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  • 3 days ago
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    Three years later, Microsoft’s bet on Xbox One backward-compatible games is still paying off

    It has been nearly three years since Microsoft announced plans to make older Xbox games playable on Xbox One, and if there’s one area in which the company has pulled ahead of its competition in the console wars, it’s in backward compatibility. You can’t play your PSOne, PS2, or PS3 discs on a PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch doesn’t even have a disc drive, but Microsoft has slowly been adding Xbox One support for older games in the Xbox library since 2015...

  • 4 days ago
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    The 'Three-Body Problem' Series Could Be Amazon's $1 Billion Answer to 'Game of Thrones'

    Jeff Bezos really, really, really, really wants his own Game of Thrones series for Amazon, and it looks like he's ready to spend more money than the Iron Bank of Braavos can hold to get it. Amazon has reportedly already dropped hundreds of millions to make a Lord of the Rings TV show and now the company is gearing up to shell out even more. According to Vanity Fair, Amazon is currently in talks to buy up the rights to the Chinese sci-fi book series, The Three-Body Problem—for a whopping $...

  • 5 days ago
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    Battle to save Africa’s elephants is gaining some ground

    The elephant staggered and keeled over in the tall grass in southern Tanzania, where some of the world's worst poaching has happened. It wasn't a killer who targeted her but a conservation official, immobilizing her with a dart containing drugs. Soon she was snoring loudly, and they propped open her trunk with a twig to help her breathe. They slid a 26-pound GPS tracking collar around the rough skin of her neck and injected an antidote, bringing her back to her feet. After inspecting t...

  • 8 days ago
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    Lingering Negative Responses to Stress Linked With Health a Decade Later

    People whose negative emotional responses to stress carry over to the following day are more likely to report health problems and physical limitations later in life compared with peers who are able to “let it go,” according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

  • 12 days ago
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    EPA insiders bemoan low point in agency's history: 'People are so done'

    The week at the Environmental Protection Agency has been a brutal low point in what many staff members refer to as the most difficult year in its near half-century history. An avalanche of allegations of ethical misconduct by the EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, has heaped embarrassment upon a watchdog struggling to adapt to the industry obeisance demanded by the Trump administration.

  • 12 days ago
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    Lawyers: Prosecutors withheld evidence of teen's innocence

    A legal team has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its claim that Louisiana prosecutors withheld evidence for a murder trial that ended in a guilty verdict against an intellectually disabled teenager accused of killing a pizza deliveryman. Corey Williams was 16 years old when police arrested him in the shooting death of Jarvis Griffin two decades ago in Caddo Parish, where prosecutors have been widely criticized for their aggressive approach to seeking the death penalty.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Improved image shows filament near supermassive black hole

    A team of astronomers has employed a pioneering technique to produce the highest-quality image yet obtained of the curved filament near our galaxy’s supermassive black hole. In 2016, Farhad Yusef-Zadeh of Northwestern University reported the discovery of an unusual filament near the center of the Milky Way Galaxy using the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA). The filament is about 2.3 light years long and curves around to point at the supermassive black hole, ...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Pulse gunman's widow found not guilty

    Noor Salman, the widow of the Pulse nightclub gunman, on Friday was found not guilty of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization and not guilty of obstruction of justice. Federal jurors in Orlando weighed the charges in connection with her husband's 2016 killing spree.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    More Sinkholes Could Form as Texas is 'Punctured Like a Pin Cushion'

    The West Texas desert is home to two infamously large sinkholes. One, near the town of Wink — about 230 miles east of El Paso — opened up in 1980 near an abandoned oil well. The next, a mile away, appeared in 2002. These giant, empty pits are now part of the weird desert landscape, but scientists report Thursday in Scientific Reports that they’re not likely to be the last ones to pockmark the West Texan terrain.

  • 1 month ago
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    White House: No plan to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his election victory

    President Trump does not plan to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election for a new six-year term, the White House said Monday, days after the U.S. agreed with Britain's assessment that Moscow was behind a nerve agent attack in London earlier this month. White House aides told reporters aboard Air Force One they were "not surprised by the outcome" of Sunday's election in Moscow, where Putin secured a fourth term with the support of 76 percent of voters.

  • 1 month ago
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    PlayStation 3 Phat owners have a month left to claim ‘OtherOS’ class action settlement

    Playstation 3 owners — and by this I mean owners of the phabulous Phat PlayStation 3 — have one month left to collect up to $65 as one of the longest and silliest controversies in the console’s history winds down. The settlement was reached in October 2016, and originally PS3 owners were told to expect up to $55. That’s increased to $65 now, possibly because fewer claims than expected were submitted in the 18 months since.

  • 1 month ago
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    It’s 7 years in prison for Martin Shkreli, convicted of fraud

    A federal judge sentenced former pharmaceutical executive and hedge-fund manager Martin Shkreli to seven years in prison Friday following his earlier conviction on three of eight counts of securities and wire fraud charges. According to reporters present in the Brooklyn courtroom, Shkreli gave an emotional and tearful speech prior to his sentencing, taking blame and responsibility for his actions and saying he had changed as a person since his conviction

  • 1 month ago
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    Elon Musk’s Boring Company will focus on hyperloop and tunnels for pedestrians and cyclists

    Elon Musk announced a shift for his latest startup, the Boring Company. They will focus on hyperloop and tunnels built for pedestrians and cyclists instead of cars. Originally, the idea behind the Boring Company was to create networks of tunnels in which cars would park on electric sleds to be propelled at high-speed to their destination inside the tunnels. Later, the idea was updated to also include hyperloop, a similar transportation system that also includes a pump system to reduce the pressu...

  • 1 month ago
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    Russian spy mystery deepens as daughter confirmed as second victim

    The woman found unconscious on a shopping center bench next to a Russian former double agent is his daughter, a source told CNN on Tuesday. Sergei Skripal -- a 66-year-old former military official from Russia who was convicted of spying for the UK -- and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia, who was visiting him from Russia, are critically ill in a UK hospital after "suspected exposure to an unknown substance" Sunday. British counter-terrorism police are investigating how the pair ended up s...

  • 1 month ago
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    Trump calls for raising minimum age to buy all guns to 21

    President Trump again called for raising the minimum legal age to purchase all guns to age 21 during a meeting with lawmakers on guns and school safety Wednesday, while suggesting that those who are staying silent on the topic are "afraid" to come up against the NRA.

  • 1 month ago
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    Walmart says it will raise age restriction to 21 for gun purchases

    Walmart announced Wednesday that it is raising its age restriction to 21 for firearm and ammunition purchases. The company said in its statement that it made the decision in light of recent events and will try to implement this change "as quickly as possible." Walmart also pointed out that in 2015 it ended sales of certain sporting rifles like the AR-15. The company also said it doesn't sell accessories like bump stocks or high-capacity magazines.

  • 1 month ago
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    Japan pushing heirless companies to sell, not close

    Japan is taking steps to help aging business owners find buyers for their companies rather than shut them down for lack of suitable successors. By doing so, it seeks to protect jobs and economic value as the population ages and shrinks. The country has 2.45 million small and midsize businesses run by those at or over the average retirement age of 70, roughly half of which are without successors. An even larger number are run by those aged 65 to 69. Around 28,000 businesses closed their doors in ...