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Mystery of strange radio bursts from space
www.newscientist.com

Mysterious radio wave flashes from far outside the galaxy are proving tough for astronomers to explain. Is it pulsars? A spy satellite? Or an alien message? BURSTS of radio waves flashing across the sky seem to follow a mathematical pattern. If the pattern is real, either some strange celestial physics is going on, or the bursts […]

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I Followed My Stolen iPhone Across The World, Became A Celebrity In China, And Found A Friend For Life
www.buzzfeed.com

This really weird thing happened to me. Then it got even weirder. Then it turned insane. Do I have a story for you. [This is the epic continuation of “How I Became a Minor Celebrity in China.”

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This Air Force Tech Could’ve Averted the Germanwings Crash
www.wired.com

The Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System is designed to prevent flights from hitting terrain by executing an automatic recovery maneuver when terrain impact is imminent. The system continuously compares trajectory prediction, terrain profile, and elevation data.

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The Future of Loneliness
www.theguardian.com

At the end of last winter, a gigantic billboard advertising Android, Google’s operating system, appeared over Times Square in New York. In a lower-case sans serif font – corporate code for friendly – it declared: “be together. not the same.”

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Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money
www.reuters.com

Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, all staunch opponents […]

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Inside India’s Illegal, Bloody Sand Mining Industry
www.wired.com

All around the world, people are fighting and dying over sand. The natural resource is a crucial component of concrete, and it is coveted by developing countries like Morocco, Singapore, and, most especially, India.

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U.S. private sector adds 189,000 jobs in March: ADP
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U.S. private employers added 189,000 jobs last month, below economists’ expectations and the lowest since Jan. 2014, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 225,000 jobs.  

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What do you think about this mattress?
www.buzzfeed.com

Casper leads a new crowd of startups in the $14 billion mattress industry, trying to turn the most utilitarian of purchases into a quirky, shareable adventure. Wake up to the new world of selling the fundane.

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Iron maiden voyage: world’s largest aircraft looking for investors
www.theguardian.com

The manufacturer of the Airlander 10 is looking for investors to follow in the footsteps of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson and the US military. It could be the future of aviation, British eccentric genius on a grand scale, or possibly a bit of both.

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Man Who Escaped Inova Fairfax Hospital Captured After 9-Hour Manhunt
www.nbcwashington.com

An escaped prisoner who evaded capture for most of Tuesday morning hid in the trunk of a car before surprising the commuter on the way to work, kicking his way out through the backseat. Wossen Assaye was found near Minnesota Avenue SE in Washington, D.C., following a massive manhunt that lasted nearly nine hours.

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Amazon has invented tiny plastic buttons that allow for instant product ordering
www.theverge.com

The company is rolling out new hardware today called the Dash button that promises to solve these scenarios. It’s a small physical button that you can stick wherever, and press when you want to order more of something. Need more diapers? Hit the diaper button. Need more toilet paper? Just hit the toilet paper button.

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I’m addicted to Google news alerts
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“Your Google alert on Paris Hilton just went off,” my boyfriend recently sneered at me, handing me my iPhone with disgust. His reaction wasn’t so much about my following a star whose gossip currency has long since depreciated. He would have had the same reaction if the alert had been for “Carrie Brownstein,” “porn star,” “schadenfreude,” […]

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The Instrument That’s the Key to Electronic Music’s Future
www.wired.com

Why does the music in Blade Runner resonate so deeply? Because Vangelis, the mad genius Greek who wrote and performed the score, relied primarily on one instrument: the Yamaha CS-80. The thing that made this ’70s-era synthesizer so special was an inspired feature called “Polyphonic Pressure.”

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Beyond The Maquiladora: A Look At Mexico’s Startup Scene
techcrunch.com

It doesn’t take an advanced finance degree to understand why Mexico is projected–by Goldman Sachs, among others–to represent the world’s fifth largest economy by 2050. The most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world, Mexico has booming ports on both oceans, abundant natural resources, a longstanding, well-developed industrial sector…..

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