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4 new elements on the periodic table now have names

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Netflix announces download feature on app for shows, movies

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Over one million Google accounts hit by malware

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With new tech, a promise of faster internet in Noorvik

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Bethel 11th-grader invited to attend Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston

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    4 new elements on the periodic table now have names

    by Brian Mastroianni / CBS News on Dec 02, 14:36

    It’s now time to say hello, officially, to the four new additions to the Periodic Table of Elements. This week, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) approved the names of the four new elements, whose existence was first confirmed to the public back in January. The names for elements 113, 115, 117, and […]

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    Netflix announces download feature on app for shows, movies

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 30, 15:46

    No internet? No problem. That was Netflix’s big news for its fans on Wednesday when the company announced its latest feature: downloading movies and shows. Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode. Your favorite stories are now available for download any time. pic.twitter.com/g7QZA3TyE8 — Netflix US (@netflix) November 30, 2016 The latest update of the […]

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    Over one million Google accounts hit by malware

    by Shanika Gunaratna / CBS News on Nov 30, 12:17

    More than one million Google accounts have been breached by malware that infiltrated older Android devices, cyber security firm Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. announced Wednesday. The researchers traced the malware back to dozens of what they called “legitimate-looking” apps — with names “Wi Fi Enhancer,” “GPS,” “Beautiful Alarm, “Battery Monitor,” and even “Google”— on […]

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    With new tech, a promise of faster internet in Noorvik

    by Tyler Stup / KNOM on Nov 29, 15:12

    NOME — After years of satellite-only coverage, GCI’s new Noorvik microwave tower promises to give the community an internet upgrade. The tower is a part of GCI’s TERRA network — an acronym for Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska. As you fly over the Kobuk River, the tower can be seen from the air. […]

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    Bethel 11th-grader invited to attend Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston

    by Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK on Nov 28, 15:41

    It’s rare that anyone gets to meet a Nobel Prize laureate. This summer, a Bethel 11th-grader will meet several, along with leading scientists, inventors and academics. For three days in July, Bethel Regional High School student Lauren Charles will attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts, according to a story […]

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    Stephen Hawking: Humans won’t survive another 1,000 years on Earth

    by Shanika Gunaratna / CBS News on Nov 17, 14:29

    The world’s most celebrated physicist and cosmologist issued a call for humans to “continue to go into space for the future of humanity.” “I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet,” Stephen Hawking said while delivering a lecture on the universe and the origins of humans at the […]

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    Google teaches machines to become more fluent translators

    by Associated Press on Nov 15, 13:49

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is promising that its widely used translation service is now even more fluent, thanks to an advance that’s enabling its computers to interpret complete sentences. That may sound simple, but it took years of engineering to pull off. Until now, Google’s technology analyzed phrases in pieces and then cobbled together […]

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    Alaska Airlines says DC-bound flight used fuel partially made from trees

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 15, 0:03

    Alaska Airlines announced its first flight using a new wood-based biofuel mix on Monday. The plane took off from Seattle Monday morning for Washington D.C. and used a 20-percent blend of jet fuel made from timber leftovers, which the airlines called a new sustainable alternative to traditional petroleum jet fuel. The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, led by Washington State […]

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    UAF researchers mapping permafrost melt impact on Alaska

    by Tyler Stup / KNOM on Nov 12, 16:39

    As average temperatures rise, two University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers are mapping permafrost’s impact on Alaska. Vladimir Romanovsky and David McGuire are members of a team working to identify worldwide regions susceptible to thermokarst. Romanovsky said the natural process is the result of what happens when ice-rich permafrost begins to melt. “The water may run […]

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    Wallet ready? You’ll soon be able to shop directly on Instagram

    by CBS News on Nov 11, 21:14

    Next time you’re lost in a sea of engagement pictures, election memes, and carefully curated food porn on Instagram, you may find yourself reaching for your wallet. Instagram is going to start testing a way for users to shop directly from the app, the company announced in a blog post Tuesday. The trial, which begins […]

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    Taking a personal problem to D.C: A state lawmaker’s solution to Alaska’s internet woes

    by Liz Raines on Nov 11, 20:00

    After taking over the Alaska House of Representatives, one Fairbanks Democrat is taking on a new mission — increasing broadband internet access across Alaska. Rep. David Guttenberg will meet with members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) next week with his proposal for Alaska’s internet dilemma. Guttenberg says it’s a personal problem. “For years, the […]

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    ‘Supermoon’ in November will be closest in decades

    by CBS/AP on Nov 11, 13:09

    Earthlings are about to be treated the biggest and brightest full moon of the year — and this so-called supermoon will be extra special. It will be the closest the moon has come to us in almost 69 years. And the full moon won’t come this close again until 2034. “Supermoon” is the popular term […]

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    Judge: Amazon to reimburse customers for in-app buys by kids

    by Associated Press on Nov 10, 21:10

    SEATTLE (AP) – A federal judge has laid out rules for how Amazon must reimburse customers whose kids made in-app purchases without permission. The Federal Trade Commission sued the Seattle company in 2014, saying it was too easy for children to spend their parents’ money while playing games on mobile devices. The agency settled similar […]

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    Texas developer claims Fairbanks woman first ever to vote via mobile app

    by Daniella Rivera on Nov 07, 22:46

    Don’t want to leave your home or workplace, and wait in line to cast your ballot? There’s an app for that. Mutual Mobile, a digital transformation company based in Austin, Texas, says a Fairbanks woman made history when she became the first American to vote in a presidential election using an iPhone app over the weekend. […]

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    2016 election is ‘out of this world’ for some American astronauts

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 07, 21:56

    Voting can be out of this world! Literally. See how @NASA_Astronauts cast their vote on @Space_Station https://t.co/3paZHLG9aX #Election2016 pic.twitter.com/VNInwsSAcv — NASA (@NASA) November 6, 2016 Voting from space — it might sound like science fiction, but for some astronauts, it’s a unique way to enjoy the American experience. Thanks to a 1997 Texas law, U.S. […]

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    Justices to hear sex offender’s challenge to Facebook ban

    by Associated Press on Oct 29, 11:15

    The Supreme Court will take up a free-speech challenge to a North Carolina law banning registered sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites that minors can join. The justices on Friday agreed to review a North Carolina Supreme Court ruling that upheld the law. The high court acted on an appeal from […]

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    Researchers link virus to Alaska birds with deformed beaks

    by Associated Press on Oct 24, 21:29

    Researchers in California and Alaska are hoping they’ve found what’s causing beaks of some bird species to grow twice as fast a normal. The disease is called avian keratin disorder. Affected birds grow beaks that are freakishly long and that sometimes curve up or down. Birds with the disease find it difficult to feed and […]

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    New bumble bee, flower fly species discovered in Denali National Park

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 23, 10:48

    Two new species of pollinating bugs have been discovered in Denali National Park and Preserve, according to park officials. The new species were discovered during a 2012 pollinator survey in the park, a statement from park officials explained. “I think these two new discoveries really highlight the fact that there is still so much to learn […]

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    Many U.S. websites disrupted as firm gets hit by cyberattack

    by CBS/AP on Oct 21, 10:28

    Last Updated Oct 21, 2016 2:13 PM EDT Twitter experienced renewed outages Friday afternoon following hours of internet disruption that took down numerous sites earlier in the morning across the U.S. East Coast. A wave of reports of problems accessing many popular websites came after the servers at a major internet management firm were hit by a […]

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    US DOT bans Samsung Galaxy Note7 from all flights

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 15, 13:08

    ANCHORAGE — The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued an emergency order Saturday immediately banning Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices from all flights. “All Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices are considered forbidden hazardous materials,” the alert emphasized. Samsung first recalled the device shortly after its initial release when consumers reported their Note7s caught fire and even exploded. The […]