Weather Delays the SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch

Weather Delays the SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch

On Wednesday afternoon, veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were scheduled to fly to the International Space Station in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. The Demo-2 mission was going to be the first crewed mission for SpaceX and the first time NASA astronauts have launched from the US in nine years. But the world…

Whoooaaa Duuuuude: Why We Stretch Words in Tweets and Texts

Whoooaaa Duuuuude: Why We Stretch Words in Tweets and Texts

On Twitter, when a simple ha won’t do, there’s always hahahaaaa, haaaahaaaa, or even hahahahahahahahahahahahaha, indicating you’ve just read the funniest thing you’ve ever seen. (Or that you’re a sarcastic talking raccoon.) These are known as stretchable or lengthened words, and now researchers from the University of Vermont have figured out just how pervasive they…

Instagram Will (Finally) Pay Influencers

Instagram Will (Finally) Pay Influencers

For years, people have been building their own brands and businesses on Instagram—and in turn, have helped Instagram build its business. While the photo- and video-sharing service has happily helped those users monetize their followings, that’s largely happened off-platform. Influencers make deals with brands to create sponsored posts, or set up revenue sharing to recommend…

The Coronavirus Is Democratizing Knowledge

The Coronavirus Is Democratizing Knowledge

The Covid-19 pandemic has spurred what’s often called an infodemic, or the alarming spread of harmful information online. But this narrative misses the ways in which the Covid-19 crisis is simultaneously driving groups and individuals to collaboratively generate huge amounts of useful, public knowledge.In a race to create and share resources to weather the pandemic’s…

How to Create a Home Meditation Space

How to Create a Home Meditation Space

We’re all collectively going kooky as the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus traps us in our homes, but one of the best ways to clear your mind and haul yourself out of a rut is to practice meditation. There are a lot of types of meditation, each with many subtypes: Zen, Vipassana, Samatha, Transcendental, mindfulness, guided meditation, and…