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Apple Is Dropping $1 Billion To Put 5,000 Jobs In Texas With Expansions Planned In Major Cities

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Apple is investing $1 billion to nearly double its workforce in Texas and is hiring thousands more employees in offices across the U.S., the company announced Thursday. Apple is building on to its Austin, Texas, campus and adding 5,000 new jobs on top of the 6,000 strong workforce already employed. The tech company is also establishing new campuses in San ...

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When the brain’s waste disposal system fails

By Emily Underwood, Knowable Magazine Every one of the human body’s more than 30 trillion cells is a miniature powerhouse, able to glean its own energy from nutrients and synthesize molecules necessary to perform its duties, whether as a liver cell, heart muscle cell or neuron. Whatever a cell doesn’t need or can’t use gets recycled by tiny sacs of ...

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Google Employees Sought To Block Breitbart From Ads, Emails Show

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Leaked emails show Google employees plotting to get Breitbart banned from Google AdSense, which dominates the digital ad market The leaked conversation is the third example of Google employees seeking to weaponize Google’s products for left-wing purposes Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, where he’s expected to be pressed on political bias at ...

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Set To Testify Before Congress At Last

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will, at last, testify before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday to answer questions about the company’s possible political bias and its controversial work with the Chinese government. “Americans put their trust in big tech companies to honor freedom of speech and champion open dialogue, and it is Congress’ responsibility to the American people to make sure these tech giants are ...

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Scientists Find Out What Staring At A Smartphone Does To A Kid’s Brain

The first wave of data from a massive National Institute of Health (NIH) study found kids exposed to screens – like those found on smartphones and tablets – for more than two hours a day had lower scores on thinking and language tests among other findings. Brain scans of nine- and ten-year-olds also showed early thinning of the cortex for ...

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2018 Tax Rules on Cell Phones are All Wrong

For tax year 2018, the rules have changed on business cell-phone tax deductions, and they are completely wrong. The IRS is a dinosaur and it’s proving it with the changes to how cell-phones are deducted as a business expense in 2018. Prior to 2018, it was the cost of service and that’s it. Now, it’s a percentage of cost based on the call ...

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What’s The Shipping Industry’s Answer To Global Warming? Bring Back ‘Sails’

Shipping companies are considering a modern version of a centuries-old concept to power tankers essential for international trade and travel, The Washington Post reports. Tech companies are pitching “rotor sails,” which look like spinning columns, to shipping companies who are beginning to test the motors on select ships. When enough wind is present, the columns spin and help propel the ship ...

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Watch Live: SpaceX to Launch Dragon Resupply Mission Wednesday

SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, December 5 for the launch of its sixteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-16) to the International Space Station. Liftoff is targeted for 1:16 p.m. EST, or 18:16 UTC, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Dragon will be filled with more than 5,600 pounds of supplies and payloads, including critical ...

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Bypassing paralysis

By Tim Vernimmen, Knowable Magazine What if a brain still worked, but the limbs refused to listen? Could there be a way to artificially translate the intentions of people with paralysis into movements? Over a four-decade career, neuroscientist John Donoghue, founding director of the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering in Geneva, convinced himself that he could do it. In ...

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Republicans Hired DNC’s Cyber-Firm CrowdStrike — And Got Hacked in 2018

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Republicans with the National Republican Congressional Committee hired cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike — a team led by a Russian ex-pat and former FBI official that worked with the DNC and bungled the response to its embarrassing email hack — and the NRCC got hacked during the 2018 election. Politico reported Tuesday that the emails of four top NRCC officials were stolen in ...

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Four Questions Google Refuses To Answer

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Google has declined to answer several questions about an internal debate Google employees had about potentially suppressing The Daily Caller and Breitbart in the company’s search function. The Daily Caller News Foundation sent Google a list of questions in advance of its exclusive report, which revealed the discussion about suppressing right-of-center articles as a response to President Donald Trump’s election. Google issued ...

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How a second language can boost the brain

By Ramin Skibba, Knowable Magazine Even when you’re fluent in two languages, it can be a challenge to switch back and forth smoothly between them. It’s common to mangle a split verb in Spanish, use the wrong preposition in English, or lose sight of the connection between the beginning and end of a long German sentence. So — does mastering ...

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The Whole Earth Shook This November And Scientists Don’t Know Why

Scientists still can’t agree on what caused a continuous and dull subterranean rumbling interrupted by regular bursts near Madagascar that shook every seismograph on Earth on Nov. 11 for 30 minutes, according to a Thursday Gizmodo report.

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