A deep dive into the race to preserve our digital heritage

Science Friday's beautiful "File Not Found" series looks at the thorny questions of digital preservation: finding surviving copies of data, preserving the media it is recorded upon, finding working equipment to read that media, finding working software to decode the information once it's read, clearing the rights to archive it, and maintaining safe, long term archives -- all while being mindful of privacy and other equities. (more…)

Documenting the laughable lies the FCC told at the hearing where it killed Net Neutrality

The FCC is only allowed to change existing policies if they can show evidence of some change in facts, so at yesterday's bomb-threat haunted hearing to destroy Net Neutrality, Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his Republican colleagues made a pro-forma recitation of the reasons justifying his extreme actions. (more…)

Make your own unicorn kit

You can make six things with the I Love Unicorns Kit (Amazon), though only one of them is, technically, a complete unicorn. The other items, however, when worn together, entitle the wearer to be recognized as an actual unicorn under the German Standards Institute DIN 41439 specification for Cryptozoological Entities. So there's that.

A RAINBOW OF FUN: 6 awesome projects kids will go wild over

LEARN NEW TECHNIQUES BY MAKING A VARIETY OF CRAFTS: Kids learn to sew a stuffy, create with pom poms, fold and string a garland, assemble a headband, and more!

CRAFTS THEY WEAR, PLAY WITH, OR HANG UP. Wear the headband, magic dust or tail, play with the stuffy, or decorate a bulletin board or dresser with the garland

CRAFTING HELPS DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: Understanding and following directions is a skill that will be needed and used throughout life

KIT INCLUDES EVERYTHING THEY NEED: 79 pom poms, 9 pieces acrylic felt, 31 pieces adhesive, 25 yds (22.8 m) acrylic yarn, 50 pieces card stock

Roy Moore continues to defy reality

After losing the Alabama special senate election two days ago, Roy Moore remains stuck in the Denial stage of the Kubler-Ross Model of Grief. In a cartoonishly self-important video statement released this morning, Moore's eyes unwaveringly tracked a teleprompter while he recited, "We are indeed in a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization, and our religion, and to set free a suffering humanity. In this race, we have not received the final count​ to include ​military and provisional ballots. This has been a very close race and we are awaiting certification by the secretary of state."

Is it really that surprising that a man who was banned from a shopping mall to stop him from pursuing teenage girls would refuse to bow out gracefully from an election he lost?

Alabama's Secretary of State winner said the election winner Doug Jones' chances of not being certified were "highly unlikely."

A proposed Australian leaker law will put journalists and whistleblowers in jail for 20 years

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a plan to bring down anti-leaker legislation that provides for 20 year prison sentences for whistelblowers who leak in order to prove government wrongdoing, and for the journalists who publish those leaks. (more…)