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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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NASA to send three astronauts to International Space Station Monday [video]

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Three space travelers, including two astronauts on their first flight, are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on Monday, Dec. 3 for a six-and-a-half month mission. Live coverage will air on NASA Television, the agency’s website and in the stream below. At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos are preparing to launch aboard the Soyuz MS-11 ...

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Study: U.S. Biology Textbooks Present Business in a Negative Light

Biology textbooks used in introductory college courses across the country present an overwhelmingly negative picture of businesses, according to a new study from Bentley University’s Center for Integration of Science and Industry. This may alienate students pursuing business careers from fully engaging in science education at a time when scientific literacy is increasingly important for U.S. businesses to compete in the ...

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Holy Crap! Inception, yeah like the movie, is REAL [video]

If you’ve seen Inception, the blockbuster movie based on the idea that false ideas can be implanted in people’s heads and they will believe them, you’ll recognize this psychological experiment in which subjects are convinced that something happened to them even though it never did. Watch Dr. Julia Shaw’s segment on implanting false memories from the NOVA PBC documentary “Memory Hackers”.

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5G Estimated to Reach 1.5 Billion Subscriptions in 2024

5G is forecast to cover more than 40 percent of the world’s population by the end of 2024 Cellular IoT connections expected to surpass 4 billion in six years’ time Mobile data traffic grew 79 percent year-on-year in Q3 2018 5G is expected to reach more than 40 percent global population coverage and 1.5 billion subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband ...

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Watch: NASA engineers successfully land InSight robotic spacecraft on Mars

See inside mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as signals return from the InSight mission as it lands on Mars. Landing commentary includes interviews with team members. The InSight probe spent seven months on its journey from Earth and today it will undergo a harrowing 6-minute trip from entry to landing during which several critical maneuvers must go exactly ...

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BlackBerry to Acquire Cylance and Add Premier AI and Cybersecurity Capabilities

Next-Generation Machine Learning to Complement Entire BlackBerry Technology Portfolio Integrated BlackBerry Solutions to be First to Intelligently Protect Fixed and Mobile Endpoints Embeddable AI Technology to Accelerate Development of BlackBerry Spark EoT Platform BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to wholly acquire Cylance, an artificial intelligence and cybersecurity leader, for US $1.4 billion in cash, ...

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