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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. A new study upends this conventional thinking, showing that humans, and not…Read more...

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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 family life chroniclers. A new Super 8 camera released 30-some years…Read more...

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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. People are rightfully concerned about what to do with all this…Read more...

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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.Read more...

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In further proof that real life is wilder than fiction, the most active volcano in the Philippines is currently spewing its guts out, creating a scene that looks straight out of Lord of the Rings and that’s caused tens of thousands of nearby residents to flee.Read more...

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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.Read more...

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It was only Saturday when a false alert went out to cell phones across Hawaii warning that a ballistic missile was heading for the state – and more than that, it was “NOT A DRILL.” Officials later said that the employee who sent the alert would be reassigned, not fired, and, indeed, images of the warning system’s user…Read more...

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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 ruling. Only one more vote is necessary for the measure to pass the…Read more...

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There are lots of reasons to keep your phone out of the bathroom, but protecting your phone from germs or potential falls into the toilet are secondary—though, yes, stop putting your phone in your back pocket, that’s dangerous But the real reason to leave your phone out of the bathroom is mindfulness. Read more...

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Looking for a good reason to justify spending thousands of dollars on a gigantic 8K TV? Look no further than storm chaser Mike Olbinski’s latest timelapse, Breathe. It’s not only the first to be edited in full, eye-slapping 8K resolution, it’s also been edited in black and white, making the brewing storms Olbinski…Read more...

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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 government J alert: evacuate inside the building or underground,” the…Read more...

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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, according to family lore, he pestered the nuns at the Dallas…Read more...

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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 believe that Madsen intentionally killed Wall and that the act was…Read more...

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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.Read more...

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Google and Samsung are locked in a battle at the premium end of the Android smartphone market, and one of the reasons why you might pick a Google Pixel 2 over a Samsung Galaxy Note 8—or vice versa—is the on-board software. We put the two flagship devices side by side to see how Pixel Android compares to Samsung…Read more...

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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 when OnePlus customers started reporting they were seeing unknown…Read more...

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A programmable Crock-Pot, Anker charging cables, a tactical spork, and more are all part of today’s best deals.Read more...

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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. However since Android Police first reported the problem, it seems…Read more...

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The Cyborg solo movie will revisit the hero’s origins. Get an even better look at Iron Man’s Avengers: Infinity War armor. Another familiar face could return for the John Wick TV series. Plus, behind the scenes on A Wrinkle in Time, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Ron Howard’s take on Solo: A Star Wars Story. Spoilers get!Read more...

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Give your desk or apartment a little marquee with the My Cinema Lightbox, which currently has a prominent place in our office (a bunch of other desk pods followed suit and got their own). And right now, it’s on sale for an even more affordable $35, which is like a cent for every slightly questionable word choice…Read more...

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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-enabled Amazon Echo.Read more...

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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 services.”Read more...

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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, complete with a private pool. Read more...

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Do you love puzzles? Probably not as much as conceptual artist Martin John Callanan does. This mind-numbing, 11-minute timelapse shows him spending an entire work day painstakingly reassembling a five-pound mis-printed note that the Bank of England shredded to tiny bits.Read more...

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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’s. But there is much scientists still don’t know about the human microbiome. And one…Read more...

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