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Team Vesco Turbinator II is first to exceed 500mph with wheel drive

Team Vesco Turbinator II is first to exceed 500mph with wheel drive

A race has been going on for years out on the Bonneville Salt Flats where teams from around the world have vied to become the first wheel drive car to exceed 500mph. That feat has been accomplished in a run that came on October 2, 2018, by Team Vesco in a car called Turbinator II.

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Child vampire burial discovered in ancient Roman baby cemetery

Child vampire burial discovered in ancient Roman baby cemetery

Researchers have discovered the remains of a child at an ancient Roman site that shows signs of a "vampire burial." As with previously discovered sites, these unusual burials include features that indicate the living feared the dead may come back to life and took preventative steps to keep that from happening.

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Banksy painting shredded itself after $1.4 million auction

Banksy painting shredded itself after $1.4 million auction

We’ve heard about ephemeral instant messages but ephemeral works of art? Especially one that has a self-destruct button that gets triggered after the masterpiece bags over a million dollars in an auction. In what has become the talk of the town in art circles, notorious yet anonymous street artist “Banksy” decided it would send an effective message about art, or his revolutionary spirit, if one of his most iconic works was shredded right before the unsuspecting public’s eyes and right after the hammer fell on what would have been a very lucrative auction.

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Meteorite used as doorstop for years may be worth $100,000

Meteorite used as doorstop for years may be worth $100,000

A big rock used as a barn doorstop for decades has been revealed as a meteorite that could worth as much as $100,000. The rock was reportedly found in the 1930s on a Michigan farm, where it was put to use as a doorstop. The space rock continued to perform that job for decades, only recently being identified as something very unique and valuable.

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Plex adds Web Shows feature to stream free online content

Plex adds Web Shows feature to stream free online content

Plex is again expanding its support for streaming content found on the Web, this time announcing the addition of Web Shows. As the name suggests, this new beta feature provides users with access to streaming videos from partners, the content itself being limited only to high-quality productions. The new feature joins the relatively new Podcasts and News options.

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Astronauts may experience serious gut damage from deep space travel

Astronauts may experience serious gut damage from deep space travel

A new study reveals that astronauts may suffer serious gastrointestinal damage during deep space travel. The findings are based on animal model simulations that look at the effects of galactic cosmic radiation exposure on GI tissue. The damage may result in long-term issues, including an increased risk of tumor growth, the latest of a growing body of research hinting at major health issues related to space travel.

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Groundcherries get genome tweaks to become next major berry crop

Groundcherries get genome tweaks to become next major berry crop

A small fruit known as a "groundcherry," sometimes also spelled as the two words ground cherry, have been on the receiving end of beneficial gene editing. Unlike strawberries and other popular berry crops, groundcherries are relatively unknown and hard to find. That could change in the future, though, thanks to gene edits that help eliminate some of the crop's wild side.

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MoviePass forces some former users to opt out of new charges

MoviePass forces some former users to opt out of new charges

MoviePass has angered former customers by notifying them of a new plan that involves resuming charges and forcing them to opt-out of being a renewed customer. Only "a select test group" is being forced back onto their plan without request, though an email indicates that MoviePass may expand this to cover more people in the future. Those who fail to opt out in the next week or so will be charged $9.95/month.

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Amazon 4-star retail store offers items with high user ratings

Amazon 4-star retail store offers items with high user ratings

Amazon is opening a new type of retail store in New York City called Amazon 4-star. As the name suggests, this store is selling items that have a rating of at least 4 stars with few exceptions. The destination covers a variety of products in many categories, including kitchen, home, games, and electronics. The company is also leveraging its customer data to offer collections like "Most-Wished-For."

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Apple Shazam acquisition closes with a treat to celebrate

Apple Shazam acquisition closes with a treat to celebrate

Apple's acquisition of Shazam has been completed, bringing the music-identifying service in-house and promising a pleasant treat for users in the process. The deal was announced back in December 2017, but for a while it looked like European regulators might step in and throw a wrench in the works.

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Octopuses on MDMA turn into relaxed and friendly creatures

Octopuses on MDMA turn into relaxed and friendly creatures

Typically asocial octopuses turn into affectionate creatures when given MDMA, the drug also known as ecstasy, according to a new study. Any given octopus is unlikely to seek out companionship from other octopuses, only coming together when it is time to mate. When given MDMA, however, these creatures were found to get close to each other and, in some cases, even 'hug' their companions.

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Massive 1,000ft spider web appeared overnight in Greece

Massive 1,000ft spider web appeared overnight in Greece

A spider web spanning nearly 1,000ft has appeared in Greece, where locals say unusually high mosquito activity took place before the web appeared. This isn't an ordinary spider web, not even a very large one -- it covers green landscape in a think blanket of webbing, giving a creepy wake-like appearance.

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