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This 520 Million-Year-Old Fossil Is So Intricate You Can See Individual Nerves

A team of scientists has discovered a fossil with what may be the the oldest and most well-preserved example of a central nervous system ever found. Uncovered in southern China, the specimen goes by the name of Chengjiangocaris kunmingensis and clocks in at roughly 520 million years old.

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Giant Viruses Feature Their Own Built-In Antivirus Software 

Mimiviruses are viruses so big they can actually be seen with the naked eye. European scientists have now learned that these bizarre organisms have their own immune system that makes them virtually invulnerable to predatory viruses, suggesting these creatures may actually represent a new branch in the tree of life.

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New York Judge Rules US Can’t Force Apple to Help Unlock an iPhone 

On the eve of a House Judiciary Hearing about the Department of Justice’s fight with Apple
over a locked iPhone, a Brooklyn judge has ruled that the DOJ cannot force Apple to assist in unlocking an iPhone in a separate New York drug case.

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Group of Friends Book an Airbnb in France, Find Dead Body in the Backyard

On the list of Airbnb horror stories, which is a growing genre of nightmare non-fiction, “finding dead body in the backyard” has got to be high on the list. A group of friends who rented an Airbnb in Palaiseau, France, discovered exactly that on their rented property near some woods, according to AFP. Police suspect foul play.

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The Incredible Tech In The New Bugatti Chiron, The World’s Most Powerful Production Car

Like its predecessor the Bugatti Veyron, the new Bugatti Chiron
is a true engineering marvel. It’s a 1,478 horsepower monster capable of doing 261 mph a despite considerable bulk of 4,400 pounds. Here’s some of the goodness that makes the Chiron one of the most technologically impressive cars the world has ever seen.

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Jalopnik Idiot Street Racers Blamed For Massive Freeway Wreck That Killed Three | Lifehacker How to

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Robots Don’t Need to Be Evil, Just Stupid, to Lead Us to Our Doom

Human beings will put too much trust in robots even when those machines are broken or make obvious mistakes. All we need to do is slap the words “emergency” on the robot’s side to make people surrender their logic.

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Atlas The Robot Can Enlist in the US Military Anytime She Wants

Back when Alphabet was known as Google, the company bought Boston Dynamics
, makers of the amazingly advanced robot named Atlas. At the time, Google promised that Boston Dynamics would stop taking military contracts, as it often did. But here’s the open secret about Atlas: She can enlist in the US military anytime she wants.

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Kristen Wiig and Jeff Daniels Refuse to Save Chris Rock in This Martian Parody

During the Academy Awards, we were treated to parodies of Joy, The Revenant, The Danish Girl, and The Martian; some were short and sweet (The Revenant) while some were a little surreal (The Danish Girl). For our money, the best one by far was the spoof of The Martian. It turns out, that film would have been a very short if it had been about a black astronaut stranded on the red planet.

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