This 1911 Film Predicted the Dangers of Autonomous Vehicles, Like Dragging Cops and Dogs and Getting Stranded Inside of Saturn

I know we tend to think that robotically-driven cars are a very recent phenomenon, but the truth is that people have been imagining the consequences of AVs since the turn of the last century. In fact, there’s at least one film that addresses the issues head-on, Walter R. Booth’s 1911 film, The Automatic Motorist. All…Read more...
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A Heart Failure Patient Actually Coughed Up This Blood Clot Shaped Like a Lung Passage

Though it resembles a coral, root system, or some other kind of growth, the above photo actually depicts a six-inch-wide blood clot in the near-perfect form of the right bronchial tree of a human lung, the Atlantic reported on Thursday. Even more uncomfortable is the revelation that it was not removed by medical…Read more...
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Astronomers Spot Giant Exoplanet Losing Its Atmosphere In A Comet-Like Tail

Astronomers studying a famous exoplanet that goes by the name of WASP-69b have stumbled upon a peculiar find. It seems that the massive exoplanet, a gas giant first sighted in 2014, is sporting a comet-like tail composed of helium particles that originated in its own atmosphere, reports This puzzling discovery was made by scientists from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in the Canary Islands, Spain, who scoped out the planet’s atmosphere with the help of the 3.5-meter t...
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President Trump Nominates Heather Nauert for U.S. Ambassador to U.N.

President Donald Trump announced his nomination of State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
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Want to name an orchid? You can, if you’re the high bidder

Auctioning off the rights to name a new species is a decades-old practice. Some scientists think it’s ethically questionable.
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Auctioning off the rights to name a new species is a decades-old practice. Some scientists think it’s ethically questionable.
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Microsoft Edge Is Coming to the Mac?

After rumors circulated that such a move was imminent, Microsoft has confirmed that it is indeed shifting from its EdgeHTML back end to Chromium, the open-source project that powers Google Chrome. In confirming the rumor, the company also said it expected this shift could allow it to introduce Microsoft Edge to macOS.Read more...
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Our first up-close look at the Bennu asteroid is a messy one

NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe spent many months flying through space in order to meet up with its target, a large space rock known as Bennu. The spacecraft's mission will be carried out over the next couple of years, but its arrival at Bennu means that we finally get a very close-up shot of the rock itself. And boy is it dirty. One of the interesting things about asteroids is that they tend not to look like you might imagine. We've been taught by science fiction to think that aste...
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Top Computer Scientists Form European Lab Devoted to AI

The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems, or ELLIS, will run physical laboratories and create an education program for doctoral students studying a type of AI called machine learning, while building bridges between universities and companies in the region. Siemens AG, Bayer AG and DeepMind, the London-based AI company owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc., are among companies that have pledged to support the group.
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Move over, Elon: Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg ‘absolutely’ would go to Mars

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg often says that the first person to set foot on Mars will get there on a Boeing-built rocket, but at today’s Business Roundtable CEO Innovation Summit, he made it personal. “Would you go?” CNBC anchor Becky Quick, the moderator for today’s panel on trends in American innovation, asked Muilenburg. “I would,” the CEO answered. “Really?” Quick said. “Absolutely,” Muilenburg said. Muilenburg made repeated reference to spaceflight and Boeing’s plans to participate in miss...
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Host a Movie Night Anywhere With Anker's Soda Can-Sized Projector, Now Just $236 For the Holidays

Anker, as you probably know by now, makes a lot of products. But I don’t think any of them are as ambitious as the Nebula Capsule, a surprisingly good portable projector shrunk down to the size of a soda can.Read more...
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Too Much UV Light Could Turn Gas Planets Into Sad Rocky Cores

The atmosphere of a gas giant exoplanet located 163 light-years from Earth is being blasted into space by its host star, forming a ghostly tail. Excessive ultraviolet radiation is responsible for the celestial phenomenon, according to a new study, a discovery that could provide new insights into planetary formation.Read more...
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Trump's environmental rollback rolls on

The administration plans to open protected lands for drilling and lift curbs on carbon emissions.
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A Few Things Facebook Forgot to Include in Its Year in Review

It’s been quite a year for Mark Zuckerberg and his friends at Facebook. You might even say that 2018 has been the single worst year in the company’s history. But you wouldn’t know it by reading “Facebook’s 2018 Year in Review.” The annual blog post leaves one with the impression that Facebook’s involvement in global…Read more...
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Largest Biotech to IPO Leaves Analysts Awed at Valuation

The biotech firm has been hoping to raise as much as $600 million through a stock sale that would value the company at about $7.5 billion, a record even for a sector not always known for restrained valuations. The company, working with ten underwriters on the deal, is considering expanding the number of shares in its initial offering, Reuters reported. Moderna’s eye-popping projected market value, which would exceed the combined size of this year’s three largest biotechs to IPO, is leading som...
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Game of Thrones' Final Season Video Teases a Song of Ice and Fire

Winter may have already arrived around the globe, but next year we’ll also be getting a winter the likes of which we’ve never seen. We’re a few months away from the final season of Game of Thrones, where good will take its last stand against the forces of the undead, and we’ve gotten a gorgeously symbolic teaser for…Read more...
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Mice given an experimental gene therapy don't get fat, regardless of caloric intake

Researchers at Flinders University knocked out a gene known as RCAN1 in mice, hypothesizing that this would increase "non-shivering thermogenesis," which "expends calories as heat rather than storing them as fat" -- the mice were fed a high-calorie diet and did not gain weight. In particular, the modified mice did not store fat around their middles -- a phenomenon associated with many health risks, including cardiac problems -- and their resting muscles burned more calories. I wrote this i...
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The Trump Administration Is Spinning Its Latest Pro-Coal Policy as Good for People of Color

The Environmental Protection Agency is using energy affordability among low-income communities and people of color as an argument to bring back coal. Yes, the same coal responsible for an estimated 3,000 American deaths a year.Read more...
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The Snapdragon 8cx Is Qualcomm's First Purpose-Built Chip for Laptops

Thanks to the Windows on Snapdragon initiative, Qualcomm has been dabbling in the laptop processor business for about a year now. And while systems like the Asus Nova Go and Samsung Galaxy Book 2 have their share of flaws, those laptops demonstrated the potential benefits of ARM-based chips through things like…Read more...
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MoviePass Has a Plan to Bring You Back: Complicated Pricing

Subscription movie theater service MoviePass gained massive popularity last year by offering something so simple and sensible it was unavoidable: a movie a day for 10 bucks a month. But that plan didn’t work for MoviePass’s bank account, and it started bleeding cash and customers. Now, it hopes to make a comeback…Read more...
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The 10 Best Deals of December 6, 2018

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...
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Verizon: Maybe a Few Hamiltons Would Change You First Responders' Minds

Mobile giant Verizon has faced withering criticism in the months since it throttled Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighters trying to contain California’s Mendocino Complex Fire, then tried to force them to purchase increased data even as they were begging for immediate assistance. It said it would immediately…Read more...
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Remarkable fossil of 180-million-year-old 'sea monster' preserved its Jurassic-era blubber and skin

Scientists have identified an extraordinary specimen of fossilized blubber from a ‘fish-lizard’ that lived 180 million years ago, according to a new report in the journal Nature. The blubber, a layer of fat beneath the skin of modern marine mammals that helps them preserve heat, indicates that the ancient 'sea monster' was warm-blooded, an unusual quality in a reptile, according to the report's authors. The Jurassic-era sea creature, called an ichthyosaur, appears to have shared qualities of b...
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Robot InSight takes new images of Mars

Mexico, Dec. 6 (Notimex).- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), released three new photographs taken by InSight, where part of the robot and the surface of Mars are observed. The snapshots show the robotic arm of InSight, which has a range of two meters, and will be used to place the scientific instruments on Elysium Planitia, the landing place of the new tenant of the "red planet". Prior to this, the robotic limb will first use the Instrument Implementation camera, located ...
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Costa Rican Authorities Say Suspected Murder of U.S. Tourist Was 'Sexually' Motivated

Espinosa Martinez had been staying in the apartment next to Stefaniak's and authorities confirmed he killed her inside the apartment before dumping her partially nude body 1,000 feet from the Airbnb.
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Let's Abuse HP’s Instant Ink Program for $20 Together

Listen up, nerds. This is a cheap, piece-of-shit printer and you should buy it right now.Read more...
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Why USA Gymnastics' Bankruptcy Will Delay Abuse Survivors' Search for the Truth

Facing multiple lawsuits about its response to sexual abuse allegations made by hundreds of gymnasts, USA Gymnastics filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The abuse survivors say it’s the latest tactic to avoid the truth
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This is the biggest cow you've ever seen

Seriously, there's a reason the internet is obsessed with Knickers, the giant Australian cow.
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NASA’s Mars InSight lander snaps selfies galore, including a name check for its fans

One week after landing on the Martian plain of Elysium Planitia, NASA’s InSight lander is on a selfie-snapping spree — and the photos could be used as a guide for 2.4 million Earthlings and their descendants to look for their names. InSight’s selfies aren’t meant to be a vanity project for the lander or its creators. Rather, they signal the start of a picture-taking campaign that’s designed to identify the best spots to plunk down the mission’s seismometer and temperature-measuring “mole.” Pictu...
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Predictim Claims Its AI Can Flag 'Risky' Babysitters. So I Tried It on the People Who Watch My Kids.

The founders of Predictim want to be clear with me: Their product—an algorithm that scans the online footprint of a prospective babysitter to determine their “risk” levels for parents—is not racist. It is not biased.Read more...
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