We haven't learned anything about what the internet is for since 1996
Another great day to be online.
Old-School Texas Instruments books are a treasure trove of great graphic design
Love to master the TI-99 with my golden sword.
Nobody tell Trump he might fund Paris Accord climate research
The House snuck in money on a federal spending bill for a climate program that Trump wants to axe.
Facebook is tracking you on over 8.4 million websites
This is great and fine and not at all worrying.
We rely on oil to make plastics. Now, plants can change that
Forget mitochondria. Lignin is the real powerhouse of the cell (wall).
Facebook partners with think tank to avoid breaking the world again
For a platform that isn't an actual extension of the government, it sure seems to need to be managed like one.
R.I.P. science, the International Space Station will be taken over by rich people
NASA admins are maximizing the business potential of space.
Our water is in danger
According to a new study from NASA, our life-giving freshwater supply is far from secure.
What, a billionaire can’t even dig a giant tunnel anymore?
Two Los Angeles community advocacy groups are alleging that their city is skirting state law to speed up the timeline on Elon Musk's project.
Bitcoin is consuming as much energy as the country of Ireland
Ireland gives us whiskey, Bitcoin gives us... hmm.
Get high and watch the sun churn at invisible wavelengths
The Outline has your back. Go enjoy the rest of your Tuesday.
The vaping industry takes a hit
Finally, scientific evidence vaping isn’t cool
Fiber could save you from the flu
According to a new study, fiber changes the way your immune system works and responds to a flu infection.
New York cabbies have a surprisingly wholesome secret: group chats
How NYC cabbies span the distance using WhatsApp, conference calls, and way too many emojis.
Facebook’s audit won’t get your stolen data back
The company issued a triumphant press release about its audit of third party apps on the same day as another data extraction scandal.
YouTube’s search suggests racist autocompletes
Search suggestions have long been problematic; now “black men are” and many other terms have disturbing autocompletes on YouTube.
What Stephen Hawking’s final paper really means
The world-famous astrophysicist’s last contribution to science shows both his dedication to “normal science” and his willingness to ask questions that shape how we think about life.
Life at Antarctica’s IceCube lab seems strange and beautiful
And also very, very cold.
Apple knew its computers were “defective,” sold them anyway, suit alleges
A class action suit has been filed against Apple over the keyboards in its laptops.
Remember when Google said it would stop reading your email?
Yet another case of ‘If you’re not the customer, you’re the product.’