Self-Driving Car Company Zoox to Offer Free Rides in California

Autonomous car company Zoox is poised to become the first self-driving car company approved in California to shuttle public customers, Reuters reported Friday.Read more...
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg recovering following lung-cancer surgery

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is recovering at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City following a surgery Friday to remove cancerous growths from her lungs. NBC’s Matt Bradley reports for TODAY.
Tags: Science, Nbc, Supreme Court, New York City, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Matt Bradley

Sprint to Cough Up a Whopping $330 Million Following Investigation Over NY Taxes

Sprint is about to pay heavily for its tax sins.Read more...
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This Star Wars Battlefront II Concept Art Is Almost as Pretty as the Game Itself

By design, concept art is usually inferior to the final product. That first step is just an idea, even if it’s a very well-developed one; the other is what that idea is working toward, the end result. And yet, sometimes the two things get closer than you’d expect, which is the case with Star Wars Battlefront II.Read more...
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The Mars InSight robot just placed its first instrument on Mars’ surface

NASA's Mars InSight mission is moving along at a rapid pace. After landing on the planet just a few weeks ago, InSight has spent its days observing its new living space and sending back photos of the ground surrounding it. NASA's InSight team has been practicing the tricky task of placing the robot's sensitive instruments on the surface. Now, with a couple of years of observation and data gathering ahead of it, the bot has successfully deployed the first of its sensor suite, and NAS...
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Feathers and fur fly over pterosaur fossil finding

An analysis of the two fossils would push back the origins of feathers by about 70 million years.
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Gene-edited farm animals are coming. Will the public eat them?

Society and the government aren’t sure what to make of new techniques for animal breeding.
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Polar vortex could unleash winter wallop by January

If the vortex is disrupted as some models predict, the winter could suddenly turn severe and memorable.
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Saturn with no rings? It could happen, and sooner than astronomers expected

The “ring rain” that falls into the gas giant is so abundant that the icy bands could disappear in 300 million years.
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Is screen time bad for kids’ brains?

The ABCD (Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development) Study aims to reveal how brain development is affected by a range of experiences, including substance use, concussions and screen time.
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The day a tiger came to school — and other wild animals caught on camera by kids

Researchers gave wildlife camera traps to teachers and students in four countries. The results were wild.
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An Insanely Gigantic Game of Thrones Dragon, and More Toys That Can't Go on This Year's Christmas List

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the latest toys that... well, sorry, you’ll have to ask for them next Christmas, at this point. But while you’re drawing up a list (and checking it twice), we’ve got a glorious Game of Thrones figure, even more Captain Marvel toys, a truly incredible Godzilla, and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Game Of Thrones, Hasbro, Godzilla, Aquaman, Hot Toys, Neca, Captain Marvel, Threezero, Mezco, Toy Aisle

Surgeon who performed Ruth Bader Ginsburg's lung surgery is 'a total powerhouse'

Who did Notorious RBG charge with her care? Another woman who's used to breaking down barriers for women and succeeding against all odds, of course.
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Hey Juul Employees, What Are You Going to Do With Your Big Tobacco Riches?

Following news that Juul had secured a massive, nearly $13 billion deal with Big Tobacco, it was also revealed that staff of the vape company stood to receive bonuses potentially reaching in the multimillions.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Smoking, Juul, Altria, Big Tobacco

Ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts appealed by US

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government attorneys filed notice Friday that they are appealing a court ruling that blocked the first public hunts of grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies in decades.
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The Dragon Ball Z Blu-Ray Collection is OVER 9,000! JK, It's $93.

The Amazon exclusive 36-disc Dragon Ball Z: Seasons 1-9 Blu-Ray Collection is rarely in stock. And even more rarely is it on sale, as it as today for an all-time low $93, the first time we’ve ever seen it under $100. That comes out to just under 1.4 cents per minute of content, which is pretty cheap for entertainment.…Read more...
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Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2018 (Photos)

Halfway through the year, we’ve already lost a number of stars across Hollywood. Here’s a list of some of the notable celebrities and industry professionals in film, TV, music and sports who have passed away so far in 2018. Jon Paul Steuer, a former child actor who starred in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and most recently under the stage name Jonny Jewels for the rock band P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., died on January 1.
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Government Shutdown 2018: How It Affects NASA

The United States government just shut down for the third time this year, and a lot of NASA employees will be staying home as a result. Most NASA personnel will be furloughed until such an agreement is reached, agency officials explained recently in a shutdown FAQ. But don't panic: There are "excepted" employees, such as the folks responsible for keeping NASA people and property safe.
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December Solstice 2018! Satellites See the Seasons Change from Space

It's also the shortest day of the year for those in the Northern Hemisphere, where the sun will now begin to shine a little bit longer by the day. To celebrate the changing of the seasons, scientists with NASA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) shared a photo of Earth that the satellite captured on the eve of the solstice.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Northern Hemisphere, Deep Space Climate Observatory DSCOVR

Zoox Wins First Permit to Ferry Californians in Robot Cars

While there are more than 60 companies with permits to test autonomous vehicles in California, they are restricted to carrying employees and contractors. With the permit from the CPUC, Zoox can now offer an autonomous-driving service to the public, though it’s still required to have a trained safety driver ready to take over at all times. “We’re on track to deploy a commercial service of our fully autonomous vehicle by the end of 2020, so this is an important marker along that road,” said Bert...
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The Best Toys Of 2018

2018 was a dark time in the toy industry, as one of the biggest toy retailers in the country closed up shop, forcing collectors to stalk the shelves of Walmart and Target for their fix. But Toys’R’Us’ demise didn’t stop some outstanding toys from being released. Let’s play!Read more...
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The Marshall Islands: A nation that fears it's on the brink of extinction

The Marshall Islands, a tiny nation of islands and atolls located between Hawaii and Australia, are in a fight for survival. In a battle between man and nature, officials say climate change is threatening the islands' existence. The most extreme predictions say that rising sea levels could make the nation uninhabitable as soon as 2030.
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Ultima Thule Shines a Puzzling Light As New Horizons Spacecraft Approaches

There's something weird going on with Ultima Thule, the distant object that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will fly by just 10 days from now. But that's not what New Horizons observations in the lead-up to the epic New Year's Day encounter have shown.
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What to Know About the Lung Surgery Ruth Bader Ginsburg Had to Remove Malignant Nodules

What to Know About Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Lung Surgery
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Watch the Apollo 8 Crew Recount Their Historic Moon Mission in This Epic NASA Video

NASA is deep in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first time humans ever went to the moon — and a new video released today (Dec. 21) by the agency shares the story of that historic mission from the perspective of its three crewmembers, James Lovell, William Anders and Frank Borman. Rather than cede another milestone in the space race, NASA decided to reorganize its flight plan, turning what was originally an Earth-orbital mission into what became a historic moment. "We saw t...
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Runaways' Sophomore Season Reminds Us Villains Live Close to Home

Runaways has always taken its time to let you get to know its characters and why you should care about them. But rather than giving the sophomore season any space to breathe, Runaways picks up right where it left off with the children of the Pride fleeing for their lives after discovering that their parents truly were…Read more...
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Man dies hours after being sent away from hospital: 'No beds were available'

His wife confirmed to the police that "his doctor wanted him to be admitted for a heart issue. However, there were no rooms available."
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The Top 10 Deals of December 21, 2018

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...
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AT&T Is Cooking Up Some 5G Bullshit

The road to 5G is complicated, and to get there, we’re going need a whole lot of new infrastructure, devices, and updates to make it work. But it seems in its quest to be first, or the best, or something, AT&T is cutting some corners to make it seem like 5G has arrived earlier than expected. Read more...
Tags: Science, Smartphones, Att, 5g, Consumer Tech, AT T, Wireless Carriers, Stop Lying, Road To 5g

Dear Democrats: No One Gives a Shit If You Think the Net Neutrality Petition Is a Waste of Time

There’s a handful of House Democrats wrestling with the idea of signing a document that, it’s safe to say at this point, will have no historical impact whatsoever. If it is remembered at all, it will be remembered as a list of people who failed to overturn one of the most unpopular decisions by the Trump…Read more...
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