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A powerful NASA telescope looked for ‘Oumuamua and didn’t find it
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Enlarge / The object’s unusual approach suggests it came from outside our Solar System. (credit: NASA/JPL) Last week, some Harvard University scientists sparked widespread media attention about a possible alien origination for the mysterious interstellar object known as ‘Oumuamua. At the end of a paper speculating about the object’s observed movement, the authors presented “a more exotic […]

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Being a morning person might have some health advantages
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Enlarge / If you consider 10:50 a reasonable time to wake up, it may or may not say something about your breast-cancer risk. (credit: Henrique Simplicio / Flickr) A paper presented at the National Cancer Research Institute this week has made for some flashy headlines, like this confident declaration from India’s Economic Times: “Ladies, check your […]

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Westworld’s Main Street shooting set at Paramount Ranch burns down
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Enlarge / Horses are spooked as the Woolsey Fire moves through the property on Cornell Road near Paramount Ranch on November 9, 2018 in Agoura Hills, California. (credit: Matthew Simmons/Getty Images) The Woolsey Fire currently burning in Los Angeles County has destroyed much of the Western Town, a key feature of Paramount Ranch. The site was where […]

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'Crackdown 3' launches February 15th, 2019 on Xbox One and PC
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Yes, Microsoft really has been hinting at some big Crackdown 3 news by giving away the original game. The company has confirmed that the repeatedly delayed open-world game will be available on Xbox One (including Game Pass) and Windows 10 PCs on Febr…

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Amazon Is Kicking All Unauthorized Apple Refurbishers Off the Site
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In a new agreement between tech giants Amazon and Apple, shoppers will soon see a selection of the latest Apple products on Amazon.com. This is not good news for everyone. Motherboard: John Bumstead is a computer refurbisher who, every year, saves thousands of laptops from the shredder. He buys MacBooks en masse from electronics recyclers, […]

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Inside Xbox event will showcase updates to ‘Minecraft,’ ‘Sea of Thieves’
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Xbox fans have a lot of news and announcements to look forward to this weekend as Microsoft's X018 event is underway in Mexico City. Tomorrow at 4:00 PM EST, X018 will host a special two-hour live edition of Inside Xbox, the monthly show covering all…

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Overcoming Your Terror of Arch Linux
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A recent episode of a Linux news podcast I keep up with featured an interview with a journalist who had written a piece for a non-Linux audience about giving it a try. It was surprisingly widely read. The writer’s experience with some of the more popular desktop distributions had been overwhelmingly positive, and he said […]

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The Blurry Line Between Journalism and PR
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The line between journalism and public relations can be fuzzy, and news organizations have wrestled with that problem for some time. However, that line recently has become more blurred than ever, with some publications enlisting armies of nonprofessional scribes to satisfy an insatiable appetite for content. It’s easy to understand why the problem has mushroomed. […]

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A blockchain firm bought asteroid mining company Planetary Resources
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Here’s a match made in…I don’t know, somewhere on the blockchain, I guess. Pioneering space startup Planetary Resources was acquired by, of all things, a blockchain firm this week. ConsenSys, a Brooklyn based firm that specializes in all things Ethereum issued an announcement noting that it has snagged the asteroid mining  company. It’s not entirely […]

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