The CBS and Viacom merger, explained

Viacom executive Shari Redstone. | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Viacom CBS and Viacom are merging. Then they’ll have to merge with something else. Sometime very soon (Maybe Monday night! Maybe in the morning! Or the next day!) the media companies CBS and Viacom will finally announce that they are merging. It’s the move their owner Shari Redstone has been trying to make for years. The deal will combine a big cable programmer, whose networks like…

Read More

A songwriter says Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” is a copycat. It’s a huge reach.

Lady Gaga. | Gotham/GC Images After Katy Perry lost an alarming copyright case, another found its way to Lady Gaga’s doorstep. There’s a really simple answer as to why Grammy- and Oscar-winning artist Lady Gaga could end up paying millions for allegedly stealing her award-winning A Star Is Born hit “Shallow.” And it’s that singer-songwriter Steve Ronsen, the obscure artist threatening to take her to court, could win his case. On August 8, Page Six…

Read More

UK tech pioneer conjures new future for farming out of thin air

Change is in the air for agriculture and indoor farms developer LettUs Grow is breaking new ground with a system that produces more plants more quickly by growing their roots only in a nutrient-rich mist. A pioneer within the field known as aeroponics, this air-based method uses 95 percent less water than conventional farming. Change is in the air for agriculture and indoor farms developer LettUs Grow is breaking new ground with a system that produces…

Read More

Why the Trump administration is going after low-income immigrants, explained by an expert

Acting Director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli announces the “public option” rule change during a briefing at the White House on Monday. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images The “public charge” rule change is about generating “fear, cruelty, and chaos,” Marielena Hincapié tells us. The Trump administration’s efforts to discourage undocumented immigration have gotten more attention, but Stephen Miller and company have also worked to restrict legal immigration. And on Monday, officials announced…

Read More

The fish tube is more than a meme. It could help save ecosystems.

A Chinook salmon shoots through a plastic tube as it is sorted by size at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Rancho Cordova, California in 2008. | Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee/MCT via Getty Images The “salmon cannon” isn’t even the first time US scientists have flung aquatic creatures into the air. Humans everywhere were captivated over the weekend by a viral video of salmon being transported from one estuary to another through a giant overland pneumatic tube…

Read More
1 2 3 8