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Opera bitcoin mining protection feature arrives in next update

As bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rise in value, a number of websites have been caught hijacking visitors’ browsers and using their devices to …

Software

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Apple Will Still Slow Your iPhone As It Ages, But Now It's Selling Discounted Batteries

Due to customer outcry about how old batteries slow your phone, Apple will replace your battery for $29.<p>Only part of that is true: Older iPhones with aged batteries *are* more sluggish than new phones — but Apple claims it's because they're trying to avoid forced, unexpected shutdowns, not because …

China’s Didi Chuxing raises $4B more for AI, international expansion and electric vehicles

China’s Didi Chuxing, the country’s top ride-hailing company, said today that it has raised $4 billion in new capital to support a range of new initiatives including international expansion.<p>The company has already raised $13 billion from investors that include Alibaba, Tencent and Apple, and it …

Venture Capital

Arctic Refuge Has Lots of Wildlife—Oil, Maybe Not So Much

After four decades of debate, Congress looks set to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling.<p>There are few places left on the planet that remain unscathed by the heavy footprint of humanity. The 19.6-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in the northeast corner of …

NASA May Send a Drone to Titan in 2025

Johns Hopkins researcher Elizabeth “Zibi” Turtle already had the coolest name in planetary science. Now she has the coolest mission, too.<p><i>Almost</i> has, …

Astronomy

Scientists Use Gene Editing To Prevent A Form Of Deafness In Mice

Scientists have now edited genes inside mice to prevent a form of inherited deafness.<p>While cautioning that much more research is needed, the scientists said they hope the technique might someday be used to prevent deafness in children born in families with a history of genetic hearing loss.<p>Before …

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A Baby Conceived in 1992 Was Born Just Last Month

Wrap your head around this one: On November 25, 2017 a healthy baby girl was born to a 26-year-old mother in Tennessee—but the embryo that would …

This $20 Million Startup Was on the Road to Riches. Then Its Leader Started Talking to God

The inside story of Tradiv--a red-hot startup that collapsed amid bad decisions, allegations of sexual misconduct, and a co-founder's psychedelic epiphany.<p>Aeron Sullivan and his girlfriend, Alana Bennett, were waiting for the LSD to kick in. It was February 2016, and they were in a remote part of …

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I Tried to Make My Home Energy Efficient and It's Ruining My Life

People across America are pitched what seems like a win-win: make your house more climate-friendly for little or no money down. Advocates say it's a nightmare.<p>Leonard McBean had been told for months that his south Los Angeles home was a firetrap. Decades-old wiring had never been replaced, a common …

Thank God For This Driver's Reaction Time As A Man Seems To Apparate Onto The Road Out Of Nowhere

<i>Welcome to Fan Service, a guide to engaging with gargantuan, lore-heavy franchises. In each volume, we'll recommend a watch/read order to approach</i> …

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Awards Leaderboard: Top Movies of 2017

From November through March, the best movies of 2017/2018 are getting recognized by critics, press, fans, and members of the film industry from all …

KGI: Analyst believes Apple to launch ‘upgraded’ AirPods in second half of 2018

Apple analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo today released a report indicating Apple will launch a new version of AirPods in the second half of 2018. The analyst does not go into much detail about what exactly will change in the next-generation model, however he notes that they will adopt a smaller quartz …

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange to file for bankruptcy after hacking

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean cryptocurrency exchange said on Tuesday it is shutting down and is filing for bankruptcy after it was hacked for the second time this year, highlighting concerns about security as trade in bitcoin and other virtual currencies boom.<p>The exchange, called Youbit, had …

Cryptocurrency

Can an Old Mill Town Become the Silicon Valley of Human Organ Manufacturing?

Inventor Dean Kamen thinks so, and the Pentagon is backing him up.<p>MANCHESTER—Long waiting lists are a drag, but when they’re for an organ transplant, they can also be lethal. Over 120,000 Americans are waiting for a donated organ, and the list gets longer all the time. Twenty-two of them die each …

Head of Pentagon’s secret ‘UFO’ office sought to make evidence public

Just before leaving his Defense Department job two months ago, intelligence officer Luis Elizondo quietly arranged to secure the release of three of the most unusual videos in the Pentagon's secret vaults: raw footage from encounters between fighter jets and "anomalous aerial vehicles" — military …

Paranormal

Does Pentagon still have a UFO program? The answer is a bit mysterious

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon acknowledged on Saturday that its long-secret UFO investigation program ended in 2012, when U.S. defense officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities.<p>But as to whether the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program has continued to investigate …

Russia-Based Kaspersky Lab Sues Trump Administration For Banning Its Software

Kaspersky Lab, a massive, Russian cybersecurity company, sued the Trump administration in U.S. federal court on Monday, arguing that the American government deprived it of due process rights when Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke banned its software from U.S. government agencies in …

Docks Off

U.S. cities are being invaded by dock-less bike share. It’s going to be messy—and worth it.<p>In March, Seattle shut down its bike-share system. The …

Los Angeles

What Needs to Happen Before Electric Cars Take Over the World

On the slope of a thickly forested Czech mountain, three men in hard hats and mud-spattered fluorescent vests dig for the metal that could power a new industrial revolution.<p>They watch carefully as a mobile rig, mounted on tank treads, hammers and spins a drill bit hundreds of yards into the …

Electric Vehicles

‘The Last Jedi’ Has Something That No Other Franchise Can Claim

In 1977, America needed Darth Vader—a cold killing machine, with the black-leather-glove grip of invisible doom at the tip of his fingers. In the …

Belgium Plays France Today, So Eat Fries With Mayo — The Way It's Meant To Be

<i>It's December, which means Best of 2017 lists are here. With so many lists out there, who has time to read all of them?</i><p><i>Turns out: We do. But because</i> …

TV

2017 in pictures: The best science images of the year

NEWS<p>Correction 20 December 2017<p>A spectacular total eclipse, hitch-hiking octopus, nanoscale fireworks and more.<p>Search for this author in:<p>Pub …

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Take a Quick Tour of the Mind-Boggling Universe of Mathematics

Math is often considered synonymous with pain, boredom and frustration. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say, “ugh, it’s like doing math.” But math …

Mathematics