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In the 1987 Mel Brooks masterpiece Spaceballs, planet Spaceball has totally wrecked its environment, turning a once-green planet into a solid steel sphere with no atmosphere. Clean air is sold in cans of Perri-Air, a wonderfully Brooks-esque spoof of the famous French sparkling water brand. To replenish the planet’s air supply, President Skroob (played by Mel Brooks) orders the military to kidnap Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) of the pristine planet Druidia and hold her hostage in exchange for the planet’s air. …


This summer a lot of science news bubbled up out of the quantum foam, but the one thing that really caught my attention was booze. And not Oregon’s world-famous craft beers. A study landed that allegedly found that any amount of alcohol — any — is bad for you.

Now, this news hit hard for a few reasons. First, it contradicts a long list of studies that correlated booze with good health, and second… really?! Is there nothing left in this world to enjoy? Thanks, science. Thanks a lot.

Pretty much everybody was blowing a gasket over this one, and…


Browser extensions may be the unsung heroes of the web. They give users instant access to the stuff they want, and they organize and customize the browser experience. You should go build one. You’ll be a saint to your users and you could win a prize.

That’s right, it’s the Firefox Quantum Extensions Challenge and we need your submissions. We’re collecting awesome browser extensions from the developer community until April 15, 2018. Our panel of judges will award prizes to the top extensions in three categories: Games & Entertainment, Dynamic Themes, and Tab Manager/Organizer. Winners will be awarded an…


By Bartłomiej Derski — Own work, GFDL

Barbra Streisand cloned her favorite dog and things didn’t turn out as expected. Why? And How? And, most importantly, Whuuuuuuuut?

First, Streisand revealed in a recent interview with Variety Magazine that she had her recently deceased dog Samantha cloned — twice. Well, she had two clones made. According to the world-renown singer, the dogs have different personalities than Samantha and aren’t exactly identical to her, either.

What’s going on here? Is this real? Are we living in some bizarre future filled with cloned and designer pets? If you have Streisand cash, yes. For about $100k, companies like Sooam Biotech…


A Firefox DevTools retrospective.

Note: The following is a reprint from the Mozilla Hacks Blog. Check it out for fantastic web development tips, tricks, news, and more!

2017 was a big year for Firefox DevTools. We updated and refined the UI, refactored three of the panels, squashed countless bugs, and shipped several new features. This work not only provides a faster and better DevTools experience, but lays the groundwork for some exciting new features and improvements for 2018 and beyond. …


Meet your new masters.

In science fiction they call it gray goo — nanobots that replicate without limits until eventually everything on the planet is a featureless gray goo. It’s the first thing that came to mind when I read a recent article in the New York Times about a new species of crayfish that clones itself and is taking over Europe. The species emerged just 25 years ago as a mutation. Normally, animals have two chromosomes, one from each parent. This female crayfish ended up with three, meaning that she could produce her own fertilized eggs without mating. And every egg is a perfect clone of the original crayfish. Oh, and crayfish lay hundreds of eggs at a time. More from the German Cancer Research Institute.


Naked mole rats may be the true underlords of this planet, shriveled immortals lurking beneath our feet, sewing discontent throughout society until humanity is on the verge of collapse. Explains the current state of the world quite well, I’d say. But unfortunately we can’t pin humanity’s failings on the machinations of mole rats. We may, however, learn how to extend our misery indefinitely by studying their apparent agelessness. Based on the article published in eLife Sciences.

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Spectre and Meltdown

Detroit’s hottest dubstep DJs Spectre and Meltdown live at the Music Institute Thursday, January 4th 2018. Get your tickets today at ticketmeister.org.

Spectre and Meltdown are actually two serious security vulnerabilities discovered in nearly every computer processor made since 1995. So what does it mean? Is this the end of computing? Should we throw our computers on the campfire and live among mother nature? I wanted to find out, so I talked to security expert Wu-chang Feng at Portland State University. The verdict? You might just want to break out the abacus, because we’re all in big trouble.

Spectre…


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I’m launching a new podcast about Science and Technology called Let’s Get Mental. In this, the very first podcast, I chat with Amy Koski at the Oregon Health and Science University about CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing.

You can subscribe on iTunes and Google Play. It’s also available on SoundCloud.


2017 was a stellar year for Mozilla. We launched the fastest Firefox ever, rebuilt DevTools, saw support for WebAssembly ship in all four major browsers, and launched open-source virtual reality and speech recognition platforms. Our developer relations team also attended more than 60 roadshow events around the world and saw the MDN Web Docs site nearly double its readership.

It’s a tough act to follow, but we hope to continue the pace in 2018. We have a ton of great open-source tech on the horizon, all of which we’ll cover here and over at the Mozilla Hacks blog. Thanks for…

Dustin Driver

Seasoned and salty tech writer at Mozilla. Keeping the Internet open, healthy, and accessible for everyone. dustindriver.com

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