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Lifelike robots are being designed to win human trust

HONG KONG — David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that might help solve some of mankind’s most challenging problems. If only it were as simple as that. The Texas-born former sculptor at Walt Disney Imagineering and his Hong Kong-based startup Hanson …

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New spy plane can travel at five times the speed of sound

Boeing has finally unveiled a successor to the legendary Blackbird SR-71 spy plane, capable of traveling at five times the speed of sound. The new “Son of Blackbird” was revealed at an event in Orlando, Florida, but it’s only a concept design for now. The new aircraft will be a …

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Nintendo says Netflix could still be coming to the Switch

Nintendo Switch owners can still cling to hope that Netflix will one day arrive on their gaming console. The streaming giant spooked Switch owners when its customer service Twitter account tweeted that there are currently “no plans for Netflix on Nintendo Switch.” Netflix, however, quickly reversed course, deleting the original …

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Too much time on Facebook is ruining your mental health

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wants to prioritize family and friends over brands. But, he says, that could result in lower user engagement. That’s potentially bad news for investors, but could be good news for excessive Facebook users. “We’re making a major change to how we build Facebook,” Zuckerberg announced …

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Moonlite Bunny Ranch considers accepting bitcoin

The Moonlite Bunny Ranch, the famous Las Vegas brothel that was the setting for the HBO series “Cathouse,” is looking to cash in on the bitcoin trend. Dennis Hof, owner of the ranch, said in a press release that his brothels are currently looking at ways to accept bitcoin as …

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This hidden feature could cure your smartphone addiction

We love our phones like they’re our children, constantly picking them up for a check-in. However, phone addiction is a real thing. You know the drill: at every ping you’re a slave to looking at the screen; you hungrily search for notifications as you sit on the loo; you take …

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Incredible new images make Jupiter look pretty inviting

Jupiter is, scientifically speaking, not great for humans. The gravitational pull is about 2.4 times that of Earth and its atmosphere is mostly hydrogen and helium. Even within our own Solar System, there are much better candidates for sustaining life, even including some of Jupiter’s own moons. But from space, …

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NASA video gives you a tour through a star nursery

One of the real pleasures of modern living is the ability to take sightseeing trips to completely inaccessible places. Thanks to Google, you can climb up Mt. Everest without donning a single crampon and thanks to NASA, you can speed through the birthplace of stars some 1,350 light-years away, all …

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Google’s new app matches selfies with famous paintings

The latest update to Google’s Arts & Culture app has created a viral sensation by allowing users to compare their selfies to museum portraits. Users, including a number of celebrities, have been taking to Twitter and Instagram to share their portrait “doppelgangers.” Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani was quite impressed …

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France is trying to outlaw fake news

PARIS — Can a democratic country outlaw fake news? France is about to find out after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns. Criticism is pouring in from media advocates, tech experts — and Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT. They say the law smacks of …

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