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Why do BRCA1 mutations causeResearchers report a new, previously unrecognized function of the BRCA1 gene that explains why BRCA1 gene mutation carriers are at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
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The Google cars that collect maps and photograph city streets have also been collecting air -- and we could be seeing the results in more detailed maps very soon. John Blackstone has more.
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Nikon Recalls Popular EN-EL15Nikon has issued a recall of its widely used EN-EL15 digital camera battery. The company says the batteries can short circuit, leading to overheating and a deformation of the casing. Samsung took a... huge blow to its image in 2016 when it was discovered that the batteries in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone would […]
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How Photographing an AbandonedUnfortunately, this story is not a joke. On the 20th of June 2017, I transferred €2,365.67 (~$2,702) to a lawyer in Austria because I photographed an abandoned hotel in Austria in 2013 and put those... photos online without permission. In this article I will tell you exactly what happened and how it happened. In an […]
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These 5 tech jobs are theLooking for a new job in tech? These five positions are some of the most in-demand, according to a new Dice report.
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Aerospace guru explains whySpaceX's reusable rocket technology has been hailed as the future of space travel, and even the Russians have admitted that the company seems to be on to something, but when it comes to return on... investment, one of SpaceX's founding team members says that launching the same first stages multiple times isn't actually where the company sees the boost to its bottom line. Jim Cantrell is the CEO of Vector Space Systems. He's worked for NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and was a founding member of both SpaceX and the Google Lunar X Prize-winning Moon Express. When it comes to the space industry, he's the kind of guy who you should listen to, and in a recent response to a Quora question about exactly how much money SpaceX is saving by reusing its Falcon rocket, Cantrell revealed the real reason (he...
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This Chinese solar plant looksVast solar plants are becoming increasingly common around the world, but most of them aren’t anything you’d go out of your way to see. The big exception is a new solar plant in China that was... built in the shape of a giant cartoon panda. Anyone flying above the region in Datong, China, will be greeted with the sight of …
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Woman Contracts Flesh-EatingA woman from Mississippi contracted a flesh-eating bacteria after her hand was pricked by a live shrimp in a bait bucket during a fishing trip in Alabama. Her doctors describe her ordeal and survival... as a miracle.
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Russia develops militaryAny sci-fi flick or video game showing a futuristic battlefield is always filled with soldiers wearing advanced high-tech armor and all manner of fancy gadgetry. Russia is doing its best to make that... fictional battlefield of the future a reality with a new powered exoskeleton built to give soldiers a superhuman edge over their foes. It's sleek, intimidating, and could very well be the future of ground combat. The suit, which was developed by Russia's own Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building, essentially turns its wearer into a super soldier. It features bullet proof armor plates as well as a helmet that includes a digital heads-up display, and the powered exoskeleton that gives the suit its rigidity can also provide the wearer with superhuman strength, allowing them...
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Congressman asks NASABeing an elected official means that you should probably have a working knowledge of whatever topic it is you're planning to publicly address at any given time. Many government talking heads fall far... short of that requirement on a regular basis, and the latest example is Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California. At a congressional meeting with some of NASA's top scientists to discuss the prospects of further exploration of planets and moons in our Solar System, Rohrabacher asked a question that would seemingly have been more fitting in the wake of the 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds. Rohrabacher asked about martians. After praising the work NASA has been doing, as well as addressing the plans of a new rover on Mars by 2020, the Republican congressman had one last thing he wanted...
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Disney showed us the innerBack at the end of May, Disney opened an Avatar-themed area within its Animal Kingdom park. Given that it’s only been open for a few weeks, most folks still haven’t been inside — but if you do... go, do yourself a favor and take the time to check out the Na’vi River Journey ride. At our TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics event in Boston this afternoon, we got a look at…
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Monkey-selfie copyrightA case between PETA and nature photographer David Slater and Blurb is now being discussed by a federal appeals court.
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Incredible Slo-Mo FootageMost birds get all the lift they need to fly with the downward stroke of their wings--meaning there's no upward force being produced as they raise them back up. Hummingbirds, on the other hand,... produce lift with both their upward and downward wing strokes, creating air vortices that the tiny birds use to fly with...
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Twitter taps ex-Goldman SachsThe former Goldman Sacks investment banker takes over for Anthony Noto, who was named COO last year.
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Four volunteers were justIf you were like most kids, you at least ventured the thought of becoming an astronaut when you grew up. The idea of flying into space and maybe even walking on the moon just sounds so cool when... you're a youngster -- and maybe even as an adult -- but you don't often consider all the compromises associated with it. A group of four volunteers are about to embark on an experiment that will test the limits of their endurance by being sealed in a laboratory for a whopping 200 days without any outside contact, and it's all for the dream of a manned moon mission. As reported by the Chinese government-run People's Daily news agency, the four brave souls will be aiding the country's space agency in identifying the challenges and issues that might arise when it finally sends its own astronauts for a...
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The Effects Your MedicationsWould you rather have an erection when the time is right, or the reassurance that you won't have a panic attack in the middle of your work presentation? An orgasm, or the ability to get out of bed... tomorrow morning?
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Four volunteers will live in aFour volunteers at China’s top aeronautics university will live in a sealed laboratory for 200 days without any outside interaction as the country prepares to send its first manned mission to the... moon. According to the People’s Daily (one of the Chinese Communist Party’s official newspapers), the group started their stint on Sunday in the 160-square-meter lab at the…
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Rumor: Apple's iPhone wirelessWireless charging is expected make its way to Apple's iPhone lineup this fall, but the tentpole feature might not be ready in time to launch with the next-generation handsets, a new rumor suggests.
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False alarm: Tesla isn'tCalm down, everyone. Tesla is not closing all of its stores.  The Teslaverse was twisted into knots on Friday when a rumor hit Reddit suggesting that things were not looking bright for the... approximately 115 Tesla stores scattered across the United States. Specifically, a thread titled "Effective immediately many Tesla stores will be permanently closed" spurred worry that the company had decided to do away with its beloved physical locations in favor of online sales.  SEE ALSO: Tesla owners drop serious cash on their cars only to wait months to get them repaired What gave this claim extra punch is that the poster, ElonsVelvetJacket, is a "known leaker" and thus likely to have an inside scoop. 
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Canon 6D Mark II Unveiled: AAfter weeks of rumors and leaks, Canon has just officially announced the new 6D Mark II. It’s a new full frame DSLR offered at a relatively affordable price point. Canon says the new camera “is... ideal for budding photographers looking to take their creative DSLR photography skills to the next level by shooting with a […]
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Driverless cars are gettingWe all assume that at some point in the not-so-distant future, cars will be able to takes us from place to place with a bare minimum of input on our part. When that day will arrive is impossible to... know, but for now it's up to companies like Volvo to teach their self-driving software everything it needs to know to be a safe, responsible pilot of a moving vehicle. At the moment... well, it's still learning, and it's having a particularly rough time figuring out how the heck kangaroos work. As ABC reports, Volvo's self-driving car program has been testing and honing its software's recognition and reaction to animals on the roadway. Deer, rabbits, and even moose are common sights on the pavement in many rural areas of the world, but Australia poses a unique challenge for self-driving cars....
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MacBooks really aren't safeA new Threats Report from McAfee Labs reveals that malware targeting Apple's Mac platform is on the rise. Not only that, but the cumulative number of Macs infected by malware during the first quarter... of 2017 was higher than it's ever been during any previous quarter. While the Mac famously has a reputation for being impervious to malware, the reality is that malware creators typically avoid targeting the Mac on account of its relatively small user base. The chart below illustrates the degree to which Mac-based malware has increased over the past two years alone. All that said, McAfee relays that the type of malware impacting the Mac most frequently tends to be adware, which is to say that some of the more serious computing threats capable of hijacking a user's system or data -- such as the...
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Gorgeous Hubble photo of MarsNASA's Hubble Space Telescope consistently delivers breathtaking views of the planets in our galactic neighborhood, but when it set its sights on Mars recently for a series of snapshots it captured... more than just Mars. After taking a series of 13 different images of the planet, astronomers realized that one of the tiny Martian moons, Phobos, made an appearance in the final photos as well. The photos, which have been rendered as a timelapse in order to show the movement of Phobos in the background, are great shots of the dusty planet, and helps put the diminutive size of Phobos into perspective. The tiny natural satellite is just 16.5 miles wide at its widest orientation, and when compared to Mars it looks like little more than a speck of dust moving in the background. However, despite its...
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The tiny drone has been floating in space to give us a glimpse into life on the ISS.
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Releasing 20 MillionVerily's technologically advanced Debug Project is already underway in Fresno County. How will releasing 20 million bacteria-infected male mosquitoes help reduce the population of disease-carrying... mosquitoes?
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