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NASA Begins America’s New Moon to Mars Exploration Approach in 2018

NASA welcomed a new administrator, Jim Bridenstine, deputy administrator, Jim Morhard, and chief financial officer, Jeff DeWit, in 2018. Their focus is on firmly establishing the groundwork to send Americans back to the Moon sustainably, with plans to use the agency’s lunar experience to prepare to send astronauts to Mars. “Our agency’s accomplishments in 2018 are breathtaking. We’ve inspired the world and created ...

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In praise of parasites

By Kenneth R. Weiss, Knowable Magazine Kevin Lafferty gets more than his share of intimate disclosures from strangers about their anatomy and bodily functions. Graphic details and pictures arrive steadily via email, from people all over the world — a prison inmate in Florida, a social psychologist in Romania, a Californian afraid he picked up a nasty worm in Vietnam ...

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Buddies No More? Enviros At Sierra Club Could Sabotage Their Relationship With Musk

Tesla employees seek to unionize the company’s Buffalo plant as the automaker attempts to meet crucial hiring promises at the facility. Sierra Club’s decision to support an effort to unionize a Tesla plant in New York could put a crimp in the group’s relationship with CEO Elon Musk. Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s past successful staving off unions might come to ...

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China Bans World’s Most Popular Video Games

The Chinese government reportedly banned or penalized 20 popular video games Wednesday, with industry giants like Fortnite and World of Warcraft among them. China’s Online Games Ethics Committee (OGEC) reportedly began evaluating a list of 20 games in early December, requesting that 11 make changes before being sold in China and outright banning nine more, according to Business Insider. A ...

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The Internet As We Know It Supposedly Ended A Year Ago, According To CNN And Other Outlets

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The media joined Democrats in campaigning against repealing net neutrality. A number of outlets told the public that the internet would fundamentally changed unless the FCC was stopped. One year later, there’s no evidence of any changes. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai received numerous death threats because of his decision to lead the vote.  U.S. internet speeds have actually increased over the ...

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Twitter Dings 285,000 Different Accounts For ‘Hateful Conduct’ In Six Months

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Twitter took action against more than 285,000 different accounts for “hateful conduct” in the first six months of 2018, according to data the company released Wednesday night. Twitter dinged more accounts for “hateful conduct” — 285,393 to be exact — than for any other violation of Twitter rules during that time. That amounts to roughly 1,900 accounts per day that ...

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YouTube Deleted Nearly 8 Million Videos From July To September

YouTube clamped down on content from July through September of this year by deleting 7.8 million videos that the company says violated its terms of service. The announcement came Thursday afternoon and was part of a broader effort by YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, to inform the public on how its community guidelines are enforced. “Finding all violative content on ...

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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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