20 June 2018

The Science Behind The World Cup Ball

For every World Cup, there's a custom official ball. But how does the Telstar 18 actually stack up? To find out, scientists stuck it in a wind tunnel with a bunch of sensors.

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19 June 2018

Journalist Warns Cyber Attacks Present A 'Perfect Weapon' Against Global Order

New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger says U.S. officials worry that foreign powers have planted malware that could knock out critical infrastructure, including electric power.

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This Fashion Brand Grew On Instagram With Help Of Celebs, Relatable Models

Fashion Nova was among the top-trending fashion brands online in 2017. How did a retailer with only five stores get so popular? Associating its brand with Cardi B and Kylie Jenner didn't hurt.

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How Virtual Advisers Help Low-Income Students Apply To College

Nearly one-fourth of high-achieving students from low-income families apply to college completely on their own. One approach to make the experience better? Pair students with a virtual adviser.

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WHO Recognizes Gaming Disorder As A Mental Health Condition

Gaming disorder, as in video games, is now an official mental health condition, according to the World Health Organization. But the idea of technology addiction is still controversial.

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IBM Touts Breakthrough Technology As Computer Debates A Person

IBM unveiled a computer that is taking artificial intelligence to the next level. The computer debated a person in front of a live audience. Who won?

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18 June 2018

More Colleges Go Test-Optional; Google Launches College Search Tool

Also in our weekly roundup of education news, the University of Chicago makes test scores optional for applicants.

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Audi CEO Arrested In Connection With Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

German prosecutors reportedly said they feared that Rupert Stadler might attempt to suppress evidence. The head of Volkswagen's luxury car brand was taken into custody Monday morning.

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New MysteryBot Android Malware Packs a Banking Trojan, Keylogger, and Ransomware

New MysteryBot Android Malware Packs a Banking Trojan, Keylogger, and Ransomware

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Bureaucracy And Politics Slow Election Security Funding To States

Congress is giving states $380 million to bolster the security of the 2018 elections. But getting that money out to local election officials has been a slow and laborious process.

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A Guide To Parental Controls For Kids' Tech Use

All the major tech companies offer parental controls — Apple is the latest. For parents, making the best of them can be tricky.

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15 June 2018

Trump Hits China With Tariffs On $50 Billion Of Goods; China Says It Will Retaliate

President Trump imposes a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of Chinese goods, saying the U.S. is targeting China's technology sector.

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14 June 2018

Elon Musk's Boring Company Will Build High-Speed Train To Chicago's O'Hare Airport

The train tunnel company will build and operate an "express service to transport people to O'Hare Airport from downtown in 12 minutes," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says.

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Activists In Myanmar Say Facebook Needs To Do More To Quell Hate Speech

"The risk of Facebook content sparking open violence is arguably nowhere higher right now than in Myanmar," six Myanmar organizations wrote in an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in April.

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13 June 2018

Seattle Repeals Tax On Big Business After Opposition From Amazon, Starbucks

The companies funded opposition to the tax that would have raised money to help with Seattle's ongoing homeless problem. Critics worried about homelessness growing despite millions spent already.

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Tesla Lays Off 9 Percent Of Workforce

CEO Elon Musk says the cuts will help the electric car company turn a profit for the first time in 15 years.

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12 June 2018

Senators Move To Reverse Trump's Deal Lifting Sanctions On China's ZTE

A bipartisan amendment by Senators could undo a deal struck days ago to revive the Chinese telecoms giant after it was cut off from its U.S. suppliers over sales to Iran and North Korea.

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11 June 2018

Cryptocurrencies Lose Billions In Value After An Exchange Is Hacked

A hack in South Korea added to uncertainties in the virtual currency market, which saw a loss of well over $40 billion in cryptocurrencies' overall value.

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Online Big Spenders Tend To Be Men, NPR-Marist Polls Shows

Nearly 3 out of 10 online shoppers have taken the plunge to buy an item that costs $1,000 or more. Men are twice as likely as women to buy a big ticket item online, according to a new NPR/Marist poll.

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