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Feeding hamsters nothing but corn turns them into cannibals

Feeding hamsters nothing but corn turns them into cannibals

Forget surviving off a silo of corn if the apocalypse ever rolls around -- if a recent study is any indication, the eventual lack of proper nutrients may drive you into the arms of crazed cannibalism. Such is the fate of some unfortunate hamsters in France eating mass quantities of corn, that itself being due to monoculture on the industrial level. When there's nothing but corn for as far as the eye can see, what else do the hamsters have to feed on? Their young.

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The Oculus lawsuit just became a $4bn problem for Facebook

The Oculus lawsuit just became a $4bn problem for Facebook

Facebook faces a potential bill for $2bn in compensation and a further $2bn in damages, as its lawsuit with ZeniMax over Oculus goes to jury. The long-awaited lawsuit finally reached closing arguments today in Dallas, TX, with ZeniMax's lawyer suggesting a $4bn payout from Facebook was in order. According to the company, Oculus relied heavily on - but refuses to acknowledge or pay for - the input John Carmack.

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Toshiba forced into flash chip sale amid nuclear plant fallout

Toshiba forced into flash chip sale amid nuclear plant fallout

Toshiba is hoping to sell off a chunk of its most profitable business, planning to let someone else in on its memory chip division as it faces huge bills in its nuclear plant construction division. The Japanese firm faces a complete wipe-out of shareholder equity in the aftermath of cost overruns at a US power station construction business. That was acquired by Toshiba division Westinghouse.

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Alphabet’s sexiest projects still aren’t making it money

Alphabet’s sexiest projects still aren’t making it money

Google is still the jewel in Alphabet's financial results crown, helping drive revenues up 22-percent year-on-year in Q4 2016, but its "moonshot" projects remain a money pit. The company announced its Q4 and fiscal year 2016 results this week, raking in $26.1bn in quarterly revenues and $5.3bn in GAAP net income. However, its more ambitious Alphabet projects still lag considerably behind the company's more traditional businesses.

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Ancient bug found in amber is (probably) one of a kind

Ancient bug found in amber is (probably) one of a kind

Researchers have discovered a unique ancient insect trapped in amber, one that has never been seen before. The rarity of this bug necessitated the creation of a new insect order classification. At first glance, the insect appears something like an ant, but a second look shows that there are definitely some oddities, including what look like a pair of pinchers off its back end. The insect has been named Aethiocarenus burmanicus.

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Doomsday is 150 seconds away: Trump, nukes and hacks to blame

Doomsday is 150 seconds away: Trump, nukes and hacks to blame

The Doomsday Clock has moved 30 seconds closer to midnight and global destruction, with President Trump's apparently cavalier attitude to nuclear weapons and climate change spooking scientists. Founded in 1947, by the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago, the clock was originally intended solely as a symbol of the threat of nuclear war. In the seventy years since then, its role has expanded to encompass the collective threats of climate change and more.

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Dubai firefighters demonstrate jetpack fire extinguishers

Dubai firefighters demonstrate jetpack fire extinguishers

Back in November 2015, the city of Dubai revealed plans to develop jetpacks for firefighters, enabling the city to better address fires on the upper levels of skyscrapers and similar structures. The announcement was made alongside a deal between the city and the Martin Aircraft Company, which would provide up to 20 jetpacks. Now, more than a year later, one of those jetpacks have been demonstrated in action.

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Microsoft said to announce 700 layoffs alongside quarterly earnings next week

Microsoft said to announce 700 layoffs alongside quarterly earnings next week

While the last year seems to have been a positive one overall for Microsoft, with the company debuting interesting new hardware, such as the Surface Studio, alongside the growth of its software, including Windows 10. However, it appears Microsoft still has plans to follow through with last summer's promise to slash almost 3,000 jobs, with 700 layoffs said to be announced next week alongside the company's quarterly earnings report on January 26th.

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Meitu explains its controversial anime photo app permissions

Meitu explains its controversial anime photo app permissions

The anime-themed photo makeover app Meitu recently went viral, with loads of people downloading it to transform their selfies using adorable filters. The spike in popularity quickly drew attention to the app’s questionable permissions and data practices, however, and users were soon advised to uninstall the app rather than risk compromising their personal data. Now the company behind the app, Meitu Inc., has issued a final statement on the matter, detailing how it uses the data and the reason behind its app permissions.

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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is heading to Netflix (finally)

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is heading to Netflix (finally)

Despite the odds against it (i.e., being made available on Crackle), Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has proven very popular, and as such it is finally moving to a grown up streaming service: Netflix. The series first debuted on Crackle, Sony's free (ad-supported) video streaming service. While Crackle was a great destination in the sense that anyone could watch it, many people don't like Sony's offering, and its audience pales in comparison to Netflix.

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AMC unveils James Cameron docuseries on the evolution of sci-fi

AMC unveils James Cameron docuseries on the evolution of sci-fi

The television network AMC has announced an upcoming documentary series (docuseries) from James Cameron that’ll explore the origins and evolution of science fiction. The series currently has the working title “Story of Science Fiction,” though there’s a good chance we’ll see that change by the time the show launches. Cameron, of course, is behind such notable works as Avatar, Aliens, The Terminator, and more.

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“Build better cars” German vice-chancellor snaps back at Trump

“Build better cars” German vice-chancellor snaps back at Trump

US and German automakers find themselves in the midst of a war of import tariffs and car comparisons, following President-elect Trump's threat to hit Mercedes, BMW, and others with eye-watering rates. The prospect of a 35-percent import duty to car manufacturers bringing in vehicles from outside of the US was met vocally by German politicians, this week. According to them, Trump's characterization of car sales as a "one-way street" is all down to American automakers.

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