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Security Camera Captures Five-Foot Python Falling From Bank Ceiling

What was probably a very boring meeting at a Chinese bank got a lot more exciting when a surprise reptilian guest dropped by. Read More >>

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AI Still Sucks at Optical Illusions, So at Least we Have That Going for us

Optical illusions take advantage of shortcomings in the visual system. Certain special designs can trick our brain as it’s trying to process the information that’s coming in. Learning more about what can trick our minds would help us learn more about the human mind itself. Read More >>

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This Shape-Shifting, 32-Leg Urchin Bot Punches the Ground With Toadstools to Walk

Legged robots are superior to wheeled robots when it comes to traversing various types of terrain. But legs require balance, and if a two-, or even four-legged robot falls over, it might not be able to get back up. One solution would be to make a robot that is virtually all legs. Maybe a dozen legs. Hell, why not 32 legs! Read More >>

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Why People Are Putting Fitness Trackers on Toilet Roll in China

It all started with a mystery: Why would a fitness tracker detect a beating heart on a toilet roll? Read More >>

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Elon Musk Donates Over £368,000 to Help Flint Schools Clean Tainted Water

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was lambasted on Twitter at the end of last week for mocking the Securities and Exchange Commission. But in the midst of the kerfuffle, one organisation took to Twitter to thank him – Michigan’s Flint School District. Read More >>

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Instagram Tests Feature That Shares Your Location History With Facebook

Facebook could soon start gathering location information from users’ Instagram accounts, if it implements a feature that the company has prototyped. Read More >>

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Bottoms Up! 8,000 Gallons of Bubbly Bursts From Foamy Wine Tank

An Italian winery, L’enoteca Zanardo Giussano in Conegliano, Veneto, lost approximately 8,000 gallons of bubbly on 25 September, due to an overserved silo. Read More >>

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Facebook Makes It Easier to Report Bullies

Facebook is taking steps to hinder harassment on the social media platform with an array of new anti-bullying tools. Read More >>

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FBI Makes Child Porn Suspect Unlock iPhone X Using His Face 

In August, federal agents in the US state of Ohio made a suspect unlock his iPhone X using his face, in what may be the first instance of law enforcement using such a tactic. Read More >>

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Escaped Pup Rings Nest Doorbell to Get Back Inside

A good boy recently spent a regrettable evening on his front porch thinking about what he’d done. Read More >>

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Teen Apple Fanboy Who Made ‘Hacky Hack Hack’ Folder of Evidence Avoids Jail

An Australian teenager has pled guilty to hacking Apple’s system multiple times in a span of several months, but will not be going to jail. He said he did it because he’s just a huge Apple fanboy. Read More >>

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Facebook Exec Overshares, Calls WhatsApp Founder ‘Low-Class’

Yesterday was exciting for anyone who cares about tension among Big Tech’s ultra-rich, as two executives have thrown barbs over Facebook’s management ethos. Read More >>

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Supreme Court Restricts India’s Colossal Biometric Database

India’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the country’s sweeping biometric database does not violate privacy rights. But the panel of five judges did decide to place restrictions on the programme, according to the Times of India. Read More >>

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Twitter’s New Ban on ‘Dehumanising Speech’ May Finally Shut Up Some Nazis

Twitter is expanding its rules on hateful conduct and will soon police “dehumanising speech” on its platform. It's the move that could help stamp out some of the vilest content on the social network—if the company can adequately enforce it. Read More >>

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Lion King Puppet Maker Charged With 3D-Printing Gun at Broadway Theatre

A puppet master who helped bring to life Disney’s vision of an African animal kingdom was arrested last week for allegedly 3D-printing guns in the prop room of the Broadway theatre in the US state of New York, court records show. Read More >>