Technology and Science

The Daily Stormer is offline after Google, GoDaddy disable the Neo-Nazi site’s account

Neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer went offline on Tuesday, after its domain registration was revoked by GoDaddy and Google, which said the site that was used to help organize the violent weekend rally in Charlottesville, Va., had violated their terms of service. Users could not access the site from about 10 cities in North America, Europe and Asia. “We’re having ...

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Amazon warns about counterfeit eclipse glasses

Amazon says it’s contacting customers who may have bought defective knockoff glasses on the website, thinking they could protect their eyes during the upcoming total solar eclipse. The company is also issuing refunds and removing listings for some of the glasses, but did not say which brands. A statement from Amazon on the weekend only said some of the glasses ...

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Put down the phone and experience the eclipse, Neil deGrasse Tyson says

Prominent astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a suggestion for anyone with a view of next week’s solar eclipse: Put down your smartphone and take in the phenomenon yourself. Tyson told an audience at the American Museum of Natural History on Monday: “Experience this one emotionally, psychologically, physically.” The Aug. 21 event will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 ...

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B.C. realtor pulls plan to give away 1,200 eclipse glasses over fears they’re fake

It was supposed to be a nice thing, to celebrate the solar eclipse and her birthday. Vancouver Realtor Candace Rohrick had planned to give away more than 1,200 free solar eclipse glasses — a hot commodity needed to safely view the eclipse next Monday. But after she started handing them out — and put about 150 packets of them in ...

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Sports hype of platelet-rich plasma ‘powerful marketing tool’ but distorts the science

When injured elite athletes talk about using platelet-rich plasma (PRP), the coverage fuels hype that makes it harder for average consumers to see the limitations of the potential treatment, a new study suggests. Athletes ranging from golfer Tiger Woods to quarterback Tom Brady to basketball player Kobe Bryant have reportedly used the decades-old approach. When PRP is used in sports medicine circles, the person’s ...

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Updating ‘briefcase law’: defence lawyers try to end warrantless smartphone searches at border

Imagine losing your smartphone or leaving your laptop behind on a train or bus. How much could someone learn about you — your interests, your lifestyle, your habits — based on what they could access on the device? What conclusions could someone make when the photos you’ve taken, the apps you’ve installed and the websites you’ve visited are laid bare?  According to the Supreme ...

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Boundaries set for Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Canada’s largest area of protected ocean

The boundaries of what is now Canada’s largest marine conservation area have been announced by Ottawa, the government of Nunavut and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. Protecting Tallurutiup Imanga, or Lancaster Sound, covers about 110,000 square kilometres of ocean — an area double the size of Nova Scotia — and represents almost two per cent of Canada’s coastal marine waters. This more than doubles what was previously ...

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Perseid meteor shower lights up weekend sky

This weekend, people around the globe had their necks craned, looking to the night sky in an effort to catch some “shooting stars” as the annual peak of the Perseid meteor shower took place. If they had clear skies, they weren’t disappointed: “oohs” and “aahs” were heard from many backyards, parks and beaches as brief streaks of light crossed the ...

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U.K. cybersecurity researcher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to U.S. charges

A British cybersecurity researcher credited with helping curb a recent worldwide ransomware attack pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges accusing him of creating malicious software to steal banking information three years ago. Marcus Hutchins entered his plea in Wisconsin federal court, where prosecutors charged him and an unnamed co-defendant with conspiring to commit computer fraud in the state and elsewhere. Authorities arrested the ...

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SpaceX to launch to International Space Station — with ice cream

Live More than 2,600 kilograms of research cargo also on board The Associated Press Posted: Aug 14, 2017 11:47 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 14, 2017 12:22 PM ET SpaceX is about to launch a few tons of research to the International Space Station — plus ice cream. An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to blast off at 12:31 ...

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