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Sony Music Twitter hack trolled people with Britney Spears death tweets

Sony Music Twitter hack trolled people with Britney Spears death tweets

The Sony Music Group Twitter account was recently hacked and used to send out a fake death tweet announcing the passing of singer Britney Spears. The tweet has since been removed and confirmed as false, with Sony saying it has 'rectified' the issue. Spears' own manager confirmed that she has not died. It is also possible a Twitter account belonging to Bob Dylan was also accessed and used to spread the fake death news.

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Futurama gets a live action makeover with ‘Fan-O-Rama’

Futurama gets a live action makeover with ‘Fan-O-Rama’

Futurama is the subject of a new live action fan movie that, as far as fan movies go, is about as great as anything we could hope for. So great, in fact, that it’s a bit disturbing at times. The film includes full, highly detailed computer creations of the year 3004’s world, including all the small details like “Aldrin’s Buzz Lager” and even a brief glimpse of hypnotoad as he’d exist in the real world.

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Hydraulic Press Channel ups its game by going red hot

Hydraulic Press Channel ups its game by going red hot

It’s doubtful that anyone who has spent any amount of time on the Internet has gone this long without at least hearing about the Hydraulic Press Channel. This YouTube account posts videos of an industrial hydraulic press destroying all sorts of items big and small. As with all once-popular things, attention seems to be dying down, but that’s alright because the folks behind the channel have a plot twist up their sleeve: heating the hydraulic press until it is red hot.

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Researchers lambast study associating HPV vaccine with brain damage

Researchers lambast study associating HPV vaccine with brain damage

Vaccines are a hot topic and, unfortunately, the source of ample criticism by those who fear they cause autism and other conditions. The latest vaccine to reach alarm status is the HPV vaccine, which deals with the human papilloma virus and aims to prevent cervical cancer in women. This vaccine is recommended for women and girls, and is also increasingly being given to boys, but a new study has undermined confidence in it, associating it with brain damage in mice.

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iMac is obliterated by combustion tube in this slow-motion video

iMac is obliterated by combustion tube in this slow-motion video

The Slow Mo Guys are back with another video, this one showing a full iMac system being obliterated by a carefully placed combustion engine. As with the team’s past videos, we get to watch the destruction in Full HD and at ultra high frame rates, resulting in a clear, slow, unstoppable show of destruction. The episode was carried out at Purdue University in Indiana.

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Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher reportedly suffers heart attack [updated]

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher reportedly suffers heart attack [updated]

Just days after the release of Star Wars Rogue One comes news that Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia, is reportedly in critical condition following a major heart attack suffered aboard a flight bound for Los Angeles. The actress reportedly went into 'full cardiac arrest' during the flight, and while details are still forthcoming, one police officer responding to the scene reportedly stated that her condition is 'not good.'

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Hospitals eliminate bedsores using NASA Mars technology

Hospitals eliminate bedsores using NASA Mars technology

The same technology used for NASA's Mars lander has been used to eliminate the occurrence of bedsores in more than half a dozen hospitals, while other hospitals were able to reduce the instances of bedsores as much as 90-percent. The technology works by detecting damage in the process of developing in a patient’s skin before it becomes a visible ulcer, allowing medical facilities to address and treat it before it grows into a larger problem.

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KFC tests facial recognition ordering tech in China

KFC tests facial recognition ordering tech in China

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is no stranger to testing out unusual tech in its retail stores. There was that unusual chicken box, for example, that included a built-in battery for charging your phone, not to mention the edible nail polish. Now the company is back with yet another test, this one in collaboration with China' Baidu to launch facial recognition ordering technology at one of its stores in China.

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Edipeel invisible food coating keeps fruit fresh for weeks

Edipeel invisible food coating keeps fruit fresh for weeks

Fresh food is great assuming you live near a suitable market, have a way to properly store the food, and you can consume it all before it goes bad. Things like lettuce, green onions, strawberries, and other fruits and vegetables are prone to going bad relatively quickly after being purchased, though, making it unappealing to many consumers, not to mention the waste that results. One company, fortunately, may have a solution.

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A supervolcano is rumbling in Naples

A supervolcano is rumbling in Naples

Campi Flegrei, a volcano that has long been dormant, could be heating up once again. Located near Naples, this super volcano made quite an impression back in the early 1500s — it erupted, and then continued to erupt for the better part of 8 days. That was only the most recent of many past eruptions, though, which date back thousands of years. In fact, the eruption that happened 35,000 years ago left a 7-mile-wide crater…and now researchers think Campi Flegrei may be gearing up for another super-eruption.

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RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic launches for Android and iOS

RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic launches for Android and iOS

Atari has launched RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic, a new mobile game for iOS and Android that brings together the best of Rollercoaster Tycoon and RollerCoaster Tycoon 2. The game is available for the most popular mobile devices: Android phones and tablets, the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, for $5.99 USD. This game follows RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile.

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US authorities now ask some foreign visitors for personal social media links

US authorities now ask some foreign visitors for personal social media links

The U.S. government is now asking certain travelers from abroad to voluntarily provide links to their social media accounts, doing so in hopes of spotting signs of potential terrorism. The request is listed as optional, and specifies thirteen different social platforms specifically, as well as providing a field for entering any others travelers may use. This new data request was approved on December 19, and was first revealed earlier this year.

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