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Twitter stops counting usernames in replies against 140 character limit

Twitter shared today that it has finally flipped the switch on no longer counting usernames against character limits on tweets.

This change was first detailed last fall when Twitter stopped counting media like images and links against the character limit, although the username rule has taken a bit longer to …

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Google says Android Wear 2.0 rollout delayed due to a bug

We told you yesterday that Google is now rolling out the Android Wear 2.0 update to three Android Wear smartwatches, but the question remains: What about the rest of them?

Here's the full statement from Google: We have started rolling out the Android Wear 2.0 update to Fossil …

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Have a Donkey to Trade? China Has an Exchange for That

Chances are, if you can buy it or sell it, China has an exchange for it. The latest example? The China Donkey Exchange. It’s one of more than 1,000 trading venues that now dot Asia’s largest economy, up from 300 in 2011, according to SunSirs, a provider …

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Can China's ivory trade ban save elephants?

He would buy the raw ivory and then have it turned into the pendants, paperweights and statues that once filled shelf after shelf in his shop, as well as the much larger, elaborately carved whole tusks proudly displayed on plinths of their own.

It is a deeply symbolic moment, a …

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This Is Our Best Look Yet at a Tyrannosaur’s Face

Thanks to an exquisite 75-million-year-old fossil, paleontologists have crafted the best-ever reconstruction of a tyrannosaur’s face. The fossil skull belongs to a newly described species named Daspletosaurus horneri, which roamed what is now northern Montana and southern Alberta during the Late Cretaceous. Based on the texture of the bone …

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It just got harder to deny climate change drives extreme weather

In convincing the public of the dangers of climate change, nothing would be more powerful than being able to link extreme weather events with our unbridled love for fossil fuels. But that’s hard, even though we know that the likelihood of dangerous cold snaps, floods and droughts increases the …

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Battle between quantum and thermodynamic laws heats up

The young field of quantum thermodynamics, which tries to reconcile quantum theory with the 200-year-old science of heat and entropy, is booming. It’s also causing some heated disputes.

Many physicists hope that rebuilding thermodynamics from the laws of quantum mechanics will help to settle long-debated conundrums. There are practical …

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Food trade drains global water sources at 'alarming' rates

The global market for foodstuffs is depleting water sources in many parts of the world quicker than they can naturally be refilled. The complex trade is increasing pressure on non-renewable groundwater, mainly used for irrigating crops such as rice, wheat and cotton.
Pakistan, the US and India are the countries …

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Your Cat Thinks You're Cool

We tend to see housecats as aloof and independent, mostly preferring to engage in their own kitty business. But that assumption may be littered with error. Because a new study finds that, given a choice, Fluffy would probably pick you over her favourite toy or treat.

Scientists have analyzed what …

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