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To Prevent Wildfires, Treat Utilities Like Railroad Barons

Wired - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 03:00
PG&E’s electrical equipment likely caused California’s massive Camp Fire. That’s particularly maddening because science knows full well how to stop that.
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How Trump Could Wind up Making Globalism Great Again

Wired - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 03:00
OK, so it was never great in the first place. But the rise of rank nationalists could finally—perversely—spark an era of progress and cooperation for all humanity.
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Tidying Up When We Have No Control over Our Digital Lives

Wired - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 03:00
Never-ending notifications. Pull-to-refresh rewards. There's no escape from surveillance capitalism.
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Virtuous people often don't get jokes, and are seen as 'sanctimonious and prudish'

Daily Mail UK - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 23:04
Researchers say that highly moral people are often unable to get the joke. It claims this actually often makes them unlikeable.
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The first 'living medicine': Revolutionary GM microbes can 'mop up' toxins in the human body

Daily Mail UK - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:31
The genetically modified bacteria created by Synlogic, a firm co-founded by MIT, could be used to treat liver and bowel diseases by mopping up toxins inside the gut.
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Snowdrops, bumble bees and butterflies are among 'early spring activity' due to warmer weather

Daily Mail UK - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:19
Mild UK conditions have seen flowers blooming this month, with insects temporarily disturbed from hibernation over winter. A red admiral butterfly was seen last month five months ahead of time.
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An Astonishing 773 Million Records Exposed in Monster Breach

Wired - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:12
Collection #1 appears to be the biggest public breach yet, with millions of unique passwords sitting out in the open.
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Facebook hits back at claims it is using '10-year challenge' to train its AI

Daily Mail UK - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:59
Some have claimed that users' selfies could unknowingly be used as part of a dataset for Facebook's facial recognition algorithm to learn age progression and age recognition.
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Plastic in the sea will triple in 10 years as we treat our oceans as sewers, MPs have warned

Daily Mail UK - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:12
Plastic litter, untreated sewage, fertilisers and heavy metals, is pouring into the oceans, the UK's Environmental Audit Committee has warned.
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Up close with Mars: NASA's InSight lander reveals its seismometer is 'crouched' to hear sounds

Daily Mail UK - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:17
NASA’s InSight lander is leaning in for a better listen of Mars’ underground tremors. The lander lowered its seismometer and dropped the slack to prevent fluttering.
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Do YOU suffer from 'Statistics anxiety'? Researchers say stress from math is real

Daily Mail UK - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:07
In the Q&A, students were asked whether or not they value statistics, how they felt about their ability to do math, fear of statistics teachers, test and class anxiety and if they feared asking for help.
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Gillette's Ad Proves the Definition of a Good Man Has Changed

Wired - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:53
Despite the backlash, the fact that the Gillette ad exists at all is an undeniable sign of progress.
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The 'supervelcro' based on FEATHERS

Daily Mail UK - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:44
Researchers at UC San Diego 3D-printed structures that mimic the feathers' vanes, barbs and barbules to better understand their properties.
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Has AI found a new human ancestor? Evidence of extinct hominid spotted by algorithm

Daily Mail UK - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:39
A new investigation into the genome of Asian populations has spotted the footprint of a long-ago hominid that appears to have been cross-bred from two different species of human ancestor.
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Scientists grow 'perfect' human blood vessels in lab in breakthrough for heart disease research

Daily Mail UK - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:37
Scientists at the . University of British Columbia have managed to grow 'perfect' human blood vessels in the lab for the first time.
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Yandex's Self-Driving CES Demo Comes Without a Human Backup

Wired - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:35
The "Google of Russia" showed up in Vegas with a bold and daring demonstration of what a Moscow-trained robot Moscow can do.
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Study finds almost 75% of Facebook users have no idea it tracks their online activity to sell ads

Daily Mail UK - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:37
Facebook spent the better part of 2018 trying to show users how it collects vast amounts of data on them, but it turns out the vast majority still have no idea the firm tracks their interests for ad targeting.
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Antibiotics Are Failing Us. Crispr Is Our Glimmer of Hope

Wired - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:30
Antibiotics are still massively overprescribed, a new study shows. With no new drugs in sight, some scientists are turning to Crispr for a reboot.
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NASA reveals the gigantic 200ft tall main tank of its SLS megarocket that could take man to Mars

Daily Mail UK - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:08
The huge tank is being stress tested at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
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Hermit crabs evolved ultra-long penises that can grow to 60% of their body length

Daily Mail UK - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:30
In a new study, a Dartmouth College researcher attempts to delve into the ‘rarely explored’ relationship between private property (in this case, a shell) and penis size evolution.
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