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Here’s what NASA’s Opportunity rover saw as it was swallowed up by the Martian dust storm

Things are not looking great for NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars. The rover, which is nearing its 15th year, is currently stuck in a fierce dust …

Daredevil Raccoon Climbs Minnesota Skyscraper and Becomes a Sensation

At first, it looked so defeated: Its head buried between its front paws and its body curled up on a ledge 20 feet above a street in downtown St. Paul.<p>But this was a raccoon, after all — part of a deceptive and unpredictable family of nocturnal mammals whose panda-like looks lull humans into …

Raccoons

Royal Caribbean employee wins $20.3 million case for hand injury

Royal Caribbean International may be on the hook for $20.3 million after losing a case against a former employee who suffered a catastrophic hand …

Security troops on US nuclear missile base took LSD

WASHINGTON (AP) — One airman said he felt paranoia. Another marveled at the vibrant colors. A third admitted, "I absolutely just loved altering my mind."<p>Meet service members entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles that are among the most powerful in America's arsenal. Air Force records obtained by …

Military

Underwater Noise Pollution Is on the Rise and Its Effects Have Been Deadly

Sixteen whale carcasses washed up on India’s Konkan coast in 2015, followed by 20 in 2016. A 37-foot whale washed up dead on Mumbai’s Juhu beach in …

Marine Mammals

Study finds over 3,300 Android apps improperly tracking kids

There's little doubt that mobile apps sometimes overstep their bounds by collecting more data from kids than the law allows. But how often does that happen? It might be more than you think. Researchers using an automated testing process have discovered that 3,337 family- and child-oriented Android …

The first lawsuit has been filed under a new revenge porn law in New York City

The plaintiff alleges that her ex harassed her for weeks and uploaded sexually explicit pictures to Tumblr<p>What appears to be New York City’s first suit under a new revenge porn law was filed last week by a CUNY associate professor of public health against an ex-boyfriend and a group of anonymous …

You can now check the current update states for every Chromebook

Unlike every other desktop operating system, Chrome OS updates are rolled out on a per-device basis, instead of being pushed to every Chromebook at …

Facebook Scans the Photos and Links You Send on Messenger

Facebook Inc. scans the links and images that people send each other on Facebook Messenger, and reads chats when they’re flagged to moderators, …

Social Media

Police: YouTube shooter was calm in interview before attack

MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) — Just hours before she shot and wounded three people at YouTube headquarters, Nasim Aghdam calmly told police who found her …

San Francisco

Sharing your Netflix password could now be a federal crime

Tech<p>Are payment apps like Venmo safe? KLG and Hoda find out!<p>03:48<p>Facebook dating? Here’s what the feature might look like<p>02:34<p>What’s next for Amazon’s Alexa? More personalization and a more ‘humanlike’ demeanor<p>03:26<p>Clothes that track your location? Tommy Hilfiger’s new 'smart' line, 'Xplore,' …

Social Media

YouTube Shooter Criticized Company's Video Policy, Reports Say

The woman who police say went on a shooting rampage at YouTube headquarters on Tuesday was a video creator who criticized the company for policies …

China busts iPhone smugglers who used drones to get them into Shenzhen

China customs officials have taken down smugglers who used drones to carry iPhones from Hong Kong into Shenzhen. They managed to transport 500 million yuan ($79.8 million) worth of refurbished iPhones before the operation was busted, <i>according</i> to <i>Reuters</i><i>.</i><p>Under the cover of dark, the group of 26 used …

China

Apple seeks an army of engineers to make Siri smarter

Apple wants to hire 142 people for Siri-related jobs, almost twice as many as this time last year. Clearly, the company is serious about turning around its troubled voice-driven digital assistant.<p>Siri has been a sore spot for Apple lately. Voice access is a weak point in the otherwise-stellar …

Smart TV

Flying Backwards: How Planes Display The American Flag

Have you ever noticed the American flag painted on the side of the airplane as you were boarding? Perhaps it stopped you in your tracks and made you …

Regulation

The Galaxy S9 is seeing real-world LTE speeds that make the iPhone X look antique

While the iPhone X might have been a trend-setting among Android phones in all the worst possible ways, Apple is far behind the curve when it comes …

Alzheimer’s memories could be switched back on with implant

Alzheimer’s sufferers could once again remember the faces of loved ones, or find their way back home, after scientists developed a way to boost memories.<p>In a groundbreaking pilot study, US researchers recorded memories as they were being formed and then later played them back into the brains of 10 …

The Brain

A SpaceX rocket launch blew a temporary hole in Earth's upper atmosphere

On August 24, 2017, the charged particles of Earth's ionosphere were doing what they typically do: hanging out between 37 and 620 miles above the …

E-scooter company CEO wants to ‘Save Our Sidewalks’ from bike litter

Bird is flying into more cities, and as the electric scooter-share company spreads its wings, it wants to make sure it doesn't destroy communities …

Walmart Tries to Join the #MeToo Movement By Removing Cosmo From Checkout Lines

Walmart appears to be tip-toeing into the #MeToo movement, but its approach may be misguided.<p>Walmart announced Tuesday that it would be removing …

Graffiti cleanup 'blitz' ahead of Amazon visit wipes out street art in Chicago

A Chicago alderman is planning to introduce an ordinance letting property owners protect graffiti as art after a cleanup blitz near a site being pitched to Amazon claimed an unintended target.<p>A work by a French street artist on the side of Cards Against Humanity's headquarters was blasted away as …

More States Move To End 'Tampon Tax' That's Seen As Discriminating Against Women

ChapStick, Viagra and dandruff shampoo. These are just three of the thousands of health and personal care items that are exempt from sales tax in many U.S. states.Notably missing from that list: menstrual products.<p>So far, nine states have exempted menstrual products from their sales tax, and seven …

Tampons

The strongest storm of 2018 is swirling in the Indian Ocean

The year's first Category 5 storm has formed in the Indian Ocean, off the northwest coast of Australia.<p>Cyclone Marcus, which blew through the …

Biodiversity Scientist Warns: "We're Sleepwalking into a Mass Extinction"

Diversity "can be damaged in the blink of an eye."<p>Most scientists acknowledge that we are smack in the middle of the planet’s sixth great mass …

Surprising Relationship Benefits of the Female Orgasm

Meston, C. M., & Frohlich, P. F. (2000). The neurobiology of sexual function. Archives of General Psychiatry, 57(11), 1012-1030.<p>Meyer, D. (2007). …

Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus touchscreen issue causing havoc on some handsets (Updated)

<i>Update (03/23):</i> Samsung has officially acknowledged the touchscreen ‘dead zone’ issue some users are experiencing with their Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus devices. Below is the full statement (via <i>Engadget</i>):<p>At Samsung, customer satisfaction is core to our business and we aim to deliver the best possible …

Samsung Galaxy S9

YouTube wants to ruin music videos with more ads

YouTube wants a larger piece of the streaming music pie than it’s currently earned, so it’s come up with an audacious plan that you’re going to hate – and it involves more ads.<p>In an interview at SXSW, YouTube’s global head of music, Lyor Cohen, said that people who listen to plenty of music on the …

FCC's net neutrality ruling gets pushback from big tech's lobbying group

The net neutrality fight rages on, and now tech's big lobbying group is signing on.<p>The Internet Association — a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group …

Target Plans to Make Its Customer Service More Personal

The company is investing in people to improve the in-store experience.<p>While technology can solve a lot of the problems facing retailers, sometimes …

Hurricane Harvey's toxic impact deeper than public told

HOUSTON (AP) — More than a half-year after Hurricane Harvey flooded America's largest corridor of energy and petrochemical plants, records show the …

Extreme Weather