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Fidget spinners branded mind-controlling western evil by Russia

Fidget spinners branded mind-controlling western evil by Russia

Fidget spinners -- they came from seemingly nowhere to win the hearts and empty hours of youth across the world, and Russia isn't happy about it. The nation has been spouting some odd anti-fidget spinner nonsense as of late, indicating that they may be a diabolical anti-Russia trinket from the West set to zombify and turn Russian youth. In case this sounds like a joke, it's not: the nation is officially 'investigating' the toy.

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Alabama’s mad cow had ‘atypical’ form of disease

Alabama’s mad cow had ‘atypical’ form of disease

An 11-year-old cow was identified in Alabama with the neurological condition known as 'mad cow disease.' The discovery was made before the cow was butchered and, according to the USDA, wasn't at any point any sort of risk for the food supply chains. The discovery of the disease was first made during a routine surveillance of the cows; this particular victim was said to be presenting clinical signs of mad cow disease upon discovery.

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As Nokia 8 nears, HMD’s veteran CEO suddenly departs

As Nokia 8 nears, HMD’s veteran CEO suddenly departs

The company bringing Nokia phones back from the dead has parted ways with its CEO, on the eve of what's expected to be the company's most exciting smartphone. HMD Global Oy holds the licensing rights to the iconic Nokia name, and has been using it to sell not only a range of Android-powered devices but a range of super-affordable feature phones. Until now, the company has been led by former Nokia veteran Arto Nummela.

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This company wants to treat brain diseases with gaming

This company wants to treat brain diseases with gaming

Company Highmark Interactive wants to use video games to treat brain injuries, and it has just raised a bunch of cash to help it in that mission. The company has raised $2m in funds as part of a plan to develop games that will be used as treatments for individuals with brain trauma, though the nature of these games isn't clear at this time.

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Drowned toddler’s brain damage sees ‘startling’ reversal with simple treatment

Drowned toddler’s brain damage sees ‘startling’ reversal with simple treatment

Researchers have successfully reversed brain damage in a drowned two-year-old using a low-risk treatment option. The toddler was the victim of a drowning incident in which she suffered cardiac arrest and lost all responsiveness to stimuli. Though resuscitated, the child had suffered notable white and gray matter loss and was described as having 'deep gray matter injury.' That has changed substantially, though, thanks to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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The US airline laptop ban is dead

The US airline laptop ban is dead

The US government's laptop ban for travelers on Middle Eastern airlines has been lifted, with the rules squashed for the last airline to be impacted. The Department of Homeland Security had begun the restrictions back in March, with nine predominantly Middle Eastern airlines impacted. Passengers were unable to bring large electronic items, including laptops, into the cabin as hand luggage. Instead, they needed to be stowed in checked luggage in the hold.

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Cryogenic fish were reanimated with lasers (and it worked this time)

Cryogenic fish were reanimated with lasers (and it worked this time)

Scientists have successfully reanimated fish that were frozen as part of a cryopreservation project. Though the process was not perfect -- most of the fish died within the first hour of being reanimated -- there were statistically notable instances of survival that highlighted the potential of this new cryopreservation technique. How did the researchers pull it off? By using very small particles of gold and laser beams.

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“Night of the Living Dead” director George A. Romero dies at 77

“Night of the Living Dead” director George A. Romero dies at 77

Legendary horror director George A. Romero has died, his family has confirmed, at the age of 77. Romero was best known for effectively birthing the zombie movie genre, with Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea, the movie was made with a mere $114,000 budget, but went on to gross $12 million in the US and $18 million internationally.

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Study: water bears will survive until the Sun itself burns out

Study: water bears will survive until the Sun itself burns out

It's no secret that tardigrades -- also known as water bears -- are nearly indestructible, but a new study from Harvard and Oxford University highlights just how durable the tiny critters are. According to the study, water bears will outlive everyone on Earth in the face of catastrophes and mass extinction events, and will in fact persist to live until the Sun itself dies.

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AlphaBay dark web drugs and credit card market shut down

AlphaBay dark web drugs and credit card market shut down

Another underground dark web market was shut down, according to sources, putting an end to the illegal sale of stolen credit cards, drugs, and more. This market was called AlphaBay and it was reportedly taken down by a joint effort between official in the United States, Canada, and Thailand. A Canadian citizen was allegedly one of the people operating the website, and was found dead in his jail cell after being arrested in Thailand.

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Blame coal mining for Appalachia’s salty rivers

Blame coal mining for Appalachia’s salty rivers

Forget sipping fresh mountain spring water -- Appalachia has a salty river problem and coal mining is to blame. The salt leaches into the streams and rivers from crushed rock and coal that gets deposited in valleys from mountaintop-removal mining. The leeching then causes consistently higher levels of salt in the water, damaging the ecosystems that lie downstream.

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This DNA data storage study will make you reconsider the digital future

This DNA data storage study will make you reconsider the digital future

If you have data to archive, there are many current options available: HDDs, SSDs, CDs and DVDs to name a few. In the future, though, data storage may look considerably different, and instead involve the careful use of encoded DNA. Though the idea to use DNA for data storage isn't new, the technology is still in its infancy. A new study sheds light on what is currently possible, and details a couple of astounding breakthroughs, not the least of which is encoding a movie in DNA.

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