Science and Technology

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    April 21, 2012

    New Yorkers Have to Wait to See Their New Spacecraft

    It looks like we're going to have to re-mark our calendars for the arrival of Enterprise in our own backyard. And not the one from Star Trek, the one from NASA.Due to an overcast prediction for Monday's weather, the space agency is holding back on its transfer ("until further notice") of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    NY Post Goes Fracking Crazy in Pro-Hydraulic Fracturing Editorial

    The Post is a bit beside itself this morning, unable to process the position of fracking opponents. It's not simply that the editorial board disagrees with them and published an opinion piece explaining why -- the board can't wrap its head around the fact that dissenting opinion should have weight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Fracking Secrets: Hydraulic Fracturing Still Shrouded in Mystery

    As Albany pols weigh the pros and cons of hydraulic fracturing, it seems like full disclosure of fracking practices remains iffy. Shortly after reports surfaced that physicians in Pennsylvania couldn't publicly discuss info about fracking chemicals, some New Yorkers have started to begging Departm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Are Fracking Chemicals a Secret? (UPDATE)

    The health risks of hydraulic fracturing have been key in policymaking debates, with health advocates calling on legislators to assess fracking chemicals before allowing the polemic practice to take place. Friends of fracking, however, have pushed back against full disclosure: in Pennsylvania, for ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 4, 2012


    The pros and cons of the practice

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    March 30, 2012

    Water Wars: What's Up With The Upstate-Downstate Debate?

    The Times reports today on the "slow boil" over water issues now playing out between Upstate communities and New York City. Ulster County, for example, has been pissed at the City for years. The county says that it's unfairly had to endure "development bans, flooded basements and ruined crops" just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Will Woodstock Criminalize Hydraulic Fracturing?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Sen. Chuck Schumer Champions Push To Protect Privacy Of Smartphone Sexters

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention: Inside the World of Wank-Craft

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Hydrofracking Can Be Banned in Dryden, NY

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    SOPA, PIPA, and Kill Switch Bill: Are They Back? Harry Reid to Push for Cyber Security

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Scientists Decode the Complete Genome of Extinct Human Race, Bringing Us One Step Closer to Jurassic Park

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Cool Interactive Map Shows You Which City Blocks Use the Most Electricity

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Gasland Filmmaker Joshua Fox Arrested at Fracking Hearing, by Order of House Republicans

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Barack Obama Takes Over the Internet, Runnin' Scared Live Blogs the Prez's Video Stream

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Scott Stringer: Let's Put Solar Panels on School Roofs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Royally Fracked: Those 40,000 Comments on Hydraulic Fracturing Don't Change Anything

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Scientists Grow Meat in Labs (OMG!)

    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.

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Frack! EPA Voices Concerns About Hydraulic Fracturing

    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 >>

  • Film

    January 11, 2012
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    January 4, 2012
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    December 28, 2011

    Drunk Online Shopping Will Save This Wretched Economy!

    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' 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Brooklyn Junior High Has the Most Sexting Suspensions in the City

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2011

    Higgs Boson's Possible Discovery Announced Tuesday: How to Plan for the Paradigm Shift

    via WikipediaA theoretical Higgs boson event or Laser Floyd​On 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2011

    Watch This Morning's Total Lunar Eclipse [VIDEO]

    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.

  • News

    November 23, 2011
  • Music

    November 16, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Hot Dogs Against Fracking

    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.

  • Music

    October 26, 2011

    The iPod Turns 10

    Every day I'm shufflin'

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    State Senator Diane Savino's Facebook Friends: An Important Announcement

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2011

    What's So Special About Apple's Siri?

    ​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,'s main headline was about how the iPhone 4S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2011

    Air Conditioner Falls Out Of East Village Building

    EV Grieve​Fall 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.

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2011

    Amazon Probably Going To Announce Tablet This Week

    ​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?

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Study: Texting's Popularity Didn't Surge This Year Overall

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2011

    Watch a Space Capsule Undock and Begin Its Descent to Earth [Video]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    Called Anti-Science, Rightbloggers Reply That Science is a Liberal Plot

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2011

    Seeing a Supernova With Your Own Eyes: A Guide

    via the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory​Starting 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 >>

  • News

    August 24, 2011

    The Other Koch Brother

    In the shadow of his brothers' Tea Party fame, Bill Koch seems almost like a normal billionaire.

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Radio Hits One: Raising The Bar For "YouTube Platinum"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2011

    Collision of Galaxies Imminent

    via NASA's Image of the Day Gallery​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2011

    Military's Hypersonic Aircraft Goes Really Fast, Gets Lost

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Satellites and Debris: Star-Crossed Lovers

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Traces of a 19th-Century Village Have Been Excavated in Central Park

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    100 & Single: How Digital Changed The Charts, From Gwen To GoonRock

    Spotify's top tracks (left) and albums on Friday, July 15.​The headline-grabbing music story of the week isn't on the Billboard charts—it'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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    GLAAD Stops Supporting AT&T Merger with T-Mobile

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Spotify Launches In The States; Has Your Life Been Changed Yet?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Was the Space Shuttle Program a Success?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Barack Obama Speaks on Dismal June Unemployment Numbers

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    How Often Do Air Conditioners Fall Out of NYC Windows and Kill People?

    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, and with inept installations come the o ... More >>

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