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Jeff Bezos Had a Good Ass Day

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos just had one of those days that we all have from time-to-time. He officially became the second richest human on the planet and he shut down a business that was founded by one of his bitter rivals.Read more… Continue reading

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Tesla’s Latest Update For The Model S Finally Makes It Good Again

Tesla’s approaching the launch date for production of the Model 3, and in the meantime continues to roll out the latest software update for owners with the latest hardware, including notable safety features and tasteful conveniences.

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Vitals Starving Yourself Two Days a Week Is Actually Not a Bad Diet | io9 10 Banned, Censored, and C

Vitals Starving Yourself Two Days a Week Is Actually Not a Bad Diet | io9 10 Banned, Censored, and Controversial Movies That Are Now Cult Classics | Kotaku Persona 5: The Kotaku Review | Jalopnik ‘Battle Cars’ Is The Newest And Best Trend In The Auto World |

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$1000 Reward if You Know Who Stole Death Valley’s Missing Fossils

National Parks exist for all Americans to share and enjoy. And when something like a fossil or footprint goes missing, it stinks for everyone, including us Americans and scientists who need to know the footprint’s location to help understand the animal that made it.

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Villagers Find Missing Man’s Corpse in Belly of Enormous Snake

Snakes are scary. Even little ones—the way they move, the prospect of venom, those little forked tongues—can send chills down your neck. But did you know that some snakes can eat human beings? A tragic incident in Indonesia recently reminded the world of this fact.

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The European Space Agency Will Send Its First Mars Rover to One of These Two Mysterious Sites

Mars rovers are great for many reasons, most importantly, because they allow us to live vicariously through a hunk of metal exploring the Red Planet. NASA’s currently working on a yet-to-be-named rover mission slated for 2020, and is in the process of narrowing down a landing location. Similarly, the European Space…

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Deadpool 2’s Potential Cables, Ranked

Over the last year, we’ve been drowning in rumor after rumor about just who will play time-traveling mutant Cable in Deadpool 2. We’ve had so many at this point, with no end in sight, we decided to do the only thing we could: scientifically rank all of the rumored candidates, in order of likeliness, desire, and…

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Today’s Congressional Hearing on Climate Change Was a Colossal Train Wreck

In the midst of today’s highly-anticipated House Science Committee hearing on climate science and the scientific method, right around the time that Congressman Dana Rohrabacher thundered that certain witnesses (the one mainstream climate scientist in the room, specifically) should be ashamed of themselves for daring…

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A Squishy Robotic Octopus Tentacle Might Not Actually Be Nightmare Fuel

Hollywood movies have used giant squids and octopi to inspire underwater nightmares for decades. But Festo, a German company that makes industrial machinery, has realized that an octopus’ amazing muscle-packed body and tentacles could actually be the ideal way to design and build a robot destined to work alongside…

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10 Banned, Censored, and Controversial Movies That Are Now Cult Classics

Recently, we shared a clip from Ken Russell’s The Devils, a racy 1971 horror film that’s finally available for streaming on Shudder after years of obscurity. That got us thinking about other cult movies once deemed so scandalous they were either censored, banned, or taken out of circulation for years.

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Trump’s Plan to Slash the NIH Budget Won’t Just Hurt Scientists—It Will Hurt Everyone

While the Trump Administration’s plan for massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency has caused a veritable national panic, much less discussed has been the proposal to slash the budget of the National Institutes of Health.

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A ’90s Version of Snapchat Would Have Been a Whole Lot Less Confusing

Looking back at older versions of software makes you wonder how we even managed to use them years ago. Dusty iterations of programs like Word, Excel, and even Photoshop were crude as hell by today’s standards. But what if Snapchat—Mark Zuckerberg’s favorite ephemeral app—had existed on desktop computers in the ‘90s?…

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Watch: Women at Work: This First Lady Redefines the Role

Editor’s note: For Women’s History Month, The Root is celebrating women from a wide range of professional industries in our video series Women at Work.

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Does the New Samsung Galaxy Explode?

Esteemed tech analysts are already wondering if the new Samsung phone will explode. So… will it?

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How to Hide Your Browsing History From Your Snooping ISP

Congress has moved to dismantle some Obama-era rules that would have protected the online privacy of everyday Americans. This sucks. The deregulation means it will be easier for huge telecom companies to track and sell their customers’ browsing history. This sucks! But not all is lost.

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Lyft Is Not A ‘Better Boyfriend’

Uber has had a relentless year of scandals, spurring the logical conclusion that its arch-rival Lyft is now in a position to capitalize. John Zimmer, Lyft’s president, spoke at length on Tuesday with Time about how his company’s attempting to do just that—and it’s ridiculous.

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This Elusive Giant Octopus Snacks on Giant Jellies

The giant deep-sea octopus Haliphron is so rare that marine biologists have seen it just three times in 27 years. Using a robotic sub, scientists have finally caught video footage of this animal at mealtime—revealing its distinct preference for gelatinous sea creatures.

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Uranus Smells Like Farts

Scientists have lots of questions about Uranus. Why does Uranus look the way it does, why did Uranus form the way it did, why does Uranus differ so much from other gas giants, like Jupiter and Saturn? But I had a more important question.Read more… Continue reading

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The US Is Ceding the Energy Industry of the Future to China

On Tuesday, President Trump pledged to end the “war on coal” by rolling back the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era federal policy that compels states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. China responded Wednesday, reaffirming its commitment to investing in clean energy and honoring the Paris Agreement, an…

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9 Things to Know About the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Bixby

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is very important because as you probably know, Samsung is in a bit of trouble. The Note 7 explosions from last summer continue to haunt the company, and Samsung’s leadership is currently embroiled in a scandal that is, to put it gently, totally bananas. The company needs a big win lest it be…

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