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Asteroid Bennu Could Provide Insight Into Earth’s Origins

In early September, NASA began tracking an asteroid as it was hurtling towards Earth. Although the asteroid, named Bennu, won’t hit our planet until the 22nd century, scientists are still eager to collect material from its surface. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is responsible for that collection, and it’s going to travel for two years to get to the asteroid, and land back on Earth by 2023. Bennu’s trajectory will also be monitored and analyzed in order to calculate the danger it represents for Earth. Right now,…

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Facebook Messenger Rooms Evokes Chat Rooms Of The Past

Those who have grown up in the Internet age may have fond memories of chat rooms, and the close-knit, niche online communities that they fostered. But for those who thought that chat rooms were a relic of the past, think again. This week, Facebook is set to introduce Messenger Rooms in Australia and Canada. This new feature lets Facebook users set up a unique space — or “chat room” — to discuss a particular topic, theme or event. Right now, only 250 users can join a Room,…

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Virtual Reality Arcades Becoming More Popular Across Canada

If you’ve never been one to call yourself a gamer, new VR (virtual reality) arcades that have started opening across Canada might change your mind. Unlike video games you play on your TV screen screen at home, these arcades take gaming to the next level — offering a virtual reality experience that would let you be a participant in the game itself, rather than just controlling a character. A VR arcade’s space doesn’t necessarily look like much from the outside, but once you put on your virtual…

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Seattle Store Nube Turns Off The Lights For Halloween Shopping Experience

With October rapidly coming to a close and Halloween looming, it’s time to get spooky (if you haven’t been doing that all month long already, that is). And while there’s no shortage of haunted house attractions or scary shows to go see, a retail store in Seattle is offering up something a little different for residents in the area. Their Halloween gimmick is to turn off all the lights and let customers shop in the dark. Sure, shopping experiences can be frightening at the best…

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Facebook Releases Workplace To Connect Employees Everywhere

{{unknown}}By 2016, it’s clear that Facebook is ever-present — it’s becoming more and more rare to find someone who doesn’t have an account set up on the social media platform. Yet despite how inescapable Facebook is and its undeniable impact on our culture today, it’s still considered unprofessional and embarrassing  to be caught surfing Facebook in many workplaces. While many companies have used Facebook to their advantage — using the platform to market their products and services to millions of users — not every industry has…

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Astronomers Have Discovered The “Colour Of The Universe”

If there’s one thing you can guarantee a child will do when playing with a paint set, it’s mixing all the available colours together just to “see what happens.” We all did it, and no doubt children continue to do so, fueled by inquisitive desire. Astronomers have now pretty much done the same thing, just on a universal scale. By mixing together all of the colours that can be found in the universe, scientists have created the “colour of the universe.” Is the universe a…

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Yelp And Others Fight Back Against Non-Disparagement Clauses

For better or for worse, today’s digital age allows for a business to be a constant subject of scrutiny. If you have a bad experience at a restaurant, for example, not all is lost — your one saving grace is that you can post about your disappointing meal online and warn others to avoid similar service. Accordingly, sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor have become popular forums where users can seek out honest opinions about a new restaurant or place they plan on visiting. However, it appears that some…

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World’s Largest Radio Telescope Called FAST Unveiled

Scientists in Guizhou, China completed development of a Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) on September 25. It’s currently the world’s largest single-dish telescope and is also poised to bring in a new era of radio astronomy thanks to its size and the complication of the technology behind it. While FAST has its inauguration ceremony, scientists still have to debug the telescope, a process which may take as long as 3 years (or more) to complete. After that, teams from around the world will be…

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Duo Gives Daft Punk’s Helmets A Technological Upgrade

Does anyone really know what the members of Daft Punk look like? The electronic group has masked their identities with iconic robot helmets in concerts and promotional materials since the late 1990’s. While the band has updated their helmets every few years, two fans have taken the design to the next level. LoveProps, a prop-making duo, recently posted a video online showcasing their updated model based on Daft Punk member Guy-Manuel’s headdress. The new helmet takes design elements from the band’s Discovery album and current…

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The History of Night Vision

The technology to see in the dark has been around for almost 90 years now, and without it, so many people like police officers and soldiers, would be at a huge disadvantage. But how did it come to be in the first place? In the mid-1930s in Germany, the very first practical night vision devices were invented. German tanks and infantry in the Second World War used them, and soon after, the U.S. Military’s scientists developed their own version of the technology. That was first…

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