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California's Drought Is So Bad, Its Mountains Rose Half an Inch
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Water is heavy—ask anyone who screwed up the Ice Bucket Challenge . And California and the rest of the West Coast have precious little of it . The water is so depleted, it’s not weighing down the earth’s surface—and geologists have measured a rise of up to 15 millimeters at GPS stations across the West. […]

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2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Release Date, Price and Specs     – Roadshow
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Two turbos, 700 horsepower and more aero trickery than you can shake a stick at.

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Can tech fix online hate and harassment?     – CNET
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The internet has become a cesspool of cyberbullying, bigotry and hate speech. Here’s how tech is trying to clean it up.

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Intel promises Spectre- and Meltdown-proof chips this year
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Intel will release updated chips with built-in mitigations for Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities later this year. The announcement was made by chief executive Brian Krzanich during the company's fourth quarter earnings call, and follows flawed pat…

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Ask Slashdot: Best Payloads For Asteroid Diverter/Killer Mission?
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TheRealHocusLocus writes: The Emergency Asteroid Defence Project has launched a crowdfunded IndieGoGo campaign to help produce a set of working blueprints for a two-stage HAIV, or Hypervelocity Asteroid Intercept Vehicle. This HAIV paper (PDF) describes the use of a leading kinetic impactor to make a crater — a following nuclear warhead would detonate in the […]

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Parents Didn’t Just Dislike Super Nintendo 25 Years Ago—They Thought It Was a Scam
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This year marks the 25th birthday of the Super NES, a revolutionary game console that America’s parents initially thought was a money-grabbing scam. The post Parents Didn’t Just Dislike Super Nintendo 25 Years Ago—They Thought It Was a Scam appeared first on WIRED.

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Nasdaq will start using Bitcoin technology | Money – KMBC …
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The Nasdaq stock exchange is tapping Bitcoin's powerful new transaction technology to create a more secure, efficient system to trade stocks.

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Samsung confirms it is making ASIC chips for cryptocurrency mining
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 Fresh from toppling Intel as the planet’s biggest seller of chipsets, Samsung has confirmed that it has begun manufacturing ASIC chips which are used to mine bitcoin, ether and other cryptocurrencies. “Samsung’s foundry business is currently engaged in the manufacturing of cryptocurrency mining chips. However we are unable to disclose further details regarding our… Read More

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Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker spectacularly unveiled as the 13th Doctor
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Enlarge (credit: BBC) Jodie Whittaker, who worked with new Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall on Broadchurch, has been unveiled as the 13th Doctor. She will be the first female actor to play the Time Lord in the history of Doctor Who. In a publicity chat with the BBC, Whittaker urged Whovians to be open about […]

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