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US launches system to keep drones away from wildfires

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Pokemon Go's popularity could fatten up Apple

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Are lightning strikes becoming more common?

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Scientists surveying ocean floor turn up new fish off Alaska

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

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  • Sci/Tech

    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, […]

  • Sci/Tech

    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 […]

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    People Mover teams up with Google to show Anchorage bus routes, arrival times

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 05, 20:03

    The Municipality of Anchorage is rolling out a new tool to help bus riders plan their trips better. The municipality has teamed up with Google and Code for Anchorage to improve rider experience. Starting Tuesday, Google Maps now shows real-time People Mover trip information. Riders can enter an origin and destination, and will be provided with […]

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    NASA’s Juno probe brakes into orbit around Jupiter

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Jul 04, 21:25

    Caught in the iron grip of Jupiter’s relentless gravity, NASA’s solar-powered Juno probe plunged over the planet’s north pole Monday, surviving hellish radiation and unseen ring debris during a nail-biting 35-minute rocket firing, slowing down just enough to slip into orbit. Traveling at a mind-boggling 130,000 mph relative to Jupiter and spinning at 5 rpm […]

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    Inside U.S. scientists’ groundbreaking test to grow potatoes on Mars

    by CBS News on Jun 25, 12:35

    NASA and private companies are all vying to send astronauts to Mars, but when they get there, they’ll all face the same problem — growing food. So U.S. scientists have headed to the deserts of South America to see if they can cook up a solution. Potatoes have played a starring role in one recent Hollywood […]

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    Bear researchers say they have more questions than answers

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 18, 10:09

    It was a journey of discovery this week, just to walk the halls of the Dena’ina Center, where hundreds of scientists from all over the world gathered to share their research on bears. The theme of the International Bear Association’s conference was “Bears of the World: Learning from our Past to Inform our Future.” “For […]

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    Microsoft to work with cannabis compliance tech firm Kind

    by Associated Press on Jun 16, 12:16

    Microsoft is dipping its toe in the legal marijuana business. The giant tech company is partnering with a startup that makes software for the booming legal cannabis industry. Microsoft will help Los Angeles-based Kind Financial market its software to local and state government agencies that monitor marijuana growers or distributors for compliance with regulations governing […]

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    ‘Carhacking’ could replace carjacking as vehicles go high-tech

    by Ed Leefeldt / CBS MoneyWatch on Jun 10, 13:53

    Everyone’s heard of carjacking, the threat that someone may steal your vehicle while you’re at the wheel. But could the bigger threat actually come from “carhackers”? A new study by cybersecurity firm FireEye shows how today’s car can be the data entry port for all sorts of threats, from a simple security breach that gives […]

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    Facebook to delete privately synced photos from profiles in July

    by Brian Mastroianni / CBS News on Jun 10, 11:43

    You might not know this, but photos that you privately synced from your smartphone to Facebook will soon be sent to the digital trash can. Earlier this year, these images were moved to Moments, an app from Facebook that allows you to organize and privately share your photos from your phone. Right now, these images […]

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    Unmanned vessels deployed for Alaska ocean research

    by Associated Press on Jun 03, 12:06

    Federal and private researchers are using a new tool to gather information about marine mammals and fish in the Bering Sea off Alaska’s west coast. Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are using unmanned “autonomous sailing vessels” to gather information on endangered North Pacific right whales, fur seals and ocean waters. The unmanned […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska woman invents special coat to protect small pets from eagles

    by Bonney Bowman on May 23, 21:44

    When a pair of eagles nested in Janet Wass’s former backyard, she wanted something to keep her small dog, Juju, safe. She did some research and My Invisible Pet was born. Wass made Juju a dog coat out of shiny, reflective material. The coat has a light on the back with a bright beam. “It […]

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    Alaska villages compete for energy project funding

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 23, 19:26

    Rural Alaska villages are competing for funding to pay for projects that will bring down energy costs in their communities. The competition launched in January, and is part of a $4 million grant awarded by the U.S. Deptartment of Energy (DOE) to rural Alaska for energy projects. A total of 67 communities applied for the […]

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    Facebook makes changes to ‘trending topics’ after review

    by Associated Press on May 23, 15:52

    Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a “trending topic” on the giant social network following a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views. Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch outlined this and other reforms in a 12-page letter sent Monday to Republican Sen. […]

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    Nokia plans return to mobile market with cellphones, tablets

    by Associated Press on May 19, 7:30

    Nokia is back in the game. The pared-down Finnish telecoms company, which currently focuses on networks, says it is bringing out “a new generation” of cellphones and tablets together with a new company called HMD. Nokia said Wednesday that HMD, led by a group of former Nokia and Microsoft executives, will help it return to […]