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The world's deadliest hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones

There's a reason some parts of the world get hit by hurricanes more than others — it's built into the weather system. Places in the US like Galveston, Texas, or New Orleans in Louisiana have seen their fair share of tropical storms. The same is true for other parts of the American eastern seaboard and beyond — from Florida down to the Bahamas, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. In the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the usual targets are Bangladesh, the Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Japan and India. And we'll get to some of the worst storms in a moment. First, though,...


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What happens to your brain in zero gravity

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station in 2012. In the early days of space travel, scientists worked hard to figure out how to overcome the force of gravity so that a rocket could catapult free of Earth's pull. Today, we're more interested in how reduced gravity affects the astronauts' health — especially their brains. So exactly how does the human brain cope with microgravity? In a nutshell, poorly. A phenomenon affectionately known as the "Charlie Brown effect," occurs where fluid consisting mostly of blood shifts towards the head, causing astronauts to have round, puffy faces,...
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Apple might help bring veterans’ medical records into the modern era

Apple is reportedly in talks with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to provide veterans access to electronic medical records on the iPhone, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Such a deal could help Apple make significant progress in its attempts to partner with more medical institutions and turn its mobile operating system into a repository for the storing and sharing of health data. The company first began discussing the plan with the agency last year, per emails seen by the WSJ, and it’s unclear how the project has since progressed. However, it appears that Apple could...
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Facebook Files Patent For Technology That Can Identify Your Family Based on Photos

Facebook filed a patent for technology that could target entire families with ads. The tech uses photos and various other data collected by the social network. In a patent filed last May and made public Thursday, the company describes a system enabled by "deep learning techniques" meant to identify groups of people living under the same roof and their relationships to each other. It uses image captions, hashtags, as well as ISP and search data to build a cache of information that's stored and later fed to its network of advertisers. The technology would ostensibly apply to at least some...

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FCC proposes doubling speed requirement for rural broadband

The Federal Communications Commission is looking to raise the minimum rural broadband speed standard to 25 Mbps, more than doubling the current requirement. In general, this would boost speeds in rural areas that receive broadband through government-subsidized programs. Those government subsidies come from the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF). The program is paid for through phone bill fees which the Commission then dips into in order to pass funds onto carriers so they can build networks in less populated, rural areas around the country. This increased standard will only apply to networks that are built in the future, however, so...
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Netflix adds improved playback controls and a ‘next episode’ button to iOS app

In a move that’s sure to optimize marathon binges, Netflix has released the latest version of its iOS app with some pretty useful updates. The new version of the app adds forward and back 10-second buttons, which you can also control by double tapping the left or right side of the screen. Until now, if you were used to YouTube’s playback features and tried to do this on Netflix’s app, it would annoyingly zoom into the screen. Now that Netflix’s playback options are the same as YouTube’s, there’ll be less frustrating moments with the app. The play / pause button...
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Throw out your romaine, it could be contaminated with E. coli

Romaine lettuce is making people dangerously ill again, prompting public health officials in the US and Canada to issue nationwide alerts: don’t eat any form of romaine lettuce, and toss any romaine you have. If you don’t know what kind of lettuce is in your fridge, throw it out. Even if you had grand plans for a romaine-focused side dish for Thanksgiving — you know who you are — don’t take any chances. So far, 32 people in the US and 18 in Canada have been infected with a dangerous strain of E. coli that produces toxins called Shiga toxins...