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  • 8 hours ago
    Current Event distant

    This star's been exploding every year for millions of years

    Astronomers have discovered a star in the Andromeda galaxy that has been regularly erupting for the past million years, leaving behind one of the biggest shells of ejected material scientists have ever seen. The new research, which was published last month in the journal Nature, not only marks the first discovery of such a super-remnant in another galaxy, it also paves the way for detecting a potentially massive population of repeatedly exploding stars, called recurrent novae, which may help sh...

  • 9 hours ago
    Current Event distant

    Black Ops 4 loot boxes weren't part of the original plan

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's design director, David Vonderhaar, has defended an interview where he said Blackout characters would be only be locked behind missions. The interview resurfaced after the latest update, Operation Grand Heist, snuck loot boxes into the game and trapped the new characters inside them. It's become increasingly hard to escape Black Ops 4's microtransactions. It's a premium game with a cosmetic shop, a season pass, a battle pass and now these loot crate...

  • 1 day ago
    Current Event distant

    Trump wants 6G internet “as soon as possible”

    5G may be one of the biggest internet buzzwords around, but Donald Trump is already over it. Instead, Trump has moved on to 6G. The president announced in a pair of tweets this morning that he’d like to see 6G in the United States alongside 5G “as soon as possible.” It’s not entirely clear what spurred Trump’s sudden tweets in support of next-gen cellular communications standards. Perhaps Fox & Friends mentioned the announcement of Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 5G, and Trump was disma...

  • 1 day ago
    Current Event distant

    Right to Repair Legislation Is Officially Being Considered In Canada

    Canada is the newest frontier in the fight for the “right to repair” after an Ontario politician introduced a bill on Thursday that would ensure individuals and independent professionals can repair brand-name computers and phones cheaply and easily. Manufacturers make it incredibly difficult to repair our broken devices ourselves. Instead of taking a smashed phone to a local repair professional for an affordable fix, a complex matrix of trade secrets and government intervention often means c...

  • 2 days ago
    Current Event distant

    Actor Jussie Smollett charged with felony

    "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report claiming two men attacked him last month, a Chicago Police Department spokesman tweeted Wednesday night. Anthony Guglielmi said charges were approved by the Cook County State's Attorney Office and "Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest."

  • 4 days ago
    Current Event distant

    Woman with autism admitted to Florida Bar, becoming "first openly-autistic lawyer," employer says

    Haley Moss was just 3 years old when she was diagnosed with autism. As a toddler, Moss could do 100-piece jigsaw puzzles and read, but she did not speak. After realizing she was gifted but non-verbal, Moss' parents took her to the doctor, where they found out she was on the autism spectrum.

  • 4 days ago
    Current Event distant

    Could Facebook's Secret User Tracking Be Just A Preview Of What's To Come?

    As the story broke last week that Facebook was secretly using its own platform and smartphone app to quietly track users without their knowledge that it believed constituted “threats” to the company, we saw an entirely new side of Facebook’s dark misuse of our personal data. Even more frighteningly, the company refused to deny that it had tracked journalists that it deemed threats to its business for revealing confidential information or policymakers proposing legislation that might curtai...

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event distant

    Vertical farming: A sustainable solution to food insecurity?

    A growing population and urbanisation are expected to support growth of the vertical farming industry, new research suggests. Are vertical farms a sustainable solution?

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event distant

    House Democrats tell Ajit Pai: Stop screwing over the public

    Democratic lawmakers have put Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on notice that he can expect a lot more scrutiny now that Democrats control the US House of Representatives. The House Commerce Committee is "reassuming its traditional role of oversight to ensure the agency is acting in the best interest of the public and consistent with its legislative authority," Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chai...

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event distant

    Michelle Pfeiffer: Veganism Is My Fountain of Youth

    In a recent tell-all article with Urbanette, Michelle Pfeiffer revealed her secret to looking young: veganism. Yes, she credited her youthful glow to her plant-based diet! She said the light bulb went on when she watched CNN’s The Last Heart Attack. With a family history of cancer, she decided a vegan diet was the healthiest option.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event distant

    The Coldest Temperatures Ever Recorded in All 50 States

    When winter approaches and the colder temperatures begin to take hold you may have wondered just how cold it can get in your state. The map above indicates the coldest temperature ever recorded in all 50 states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). When taking a close look at the data there are some surprises.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event distant

    FBI Finds No Motive In Las Vegas Shooting, Closes Investigation

    More than a year after the FBI began its investigation, the agency has completed an analysis of the man behind the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting in Las Vegas, concluding there was "no single or clear motivating factor" driving Stephen Paddock's killing rampage and subsequent suicide.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event distant

    More screen time for toddlers is tied to poorer development a few years later, study says

    Among toddlers, spending a lot of time staring at screens is linked with poorer performance on developmental screening tests later in childhood, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, found a direct association between screen time at ages 2 and 3 and development at 3 and 5. Development includes growth in communication, motor skills, problem-solving and personal social skills, based on a screening tool called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event distant

    Lawmakers Propose Bill That Would Make Animal Cruelty A Felony In The U.S.

    A pair of Florida congressmen reintroduced a bill last week that would make animal cruelty a felony nationwide. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act from Rep. Ted Deutch, D-West Boca, and Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, would target “crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling animals.” The measure would also address bestiality and other efforts to sexually exploit animals.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Photos: Bangkok fights air pollution with water-spraying drones

    Air pollution has reached hazardous levels in Bangkok, Thailand, leading some officials to attempt an unusual approach: letting drones spray the pollution out of the sky. Earlier in the week, levels of PM2.5—tiny particles 2.5 microns in diameter or smaller that can penetrate deep into the lungs—reached 185 micrograms per cubic meter. Anything above 150 is deemed hazardous for all individuals (50 or below is considered good).

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Saturn hasn't always had rings

    One of the last acts of NASA's Cassini spacecraft before its death plunge into Saturn's hydrogen and helium atmosphere was to coast between the planet and its rings and let them tug it around, essentially acting as a gravity probe. Precise measurements of Cassini's final trajectory have now allowed scientists to make the first accurate estimate of the amount of material in the planet's rings, weighing them based on the strength of their gravitational pull.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Longevity primarily hereditary in extremely long-living families

    Longevity is heritable, but that primarily applies to persons from families where multiple members are among the top 10 percent survivors of their birth cohort. The key to a long life can probably be found in the genes of these families. These are the conclusions of researchers at Leiden University Medical Center, together with their colleagues from Nijmegen and the United States, in an article in Nature Communications.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Tesla Roadster is going to be able to hover over the ground, says Elon Musk

    Elon Musk has been making some crazy claims about the next generation Tesla Roadster, but now he is topping them off with a claim that it will actually be able to hover over the ground. When first unveiling the vehicle, Musk claimed a list of insanely impressive specs for the new Roadster, including 0-60 mph in 1.9 sec, 620-mile of range, and more. Musk has been teasing those specs as the “base specs” and other versions could be even crazier.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Wagon Sales Are Increasing, But They're Less Popular Than Ever

    Great news! Wagons sales are up. Way up, actually, versus 2013. According to data released by Edmunds and published by Bloomberg, the number of wagons sold in the US has gone up 29 percent, a total of 212,000 of them purchased in 2018. Sounds good, right? Historically, Americans have been moving away from wagons, increasingly opting for crossovers to satisfy their needs.