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How New Emoji Get Added to Your Phone

Florie Hutchinson’s crusade against emoji fashion started last year, on the heels of the presidential election and the 2017 Women’s March. She’d been thinking about feminism, her three young daughters, the kind of world she hopes they grow up in. Then one day, thumbing a message on her phone, a …

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Pinterest Now Lets You Reorder the Pins on Your Boards

Pinterest is the place where dreams are realized. Millions of people log on every day to plan their weddings, create dinner menus for the week, learn how to craft like Martha Stewart, and map out their dream vacations to Paris. Pinterest may have launched as a twist on social networking, …

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Best President's Day Sales (2018) on Laptops, TVs, and Gear

For some folks, President’s Day is a time to honor U.S. presidents of old, like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. For others it’s a much-needed extra day off work. But for tech companies and online retailers, it’s another opportunity to lay out some discounts and rake in some sales. We …

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SpaceX Will Launch the First of Its Global Internet Satellites

Last week, SpaceX realized a decade-long dream of successfully launching the most powerful rocket in the world. The Falcon Heavy’s achievement, marked resoundingly with thunderous sonic booms following twin booster touchdowns at Cape Canaveral, was only upstaged by Starman—a doomed mannequin at the wheel of Elon Musk’s Roadster With the …

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The Quest to Recreate the Olympics with Mechanical Turk

Shamik Ghosh had been picking up tasks on Amazon Mechanical Turk for several months when he logged on in winter 2010 and saw a perplexing request: Someone wanted him to act out a series of Winter Olympic sports—snowboarding, ice hockey, figure skating, etc.—and they were offering to pay him $3.50 …

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How Long Can a Neutron Live? Depends on Who You Ask

When physicists strip neutrons from atomic nuclei, put them in a bottle, then count how many remain there after some time, they infer that neutrons radioactively decay in 14 minutes and 39 seconds, on average. But when other physicists generate beams of neutrons and tally the emerging protons—the particles that …

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Want to Stop Climate Change? Educate Girls and Give Them Birth Control

Climate change is a ubiquitous hydra, a many-headed beast that affects everyone and everything in some form. Solutions to climate change range from the effective and the practical to the potentially catastrophically dangerous—but, in this somewhat heated debate, a potent weapon in our arsenal is falling by the wayside: the …

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Gear for Remote Workers: Pixelbook, Chrome Vega, Hydro Flask

1. Chrome Juno Travel Tote BagA briefcase adds panache to an outfit, but they’re usually no good for protecting precious electronics. This carry-all splits the difference. The tough ballistic nylon construction withstands weather and wear, while the dedicated padded laptop sleeve and copious interior pockets keep all your mobile office …

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