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Study says less software piracy occurs in countries with high IQ

Study says less software piracy occurs in countries with high IQ

There's no doubt that software piracy is a major issue around the globe, costing companies and developers no small amount of money. In an attempt to better understand the practice on national levels, a group of researchers from Germany's MPRA have conducted a study determining that the rate of software piracy is significantly lower in countries with a higher collective intelligence.

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NASA teams with American Airlines to bolster flight training and more

NASA teams with American Airlines to bolster flight training and more

NASA has partnered with American Airlines in a deal that will span the next five years, giving NASA researchers observational access to AA cockpits during flights throughout the years. The observations will be used as part of the space agency’s work on improving cockpit displays, as well as flighting training and “other flight desk operations,” NASA said in a statement. Under the partnership, NASA researchers will be able to tag along on half a dozen or more round trip flights every year for the next half decade.

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How Toyota will turn social stalker to make cars smarter

How Toyota will turn social stalker to make cars smarter

Toyota is working on ways to sift through your Facebook, follow your Twitter, and slide into your LinkedIn to make its cars smarter, the company's tech division chief has revealed today. Zack Hicks is CEO of Toyota Connected, the new company Toyota established in April to free drivers from "the tyranny of technology" and, so its parent hopes, encourage you to head to a Toyota or Lexus dealership next time you're in the market for a car.

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Siberian crater expanded amidst explosive sound, glowing lights

Siberian crater expanded amidst explosive sound, glowing lights

Siberia is no stranger to massive mysterious craters -- we've reported on them several times over past years. Now, according to local reports, a crater discovered back in 2013 has expanded, and it came alongside a couple other mysterious events. Locals in the region reported hearing a loud explosion dozens of kilometers away and seeing a glowing light of some sort in the sky around the area of the sinkhole.

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Gravitational Waves Appear Again; New Era in Astronomy Begins

Gravitational Waves Appear Again; New Era in Astronomy Begins

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has made another observation of gravitational waves resulting from one big crash of a couple of black holes. Collision, that is, and merger soon thereafter. This observed signal is dubbed GW151226, while the black whole merger event from late last year goes by the name GW150914. This newest signal was detected by the same set of instruments as the first, 2x instruments of Advanced LIGO situated in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana.

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Nissan’s 2020 fuel-cell plans put bio-ethanol in the tank

Nissan’s 2020 fuel-cell plans put bio-ethanol in the tank

Nissan is getting into the fuel-cell car business, but unlike rivals like Toyota and Honda, it's not looking to hydrogen to power its environmentally-friendly vehicle. Instead, Nissan is looking to harness bio-ethanol electric power, using a range of different fuels - including some sourced from sugarcane or corn - to power an electric car.

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NASA and UAE Space Agency sign peaceful space exploration agreement

NASA and UAE Space Agency sign peaceful space exploration agreement

NASA and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency have entered into an agreement that will result in the duo working together for certain aeronautics research, NASA announced on Sunday. This agreement will see NASA and the UAE Space Agency cooperating in the use of airspace and the exploration of said airspace “for peaceful purposes,” said the space agency, with the deal ultimately serving to aid NASA’s ambitious plan to get humans to Mars.

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Superman is the best superhero says 7-year research study

Superman is the best superhero says 7-year research study

Arguments over which superhero would win in a fight are as old as time itself. Cyclops vs Iron Man; Green Lantern vs The Flash; Hulk vs Deadpool; Spider-Man vs Wolverine; and, of course, Superman vs Batman. But what deciding on the single best superhero out of everyone? Students at the UK's University of Leicester have spent seven years researching and applying science to the debate to come up with an answer. To little surprise, it's Superman (sorry Batman).

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New massive monument found buried in ancient rock city Petra

New massive monument found buried in ancient rock city Petra

Petra, the incredible ancient rock city in Jordan, has long had a massive monument buried under its sands that researchers describe as “hiding in plain sight.” Archaeologists recently discovered the monument using images of the region taken with satellites and drones, as well as photos from ground surveys in the region. Using them, the team found signs of a monument bigger than an Olympic-sized swimming pool and with a design that differs from other buildings in the region.

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Study: sharks have distinct, individual personalities

Study: sharks have distinct, individual personalities

A new study hailing from Macquarie University’s Department of Biological Sciences has found that sharks have individual personalities, and these personalities are consistent across various environments. Many animal species have been found to have individual, distinct personalities (consider your cat, for example); this study marks the first time such distinct individualities have been observed in sharks.

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Pint-sized exoskeleton aims to help kids walk again

Pint-sized exoskeleton aims to help kids walk again

The exoskeleton the little boy in the image here is wearing was created by engineers from the Spanish National Research Council and rather than being designed for adults, this one is designed to help children. Specifically the 26-pound aluminum and titanium exoskeleton aims to help children with spinal muscular atrophy known as SMA. The simple act of walking could help stave off potentially deadly side effects of the disease.

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Science says tall people are more productive at work

Science says tall people are more productive at work

Science has had a lot to say about being tall — studies have shown everything from higher potential earnings throughout one’s life to increased happiness and more. A new study has found that being tall may also be a sign that you’re more productive than your less-tall peers, something based on the long-term monitoring of more than 5300 men in Indonesia. Across a seven-year time span, researchers found that taller men were more productive than shorter peers, something they based on hourly earnings.

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