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W.E.B. Du Bois, co-founder of the NAACP, wrote that, “Education must not simply teach work, it must teach life.” And the US Department of Education believes so strongly in the sentiment, that it just sent out a tweet containing the quote. The only problem? The Department of Education spelled Du Bois’s name wrong.Read more...

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The rusty-patched bumble bee was scheduled to be added to the endangered species list on Friday but The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that process will need to be reviewed due to an executive order from the president. Lobbyists who oppose the Endangered Species Act have celebrated the decision.Read more...

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If you’ve ever seen Australia’s grey-headed flying fox, you know that they’re absolutely terrifying. With an average wingspan of over 3 feet, these threatened animals are sometimes called megabats. But you haven’t really seen terrifying until you’ve seen the flying fox dying by the hundreds, which is precisely what’s…Read more...

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This is it, people. We’re officially on the tail end of the Smash Mouth meme. It’s been a good ride. But while most reworkings of “All Star” have just upped the levels of obnoxiousness that are pre-baked into the song, this one is actually enjoyable thanks to its use of sounds from what remains the best edition of…Read more...

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Early on Saturday, dozens of volunteers worked to refloat about 100 of the 40o whales that mysteriously beached themselves in New Zealand. But their rescue effort quickly escalated when 240 more were stranded. It’s all the more frustrating that no one is certain why this is happening.Read more...

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You know how in HBO’s Westworld everybody is having sex with the sexy sex robots in the theme park? Well, Knott’s Berry Farm, the legendary Southern California park, is auctioning off stuff it has in storage. But you’re not supposed to have sex with any of the robots under any circumstances.Read more...

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If climate change, nuclear weapons or Donald Trump don’t kill us first, there’s always artificial intelligence just waiting in the wings. It’s been a long time worry that when AI gains a certain level of autonomy it will see no use for humans or even perceive them as a threat. A new study by Google’s DeepMind lab may…Read more...

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A newspaper in the Dominican Republic has issued an apology for running “fake news” about the Trump regime. Did the paper question the racial superiority of Steve Bannon or doubt the size of Trump’s enormous hands? Nope. The paper accidentally ran a photo of Alec Baldwin playing Donald Trump on SNL instead of a photo…Read more...

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Do you ever feel like President Trump isn’t listening to you? Well, even sitting Republican Senators now feel the same way. But they’ve found a solution. Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa now just starts his tweets with “whoever monitors Twitter at the White House” in an effort to communicate with Trump.Read more...

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Back in December, former employees of the super-secretive augmented reality startup Magic Leap were circulating rumors that the company was way behind on its goals. Unless the plan is for users to wear a Ghostbusters-style proton pack, it certainly looks like that is true.Read more...

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Over the past couple of weeks, this photo of Trump advisor Steve Bannon has been popping up on social media. Anthony Bourdain even tweeted that he thought Bannon might have syphilis. And whether Bourdain is joking or not, plenty of people think the photo is real. But it’s totally fake.Read more...

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The Batman might have found its new director after Ben Affleck stepped down from the role. Matt Reeves is reportedly set to take over the DC flick.Read more...

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Since early 2016, a NASA-employed Science Definition Team (SDT) of 21 researchers has been crafting a plan to send a robotic probe to Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter, located over 390,000 miles from Earth. On February 7th, that team delivered their first report to NASA, detailing their recommendations for that future…Read more...

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When Nike released its self-lacing HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers last year, people went crazy for them, even with their outrageous $720 price tag. But does anyone actually understand how they work?Read more...

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Since becoming chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai has claimed he will make broadband access one of his “top priorities.” He has repeatedly vowed to work to fix the “digital divide” between “those who can use cutting-edge communications services and those who do not.” But everything he has done so far has indicated that the…Read more...

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Magnetic bars are without a doubt the coolest way to store your knives, and a solid wood model for only $25 is even better. Choose from three wood types (Cherry, Maple, and Walnut) or stick to plain stainless steel.Read more...

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Parts of eastern and central Australia are in the midst of a horrific heatwave, with temperatures reaching as high as 116 degrees F (46 degrees C). Alarmingly, the record-setting conditions are expected to worsen over the coming weekend. While it’s always hard to tie individual meteorological events to climate change,…Read more...

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Climate change is bad, and humans are causing it with all of our cars and factories belching greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Now that that’s out of the way, and since it doesn’t seem like our government is planning to do anything about it, what if we could actually use those emissions for good—like to produce…Read more...

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It was only a drill. Staff at the Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo recently chased an unlucky coworker dressed in a droopy chimpanzee suit during an escaped animal drill. Eventually, the zookeepers shot at the costumed human with a tranquilizer gun, loaded the poor guy into a truck, and hopefully, paid for all the beers…Read more...

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled that he wanted to help avoid the nuclear apocalypse during his first phone call with President Donald Trump, and Trump reportedly fumbled it—all because he had no idea what the most important treaty between America and Russia was. Read more...

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With the rise of online communities such as YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat, a whole group of viewers are literally trying to emulate their favorite denizens of Team Internet. You might even know someone like that, the guy who constantly has his phone out, shooting video for his vlog (that very few people watch), and…Read more...

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That the kiwi bird still exists at all is something of a marvel. Its native New Zealand has no endemic land predators, and so the bird evolved to be flightless. Today, its nests on the forest floor are under constant attack by invasive species—opossums, rats, feral cats and the occasional misbehaving dog. Read more...

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After years of saying they’d do it, Valve is finally getting rid of Steam Greenlight, Steam’s user-driven service for admitting smaller games to the Steam store. They’re replacing it with something called Steam Direct.Read more...

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It’s a beautiful day for aerospace and butts. The Airlander 10, the world’s largest aircraft (which also happens to look like a giant ass), has reportedly been repaired and is ready to fly again.Read more...

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