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North Korea setting back clocks over Japanese rule

North Korea setting back clocks over Japanese rule

North Korea has created its own timezone, setting clocks back 30 minutes to "Pyongyang Time" as a strike against historic imperialism. The change, which will take affect on August 15, will see North Korea shift to GMT 8:30, or thirty minutes behind South Korea and Japan, countries which it used to share a timezone with. August 15 will be the seventieth anniversary of the Korean peninsula no longer being a Japanese colony.

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Pathway Genomics is latest to hawk genome test

Pathway Genomics is latest to hawk genome test

If 23andMe is appealing but you haven't yet taken the plunge, there's a new option from which to choose: Pathway Genomics, which has introduced new genetics testing service. The company called its test the “Pathway Fit” genetic test, and it looks at more than 75 genetic markers for information about things like one’s metabolism and how certain types of exercise affect the individuals.

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This frog has mastered the headbutt of death

This frog has mastered the headbutt of death

A researcher has come across a frog with an ultra-flexible neck, poisonous skin, and a spiky skull — all of which work together to facilitate a headbutt of death. Or, at the very least, a headbutt that results in hours of what is described as intense pain. The venomous frog was happened upon by researcher Carlos Jared, who didn’t at first realize the frog was dangerous to hold. According to Jared, he picked up one of the frogs and it began struggling and headbutting his hand. He described the sensation as at first being like rough sandpaper, and later on being intensely painful.

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Striking ‘Virgin Rainbow’ opal to be showcased in Australia

Striking ‘Virgin Rainbow’ opal to be showcased in Australia

A beautiful opal called the Virgin Rainbow is currently on its way to an Australian museum, where it will be showcased alongside some other rare, valuable and otherwise precious items. The opal will go on display starting late next month and will remain in the exhibition until February 2016. Opals are unique, at least as far as gemstones go, but this one is particularly notable due to its striking colors and rare shape. It is said to be the finest opal in the world.

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Target begins testing beacons in 50 retail stores

Target begins testing beacons in 50 retail stores

Target is following in the footsteps of Macy's and other stores and will launch a pilot program testing out beacon technology. The beacons use Bluetooth to pipe communications to customers’ smartphones — in this case, sending deals to those who are in the stores, recommendations, and more. This won’t be the equivalent of unwanted spam, however, as customers will be advised about the feature and will need to opt-in if they’re interested. iPhone users will be the first to get the deals.

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Reddit bans racist subreddits under new policy amidst criticism

Reddit bans racist subreddits under new policy amidst criticism

Reddit has finally banned several racist subreddits after having failed to do so during its recent content policy updates. Failure to ban the subreddits long drew criticism from users and non-users alike, and then continuing to leave them in place after going after other offensive communities led to harsh outcries from users. The existence of the subreddit and others like it were ended today, however, as the company just announced additional changes and new bans brought about because of them.

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Twitch streamer banned after fake swatting stunt

Twitch streamer banned after fake swatting stunt

Swatting, the act of getting police and other law enforcement to force their way into someone's home after being told it's the location of hostage situation or other crime, is a despicable act that offenders usually refer to as a "prank." But just as unfunny is staging a fake swatting while livestreaming to an audience of thousands. That's what Trick2G, a popular streamer on the game broadcasting service Twitch, has found out after such an act has gotten his channel closed and himself banned.

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Soylent’s founder hawks new drink in spiel on solar living

Soylent’s founder hawks new drink in spiel on solar living

Feel too busy to cook, or can’t seem to master the art of not eating junk? You’ve probably heard of Soylent, then, the meal-replacement drink that promises to meet all your nutritional needs and not taste entirely terrible while doing so. Whether it fulfills its promise if debatable, but that's not the topic of creator Rob Rhinehart's latest blog post. In a long statement today, he detailed his efforts to reduce his environmental footprint, embrace solar, and more. All in all it's an interesting enough read...right up until it turns into a Soylent advertisement.

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Pinterest vows to boost workforce diversity

Pinterest vows to boost workforce diversity

Companies have increasingly detailed their workforce diversity numbers — we’ve seen them from Facebook, Google, and more. Some companies have more favorable numbers than others, but most of them are paltry at best, and progress is slow. Pinterest has pointed toward that slow progress, and today announced detailed plans and timelines for increasing its own workforce diversity. Pinterest is perhaps the first tech company to detail such precise hiring goals, which includes several improvements targeted for 2016 and more for beyond.

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July’s once in a blue moon: rare ‘extra’ moon visible tomorrow

July’s once in a blue moon: rare ‘extra’ moon visible tomorrow

Tomorrow brings with it a blue moon, which, you may be disappointed to find out, isn’t actually a blue-colored moon. Rather, it is an “extra” full moon that only happens in some years, hence the term, “Once in a blue moon”. This year, 2015, is one of the special years with an extra full moon, in that every month has had (and will have) one full moon, which is typical, with the exception of July. In total, 2015 will have had 13 full moons instead of 12.

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California issues $75K bounty for drone pilots interrupting firefighters

California issues $75K bounty for drone pilots interrupting firefighters

It seems several instances recently of private drones preventing firefighters from dealing with California forest fires have frustrated authorities enough that they're issuing rewards for information on the pilots. San Bernardino County officials are now offering $75,000 in total to catch the drone pilots involved in obstructing three different fires — $25,000 for each incident. The drones not only got in the way of firefighters' aerial efforts, but actually delayed their response in stopping the fire, in turn causing more damage.

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Nike’s developing an ice hat to keep your head cool

Nike’s developing an ice hat to keep your head cool

Feel too hot after your summer runs but don’t like pouring water on your head? Nike’s developing an alternative, a yet-unnamed ice hat of sorts that will chill your head more effectively, and without the mess. It’s more of a shrouded helmet than a hat, featuring a large hood-like component with a neck piece and face mesh. It is being developed in conjunction with Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, and its design goal is to reduce an athlete’s overall body temperature by rapidly cooling down one’s head.

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