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Nasa to make 'major' alien-hunting Kepler discovery

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Nasa scientists will be joined by a senior Google AI engineer and an expert from the University of Texas at Austin to reveal the Kepler telescope's latest planet candidate results.

Tasmanian Tigers could come back from the dead

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Australian scientists have unlocked more secrets about the mysterious Tasmanian Tiger in DNA hidden for over 100 years.

Former Facebook exec say site is 'ripping apart society'

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The comments were made by Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, to an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business

Egyptian archaeologists discover mummified body

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The tombs were found across the Nile from the southern city of Luxor in the 1990s by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp. However, she had only reached the entrance gate and 'never entered'.

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Apple gives rare private demo of driverless car system

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The presentation was given by Ruslan Salakhutdinov during the Neural Information Processing Systems conference, being held in Long Beach, California.

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Humans will happily worship a robot messiah, experts claim

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Dr Stephen Thaler, an AI and consciousness expert based in Saint Charles, Missouri, said people will one day rely on artificial intelligence to solve society's problems.

Why asking for a pay rise via email doesn't work

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The finding also goes some way to explain why heated rows often erupt on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, according to researchers at University of California, Berkeley (stock image).

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HP laptops could be recording everything you type

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Computer security expert Michael Myng was the first to expose the bug, which is believed to affect 475 models of laptops released by the Palo Alto firm equipped with Synaptics touchpads.

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Get ready for Geminids meteor shower before 3200 Phaethon

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The Geminids meteor shower is known as one of the most spectacular celestial events of the year and the shooting stars are visible from all over the world- even from light-polluted areas.

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WhatsApp tests private replies in group chats

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WhatsApp is testing a feature called 'Reply privately' where users can send direct message to chat members without leaving the group. It is unclear when it will be rolled out globally.

Russian AI Alisa wins backing of 40,000 in election run-up

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The smartphone AI assistant known as Alisa, similar to the Apple's voice-activated Siri, was created by Moscow-based technology company Yandex.

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Stunning photos show native Brazilians swimming underwater

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Stunning photos show indigenous Kamaiurá people diving underwater and swimming under a waterfall in the Amazonian basin in a remote part of Brazil.

Dogs are better able to read their owner's mood

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The findings will form part of the upcoming Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, being given Sophie Scott, professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London (stock).

Mount Hope is crowned the 'UK's highest peak'

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Mount Hope in the British Antarctic Territory has now overtaken the UK's previous record holder Mount Jackson. It is located near the Beardmore Glacier, Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

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Kim Jong-un attempting to make arsenal of bioweapons

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The North Korean dictator is steadily acquiring new machinery that can be used to churn out microbes by the tonne, according to US and Asian intelligence officials.

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Bitcoin futures rise as virtual currency leaps to a high

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The first-even bitcoin future trading began on Sunday as the newest way to bet on the increasingly popular virtual currency made its debut on a major US exchange.

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Magpie swoops in to claim victory

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The Australian magpie has beaten the laughing Kookaburra and bin chicken to take out the Australian Bird of the Year award.

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Drone came within three seconds of hitting a passenger jet

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A drone came within three seconds of hitting a passenger plane over Glasgow. The pilot described the risk of collision as 'high' after the incident 1,000ft above Glasgow Airport.

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Nobel Prize winners warn end of world is a 'tantrum away'

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The winners, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, made the chilling warning as the United States and North Korea exchange threats over the secretive nation's nuclear tests.

North Atlantic right whales set to become extinct

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The high year of mortality is coinciding with a year of poor reproduction, and there are only about 100 breeding female North Atlantic right whales left.

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Horses and oxen created world's super-rich elite

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Thousands of years ago across the world, it was large farm animals like horses and oxen that determined who were the have and the have-nots.

Saturday, Dec 9

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Parents who praise their children too easily are panned

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David Lancy from Utah State University has warned that mothers and fathers praise their children too readily in the West, which does not adequately prepare them for modern life.

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Physicists say they've confirmed new form of matter

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According to the team from the University of Illinois College of Engineering, physicists have finally proven the existence of a new form of matter, known as ‘excitonium.’

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Optical illusion makes curvy lines appear zigzagged

In a new optical illusion, revealed by psychologist Kohske Takahashi of Chukyo University, identical wavy lines appear to zigzag when they cross through a gray background.

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Sandy Hook shooting led to huge surges in gun sales

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A new study establishes for the first time that the proposed gun control changes following the Sandy Hook shooting led three million more gun purchases and 60 additional deaths in the US.

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Security experts hack toucan toy to say profanities

Security researchers at Pen Test Partners have demonstrated how the Teksta Toucan manufactured by Genesis can easily be taken over by hackers to play audio and even snoop.

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Footage shows mid-air collision between flocks of birds

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The clip, captured at Martin Mere nature reserve in Tarlscough, Lancashire, shows a mesmerising starling murmuration being rudely interrupted by incoming geese.

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Starving polar bear struggles to walk on land in Canada

The 'soul-crushing' footage was taken by photographer Paul Nicklen and filmmakers from conservation group Sea Legacy after they arrived on northern Canada's Baffin Island.

SpaceX launch will refly a used rocket and spacecraft

In a post shared on Instagram today, the SpaceX CEO revealed the upcoming launch this Tuesday will involve both a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft for the first time.

Chinese Didi Chuxing could be coming to North America

Didi Chuxing, China's ride-hailing behemoth, plans to expand into Mexico next year, intensifying its global rivalry with Uber, according to two sources familiar with the plans.

Facebook expands poke and hello features with greetings

Facebook has introduced a new feature to let users send a variety of 'greetings'. It is available to users in the UK, Thailand, Australia, Canada, Columbia and France.

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Spacesuit with ‘Take Me Home’ button could save astronauts

A 'Take Me Home' button could prove a life-saver for confused astronauts, according to space systems engineer at Draper which is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

World's smallest Mona Lisa made from DNA origami

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Researchers from the California Institute of Technology have made the world's smallest Mona Lisa which is only 0.5 square micrometres, about the size of an e-coli bacterium.

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Japanese drone plays music at employees to make them leave

The 'T-Frend', built by Nagoya-based firm Taisei, buzzes over late workers, blasting out the strains of 'Auld Lang Syne', a Scottish tune used in Japan to announce that a store is closing.