13 spooky science stories

Tis the season, after all. It’s Friday. It’s also Friday the 13th. And it’s also October, A.K.A. Halloweentember. You know what that means: it’s time for some spoOooOooOooky science stories. Here are 13 of the most shudder-inducing tales we could find in the Popular Science vaults. A mysterious submarine death CSS H.L. Hunley U.S. Navy History… Continue reading “13 spooky science stories”

Mystery Hacker Steals Australian Defense Data

A mystery hacker who was given the alias of a TV soap opera character has stolen sensitive information about Australia’s multi-billion dollar warplane and navy projects. Intelligence officials say the break was significant, although the Australian government insists that only low-level data was taken. The identity of the cyber criminal is not known. The virtual break-in… Continue reading “Mystery Hacker Steals Australian Defense Data”

Facebook Phishing Attack Abuses Trusted Contacts Feature

A new phishing campaign is being carried out against users of Facebook. The scheme targets individuals and relies on abusing the platform’s Trusted Contacts feature in order to trick victims into surrendering personal information. The attack was first identified by Access Now, a non-profit advocacy group that organizes around the cause of a free and open… Continue reading “Facebook Phishing Attack Abuses Trusted Contacts Feature”

Drone hit Canadian airliner: minister

A Canadian passenger plane landed safely after it was hit by a drone in the first case of its kind in the country, a cabinet minister said Sunday. With increasing numbers of unmanned aerial devices in the skies, collisions are still rare, but authorities around the world are looking at ways to keep jetliners out of… Continue reading “Drone hit Canadian airliner: minister”

Five signs your laptop is in trouble—and how to fix them

Keep an eye out for these red flags. Catch laptop trouble as early as you can. Glenn Carstens-Peters/Unsplash When something goes seriously wrong with your laptop, you usually receive an advance warning. A virus might alter your security settings, for example, or a failing hard drive might start making funny noises. If you catch these signals… Continue reading “Five signs your laptop is in trouble—and how to fix them”