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    Helicopter and lawnmower parents beware: Experts say they key to raising kids is to be 'just good enough'

    When many middle-aged people think back to their childhood, they remember roaming the streets with their friends during long, hot summers. Our parents threw us out the door in the morning and instructed us not to come back until dinnertime. Often in charge of younger siblings, we strayed further than we should have, got into trouble and, by the end of the summer, had a collection of triumphs, scars and memories for life. [media_photo id="889010" height="423" width="634" alt="When many middle-aged people think back to their childhood, they remember roaming the streets with their friends during long, hot summers. Yet one ...

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    Security researchers reveal mystery North American casino was hacked through its connected FISH TANK

    Security experts have increasingly warned of the potential dangers of internet-connected devices and now, they ve discovered even a fish tank can put you at risk of being hacked.According to a new report from cybersecurity firm Darktrace, hackers recently tapped into a smart fish tank at a North American casino in efforts to steal data from other areas of the network.While the breach was eventually detected and squashed, the hackers were first able to send data all the way to a device in Finland, CNN Tech reports. [media_photo id="889026" height="422" width="634" alt="According to a new report from cybersecurity firm Darktrace ...

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    The human 'mind meld': Our brains synchronize when we converse with another person

    Having a conversation causes the brains of the participants to begin to work simultaneously, researchers have found. Researchers analyzed the brain activity of two strangers who had a conversation for the first time, finding that the movement of their brain waves took place at the same time. This pattern is so significant that the researchers were able to find out if two people were having a conversation solely by analyzing their brain waves, and the findings could have applications for cases where people have difficulties with communication. Representation of inter-brain synchronization patterns between listeners (blue) ...

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    Apple is working with a Chinese firm to develop batteries for its electric car

    Apple is working with a Chinese firm on research and development of car batteries, despite claiming it was only developing the software for vehicles. China's Yicai Global claims the Cupertino tech giant has been working with Contemporary Amperex Technology to develop car batteries. CATL was previously a part of Amperex Technology Ltd, which supplies batteries for other Apple products, but has since been spun off into a separate entity. [media_photo id="889028" height="362" width="634" alt="Apple's chief executive Tim Cook has confirmed that the company are working on self-driving car technology for the first time. The company has long been rumoured to ...

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    Biologists find clues to a 'ghost' species of ancient human in Africa and say interbreeding between early hominin species was 'the norm'

    Ancient human ancestors that can be traced to populations alive today may have engaged in sexual rendezvous with a ghost species of archaic humans.In a new analysis of a protein found in saliva, researchers discovered evidence of archaic admixture in modern people living in sub-Saharan Africa, indicating that another species had contributed to the genetic material of their ancestors.The experts say it appears that interbreeding was common among early hominin species but, with no fossils of the mysterious species in question, it s considered a ghost. [media_photo id="889029" height="466" width="634" alt="In a new analysis of a protein found in saliva, ...

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    The birth of an island: NASA images reveals North Carolina's newest landmass emerging from the sea

    Underscoring the earth's ever-changing face, a new island has been spotted off the coast of North Carolina - and NASA has captured its apprance.The crescent-shaped landmass off the tip of Cape Point in Buxton, called Shelly Island, started surfacing in spring and now it measures around one-mile long and more than 400 feet wide.New NASA images have revealed its formation from space. [media_photo id="889104" height="641" width="962" alt="These natural-color images, acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite, show the shoal area off of Cape Point at Cape Hatteras National Seashore the site of a newly exposed ...

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    Has the mystery of the Bermuda triangle been solved? Expert says mysterious disappearances are simply down to 'human error'

    From sub-sea pyramids to hexagonal clouds, scientists and conspiracy theorist alike have drummed up every imaginable scenario over the years to explain the mysterious disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle.The region, which covers a patch of sea between Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda, is thought to have claimed dozens of ships and planes in the last century alone, and hundreds of lives.Now, a scientist in Australia has revealed what he says is the simple explanation behind the phenomena human error. [media_photo id="888664" height="370" width="634" alt="The region, which covers a patch of sea between Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda (illustrated), is thought ...

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    Mice found to use have surprisingly complex calls allowing them 'talk like humans speak and wolves howl'

    Grasshopper mice, known for their loud calls, produce audible vocalizations in the same way that humans speak and wolves howl. The mice, which inhabit deserts, grasslands and prairies of the western US and northern Mexico and have large home ranges, produce ultrasonic vocalizations above the range of human hearing in close-distance social interactions using whistles.But unlike other mice, grasshopper mice also produce long-distance audible calls that can carry more than 100 meters, thanks to a unique airflow-induced tissue vibration like that of humans. [media_photo id="889032" height="375" width="634" alt="Grasshopper mice tend to live in deserts and grasslands and have relatively large ...

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    Astronomers claim to have solved the mystery of an 'alien space signal' from a nearby red dwarf and say it was actually interference from a satellite

    Astronomers have finally solved the mystery of peculiar signals coming from a nearby star, a story that sparked intense public speculation this week that perhaps, finally, alien life had been found.It hasn't. The signal, which has been formally named 'Weird!' was interference from a distant satellite.Of course, astronomers said all along that extra-terrestrials were quite far at the bottom of the list of possibilities for the signals detected from Ross 128, a dim star known as a red dwarf some 11 light-years away. [media_photo id="889031" height="458" width="634" alt="Astronomers detected strange signals that seemed to be coming from a dwarf star ...

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    From shapeshifting to magnetic sense: The animals with REAL superpowers

    Evolution has been occurring for billions of years, producing organisms that are perfectly adapted to their environments. And this includes abilities that we would normally consider superpowers if humans were to have them. But these powers really do exist in the animal kingdom.s In the superhero world, Matt Murdock, who was blinded by radioactive waste ...

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    From 'Filton-on s Forton' to 'Grinachard St Ringley'... there is now an AI programme, created for fun, that can generate incredibly British place names

    From Pratt's Bottom to Giggleswick, Britain is well-known for its unusual place names.But there is now an artificial intelligence programme that can generate its own.Oregon-based programmer Dan Hon, who created the programme for fun, posted a new list of British place names created by the AI on Twitter.The programme analysed thousands of British names of towns and villages and was then trained to make new ones at random.It created almost 4,500 'incredibly British' place names in total, and from 'Filton-on s Forton' to 'Grinachard St Ringley', many sound just like real places. [media_photo id="889044" height="231" width="306" alt="US programmer Dan Hon ...

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    Yellowstone has now been hit by a record breaking 'megaswarm' of 1,200 earthquakes in just a MONTH

    Yellowstone National Park has been hit by more than 1,200 earthquakes in the span of just a month, seismologists say.In the most recent update on the ongoing earthquake storm, which scientists have been monitoring since June 12, the researchers say there have been 1,284 events so far, with the largest being a magnitude 4.4While the activity has spurred fears that the supervolcano could be gearing up to an eruption, the experts say the risk of such an event is low, and the alert level remains at normal. [media_photo id="889036" height="419" width="634" alt="Yellowstone National Park has been hit by more than ...

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    Forget the iPhone 8, rumours claim LG has signed exclusive deal to make batteries for Apple's iPhone 9

    South Korea's LG Chem is slated to exclusively provide batteries for Apple's iPhone 9 which is likely to be launched next year, a Korean newspaper reported on Friday.LG Chem has invested hundreds of billions of won in a dedicated line for the purpose and will produce 'L-shaped' batteries for next year's iPhone, the Korea Economic Daily reported citing an unnamed chemical industry source.A spokesman for LG Chem said it does not respond to inquiries about client companies. Apple could not be immediately reached for comment. [media_photo id="889050" height="451" width="634" alt="LG Chem has invested hundreds of billions of won in a ...

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    Amazon's meal kits reviewed: The perfect recipe for home cooks - at a price

    Amazon's new ready-to-eat meal package is the perfect recipe for someone who doesn't have enough time to shop and cook, yet has a healthy appetite and a need for balanced meals.These meal kits come with just about everything you need to prepare dinner for two. You can choose from a variety of vegetarian and meat options. For now, Amazon's meal kits are available only in limited markets, including Seattle. [media_photo id="889047" height="475" width="634" alt="This Wednesday, July 19, 2017, photo shows the ingredients in a togarashi-spiced salmon dish that is one of the choices available as part of Amazon's new ready-to-cook ...

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    Is this how to stop the robot uprising? Intelligent machines should be equipped with an 'ethical black box' that records all of their decisions

    Science fiction is littered with nightmare visions of robots turning against their creators, but a proposed device could help us keep track of their decision making.Intelligent machines of the future could be equipped with recorders, similar to the black box on aircraft, that would capture their ethical behaviour.This 'ethical black box' would allow experts to analyse what went wrong in the event of an accident or malfunction.While it may not be enough to stop a robot from harming a human, albeit accidentally, it could prove useful in help to avoid repeat incidents. [media_photo id="889089" height="423" width="634" alt="Science fiction is littered ...

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