New gaming platform will debut one short game each day of the year

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New gaming platform will debut one short game each day of the year mediaphotos via Getty Images A new gaming platform called Meditations could be a great fit for people who love playing those random online games a few minutes a day…

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‘Time is ripe’ to use big data for planet-sized plant questions

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‘Time is ripe’ to use big data for planet-sized plant questions A group of Florida Museum of Natural History scientists has issued a “call to action” to use big data to tackle longstanding questions about plant diversity and evolution and forecast how…

Unmuting large silent genes lets bacteria produce new molecules, potential drug candidates

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Unmuting large silent genes lets bacteria produce new molecules, potential drug candidates By enticing away the repressors dampening unexpressed, silent genes in Streptomyces bacteria, researchers at the University of Illinois have unlocked several large gene clusters for new natural products, according to…

Government of Abkhazia Cuts Off Power to 15 Cryptocurrency Mining Facilities

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Government of Abkhazia Cuts Off Power to 15 Cryptocurrency Mining Facilities The government of the Republic of Abkhazia has cut power to some cryptocurrency mining farms due to electricity concerns, state electric utility Chernomorenergo RUE announced in a Facebook post on Dec….

Increased risk of harm from cannabis across Europe

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Increased risk of harm from cannabis across Europe Cannabis resin and herbal cannabis have significantly increased in potency and in price, according to the first study to investigate changes in cannabis across Europe. The study, published today (Sunday 30 December) in the…

Netflix reportedly poaches Activision executive to fill CFO role

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Netflix reportedly poaches Activision executive to fill CFO role FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images After months of searching, Netflix appears to have a replacement for outgoing chief financial officer David Wells… and it’s creating corporate drama in the process. Reuters and Wall Street Journal sources…

NPR-led system will track podcast listening behavior

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NPR-led system will track podcast listening behavior Jon Fingas/Engadget Podcast creators typically don’t know much about your listening habits. They can track downloads, but they seldom know when you’ve skipped an ad or left an episode unfinished. NPR, however, aims to fix…

Hackers claim to have insurance data linked to 9/11 attacks

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Hackers claim to have insurance data linked to 9/11 attacks Towfiqu Photography via Getty Images The hackers who stole Orange is the New Black are back, and they’ve hit a new low. The group known as TheDarkOverlord claims to have stolen 18,000…

Netflix pulls Hasan Minhaj episode critical of Saudi Arabia government

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Netflix pulls Hasan Minhaj episode critical of Saudi Arabia government Netflix Netflix rarely finds itself thrust into political debates like other internet giants, but it won’t enjoy that luxury in 2019. The streaming service has pulled the second episode of Patriot Act…

Scarlett Johansson says fighting deepfake porn is ‘fruitless’

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Scarlett Johansson says fighting deepfake porn is ‘fruitless’ ANGELA WEISS via Getty Images Scarlett Johansson knows better than most how horrible a place the internet can be. She’s been the victim of leaks before where private photos have ended up publicly available….

Queen guitarist Brian May wrote a song for NASA’s historic flyby

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Queen guitarist Brian May wrote a song for NASA’s historic flyby JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, Instagram Queen guitarist Brian May hasn’t been shy about his fondness for astronomy (he does have a doctorate in astrophysics), and he’s making that patently clear as…

US Senator Reports to Jail Pending Verdict in Cryptocurrency Fraud Case

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US Senator Reports to Jail Pending Verdict in Cryptocurrency Fraud Case A Georgia state senator has reported to jail over allegedly lying about the theft of cryptocurrency mining equipment worth $300,000, The Guardian reported Dec. 27. Republican Michael Williams, who originally reported…

New Horizons probe sends first signal from Ultima Thule

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New Horizons probe sends first signal from Ultima Thule Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP NASA now has proof that its New Horizons probe completed its record-setting flyby of the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule. The mission team confirmed the flypast at 10:31AM Eastern…

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx has started orbiting asteroid Bennu

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx has started orbiting asteroid Bennu Heather Roper/University of Arizona After NASA’s OSIRIS-REx arrived at asteroid Bennu in early December, its ground team quickly started measuring and mapping out the celestial body. They needed all the information they could get in…

Tell Google Assistant to ‘make a donation’ and it will

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Tell Google Assistant to ‘make a donation’ and it will AP Photo/Richard Drew It’s now particularly easy to donate to a worthy cause. Google Assistant has quietly introduced support for donations, whether it’s through your phone or a smart speaker like the…