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  • 2 hours ago
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    Word processor pioneer dies aged 93

    The woman who created and sold what many recognise as the world's first word processor has died aged 93. Evelyn Berezin called the device the Data Secretary when, in 1971, her company Redactron launched the product. She grew Redactron from nine employees to close to 500 and was named one of the US's top leaders by BusinessWeek magazine in the year she sold it, 1976.

  • 1 day ago
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    Google's CEO explains why a picture of Donald Trump comes up when you search for 'idiot'

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, and amid questions on competitive dominance, Chinese censorship, and privacy, Republicans on the committee have focused on allegations of conservative bias. They allege that Google's search results are biased and that Democrats who work at the search giant choose liberal websites over conservative views for prime placement on Google services like search.

  • 3 days ago
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    'Street Fighter V' will display in-game ads starting December 11th

    Fighting game fans are used to seeing ads in tournaments, but now they're infiltrating the games themselves. Capcom is introducing "sponsored content" to Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition on December 11th to promote its purchasable bundles, costumes and the Pro Tour. You'll see them on costumes, in certain stages and on pre-fight loading screens. This isn't concerning by itself (many real sports have ads, after all), but Capcom goes out of its way to discourage you from t...

  • 4 days ago
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    Mother who gave birth after womb transplant describes 'miracle' baby

    A mother who became the first in the world to give birth after having a womb transplant from a dead donor has described the “miracle” of being able to have a healthy baby. Fabiana Amorim de Lima, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Luisa, in the first successful surgical procedure of its kind.

  • 4 days ago
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  • 4 days ago
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    Saudi Arabia is allying with Russia to shore up oil prices as OPEC's power wanes

    The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries likes to look united. That’s evident when OPEC leaders meet in Vienna at the end of each year to decide how much oil its members will aim to produce the next year. There is always a show of togetherness and the appearance of the quasi-cartel’s ability to move markets. But the truth is, OPEC is in the midst of a major crisis made more evident by Qatar’s announcement that it would be leaving OPEC, partly to protest Saudi dominance over th...

  • 5 days ago
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    Driver who plowed into crowd at Charlottesville rally guilty of first-degree murder

    James Alex Fields Jr. was found guilty on Friday of killing Heather Heyer when he plowed his car into a group of counterprotesters last year at a "Unite the Right" rally that quickly turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia. Fields, 21, was convicted on all counts, including first-degree murder in connection to Heyer's death and five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, three counts of malicious wounding and one hit and run count for injuring dozens of others with his vehic...

  • 5 days ago
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    Climate change caused the “Great Dying,” aka the planet’s worst extinction

    The “Great Dying” was just as bad as it sounds. In the planet’s worst mass extinction 252 million years ago, up to 80 percent of all species died out, including up to 96 percent of ocean species. Trilobites, sea scorpions, and spiny sharks disappeared forever. The rapid reorganization of life on Earth spawned all kinds of unimaginably nasty things, like a giant burp of toxic hydrogen sulfide in the atmosphere released from decaying marine animals.

  • 7 days ago
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    New mask to protect military aircrews against weapons of mass destruction

    The US Air Force has completed testing of its new face mask for helicopter and other rotary aircraft crews. The Joint Service Aircrew Mask – Rotary Wing (JSAM-RW) mask is one of five variants that will replace a whole range of masks worn by military aircrews, and will not only provide oxygen at high altitudes, but also protect the wearer against nuclear, biological, radiological, and chemical (NBRC) threats.

  • 9 days ago
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    Every Day Bitcoin Doesn't Die Makes it More Like Gold: Ex-JPMorgan Exec

    In an op-ed on Yahoo! Finance, Alex Gurevich, a professor of Mathematics and an ex-JPMorgan executive, believes Bitcoin is edging closer to becoming digital gold “with every single day it doesn’t die.” “Despite the rise and fall of various altcoins and fork considerations, “time” works FOR Bitcoin, not AGAINST it. Every day it doesn’t disappear, it gets one step closer to a permanent status of digital gold,” he went on to state in the op-ed.

  • 10 days ago
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    Hugh Hefner's Personal Typewriter Sells for Over $160,000 in Charity Auction

    Hugh Hefner, the late founder of the Playboy media empire, had a number of personal items from his collection auctioned for charity over the weekend by Julien's Auctions. The top-selling item was Hefner's vintage Underwood Standard Portable typewriter, which he used in college as well as for the publication of the first copy of Playboy magazine. The item sold for $162,500.

  • 11 days ago
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    China issues air pollution warnings, 79 cities blanketed in heavy smog

    Authorities have warned residents to stay inside as thick smog shrouds dozens of Chinese cities. Officials are considering temporary driving bans and an extension to the shutdown of heavily polluting factories. Along with 78 other cities, China's capital, Beijing, was again blanketed in thick winter smog on Saturday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Air pollution warnings were issued across the north, northwest and east of the country, forcing residents in many cities to curb outdo...

  • 12 days ago
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    Young Activists Go Missing in China, Raising Fears of Crackdown

    At least a dozen young activists who took part in a national campaign for workers’ rights in China are missing, friends said on Sunday, in what appeared to be an effort by the government to silence one of the most visible student protests in years. Unidentified men in at least five Chinese cities rounded up the activists, who are recent graduates of elite universities, over the past few days, according to friends of the activists. The men beat several activists before pushing them into cars an...

  • 12 days ago
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    Coinbase secretly introduces free PayPal withdrawals

    Coinbase, a California based cryptocurrency exchange has enabled the option of free PayPal withdrawals for various fiat currencies. This was a quiet and swift move from the exchange and includes withdrawals of currencies like USD, EUR, and GBP, reported Beingcrypto. The publication also added that this secret update will allow users to withdraw the above mentioned fiat currencies free of charge to their PayPal account.

  • 13 days ago
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    Churches Are Dying and Being Repurposed as Bars and Condos

    Around 10,000 churches in the U.S. die each year thanks to low attendance and high property costs. Many of have are now being repurposed into bars, wineries, and living spaces. In other words, places people actually want to be inside.

  • 13 days ago
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    Great apes and ravens plan without thinking

    Planning and self control in animals do not require human-like mental capacities, according to a study from Stockholm University. Newly developed learning models, similar to models within artificial intelligence research, show how planning in ravens and great apes can develop through prior experiences without any need of thinking.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Hundreds of Sea Turtles Freeze to Death in Cape Cod; Scientists Say Climate Change a Factor

    Dozens of sea turtles were discovered frozen to death on beaches and in waters off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, this week and scientists say climate change may be to blame. In addition to the reported 173 sea turtles found dead over the Thanksgiving weekend, Jenette Kerr, communications coordinator for Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, told weather.com that nearly 600 cold-stunned sea turtles have been recovered since the season began on Oct. 22. Of those, more than 250 have died...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    The Science Is Clear: Dirty Farm Water Is Making Us Sick

    This story originally appeared on Reveal and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. William Whitt suffered violent diarrhea for days. But once he began vomiting blood, he knew it was time to rush to the hospital. His body swelled up so much that his wife thought he looked like the Michelin Man, and on the inside, his intestines were inflamed and bleeding.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Elon Musk Denies That SpaceX's Mars Colony Will Be a Ticket Out for the Rich

    As Mars colonization inches ever closer to becoming a reality, some have argued that the ability to afford a ticket to the Red Planet is a luxury afforded only to the wealthiest members of society. Billionaire Elon Musk has said it’ll run potential Mars inhabitants traveling with his company SpaceX hundreds of thousands of dollars to get there. But in a new interview, he rebuffed the assertion that a one-way ticket to Mars is an easy ticket out for the rich.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Sperm count 50% lower in sons of fathers who smoke

    Studies have repeatedly linked maternal smoking during pregnancy with reduced sperm counts in male offspring. Now a research team at Lund University in Sweden has discovered that, independently of nicotine exposure from the mother, men whose fathers smoked at the time of pregnancy had half as many sperm as those with non-smoking fathers.