The contempt of Congress vote and what it means for William Barr, explained

The contempt of Congress vote and what it means for William Barr, explained

Democrats voted to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress. Here’s how that would work. House Democrats are upping the ante in their attempt to get special counsel Robert Mueller’s full, unredacted report by threatening to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. Frustrated by weeks of missed subpoena deadlines and pushback from the Trump administration, the House Judiciary Committee passed a contempt resolution along party lines on Wednesday, at the end…

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If bitcoin is so safe, why does it keep getting hacked?

If bitcoin is so safe, why does it keep getting hacked?

Thieves have stolen millions of dollars in bitcoin from exchanges. Here’s why it keeps happening. Hackers just stole $40 million worth of bitcoin from Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. It’s hardly the first time crypto has been targeted by thieves. For a technology that’s supposed to be hyper secure, in practice, it’s often proven itself to be, well, not. Binance, which is based in Taiwan, announced on Tuesday that hackers…

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A mysterious gut doctor is begging Americans to throw out “this vegetable” now. But like, which?

A mysterious gut doctor is begging Americans to throw out “this vegetable” now. But like, which?

A journey through internet garbage. There is a gut doctor, and he begs Americans: “Throw out this vegetable now.” This news is accompanied by a different image nearly every time. This morning the plea appeared at the bottom of an article on Vox next to a photo of a hand chopping up what appears to be a pile of green apples. At other times, it has been paired with a picture of a petri dish…

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At this year’s Met Gala, the theme was camp. To everyone involved, that meant pink.

At this year’s Met Gala, the theme was camp. To everyone involved, that meant pink.

When did pink become the color of camp? No one can completely agree on what the aesthetic sensibility of “camp” means, but at this year’s camp-themed Met Gala, everyone seemed to agree on one thing: Camp is pink. The pinkening started from the top. Every year, the Met Gala takes its theme from the annual show put on by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, and in 2019, that show is “Camp: Notes on…

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Beyoncé builds stardom by being an idol. Taylor Swift wants to be your best friend.

Beyoncé builds stardom by being an idol. Taylor Swift wants to be your best friend.

Pitting them against each other doesn’t make sense. At the Billboard Music Awards last week, Taylor Swift made what appeared to be a major tactical error in the rollout for her new album. She performed her new single “ME!” with a pink-clad marching band accompanying her, and she did it just weeks after Beyoncé released Homecoming, a documentary about Beyonce’s highly acclaimed Coachella performance. And Homecoming features Beyoncé performing with an alternately yellow- and pink-clad…

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The UK has now gone a week without coal power. It’s aiming for the most aggressive climate target in the world.

The UK has now gone a week without coal power. It’s aiming for the most aggressive climate target in the world.

Lawmakers also declared a “climate emergency” after Extinction Rebellion protests drew down in London.   The United Kingdom has now gone one full week without burning coal for electricity, its grid operator reported Wednesday. It’s a remarkable feat, marking the longest stretch without combusting coal since the dawn of the industrial revolution 134 years ago. But the government’s official climate advisory group laid out a far more ambitious goal for the UK last week, one…

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The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity

The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity

Why some people fear AI, explained. Stephen Hawking has said, “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Elon Musk claims that AI is humanity’s “biggest existential threat.” That might have people asking: Wait, what? But these grand worries are rooted in research. Along with Hawking and Musk, prominent figures at Oxford and UC Berkeley and many of the researchers working in AI today believe that advanced AI systems,…

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