She Built a Shady Guru’s YouTube Army. Now She’s His Fiercest Critic—But Who Will Believe Her?

It was May 2015, and the Hotel Surya in Varanasi, India, was hosting “Inner Awakening,” the flagship spiritual training program of Paramahamsa Nithyananda. To his followers, he is a god incarnate, “His Divine Holiness Bhagavan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam,” the living avatar of Shiva, or, as one devotee put it, “the…Read more……

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Philips Hue Goes Extra Bright with its New 1600 Lumen Smart Light

After releasing a line of new outdoor lights earlier this year, Philips Hue has returned with some new lights better suited for indoor use including an updated Lightstrip Plus and Hue Bloom lamp, along with a new 1600 lumen bulb which is now the brightest smart light out of Hue’s entire portfolio.Read more……

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BP Worries a Green Coronavirus Recovery Could Kill Its Business

Oil giants are coming to terms with their impending doom. That’s especially true these days for BP, the London-based multinational fossil fuel corporation most notorious for causing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. The company announced Monday it’s writing down up to $17.5 billion on its assets in the second…Read more……

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In This Star Wars: Shadow Fall Excerpt, Wyl Lark Recalls a Costly Victory

The daring adventures of our loveably traumatized pilot heroes in Alphabet Squadron are continuing this month with the release of Shadow Fall, the second in Alexander Freed’s planned trilogy of tales giving us starfighter action in the early days of the New Republic. But our latest look inside the novel offers a…Read more……

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Common Steroid Drug Shows Lifesaving Results In Large Coronavirus Trial

A widely used and cheap steroid treatment appears to be the first to show a definitive lifesaving benefit for people with severe covid-19. In a large clinical trial funded by the UK government and others, the drug dexamethasone was found to reduce the odds of death in patients who needed a ventilator to breathe by a…Read more……

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You Can Finally Buy Boston Dynamics’ Spot, But You Can’t Use It For Evil

Last September, after debuting several years prior, Boston Dynamics’ impressively agile robotic dog Spot was made available to a select number of companies as an experiment to see how the robot would perform outside of the company’s R&D labs. A year later, Spot is now officially available for sale, although not…Read more……

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Even More Movies Shuffle Their Release Dates for the Coronavirus Pandemic

Petty Jenkins addresses Wonder Woman 1984's latest delay. Oscar Isaac sets his sights on another sci-fi tale. David Koepp offers an update on the Indiana Jones 5 script. Syfy is launching a new late-night animation block with three zany new series. Plus, what’s to come on the next episode of Snowpiercer. Spoilers away!Read more……

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Learn to Code With This PC Role-Playing Game

I’ve tried to learn programming languages on my own using a bunch of different apps and online classes, but TwilioQuest might be the most fun I’ve had while trying to learn code. It started out as a game-like tutorial for developers to learn Twilio’s communication APIs, but expanded beyond its premise to become a…Read more……

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Facebook Pitched a Union-Busting Tool It Swears Was Really Just for Bullying

As Mark Zuckerberg continues to cement himself as CEO of one of Silicon Valley’s most amoral tech titans—namely by profiting of the slow erosion of democracy—his company has managed to sink to a new level of abhorrent by pitching a tool that could be used to blacklist hashtags related to organized labor.Read more……

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Logan’s Run Is Somehow Both Fabulously Dated and Weirdly Timeless

Logan’s Run was released in June 1976. That means, according to the rules of the movie’s gleaming utopia, it expired 14 years ago—since aging past 30 is simply unheard of. And while certain aspects of the sci-fi classic are indeed outdated, other elements feel as oddly relatable as ever.Read more……

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