Top Social Trends in Technology Yesterday

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Zebra Shark Has Babies Without a Male After Years of Isolation

A female zebra shark in Australia has shocked scientists by producing three offspring after spending years away from her male partner. Subsequent analysis found that she had simply developed the ability to do it all on her own.
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Pre-Peeled, Pre-Halved Avocados Are the Worst Example of Wasteful Packaging Yet

Like bananas, avocados come direct from nature wrapped in their own durable protective packaging. So why is a California-based avocado grower and distributor selling the savory fruits pre-peeled, pre-halved, sealed in plastic, and then wrapped in a cardboard box?
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Caffeine may be able to block inflammation, new research says

Caffeine may be able to tamp down the inflammation that worsens with age, according to a study that investigated caffeine’s effects on immune cells. It’s a correlational study, but it’s one that...
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Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan has passed away

Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, has died at the age of 82, according to NASA. He was a veteran of three spaceflights: as the pilot for Gemini 9A, the Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo...
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An Enormous Atmospheric Anomaly Has Been Spotted On Venus

Using the Akatsuki spacecraft, Japanese scientists have detected a large, bow-shaped anomaly in the upper atmosphere of Venus. Strangely, the 6,200-mile-long structure is refusing to budge despite the 225 mile-per-hour winds that surround it.
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This Albert Einstein robot will actually get smarter the more you interact with it

Might also be a bit creepy.
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The Verge 3 days

Microsoft patent reveals foldable phone that turns into a tablet

Microsoft is attempting to patent a device with a flexible hinge and display that would transform a phone into a tablet. Patent filings discovered by MSPoweruser reveal that Microsoft is, at...
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Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

4K screen, no home button and crazy fast performance? Maybe!
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Gizmodo 3 days

TVs in the 1920s Had Bottle Cap-Sized Screens, With Just 30 Lines of Resolution

Before you start complaining again about the lack of 8K video content online, take a moment to experience what TV was like 87 years ago. As Tim Rowett of Grand Illusions demonstrates, in 1929 TV screens were the size of bottle caps and boasted a paltry resolution of just 30 lines.
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Mashable Tech 7 days

JetBlue now has free Wi-Fi on all flights

Flying doesn't get better than this.
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The Verge 4 days

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will shut down in May 2017

A year after it announced that it would no longer use elephants in its performances, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will hold its final performances in May of this year. The Cirus’s...
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Mashable Tech 3 days

Tesla owner gets stranded in the desert after relying on phone to start the car

Always take your car keys when going on a car ride, folks.
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The Verge 3 days

Microsoft is finally rebuilding the Xbox One dashboard for speed

The Xbox One dashboard was built with Kinect in mind, from the overall user interface to the basic fundamentals that assign system resources accordingly. Microsoft has slowly been walking back...
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After Government Threatens Fines, Facebook Will Test Out Fake News Filtering in Germany

In December, German lawmakers announced plans to introduce a bill that would fine Facebook 500,000 euros (or about $535,000) for not removing fake news posts within 24 hours. On Sunday, the Financial Times reported that the company will be testing its fake news filtering system in—you guessed it—Germany!
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Top Samsung Exec Faces Arrest in Massive Corruption Scandal

South Korea is in political chaos after the recent impeachment of its President, Park Geun-hye, and now, the charges of corruption are spreading to the highest levels of Samsung. A prosecutor is seeking the arrest of the company’s vice chairman and de facto leader, Jay Y. Lee.
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Rep. John Lewis' Graphic Novel Skyrockets After Trump Twitter Storm

Three years ago, Representative John Lewis published the first book in a three-part graphic novel series about his experience as a leader for the Civil Rights Movement. Today, March is one of the biggest books in the country, selling out on Amazon overnight. And it’s all because the next president decided to pick a fight.
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The World's Greatest Billiards Shot Spanned Two Floors and Nine Pool Tables

If your plan for 15 minutes of fame involves a fancy billiards trick shot, you’re going to have to spend far more than a quarter of an hour trying to top the Allstars Sports Bar in the UK who recently pulled off what has to be the most amazing, most complex pool shot in history.
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TV's Jughead Won't Be Canon, Will Want Sex

Jughead will not be asexual on the CW’s upcoming Riverdale, a gritty reboot of Archie Comics. Cole Sprouse, who portrays the legendary Archie character, said he fought for the character to be asexual as he is in the Jughead comic series, but to no avail. Chip Zdarsky, the author of Jughead, spoke to the character’s sexuality at New York Comic Con in 2015:
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The Verge 3 days

A Japanese spacecraft has spotted a massive gravity wave in Venus’ atmosphere

The Japanese probe Akatsuki has observed a massive gravity wave in the atmosphere of Venus. This is not the first time such a wave was observed on the Solar System’s second planet, but it is the...
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Mashable Tech 3 days

Glowing bike path in Dutch town is like a moving Van Gogh painting

Inspired by Van Gogh's, 'The Starry Night.'
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Gizmodo 4 days

Star Wars Sadists Can Finally Enjoy Watching Chewie Rip Unkar Plutt's Arm Off

Han Solo says you should never fuck with a Wookie because they’ll rip your arm off, and now we’ve got proof. Ouch.
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The Verge 4 days

Rogue One's reshoots show how Disney saved the first standalone Star Wars movie

Now that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been out in theaters for a month, the veil of secrecy has been lifted and we’ve learned quite about about how the film came together. This is pretty...
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Gizmodo 4 days

That Sushi May Contain a Tract-Invading Parasitic Tapeworm

In health updates that absolutely no one wants to hear, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning that a tapeworm that was previously believed to only exist in fish from Asia has been found in Alaskan Salmon. Hold on to your guts.
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Mashable Tech 3 days

Google Maps swaps MLK Day for Confederate holiday in several Southern states

A glitch is swapping out MLK Day for a more notorious one.
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A Mind-Boggling Carbon Deposit Was Just Discovered in the Congo

A newly-discovered peatland in the Congo Basin of central Africa contains an estimated 30.6 billion tons of carbon in its waterlogged soils—equivalent to three times the total annual carbon emissions of every human being alive today.
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Mark Hamill Returns as the Joker to Mock Donald Trump's Tweets

Earlier this month, Star Wars star Mark Hamill surprised Batman fans (and Donald Trump critics) with a late Christmas present when he recorded one of the President-elect’s tweets as the Joker, a character he’s voiced for almost 25 years.
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Watch GoT's 'The Mountain' Hurl Another Washing Machine in the Name of Glory

Hafthór Björnsson, the Game of Thrones actor who’s currently the second-strongest man in the world, has hobbies, just like the rest of us. Only instead of video games, cross-stitching, or Dungeons & Dragons, Björnsson likes to attempt world records by throwing washing machines.
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The Verge 4 days

This disassembled Aston Martin DB11 engine is engineering pornography

It’s like the world’s most complicated LEGO set and I can’t stop staring
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The Verge 6 days

A closer look at the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo finally unveiled launch details for its its new Switch console today (to recap: March 3rd worldwide for $299). While the pricing and availability are big news, the bigger news for me was...
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Humans Are Literally Made of Stardust After All

All too often, our flesh cocoons can feel like vessels of anxiety and existential dread. But take heart, because new research confirms what science popularizers like Carl Sagan have said all along: humans truly are made of “star stuff”—and we’ve got maps to prove it.
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The Verge 4 days

Facebook rolls out fake news filter in Germany

Facebook will begin rolling out its fake news filter in Germany, The Financial Times reports, where lawmakers have expressed growing concern over the spread of fabricated news stories and Russian...
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Donald Trump will reportedly keep tweeting from his personal account

The @realDonaldTrump handle is the most notorious account in Twitter's brief history, and it appears as though its owner and author isn't yet ready to let it go. NBC News' Kelly O'Donnell reports...
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The bizarro big business of Mark Wahlberg and national tragedy

In 2017, Mark Wahlberg is the perfect muse for a certain sort of creative. As the star of Lone Survivor (based on a true story of tragedy in Afghanistan), Deepwater Horizon (based on a true story...
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My headphone warranty demands ritual sacrifice

I break my earphones regularly, but I’ve never had to break them on purpose before. When the left earbud on my Brainwavz Delta IEM Noise Isolating Earphones stopped working for no reason after six...
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Scientists Develop Lithium-Ion Battery That Doesn't Burst Into Flames

Lithium-ion batteries are currently one of the biggest problems in the tech world. The ubiquitous power source has an annoying tendency to burst into flames. But researchers at Stanford University believe they may have found a solution with a built-in flame retardant that doesn’t harm the battery’s performance.
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New, faster HDMI 2.1 cables are on the way – here’s what you need to know | TechRadar

A new HDMI cable is coming soon, promising everything from scene-by-scene HDR and less image lag for games to 8K TV and spatial audio.
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This futuristic tumbleweed is actually a minesweeper

And it only costs $40 to build.
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Gizmodo 6 days

Hail Satan, Flight 666 Lands Safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

Ladies and gentlemen this is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard the most metal flight of your lives. Lets do some sky crimes.
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NASA's New App is The Sims in Space, With Plants

As a life-long, avid Sims player, I was pretty excited to hear about NASA Science Investigations: Plant Growth. Released last month, the educational app lets you zoom around the International Space Station (ISS), complete various astronaut tasks, and even interact with a fellow astronaut. Most importantly, it teaches you how to grow crops like the ones NASA astronauts tend to by using the Vegetable Production System (Veggie) aboard the ISS.
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The Verge 3 days

Arrival, La La Land, and others leak in annual ‘screener season’ tradition

Every year, awards season in Hollywood is foreshadowed by its illegal relation: screener season. This is the time when pirated copies of DVD screeners (mailed to industry insiders ahead of the...
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The Verge 7 days

Chrome is getting the ability to play FLAC

Audiophiles are getting a new way to listen to one of the top formats for lossless music. As spotted by 9to5Google, Google has begun adding FLAC support to Chrome, and it should be rolling out to...
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The Website of Donald Trump's Top Cyber Security Advisor Is Insecure as Hell

On Thursday, Donald Trump’s transition team announced that Rudy Giuliani would be forming a cybersecurity team for the President-elect, citing the former New York City mayor’s 16 years of experience “providing security solutions in the private sector.” In all those years, however, it appears that Giuliani never checked the defenses of his own company’s website, giulianisecurity.com, which is a bona fide security nightmare.
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Gizmodo 3 days

Marvel at This Bagpipe-Playing Robot, and Then Cringe at the Music it Plays

At no point in the history of humanity did anyone ever ask for a bagpipe-playing robot that would never get tired. But this is exactly what Instructables’ XenonJohn has built with his Ardu McDuino bot that uses a pair of 3D-printed prosthetic hands to autonomously play a bagpipe’s chanter. Thanks?
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Gizmodo 4 days

Scottish Newspaper Previews Trump Inauguration as an Episode of Twilight Zone

The Herald in Scotland pretty much said what we were all thinking this weekend, announcing the inauguration of Donald Trump like a four-year episode of The Twilight Zone.
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Wired 6 days

The Inside Story of Google’s Daydream, Where VR Feels Like Home

In Google's Daydream VR, you don't spend your time on a spaceship. You spend it in the woods or your attic.
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Proof That the Creators of Batman: The Animated Series Knew What They Were Doing From the Start

Batman: The Animated Series still remains as one of the most iconic takes on the Dark Knight years after it graced our screens. But to get there, the team behind the show needed to lay out their grand plan for who their Batman should be—and reading through the guide they wrote ahead of the series gives us some fascinating insights.
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The Verge 4 days

Google takes another step towards launching its own self-driving Uber-killer with new patent

Google has a lot of self-driving cars that have driven a lot of miles, but so far, no commercial use for them. But that could change if the Silicon Valley giant pursues its rumored plans of...
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Is three screens on one laptop too many? | TechRadar

Razer's laptop designing imagination knows no bounds - but can our puny brains take it?
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The Verge 7 days

Demand for secret messaging apps is rising as Trump takes office

Demand for secret messaging apps is rising as Trump takes office
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These Stunning New Covers for SciFi Classics Will Make You Want to Re-Read Them All

Science fiction and fantasy specialist Del Rey Books is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, the imprint is reissuing paperbacks of classic titles featuring smashing new cover art. We’re pleased to debut the first three right here on io9.
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