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Kaikoura: 'Most complex quake ever studied'

The big earthquake that struck New Zealand last year may have been the most complex ever, say scientists. November's Magnitude 7.8 event ruptured a near-200km-long swathe of territory, shifting parts of NZ's South Island 5m closer to North Island. Whole blocks of ground were buckled and lifted upwards, in …

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In search for unseen dark matter, physicists turn to shadow realm

Scientists hunting unseen dark matter are looking deeper into the shadows. With searches for a favored dark matter candidate—weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs)—coming up empty, physicists are now turning to the hypothetical "dark sector": an entire shadow realm of hidden particles. The concept "has been percolating for 7 …

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Lost Tourist Says Monkeys Saved Him in the Amazon

I was with the Madidi National Park rangers when they first received word that a 25-year old Chilean man, MaykoolCoroseo Acuña, had suddenly disappeared within the confines of the park. Vanished by mysterious circumstances, they were told.

Maykool was laid down in a hammock and we all quietly gathered around …

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Egyptian ritual images from the Neolithic period

Egyptologists have discovered rock art from the 4th millennium BC during an excavation at a necropolis near Aswan in Egypt. The paintings were engraved into the rock in the form of small dots and depict hunting scenes like those found in shamanic depictions. They may represent a link between the …

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How an obscure seed is helping to save the elephant

these aren't any old seeds, they are instead rather special ones from South America called tagua. They are the off-white coloured seeds of six species of palm trees. They can reach up to 9cm (3.5 inches) in length and when dried become very hard indeed. So hard in fact …

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'New' wave-like cloud finally wins official recognition

Twelve "new" types of cloud - including the rare, wave-like asperitas cloud - have been recognised for the first time by the International Cloud Atlas. The atlas, which dates back to the 19th Century, is the global reference book for observing and identifying clouds.
Last revised in 1987, its new fully-digital edition …

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Scientists unveil a giant leap for anti-aging

UNSW researchers have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing, improves DNA repair and could even help NASA get its astronauts to Mars. Their experiments in mice suggest a treatment is possible for DNA damage from ageing and radiation. It is so promising …

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Android O: Everything you need to know

With the first developer preview of Android O, we get a glimpse of some of the new features we can expect when it's released later this year. Google also tells us that this is just a few of the things we can expect with the next version of Android.

Starting …

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Apple explores using an iPhone or iPad to power a laptop

The notion of using a phone to power a computer isn't new -- we've seen companies like HP and Motorola try, and ultimately fail, to make it a reality for years. But that's not stopping Apple from considering the idea. The USPTO issued a patent filing this morning detailing how an …

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WikiLeaks’ latest Vault 7 documents profile CIA’s exploits for Mac & iPhone

Update: Apple has issued on today's WikiLeaks documents: In their ongoing efforts of leaking government security documents, WikiLeaks has just dropped the latest in their Vault 7 collection.

Titled "Dark Matter," this release contains documents showcasing various projects undertaken by the CIA to infect Apple computer systems and iPhones.

The …

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Google & Howard University launch Computer Science residency in diversity push

Google says undergraduate students from Howard's computer science program will have the opportunity to attend the campus-within-a-campus for hands-on learning direct from both Howard staff and Google's own engineers...

"Howard West will produce hundreds of industry-ready Black computer science graduates, future leaders with the power to transform the global technology …

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Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers

The US Senate today voted to eliminate broadband privacy rules that would have required ISPs to get consumers' explicit consent before selling or sharing Web browsing data and other private information with advertisers and other companies.

"President Trump may be outraged by fake violations of his own privacy, but every …

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Google takes Symantec to the woodshed for mis-issuing 30,000 HTTPS certs

In a severe rebuke of one of the biggest suppliers of HTTPS credentials, Google Chrome developers announced plans to drastically restrict transport layer security certificates sold by Symantec-owned issuers following the discovery they have issued more than 30,000 certificates.

Symantec allowed at least four parties access to their infrastructure …

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