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North Korea tries to entice tourists with “Internet Room”

North Korea tries to entice tourists with “Internet Room”

North Korea, threats of war aside, is trying to entice more tourists to its little nation via a new “Internet Room” at the world’s worst airline. The little facility in Pyongyang International airport, however, has one big problem: despite being an Internet room, it does not in fact have Internet access, at least according to reports coming from the nation. The nation’s residents are, at the most, given access only to North Korea’s very limited intranet. Tourists have a little bit more freedom.

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Russia bans Wikipedia for drug reference, reverses decision hours later

Russia bans Wikipedia for drug reference, reverses decision hours later

It seems the Russian government hasn't changed its stance on internet censorship following the recent, and brief, ban of the website Reddit. Beginning late on Monday evening, the Russia's Roskomnadzor, or "Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications," issued a ban on all of Wikipedia after an entry was discovered about a type of hashish from India that reportedly included "instructions" on how to make it.

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Oldest message in a bottle ever found on German beach

Oldest message in a bottle ever found on German beach

Between 1904 and 1906, researcher George Parker Bidder released a bottle into the North Sea as part of an experiment. Now, about 108 years later, a couple in Germany has discovered the bottle washed up on a German beach. It is believed this is the oldest message in a bottle discovered thus far, joining the ranks of other bottles that has been founded dating back to the early 1900s. The discovery was made back in April, but has only recently been publicized.

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$377k Ashley Madison hack bounty amid suspected suicide link

$377k Ashley Madison hack bounty amid suspected suicide link

The hackers behind the huge Ashley Madison leak now have a bounty on their heads, with the company behind the affairs dating site announcing a CA$500,000 reward for catching them. Avid Life Media announced the half-million fund - approximately $377k - this morning in Toronto, promising a big cash jackpot for anybody who can provide information that leads to a successful arrest and prosecution. The offer comes amid unconfirmed reports that two suicides have been linked to the embarrassing leak.

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Pokemon World Championship entrants arrested with trunk full of guns

Pokemon World Championship entrants arrested with trunk full of guns

Two young men were arrested in Boston late last week after they were illegally in possession of a large number of guns and ammunition. While the good news here is that another awful public shooting incident may have been prevented, the strange part is that the two were participants in the Pokemon World Championships. The Boston Police Department had been warned in advance after James Stumbo, 27, and Kevin North, 18, had posted an image of the weapons on Facebook along with mentions of the tournament.

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Report: ‘vaping’ is 95% healthier than cigarette smoking

Report: ‘vaping’ is 95% healthier than cigarette smoking

Vaping, the term used to describe smoking electronic cigarettes, is 95 percent safer than smoking regular cigarettes, according to Public Health England. Electronic cigarettes, sometimes also calls ‘ecigs’ and e-cigarettes, are electronic portable vaporizers that vaporize a liquid solution of nicotine, flavoring, and glycerin to produce a facsimile of smoke. A lot of controversy has surrounded electronic cigarettes, but the new report is largely favorable.

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Researchers made an entirely new type of glass…by accident

Researchers made an entirely new type of glass…by accident

University of Chicago scientists have accidentally created an entirely new type of glass. Until now, glass has been defined by its randomness — it is amorphous and without a distinct order. That's why when scientists were presented with what UChicago says were “unusual peaks in what should have been featureless optical data,” they proceeded to investigate the matter. The end result? They'd created an entirely new type of glass, one that is organized rather than random, and that could result in more efficient devices in the future.

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Rare Fire Rainbow appears over Isle of Palms, SC

Rare Fire Rainbow appears over Isle of Palms, SC

On Sunday, South Carolina became the canvas for a rare "fire rainbow", which is a rainbow that, in this case, twisted upward in the sky and formed what appeared to be a pair of wings. The phenomenon happened at Isle of Palms, and isn’t something you’re likely to see too often. It is rare enough, in fact, that many viewers were baffled by the sight, but a quick look at the tweets filling Twitter reveals they found it pleasant regardless.

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Google data center loses data after lightning strikes

Google data center loses data after lightning strikes

One of Google's data centers located in Belgium has lost some data after being pummeled with four lightning strikes. Unfortunately, this is said to have resulted in some Google users permanently losing access to some of their data, though Google has since managed to access some of the discs that were damaged. This affects the Google Computer Engine (GCE) service, but at this time it isn’t known which clients lost data as a result, nor the nature of the data that was nuked. Google has reassured users that while serious, the data loss was also very minimal, permanently affecting only 0.000001% of the disk space.

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Urban grime ‘breathes’ pollution when exposed to sunlight

Urban grime ‘breathes’ pollution when exposed to sunlight

Urban grime ‘breathes’ pollution back into the environment when exposed to sunlight, according to researchers. Grime, in this case, is the slurry of chemicals pumped into the air from common city trappings: car tail pipes, house chimneys, factories, and more. These chemicals build up on surfaces, forming a distinct dark “grime” over time. This grime has been known to absorb pollution out of the atmosphere, but according to a study conducted in Germany, it can also release some nitrogen pollution back into the environment.

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Researchers: hummingbirds drink using ‘tiny pumps’

Researchers: hummingbirds drink using ‘tiny pumps’

The hummingbirds that show up around your porch to drink up proffered sugary water are, as you know, zippy little birds. It’s hard to see anything more than their quick darting around, but thanks to slow motion video we’ve been given a look at what we’ve been missing. Much like cats, hummingbirds drink using their tongue, but rather than lapping it up, they use their tongue as a type of tiny pump that works very, very fast.

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Meat-eating dinosaurs: special serrations kept teeth extra sharp

Meat-eating dinosaurs: special serrations kept teeth extra sharp

Meat-eating dinosaurs have serrated edges on their teeth, which is nothing new. However, the extent and complexity of those serrations has only just recently been observed, with researchers noting that the serrations include “deep folds” where each serrated part begins. These folds were originally thought to be cracks resulting from the force of the dinosaur’s biting, but a more extensive look at teeth from multiple creatures has revealed the special serrations were common among flesh-eating dinosaurs, serving to keep their teeth as sharp as possible for as long as possible.

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