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Five planets will align starting tomorrow morning

Five planets will align starting tomorrow morning

Starting tomorrow morning and lasting into February, five planets will align in what is a rare but favorite celestial event. It has been more than 10 years since Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter aligned in the night sky in such a way that anyone could see them with the naked eye. Some of the planets will be a little more dim than others, though, so you should probably bring binoculars as a backup.

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Facebook takes on extremism and hate speech in Europe

Facebook takes on extremism and hate speech in Europe

Facebook is part of a new initiative in Europe that is fighting hate speech and extremist content both offline and online. The new effort is called the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), and it is a partnership between Facebook, the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, and the Institute from Strategic Dialogue.

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Dissolvable brain sensors are tiny and wireless

Dissolvable brain sensors are tiny and wireless

Washington University School of Medicine researchers have developed a new type of brain sensor that is tiny, wireless, and dissolves after a certain amount of time, eliminating the need for removal surgery. These sensors are able to monitor brain temperature and pressure within the skull, and at the end of their lives the implants are simply absorbed into the body. While these sensors are designed for the brain, it is possible similar sensors could be developed that monitor other organs.

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First Zika virus brain damage case in U.S. identified

First Zika virus brain damage case in U.S. identified

In a first for the U.S., a case brain damage caused by the Zika virus has been identified, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health. A baby in Oahu was born with microcephaly, confirmed to be caused by the Zika virus, which has unfortunately afflicted thousands of babies in Brazil with the same condition. In this latest case, the baby’s mother had been in Brazil in May 2015.

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Astronomers spot brightest supernova on record

Astronomers spot brightest supernova on record

Astronomers have spotted what they say is the brightest supernova to have ever been recorded. The explosion took place 3.8 billions light years from our own planet, and was spotted as part of a survey of the night sky. Though massive, the explosion wasn’t something that could have been seen with the naked eye — say researchers, it was 22,700 times fainter than the most dim object an eye can see.

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Discovery reveals humans made early trek into the Arctic

Discovery reveals humans made early trek into the Arctic

Mammoth remains discovered in a Siberian plain reveal humans had gravitated farther north much earlier than previously believed. The remains show signs of human hunters taking down the mammoth with their crude weapons…some 45,000 years ago in the Arctic, about ten millennia earlier than researchers had anticipated. This makes the discovery's location -- near a former land bridge connecting Asia with the Americas — particularly interesting.

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Mumbai institutes ‘no selfie’ zones following death

Mumbai institutes ‘no selfie’ zones following death

Growing weary of the ever-present selfie? Mumbai, India now has several regions where taking selfies is no longer permitted, an action spurred by the unnecessary death of one woman. These fifteen no-selfie zones are places in the city of Mumbai that officials have determined are dangerous for snapping a picture of one’s self. Places include the Girgaum Chowpatty beach.

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Trend Micro’s Password Manager exposes your passwords to hackers

Trend Micro’s Password Manager exposes your passwords to hackers

Last month we brought you the news that a bug in the popular AVG antivirus ended up exposing the private data of 9 million users. While we see this sort of thing all too regularly from companies, it's especially upsetting when it comes from a program that's specifically designed to keep your data safe. Unfortunately, only a couple of weeks later, we've got word that another popular antivirus suite left peoples' information wide open.

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Medieval prosthetic foot found in Austrian grave

Medieval prosthetic foot found in Austrian grave

In a grave in Hemmaberg, Austria, researchers discovered a full skeleton alongside a sword. That alone would have been interesting but not terribly exciting. However, upon a closer look, the researchers realized the skeleton had the scant remains of a wooden prosthetic foot and a ring made of iron that was used to keep it stable. The prosthetic is about 1500 years old, and is a rarity for managing to survive so long.

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Another contagious Tasmanian devil cancer found

Another contagious Tasmanian devil cancer found

Researchers have discovered a new form of contagious cancer that is transmitted among Tasmanian devils, shaking long-held beliefs that transmittable cancers are a rarity. This is the second type of contagious cancer discovered that affects Tasmanian devils, and it represents itself with physical symptoms and lesions indistinguishable from the other cancer type's lesions. Contagious cancers have also been found among soft-shelled clams and dogs.

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Ten years of change

Ten years of change

A decade is a long time in technology. Ten years ago the smartphone did not exist. LTE was an acronym on the roadmap. Wearable technology was the stuff of jury-rigged helmets and goggles in the labs of MIT. Your TV was standard resolution, your internet connection a trickle not a flood, and your coffee table almost certainly didn't have a tablet on it.

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