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UAF opens HAARP to the public

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Liberal, moderate or conservative? See what Facebook thinks of you

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Is Pokémon Go already passé?

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Study: Your kid's cyberbully is more likely to be their friend

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Twitter to let all users filter tweets for higher 'quality'

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    UAF opens HAARP to the public

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 25, 21:03

    A site long rumored to have the power to control the weather and even people’s minds is opening its doors to show the public what really happens. The University of Alaska Fairbanks recently took over the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, from the Air Force. The university decided to open the facility […]

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    Liberal, moderate or conservative? See what Facebook thinks of you

    by CBS News on Aug 25, 14:27

    You may think you’re politically subtle on Facebook — especially compared to your neighbor, who constantly reminisces about the good ol’ days of Ronald Reagan, or your grade school teacher, whose newsfeed is 90 percent inspiring quotes from first lady Michelle Obama —but Facebook knows better, and whether you like it or not, the social media giant has already neatly plotted you on the spectrum […]

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    Is Pokémon Go already passé?

    by CBS News on Aug 24, 12:35

    Pokémon Go hit America with the force of a hyperactive rattata, but the augmented reality game may not be evolving the way its creators had hoped. Usage of the augmented reality game appears to have peaked, according to a research report from Axiom Capital Management analyst Victor Anthony. Active users on Pokémon Go have declined 35 […]

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    Study: Your kid’s cyberbully is more likely to be their friend

    by Robert Preidt / Healthday on Aug 22, 16:45

    Cyberbullying among teens is highly likely to involve current or former friends and dating partners, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from a 2011 survey of nearly 800 students in grades 8 through 12 at a public school in a New York City suburb. About 17 percent had been involved with cyberbullying in the previous […]

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    Twitter to let all users filter tweets for higher ‘quality’

    by Associated Press on Aug 18, 16:38

    NEW YORK (AP) – Twitter is making a “quality filter” available to all users, allowing them to hide tweets that contain threats, appear to be automated or spammy. The feature was previously only available to users with “verified” accounts, which are typically celebrities, public figures or journalists, and who can be identified by a blue […]

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    Another blow for VW owners: millions at risk for key hack

    by Aimee Picchi/CBS News on Aug 13, 12:45

    Volkswagen owners may have another headache on their hands: a security vulnerability that allows hackers to wirelessly unlock millions of cars. Unlike research into the security problems of recent tech innovations in cars, this hack involves an older piece of technology: the remote key fob. The researchers said their findings affect VW cars made between 1995 to […]

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    Study: Pacific coast was route for colonizing the Americas

    by Malcom Ritter / AP Science Writer on Aug 10, 9:28

    Researchers have found new evidence that the first Americans migrated south from Alaska via the Pacific coast, rather than a route hundreds of miles inland along the Rocky Mountains. The colonization of the Americas began after people arrived from Siberia, crossing an ancient land bridge into Alaska. Huge ice sheets largely blocked the way south. […]

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    Satellite test launch planned for Kodiak space facility

    by Associated Press on Aug 10, 7:16

    A new launch vehicle development company has announced plans to launch from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak as soon as this fall. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that Vector Space Systems CEO Jim Cantrell says the company is working on securing waivers and approvals for the test launch, which is part of a larger agreement […]

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    New Horizons space probe still filling in the blanks about Pluto

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Aug 05, 18:19

    NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, in near perfect health 10 years after launch and more than one year past its historic July 2015 flyby of Pluto, has now sent back about 80 percent of the data it collected during its close encounter and if all goes well, the rest will cross the solar system and make its […]

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    FBI chief calls for national talk over encryption vs. safety

    by Associated Press on Aug 05, 17:19

    The FBI’s director says the agency is collecting data that he will present next year in hopes of sparking a national conversation about law enforcement’s increasing inability to access encrypted electronic devices. Speaking on Friday at the American Bar Association conference in San Francisco, James Comey says the agency was unable to access 650 of […]

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    Strong aurora forecast across Alaska Tuesday evening

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 02, 16:39

    Last updates at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3 The forecast from the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks says Wednesday should be another good night for viewing the aurora. The weather forecast for Anchorage and much of the state is once again calling for partly cloudy skies. Original Story: The aurora is […]

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    Virgin Galactic gets space tourism rocket operating license

    by Associated Press on Aug 01, 10:56

    Virgin Galactic says it has received an operating license for its space tourism rocket from the Federal Aviation Administration. Virgin Galactic says the operating license awarded by the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation will ultimately permit commercial operations. The company said Monday the licensing process involved a review of the system’s design, safety analysis […]

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    US launches system to keep drones away from wildfires

    by Keith Ridler / AP on Jul 25, 12:09

    Federal authorities say they’ve launched the first national system intended to prevent hobby drones from interfering with planes and helicopters fighting wildfires. The U.S. Interior Department announced the kickoff of the pilot project Monday. It uses smartphone apps already on the market to quickly alert drone fliers to temporary flight restrictions over wildfires. Officials say […]

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    Pokemon Go’s popularity could fatten up Apple

    by CBS News on Jul 22, 21:24

    People from coast to coast are falling in love with Pokemon Go, and so are some companies. Count Apple (AAPL) among them. With a share price that has been under pressure this year because of disappointing earnings, Apple may wind up with an unexpected bottom-line boost from Pokemon Go. Though the game is free to download, […]

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    Are lightning strikes becoming more common?

    by Amy Kraft / CBS News on Jul 22, 14:24

    There have been 16 deaths from lightning in the U.S. so far this year. With seven of those fatalities occurring in the month of July — including three in the past week – it might seem as though lightning strikes are suddenly becoming more common. But over the past decade, the number of injuries and deaths caused […]

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    Scientists surveying ocean floor turn up new fish off Alaska

    by Dan Joling / AP on Jul 12, 22:16

    Federal scientists sampling commercial fish species off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands keep finding new species. Biologist Jay Orr of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has helped name more than a dozen new species over the last decade. A dozen more are waiting to be described. Many are varieties […]

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    Some businesses, agencies say no to Pokémon Go, others welcome it

    by Daniella Rivera on Jul 11, 23:52

    Pretty much anywhere you go it seems, you’ll see people using the new augmented reality game, Pokémon Go. The game uses GPS to allow players to “catch” Pokémon at real-world locations, and some businesses are trying to cash in on the game’s popularity. The Dimond Center mall is a Pokémon Go hot spot, with at least five “pokéstops” […]

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    Pokémon Go: Tips for having safe fun while catching ‘em all in the real world

    by Shannon Riddle on Jul 09, 15:50

    With the release of Pokémon Go this week, fans of the game series hit the streets to catch ‘em all. But players may be at risk of more than just being defeated by another team. The game relies on GPS to track the player’s real-world location and shows them areas around their community where they can […]

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    Facebook testing encrypted chats in Messenger

    by Associated Press on Jul 08, 9:27

    Facebook is adding to its Messenger app an option for encrypted chats that can only be read on devices where they are sent or received. Users also will be able to set a timer to control how long the message remains visible to anyone, the company said Friday. The “secret conversations,” feature, which is optional, […]

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    Why half a million hoverboards are being recalled

    by Kris Van Cleave / CBS News on Jul 06, 16:38

    On Wednesday, more than 500,000 hoverboards made by ten companies were recalled. The hot gift from last Christmas has had a nasty habit of getting too hot and catching fire. It happened in an instant to Delvon Simmons. “The wheels locked up, next thing I knew I was airborne,” Simmons said. “Next thing I know […]