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Ancient Arctic people may have known how to spin yarn long before Vikings arrived

New research is upending old assumptions about what the ancestors of today’s Inuit learned from Viking settlers. Techniques researchers have developed show that ancient Dorset and Thule people knew how to spin yarn centuries before the Norse were thought to have taught them, changing the way archeologists think about Arctic history. “There’s a lot we don’t know,” said Michele Hayeur Smith ...

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3 new online marketplaces better than Craigslist

Once upon a time, Craigslist was a great idea. Post classified ads for free! Meet cool singles! Craigslist was stripped-down and straightforward. You could throw up text and photos, then take them down whenever you wanted. You didn’t even have to post your email address. Thirty years later, Craigslist is a ghost of its former self. Some sections are so ...

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Solar probe set to launch into the sun's scorching 'red zone'

On Aug. 6, the Parker Solar Probe will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for one extremely intense mission: to fly closer to the sun than any spacecraft before. The probe will fly through and study the sun’s atmosphere, where it will face punishing heat and radiation. At its closest, it will come within 6.1 million kilometres of the sun. “A ...

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Emergency warnings might someday interrupt your Netflix binges

The logo of American entertainment company Netflix is pictured at an event in Netflix.  (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File) People might find their Netflix binges interrupted by emergency alerts under a bipartisan bill announced in the Senate Wednesday. The READI Act—Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement—was introduced by Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Gizmodo reports. ...

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LabCorp finds 'suspicious activity' on its IT network

Illustration picture – A hooded man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration) Laboratory testing giant LabCorp detected “suspicious activity” on its IT network over the weekend, the company announced Monday. “LabCorp immediately took certain systems offline as part of its comprehensive response to contain ...

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Elon Musk calls diver who helped save Thailand boys a 'pedo' for slamming his rescue idea

Tesla CEO Elon Musk in June.  (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File) Tech billionaire Elon Musk sent a viral shockwave Sunday in a tweet apparently accusing a British diver who helped rescue the 12 boys from a Thailand cave of being a pedophile. Musk later reportedly doubled down on the unfounded claim, telling another Twitter user he’d bet money it was “true.” The ...

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