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That Julian Assange TwitterJulian Assange sent his first tweet ever from a personal account back in February, and has been tweeting away since. But there's an imposter account that has been gaining steam recently. How much... steam? Donald Trump Jr. just retweeted it.
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Nokia 8 launch: When is it andNokia is gearing up to launch its first flagship phone, the Nokia 8, since HMD Global acquired the brand. Nokia returned to the smartphone scene earlier this year at MWC, but the three Android... handsets announced were of the more affordable ilk. The Nokia...
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Can Tesla's Elon MuskTunnel machines seem like a challenge tailor-made for Elon Musk who, having moved heavens with his space business, now seeks to move earth.        
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Google Pixel's camera softwareThe camera on Google’s Pixel quite possibly takes the best photos of an smartphone, Android or otherwise. But it’s not just the hardware like the lens or image stabilization, the Pixel also... features software advancements that help make images the best they can be, especially with the phone’s HDR+ mode. But now you don’t need to own a Pixel to …
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In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, 28-year-old software engineer James Damore claimed he was fired for "raising questions about cultural taboos" when he argued in an internal memo that "biological... causes" may explain the representation gap in the tech industry. Carter Evans has more.
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FCC adds 2 weeks to commentThe comment period for the FCC’s proposal to roll back the net neutrality rules established in 2015 was originally August 16 — next Wednesday. But after advocacy organizations asked the agency to... add time to the clock in order to look through existing comments, the deadline has been extended (against the strenuous arguments of the broadband industry) by two weeks, to August 30.
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Scientists create world'sIt may sound like a script for a science fiction movie, but scientists have created the world's first mutant ants. Two independent research teams have harnessed the gene editing technology CRISPR to... genetically alter the ants. In one study, researchers at Rockefeller University modified a gene essential for sensing the pheromones that ants use to communicate. Experts say that the resulting deficiencies in the ants' social behaviors and their ability to survive in a colony, sheds light on social evolution. "It was well known that ant language is produced through pheromones, but now we understand a lot more about how pheromones are perceived," said Daniel Kronauer, head of Rockefeller University's Laboratory of Social Evolution and Behavior, in a statement. "The way ants interact is...
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Science Says: DNA test resultsPeople who get DNA test results about their risk of disease often don't change their health habits
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Facebookers slam JenniferCommentary: The actress faces criticism for encouraging her Facebook followers to join in the identification of the Charlottesville marchers. She responds with a famous quote.
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Elon Musk's OpenAI botElon Musk's OpenAI previewed the power of its own artificial intelligence at Valve's yearly DoTA 2 tournament. The AI agent dominated several DoTA 2 professionals in 1 vs 1, showing the early... capabilities of AI inside the MOBA. For those that don't follow DoTA 2, it is multiplayer online battle arena, primarily played in a...
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Microsoft Teaches AutonomousMicrosoft is building gliders that adapt to surprises. The goal is to teach autonomous vehicles of all sorts to deal with uncertainty the way humans do.
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Injecting Gold NanoparticlesHow to protect your 3D printer from getting hacked.
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Neo-Nazi website The DailyThe sitecan only be accessed byusing an anonymizingbrowser such asTor        
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See an astronaut wash her hairWashing your hair aboard the International Space Station is a bit more complicated than on Earth. Astronauts use no-rinse shampoo and quickly the catch water droplets that could float away. Astronaut... Karen Nyburg explains the step-by-step process.        
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High-tech US plants offer jobsAs U.S. manufacturers 'automate or evaporate,' they struggle to fill the jobs that require skills to do so
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Intel to deploy 100Intel will deploy 100 self-driving vehicles in Europe, Israel, and the United States by the end of the year. The cars will be used as demonstration vehicles for customers and regulators, as well as... test vehicles for the company's self-driving efforts. The announcement comes alongside the completion of its $15.3 billion Mobileye acquisition, which it...
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Researchers clarify mysteryStudy explains conflicting results from other experiments, may lead to batteries with more energy per pound.
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DJI Rolls Out 'Local DataWeeks after the US Army told personnel to immediately shelve all drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI, citing unspecified "cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products," the company has... introduced a new "local data mode" for its apps.
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Nine-year-old boy gets closerUnless you're a seasoned NASA engineer with knowledge of planetary protection protocols and the guidelines that astronauts and scientists much adhere to in order to prevent humanity from contaminating... worlds (including our own), there's very little chance you have a shot at landing NASA's new Planetary Protection Officer position. That is, unless you're nine-year-old Jack Davis, who wrote to the agency with the hopes of scoring the job, and definitely did not get a denial. Davis, who is currently a fourth grade student living in New Jersey but will probably have Top Secret security clearance before I managed to pay off my student loans, makes a pretty convincing case for why NASA should hire him" Dear NASA, My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection...
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Legendary programmer Chris Lattner has had a roller coaster of a year. He left Apple (where he developed the Swift programming language) to help build Tesla's Autopilot technology, only to leave... months later after realizing that he wasn't a good fit...
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How to livestream the solarNext week, the sun is going to be blocked out -- hopefully, by the moon, rather than a hail of ICBMs. A rare solar eclipse will be visible from part of the US mainland for the first time in decades,... but if you're not in the eclipse corridor, never fear. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology and cable news, you'll be able to experience the solar eclipse from anywhere with an internet connection, with zero risk of frying your eyes at the same time. CNN is planning on streaming the entire eclipse beginning to end, with coverage being anchored by CNN's science correspendent Rachel Crane, and astronaut Mark Kelly. CNN has a number of 4K 360-degree cameras positioned across the country to follow the path of the eclipse from start to finish. The event starts at 1PM ET on August 21st, and you...
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NASA's Cassini just began itsNASA's incredibly successful Cassini probe has delivered a wealth of information about Saturn and its many moons during its 13+ years hanging around the planet, but all good things must come to an... end. An end is exactly what Cassini will experience in September when it burns up in Saturn's atmosphere, and the craft just began the last phase of its dramatic series of dives that will bring it closer to the planet than it's ever been before. Earlier this year, Cassini embarked on what NASA calls its Grand Finale. In its final attempt at gaining scientific knowledge, the spacecraft was sent on an incredible series of increasingly risky dives through Saturn's rings. Today is the beginning of Cassini's end, as the probe begins it final five dives, which happen to be the riskiest ones yet. As...
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Segway KickScooter launchesSegway, the masters of personal transportation devices, have released a new Ninebot series of scooters, as part of its Segway KickScooter arm. There are two scooters in the series; the ES1 and ES2,... with the latter offering a higher top speed and a more...
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Study finds massive volcanoA new study claims to have found a huge expanse of volcanoes lurking beneath the ice in Antarctica. Scientists unearthed a total of 91 previously undiscovered volcanoes -- some stretching up to 3,850... metres (12,600 feet) in height -- in the region kn...
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Hologram technology could leadA new system developed by UCLA researchers could make it easier and less expensive to diagnose chronic diseases, particularly in remote areas without expensive lab equipment.
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