourn in Russia will continue. The former NSA contractor has been living in Russia since 2013, after leaking thousands of classified intelligence docume...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Kindergartner Vaccinations Rising In San Diego County After State Law Change

    About 2,400 San Diego County kindergartners — in both public and private schools — began the 2016-2017 school year lacking one or more recommended vaccinations against diseases such as measles, polio and whooping cough, according to an inewsource analysis of state data. That figure represents about 5.3 percent of the county’s kindergarten students.

  • 1 month ago
    Achievement TheSpirit

    Judgement Say

    Published 2/2 review snaps! Congratulations TheSpirit on this achievement!

    +1980 XP
  • 1 month ago
    Review TheSpirit

    This box can see through walls — and it could shake up home security

    Aura looks for intruders based on the subtle disturbances in wireless spectrum their movements make, like ripples in a lake.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Japan environment ministry drafts emergency declaration over rising deaths of coral

    Japan's environment ministry has drafted an emergency declaration over rising coral deaths in waters surrounding the country. Following a meeting of dozens of top environmentalists, the ministry expressed concerns that the corals could be extinct by 2070. To reduce the decay of coral reefs, the ministry has proposed a series of initiatives, including the development of new technologies to cultivate and transplant corals in various locations.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    We are going to build a base on the moon

    China and Europe are looking to build a human outpost on the moon. Representatives of the Chinese and European space agencies have discussed collaborating on a moonbase and other possible joint endeavours, according to spoekespeople and media reports. The work was first revealed by the secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, who told Chinese state media about the talks. A spokesperson for the European Space Agency, Pal Hvistendahl, confirmed the discussions.

  • 1 month ago
    Level Up TheSpirit

    Level 7

    TheSpirit is now level 7 with 22,960 XP.

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    • Tribe Claim Level You can claim tribes with max level 2.
    • Following bonus The maximum amount of users you can follow has been raised by 20 to a total of 160.
    • Snapzine The maximum amount of snapzine editions you can create has been raised by 1 to a total of 12.
  • 1 month ago
    Achievement TheSpirit

    Good Image

    Reached a reputation rating of 70%. Congratulations TheSpirit on this achievement!

    +3370 XP
  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Google shuts down Burger King's cunning TV ad

    Just under three hours after Burger King unveiled a new advertisement designed to hijack your Google Home to read a long-winded description of its Whopper burger, Google has disabled the functionality. It was fun / horrifying while it lasted!

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Scientists seek holy grail of climate change in Oman's hills

    Deep in the jagged red mountains of Oman, geologists are drilling in search of the holy grail of reversing climate change: an efficient and cheap way to remove carbon dioxide from the air and oceans. They are coring samples from one of the world's only exposed sections of the Earth's mantle to uncover how a spontaneous natural process millions of years ago transformed CO2 into limestone and marble.

  • 1 month ago
    Expression TheSpirit

    Sleep Is the New Status Symbol

    Once we would brag of not needing very much of it. Now deep slumber is a coveted state achieved with gadgets, apps, gizmos and classes.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Will there be any jobs left as artificial intelligence advances?

    If you're an accountant, lawyer or data analyst, a robot may soon take over your job. A new report from the International Bar Association suggests machines will most likely replace humans in high-routine occupations. The authors have suggested that governments introduce human quotas in some sectors in order to protect jobs. Gerlind Wisskirchen, a lawyer for labour and employment law, coordinated the study, which started one-and-a-half years ago.