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Swedish Show Hunts Down Internet Trolls

The show’s goal is to spark discussion about internet hate.

A Swedish TV show is tracking down internet trolls and bringing them to task in front of a national audience. TV3’s Trolljägarna, or Troll Hunter follows journalist Robert Aschberg as he and his team hunt down the country’s racist, sexist, hateful, ignorant, and downright mean anons.

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Sorry, Colonizing Mars is Still a Pipe Dream

Even though you responded to the casting call, you probably won't become a reality star on Mars.

Photo Courtesy of Bryan Versteeg/Mars One

In 2012, a Dutch nonprofit led by entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp announced plans to send four citizen astronauts to colonize Mars in 2023. The motivation behind the project was later revealed to have little to do with the pursuit of science; instead, the organization—known as Mars One—plans to film the whole thing, turning the far-flung mission into a reality TV show.

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Can an 'X Factor for Tech' Get Kids Excited About STEM?

Will.i.am and Simon Cowell are on the hunt for the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates.


How do we turn science, technology, engineering, and math geeks into the rock stars of the 21st century? Given high demand for a STEM-proficient workforce, figuring out how to inspire student interest in those fields is a nut that pop star Will.i.am is doing his best to crack. He's plunking down his own cash for a STEM TV special, composing the first song to be beamed from Mars, and plugging STEM on the heels of the political conventions. His latest idea: harnessing the nation’s obsession with reality television by teaming up with Simon Cowell to create an X-Factor show for STEM.

"We're working on a project called X Factor for Tech—and it’s going to be out of this world," Will.i.am told U.K. paper The Sun, adding that they hope it "will help discover the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs." That kind of tech genius could potentially have a much bigger impact on the world than a pop singer who might only produce a couple Top 40 hits before fading into obscurity. After all, says Will.i.am, creating one singing star only generates a couple of jobs, but a real STEM wizard creates so many more.

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