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Russian troll reveals 'merry-go-round of lies'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:26:00 GMT

In a nondescript concrete building secured by camouflaged guards and turnstiles, trolls worked around the clock to spread misinformation online.Vitaly Bespalov, 26, was a Russian "troll" spreading propaganda online.Vitaly Bespalov, 26, was a Russian "troll" spreading propaganda online.55 Savushkina Street in St. Petersburg, Russia, a location used by the Internet Research Agency .


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Watch NASA test its supersonic parachute for future Mars mission

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:51:02 GMT

The parachute will be used to land the next rover on the Red Planet.An advanced supersonic parachute system is inflated during a test on Oct. 4.An advanced supersonic parachute system is inflated during a test on Oct. 4.


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Facebook at a crossroads as it rides huge profits, battles backlash

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:28:00 GMT

Thirteen years after Facebook launched from Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard dorm room, the company is at the pinnacle of success but facing its biggest PR crisis yet.Some of the Facebook and Instagram ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and stir up tensions around divisive social issues, released by members of the U.S. House Intelligence committee, are photographed in Washington, on Nov. 1, 2017. The ads, dozens of which were disclosed for the first time, were released as representatives of leading social media companies faced criticism on Capitol Hill about why they hadn't done more to combat Russian interference on their sites and prevent foreign agents from meddling in last year's election.Facebook and Instagram ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process, as released by members of the U.S. House Intelligence committee in November 2017.


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Why death may not be so final in the future

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:14:00 GMT

Could graveyards become a thing of the past?In the futuristic Ruriden memorial in Tokyo, human remains are packed behind walls of glowing Buddha statues. When visitors swipe a key card, colorful LED lights illuminate the location of their dearly departed.Koukokuji temple head priest Yajima Taijun prays inside the Ruriden columbarium on April 6, 2015 in Tokyo.


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New Tesla Roadster upstages rollout of electric big-rig

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:53:00 GMT

New Tesla Roadster upstages rollout of electric big-rig truckTesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the Roadster 2 during a presentation in Hawthorne, California, on Nov. 16, 2017.Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the Roadster 2 during a presentation in Hawthorne, California, on Nov. 16, 2017.


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No coup: Pentagon retweet of push for Trump to resign was accidental

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:25:00 GMT

The Pentagon says an "authorized operator" of its Twitter page accidentally retweeted a tweet urging President Donald Trump to resign.President Donald Trump waits to speak during a memorial service at the Pentagon for the 9/11 terrorist attacks September 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.


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White nationalist Richard Spencer loses Twitter verification

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:28:00 GMT

Spencer and other prominent white nationalists have lost their Twitter verifications — meaning the blue check marks next to their names are gone.Richard Spencer speaks during a press conference at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 19, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida.


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Hackers target schools, hold student data ransom

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:35:00 GMT

Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting schools across the United States and holding student data for ransom.Columbia Falls High School in Columbia Falls, Montana, one of the hacked schools.Columbia Falls High School in Columbia Falls, Montana, one of the hacked schools.


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Don't drop it! Shocking repair prices for the iPhone X

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:36:00 GMT

Repairing a damaged iPhone X could set you back $549 - more than half the retail price of that phone.Square Trade tested the X and found it to be the “most breakable” iPhone it’s ever tested. It scored 90 out of 100 points, making it a “high risk” model. The Samsung Note8, which scored an 80, had previously held been named “the most fragile phone” on the market.


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Revenge! N.J. politician unseated by woman he inspired to run with sexist Facebook comments

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 02:52:00 GMT

Democrat Ashley Bennett, a first-time candidate who was angered by Republican John Carman's remarks on social media, defeated him Tuesday.Ashley Bennett, a Democratic candidate for freeholder in Atlantic County, New Jersey, speaks about her campaign in Northfield, New Jersey on Oct. 20, 2017. She decided to make her first run for public office after an incumbent Republican on the freeholder board posted a meme on social media asking whether participants in the Women's March on Washington would be home in time to cook dinner.Ashley Bennett, a Democratic candidate for freeholder in Atlantic County, New Jersey, speaks about her campaign in Northfield, New Jersey on Oct. 20.


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Russian Twitter trolls stoked voter fraud fear before election

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:33:00 GMT

Months before Wikileaks messaged Donald Trump Jr. about a "rigged" election, Russian Twitter trolls sowed doubt about the election's validity online.People holds mobile phones in front of a Twitter logo in an illustration.Instances of "#voterfraud" tweets by the verified Russian troll accounts during the 2016 Presidential campaign season.A screenshot of an archived image of a #voterfraud tweet sent by @TEN_GOP.


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Can these drones save elephants from extinction?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:55:00 GMT

Poachers kill tens of thousands of elephants a year, but now drones are helping to stop the carnage.A herd of African elephants walks in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa.According to Air Shepherd, an elephant is killed by poachers in Africa every 14 minutes.A drone hovers near a surfacing humpback whale.Members of Air Shepherd prepare a drone for launch.


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Bill Gates is building his own 'smart city'

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:29:00 GMT

Located in Arizona, the planned metropolis will be a testing ground for futuristic technologies.Bill Gates attends the official opening of the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, Germany.


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U.K. to Russia on election meddling: 'We know what you are doing'

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:29:00 GMT

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Russia's actions "threaten the international order on which we all depend."Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May makes a speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in London on Monday.Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May


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Donald Trump Jr. was in contact with WikiLeaks during campaign

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:26:00 GMT

President Donald Trump's oldest son on Monday released a series of direct messages he received from the Twitter account behind the WikiLeaks website, including his responses to the communications.Sean Hannity interviews Donald Trump Jr. in New York on July 11, 2017.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addressing the media from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London on Feb. 5, 2016.


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Elephants Deserve Legal 'Personhood,' New Lawsuit Argues

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 01:40:00 GMT

This lawsuit may never be forgotten. In the first case of its kind in the United States, an animal rights group has filed suit seeking legal personhood for elephants being kept at a Connecticut zoo.Minnie the elephant at the Connecticut Commerford Zoo.Minnie the elephant at the Connecticut Commerford Zoo.Minnie the elephant at the Connecticut Commerford Zoo.


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Why Scientists Want to Build a Robotic Albatross

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:23:00 GMT

The wandering albatross is showing engineers how to build drones that can fly enormous distances while consuming little energy.An Albatross in flight over Antarctic waters in 2012.


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Can These Little Robots Ease the Big Eldercare Crunch?

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:09:00 GMT

A new generation of bots will be able not just to assist older people but form emotional attachments with them.Zora interacts with the esidents of a nursing home in France.Casper the robot assists in the making of tuna sandwich in a demonstration video.


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Can Savings Apps Actually Help You Retire Well?

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 16:59:00 GMT

Millennials love to save, which has led to a rise in personal finance apps. But experts say a retirement plan should involve more than rounding up your change.


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'Iron Man' Jet Pack Flier Just Set New World Speed Record

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:32:16 GMT

British inventor reached a top speed of 32.02 miles per hour.Richard Browning, founder and pilot at Gravity Industries Ltd, sets the Guinness World Record for "the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit" in England on Nov. 9, 2017.Richard Browning flew the Daedalus suit at a record speed of 32.02 miles per hour.


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Can Old Rocket Tech Jump-Start a New Era of Space Exploration?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:20:07 GMT

NASA thinks 'nuclear thermal propulsion' might get it to Mars and beyond.Nuclear thermal rockets


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White nationalist causes Twitter to suspend account verification

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:40:00 GMT

Twitter came under heavy criticism for providing Jason Kessler, an organizer of the Charlottesville protest, a verification badge.Police escort Jason Kessler, organizer of the 'Unite the Right' rally, as he is rushed away after a press conference at City Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 13, 2017.Jason Kessler's verified Twitter profile.


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Boy Gets New Skin, New Life

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:27:00 GMT

Gene therapy created a whole body skin graft for a 'butterfly' boy. It's a new regenerative medicine approach using both gene therapy and stem cells.Denuded skin on the patient is represented in red, blistering areas in green.European researchers used genetic engineering to grow skin grafts that replaced 80 percent of the skin on a 7-year-old boy with a rare genetic disease.Denuded skin on the patient is represented in red, blistering areas in green.


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Mega Data Hacks Could Happen to Any Company, Yahoo Says

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:05:00 GMT

Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer emerged from avoiding the public eye to take literal center stage at a very public drubbing.Executives from Equifax, Verizon and Yahoo were grilled by Senators in a hearing on big data breaches on November 9th, 2017.


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