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Could flu be spread just by breathing?

The flu virus might be spread not only by coughing and sneezing, but also simply by breathing, researchers say in a new report. They found clear evidence that influenza patients breathe the virus out through their mouths and noses in tiny particles that can stay suspended in the air for minutes or hours. It’s useful information in a flu season that has peaked across the continental United States all at once. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that influenza activity continues on the upswing, with the whole…

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Uber’s former CEO said to cash in at $1.4B in Softbank deal – CNET

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is cashing in. James Martin/CNET The world looks like it’s about to get a new billionaire: former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Uber has confirmed that it closed its deal with a consortium led by Japanese internet giant SoftBank Group on Thursday selling a 20 percent stake in its shares. Once the deal is officially done, Kalanick reportedly will walk away with $1.4 billion, according to CNBC. The agreement comes at a time when Uber is working to clean up after a year of scandals, which…

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Tesla isn’t the self-driving leader you might think it is – Roadshow

The self-driving status quo has been upended, according to a new study. The latest Autonomous Driving Leaderboard has been released by Navigant Research. It’s a visual indicator of the companies on the bleeding edge of self-driving technology. It also indicates which of them have the resources and industry clout to take their ideas all the way from the drawing board to the market.  Take a moment to think about which companies you feel are closest to bringing self-driving vehicles to market. Names such as Tesla and Apple will likely come to…

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China launch new satellite into space to ‘look after earth’ as bid to match US military

The move comes as China looks to expand its military with the aim of having the best army in the world by 2030. The Long March 2D booster was sent into space from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert. According to the dictatorship, the satellite is designed for remote-sensing of land resources, and the technology will analyse vegetation, water, impervious surfaces, nutrients, and soil. However, the launch comes just after two other space missions launched over the past few days. Two SuperView-1 Earth-observation satellites and a Long…

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Your Facebook News Feed is getting its BIGGEST redesign in years, and here’s how it works

FACEBOOK • GETTY Facebook is rolling out a dramatic redesign of its central feature, the News Feed If you’ve noticed some changes on your Facebook News Feed this morning – don’t panic, you haven’t accidentally hit the wrong settings. The changes to the News Feed are part of a major overhaul planned by the Californian social network. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook users can expect to see a series of changes in the design of the world’s largest social network in the coming months. Zuckerberg, who is estimated to…

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Typing: 10 facts you never knew about the humble keyboard

1. Typing Day is held on January 8 every year as one week after New Year is a good time to think through and write down plans for the year. 2. The first commercially successful typewriter was patented by Sholes, Glidden and Soule 150 years ago in 1868. 3. Sholes and Glidden also designed the first QWERTY keyboard in 1873. 4. The world record for typing the English alphabet from A to Z is 1.36 seconds. 5. Every second, spacebars on keyboards around the world are hit about six million…

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Science 

How Far Should Life’s Genetic Alphabet Be Stretched?

With recent innovations in gene editing, it may seem as if the field of synthetic biology is just starting to make strides into science-fiction territory. But for several decades, scientists have been cultivating ways to create novel forms of life with basic biochemical components and properties far removed from anything found in nature. In particular, they’re working to expand the number of amino acids—the building blocks of the proteins that perform the cell’s functions—in life’s stockpile. In November, a group of researchers announced some of their greatest progress yet. But…

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Security flaws put virtually all phones, computers at risk

Security researchers on Wednesday disclosed a set of security flaws that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc and ARM Holdings. One of the bugs is specific to Intel but another affects laptops, desktop computers, smartphones, tablets and internet servers alike. Intel and ARM insisted that the issue was not a design flaw, but it will require users to download a patch and update their operating system to fix. “Phones, PCs, everything are going…

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'I Don't Expect to Be Forgiven.' Logan Paul Has Issued a Longer Apology For His Suicide Forest Video

‘I Don’t Expect to Be Forgiven.’ Logan Paul Has Issued a Longer Apology For His Suicide Forest Video More (TOKYO) — Logan Paul has issued a more extensive apology for posting a YouTube video showing what appeared to be a body in a Japanese forest known as a suicide destination. The initial video he posted Sunday showed the prolific social media user trekking with friends in the Aokigahara forest near Mount Fuji. He seems aware the forest is sometimes chosen for suicides but is surprised to see what appears to…

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Artificial Intelligence's "Holy Grail" Victory

In 1943, at the height of World War II, the U.S. military hired an audacious psychologist named B.F. Skinner to develop pigeon-guided missiles. These were the early days of munitions guidance technology, and the Allies were apparently quite desperate to find more reliable ways to get missiles to hit their targets. It went like this: Skinner trained pigeons to peck at an image of the military target projected onto a screen. Whenever their beaks hit the moving target dead center, he rewarded the birds with food pellets. Once the pigeons…

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