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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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Hundreds of sneaky galaxies found hidden behind Milky Way

Hundreds of sneaky galaxies found hidden behind Milky Way

Researchers have discovered a bunch of galaxies described as being 'behind' the Milky Way, at least from our own perspective in the universe, and they may be responsible for the Great Attractor, a gravitational anomaly. This collective of galaxies, of which there are hundreds, are located about 250 light years away from Earth, and many of them have been studied by researchers for the first time ever. According to the newly published study, 883 galaxies have been found.

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Twitter Trust & Safety Council is latest effort to tackle abuse

Twitter Trust & Safety Council is latest effort to tackle abuse

Twitter has announced the formation of its new Twitter Trust & Safety Council, the company's latest effort to curb the levels of abuse present on the service. This isn't the company's first move to combat bullying and harassment, but is one of its larger efforts, involving inaugural members like Anti-Bullying Pro, Crisis Text Line, the Anti-Defamation League, and more.

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Instagram rolls out account switching to iOS and Android

Instagram rolls out account switching to iOS and Android

Users have been asking, and Instagram is finally making it happen: the service has just announced upcoming support for switching between accounts, a feature that just recently cropped up in testing again after having surfaced briefly last year. The feature is rolling out as of this week, though many users aren’t seeing the option to add another account yet, and it is coming to both the iOS and Android apps. Once available, users will simply need to add their accounts in the app, then tap to toggle.

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Netflix orders another three ‘Orange is the New Black’ seasons

Netflix orders another three ‘Orange is the New Black’ seasons

We won’t get the next season of Orange is the New Black until this upcoming summer, but Netflix is already eyeing the future, and that future will include quite a bit more OITNB content. In a statement today, both Netflix and producer Lionsgate announced that the streaming service has ordered another three seasons. In addition, the show’s creator Jenji Kohan will continue with the series, something that can’t be said for House of Cards’ upcoming season.

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Intel exceeded its workforce diversity goal in 2015

Intel exceeded its workforce diversity goal in 2015

This week, Intel released its 2015 Annual Diversity Report, and it paints a picture a little brighter than that of many companies. Intel had previously set its focus on diversity, going so far as to set a specific goal, and it was able to announce that it was successful. The company went into details about how it managed to succeed in its ambitions, and also set its sights on something even more ambitious. By 2020, the company aims to have “full representation” across its workforce.

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Google Fiber service to be provided in public housing

Google Fiber service to be provided in public housing

Internet is an important part of modern life, often being necessary for applying to jobs and, in some cases, working those jobs, not to mention educational requirements and banking. Google pointed out the necessity in a statement today, saying that for low-income families, something as simple as having or not having Internet access can be the deciding factor between “thriving or falling behind."

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New camo design is (almost) invisible to night vision

New camo design is (almost) invisible to night vision

In a statement today, the Bundeswehr Scientific Institute in Germany unveiled a new camouflage design it has been working on for a handful of years. With this new design, soldiers in the nation's armed forces (Bundeswehr) will be far less visible to night vision devices than when wearing the current "Flecktarnmuster" pattern introduced in the early 90s. This new design, Multitarnmuster, is said to have two big advantages.

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Gmail boasts 1 billion monthly users

Gmail boasts 1 billion monthly users

Google has a big milestone announcement for today, too: it has a billion monthly Gmail users. The announcement was made by Google’s Sundar Pichai during an earnings call, and again announced on the Gmail Twitter account alongside a festive, celebratory video. This is in comparison to the 900 million monthly users Gmail boasted back in May of last year.

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Cuba to launch its first home broadband Internet service

Cuba to launch its first home broadband Internet service

Cuba has announced plans to launch its first broadband Internet service in Havana, bringing connectivity to a nation with very few Internet options. The service will be launched in a pair of neighborhoods in Havana, and will, among other things, let companies like cafes and restaurants set up service for their customers. When the broadband service will rollout hasn’t been stated, but it marks yet another milestone for Cuba.

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FarmedHere to launch massive indoor farm in Kentucky

FarmedHere to launch massive indoor farm in Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky will soon be home to a large indoor vertical garden installed in part of a 24 acre campus, FarmedHere has announced. This indoor vertical garden, like others, will maximum how every inch of space is used and will offer several benefits over traditional gardens, including being able to grow food all year rather than just during summer months. This vertical garden will be at the West Louisville FoodPort.

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