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Faster than an F1 car: Porsche is breaking records with the 919 Hybrid
For a few glorious years, the "P1" prototype class in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) was the coolest thing in racing. Audi, Toyota, and Porsche built all-wheel drive hybrid racecars, each with more than 1,000 horsepower, each capable of running flat-out for 24 hours or longer over distances it would take an F1 car an entire season of races to…

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Saudi Arabian fossil find puts finger on the story of human dispersal
Paleontologist Iyad Zalmout of the Saudi Geological Survey was walking through the Al-Wusta dig site in 2016 when he spotted a tiny bone eroding out of a layer of sediment. The 87,000-year-old fossil turned out to be a human intermediate phalanx—the middle section of your finger—from what was probably a middle finger.

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Oregon finalizes net neutrality law despite likelihood that ISPs will sue
Oregon Governor Kate Brown today will sign a net neutrality bill into law, making Oregon the second state to pass a net neutrality law since the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal nationwide rules. Brown announced on Friday that she would sign the bill Monday during an event at a middle school.

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The Galaxy S9’s Dex Pad launches May 13 for $99.99
Hot off the launch of the Galaxy S9 last month, Samsung is about to release one of the device's main accessories, the Samsung Dex Pad. Plug your flagship Samsung smartphone into this little dock, then plug in a monitor, mouse, and keyboard, and you'll have a full-blown desktop OS interface powered just by your phone.

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Steve Wozniak drops Facebook: “The profits are all based on the user’s info”
Steve Wozniak, the cofounder of Apple, has formally deactivated his Facebook account. Wozniak, who has not been involved with day-to-day operations at Apple in decades, nonetheless has a legendary status in Silicon Valley. He is an active user of social media: his Twitter account regularly sends out automated messages of where he is traveling and what he is eating.

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Elon Musk shows off a new tooling for the BFR spaceship
Elon Musk has been talking about SpaceX's large BFR rocket for a few years, but so far we've seen precious little hardware. In 2016, Musk showed off a large, composite fuel tank that will contain pressurized liquid oxygen. The company has also shared limited video of the rocket's Raptor engines. Now, as SpaceX moves forward with a facility to manufacture…

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Apple reveals special edition Product Red iPhone 8 and 8 Plus smartphones
Red joins gold, silver, and space gray in the color lineup for Apple's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Today, the company announced new Product Red special editions of two of its iPhones, both of which will be available for preorder starting tomorrow, April 10, and widely available online and in stores on Friday, April 13.

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New Solo trailer: “I’ve got a really good feeling about this.”
If you're one of those people who must not know a single detail about the movie before seeing it, DO NOT READ THIS POST. It briefly discusses the trailer, and you may learn something about the plot or casting of the film you did not wish to know. Then again, if you are that sensitive to spoilers ruining your cinematic…

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SpaceX appears ready to spin carbon fiber for the BFR spaceship
Elon Musk has been talking about SpaceX's large BFR rocket for a few years, but so far we've seen precious little hardware. In 2016, Musk showed off a large, composite fuel tank that will contain pressurized liquid oxygen. The company has also shared limited video of the rocket's Raptor engines. Now, as SpaceX moves forward with a facility to manufacture…