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Mark Zuckerberg 'reconsidering' lawsuits against Hawaiians

Mark Zuckerberg 'reconsidering' lawsuits against Hawaiians

The process is controversial in Hawaii, where many view it as a tool of dispossession first employed by sugar barons, but later adopted by the wealthy malihini (newcomers) seeking vacation homes. Zuckerberg has realised that pushing natives off their land is so 19th century and that it might cast him in the same light as General Custer, or the bad guy in the new Disney flick Moana. Read More

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Agricultural Research Service Receives Communication Guidance

Politico reported Department of Transportation employees received a "recommendation" on Monday not to engage on official social media accounts or publish news releases. It is also interesting to note that the last tweet from ARS's official account was sent the day before Trump's inauguration on January 20. President Trump's choice for new agriculture secretary, former Gov. Read More

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Tesla says safety concerns are driving the step-by-step Autopilot 2 rollout

Using eight cameras, Tesla says the new Autopilot hardware can not be retrofitted to older vehicles. Musk announced this enhanced autopilot system at the beginning of January, and with this most recent update, all Tesla HW2 cars will be capable of operating autonomously in a range of conditions, thanks to a combination of cameras and ultrasonic sensors that detect the cars' surroundings. Read More

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Tom Brady, Matt Ryan quotes after Championship Sunday

Tom Brady, Matt Ryan quotes after Championship Sunday

Hogan looked like Jerry Rice out there for the Patriots , demoralizing a Steelers secondary that simply could not handle him. The real-life AFC champs won their division by a single game before crashing out in the Wild Card round. The Steelers may have gone 9-1 in that stretch, but that had more to do with the unique patient running style of running back Le'Veon Bell than anything. Read More

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Scientists Are Searching For Life On This Nearby Exoplanet

Scientists Are Searching For Life On This Nearby Exoplanet

Since Wolf 1061c is close to the inner edge of the habitable zone , meaning closer to the star, it could be that the planet has an atmosphere that's more similar to Venus. One of the three known planets in the Wolf 1061 system, a rocky planet called Wolf 1061c, is entirely within the habitable zone. Since water vapour is extremely effective in trapping in heat, it made the surface of the planet even hotter. Read More

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The warmest year on record for the third straight time

The warmest year on record for the third straight time

NOAA's temperature records go back 137 years. The record for hottest year has now been broken five times during the 21st century - 2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016. It's the third record-breaking year in a row, with temperatures driven up by a strong El Nino warming event. Year over year, we don't necessarily notice a difference, but when you zoom out a bit and look at a full century's worth of temperature data , the change is much more dramatic. Read More

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Boehner endorses DeVos for Education secretary

Boehner endorses DeVos for Education secretary

Secretary of Education. Republican Lamar Alexander (TN), the chairman of the committee, met with DeVos last week and said he she will make an "excellent" Secretary of Education. He's the former Education Secretary who chairs the committee. The letter , dated Tuesday, is being sent to U.S. Sen. (They are North Carolina's Richard Burr, Louisiana's Bill Cassidy, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, South Carolina's Tim Scott, and Indiana's Todd Young.) And there are 21 more senators, not on the ... Read More

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Iridium hails SpaceX launch, dawn of historical 'tech refresh'

Iridium hails SpaceX launch, dawn of historical 'tech refresh'

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 Iridium Communications satellites rumbled aloft from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California's central coast shortly after 9:54am local time, amid clear skies and a majestic view of the Pacific Ocean. Last September 1 a Falcon 9 exploded while getting ready for launch. Numerous launches by SpaceX are commercial launches, though some of its missions also involve carrying supplies to the International Space Station. Read More

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Scientists Upgrading Very Large Telescope To Search For Exoplanets

The announcement this week came as part of a partnership with the Breakthrough Initiatives, a group that describes itself as "a program of scientific and technological exploration, probing the big questions of life in the universe: Are we alone?" The planet, named Proxima b, was located in Alpha Centauri's habitable " Goldilocks zone ", the region that theoretically has just the right conditions to find liquid water on a planet's surface. Read More

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