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by Pseudo-sciences - 2022-10-20 18:45
Mairie du 5e arrondissement de Paris, 21 place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris La mairie du 5ème arrondissement de Paris et l'Association Française pour l'Information Scientifique (AFIS) vous invitent jeudi 20 octobre 2022, 18h45 Île de Pâques (Rapa Nui) : effondrement ou adaptation ? Par Nicolas Cauwe. Chef de Département et Conservateur (Océanie et Préhistoire) aux Musées royaux d'Art et d'Histoire de Bruxelles, Professeur de Préhistoire à l'UCLouvain (Belgique), Membre titulaire de l'Académie royale (...) Agenda de l'Afis

by Pseudo-sciences - 2022-09-09 22:14
European Skeptics Congress 2022 Du 9 au 11 septembre 2022 à Vienne (Autriche) Évènement organisé par le Conseil européen des organisations sceptiques (ECSO dont l'Afis est membre). Trois jours de rencontres, de conférences et de débats (en anglais). Au programme : « Le mouvement Sceptique en Europe », « Gérer l'incertain en science », « Science et décision », « Scepticisme et éducation », « Substances addictives et politiques rationnelles », « Science et environnement », « Théories conspirationnistes »…. (...) Agenda de l'Afis

by Buzzfeed - 2022-08-09 20:22
"They even broke into my safe!"View Entire Post ›

by Buzzfeed - 2022-08-09 19:46
Sorry, but having 10,000 followers does not make you Beyoncé.View Entire Post ›

by Courrier International - about 34 minutes
Sur des forums consacrés au jeu de guerre “War Thunder”, des joueurs ont publié des documents classifiés concernant des tanks en usage pour réclamer plus de réalisme auprès des développeurs, ou simplement débattre entre eux.

by Le Monde - about 37 minutes
La joueuse américaine a annoncé dans le magazine « Vogue » et sur son compte Instagram, mardi, qu’elle se dirigera vers « d’autres choses qui sont importantes pour [elle] » après le tournoi de New York, début septembre.

by BBC - about 42 minutes
Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion and one of tennis' greatest players, says she is "evolving away" from the sport.

by Courrier International - about 43 minutes
La commission d’arbitrage du Parti social-démocrate s’est exprimée le 8 août contre l’exclusion de l’ancien chancelier et ami de Vladimir Poutine. Pour la presse allemande, cette décision met en lumière les difficultés du SPD, pris en tenailles entre son passé prorusse et les réalités de la guerre en Ukraine.

by Courrier International - about 43 minutes
La visite du président Recep Tayyip Erdogan, lundi 8 août, dans un lieu de culte alévi a été vivement critiquée par des membres de cette minorité, objet de trois agressions en août. Ils reprochent à l’État turc de les discriminer et de chercher à terroriser certaines figures clés de l’opposition. Le tout à dix mois de l’élection présidentielle.

by BBC - about 47 minutes
The call for a widespread ban has also been supported by Estonia, Latvia, and Finland.

by Buzzfeed - about 49 minutes
Air fryer liners, laptop cooling pads, and a bracelet that prevents motion sickness... Yes, please.View Entire Post ›

by HackAdAy - about 49 minutes
We’ve been interested in looking at how AI can process things other than silly images. That’s why the “Free AI Bot that Generates the Excel Formula for Any Problem” caught our eye. Based on GPT-3, it supposedly transforms your problem description into a formula suitable for Excel or Google Sheets.
Our first prompt didn’t work out very well. But that was sort of our fault. When they say “Excel formula” they mean that quite literally. So trying to describe the actual result you want in terms of columns or rows seems to be beyond it. Not realizing that, we asked:
If the sum of column H is greater than 50, multiply column A by 0.33
And got:
=IF(SUM(H:H)>50,A*0.33,0)
A Better Try
Which is close, but...

by The Verge - about 50 minutes
With less than 100 days until the midterm elections, the Democrats are equipping influencers and TikTok creators with digital tools to reach voters across the internet with party-sponsored content.
In the run-up to election season, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) built an online organizing hub to drive the party’s messaging beyond its own social channels. The hub creates a central online destination for influencers, surrogates, and supporters to receive party-sponsored talking points, messaging, and a wide variety of digital content to post on their own social media feeds. “Our goal is to equip grassroots supporters and volunteers with the tools to share our message with their own networks and to...

by Courrier International - about 1 hour
Entre risques d’éboulements à la montagne, mer “trop chaude” et Loire quasi asséchée par endroits, le secteur touristique hexagonal doit composer avec des contraintes nouvelles. La correspondante du “Soir” décrit un été pas comme les autres.

by Courrier International - about 1 hour
Alors que des combats empêchent une occupation russe totale et que la tension monte autour de la centrale nucléaire, l’administration régionale prorusse lance les préparatifs d’un référendum pour septembre.

by Wired - about 1 hour
Regulators are close to stopping Meta from sending EU data to the US, bringing a years-long privacy battle to a head.

by io9 - about 1 hour
Image: DisneyAlthough it’s not for sure, apparently Idris Elba is working on something “big” for DC. My bet’s on a reprise of his Suicide Squad 2 character, Bloodsport, but lips are otherwise sealed. Set pics from the Marvel TV series Ironheart and Madame Web offer new clues. Plus, a hint that J.J. Abrams’ gritty Constantine is still in progress. Take to the skies, spoilers!Idris Elba DC Project/BloodsportIn a recent interview with Fandango’s Erik Davis, Idris Elba revealed he has “a really big thing cooking for DC right now.”HighlanderChad Stahleski also told Collider his Highlander reboot is “closer [than it’s] ever been” to happening.We’re in the process of tweaking right now. I...

by The Verge - about 1 hour
Photo by Andrew Hawkins / The Verge Nearly nine months after it stopped taking reservations, Ford is ready to reopen the order banks for the F-150 Lightning. But buyers beware: the price for the electric truck has gone up by around $7,000 across all trim levels.
Ford is citing “significant material cost increases and other factors” as the primary reason for raising the price. Indeed, the F-150 Lightning is only the latest electric vehicle to see its price go up as a result of supply chain constraints, inflation, and greater demand for batteries and other components. “Significant material cost increases and other factors”
Ford said it will honor the original manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP)...

by Wired - about 2 hours
Exclusive games and freedom from ads and in-app purchases make this subscription worth trying. We break down the cost, features, and highlights.

by The Verge - about 2 hours
The ongoing Russia-Ukraine war is exposing a lesser-known unexpected link between Russia and the United States: the nuclear fuel supply chain. Back in March 2022, President Biden announced sanctions on Russia’s energy exports, specifically oil and gas. But one notable export was left off of that list: uranium.
In 2021, the US relied on Russia for 14 percent of its enriched uranium for nuclear fuel. The process of enriching uranium is highly complicated and can only be done in certain countries — including Russia. Uranium fuel starts as uranium ore, a naturally occurring radioactive material. Only very little of this ore is useful for fuel. Once mined, the ore is converted into yellowcake, which is just...

by The Verge - about 2 hours
The new 1Password 8 design on mobile. | Image: 1Password 1Password is launching a big update to its Android and iOS apps today. 1Password 8 overhauls the design of the mobile password management apps in many of the same ways the 1Password 8 apps for Windows and Mac were redesigned in recent months. The new mobile interface includes a personalized home tab, which should make it easier to find logins, pin favorites, and organize your passwords.
The new personalized homescreen also lets you easily see logins you’ve recently created and even pin individual fields from a login. You can also reorder sections and add quick actions to the home tab, and the navigation bar now provides quick access to search, home,...

by The Verge - about 2 hours
With a little effort, the Steam Deck can run more than just Steam. Steam may certainly have the lion’s share when it comes to building a library of PC games, but why would you leave yourself stranded in Valve’s ecosystem when there are mountains of free games and sales on the Epic Games Store and other platforms? For instance, in 2021, the Epic Games Store gave away 89 free games, and GOG is adding new games to its free library all the time. If you had EGS and GOG on your Steam Deck, you could also cash in on all the extra sales that you’d otherwise be missing. Integrating these stores requires a bit of upfront leg work, but it’s totally possible and can pay big dividends if you’re looking to expand...

by Wired - about 3 hours
The storied bike brand has outfitted its new cyclocross racing machine with a minimal 13-speed drivetrain from fellow Italian company Campagnolo.

by Wired - about 3 hours
In this era of climate change and crisis, it's time for formats as varied, animal, and leafy as the world they seek to represent.

by Le Monde - about 3 hours
Volodymyr Zelensky demande aux pays occidentaux d’interdire leur territoire aux ressortissants russes alors que la Russie intensifie son offensive sur le front du Donbass.

by HackAdAy - about 4 hours
We’ve seen plenty of hacks that analyze biometric signals as measures of athletic performance, but maybe not as many hacks that are trying to study behavior. Well, that’s exactly what developmental psychologists at Indiana University and the University of East Anglia have done with their open-source, wireless vest for measuring autonomic function in infants.
Their device includes a number of components we’ve seen already. There is an HC-05 Bluetooth module, AD8232 electrocardiography (ECG) analog front-end, LIS3DH 3-axis accelerometer, MCP73831 LiPo charger, a force-sensitive resistor for measuring respiration, and a Teensy microcontroller. Given how sensitive an infant’s skin can be, they opted for...

by io9 - about 4 hours
Image: Karl Gustafson (In-House Art)There’s a joke in the visual effects industry that goes like this: Someone hears you work on films, so they ask you, “What movie made you cry?” The artist will respond, “In theaters or in the office?”The VFX industry is deeply broken. It exploits artists using short-term contacts, chases tax incentives across the globe, and creates an environment where production studios, especially an industry giant like Marvel, are treated with a deference that comes at the expense of the artists’ craft and mental health. VFX is a machine designed to destroy artists. And it’s working perfectly.Across a series of phone interviews with sources within the visual effects industry...

by Wired - about 4 hours
WIRED’s editor in chief weighs the merits and detriments of carbon capture and storage, plus more thoughts on this month’s headlines.

by BBC - about 4 hours
The revolutionary designer died of liver cancer in Tokyo aged 84, his company said in a statement.

by BBC - about 4 hours
Monday's search was reportedly connected to an investigation into Mr Trump's handling of official papers.

by Torrentfreak - about 6 hours
As the first major legal subscription streaming service on the Internet, Netflix paved the way for a streaming revolution.
The company began competing with piracy from the get-go, branding itself as a superior alternative. In the early years, the strategy paid off.
Millions of subscribers switched from casually consuming pirated content on unlicensed platforms in favor of a convenient and reasonably-priced legal alternative. Piracy never went away, but downloading Netflix content illegally seemed silly. Streaming Wars
In the years that followed the legal streaming landscape became more crowded. Inspired by Netflix’s success, new streaming portals such as Amazon, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Paramount+, and...

by BBC - about 6 hours
Some of South Korea's heaviest rain in decades caused power cuts and swept cars across the city.

by HackAdAy - about 7 hours
Admittedly, not a lot of people have a regular need to varnish coils. It’s mainly something that Tesla coil builders and other high-voltage experimenters are concerned with. But since that group probably constitutes a not insignificant fraction of the Hackaday audience, and because there are probably more applications for this homebrew coil varnishing setup, we figured it would be a good idea to share it.
For [Mads Barnkob], coil maintenance isn’t something to take lightly. If you check out his Kaizer Power Electronics channel on YouTube, you’ll see that he has quite a collection of large, powerful Tesla coils, some of which are used for demos and shows, and others that seem to be reserved mainly for...

by Le Monde - about 7 hours
Durant la crise sanitaire, le centre hospitalier aveyronnais a mis en place une équipe mobile afin de pouvoir répondre plus efficacement aux besoins des patients âgés. Un système qui sera maintenu.

by Usbek & Rica - about 7 hours
D'anciens modérateurs TikTok ont révélé avoir été formés à l'aide d'images graphiques d'abus sexuels perpétrés sur des enfants, regroupées au sein d'un document "largement non-sécurisé", selon une enquête publiée le 5 août par le magazine américain Forbes. Ces révélations questionnent, une fois encore, les conditions de travail de ceux que l'on appelle les "éboueurs" d'Internet.

by Korben - about 8 hours
Quand on connecte plusieurs écrans sur un même ordinateur Apple, on n’a pas forcément la possibilité de régler la luminosité, les contrastes et éventuellement le son de chacun d’entre eux, via macOS. Il faudra passer par les menus de réglage de chaque appareil. Et c’est bien dommage. Heureusement, MonitorControl, une application open source est là et va vous permettre de contrôler l’éclairage et le volume sonore directement depuis votre mac Intel ou Silicon comme s’il s’agissait d’écrans natifs Apple. Et c’est assez magique, car une fois installée, MotionControl se loge dans la barre de menu de macOS et offre un menu de réglage pour chaque écran. Mais le meilleur se situe au...

by Journal du Lapin - about 9 hours
J’avais raté ça (ça fait un moment que c’est indiqué dans les pages de support d’Apple) mais les AirTags, alimentés par une piles CR2032, ne fonctionnent pas avec toutes les piles. Pire, ce sont les plus courantes (les Duracell) qui ne fonctionnent pas, et à cause d’un truc idiot : la protection « Baby Secure ». Il faut commencer par expliquer le problème : les piles boutons sont dangereuses. Si vous avalez une pile de ce type, elles peuvent créer des réactions chimiques et vous vous doutez bien qu’une brûlure chimique dans le système digestif ou l’œsophage, ce n’est pas souhaité. Pour éviter ce problème, qui peut causer la mort ou des dégâts irréversibles chez les enfants, il...

by HackAdAy - about 10 hours
Picking propeller size for any aircraft, but especially VTOLs, it’s a tradeoff between size and RPM. You can either move a large volume of air slowly or a small volume of air quickly. Small and fast tend to be the most practical for many applications, but if you’re thinking outside the box like [amazingdiyprojects], you can build a massive propeller and make it fly at just one revolution per second. (Video, embedded below the break.)
One of the challenges of large propellers is their high torque requirements. To get around this, [amazingdiyprojects] drives the 5m diameter propeller from the tips using electric motors with propellers. The blades are simple welded aluminum frames covered with heat-shrunk...

by Buzzfeed - about 11 hours
High IQ folks only, please.View Entire Post ›

by Le Monde - about 11 hours
Après la défaite aux législatives de figures emblématiques de La République en marche, le parti peine à retrouver ses marques.

by Le Monde - about 11 hours
Pékin et Taipei ont conduit simultanément des manœuvres militaires ces dernières heures. Plusieurs centaines de soldats et des équipements d’artillerie ont été mobilisés, assure l’armée taïwanaise.

by HackAdAy - about 13 hours
Paper is an ubiquitous part of society; so much so that the incredible engineering behind it often goes unnoticed. That isn’t the case for [Robert], though, who has a deep appreciation for the material and all its many uses far beyond recording information. In this particular video, he recreates a method found by researchers to turn a piece of paper into a battery with equivalent performance to a AA-sized alkaline battery. (Video, embedded below the break.)
The process involves the creation of a few different types of ink, each of which can be made with relatively common materials such as shellac, ethanol, polyethylene glycol, and graphite. Each of these materials are mixed in different proportions to create...

by KCRW - about 14 hours
When a home recently sold in Santa Barbara’s hillside Riviera neighborhood, resident Don Vogt was naturally curious to meet his new neighbor, so he walked down to introduce himself. But instead of a homeowner and a moving van, he found a “bouncy young lady who said, ‘Oh no, you’re going to have eight neighbors!’” Vogt recalls. “And I said, ‘What?’ And she said, ‘Yes, it’s been bought by a company called Pacaso,’ and I’m thinking of the artist, and she says, ‘No, it P-a-c-a-s-o. They buy the house and then sell ownership parcels to as many as eight other people.”
Vogt was taken aback. “That didn’t sit well,” he says, “because it sounded an awful lot like a timeshare right...

by KCRW - about 14 hours
Some San Clemente officials wanted the city to become a so-called “sanctuary for life.” City Councilman Steven Knoblock issued a proposal that said “life began at conception,” and wouldn’t let a facility open if it performed abortions. The council voted 3-1 against the proposal on Saturday after pressure from residents. 
This resolution is performative politics, and “life beginning at conception” was more of a philosophical statement than a city policy, says LA Times columnist Gustavo Arellano.
San Clemente Mayor Gene James favored the resolution before Saturday’s meeting, Arellano says. “He even said, ‘I'm for abortion, I'm pro-life. But there's different gradations of pro-life.’ So he...

by KCRW - about 14 hours
Many people think of downtown’s Little Tokyo district as the center of Japanese culture in Los Angeles. But that hasn’t always been the case. During the first half of the 20th century, East Hollywood was home to a tightly-knit Japanese immigrant community known as Madison/J-Flats.
Much like today, Virgil Boulevard served as the main artery of the neighborhood, and was lined with Japanese-owned markets, barbershops, car mechanics, and more.
The area also had boarding houses where Japanese immigrants could seek affordable rent, home-cooked meals, and community, says journalist and photographer Samanta Helou Hernandez, who did a deep dive into the history of these boarding houses for the Making a Neighborhood...

by io9 - about 16 hours
Zazie Beetz is likely to open the door for Joker 2.Image: Warner Bros.Todd Phillips’ Joker purposefully ended with many questions left unanswered, but now we can cross at least one off the list. Deadline reports that Zazie Beetz is in talks to reprise her role as Arthur Fleck’s neighbor, Sophie, in 2024's Joker: Folie à Deux. She’ll join Joaquin Phoenix, who’ll reprise his role as Arthur/Joker, and Lada Gaga, who has been cast as Harley Quinn. In the hit 2019 film, Sophie was largely presented as the object of Arthur’s affections. However, after Arthur goes into Sophie’s apartment unannounced, the film reveals the whole relationship was actually in his head and the two had never properly been...

by io9 - about 17 hours
Screenshot: NintendoJust in case you thought the current wave of ‘80s nostalgia was in any danger of breaking, it now appears that Pac-Man is getting its own live-action feature. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the classic arcade game from Bandai Namco Entertainment, known for Galaga and Tekken in addition to Pac-Man, has a feature film in the works with Wayfarer Studios.The game—which follows the perpetually hungry, perpetually maze-running Pac-Man as he gobbles pellets and turns his colorful enemies into ghosts—could easily be a horror film or an action film. But we’re guessing it’s probably a comedy as this project is based on an original idea from Lightbeam Entertainment’s  Chuck Williams...

by io9 - yesterday at 23:00
Gif: Marvel StudiosWith 27 feature films and six Disney+ shows in 14 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to rule pop culture. Thanks to the recent San Diego Comic-Con, we now have an ever better idea of what’s coming next from the MCU. In short: a lot. We’ve got all the details for Phase 4, Phase 5, and even Phase 6 right here.Between all the Marvel theatrical release dates and Marvel TV release dates on Disney+—which the studio often tweaks or reschedules—it can be hard to keep track of when your favorite superheroes are returning or making their debuts. To help you stay super-organized, we’re compiling all the current MCU release dates; when specific titles have been announced but still...

by KCRW - yesterday at 21:00
Over the weekend, thanks to a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Kamala Harris, the Senate passed a bill that’s the biggest investment the U.S. has ever made to fight climate change. The legislation would also cut prescription drug prices and raise taxes on wealthy companies.
What would this mean for California? Tax incentives would make new and used electric cars more affordable. Heating and cooling homes would be cheaper. There’s also money for wind and solar energy, plus wildfire prevention.
The House is expected to approve the bill next week and send it to President Biden for his signature.
“It's important to remember that not a single Republican voted for this bill in the U.S. Senate. So the...

by KCRW - yesterday at 21:00
If you missed Coachella, don’t fret. There are more music festivals on the horizon. KCRW producer and DJ Tyler Boudreaux says it’s all about finding the right show for you because “environment really creates the vibe and the synergy.” And, she says, there’s a show for everyone – people who want to be seen and people who just want to enjoy the music. 
Here’s what’s coming: 
This Ain't No PicnicWhen: Aug. 27 - 28Where: PasadenaHeadliners: LCD Soundsystem, The Strokes
This Ain’t No Picnic hits the Rose Bowl late summer. Photo courtesy of This Ain’t No Picnic. 
Featuring performers like Phoebe Bridgers, Kaytranada, Beach House, Wet Leg, and so many more, Boudreaux says This Ain’t No Picnic...

by Torrentfreak - yesterday at 19:32
When it comes to civil anti-piracy enforcement, BREIN is without a doubt one of the most active players in the industry.
The group, which receives support from Hollywood and other content industries, has a track record of targeting a wide range of piracy threats, both large and small. While most of these anti-piracy actions are the result of in-house investigative work, BREIN certainly doesn’t shy away from court appearances, where setting a favorable precedent is seen as more important than obtaining monetary damages. This week, the group announced its latest annual report, providing insights into the priorities of the organization and the progress being made.
349 Shutdowns
Looking at the numbers we see...

by Les Décodeurs - yesterday at 18:30
Souvent absentes du débat public, hormis quand elles brûlent, les forêts sont partagées entre plus de 3,3 millions de propriétaires, aux profils et aux intérêts très divers.

by Les Décodeurs - yesterday at 17:40
Le 8 août est la Journée internationale du chat. Une initiative associative qui s’inscrit au calendrier, au même titre que les journées officielles.

by Les Décodeurs - monday at 16:58
EN UN GRAPHIQUE – L’été particulièrement sec a favorisé les feux partout en France, à un niveau jamais enregistré ces dernières années.

by Torrentfreak - monday at 10:13
DISH Network’s campaign against the pirate IPTV ecosystem is large but also unique. Anyone involved, from the biggest fish to the smallest fry, is a potential target. From those who capture or distribute streams to those who sell, resell, or buy them, DISH and partner Nagrastar can easily come up with a tailored cash settlement or a full-blown lawsuit. For any entity facilitating any of the above, the same also holds true.
DISH Targets CDN Company DataCamp
In February, DISH filed a lawsuit at an Illinois district court against UK-based CDN/hosting company DataCamp (d/b/a CDN77 and DataPacket). The broadcaster claimed that IPTV providers Banjo TV, Bollywood IPTV, Comstar TV, Express IPTV, Gennie TV, Gold TV,...

by Usbek & Rica - monday at 9:42
Avec « Lune Noire », le rappeur parisien Sheldon délivre, en 2019, un premier opus splendide qui retrace l’histoire d’un enfant évoluant dans un monde où les humains affrontent les robots. Seconde partie de notre série sur les albums du futur.

by Paul Jorion - monday at 9:42
Le passage de la limite de 90km/h à 80km/h sur les nationales et la taxe « verte » sur les carburants, en faisant payer les petits pour les excès des gros, avait fait monter au sein du peuple (les « pas gros », les gens ordinaires), une juste colère. On répète ici que, dans la même veine de foutage-de-gueule des gens ordinaires, l’arrosage des potagers est interdit, alors que celui des golfs continue d’être permis. Avant qu’une légitime colère ne gonfle davantage, je pose la question solennellement : s’agit-il d’un fait ou d’une rumeur sans fondement ?

by Descartes - monday at 9:21
Comme je suis en vacances, j’ai du temps libre. Et comme j’ai du temps libre, je me suis amusé à regarder les débats de l’Assemblée nationale concernant la loi sur le pouvoir d’achat et son corrélat, la loi de finances … Continuer la lecture →