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It’s amazing that scientists can recreate natural phenomena in labs experiments, including plasma many times hotter than the center of our own sun. In the middle of the photo above you can see a little star, white hot plasma produced by a 200-trillion watt laser. Read more...

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We have no one to blame but ourselves. The publishers of the official Scrabble wordlist have announced the addition of words like “blech,” “lolz,” and “thanx” to the list. To borrow a word from their new list, YEESH.Read more...

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This is one of the greatest/saddest highlight reels I’ve ever seen from a U.S. government hearing on climate change. Last week, the Committee on National Resources got experts and politicians together to explore whether climate change and carbon emissions should be considered “environmental impacts” in federal projects.Read more...

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Skrillex and Google have “teamed up” to bring a new line of Live Cases that juice your phone with new features.Read more...

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We are apparently so desperate as a civilization for news of the next iPhone that there are Apple diviners who specialize in predicting when it will come. Now the best of these diviners, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, says he’s convinced the new iPhone is coming in August.Read more...

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Since the State Department’s taking its time making public information public, The New York Times just released about a third of Hillary Clinton’s private, Benghazi-related emails. Read up because it’s transparency America’s been denied—plus it’s just fun to read politicians’ private correspondence.Read more...

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You know you spend a lot of time on your smartphone, but what are you doing with it? It’s a question QualityTime (Android 4.0+) attempts to answer, monitoring activity on your handset and revealing the apps that you just can’t pull yourself away from. Here’s how to get the app up and running on your device.Read more...

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One of the wonderful things about our nation’s Copyright Act is found under Section 105, which stipulates that the stuff government agencies—like NASA—create is free for anyone to use. Which makes projects like this space-plastered wallpaper possible. Read more...

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The first road-legal autonomous truck made a splashy debut earlier this month. The Freightliner Inspiration Truck is shiny and new, but it will not be good for everyone. Autonomous trucks will destroy jobs, Scott Santens points out at Medium, killing the truck stop as we know it. Read more...

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Gawker Letterman Charred to a Crisp by Celeb Guest Burns in Final Top 10 List | io9 The Easter Egg Hidden In Ex Machina’s Source Code | Jalopnik This Stealth Missile Will Use EMPs To Cripple Enemy Electronics | Lifehacker How to Support Someone When They Decide to Quit Smoking |Read more...

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The crowdfunded watch, Pebble, which became a darling of Kickstarter success stories , may be facing serious financial problems, despite raising a staggering $20 million on the site. Sources say that the company is getting a bit too big and can’t support the success. It has supposedly took out a $5 million loan with an additional $5 mil line of credit.Read more...

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Let’s hear it for newly-discovered species with interesting sex lives! A pufferfish that builds complex circular spawning nests and a frog that gives birth directly to live tadpoles have been picked as two of the the International Institute for Species Exploration’s “top 10” new species of 2015.Read more...

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There are about 330 million cubic miles of water in the world oceans today, 97% of all the water on the planet. Early in our planet’s 4.5 billion year history, water from the atmosphere and from the interior of the Earth gradually collected in the low areas on the planet’s surface to form the ocean basins, accumulating salts along the way.Read more...

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A security firm has revealed that a simple mistake in a Linux device kernel could be putting millions of Wi-Fi routers at risk.Read more...

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Earlier this month we discovered that Ceres’ pair of mysterious bright spots were, in fact, not two—they were many, many more . Now, we’ve got the closest look yet of the spots thanks to NASA’s Dawn mission.Read more...

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Amazon’s one-hour delivery service now includes local businesses—including D’Agostino, Gourmet Garage and Billy’s Bakery—in Manhattan. For $8, you can be feasting on groceries, cooked meals and cupcakes within the hour. Read more...

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Well, this is awkward. Flickr’s seemingly impressive image recognition system is making some embarrassing slips when identifying black people and concentration camps, according to the Guardian.Read more...

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The health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has announced that a cyber attack has stolen 1.1 million records of both current and former members.Read more...

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Horseshoe bats’ unique noses and big, flexible ears make them nature’s most dynamic sonar arrays. Engineers built a mechanical version, and they’re testing it on a quadcopter drone.Read more...

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The observatory atop the 1,776-foot World Trade Center finally opens next week. But the view from the tallest building in the US (for now ) is not the only stunning vista that will greet visitors.Read more...

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We know that, over history, humans have eaten each other. But we now know more about how ancient cannibals liked to dine: They spent lots of time prepping elaborate feasts with actual recipes calling for exotic ingredients.Read more...

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You can get over 1,000 free programs from NASA, thanks to the second release of NASA’s online software catalog, which debuted last year . The catalogue includes every piece of software that NASA built for itself, ranging from project management and inventory programs to design software for rockets and crewed spacecraft. Read more...

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Yesterday, PayPal agreed to pay customers $15 million for ripping them off over the past few years. After I wrote about it, reader horror stories started flooding my inbox and comments.Read more...

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The weather isn’t great and the pubs close too early and the food is often better in other cities and yet London is still one of the capitals of the world and is packed with so much history. Photographer Vincent LaForet took these amazing aerial shots of London and seeing the city overhead like this reminds you why that is.Read more...

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Archeologists working in Kenya have discovered the world’s oldest stone tools. At 3.3 million years, they’re 700,000 years older than what were previously the most ancient stone tools ever discovered. In fact, they’re even older than humans. Read more...

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