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New ‘whiplash’ dinosaur species identified from Wyoming skeletal remains

New ‘whiplash’ dinosaur species identified from Wyoming skeletal remains

Back in 1995, a Swiss team of researchers excavated the skeletal remains of a sauropod dinosaur from a site in Wyoming. The remains date back to the Jurassic period and originate from a type of dinosaur that had a long neck and, most notably, a very long whip-like tail. The tail's design is responsible for the term 'whiplash' dinosaur, as the tail itself likely looked like a long, thin whip. The tail is at odds with the dinosaur's otherwise massive body.

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Stranger Things season 2 will be scarier, but don’t expect any leaks

Stranger Things season 2 will be scarier, but don’t expect any leaks

We have to wait until this upcoming Halloween for the second season of Stranger Things, and it looks like we may make it the full remaining months without a spoiler or leak appearing online. That hope is based on a recent interview with the child cast of Stranger Things, the team of which made it clear that secrecy is of utmost importance this time around. While they didn't have much to reveal as far as the storyline is concerned, the kids did state that we can expect things to be a lot scarier the second time around.

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Portland approves plan to turn city’s sewage methane into natural gas

Portland approves plan to turn city’s sewage methane into natural gas

City of Portland has announced the approval of a new clean energy plan that will turn methane from the city's sewage waste into natural gas. The news was announced on the heels of Earth Day, and comes at a time when cities -- despite certain presidential administration issues -- are working to reduce their pollution levels and increase their usage of renewable and 'green' energy. Portland officials call this a 'groundbreaking project,' one that will take the city's sewage and breathe new life into, figuratively speaking.

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Antarctica’s Blood Falls explained (but it’s still super-creepy)

Antarctica’s Blood Falls explained (but it’s still super-creepy)

Blood Falls in Antarctica received its name for a readily apparent reason: it appears to be a stream of blood flowing from the icy landscape. The liquid is somewhat disconcerting to behold, but of course it isn't blood -- researchers have long known it to be some other substance which, at one time, was thought to perhaps be a red algae. A new study sheds light on the possible cause of Blood Falls, though, and the reason is far more interesting: there may be a body of salt water trapped under the glacier that has been there for more than a million years.

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Neanderthal DNA found in cave dirt even though the bones are long gone

Neanderthal DNA found in cave dirt even though the bones are long gone

Researchers have detailed a method by which it is possible to detect the presence of long-gone hominin groups in locations where actual skeletal remains aren't present. The method -- which involves looking for traces of DNA in sediment layers -- has been successfully used to detect the presence of Neanderthal DNA in more than half a dozen sediment layers, as well as an instance of Denisovan DNA detection in what is described as a Middle Pleistocene layer.

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It’s getting easier to #DeleteUber

It’s getting easier to #DeleteUber

It's going to get easier to delete your Uber account and all the data associated with it, as the ride-sharing firm finally updates one of its more controversial aspects. The service repeatedly made headlines over the past few months, in no small part down to the behavior - and political side-projects - of Uber founder Travis Kalanick. It even spawned a campaign of account deletions, at which point users realized that, while it was easy to get started with Uber, extricating yourself from their databases was a whole lot trickier.

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Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Microsoft may have had a strong FY17 Q3, but dramatically lower sales of its Surface PCs in the quarter suggest it needs new models sooner rather than later. The software giant credited the value of the cloud for its $22.1bn GAAP revenue results, with net income of $4.8bn GAAP. However, today's announcement also included some bad news from Microsoft's hardware division.

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USPS ‘Total Solar Eclipse’ Forever Stamp arrives in June

USPS ‘Total Solar Eclipse’ Forever Stamp arrives in June

As we've previously reported, this upcoming August will offer a rare total solar eclipse that stretches a path from the western coast to the eastern coast of the United States. This will be the first time such an eclipse stretches across the entire nation since the last event in 1918. Overall, people in a total of 14 states will be able to witness the event. Ahead of that, though, comes a new US Postal Service Forever Stamp to mark the event.

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DARPA project will use tech to speed up human learning

DARPA project will use tech to speed up human learning

It has long been the stuff of science fiction -- the dream of enabling rapid human learning via microchips, machine-to-brain cables, or some other type of technology. DARPA, as with many of its mad science projects, is looking into making that dream a reality. The defense research agency has announced a total of eight different projects being run by seven different institutions as part of a larger DARPA-funded research program on this topic that will coordinate the efforts of these institutions. If the teams are successful, humans will be closer than ever to tech-based rapid human learning.

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Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Facebook and social media may be largely blamed from the rampant rise of fake news over the Internet, but search engines, like Google Search, are just as culpable. After all, they are the vehicle on which these misleading content ride on to get to our web browsers. Google has definitely felt the pressure in these past months from fake news as well as inappropriate search results. Although it did take some time, Google is now making public the big changes it is making to its Search system to ensure that questionable content don't get through. At least not much.

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Lyrid Meteor Shower starts tonight: how and where to watch

Lyrid Meteor Shower starts tonight: how and where to watch

The second notable meteor shower of 2017 is kicking off tonight, and it'll be your best chance of seeing the celestial event. The Lyrid Meteor Shower will be happening on both April 22 and 23, but if you can't catch it tonight, tomorrow's viewing will be less notable, so take note. NASA says viewers will be able to watch the meteor shower by finding the the Summer Triangle in the sky, where about 18 meteors will pass every hour.

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Study: LSD causes a higher state of consciousness (sort of)

Study: LSD causes a higher state of consciousness (sort of)

Psychedelics -- those who have tried them have a hard time describing what they're like, and those who haven't tried them have no idea what they're missing. Or something like that. Proponents have long described a type of higher consciousness that accompanies drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms, and now a new study have found evidence that this is true. Volunteers who took psychedelics were discovered to experience a higher state of consciousness...but not in the way you're probably thinking.

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