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content moderation

Internal Google Email Says Moderating Christchurch Manifesto ‘Particularly Challenging’

Google saw an issue with moderating the Christchurch terrorist’s so-called manifesto in part because of its length, telling moderators to mark potential copies or sections as “Terrorist Content” if they were unsure.
Joseph Cox
3.19.19
Orcas

Watch Rare Footage of the Mysterious 'Type D' Orca

A NOAA expedition filmed the orcas, which have distinctive small white eye patches, off of Cape Horn, Chile.
Becky Ferreira
3.8.19
Space Junk

A Defunct Soviet Venus Probe Will Crash Into Earth After Decades in Orbit

Skywatchers say Kosmos 482, which was designed to withstand the harsh environment of Venus, will likely land on Earth intact.
Becky Ferreira
2.26.19
SEALs

Owner of USB Stick Found in Seal Poop Has Come Forward

"I feel bad here because I feel like I'm ruining a really good story."
Sarah Emerson
2.7.19
POOP

Someone’s Lost Vacation Photos Turned Up in Leopard Seal Poop

Come get them.
Sarah Emerson
2.5.19
Whales

Nearly 200 Whales Killed in Mass Strandings Within a Week in New Zealand

“The realization we could do nothing to save them was the worst feeling I have ever experienced.”
Becky Ferreira
11.30.18
sex work

A New Zealand Woman Was Charged for Doxing a Sex Worker Online

This case happened in a country where sex work is legal, but it still illustrates how people exploit stigma and shame.
Samantha Cole
11.16.18
Weird crimes

A Man Was Caught Stealing Human Toes From a ‘Body Worlds’ Exhibit

Thankfully, the digits have been returned to the exhibit.
Sarah Emerson
6.19.18
rave in space

Astronomers Are Annoyed at a New Zealand Company That Launched a Disco Ball Into Orbit

The Humanity Star is a poetic and entirely useless satellite. For astronomers, however, it’s a pain in the ass.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.25.18
Sex Ed

Don't Ask Siri About Your Weird Sex Thing

Researchers asked Siri and Google a barrage of questions in a sex-health battle of the voice assistants.
Samantha Cole
12.20.17
NEW ZEALAND

23-Million-Year-Old Leaves Helped Solve an Antarctic Climate Mystery

Carbon dioxide spiked at the same time as the rapid melt.
Kate Lunau
10.12.16
NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand Is Cock Blocking Its Sperm Donors

Across the world, countries are having a hard time filling their sperm banks.
Ashley Spencer
9.29.16
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