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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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How to watch the solar eclipse tonight

How to watch the solar eclipse tonight

This year will prove fun for astronomers and star-gazers alike, as it'll bring both a solar eclipse and, in a couple weeks, a lunar eclipse. The solar eclipse is happening tonight, and you won't have to worry about weather blocking your view -- the eclipse will mostly only be visible in Indonesia and to passengers on select commercial flights. Thanks to our increasingly connected world, though, you'll still have an option for watching the solar eclipse live as it happens no matter where you're located.

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Google turns to 4chan founder moot for social reboot

Google turns to 4chan founder moot for social reboot

The founder of controversial messageboard 4chan, a place often described as part of the internet's dark underbelly, might not be the obvious candidate to join "Do No Evil" Google. Still, that's just what's happened, with Chris Poole - aka moot - announcing this week that he's climbing into bed with the search giant.

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Alaska Airlines to delay flight so travellers can see solar eclipse

Alaska Airlines to delay flight so travellers can see solar eclipse

Some Alaska Airlines customers are in for a treat tomorrow -- the airline has tweaked the takeoff time for one of its flights so passengers can see tomorrow's total solar eclipse from a rare vantage point, according to a new report. Most people on Earth won't get to see the solar eclipse from their meager land-bound positions, though, as it'll only be visible in parts of Indonesia.

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Sources: Amazon warehouses have TVs for public shaming

Sources: Amazon warehouses have TVs for public shaming

Amazon warehouse employees past and present paint a picture far from wholesome — they tell of long, hard, hot days spent running from one place to another, assembling orders at breakneck speeds for hours on end. While Amazon has previously fired back at these claims, there's no shortage of new ones being made, and the most recent is a spat of warehouse workers describing flatscreen TVs in warehouses that continuously threaten staff with termination.

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Tony Dyson, builder of the original R2-D2, has died

Tony Dyson, builder of the original R2-D2, has died

Professor Tony Dyson, builder of the original R2-D2, has passed away at the age of 68. While the cause of death has not been officially determined, it is believed to be from natural causes. His passing was discovered after one of his neighbors, concerned that his door was left opened, contacted the local authorities. Professor Dyson also performed work for some other movies, including Dragon Slayer, Superman II, and Moonraker.

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