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Scientists accidentally discover the secret to long-lived batteries

Christian Science Monitor - 10 min 11 sec ago

Scientists have discovered technology that could potentially make batteries last hundreds of thousands of recharge cycles, rather than just hundreds. 

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Why are Apple’s services being mysteriously shut down in China?

Christian Science Monitor - 10 min 11 sec ago

Some experts say that the shutdown may be an effort to promote local tech companies that are competing with foreign companies, including Apple.

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Why Opera is rolling out a native VPN service

Christian Science Monitor - 10 min 12 sec ago

The Opera browser's latest service provides a free boost to anonymity and security. 

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Facebook is rolling out group-calling on Messenger

Christian Science Monitor - 10 min 12 sec ago

Facebook plans to keep adding features to its Messenger app, which already has more users than Skype.

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Why was Google.com 'partially dangerous' yesterday, safe today?

Christian Science Monitor - 10 min 12 sec ago

Google.com's own Safe Browsing tools classified the site as 'partially dangerous,' which was reversed Tuesday night. It's unlikely Google.com poses a significant danger to the average user.

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Is Amazon's monthly pricing really a challenge to Netflix? (+video)

Christian Science Monitor - 10 min 12 sec ago

The e-commerce giant revamped pricing for its Prime video streaming to monthly rates, but the new services may be most useful as an addition to smaller cable packages, rather than a replacement.

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How this AI-human partnership takes cybersecurity to a new level (+video)

Christian Science Monitor - 10 min 12 sec ago

A program designed by MIT to battle hackers is example of effective artificial intelligence and human collaboration.

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Air strikes pound Syrian city of Aleppo, death toll climbs

Reuters - 17 min 2 sec ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Nearly 30 air strikes hit rebel-held areas of Syria's northern city of Aleppo on Saturday and the total number of people killed by the warring sides after nine straight days of bombardment reached nearly 250, a monitoring group said.
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Hundreds of protesters storm Baghdad's Green Zone, enter parliament

Reuters - 25 min 31 sec ago
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Hundreds of supporters of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed Baghdad's Green Zone on Saturday and entered the parliament building after lawmakers failed to convene for a vote on overhauling the government, two Reuters witnesses said.
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Good, Bad and Indifferent Inventions from 1866

Scientific American - 55 min 24 sec ago
Fancy Inventions, 1866

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#NPRreads: Take Your Pick Of Space, Race Or Celebrity

NPR - 1 hour 46 sec ago

In this weekly story roundup, NPR reporters, editors and producers share what they have been reading. Today's mix explores life away from Earth, forgotten photos and fallen stars.

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Bomb attack on Shi'ite pilgrims in Baghdad kills at least 19: sources

Reuters - 1 hour 24 min ago
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber driving a car killed at least 19 people and wounded 48 others on Saturday in an attack claimed by Islamic State on a group of Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims in a southeastern suburb of Baghdad, Iraqi police sources said.
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VIDEO: Helping hand for chilly owls

BBC - 1 hour 32 min ago
Barn owls can struggle to survive in cold, wet weather and as low temperatures persist people in Yorkshire are doing their best to give the birds a helping hand as Paul Murphy reports.
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Now Computers Can Tell When You're Bored

Scientific American - 1 hour 40 min ago
That ability could lead to more engaging coursework and machines that better understand human emotions

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Ringling elephants, a famed U.S. circus act, pack up trunks for retirement

Reuters - 1 hour 52 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Elephants take a final bow at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, ending a 145-year spectacle that delighted fans but enraged animal activists, who say the highly publicized retirement is not enough.
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Russia defends intercept of U.S. reconnaissance plane over Baltic

Reuters - 2 hours 34 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday it had sent a fighter plane on Friday to intercept a U.S. aircraft approaching its border over the Baltic Sea because the American plane had turned off its transponder, which is needed for identification.
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Iran's moderates make modest gains in run-off election

Reuters - 3 hours 9 min ago
DUBAI (Reuters) - Politicians allied to President Hassan Rouhani came out strongest in a second round of parliamentary elections in Iran, early results showed on Saturday, but his moderate faction appeared unlikely to clinch an overall majority.
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Let's Not Hug It Out With Our Dogs

NPR - 3 hours 14 min ago

Your dog doesn't like your hugs. Psychologist and author Stanley Coren says that when he looked at a random sample of pictures showing people hugging dogs, most of the dogs showed signs of stress.

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Tighter Alcohol Curbs For All Help Reduce Teen Motor Vehicle Deaths

NPR - 4 hours 10 min ago

Raising the cost of alcohol with taxes makes it less likely that teenagers will die in a drunk-driving accident, a study finds. Some teen-specific policies like graduated drivers licenses help, too.

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Without this equation there would have been no internet

The Guardian - 4 hours 34 min ago

It showed how to make communications faster and take up less space on a hard disk, making the internet possible

This equation was published in the 1949 book The Mathematical Theory of Communication, co-written by Claude Shannon and Warren Weaver. An elegant way to work out how efficient a code could be, it turned "information" from a vague word related to how much someone knew about something into a precise mathematical unit that could be measured, manipulated and transmitted. It was the start of the science of "information theory", a set of ideas that has allowed us to build the internet, digital computers and telecommunications systems. When anyone talks about the information revolution of the last few decades, it is Shannon's idea of information that they are talking about.

Claude Shannon was a mathematician and electronic engineer working at Bell Labs in the US in the middle of the 20th century. His workplace was the celebrated research and development arm of the Bell Telephone Company, the US's main provider of telephone services until the 1980s when it was broken up because of its monopolistic position. During the second world war, Shannon worked on codes and methods of sending messages efficiently and securely over long distances, ideas that became the seeds for his information theory.

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