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    Suit: MGM paid problem gambler to not report online glitches

    A New York City man is suing an Atlantic City casino, its parent company and its online betting partner, alleging he was repeatedly disconnected while gambling online, and was given payments to prevent him from reporting the malfunctions to New Jersey gambling regulators during a nine-month span in which he wagered over $29 million.

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    Litelok claims to have made the world’s lightest and toughest angle-grinder resistant locks

    The new Litelok X-1 and X-3 locks are claimed to offer the best available protection from multiple attack methods and, most critically, the threat of angle grinders. The advent of improved battery technology brought a wave of new and very portable power tools, including angle grinders, which have become the weapon of choice for bike (and motorbike) thieves.

  • 6 days ago
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    Water in asteroid dust offers clues to life on Earth

    Specks of dust retrieved by a Japanese space probe from an asteroid some 300 million kilometres from Earth have revealed a surprising component: a drop of water, scientists said Friday. The discovery offers new support for the theory that life on Earth was seeded from outer space.

  • 7 days ago
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    California just struck a major blow to car culture

    For decades, many California cities, like Los Angeles and San Diego, have been synonymous with sprawl. But by eliminating parking minimums in areas near public transit, the Golden State just took a major step to change that.

  • 10 days ago
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    The controversial embryo tests that promise a better baby

    Some companies offer tests that rank embryos based on their risk of developing complex diseases such as schizophrenia or heart disease. Are they accurate — or ethical?

  • 10 days ago
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    Nvidia says falling GPU prices are a story of the past

    Nvidia has just confirmed what many of us were already suspecting — GPUs are expensive, and Nvidia plans to keep it that way. During a Q&A session with the media, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang lifted the veil of suspense on RTX 40-Series pricing, and the insights are not what we’ve been hoping to hear.

  • 11 days ago
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    Updated climate models are clouded by scientific biases, researchers find

    Clouds can cool or warm the planet's surface, a radiative effect that contributes significantly to the global energy budget and can be altered by human-caused pollution. The world's southernmost ocean, aptly named the Southern Ocean and far from human pollution but subject to abundant marine gases and aerosols, is about 80% covered by clouds. How does this body of water and relationship with clouds contribute to the world's changing climate?

  • 11 days ago
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    Plant-based hot foam kills weeds as effectively as chemical spray

    A heated, plant-based foam has been shown to kill weeds as effectively as a commercial chemical spray and may be a safer, eco-friendlier alternative. “It’s really fascinating, it works very well regardless of the weed growth stage,” says Ilias Travlos at the Agricultural University of Athens, who conducted an independent study of the hot foam at two small olive groves in Greece.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Criticism intensifies after big oil admits ‘gaslighting’ public over green aims

    Criticism in the US of the oil industry’s obfuscation over the climate crisis is intensifying after internal documents showed companies attempted to distance themselves from agreed climate goals, admitted “gaslighting” the public over purported efforts to go green, and even wished critical activists be infested by bedbugs.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Federal court upholds law banning tech companies from censoring viewpoints

    For the past year, Texas has been fighting in court to uphold a controversial law that would ban tech companies from content moderation based on viewpoints. In May, the Supreme Court narrowly blocked the law, but this seemed to do little to settle the matter. Today, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower Texas court's decision to block the law, ruling instead that the Texas law be upheld, The Washington Post reported.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Pierre Poilievre's Conservative leadership victory

    On Saturday, Pierre Poilievre was elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Pierre is a partisan firebrand who blames Canada’s inflation on Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government and opposes vaccine requirements.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    No, we are not going to "tokenize everything“

    Sometimes I forget how slow things are in the „real“ world. I’m sure many of you will remember the good old days of 2017 when we were told that „everything will be tokenized“. Well, five years later, not many people in „crypto“ still stick to that line. But when you talk to bankers, they still just love the idea. Gives them something to do. A project. Something to work on for a few years. Real estate on the blockchain, stocks on the blockchain, bananas on the blockchain.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    'Better Call Saul' alum Giancarlo Esposito still wants a Gus prequel

    The acclaimed Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul ended its six-season run last month, closing out a tragic saga in the New Mexico desert that captivated viewers for the last decade and a half. Saul creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan realize just how fortunate they were to strike golden lightning twice with this franchise — "Sometimes it's good to know when to leave the party," Gould says — and they are fondly waving goodbye to this methed-up story so they can develop o...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Apple just announced the Apple Watch Series 8

    Apple has announced its latest wearable, the Apple Watch Series 8. It includes a new temperature sensor, which Apple says “takes its commitment to women’s health even further.” The Series 8 also includes two new motion sensors to detect if you’ve been in a severe car crash. It’ll be available starting September 16th and will cost $399 for the GPS model and $499 for the cellular model.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Harry Styles on His Budding Acting Career: ‘I Feel Like I Have No Idea What I’m Doing’

    Pop star Harry Styles may be in one of the most hotly anticipated movies at the Venice Film Festival, but he still considers himself a newbie in the acting world. The musician told journalists in Venice: “Music I’ve done a little longer so I’m a bit more comfortable. What I like about acting is I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing.”

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Alleged Google Pixel 7 Pro appears in unboxing video ahead of launch

    What appears to be the upcoming Google Pixel 7 Pro surfaced in a brief unboxing video posted on Facebook by Gadgetfull BD, a technology shop based in Bangladesh. The video shows someone taking the device out of a Google-branded box and showing off its sleek black exterior, which features Google’s “G” logo stamped on the back.

  • 1 month ago
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    Indigenous peoples call on the world to act urgently to save the Amazon

    The call is to act against the threats that are destroying the largest tropical forest on the planet. From September 5 to 9, the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA), will bring together delegates and representatives of the nine countries that make up the Amazon to present their threats and solutions and call for the union of peoples, states and international organizations in order to preserve the great lung of the planet.

  • 1 month ago
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    Psychedelic ‘Magic Mushroom’ Ingredient Could Help Treat Alcohol Addiction

    New research reveals that the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms, in combination with talk therapy, could be a promising treatment for people with alcohol addiction. In a study published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, scientists found that patients taking this drug, called psilocybin, had an 83 percent decline in heavy drinking, while those who took a placebo experienced a 51 percent decline.

  • 1 month ago
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    Will This Be the First Country Bankrupted by Crypto?

    SIX DAYS BEFORE El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law went into effect, Mario Gómez was dragged from his car, handcuffed, and detained. There was no arrest warrant for the software developer, who had taken to his personal Twitter account to inform the Salvadoran public about the cryptocurrency that was soon going to become the official tender in the Central American country, while questioning the government’s motives for adopting it.

  • 1 month ago
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    Universe's Most Massive Known Star Captured With Unprecedented Clarity

    To put it simply, the universe's most massive known star is less massive than scientists once believed. But even docked a few levels, this staggering ball of gas is still the universe's most massive known star. That's how utterly huge it is.