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Alibaba's huge global sale sells $1B in first 5 minutes Alibaba's huge global sale sells $1B in first 5 minutes
SAN FRANCISCO — The world’s biggest sale began at midnight Beijing time on Friday when Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba launched its Singles' Day shopping festival. But perhaps more importantly, this year Smucker's is using the event to introduce China's more than 1.3 billion consumers to the joys of peanut butter and jelly. Alibaba's online marketplace sale began at 11:00 a.m. EDT. It poste...
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Endorsement: Hillary Clinton for President Endorsement: Hillary Clinton for President
By Mansoor Qureshi: 2016 is a challenging and difficult year for all Americans. With daggers drawn, one camp – the Trump Republicans – has helped raise the ugly head of racism and segregation against minority communities one more time in American history. They have wrongly evoked the emotions and sentiments of simple American folks, driving them towards negativity and away from the true American...
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Fifty bucks off a rigorous Roomba Fifty bucks off a rigorous Roomba
We thoroughly tested the iRobot Roomba 650 last year, and while it wasn't gentle, boy can this thing clean floors. Navigation is everything for a robot vac. Where the device can't go, it can't clean. The 650 will barge into tight spaces, attempt to summit high carpets, and roll right over inch-high obstacles in pursuit of that last gram of dirt. On the other hand, if your living room is dense w...
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Need a hand in the kitchen? Just ask Amazon Alexa Need a hand in the kitchen? Just ask Amazon Alexa
Amazon’s popular Alexa personal assistant can already order you a pizza or call an Uber to take you to a restaurant. Now, she can help you cook dinner at home. Thanks to some help from engineers at GE, Alexa has learned how to preheat an oven, set cook timers, and tell you when your laundry will be dry—all using voice recognition. It's the first full suite of appliances that Alexa can control. ...
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Close-ups of Jupiter's poles show unexpected weather Close-ups of Jupiter's poles show unexpected weather
Scientists have never explored Jupiter's north pole -- until now. NASA's spacecraft Juno sent back the first-ever images of Jupiter's north pole -- photographs that reveal storm systems and weather activity unlike anything scientists have ever seen before on any of our solar system's gas giants, the space agency said Friday. These images were captured during Juno's first orbital flyby of the p...
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Hawaii’s mysterious water bears Hawaii’s mysterious water bears
Perhaps you’ve heard of the mysterious, microscopic animals that can survive being crushed, frozen, boiled and subjected to the vacuum of outer space. Tardigrades, better known as water bears, are tiny, nearly indestructible creatures with eight pudgy legs and snouts. They’re found around the globe, swimming in pockets of wet moss or in the capillary water between grains of sand. When the water...
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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks: 10 tips for your visit Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks: 10 tips for your visit
A land of giants can be found in central California, at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. The two parks are side-by-side east of Fresno, and the giants referenced are the world’s largest trees, sequoias. Sequoia National Park was established in September 1890 and encompasses more than 631 square miles; Kings Canyon National Park was established 50 years later in 1940 and encompasses 722 squar...
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The hemlock's last stand The hemlock's last stand
Just 15 years ago, the eastern hemlock tree, the mighty Redwood of the East, was a scenic highlight of Virginia's Skyline Drive, creating the shady groves that put Shenandoah National Park on the conservation map. Now 95% of them are dead, rotting on the forest floor or still standing above the canopy as gray ghosts, with a few scattered survivors living on borrowed time as their attackers lite...
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Sucking robot arm wins Amazon Picking Challenge Sucking robot arm wins Amazon Picking Challenge
A robotic arm that combines a suction cup, a "two-fingered" gripper and a 3D depth-sensing camera has won Amazon's latest warehouse bot competition. Team Delft's machine triumphed over its rivals at both of the two tasks. One involved selecting products from a container, picking them up and putting them on a shelf. The other was doing the actions in reverse. Amazon already uses robots to ...
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Los Angeles glass slide opens 1,000ft up skyscraper Los Angeles glass slide opens 1,000ft up skyscraper
A glass slide fixed 1,000ft (305m) along the outside of a skyscraper in Los Angeles opens to the public on Saturday. The Skyslide spans 45 ft from the 70th to the 69th floor of the US Bank Tower in the city. Despite being made of glass just one inch thick, it is built to withstand hurricane-force winds and earthquakes. Tickets cost $25 (£18) each. It is part of the Skyspace renovation tha...
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