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  • 10 hours ago
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    Local leaders cooling to Boring Company tunnel promises

    Virginia state transit officials are telling The Boring Company "thanks but no thanks," at least for now. The Virginia Mercury reported yesterday that the state's chief of rail transportation, Michael McLaughlin, was not sufficiently impressed by his recent visit to Elon Musk's test tunnel in California to recommend that the state work with the startup. "It's a car in a very small tunnel," McLaughlin reportedly told the state's Transportation Board public ...

  • 2 days ago
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    Ice fisher has 2nd thoughts about hunting after rescuing female moose from lake

    Seasoned anglers often talk about the big one that got away, but it's unlikely any of them can top the story being told by Reggie Jackson. Jackson, 37, who lives in Flin Flon, Man., was ice fishing on nearby Wildnest Lake in northern Saskatchewan Wednesday. He had just caught his limit of fish and was heading back home when he noticed another man who had taken down his shack still hadn't left.

  • 4 days ago
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    Apple iPad mini (2019) review: Reliable, not revolutionary

    After three long years, Apple's smallest tablet, the iPad mini, is back. But the new iPad mini isn't completely new the way the iPad Pros are. Like someone returning from years spent abroad, the new iPad mini is still mostly the same tablet as the iPad mini 4 released in 2015 — it looks identical (bezels and all) and works with all previous accessories — but its skills have leveled up.

  • 5 days ago
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    Translators aim to bring Richard Dawkins’s books on atheism and evolution to a Muslim audience

    In the introduction to his 2006 book “The God Delusion,” author Richard Dawkins boldly declares his goal: “If this book works as I intend, religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down.” It is a goal that has meant Dawkins’s books have courted controversy ever since. Now, a group of translators wants to get Dawkins’s books in front of a new group of religious readers: Muslim readers, in Muslim-majority countries where atheism is rare.

  • 5 days ago
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    Children with autism are in 'in-tune' with mom's feelings like other children

    The ability to read facial expressions is key to interpreting important social cues during a conversation. For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who commonly show impairments in social interactions, recognizing emotions in others is especially challenging. They also are hindered by a lack of interest in initiating conversation and atypical eye contact.

  • 8 days ago
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    US detects huge meteor explosion

    The fireball is the second most powerful in 30 years and the biggest since Chelyabinsk in 2013.

  • 8 days ago
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    Samuel L. Jackson does not 'give a f**k' if Trump supporters don't watch his movies

    Samuel L. Jackson's newest movie 'Captain Marvel' was released in theaters around a week ago, and is doing roaring business. However there are many who have said that they would not be watching any of his movies over his views against US President Donald Trump. Jackson responded to them in a interview to Esquire, saying that he does not "give a f***" whether Trump supporters see his movies or not.

  • 8 days ago
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    How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Science

    No human, or team of humans, could possibly keep up with the avalanche of information produced by many of today’s physics and astronomy experiments. Some of them record terabytes of data every day — and the torrent is only increasing. The Square Kilometer Array, a radio telescope slated to switch on in the mid-2020s, will generate about as much data traffic each year as the entire internet.

  • 9 days ago
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    Cost of adding new wind, solar energy continues to fall in Minnesota, report says

    The cost of deploying wind and solar energy continued to decline significantly in Minnesota last year, and wind — even without federal tax subsidies — may be the state's cheapest source of new electricity. Those conclusions were included in a report released Monday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which annually surveys the U.S. power generation sector for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, an industry-led group.

  • 9 days ago
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    Tracing the History of the MCU’s Infinity Stones

    The search for the Infinity Stones is probably the closest thing to a major, overarching plot the Marvel Cinematic Universe has. The physical representations of the foundational elements of existence created during the Big Bang, each stone possesses incredible power. While the six stones don't appear in every film, they've appeared at the center of multiple entries in the franchise and are at the core of Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.

  • 10 days ago
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    Catholicism has done more harm to Australia than Islam. Where's the outrage?

    There is zero chance that sharia law – as a repressive criminal code used in certain Muslim majority nations – is going to be enshrined in Australia. Zero. It seems ridiculous that this sentence even needs to be written. But the spat between Senator Jacqui Lambie and TV presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied on Q&A recently, and the brouhaha that has followed, suggests that it does.

  • 10 days ago
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    ‘Maths anxiety’ causing fear and despair in children as young as six

    Children as young as six feel fear, rage and despair as a result of “mathematics anxiety”, a condition which can cause physical symptoms and behaviour problems in class, according to a study. Pupils in both primary and secondary school can find themselves locked in a cycle of despair, suffering from anxiety which harms their maths performance, which in turn leads to increased anxiety.

  • 12 days ago
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    Mercury, Not Venus, Is the Closest Planet to Earth

    A team of scientists just demonstrated something that might shock you: Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth on average.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Improving infrastructure could save trucking billions of gallons of fuel

    Improvements to our nation’s highway infrastructure can help conserve fuel and reduce emissions, according to a case study released by the American Transportation Research Institute this week. Nationally, congestion is estimated to have increased the trucking industry’s fuel consumption by 6.87 billion gallons in 2016; adding an additional $15.74 billion to its fuel bill.

  • 2 weeks ago
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  • 2 weeks ago
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    Is Will Smith too light for this role?

    Earlier this week, it was reported that Will Smith could be starring in a new project called King Richard, telling the story of Richard Williams, the father of tennis icons Venus and Serena Williams. While Smith has yet to confirm the news, it didn't stop fans from tweeting their excitement about the idea of the star portraying such an accomplished man.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Shkreli directing notorious pharma co. from prison. It’s still losing millions

    Armed with a contraband phone, an incarcerated Martin Shkreli is plotting a comeback with his notorious pharmaceutical company, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. So far, however, the company is still losing millions of dollars. Shkreli is just 16 months into a seven-year prison sentence over securities-fraud charges. He landed in jail last year for running what federal prosecutors described as a Ponzi-like scheme that duped investors of his hedge funds.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Hennig: "Things are clearly not working the way they used to"

    Amy Hennig has been in the industry a while now, long enough to earn a Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the course of her career, nearly everything about the job has changed. But speaking with GamesIndustry.biz before accepting that honor at last month's DICE Summit in Las Vegas, Hennig says there is at least one constant in game development, namely human nature. In her estimation, the big challenge any team faces will stem from "human beings being human beings."

  • 2 weeks ago
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    'Dark Souls' Studio "Would Love" To Make A Battle Royale and Live Service Game

    Hidetaka Miyaaki, who you may recognize as the creator and director of Dark Souls and Bloodborne, has expressed interest in making a battle royale and/or a live service game. Speaking to The Telegraph, the revered visionary teased that he and the studio he runs, FromSoftware, could yet make a battle royale or games-as-a-service title, which are increasingly dominating the market. Or, at the very least, he and his team are thinking about it.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    When Does Intelligence Peak?

    Maybe that's not even the right question

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Nobody Likes the “Idea Guy”

    One time I had a “great” idea for a telephone company. Service would be free—all the calls you want! But you’d have to listen to advertisements before each one. I asked my friend what he thought the idea was worth. His answer: “I don’t know. Telephone companies make a lot of money. Maybe $1 billion?” Great! I had a $1 billion idea!

  • 3 weeks ago
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    When Should You Start Introducing Your Kids To Video Games?

    As a gamer parent, I long for the day when I can play side-by-side with my beloved progeny. Overtly or not, I think most of us hope that our kids will turn out to be mini Pokémon trainers or enthusiastic Destiny squadmates. But what’s the best way to introduce children to games?

  • 3 weeks ago
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    California Moves to Ban All School Dissection

    California may ban all school dissections, thanks to new legislation. Assembly memer Ash Kalra introduced today AB-1586, the Replacing Animals in Science Education (RAISE) Act. The bill, co-sponsored by the non-profit organizations PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine), Social Compassion in Legislation, and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), would replace animal dissections with modern, humane alternatives.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    FlickType gesture keyboard for Apple Watch launches SDK for third-party app integration

    A handful of popular Apple Watch applications have been updated today with FlickType integration. FlickType is a third-party keyboard designed for the Apple Watch that uses a gesture system to streamline typing on the Apple Watch’s display, and a new SDK makes it easier for developers to implement the keyboard.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Critically-endangered Madagascan tortoises hatch at Chester Zoo

    Two critically-endangered tortoises the size of golf balls have hatched at Chester Zoo. The infants, born to mum Smoothsides, 50, and dad Burt, who is 75, are the first of their kind to be bred at the zoo for seven years. The radiated tortoises are being cared for in a climate-controlled breeding facility. They will eventually grow up to half a metre long and could live to be 100.