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  • 11 hours ago
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    How computing's first 'killer app' changed everything

    Technology reshapes the workplace in much subtler ways than simply robots stealing jobs.

  • 3 days ago
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    Ecuador hands Assange belongings to US

    The Wikileaks founder is facing extradition requests from Sweden and the US over separate accusations.

  • 7 days ago
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    Could Mammoth Bones Reveal When Humans First Arrived in North America?

    Paleontologist Dan Fisher is challenging scientific consensus about when people first came to the continent and how they may have changed the world around them.

  • 7 days ago
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    Danger lurking in stunning meteor shower

    Every year, Earth passes through the tail of the comet Encke - twice. This isn’t unusual. We regularly cross cometary trails of ice and dust. But this one may be different.

  • 7 days ago
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    How Girls and Boys Differ in the Development of Depression

    A recent study examines critical points of depressive symptom trajectories.

  • 10 days ago
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    As the ports automate, longshore workers worry robots will take their jobs

    Of the seven terminals at the Port of Long Beach TraPac is unique. That’s because from the moment a shipping container touches dry land, robots do the rest. Here, self-driving carriers pick up shipping containers and dart around each other, sorting containers into stacks. Robot cranes deliver the cargo to waiting trucks and trains.

  • 10 days ago
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    Stocks Are Tumbling, But Bitcoin Is Up 30% In One Week

    While stocks are showing considerable volatility as the U.S. and China begin rattling their trade sabers again, cryptocurrencies are getting a second life with investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has oscillated up and down for the past five days, ultimately losing roughly 1,000 points. On Monday, as China announced plans to raise tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods, the Dow was down a whopping 562 points, as of 10:55am ET.

  • 11 days ago
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    Manning again will not testify on WikiLeaks, risking return to jail

    Former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning said Sunday she again plans to refuse to testify before a grand jury about her leak of classified documents to WikiLeaks -- even if it means returning to jail. Manning, who served seven years in prison over her transfer of secret diplomatic and military documents, recently spent another two months in lock-up for contempt of court after refusing to answer the grand jury's questions.

  • 12 days ago
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    Norway’s parliament to drop support for oil drilling on the Lofoten islands

    The main political opposition in the Norwegian parliament, Labour, has dropped its support for oil drilling in the environmentally sensitive Lofoten islands in northern Norway. This action paves the way to protecting the island archipelago from the oil industry as there’s now a solid majority in the Norwegian parliament to block oil drilling on the islands.

  • 12 days ago
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    Swarms of Drones, Piloted by Artificial Intelligence, May Soon Patrol Europe’s Borders

    IMAGINE YOU’RE HIKING through the woods near a border. Suddenly, you hear a mechanical buzzing, like a gigantic bee. Two quadcopters have spotted you and swoop in for a closer look. Antennae on both drones and on a nearby autonomous ground vehicle pick up the radio frequencies coming from the cell phone in your pocket. They send the signals to a central server, which triangulates your exact location and feeds it back to the drones. The robots close in.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Three antiscience bills die in Florida

    No fewer than three bills — Senate Bill 330, House Bill 855, and Senate Bill 1451 — threatening the integrity of science education in the Sunshine State died in committee when the Florida legislature adjourned sine die on May 4, 2019, as Florida Citizens for Science noted in a May 4, 2019, blog post. Senate Bill 330 would have required "[c]ontroversial theories and concepts" discussed in science standards "[to] be taught in a factual, objective, and balanced manner." Alth...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Together at last: Microsoft will ship a Linux kernel with Windows

    There are countless things about the state of technology in 2019 that would startle a visitor from 2009, but this is up there: Microsoft will include a custom-built Linux kernel in the next version of Windows, it announced Monday at Microsoft Build. Microsoft already offers Windows Subsystem for Linux for Windows users that want to run a Linux distribution on their PCs, but it has taken things a step further in building its own version of the most recent Linux kernel designed to work with Window...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Trump erases offshore drilling rules enacted after BP oil spill

    The Trump administration on Thursday dismantled safety rules for offshore drilling put in place by the Obama administration after the disastrous BP oil spill fouled the Gulf of Mexico nearly a decade ago.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Chicken grows face of dinosaur

    Sixty-five million years ago, an asteroid is believed to have crashed into Earth. The impact wiped out huge numbers of species, including almost all of the dinosaurs. One group of dinosaurs managed to survive the disaster. Today, we know them as birds.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    What gravitational waves can say about dark matter

    In 1916, Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity, which established the modern view of gravity as a warping of the fabric of spacetime. The theory predicted that objects that interact with gravity could disturb that fabric, sending ripples across it. Any object that interacts with gravity can create gravitational waves. But only the most catastrophic cosmic events make gravitational waves powerful enough for us to detect.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    It's Time For Companies To Fire Their Human Resource Departments

    In an experiment that involved sending out more than 2,500 resumes either with or without photos of the applicant, economics researchers Bradley Ruffle at Ben-Gurion University and Ze'ev Shtudiner at Ariel University Centre sought to answer the question of whether being good looking could help you find a job. The answer surprised them: Not if you’re a woman. Pretty women faced an uphill struggle to get a chance at a job.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Hubble hints today's universe expands faster than it did in the past

    For a while now, astronomers have been confronting a conundrum. Studies of the early universe, looking at the era just after the Big Bang, tell us that the cosmos should be expanding at one speed. But when astronomers actually measure today’s universe, they find a faster rate of expansion.

  • 1 month ago
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    Samsung puts the screws to iFixit, makes it remove the Galaxy Fold teardown

    The Galaxy Fold delay has been an embarrassing mess for Samsung, and now the company is making things worse by targeting media outlets. Samsung has pressured iFixit to remove its Galaxy Fold teardown. The Galaxy Fold teardown wasn't just a normal teardown. After the phone was delayed due to durability problems discovered by early reviewers, iFixit used the teardown to point out several flaws in its design.

  • 1 month ago
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    Nearby asteroids reveal sizes of distant stars

    By watching asteroids pass in front of two stars, researchers have measured the stars' sizes, paving the way for more direct observations of distant suns.

  • 1 month ago
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    Women who win prizes get less money and prestige

    Scientists might gauge their success by the usual publishing metrics, or perhaps by how many Nature papers they have. Yet the rest of the world cares little for citation counts, publication rates or journal prestige — people are more likely to learn of a scholar’s impact through the media buzz surrounding big scientific awards. Such prizes also catch the eye of granting agencies, influence the direction of research and bring scientists personal recognition, particularly in the formative peri...

  • 1 month ago
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    A Swiss billionaire is donating $1 billion in an attempt to save the planet's wild lands and waters from destruction

    A Swiss philanthropist's foundation will donate $1 billion to conserve the planet's land and oceans in an effort to expand the availability of clean air and drinking water. Hansjörg Wyss, a billionaire and conservationist, wrote Wednesday in a New York Times op-ed that he will donate the money over the next 10 years through his Wyss Foundation. Lands and waters are best conserved when they become public national parks, wildlife refuges, or marine reserves, Wyss wrote. He aims to help ...

  • 1 month ago
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    Ultrafast rocket engine could fly at Mach 25

    Fans of supersonic flight have been yearning for a new way to break the sound barrier ever since Concorde stopped flying in 2003. Now successful tests of a key part of an air-breathing rocket engine may have brought that dream a step closer to reality.