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Curious wild seal checking out a snorkeler is amazing and nerve-wracking

Few people get to experience the glory of nature up close and personal.

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Blogger and Adventurer Lizzie Carr was snorkeling off the southwest coast of England in the Isle of Scilly with a group of friends when she captured the amazing moment a curious seal swam up to greet them.

In the video she posted to Instagram, the wild animal investigated Carr's fellow snorkeler using its whiskers and — more frighteningly — its teeth.

The wild seal used its toothy mouth to examine the snorkeler's head, but Carr dispelled any worry about the encounter in her post. 

"Don't worry — he's being friendly," she wrote. "Seals use their whiskers and mouths to judge size, shape and textures."

"The cheeky seal was so inquisitive and playful. He just wanted to play. When he started to lay on top of us we soon realised he...


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Beware the Hype of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has made great strides in the past few years, but it’s also generated much hype over its current capabilities.

That’s one takeaway from a Friday panel in San Francisco involving leading AI experts hosted by the Association for Computing Machinery for its 50th annual Turing Award for advancements in computer science.

Michael Jordan, a machine learning expert and computer science professor at University of California, Berkeley, said there is “way too much hype” regarding the capabilities of so-called chat bots. Many of these software programs use an AI technique called deep learning in which they are “trained” on massive amounts of conversation data so that they learn to interact with people.

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Global green pact supporters launch Paris campaign

Paris (AFP) - Hollywood star turned activist Arnold Schwarzenegger joined politicians and legal experts in Paris Saturday to launch a campaign for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment.

"Less talk, more action," urged former French prime minister Francais Laurent Fabius, who also presided over the 2015 Paris COP 21 conference on climate change.

Seeking to underline the urgency of the need to act, Fabius borrowed the turn of phrase from ex-California governor-turned climate campaigner Schwarzenegger, who joined the gathering, as did former UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

Other participants at the meeting at the Sorbonne university included high court judges from several countries.

The legal brains behind the pact worked into the night to put the final touches to the draft which was then to be handed over to their host, French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Polish protesters demand halt to logging in primeval forest

Protesters march demanding a stop to massive logging in the Bialowieza forest, one of Europe's last virgin woodlands, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, June 24, 2017. The ruling Law and Justice party has allowed increased logging in Bialowieza, a vast woodland that straddles Poland and Belarus, alarming environmentalists who say it threatens a natural treasure.(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds marched in Warsaw on Saturday to protest widespread logging in Europe's last primeval forest, a project undertaken by Poland's conservative government.

The ruling Law and Justice party has allowed increased logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a vast woodland that straddles Poland and Belarus, alarming environmentalists who say it threatens a natural treasure. The forest has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Uranus Is Even Freakier Than We Thought - Gizmodo Australia

If David Lynch designed a planet, it would be Uranus. Much like every episode of Twin Peaks: The Return, Uranus is fiercely unique and weirdly endearing, even though it makes no fucking sense. The planet's spin axis is 98 degrees, so it essentially rotates on its side — and while we have some idea as to what could have caused that, no one's really sure. That's just how Uranus rolls, literally.

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New research from Georgia Institute of Technology suggests that Uranus' unusual spin axis could be responsible for another one of the planet's oddities. Uranus' magnetosphere, the magnetic field that surrounds it, gets flipped on and off every day as it rotates along with the planet.

Earth's magnetosphere is organised pretty neatly, around our planet's North and South magnetic poles. Sine Uranus is drunk, its magnetosphere is much more chaotic; tilted at a 60 degree angle to its...


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Whale watchers observe soaring humpback numbers on migration census day - The Sydney Morning Herald

This weekend Shona Lorigan will be on a coastal headland, joining thousands of others around the country scanning the horizon for whales.

Sunday marks the annual national humpback migration census day run by Ms Lorigan's marine mammal rescue group, ORCCA and conducted by hundreds of eager volunteers. Every indication points to another record year.

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Apple iPhone celebrates its 10th anniversary: did it live up to its 'Jesus Phone' hype? - NEWS.com.au

Apple co-founder and chief executive Steve Jobs holds up an Apple iPhone at its 2007 announcement. Picture: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

IT’S almost doubled in price, almost doubled in screen size, has sold more than one billion times over, and has been crowned Australia’s most popular smartphone.

The Apple iPhone will turn 10 years old next week, and in that time it has revolutionised the telecommunications industry, the way we bank, navigate, shop, and send messages, and introduced the world to apps.

But, after a decade on the market, are we due for a major change?

And why is the price of smartphones rising while other gadgets get cheaper?

The Apple iPhone will celebrate 10 years on sale on June 29, 2017.

The Apple iPhone will celebrate 10 years on sale on June 29, 2017.Source:Supplied

Apple released its first iPhone on June 29, 2007, introduced by creator Steve Jobs who called it “a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years...


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'Pokemon GO' Raid Battles: What Are Egg Colors And Times Below Eggs In New Raids Feature? - The Inquisitr

The new Pokemon GO Raid Battles feature is taking the hit mobile game by storm. The latest update to the popular Pokemon game allows for a multiplayer battle system where players can team up to defeat Raid Bosses. Raid Battles were first available in beta only, but have now been unveiled to all players of the hit mobile game. With that new feature comes a few new indicators and symbols that some players may be wondering about, including egg colors and times that are displayed below the eggs near the raid screen.

As reported by Heavy on Friday, the egg color in the game refers to a Raid Boss’s level of difficulty with the main colors so far being pink and yellow. The lower level bosses are indicated by pink eggs, showing that they are one or two stars. A slightly higher-level boss is indicated by a yellow egg as a three or four-star Raid Boss. There is also a rare third colored egg,...


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Single-player modding returns to GTA V after publisher takedown - Ars Technica

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When popular Grand Theft Auto V modding tool OpenIV was taken down by a cease-and-desist request from publisher Take-Two earlier this month, the fan reaction was fast and blistering. Players bombarded Grand Theft Auto V with thousands of negative reviews on Steam, and over 77,000 people signed an online petition demanding the tool be restored.

Apparently, those gamers' cries have been heard loud and clear. As of yesterday evening, OpenIV is once again being updated and distributed by its creators.

GTA Online publisher goes after paid cheating services
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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 looks like it'll have the same huge flaw as the S8 - Mashable

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 is easily the sexiest looking phone on the planet with its curved edge-to-edge screen, but the best has yet to come.

The Galaxy Note 8, the successor to last year's unfortunate explosion-prone Note 7, is expected to launch sometime in September — just in time to rumble with Apple's iPhone 8. And now, thanks to a new leak, we know just about everything there is to know about it.

Notorious phone leaker Evan Blass (better known as @evleaks) has a new report for VentureBeat that spills almost all of the beans on Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 8.

Blass says the phone will have a 6.3-inch curved edge-to-edge "infinity display" that's just slightly larger than the Galaxy S8+'s 6.2-inch screen.

Along with the larger screen, the Note 8 will, of course, come with an S Pen stylus (it is a Note after all) with more advanced...


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E3 2017: Bionik Reveals Gear for All Major Consoles - Hardcore Gamer

Bionik is a company that specializes in gaming accessories that increase the level of immersion and overall quality of the gaming experience. They have several new items to announce and spent some time bringing Hardcore Gamer up to speed on what we can expect to see from them in the near future. Here is a run down of some of the items they showed us (their complete catalog can be viewed at their website). While I have not done any extensive field testing on any of these products to give an in depth analysis of their overall quality, the items I did get to check out felt very well put together on the initial handling. I have bought cheap third party peripherals in the past and none of the Bionik stuff had that chinchy, cut rate feel to them.

The Elite Kit

This is a mod kit designed for the Xbox One Elite controller. This contains two large paddles, two small paddles, and an ORB...


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Leak Of Windows 10 Source Code Raises Security Concerns - Gizmodo Australia

Microsoft has confirmed that a significant chunk of its source code for Windows 10 was posted to a repository called BetaArchive. The exact size of the leak has been disputed, but the data reportedly comes from the Shared Source Kit that Microsoft distributes to trusted partners.

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First reported by The Register and confirmed by Microsoft on Friday night, the leak contains source code "to the base Windows 10 hardware drivers plus Redmond's PnP code, its USB and Wi-Fi stacks, its storage drivers, and ARM-specific OneCore kernel code."

With that information, a hacker can hunt for vulnerabilities within some of the most trusted levels of the operating system. The code also reportedly contains the private debugging symbols that are normally stripped from public releases. These symbols give programmers extra information about which functions and data a piece of code is...


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Study: egg shape depends on flying skills of bird

Washington (AFP) - The rich variety in shapes of the eggs that birds lay -- elliptical, pointy, spherical -- seems to be linked to how well a given bird flies, researchers report.

The study released Thursday in the US journal Science stems from the most extensive research yet on a mystery that has flummoxed biologists for centuries.

"In contrast to classic hypotheses, we discovered that flight may influence egg shape. Birds that are good fliers tend to lay asymmetric or elliptical eggs," said Mary Caswell Stoddard, a biologist at Princeton University and one of the lead authors of the study.

Another finding is that the flexible inner membrane of the egg, not the hard outshell, is what generates the diversity of eggs out there in nature.

Until now, scientists have put forth a variety of theories about the variety of egg shapes. One says that the place where a bird nests is what...


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Ancient Egypt: 3,000-Year-Old Wooden Toe Discovered Near Luxor is World’s Oldest Prosthetic

A big wood-and-leather toe from Egypt is the oldest prosthetic discovered so far, researchers believe, and provides an insight into the world of ancient medicine.

Experts found the 3,000-year-old Greville Chester artificial toe attached to a mummy in a tomb near the city of Luxor in 1997; it has been in the Cairo museum ever since. A re-examination of the toe has presented new findings.

Researchers at the University of Basel found that the wooden toe had been refitted several times to the shape of the woman who wore it, that it had signs of wear and that the user, a priest's daughter, wanted the prosthetic device to be comfortable.

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"By using a sophisticated way of fixing the individual parts of the prosthesis to each other, the artificial limb had a balancing effect and gave, to some extent, a freedom of...


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Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop under fire after sharing phony information

Goop, actress Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle website, removed a claim about a brand it was promoting after NASA debunked it.

Gizmodo first reported on the Goop-NASA situation.

A blog post on Goop raved about Body Vibes, wearable stickers that "optimize brain and body function" by emitting a "bio-frequency that resonates with the body's natural energy field," according to Body Vibes' website.

Goop's post said Body Vibes are "made with the same conductive carbon material NASA uses to line space suits so they can monitor an astronaut's vitals during wear." Gizmodo contacted NASA, and a spokesman debunked the claim, saying it does "not have any conductive carbon material lining the spacesuits."

Gizmodo reached out to Goop seeking a response to NASA's statement. Goop told Gizmodo it would remove the claim from the blog post, which it did. The rest of the glowing post remains intact.

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US investigates after lab improperly ships nuclear material

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. regulators said Friday they are launching an investigation into the improper shipment of nuclear material from the laboratory that created the atomic bomb to other federal facilities this week, marking the latest safety lapse for Los Alamos National Laboratory as it faces growing criticism over its track record.

The National Nuclear Security Administration said it was informed by the lab in New Mexico that procedures were not followed when shipping small amounts of "special nuclear material" to facilities in California and South Carolina.

The material had been packaged for ground transport. But instead it was shipped via a commercial air cargo service, which isn't allowed under U.S. regulations.

Tests done on the shipments once they arrived at their destinations confirmed no contamination or loss of radioactive material, officials said. But it comes as...


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Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at the annual U.S. Conferences of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach.

The conference supported the Paris agreement, and according to preliminary results released Saturday morning from an ongoing nationwide survey, the vast majority of U.S. mayors want to work together and with the private sector to respond to climate change.

"There's near unanimity in this conference that climate change is real and that humans contribute to it. There may be a little bit of a disagreement about how actually to deal with it," said Landrieu, who will replace Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett as conference president this weekend.

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Victoria's entire network of road safety cameras to be reviewed over software virus - ABC Online

All of Victoria's 280 red light and speed cameras will be reviewed in the coming weeks to make sure they have not been infected with a software virus, but officials have warned they will still be operational.

A total of 97 cameras have now been identified as having the virus, mistakenly put into the cameras by a contractor during a routine maintenance program.

The matter has caused police to withdraw up to 8,000 fines issued between June 6 and June 22, in case they are incorrect.

Police cancelled almost 600 speeding and red light tickets on Friday after 55 cameras in Melbourne and country Victoria were found to be infected with the WannaCry virus.

Police Minister Lisa Neville on Saturday said one of the contract providers for the cameras, Redflex, contacted the Department of Justice at 5:55pm on Friday and told them 42 additional cameras had been...


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Whale watchers observe soaring humpback numbers on migration census day - The Sydney Morning Herald

This weekend Shona Lorigan will be on a coastal headland, joining thousands of others around the country scanning the horizon for whales.

Sunday marks the annual national humpback migration census day run by Ms Lorigan's marine mammal rescue group, ORCCA and conducted by hundreds of eager volunteers. Every indication points to another record year.

Sydney clubgoers treated for drug overdose

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Single-player modding returns to GTA V after publisher takedown - Ars Technica

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When popular Grand Theft Auto V modding tool OpenIV was taken down by a cease-and-desist request from publisher Take-Two earlier this month, the fan reaction was fast and blistering. Players bombarded Grand Theft Auto V with thousands of negative reviews on Steam, and over 77,000 people signed an online petition demanding the tool be restored.

Apparently, those gamers' cries have been heard loud and clear. As of yesterday evening, OpenIV is once again being updated and distributed by its creators.

GTA Online publisher goes after paid cheating services
While publisher Take-Two...

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