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Meteor size of minivan caused booming fireball over Washington

Meteor size of minivan caused booming fireball over Washington

On Wednesday night, many Washington residents were greeted by a loud and unexpected sight: a big fireball that lit up the sky. Witnesses reported hearing a loud, booming sound; others reported shaking as the fireball whizzed through the sky. Officials were both surprised and confused by the sudden appearance, later reaching out to the FAA and other agencies in an effort to figure out what caused it.

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131-year-old message in a bottle found in Australia sets new record

131-year-old message in a bottle found in Australia sets new record

The oldest message in a bottle ever discovered was recently found on a beach in Australia. The bottle was tossed into the sea from a ship on June 12, 1886, making it 131 years old. Within the bottle, which itself is a dark amber color with German writing on the side, was a small rolled note measuring 200mm x 153mm. Some work went into deciphering the German message scrawled on it, revealing certain details about its origins.

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Comcast Xfinity Internet speeds get big increase in NE US this month

Comcast Xfinity Internet speeds get big increase in NE US this month

Comcast has announced plans to increase its Xfinity Internet speeds throughout the northeastern US, at least for customers who subscribe to its "most popular" plans. Those plans include both Performance Pro and Blast, according to Comcast, which says the speed boost will apply to both new and existing customers located in the ISP's Northeast Division states.

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Apple Park 911 transcripts reveal perils of glass walls

Apple Park 911 transcripts reveal perils of glass walls

When people use metaphors about glass houses, they probably never imagined someone would take the structure literally. Apple, however, may be on the verge of creating a new metaphor thanks to its Apple Park campus. Famous for its striking design, the “spaceship” building is now becoming infamous for incidents of employees walking into the building’s glass panes and injuring themselves. The San Francisco Chronicle got hold of 911 transcripts for three reported incidents, revealing some minor details about the risks of working at Apple’s glass house.

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World’s oldest figurative tattoos found on two Egyptian mummies

World’s oldest figurative tattoos found on two Egyptian mummies

The world's oldest figurative tattoos have been found on a pair of Egyptian mummies, according to a newly released study detailing the findings. The tattoos were found on a pair of mummies dating back about 5,000 years, one a female with "S" shaped curves on the shoulder, the other a male with a wild bull and Barbary sheep tattoo.

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Penguin super colony found thriving on Danger Islands

Penguin super colony found thriving on Danger Islands

A massive collective of penguins forming a super colony have been discovered in a part of Antarctica that hasn't been impacted by climate change. The colony features around 1.5 million penguins, according to a newly published study detailing the collective, and they're described as "thriving" in their remote, icy home.

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Facebook split News Feed test ends because no one liked it

Facebook split News Feed test ends because no one liked it

Back in October, Facebook revealed that it was testing a split News Feed with users in half a dozen small countries. The split feed was designed to separate one's social life from the Pages they follow, moving posts from Pages into a News Feed that was separate from a feed containing statuses from friends and family. Now, about four months later, Facebook is putting an end to that test.

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Russia is peddling anti-GMO propaganda to the US public

Russia is peddling anti-GMO propaganda to the US public

Genetically engineered crops hold promise for addressing world hunger, reducing the need for harmful pesticides, and more. Despite that, GMOs remain a popular -- and controversial -- topic in fringe and conspiracy communities, many fueled by unfounded concerns or inaccurate information. Here to bolster those communities and potentially grow their follower numbers is Russia and its GMO propaganda targeted at the US.

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Amazon buys Ring as smart home security range grows

Amazon buys Ring as smart home security range grows

Amazon has acquired Ring, adding the video doorbell company to its growing portfolio of IoT, connected home, and smart security businesses. Ring offers a number of connected cameras, video doorbells, smart lights, and other security products, which can beam video of people outside the home to both a smartphone and to the cloud.

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FDA starts recalling and destroying certain kratom products

FDA starts recalling and destroying certain kratom products

The FDA has announced a crackdown against certain kratom products in the US, saying it will be recalling and destroying kratom-containing products from a company called Divinity Products Distribution located in Grain Valley, Missouri. The news follows an announcement from the CDC saying it has linked a recent salmonella outbreak to kratom; more than two dozen illnesses have been reported.

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Ancient human remains, Mayan relics found in massive underwater cave

Ancient human remains, Mayan relics found in massive underwater cave

Researchers are back with another exciting discovery involving the Mayans: ancient human remains, relics, as well as remains from Pleistocene era bears, ancient elephants, and more. The discovery was made in an underwater cave, according to the Culture Ministry in Mexico. The discovery was made by archaeologists who were probing the flooded cavern, which is among the largest in the world.

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Amazon is bringing Iain M. Banks’ Culture to Prime Video

Amazon is bringing Iain M. Banks’ Culture to Prime Video

Iain M. Banks' Culture Series is headed to Amazon Prime Video, with the studio snapping up the rights to "Consider Phlebas." The TV series will be adapted by Dennis Kelly, who created TV series "Utopia," while Plan B Entertainment, responsible for "World War Z" and "Moonlight," will produce.

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