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Science no match for religion, politics, business interests A recent poll brings bad news for those who trust in scientific consensus: over half of Americans doubt the Big Bang theory of the inception of the universe, and about one in four doubt evolution, that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, and that humans exacerbate global warming, despite overwhelming evidence for all four.…

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Monochrome handset ushered in modern mobile gaming era On April 21st, 1989, Nintendo introduced a handheld system which would go on to become the best selling games system of the 20th century. The original Game Boy made its debut in Japan on that day, and for the next decade the chunky off-white handheld would become an essential accessory to a generation of gamers.…

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Redmond to be a smartphone maker under new boss Nadella Microsoft has finally cleared all of the international regulatory hurdles that it needed to overcome for it to close its acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business.…

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Is the PC market's death spiral slowing? Some appear to think so AMD's stock rose by as much as 13 per cent on Monday morning when the Wall Street moneymen returned to work after their Good Friday holiday and rewarded the microprocessor and graphics design firm for its upbeat financial report for the first quarter of 2014.…

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SpaceX reports Falcon booster made controlled touchdown in ocean Easter Sunday may have been all about eggs and chocolate bunnies for many, but the crew of the International Space Stations spent the day acting as specialist stevedores as SpaceX's Dragon capsule was successfully docked using the station's robotic arm.…

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In his thirties and still afraid of ghosts Antique Code Show  During the finale of this season’s King of the Nerds, one of the nerd challenges was to complete the first level of Pac-Man in a set time. I was delighted to see they were playing the original arcade version, albeit on an iPad.…

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The clock is ticking louder for Windows Server 2003 R2 users With the not-quite-panic over the end of support for Windows XP behind us, you'd think it's a time to chill out for a bit.…

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Our Vulture 2 livery is wrapped, and it's les noix du mutt Picture special  Cue the traditional portentous drumroll and fanfare of trumpets as we reveal today the finished livery of our Vulture 2 spaceplane – a provocative combination of paint job and vinyl wrap which is, frankly, the mutt's nuts.…

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Swan dive signs off successful science mission Pics  NASA has confirmed that the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, which has spent the last 100 days orbiting the Moon, has shuffled off its mortal coil in a spectacular swan dive into the lunar regolith between 9:30pm and 10:22pm PDT on Thursday.…

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Epic Rockstar patent war to be waged in California Google has won a victory in its battle against patent troll Rockstar, with a US District Court judge having denied Rockstar's request to try the case in the troll-friendly Eastern District of Texas, rather than in California.…

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Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972 Online radio service Pandora is being sued by a group of record labels seeking payout for songs released more than four decades ago.…

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Time to ditch that heavy DSLR? Maybe in a year, year and a half An HTC spokesman says that smartphone camera technology is advancing at such a rate that it may soon catch up to "real" cameras in one critical feature that separates pro shooters from snap shooters: optical zoom.…

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At-home trial offers fashionistas an eyeful of broken Glass Interested in Google Glass but worried that you'll look like a dork wearing it? The Chocolate Factory is testing out a new pilot program to help ease your mind.…

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SpaceX snaps smartly into one-second launch window Elon Musk should be a happy camper, as it appears that his orbital delivery firm SpaceX has pulled off a successful launch of its third resupply mission to the International Space Station.…

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Will iPad Air evolve into iPad Helium? Photos have surfaced that purport to show Apple's next iPad having a bonded LCD and front-panel glass display, allowing it to be even thinner than the current 7.5mm (0.29-inch) thick iPad Air – or perhaps the same thickness, but with a larger battery.…

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'Unflod Baby Panda' looks to snatch Apple IDs Users on a mobile phone hacking subreddit are being credited with the discovery of a malware infection targeting iOS users.…

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Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden has written an op-ed column in the Guardian justifying his decision to go on live TV to question Russian President Vladimir Putin about his country's policies on mass surveillance.…

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China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company It has been 18 months since former Google golden girl Marissa Mayer took over the helm at Yahoo! and outwardly things look pretty good, but the latest financial analysis shows the Purple Palace might actually be worth less than zero.…

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Twenty-nine years later the post-Pepsi exec has a flat-forehead moment Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley, who engineered Steve Jobs' removal from managing the company's Macintosh division in May 1985 – a move that eventually led Jobs to resign that September – now thinks it may not have been such a good idea.…

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Not exactly attractive to the Israeli tourist demographic Residents in the Spanish village of Castrillo* Matajudíos (Castrillo Kill the Jews) will vote on Saturday on whether it's time to change the name of their small hamlet in the province of Burgos to something a little less offensive.…

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Checks if sites were vulnerable and what they've done about it Internet stats clearinghouse Netcraft has released a new tool aimed at letting consumers know when the sites they visit might have been compromised by the Heartbleed encryption bug.…

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Meanwhile, Target investigators prepare for long process in nabbing hackers As the officials investigating the Target data breach are settling in for what they believe will be a long and complex process of catching the hackers behind the heist, another US retailer is admitting that it lost millions of customer payment card details.…

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Power levels up 70 per cent as the rover keeps on truckin' The winds on Mars have been scouring the surface of the Opportunity rover, and NASA says the plucky little robot is now cleaner than it has been in nearly a decade.…

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But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon AMD's 64-bit ARM-based server chips, code-named "Seattle", will come to market late this year – but don't expect to see them wrapped up in any SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems at launch.…

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Lucky Kansas City buggers to host yet another pilot program Google is in the planning stages of a project to offer its Fiber internet service to businesses in northwest Kansas City, Missouri.…

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