Mike Tyson's Bitcoin ATM is now a thing August 23, 2015 at 09:22PM

Whenever someone brings up Bitcoin, the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind is an image of Mike Tyson. After all, cryptographic currencies beloved by investment wonks, libertarians and drug kingpins go hand-in-hand with the controversial former heavyweight champion of the world.


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Macedonian Police Clash With Migrants on Border With Greece August 23, 2015 at 09:21PM

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Tensions at the Greek-Macedonian border erupted into clashes on Friday, when the Macedonian police used stun grenades to try to disperse a large group of migrants trying to cross the border into their country.


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Opinion: Does capitalism cause poverty? August 23, 2015 at 09:22PM

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Project Syndicate) — Capitalism gets blamed for many things nowadays: poverty, inequality, unemployment, even global warming.


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Hewlett-Packard gains, but why? August 23, 2015 at 09:20PM

Shares of Hewlett-Packard Co. traded higher on Friday despite broad market selloffs and analyst notes highlighting the company’s ongoing turnaround challenges amid an anemic PC market. While the Technology Select Sector SPRD Fund XLK, -2.02%  , whose biggest holdings include Apple Inc. AAPL, -4.


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Today in Politics: Rivals Can No Longer Ignore Donald Trump’s Long Shadow August 23, 2015 at 09:21PM

Good Friday morning. Even on vacation, President Obama seeks to reassure on-the-fence supporters of the Iran nuclear deal that he will take a hard line in enforcing it. And as Donald J.


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Spotify on privacy policy: Sorry, and we’ll ask again August 23, 2015 at 09:19PM

Spotify’s updated privacy policy sparked a big backlash this week, leading the streaming-music company’s chief executive to apologize and promise changes.


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Bird’s Nest stands as an empty monument to China’s magnificence August 23, 2015 at 09:12PM

“Wonderfulness is right before you. Bird’s Nest is always with you,” proclaims a sign at the entrance to the still magnificent 2008 Olympic Stadium. Things have been less than wonderful for the sport of athletics in recent months, with the shadow of doping and corruption ever present.


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Explosion Rips Through Chemical Plant in Eastern China August 23, 2015 at 09:09PM

BEIJING — An explosion ripped through a chemical plant in eastern China and triggered a fire Saturday night, state media said, just over a week after a similar blast at a Chinese chemical warehouse killed more than 100 people.


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Verizon is still 'evaluating' support for Samsung Pay August 23, 2015 at 09:09PM

We hope you weren’t planning to use your Verizon-badged Galaxy S6 or Note 5 with Samsung Pay on September 28th… you might be disappointed. Big Red notes that it’s still in the “process of evaluating” Samsung Pay while AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular have already pledged support.


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Daisy Lowe: I’ve been single for a long time, so I’m not as sexual as I’d like to be August 23, 2015 at 09:08PM

Marianne Faithfull came to my 11th birthday party. I was like: “Who’s that woman?” My mum [fashion designer Pearl Lowe] said I’d understand one day. The maternal side of my family has always been creative. My great-grandmother was in one of the first girl bands, in the 1920s.


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After 70 Years of Men, Some Say It Is ‘High Time’ a Woman Led the U.N. August 23, 2015 at 09:09PM

UNITED NATIONS — The bearded diplomat in a striped tie addressed a roomful of his peers the other morning on the subject of how the next United Nations secretary general should be chosen.


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Bangkok bombing: new surveillance video may help identify perpetrator August 23, 2015 at 09:08PM

Fresh surveillance footage has emerged that could help identify those responsible for the Bangkok bomb that killed 20 people, Thai authorities have said.


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Andy Murray says verbal abuse not common, despite Nick Kyrgios incident August 23, 2015 at 09:07PM

However many loud arguments Andy Murray might have with himself on court, he does not welcome the suggestion that trash-talking between opponents might liven up his sport.


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People with autism and learning disabilities excel in creative thinking, study shows August 23, 2015 at 09:08PM

A new study showing that people with autism display higher levels of creativity has been welcomed by campaigners, who say it helps debunk a myth about people with learning disabilities.


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This Real-Time Calculator Shows How Long It Takes You to Earn Things August 23, 2015 at 09:04PM

If you’ve ever wondered how much time it takes for you to earn enough to buy a burger, TV, or even a home on your current salary, this calculator shows you in real-time.


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Beheading of Khaled al-Asaad, keeper of Palmyra, unites Syria in condemnation August 23, 2015 at 09:06PM

Islamic State’s execution of Khaled al-Asaad, the keeper of Palmyra’s extraordinary cultural artefacts, has inspired a rare consensus among Syria’s other political factions.


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Money And Politics: Bitcoin’s Governance Crisis August 23, 2015 at 09:03PM

A lot of intriguing and conflicting things have been said about Bitcoin in the past few years. Some see it as the salvation of the financial system, others as a new toy, appealing only to the technologically savvy. Say what you will, but so far, Bitcoin is a technological success.


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National Zoo panda gives birth August 23, 2015 at 09:03PM

Washington (CNN)Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth at 5:35 p.m. Saturday, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo announced. It was relatively quick: Mei Xiang gave birth about 45 minutes after her water broke. “Mei Xiang reacted to the cub by picking it up.


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Three American hailed as heroes for stopping attack on French train (+video) August 23, 2015 at 09:03PM

Arras, France — One serves in the Air Force, another recently served in Afghanistan in the National Guard, another is studying physical therapy in California — and all three Americans are being hailed as heroes for tackling and disarming a gunman they happened to encounter on a high-speed train


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How the Teen Choice Awards unfolded on Twitter August 23, 2015 at 09:03PM

This year’s Teen Choice Awards (@TeenChoiceFox) have garnered millions of viewers’ votes on Twitter for their favorite movies, TV shows, music artists, athletes, and stars. Tonight, they turned to their TVs and Twitter streams to celebrate the results and react to the show in real-time.


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Michael Jordan wins lawsuit: The $8.9 million steak advertisement August 23, 2015 at 09:02PM

Chicago — Jurors at a civil trial focused on the market value of Michael Jordan's identity have handed him a major win, ordering a grocery-store chain to pay him $8.9 million for invoking his name in a steak ad without his permission.


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Hurricane Danny fizzles: Why are there fewer big hurricanes? August 23, 2015 at 09:03PM

ATLANTA — Hurricane Danny, a small hurricane that at one point reached Category 3 status as it moved across from Africa toward the Leeward Islands, has weakened quickly and by Sunday should be reduced to tropical storm status.


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Attack aboard a French train, and the three American friends who stopped it August 23, 2015 at 09:02PM

Three quick-thinking Americans – two of them US servicemen – are being hailed as heroes for preventing an apparent terrorist attack which could have resulted in many causalities aboard a train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris.


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How The Digital Economy Can Help End Extreme Poverty August 23, 2015 at 09:02PM

When I was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia recently as part of the U.S. government’s delegation to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, I was struck by how much the international development landscape is changing.


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China rocked by second deadly chemical plant blast in two weeks August 23, 2015 at 09:02PM

SHANGHAI A huge explosion ripped through a chemical plant in eastern China, killing one person and injuring nine, Xinhua news agency said, less than two weeks after two deadly blasts destroyed a warehouse storing chemicals in the northeast.


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The real danger with North Korea August 23, 2015 at 09:02PM

(CNN)The latest crisis involving North Korea appears to be ebbing. It started when Pyongyang’s forces allegedly placed landmines on the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ). Two South Korean soldiers were nearly killed by the mines earlier this month.


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Sharing childcare 'improves sex lives' of couples August 23, 2015 at 09:01PM

Sharing childcare makes for happier couples with better sex lives, US research suggests. In a study of 487 families, parents who split childcare duties evenly reported greater satisfaction, both sexually and emotionally.


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Baby panda: Washington zoo's Mei Xiang delivers cub August 23, 2015 at 09:01PM

Keepers at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC only discovered Mei Xiang was pregnant during an ultrasound scan last week. Giant pandas are one of the most endangered species in the world and are notoriously hard to breed in captivity.


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ASUS makes a Zenfone 2 with a whopping 256GB of storage August 23, 2015 at 09:00PM

Smartphones with more than 128GB of storage are still extremely rare, but they just became a little more accessible… if you live in Brazil, at least. ASUS has unveiled a Delxue Special Edition of the Zenfone 2 that includes a cavernous 256GB of storage.


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North, South Korea hold first round of talks amid ongoing tension August 23, 2015 at 09:01PM

Paju, South Korea (CNN)At a time of mounting tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean peninsula, the two sides concluded nearly 10 hours of talks early Sunday at the historic “truce village” inside the Demilitarized Zone with plans to meet again later in the day, South Korean officials said.


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Greek coalition process crawls as election calls grow August 23, 2015 at 09:00PM

ATHENS Greek opposition leaders took things easy on Sunday in their quest for a new coalition, ignoring calls from home and abroad for a rapid move to elections so the country can deal with its simultaneous economic and humanitarian crises.


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Accidentally Quadratic — MongoDB foreground index builds August 21, 2015 at 01:55PM

This one is explored in depth over at nelhagedebugsshit.tumblr.com. MongoDB has two different approaches to building indexes, selectable by the operator at index-creation time.


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Illumina CEO Jay Flatley Launches Helix to Stoke Consumer Use of Genomic Data August 21, 2015 at 01:47PM

The CEO of the world’s leading DNA sequencing company says he knows how to finally get consumers interested in their genomes: by creating an enormous app store for genetic information.


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At Synthorx, Synthetic Biologists Put Artificial Life Forms to Work August 21, 2015 at 01:48PM

In the May 15, 2014, edition of the journal Nature, Floyd Romesberg’s chemistry lab at San Diego’s Scripps Research Institute published a paper titled “A Semi-Synthetic Organism with an Expanded Genetic Alphabet.


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Recommended from Around the Web (Week ending August 22, 2015) August 21, 2015 at 01:47PM

Corn Wars The ability to develop and then maintain ownership of crop technologies is a strategic advantage for companies—and countries. —Brian Bergstein, executive editor


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What’s in a message? Getting attachments right with the Google beacon platform August 21, 2015 at 02:25AM

If your users’ devices know where they are in the world – the place that they’re at, or the objects they’re near – then your app can adapt or deliver helpful information when it matters most.


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Researchers Have Successfully Treated MERS in Mice July 23, 2015 at 04:13PM

A New York company has figured out how to give mice the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and also how to prevent the disease and effectively treat the infected mice.


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Ancestry Combines Genealogy Research with Genetic Data July 23, 2015 at 04:12PM

With the Thursday launch of its AncestryHealth website, Ancestry continues to play Microsoft to 23andMe’s Apple. It may not be as innovative in the burgeoning field of consumer genetics, but it’s an able competitor nonetheless.


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Biogen and Lilly Advance Antibody Drugs to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease July 23, 2015 at 04:12PM

The earlier Alzheimer’s disease is treated, the better. Maybe even before symptoms arise. That’s the idea behind experimental drugs designed to remove plaques from the brain and prevent cognitive changes.


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How Networked Monkey Brains Could Help Disabled Humans July 23, 2015 at 04:12PM

New research proves that two heads are indeed better than one, at least at performing certain simple computational tasks.


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Pluto’s Portrait From New Horizons: Ice Mountains and No Craters July 16, 2015 at 06:27PM

LAUREL, Md. — The first close-up image of Pluto has revealed mountains as tall as the Rockies, and an absence of craters — discoveries that, to their delight, baffled scientists working on NASA’s New Horizons mission and provided punctuation for a journey nine and a half years in the making.


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Powering Smartphones Without an Outlet July 16, 2015 at 05:51PM

The case that Will Zell slides onto his iPhone doesn’t look that unusual, but it’s doing something pretty out of the ordinary: capturing some of the radio waves that the phone transmits when connecting to cell-phone towers and Wi-Fi routers, converting them to electricity, and feeding that power


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John Kerry: dimwit and stooge July 16, 2015 at 05:49PM

No one has ever accused John Kerry of being smart. His schtick is speaking slow and sounding profound, a defense mechanism he developed early in life to mask a room temperature IQ and a lackwit’s infinite credulity. These talents made him the perfect point man for Obama’s Iran nuclear negotiations.


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