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'As Seen on TikTok' is the New 'As Seen on TV'

'As Seen on TikTok' is the New 'As Seen on TV'

PERSONAL TECH | By Joseph Pisani | Oct 14, 2021

Near the Twizzlers and Sour Patch Kids at It'Sugar are random items — fidget toys, fruit-shaped soft jelly candies — that earned a spot on the candy store's shelves because they went viral on TikTok.

Australia Plans Lunar Rover to Help NASA Find Oxygen on Moon

Australia Plans Lunar Rover to Help NASA Find Oxygen on Moon

SCIENCE | Oct 13, 2021

Australia has agreed to build a 20-kilogram (44-pound) semi-autonomous lunar rover for NASA to take to the moon as early as 2026 in search of oxygen.

Americans Agree Misinformation is a Problem, Poll Shows

Americans Agree Misinformation is a Problem, Poll Shows

PERSONAL TECH | By Amanda Seitz and Hannah Fingerhut | Oct 8, 2021

Nearly all Americans agree that the rampant spread of misinformation is a problem.

Australia Wants Facebook Held Liable for Anonymous Comments

Australia Wants Facebook Held Liable for Anonymous Comments

PERSONAL TECH | By Rod McGuirk | Oct 7, 2021

Australia's prime minister on Thursday warned that digital platforms including Facebook should be held liable for defamatory comments posted anonymously.

NASA Sticks with James Webb Telescope Name, Despite Homophobic Legacy

NASA Sticks with James Webb Telescope Name, Despite Homophobic Legacy

PERSONAL TECH | By Kilian Melloy | Oct 5, 2021

NASA will not be reconsidering the name of the James Webb Telescope despite allegations of Webb's involvement in the Lavender Scare.

Lively Grindr Account Led to Ouster of Gay  White House Employee

Lively Grindr Account Led to Ouster of Gay White House Employee

PERSONAL TECH | By Kilian Melloy | Oct 5, 2021

A gay Trump staffer was summarily fired — and given an armed escort on his way out of the White House — when his "lively Grindr account" was discovered, a new memoir says.

Why Climate Change is Making it Harder to Chase Fall Foliage

Why Climate Change is Making it Harder to Chase Fall Foliage

SCIENCE | By Patrick Whittle | Sep 30, 2021

For a cheery autumnal activity, leaf peeping is facing some serious threats from the era of climate change.

Why We Need to Figure Out How to Have Sex in Space

Why We Need to Figure Out How to Have Sex in Space

SCIENCE | Sep 29, 2021

Houston, we have a problem! Love and sex need to happen in space if we hope to travel long distances and become an interplanetary species, but space organizations are not ready.

Far-Right Cryptocurrency Follows Ideology Across Borders

Far-Right Cryptocurrency Follows Ideology Across Borders

PERSONAL TECH | By Erika Kinetz and Lori Hinnant | Sep 28, 2021

The Daily Stormer website advocates for the purity of the white race, posts hate-filled, conspiratorial screeds against Blacks, Jews and women and has helped inspire at least three racially motivated murders. It has also made its founder, Andrew Anglin.

Social Media's 70-Up 'Grandfluencers' Debunking Aging Myths

Social Media's 70-Up 'Grandfluencers' Debunking Aging Myths

PERSONAL TECH | By Leanne Italie | Sep 27, 2021

There's a growing number of "grandfluencers," folks 70 and up who have amassed substantial followings on social media with the help of decades-younger fans, including TikTok stars @oldgays.

Watch: 12-Year-Old Calls Out Fellow Gamer's Homophobia

Watch: 12-Year-Old Calls Out Fellow Gamer's Homophobia

VIDEO GAMES | By Emell Adolphus | Sep 22, 2021

A 12-year-old is going viral for taking a stand against homophobia in gaming and being an example of LGBTQ allyship we all need.

Watch: Thirst-Trapping OnlyFans Stars Rick & Griff Give Middle Finger to Streaming Service with Hilarious Vid

Watch: Thirst-Trapping OnlyFans Stars Rick & Griff Give Middle Finger to Streaming Service with Hilarious Vid

PERSONAL TECH | Sep 15, 2021

Social media influencers and adult content providers Rick and Griff Twombley-King struck out at OnlyFans for their now-rescinded decision to ban adult content with a funny parody video.

Watch: 'Fierce Looks' Earn Australian Fly Species a RuPaul-Derived Name

Watch: 'Fierce Looks' Earn Australian Fly Species a RuPaul-Derived Name

SCIENCE | By Kilian Melloy | Sep 15, 2021

An Australian entomologist has given the name Opaluma rupaul to a newly discovered species of soldier fly, a metallic-looking, rainbow insect he says earned the name for "serving fierce looks."

Apple's Next iPhone Mirrors Last Year's, Adds More Storage

Apple's Next iPhone Mirrors Last Year's, Adds More Storage

PERSONAL TECH | By Michael Liedtke | Sep 14, 2021

Apple unveiled its next iPhone line-up, including a model that offers twice the storage available in earlier versions and other modest upgrades to last year's editions that proved to be a big hit among consumers.

Epic Games Appeals Ruling in Lawsuit Alleging Apple Monopoly

Epic Games Appeals Ruling in Lawsuit Alleging Apple Monopoly

VIDEO GAMES | By Tom Krisher | Sep 13, 2021

Epic Games filed notice that is appealing a federal judge's decision in a lawsuit alleging that Apple has been running an illegal monopoly that stifles competition.

Internet Funding Rule Could Favor Rural Areas over Cities

Internet Funding Rule Could Favor Rural Areas over Cities

PERSONAL TECH | By David A. Lieb | Sep 12, 2021

Cities and urban counties raising concerns that a recent rule from President Joe Biden's administration could preclude them from tapping into $350 billion relief aid to expand high-speed internet.

Watch: California Democratic Lawmaker Joins Grindr to Encourage a 'No' Vote on Newsom Recall

Watch: California Democratic Lawmaker Joins Grindr to Encourage a 'No' Vote on Newsom Recall

PERSONAL TECH | By Kilian Melloy | Sep 9, 2021

Embattled California Governor Gavin Newsom has fresh support from an unexpected direction: A Democratic state lawmaker has joined Grindr to promote a "No" vote on the recall election.

China's Weibo Bans BTS Fan Account For Illegal Fundraising

China's Weibo Bans BTS Fan Account For Illegal Fundraising

PERSONAL TECH | Sep 6, 2021

Chinese social media platform Weibo banned a fan club of popular South Korean K-pop band BTS from posting for 60 days, saying it had raised funds illegally, days after photographs of a customized airplane funded by the fan club were posted online.

Efforts Grow to Stamp Out Use of Parasite Drug for COVID-19

Efforts Grow to Stamp Out Use of Parasite Drug for COVID-19

SCIENCE | By Matthew Perrone | Sep 4, 2021

Health experts and medical groups are pushing to stamp out the growing use of a decades-old parasite drug to treat COVID-19, warning that it can cause harmful side effects and that there's little evidence it helps.

Booster Shots Hitch: Some May Miss the Sept. 20 Start

Booster Shots Hitch: Some May Miss the Sept. 20 Start

SCIENCE | By Zeke Miller | Sep 4, 2021

President Joe Biden's plans to start delivery of booster shots by Sept. 20 for most Americans who received the COVID-19 vaccines are facing new complications that could delay the availability of third doses for those who received the Moderna vaccine.

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