A powerful laser ‘porch light’ could let aliens know where we are

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A powerful laser ‘porch light’ could let aliens know where we are MIT News An MIT researcher claims a laser space beacon detectable up to 20,000 light years away is feasible — essentially acting as a porch light for extraterrestrial life. James…

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What’s on TV: ‘Tetris Effect’ and ‘Great British Baking Show’

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What’s on TV: ‘Tetris Effect’ and ‘Great British Baking Show’ This week Netflix premieres Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine as a hero in medieval Scotland, as well as “Collection 6” of The Great British Baking Show. On PS4 and PS VR, there’s…

AMC hikes prices for its MoviePass rival in 15 states

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AMC hikes prices for its MoviePass rival in 15 states Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images It’s not just upstarts like MoviePass hiking rates for their movie subscription services. AMC is raising prices for its Stubs A-List service in the 15 states…

Amazon’s narrowed ‘HQ2’ picks include Dallas and NYC

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Sorry, Crystal City — you’re not the only one Amazon fancies as it narrows down its choice of location for a second headquarters (aka HQ2). Wall Street Journal tipsters say the internet giant has whittled its finalists down to a “small handful”…

Nutrient-recycling microbes may feel the heat: Study explores how climate change affects nature’s ability to recycle

Nutrient-recycling microbes may feel the heat: Study explores how climate change affects nature’s ability to recycle

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Nutrient-recycling microbes may feel the heat: Study explores how climate change affects nature’s ability to recycle Bacteria and fungi might conjure up images of diseases and spoiled food, but they also do a lot of good. The billions of microbes in a…

Dam problems, win-win solutions

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Dam problems, win-win solutions Decisions about whether to build, remove or modify dams involve complex trade-offs that are often accompanied by social and political conflict. A group of researchers from the natural and social sciences, engineering, arts and humanities has joined forces…

Apple releases watchOS 5.1.1 after previous update bricked devices

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Apple has released its latest watchOS update, after the previous release caused a bricking issue on some Apple Watches. The watchOS 5.1.1 update seems to resolve the problem that led the company to pull version 5.1 soon after releasing it last week….

Tencent games will verify IDs to limit playing time for children

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Tencent games will verify IDs to limit playing time for children VCG via Getty Images Chinese tech giant Tencent has imposed game time limits on younger players to curb addiction and promote healthy habits, but it’s now taking some dramatic steps to…

Volkswagen wants to use quantum computers to optimize traffic

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Volkswagen wants to use quantum computers to optimize traffic Volkswagen If you’ve ever had your bus show up later than scheduled, here’s a welcome development for you. Volkswagen, with the help of D-Wave, has tapped the power of quantum computing to develop…

Consumer Solutions From Coinbase And Others Aim To Attract Retail Investors To Cryptocurrency Market

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Consumer Solutions From Coinbase And Others Aim To Attract Retail Investors To Cryptocurrency Market Since the explosion of ICOs last year, the cryptocurrency market has undergone some noticeable changes. While the price of Bitcoin remains well below its all time high of…

The EFF’s VR experience helps users spot surveillance devices

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The EFF’s VR experience helps users spot surveillance devices Matt Cardy via Getty Images With surveillance technology becoming ever more ubiquitous, it would be useful to know where to look for it. At least that’s the thinking behind the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s…

Hydropower, innovations and avoiding international dam shame

Hydropower, innovations and avoiding international dam shame

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Hydropower, innovations and avoiding international dam shame For sweeping drama, it’s hard to beat hydropower from dams — a renewable source of electricity that helped build much of the developed world. Yet five scientists from Michigan State University (MSU) say that behind…

Lime puts $3 million toward promoting e-scooter safety

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Lime puts $3 million toward promoting e-scooter safety Mario Tama/Getty Images E-scooter companies have faced plenty of criticism for allegedly doing too little to foster safety (not to mention basic respect for the law) among riders, and Lime appears to be tackling…

Amazon may split new headquarters between two cities

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Amazon may split new headquarters between two cities Stephen Brashear/AP Images for Amazon Amazon may have an unexpected solution to its location for a second headquarters: split it in two. A Wall Street Journal source says Amazon has decided to divide HQ2…

Chrome will soon ad-block an entire website if it shows abusive ads

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