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San Francisco, other US cities still using aging software for municipal needs

San Francisco, other US cities still using aging software for municipal needs

When just about everyone is walking around with a smartphone in their pocket that's more powerful than most desktops from ten years ago, it's easy to think that the parts of society reliant on computers are all using relatively modern tech. In reality that's far from the truth for a large number of municipal governments across the US, including the tech hub of San Francisco.

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Study finds global fisheries shrinking due to climate change, overfishing

Study finds global fisheries shrinking due to climate change, overfishing

The effects of climate change have been well proven in areas like weather patterns and animal habitats, but a new study highlights how the same problems are found in our oceans, with rising sea temperatures having a significant impact on the world's fisheries. Led by Rutgers, the research shows that critical fisheries have seen at least a 4% drop in populations since 1930, with certain areas experiencing as much as a 35% decline.

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Scientists identify honey bee gene that could lead to disease-resistant colonies

Scientists identify honey bee gene that could lead to disease-resistant colonies

It's well-known that bees play an important role around the globe, with their pollination process responsible for the survival of plants that humans rely on. With recent years seeing different bee populations in various regions threatened, it's becoming essential to understand and ensure their health. A recent study has found a specific group of genes in honeybees that could be used to improve their survivability.

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Netflix announces new Transformers animated series for 2020

Netflix announces new Transformers animated series for 2020

Netflix has successfully turned itself into one of the biggest libraries of original and classic animated content, including some of the most recognized anime series, as well as reboots and revivals of series like Voltron and She-Ra. While the streaming video giant has already carried the iconic Transformers animated series and movies, Netflix has ordered a new take on the universe of Autobots and Decepticons.

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Hennessey upgrades 2019 Lincoln Navigator to 600hp

Hennessey upgrades 2019 Lincoln Navigator to 600hp

The performance tuners at Hennessey are well-known for their boutique supercar, the Venom, and custom upgrades for sports cars like the Mustang, Viper, and Corvette, but lately they've been turning their eye towards SUVs and pickups. Their latest in this trend is a take on the new 2019 Lincoln Navigator, which outfits the family SUV with an additional 150 horsepower, perfect for a drag race against its stock sibling.

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Twitter caught storing DMs years after being deleted

Twitter caught storing DMs years after being deleted

Twitter seems have been hit by yet another blow to its privacy and security reputation. The social media company has been found keeping data on direct messages that were deleted by users, despite stating that it does the opposite on its Help pages. Even more surprising is that DMs are being stored years after deletion, including those sent to or from accounts that were suspended or deactivated.

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Scientists discover more accurate way to calculate the Universe’s matter

Scientists discover more accurate way to calculate the Universe’s matter

When it comes to understanding exactly how much matter makes up our universe, scientists have long had to overestimate the total based on what they've found with existing calculations. This is because, for decades, it's been believed that as much as a third of the universe's matter hasn't yet been accounted for. This could soon change, however, as astronomers working together from Harvard and Hungary’s Eötvös University have found a new technique for identifying missing matter.

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Bugatti Chiron ‘110 Ans’ special edition marks anniversary, limited to 20 models

Bugatti Chiron ‘110 Ans’ special edition marks anniversary, limited to 20 models

Bugatti's Chiron remains just as impressive today as when it first debuted in 2016. Interestingly, the French carmaker has waited three years to release a special edition of the supercar, but it seems they're finally ready, and just in time for Bugatti's 110th anniversary. Based on the Chiron Sport, the new "110 Ans Bugatti" — which translates to 110 years of Bugatti — celebrates the company and their French heritage.

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Fitbit debuts Inspire wearable, but only for employee health plans

Fitbit debuts Inspire wearable, but only for employee health plans

Fitbit, one of the most recognized names in fitness wearables, has a new model out, but rather than its specs or features, it's the way it's being made available that's the biggest difference. Called the Inspire, the wristband can't be purchased directly, but instead is issued to users through corporate health initiatives or insurance providers. It's part of Fitbit's plan to lean more heavily into large-scale business deals, rather than consumer-focused devices.

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Scientists discover new type of magnet with potential to improve data storage tech

Scientists discover new type of magnet with potential to improve data storage tech

A team of physicists from New York University have discovered a brand-new type of magnet that differs from any other known to exist. Called a "singlet-based magnet," it was found within a compound of uranium and antimony known as USb2, and because it can change between magnetized and unmagnetized states quickly and easily, it has the potential to improve data storage capabilities within computers.

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New Subaru Outback is on the way, but not until later this year

New Subaru Outback is on the way, but not until later this year

Earlier this week, Subaru unveiled the new 2020 Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show. An all new generation model, the carmaker's iconic sedan gets a new design for the inside and out, along with refined features and improved technology. Some Subaru fans might be wondering where the company's other staple vehicle — the Outback — is, and fortunately they've confirmed that the crossover wagon will be getting a similar overhaul.

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New chemical conversion process turns plastic waste into fuel

New chemical conversion process turns plastic waste into fuel

One of the biggest problems facing the Earth's environment right now is the abundance of plastic waste. An estimated 5 billion tons of plastic is collecting in landfills or filling the oceans, and if not addressed, it will plague the decades to come by degrading into toxic chemicals, polluting the land and sea and destroying the habitats of wildlife. As scientific research looks for a solution, one possible option is trying to turn the waste into a usable fuel source.

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