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Despite Clean Power Plan rollback, utilities say coal isn’t ascendant

reader comments 59 Despite the executive order signed by President Trump this afternoon to roll back the Clean Power Plan, it’s unclear that much will change in the US for the declining coal industry. An annual survey conducted by UtilityDive and research firm PA Consulting asked 600 utility executives from around the country to answer a series of questions about how their utility is run and how it’s preparing for the future. Not......
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Group sues DHS, IC over digital device border search records

reader comments 0 A free speech advocacy organization sued the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday, seeking "statistical, policy, and assessment records regarding the government’s searches" of digital devices at the United States border. The group, the Knight First Amendment Institute based at Columbia University, said on Twitter that the lawsuit came about as a result of recent journ......
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Most common cells in the brain help us anticipate rewards

A rodent. reader comments 0 Cerebellar granule cells, which make up the cerebellum, are the smallest and most abundant of all neuron types in the brain. These cells are known to contribute to motor function, attention, language, and fear. A recent study published in Nature demonstrates that these cells may also contribute to our expectations of whether a given action will result in a positive reward. It's a discovery that d......
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Nintendo Switch “vertical” mode found in Neo-Geo games—are more coming?

reader comments 10 Vertical mode on the Nintendo Switch: It works, but only in games that officially let you toggle it. Sam Machkovech ......
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Feds: We’re pulling data from 100 phones seized during Trump inauguration

ymgerman / Getty Images News reader comments 46 In new filings, prosecutors told a court in Washington, DC that within the coming weeks, they expect to extract all data from the seized cellphones of more than 100 allegedly violent protesters arrested during the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Prosecutors also said that this search is validated by recently issued warrants. The court filing, which was first reported W......
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Chicago teen reportedly gang-raped as 40 people watched on Facebook Live

reader comments 115 A 15-year-old girl in Chicago was reportedly recently sexually assaulted by “five or six men or boys on Facebook Live,” according to the Associated Press. This is the second such reported attack in Chicago that was broadcast on Facebook this year alone. In January, four teens were arrested in connection to a torture video. The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that this attack marks "at least the fourth Chicago......
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Firefox gets complaint for labeling unencrypted login page insecure

Enlarge / Passwords help keep hackers like this out, but passwords are pretty terrible. reader comments 39 The operator of a website that accepts subscriber logins only over unencrypted HTTP pages has taken to Mozilla's Bugzilla bug-reporting service to complain. He is bemoaning how the Firefox browser is warning that the page isn't suitable for the transmission of passwords. "Your notice of insecure password and/or log-in ......
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Intel’s first Optane SSD: 375GB that you can also use as RAM

A 3D XPoint wafer.Intel reader comments 0 Intel announced today the first Optane-branded product using its new 3D XPoint memory: the catchily named Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X. It's a 375GB SSD on a PCIe card. Initial limited availability starts today, albeit with no price attached, with broad availability in the second half of the year. In the second quarter, a 750GB PCIe model, and a 375GB model in the U.2 form factor will......
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Virtual machine escape fetches $105,000 at Pwn2Own hacking contest [updated]

reader comments 52 Contestants at this year's Pwn2Own hacking competition in Vancouver just pulled off an unusually impressive feat: they compromised Microsoft's heavily fortified Edge browser in a way that escapes a VMware Workstation virtual machine it runs in. The hack fetched a prize of $105,000, the highest awarded so far over the past three days. According to a Friday morning tweet from the contest's organizers, members of ......
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Qualcomm would like you to stop calling Snapdragon processors “processors”

reader comments 12 Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are its most notable products, but the company wants you to know that it does other stuff, too. The solution? “Snapdragon” branding will no longer be used to refer to processors. It will instead refer to the entire hardware and software platform that ships in a phone with a Snapdragon SoC in it. Here’s the explanation about the thought process behind the “new naming structure:” ......
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The CIA uses board games to train officers—and I got to play them

AUSTIN, Texas—"You have got to be kidding me." Alarms and flashing lights have begun blaring in a hotel meeting room, much to the chagrin of CIA Senior Collection Analyst David Clopper. The officer, along with a team of his colleagues, is in the middle of demonstrating his department's training materials, and he has to account for these materials before leaving the room. In some cases, this might require picking up a few stacks of paper, or......
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Here’s the first 3D glimpse of how DNA is packaged up in a single cell

Enlarge / Intact genome from a mouse embryonic stem cell with 20 chromosomes colored differently reader comments 11 In a first, researchers have worked out a way to unravel and model the tangled, 3D structures of intact mammalian genomes from individual cells. The new method, published Monday in Nature, could help researchers study how the complex loops, twists, and bunches of a tightly packaged genome influence which bits ......
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Squid, eyes, and blood, oh my! 2017’s best biology images

reader comments 12 The Wellcome Trust is a major funder of biomedical research in the UK. But part of its remit is improving the public's understanding of health and medical research. This mostly means educational and public outreach efforts. But each year, the Trust also runs a contest that recognizes the best images of all things biological. The winners run from the microscopic to the every day. Many of the winning images aren'......
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Lawyer films his traffic stop, even after cop says to stop, citing made-up law

reader comments 20 The police chief in Wilmington, North Carolina, has publicly lambasted one of his officers. The officer recently pulled over a local attorney moonlighting as an Uber driver and told the driver that he could not film the traffic stop. "Taking photographs and videos of people that are in plain sight, including the police, is your legal right," Chief Ralph Evangelous said in a Wednesday statement published on the ......
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Blue Origin’s new engine isn’t good enough for some congressmen

Enlarge / A Blue Origin BE-4 engine at the company's Kent, Wash.-based factory is readied for transport to a test stand for full-scale testing.Jeff Bezos/Twitter reader comments 18 In 2014, the rocket company United Launch Alliance (ULA) entered into an agreement with Blue Origin to jointly fund development of the latter company's BE-4 rocket engine. While ULA didn't commit to using the Blue Origin engine in its next-genera......
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Judge who ordered man remotely shocked in court faces $5 million lawsuit

reader comments 27 Warning: graphic content.A disrobed Maryland judge who ordered a bailiff to remotely shock a defendant in court with a 50,000-volt charge is now being sued on allegations of civil rights violations. While facing a weapons charge, the defendant was acting as his own attorney when then-Charles County Circuit Court Judge Robert Nalley ordered a deputy to remotely engage the man's ankle-bound "stun cuffs" for about......
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It’s finally over: Mastermind behind Prenda Law porn trolls pleads guilty

reader comments 43 View more stories One of the attorneys behind the Prenda Law "copyright trolling" scheme has pleaded guilty to federal charges of fraud and money laundering. After years of denial, John Steele admitted Monday that he and co-defendant Paul Hansmeier made more than $6 million by threatening Internet users with copyright lawsuits. It's perfectly legal to sue Internet pirates—but not the way Steele did it. Steele......
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Sprint’s long VoIP patent war leads to $140M verdict against Time Warner

reader comments 2 Sprint has been filing patent lawsuits over VoIP for more than a decade now, and the company may have just scored its biggest payout yet. On Friday, a jury in Sprint's home district of Kansas City said that Time Warner Cable, now part of Charter Communications, must pay $139.8 million (Verdict Form) for infringing several patents related to VoIP technology. The jury found that TWC's infringement was willful, whi......
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Tweaking fentanyl’s chemical structure may create safer opioid

Enlarge / Medical Research: albino rat for animal experiments reader comments 0 With a straightforward chemical tweak, the addictive—and often deadly—opioid painkiller, fentanyl, may transform into a safe, non-addictive, targeted therapy. Researchers reported this on Thursday in Science. In rats, a chemically modified form of the opioid could only work on inflamed, hurting tissue—not the rest of the body. Plus, it wasn’t de......
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No Man’s Sky creator describes issues with launch, crashes, money

reader comments 22 Sam MachkovechSAN FRANCISCO—Hello Games, the makers of beleaguered space-exploration game No Man's Sky, announced a new initiative on stage at this year's Game Developers Conference: Hello Labs. As announced by studio founder Sean Murray, the company is setting aside money to fund multiple projects—one of which is already in development—that focus on "procedural [world] generation and experimental games researc......
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Get ready for robots made with human flesh

Enlarge / Oh hey, could you zip up my flesh? I can't reach. reader comments 13 Two University of Oxford biomedical researchers are calling for robots to be built with real human tissue, and they say the technology is there if we only choose to develop it. Writing in Science Robotics, Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy and Andrew Carr argue that humanoid robots could be the exact tool we need to create muscle and tendon grafts that actua......
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Neurons recall place-related memories if you just get close

Enlarge / Fear is the mind killer reader comments 0 Place cells in the hippocampus are known to encode memories associated with a specific location. However, the precise role that these cells play in location-based memory retrieval is somewhat unclear. A recent study published in Nature Neuroscience finds that these cells can be active even when a rat is near a location associated with a fear memory. This result shows that ......
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New CPUs and accessories define HP’s updated repairable Surface clone

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A fasting-diet may trigger regeneration of a diabetic pancreas

Enlarge / These mice are about to have issues. reader comments 0 In mice with either type I or type 2 diabetes, an intense, four-day fasting diet seemed to regenerate pancreas cells and restore insulin production. Researchers reported this finding on Thursday in Cell. In Petri dish experiments, human pancreas cells from patients with type 1 diabetes also showed altered gene expression and kick-started insulin production aft......
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Serious Cloudflare bug exposed a potpourri of secret customer data

reader comments 13 Cloudflare, a service that helps optimize the security and performance of more than 5.5 million websites, warned customers today that a recently fixed software bug exposed a range of sensitive information that could have included passwords, and cookies and tokens used to authenticate users. A combination of factors made the bug particularly severe. First, the leakage may have been active since September 22, nea......
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How Blizzard distilled Overwatch’s hope from Project Titan’s failure

Enlarge / Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan says he thinks they did a good job capturing the feel of this very early concept art for Overwatch in the final product. We have to agree.Kyle Orland reader comments 19 LAS VEGAS—May of 2013 was not a very fun time to be at Blizzard if you hear Game Director and Vice President Jeff Kaplan tell it. After years of work on Project Titan, the massive MMO that was to be Blizzard's big follow-up ......
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Blizzard ends support for Windows XP and Vista

Jeff Christensen / ContributorChristensen/WireImage reader comments 16 If you took all the remaining Windows XP and Vista users in the world—a surprisingly robust 10 percent—and placed them in a Venn diagram with those that play Blizzard games, the intersection would likely be very, very small. And yet, despite Microsoft ending mainstream support for XP and Vista in 2009 and 2012 (Windows XP limped on with security updates ......
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New Zealand appeals court upholds Kim Dotcom extradition ruling

Enlarge / Kim Dotcom speaks to the media following a bail hearing at Auckland District Court on December 1, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. Fiona Goodall/Getty Images reader comments 1 Megaupload View more stories An appellate court in New Zealand has upheld a lower court’s 2015 decision that Kim Dotcom and his co-defendants should be extradited to the United States to face criminal copyright-related charges involving his f......
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The Great Wall is my new favorite lizard monster war movie

reader comments 63 Jing Tian as Commander Lin Mae, wearing her amazing armor, is about to use her extraordinary spear-throwing powers to save the day. Universal/China Film Co......
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Post-merger Charter keeps losing TV customers as it pushes new pricing

reader comments 9 Charter Communications lost 105,000 TV subscribers in former Time Warner Cable territory in Q4 2016, the second straight quarter of video customer losses since acquiring TWC. The loss of 105,000 video subscribers in TWC territory is in sharp contrast to TWC's premerger performance in Q4 2015, when it gained 54,000 video subscribers, according to Charter's earnings report released yesterday. Charter gained 20,000......
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