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The Quest to Make a Bot That Can Smell as Well as a Dog

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 03:00
Scientists are trying to crack the code of how smell works—and create robots that can sniff out the world's secrets like a dog.
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Lilium's 36-Motor Flying Taxi Takes Off for the First Time

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 00:01
The latest aircraft vying for a piece of the not-quite-realized aeromobility space takes a big step toward becoming a reality.
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SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 17:53
The first satellites of Elon Musk's mega-constellation Starlink are heading to space, but the satellite internet project faces tough economics on Earth.
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Trump Is Hiding Obamacare, A Major Microsoft Bug, and More News

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 16:07
Catch up on the most important news today in 2 minutes or less.
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The FCC's Robocall Plan Sounds Awfully Familiar

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:07
FCC chairman Ajit Pai has proposed a set of rules to combat robocalls. Don't get your hopes up quite yet.
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VW Will Make Its Own Batteries to Power an Electric Future

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 14:53
The German automaker plans 70 electric models by 2028. So it's building a gigafactory to ensure it has enough batteries.
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The Open World of 'Rage 2' Is More Barren Than It Should Be

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 14:03
The new shooter from Avalanche Studios and id Software attempts to hybridize two disparate game design approaches—and neither of them fully work.
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Google Recalls Titan Security Key Over a Bluetooth Flaw

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:17
Google will replace any Titan BLE branded security key, after disclosing that a nearby attacker could use it to compromise your accounts.
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When Google Serves Ads in Iran, Advertisers Pay the Price

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:03
Advertisers say that Google makes it far too easy to accidentally run ads in countries under US sanctions like Iran, North Korea, or Syria.
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James Charles, Tati Westbrook, and the Future of Beauty YouTube

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:53
Fans are setting their Charles-branded makeup on fire, but his feud with Westbrook is about public loyalties—not business.
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Microsoft’s First Windows XP Patch in Years Is a Very Bad Sign

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 09:28
A very bad vulnerability in Windows XP could have serious ramifications, even with a patch.
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What's So Special About Human Screams? Ask a Screamologist

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 07:00
A better understanding of the acoustics of screaming could help scientists understand how and why humans shriek—and add a new dimension to the surveillance state!
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Boosted Rev Scooter: Price, Specs, Details

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 06:00
In the sharing versus ownership debate, this new electric scooter makes a convincing argument for buying one.
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Astro C40 TR Controller Review (PS4 and PC): Almost Perfect

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 06:00
Astro's pro controller works wonderfully on PC, but lacks basic functionality on PS4.
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The Trump Admin Is Scrubbing Obamacare From Government Sites

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 02:00
A new report documents changes to government websites—some subtle, some sweeping—that researchers argue undermine the Affordable Care Act. 
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Why a Golf Ball Compresses Like a Spring—Until It Shatters

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 23:55
An experiment with a paperclip reveals both its elastic and plastic properties, a distinction that's key to how any material compresses or deforms.
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NASA Needs $1.6 Billion More to Send a Human to the Moon

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 17:00
The space agency's new budget amendment has been called a "down payment" on what will be needed in future years to fund the program.
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San Francisco Bans Agency Use of Facial Recognition Tech

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 15:17
Other cities, including Oakland, and Somerville, Massachusetts, are also considering bans on the technology as a threat to civil liberties.
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How VSCO Builds Film-Like Smartphone Photo Filters in Its Lab

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 13:12
Whether or not you've heard of VSCO, your iPhone snapshots could benefit from their photography science.
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Intel Flaw Lets Hackers Siphon Secrets from Millions of PCs

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:00
Two different groups of researchers found another speculative execution attack that can steal all the data a CPU touches.
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