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For 12 years, plants bought us extra time on climate change

Plants are our best friends in the fight against climate change, and a new study shows just how important they are. From 2002 to 2014, plants sucked up so much carbon dioxide that they slowed the buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere, even as human-made CO2 emissions were increasing. The …

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First Click: Are Snapchat Spectacles the next big thing?

Yesterday the company formerly known as Snapchat started selling its new Spectacles. The $130 sunglasses with built-in camera will only be available from cartoonish vending machines. The “Snapbots,” as they’re called, will mysteriously spring up around the country before moving on to the next location. A website will tell buyers …

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This gadget makes air-drumming sound like the real thing

Some gadgets are so straightforward they barely need explaining, but here we go anyway: these are a pair of motion sensitive sensors that you slip onto a pair of drumsticks and that let you play a virtual drum kit anywhere you like. It’s called the Freedrum (get it?) and each unit …

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Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen dies at the age of 82

Legendary Canadian singer, songwriter, and poet Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82. The news was announced on his Facebook page late last night, and although no details were shared regarding the cause of death, Cohen’s passing was not unexpected. Earlier this year, he told an interviewer: “I …

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HTC opens preorders for wireless Vive upgrade kit

A new accessory that enables HTC’s Vive VR headset to be used wirelessly is available for preorder on the company’s Chinese site. TPCast, a startup inside HTC’s Vive X accelerator program, has created a clip-on device that essentially upgrades the Vive into a wireless headset; right now the Vive has …

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