Author Archives: Christopher Carbone

{FD} ‘Largest living thing,’ an 80,000-year-old Utah forest, is dying, scientists warn

An ancient forest in Utah considered to be the largest single living thing in the world is dying, according to scientists.  Continue reading

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{FD} 450 Amazon employees protest facial recognition software being sold to police

A group of 450 Amazon employees has signed a letter protesting the company’s decision to sell its facial recognition software to police with one choosing to publish an anonymous op-ed explaining their concerns.  Continue reading

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{FD} Twitter’s release of 10 million Russian, Iranian influence campaign tweets shows America’s vulnerability

Twitter released on Wednesday an archive of more than 10 million tweets originating in Russia and Iran, demonstrating efforts to capitalize on existing American vulnerabilities by targeting both ends of the political spectrum and sowing division.  Continue reading

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{FD} Stunning NASA image reveals Jupiter’s beauty in ultraviolet and infrared light

Jupiter has gotten a makeover in a stunning new image released by NASA. Continue reading

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{FD} Facebook to ban voting misinformation as midterm elections approach

Facebook is cracking down on efforts to prevent voter suppression with the midterms less than a month away.  Continue reading

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{FD} Jack Dorsey says we should ‘always question’ Twitter, does not want freedom of expression ‘weaponized’

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is open to making major changes to the platform he co-founded 12 years ago in an effort to make what has become the world’s public square a safer place for healthy conversations.  Continue reading

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{FD} Donald Daters, new app for Trump supporters, aims to ‘Make America Date Again’

Dating as a supporter of President Donald Trump can be challenging.  Continue reading

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{FD} Huge ‘diamond’ sculpture in space could make history

If the purpose of art is to expand our minds, how does that change when the artwork is 350 miles away in low Earth orbit? Continue reading

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{FD} Kanye West reveals his iPhone lock code in the Oval Office

Change your password, Kanye. Continue reading

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{FD} Mozilla’s $3.5M plan to teach ethics to coders

Despite the high-minded promise of tech’s potential to enrich our lives, each day brings a new headline about its negative effects.  Continue reading

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{FD} Walmart eyes internet-connected shopping carts to track customers’ heart rates

Walmart wants to know exactly how its customers are feeling.  Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Greedy’ Google: Community activists slam tech giant over planned San Jose mega-campus

A group of activists and local residents marched on Google’s campus to demand stronger protections for housing and wages in the company’s plans for a massive San Jose complex. Continue reading

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{FD} Facebook fights bullying, harassment with new tools

Facebook is adding several new tools in its ongoing battle against bullying and harassment on the platform. Continue reading

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{FD} Google faces Belgium lawsuit for not blurring military sites, nuclear plants on maps

Belgium plans to sue Google over the tech behemoth’s refusal to blur sensitive military sites and nuclear power plants, a military spokesman confirmed on Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Is Big Tech harming innovation? Antitrust chief wonders if there’s ‘credible evidence’

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{FD} US ambassador accuses China of ‘bullying’ with ‘propaganda ads’

One week after a Chinese state newspaper ran a four-page advertisement in the U.S. promoting the mutual benefits of trade, the American ambassador to China slammed Beijing for spreading propaganda. Continue reading

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{FD} Elderly, ‘feisty’ white-cheeked Gibbon dies at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Workers and animal lovers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Muneca, a white-cheeked gibbon who was euthanized on Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Disabled man, 60, fights to keep Pennsylvania home as community rallies to raise funds

A Pennsylvania man with a physical disability who has lived alone for the last four years is fighting to keep his independence and his home—with a little help from his community. Continue reading

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{FD} Huge shark swims by scientists in Atlantic as they discover colorful new fish

In the midst of discovering a brand new species of fish, a team of researchers missed a huge shark swimming above them when they were diving hundreds of feet into the Atlantic Ocean’s depths. Continue reading

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{FD} NASA’s new satellite uses lasers to track Earth’s melting ice

NASA’s new $1 billion satellite will give humanity a stronger, data-backed vision of exactly how fast Earth’s ice is melting. Continue reading

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{FD} 3D-printed gun activist Cody Wilson accused of sex with minor is jailed in US

The man at the center of a debate over 3-D gun printing rights has been extradited to the U.S. after being arrested in Taiwan in connection with a sexual assault charge, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} California kindergarten student can take cannabis to school, judge rules

A 5-year-old California girl can keep bringing a cannabis-based drug to school—used for emergency treatment of a rare form of epilepsy—a judge ruled Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis says snuff out ‘any whiff’ of resurgent anti-Semitism

Pope Francis warned Sunday against any rebirth of the “pernicious” anti-Semitic attitudes that fueled the Holocaust as he marked the annual remembrance for Lithuania’s centuries-old Jewish community that was nearly wiped out during World War II. Continue reading

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{FD} New Brexit referendum? UK’s Labour Party ponders supporting the idea

As talks between the U.K. and Europe to negotiate the country’s exit from the European Union have stalled, Britain’s Labour Party may hold the fate of Brexit in its hands. Continue reading

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{FD} Terrifying ‘fire tornado’ sucks firehose 200 feet into the sky, then melts it in midair

Canadian firefighters caught a rare, terrifying phenomenon on video last month when a 200-foot-tall fire tornado sucked their firehose into the sky and melted it. Continue reading

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{FD} Google’s China prototype reportedly links searches to phone numbers

Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that reportedly links users’ searches to their personal phone numbers—therefore making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor its citizens’ queries. Continue reading

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{FD} Rare, mummified Ice Age wolf pup and caribou dug up in Canada

The Klondike region of Canada is famous for its gold, but now other remarkable ancient treasures have been unearthed from the melting permafrost. Continue reading

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{FD} London mayor calls for second referendum on Brexit, says negotiations are ‘mired in confusion’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for another referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union—saying that Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of Brexit negotiations has become “mired in confusion and deadlock.” Continue reading

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{FD} Uber driver arrested after police find guns, drugs in hidden compartment

An off-duty Uber driver was busted with cocaine, marijuana and a gun after authorities received a tip that he would be in the area delivering drugs. Continue reading

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{FD} Florence aftermath: ‘Catastrophic, life-threatening’ flooding risk as storm shatters rainfall records

Tropical Depression Florence, which caused at least 14 deaths and knocked out power for almost a million people, has inundated parts of North Carolina with record-shattering rainfall that’s expected to push rivers over their banks and could spawn dange… Continue reading

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{FD} Hurricane Florence’s rainfall could be ‘catastrophic,’ scientist says

Hurricane Harvey, which dumped 40 inches of rain when it made landfall in 2017, could be in for some competition if Hurricane Florence behaves similarly. Continue reading

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{FD} Why is Hurricane Florence so intense this far north?

Hurricane Florence, barreling toward the southeastern U.S. with 130 mph wind, has intensified further north than a typical storm of its size. Continue reading

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{FD} Future Mars colonies? Scientists sketch out research bases that could take root on the Red Planet

A new study reveals how humans could potentially colonize Mars and create a self-sustaining research base to support manned missions for several years. Continue reading

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{FD} British broadcasters urge ‘independent oversight’ of Facebook, Google and Twitter

A group of leading British broadcasters have called for tighter regulation and “independent oversight” of big technology firms in a letter published Sunday. Continue reading

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{FD} Grieving dad slammed Facebook after ‘sick sadist’ trolled him about his dead daughter

A grief stricken British father lashed out at Facebook after a ‘sick sadist’ admitted that he posted derogatory material about his dead young daughter. Continue reading

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{FD} The ‘Great Dying’: What made Earth’s deadliest mass extinction so disastrous?

Around 252 million years ago, Earth’s most severe extinction incident wiped out all living things on the planet. Continue reading

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{FD} Scientists may have uncovered what dinosaur DNA looks like

Life will find a way, as Jeff Goldblum’s character puts it in Jurassic Park. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Hunger stones’ with dire warnings have been surfacing in Europe

“If you see me, weep.” Continue reading

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{FD} Facebook testing a label to show what you have in common with random people

Facebook has devised another way to “connect” you with some of the 2 billion people on its network. Continue reading

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{FD} No level of alcohol consumption is healthy, scientists say

When it comes to drinking alcohol, the healthiest thing to do is abstain entirely, according to a large, wide-ranging report published by scientists. Continue reading

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{FD} World’s largest shipping company heads to Arctic as climate change may open up new routes

The world’s largest container line is about to embark on a trip through the cold Arctic to test a faster shipping method that could become viable as warmer temperatures melt open the Northern Sea Route. Continue reading

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{FD} Russian weapons company unveils 13-foot tall ‘gold killer robot’

A well-known Russian weapons manufacturing company has unveiled a 13-foot golden walking killer robot that looks like something out of “RoboCop.” Continue reading

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{FD} Arctic’s oldest, thickest sea ice breaks up for first time on record

The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has begun to break up, opening waters that are normally frozen, researchers say. Continue reading

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{FD} Which Confederate statues were removed? A running list

More than 30 cities across the United States have removed or relocated Confederate statues and monuments amid an intense nationwide debate about race and history. Here is a running list of all the monuments that have been removed and the cities that ha… Continue reading

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{FD} Stolen artifacts: European museums may loan back works from former colonies

Museums in Western Europe are starting to reevaluate how to deal with certain colonial-era artifacts added to their expansive collections over the years — despite being stolen or plundered. Continue reading

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{FD} Bed bug outbreak hits British cities

This summer’s very hot temperatures is prompting an exponential increase in bed bug infestations in the United Kingdom, according to experts. Continue reading

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{FD} Florida man, 88, burns raccoon alive over eating mangoes, police say

Police arrested an 88-year-old Florida man for burning a trapped raccoon alive because the animal had eaten his mangoes. Continue reading

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{FD} FDNY brawl ‘one of the most severe beatings seen on tape,’ insider says

A brutal brawl between two groups of FDNY firefighters in the Bronx has sparked several investigations and sent shockwaves through the department’s leadership. Continue reading

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{FD} Mysterious giant shark tracked by satellites, rare sightings

A basking shark’s enormous silhouette, rarely seen in oceans worldwide, is a major draw for scientists who are mapping its often mysterious migrations. Continue reading

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{FD} Restaurant receives one-star Yelp review for hanging LGBT pride flag on storefront

Patrons rallied around a restaurant owner in Massachusetts after he received a one-star Yelp review that focused on a small LGBT pride flag hanging in his storefront and barely mentioned anything else. Continue reading

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