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 2018-01-17 05:30 

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BitConnect, Anonymously-Run Crypto Exchange, Crashes After States Issue Cease and Desists...

BitConnect, an anonymously-run cryptocurrency lending and exchange platform long suspected of being a well-marketed Ponzi scheme, abruptly ceased operations on Tuesday after receiving cease-and-desist orders from authorities in Texas and North Carolina....

 2018-01-17 02:15 

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Almost Everyone on the National Park System Advisory Board Quits in Protest of Ryan Zinke...

Nine out of 12 sitting members of the Department of the Interior's National Park System Advisory Board resigned on Monday in protest of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is very fond of having subordinates fly flags in his honor and hang dead animals...

 2018-01-16 23:40 

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Millions of Migrating Baby Crabs Are an Absolutely Bonkers Sight to Behold...

Each year, newborn crabs make the perilous trek from the sea shore to the forests of Christmas Island. This year was no exception, as new video taken of the migration makes abundantly clear....

 2018-01-16 23:30 

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VR Porn Company Promises Only Consensual 'Back Door Intrusions' After Researchers Discover Security Hole...

Thousands of users' personal information left exposed by a virtual reality porn app prompted the company to do the only appropriate thing: fix the problem and make a joke about butt sex....

 2018-01-16 23:20 

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Bitcoin Falls Below $10,000...

Following a meteoric rise to just shy of $20,000 per coin less than two months ago, Bitcoin, the oldest and most valuable cryptocurrency, fell below $10,000 on both the Coinbase and Bittrex exchanges for the first time since early December. It's far f...

 2018-01-16 23:10 

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Why CRISPR-Edited Food May Be in Supermarkets Sooner Than You Think...

In September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the green light to a version of the plant Camelina sativa, an important oilseed crop that had been genetically engineered using CRISPR to produce enhanced omega-3 oil. What was interesting about this a...

 2018-01-16 22:20 

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There Are So Many Flu Victims, California Hospitals Are Setting Up Emergency Tents in Their Parking Lots...

A flu strain called H3N2 has sent thousands to emergency rooms in California—so many that hospitals are erecting tents to accommodate the all the extra patients, reports the LA Times....

 2018-01-16 21:35 

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Why Google's Half-Assed Fact-Checking Widget Was Destined to Piss Off Conservatives...

Last week, conservatives cried foul over Google's latest attempt to provide past examples of fact-checking for news outlets. Right-wing pundits at The Daily Caller insisted that Google was targeting conservative outlets and giving left-leaning publica...

 2018-01-16 21:15 

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Scientists Create Miniature Gamma Ray Bursts to Study Black Holes...

Sometimes, if you want to understand the amazing things that happen in space, you have to make sense of them in a lab on Earth, first. Scientists are attempting to model some of the most powerful explosions in the universe by miniaturizing them into lab e...

 2018-01-16 20:44 

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A First Look at the Incredible Future of 8K TVs...

Do you remember back in the 90s, when high-definition TVs first started to become popular? Seeing that HD for the first time, the sharpness seemed almost impossible compared to existing technology. But this year, several top tech companies showed off 8K s...

 2018-01-16 20:15 

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Should the FDA Ban People From Genetically Engineering Themselves?...

In the past few months, the possibility of do-it-yourself genetic engineering has exited the realm of the purely hypothetical. At a conference last fall, a well-known biohacker injected himself with a gene to promote muscle growth. Not long after, a 27-ye...

 2018-01-16 19:45 

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Humans, Not Rats, May Have Been Responsible for Spreading the Black Death...

The Black Death, a plague responsible for killing around a third of the population of Europe during the 14th century, spread to millions of humans by rats that carried infected fleas—right? That's the story we've long been told by historians...

 2018-01-16 19:04 

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I'm Sorry Kodak Wants How Much For Its New Super 8 Camera?...

The original Super 8 camera inspires nostalgia in every graying beardo with aspirations to make a film. The format was introduced back in 1965, and before VHS camcorders killed it in the 80s, it was the film stock of choice for budding filmmakers and fami...

 2018-01-16 18:55 

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Is China Really Planning to Destroy Space Junk With Lasers?...

There may be at least half a million pieces of man-made junk orbiting this planet. Tiny pieces can travel around 10 kilometers per second, far faster than a bullet. The International Space Station has had to adjust its orbit just to avoid the stuff. Peopl...

 2018-01-16 18:25 

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The 'Lottery Winner' Promising $5,000 for Every Retweet Is a Hoax...

Have you seen this viral tweet? It looks like it's from Shane Missler, a 20-year-old lottery winner in Florida, and he's promising $5,000 to every person who retweets the account. But it's 100 percent fake....

 2018-01-16 17:55 

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The AI Used to Sell You More Stuff Can Now Read Better Than a Human...

For the first time ever, two AI systems built to process and respond to human speech (created, respectively, by Microsoft and Chinese commerce giant Alibaba) outscored humans in a reading comprehension test designed by Stanford researchers....

 2018-01-16 16:39 

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Senate Hits 50 Votes in Bid to Save Net Neutrality and/or Make Republicans Look Dumb...

Senate Democrats are getting serious about overruling the FCC's recent decision to kill net neutrality protections. Republican Senator Susan Collins has joined 49 Democrats in the endorsement of a legislative measure that would reverse the FCC's r...

 2018-01-16 15:45 

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Japanese Broadcaster Mistakenly Warns App Users of North Korean Missile Attack...

On Tuesday, people in Japan with national broadcaster NHK's app installed on their phones were sent an alert urging them to take cover after a likely missile launch by North Korea. "NHK news alert. North Korea likely to have launched missile. The ...

 2018-01-16 15:35 

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How DNA Testing Botched My Family's Heritage, And Probably Yours, Too...

My grandfather was caramel-skinned with black eyes and thick, dark hair, and until he discovered that he was adopted, he had no reason to suspect that he was not the son of two poor Mexicans as he'd always been told. When he found his adoption papers,...

 2018-01-16 15:25 

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Man Behind Crowdfunded Submarine Charged With Murder of Journalist Kim Wall...

Peter Madsen, an eccentric inventor who gained notoriety for his DIY submarine and mini-rocket projects, has been charged with the murder of Kim Wall, a young journalist that was writing a story about him. After months of shifting stories, prosecutors bel...

 2018-01-16 15:15 

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Japanese City Triggers Emergency Broadcast System After Supermarket Accidentally Sells Deadly Blowfish...

The Japanese city of Gamagori in the Aichi Prefecture went into full alert mode earlier today after a batch of potentially deadly fugu fish was sold to customers at a local supermarket....

 2018-01-16 14:50 

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OnePlus Shuts Down Credit Card Payments After Reports of Suspicious Transactions...

Recently, OnePlus was on a roll. The OnePlus 5T is easily the best phone the company has ever made, and just before CES 2018, OnePlus released a rather attractive white color variant for its latest mid-range phone. However, things got derailed last week w...

 2018-01-16 14:20 

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Your Chromecast or Google Home Might Be Screwing Up Your Wi-Fi...

Google Home and Chromecast devices are reportedly killing peoples' Wi-Fi. The problem, first reported by Android Police, originally seemed localized to users of the Google Home Max speaker and the cheap, but usually excellent, TP-Link Archer C7 router...

 2018-01-15 22:06 

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Is Probably Making Up This Crap About Alexa Ordering a Batman Toy...

On Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used her official government Twitter account to complain that her two-year-old had allegedly ordered a $79.99 action figure by "yelling 'Batman!' over and over again at her Alexa-en...

 2018-01-15 20:00 

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This Bird-Like Dinosaur Featured a Stunning Rainbow-Colored Mane...

Introducing Caihong juji, a tiny, Jurassic-era dinosaur that lived 161 million years ago in what is now China. The feathered theropod featured an iridescent, rainbow colored ring of feathers around its neck, which scientists believe it used to attract mat...

 2018-01-15 18:40 

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Report: China Plans to Root Out Crypto Platforms Offering 'Exchange-Like Services'...

The Chinese government is continuing to intensify its crackdown on the cryptocurrency market, Bloomberg reported, and is planning on extending its ban on crypto exchanges to pursue alternative "online platforms and mobile apps that offer exchange-like...

 2018-01-15 17:15 

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Massive Diamond Discovered in Lesotho Is World's Fifth Largest...

Workers at Lesotho's Leteng mine have discovered an absolute whopper of a diamond, rated at 910-carats. Roughly the size of two golf balls, the precious gem has an estimated value of $40 million....

 2018-01-15 16:50 

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The Tricky Science of Brain Surgery on an Adorable Fur Seal...

Despite the cold, Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut was full of visitors on New Year's Eve. But one popular aquarium resident, an adult northern fur seal named Ziggy Star, was behind the scenes that day, recuperating in an off-exhibit habitat, co...

 2018-01-15 16:00 

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Scientists Develop Important Tool for Connecting Poo Bacteria to Health...

Your poop is a living forest. Seriously! Hundreds of species of microbes thrive inside of you, helping you to live your best life. Everyone's microbiome differs—yours from your neighbors', and different populations' from one another'...

 2018-01-15 14:55 

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Burning Oil Tanker Sinks, Creating Huge Spill in East China Sea...

After burning for nearly an entire week, the Sanchi oil tanker has finally plunged to the bottom of the East China Sea. A large, toxic oil slick now threatens the region, with models suggesting it won't reach land for another three months....

 2018-01-15 13:15 

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This Is Why You Should Never Hold in a Sneeze...

A recently released case report, courtesy of the BMJ, reaffirms one of life's important lessons: Don't try to hold back a sneeze. Especially, don't do it by plugging up your nose and mouth—you just might end up in the emergency room with...

 2018-01-14 21:45 

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The CDC Changes Topic of Nuclear Strike Preparedness Session to 'Focus on Influenza'...

The Center for Disease Controls January 16th special session advising Americans on what to do in the event of a nuclear war will now be about what to do in the event of, uh, flu season....

 2018-01-14 19:25 

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White House Made 24-Year-Old Campaign Staffer Second in Command at Its Anti-Drug Office...

When last we checked in on the Donald Trumps response to the opioid crisis, the news was hardly encouraging: The closest thing to someone at the helm was wildly corrupt New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and extremely bad liar Kellyanne Conway....

 2018-01-14 17:15 

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Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Peru...

A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the southern coast of Peru on Sunday morning, leaving at least one dead, several missing, and dozens injured, CNBC reported....

 2018-01-13 23:15 

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Chelsea Manning Files Documents to Run For Senate...

Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst, Wikileaks whistleblower, and trans activist Chelsea Manning has filed documents to run for a Senate seat in Maryland currently held by incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin, the Washington Post reported....

 2018-01-13 20:35 

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SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Made a Successful Re-Entry After Its ISS Supply Run...

SpaceX said its Dragon cargo vessel successfully made re-entry on Saturday morning after spending more than a month docked at the International Space Station, carrying over two tons of cargo including scientific gear, experimental manufacturing hardware, ...

 2018-01-13 18:50 

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Hawaii Alert System Accidentally Warns of Imminent 'BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT'...

On Saturday, smartphones in Hawaii lit up with the ominous warning, BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. A minor panic almost immediately ensued as the public wondered whether a nuclear warhead was indee...

 2018-01-13 17:20 

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Los Angeles Man Charged With Manslaughter Over 'Swatting' Death...

Authorities have charged 25-year-old Los Angeles man Tyler Barriss with manslaughter for allegedly placing a hoax call that led to a police officer shooting and killing an innocent man, the L.A. Times reported....

 2018-01-13 14:00 

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Pretty Soon a Smart Assistant Won't Be a Choice...

This winter I bought three Google Home Ministwo for me, and one for my lovely parents....

 2018-01-12 22:21 

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Highly Competent White House Spends 22 Minutes Trying to Mute a Conference Call...

You need people that are truly, truly capable Donald Trump wisely explained to hedge fund manager John Paulson in September of 2016, vowing to appoint to his potential administration only people of great competence. Today those people spent 22 minutes fig...

 2018-01-12 22:10 

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Army Base Ditches Chinese-Made Surveillance Cameras Just So No One Gets the Wrong Idea...

US Army officials say they replaced five Chinese-made surveillance cameras from Fort Leonard Wood, a base in Missouri, in response to news stories about the company that manufactures them. The five cameras were made by Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technolog...

 2018-01-12 21:50 

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Stop Feeding Your Pets Raw Meat...

An emerging trend among pet owners is the practice of feeding dogs and cats raw meat. This idea is that we should put our domestic cats and dogs on diets that more closely approximate what they might eat in nature. New research from Europe shows the surpr...

 2018-01-12 21:10 

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Experimenter's Gender Can Skew Science...

There could be a crisis in science, especially in the social and even medical sciences: Results are difficult to reproduce. Groundbreaking papers might reveal a first set of results, but attempts to repeat the studies reveal a different and sometimes even...

 2018-01-12 20:55 

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Discovery of Extinct Burrowing Bat Tells Mysterious Story About New Zealand...

All but three land mammal species living on New Zealand today were brought there by modern humans, beginning around 800 years agoand all three of those native mammal species are bats. But a newly discovered bat fossil suggests that there may be more speci...

 2018-01-12 20:45 

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A Creepy, Crawling Robot Baby Reminds Us That Carpets Are Disgusting...

To the untrained eye, babies are nothing more than drooling, crying blobs who do basically nothing all day. But a recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology has found that babies are actually drooling, crying blobs who stir up impressive...

 2018-01-12 20:15 

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The American Dreams of China's Biggest Smartphone Brand Are Basically Dead...

Lawmakers are determined to bury any dreams that Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei has ever had of gaining traction in the US. After pressuring AT&T to kill a major deal with the company this week, members of Congress are now moving forward with a b...

 2018-01-12 19:35 

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US Senate Targeted by Russian Hackers, Experts Say...

Members of the United States Senate are the latest American politicians to be targeted by Russian hackers, according to a report by the cybersecurity firm Trend Micro....

 2018-01-12 19:05 

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Google Pulls 60 Apps From Play Store After Malware Exposes Kids to Porn...

Security researchers on Friday disclosed the existence of malicious code buried inside dozens of apps that displayed pornographic images to users. Many of the apps are games reportedly geared toward young children....

 2018-01-12 18:55 

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Fugitive Yazuka Boss Arrested After Facebook Photos of His Tattoos Go Viral...

Thai police have arrested a member of the Japanese mafia they say has been on the run for 14 years. 74-year-old Shigeharu Shirai was detained in Lopburi, Thailand on Thursday. Authorities say Shirai fled Japan for Bangkok in 2005 while being investigated ...

 2018-01-12 18:40 

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Acer's Swift 7 Is the Thinnest Laptop in the World, Again...

Even though the battle to slim down laptops has slowed in recent years, that hasnt stopped Acer from trying. And with the second-generation Swift 7, Acer has retaken the crown for having the thinnest laptop in the world....

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