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Trump’s FCC Chair Praises Amazon Prime, Possibly Violating Same Ethics Rules as Kellyanne Conway

In what appears to be a violation of the federal ethics rule that prohibits a government employee from using “his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product,” Ajit Pai, the controversial new chair of the FCC, tweeted and subsequently deleted praise for Amazon’s PrimeNow service. “Needed…

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New York’s City-Funded Tech Hub Looks Like a Prison Built by Ikea

On Friday, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio released the latest designs for the Union Square Tech Hub, a $250 million project that aims to “create a central convening point for technology training and networking” as the Big Apple tumbles into the increasingly digital future. As evidenced in the designs released by…

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Ex-Uber Engineer Says the Company Has a Culture of Sexual Harassment

Uber is not known for treating its drivers particularly well, but it gets worse: According to allegations from an ex-engineer Susan J. Fowler, the ridesharing app has a culture of misogyny, and threatened to fire her after she reported sexual harassment. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has already responded to the…

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Some Good News About the Worst Mass Extinction in Earth’s History

If the fact that the Earth is careening toward a sixth mass extinction event makes you uncomfortable, good news: it turns out, the biosphere may have rebounded “quickly” after the worst mass extinction in history. That, at least, is the implication of one remarkable fossil assemblage formed less than 2 million years…

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How Previous Owners Can Potentially Still Access Their Cars Long After They’ve Sold Them

As technology further integrates into the car industry, doing things from the car continues to get easier. You can have Volvo drop off packages, talk to Amazon’s Alexa and all sorts of things. But technology can also allow people to access cars long after they’ve sold them, which is enough to leave any buyer…

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Scientists Protest, Plan to Fight Back Against Trump in Boston

BOSTON— American scientists share the same desires and needs as the rest of us. They’re just folks whose job description includes proving hypotheses and establishing facts based on collecting evidence. After eight years of a government that respected the importance of their work, the incoming administration has proven…

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Hasbro’s 40th Anniversary Star Wars Figures Are an Amazing Throwback

The very first Star Wars movie turns 40 in 2017—as are, practically, the toys that have long been intertwined with the franchise. To celebrate 40 years in the galaxy far, far away, Hasbro are breaking out the weaponized nostalgia with an homage to the classic Kenner era of Star Wars toys.

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J. Jonah Jameson Cleans Up the Daily Planet in Hilarious Mash-Up Video

Superheroes really like working for the same newspapers that cover their (mis)deeds, which is basically the worst conflict of interest since, well, insert latest NYT headline here. Luckily, we can always count on J. Jonah Jameson to maintain the fourth estate’s integrity… even against the most powerful alien in the…

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Accidental Inbound Missile Warning Scares the Hell Out of American Air Force Personnel 

The message read “MISSILE INBOUND. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!” as it took over the screens of Air Force personnel working at the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, earlier this week.

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Christian Twitter Users Tell the Pope Why God Believes In Extreme Vetting

The Pope has been critical of President Trump’s treatment of immigrants. But some American Catholics think the Pope needs to slow his roll. Yes, some Catholics are trying to explain to the Pope why God believes in the so-called “extreme vetting” of immigrants to the United States.

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After Pressure, USDA Adds ‘a Tiny Fraction’ of Animal Abuse Records Back to Website

In what’s becoming a trend, the Trump administration is walking back another one of its controversial actions following extensive outrage from the public. This time, the USDA has begun reposting deleted documents to its publicly available database of inspection reports on facilities that use animals. But animal…

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Life Comes at This Fighting Crab and Octopus Fast

It was the underwater match of the year. A swimmer crab and a red octopus squared off in mortal combat while divers circled round for a first-hand look at the coliseum spectacle nature had arranged for them. A tense battle played out as the two foes circled each other and kicked up a disorienting dust-cloud in their…

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I May Have Accidentally Just Adopted a Remarkably Lifelike Robot Baby

The aisles of Toy Fair are filled with dolls of all shapes and sizes that can eat, cry, talk, and even require a diaper change. But Spin Master’s Luvabella feels like a quantum leap when it comes to interactive toy babies. After playing with her for just a few minutes, I somehow walked away feeling like a neglectful…

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Why Mine Asteroids When We Can Mine the Deep Sea?

Asteroid mining has gained steam in the popular psyche: who doesn’t love the idea of flying up to one of the giant rocks flying by and somehow harvesting it of its precious metals like platinum. But today at the 2017 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences, scientists considered whether…

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How Many Ghost Tracks Can You Find On Google Maps? 

The past few weeks, for me, have been full of researching and interviewing people about an old short track that used to draw crowds to southeast Austin every Friday night. My research has left me search for other closed tracks in Texas, and I’ve realized that they’re a lot harder to find than I thought.

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US Ambassador Gives ‘Make Somalia Great Again’ Hat to Somali President Because America Has Become a Parody of Itself

Donald Trump’s campaign hat, which reads “Make America Great Again” has become the icon of a movement. So much so, that the US Ambassador to Somalia just gave the President of Somalia a version of the hat that reads “Make Somalia Great Again.” Seriously.

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How to Watch Today’s (Rescheduled) Historic SpaceX Rocket Launch 

Update 2/19/17: Saturday’s mission was scrubbed according to Elon Musk because SpaceX wanted to be extra cautious about an anomaly that was noticed. It was rescheduled for today, Sunday at 9:38 a.m. EST. According to NASA’s website everything is go for launch. Watch along with us!

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Compete Blaming Girlfriends For Ruining League of Legends Pros Is Bullshit | Jalopnik Have Your Mind

Compete Blaming Girlfriends For Ruining League of Legends Pros Is Bullshit | Jalopnik Have Your Mind Blown By The Most Amazing Secret Car Collection In America | Vitals This Trick Keeps Your Pushups Honest | io9 This RC Batmobile Has a Real Working Exhaust That Blows Smoke and Our Minds |

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Jason Segel Is the Only Person Who Can Stop This Guy From Eating Paper Forever

Jason Segel—actor of How I Met Your Mother, Freaks and Geeks and Muppets fame—is in a unique position: he’s the only person alive that can save one very strange man from a lifetime of gastrointestinal discomfort.

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NASA’s Juno Mission Suffers a Frustrating Setback

NASA’s Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft hasn’t been able to catch a break lately. This past October, Juno suffered a malfunction with a pair of helium valves, causing NASA to delay an engine burn that would have brought the spacecraft into its “science orbit.” Today, after months of evaluation, NASA announced that it…

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