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‘Most important’ exoplanet GJ 1132b found to have an atmosphere

‘Most important’ exoplanet GJ 1132b found to have an atmosphere

A couple years ago, researchers discovered what they called the 'most important planet found outside [our] solar system,' the exoplanet named GJ 1132b. This planet is about 16-percent larger than our own, and it is located about 39 light-years away. While this planet is itself far too hot to sustain life, researchers had said that if GJ 1132b has an atmosphere, that'll be a monumental discovery indicating other -- potentially cooler -- planets nearby may likewise have an atmosphere. That makes this latest discovery all the more exciting: GJ 1132b does, indeed, have an atmosphere.

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Dropbox’s new online interface is faster and easier to use

Dropbox’s new online interface is faster and easier to use

Dropbox has introduced a new online interface that makes its service both easier and faster to use, according to the company. Those who access their cloud-stored data via the Dropbox.com domain will find a cleaner, neater design that makes files and Paper easier to access, as well as prominently placed actions like viewing a document's version history or adding a comment to something. The new interface began rolling out yesterday.

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Netflix abandons star rating system, replaces it with thumbs

Netflix abandons star rating system, replaces it with thumbs

Last month we learned that Netflix was planning to get rid of its star rating system and replace it with a simplified, less detailed rating system: thumbs up and thumbs down. That system is now rolling out, with users seeing the thumb ratings instead of the stars that have long dotted the platform. At the heart of the problem, according to Netflix, was a misunderstanding of what the stars meant, and so it is making things more clear.

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Comcast Xfinity Internet gets pay-as-you-go prepaid option

Comcast Xfinity Internet gets pay-as-you-go prepaid option

Comcast has launched Xfinity Prepaid Internet for everyone located in the company's service area, giving many people the opportunity to get Internet service in a way that isn't dissimilar from how prepaid phone plans work. The prepaid Internet comes with the option of refilling the service for either one week or one month (30 days). Unlike the regular Comcast service, Xfinity Prepaid doesn't require a credit check and doesn't shackle customers to a contract.

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Tiny fish foils predators by injecting them with opioid venom

Tiny fish foils predators by injecting them with opioid venom

The tiny fish Meiacanthus nigrolineatus, also known as the fanged blenny fish, doesn't look like much, but it has a secret weapon to keep predators at bay: venom. This venom is used to stop predators in their tracks, causing their blood pressure to drop and their ability to eat the blenny to diminish. While most fang-based venom causes extreme pain in the victim, the blenny fish's venom is different because it contains, among other things, an opioid peptide.

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Twitter eases character limit restriction in reply tweets

Twitter eases character limit restriction in reply tweets

The very limited nature of tweets is part of Twitter's appeal, but at times the 140-character restriction can get in the way of expressing a full thought. To help solve that latter problem without opening the floodgates to long tweets, Twitter is adjusting how reply tweets count their characters, making it possible to produce longer replies without technically boosting the character limit.

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Facial recognition successfully used to diagnose rare genetic diseases

Facial recognition successfully used to diagnose rare genetic diseases

Researchers have successfully used facial recognition technology to detect a rare genetic disease called DiGeorge syndrome in patients. This breakthrough could prove to be a new diagnostic tool for doctors who often have trouble diagnosing the disease due to its many symptoms. The condition is estimated to affect one in 3000 to 6000 kids, and causes defects like heart problems and cleft palate.

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Norway wants to create a tunnel for ships to pass through

Norway wants to create a tunnel for ships to pass through

Elon Musk's Boring Company wants to drill underground to alleviate traffic congestion. Norway wants to drill through hills for ships. Yes, big ships carrying cargo, tourists, or fish. And, no, it's not because Norway has traffic congestion problem. The Stad Ship Tunnel, as it is being called, is meant to give ships, crew, and passengers a safer, and perhaps more scenic, route avoid the treacherous old route that the Stad peninsula is notorious for.

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Instagram will start blurring ‘sensitive’ photos in feeds

Instagram will start blurring ‘sensitive’ photos in feeds

Instagram has announced that it will start blurring photos determined to be ‘sensitive’ in nature so that they don’t appear as-in in users’ feeds. This move is designed to make Instagram a ‘safe environment’ for users who may not want to see the sensitive content, though that content itself isn’t in violation of the company’s rules. The same blurring effect will be applied to videos that Instagram decides are sensitive in nature.

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Facebook is testing new ‘conversational’ comment designs

Facebook is testing new ‘conversational’ comment designs

Anyone who uses a messaging app like Messenger will be familiar with the bubble-like style used to encapsulate messages. Such a style may one day be the default design of comments found on Facebook, at least judging by screenshots of a new test that has surfaced. The social network is currently testing multiple new styles for comments on Facebook, indicating that some big changes are in users' futures.

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Scientists reconstruct face of man who died 700 years ago in Cambridge

Scientists reconstruct face of man who died 700 years ago in Cambridge

Researchers have reconstructed the face of a man who died in Cambridge during medieval times, giving moderns viewers an opportunity to see what someone looked like 700 years ago. Not surprisingly, the man shown in the reconstructed image looks no different than a modern man. According to the researchers, this man’s skeleton shows a lot of ‘wear and tear’ indicative of having lived a hard working-class life. He died at an age somewhere north of 40.

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US, UK ban consumer gadgets on flights from several countries

US, UK ban consumer gadgets on flights from several countries

Passengers flying to the U.S. from one of eight particular countries will not be able to bring most of their gadgets on the plane as carry-on items. Such is the nature of a temporary ban imposed by the U.S. government that took effect today; why the ban is in place hasn’t been clearly stated. Statements from officials have been somewhat scattered, with one indicating that nine airlines are covered by this ban, and another indicating that ten airlines are covered.

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