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Meet the ankylosaur, a dinosaur from the Cretaceous period that developed a clubbed tail.

Artist's rendering by Sydney Mohr

Every kid or kid at heart loves learning about dinosaurs because they are basically weaponized animals. It's as if Mother Nature were a 5-year-old kid who thought it would be cool to attach medieval weaponry to lizards and birds.

A study published Monday in the Journal of Anatomy shows how the ankylosaurus, a genus of dinosaur best known for having an armored back and clublike tail, became such a battle-ready beast.

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Enlarge / Core M Broadwell (left) vs. Core M Skylake (right).

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Intel's Skylake rollout hasn't been nearly as halting as the Broadwell rollout, but the company is still doling out information (and processors) bit by bit rather than all at once. We got our hands on the high-end, overclockable desktop version a few weeks ago, and Intel told us more about the CPU and GPU architectures at IDF. Today at IFA in Berlin, the company is finally taking the wraps off of specific CPUs for laptops, Ultrabooks, and mainstream desktops.

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If you reserved a “Signature Series” Model X,  the $132,000 version of Tesla’s new crossover SUV, you can start modifying it to your heart’s delight.

Earlier today, the company began opening up the ordering process, enabling early adopters to pick out their interior and exterior colors, and to throw all kinds of add-ons into their respective shopping carts, including a $1,000 subzero weather package that includes washer nozzle heaters and a $750 towing package.

All versions come with those amazing falcon rear doors, seating for seven, and proximity sensors that prevent the vehicles from coming into contact with other cars (not to mention ceilings).

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In announcing Android Wear for iOS on Monday, Google noted users can track steps, calories and other biometric readings in-app, but failed to confirm HealthKit compatibility. It has since been learned that Google chose not to integrate with Apple's platform, instead opting for its own Google Fit service.

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Representatives from Apple and Google told BuzzFeed News that Android Wear does not offer access to the HealthKit framework, meaning wearables running the operating system must use Google's competing Google Fit system to log fitness and health measurements. A Google spokesperson confirmed Android Wear for iOS "bypasses" HealthKit, but "absolutely supports the mass majority of Wear features we see our Android users using and loving." An Apple representative said the choice was entirely Google's.Android Wear for iOS launched on Monday to bridge the gap between Google's smartwatch platform and Apple's iOS hardware. The app serves to expand Android Wear's reach into Apple's consumer base, a demographic previously unable to take full advantage of Android-based smartwatches due in large part to software incompatibility. Google's decision is not surprising considering the ongoing turf war between iOS and Android, not to mention the potential value of user-generated data, but the move ultimately hurts iPhone owners who prefer Android Wear devices over Apple Watch. A reluctance to concede data is not unprecedented, especially in the health quantification world, however. Fitbit, for example, has long refused to support HealthKit. Full HealthKit integration on the level seen with third-party fitness devices and Apple's own Watch product allows for cross-app data sharing, a feature important to information aggregation and a streamlined user experience. For example, Apple's Health app collects biometric data from HealthKit-compatible devices to serve as a central repository for a user's health and fitness technology ecosystem.
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You’ve probably had a lot of commercials tell you that their cereal is “part of a complete breakfast,” but what does that really mean? This video explains why cartoon mascots use that phrase so often, as well as what a “complete breakfast” should actually entail.

This video, from the Reactions YouTube channel (a series from the American Chemical Society), explains with chemistry what should be on your “complete breakfast” plate: a combination of carbohydrates and proteins. The reason leprechauns and rabbits tell you that their cereal is “part of a complete breakfast” is because it technically has the carbohydrates part covered. But most of those cereals are comprised of simple carbs that break down quickly only providing a short burst of energy. For a real “complete breakfast” you want complex carbohydrates, which give you a longer, more even source of energy, from foods like vegetables and whole grains. You also want to get some protein from foods like eggs (they’re fine in moderation) and yogurt to help make you feel full for longer, as well as reduce the chance of overeating and fight off pesky cravings. Learn more about the science behind it all in the video above.

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Popcorn Time, the Netflix-like streaming service that delivers pirated movies to users, has battled legal difficulties since it launched, and the pile of complaints leveled against it just got a little bit bigger. Indie studio Millennium Films and its affiliate Nu Image filed a lawsuit against Popcorn Time users in Oregon today, claiming they were responsible for more than 10,000 illegal downloads of the 2015 assassin movie Survivor, which starred Pierce Brosnan and Milla Jovovich.

Brosnan would not approve

A formal complaint has been filed against 16 individual Popcorn Time users in the state, who have been accused of downloading and distributing multiple copies of Survivor across the Bit Torrent network. The studios claim they are making an example of these "habitual copyright infringers" to prove a point about the effects of piracy on film. The law allows for each defendant to be fined up to $150,000, but the studio says if the copyright infringers comply with their requests immediately, they'll agree to resolve each case for the "statutory minimum in damages," which is $750.

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It appears the Warcraft movie trailer has leaked and is flooding the web like a Scourge outbreak, and it’s drool-worthy even in its super low video-on-video quality. And yes, this looks like the real deal.

Warning! There be spoilers ahead.

The footage was posted on a Romanian server, complete with Cyrrlic subtitles (grab that Google translate app if you want to know what’s going on!). The video appears have been recorded off a computer monitor from a mobile device. It has water marks all over it, but despite the less-than-theatrical quality, if you have an insatiable hunger for all things Warcraft, this might only make things worse — because you’ll want to see this in full 1080p glory.

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Over the weekend, Spencer Ackerman published a fairly incredible story about a newly appointed West Point professor, William Bradford, who had written a paper, published in the National Security Law Journal, entitled Trahison Des Professeurs, in which he argues (among other things) that US academics who oppose current US anti-terror policy should themselves be targets for killing as a "fifth column."
In a lengthy academic paper, the professor, William C Bradford, proposes to threaten “Islamic holy sites” as part of a war against undifferentiated Islamic radicalism. That war ought to be prosecuted vigorously, he wrote, “even if it means great destruction, innumerable enemy casualties, and civilian collateral damage”.

Other “lawful targets” for the US military in its war on terrorism, Bradford argues, include “law school facilities, scholars’ home offices and media outlets where they give interviews” – all civilian areas, but places where a “causal connection between the content disseminated and Islamist crimes incited” exist.

“Shocking and extreme as this option might seem, [dissenting] scholars, and the law schools that employ them, are – at least in theory – targetable so long as attacks are proportional, distinguish noncombatants from combatants, employ nonprohibited weapons, and contribute to the defeat of Islamism,” Bradford wrote.

The full text in that section is even worse than it sounds above. This is the rare case where putting things back into context makes it even crazier. It flat out argues that legal scholars who disagree with official US policy should be classified as "unlawful combatants." He first describes scholars who disagree with US policy as "CLOACA" standing for "critical law of armed conflict academy" and then this:
Treat CLOACA Scholars as Unlawful Combatants

CLOACA scholarship and advocacy that attenuates U.S. arms and undermines American will are PSYOPs, which are combatant acts. Consequently, if these acts are colorable as propaganda inciting others to war crimes, such acts are prosecutable. CLOACA members are thus combatants who, like all other combatants, can be targeted at any time and place and captured and detained until termination of hostilities. As unlawful combatants for failure to wear the distinctive insignia of a party, CLOACA propagandists are subject to coercive interrogation, trial, and imprisonment. Further, the infrastructure used to create and disseminate CLOACA propaganda—law school facilities, scholars’ home offices, and media outlets where they give interviews—are also lawful targets given the causal connection between the content disseminated and Islamist crimes incited. Shocking and extreme as this option might seem, CLOACA scholars, and the law schools that employ them, are—at least in theory—targetable so long as attacks are proportional, distinguish noncombatants from combatants, employ nonprohibited weapons, and contribute to the defeat of Islamism.

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For quite a long time now, Silicon Valley has defied gravity — at times it has felt as though a creative idea and a whisper in the right ear were enough to create a windfall of investment dollars. Business models, customers, monetization — all felt secondary to the notion of a good story and the promise of success in some hazy, far-off future. As comforting as that may have been to the big thinkers and dreamers of the world, it was not reality. It was, in fact, a fairy tale.

Recently, there’s been a certain frothiness surrounding the stock market. Whether or not we’re experiencing a correction, a mood swing, or simply coming back to Earth after six years of growth, is all up for debate. Interestingly enough, though, the entire scenario has called into question the valuation of many companies in the tech space. A “unicorn bubble,” so to speak. Roughly translated: Are there really a myriad of relatively new companies that can possibly be worth a billion dollars or more? What is the criteria, and if they received a new valuation today, would they still hit that esteemed metric?

Let’s be clear: Facing potential rate raises and an investment market that’s more inclined to raise an eyebrow than a funding round, it may be time for many organizations to manage their expectations going forward. That’s not said out of malice; it’s much better in the long run to face reality instead of a down round, and part of that equation is avoiding overvaluation in the first place.

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Daniel J. Levitin, neuroscientist and author of This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind

Oliver Sacks visited Montreal ten years ago to give a lecture. As soon as he checked into his hotel room at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, he discovered that they had put him in the John Lennon Suite. This was the room where Lennon and Yoko Ono held their famous “bed-in for peace” demonstration, playing host to an assortment of visitors (including Timothy Leary and Tommy Smothers), and recording one of their most famous anthems, “Give Peace A Chance.” Oliver was not much of a popular music fan, but he knew how important The Beatles were to me, so he insisted that I come over to see the room. I immediately recognized the room from the films taken at the time—the view at the window hadn’t changed much, and Oliver, his assistant Kate, and I stood there in silent reflection for several minutes, summoning the spirit of peace and love that had transformed that room so many years ago.

On that same visit, Oliver stopped by my lab. There, he met with the undergraduate and graduate students who were working on various projects, and gave each of them his full attention. He was curious about what they were working on. He asked them questions and listened intently, and then gave each one a stunningly insightful suggestion about what they should do next to move their research forward.

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A new tool from SAP will allow companies to analyze distributed Hadoop data alongside corporate data using the ERP giant's Hana in-memory computing platform.

Announced on Tuesday, SAP Hana Vora is an in-memory query engine that taps the Apache Spark execution framework to deliver interactive analytics on Hadoop.

By extending Hana's reach to include distributed data in the Hadoop ecosystem, the tool is designed to help data scientists and developers combine corporate and external data in their analyses. That, in turn, means that incoming data from customers, partners and smart devices can be integrated with that from internal enterprise processes, giving companies better context with which to make decisions, SAP said.

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County-sheriffBexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau speaks at a news conference on July 31, in San Antonio.

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A 41-year-old man was shot to death by police in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday after he appeared to raise both hands in the air, according to bystander video recorded from a distance.

Police were responding to a domestic disturbance call when the suspect, Gilbert Flores was cornered by police in his front yard. In the video, he appears to raise both hands in the air, though his left hand is then obscured from view by a telephone pole. Though whether or not he is carrying some kind of weapon is not apparent, Flores does not appear to be moving toward the two Bexar County officers before he is shot with raised his arms.

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Fantastic Science and Tech Books that Will Reboot Your Brain for Fall

Summer is slipping away fast, but there’s still time to spend a long weekend devouring a book on the beach. And it doesn’t have to be the trashy romance variety: We’ve collected a bunch of great science and tech reads that’ll entertain you while getting your brain in shape for school — or just get you thinking again after a sunny vacation.

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Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler (Free Press)

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Whether it's a cynical move or not, Apple's upcoming release of iOS 9 can give users the ability to block ads on a mobile browser. This is a serious concern for online advertisers.
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As Apple prepares to release iOS 9 -- the company's latest version of its mobile operating system -- later this month to coincide with what many believe is the debut of the iPhone 6s, one feature that is built into the new version of iOS is getting a lot of attention for its disruptive potential to the current economic model of the Internet.

That feature is content blocking for the Safari browser. This brings what has been called "ad blocking" on desktop browsers to the mobile browser. While this behavior is not enabled by default, the new APIs give developers a way to extend the mobile browsers so that they do block content.

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An upgraded LG webOS TV

If you're still rocking a first-generation webOS TV and regret that you didn't hold out for a webOS 2.0 set, don't worry -- you'll soon catch up in some respects. LG is promising a Value Pack Upgrade that gives your webOS 1.0 TV four core features from 2.0, including favorite channels in the launcher, improved search, instant input detection and quick settings. You should also see overall boosts to ease of use and performance. The pack isn't the same as a full-on webOS 2.0 upgrade, but it might alleviate your early adopter's remorse when it starts rolling out on September 21st.

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MICROSOFT IS ON the verge of caving in on one of the more controversial features in Windows 10, with plans afoot to offer a patch list to enterprise customers ahead of time.

As part of the Windows-as-a-service ethos being adopted with Windows 10, the company has been reluctant to block any kinds of patches or updates. The idea of 'One Windows' means that avoiding fragmentation should be granular right down to the continuing stream of updates.

However, the policy has caused a lot of frustration, particularly for system administrators who have had decisions taken squarely out of their hands. It can often be the cloister bell for other software if a faulty update, or one that simply isn't compatible with the existing set up, arrives without warning.

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"Orphan Black" is one of the titles Amazon will allow for download free with a Prime subscription.

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Being member of Amazon Prime now means your movie won't stop just because your mobile connection does.

Prime members in the US, UK, Germany and Austria can now download movies and TV shows to mobile devices even if they're using Apple iPhones and iPads or phones running on Google's Android software, Amazon said Tuesday.

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The streamlined 2016 Corvette Stingray is one of the first vehicles to ship with Apple CarPlay in the States. Simply put, it’s an iPhone for your dashboard, which Apple and car makers hope you’ll use instead of the iPhone in your hand.

First, the bad news: CarPlay is far from perfect. It’s boring, for one. And in many cases I found the Corvette’s own infotainment system handled tasks better than CarPlay.

Yet it’s hard to ignore what CarPlay is. It’s the culmination of Apple’s mobile services. Everything from Siri to Maps to Apple Music feels more at home in a car than a phone. Even in this early version, CarPlay trumps any human interaction platform offered by any automaker and it’s all thanks to Siri.

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