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An alarming new study has identified 6,600 chemical spills related to hydraulic fracturing in just four US states over a ten year period. The finding shows that fracking is far messier than previously assumed, and that stricter safety measures need to be established and enforced. Read more...

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Cocaine, as they say, is a hell of a drug. It affects three of the neurotransmitters in our brains that make us feel fantastic—dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine—and tolerance for the stuff doesn’t seem to dissipate even months after quitting. (It’s also expensive and bad for you.) Today, new research published…Read more...

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The past is often portrayed as a Pandora’s Box of terrifying monsters. But while many paleontologists reject this stereotype, the scientists behind the newly-discovered marine worm Websteroprion armstrongi have decided to embrace it. It turns out this Palaeozoic prince of darkness, which roamed the seas roughly…Read more...

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Everybody knows by now that the delivery drone ambitions of companies like FedEx and UPS amount to marketing stunts. But what happens when those stunts don’t go quite as planned? UPS knows because it recently crashed a delivery drone in front of a bunch of reporters.Read more...

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Your entire life is USB-powered, so it makes sense to outfit your nightstand and desk with multi-port chargers that can juice up your phone, tablet, smart watch, Kindle, and even laptop all at once.Read more...

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BOSTON—Days after the inauguration, many folks panicked on seeing immediate changes to government websites. Others worried that scientists would be forced to have their work reviewed by the government first. One of the biggest worries: What would happen to the potentially petabytes of data (spreadsheets enough to fill…Read more...

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Sonos is getting ready to expand its home theater lineup, according to multiple leaks that surfaced in the past few days. Photos of a new Sonos product called the “PlayBase” speaker have been featured in a B&H Listing, several tweets, and FCC listing. Base speakers of this kind—which sit directly under a TV—have…Read more...

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The thrill of realizing you can play the classic arcade games you grew up with on your smartphone is immediately gone once you actually try to guide Pac-Man around a maze using touchscreen controls. It’s so frustrating that you might consider carrying around one of these incredibly tiny arcade machines in your…Read more...

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I’m sitting on a busy subway train in Manhattan, listening to some tunes. This is a normal situation, something I do a dozen times a week. What isn’t normal is that I only hear my music, and I don’t hear any of the train or crowd noise around me. Instead, my music is backed by white noise. No panhandlers or chatty…Read more...

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Upgrading your computer can be a great way to save a little cash. It can also be a great way to fulfill that need most gadget geeks have for getting cool new stuff on a regular basis. But upgrading can also be shockingly expensive if you’re not careful (steer clear of Apple’s overpriced RAM), and it can seem…Read more...

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in many ways an enemy of free and fair journalism, but that won’t stop him from pushing out a nauseating photo op accompanied by meaningless drivel about his appreciation for journalists.Read more...

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Michael Eisen would like to teach Washington a thing or two about the scientific method. Read more...

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Tesla founder Elon Musk’s fascination with building a tunnel under Los Angeles has captured the fawning attention of the tech press. Between boring profiles and inside looks at Elon’s Tunnel, no one asked: Has this thing even received regulatory approval? Nope, says LA Weekly.Read more...

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io9 Supergirl Just Had a Super Frigid Surprise Cameo | Lifehacker Data Selfie Analyzes Your Facebook Usage to Show What Companies Can Learn About You | Jalopnik A Jeep Buried In A Sand Dune For 40 Years Gets Freed This Week | Kotaku DeMarcus Cousins’ Trade Was So Shitty NBA 2K17 Won’t Let You Do It |Read more...

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The population of forest elephants in Gabon’s Minkébé National Park—one of Central Africa’s largest and most important nature preserves—has declined by a whopping 81.5 percent since 2004 due to poaching. It’s considered a major setback for the preservation of this endangered species, of which less than 100,000 remain…Read more...

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The gender pay gap is pretty striking in most parts of the world. In the US, women make 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. In Canada, it’s 73 cents. But back in the early 1980s, some foresaw the complete disappearance of that gap, specifically by the year 2017. Read more...

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One of the only downsides of cast iron pans is that they can be a nightmare to clean, but this 4.7 star-rated chainmail scrubber can scrape away caked-on food without hurting your seasoning, or resorting to soap. No wonder it’s in our bestsellers club. Today’s $13 deal also happens to be within $2 of an all-time low.Read more...

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Over the years, the Trump Organization has invested in thousands of domain names for potential business ventures, political campaigns, and often, simply in an attempt to be a step ahead of the haters or cover his tracks if things went awry. DonaldTrumpSucks.com, IHateTrumpVodka.com, TrumpRussia.com, and TrumpFraud.org…Read more...

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Free-roaming wireless power has been a dream of engineers since the days of Tesla and Edison waging their war of innovation but a number of technical hurdles have prevented it from becoming a reality. The folks at Disney Research have revealed that they’ve successfully built a method to provide full coverage of an…Read more...

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After years of too little rain, California has a decidedly different problem on its hands: way, way too much of it. But the scare at the Oroville dam earlier this month, and the massive floods in Los Angeles last week, pale in comparison to what the latest volley of moisture threatens to serve up.Read more...

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With the release Spectacles, its first piece of hardware, Snapchat also announced that it was renaming its corporation Snap Inc.—a move that would position them as a broader tech enterprise. After months of restricting supply to IRL pop-ups, Snap will now sell the video-recording sunglasses online.Read more...

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. It’s the first solid look at the movie since the San Diego Comic-Con trailer premiered last year, and folks, this movie looks bananas.Read more...

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“It’s bullshit,” Alan Stern, principle investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, has said about the demotion of Pluto from the ranks of official planet status. Now Stern is heading up a team of NASA scientists who have proposed a new definition of planets that would do more than just reinstate the icy…Read more...

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Saudi Arabia hosted its first comic convention over the weekend, marking a turning point in acceptance of Western entertainment and comic books, as well as showing evolving social norms.Read more...

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