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The 19th-Century Crank Who Tried to Tell Us About the Microbiome

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:00
Today’s understanding of the importance of microbes to health was anticipated by a rival to Louis Pasteur.
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Senators Demand Answers From Amazon on Echo's Snooping Habits

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:41
Jeff Flake and Chris Coons sent Jeff Bezos a letter Thursday with nearly 30 questions about how the company handles user data and privacy.
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'Ninjabot' Reveals the Mantis Shrimp's Wily Snail-Hunting Scheme

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:00
The mantis shrimp wields one of the fiercest strikes on Earth. With the help of a robot, researchers show that the predator is a master strategist, too.
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Elon Musk’s Boring Company Wins a Big Boring Contract in Chicago

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:30
Pods in the tunnel will speed people to O’Hare Airport in less than 15 minutes.
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Google’s Diversity Stats Are Still Very Dismal

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:23
The share of Google employees who are women, black, or Latinx barely budged last year, as the company was riven by internal debate over its diversity policies.
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Inspector General Criticizes FBI and James Comey, But Some Want More

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:34
The report found no evidence that politics influenced the outcome of the 2016 probe, frustrating those on the right hungry for proof of corruption.
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SEC Says Ether and Bitcoin Cryptocurrencies Aren't Securities

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:19
Top officials from the SEC have publicly stated that the world's two most popular cryptocurrencies are *not* like stocks and bonds, a relief for people who own them.
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World Cup 2018: How to Secure Your Devices When Traveling in Russia

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:44
Russia expects as many as 2 million visitors during the 2018 World Cup, most of whom should take extra precautions against the country's many cyber risks.
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Boeing's $2 Million GoFly Challenge to Make Flying Fun Again

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 07:00
In a Boeing-sponsored competition, teams designed personal flying machines that look more like jetpacks and flying motorbikes than the boring planes we use today.
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Encrypted Messaging Apps Have Limitations You Should Know

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 06:44
As recent events have shown, using an encrypted messaging app like WhatsApp or Signal is no privacy panacea.
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Robots Might Not Take Your Job—But They Will Probably Make It Boring

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 06:00
Opinion: "Good" automation assigns tasks that are dirty, dangerous, or dull to robots. But shifting responsibility often makes surrounding jobs less fulfilling.
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Snap Kit Will Let Other Apps Use Snapchat's Features, But Not Your Data

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 06:00
With the release of its new Snap Kit developer platform, Snap promises it will keep your data safe from prying third-party apps.
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Why Battle Royale Games Like 'Fortnite' Are Everywhere (It’s Not Just Money)

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 06:00
Juggernaut franchises like 'Call of Duty' and 'Battlefield' are trying to capitalize on the success of Epic's phenomenon, but battle-royale games tap into something deeper than just skins and emotes.
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Vivobarefoot Primus Trail Swimrun Review: Wear Anywhere

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 06:00
Congratulations! You’ve just found the perfect go-anywhere summer travel shoe.
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Volvo Is Using Luminar's Lidar to Build Self-Driving Cars

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 05:00
The automaker plans to use the startup's laser sensors to help its autonomous vehicles see and understand the world.
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Inside the Mad Lab That's Getting Robots to Walk and Jump Like Us

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 05:00
Truly useful robots will have to be able to tackle everything humans can, so they've gotta have legs. Easier said than done, though.
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A War Over Bike Shares Is Shaking Up Seattle

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:00
Residents are divided over whether the city's dockless bike share program is revolutionizing transit—or creating an unwieldy, dangerous mess.
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Can PJs and Sound Sleep Lead to a World Cup Victory?

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:00
Under Armour equipped a Swiss star with ceramic bedsheets and sleep monitors to boost his performance
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How Scientists Tracked Antarctica's Stunning Ice Loss

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:44
The combined results of 24 different surveys of Antarctic ice loss suggest that the rate of melting has *tripled* in the last five years.
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This Week Shows How Hard It Is to Curb Big Tech

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:18
Seattle repealed its just-enacted "Amazon tax," San Francisco elected a tech-friendly mayor, net neutrality is dead, and AT&T is buying Time Warner.
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