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 Climate nemesis, carbon, could become valuable resource
Climate nemesis, carbon, could become valuable resource

On a dreary November morning, a small party of visitors from around the world boards a boat for an hour-long ride around what was once one of the most polluted waters in the Ruhr valley.

Lake Baldeney has become a symbol for the efforts Germany is making to revive its western industrial heartland, and the gleaming white vessel is meant to showcase where the journey is heading: toward a cleaner, sustainable future.

The boat is th...

November 17, 2017

 Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook
Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook

Global talks on curbing climate change are wrapping up Friday, with progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord.

Observers say the U.S. delegation played a largely constructive role during the talks, despite the Trump administration's threat to pull out of the Paris accord.

November 17, 2017

 Climate nemesis, carbon, could become valuable resource
Climate nemesis, carbon, could become valuable resource

On a dreary November morning, a small party of visitors from around the world boards a boat for an hour-long ride around what was once one of the most polluted waters in the Ruhr valley.

Lake Baldeney has become a symbol for the efforts Germany is making to revive its western industrial heartland, and the gleaming white vessel is meant to showcase where the journey is heading: toward a cleaner, sustainable future.

The boat is th...

November 17, 2017

 Interstellar visitor shaped like giant fire extinguisher
Interstellar visitor shaped like giant fire extinguisher

A newly discovered object from another star system that's passing through ours is shaped like a giant pink fire extinguisher.

That's the word this week from astronomers who have been observing this first-ever confirmed interstellar visitor.

"I'm surprised by the elongated shape — nobody expected that," said astronomer David Jewitt of the University of California, Los Angeles, who led the observation team that reported on the cha...

November 17, 2017

 Getting more 'wolflike' is the key to the future for coyotes
Getting more 'wolflike' is the key to the future for coyotes

The future of the coyotes that roam forests, cities and suburbs from Newfoundland to Virginia could hinge on the animals becoming the "wolves" of the East Coast. And humans better get used to them.

Coyotes have lived in the East since the 1930s, and recent genetic tests have shown they are actually a mixture of coyote, wolf and dog. That's why Eastern coyotes tend to be bigger than their Western cousins.

And they might be gettin...

November 17, 2017

 Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions
Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks.

The company unveiled its new electric semitractor-trailer Thursday night near its design center in Hawthorne, California.

"We're confident that this is a product that's better in every way from a feature standpoint," Musk told a crowd of Tesla fans gathered for the unveiling. Musk...

November 17, 2017

These are 2017's most popular TVs—which one should you buy?
These are 2017's most popular TVs—which one should you buy?

No matter which way you slice it, these TVs are crazy good values. Getting a 55-inch 4K HDR smart TV for around $700 is the kind of shenanigans deal that can only exist in 2017. But while both TVs deliver value, only one can be the best. Ding ding ding!

While it's usually the least important deciding factor when you're shopping for a TV, in a no-holds-barred head-to-head cage match like this one, every aspect must be considered. ...

November 17, 2017

These are the best cameras of 2017
These are the best cameras of 2017

The camera market has shifted dramatically in the last decade, and smartphones are no longer just "good enough" to be your go-to camera—in many cases they're just as good. But our favorites go above and beyond that, delivering the kind of image quality smartphones still can't even dream of.

That may change in the future, but for now dedicated cameras still have the upper hand. Our favorite models are fast, accurate, ge...

November 17, 2017

Tesla is about to unveil an all-electric semi truck
Tesla is about to unveil an all-electric semi truck

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Tesla on Thursday will unveil a prototype electric big-rig truck, which may be able to drive itself, throwing the company into a new market even as it struggles to roll out an affordable sedan which is central to the company’s future.

Chief Executive Elon Musk has described electric trucks as Tesla’s next effort to move the economy away from fossil fuels through project...

November 17, 2017

Scientists may have solved one of Pluto’s great mysteries
Scientists may have solved one of Pluto’s great mysteries

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For such a tiny little world, Pluto sure has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. After being demoted from “planet” to “dwarf planet,” Pluto remains the subject of many scientific endeavors and studies, and new research has perhaps finally solved one of the planet’s most puzzling mysteries.

Compared to Earth, Pluto is a long, long way from the sun, so scientists a...

November 17, 2017

Working with our future robot overlords is a lucrative endeavor
Working with our future robot overlords is a lucrative endeavor

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Good news for non-robots everywhere. There might still be a job in artificial intelligence with your name on it — and it might pay quite a lot.

The top-paying AI job, in a sample of open jobs on Glassdoor as of Oct. 20, was director of AI at a tech company, an executive-level role. Glassdoor estimated it would pay roughly $257,000, not including any bonuses and st...

November 17, 2017

Texting has turned punctuation into a dramatic affair
Texting has turned punctuation into a dramatic affair

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This is the greatest research ever conducted on punctuation. Period.

So the authors, zeroing in on punctuation, found the inclusion of a period can convey negativity. Across three experiments using 10 male and 39 female undergraduate participants, the Binghamton University researchers examined how including or omitting a period in a one-word text response to an invitati...

November 17, 2017

Twitter yanks verification badges from white supremacists
Twitter yanks verification badges from white supremacists

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Twitter hasn’t banned white supremacists and neo-Nazis from its site, but it has yanked away their “verified” status.

The social network confirmed it has revoked the “verification” badges from the profiles of racist instigators including Jason Kessler and Richard Spencer.

Verified no more! Is it not okay to be proudly White? 🤷🏻‍♂️

“Verification has long b...

November 17, 2017

State-of-the-art smartphone can expose your private pictures
State-of-the-art smartphone can expose your private pictures

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Owners of OnePlus smartphones have been warned that their private photos and location could be exposed.

The gadgets come with an app that could be easily manipulated by jealous partners, hackers or crooks looking to blackmail its owner.

The OnePlusLogKit is a debugging app that is used to constantly improve the software on a phone once it has left the factory.

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November 17, 2017

Scientists take risk sending secret message to aliens
Scientists take risk sending secret message to aliens

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If the “truth is out there,” scientists are determined to find it – so much so that they’ve spent a message into space trying to contact aliens.

But a response could take 25 years – if it comes at all.

Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) International sent an encoded message into space using radio waves known as “Sonar Calling GJ...

November 17, 2017

Tesla unveils electric big-rig truck, sporty Roadster
Tesla unveils electric big-rig truck, sporty Roadster

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Tesla Inc on Thursday unveiled a prototype electric big-rig truck that it will start producing in 2019, throwing itself into a new market even as it struggles to roll out an affordable sedan on which the company’s future depends.

Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled the big rig, dubbed the Tesla Semi, by riding the truck into an airport hangar near Los...

November 17, 2017

Spotify Now Sells Makeup by Pat McGrath
Spotify Now Sells Makeup by Pat McGrath

The makeup artist Pat McGrath, considered by many to be at the top of her profession, is trying a new way to reach potential consumers. On Monday, she will be selling a collection of cosmetics from Pat McGrath Labs via a most unlikely channel: the Spotify shop of the teenage pop star Maggie Lindemann.

In the last few years, beauty retail has shifted away from department stores and toward direct-to-consumer models driven by social media (...

November 17, 2017

Tech Tip: How to Add Emoji to Your Twitter Name
Tech Tip: How to Add Emoji to Your Twitter Name

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In addition to changing your displayed Twitter name — which has a maximum of 20 characters — you can update your account’s personal and header images, add or edit the short bit of biographical text shown next to your name, and adjust several other items on your profile. Tap or click the Save Changes button when you are fin...

November 17, 2017

F.C.C. Opens Door to More Consolidation in TV Business
F.C.C. Opens Door to More Consolidation in TV Business

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to allow a single company to own a newspaper and television and radio stations in the same town, reversing a decades-old rule aimed at preventing any individual or company from having too much power over local coverage.

The vote was the latest action in a deregulatory blitz at the agency cheered on by media, broadband and cable corporations, but opposed by many Democrat...

November 17, 2017

Tesla Unveils an Electric Rival to Semi Trucks
Tesla Unveils an Electric Rival to Semi Trucks

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Tesla has aimed to reinvent the automobile and the way electricity is generated for homes. With those efforts still in progress, it is setting out on another quest: to remake the multibillion-dollar trucking industry.

In an elaborately produced nighttime presentation by its chief executive, Elon Musk, Tesla on Thursday unveiled a prototype for a battery-powered, nearly self-driving semi truck that the company said wou...

November 17, 2017