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A DNA Firm That Caters to Police Just Bought a Genealogy Site

Wired - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 18:01
In 2018, GEDmatch played a key role in reopening the 40-year-old Golden State Killer case. Now Verogen, a company that serves law enforcement, is gobbling it up.
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More than 750,000 applications for US birth certificates is found exposed online

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 15:16
More than 750,000 applications for US birth certificates dating back to 2017 were found in an unsecure storage bucket without a password -allowing anyone to download the documents.
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Disparity in Tech Jobs, Green Monday Deals, and More News

Wired - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 15:06
Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.
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Oculus Quest's VR headset will start letting users go controller-free this week

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 15:05
The Facebook-owned virtual reality company said users will be able to use the Quest's new capabilities starting this week to navigate menus, libraries, and the Oculus store.
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As temperatures rise, ski resorts are relying on artificial snow makers to keep skiers happy 

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 14:54
Every year, more than 125 million people going skiing or snowboarding around the world. A growing number of resorts that cater to them have had to rely on artificial snow machines.
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Scientists reveal how Saturn's moon got its 'tiger stripes'

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 13:46
Experts found Enceladus' tiger stripes formed on the south pole because this area happened to split open first. The fissures stay open and erupting as a result of the tidal effects of Saturn's gravity.
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Google rolls out 'Incognito Mode' on iOS for users that want to keep their data to themselves

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 13:27
Incognito mode will help court users who have become increasingly concerned with data being stored and tracked by the company in the name of fueling its targeted advertisements business.
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IG Report Exonerates the FBI's Trump Campaign Investigation

Wired - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 12:44
Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report shows that the FBI's investigation of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign was both justified and without political bias.
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More than 100 people have been sickened by E. coli after eating romaine lettuce

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 12:34
So far, 100 people have been sickened in 23 states and 58 people have been hospitalized in the current E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, the CDC said last week
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Green Monday Deals (2019): From Amazon, Ebay, REI, and More

Wired - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 12:14
This shopping holiday might be made up, but these deals aren't.
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Steve Jobs signed floppy disk that houses software from 1988 sells for $84,000 at auction 

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 12:04
A 1988 floppy disk with the Steve Job's, Apple co-founders, autograph sold for a whopping $84,000 at auction. It contains Macintosh System Tools 6.0 and was originally valued at $7,500.
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Scientists Find a Weak Spot in Some Superbugs' Defenses

Wired - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 12:00
Treatment-resistant infections are increasingly common—and increasingly deadly. Now researchers have found a new way to attack some of those bacteria.
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Plants emit an ultrasonic 'scream' when their stems are cut or water is in short supply

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 11:55
A team of scientists at Tel Aviv University have discovered that some plants emit a high frequency distress sound when they undergo environmental stress, something like a scream.
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Google to add automatic robocall blocker and upgraded portrait mode to Pixel phones this month

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 11:41
If an unknown caller is a genuine person, Google's Call Screen will provide a brief transcript of who is calling and then relay that transcript to users so they can answer the phone if they desire.
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Study reveals we tend to twist facts and statistics on controversial issues to fit our own beliefs 

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 10:54
Study finds that we are a big source of fake news, as people tend to misremember numerical statistics on a controversial topic in a way that fits their own commonly held beliefs.
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New robotic contact lenses can be powered wirelessly without raising the temperature

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 10:22
Researchers at the Yonsei University of Seoul have developed a robotic contact lens that can be recharged wirelessly and which could bring a variety of futuristic AR uses one step closer to reality. 
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Elon Musck reveals details about Tesla's secretive Cyberquad electric ATV in a new tweet

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:29
Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared details about the firm's secretive Cyberquad - he revealed the electric ATV will be available for purchase. The vehicle will be released with the Cybertruck launches.
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British gardeners urged NOT to grow bamboo

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:26
The persistent plant, favoured by pandas and conjuring up images of idyllic gardens, led to one gardener in Reading having to excavate the entire garden to get rid of it.
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Big ships sailing to and from the UK emit more CO2 than the cars in Britain's 17 largest cities

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:22
Researchers from the Brussels-based sustainability group Transport & Environment have released the first analysis of European shipping's carbon footprint.
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Some of the world's most vital fresh water reserves are DRYING UP, scientists warn

Daily Mail UK - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:01
More than 30 of the world's leading scientists say mountain regions, which supply a quarter of the world's population - around 1.9 billion people - with freshwater, are drying up.
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