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  • 8 days ago
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    Airlines making billions with extra charges for customers

    Global airlines are expected to earn a record $82 billion US this year by charging customers extra for everything from seat assignment to baggage fees to travel commissions. And Air Canada is among the top ten airlines in the world when it comes to earning this so-called ancillary revenue, racking up nearly $1.18 billion US last year, according to reports from IdeaWorksCompany, a U.S. research company that tracks airline revenue.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Bitcoin Mining in Electric Vehicles Raises Other Questions

    Some creative Tesla owners came up with a way to make a few bucks from their parked EVs: Cryptocurrency mining. This raises questions that shouldn’t just be aimed at bitcoin mining, or even electric vehicles. For those unfamiliar, cryptocurrencies only work because there is a network of distributed computing that processes the transactions. To reward those offering the computing power, cryptocurrencies give fractions of new bitcoins to those who did...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Would-be Obama assassin identified by cat hairs, authorities say

    The person behind a plot to harm and possibly kill Barack Obama was identified, authorities said, when tiny cat hairs found on an explosive package were matched to cats owned by a 46-year-old Texas woman. Legal documents filed in a Houston court this week detail the case against Julia Poff, who is accused of mailing homemade packages to the then president and to the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, in October 2016.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Wanted: Aggressive Lake Michigan protection

    Environmental activists and particularly Chicago’s surfing community welcomed news this week that the city of Chicago is initiating legal action against a Lake Michigan polluter based in Indiana. For years, surfers have traded stories of skin rashes and infections they blame on oil and chemical pollutants along the curved beaches of northwest Indiana. There, lake enthusiasts share a coastline with steel mills and oil refineries. Surfers know to follow certain protocols: Wear a wetsuit. Don’t...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Surgeons just performed the first successful human head transplant on a dead person

    Scientists have successfully performed a head transplant on a corpse, and are ready to do it on a living person, according to the man famous for promising it. Surgeon Sergio Canavero has become famous for claiming to be working on the first human head transplant. And he says that the successful test shows that his plans will work. The successful transplant on the corpse shows that his newly developed techniques for re-connecting the spine, nerves and blood vessels to allow the two bodies to live...

  • 1 month ago
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    Hacker Hijacks North Korean Radio Station, Plays 'The Final Countdown'

    An unknown hacker has allegedly hijacked North Korean short-wave radio station, 6400kHz, and is broadcasting the 1986 hit song from ’80s Swedish rock band Europe, “The Final Countdown.” News of the incident was posted on Twitter by vigilante hacker, “The Jester,” who has in the past gained fame by hacking jihadist websites, and who in October 2016 defaced the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the message, “Stop attacking Americans.”

  • 1 month ago
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    Plastic-eating caterpillars could save the planet

    Most scientific research follows a logical progression, with one experiment following up on the findings of another. Every now and then, however, serendipity plays a part. Such is the case with a paper just published in Current Biology, which reveals to the world a moth capable of chewing up plastic.

  • 1 month ago
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    Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide

    Alexis Bortell is hardly the first child whose family moved to Colorado for access to medical marijuana. But the 12-year-old is the first Colorado kid to sue U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions over the nation's official marijuana policy. "As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it's illegal in Texas," said Bortell, who was diagnosed with epilepsy as a young child.

  • 1 month ago
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    ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Thunders Past $500M At Worldwide Box Office

    As he heads into his third offshore and second domestic weekend, the god of thunder has hammered out a mighty $502.3M at the worldwide box office through Wednesday. Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok now becomes the 12th consecutive Marvel Cinematic Universe film to reach the threshold, and the 14th to do so out of 17 films total.

  • 1 month ago
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    Julianna Margulies says both Harvey Weinstein and Steven Seagal tried to lure her into hotel rooms

    Julianna Margulies is the latest actress to add an account of sexual harassment (and what could have easily been something worse) to the ever-growing pile of accusations that have been dropped on Hollywood’s doorstep of late. The Good Wife actress went on SiriusXM’s Just Jenny this week to recount two near-misses with two of the men whose alleged behavior toward women has been at the center of the growing controversy: Harvey Weinstein and Steven Seagal.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event melaniee

    Mexican cartels extorting avocado producers raises price of guacamole, report says

    Next time a restaurant tells you “Guac will be extra,” this might be the reason why. Mexican drug cartels are behind increases in the cost of avocados exported to the U.S., shaking down avocado farmers who are reeling from years of weak harvests, the country's attorney general said.

  • 1 month ago
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    IRS warning: Tax refunds face theft due to Equifax hacking

    The massive hacking of Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies, could have a catastrophic impact on next year’s tax season with the returns of over 100 million Americans now at risk, according to a warning to the IRS and Treasury Department. The hacking revealed the Social Security numbers of some 143 million Americans, making them extremely vulnerable to tax filing fraud, and the loss of their checks, which this year averaged $3,120.

  • 1 month ago
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    ‘WTF?’ author Tim O’Reilly says tech and business elites are setting the world up for ‘war and revolution’

    O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly says he’s trying to prevent a “disaster.” On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, O’Reilly explained how the title of his new book, “WTF? What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us,” can be read in two ways. “‘WTF’ is an expression, either of amazement or dismay,” he said. “And technology can give us both; in fact, it often is. I’m saying, ‘What’s the future? It can be the WTF of amazement or the WTF of ...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event melaniee

    Ireland on lockdown as ex-Hurricane Ophelia hits

    The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland's west coast as a post-tropical storm on Monday, bringing with it strong winds, heavy rain, and the threat of storm surge and flooding. Met Éireann, Ireland's National Meteorological Service, extended a red alert for the entire country on Sunday evening, warning that there was a "danger to life and property."

  • 1 month ago
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    Fraud Scandals Sap China’s Dream of Becoming a Science Superpower

    Fraudulent research and faked peer reviews have led to a humiliating setback for China’s goal of becoming a global leader in scientific research.