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Battery charging tech turns seawater into fresh water

Battery charging tech turns seawater into fresh water

Researchers with the University of Illinois’ Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering have revealed that battery charging technology could end up being a viable desalination method, turning seawater into fresh water. This process works by putting seawater in a modified battery and then charging the battery with electricity, causing the salt ions to be pulled from the water.

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Researchers recommend approving 3-parent babies for boys only

Researchers recommend approving 3-parent babies for boys only

Three-parent babies is a topic under scrutiny and criticism, not unlike genetically modified human embryos. Under request by the U.S. FDA, the Institute of Medicine has evaluated the notion of three-parent babies and has now published its report. In it, the Institute of Medicine recommends that in cases where there’s risk of mitochondrial diseases, three-parent babies should be allowed. But only if the babies produced are boys.

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Yahoo’s restructuring includes laying off 15% of workers

Yahoo’s restructuring includes laying off 15% of workers

Yahoo has announced what it calls an “aggressive strategic plan” that will narrow down its focus and, more importantly for staff, result in a massive round of layoffs. CEO Marissa Mayer said she believes the new plan will “enable us to accelerate Yahoo’s transformation,” but many remain doubtful in light of the company's longstanding struggles. This comes a short while after rumors surfaced stating the company was considering selling off large parts of its business.

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Researchers: ‘lost’ lions aren’t lost, just hiding

Researchers: ‘lost’ lions aren’t lost, just hiding

African lions are, unfortunately, a ‘vulnerable’ species, with the number of members decreasing over the past few decades due in part to poaching. Since the 1980s, the population has been, at minimum, cut in half; furthermore, it was believed the lions were extinct in Sudan. Researchers have reported good news, though, having successfully found these 'lost' lions near the Ethiopia-Sudan border.

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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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UK researchers get permission to genetically modify human embryos

UK researchers get permission to genetically modify human embryos

In September 2015, word surfaced that researchers in the UK had requested permission to genetically modify human embryos, a controversial subject that has stirred both legitimate and conspiratorial concerns alike. This request -- and subsequent permission -- follows news from last year claiming Chinese scientists had performed gene editing on human embryos. Critics fear this will lead to so-called "designer babies."

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Fireball over northeastern U.S. skies was a meteor

Fireball over northeastern U.S. skies was a meteor

A giant fireball that lit up skies across Northeastern U.S. states this weekend was a meteor, and it was captured by numerous cameras across multiple states. The fireball was much bigger than your average shooting star, lighting up the sky substantially in some places. The meteor was spotted in several states, including in Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, parts of New England, and more.

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Ancient humans ate giant Aussie birds’ eggs into extinction

Ancient humans ate giant Aussie birds’ eggs into extinction

About 50,000 years ago, Australia was home to a flightless bird species known as Genyornis newtoni. This wasn’t a bird like you or I know them — they grew to be almost 7ft tall and weighed hundreds of pounds. Still, those formidable birds first hatched from small (relatively speaking) eggs, and those eggs were apparently tasty to humans who lived in the region. For the first time, researchers have found evidence that humans — and their appetites — drove the birds into extinction.

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Mammoth bones unearthed in OSU football stadium

Mammoth bones unearthed in OSU football stadium

Construction crews have unearthed mammoth bones in Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium. The discovery was made in the stadium’s north end zone earlier this week, and it wasn’t a lone find — researchers have since unearthed remains from several other extinct mammals in the area, making it a very fruitful find. Finer details about the bones will be available after researchers conduct their study.

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Circuit City to be resurrected this summer

Circuit City to be resurrected this summer

There’s a good chance, assuming you live in the US, that you don’t have to drive far to find a long-abandoned Circuit City sitting unloved and unwanted. In late 2008 as the economy heaved, Circuit City announced layoffs and plans to close many dozens of stores. That was the writing on the wall, as by early 2009 it had decided the remaining U.S. stores would be shuttering for good. Though the world is no more hospitable thanks to things like Amazon, Circuit City is coming back.

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Netflix blocked by Indonesia’s biggest telecom

Netflix blocked by Indonesia’s biggest telecom

Netflix hit a snafu during its expansion today, with the biggest telecom in Indonesia, PT Telekomuniksai Indonesia Tbk, blocking access to the service. The blockage is said to be over Netflix’s lack of a content provider permit, as well as objections to some content made available through Netflix. Concerns about adult and violent shows were cited as part of the reason for the banhammer.

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Microsoft News Pro takes on Apple News with a focus on work

Microsoft News Pro takes on Apple News with a focus on work

Microsoft has been developing mobile apps for platforms other than its own, mostly through its Garage skunkworks arm. Most those apps land primarily on Android but when it does put out something for Apple's iOS, it's sometimes a mix of strange and beautiful. Like that odd selfie app. Now, out of the blue, Microsoft has launched a new News Pro service, coming from Garage, that is available both on the web and on iOS. It is almost like a jab at Apple News or even Flipboard, except that it tries to focus on work-related content scoured through Bing.

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