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Tiny fluffy T-Rex roamed the Arctic

Tiny fluffy T-Rex roamed the Arctic

A new species of pygmy Tyrannosaurus Rex only half the size of its closest relative has been identified in northern Alaska, with Nanuqsaurus hoglundi ending up smaller and fluffier than its better-known cousins thanks to the harsh conditions. The dinky dino was likely the top Arctic predator in the late Cretaceous period, paleontologists Anthony R. Fiorillo and Ronald S. Tykoski concluded, measuring around 20 feet long and probably covered in dense fuzzy hair.

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Samsung Galaxy backdoor could pose data risk [Updated]

Samsung Galaxy backdoor could pose data risk [Updated]

Multiple models of Samsung Galaxy smartphones could contain a backdoor for remote data access, a developer team has alleged, potentially leaving personal files open to clandestine browsing. The security loophole stems from a proprietary app Samsung created to run on the modem's application processor, which can access and modify software running on the phones and, in at least nine cases, have unfettered access to personal data as well.

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Thermodynamics discovery teases super-dense drives

Thermodynamics discovery teases super-dense drives

New research into the Third Law of Thermodynamics and the odd behaviors of spin ice could have implications for data storage and more, with nanotech scientists finding unexpected behaviors at near-absolute zero. The study, carried out at University College London, created thin films of spin ice - which shows magnetic properties, and normally would be assumed to be the only thing not to fully freeze at absolute zero - for the first time, and then demonstrated how those films could be manipulated.

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9000 year-old masks are the world’s oldest

9000 year-old masks are the world’s oldest

Masks are something that we don’t think much about in the modern world. At certain times of the year, you could walk into just about any retail store in the US and walk out with a mask made of plastic or other materials. Masks have been around much longer than you might think and some of the world's oldest masks are on display in Jerusalem.

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Real-life “Death Stars” deadlier than Darth Vader astronomers find

Real-life “Death Stars” deadlier than Darth Vader astronomers find

Alderaan isn't the only planet to fall victim to the "Death Star", astronomers claim, though the vast O-type stars actually across the galaxy destroying young planets before they've had time to form don't have convenient exhaust ports to stop them. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a team of US and Canadian researchers discovered that huge quantities of ultraviolet radiation from stars at least 16-times the mass of our own sun can blast away the raw materials for new planetary systems.

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Wolfram Language wants to revolutionize coding

Wolfram Language wants to revolutionize coding

Wolfram Alpha has spawned a new symbolic programming language, Wolfram Language, with Stephen Wolfram revealing what he promises is the "most productive" way to create code. As with Wolfram Alpha search, which uses contextual awareness to answer questions, Wolfram Language is a "knowledge-based language", its inventor claims, giving the language itself continually-curated awareness of the world it exists in and how things like interfaces are structured, allowing even those with no prior programming experience the opportunity to build complex apps.

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