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Uber’s luring engineers with ‘Code on the Road’ game

Uber’s luring engineers with ‘Code on the Road’ game

Uber is trying to recruit engineers using a fun little coding game that pops up for some riders in some cities, the company has confirmed. Screenshots and reports of the game started cropping up on Twitter in recent days, and the company has since clarified its purpose for "Code on the Road," saying it's a brief way to test someone's coding skills and, potentially, find a new team member.

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Yellowstone hotspot had 12 ancient ‘super-eruptions’

Yellowstone hotspot had 12 ancient ‘super-eruptions’

Some really big eruptions happened during Yellowstone’s past, but they all may pale in comparison to a bunch of so-called “super eruptions” that took place in Idaho millions of years ago. According to researchers, these exceptionally massive eruptions happened between 8 and 12 million years ago, and were much, much larger than previously believed, eclipsing a bunch of ancient eruptions that happened in the same general region.

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Strange newly discovered cavefish can walk up cave walls

Strange newly discovered cavefish can walk up cave walls

It’s not everyday you see a fish that can walk, but just such a discovery was made by researchers with the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The cavefish was found in Thailand and features an unusual anatomy giving it the ability to climb its way up waterfalls -- something researchers believe could help shed light on evolutionary changes that happened many millions of years ago. No other (living) fish have been discovered with this ability.

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Amazon says it paid women 99.9% the same as men in 2015

Amazon says it paid women 99.9% the same as men in 2015

Amazon has given in to pressure and revealed the pay equality percentage among its workforce, saying that female workers make essentially the same amount as male workers in equivalent positions. Overall, last year saw women within the company making 99.9% of what men made. The company also tossed another percentage into the mix, saying minorities within the company made 100.1% of what white employees made.

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Homes of the future could be powered by old, ugly tomatoes

Homes of the future could be powered by old, ugly tomatoes

Tomatoes: they’re acidic, tasty, and sometimes ugly. The especially ugly tomatoes usually don’t make it to market, at least not in ordinary supermarkets, nor do the ones that were damaged or started to go bad during harvest. This translates into a lot of tomato waste, something our increasingly resource-conscious world finds unfortunate. Enter the American Chemical Society and a new project it has detailed: turning waste tomatoes into biofuel cells.

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Study: prairie dogs are fluffy little serial squirrel killers

Study: prairie dogs are fluffy little serial squirrel killers

Prairie dogs are adorable, yes, but they’d rip your brain out in a sweet second if they were big enough. Such is the conclusion we’ve drawn from a new study on prairie dogs’ homicidal behavior. Researchers observed the critters for a handful of years and during that time discovered the brutal, coldly practical skeleton in a prairie dog's closet: it hunts down and kills baby squirrels so its own offspring can grow up fat and happy.

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Bear bone reveals humans arrived in Ireland earlier than thought

Bear bone reveals humans arrived in Ireland earlier than thought

Humans arrived in Ireland earlier than believed, new research shows. The conclusion comes from the analysis of a bear bone found in a cave in Ireland and was announced this past weekend. According to researchers, humans arrived in Ireland about 2,500 years earlier than previously thought, dating the earliest evidence back to 10,500 BC rather than 8,000 BC.

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Google Now allows users to block specific news sources

Google Now allows users to block specific news sources

Android users who frequently tap on stories they find via Google Now cards only to find that those stories are clickbait will be thrilled to hear this. According to a post on Reddit, Google Now has a new feature that allows you to remove stories from certain sources so you never have to see them again. Users now have multiple options for customizing their feeds.

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King Tut’s tomb: scans find hidden rooms with metal, organic objects

King Tut’s tomb: scans find hidden rooms with metal, organic objects

Back in October, evidence was found suggesting King Tut’s tomb could have a secret room or two, and that the secret room may prove to be the long-sought tomb of Queen Nefertiti. Some experts dismissed the idea at the time, pointing out apparent flaws with the notion. Nevertheless, radar scans were performed and Egyptian antiquities minister Mamdouh Eldamaty has good news to report: there are hidden chambers in the tomb, and there are unidentified objects hidden within them. The objects are made of both organic materials and metals.

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The Pope’s getting an Instagram account on Saturday

The Pope’s getting an Instagram account on Saturday

Pope Francis has been shaking things up a little bit, and during his time he has been receptive toward technology, having owned an iPad, for example, and doing things like posing for selfies with followers. He's not the first pope to have a Twitter account -- he inherited it from Pope Benedict XVI -- but this upcoming Saturday he will be the first pope to have an Instagram account.

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Boba Fett purse launches for discerning fashionistas

Boba Fett purse launches for discerning fashionistas

Is there a notable lack of green purses in your closet? If so, ThinkGeek has a new item that’ll fill that hole: a leather purse styled to resemble Boba Fett from Star Wars. The purse itself comes from Loungefly and features a shiny finish over bright green sections of embossed faux leather. Even better, says ThinkGeek, it includes little feet on the bottom so it won’t stick ‘to the movie theater floor.'

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USA Today is developing a news show presented in VR

USA Today is developing a news show presented in VR

There's little doubt that virtual reality, whether it be with our smartphones or headsets connected to powerful PCs, is going to be the next big platform of consumer technology. We've heard of uses for everything from entertainment like movies and games to science and health applications. It looks like the next thing to get into VR is news, as the USA Today Network has announced it's making a VR news program. Not a show with news and updates about the topic of VR, but a common, multi-topic news program presented in VR.

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