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The Tricky Science of Brain Surgery on an Adorable Fur Seal

Despite the cold, Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut was full of visitors on New Year’s Eve. But one popular aquarium resident, an adult northern fur seal named Ziggy Star, was behind the scenes that day, recuperating in an off-exhibit habitat, complete with a private pool. Read More >>

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Data Reveals We Were Already Getting Sick Of Christmas By December 28th

You’ve probably already forgotten about it but about three weeks ago it was Christmas Day. You remember Christmas, right? It’s that day that is hyped up endlessly and then once it arrives is ultimately disappointing and quickly forgotten - a bit like Britain’s 2011 referendum on switching to the Alternative Voting system. Read More >>

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Star Trek: Discovery Asks the Age Old Question: If You Kill Your Mirror Universe Self, Is It Murder or Suicide?

Ah, Discovery. This might be the best exploration one of these episodes has ever done in encapsulating just how miserable the Mirror Universe really is. Like, we all joke about goatees and the agony booth, but the idea’s existed for so long it’s almost been kitschy. Not anymore. But, of course, the true betrayal isn’t this universe’s versions of themselves, but something Discovery brought along with it. Read More >>

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Stop Feeding Your Pets Raw Meat

An emerging trend among pet owners is the practise of feeding dogs and cats raw meat. This idea is that we should put our domestic cats and dogs on diets that more closely approximate what they might eat in nature. New research from Europe shows the surprising degree to which germs and parasites can be found in commercial raw-meat products—posing potential health risks to both pets and their owners. Read More >>

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What’s Slack Doing With Your Data?

More than six million people use Slack daily, spending on average more than two hours each day inside the chat app. For many employees, work life is contingent on Slack, and surely plenty of us use it for more than just, say, work talk. You probably have a #CATS and a women-only channel, and you’ve probably said something privately that you wouldn’t want shared with your boss. But that’s not really up to you. Read More >>

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CES 2018: After Trying the New Wireless Vive Pro There’s No Going Back

When the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive came out in 2016, we entered a new era of virtual reality. No longer would people think of half-assed fever dreams like Lawnmower Man, or ambitious but profound failures like Nintendo’s Virtual Boy anytime VR gets mentioned. Even so, modern VR still hasn’t caught on. It’s awkward, it’s expensive, and most of the games and apps still feel like tech demos. But earlier this week, a new piece of VR tech reminded me why the headsets are much more than gimmicks. Read More >>

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Amazon and Google’s Dumb Fight About YouTube Videos Makes More Sense Now 

The slap fight between Google and Amazon, in which the two corporations fought over whether the Amazon Show could display YouTube videos, just started to make a whole lot more sense. Google is pushing a whole range of Show-like devices out through Lenovo, Sony, LG, and JBL. They’ll all have YouTube baked right in. Read More >>

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What We Know So Far About Meltdown and Spectre, the Devastating Vulnerabilities in Modern CPUs

This week, news of massive security vulnerabilities afflicting every modern model of Intel processor went public, even as developers for practically every major platform frantically rushed to roll out fixes. Much more information has now become available about Meltdown and Spectre, a group of attack methods malicious parties could use to break into some of the most sensitive inner workings of any device using the affected CPUs. Read More >>

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Here’s Why Your Gadgets Get Slower Over Time

It is a truth universally acknowledged that as gadgets get older they slow down—your 3-year-old laptop or phone isn’t going to have the same spring in its step as it did when you first unboxed it. But what are the factors that cause this inevitable sluggishness? Is your precious device quite simply wearing out? Read More >>

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Someone Put Together a Chronological Video Timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

2nd May 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the release of Iron Man in US cinemas, a film notable for being the very first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. By then 19 films (including Infinity War) and countless TV episodes will have been released, which means there's quite a bit of continuity to keep up with. Read More >>

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6 Bitcoin Alternatives You Should Know About

So you've heard about Bitcoin and maybe even invested a little cash into it, hoping that its price continues to skyrocket. But Bitcoin isn't the only cryptocurrency looking to shake up the way that we process transactions around the world. There are hundreds of others that have slowly begun rising to prominence as cryptocurrency becomes more mainstream. Read More >>

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Why Researchers Are Targeting a Shadowy FBI Programme Called ‘Gravestone’

If you’re the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), tasked with rapidly uncovering plots involving terrorism and cybercrime, you want access to as much intelligence as you can get your hands on. After all, your successes are rarely rewarded with a ticker-tape parade, but when you fail, well, there’s lots of career-ending blame and congressional testimony to go around. Read More >>

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All the Annoying Tech Chores You Need to Do When You Have Time

Like your car, or your kitchen, your tech devices will run best when they’re maintained properly—and that means finding time to do all those low-level maintenance tasks that aren’t much fun, but can keep everything stable and smooth, and avoid problems in the future. Read More >>

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Watch Peter Capaldi’s TARDIS Console Room Get Deconstructed For One Last Time

Christmas Day saw the end of an era for Doctor Whothe arrival of Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor saw off Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s time on the show in an explosive manner. But a new Doctor and new direction for the show means, of course, a new TARDIS interior. Before that, the old one has to be brought down one final time. Read More >>

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All the Wild Shit We’re Going to Do in Space and Physics in 2018

It’s time to gaze into our crystal ball and see what the coming year has in store for science. From powerful new rockets and asteroid-sampling spacecraft to groundbreaking particle physics, there’s plenty to look forward to in 2018. Read More >>