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Fossil fuels may cripple carbon dating accuracy

Fossil fuels may cripple carbon dating accuracy

Carbon dating may suffer drastically if pollution levels continue to rise, and the reason revolves around fossil fuel emissions. According to a recent study by Imperial College London atmospheric scientist Heather Graven, emissions could drastically “age” the atmosphere over the coming decades and make accurate carbon dating more difficult. It has been known that such emissions have a "dilution" effect, but this recent study shows how drastically.

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Grooveshark’s 28-year-old co-founder Josh Greenberg has died

Grooveshark’s 28-year-old co-founder Josh Greenberg has died

Grooveshark's co-founder Josh Greenberg has died at 28. He was found dead at home in his bed by his girlfriend on Sunday. The Gainesville police department stated in a tweet that there is no evidence of suicide or foul play. His mother said in a statement today that Greenberg had no health issues, and that the police had advised her there were likewise no signs of drugs being involved. Grooveshark recently underwent legal turmoil, but his mother reports that he was “more relieved than depressed” over the service’s closure.

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CNN, Fox, other news networks still think we’re all technology idiots

CNN, Fox, other news networks still think we’re all technology idiots

While the endless filler and sometimes mind-numbing commentary that comes with 24-hour news networks provide plenty of subject matter worthy of eye-rolling criticism, it's hard to find any subject that is approached with a deeper level of maddening condescension and downright idiocy than when a breaking technology-related story unfolds. Watching CNN and others last Wednesday was just the latest example in this continuously absurd area of mainstream journalism.

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Reddit’s new content policy: bullies and more prohibited

Reddit’s new content policy: bullies and more prohibited

Reddit promised that changes were coming, and now those changes are here. In a post today, the site's back-again CEO Steve Huffman detailed some additional content restrictions the company is considering, and though they aren't too restrictive they will spell the end to a variety of subreddits -- some obscure, others well-known. Talking about illegal activities, for example, is still okay but posting illegal things is not. Bullying subreddits, too, are on the chopping block.

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Boo-hoo sad shoppers, Amazon says Prime Day was great

Boo-hoo sad shoppers, Amazon says Prime Day was great

Shoppers may have been enraged by blink-and-you-miss-them specials and lackluster products, but Amazon is ecstatic at how Prime Day went. The 20th birthday celebration was billed beforehand as the sale to eclipse Black Friday, but Wednesday's promos left many furious as the best deals disappeared in seconds leaving an often odd selection of clearance items to pick through. According to Amazon, though, the whole thing was just dandy.

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NYC waste company to turn trash bins into WiFi hotspots

NYC waste company to turn trash bins into WiFi hotspots

Depending on where you live, Wi-Fi hotspots are either very fast, impossibly slow, or non-existent. The first has been true for those living in certain parts of New York City, and if one waste management company's plan comes to fruition, many more fast WiFi hotspots will be going live soon. Previously the waste management company Bigbelly fitted a pair of its smart garbage bins with high-speed WiFi in Manhattan, and now it wants to expand that to include more WiFi-equipped bins throughout New York City.

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Researchers find high-protein algae that tastes like bacon

Researchers find high-protein algae that tastes like bacon

Few meats are as tasty as bacon, but you, like many others, may have cut back on it for health and environmental reasons. That makes a recent discovery by Oregon State University researchers all the more exciting: a new so-called "super food" algae that tastes like bacon. OSU detailed the discovery on Tuesday, likening it to discovering a unicorn — a “new strain of succulent red marine algae” that is fast-growing, high in protein and nutrients, and — upon being cooked — blessed with a flavor like bacon.

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Amazon Prime Day beats Black Friday says retailer

Amazon Prime Day beats Black Friday says retailer

Amazon Prime Day may have been an excuse for the retail behemoth to clear its warehouse shelves ahead of the holidays, but it clearly struck a chord. Dropping a mid-event update, Amazon claims its peak order rates have already surpassed those experienced on Black Friday last year, as shoppers leapt on deals ranging from the company's own Echo voice-controlled assistant through to cut-price compression shorts.

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A “redefined” Twitter wants 3rd party developers back

A “redefined” Twitter wants 3rd party developers back

Given Twitter's enormity, stability (sort of), and legacy, you'd think it'd have its mission and vision down to a 'T' by now. But if co-founder and board member Evan Williams is to be believed, the social networking giant is undergoing a phase of introspection and self-discovery. Heck, it isn't even a social networking site anymore. According to Williams, has figured out that it is, more than anything else, a real-time news platform. It's a change in definition that opens the doors to possibilities, including a better relationship with app developers.

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Ouch, Comcast Fiber costs $300 a month, requires 2yr contract

Ouch, Comcast Fiber costs $300 a month, requires 2yr contract

Odds are the Internet speeds available in your region are paltry, but some have enjoyed access to ultra-fast municipal services and Google Fiber. Comcast is trumping them all with a new 2Gbps Internet option, but those who go for this ultra-fast package are going to be paying an ultra-amount for it: $299.95 per month, as well as up to $1,000 USD to get it hooked up and activated. The service is available to those located in certain cities scattered across the United States.

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