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  • 1/74   News Photos Slideshows
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    News Photos Slideshows - Hot Trends - Click on the image to view in augmented reality or in stereo 3D

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    Chris Christie   Asia Bibi   Good Tuesday   Some Dems   Mike Madigan   Tommy Nobis   Our Dreams of Peace   Let Me Finish   Raúl Maldonado   Apple's FaceTime   Trump's 2020   SCHOOL CLOSINGS   Joe Scarborough   Group FaceTime   Anton Chekhov   william mckinley   Bacon Hour   Kushida   
  • 2/74   Why Are We So Addicted to Mysteries Like ‘Making a Murderer?’
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    Why we can’t turn away from shows like Serial and Making a Murderer. (Photo: Getty Images)

    Why we can’t turn away from shows like Serial and Making a Murderer. (Photo: Getty Images)


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  • 3/74   New A&E Show ‘Fit to Fat to Fit’ Makes Trainers Gain Weight — But What Does it Prove?
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    Adonis Hill, a trainer on the upcoming show “Fit to Fat to Fit,” went from weighing 217 pounds to 286 pounds by consuming 8,000 calories a day.

    Adonis Hill, a trainer on the upcoming show “Fit to Fat to Fit,” went from weighing 217 pounds to 286 pounds by consuming 8,000 calories a day.


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  • 4/74   Daily Digit: Why are there so few African-American baseball players?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    It’s been 71 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, but African-American participation in the MLB has sharply declined since its peak in the early ’80s.

    It’s been 71 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, but African-American participation in the MLB has sharply declined since its peak in the early ’80s.


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  • 5/74   How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike
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    "Mechanical doping" made its way into the popular culture last week when a professional bike racer got caught.?

    "Mechanical doping" made its way into the popular culture last week when a professional bike racer got caught.?


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  • 6/74   Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl — But Is the Football Generation Ending?
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    One NFL player after another — from former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, 69, who died in July 2015, to 27-year-old Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died two months after Stabler — has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated trauma. The New York Times reports that well over 100 football players, including several Pro Football Hall of Famers, have CTE so far.

    One NFL player after another — from former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, 69, who died in July 2015, to 27-year-old Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died two months after Stabler — has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated trauma. The New York Times reports that well over 100 football players, including several Pro Football Hall of Famers, have CTE so far.


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  • 7/74   Muslim Teen Defies Tradition to Become First Hijab-Wearing Ballerina
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    With a dream of becoming the first hijab-wearing Muslim ballerina, 14-year-old Stephanie Kurlow recently launched a fundraising page in the hopes of pulling together more than $7,000 so that she can get her certification to open a performing arts program in her native Sydney because she said, “I don’t want certain people who are discriminatory to hold anyone back from achieving their dreams and being unique.” 

    With a dream of becoming the first hijab-wearing Muslim ballerina, 14-year-old Stephanie Kurlow recently launched a fundraising page in the hopes of pulling together more than $7,000 so that she can get her certification to open a performing arts program in her native Sydney because she said, “I don’t want certain people who are discriminatory to hold anyone back from achieving their dreams and being unique.” 


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  • 8/74   Cheerleading Coach Fired for Sabotaging Rival Teen
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    A cheering coach lost her job after allegedly tripping a cheerleader. Video shows the cheerleader backflipping and Teresa Fann sticking a leg out to stop her.

    A cheering coach lost her job after allegedly tripping a cheerleader. Video shows the cheerleader backflipping and Teresa Fann sticking a leg out to stop her.


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  • 9/74   Schools No Longer Punishing Athletes Harshly for Marijuana
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    At least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for testing positive for marijuana and other so-called recreational drugs, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.

    At least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for testing positive for marijuana and other so-called recreational drugs, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.


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  • 10/74   World's Longest Bicycle Spans 117-Feet—Half a City Block!
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    Clear the streets! Dutch cycling group Mijl Van Mares Werkploeg just broke the 2016 world record for longest bicycle.  At a whopping 117 feet long, the bike stretches half a city block and spans farther than the word’s longest limo, at 100 feet long.  Per Guinness World Record’s requirements, it has just two wheels and is actually operable.  The bike stretches half a city block. (Photo: Guinness World Records) In the video, Mara Montalbano shows us how it rides.

    Clear the streets! Dutch cycling group Mijl Van Mares Werkploeg just broke the 2016 world record for longest bicycle.  At a whopping 117 feet long, the bike stretches half a city block and spans farther than the word’s longest limo, at 100 feet long. Per Guinness World Record’s requirements, it has just two wheels and is actually operable. The bike stretches half a city block. (Photo: Guinness World Records) In the video, Mara Montalbano shows us how it rides.


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  • 11/74   Why I Like It When My 8-year-old Loses at Sports
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    “In business, you either close a deal or you don’t — and if you don’t, you can’t just say, ‘Well, everybody tried hard, right?’” Jen Welter, a sports psychologist and the first female coach in the NFL, tells Yahoo Parenting.

    “In business, you either close a deal or you don’t — and if you don’t, you can’t just say, ‘Well, everybody tried hard, right?’” Jen Welter, a sports psychologist and the first female coach in the NFL, tells Yahoo Parenting.


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  • 12/74   Study Finds Benefit of Cheerleading
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    Could cheerleading be the most progressive sport in terms of gender roles?  New research from the University of East Anglia indicates that the traditionally female-centered activity can help participants of both sexes challenge stereotypes about girls in sports.  The study, which was published in the journal Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, tracked the growing popularity of cheerleading in the U.K. and focused on the members of four cheerleading teams.  “The participants in our study talked about flipping gender norms in cheerleading,” Dr. Amy Pressland, a co-author of the study, tells Yahoo Parenting.

    Could cheerleading be the most progressive sport in terms of gender roles? New research from the University of East Anglia indicates that the traditionally female-centered activity can help participants of both sexes challenge stereotypes about girls in sports. The study, which was published in the journal Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, tracked the growing popularity of cheerleading in the U.K. and focused on the members of four cheerleading teams. “The participants in our study talked about flipping gender norms in cheerleading,” Dr. Amy Pressland, a co-author of the study, tells Yahoo Parenting.


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  • 13/74   Tom Brady on Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes: 'That's Poison'
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen. (Photo: Instagram.com/gisele) A run-of-the-mill post-game radio interview with Tom Brady ended up being a lot more than that, when the Patriots quarterback took a swing at the processed food industry — calling out Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes, specifically.  Brady’s been known to stick to an extremely healthy diet — avocado “ice cream,” anyone? — but this interview revealed the passion behind his healthy habits.

    Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen. (Photo: Instagram.com/gisele) A run-of-the-mill post-game radio interview with Tom Brady ended up being a lot more than that, when the Patriots quarterback took a swing at the processed food industry — calling out Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes, specifically.  Brady’s been known to stick to an extremely healthy diet — avocado “ice cream,” anyone? — but this interview revealed the passion behind his healthy habits.


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  • 14/74   When Someone You Love Spirals Out of Control, When Do You Stay and When Do You Go?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Though the two are still legally married, Khloe Kardashian left the basketball star after five years together in 2013, reportedly over his struggle with substance abuse and, primarily, his addiction to cocaine.  Odom remains in critical condition, still unconscious, with Kardashian by his side after she rushed to Las Vegas upon hearing the news.  Earlier this week, University of Southern California football coach Steve Sarkisian was fired, allegedly as a result of his own struggle with alcoholism and his violation of the school’s zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol use.  The 41-year-old has three children with his estranged wife.  Also this week, reality TV star Scott Disick, the former boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian and father of her children, checked into rehab to get help for his addiction problems.

    Though the two are still legally married, Khloe Kardashian left the basketball star after five years together in 2013, reportedly over his struggle with substance abuse and, primarily, his addiction to cocaine.  Odom remains in critical condition, still unconscious, with Kardashian by his side after she rushed to Las Vegas upon hearing the news.  Earlier this week, University of Southern California football coach Steve Sarkisian was fired, allegedly as a result of his own struggle with alcoholism and his violation of the school’s zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol use. The 41-year-old has three children with his estranged wife.  Also this week, reality TV star Scott Disick, the former boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian and father of her children, checked into rehab to get help for his addiction problems.


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  • 15/74   As NFL Player Daniel Fells Contracts MRSA, a Look at How Serious Staph Infections Work
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Daniel Fells in January 2015.  “This is a serious situation that has been taken seriously from the beginning,” Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon told NFL.com.  “We’re all fighting for Daniel.” But what is MRSA, exactly?  “I can’t count how many MRSA infections I see.  While MRSA infections have leveled off in the last few years following a rapid increase from the 1960s to mid-2000s, they have the potential to turn deadly — and do.

    Daniel Fells in January 2015.  “This is a serious situation that has been taken seriously from the beginning,” Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon told NFL.com. “We’re all fighting for Daniel.” But what is MRSA, exactly? “I can’t count how many MRSA infections I see. While MRSA infections have leveled off in the last few years following a rapid increase from the 1960s to mid-2000s, they have the potential to turn deadly — and do.


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  • 16/74   High School Quarterback’s Tragic Death Highlights Silent Danger of an Enlarged Spleen
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    A spleen can become enlarged for many reasons, including genetic diseases, William Katkov, MD, a gastroenterologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., tells Yahoo Health.  Here’s why that’s a problem: A person may feel better and resume their normal activities, but their enlarged spleen is more susceptible to rupturing and may no longer be protected by their ribcage, leaving it incredibly vulnerable to injury.  “An enlarged spleen is at an increased risk for rupture or injury in the setting of normal trauma, like a football game, diving into a pool, or minor car accident,” Katkov says.  While an enlarged spleen can be asymptomatic, Katkov says a person can feel uncomfortable or have a feeling of fullness in their upper abdomen on the left side.

    A spleen can become enlarged for many reasons, including genetic diseases, William Katkov, MD, a gastroenterologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., tells Yahoo Health. Here’s why that’s a problem: A person may feel better and resume their normal activities, but their enlarged spleen is more susceptible to rupturing and may no longer be protected by their ribcage, leaving it incredibly vulnerable to injury. “An enlarged spleen is at an increased risk for rupture or injury in the setting of normal trauma, like a football game, diving into a pool, or minor car accident,” Katkov says. While an enlarged spleen can be asymptomatic, Katkov says a person can feel uncomfortable or have a feeling of fullness in their upper abdomen on the left side.


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  • 17/74   Novak Djokovic’s Inspiring Dad Comments: How Being a Parent Heightens Happy Moments
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Novak Djokovic, who beat Roger Federer to claim the U.S. Open title on Sunday, says parenthood has made him a better player.  Since then, the tennis champ has credited fatherhood with improving his game.

    Novak Djokovic, who beat Roger Federer to claim the U.S. Open title on Sunday, says parenthood has made him a better player. Since then, the tennis champ has credited fatherhood with improving his game.


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  • 18/74   Little League Team’s Heartwarming Last Act for Dad and His Son
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    Gary Parrish, center, died on Thursday of liver cancer.  Gary Parrish was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and metastasis to the liver in June.  STORY: Late Dad Makes Stunning Appearance in Photo With Widow, Baby When this year’s baseball season started, 11-year-old Ryan Parrish’s coach, Caison Whatley, who also coached him last season, noticed the boy was unusually distracted.  He’s got a whole lot more on his mind than we could ever have,” Whatley told WSFA.

    Gary Parrish, center, died on Thursday of liver cancer. Gary Parrish was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and metastasis to the liver in June. STORY: Late Dad Makes Stunning Appearance in Photo With Widow, Baby When this year’s baseball season started, 11-year-old Ryan Parrish’s coach, Caison Whatley, who also coached him last season, noticed the boy was unusually distracted. He’s got a whole lot more on his mind than we could ever have,” Whatley told WSFA.


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  • 19/74   What We Can Learn About Sibling Rivalry From Serena and Venus Williams
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    Serena and Venus Williams share a hug after Serena’s victory over her big sister on Tuesday night. (Photo: Corbis Images) After Serena Williams beat her sister Venus on Tuesday night in a competitive three-set U.S. Open quarterfinals match, the two met at the net and embraced. Venus, the older Williams sibling, whispered to her sister: “I’m so happy for you.”

    Serena and Venus Williams share a hug after Serena’s victory over her big sister on Tuesday night. (Photo: Corbis Images) After Serena Williams beat her sister Venus on Tuesday night in a competitive three-set U.S. Open quarterfinals match, the two met at the net and embraced. Venus, the older Williams sibling, whispered to her sister: “I’m so happy for you.”


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  • 20/74   Michael Sam Makes Up With Dad Who Criticized Him for Being Gay
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    Former NFL player Michael Sam, who had been estranged from his father since coming out as gay in February 2014, tweeted this week that the two have spoken for the first time since then. (Photo: Getty Images) When former NFL player Michael Sam announced to the world that he was gay back in February 2014, he was largely praised for his bravery and honesty by fellow players, various celebrities, the NFL, and ESPN — pretty much everyone, it seemed, except his father, Michael Sam Sr., who was quoted at the time as saying, “I’m old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.” STORY: NFL Dad Sends Powerful Message by Confiscating Kids’ ‘Trophies for Nothing’ Shortly after, Sam discussed his estrangement from his dad during a segment of Dancing With the Stars, while he was a contestant.

    Former NFL player Michael Sam, who had been estranged from his father since coming out as gay in February 2014, tweeted this week that the two have spoken for the first time since then. (Photo: Getty Images) When former NFL player Michael Sam announced to the world that he was gay back in February 2014, he was largely praised for his bravery and honesty by fellow players, various celebrities, the NFL, and ESPN — pretty much everyone, it seemed, except his father, Michael Sam Sr., who was quoted at the time as saying, “I’m old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.” STORY: NFL Dad Sends Powerful Message by Confiscating Kids’ ‘Trophies for Nothing’ Shortly after, Sam discussed his estrangement from his dad during a segment of Dancing With the Stars, while he was a contestant.


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  • 21/74   Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018

    CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

    CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.


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  • 22/74   The weirdest tech of CES 2018

    Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.

    Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.


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  • 23/74   Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audio

    At CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.

    At CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.


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  • 24/74   Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill you

    Honda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.

    Honda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.


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  • 25/74   Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in an unnamed city

    At CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.

    At CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.


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  • 26/74   Intel wants this drone to fly you around

    Intel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

    Intel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.


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  • 27/74   AMD CEO on chip security flaws: ‘We're absolutely all over this’

    AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.

    AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.


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  • 28/74   Nvidia went all out for PC gaming at CES 2018

    Nvidia rolled out a slew of updates for its GeForce line of gaming products at CES 2018 including massive computer screens and cloud game streaming.

    Nvidia rolled out a slew of updates for its GeForce line of gaming products at CES 2018 including massive computer screens and cloud game streaming.


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  • 29/74   What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018

    It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.

    It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.


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  • 30/74   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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  • 31/74   Twitter tests longer character limit

    You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter.  The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit.  The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean.  Users won’t see this change right away, though.  Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone.  Via Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider. ...

    You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won’t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider. ...


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  • 32/74   Mac OS High Sierra makes the Mac a teeny, tiny bit better — for free

    Mac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13). As the new name suggests, it’s just a refinement of last year’s Mac OS Sierra. In fact, you could sum up what's new in an article about as short as this one.

    Mac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13). As the new name suggests, it’s just a refinement of last year’s Mac OS Sierra. In fact, you could sum up what's new in an article about as short as this one.


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  • 33/74   Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effects

    Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?

    Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?


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  • 34/74   The top 8 features we expect from Apple's next iPhone

    Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.

    Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.


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  • 35/74   Apple's App Store is about to get a lot better with iOS 11

    Apple's App Store is getting a major update in iOS 11, and it's going to make finding new apps far better.

    Apple's App Store is getting a major update in iOS 11, and it's going to make finding new apps far better.


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  • 36/74   Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hacked

    Equifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.

    Equifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.


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  • 37/74   The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhone

    Apple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.

    Apple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.


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  • 38/74   Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectations

    Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.

    Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.


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  • 39/74   Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook post

    Yahoo's David Pogue has a sneaky way you can create a universal link to a Facebook item so that you can send or post to anyone.

    Yahoo's David Pogue has a sneaky way you can create a universal link to a Facebook item so that you can send or post to anyone.


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  • 40/74   4 amazing new gadgets you can't get in the US

    There are some gadgets that are just too cool for us Americans.

    There are some gadgets that are just too cool for us Americans.


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  • 41/74   Why you might not want a laptop with a 4K display

    More laptop makers are pushing the limits of design and performance, but high-resolution panels are hurting their batteries.

    More laptop makers are pushing the limits of design and performance, but high-resolution panels are hurting their batteries.


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  • 42/74   The most important iPhone features ever

    Apple's iPhone is one of the most important consumer gadgets ever made, and it has a lot to do with these simple features.

    Apple's iPhone is one of the most important consumer gadgets ever made, and it has a lot to do with these simple features.


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  • 43/74   Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history

    Hope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”

    Hope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”


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  • 44/74   'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity

    "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" offers a ridiculous strategy experience with surprising depth and a pinch of toilet humor.

    "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" offers a ridiculous strategy experience with surprising depth and a pinch of toilet humor.


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  • 45/74   Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.

    The plague of “fake news” may be news to Facebook (FB), but it’s a familiar foe to a small non-profit in Washington that’s trying to use mobile apps, big data and social media to promote peace and accountability in places like Iraq, Kenya and Mexico where those technologies have often been abused to spread lies and hate.  The PeaceTech Lab aims to develop “technology that can be applied to tackle the triggers of violence,” president and CEO Sheldon Himelfarb said in an interview at the lab’s Washington headquarters at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

    The plague of “fake news” may be news to Facebook (FB), but it’s a familiar foe to a small non-profit in Washington that’s trying to use mobile apps, big data and social media to promote peace and accountability in places like Iraq, Kenya and Mexico where those technologies have often been abused to spread lies and hate. The PeaceTech Lab aims to develop “technology that can be applied to tackle the triggers of violence,” president and CEO Sheldon Himelfarb said in an interview at the lab’s Washington headquarters at the U.S. Institute of Peace.


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  • 46/74   Venezuela's Guaido calls for new protests as pressure on Maduro rises
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    Countries around the world have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader, and the United States vowed to starve Maduro's administration of oil revenue after he was sworn in Jan. 10 for a second term that was widely dubbed illegitimate.  Maduro says the United States is promoting a coup against him and promised to stay in office, backed by Russia and China, which have bankrolled his government and fought off efforts to have his government disavowed by the United Nations.  'We're doing well, very well, Venezuela!'  On Sunday, Israel and Australia joined countries backing the 35-year-old Guaido, and U.S. President Donald Trump said his government had accepted Venezuelan opposition figure Carlos Alfredo Vecchio as a diplomatic representative to the United States.

    Countries around the world have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader, and the United States vowed to starve Maduro's administration of oil revenue after he was sworn in Jan. 10 for a second term that was widely dubbed illegitimate. Maduro says the United States is promoting a coup against him and promised to stay in office, backed by Russia and China, which have bankrolled his government and fought off efforts to have his government disavowed by the United Nations. 'We're doing well, very well, Venezuela!' On Sunday, Israel and Australia joined countries backing the 35-year-old Guaido, and U.S. President Donald Trump said his government had accepted Venezuelan opposition figure Carlos Alfredo Vecchio as a diplomatic representative to the United States.


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  • 47/74   Duke professor sparks online outrage after telling Chinese students to only speak English
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    A Duke University official stepped down Saturday after her email telling students to "commit to using English 100% of the time" sparked outrage online.

    A Duke University official stepped down Saturday after her email telling students to "commit to using English 100% of the time" sparked outrage online.


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  • 48/74   Afghanistan's President Assures Citizens Amid Report of U.S.-Taliban Peace Progress
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    'Our commitment is to provide peace and to prevent any possible disaster'

    'Our commitment is to provide peace and to prevent any possible disaster'


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  • 49/74   Brazil dam collapse: Search for survivors resumes as death toll reaches 58
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    Firefighters in Brazil have resumed their search for hundreds of people missing in the wake of a massive dam collapse.  The dam burst at Vale’s Corrego do Feijao mine in southeastern Brazil unleashed a torrent of mud on Friday, burying the mining facilities and nearby homes in the town of Brumadinho.  Nearly 300 people are still missing, with the list of those unaccounted for being constantly updated, Flavio Godinho, a spokesman for the Minas Gerais civil defense agency, said.

    Firefighters in Brazil have resumed their search for hundreds of people missing in the wake of a massive dam collapse. The dam burst at Vale’s Corrego do Feijao mine in southeastern Brazil unleashed a torrent of mud on Friday, burying the mining facilities and nearby homes in the town of Brumadinho. Nearly 300 people are still missing, with the list of those unaccounted for being constantly updated, Flavio Godinho, a spokesman for the Minas Gerais civil defense agency, said.


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  • 50/74   50 years after the Santa Barbara oil spill: How the catastrophe sparked a modern environmental movement
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    Jan. 28, 2019, marks 50 years since the pristine shores and Pacific waters of Santa Barbara, California, were blemished and blackened by an estimated 3 million gallons of crude oil.

    Jan. 28, 2019, marks 50 years since the pristine shores and Pacific waters of Santa Barbara, California, were blemished and blackened by an estimated 3 million gallons of crude oil.


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  • 51/74   Russian painting stolen from Moscow gallery during exhibition
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    A 20th century landscape painting by a Russian artist was stolen from a Moscow art gallery in a brazen act of theft during an exhibition, police said on Sunday.  Crimea', was painted in 1908 by Arkhip Kuindzhi, a Russian artist of Greek origin, and depicts a mountain in the Crimea peninsula.  Russian news agencies said the painting was stolen from the Tretyakov gallery, one of Russia's leading art galleries, which has been targeted by criminals several times in recent years.

    A 20th century landscape painting by a Russian artist was stolen from a Moscow art gallery in a brazen act of theft during an exhibition, police said on Sunday. Crimea', was painted in 1908 by Arkhip Kuindzhi, a Russian artist of Greek origin, and depicts a mountain in the Crimea peninsula. Russian news agencies said the painting was stolen from the Tretyakov gallery, one of Russia's leading art galleries, which has been targeted by criminals several times in recent years.


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  • 52/74   As US teachers ramp up pressure, face reality: L.A. strike was about control, not students
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    Don't let myths perpetuate a massive, outdated system. The hope for students lies in charter schools. That's what public education should look like.

    Don't let myths perpetuate a massive, outdated system. The hope for students lies in charter schools. That's what public education should look like.


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  • 53/74   Saudi Arabia hopes to lure over $425 bln in investments
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    Saudi Arabia on Monday launched an ambitious programme which it hopes will attract $427 billion in investments in the industrial and logistics sectors, as the OPEC kingpin bids to reduce dependence on oil.  To kickstart the 12-year programme, the Gulf state announced the signing of 37 agreements worth $55 billion with foreign and local investors at a ceremony attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  The programme is part of the kingdom's 2030 Vision, the brainchild of Prince Mohammed, that aims to diversify its economy which has been heavily dependent on oil prices.

    Saudi Arabia on Monday launched an ambitious programme which it hopes will attract $427 billion in investments in the industrial and logistics sectors, as the OPEC kingpin bids to reduce dependence on oil. To kickstart the 12-year programme, the Gulf state announced the signing of 37 agreements worth $55 billion with foreign and local investors at a ceremony attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The programme is part of the kingdom's 2030 Vision, the brainchild of Prince Mohammed, that aims to diversify its economy which has been heavily dependent on oil prices.


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  • 54/74   Hezbollah's Finances are Its Achilles' Heel
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    Fighting Hezbollah is not only a military competition, but a financial one.

    Fighting Hezbollah is not only a military competition, but a financial one.


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  • 55/74   Trump Slaps De-Facto Oil Ban on Venezuela 
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    The move ratchets up pressure on Maduro to resign and cede power to National Assembly leader Juan Guaido by cutting off the regime from the market where it gets the bulk of its cash.  The U.S. and other countries recognized Guaido last week as Venezuela’s rightful president, and he said Monday he would take control of Venezuelan accounts abroad and appoint new boards to PDVSA and its Houston-based subsidiary Citgo Petroleum.  President Donald Trump assailed Maduro in a letter to Congress explaining an executive order he issued sanctioning PDVSA and Venezuela’s central bank.

    The move ratchets up pressure on Maduro to resign and cede power to National Assembly leader Juan Guaido by cutting off the regime from the market where it gets the bulk of its cash. The U.S. and other countries recognized Guaido last week as Venezuela’s rightful president, and he said Monday he would take control of Venezuelan accounts abroad and appoint new boards to PDVSA and its Houston-based subsidiary Citgo Petroleum. President Donald Trump assailed Maduro in a letter to Congress explaining an executive order he issued sanctioning PDVSA and Venezuela’s central bank.


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  • 56/74   PG&E, owner of biggest U.S. power utility, files for bankruptcy
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    PG&E listed assets of $71.39 billion and liabilities of $51.69 billion, in a court document filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.  'Throughout this process, we are fully committed to enhancing our wildfire safety efforts, as well as helping restoration and rebuilding efforts across the communities impacted by the devastating Northern California wildfires,' PG&E interim Chief Executive Officer John Simon said.  The investment firm said it would propose a slate of board directors no later than Feb. 21, and urged all PG&E stakeholders to support change at the company.

    PG&E listed assets of $71.39 billion and liabilities of $51.69 billion, in a court document filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. 'Throughout this process, we are fully committed to enhancing our wildfire safety efforts, as well as helping restoration and rebuilding efforts across the communities impacted by the devastating Northern California wildfires,' PG&E interim Chief Executive Officer John Simon said. The investment firm said it would propose a slate of board directors no later than Feb. 21, and urged all PG&E stakeholders to support change at the company.


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  • 57/74   Israel Aerospace, Germany's OHB parter in European moon mission
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    State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries on Tuesday said it has partnered with Germany's OHB System for a European Space Agency moon mission, which includes developing a lunar lander.  Work with the European agency will be managed by OHB, while Israel Aerospace (IAI) will deliver the moon lander, the company said.  It did not disclose financial details, although the agreement could be worth tens of millions of dollars, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

    State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries on Tuesday said it has partnered with Germany's OHB System for a European Space Agency moon mission, which includes developing a lunar lander. Work with the European agency will be managed by OHB, while Israel Aerospace (IAI) will deliver the moon lander, the company said. It did not disclose financial details, although the agreement could be worth tens of millions of dollars, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.


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  • 58/74   Takeda dengue vaccine meets main goal of trial; detailed results to come
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    Takeda did not disclose how the vaccine performed in people who had never been previously exposed to dengue, a group that experienced an increased risk of severe disease with Sanofi's Dengvaxia, the world's first dengue vaccine.  Sanofi had not collected blood samples on all subjects prior to beginning its trials.  Takeda collected blood samples from all 20,000 children aged 4 to 16 from Asia and Latin America who participated in the Phase III TIDES trial.

    Takeda did not disclose how the vaccine performed in people who had never been previously exposed to dengue, a group that experienced an increased risk of severe disease with Sanofi's Dengvaxia, the world's first dengue vaccine. Sanofi had not collected blood samples on all subjects prior to beginning its trials. Takeda collected blood samples from all 20,000 children aged 4 to 16 from Asia and Latin America who participated in the Phase III TIDES trial.


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  • 59/74   Newfound Distant Space Rock May Be Missing Link of Planet Formation
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    The far outer solar system is teeming with mountain-size space rocks left over from the planet-formation period, a new study suggests.

Astronomers have apparently detected a 0.8-mile-wide (1.3 kilometers) object in the Kuiper Belt, the realm of icy bodies beyond Neptune's orbit. If the newfound candidate is confirmed, it would be the first Kuiper Belt object (KBO) ever known in this size range, study team members said.

Scientists have spotted many KBOs over the years. But they tend to be much larger -- such as the dwarf planet Pluto or the 20-mile-wide (32 km) Ultima Thule, both of which NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has flown by -- or a bit smaller (less than 0.6 miles, or 1 km, wide). [Ultima Thule in Pictures: Flyby Views of 2014 MU69 by New Horizons]

The find suggests that these mid-size KBOs are incredibly common: About 60,000 of them likely occupy every square degree of sky, the researchers calculated. (Your clenched fist held at arm's length covers about 10 degrees of sky.)

This information, in turn, may reveal key information about how planets grew and evolved long ago.

"If this is a true KBO detection, this implies that planetesimals before their runaway growth phase grew into kilometer-sized objects in the primordial outer solar system and remain as a major population in the present-day Kuiper Belt," the researchers wrote in the new study, which was published online today (Jan. 28) in the journal Nature Astronomy.

KBOs such as the newly detected candidate are too faint to be seen directly, even by the most powerful telescopes operating today. So the study team, led by Ko Arimatsu of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, took an indirect approach. The researchers monitored about 2,000 stars for a total of 60 hours, looking for "occultations" -- dimming events that could betray the presence of KBOs passing in front of the stars.

They did this work on the cheap, using two small (11-inch-wide, or 28 centimeters) telescopes that they installed on the roof of a school on the Japanese island of Okinawa for a project called the Organized Autotelescopes for Serendipitous Event Survey (OASES).

"This is a real victory for little projects," Arimatsu said in a statement. "Our team had less than 0.3 percent of the budget of large international projects. We didn't even have enough money to build a second dome to protect our second telescope! Yet we still managed to make a discovery that is impossible for the big projects."

Now that the researchers know their methodology works, Arimatsu added, they plan to study the Kuiper Belt in even greater detail.

"We also have our sights set on the still undiscovered Oort Cloud out beyond that," Arimatsu said, referring to the solar system's comet repository, which is thought to harbor trillions of icy objects.

Mike Wall's book about the search for alien life, "Out There" (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate) is out now. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us@Spacedotcom or Facebook. Originally published on Space.com.

###  Editor's Recommendations 

  * Pluto Flyby Anniversary: The Most Amazing Photos from NASA's New Horizons
  * Our Solar System: A Photo Tour of the Planets
  * How Did the Solar System Form?

    The far outer solar system is teeming with mountain-size space rocks left over from the planet-formation period, a new study suggests. Astronomers have apparently detected a 0.8-mile-wide (1.3 kilometers) object in the Kuiper Belt, the realm of icy bodies beyond Neptune's orbit. If the newfound candidate is confirmed, it would be the first Kuiper Belt object (KBO) ever known in this size range, study team members said. Scientists have spotted many KBOs over the years. But they tend to be much larger -- such as the dwarf planet Pluto or the 20-mile-wide (32 km) Ultima Thule, both of which NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has flown by -- or a bit smaller (less than 0.6 miles, or 1 km, wide). [Ultima Thule in Pictures: Flyby Views of 2014 MU69 by New Horizons] The find suggests that these mid-size KBOs are incredibly common: About 60,000 of them likely occupy every square degree of sky, the researchers calculated. (Your clenched fist held at arm's length covers about 10 degrees of sky.) This information, in turn, may reveal key information about how planets grew and evolved long ago. "If this is a true KBO detection, this implies that planetesimals before their runaway growth phase grew into kilometer-sized objects in the primordial outer solar system and remain as a major population in the present-day Kuiper Belt," the researchers wrote in the new study, which was published online today (Jan. 28) in the journal Nature Astronomy. KBOs such as the newly detected candidate are too faint to be seen directly, even by the most powerful telescopes operating today. So the study team, led by Ko Arimatsu of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, took an indirect approach. The researchers monitored about 2,000 stars for a total of 60 hours, looking for "occultations" -- dimming events that could betray the presence of KBOs passing in front of the stars. They did this work on the cheap, using two small (11-inch-wide, or 28 centimeters) telescopes that they installed on the roof of a school on the Japanese island of Okinawa for a project called the Organized Autotelescopes for Serendipitous Event Survey (OASES). "This is a real victory for little projects," Arimatsu said in a statement. "Our team had less than 0.3 percent of the budget of large international projects. We didn't even have enough money to build a second dome to protect our second telescope! Yet we still managed to make a discovery that is impossible for the big projects." Now that the researchers know their methodology works, Arimatsu added, they plan to study the Kuiper Belt in even greater detail. "We also have our sights set on the still undiscovered Oort Cloud out beyond that," Arimatsu said, referring to the solar system's comet repository, which is thought to harbor trillions of icy objects. Mike Wall's book about the search for alien life, "Out There" (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate) is out now. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us@Spacedotcom or Facebook. Originally published on Space.com. ### Editor's Recommendations * Pluto Flyby Anniversary: The Most Amazing Photos from NASA's New Horizons * Our Solar System: A Photo Tour of the Planets * How Did the Solar System Form?


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  • 60/74   Fight Harder Against Fake News, EU Tell Tech Giants
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    The European Commission, the bloc’s executive body, acknowledged that companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc., had made 'some progress,' in particular with removing fake accounts and demoting sites that promote disinformation.

    The European Commission, the bloc’s executive body, acknowledged that companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc., had made 'some progress,' in particular with removing fake accounts and demoting sites that promote disinformation.


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  • 61/74   Retreating Ice Exposes Arctic Landscape Unseen for 120,000 Years
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    The retreat of Arctic glaciers is exposing landscapes that haven't seen the sun for nearly 120,000 years.

These rocky vistas have very likely been covered in ice since the Eemian, a period in which average temperatures were up to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) warmer than present, and sea levels up to 30 feet (9 meters) higher.

"The last century of warmth is likely greater than any century prior to this going back 120,000 years," said study leader Simon Pendleton, a doctoral student at the University of Colorado, Boulder's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. [See Stunning Photos of Baffin Island Glaciers]

##  Preserved plants

Pendleton and his colleagues walked across these ancient landscapes while taking samples on Baffin Island, Canada. The island is ringed with dramatic fjords, but its interior is dominated by high-elevation, relatively flat, tundra plains.

These tundra plains are covered with thin ice caps. Because the landscape is so flat, the ice caps don't flow and slide like typical glaciers, Pendleton told Live Science. Instead, they simply sit on the underlying rock and soil, preserving everything beneath them like the glass of a museum case.

University of Colorado, Boulder, researchers traverse the ice on Baffin Island in Nunavut Territory, Canada. Matthew Kennedy/Earth Vision Institute

What's preserved includes tiny Arctic plants and mosses that were last alive when the ice enveloped the land. As the ice melts, Pendleton said, it exposes this ancient, delicate vegetation. Wind and water destroy the long-lost plants within months, but if researchers can get to them first, they can use radiocarbon dating to determine the age of the vegetation.

##  Under ice

Radiocarbon dating measures the levels of a slowly decaying isotope of carbon, carbon-14. (Carbon-14 has eight neutrons in its nucleus rather than six like regular carbon.) Because scientists know how quickly carbon-14 decays -- and plants take in carbon-14 via photosynthesis -- they can use the amount of the isotope in an organic sample to determine its age.

Pendleton and his colleagues took 124 samples from 30 locations around eastern Baffin Island, all within about 3 feet (1 m) of the edge of the modern ice cap -- the area most recently exposed by melt where remnants of ancient plants had not yet been eroded away.

They found that all of their samples were at least as old as the oldest age that radiocarbon dating can detect: 40,000 years. That's a direct indication that the plants had been under ice for at least that long, the researchers reported Jan. 25 in the journal Nature Communications.

##  Visible change

The researchers were able to back up those vegetation measurements with measurements of minerals in the nearby rock that also suggested at least 40,000 years of continuous ice coverage. And it's nearly certain that Baffin Island has been entombed in ice for much longer than that, Pendleton said. Forty thousand years ago, the world was in the midst of the last ice age. If it takes temperatures as warm as today's to melt ice that has persisted that long, the last period to find those in the Arctic is nearly 120,000 years ago, Pendleton said. Chances are, some of the landscapes exposed today have been buried since that warm interglacial period. [On Ice: Stunning Images of Canadian Arctic]

"We know there is dramatic change occurring and will continue to occur, but I don't know that we were expecting to find evidence that we're now seeing landscapes and temperatures similar to that of the last interglacial period," Pendleton said.

The changes on Baffin Island are undeniable even to the naked eye, Pendleton said. The research team took samples on the island in 2005, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Year to year, Pendleton said, the retreat of the ice was obvious. The researchers would use GPS to pinpoint their previous sampling point, which had once been at the edge of the ice. At some places, Pendleton said, they'd find themselves the length of a football field from the new edge of the ice.

"To be able to stand there and see that change is -- I don't have a good word for it," Pendleton said. "It's kind of breathtaking, in a way."

  * Images of Melt: Earth's Vanishing Ice
  * Collapsing Beauty: Image of Antarctica's Larsen Ice Shelf
  * Earth from Above: 101 Stunning Images from Orbit



Originally published on Live Science.

    The retreat of Arctic glaciers is exposing landscapes that haven't seen the sun for nearly 120,000 years. These rocky vistas have very likely been covered in ice since the Eemian, a period in which average temperatures were up to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) warmer than present, and sea levels up to 30 feet (9 meters) higher. "The last century of warmth is likely greater than any century prior to this going back 120,000 years," said study leader Simon Pendleton, a doctoral student at the University of Colorado, Boulder's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. [See Stunning Photos of Baffin Island Glaciers] ## Preserved plants Pendleton and his colleagues walked across these ancient landscapes while taking samples on Baffin Island, Canada. The island is ringed with dramatic fjords, but its interior is dominated by high-elevation, relatively flat, tundra plains. These tundra plains are covered with thin ice caps. Because the landscape is so flat, the ice caps don't flow and slide like typical glaciers, Pendleton told Live Science. Instead, they simply sit on the underlying rock and soil, preserving everything beneath them like the glass of a museum case. University of Colorado, Boulder, researchers traverse the ice on Baffin Island in Nunavut Territory, Canada. Matthew Kennedy/Earth Vision Institute What's preserved includes tiny Arctic plants and mosses that were last alive when the ice enveloped the land. As the ice melts, Pendleton said, it exposes this ancient, delicate vegetation. Wind and water destroy the long-lost plants within months, but if researchers can get to them first, they can use radiocarbon dating to determine the age of the vegetation. ## Under ice Radiocarbon dating measures the levels of a slowly decaying isotope of carbon, carbon-14. (Carbon-14 has eight neutrons in its nucleus rather than six like regular carbon.) Because scientists know how quickly carbon-14 decays -- and plants take in carbon-14 via photosynthesis -- they can use the amount of the isotope in an organic sample to determine its age. Pendleton and his colleagues took 124 samples from 30 locations around eastern Baffin Island, all within about 3 feet (1 m) of the edge of the modern ice cap -- the area most recently exposed by melt where remnants of ancient plants had not yet been eroded away. They found that all of their samples were at least as old as the oldest age that radiocarbon dating can detect: 40,000 years. That's a direct indication that the plants had been under ice for at least that long, the researchers reported Jan. 25 in the journal Nature Communications. ## Visible change The researchers were able to back up those vegetation measurements with measurements of minerals in the nearby rock that also suggested at least 40,000 years of continuous ice coverage. And it's nearly certain that Baffin Island has been entombed in ice for much longer than that, Pendleton said. Forty thousand years ago, the world was in the midst of the last ice age. If it takes temperatures as warm as today's to melt ice that has persisted that long, the last period to find those in the Arctic is nearly 120,000 years ago, Pendleton said. Chances are, some of the landscapes exposed today have been buried since that warm interglacial period. [On Ice: Stunning Images of Canadian Arctic] "We know there is dramatic change occurring and will continue to occur, but I don't know that we were expecting to find evidence that we're now seeing landscapes and temperatures similar to that of the last interglacial period," Pendleton said. The changes on Baffin Island are undeniable even to the naked eye, Pendleton said. The research team took samples on the island in 2005, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Year to year, Pendleton said, the retreat of the ice was obvious. The researchers would use GPS to pinpoint their previous sampling point, which had once been at the edge of the ice. At some places, Pendleton said, they'd find themselves the length of a football field from the new edge of the ice. "To be able to stand there and see that change is -- I don't have a good word for it," Pendleton said. "It's kind of breathtaking, in a way." * Images of Melt: Earth's Vanishing Ice * Collapsing Beauty: Image of Antarctica's Larsen Ice Shelf * Earth from Above: 101 Stunning Images from Orbit Originally published on Live Science.


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  • 62/74   U.S. sanctions Venezuela state oil firm, escalating pressure on Maduro
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    WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday imposed sweeping sanctions on Venezuelan state-owned oil firm PDVSA, aimed at severely curbing the OPEC member's crude exports to the United States and at pressuring socialist President Nicolas Maduro to step down.  Russia, a close ally of Venezuela, denounced the move as illegal interference in Venezuela's affairs and said the curbs meant Venezuela would probably have problems servicing its $3.15 billion sovereign debt to Moscow.  Minutes before the sanctions announcement, Juan Guaido, the opposition leader who proclaimed himself interim president last week with U.S. backing, said congress would name new boards of directors to the company and its U.S. subsidiary, Citgo.

    WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday imposed sweeping sanctions on Venezuelan state-owned oil firm PDVSA, aimed at severely curbing the OPEC member's crude exports to the United States and at pressuring socialist President Nicolas Maduro to step down. Russia, a close ally of Venezuela, denounced the move as illegal interference in Venezuela's affairs and said the curbs meant Venezuela would probably have problems servicing its $3.15 billion sovereign debt to Moscow. Minutes before the sanctions announcement, Juan Guaido, the opposition leader who proclaimed himself interim president last week with U.S. backing, said congress would name new boards of directors to the company and its U.S. subsidiary, Citgo.


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  • 63/74   U.S. Message to World With Huawei Case: Don’t Trust China on 5G
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    “They aren’t just going after the notion that there is hard evidence of previous spying,” said Graham Webster, a fellow at Washington-based research group New America who studies China’s digital economy.  The indictments intensify the spotlight on Huawei, which has come to symbolize China’s economic rise and challenge to the U.S.’s status as the world’s top superpower.

    “They aren’t just going after the notion that there is hard evidence of previous spying,” said Graham Webster, a fellow at Washington-based research group New America who studies China’s digital economy. The indictments intensify the spotlight on Huawei, which has come to symbolize China’s economic rise and challenge to the U.S.’s status as the world’s top superpower.


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  • 64/74   Myanmar official suggests downsizing or relocating dam that frayed China ties
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    Myanmar angered China in 2011 when its former quasi-civilian government suspended the $3.6 billion Myitsone hydro-power dam in the country's north amid environmental concerns.  Asked about the dam at an investment conference, Thaung Tun, chairman of Myanmar's investment commission, listed several problems, from an earthquake fault line running under the project site to a large catchment area affecting residents.  Thaung Tun listed several alternatives, including scaling back the dam, moving it to a different location, or offering the operator an alternative project.

    Myanmar angered China in 2011 when its former quasi-civilian government suspended the $3.6 billion Myitsone hydro-power dam in the country's north amid environmental concerns. Asked about the dam at an investment conference, Thaung Tun, chairman of Myanmar's investment commission, listed several problems, from an earthquake fault line running under the project site to a large catchment area affecting residents. Thaung Tun listed several alternatives, including scaling back the dam, moving it to a different location, or offering the operator an alternative project.


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  • 65/74   Groundhog Day's history: How Punxsutawney Phil became an international, weather-predicting celebrity
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    Every year on Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil’s faithful followers eagerly await word on whether the most famous weather-forecasting groundhog has caught a glimpse of his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob.

    Every year on Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil’s faithful followers eagerly await word on whether the most famous weather-forecasting groundhog has caught a glimpse of his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob.


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  • 66/74   Myths and Facts About Vaccines for Children
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    A measles outbreak centered around Portland, Oregon, and neighboring Vancouver, Wash., has sickened at least 23 people, most of them children. According to the health department in Clark County, ...

    A measles outbreak centered around Portland, Oregon, and neighboring Vancouver, Wash., has sickened at least 23 people, most of them children. According to the health department in Clark County, ...


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  • 67/74   What to Feed Your Family When the Power Goes Out
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