Scientists are finding scraps of dead languages in recycled ancient manuscripts. Meanwhile, Trump's reckless, improvised language is also hard to translate.  Maybe Facebook's AI can help.

73 years ago, the United States recaptured Guam and used it as a launch pad for attacks on mainland Japan. Now, North Korea has added Guam to its previous threats to nuke the continental U.S.

Hackers are ransoming HBO's data for $6 million in Bitcoin. Venezuelans are mining it in droves to survive.  Guess what's now three times the price of gold?

Fake news as national "computational propaganda". Twitter suspending a bot retweeted by President Trump. Spy plans tracked by Buzzfeed with machine learning. The future is four steps ahead of you in 12D chess.

A socialist convention in Chicago in 2012. The Democratic Socialists of America convention in Chicago in 2017. What hasn't changed in five years? Low expectations.

Recent studies about climate change (and denialism) in Peru and Southeast Asia may not be promising, but the words "climate change" have left Trump-era government reports altogether...the un-leaked ones, at least.

One example of global transgender awareness? A Pakistani popstar's new trans-awareness single. But some argue the modern movement threatens the country's traditionally-recognized third gender.

Today's unlikely battlefronts in the "is shaming bigotry actually censorship?" debate: Young Adult fiction Twitter and actual adults employed by Google.

China has ghost subway stops and even whole ghost cities. Now, no one in China is qualified to run a newly-built, state-of-the-art telescope.

Orbiting space junk is only getting worse since I wrote about it in 2012.  Now, there's even a broken Chinese space station due to fall back into the atmosphere.

Beyond cryptocurrencies, Russia is cutting its overall reliance on U.S. payment systems, starting with the nationally-issued Mir ("world" and/or "peace") card.


Pick your (anti-)poison: CRISPR gene editing or "the neighbor effect".