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Why Google's cars drive three million virtual miles a day

Christian Science Monitor - 2 hours 29 min ago

Google puts its self-driving cars through more than three million simulated miles of driving a day, testing software tweaks and behaviors. Before any software changes are made in the real world, they're tested extensively in Google's simulator.

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Facebook tries to deliver more meaningful content, less clickbait

Christian Science Monitor - 2 hours 29 min ago

Facebook tweaked its News Feed algorithm to try to give more prominence to stories that people find meaningful, but don't necessarily get a lot of clicks or likes.

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Florida bill would decide what happens to online accounts after death

Christian Science Monitor - 2 hours 29 min ago

The state Senate unanimously approved a bill on Tuesday that grappled with the difficult question of what happens to a person's social media accounts after they die. It aims to address privacy concerns raised by Internet companies, which offer online tools for designating 'legacy accounts.'

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Driverless bus hits the road in the Netherlands

Christian Science Monitor - 2 hours 29 min ago

Dutch authorities announced that a six-passenger driverless bus without a steering wheel or pedals called a WEpod would begin tests in the small agricultural town of Wageningen.

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Encryption won't stop surveillance, says Harvard study

Christian Science Monitor - 2 hours 29 min ago

A Harvard University study finds that notions of a new age of untraceable criminals is overblown. Why?

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How San Francisco's Super Bowl reveals economic divisions with Silicon Valley

Christian Science Monitor - 2 hours 29 min ago

The city's chamber of commerce calls the festivities for this week's big game the "most philanthropic Super Bowl in the game's history." But rising rents fostered by tech workers moving into the city have changed its demographics, sparking protests about unequal conditions for longtime residents.

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NASA and Facebook team up to offer taste of what it's like to stand on Mars

Christian Science Monitor - 2 hours 29 min ago

The video offers the first close look at extraterrestrial, active sand dunes, and an early look at Facebook's immersive video technology.

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Woman who accused Bill Clinton of assault to campaign against Hillary presidential run

Reuters - 2 hours 51 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - One of the women who has accused former U.S. President Bill Clinton of sexual assault says she has agreed to work for an anti-Clinton political group being formed by a former advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
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Denver defense kryptonite to Panthers Superman Newton

Reuters - 2 hours 52 min ago
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Reuters) - The Denver Broncos shocked the Carolina Panthers 24-10 as the Super Bowl closed out its first half-century on Sunday with an upset and a cliffhanger as Peyton Manning left everyone guessing about his future.









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Early human ancestor didn't have the jaws of a nutcracker

Science Daily - 2 hours 58 min ago
South Africa's Australopithecus sediba, discovered in 2008 at the renowned archaeological site of Malapa in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, is again helping us to study and understand the origins of humans. Research published in 2012 garnered international attention by suggesting that a possible early human ancestor had lived on a diverse woodland diet including hard foods mixed in with tree bark, fruit, leaves and other plant products. But new research by an international team of researchers now shows that Australopithecus sediba didn't have the jaw and tooth structure necessary to exist on a steady diet of hard foods.
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Treatments that reduce knee buckling may help prevent falls in older adults

Science Daily - 2 hours 58 min ago
Symptoms of knee instability in older adults may indicate an increased risk of falling and of experiencing the various physical and psychological effects that can result from falling, according to a new study.
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North Korea rocket launch may spur U.S. missile defense buildup in Asia

Reuters - 3 hours 17 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea's latest rocket launch might kick off a buildup of U.S. missile defense systems in Asia, U.S. officials and missile defense experts said, something that could further strain U.S.-China ties and also hurt relations between Beijing and Seoul.
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Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge toward Turkey border

Reuters - 3 hours 18 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army advanced toward the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad.









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British Science Fiction Association awards unveil 'really strong' shortlists

The Guardian - 3 hours 29 min ago

Stories set in varied worlds ranging from a devastated Paris to a sinister planet with a incestuous population among contenders for this year’s prestigious honours

A Paris ruined by war, a dark planet peopled by the incestuous descendants of two abandoned astronauts and the dangerous surface of the moon are some of the settings for the year’s best science fiction novels, as chosen by the members of the British Science Fiction Association.

French-American writer Aliette de Bodard is shortlisted for the BSFA best novel prize for The House of Shattered Wings, which takes place in a devastated Paris after the Great Magicians’ War. Chris Beckett, whose novel Dark Eden won him the Arthur C Clarke award, makes the cut for follow-up Mother of Eden, set generations after the incestuous offspring of astronauts have dispersed across their dark planet.

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How to Be an Optimal Human

Scientific American - 3 hours 29 min ago
Science-informed suggestions to help you have greater health, growth, and happiness.

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LOHAN entertains the crowd at Oz Linux shindig

Register - 3 hours 31 min ago
Andrew Tridgell serves up choppers, quadplanes and rocket-powered tomfoolery

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission took to the stage at the linux.conf.au 2016 in Geelong last Friday, as Linux guru and Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot wrangler Andrew Tridgell gave an entertaining speech on his currently UAV endeavours.…

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Scientists and Silicon Valley want to prove psychoactive drugs are healthy

The Guardian - 3 hours 32 min ago

UK scientist is advocating for research to show psychoactive drug use is a matter of sound public health policy – and Silicon Valley startups see an opportunity

Finding safe, new uses for psychoactive drugs, well-known chemical compounds that can alter the mind, is a fashionable occupation for a niche group of tech enthusiasts called biohackers. Biohackers are hobbyists that typically experiment with psychoactive drugs, among other life-enhancing tools, outside of institutional laboratories. But one academic scientist is trying to convince the UK government and the scientific community that psychoactive drug use is a matter of sound public health policy.

While the US Federal Trade Commission is in the midst of penalizing businesses for using inadequate scientific evidence to claim that their products improve cognitive abilities, Samuele Marcora, the director of research at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Kent, is initiating academic research that could bolster these products’ reputations.

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The Race to Build the Unhackable Network

Scientific American - 3 hours 59 min ago
Quantum computers will render today's cryptographic methods obsolete. What happens then?

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Mummy Identification Still Uncertain Science

Discovery - 3 hours 59 min ago
King Tut is the only 18th Dynasty pharaoh whose mummy has been identified with certainty, says a new analysis.
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Mystery Mummies: Who Are They? Photos

Discovery - 4 hours 9 min ago
In a review of mummy finds, new research determines we don't know who most of the mummies are.
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