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Picasso painting x-ray reveals hidden landscape artwork

Picasso painting x-ray reveals hidden landscape artwork

Researchers have used a non-invasive tool to reveal artwork hidden behind Picasso's "La Misereuse Accroupie" painting, a new study reveals. The hidden image is of a landscape; the artist is unknown. The x-ray scan, which was used to find the hidden image, also reveals earlier iterations of Picasso's painting, helping shed light on the process that ultimately resulted in the final artwork.

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NASA Opportunity rover celebrates its 5,000th Martian day

NASA Opportunity rover celebrates its 5,000th Martian day

Back in the summer of 2003, NASA launched a pair of Mars rovers named Opportunity and Spirit. Both landed on the Martian surface in January 2004, each designed for a mission that would last 90 Martian days (which are called sols). Both rovers managed to drastically outlive that 90-sol mission. Though Spirit became stuck in 2009, eventually losing communication with NASA, Opportunity lived on.

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Google AI looks at your eyes to predict heart disease risk

Google AI looks at your eyes to predict heart disease risk

As any ophthalmologist will tell you, an examination of the eyes can reveal signs of any number of diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Google has taken that reality and combined it with deep learning algorithms to take the diagnostic potential to a new level. With its system, Google's deep learning tech is able to predict cardiovascular risk in any given individual simply using images of their retina.

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Twitter for Mac officially discontinued: here are alternatives

Twitter for Mac officially discontinued: here are alternatives

Twitter's Mac software has never been great; it's 1.5-star rating in the App Store underscores that fact. Rather than putting in the effort to improve it, Twitter has decided to discontinue the software entirely. The company announced its plans in a tweet, saying that the app is no longer available to new users, but existing users have a grace period.

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PS Store flash sale brings insane PlayStation game discounts

PS Store flash sale brings insane PlayStation game discounts

Sony has just launched a new PlayStation Network flash sale, giving its console owners the chance to get their favorite game (or four) at big discounts over their regular costs. Some of the discounts are very big, bringing fifty-dollar games down to sub-$20 price points, for example. The company has also tossed some game passes and similar content into the mix.

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Pixel 2 owners report warm temps, low battery life after update

Pixel 2 owners report warm temps, low battery life after update

Following a recent software update, some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners are reporting issues with warm phones and decreased battery life. Reports are appearing at various online destinations, including Google's own Pixel forums, Twitter, and Reddit. For most users, a higher temperature appears to be the primary complaint.

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Americans believe they’ll be happy if scientists discover aliens: study

Americans believe they’ll be happy if scientists discover aliens: study

Humanity has spent many years imaging scenarios in which extraterrestrial life is announced or spontaneously shows up on Earth for a visit. Many stories, comic books, and movies present narratives wrapped around this idea...and many of those stories are less than optimistic about the outcome. Americans, though, largely believe they'd be happy about an extraterrestrial discovery, at least according to a newly published study.

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Google 911 tech could help US EMS find cell phone callers

Google 911 tech could help US EMS find cell phone callers

Cell phones, as great as they are, have made things difficult for the US's emergency operators. It's difficult to pinpoint the location of a cell phone caller who isn't able to give their location, a problem Google may be working to solve. According to a recent report, the Internet giant recently tested tech that helps 911 centers identify the location of a cell phone caller.

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Embedding tweets can be copyright infringement rules New York judge

Embedding tweets can be copyright infringement rules New York judge

A ruling recently made by a New York federal court has threatened to upend the way copyright infringement is handled online. A judge ruled that merely embedding a tweet is enough to violate someone's copyright, meaning millions of shared tweets and tweeted images could now be considered instances of copyright infringement. This is in contrast to a precedent set back in 2007.

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Drone in helicopter’s path may have caused first UAV-related crash in US

Drone in helicopter’s path may have caused first UAV-related crash in US

It's only a matter of time before some reckless fool causes a big incident by flying a drone in the path of an actual plane. The FAA has confirmed that a helicopter crashed earlier this week in South Carolina, but the wider story isn't so simple. According to reports, including anonymous sources who have spoken up, a consumer drone may have flown in front of the helicopter, forcing the pilot to make a hasty -- and dangerous -- maneuver to avoid hitting it.

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Twitch Rooms chatrooms for channels go live worldwide

Twitch Rooms chatrooms for channels go live worldwide

Twitch has announced the worldwide launch of its Rooms feature on mobile and soon for the web. The feature was first introduced back at TwitchCon in 2017, where the company explained that Rooms is an always-on chat space for channels. The custom space is available on the channel page, Twitch explains, and it'll be launching on desktop soon.

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Chrysler Uconnect workaround fix stops reboot bug, but it’s not perfect

Chrysler Uconnect workaround fix stops reboot bug, but it’s not perfect

Some Chrysler customers located in Northeast US and Canada have been dealing with a software issue that results in their vehicle's Uconnect infotainment system repeatedly rebooting. A recent update was blamed for the issue, which in some cases happened even if the car was off and the key wasn't in the ignition. Some users were unable to drive their vehicles due to the battery draining.

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