I had a health crisis in France. I’m here to tell you that ‘socialized medicine’ is terrific – LA Times

On Sunday, March 29, 2015, two days after my 54th birthday, I came very close to dying. I was sitting in an armchair in my Paris apartment, reading a newspaper, when I became dizzy. The next thing I knew, my heart was beating violently. When the paramedics arrived, it was racing at 240 beats per […]

The Rise of Confirmshaming: When Websites Insult You for Not Opting In – Motherboard

It’s probably fair to suggest that most people using the internet want to save money, make healthy choices, and keep abreast of current events. What they don’t want, is to give companies their email addresses to prove it. Much of the online marketing world, however, seeks to change this. Growing numbers of websites, from magazines […]

This Ransomware Doesn’t Want Cash, It Just Wants You to Play a Japanese Video Game – Motherboard

Do you want to play a game? That’s the question posed by a novel piece of ransomware that challenges victims to achieve a high score in a video game instead of demanding cash to unlock files. Yeah. “Minamitsu ‘The Captain’ Murasa encrypted your precious data like documents, musics [sic], pictures, and some kinda project files,” a […]

Dick Doctors Need to Stop Dicking Around Online

Image: Flickr User Vic/Ryan F Mandelbaum If you trust a doctor with information about your urinary tract or penis, you probably don’t want them talking about you online. You probably hope that their online presence is devoid of most unprofessional behaviors, in fact. The American Urological Association encourages its docs to be active on social […]

Is Trump Unfit to Be President? – The Atlantic

Google Microdata Mobile only ad Article “Cover” The Unfit President Unlike George W. Bush and Barack Obama before him, Trump doesn’t seem to care about working out or eating healthy. Google Metadata Michelle Kondrich / The Atlantic When Teddy Roosevelt was in office, he had the White House basement coated with mats. An avid martial […]

I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations | Victoria Herrmann | Opinion | The Guardian

As an Arctic researcher, I’m used to gaps in data. Just over 1% of US Arctic waters have been surveyed to modern standards. In truth, some of the maps we use today haven’t been updated since the second world war. Navigating uncharted waters can prove difficult, but it comes with the territory of working in […]

Possible Trump Science Advisor Compares Climate Science to ISIS, Tells Us Jezebel ‘Is Well Named’ 

Dr. William Happer, a retired Princeton physicist and trusted Breitbart expert, met with then president-elect Donald Trump in early January, reportedly to discuss the role of science advisor; he told The Guardian last month that if offered the post he would accept it. On inauguration day, in a colorful demonstration of his personal brand of […]