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AP-NORC Poll: Many in U.S. Doubt their Own Impact on Climate

AP-NORC Poll: Many in U.S. Doubt their Own Impact on Climate

SCIENCE | By Hannah Fingerhut and Nuha Dolby | Aug 14, 2022

Americans are less concerned now about how climate change might impact them personally — and about how their personal choices affect the climate — than they were three years ago, a new poll shows.

Strike Four: Facebook Misses Election Misinfo in Brazil Ads

Strike Four: Facebook Misses Election Misinfo in Brazil Ads

PERSONAL TECH | By Barbara Ortutay | Aug 14, 2022

Facebook failed to detect blatant election-related misinformation in ads ahead of Brazil's 2022 election, a new report from Global Witness has found.

Officials: Loud 'Boom' Heard in North Utah Likely a Meteor

Officials: Loud 'Boom' Heard in North Utah Likely a Meteor

SCIENCE | Aug 14, 2022

A loud "boom" heard across areas of northern Utah was likely a meteor, officials said Saturday.

Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' Law Fuels Anti-LGBTQ+ Hate Online

Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' Law Fuels Anti-LGBTQ+ Hate Online

PERSONAL TECH | By David Klepper | Aug 14, 2022

Research that analyzed social media posts finds that hateful references to gays, lesbians and other LGBTQ people surged online after Florida passed a law that bars instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade.

FTC Looking at Rules to Corral Tech Firms' Data Collection

FTC Looking at Rules to Corral Tech Firms' Data Collection

PERSONAL TECH | By Marcy Gordon | Aug 12, 2022

Whether it's the fitness tracker on your wrist, the "smart" home appliances in your house or the latest kids' fad going viral, they all produce a trove of personal data for big tech companies.

Scientists Use Tiny Trackers, Plane to Follow Moths on Move

Scientists Use Tiny Trackers, Plane to Follow Moths on Move

SCIENCE | By Maddie Burakoff | Aug 12, 2022

Trillions of insects migrate across the globe each year, yet little is known about their journeys. So to look for clues, scientists in Germany took to the skies.

Online Privacy in a Post-Roe World

Online Privacy in a Post-Roe World

PERSONAL TECH | Aug 11, 2022

The case of a Nebraska woman charged with helping her teenage daughter end her pregnancy after investigators obtained Facebook messages between the two has raised fresh concerns about data privacy in the post-Roe world.

Former Twitter Worker Convicted of Spying for Saudi Arabia

Former Twitter Worker Convicted of Spying for Saudi Arabia

PERSONAL TECH | By Barbara Ortutay and Matt O'Brien | Aug 10, 2022

A former Twitter employee has been convicted of failing to register as an agent for Saudi Arabia and other charges after accessing private data on users critical of the kingdom's government in a spy case.

Do Spiders Sleep? Study Suggests They May Snooze Like Humans

Do Spiders Sleep? Study Suggests They May Snooze Like Humans

SCIENCE | By Maddie Burakoff | Aug 9, 2022

It's a question that keeps some scientists awake at night: Do spiders sleep?

Researchers Ask Census to Stop Controversial Privacy Method

Researchers Ask Census to Stop Controversial Privacy Method

PERSONAL TECH | By Mike Schneider | Aug 9, 2022

Prominent demographers are asking the U.S. Census Bureau to abandon a controversial method for protecting survey and census participants' confidentiality.

From Mecca to the Vatican, Exploring Sacred Sites with VR

From Mecca to the Vatican, Exploring Sacred Sites with VR

PERSONAL TECH | By Luis Andres Henao | Aug 8, 2022

Click and gape at the Vatican's Sistine Chapel ceiling up close. Click again and join thousands of pilgrims at Islam's most sacred site. Or strap on a headset and enter the holy city of Jerusalem.

'Community Lighthouses' Powered by the Sun and Volunteers

'Community Lighthouses' Powered by the Sun and Volunteers

PERSONAL TECH | By Rebecca Santana | Aug 8, 2022

"Community Lighthouses," outfitted with roof solar panels and a battery pack to store energy, can serve as electricity hubs after a disaster.

Twitter Breach Exposed Anonymous Account Owners

Twitter Breach Exposed Anonymous Account Owners

PERSONAL TECH | By Frank Bajak | Aug 8, 2022

The breach is especially worrisome because many Twitter account owners, including human rights activists, do not disclose their identities in their profiles for security reasons.

Meta Trims Election Misinformation Efforts as Midterms Loom

Meta Trims Election Misinformation Efforts as Midterms Loom

PERSONAL TECH | By Amanda Seitz | Aug 5, 2022

Facebook owner Meta is quietly curtailing some of the safeguards designed to thwart voting misinformation or foreign interference in U.S. elections as the November midterm vote approaches.

South Korean Spacecraft Launched to the Moon, Country's 1st

South Korean Spacecraft Launched to the Moon, Country's 1st

SCIENCE | By Marcia Dunn | Aug 5, 2022

South Korea joined the stampede to the moon Thursday with the launch of a lunar orbiter that will scout out future landing spots.

'Stray' Cat Video Game Brings Some Benefits to Real Cats

'Stray' Cat Video Game Brings Some Benefits to Real Cats

VIDEO GAMES | By Thalia Beaty | Aug 4, 2022

The virtual hero from the video game sensation "Stray" doesn't just wind along rusted pipes and decode clues in a seemingly abandoned city. The daring orange tabby is helping real world cats as well.

Tech Used Behind The Scenes of Online Slots and How They Work

Tech Used Behind The Scenes of Online Slots and How They Work

PERSONAL TECH | Aug 3, 2022

Slots games are pretty straightforward: you put in your money, spin the reels, and hope for the best. Simple, right? However, have you ever asked yourself what happens behind the scenes?

10 Popular Dating Apps for the LGBTQ Community in 2022

10 Popular Dating Apps for the LGBTQ Community in 2022

PERSONAL TECH | Aug 1, 2022

Thankfully, there has been a recent surge in the number of LGBT dating apps that include queer-friendly settings that make finding love fun and safe for people of all sexual orientations.

Myths About VPN and Why You Should Use This Service

Myths About VPN and Why You Should Use This Service

PERSONAL TECH | Aug 1, 2022

VPN is very popular today. Its main functions are hiding the user's location, protecting data, providing quick and free access to the necessary websites, and more.

As Species Recover, Some Threaten Others in More Dire Shape

As Species Recover, Some Threaten Others in More Dire Shape

SCIENCE | By John Flesher, Christina Larson, and Patrick Whittle | Aug 1, 2022

The situation is ironic: A troubled species rebounds thanks to restoration efforts, only to make things worse for others in peril by preying on them or outcompeting them for food and living space.

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