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Cancer Deaths Plummet Dramatically Over The Last 25 Years

Life expectancy in the U.S. may be on a downward trend, but a recent study marked a bright spot: cancer deaths have dropped for 25 years straight, according to the American Cancer Society’s annual report published Tuesday. In fact, cancer deaths dropped 27 percent from 1991 to 2016, according to the report. “But there is still a long way to ...

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The NYT Bought Facebook Ads Encouraging Users To Delete Their Accounts

Facebook executives are angry at The New York Times for what they believe is unfair reporting about the company, NBC reported Friday, according to sources. The news comes as the paper is getting dinged for posting advertisements on Facebook telling users how to delete the platform. The NYT ads give Facebook users a step-by-step guide on how to slowly pull ...

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More than two-thirds say National Do Not Call Registry ineffective

Robocalls

Traditional screening tactics aren’t working against the robocall invasion Progress in the fight to block robocalls has been slow or non-existent, a new survey finds. Approximately half of consumers who signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry (49%) say they receive the same number of robocalls, and 19% say they receive more robocalls since signing up. The findings come from a ...

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Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ Would Avert A ‘Barely Detectable’ Amount Of Global Warming. That’s According To EPA’s Climate Model

New York Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” won’t impact global warming, according to a climate model. It would only avert 0.14 degrees Celsius of projected warming by 2100 — that’s not even measurable. “The year-to-year variation is very close to the total amount of warming that would be ‘saved’ by 2100,” one scientist said. Democrats are increasingly lining up behind New ...

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China First Country To Land Craft On Dark Side Of The Moon

China landed a space module on the dark side of the moon Thursday, marking a major achievement for the communist country’s space program. It also comes as tensions between the U.S. and China heat up. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe made a soft-landing and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image of the far side of the moon, the China National Space Administration ...

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2 in 3 Americans think 5G will be widely available within a year

A study – driven by T-Mobile and conducted by HarrisX – is planned to be produced quarterly, and today the companies unveiled results from the inaugural report. It found more than half of Americans are already aware of 5G; they’re excited about new innovations 5G will bring; and they believe 5G will create new jobs. The study also found a ...

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Here’s How The Government Shutdown Could Create More Headaches For Facebook

The government shutdown is threatening to derail a Federal Trade Commission investigation into Facebook’s use of people’s private information, The Washington Post reported Friday, citing former government officials. The FTC has been investigating whether the company violated a consent order it made in 2011 promising to notify people when their private information is handled by outside parties. Funding for the ...

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Report Details Nature Of Facebook’s Secret Rulebook Governing Global Speech

Facebook’s secretive rule book regulating how employees censor certain forms of expression contains numerous biases and outright errors, according to internal documents The New York Times obtained Friday. The nearly 1,400 page document shows the Silicon Valley company’s guidebook is riddled with mistakes and is not nimble enough to handle cultural nuance, the report notes. The guidelines censor mainstream speech ...

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A New Study Could Spell Trouble For The Future Of Wind Energy

Wind energy resources have been in sharp decline in regions all across the world, according to a study conducted by Chinese researchers. After analyzing data from over 1,000 weather stations around the world, a team of researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that 67 percent had witnessed an extensive decrease in wind power potential over the course of nearly ...

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Facebook Dings Dem Operatives Who Pulled A Fast One During Alabama Election

Facebook suspended several accounts linked to Democratic operatives who orchestrated a ruse to fool Alabama voters into believing that Russian bots were fueling Republican Roy Moore’s failed senatorial bid. The move comes after The New York Times reported Dec. 19 that the operatives created thousands of Twitter accounts posing as Russian bots to boost the election-year chances of Democratic Sen. ...

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What on Earth is the Global Positioning System?

GPS is everywhere—on your phone, in your car, even on your wrist—but what the heck even is it and how does it work? GPS is short for Global Positioning System. It’s a satellite-based navigation system that helps people find their precise location on Earth. Before GPS, navigation involved paper maps or very specialized tools like sextants and chronometers. Now, satellites ...

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Amazon’s Alexa Goes Haywire, Tells Customer To ‘Kill’ Your Foster Parents’

Amazon Alexa

One of Amazon’s newest projects is researching ways to make Alexa a more human-like communicator for customers, but sometimes the virtual assistant’s language comes as creepy and offensive. New research is making Alexa better mimic human response, Reuters reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The research sometimes results in awkward moments for people who frequently interact with the ...

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This Drone Seamlessly Transitions Between Swimming and Flying

By David Pring-Mill It isn’t unreasonable to think of drones as pesky technological nuisances. Our modern digital ecosystem regularly infringes on traditional notions of privacy and bombards our limited attention spans with stimuli. A swarm of drones hovering overhead seems like the physical manifestation of these intrusions and distractions. But we shouldn’t swat them away just yet. Drones still have ...

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Reaching out to touch virtual reality

By Matthew Hutson, Knowable Magazine In Steven Spielberg’s 2018 film Ready Player One, based on the 2011 book by Ernest Cline, people enter an immersive world of virtual reality called the OASIS. What was most gripping about the futuristic tech in this sci-fi movie was not the VR goggles, which don’t seem so far off from the headsets currently sold by ...

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Facebook Gave AI Control Of A Crucial Personal Data Collection Tool

Facebook ceded control of a critical pillar of the company’s personal data collection tools to artificial intelligence after it became too large for employees to manage, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The Silicon Valley company began forming data partnerships with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo. The tool allowed Facebook to adhere itself to multiple social media platforms while insulating ...

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