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2016 was the hottest year on record. Sound familiar?

They measure global temperatures in slightly different ways, and came up with a range of increases, from minuscule to what top American climate scientists described as substantial. "The trends that we've been seeing since the 1970s are continuing, and have not paused in any way", says Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies . Read More

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Shocking Crack in Ice Shelf Grows Another 11 Miles

Shocking Crack in Ice Shelf Grows Another 11 Miles

Scientists have reported that an iceberg almost the size of DE could break away from one of Antarctica's largest ice shelves within months. Last August, scientists from UK's Project Midas announced that the Larsen C rift was growing rapidly , but in December the speed of the rift went into overdrive, further expanding by about 11 miles (18km) in just a couple of weeks. Read More

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Amazon's Alexa appears in scores of new smart gadgets

A 6-year-old girl's conversation with Amazon's voice-activated Echo Dot ends up with her parents being charged for a dollhouse and four-pounds of cookies. The microphone on the Smart Assistant also protrudes out of the top of the speaker, unlike the Echo which has its microphone inside its core. While the Smart Assistant actually looks a lot like the Echo, albeit a little more refined, it might actually win out over its predecessor, thanks to the inclusion of Harman Karman audio tech. Read More

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350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh being celebrated across country

350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh being celebrated across country

He contributed much to the Sikhism religion and way of life; most notable was his formalization of the faith where the 1st Sikh guru Nanak Dev had founded nearly 3 centuries ago. It is a day to rededicate ourselves to the ideals of equality, brotherhood and compassion as epitomised by Guru Gobind Singhji. Guru Gobind Singh ji's life and teachings have had a lasting impression on Sikh ideology as well as in their daily life. Read More

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Queen to miss New Year's Day Sandringham service

The statement acknowledged that the queen and her husband have been ailing over the Christmas holidays, the reason that they postponed or canceled some of their usual holiday rituals . "We probably will not know what is happening until the morning". In recent days, several false news stories reporting the queen's death have been circulating on social media. Read More

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Amazon patents a flying warehouse for drone delivery

US patent 9,305,280 was filed by Amazon Technologies Inc. on behalf of inventors Paul William Berg, Scott Isaacs, and Kelsey Lynn Blodgett all the way back in December of 2014. What would Amazon's flying warehouse look like? Before a package leaves the warehouse, a computer will monitor weather conditions, route topography, the payload and assemble a list of optimal drone components along with the order. Read More

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Ford to triple size of autonomous test fleet

Ford to triple size of autonomous test fleet

The vehicle also comes with new electrical controls and two 360-degree view LiDAR sensors, which have a sleeker design and more targeted field of vision, Ford says. The cars' "virtual driver system" uses cameras and radar sensors as well as lidar (light detection and ranging) feeding data to the onboard computer, which also uses 3-D maps. Read More

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Taylor Swift performs for veteran fan, 96, as Christmas gift

One family got the Christmas surprise of a lifetime this week, thanks to one of our favorite country/pop stars. "He told her how he was proud of his family, his country and Taylor Swift! " she shares. Louis and said he wanted to see her perform at least one more time. Taylor Swift met a unique fan of hers over the Christmas holiday. Porter grinned at the camera as he posed with Swift and his grandson, Robert Frye . Read More

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Uber refuse to pay $150 for autonomous vehicle permit

Uber refuse to pay $150 for autonomous vehicle permit

Right-hook turns are illegal in California, where drivers must merge as far to the right as possible. " Arizona welcomes Uber self-driving cars with open arms and wide open roads", Ducey wrote in a statement Thursday. Earlier this month, Uber announced it had brought "self-driving" cars to its hometown, with much fanfare. "I think he should not be operating his driverless vehicle technology without that permit", Lee said. Read More

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Pokemon Go Now Available for Apple Watch

It's a small - but very welcome - present from the Pokemon Go team. The other hitch is that your Apple Watch needs to constantly update your Global Positioning System location to the Nintendo game servers in order to fetch location data on nearby Pokemon or PokeStops with reference to your current location. Read More

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Netflix's Twitter hacked by OurMine - here's everything we know so far

One message reading, "World security is shit". The hacked tweets on the Netflix and Marvel accounts were deleted later Wednesday. Once it gains access to a social media account (in this case Netflix's US Twitter account), it doesn't do much apart from posting security-related messages for account owners, advising them to get in touch with the group as to how they can bolster their account security. Read More

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Using Amazon Echo? Ask Alexa for a news briefing from The Southern

The little Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is out of stock as well, slated to return on December 27. In any case, as a result of a characteristic in Amazon's undeniably intricate production network, the speakers were still on racks as of Monday at its three physical book shops, with extra opportunities to catch the gadgets at its approximately 30 fly up store areas at shopping centers. Read More

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ULA set for final launch of 2016 Sunday

The United Launch Alliance rocket carried EchoStar XIX , the world's highest capacity broadband satellite, into orbit. With a launch window starting at around 1:30 p.m. The mission was launched aboard an Atlas 5 431 configuration vehicle, which includes a 4-meter Extra Extended Payload Fairing (XEPF) and three solid rocket boosters. Read More

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Bitter Cold and More Snow on the Way

Bitter Cold and More Snow on the Way

He and his crew were working on a bridge not far from Hampton Beach along the seacoast, dealing with 50 miles per hour wind. While -38 degrees is just a weather model's depiction for the wind-cold combo, it is still likely to be worse than what we had this past Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Read More

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Vine's mobile apps will be rebranded 'Vine Camera'

Twitter's video app, Vine , will live on as a simpler tool for the micro-messaging service. While it would seem you could share Vine Camera clips onto any platform once they're saved on your phone, we've asked Twitter just to be sure. The social network company decided that is not in their best interest to keep Vine as it is now. Users who would like to download Vines should do so now, either through the iOS and Android apps or through the Vine website. Read More

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Rule Finalized to Protect Planned Parenthood from State Defunding Efforts

The leader of the abortion giant recently expressed her gratitude to the outgoing president for his consistent role since 2009 in aggressively promoting abortion - in anticipation of the upcoming pro-life Trump administration. The Republican leaders warned they would work to review and possibly rescind such rules under the Congressional Review Act if the executive branch heads ignored the caution. Read More

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'Wreaths Across America' continues to grow in Central Louisiana

Wreaths Across America is an event dedicated to remembering our fallen heroes in the armed forces. This year, it is joined by Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph. There may be a large turnout of volunteers, but there are 1,000 fewer wreaths to lay this year. Branam said the non-profit has a three-part mission. "They create a focus around veterans, honor , tradition and our constitutional values". Read More

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