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In the pursuit of surveillance as a service, Jeff Bezos is intent on recording even our moods. How much personal data is too much to give to Amazon?
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A device connected to my heart could save my life. It could also be hacked.
What to do with hundreds of thousands of tonnes of contaminated water?
Researchers have discovered close to a trillion gallons of freshwater hiding off Hawai'i's coast using a new imaging method.
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Anti-Semitic groups are still flourishing on Facebook
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Once seen as the future of aviation, seaplanes are now mostly forgotten relics of early aviation. But a new monster seaplane suggests these aquatic aircraft aren’t dead yet.
While Covid-19 might be a major concern for the Antarctic tourist industry, it could be good news for the region itself.
Two vaccines are nearly here—but their unusual storage requirements could deprive the rural areas that need them most. A tech fix might be coming.
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An evolutionary biologist explains all the things you might get into an argument over
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The shipping industry's climate impact is large and growing, but a team in Costa Rica is making way for a clean shipping revolution with a cargo ship made of wood.
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Your plants are dancing throughout the day.
With a new encyclopedia, seekers for intelligent life ask astronomers to reexamine the sky.
Groundbreaking innovations that are making the world better, smarter and a little more fun
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