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State legislation could accidentally mess up science education

Enlarge / Photo Taken In Thailand, Chon Buri (credit: Weeraya Siankulpatanakij / EyeEm | Getty Images) As state legislatures begin their annual consideration of bills, there is invariably a set of bills introduced that targets science education, typically focusing on evolution and climate change. This year is no exception—witness an Indiana bill that calls for …

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After government re-opened, SpaceX sought two Falcon Heavy permits

Enlarge / The two Falcon Heavy booster landings in 2018 were something to behold. (credit: Trevor Mahlmann for Ars Technica) The reopening of the federal government means that launch companies can once again file for launch licenses with various agencies, and it seems that SpaceX took full advantage of this fact on Monday. The company …

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Doc prescribed a 4-yr-old pot cookies—but that’s NOT the reason he’s in trouble

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Roberto Machado Noa ) A California doctor may lose his medical license after prescribing marijuana cookies to a four-year-old boy. But the unconventional treatment isn’t why the doctor has landed in trouble, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The state’s medical board found Dr. William Eidelman to be …

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Huawei Matebook 13 review: A cheaper Matebook X Pro with killer performance

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Despite company turmoil, Huawei continues to go after a slice of the US laptop market. Following the release of the Matebook X Pro last year, the Chinese company debuted the Matebook 13 today. The thin-and-light notebook promises to be lighter on customers’ wallets than last year’s more premium model but still …

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FaceTime bug lets callers hear you before you answer (really)

Enlarge / Apple demonstrates Group Facetime at WWDC 2018. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Users have discovered a bug in Apple’s FaceTime video-calling application that allows you to hear audio from a person you’re calling before they accept the call—a critical bug that could potentially be used as a tool by malicious users to invade the privacy …

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US indicts Huawei for stealing T-Mobile robot arm, selling US tech to Iran

Enlarge / Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., leaves her home while out on bail in Vancouver on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (credit: Ben Nelms/Bloomberg via Getty Images) US prosectors unsealed a pair of indictments against Huawei on Monday, escalating the Trump administration’s battle with the Chinese smartphone giant. One of the …

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Startups that rely on contract labor will benefit from new NLRB ruling

Enlarge (credit: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling that could be helpful to several tech companies that rely on contracted labor, like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash, among others. On January 25, the NLRB ruled in a 3-1 decision that SuperShuttle operators in the Dallas-Fort Worth …

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It’ll cost $45 billion, but Germany proposes to eliminate coal in 19 years

Enlarge / The Jänschwalde lignite-fired power plant of Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG. (credit: Patrick Pleul/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB) On Saturday, a German commission made up of federal and state leaders as well as industry representatives, environmentalists, and scientists agreed on a proposal to close all of Germany’s 84 remaining coal plants by 2038. The proposal is expected to …

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Nvidia CEO warns of “extraordinary, unusually turbulent, disappointing” Q4

Enlarge / Nvidia’s RTX 2080Ti launched in September 2018 at an MSRP of $1,199. Nvidia’s latest financial estimates indicate that this thing didn’t exactly fly off of store shelves. (credit: Nvidia) On Monday, Nvidia took the unusual step of offering a revised Q4 2019 financial estimate ahead of its scheduled disclosure on February 14. The …

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