Can’t Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, America’s birthday—whatever you want to call it, this holiday is a time for celebration. As it evokes the rich history of a proud, tumultuous country, the Fourth of July reminds us of all that we have in common, of the single, shared yearning that resides deep in the heart of every human being: the desire to blow things up. July Fourth is a holiday designed to terrify dogs and assert America’s dominance through firepower. Fireworks are visceral and exciting. But for some people, launching or even watching fireworks is not an option. Maybe you’re shackled by local noise ordinances, or are a conscientious resident of wildfire country. Maybe you just live in a state …

Google’s $399 iPhone Killer, A Bold CIA Privacy Move, and More News

Google unveiled a $399 phone, the CIA is making friends with anonymity, and we've got some kids tips to boot. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Google announced some new phones At Google's I/O conference today, the company delivered announcements on everything from inclusion promises to a new Nest hub. But the most significant news was probably the Google Pixel 3A and 3XL. Starting at $399, the Pixel 3A could bring in a whole new market of consumers who want premium phones complete with features like a nice camera, a good battery life, and Google Assistant but don't have $1,000 to burn. The CIA has set up shop on … Tor? The anonymity service …