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  • 6 days ago
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    Astronomers Have Been Finding 1 New Exoplanet A Day On Average Since Kepler Launched in 2009

    The Kepler space telescope has been instrumental in discovering planets orbiting stars outside of our solar system. The sheer volume of data that has come out of the mission has allowed scientists to discover thousands of exoplanets that would have been difficult, if not impossible, to see from Earth.

  • 7 days ago
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    The CEO of a $3.7 billion startup is allegedly firing employees right before their stock options vest, report says

    Employees at a highly valued Silicon Valley startup are saying the company has a brutish CEO who has humiliated them and fired people right before their stock options vested, according to an explosive exposé of Tanium by Bloomberg's Lizette Chapman and Sarah McBride. Orion Hindawi is the CEO of Tanium, a startup he created with his father a decade ago. Today it is one of the highest-valued security startups in the tech industry. It raised $287 million of venture investment at a valuation o...

  • 12 days ago
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    Google’s AlphaGo AI will face its biggest challenge yet next month

    It’s just over a year since Google’s DeepMind unit stunned the world when its AlphaGo AI beat Go legend Lee Se-dol 4-1 in a five-game match; the result demonstrated mastery of a feat that had eluded computer scientists for decades and sparked a flood of new interest in the field of artificial intelligence. But there was one possible “gotcha” that Go devotees could hold onto: Lee Se-dol was once, but is no longer, quite considered the greatest player on the planet.

  • 13 days ago
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    Killing of Orcas in Front of Tourists Could Spell End of Whaling for Island Nation

    Two orcas harpooned in front of a group of whale watchers puts a spotlight on St. Vincent's controversial whaling practice. Moments before it happened, Ken Isaacs, a crew member on a whale-watching vessel, realized the tourists on his boat were about to witness something terrible. While touring open water around the small Caribbean island of St. Vincent, the crew spotted a pod of four orcas, also known as killer whales, breach the water's surface. As the tourists delighted at seeing or...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Arkansas prepares to execute 8 men in 11 days: Justice, or an ‘assembly line of death’?

    Patricia Washington sees a simple calculus: If you take someone’s life, you better be prepared to lose your own. The death penalty is just, she believes — an unsurprising view in this rural town a short drive from the state prison that houses death row. Executions have come up a lot lately in conversations at Washington’s work, a tiny eatery tucked into an Exxon service station off Highway 65.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Death toll climbs to 254 in southern Colombia landslide

    ‍‍At least 254 people have been killed and hundreds are injured or missing after mudslides destroyed homes in southern Colombia, Reuters has reported, citing an army statement. The violent weather has left 400 other people injured, with 200 missing, said the statement. There have been no reports of Chinese casualties, confirmed the Chinese Embassy in Colombia.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Robots will be the next big utility, like electricity, expert Martin Ford says

    Robots and artificial intelligence are going to pose a major threat to jobs in the coming years, Martin Ford, author of "Rise of the Robots: Technology & the Jobless Future," told CNBC on Wednesday. "Machines are encroaching on the fundamental quality that has allowed us to stay ahead of technology [for centuries]," Ford said during an interview on "Power Lunch." Machines are really beginning to "think," and they're in demand, with robot sales up ...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Blind tadpoles learn visually with eye grafted on tail

    The strategy uses a drug already approved in humans and could provide a road map for promoting the supply of nerves to new organs in regenerative medicine. In a new study, blind tadpoles were able to process visual information from eyes that were grafted onto their tails after being treated with a neurotransmitter drug. Researchers used a neurotransmitter drug called Zolmitriptan, which is already approved for other uses in humans, to enhance integration and functionality of the grafted eye.

  • 1 month ago
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    Clown president.

  • 1 month ago
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    Oil drilling in Maui dolphin habitat threatens species

    There are fears a decision to allow oil drilling off the Taranaki coast could spell disaster for New Zealand's rare Māui dolphins. Thirty-five percent of the dolphins' habitat is to be opened up to exploration, and Green Party MP Gareth Hughes says it's a reckless move. "We're talking about more than 2000km squared. We know that the seismic surveys, the oil rigs, the risk of oil spills could be catastrophic for the species.

  • 1 month ago
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    Prison guards who ‘boiled schizophrenic inmate to death’ will not face charges

    Four prison guards who are alleged to have killed a schizophrenic inmate by effectively boiling him to death have escaped charges. Darren Rainey was forcefully held in a scalding hot shower for hours after he smeared faeces on himself at the Dale Correctional Institution in Miami, Florida, in 2012. Rainey, 50, had refused to stand under the shower but was told by Officer Roland Clarke that he could not leave until he washed.

  • 1 month ago
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    A new kind of doctor's office charges a monthly fee and doesn't take insurance — and it could be the future of medicine

    Dr. Bryan Hill spent his career working as a pediatrician, teaching at a university, and working at a hospital. But in March 2016, he decided he no longer wanted a boss. He took some time off, then one day he got a call asking if he'd be up for doing a house call for a woman whose son was sick. He agreed, and by the end of that visit, he realized he wanted to treat patients without dealing with any of the insurance requirements.

  • 1 month ago
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    UK public faces mass invasion of privacy as big data and surveillance merge

    The privacy of the public is at risk of being invaded on a mass scale without its consent as the collection of big data meshes with proliferation of video surveillance, the government’s CCTV watchdog has warned. Launching a new three-year strategy, the surveillance camera commissioner, Tony Porter, admitted that regulators and the government were struggling to keep up with the pace of technological change.

  • 1 month ago
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    Trump ally Farage visits embassy where Julian Assange lives

    A British politician who has emerged as a close ally of President Trump on Thursday visited the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is living, BuzzFeed News reported. Nigel Farage, the former United Kingdom Independence Party leader and a top advocate for Britain's exit from the European Union, reportedly spent about 40 minutes at the embassy. He told BuzzFeed News as he was leaving that he could not remember what he was doing there and refused to ...