Technology

China And European Space Agency Hold Talks On Collaborating To Establish Inhabited “Moon Village”

The Associated Press reports: Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports. The secretary general for China’s space agency, Tian Yulong, first disclosed the talks about the envisioned lunar base in Chinese ...

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FCC Unveils Plan To Rollback Net Neutrality [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday outlined a sweeping plan to loosen the government’s oversight of high-speed internet providers, a rebuke of a landmark policy approved two years ago to ensure that all online content is treated the same by the companies that deliver broadband service to Americans. The chairman, Ajit Pai, ...

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NASA’s Cassini Dives Between Saturn’s Rings [VIDEO]

Scientific American reports: Running low on fuel, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun the final — and most daring — phase of its epic mission to Saturn. After using a final flyby of the moon Titan on Friday to boost its speed, Cassini was flung by the moon’s gravity to a trajectory that sent it diving through the 1,200-mile (1,930 kilometers) ...

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Trump Learns That Astronauts Recycle Their Urine Into Drinkable Water: Better You Than Me [VIDEO]

The jokes are too easy. The New York Daily News reports: Urine for a big surprise, President Trump. The commander-in-chief, in a surreal Earth-to-space call from the Oval Office Monday to congratulate astronaut Peggy Whitson on surpassing a record 534 days in space, received a flood of knowledge on life in zero gravity — including how pee gets repurposed. “Water ...

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Google Debuts Prototype “Flying Car” [VIDEO]

Feh. It only flies over water. The New York Times reports: On a recent afternoon, an aerospace engineer working for a small Silicon Valley company called Kitty Hawk piloted a flying car above a scenic lake about 100 miles north of San Francisco. Kitty Hawk’s flying car, if you insisted on calling it a “car,” looked like something Luke Skywalker ...

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New Google Home Ad Stars Gay Family [VIDEO]

Gay dads and their kids rush to get their day started in the new Google Home ad titled Carpool released yesterday. Android Central explains the update behind the ad: From the beginning Google Home wasn’t going to make much sense if it was tied to a single account, and now several months after launch we have proper multi-user support for ...

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Burger King Launches Campaign Aimed At Purposely Triggering Voice-Activated Google Devices [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: Burger King is launching full-fledged marketing blitz based on triggering voice-activated Google devices, in what could become a grim precedent for TV and radio ads talking directly to voice-activated gadgets like smartphones and Amazon’s Echo speakers. The fast-food company’s new TV ad features a person looking directly into the camera and saying “OK Google, what is the Whopper ...

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Breakthrough Sieve Removes Salt From Seawater

The BBC reports: A UK-based team of researchers has created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater. The sought-after development could aid the millions of people without ready access to clean drinking water. The promising graphene oxide sieve could be highly efficient at filtering salts, and will now be tested against existing desalination membranes. It has previously been ...

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REPORT: Yahoo + AOL = “Oath”

Business Insider reports: When Verizon merges Yahoo with AOL after its acquisition of Yahoo closes, the newly created division will get a new name. And that new name is “Oath,” sources tell Business Insider. In a deal that was first announced last July, Verizon will acquire Yahoo’s core internet business for about $4.83 billion in cash. Yahoo will then be ...

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Today’s Google Doodle Celebrates Diversity

“This is an outrage!” – Wingnut sites, probably. CNET reports: A Connecticut student gets to share her vision of the future with the world, with a little help from Google. Sarah Harrison, a 10th grader from Bunnell High School in Connecticut, won the annual Doodle 4 Google competition with her drawing showing peace and diversity among people from all walks ...

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CONNECTICUT: Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Bill That Would Allow Police To Arm Drones With Guns

The Associated Press reports: Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether the state should become the first in the country to allow police to use drones outfitted with deadly weapons. The proposal was immediately met with concern by civil rights and liberties advocates. The state legislature’s Judiciary Committee approved the bill Wednesday and sent it to the House of Representatives. It would ...

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Last Call For The Phone Booth [VIDEO]

Via CBS News: Yes, there’s nothing like reaching out and touching someone from a phone booth. They used to be everywhere, but they are now rare coin-operated curiosities. Mo Rocca looks into the history of the once-ubiquitous phone booth, and of the wi-fi kiosks that are now replacing them in New York City.

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Wikileaks Document Claims CIA Intercepts Orders For Apple Products To Plant Spying Programs On Them

Newsweek reports: The CIA allegedly developed tools to infect Apple Macs and iPhones in order to spy on them, according to documents released by WikiLeaks on Thursday. The Dark Matter leaks are the second tranche of the whistleblowing organization’s Vault 7 cache of classified documents, which WikiLeaks claims to have obtained from a former CIA contract worker. Projects undertaken by ...

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GOP Moves To Dismantle Internet Privacy Laws

The New York Times reports: Republican senators moved Thursday to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for consumers in the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration, and a harbinger of further deregulation. The measure passed in a 50-to-48 vote largely along party lines. The House is expected to mirror the Senate’s action next week, ...

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Coming App Tests Sperm For Fertility Levels

This isn’t exactly news that most of us here can use, but the technology is interesting. CNN reports: “Fertility is a big problem. Men are embarrassed to go to their urologist for infertility testing,” said Dr. Hadi Shafiee, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who led the study. “This is going to be ...

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Apple Launches Red iPhone 7 As HIV/AIDS Fundraiser

CNET reports: Apple on Tuesday unveiled a variant of its flagship phone as part of the (Red) program, which funds programs that combat HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. The special edition of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will come in 128-gigabyte and 256GB configurations, starting at $749. They will go on sale Friday. While Apple has long ...

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Channels Ellen Ripley [VIDEO]

Get away from her, Amazon! Via Gizmodo: What would you do if you were a billionaire? Elon Musk is trying to get to Mars. Peter Thiel wants to live forever. And Jeff Bezos, well, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos apparently wants to rule the world in a gigantic robot. At least that’s the impression you might get from the photos and ...

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DALLAS: Man Demands Answers After Husband Dies While 911 System Is Flooded With “Ghost Calls”

The Dallas Morning News reports: David Taffet came home last week to find his husband, Brian Cross, a little disoriented. Cross hadn’t eaten yet, so Taffet made him some dinner. But after he ate, Cross lay down, went to sleep and started snoring. Then Cross suddenly stopped snoring. The 52-year-old, whom Taffet met at a protest against the Defense of ...

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Consumer Reports To Test Mobile Apps, Connected Devices, And Software For Privacy Safeguards

From the Consumer Reports company blog: In our recent CR Consumer Voices survey, 65 percent of Americans told us they are either slightly or not at all confident that their personal data is private and not distributed without their knowledge. We think it’s unfair and unrealistic to expect consumers to constantly play defense when the products and services they use ...

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Today In Creepy Robots [VIDEO]

Holy crap. Wait for it to jump. From the clip description: Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically. ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. ​​​Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance ...

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