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Researchers piece together a 200-year-old genome using descendents' DNA

Researchers piece together a 200-year-old genome using descendents' DNA

7 hours ago   |   Ars Technica

Enlarge Hans Jonatan left Denmark in 1802 and eventually started a new life as an immigrant in Iceland. But he was an unusual Icelander. Unlike most Icelanders-and even most...
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Neuron cascade may be akin to neutral selection in evolution

Neuron cascade may be akin to neutral selection in evolution

13 hours ago   |   Ars Technica

Enlarge / Brain made of cables of different colors and plug "I am sorry, but your brain suffers from avalanches" is a diagnosis that should be a thing. The cure should involve...
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Beware a bottled booger blast-they can blow up your throat, doctors warn

Beware a bottled booger blast-they can blow up your throat, doctors warn

14 hours ago   |   Ars Technica

Enlarge / Picture shows a woman about to sneeze holding a handkerchief in her hand. Ah... AHHH... Choo se wisely when it comes to handling that impending sneeze. Holding one...
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Microsoft wants you to open Windows apps with your mind

Microsoft wants you to open Windows apps with your mind

16 hours ago   |   Tech Radar

Microsoft has applied to patent a mind-controlled interface, so you may soon be able to open and control an app just by thinking about it. The patent called ' Changing an...
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Gut bacteria linked to cataclysmic epidemic that wiped out 16th-century Mexico

Gut bacteria linked to cataclysmic epidemic that wiped out 16th-century Mexico

1 day ago   |   Ars Technica

Enlarge / Entrance of Hernan Cortes into Mexico In the wake of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in 1521, waves of epidemics slammed Mexico. By 1576, the population...
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Whatever causes fast radio bursts is sitting in an intense magnetic field

Whatever causes fast radio bursts is sitting in an intense magnetic field

1 day ago   |   Ars Technica

Enlarge / The fast radio burst in question, FRB 121102, is located in the top-right portion of the image. On the left is a large supernova remnant. (credit: Rogelio Bernal...
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Perfect Wi-Fi energy harvester gathers scant bounty

Perfect Wi-Fi energy harvester gathers scant bounty

1 day ago   |   Ars Technica

I am pretty nutty when it comes to energy efficiency. It upsets me to know that if the morons who built my house had used the latest information available at the time, my house...
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The James Webb telescope has emerged from the freezer

The James Webb telescope has emerged from the freezer

1 day ago   |   Ars Technica

NASA After spending three months at a temperature of just 20°C above absolute zero, the massive James Webb Space Telescope emerged from a large vacuum chamber at the end of...
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Alibaba's AI Beats Humans In Reading Comprehension Test

Alibaba's AI Beats Humans In Reading Comprehension Test

1 day ago   |   Ubergizmo

Artificial intelligence-powered computers have already beaten humans at board games like Chess and Go , they're now capable of beating humans at reading comprehension tests as...
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3 reasons to think twice before injecting AI into your branding

3 reasons to think twice before injecting AI into your branding

2 days ago   |   VentureBeat

GUEST: “Artificial intelligence” or just “AI” is an opaque term with no commonly agreed definition and a disputed scope. We routinely use it to represent one or many of a range...
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BMW To Charge Customers $80/Year To Use Apple's CarPlay

BMW To Charge Customers $80/Year To Use Apple's CarPlay

These days it's not uncommon to see more carmakers offer their customers options when it comes to smart infotainment systems, such as CarPlay or Android Auto, or sometimes the... Read more ...

Twist, the startup behind an AirPlay-powered smart light + speaker combo...

Twist, the startup behind an AirPlay-powered smart light + speaker combo, abruptly shuts down without refunding customers

Two years ago, we reported on Twist , a new smart home accessory maker aiming to take a different approach to smart home lighting. At the time, the company debuted an... Read more ...

Malicious Link Texted to Mac and iOS Devices Can Cause Freezes and Resprings

Malicious Link Texted to Mac and iOS Devices Can Cause Freezes and Resprings

A link that exploits a bug in iOS and Mac devices was shared on Twitter this afternoon, and if you receive this link through the Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can freeze up... Read more ...

Google Denies Creating A China-Specific Version Of Google Maps

Google Denies Creating A China-Specific Version Of Google Maps

While Google Maps is available on the desktop in China, accessing it via your mobile device through its app isn't. Presumably this might have to do with China's censorship of... Read more ...

Tim Cook talks women in tech, who he admires, & more in interview w/ high...

Tim Cook talks women in tech, who he admires, & more in interview w/ high school student

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently sat down with high school senior Rebecca Kahn for an interview discussing women in technology, diversity, the importance of coding, and more. The... Read more ...

Deal: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is nearly 25% off on eBay

Deal: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is nearly 25% off on eBay

If you live in the United States, there are plenty of choices if you want to purchase Samsung's latest flagship, the Galaxy Note 8. Many carriers and retailers offered great... Read more ...

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It seems the Moto G6 lineup will continue the trend of shiny backs

It seems the Moto G6 lineup will continue the trend of shiny backs

The Moto G5 lineup launched early back in 2017 and has been on our list of best budget Android phones for the better part of the year. However, now that 2018 is underway, we... Read more ...

How to set up ‘Daily wallpaper' on Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

How to set up ‘Daily wallpaper' on Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

Some people like to keep the wallpapers on their phone fresh on a daily basis, and thankfully Google thought of those people when they made the Wallpapers app for Google Pixel... Read more ...

Hero Academy 2 launches on PC early access, iOS, and Android

Hero Academy 2 launches on PC early access, iOS, and Android

Robot Entertainment has spent the last several years dealing with rampaging humanoids with the Orcs Must Die! franchise. But it also has another well-received series, Hero... Read more ...