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California hits a promising milestone in emerging from drought
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California hits a promising milestone in emerging from drought

January 12th, 2017 | by Contributor
SAN FRANCISCO — More than 40 percent of California has emerged from a punishing drought that covered the whole state a year ago, federal drought-watchers said Thursday, a stunning transformation caused by an unrelenting...
Black holes regurgitate “spitballs” after devouring stars
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Black holes regurgitate “spitballs” after devouring stars

January 12th, 2017 | by Contributor
When a black hole devours a star, it spews planet-size “spitballs” of regurgitated gas tumbling through the galaxy — and some of these globs can come within a few hundred light-years of Earth, new research...
Samsung foldable phone could become reality this year, finally
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Samsung foldable phone could become reality this year, finally

January 12th, 2017 | by Contributor
Samsung seems to have worked out the wrinkles on its much-rumored foldable phone and could unveil such a handset later this year, according to a report from Korea. The electronics giant is working on a phone with a flexible...
9 things Alexa can’t yet do
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9 things Alexa can’t yet do

January 12th, 2017 | by Contributor
Even for a connected speaker, Amazon’s Alexa can do quite a lot. It can reorder essentials, get you a Domino’s pizza, and call an Uber. It can stream practically any audio, control your smart home,...
Baboon grunts may hold secrets to ancient human speech
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Baboon grunts may hold secrets to ancient human speech

January 12th, 2017 | by Contributor
PARIS — Baboon grunts and mating calls may hold secrets about human speech, according to a new study suggesting that the origins of human language could reach back as much as 25 million years. The barks, yacks and wa-hoos...
The moon might be much older than scientists suspected
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The moon might be much older than scientists suspected

January 12th, 2017 | by Contributor
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old. That’s the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moonwalkers in 1971....