Facebook Wants To Put Cameras And Microphones In Your Home

In George Orwell’s 1984, the oppressive rulers of Oceania use devices called telescreens to closely monitor and repress citizens. Now Facebook looks set to follow in the Party’s footsteps by putting its own firm’s microphones and cameras into people’s homes. The social network is planning to release its first ever piece…

These Australian Birds Have Discovered How To Weaponize Fire

Raptors, including the whistling kite, are intentionally spreading grass fires in northern Australia, a research paper argues. The reason: to flush out prey and feast Black kites (Milvus migrans) visit a grass fire in Borroloola, Northern Territory, Australia. – Photo by Bob Gosford Dick Eussen thought he had the fire…

China Just Began Enforcing Its Total Ban on Elephant Ivory

December 31, 2017 just marked the end of a brutal era: China’s legal, government-backed elephant ivory trade is finally coming to an end as part of a joint agreement with the US to no longer allow the sale or production of this “precious commodity.” “The Chinese government’s ban on its…

Walmart boosts minimum wage again, hands out $1,000 bonuses

Walmart is boosting the minimum hourly wage for its U.S. employees to $11 and dishing out bonuses of up to $1,000, crediting President Trump’s tax cut for enabling the move. The increase for the nation’s largest private employer also comes amid political pressure to bolster minimum wages and comes amid…

Jessica Falkholt Dies In Hospital, Life Support Switched Off

Jessica Falkholt has had her life support switched off by her devastated family weeks after the Boxing Day crash that claimed the lives of her parents and sister. The 28-year-old Home and Away actress’ family made the decision on Thursday evening, just one day after the funeral of father Lars,…