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Millimeters of sea level rise may not sound like much, but previous surveys suggested that Antarctica's massive ice sheets likely wouldn't be affected by climate change at all. More than 70 percent of the recent melt is in West Antarctica. Between 60 and 90 percent of the world's fresh water is located in Antarctica - the size of Mexico and the United States combined - and if that were to all melt, sea levels would shoot up by nearly 61 metres, which would prove catastrophic for ...
  • First SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lobs comms sat into orbit

    First SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lobs comms sat into orbit

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    Hawthorne-based SpaceX launched a newly upgraded Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida Friday, carrying a Bangladesh communications satellite toward orbit, then landed the rocket's first stage on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean for its 25th successful rocket recovery.
  • NASA sending first autonomous helicopter to Mars in 2020

    NASA sending first autonomous helicopter to Mars in 2020

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    However, since Mars's atmosphere is just 1 percent of Earth's , a helicopter that's just sitting on the surface of the Red Planet is already at the equivalent of 100,000 feet on Earth. The mission is planned for a launch in July 2020 and is scheduled to arrive on the planet in February 2021 to study the potential for Mars to be inhabited.
  • Google is Working to Address Issues of Disclosure with Duplex AI

    Google is Working to Address Issues of Disclosure with Duplex AI

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    What's more, it's created to make phone calls on your behalf, such as booking a table at a restaurant or an appointment at a hair salon. The company said it still needs to test how people respond to it. "One proposal: "Turing Red Flag law" - bots should be designed so that it's clear they're bots; they should also identify themselves as bots up front".
  • Uber unveils flying taxi prototype ahead of annual Elevate Summit

    Uber unveils flying taxi prototype ahead of annual Elevate Summit

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    At this year's summit, Uber unveiled yet another flying vehicle concept, this one being a four-passenger vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) fixed-wing aircraft, with vertical rotors fixed to those wings, giving an overall design that's not dissimilar to the quadcopters that have become popular in recent years.
  • Former senior Chinese official given life sentence

    Former senior Chinese official given life sentence

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    Sun Zhengcai was once tipped as a possible leader of the generation to succeed President Xi Jinping. Sun had been accused of taking advantage of his position to seek profits for others and illegally accepting money, according to previous court statements.
  • Here's how Amazon's Alexa will work with Microsoft's Cortana

    Here's how Amazon's Alexa will work with Microsoft's Cortana

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    Alexa even declared that she likes Cortana . During the demo, Microsoft showed off how the pair could work together, which could potentially be a boon for those who utilize both assistants pretty heavily. "I like Cortana . We both have experience with light rings, although hers is more of a #Halo", Microsoft joked at the show. He also asked Alexa what she thought of Cortana , to which Amazon's assistant replied, with her typical cheesy humor, "I like Cortana ".
  • WhatsApp Update Adds In-app Play Support For Facebook, Instagram Videos

    WhatsApp Update Adds In-app Play Support For Facebook, Instagram Videos

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    Along with support for in-line video playback, there is also a Picture-in-picture mode which allows users to minimise the video while performing other functions within WhatsApp . Now for users those who have this feature, they can add their debit/credit cards and set a profile PIN for additional security. Or has the messaging app been mired by the stench of the Cambridge Analytica story? With support for audio, video, images and whatnot, WhatsApp is shaping up to be a very powerful ...
  • Bettis pitches Rockies to 2-0 win over slumping Mets

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    Ian Desmond was mobbed like a rock star in the Rockies' dugout Sunday afternoon. The victory completed the Rockies' three-game sweep, extended their season-high winning streak to five games and completed an impressive 6-3 road trip. "When they jumped out 2-0, that home run off Syndergaard, now that gave us some life like, 'Hey, we took him deep'". On this episode of the BSN Rockies Podcast, Drew Creasman goes inside the details of a Colorado Rockies pitching staff that is on one of ...
  • 2nd, 3rd Lava Fissures Open on Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano

    2nd, 3rd Lava Fissures Open on Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano

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    After the eruption, the island shook at regular intervals, but especially so around midday Friday: A 5.6 magnitude quake hit south of the volcano around 11:30 a.m. Exposure can cause irritation or burns, sore throats, runny noses, burning eyes and coughing. The eruption was preceded by hundreds of small earthquakes in recent days.
  • Self-Driving Car from Alphabet's Waymo Involved in Collision

    Self-Driving Car from Alphabet's Waymo Involved in Collision

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    Video was released Friday showing a auto jumping a median and colliding with a Google-owned Waymo self-driving minivan in Arizona. Police are investigating the accident, per that report. There have now been two vehicle accidents involving autonomous vehicles in the Phoenix area. In February, Uber settled a lawsuit with Alphabet, the parent company of Waymo (and Google) over the alleged theft of self-driving vehicle intellectual property.
  • First death reported in romaine-linked E coli outbreak

    First death reported in romaine-linked E coli outbreak

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    The California Department of Public Health confirmed one person had died. The unusually high hospitalization rate of 51 percent shows the outbreak strain of E. Most people recover in five to seven days. In some cases, it can be life-threatening as victims develop kidney failure . As of the update Wednesday, the illness onset dates for the outbreak victims range from March 13 to April 21.
  • Facebook F8 Day 1: Instagram AR is here, VR roadmap revealed

    Facebook F8 Day 1: Instagram AR is here, VR roadmap revealed

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    Camera Effects are user-developed filters and augmented reality effects that people can easily share with others. This change will do a lot to promote more appropriate filters being suggested to users in a way that Snapchat's platform just isn't set up to handle.
  • Browns Executive On Josh Rosen: 'Something About Him Bothered Me'

    Browns Executive On Josh Rosen: 'Something About Him Bothered Me'

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    He gave the Browns a C on the Mayfield pick, remarking, "I just think there were better options and it's risky taking a 6-foot quarterback first overall", and a B, with reservations, for taking a cornerback with the fourth pick: "I love the player and the way he covers, but why not Bradley Chubb?" He draws comparisons to Brett Favre in competitiveness but also to Johnny Manziel with size and attitude at times.