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National Geographic and Morgan Freeman helm ‘The Story of God’ TV series

National Geographic and Morgan Freeman helm ‘The Story of God’ TV series

National Geographic's newest undertaking is a world away from its coverage of the animal kingdom. In partnership with Revelations Entertainment, its latest project is The Story of God. The series will be on air next year on The National Geographic Channel, and will see a global release in 171 countries in 45 different languages. Lending heavenly narration skills to the series is Morgan Freeman. At this time, it's unclear whether he will be present in voice or figure as well. Either way, attaching his name was a smart move on Nat Geo's part.

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Apple News app hiring editors for hand-picked curation

Apple News app hiring editors for hand-picked curation

Apple News, it's news browsing app designed to rival Flipboard and RSS browsers, is using a different approach than its competition. Instead of just relying on algorithms to rank and suggest stories based on browsing history, Apple demonstrated that users can submit their own RSS feeds, and popular feeds will likely gain large followings, but Apple's desires for curation go deeper than that. Apple is taking it to the next level by adding a human component. Apple is looking for human editors to, "recognize original, compelling stories unlikely to be identified by algorithms."

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Big dinos avoided the tropics due to chaotic climates

Big dinos avoided the tropics due to chaotic climates

Big dinosaurs, it turns out, avoided the tropics for millions of years due to chaotic, unpredictable climates. Such drastic changes in the climate would have been detrimental to survival, causing the larger dinosaurs to avoid such regions for tens of millions of years. Small carnivorous dinosaurs could have been found in the tropics, but researchers discovered that the larger plant eating dinosaurs stuck to high latitudes during the Triassic period. Climate, it turns out, was to blame for such dinosaur distributions.

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North Korea’s 3G cellular network for visitors is down

North Korea’s 3G cellular network for visitors is down

In the relatively recent past, North Korea introduced a 3G cellular Internet service for foreigner visitors to the nation, granting them a level of Internet access that the nation's own residents do not have. The network has been available more or less consistently since it was launched, but now is no longer available. The service provider through which the network was provided, Koryolink, recently said in a statement that it was having a service outage, and that it was on “the local internet provider’s side” rather than its own. There’s no known time frame for when the service will be restored.

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Cambridge plans on hiring a professor of LEGO

Cambridge plans on hiring a professor of LEGO

The University of Cambridge is about to hire its most fun-sounding professor — a Professor of LEGO. This comes after a recommendation from the university’s general board for a LEGO professorship who will get his or her own research department. The move comes after the LEGO Foundation gave the university £4 million in donations, and the eventual role will (likely) be within the Faculty of Education. Furthermore, the role will be starting in October of this year if it follows the recommendation.

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Alfa prices up its stunning 4C Spider

Alfa prices up its stunning 4C Spider

It's the price-tag fans of droptop Italian exotica have been waiting for. Alfa Romeo has finally slapped a sticker price on the windshield of the 4C Spider, the convertible version of the aggressively-styled two seater shown off back in January at the Detroit Auto Show. Whimsical European-style motoring doesn't come cheap, though, with the 4C Spider carrying a hefty $10,000 premium over its hardtop sibling.

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Watch a dry ice bomb explode in slow motion

Watch a dry ice bomb explode in slow motion

Slow motion videos are always fun, and we've seen no shortage of them. This time around someone has decided to eschew the commonly used fire and bullets for a different sort of slow motion video: a dry ice bomb exploding underwater...with the camera, of course, also recording under water. The explosion is so powerful the video captures the pulsing energy in the water as it expands outward and then pulses back into places briefly before growing even larger.

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Ancient genomics reveal Bronze Age secrets

Ancient genomics reveal Bronze Age secrets

Trying to glean some details about long gone ages isn't easy, and though there's a wealth of knowledge already discerned, a lot of things are still called into question. Thanks to ancient genomics, though, the practice of sequencing ancient genomes, researchers are learning more about the Eurasian Bronze Age and some of the secrets it has long retained. The time period runs from approximately 3000BC to 1000BC, and was a big transitioning period for many things: culture, technology, and more.

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Massive great white shark filmed high-fiving diver

Massive great white shark filmed high-fiving diver

You've seen Jaws, you've probably seen shark skeletons at the museum, and maybe you have even seen a real live shark up close. You've likely not, however, seen one quite this massive. Earlier this week on Facebook, Mauricio Hoyos Padilla posted a video of a diver not in a protective cage casually swatting the fin of a massive great white shark as it circled around. The diver was instead standing on top of what appeared to be a diving cage in which another diver was secured. The shark took a look around and then swam on, presumably, to find something more interesting elsewhere. Video after the jump.

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Proposed solar storms alarm could give 24hr advanced warning

Proposed solar storms alarm could give 24hr advanced warning

Solar storms can, at times, present a problem for our planet -- you've likely experienced at one point or another GPS troubles and such due to solar storms. In some cases, though, solar storms could pose larger risks to things like power grids. Advanced warning of these larger, potentially dangerous storms gives people a chance to prepare, but present systems only give up to an hour's warning. A new proposed system, however, would increase that warning time to a day or longer.

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