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Scientific Facts — Are they like Myths, Told through Fairytales and Spread by Gossip?

Studying the language of science delivers some surprising results: fairytale schemas help us to understand the narrative structure of articles; the study of verb tense reveals common linguistic patterns of sense-making between science and mythology, and tracing hedging in citations allows us how citations work to spread claims much like rumors.

Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information

The researchers also found that if User A, whom we’ll call Anna, shares her contacts with Facebook, including a previously unknown phone number for User B, whom we’ll call Ben, advertisers will be able to target Ben with an ad using that phone number, which I call “shadow contact information,” about a month later. Ben can’t access his shadow contact information, because that would violate Anna’s privacy, according to Facebook, so he can’t see it or delete it, and he can’t keep advertisers from using it either.

New tech uses Wi-Fi to count people through walls

The system, created by researchers at UC Santa Barbara, uses a single Wi-Fi router outside of the room to measure attenuation and signal drops.

A Japanese company has announced a long-term plan to develop the Moon

“Around 2030 we expect to begin developing propellant and sending it to spacecraft in space,” Hakamada said. He hopes that by then, there will be several hundred people working on the Moon, or in lunar orbit, to support an industrial base. A decade later, by 2040, he envisions a city called “Moon Valley” on the lunar surface, with a diverse array of industries and thousands of visitors per year.

How Did “OK” Become One of the Most Popular Words in the World?

Young Boston intellectuals in the early 1800s used a humorous code of abbreviated phrases, like KC (“knuff ced”), “KY” (“know yuse”) and “OW” (“oll wright”). While most of them eventually fell out of fashion, one abbreviation persisted: “OK” or “oll korrect.”

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