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Snoozing stowaway forces 737 emergency landing

Snoozing stowaway forces 737 emergency landing

If you think it's uncomfortable flying in coach, imagine how it must feel to be trapped in the cargo hold instead. An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to backtrack today, after an airport employee inadvertently got himself locked in the front hold and found himself unexpectedly embarking on a flight to Los Angeles. Luckily, the plane turned around after just a few minutes, but it's raising questions at the airport as to how the incident could've happened.

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Hologram protest in Spain is a world’s first

Hologram protest in Spain is a world’s first

Behold another world's first you get to witness during your lifetime: the first-ever holographic protest, which took place in Spain to protest new so-called "citizen security" bills that aim to, in part, cut down on the options citizens in the nation have for protesting. One such limitation on protest freedom will be a ban on protesting in front of Parliament. In response, a group of protesters used a bunch of holograms to protest in front of the lower house of Parliament, doing so both to catch ample public attention, and to show what the bills could result in -- having to use holograms in your place.

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Duolingo to add Klingon language course

Duolingo to add Klingon language course

Duolingo is an excellent app for learning foreign languages, and though they're a bit slow when it comes to adding new languages (that's not a criticism, it's quite the undertaking), it is open about what it is working on, giving users who might be interested a heads-up. It has recently announced plans to add a new language, but it is different than its past announcements: this time around, Duolingo says it'll be adding a Klingon course, and it might prove to be the best way to learn the language to date.

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Kremlin cracks down on Internet memes

Kremlin cracks down on Internet memes

The Russian government has cracked down Internet memes, with a court in the nation ruling that ones featuring celebrities are unacceptable if the resulting image "has nothing to do with the celebrity's personality". This applies to any celebrity in the nation, but spawned as the result of one common Russian meme in particular featuring a saccharine sweet singer with obscene text overlaid -- the amusing part, of course, being that the saying is something unlikely to be said by the singer himself.

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Teens’ social media habits revealed by Pew Research

Teens’ social media habits revealed by Pew Research

In the age of ever-present smartphones, the teenagers are going online now more than ever. In the latest data from the Pew Research Center, American teens' daily online habits were analyzed and patterns were found to emerge. Almost three-quarters of teens have access to a smartphone and 92% of teens reported going online daily. Facebook is the most popular social media platform for American teens as 71% of teens reported using it, followed by Instagram (51%) and Snapchat (41%). Most teens use a multitude of social media sites, but among those who stick to a single platform, Facebook still ranked the highest.

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Bolt electric skateboard is smallest, lightest of its kind

Bolt electric skateboard is smallest, lightest of its kind

Bicycles, electric bikes, scooters, and similar contraptions are all green and energy-efficient ways to get around, but the lowly skateboard doesn’t get as much attention as it should when it comes to getting around campus or downtown. Electric skateboards are a valid option for those with the balance to wield them, however, and now there’s an ultra-light and small option called the Bolt. Its makers hail this as the world’s smallest and lightest electric skateboard — a necessity in a market packed with big, heavy offerings.

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Designer makes (nearly) combat-ready Batsuit

Designer makes (nearly) combat-ready Batsuit

If you dream of spending your nights prowling the streets on the lookout for ne'er-do-wells, those dreams just got a little more real (but still aren't advisable): a designer has created a Batsuit that is able to withstand the combat situations a real-life Batman might get himself into, including assaults with blades and punches to the body. It isn't quite as stylish as the latest theatrical Batman suit, and you're not going to be repelling down buildings with it, but it is impressive nonetheless.

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DARPA’s latest program will create evolving Skynet-like software

DARPA’s latest program will create evolving Skynet-like software

DARPA has some new plans up its sleeve, and they sound uncomfortably similar to SKYNET. Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems (BRASS) is the program, and it involves building software systems able to both survive for more than a century and adapt as needed to facilitate that — essentially, DARPA wants to create software able to recognize changes in a related ecosystem and “safely and dynamically incorporate optimized, tailored algorithms and implementations” in response.

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Uber adds auto rickshaws in India, accepts cash for first time

Uber adds auto rickshaws in India, accepts cash for first time

New Delhi has received a lot of Uber attention in recent months, and not only over the rape allegations that surfaced in December. The ridesharing service has introduced some new safety measures in light of that incident in the region, and now it has announced another service for the region: auto rickshaws. The launch of this service will bring a new first for the platform, as well, in the form of cash payments, eschewing its app-based mobile payment system used with its other services.

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Arrested Development will be back with 17 new episodes

Arrested Development will be back with 17 new episodes

Arrested Development is the series that will not die, and we’re all happier for it. The series was resurrected by Netflix due to fan demand back in early summer 2013, and now series Executive Producer Brian Grazer has confirmed that it’ll be back yet again — this time with 17 additional episodes. Netflix hasn’t commented on the news and it wasn’t stated whether the episodes will be premiering on Netflix. The news was provided in an interview during SXSW last month.

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