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  • 4 hours ago
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    Crabs and lobsters deserve protection from being cooked alive

    Crabs and lobsters have a tough time at the hands of humans. In most countries, they are excluded from the scope of animal welfare legislation, so nothing you do to them is illegal. The result is that they are treated in ways that would clearly be cruel if inflicted on a vertebrate. This might in part be because they are so alien to us. It is hard to begin to imagine the inner life of a 10-legged, faceless creature with a nervous system distributed throughout its body. Worse still, crustaceans l...

  • 2 days ago
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    SpaceX gives us a glimpse of its Mars base vision

    SpaceX chief Elon Musk has tweeted two photos that give us a peek into the company's Martian dreams. One of the images shows the BFR, the massive rocket SpaceX is developing for deep space missions, while the other shows the BFR and what he called "Mars Base Alpha." It's no secret that the private space corporation wants to build a human settlement on the red planet. Back in 2017, it announced its plans to launch two BFR cargo missions to Mars by 2022 to prepare for the arriv...

  • 2 days ago
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    Scientists grow human esophagus in lab

    Scientists at the Cincinnati Children’s Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM) are working to create the entire human gastrointestinal system in a laboratory now report using pluripotent stem cells to grow human esophageal organoids. This study could offer new ways to study birth defects and diseases that affect millions of people with gastrointestinal disorders, such as gastric reflux, cancer, etc.

  • 6 days ago
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    SpaceX: We’ll Consider Launching Space Weapons If Asked

    Today, it’s Tesla Roadsters; tomorrow, space lasers? SpaceX’s president and CEO says the firm would consider launching weapons into orbit for the U.S. government, if asked. “If it’s for the defense of this country, yes, I think we would,” Gwynne Shotwell said, in response to a question about SpaceX’s willingness to launch “offensive weapons” into space for the United States. She made her remarks at the Air Force Association’s annual conference. The crowd broke into applause.

  • 8 days ago
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    From Jesus to Bitcoin: The history of modern economy

    Shortly before Passover, young Jesus arrived in Jerusalem. There, in the courtyards of the Temple, he saw merchants offering their wares next to money changers and his heart filled with rage. He turned their tables and scattered the market in an act that would shape Christian morals about money. In the face of the holy poor ideal of the New Testament, the Catholic theocracy has always worked to strengthen its political-economic position.

  • 9 days ago
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    NASA has discovered Arctic lakes bubbling with methane—and that's very bad news

    Lakes across Alaska and Siberia have started to bubble with methane, and the release of this highly potent greenhouse gas has scientists worried. Last month NASA released footage showing the bubbling Arctic lakes, which are the result of a little known phenomenon called “abrupt thawing.” It occurs when the permafrost—ground that has been frozen for potentially thousands of years—thaws faster than expected.

  • 10 days ago
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    Nintendo Switch requires weekly online check-in to play NES games

    You'll need to connect your Nintendo Switch to the internet every seven days to keep playing your NES games. The Virtual Console-style catalogue of retro classics comes as part of Nintendo Switch's upcoming online subscription. But you'll need to remember to connect at least every week in order to guarantee access - even if your subscription is a long way from expiring.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Japan hit by strongest typhoon in 25 years; nearly 600 flights cancelled

    The strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years made landfall Tuesday, the country's weather agency said, bringing violent winds and heavy rainfall that prompted evacuation warnings. The strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years made landfall Tuesday, the country’s weather agency said, bringing violent winds and heavy rainfall that prompted evacuation warnings. Typhoon Jebi, packing winds of up to 216 kilometres per hour, made landfall around midday in western Japan near areas still recov...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    It's an insult to the public that Google isn't sending its CEO to the Senate

    When the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence holds its next hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, it will hear from two of the top executives in the tech industry: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Beside them on Wednesday could be an empty seat that's reserved for another high-profile leader. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has so far refused to accept the Senate committee's invitation to show up.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    If your Android mobile is running slowly and loosing battery quickly, it might have been hacked - RS Post

    If your Android phone is running slowly, loosing battery quick or is overheating more than usual, it is probably hacked. Lately many hackers have been mining cryptocurrency on smartphones and Android was a better target than Apple’s iphones. In the best case if your phone was hacked and it is mining crypto, it will overheat, slow down and you will have to charge your battery a lot. But worse things could happen. Your phone could end up permanently damaged.

  • 1 month ago
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    Super Mario Party's use of two Switch screens is a technological marvel

    Nintendo knows exactly what it does well. Innovative technology combined with charming gameplay has always been at the heart of the company's philosophy. It's been an extraordinarily successful combination - and one which was once again on display at this year's Gamescom, as I discovered when playing Super Mario Party's new two-tablet mode, Toad's Rec Room.

  • 1 month ago
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    Suspect identified 20 years after Dutch boy's murder; still at large

    Twenty years after the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in Brunssummerheide, the Dutch authorities managed to identify a suspect. The suspect is 55-year-old Jos Brech from Simpelveld. The police do not know where he is at this time, and placed him on the national wanted list on Wednesday. An European arrest warrant was also issued for the man, according to NU.nl's live blog of the press conference on this breakthrough in Maastricht on Wednesday.

  • 1 month ago
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    Aston Martin will build 25 ‘Goldfinger’ DB5s… for £3.3m

    A V8-engined Cygnet aside, Aston Martin clearly never jokes about its work, because this is quite serious indeed. The storied British carmaker has announced a run of 25 brand-new DB5s, modelled after one of the world’s most famous movie cars.

  • 1 month ago
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    New leader of terror-torn Pakistan plans to plant 10 billion trees

    Pakistan is one of the world’s most dangerous countries, grappling with terror attacks, poverty, religious extremism and crumbling public services. But its new government is aiming to tackle a different problem by planting 10 billion trees within five years to fight the effects of global warming by restoring the country’s depleted forests.

  • 2 months ago
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    Trump-Putin summit opens without talk of election meddling

    President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin opened their long-awaited summit Monday with a wink and slouch, respectively, then talked one on one behind closed doors for two-plus hours before the American leader declared their meeting was off to a “very, very good start for everybody.” Neither leader revealed what was discussed. But in advance of the talks, Trump listed a series of topics that did not include Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

  • 2 months ago
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    U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials

    A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly. Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.

  • 2 months ago
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    BMW 8 Series Coupe goes on sale

    BMW has begun production of the new 8 Series coupe at its plant in Dingolfing, Germany. The range-topping two-door goes on sale this fall. In preparation for the 8 Series, BMW spent an amount in the low three-digit-million euro range to spruce up its Dingolfing plant. The innovations include more automated processes to make production more efficient. Autonomous tugger trains carry door assembly parts to the line, and robots check for gaps and misalignments on the finish line.