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Northern Virginia believed Amazon’s frontrunner for second headquarters

Northern Virginia believed Amazon’s frontrunner for second headquarters

It was a little over a year ago when Amazon announced it would be looking to build a second headquarters somewhere in North America, in turn kicking off an unofficial competition with cities biding to lure the internet giant with tax and other incentives. Then in January the company announced it had narrowed down the list of candidates to 20 cities, and would pick a location for its "HQ2" before the end of 2018. The year is quickly coming to a close, and it seems Northern Virginia might be the winner.

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Psychologists create free intelligence test for tablets and smartphones

Psychologists create free intelligence test for tablets and smartphones

Psychologists with UC Irvine and UC Riverside have developed a new test designed to measure intelligence. Unlike some existing tests, which often require payment and take a large block of time to finish, the new test is free and can be completed in only ten minutes. The test is designed to work on tablets and smartphones.

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Dolphins forced to simplify calls as human noise pollution grows

Dolphins forced to simplify calls as human noise pollution grows

Bottlenose dolphins have been forced to simplify their speech due to a variety of noisy human activities, according to new research out of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The change in calls was discovered by researchers who placed microphones on the Atlantic Ocean's floor to monitor noise levels near Maryland.

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Gut bacteria may not fully replenish after antibiotic use: study

Gut bacteria may not fully replenish after antibiotic use: study

A new study has found that gut bacteria only partially replenishes in healthy individuals following antibiotic use. Scientists tested the effects of antibiotics on gut bacteria in heathy men, finding that it nearly eradicated the "good bacteria," which then slowly replenished over the following half-year. Unfortunately, not all of the beneficial bacteria returned and researchers found that some unwanted bacteria also established itself in the gut.

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Newly discovered Central African crocodile species has soft skin

Newly discovered Central African crocodile species has soft skin

Scientists have discovered a new crocodile species, one that has soft skin and is, unfortunately, very endangered. Called the Central African slender-snouted crocodile, this new species wasn't exactly unknown, only misidentified. Until now, experts had believed it to belong to its West African counterpart.

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Porsche and Audi’s battery supplier just invested in this ultra-fast charging tech

Porsche and Audi’s battery supplier just invested in this ultra-fast charging tech

Range anxiety may be gradually ebbing as electric cars get longer lasting batteries, but the length of time it takes to recharge remains one of the big headaches compared to gas engines. Increasingly, though, fast charging technologies are promising to address that hurdle too, and getting the attention of the big EV battery suppliers in the process.

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‘Headless chicken monster’ deep-sea creature caught on camera

‘Headless chicken monster’ deep-sea creature caught on camera

A deep sea creature known as the headless chicken monster has been caught on camera in the Southern Ocean for the first time. The sea cucumber, which is officially known as the Enypniastes eximia, was captured using a special camera developed by Australian researchers, according to the nation's government, which has announced the discovery.

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Jurassic piranha fossils shed light on prehistoric flesh-eating fish

Jurassic piranha fossils shed light on prehistoric flesh-eating fish

A new study from an international team of researchers has detailed a Jurassic piranha-like fish that had long, pointy teeth capable of chomping through flesh. The ancient species is the earliest found example of a fish that ate flesh, ones that were found to attack other fish in the same areas as modern piranhas.

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Uber Works business leaks as on-demand staffing platform

Uber Works business leaks as on-demand staffing platform

Uber may be gearing up to launch a new business that has nothing to do with transportation. According to a new report, the company is working on "Uber Works," an alleged temporary staffing business that provides companies with on-demand short-term workers. Though Uber has declined to comment on the matter, the report claims it is increasing its work on the project.

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New method 3D prints lithium-ion batteries in nearly any shape

New method 3D prints lithium-ion batteries in nearly any shape

Newly published research details lithium-ion batteries created using 3D printing technologies. The new method is capable of producing these batteries in nearly any shape, opening the door for unique designs that could bring higher capacities to consumer devices. In their typically available form factors, these batteries are either rectangular or cylindrical.

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Stephen Hawking’s final book tackles questions about god, AI, and aliens

Stephen Hawking’s final book tackles questions about god, AI, and aliens

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking was working on a book at the time of his passing earlier this year. Though he wasn't able to finish it before his death in March, Hawking did make substantial progress on his final work, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, which was finished by his family. The book is available to purchase as of today, and it includes some challenging statements.

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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, dies from cancer at 65

Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, dies from cancer at 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has passed away at the age of 65, his company Vulcan has confirmed. The news comes only weeks after Allen revealed that his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer had returned, an illness he was treated for nearly a decade ago. Allen died on Monday afternoon from complications related to the illness.

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