The Discourse Grind

A reading list of news stories via the Discourse team.

First private asteroid mapping mission planned for the end of the decade

Deep Space Industries — a spaceflight company intent on mining asteroids for resources — announced its plans this week to conduct…

Adblock Plus has already defeated Facebook’s new ad blocking restrictions

Facebook’s plan to stop ad blockers has already been foiled. Adblock Plus has found a way to strip ads from Facebook, even…

Why are all these robots staring at me?

Ah, the Massive Eye. Such a comforting symbol, and not all reminiscent of omnipresent surveillance or literal towers of evil from…

400-year-old shark is the longest-living vertebrate ever

Scientists recently discovered that Greenland sharks could live for as long as 400 years, making them the longest-living vertebrates on…

Here’s the 11 things that we really want to see in the new Star Trek TV show

CBS will be launching a new iteration of Star Trek next year. Discovery will premiere on the network’s All Access,…

Darth Vader returns in new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer

Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One finally has a new trailer, and it features the biggest villain in the history of Star…

Pay and display parking axed for smartphone app

Pay and display parking axed for smartphone app JOSH FAGAN Last updated 12:00, August 12 2016 Fairfax NZ High parking costs…

Study finds Winz jobs don’t last

Work and Income told a pregnant woman to start work as a beekeeper two weeks before she was due to…

Popular Sex Toy Caught Sending Intimate Data To Manufacturer

In a world where thermostats, and smart locks can be hacked, and companies covertly record information, why should sex toys…

Kansas couple sues IP mapping firm for turning their life into a “digital hell”

reader comments 0 Ever since James and Theresa Arnold moved into their rented 623-acre farm in Butler County, Kansas, in…

In private dealings, Trump lies constantly and without apparent purpose

In 2007, Trump was suing a reporter who exposed unflattering facts about his true level of wealth. The Washington Post…

How sky-high hype formed a storm cloud over No Man’s Sky’s release

Ship’s down! But before I go about doing all of these repairs… …I need to rename my planet. No Man’s…

What to Do If You Start Choking When You’re Alone

If, like Liz Lemon, you’re afraid of choking when you’re home alone, knowing this procedure might give you some peace…

Brakes on the property market

Could the property market finally be slowing? It all depends on your perspective. Prices would indicate that the market is…

House prices might be flattening: Trade Me

House prices might be flattening: Trade Me CATHERINE HARRIS Last updated 09:49, August 11 2016 PETER MEECHAM/FAIRFAX NZ. Trade Me is…

Being on the benefit an unhappy time for almost 60pc, survey shows

Being on the benefit an unhappy time for almost 60pc, survey shows SUSAN EDMUNDS Last updated 10:53, August 11 2016 DEREK…

Online Drug Sales Triple After Silk Road Closure, Says Report

The closure of Silk Road — a marketplace where internet users could purchase drugs and other illegal goods — in…

Opinion: Sevens – who cares?

My level of outrage at the men’s sevens team missing a medal is similar to its standing in New Zealand…

Overcrowding a growing issue in New Zealand’s national parks

Overcrowding a growing issue in New Zealand’s national parks CHARLIE MITCHELL Last updated 09:55, August 11 2016 TOM PULLAR-STRECKER/FAIRFAX NZ Tourists…

Plastic gun from 3-D printer seized at Nevada airport in the US

Plastic gun from 3-D printer seized at Nevada airport in the US SCOTT SONNER AND KEN RITTER Last updated 11:23, August…

Wellington couple who spent all elderly father’s estate money inheritance appeal dismissed

Wellington couple who spent all elderly father’s estate money inheritance appeal dismissed TALIA SHADWELL Last updated 11:05, August 11 2016 SUPPLIED…

Saving lives with Kiwi defibrillator locater

Saving lives with Kiwi defibrillator locater AMY BAKER Last updated 11:17, August 11 2016 Amy Baker Albany Mega Mitre 10 manager…

The first dozen hours of No Man’s Sky: Soaring past disappointment

Blast off: It’s time for No Man’s Sky! Hello Games reader comments 0 In crowded expo halls and at private demo sessions,…

Quick retreat of New Zealand’s glaciers an issue for tourism

Quick retreat of New Zealand’s glaciers an issue for tourism CHARLIE MITCHELL Last updated 19:42, August 9 2016 ALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ…

US couple dies minutes apart after 63 years of marriage

A couple in the US who were married for more than 63 years have died just minutes apart. Henry and…

The Obama administration has released its ‘Playbook’ for drone warfare

Following a court order, the Obama administration has unveiled the documents that guide its decisions to capture or kill individuals…

A Missouri man might owe his life to his Tesla Model X’s Autopilot

Tesla has come under fire for its Autopilot feature after a fatal traffic accident earlier this year. The same feature…

This short film is designed to convince ‘asshole’ millennials to become organ donors

Coleman F. Sweeney is an asshole. He’s the type of person who buys truck nuts for his battered pickup to…

Former CIA leader calls Trump ‘an unwitting agent’ for Russia

In a New York Times editorial published this morning, former acting director for the CIA Michael Morell called Donald Trump a…

Lizzie Marvelly: If in doubt, check the dictionary

When a woman says no, that’s what she means. No further argument. The definition of “consent” is not, and has…

Greens call for North Shore rail crossing

The Green Party believes a rail link between Auckland’s North Shore and the CBD is the next step in developing…

Man Says Tesla Autopilot Saved His Life By Driving Him To the Hospital

An anonymous reader writes: Last month a man sent an email to Elon Musk explaining how his Tesla Model S…

Carnegie Mellon’s Mayhem AI takes home $2 million from DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge

The 2016 DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge has concluded, and the winning team — Carnegie Mellon University’s ForAllSecure — is taking…

Labour support no juries for some trials

The Herald reports: Rape trials could be heard before a judge alone – not a jury – under radical proposals…

National parks feeling ‘ill-effects’ from tourism boom, government report admits

National parks feeling ‘ill-effects’ from tourism boom, government report admits TOM PULLAR-STRECKER Last updated 12:05, August 6 2016 TOM PULLAR-STRECKER/FAIRFAX NZ…

Barb From ‘Stranger Things’ Wants To Play Squirrel Girl

Netflix/Marvel If you’ve watched Stranger Things (if not, WHY HAVE YOU NOT WATCHED STRANGER THINGS?), there is a good chance…

Jack Tame pepper sprayed in Rio

One News reported that Jack Tame was caught up amid thousands of protesters on Copacabana Beach who were…

Protesters want The Block turned into state housing

People were queuing as early as 5am on Saturday morning to get a glimpse inside the freshly renovated properties from…

Car Thieves Arrested After Using Laptop and Malware To Steal More Than 30 Jeeps

New submitter altnuc writes: Two thieves in Houston stole more than 30 Jeeps by using a laptop and a stolen…

In Texas Oil Country, Wind Is Straining the Grid

Texas is learning just how costly it is to wrangle the wind. The Lone Star state is by far the…

What’s in a name? It’s just the beginning

What’s in a name? It’s just the beginning JUDGE ANDREW BECROFT, CHILDREN’S COMMISSIONER Last updated 17:46, August 6 2016 Fairfax NZ…

Men don’t fancy smart women – unless they’re really attractive

Men don’t fancy smart women – unless they’re really attractive Last updated 16:06, August 6 2016 MARIO ANZUONI British actress Kate…

Jury considers manslaughter case of emaciated woman

The case is being considered in the High Court in Auckland. Photo / File A jury has retired to consider…

The cost of Big Brother

The New Zealand government has built Big Brother: an "Integrated Data Infrastructure" which combines all the information the government collects…

Shell shock: why is a startup charging parents $180 for $2 worth of peanut butter?

Antera Therapeutics is a pricey way to introduce peanuts Continue reading… First published at: August 4, 2016 at 08:38PM.Syndicated from:…

Obama Pens Powerful Essay on Feminism: ‘When Everybody Is Equal, We Are All More Free’

President Barack Obama opened up about feminism and fighting gender stereotypes in a new essay published on Thursday. “The progress…

Kirk Hope: Labour opening the pipeline

Kirk Hope: Labour opening the pipeline KIRK HOPE Last updated 05:00, August 5 2016 DIEGO OPATOWSKI/FAIRFAX NZ There are not enough…

Your future robot tattooist has steady hands, but isn’t great at conversation

A robot tattooist might have steadier "hands" than its human counterpart, but how do you know it’s not going to…

Don Stock: Unitary Plan short-changes those of us expecting a liveable city

A street in Glenfield. Photo / Doug Sherring The Unitary Plan is a disappointment. This was an opportunity to create…

Push for smoke-free CBD

In Australia, several states and territories already have smokefree laws for outdoor dining areas. Photo / Gerard Johnston A smoking…

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