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Idiot Tasked With Maintaining America's Nukes Surprised to Learn What His Job Is

In December, Rick Perry enthusiastically accepted the nomination to be Donald Trump’s secretary of energy—unfortunately for both Perry and the American people, he had no idea what the fuck he was signing up for. According to a New York Times report, Perry originally believed the job was being “a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry.”
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Japanese toilet industry agrees to standardize complex bidet controls

The Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association, a consortium of companies producing plumbing products including Toto, Panasonic, and Toshiba, has agreed to unify the iconography used on the...
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Footage of apparent animal cruelty on movie set spurs boycott of A Dog’s Purpose

A company that provides trained animals for movies and TV shows has come under fire after its handlers were recorded forcing an apparently distressed dog into churning water on a film set. The...
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Obama's five new national monuments set a US record for land protection

Can Trump destroy them?
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Wolverine's Clone Reads X-Men Comics in This Great, Final Logan Trailer

The final trailer for Logan has everything you could want: action, meta-discussions on what it means to have X-Men comics in the X-Men universe, and Professor X saying the f-word.
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Tesla helps Sierra Nevada Brewing make 'green' beer

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is using a bunch of Tesla batteries, along with solar power and a microturbine generator, to help make beer brewing more environmentally friendly at its Chico,...
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RT Gets Banned From Facebook Until After Trump's Inauguration

In a surprise move, RT (formerly known as Russia Today) has been banned from posting articles, photos, and videos to Facebook. The ban was instituted yesterday after RT allegedly ran a pirated stream of Obama’s last press conference. The ban is scheduled to be lifted at 2:35pm ET on Saturday, the day after Trump’s inauguration.
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The first GMO non-browning apples will go on sale in the US next month

The first genetically-modified apples will go on sale in the US next month, according to agricultural site Capital Press. The fruit, produced by Okanagan Specialty Fruits and sold under the brand...
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It's Finally Morphin' Time In the Latest Power Rangers Trailer

The first trailer for Power Rangers set up the very serious world of this newly rebooted Angel Grove. But the second sees our teens with attitudes become the heroes they were always meant to be, and it’s a lot more fun.
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Drug Maker Who Jacked Up Cost of Baby Medicine 85,000 Percent Still Isn't Sorry

You can lead a drug company to public shame, but you can’t make it feel remorse.
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Samsung starts rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices

Samsung has officially started rolling out the latest Android 7.0 Nougat update to existing Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets. While beta testers of the software update have had access to the...
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A Black Female Astrophysicist Explains Why Hidden Figures Isn't Just About History

First, it beat Star Wars: Rogue One. Now, for the second weekend since its wide-release debut, Hidden Figures—the true story of three black female mathematicians at NASA—is number one at the box office. It’s raked in roughly $6o million so far, and counting.
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Google Maps will soon get you where you need to go, then help you park

If only it could parallel park for us, too.
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Dozens Missing After Horrific Avalanche Engulfs Italian Hotel

As many as 30 guests are missing following an overnight avalanche at a hotel in Italy’s Gran Sasso mountain area. Poor weather conditions and the remote location of the hotel are making rescue efforts difficult.
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These Samsung devices are getting the Android 7.0 Nougat update

Samsung started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to its latest Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets earlier this week, but the company is also planning to keep some of its older devices up to date. While...
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What do we think of Mozilla’s new logo?

After months of publicly sharing its brand-redesign process, Mozilla has settled on a new logo from the shortlist of seven finalists. The options ranged from bizarre to retro to quirky, but in the...
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Shepard Fairey's protest posters for the Trump inauguration will run as full-page newspaper ads

Washington, DC is expecting nearly a million people to attend and protest President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. To that end, a nonprofit is looking to put its artwork into the...
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Scott Pruitt's EPA Confirmation Hearing Was a Surreal Nightmare

On Wednesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt underwent his confirmation hearing to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. It was a complete mess, occasionally punctuated by the distractingly bright posters and the shouts of protestors just outside the hearing room.
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SpaceX caught a dramatic photo of this weekend’s rocket landing

Photography is mostly about preparation, and the decisions a photographer makes in turn. But many times it’s also about luck, and there’s no better example of what happens when those two things mix...
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Google is doing a terrible job at shipping its Pixel smartphones

An incredible phone is getting impossible to find.
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Google has some bad news for Trump ahead of his big day

Nearly half of the states that Trump won searched more often for the phrase "inauguration protests" than "attend inauguration" in the past seven days.
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American Airlines Introduces a New Fare That Doesn't Let You Bring Overhead Baggage

On Wednesday, American Airlines announced that it will soon offer a cheap-as-hell “basic economy” package for its flights. The catch—because there’s always a catch when it comes to flying—is that these passengers won’t be able to use the overhead bins while flying.
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Julian Assange Backpedals on Extradition Promise in Record Time

As Gizmodo reported last night, Julian Assange appeared ready to make good on a promise to extradite himself to the United States—a country which has not publicly charged him with any crimes—following clemency for Chelsea Manning. Less than 24 hours later, Wikileaks’s bullshitter-in-chief is weaseling out of a deal no one asked him to make.
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Big Dairy Pays Out Big Bucks to Milk Lovers Over Alleged Conspiracy to Kill 500,000 Cows

In September, Big Dairy settled a lawsuit for over $50 million, which claimed it conspired to kill off 500,000 cows in an effort to gouge milk prices. Now, milk lovers in 15 states can potentially reap the rewards of this lawsuit by visiting the website, boughtmilk.com.
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Japanese Toilet Makers Agree to Simplify Control Buttons for Confused Foreigners

On Tuesday, the Japan Restroom Industry Association announced that it had developed a new set of control panel illustrations for multifunctional “super toilets,” standardizing the symbols for the benefit of foreign visitors.
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Something Silent But Deadly Is Killing Galaxies

Across the universe, unsuspecting galaxies are literally getting the life sucked out of them. Though the culprit is still at large, a team of researchers at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Western Australia is working tirelessly to crack the case—and to restore law and order.
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China aims to build world’s first exascale supercomputer prototype by 2017

Building supercomputers is a digital arms race, and China is moving quickly to solidify its lead. Last year, the country unveiled the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight (above)....
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Want to know how much power Switch has? Zelda runs at 900p, 30 fps

Nobody comes to Nintendo hoping for the hottest gaming hardware specs, but it's still important to know exactly how little power Nintendo is actually bringing to this console generation. The...
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LinkedIn's big desktop redesign is finally here

LinkedIn is rolling out the redesigned version of its website, which adds new messaging and search features.
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CIA puts almost 12 million declassified files online for the first time

The CIA has put almost 12 million pages of its records online, allowing anyone with an internet connection to browse 50 years worth of declassified intelligence reports, briefings, and other...
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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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French minors will soon be able to watch real sex scenes in cinemas

Minors in France will no longer be automatically prohibited from watching movies with non-simulated sex scenes, under new regulations that are set to be announced next month. As French television...
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Super Mario Run will be available on Android in March

Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s first real foray into mobile gaming, won’t be available on Android until March, the company announced in a tweet. In our review of the iOS version we thought the game...
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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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Moth With Scaly Head and Weird Dick Named in Honor of Donald Trump

After becoming President, Barack Obama had a number of species named in his honor. Donald Trump, however, has managed to do him one better, finding an animal namesake days before his inauguration in Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, a tiny moth species distinguished by its yellow, scale-covered forehead and “unique genitalia.”
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Scientists Feed Cows Onions to Make Them Stop Farting So Much Methane

Napoleon Dynamite takes a sip from a tall jar of milk, then sets it down next to two other jars. He points. “The defect in that one is bleach.” “That’s correct,” says a judge from FFA, the agricultural education organization. He sips another. “This tastes like the cow got into an onion patch.”
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Trump wants to use a tagline from The Purge as his 2020 campaign slogan

While the 2016 election prompted social media users to say things like "Ha ha, what is this, The Purge?" and "The Trump kids always look like they just took their Purge masks off," it’s now...
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The F-35 Amazingly Has Even More Problems Than We Thought

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive military program in the world with a total cost of more than $1 trillion. Now, a new Pentagon report suggests that the futuristic fighter jet still has hundreds of deficiencies and won’t be ready for ready for full combat testing until 2019.
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The Star Wars Prequels Have Never Looked as Good as On These Posters

The Star Wars prequels will forever be a point of contention. Some love them as their Star Wars trilogy. Others find them mindless and painful. But even people with opinions as opposing as those would agree, these new posters by Eric Tan are the best of what those films offer.
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Germany grapples with fake news ahead of elections

Facebook faced withering criticism in the US for allowing fake news to spread during the 2016 presidential election. Now, the social network has come under similar scrutiny in Germany, amid...
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Leica’s latest M camera blends the new with the old

Leica has officially announced the M10, the first fully new M series rangefinder camera to be released in four years. The M10, which will be available in limited quantities starting tomorrow, has...
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This SpaceX Rocket Landing Looks Downright Divine

SpaceX just released some stunning launch photos of Falcon 9's return to flight on January 14.
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This Is as Close as Disney's Going to Get to Confirming the Pixar Connection Theory

One of the most beloved theories of the internet over the past few years has been the “Pixar Theory”—the wild declaration that posits that every part of the Pixar animation oeuvre is part of the same universe. Disney has released a new video gathering every connection between Pixar films to date, and it’s the closest you’ll get to them actually acknowledging it.
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Scientists Can Now Sequence DNA With a Smartphone

It was not so long ago that sequencing even tiny snippets of DNA was a costly, cumbersome process that required access to a state-the-art lab. Today, we are inching close to putting a DNA sequencer in every pocket.
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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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Mark Zuckerberg has a small army of Facebook employees who delete comments on his page

Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Facebook page looks unusually good for a busy CEO. He’s posted heartwarming photos of his family, engaging statuses, and amusing videos. He’s even sometimes responded to...
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Leaked emails reveal how Dataminr was pitched to foreign governments

In March 2015, Philippe Reines, a former aide to Hillary Clinton at the US State Department, reached out to an old colleague about his consulting firm’s client. Reines contacted Capricia Marshall,...
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4chan Declares 'War' on ISIS

With the US election cycle over, the anonymous user of 4chan’s /pol/ (politically incorrect) board are antsy for something new to occupy their time. Last night that new target was confirmed as ISIS.
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New Google feature will change how you search forever

Google app for Android will store searches offline and deliver as soon as connection is available.
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Miles Morales is getting his own animated Spider-man film

In 2015, we learned that Lego Movie and the standalone Han Solo movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller would be writing an animated Spider-Man film. Earlier today, Sony Pictures confirmed...
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