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    Kraft opens ‘free’ grocery store for unpaid federal workers

    Kraft Heinz Co. is offering a helping hand to federal workers who have been without pay amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history by offering them unlimited free Kraft food products. The food giant announced Tuesday that it is opening a pop-up grocery store in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to help workers who are struggling to make ends meet.

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    Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey making 'virtual' border wall with A.I., and it's catching people

    Virtual reality technology made Palmer Luckey a multi-millionaire. Now, the Oculus co-founder's new company is using artificial intelligence technology to create a high-tech surveillance system that could be used to build a "virtual wall" on the southern US border. In fact, Anduril Industries, the defense technology start-up Luckey founded in 2017, has already tested its border control tech in Texas and San Diego. In those tests, Anduril's surveillance technology helped US bo...

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  • 5 days ago
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    The Geopolitics of 2069 Are Crazier Than You Can Imagine

    People say we’re about to enter the “Asian century.” That would be true if the world still did centuries. But it doesn’t; change driven by technological advancements now comes so rapidly and with such force that it’s challenging to know what the next year of geopolitics will look like, let alone the next 50.

  • 6 days ago
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    ‘Captain Marvel’ is Outpacing ‘Captain America: Civil War’ in Pre-Sales

    Marvel Studios really knows how to build up its audience for a film. They had a massive year with major Box Office hits in Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther. Ant-Man and the Wasp also left a great mark on the companies’ Box Office success by outpacing its predecessor and leaving a great mark on an incredible year. Now, all eyes are on 2019 and if it could top last year’s success.

  • 7 days ago
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    Bill Gates-Backed Vegan Burger to Launch in U.S. Supermarkets

    Vegan meat brand Impossible Foods announced the launch of its “New New” vegan Impossible Burger “2.0” today at the popular Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It’s the first time the tech-heavy show has featured a food tech brand. The Bay Area-based vegan meat manufacturer hinted to the product launch in recent Instagram posts leading up to the show, using the hashtag #Cheatonbeef.

  • 7 days ago
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    'Bye-Bye': Trump Walks Out Of White House Meeting With Democrats About Shutdown

    President Trump abruptly halted spending talks at the White House on Wednesday, after congressional Democrats again rejected his demand for a $5.7 billion border wall. On Twitter, Trump dismissed the negotiations as a "total waste of time," as a partial government shutdown stretched into its 19th day. He added, "I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"

  • 7 days ago
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    People older than 65 share the most fake news, a new study finds

    Older Americans are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York and Princeton Universities. Older users shared more fake news than younger ones regardless of education, sex, race, income, or how many links they shared. In fact, age predicted their behavior better than any other characteristic — including party affiliation.

  • 7 days ago
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    Apple Watch customer identifies A-fib heart condition after dismissing symptoms as ‘holiday anxiety’

    The Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG function has only been available for a month, but it’s already proving to be life-saving for some. WMUR reports today that a Nashua, New Hampshire man discovered he had atrial fibrillation with his Apple Watch, and rushed to the emergency room. Barry Maden said he originally bought the Apple Watch to “keep a closer eye on his health after suffering a brain injury.” His wife concurred with this reasoning, citing the device’s Fall Detection feature...

  • 8 days ago
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    Here’s why Elon Musk is tweeting constantly about a stainless-steel starship

    Eleven months ago—just after SpaceX astonished the world by launching and landing its titanic Falcon Heavy rocket while beaming back images of a red Tesla leaving Earth orbit—company founder Elon Musk had already begun to look beyond the moment. The Falcon Heavy was a big, capable rocket. But it wasn't large enough to fulfill his aspirations of reaching Mars. Neither did the company have a spacecraft capable of landing there.

  • 9 days ago
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    Trump Literally Did Not Understand What a Shutdown Would Do

    The Trump administration’s shutdown of the federal government over the last two weeks is a synecdoche for the way it has run the federal government over the last two years. They blundered into it almost by accident, without any understanding of what they are doing nor any plan for success.

  • 9 days ago
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    Apple is going to sell its Apple TV service on Samsung TVs, because Apple wants to be a service company

    If you’ve bought movies or TV shows from Apple’s iTunes store, you’re going to be able to watch them on Samsung TVs — without connecting an Apple TV box to your TV. This is one of those consumer tech announcements that is a big deal for tech reporters and analysts, and that normal people will almost never hear or care about. But it’s still worth pointing out what this means for Apple in the near-term, and in the long run.

  • 11 days ago
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    Trump EPA Moves To Shield Info on Asbestos Imports and Use From Public

    The Trump administration has denied a petition by a coalition of environmental groups calling for increased reporting of asbestos importation and use by U.S. manufacturers – despite a sharp rise in asbestos imports into U.S. ports. The petition asked the Environmental Protection Agency to use its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, to require importers and users of asbestos and asbestos-containing products to report on their activities and disclose these reports to the p...

  • 11 days ago
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    Tesla owner says Autopilot automatically regained control after sliding out-of-control on ice – video

    In an incident caught on video, a Tesla Model 3 on Autopilot drove on some ice and slid out-of-control, but the owner claims that the driver assist system regained control of the vehicle by itself and brought it back into a lane. Driver assist systems to prevent a vehicle from going out of control is nothing new. Vehicles have traction and stability control for years, but a Model 3 owner in Quebec claims that Tesla’s Autopilot did a lot more than that.

  • 11 days ago
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    Corey Taylor wants to make a ‘dark jazz’ album full of Slipknot songs

    Ever since Slipknot burst onto the scene in the late ’90s, frontman Corey Taylor has been renowned for his musical versatility. After blowing our minds with Slipknot, he took things down a small notch with Stone Sour, but at every turn, he’s won over new fans thanks to his ability to craft some stunning music.

  • 13 days ago
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    J.R.R. Tolkien on Fairy Tales, Language, the Psychology of Fantasy, and Why There’s No Such Thing as Writing “For Children”

    “I do not believe that I have ever written a children’s book,” the great Maurice Sendak once said in an interview. “I don’t write for children,” he told Colbert. “I write — and somebody says, ‘That’s for children!’” This sentiment — the idea that designating certain types of literature as “children’s” is a choice entirely arbitrary and entirely made by adults — has since been eloquently echoed by Neil Gaiman, but isn’t, in fact, a new idea.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    2018 Was the Year That Tech Put Limits on AI

    For the past several years, giant tech companies have rapidly ramped up investments in artificial intelligence and machine learning. They’ve competed intensely to hire more AI researchers and used that talent to rush out smarter virtual assistants and more powerful facial recognition. In 2018, some of those companies moved to put some guardrails around AI technology. The most prominent example is Google, which announced constraints on its use of AI after two projects triggered public pushback ...

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    Apple is basically blaming Trump’s trade war for disappointing iPhone sales in China

    Apple stock trading was halted on Wednesday when the company dropped its revenue expectations nearly 8 percent to $84 billion from its average guidance in November. Apple had previously said it expected $89 billion to $93 billion in sales for the holiday quarter, which ended December 29. The company blamed “emerging market challenges” and lackluster iPhone sales. In both instances, China was a driving force behind the lower-than-expected numbers, the company said.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    An Anthropologist Investigates How We Think About How We Think

    One afternoon several years ago, Emily Martin, a professor emerita of anthropology at N.Y.U., filled out a personality questionnaire through an app on Facebook called This Is Your Digital Life. This was long before the app’s creator, Aleksandr Kogan, was accused of using it to harvest information from more than fifty million Facebook users and sharing it with the consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. (The firm allegedly offered that data, in turn, to clients, including Donald Trump’s Presiden...

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    How Does a Writer Put a Drug Trip Into Words?

    Soon after I set out to write a book about psychedelics, it became obvious what I would have to do: Trip, and then write about what it was like. True, I could have relied on the testimony of others, but that seemed less than satisfying. Ever since the 11-year-old me read George Plimpton’s account of playing football in “Paper Lion” (1966), I’ve believed that the most absorbing way to convey an experience is to have it yourself and then try to describe it from the inside. Best of all is t...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    If forced to take sides, most countries would pick the US over China, says author

    As the changing nature of the U.S.-China relationship reshapes global political and economic landscapes, many countries are wondering if they'll eventually be forced to take sides. If it comes to that, many will choose to align themselves with America, according to Fraser Howie, an independent analyst who has written books about China and its financial system. "They're going to go with the States," he told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Huawei is the world’s fastest-growing smartphone seller despite increasing global scrutiny

    China’s Huawei, the world’s second-largest smartphone maker, announced it sold a record-breaking 200 million units in 2018, despite increasing crackdowns from the US and its allies and a falling smartphone market overall.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    How Did Rifles With an American Stamp End Up in the Hands of African Poachers?

    High-powered hunting rifles are the tools of the trade for poachers in South Africa and Mozambique. Steady and deadly accurate, the rifles are capable of dropping a rhinoceros with one shot from long distances, and are a major reason the rhinos in those African countries, highly valued for their horns, are dwindling toward extinction.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Hubble snaps gorgeous image of epic ‘holiday wreath’ in space

    Science never stops for NASA but while space observation and research continues regardless of the season or special occasions, the space agency still likes to celebrate holidays in its own unique way. Last week, NASA took the fast-approaching holiday as an opportunity to show off a very special snapshot captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.