Christi Ashlock

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Another new ichthyosaur in the golden age of Jurassic discovery

An ichthyosaur fossil found on the Isle of Skye has been identified as a new species of sea-going reptile, dating back 170 million years. It‘s the latest of a number of ancient species to be uncovered in the area<p>Jurassic Park is alive and well and found in Scotland. A 4.2 metre ichthyosaur fossil …

WhatsApp And Snapchat Could Face UK Ban After Election

UK Prime Minister David Cameron could push for a ban on WhatsApp and Snapchat if he wins this year’s general election. The move would be the result of new surveillance plans proposed in the wake of the terror attacks in France.<p>Cameron, speaking in Paris – in comments quoted by The Independent – …

Encryption

New Jersey man facing jail for smuggling tusks of 'unicorn of the sea'

Andrew Zarauskas ‘thought he had legally bought’ tusks of protected narwhal 61-year-old must forfeit narwhal skull, six tusks and $86,000<p>A New Jersey man convicted of smuggling narwhal tusks is going to federal prison for nearly three years.<p>A federal judge in Maine imposed the 33-month term on …

North Africa

Playstation 4 Launch in China Delayed Indefinitely

Sony is delaying the launch of its PlayStation 4 gaming console in China due to “various factors,” including prolonged negotiations with local authorities, reports Reuters.<p>The PS4 was slated to go on sale in China on Jan 11, along with the portable PS Vita. By then, the console will already have …

China

Lying on Facebook profiles can implant false memories, experts warn

A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality<p>Embellishing the truth to impress friends on sites like Facebook may implant false memories, psychologists have warned.<p>A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality, and …

Psychology

Young people are 'lost generation' who can no longer fix gadgets, warns professor

Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, at the University of Manchester, is giving this year's Royal Institution Christmas Lectures<p>Young people in Britain have become a lost generation who can no longer mend gadgets and appliances because they have grown up in a disposable world, …

Unease in Singapore over Filipino workers

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1109000/1109670_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518142383_42f430ad174facee3c28e1d2f0b658b7<p><b>One of Singapore's most popular comic characters happens to be a Filipino maid called Leticia Bongnino.</b><p>A fictional character from a television sketch …

Asia

Record 17,000 join 'Pinstripe Nazi' anti-Islam march in Germany

Many in Berlin shocked by emergence of far-right anti-Islamist group Pegida as growing numbers join weekly Dresden protest<p>‘Pinstripe Nazis’ show the immigration debate is overheated<p>A record 17,000 people have joined the latest in a string of demonstrations against Islam in Dresden, eastern Germany, …

Department Of Defense Tests A Bullet That Can Steer

Precision on the smallest scale<p>Since the first gun appeared on a battlefield, bullets have dealt death in straight lines. As the shortest distance between two points, lines are great, but they mean enemies can hide behind walls or buildings and not get hit, a clearly undesirable prospect for anyone …

Is California's Hyperloop train closer to reality? Startup CEO has 'no doubt'

The 800mph train still sounds like the stuff of science fiction – Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes – but it’s found a new champion in crowdfunded engineer collective<p>The chief executive of a company attempting to deliver a transport system that could send commuters from Los Angeles to San …

Birds detect approaching storm from 900km away

Infrasound may have alerted warblers to the massive storm, prompting them to fly more than a thousand kilometres to avoid it<p>A group of songbirds may have avoided a devastating storm by fleeing their US breeding grounds after detecting telltale infrasound waves.<p>Researchers noticed the behaviour …

Secret Reboots for Friction-Free Anonymous Chat

Secret was one of the hottest apps of the first half of the year. The ability to send anonymous messages to your friends was delicious at first, leading to a spate of wholly false acquisition rumors, not to mention plenty of malicious backchat about individuals, all spreading thanks to posts on the …

Congress rolled a major victory for medical marijuana in a spending bill

The 2015 spending bill contains a provision that says no federal funds may be used to prevent states from enforcing their own medical marijuana laws<p>Inside the fiscal 2015 spending bill — yes, the one that's 1,603 pages long — is a measure that prevents the federal government from interfering with …

We Know What You've Been Googling

We asked the mega search engine for its top science and tech terms of 2014<p>Good morning, Internet. You are a mysterious animal, but we know a few things about you. We see some of these things borne out in Google's "top searches of 2014" list. More than two-thirds of all online searches go through …

Atari ET game unearthed from garbage heap added to Smithsonian collection

Museum specialist says the cartridge is one of the defining artefacts of the dark days of the early 1980s when the US video game industry crashed<p>One of the ET Atari game cartridges unearthed this year from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert has been added to the video game …

Hong Kong's Final Protest Site Has Been Cleared

The 79-day occupation of Hong Kong’s streets by pro-democracy protesters met a rather lackluster end on Monday morning, as police cleared the last of …

Facebook drops Bing in favor of its own search tool

Facebook has quietly removed Microsoft-owned Bing as its primary search engine, according to a new report.<p>The social network pulled Bing search from …

Ice XVI Is the Strangest Form of Solid Water Yet

The sixteenth phase of solid H2O has arrived.<p>Water ice, the unlikely solid that is less dense than its liquid form, is already a thing that should not be. As temperatures drop below freezing, water molecules form super-resilient hexagonal crystals, leaving a material that is technically …

Chemistry