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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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Find fact check articles faster in Google News

Find fact check articles faster in Google News

Google is making it easier to find fact-check articles in Google News by labelling them as such. Claims made during political debates, in social tweets and more are often subject to fact-check organizations. Finding fact-check articles can be difficult, however, and for this reason Google has started labelling them with a new ‘fact check’ tag when they appear in Google News.

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Fossilized vocal organ discovery sheds light on dinosaur sounds

Fossilized vocal organ discovery sheds light on dinosaur sounds

The vocalizations dinosaurs made are largely a mystery, though some have speculated they have made noises similar to that of birds. A recently discovered fossilized vocal organ, though, has largely dashed that idea, as it hasn’t been found with the fossils of dinosaurs dated from the same time period. The vocal organ originates from the ancestor of modern geese and ducks, and is dated at more than 66 million years old. The fossil in which the vocal organ was located was recovered in the Antarctic.

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Electronic stick-on notes make paper Post-its obsolete

Electronic stick-on notes make paper Post-its obsolete

Post-it and other sticky notes that you can quickly scribble a note on are great, and that's probably why they're not obsolete yet. Yes, you can set a reminder on your phone or tablet; it's easy to sweep those notifications away, though, and they're just not the same as a piece of yellow paper on your display or fridge. This could all change soon enough, though, thanks to the recent showcasing of an electronic sticky note powered by solar.

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BitTorrent tipped in massive upheaval as CEOs fired, BT Now shutdown

BitTorrent tipped in massive upheaval as CEOs fired, BT Now shutdown

Back in April, BitTorrent announced that Jeremy Johnson and Robert Delamar were its new co-CEOs. The company has been making a big and deliberate push into the media industry since, launching BitTorrent Now and its own news station, among other things. That all may have just come to a huge halt, at least if new sources are to be believed. According to those sources, both co-CEOs have been fired and booted from the company’s board of directors, a bunch of employees have been laid off, and BitTorrent Now has been shutdown.

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Fossilized dinosaur footprint sets record with massive 3.5ft length

Fossilized dinosaur footprint sets record with massive 3.5ft length

Researchers have discovered one of the largest fossilized dinosaur footprints in existence, with it measuring about 42-inches in length and 30-inches in width. The discovery was made in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert by researchers from Mongolian and Japanese institutions who were on a joint project. According to these researchers, the footprint may have come from a herbivorous long-necked titanosaur, a massive dinosaur that may have been more than sixty feet tall and nearly one hundred feet long.

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FCC set top box vote delayed as hope dwindles

FCC set top box vote delayed as hope dwindles

At the start of the year, the FCC announced plans to overhaul the set-top-box market, putting cable providers on guard and earning praise from many consumers. Summer has passed, though, and winter is right on the horizon, with it coming the start of a new year, a new presidential administration, and a quickly dwindling timeframe to get several regulations pushed through. In light of all that, it’s no big surprise that the FCC has delayed its set-top-box vote.

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Nazi time capsule with historical ‘treasures’ found in Poland

Nazi time capsule with historical ‘treasures’ found in Poland

Last week, a small town in Poland unearthed an old time capsule in hopes of finding historical footage about their town concealed within. Instead, they discovered a bunch of well preserved items from the Nazi era, including a couple copies of ‘Mein Kampf’ and some coins. According to officials from Zlocieniec, the Polish town, the copper cylinder container (a time capsule, essentially) didn’t contain the film they were hoping for, but did turn up a bunch of historically significant items instead.

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Amazon delivery fleet may ship other retailers’ packages

Amazon delivery fleet may ship other retailers’ packages

We've already heard rumor that Amazon was planning to launch its own delivery fleet that would, in some way, compete with FedEx and UPS rather than just augment them. Now new sources have cropped up with a little more details about those alleged plans, and amongst the details is one that'll likely make the big three shipping services unhappy: Amazon's own delivery fleet may one day deliver packages for other retailers, too, not just Amazon's own orders.

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Shomi, a Netflix streaming competitor, closes its doors

Shomi, a Netflix streaming competitor, closes its doors

Shomi, the Canadian alternative to Netflix, is shutting down, the service has announced. The streaming service launched in Canada as an alternative to Netflix, with the companies behind it, Shaw and Rogers, offering Shomi as an add-on for their Internet and cable subscribers, as well as a standalone subscription for others. Despite the money and effort shoveled into it, Shomi, the 'Canadian innovation,' failed to sustain itself.

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Amazon deliveries may be left inside your home in the future

Amazon deliveries may be left inside your home in the future

Who do you trust more? The delivery person who handles your packages, or all the random people who drive past your home and see a nondescript cardboard box sitting in front of your door? If your answer is the delivery person, you’re not alone, and one day you may be able to invite them to leave your packages inside your home, whether that’s just inside the main door or inside of the locked garage. Such deliveries would be made possible via smart locks, at least according to a new report.

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Twitter DM bot helps you register to vote before deadline

Twitter DM bot helps you register to vote before deadline

Following the debate last night, a lot of people are scrambling to register to vote before their respective deadlines hit, and to help make that happens comes a new Twitter bot. It works by having you send the @Gov Twitter account a DM (just tell it 'hello), and from there you'll be able to give it your zip code, then get a message back with your voting registration deadline and a link taking you to the website where you can register.

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