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Google turns 'Hamilton' hype into a VR history lesson

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:55
We're all a bit more versed in American history these days, thanks in great part to playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and his award-winning hip-hop-infused musical, Hamilton. The Hamilton Education Program will bring 5,000 disadvantaged stud...
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Reddit plans to make big changes to how the site looks

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:32
Reddit's default design is a throwback to simpler times on the internet. However, moderators on the site's numerous subreddits put a bunch of work into making sure their communities stand out from each other by employing CSS (cascading style sheets)...
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Dear God: A Pizza Inside A Burger With Pizzas For Buns

GeekOlogy - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:30
This is a video from the uninsurable folks at Youtube channel Hellthy Junk Food documenting the construction of a burger with a pizza inside the patty, and pizzas for buns. Me? You'd swear I have two slabs of chiseled granite for buns. "They look like cottage cheese." Only when I clench them. Man, college me would have been all over this burger. Now? Now I have to eat healthy because my metabolism has slowed to a snail's pace and I'm gaining weight by the hour. I swear by the time I leave work today I'll be a different pant size. And the exercise regimen my doctor has me on doesn't seem to do anything. All I have to look forward to anymore are cheat days. "Let me guess -- every day that ends in Y?" No -- every day that begins with me sobbing in the shower. "So....." Let's say five days a week. Keep going for the entirely too-long video, so feel free to skip around.
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Mylan's Epic EpiPen Price Hike Wasn't About Greed -- It's Worse, Lawsuit Claims

Slashdot - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:20
Mylan engaged in a campaign to squash a rival to its EpiPen allergy treatment and artificially inflate the price of the drug to maintain a market monopoly, French drugmaker Sanofi said in a lawsuit. From a report: With the lofty prices and near-monopoly over the market, Mylan could dangle deep discounts to drug suppliers -- with the condition that they turn their backs on Sanofi's Auvi-Q -- the lawsuit alleges. Suppliers wouldn't dare ditch EpiPens, the most popular auto-injector. And with the high prices, the rebates wouldn't put a dent in Mylan's hefty profits, Sanofi speculates. Coupled with a smear campaign and other underhanded practices, Mylan effectively pushed Sanofi out of the US epinephrine auto-injector market, Sanofi alleges. The lawsuit, filed Monday in a federal court in New Jersey, seeks damages under US Antitrust laws.

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'Call of Duty: WWII' will take you back to Omaha Beach November 3rd

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:16
Call of Duty: WWII will launch November 3rd on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As you might expect, the game takes place largely in Europe between 1944 and 1945, ultimately pushing toward Germany after fighting through Nazi reinforcements on Normandy...
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Chris Sacca, Shark Tank's Singing Cowboy, Retires From Tech Investing 

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:15

Chris Sacca, the amateur Hank Williams Jr. impersonator best known for his early investments in Twitter and Uber, published 1,700 words on Wednesday to say what he could have said in just one tweet: he’s retiring.

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Replacing Disabled Hands with Bionic Prosthetics

AdaFruit - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:00

Scientific American has a hopeful piece on a new procedure for people who have lost sensation and function to a hand.

Some 1.6 million people in the U.S. live with limb loss, according to a 2008 study, and that number could more than double by 2050. Modern prostheses enable replacements of limbs lost to injury or disease. But people who lose functionality in an otherwise healthy arm or leg have had few options. A team of surgeons in Vienna, Austria, however, recently developed bionic reconstructions of the hands of 16 people who had lost manual control and sensation because of nerve damage. The catch: patients have to undergo a nonessential amputation of the damaged hand to make room for the prosthesis.

The approach improved hand dexterity beyond what would be possible with surgical intervention, according to the research, which was published online in January in the Journal of Neurosurgery. It also reduced the severe, spontaneous pain that can develop in limbs that sustain nerve damage.

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Controversial Study Makes a Staggering Claim About When the First Humans Settled North America

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:00

In a study that’s already attracting considerable controversy, a research team says it has found evidence of human habitation along the southern coast of California dating back an astounding 130,000 years. That’s ten times older than most estimates, and a complete upending of what we thought we knew about how and when…

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'The Protectors' shows how VR can help save African elephants

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:00
At first, the elephant looks like it's asleep. But then you notice it has stumps where there should be feet. Its tusks have been sawed off. And there are countless maggots crawling along a gaping hole in its face. It's a horrifying image as I describ...
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Scientists Are Already Planning the Next Mission to Pluto

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:48

The Pluto-shaped void in our hearts has yet to be filled by Planet 9, copious amounts of Ben & Jerry’s, or anything. Ever since the summer of 2015, when NASA’s New Horizons performed a six-month-long reconnaissance flyby study of Pluto and its moons, fans of the dwarf planet have wondered if or when we’d ever go back.…

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These Are the Three Best Coolers

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:45

Well this is awkward. The overwhelming favorite in this week’s cooler Co-Op was RTIC’s hard cooler, which is no longer in production due to to a lawsuit by YETI. You can still find them here and there, and it’s possible RTIC will make tweaks and rerelease it in some form. But in the meantime, let’s have a vote on your

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The first 4K livestream from space starts at 1:30PM ET

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:40
Astronaut Peggy Whitson has already broken plenty of new ground in her current role as a commander aboard the International Space Station, but she's about to break some more. As promised, Whitson will star in the first-ever 4K livestream from space...
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The Cheap Energy Revolution Is Here, and Coal Won't Cut It

Slashdot - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:40
An anonymous reader shares a report: Wind and solar are about to become unstoppable, natural gas and oil production are approaching their peak, and electric cars and batteries for the grid are waiting to take over. This is the world Donald Trump inherited as U.S. president. And yet his energy plan is to cut regulations to resuscitate the one sector that's never coming back: coal. Clean energy installations broke new records worldwide in 2016, and wind and solar are seeing twice as much funding as fossil fuels, according to new data released Tuesday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). That's largely because prices continue to fall. Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity in the world. But with Trump's deregulations plans, what "we're going to see is the age of plenty -- on steroids," BNEF founder Michael Liebreich said. "That's good news economically, except there's one fly in the ointment, and that's climate."

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Glass, the Sequel Both to Split and Unbreakable, Will Be Out January 2019

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:35

Well, spoilers be damned, now it’s out there. M. Night Shyamalan just announced via Twitter that his next movie is called Glass. It’s a sequel to Split and Unbreakable simultaneously and it’ll be in theaters January 18, 2019.

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Making A Tiny Cup Of Coffee With A Single Bean

GeekOlogy - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:30
This is a video from Finnish coffee roasters Paulig of somebody making a teensy tiny cup of coffee using a single Kenya AA+ Karindum coffee bean. That...is not nearly enough coffee for a person. I've already had four cups and it's not even 9AM. I've got the feeling it's gonna be one of those 'double espresso enemas before lunch' kinda days. "That is not a kind of day." Well it is to me. Now, I want you to squeeze this bag like you're trying to pop a balloon when I give you the signal. Keep going for the video.
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Google Home has 5 million recipe options for your next night in

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:23
Google has been rapidly adding new features to its Home connected speaker recently, and the latest will be handy for chefs. Google Home can now read out recipes step-by-step -- but it sounds like you'll need to kick off the process using your smartph...
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The Rihanna/Lupita Heist Movie Is the Internet's Only Good Movie Idea

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:20

Aimlessly browsing the internet is sort of like taking a pediegg to your callouses without soaking them first. Stuff definitely happens, but it sure as hell ain’t pleasant. Every once in a while, however, something extraordinary rises above the web’s feculent froth. A good idea is churned out by the internet machine…

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Live Out Your Wolverine Fantasies With a Retractable Set of Popsicle Stick Claws

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:11

There are two great reasons to follow this tutorial which teaches you how to turn 15 wooden popsicle sticks into your own set of wearable Wolverine claws: 1) You get to run around pretending to be Wolverine, popping balloons and being awesome. 2) You have a great reason to eat 15 popsicles.

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Amazon Wants To Put a Camera and Microphone in Your Bedroom

Slashdot - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:01
On Wednesday, Amazon announced the Echo Look, the latest gadget in the company's new Echo-powered hardware lineup. Motherboard explains: The newly announced Echo Look is a virtual assistant with a microphone and a camera that's designed to go somewhere in your bedroom, bathroom, or wherever the hell you get dressed. Amazon is pitching it as an easy way to snap pictures of your outfits to send to your friends when you're not sure if your outfit is cute, but it's also got a built-in app called StyleCheck that is worth some further dissection. [...] "All photos and video captured with your Echo Look are securely stored in the AWS cloud and locally in the Echo Look app until a customer deletes them," a spokesperson for the company said. "You can delete the photos or videos associated with your account anytime in the Echo Look App." Motherboard also asked if Echo Look photos, videos, and the data gleaned from them would be sold to third parties; the company did not address that question.

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Tesla Model S safety concerns cost it Consumer Reports' top rating

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:59
Consumer Reports and Tesla really aren't getting along well lately. The what-should-I-buy magazine has lowered the ratings of Tesla's Model S and Model X after noting that a promised automatic emergency braking feature (originally due by the end of 2...
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