From a report earlier today, it looks like Woodstock might try outlawing hydraulic fracturing -- the highly controversial natural gas extraction method that many fear will pollute New York's water supply with carcinogenic chemicals and radiation. The Town Board has decided to consider a proposal t ... More >>
Bad news, smart phone users: those penis private pics you snapped with your iPhone aren't as private as you'd probably hoped.Senator Chuck Schumer to the rescue.Schumer today announced that he's asked the Federal Trade Commission to launch an investigation into whether smart phone apps on Apple a ... More >>
The main virtual hall Most conventions are pants-mandatory kinds of affairs -- even those of the adult nature. For the world's first virtual porn convention, however, I'm not wearing any (relax...I'm in my PJs). This past weekend, XBiz and Red Light Center hosted the Adult Entertainment Virt ... More >>
A court decided yesterday that the upstate town of Dryden -- located in Tompkins county -- can bar hydrofracking -- marking a major win for fracking opponents. The New York Times reports that Dryden's battle began in August, when the town's board passed a zoning law that bans gas drilling w ... More >>
Late last night Anonymous tweeted that the Senate was trying to sneak in SOPA under a new name, writing: "Le sigh. US Senate Really wants to go another round with the Internet?" The hacktivist group linked to an RT story detailing Sen. Harry Reid's still secretive plans to float an internet securit ... More >>
The Leipzig team of genetic scientists has announced that it was able to completely decode the genome of an extinct species of humans, the Denisova, using DNA extracted from a single 10-milligram bone fragment of a 50,000-year-old skeleton. The skeleton was found in Southern Siberia in 2010, and cam ... More >>
A new interactive map tool, created by the Modi Research Group at Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, reveals some unsurprising patterns about New York City's energy consumption. The tool can tell you, down to individual buildings, which parts of the city used the most ... More >>
In an unprecedented move, House Republicans had a filmmaker arrested yesterday after he showed up to a public congressional hearing. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment was meeting to discuss the controversial topic of hydraulic fracturing, colloquially known as "fracking." When Joshua ... More >>
In what looks like an attempt to win "cool" points with many of the young, tech-savvy voters he has pissed off during his presidency, Barack Obama is hosting a Google Hangout this afternoon, where he'll answer a few not-at-all cherry-picked questions via live video stream. (We hope a lot of questio ... More >>
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who is likely to run for mayor, released a report yesterday that called for the installation of solar panels on the roofs of city public schools. Releasing reports -- it's the thing to do if you want to be mayor, apparently! This one here is one of tho ... More >>
Remember how New York's citizens, many of them not too keen on having chemicals blasted into underground rock to extract natural gas, recently submitted 40,000 comments to the state's environmental agency? That public comment period on highly polemic hydraulic fracturing came to a close earlier th ... More >>
Meat made in a petri dish is apparently a real thing. In what appears to be the culinary world's latest interpretation of Mary Shelley, scientists have already solved the riddle of making animal flesh in a lab, and are now figuring out how to sell it profitably, according to Food Safety News.
The Environmental Protection Agency says that New York should set limits to the amount of radiation that can be in fracking wastewater before the drilling starts, according to The Associated Press [via The Wall Street Journal]. The EPA announcement comes just as the state's Department of Environme ... More >>
Credit card debt? What credit card debt? Oh, pour yourself another drink. The latest fun -- and healthy! -- thing we're all doing under the influence of a little boozin' is...shopping on our own personal computers, from home, at night, after a hard day's work, with the jug of wine next to us. In a f ... More >>
The unfortunately named (given what we're about to say next) "Edward B. Shallow" Junior High in Bensonhurst has the dubious honor of being the New York City school with the most suspensions issued for sexting in 2010. This is more suspensions for sexting than any other city school in the last ... More >>
via WikipediaA theoretical Higgs boson event or Laser FloydOn Tuesday, scientists at Cern will reveal the latest results of their search for the elusive Higgs boson particle. Some are expecting the researchers, who have been working at the Large Hadron Collider, to announce that they have fou ... More >>
People in the Western part of the country were treated to a total lunar eclipse this morning. Luckily you don't have to be a resident of California or an early riser to see it--someone already videotaped it for you. Check it out above.
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Eat this choucroute to show you oppose fracking. Actually, it's choucroute against fracking. Bark Hot Dogs, in Park Slope, has teamed with the makers of the film Gasland and the anti-fracking group United for Action for a dinner and screening next Wednesday, November 9.
Every day I'm shufflin'
New York State senator Diane Savino, a Democrat representing Staten Island and Brooklyn, had some important breaking news to share with the media today. Her personal Facebook page has hit the 5,000-friend mark (a "social media milestone," it seems), which is where Facebook cuts you off. Follo ... More >>
Anticipation and hoopla surrounded the release of the iPhone 4S, but when people discovered Apple wasn't debuting the iPhone 5, the launch was dubbed a dud. 5 is one better than 4! Why are you robbing us of 5? On the evening Steve Jobs died, CNN.com's main headline was about how the iPhone 4S ... More >>
EV GrieveFall has begun and that means we don't have to worry about the same things we worried about during the summer: we won't be over-heated, our ice cream won't melt, and there's no way an air conditioner could fall out of the sky and potentially kill us, right? Wrong. Read on.
Amazon is going to have a press conference in the city Wednesday, which probably means it's going to show the world a new tablet, the New York Times reports today. But the question that looms is: will everyone be dying to have an Amazon tablet when there's already the iPad?
According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, texting -- beloved, good old American texting -- is starting to be slightly less new and exciting. The average number of texts per day sent and received by Americans only increased a tiny bit this year, though it's still more than 40. (Fort ... More >>
The above video shows a Russian-built Soyuz space capsule detaching from the International Space Station late Thursday night. The capsule contained two cosmonauts, Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev, and one American astronaut, Ron Garan. Since canceling the Space Shuttle program, this kind ... More >>
With the ascension of Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and other GOP candidates who don't cotton to this evolution or climate change stuff, people have begun to ask if Republicans and conservatives are actually becoming hostile to science. It doesn't help that one of those people is Repu ... More >>
via the Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryStarting this weekend, you will be able to see a cosmic phenomenon without the aid of a mountaintop telescope or highly politicized university grant. Researchers at the Palomar Observatory in Southern California found a white dwarf star about 1.4 t ... More >>
In the shadow of his brothers' Tea Party fame, Bill Koch seems almost like a normal billionaire.
Justin Bieber and Ludacris: Congratulations. A lot of people watched your video.On August 28, MTV will throw the 2011 installment of its Video Music Awards, honoring achievements in the art form that used to make up the majority of its programming. While it's all too tempting to note the iron ... More >>
via NASA's Image of the Day GalleryThe galaxies you see in the image to the right, VV 340 North (top) and VV 340 South (bottom), are careening towards each other and on a cosmic collision course. The Hubble Telescope took the photo and it shows the two galaxies "in the early stages of their i ... More >>
via DARPA's news release.An unmanned aircraft engineered to go 20 times the speed of sound was lost on its second test flight Thursday. The BBC reports that scientists lost track of the Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle 2, or HTV-2, shortly after it detached from a rocket high above the Californ ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down, and beats a confession out of it. This week, we look up to the stars, readjust our focus, and look closer at satellites. They are the reason you are able to read this right ... More >>
Think about this when you're relaxing in Central Park over the weekend: An entire community once lived there, with homes and several churches and at least one school, right in the park (before it was the park). We're talking about Seneca Village, a largely African-American community of some 2 ... More >>
Spotify's top tracks (left) and albums on Friday, July 15.The headline-grabbing music story of the week isn't on the Billboard chartsit's the U.S. debut of Spotify. With the streaming-music service less than 48 hours old here, it's a bit too soon to analyze what songs are getting the m ... More >>
Last month, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation got in a lot of trouble when they backed a merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, after their full relationship with Ma Bell was exposed. GLAAD had received $50,000 from AT&T in donations and had a former AT&T executive and lobbyist on its ... More >>
The Top Tracks list is not nearly as twee as this "hi there" image would imply. After lots of whining from music-biz pundits and whinging from the "make music free for meeee" crowd, the Sweden-based streaming-music service Spotify launched today in the States. Those in search of invites to th ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down and beats a confession out of it. This week, we wake up, rub the sleep out of our eyes, roll over in bed and ask the Space Shuttle, "So, now what?" (We had sex with the Sp ... More >>
In a humbling morning for our country today, President Obama spoke to the press about the dismal June unemployment numbers -- we're now at 9.2% unemployment, with a mere 18,000 jobs added last month -- while Americans stood by to watch the bittersweet launch of the Atlantis, marking the last ... More >>
Who still has VHS tapes, anyway?Ah, New York City in the summer! Generally, we really do love it, despite the on-the-way-to-work sweatiness and fish-in-an-old-sweat-sock smells. But with summer comes air conditioners, and with air conditioners come inept installations into apartment windows, ... More >>
As Atlantis gears up for what will be America's final space shuttle mission on Friday, a recently released poll shows that most of the country thinks the space program is the bee's knees. The Pew Research Center found that 58% of Americans polled responded that they think space exploration "i ... More >>
Everybody hates PowerPoint. There is no disputing this. The only thing anyone has ever learned from a PowerPoint presentation is the fact that PowerPoint is worthless. Most of us just weakly accept that we can't escape Microsoft's juggernaut and continue to live in a world where animated tran ... More >>
The International Space Station will be visible from the ground tonight and tomorrow as it passes overhead. According to Space.com, the $100 billion station should be easy to see because it is 25 times brighter than the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, and often as bright as Venus. Use the ... More >>
When Governor Cuomo signed the landmark same sex marriage bill into law last week, you probably thought, "There's no way the 'gov is topping this." Guess again! The New York Times reports his administration will announce their attempt to lift what is effectively a statewide ban on hydraulic f ... More >>
Burnham in his Prescott, Arizona home lab, circa 1960. Yesterday, we published the first half of a 24,000-word "self-interview" by Lowell Observatory astronomer Robert Burnham, Jr. on what would have been his 80th birthday. Burnham died in 1993 at the age of 61. He was known not only for hi ... More >>
Burnham, circa 1960, at the telescope Clyde Tombaugh used to find Pluto 30 years earlier Today, June 16, 2011, would have been Robert Burnham Jr.'s 80th birthday. Burnham was an Arizona astronomer who produced one of the most unusual, and most beloved, set of books of science, his Burnham's ... More >>