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All but three land mammal species living on New Zealand today were brought there by modern humans, beginning around 800 years ago—and all three of those native mammal species are bats. But a newly discovered bat fossil suggests that there may be more species hiding in the isle’s ancient rock. Perhaps the mammal-poor…Read more...

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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 clouds of bacteria, dirt, fungi, and bug bits wherever they…Read more...

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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 bill that would ban the federal government from working with…Read more...

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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.Read more...

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Last year was a coming out party for battery packs with built-in AC outlets, and now, they’re finally starting to get more affordable.Read more...

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For as much hype as GM’s ‘production ready’ driverless, control-free car has gotten, both from GM themselves and the media, you’d think they’d have bothered to make something that looks like they, you know, thought about it for more than an afternoon. Sure, the tech is impressive, but the design is terrible, and…Read more...

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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.Read more...

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It’s hard to comprehend given how we just went through the release of The Last Jedi, but in just over four short months, a new Star Wars movie will be out. While Last Jedi honored Star Wars’ legacy by passing the torch to a new generation, with new possibilities, Solo will rosily indulge in Star Wars’ past. And I…Read more...

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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 for the 2003 murder of a rival Yakuza member. Japanese police…Read more...

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Even though the battle to slim down laptops has slowed in recent years, that hasn’t stopped Acer from trying. And with the second-generation Swift 7, Acer has retaken the crown for having the thinnest laptop in the world.Read more...

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In a landmark case, Facebook has agreed to a settlement with a teenager in Northern Ireland after a private photo of her was posted on a “shame page” on the platform “several times” from November 2014 through January 2016. However, the individual who posted the explicit photos of the girl without her consent won’t…Read more...

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“We need to refocus the system,” is how Mark Zuckerberg explained the dramatic changes he plans to make to Facebook’s News Feed in an interview with The New York Times yesterday. “We want to make sure that our products are not just fun, but are good for people.”Read more...

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For the first time in history, a crowdsourced team of amateur citizen scientists has discovered a multi-planetary system. Located 620 light years away, the system contains five exoplanets, and possibly a sixth, the majority of which are super-Earths. Read more...

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In a twisting and intercontinental case of ‘mad online,’ an American psychiatrist practicing in Tokyo has filed a defamation suit against Redditors who derogated his services. In a suit filed in Florida, Dr. Douglas Berger is seeking damages in excess of $15,000, alleging libel and defamation after anonymous…Read more...

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There are a lot of reasons to own a Raspberry Pi, but anecdotally, I think somewhere north of 90% of people buy them to build retro game consoles. This combo kit is happy to indulge your gamer nostalgia with an included NES-style case, along with pretty much everything else you need to get started.Read more...

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants you to remember a time when you curated your list of favorite movies, showed off your new pair of shoes, shared some good news, and didn’t see using Facebook as a pseudo-masochistic act of poor impulse control. He wants you to forget the time Facebook made you hate everything. And he…Read more...

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A healthcare network and a research institute in Nevada are planning to sequence the DNA of 40,000 Nevadans, as part of an effort to understand what health issues might be particular to people in the region.Read more...

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Going into college, I thought I understood all of the different ways poop could look. My digestion is generally bad, and my eating habits don’t help. But after returning from a four-day-long river trip, I realized just how naive a pooper I was.Read more...

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Humble is discounting a ton of games as part of their Humble Store Winter Sale, including the likes of They Are Billions, The Witcher, Grand Theft Auto V and more. Unlike the normal Humble deals with pricing tiers, this is just a straight up sale with nothing too complicated. So what are you waiting for?Read more...

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kindle sales, let me explain: Amazon collects a bunch of Kindle books and puts them on sale for $5 or less. Today’s sale is a collection of books recommended by TheSkimm, which is a newsletter that writes snappy, digested version of the news so you can at least attempt to stay…Read more...

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General Motors is expected Friday to unveil a new driverless concept car without a steering wheel or pedals, as we first reported earlier today, and now we have a first look at the vehicle’s interior.Read more...

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A memo written by a former Google engineer claims that the company’s human resources department and a senior vice president pressured him to stop discussing diversity initiatives on company forums, interactions that ultimately motivated him to leave the company.Read more...

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Joel Seligman, the President of the University of Rochester, has announced his resignation today after 12 years in the role. This occurred the same day that an “independent” Special Committee released the results of their investigation into how the University handled a case involving alleged sexual harassment in the…Read more...

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When you spit in a test tube in in hopes of finding out about your ancestry, you’re giving companies like AncestryDNA access to a whole lot of very intimate details about what makes you, you. But how consumer genetic testing companies actually use your DNA is often obscured behind many pages of vague, jargon-filled…Read more...

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We humans are plenty talented at seeing, hearing, and speaking no evil. But when push comes to shove, as a recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research demonstrates, we’re also great at forgetting any evil existed at all—especially if that memory loss will make our buying choices a little less…Read more...

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