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‘Cute Aggression’ Study Explores Why We Want to Squeeze Cute Babies and Animals

You’ve probably heard the term “cuteness aggression” thrown around over the years. It describes the odd but seemingly common compulsion to smoosh, bite, or pinch —but not hurt—adorable things like babies and animals. Read More >>

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For the Love of God, Please Don’t Use Smart Reply in Hangouts Chat

There are two distinct types of people on workplace communication platforms: the ones who painstakingly toil over every typed letter in a show of ultimate professionalism, and the ones who type with abandon—who slam keys haphazardly with their clumsy sausage fingers to get across whatever they’re trying to communicate before moving on, punctuation and grammar be damned. Read More >>

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You Can Now Add ‘Bear Repellent Fumes’ to the Hazards Faced by Amazon Workers

Dozens of Amazon workers at one of the company’s fulfilment centres in the US state of New Jersey were hospitalised after an aerosol can containing bear repellent was hit. The incident occurred at the company’s Robbinsville fulfilment centre and left at least one person in critical condition. Read More >>

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Dumbass Seal Gets an Eel Stuck in His Nose

In what is truly a bizarre phenomenon reportedly stumping researchers, a handful of dumbass Hawaiian monk seals have recently been observed with eels stuck up their noses—possibly from shoving their faces into crevices, but researchers tasked with observing these fools can’t say for sure. Read More >>

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Microsoft Edge Is Coming to the Mac?

After rumours circulated that such a move was imminent, Microsoft has confirmed that it is indeed shifting from its EdgeHTML back end to Chromium, the open-source project that powers Google Chrome. In confirming the rumour, the company also said it expected this shift could allow it to introduce Microsoft Edge to macOS. Read More >>

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Responds to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Amid Investigation

Following allegations of sexual misconduct and amid an investigation by National Geographic and Fox Broadcasting Company, Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson has broken his silence. While he apologised for making one woman feel uncomfortable, he denied a lingering allegation that he drugged and raped a woman while they were in graduate school together. Read More >>

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Uber May Be Eyeing an E-Scooter Aquisition of Bird or Lime: Report

The leading ride-share company may be eyeing an acquisition of one of two leaders in electric scooter rentals, according to a new report from the Information. In what the report said could amount to a “multibillion-dollar deal,” Uber has reportedly launched discussions to buy either Bird or Lime. Read More >>

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Over 40 Percent of Worldwide Coal Plants Are Operating at a Loss, Study Says

A new report claims that more than 40 percent of the world’s coal power plants are operating at a loss. It’s a figure that will only climb with increased regulation and carbon pricing as well as increasingly cheaper renewables like wind and solar power. Read More >>

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Richard Branson Says He’s Going to Send People Into Space by Christmas

Billionaire Richard Brandon really, really wants you to believe he’s going to send people to space — and soon. In a new interview with CNN, the Virgin Group founder now says he’s “reasonably confident” his spaceflight company can beat out competitors like Blue Origin and SpaceX with crewed trips to space before Christmas. Read More >>

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Google May Be Shutting Down Hangouts for Consumers Sometime in 2020: Report

It looks as though Hangouts will join a growing list of Google chat products to bite the dust. After years of indications that such a move could be imminent, Google may finally be shutting down its Hangouts platform for consumers. Read More >>

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More Than 600 Google Employees Are Demanding an End to Project Dragonfly

Google’s Project Dragonfly, the controversial project for a censored search product for China, has sparked two separate letters from the company’s employees arguing either for or against the project. As of today, however, a letter in opposition of the project has amassed more than 600 signatures, eclipsing the reported figure of a separate letter defending Dragonfly. Read More >>

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Microsoft Wins £375 Million US Army Contract for Augmented Reality Systems

Microsoft has secured a $479 million-plus contract (£375 million) with the U.S. Army for Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) prototypes, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, expanding its relationship with the military and beating out a slew of other companies competing for the contract. Read More >>

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Starbucks Says It Will Ban People From Viewing Porn in Its Stores by 2019

Starbucks has reportedly decided to pull the plug on viewing explicit imagery in its stores following pressure from an anti-pornography activist group. Read More >>

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No, Scientists Didn’t Just Suggest We ‘Dim the Sun’ to Stop Climate Change

Reports last week of a new paper from researchers at Yale and Harvard proposing “sun-dimming” to mitigate climate change sure sounded alarming. Trouble is, those reports misconstrued the cited research, which made no suggestion that we actually engage in so-called solar geoengineering. Read More >>

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Nearly 200 Dead Sea Turtles Have Washed Ashore at America’s Cape Cod in the Last Week

More than 200 sea turtles reportedly washed ashore in the past week on Cape Cod’s bayside beaches amid a cold spell that brought on unusually low temperatures in the area. Read More >>