scienceArs Technica's senior science editor John Timmer explains why, despite centuries of evidence, some people will still argue that the Earth is flat.
technologyDuring the 2016 presidential election, security experts at Facebook discovered that Russian operatives had been actively attempting to undermine the democratic process. Using ads and fake accounts on the social media giant's platform, they spread disinformation and propaganda. As security chief of the company, Alex Stamos was at the center of the company's investigation. He and his team wound up uncovering thousands of fake accounts controlled by Russia, as well as political advertising scams.
scienceDamien Chazelle's newest film, "First Man," is about the life of Neil Armstrong and his legendary journey to the moon. Ars Techinca's Sam Machkovech takes a closer look at the picture and focuses on the things the film does, and doesn't, tell us.
scienceThe star starts in a nice quiet spherical shape. The turbulence grows over time to reveal a star whose brightness varies strongly with time.
technologyThe world of small rockets is growing at a tremendous pace, Paul Allen's plan for his enormous plane comes into focus, and NASA signs off on SpaceX's plan to refuel with their astronauts on board.
scienceIn May 2018, Oakland joined a growing number of California cities and counties that are currently passing meaningful surveillance oversight laws. The new law requires that the Privacy Advisory Commission be notified if the city is spending money or seeking outside grant money to be spent on any hardware or software that could potentially impact privacy. Notably, Oakland's law specifically includes provisions that forbid non-disclosure agreements and protect whistleblowers.
technologyAuthor Robin Sloan writes about machine learning, but he's also writing with it. His recent novel Sourdough has been hailed as one of the best and most accurate novels about machine learning ever published. It explores the inner life of a robot arm programmer in San Francisco, who figures out that she'd rather make bread than build robots. But maybe, just maybe, her robot arm can help make the bread even better.
technologySome of the Air Force's most important missions depend on aircraft that were flying, and systems that were built long before all but the most senior airmen were even born.
technologyIn early May 2018, a California Supreme Court ruled that it is now harder for employers to formally classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The court's opinion in Dynamex v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County could have a profound impact on many tech companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and others that provide on-demand services.
technologyAerial footage of Ariane 6 launch pad construction. Credit: European Space Agency
scienceLaunch of Ariane 6 rocket and deployment of multiple satellites. Credit: Ariane Group
technologyTech history is an endless tug-of-war between new innovations and old laws. But behind this legal machine are often bizarre court cases full of petty criminals, old-fashioned gumshoe detectives, and robots who want civil rights.