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In Rancho Palos Verdes, an affluent suburb of Los Angeles, there’s a 7,800 square foot mansion that sits atop a picturesque bluff, offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Across two stories, the home contains six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a three-car garage, and privacy. Google Maps doesn’t offer a streetview…Read more...

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Do you remember the big changeover to digital TV a few years ago that made traditional antennas obsolete? Well, the FCC approved a new technology on Thursday that could lead to a fresh round of obsolete devices and turn broadcast television into a data-collecting advertising machine.Read more...

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For many, the holidays are one of the more stressful times of year. Between cooking for a motley crew of relatives, having to deal with that one uncle who doesn’t believe in climate change, and figuring out how to stay sane through it all, Thanksgiving isn’t the laid-back day with friends and family that Nicole…Read more...

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Yesterday, the National Science Foundation announced that they’ll keep the storied Arecibo telescope running in the wake of the Hurricane Maria damage.Read more...

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Congratulations! You’ve got yourself a shiny new smartphone, you’ve worked your way through the initial setup and login process, and you’re ready to start using it in earnest. Before you start Snapchatting and WhatsApping though, check out some of the default settings Android and iOS apply for you—because they might…Read more...

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Before the Switch, before the 3DS, and even before the Game Boy, Nintendo had the Game & Watch: a series of handheld video games that were primitive by today’s standards, but mind-blowing to ‘80s kids. And they made such an impression on computer scientist Thomas Tilley that he recently created a gigantic version of…Read more...

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Okay, look. I’m not the first person to say this, and I certainly won’t be the last. But iOS 11 is bad. The new operating system has turned my phone into a bug-infested carcass its former self, and the frustration of trying to use it sometimes makes me want to die, too.Read more...

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One nice thing about teddy bears is that if your dog tears the head off of your child’s favorite one, you can just sew it back on. But you don’t proclaim your achievement a “wild success”—rather, you say, “here, I have fixed your lifeless play-thing.”Read more...

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The frozen soils on the North Slope have served Native Alaskans as natural freezer for centuries. Beneath the monotonous surface of the tundra, they’ve dug out chambers known as ice cellars that stay cold enough to keep whale and caribou meat frozen year round.Read more...

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Tesla introduced a new show-stopper on Thursday in the form of a colossal big-rig electric semi. It’s carrying hugely impressive specs, too. But what Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered up on Thursday was nothing short of a high-flying reveal party for a couple of concepts. Here’s why.Read more...

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If you have been wandering around Washington State’s Okanogan County lately and thinking, wait, do I see a giant dick drawn in the sky? your eyes have not deceived you. And the United States Navy, specifically the naval air station at Whidbey Island, is very sorry about that.  Read more...

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The Tesla Roadster, unexpectedly, is back. The specs that Tesla are claiming verge on the unbelievable. Top speed of 250+ MPH. 0-60 in 1.9 seconds. Range of 620 miles.Read more...

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Elon Musk rolled up to a Tesla press event tonight in an electric semi truck, unveiling his latest project to the world. The semi has been hotly anticipated since Musk first hinted at it last summer, and he’s been hyping it up on Twitter this week, promising that the reveal would “blow your mind clear out of your…Read more...

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On Thursday morning, the Keystone Pipeline spilled about 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons, of crude oil in Amherst, South Dakota. The pipeline has been shut down as operator TransCanada investigates the incident.Read more...

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Although mirrors have been around for thousands of years, a German chemist named Justus von Liebig made a breakthrough that would make the modern manufacture of them possible. Add some sugar to ammoniated silver nitrate, pour it onto glass, and blammo: you’ve got yourself a mirror.Read more...

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On Thursday, the current FCC commission continued its campaign to loosen protections for consumers while doing the bidding of major corporations. The five-person commission voted on numerous items today, and there’s not a whole lot of good news. Read more...

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Body cameras have been seen as an elegant solution to the complex problem of police brutality, but a new survey of 75 police departments across the US found that the policies governing them have, as a whole, failed to foster transparency, protect privacy, or defend civil rights. “Police Body Worn Cameras: A Policy…Read more...

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As personal goal that many interpreted as a trial balloon for a presidential campaign, Mark Zuckerberg has spent the last year traveling to all 50 states. He’s done now, and he’s posting about it.Read more...

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10 minutes ago, I was cautiously optimistic that one day we’d live and work side-by-side with robots in perfect harmony. Then Boston Dynamics posted a video of its ATLAS humanoid robot performing incredible jumps and backflips, and now I’m ready to go find a cave somewhere and hide.Read more...

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A planet whole solar system is going to destroy the Earth during September October, uh, any time now, if the usual doomsday conspiracy people are to be believed. And if you’re hoping to survive this calamity, you should probably know what’s going on.Read more...

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A few months ago, Huawei passed Apple to become the second largest smartphone maker in the world, (Samsung’s number one). Yet you don’t see Huawei ads on TV in the United States, and its phones are seldom sold in any of the big carrier stores. Even when they are, they are often hidden behind a bigger brands like on…Read more...

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On Thursday, New York City voted to criminalize revenge porn. That means the nonconsensual dissemination of intimate photos and videos online is now a misdemeanor offense in the city and is punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail.Read more...

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An alliance of more than 50 civil liberties groups and more than 50 individual AI experts sent dual letters to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday, calling for the end of a plan to screen immigrants with predictive “extreme vetting” software. In a separate petition also launched today, several groups…Read more...

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Still having a hard time finding a Nintendo Switch? The hunt’s only going to get harder now that the holidays are here, but why add to your pre-Christmas stresses when you can just build your own playable version of Super Mario out of cardboard, and save yourself hundreds of dollars?Read more...

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For the native species of New Zealand, European settlement was particularly cruel. The country has no endemic land predators, so many of its birds evolved without the typical avian aptitude for flight. Then came Western settlers, and along with them rats, mice, opossums, stoats, cats, and the occasional misbehaving dogRead more...

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