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Facebook psych experiment explained, Andreessen chimes in

Facebook psych experiment explained, Andreessen chimes in

Facebook is, unsurprisingly, embroiled in yet another scandal. Surprisingly, it isn't directly related to privacy but comes quite close. The social networking giant has been revealed to have manipulated their news feed ever so slightly in order to see the effects on the moods of its users. Sounds almost harmless until you learn that the findings were recently published in a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) paper.

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White dwarf star could be Earth-sized diamond

White dwarf star could be Earth-sized diamond

If people here on earth already fight over diamonds, imagine what they would do over one the size of the planet itself. That might actually be what David Kaplan and astronomers from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have discovered, a dead star so cold that it might have crystalized over to become a literal gem in the sky.

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Big Bang breakthrough hits dust doubts

Big Bang breakthrough hits dust doubts

Scientists responsible for a "spectacular" discovery earlier this year that could explain Big Bang theory and how the universe was created now admit their evidence may just have been cosmic dust. A Harvard team of physicists announced back in March that it believed it had observed the effects of rapid expansion that would follow the sudden creation of our universe, but the study has gained a vital disclaimer at publication.

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NASA points massive aromatic nose at Titan moon

NASA points massive aromatic nose at Titan moon

NASA is figuring out the flavors of Saturn's moon Titan, cooking up an artificial atmosphere here on Earth to try to replicate the distinctive smog surrounding the yellowed body. The mystery gases surrounding Saturn's largest moon had been stumping researchers, unable to combine the likely mixture of nitrogen and methane that led to the exact spectrometer readings taken by the Cassini spacecraft surveying Titan.

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Students create open source brain signal recording equipment

Students create open source brain signal recording equipment

We live in an age where almost anything can be created - or replicated - for a fraction of the cost of a commercial product. For a couple of grad students wishing for some brain signal recording equipment back in 2011, their wish became a matter of original creation, eventually resulting in an open source community for neural technology and a device which is made at a fraction of the cost of its next least-expensive competitor.

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Google’s satellite plans may include Virgin Galactic investment

Google’s satellite plans may include Virgin Galactic investment

It would appear that Google is ramping up their efforts to bring the whole world internet access with a tipped investment in Virgin Galactic. Insiders have let it be known that Virgin Galactic is in talks with Google to move forth their next wave of space-bound technology. Talks are "likely to lead to a deal" between the two companies, an investment in the space company by Google, and quite a few dollars being moved from one to the other.

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