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Trump taking credit for lower cancer death rate is absurd, expert explains
The CEO of the American Cancer Society has refuted President Trump’s claim that his administration had a hand in lowering the country’s cancer mortality rate, which has been steadily declining since 1991—26 years prior to Trump taking office. Trump’s bold claim came after the American Cancer Society published its latest data on US cancer mortality rates in an annual report.

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FCC will pay ISPs to deploy broadband with 250GB monthly data cap
The Federal Communications Commission plans to grant a request from AT&T and other ISPs to make more rural-broadband funding available for slower-speed services with lower data caps. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai initially proposed distributing $20.4 billion in rural-broadband funding to ISPs offering three levels of service: an entry-level tier of 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload speeds, with a data cap…

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Indian Supreme Court finds 150-day Internet blackout in Kashmir illegal
The Indian region of Kashmir has had most Internet service blacked out since August. The government of Narendra Modi says the online blackout is a necessary security measure in the face of growing unrest in the region triggered by a change in Kashmir's status under the Indian constitution. (Kashmir's status within India has been a topic of controversy for decades.

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California considers selling its own generic prescription drugs
California could become the first state to introduce its own brand of generic prescription drugs in an effort to drag down stratospheric healthcare costs. The plan for state-branded drugs is part of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal, which he is expected to unveil Friday, January 10. “A trip to the doctor’s office, pharmacy or hospital shouldn’t cost a month’s…

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Will lithium-sulfur batteries be in our future?
The name "lithium-ion battery" seems to imply that lithium is the essential ingredient that dictates the battery's performance characteristics. But that's less true than it appears. The electrodes that the lithium shuttles between are critical for dictating a battery's performance, which is why electrode materials played such a large role in the description of last year's Chemistry Nobel.

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New LG CEO won’t give up on smartphone market, promises profitability by 2021
LG is still clinging to its dying smartphone business. The company's new CEO, Kwon Bong-seok, (who was appointed just last month!) promised a return to profitability for LG's mobile division by 2021. "LG Electronics' mobile business is going to be profitable by 2021," Kwon told The Korea Times. "I can say we can make that happen as LG Electronics will…

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Intel’s Mobileye has a plan to dominate self-driving—and it might work
A lot of media coverage of self-driving technology has focused on a handful of big companies with well-known brands: Google, Uber, Tesla, and GM. But there's another company working on self-driving technology that might ultimately prove even more important. That company is Mobileye, an Israeli startup that was acquired by Intel in 2017.

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California considers state-brand drugs to fight “greedy pharmaceutical companies”
California could become the first state to introduce its own brand of generic prescription drugs in an effort to drag down stratospheric healthcare costs. The plan for state-branded drugs is part of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal, which he is expected to unveil Friday, January 10. “A trip to the doctor’s office, pharmacy or hospital shouldn’t cost a month’s…

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1917 film review: War has never been captured so incredibly
Our film coverage sometimes veers outside the typical "nerd" spectrum, and stands perilously on the edge of relevance to Ars Technica. Anyone who reads our coverage of military tech and the history of war might be surprised to read that, given how revolves around the German occupation of northern France during World War I.