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Google, National Park Service team to digitize 3800+ artifacts

Google, National Park Service team to digitize 3800+ artifacts

The U.S Department of the Interior has announced a partnership with Google Cultural Institute to digitize and publish “thousands of historically and culturally significant objects” online for the public to explore. The objects include artwork, records, artifacts, photos, and more, and are drawn from the National Park Service’s massive museum system (more than 380 park museums and millions of objects). The work was done in preparation for NPS’ Centennial anniversary this year.

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Sling TV adds Cinemax package to channel lineup

Sling TV adds Cinemax package to channel lineup

Sling TV has announced the arrival of another add-on package, this one for Cinemax content. The new package has launched on the service today, and as with other packages can be added for a specific set monthly fee (in this case, $10/month). The channel brings with it both a lineup of movies and series on Cinemax, and joins other big networks like HBO, TCM, Sundance TV, and more.

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New software enables drones to search forests for lost hikers

New software enables drones to search forests for lost hikers

Autonomous drones could be the future of finding lost hikers thanks to new software developed by researchers at a few universities. Drones equipped with this software are able to find and follow forest paths on their own, possibly finding someone who has become lost on the path. Once the lost hiker is found, the drone can alert rescuers and provide the location.

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Study: ‘PAMP’ molecules in processed foods are big health risk

Study: ‘PAMP’ molecules in processed foods are big health risk

Researchers have revealed that some processed foods, including things like chopped vegetables, sausages, and chocolates, have high instances of harmful pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMP) molecules that could increase someone’s risks of developing various health issues, including Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Fresh foods, though, such as whole vegetables, have undetectable levels of these harmful bacteria.

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Instagram’s rolling out new video view counter

Instagram’s rolling out new video view counter

Instagram is known for its images, but the service allows video uploads, too, and the instances of video viewership have been increasing steadily, particularly in the last handful of months. In light of that comes a new feature, video view counts, enabling anyone to see how often a video has been watched. The view counter, which will be rolling out over the next few weeks, is found where the “likes” used to be.

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LG G5 Quick Cover teases always-on display

LG G5 Quick Cover teases always-on display

LG has taken the wraps off its Quick Cover for the LG G5 smartphone. Though the phone isn’t available yet, the company has detailed its windowed cover, and also teased the rumored always-on display feature. With the LG G5 Quick Cover, which features a semi-transparent mesh cover, users are able to see certain details on their display through a small window, eliminating the need to open the cover for every little notification.

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PowerEgg drone folds up into an ‘extremely lightweight’ egg

PowerEgg drone folds up into an ‘extremely lightweight’ egg

Powervision Robot Inc has launched its first ever drone, the oddly shaped PowerEgg. Like its name suggests, the PowerEgg is shaped like an egg…and, you know, is powered. Or something like that. Unlike other consumer-level UAVs, the PowerEgg looks like a big egg with four armatures coming off it, each of them with rotors. Despite its weird shape, the PowerEgg can fly due to its “extremely lightweight” design, and when not in use, it simply folds up into a regular-looking (giant robot) egg.

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‘The Purge: Election Year’ trailer mixes mayhem and politics

‘The Purge: Election Year’ trailer mixes mayhem and politics

Universal Pictures has another The Purge movie in the works, and this one is tossing some politics into the mix. In what looks like the most promising of the soon-to-be-three series, The Purge: Election Year features the same crime free-for-all as the last two movies, only there’s a new Senator in the mix looking to shake things up. Both politicians and the purge-friendly aren’t happy about her crusade, and they’re coming to take her out.

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Researchers ‘beautifully preserve’ rabbit brain using cryonics

Researchers ‘beautifully preserve’ rabbit brain using cryonics

Researchers have successfully preserved a rabbit’s brain using cryopreservation technology, the Brain Preservation Foundation has announced. The work was done by 21st Century Medicine’s researchers, and used an Aldehyde-stabilized procedure to preserve and store the brain without damaging the neural circuits, opening the door for very long term storage and preservation efforts. The study has been published in Cryobiology.

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IRS successfully thwarted hack attempt (this time)

IRS successfully thwarted hack attempt (this time)

The IRS has announced it successfully blocked hackers who were attempting to steal electronic filing PINs belonging to taxpayers. The attack, which took place in the prime of tax season, is the latest attempt to steal data, but fortunately for tax payers was not successful this time around. Notably, the IRS announced last year that it had suffered a data breach, one that left hundreds of thousands of taxpayers vulnerable to identity theft.

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ hybrid live-action movie arrives 2018

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ hybrid live-action movie arrives 2018

Prepare yourself: Sony Pictures has a live-action hybrid “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie in the pipeline, and it’ll be hitting theaters in 2018. The news was disclosed recently by Sega Sammy Holdings President and CEO Hajime Satomi in an interview, but this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors about such plans. Back in 2014, for example, a report surfaced claiming that Sony Pictures was working with Neil Moritz to make a theatrical adaption of the franchise.

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HBO Now has a paltry 800,000 subscribers

HBO Now has a paltry 800,000 subscribers

HBO has revealed the number of subscribers on its video streaming service HBO Now, saying it has 800,000 paying users. The number was disclosed by HBO’s CEO Richard Plepler during a conference call today, a time during which he also stated that the company sees “an enormous amount of potential ahead.” He also stated the $14.99/month subscription fee will remain the established rate, at least for now, though it is possible it could change in the future.

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