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This Chrome extension flags fake news on Facebook

This Chrome extension flags fake news on Facebook

Facebook's fake news problem has a lot of people riled, and it's an issue worth addressing. As we've detailed before, many people get their news primarily through the social network, and so failing to sift out the questionable and fake stories paves the way for a public misinformed about many topics. Here to help address the problem is a new Chrome extension that flags those questionable or outright fake news articles in your timeline, making it easier to avoid poor content.

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TSB probes plane’s near-collision with drone: two people hurt

TSB probes plane’s near-collision with drone: two people hurt

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is investigating an incident in which a plane nearly collided with what is believed to be a drone, something that forced the pilots to take evasive maneuvers that ultimately resulted in two flight attendants being injured. The incident happened Monday morning and involved a Porter airlines plane destined for Toronto. There were 54 passengers on the plane when this happened, but fortunately none of them were hurt. The plane was at a height of nearly 9,000ft when it encountered the drone.

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Massive space junk with Chinese writing crashes in Myanmar

Massive space junk with Chinese writing crashes in Myanmar

Space junk makes a surprise appearance over some random city every so often, and sometimes it doesn’t all burn up in time to avoid a crash landing. That’s what happened recently in Myanmar, where some space junk reportedly containing Chinese writing crashed in a couple locations. Early reports suggest the debris originates from a Chinese satellite, though it doesn’t seem anyone has an official answer at this time. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

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Internet says new Mars photo shows alien face (spoiler: it’s a rock)

Internet says new Mars photo shows alien face (spoiler: it’s a rock)

An entire online group exists that tasks itself with scouring space photos for any oddities they can find — ancient alien pyramids, Mars creatures they’re positive NASA is keeping hidden, and other fun things. Every so often the collective reveals a new finding — we’ve seen the Mars ‘crabs’ and the space ‘rat’ and other things. The latest image supposedly shows an alien’s face.

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CDC: superbug fungus may have passed through US health facilities

CDC: superbug fungus may have passed through US health facilities

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, a ‘superbug’ fungus called Candida auris may have passed through some health care facilities in the United States, marking a ‘need for attention’ amongst such facilities to help stop its spread. This fungus, unfortunately, is resistant to many anti-fungal medications, and was first isolated in Japan. Individuals in several countries have been infected with the fungus.

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Canadian military investigates strange Arctic ‘pinging,’ only finds walruses

Canadian military investigates strange Arctic ‘pinging,’ only finds walruses

Locals have been reporting an unusual ‘pinging’ sound in the Arctic that reportedly scares animals and is strong enough to be heard through boat hulls. In light of these reports, Canada’s military has set out to investigate and, hopefully, find an explanation for the pings. According to military officials, aircraft-based searches were carried out over the region in which the noise has been reported, but thus far no sources have been identified.

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YouTube lets creators ‘heart’ and pin comments

YouTube lets creators ‘heart’ and pin comments

YouTube has given its creators a handful of new comment features, better enabling them to refine and tweak the conversations found on their videos. Creators can, for example, give a ‘heart’ to their favorite comments, making it easy for readers to identify which comments are worth reading. There’s also the new ability to pin comments to the top of any comment feed, ensuring viewers see it chief among the rest. YouTube has also detailed some features it plans to launch in the near future.

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LastPass syncing across multiple devices is now free

LastPass syncing across multiple devices is now free

LastPass has announced that its syncing feature is now free to use across multiple devices, including things like your laptop, tablet and smartphone. Whatever devices you use the service on, your passwords will sync across them and it won’t cost you anything. Premium members will still keep exclusive access to the other premium perks, however, including things like going ad-free and sharing with up to five users.

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Small lies are a slippery slope, study finds

Small lies are a slippery slope, study finds

Tell a small lie too many times and soon enough you'll find yourself telling bigger lies, a new study suggests. Not only that, but you'll find it easier to tell the bigger lies as your brain adapts to being dishonest. Allowed to continue unhampered, these scenarios are likely to eventually lead to the kind of big lies that can ruin careers and destroy marriages.

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Facebook loosens grip on newsworthy graphic content

Facebook loosens grip on newsworthy graphic content

Facebook, following multiple instances of backlash related to its taking down of certain significant news items that include graphic content, is loosening its restrictions. In a recent statement, the social network’s VP of Global Operations & Media Partnerships Joel Kaplan said Facebook will start allowing certain content ‘even if they might otherwise violate our standards.' Doing so will be tricky for the company, though.

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Seaweed may be key to cutting cattle methane emissions

Seaweed may be key to cutting cattle methane emissions

A new study details a recent scientific finding that may hold a lot of promise for battling climate change: feeding seaweed to cattle drastically reduces methane emissions. Per recent research that itself looks into a practice dating back to the ancients, feeding cows seaweed can curb their methane emissions by 20-percent and up to 99-percent. Not all seaweed types are made equal, though — as it turns out, there’s one particular type that can eliminate nearly all cattle methane emissions, and only a small amount of seaweed is needed to do so.

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European bison origins mystery solved: a hybrid species identified

European bison origins mystery solved: a hybrid species identified

Researchers have solved the mystery surrounding the origins of European bison, finding that a now-extinct hybrid species was the source. This hybrid species formed when the ancestor of European wisent bison — called steppe bison — mated with the ancestors of what are now modern-day cattle: Aurochs. This hybrid species paved the way for Europe's wisent bison, though the hybrids themselves eventually died out, leaving a gap and, for the longest while, a big mystery.

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