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What the Science of Animal Networks Reveals About Protests


The living world turns chaos into order by making large structures out of small units. The sublime coordination of a flock of birds or a school of fish—built iteratively from the twitches and bumps of single individuals—turns instinctive behaviors into something vast and graceful. It’s not just for show. A lone gazelle can’t evade a fast-moving lion anywhere near as well as a slippery, undulating herd.

With that in mind, take a look at this video of a truck barreling through protesters in Minneapolis in May. The densely packed protesters swirl out of the truck’s path, then close ranks back around it when the truck stops. For a few moments, the movements of the protesters look very much like a murmuration of starlings responding to an attacking falcon, or maybe little fish to a shark—parting like water in front of a boat, swirling in eddies around the invader, regrouping behind it. The protesters respond as a collective. Read More

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TechCrunch

Watch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon splash down in the Atlantic Ocean live as astronauts return to Earth – TechCrunch


SpaceX and NASA are getting ready to complete their most important joint mission to date – Crew Dragon Demo-2, which is the culmination of the partners’ work on their Commercial Crew program designed to certify a SpaceX spacecraft for regular human spaceflight operations. NASA astronauts are already on board Crew Dragon making their way back to Earth during a multi-hour descent, and later on Sunday will be splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.

Behnken and Hurley undocked from the International Space Station on Saturday, August 1 at just after 7:30 PM EDT, with the Crew Dragon capsule handling all of the maneuvers since in a fully automated fashion, just like it’s designed to do. SpaceX built Crew Dragon to be fully automated both during takeoff and the return to Earth and landing portion of any trip to the ISS, and in fact have previously flown a successful uncrewed version of the mission that’s happening now with astronauts on board. Read More

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Mashable

Don’t you wish you could fly free like this beautiful space butterfly?


These are hard days for the humans of planet Earth, especially those of us who despise inequity and fascism. Wouldn’t it be nice, then, if you could flap your brilliantly colored wings and take off into the stars?

The below image, captured by the European Southern Observatory’s “Very Large Telescope” (great name) in northern Chile, gives us a look at the vibrant planetary nebula known as NGC 2899. Yeah, I know, it’s not a real butterfly. But imagine if. Then go further, and pretend the butterfly is you. Read More

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Tech Radar

Bucks vs Rockets live stream: how to watch the NBA online tonight from anywhere


The NBA’s return to play continues and the 22 remaining teams in the league will play eight regular season seeding games before the NBA playoffs kick off in mid-August. Tonight, we’ll get to see the Milwaukee Bucks go up against the Houston Rockets in an East vs West matchup. Read on as we’ve got all the details you need to watch a Bucks vs Rockets live stream from anywhere in the world – don’t miss a second of the NBA action.

Bucks vs Rockets live stream

The Bucks vs Rockets game starts at 8.30pm ET / 5.30pm PT tonight on ABC in the US. If you’re in Canada, you can catch the game on SportsNet at the same time, while Sky Sports is offering up a late night broadcast in the UK at 1.30am BST and Australian viewers can catch it on ESPN at 10.30am AEST on Monday morning. If you don’t have the access to the right channel, read on for a look at all the NBA live streaming options. Read More

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Engadget

Classic ‘Halo’ games will get crossplay and custom game browsing in 2020


The Halo games in the Master Chief Collection should soon get many of the features you’re used to with modern shooters. The 343 Industries team has provided (via Eurogamer) an MCC “snapshot” indicating that several welcome additions are coming to the classic titles in 2020, most notably crossplay. Ideally, Xbox and Windows players won’t be fenced off for much longer. Developers are appropriately planning mouse and keyboard support for Xbox players to help them stay competitive.

Crossplay should launch alongside input-based matchmaking and server region options. Another update will bring a custom game browser, per-game graphics options and the previously mentioned Xbox mouse and keyboard support. Per-game audio settings, PC file sharing and Steam account linking are also in the works for this year. Read More

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The Verge

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon successfully returns NASA astronauts back to Earth


NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley safely returned to Earth inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule this afternoon, bringing their historic two-month mission at the International Space Station to an end. The spacecraft carrying the two astronauts splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida at 2:48PM ET, where recovery boats were waiting nearby to receive the crew.

With this landing, the Crew Dragon has now successfully completed its first-ever passenger flight to orbit. The mission began on May 30th, when Behnken and Hurley both launched inside the capsule from Cape Canaveral, Florida and then docked with the space station a day later. Called Demon-2 or DM-2, the mission was meant to prove out all of the Crew Dragon’s biggest capabilities — by safely transporting people to space and getting them to the ISS. Now SpaceX has proved that the capsule can safely bring people home, too. Read More

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Wired

Incognito Mode May Not Work the Way You Think It Does


No matter which browser you prefer—Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, Opera, or any of the others—it will almost certainly offer an incognito or private mode, one which ostensibly keeps your web browsing secret. (Google Chrome still shows a hat-and-glasses icon when you go incognito, as if you’re now in disguise.)

Incognito or private mode does indeed keep certain aspects of your browsing private, but it’s important to be aware of what it hides and erases from your computer or phone and what it doesn’t. Once you understand exactly what these modes do in your browser, you’ll know when they can be most useful. Read More

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Revolut product lead George Robson – TechCrunch


Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital recently set up shop in Europe after hiring Luciana Lixandru away from Accel’s London office. Now, according to a tweet by Revolut product lead George Robson, the VC has recruited a second European partner.

Robson, who also previously co-founded Kickstart London, a student-run accelerator programme in the U.K. and has worked at Morgan Stanley as an analyst, announced via Twitter last week that he has joined Sequoia’s burgeoning European operation where he says he’ll be working with the team “to help founders across Europe build the next generation of transformative companies”. Read More

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Mashable

How a TikTok ban could work, and what it means for your content

President Donald Trump casually dropped Friday that he would “ban” TikTok. That added heft to earlier statements made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the administration was considering a ban.

But how would a ban on an app that’s already been , and that anyone can currently download from Apple and Google app stores, actually work?

Trump provided few details, and any executive actions he might sign would be subject to legal challenges. TikTok also maintains that it . The issue might all be moot if the app’s to Microsoft comes to pass.  Read More

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Tech Radar

Trail Blazers vs Celtics live stream: how to watch the NBA game online from anywhere


The NBA restart continues today and one of the highlights sees the Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics going head to head. The two teams will be tipping off at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena this Sunday – and it’s got all the makings of a great game. Read on as we show you how to watch a Trail Blazers vs Celtics live stream and catch all the NBA action online.

Trail Blazers vs Celtics live stream

You can watch the Trail Blazers vs Celtics game from 3.30pm ET / 12.30pm PT on NSNW or ABC. If you’re watching from Canada, tune into TSN at the same time; UK viewers can watch from 8.30pm BST on Sky Sports, and ESPN will be hosting Australian coverage at 5.30am on Monday August 3. Not got those services? Read on for all your options. Read More