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Research: 4 new ways browser history can be exposed

Research: 4 new ways browser history can be exposed

A recent study by the University of California, San Diego, showed four new ways to expose Internet users' browsing histories. They also showed the ways in which these histories could and can be used to target internet users with various attacks. Most of these attacks take aim psychologically, targeting the trust users have in details to which they believe only their closest friends and family have access.

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SimCity NES prototype reappears after nearly three decades

SimCity NES prototype reappears after nearly three decades

The fast-paced game development process today means that many prototypes are made and discarded but that has actually been true even in ages past. While most prototypes never make it outside NDA’d halls, some do make a pubic appearance. So when something as high-profile as Simcity for the Nintendo Entertainment System, a.k.a. Famicom in Japan, vanishes without a trace, gaming historians are naturally intrigued. After 27 years, their sleuthing has finally paid off and SimCity for the NES has reemerged and is now available for everyone to learn from.

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New dinosaur feathers discovered on pterosaurs

New dinosaur feathers discovered on pterosaurs

New evidence was discovered that suggests feathers started appearing on animals around 70 million years earlier than previously suspected. Two anurognathid pterosaurs were studied by a group of paleontologists and research was published this week on their findings. This little monster was previously known to have at least a little bit of fur covering its body - now it would seem that it had four different sorts of feathers, too!

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Prometheus made real: Constellations found in caves

Prometheus made real: Constellations found in caves

It's almost like Prometheus was prophesying the findings published today. In the film, researchers discover the same set of symbols depicting a single star constellation in multiple (newly discovered) ancient caves across the planet. In today's study, researchers analyzed already-known archeological sites, finding a set of symbols representing an array of constellations that track to our night sky today.

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Researcher names the 3 worst years to be alive, ever

Researcher names the 3 worst years to be alive, ever

A historian and archaeologist by the name of Michael McCormick recently recounted some of the worst years to be alive. Reasons for these three worst years ever are owed largely to pollution, famine, and disease. These years do not take war into consideration - just the overall quality of life during world-changing events for humans across most of the world. All of the top 3 worst years to be alive happened in AD, or CE, whichever you'd like to use. These are within the last 2,018 years, and not before.

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Stephen Hawking auction hawks 22 evocative lots

Stephen Hawking auction hawks 22 evocative lots

Within the lots hawked by Christie's for the estate of Steven Hawking (run by his tots), lots of cool stuff can be bought. What we're looking at today is a set of 22 lots sold by Christie's on behalf of the Stephen Hawking estate. This set of lots includes such gems as an original dissertation by Hawking, signed "this dissertation is my original work." Also in the mix: A Time Traveller party invitation poster.

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This baby missing link had very odd toe bones

This baby missing link had very odd toe bones

An ancient human ancestor dubbed Selam was written about in a paper published this week in Science Advances. This very young Australopithecus afarensis's foot is the oldest hominin foot ever found with all of its tarsals preserved - those are effectively the bones in a foot that do not include the toes - basically the ankle. This tiny humanoid had a foot with a toe that allowed it to grip, in a position similar to that of the blade claw on the foot of Jurassic Park's velociraptor.* UPDATE: Not exactly, but sort of.

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World’s oldest rain forest frogs stuck in amber

World’s oldest rain forest frogs stuck in amber

This week a report showed off the newest "world's oldest" rain forest frogs. "It was exhilarating to hold these small fossils up to the light to reveal the frogs within," said David C. Blackburn, one of several paleontologists that authored the study published this week. "We have few small and intact fossil frogs, and the primary specimen of Electrorana is a rare find."

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Rare Apple-I in working condition hits charity auction

Rare Apple-I in working condition hits charity auction

It might be rare but not totally unheard of to see older computers of ages past being sold or help for auction. It is, however, rare to see one of the very few Apple-I computers in existence getting that treatment. Even rarer when that said 42-year old computer can still actually boot up, with very few modifications. That is exactly what this charity is offering when it put up an extremely rare “Duston 2” Apple-I for auction. Given its significance, we won’t be surprised if it raises tremendous amounts of cash in the next half month.

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10 questions for Battlefield 5 WWII history buffs

10 questions for Battlefield 5 WWII history buffs

It was necessary this week for DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson to make a public statement about a female character in Battlefield V. For more than one reason. Twitter users (bot, troll, or otherwise) reacted to the latest trailer for the World War II-themed game with vitriol because they saw a woman, and that woman had a prosthetic arm. Apparently there was some issue with the fact that she existed.

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Lead in ice shows rise and fall of Roman empire

Lead in ice shows rise and fall of Roman empire

Lead pollution in Greenland was part of a study published this week which showed connections to major events in ancient times. Researchers recorded amounts of lead in layers of ice frozen for thousands of years. "We found that lead pollution in Greenland very closely tracked known plagues, wars, social unrest and imperial expansions during European antiquity."

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475 million year old fossil found on lake’s edge

475 million year old fossil found on lake’s edge

Walking along the beach of Douglas Lake in East Tennessee, an 11-year-old by the name of Ryleigh Taylor happened upon an object. A structure, rather, that Taylor first described as a "Moana Rock." It does, after all, look somewhat like the "Heart of Te Fiti."

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