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Apple refutes hacker's claim he could break iPhone passcode limit - CNET

At first it looked liked he found a way to try as many passcodes as he wanted without destroying data. But it turned out the passcodes he tested weren't always counted.

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Federal judge orders officials to reunite migrant mom and child separated for eight months

A Salvadoran mom was reunited with her child after being separated for months by the Trump administration, and it was a separation based on a lie: officials at the border had accused her of gang affiliations. “He shoved me in an office, and he said, I ne
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Federal judge orders officials to reunite migrant mom and child separated for eight months

A Salvadoran mom was reunited with her child after being separated for months by the Trump administration, and it was a separation based on a lie: officials at the border had accused her of gang affiliations. “He shoved me in an office, and he said, I need you to give me information about the gangs in your country,” Yvette, who asked to have her last name disclosed, told NPR. “I want you to tell me what you're coming to do here.” But Yvette isn’t a gang member. Neither is Carlos, or Julio, but that hasn’t stopped immigration officials from flinging false accusations at parents in order justify taking their children away. In late November, a federal judge sided with Yvette, ordering officials to return her son to her, calling their separation «arbitrary, capricious and punitive.» The two had been separated for eight months by the time she saw his little face again. “He came running towards me, calling, Mama,” she said. “And he hugged me and kissed me. I was crying. I had felt an emptiness in my heart. But once I was finally with him, everything changed.” But like so many of the thousands of children who were stolen from parents and families at the border under the barbaric “zero tolerance” policy, he’s traumatized. “When he sleeps, he wants to be hugging me,” she said. “Whenever I start to move away, he holds on. I think he feels I'm going to leave him again.” Lizzy, another child recently reunited with her mom after months of separation, is also imprisoned by her trauma. When she was hug her mom, she asked “are they coming to take me away again?” Despite a federal judge’s reunification deadline, other children kidnapped from families at the border continue to remain in U.S. custody, some because their parents were so carelessly deported by officials they have no idea of their current whereabouts. In fact, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has had to navigate “treacherous roads, distrustful communities and remote villages” in search of some parents. Donald Trump’s policy has created orphans. Today, Tuesday, Dec. 18, marks 145 days since the judge’s deadline. Family separation remains a crisis.

White House spokesperson: We're just going to use the treasury as a slush fund for Trump's wall

There are signs that Individual 1 is backing down on his demand that he get $5 billion for his wall or shut the government down, all based on the idea that he can just get the money from other places. That's the line press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders g
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White House spokesperson: We're just going to use the treasury as a slush fund for Trump's wall

There are signs that Individual 1 is backing down on his demand that he get $5 billion for his wall or shut the government down, all based on the idea that he can just get the money from other places. That's the line press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave in a rare briefing Tuesday. «Look,» she said, «we're not asking American taxpayers for that. We are looking at existing funding through other agencies right now.» Which would indeed be taxpayer dollars, since that's what funds those other agencies—just not «new» taxpayer dollars. Apparently this is what they're going with, as Trump's way of saving face and getting his money anyway, or at least what his staff is trying to convince him can happen. Never mind that it doesn't so much work that way. If the administration tries to move money around from other sources without congressional approval, as one expert in appropriations told Fox News' Chad Pergram, «It would create a shitstorm.» There's also the question of whether Congress could act soon enough to actually get something done. The answer is: maybe. But it gets sketchier with every hour that passes, particularly when you've got a Republican lame-duck House in total disarray and off on another tax-cutting tangent. Assuming that part of the government does shut down, at least temporarily, what gets closed? Right now, the Senate is at an impasse with Democrat Chuck Schumer rejecting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposal of tacking an additional $1 billion Trump could use however he wanted onto the previously agreed to $1.6 billion. Schumer said there was no way they'd offer Trump this «slush fund.» Of course, as far as Trump is concerned, the entire treasury is a slush fund. That's always been how he operates. McConnell has, supposedly, finally decided to get involved, and says «I'm in conversation with the White House on the way forward.» Nice of McConnell to decide to do something, now that we're just three days away from a partial government shutdown.

Arizona Republican who lost 2018 Senate race gets appointed to state's other seat

On Tuesday, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that he was appointing Rep. Martha McSally, who narrowly lost the 2018 Senate race to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, to Arizona’s other Senate seat. McSally, who will take over after interim Sen. Jon Kyl resigns on Dec. 31, w
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Arizona Republican who lost 2018 Senate race gets appointed to state's other seat

On Tuesday, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that he was appointing Rep. Martha McSally, who narrowly lost the 2018 Senate race to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, to Arizona’s other Senate seat. McSally, who will take over after interim Sen. Jon Kyl resigns on Dec. 31, will need to face the voters again in a November 2020 special election for the final two years of the late John McCain’s term. Whoever wins will be up again in 2022 for a full six-year term. National Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have reportedly been pushing Ducey to appoint McSally for a while. However, McSally does have her detractors, some of whom reportedly are in Ducey’s inner circle. Washington Post reporter Sean Sullivan wrote back in November that McSally skeptics griped that she didn't do a better job utilizing opposition research about Sinema's past as an anti-war organizer and a member of the Green Party. McSally, a former former combat pilot, very much did run ugly attacks on Sinema, calling the contest a battle between a “between a patriot and a protester,” but apparently, that still didn’t go far enough for some Republicans. McSally skeptics also complained that she distanced herself too much from McCain, who is utterly despised by Donald Trump but has his fans among swing voters. McSally's detractors also argued that her decision to run as a Trump loyalist caused her problems in November. Democrats are also going to be sure to remember that in 2015, McSally didn’t just vote for the House version of Trumpcare, but she reportedly rallied her colleagues behind the bill by declaring that it was time to get this “fucking thing” done. Still, while the governor himself reportedly had lost some of his enthusiasm for picking McSally, he still went ahead and did so on Tuesday. For all her faults, McSally is a strong fundraiser who has experience running statewide. She also may be able to avoid an expensive primary this time now that she’ll be running as an incumbent, albeit an unelected one. Democrats are very likely to target this seat, which Team Blue almost certainly would need to flip in order to take the Senate in 2020, so McSally will be in for another competitive race two years after losing her first one. Let's beat Martha McSally again and take the Senate. Please chip in $3 to our Democratic nominee fund today!

White House spokesperson: Lying to the FBI is fine if it helps Trump

The White House press secretary finally admitted on Tuesday what America already knew: Donald Trump completely supports lying to the FBI in order to help Donald Trump. Here's the exchange between Washington Post reporter Josh Hawley and press secretary Sar
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White House spokesperson: Lying to the FBI is fine if it helps Trump

The White House press secretary finally admitted on Tuesday what America already knew: Donald Trump completely supports lying to the FBI in order to help Donald Trump. Here's the exchange between Washington Post reporter Josh Hawley and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the White House briefing following Michael Flynn's delayed sentencing.  Q: Michael Flynn today tweeted that he did lie to the FBI—to them repeatedly—and that he was working for a foreign government during the campaign. Does that concern the president? I mean, he seems to be concerned that Michael Cohen is a liar—is he concerned that one of his top aides lied to the FBI and was working for a foreign government? SHS: Not when it comes to things that have anything to do with president. Admittedly, it's unclear that's exactly what Sanders intended to say, but it certainly is telling nonetheless. She followed that sentence by falsely suggesting that Flynn's crime had nothing to do with Trump (which seemed to be the crux of what she was trying to convey). «The activities that he engaged in [...] don't have anything to do with the president,» she said. Naturally, that’s a lie. Flynn is charged with lying to federal agents about his discussions during the transition with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak regarding sanctions. Absolutely nothing is more relevant to Trump than discussing sanctions with Russians, since it was Trump himself who said during the campaign that sanctions would no longer be necessary once he was elected president. U.S. sanctions have been at the heart of several pivotal discussions between Trump associates and Russia. As for the Sanders slip, you know how lying gets after a while—once you're buried under a mountain of them, it's impossible to even keep track of what you're saying anymore. Or maybe it was just a slip of the good ol' Freudian variety. Whatever the case, Sanders finally admitted exactly how Trump feels about criminal offenses: If it helps him, he’s all for it!  Check out the Sanders exchange below the fold.

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After $130M+ in funding, AR startup Blippar collapses

While proponents swore 2018 would be the year AR moved mainstream, by year’s end it seems the biggest trend has been the movement of early startups to financial collapse. Blippar, an early augmented reality app that raised more than $130 million in vent
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After $130M+ in funding, AR startup Blippar collapses

While proponents swore 2018 would be the year AR moved mainstream, by year’s end it seems the biggest trend has been the movement of early startups to financial collapse. Blippar, an early augmented reality app that raised more than $130 million in venture funding from investors like Qualcomm and Candy Ventures, announced today that it […]

Graphene's magic is in the defects

A team of researchers has solved a longstanding puzzle of how to build ultra-sensitive, ultra-small electrochemical sensors with homogenous and predictable properties by discovering how to engineer graphene structure on an atomic level.
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Graphene's magic is in the defects

A team of researchers has solved a longstanding puzzle of how to build ultra-sensitive, ultra-small electrochemical sensors with homogenous and predictable properties by discovering how to engineer graphene structure on an atomic level.

Today's children reach bone maturity earlier, study reveals

Children born in the most recent century have bones that reach full maturity earlier -- by nearly 10 months in girls and nearly seven months in boys -- according to a new study.
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Today's children reach bone maturity earlier, study reveals

Children born in the most recent century have bones that reach full maturity earlier -- by nearly 10 months in girls and nearly seven months in boys -- according to a new study.

Artificial intelligence meets materials science

A research team is harnessing the power of machine learning, data science and the domain knowledge of experts to autonomously discover new materials.
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Artificial intelligence meets materials science

A research team is harnessing the power of machine learning, data science and the domain knowledge of experts to autonomously discover new materials.

With a focus on high-risk patients, researcher eyes eliminating TB for good

A focus on high-risk tuberculosis patients may be the answer to stalled progress in stamping out the illness in the United States.
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With a focus on high-risk patients, researcher eyes eliminating TB for good

A focus on high-risk tuberculosis patients may be the answer to stalled progress in stamping out the illness in the United States.

Gene identified with a key role in plant adaptation to fluctuating soil salinity levels

Researchers have identified modifications in a sodium transporter gene with key consequences for plants needing to adapt to fluctuating soil salinity. The research can help to improve the sustainability of crops in rising salinity levels associated with clima
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Gene identified with a key role in plant adaptation to fluctuating soil salinity levels

Researchers have identified modifications in a sodium transporter gene with key consequences for plants needing to adapt to fluctuating soil salinity. The research can help to improve the sustainability of crops in rising salinity levels associated with climate change and human pressure.

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Build Your Very Own Robot With These Discounted Arduino Kits

Electronics development sounds like a difficult concept but it’s actually easier than you might think, especially when you learn with Arduinos. While simple to use, Arduinos are powerful and versatile micro-controllers that form […] The post Build You
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Build Your Very Own Robot With These Discounted Arduino Kits

Electronics development sounds like a difficult concept but it’s actually easier than you might think, especially when you learn with Arduinos. While simple to use, Arduinos are powerful and versatile micro-controllers that form […] The post Build Your Very Own Robot With These Discounted Arduino Kits appeared first on Geek.com.

RTD: Denver's tall buildings partly to blame for line issues

DENVER (AP) - The Regional Transportation District says that high-rise growth in downtown Denver is one of the main causes of the district's ongoing issues with the metro area's commuter rail network. That discovery came in an action plan the district submitt
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RTD: Denver's tall buildings partly to blame for line issues

DENVER (AP) - The Regional Transportation District says that high-rise growth in downtown Denver is one of the main causes of the district's ongoing issues with the metro area's commuter rail network. That discovery came in an action plan the district submitted to federal regulators Friday and made public Monday. ...

Yemeni mom wins travel ban waiver to see dying son in US

A Yemeni mother blocked by the Trump administration's travel ban has won her fight for a waiver that would allow her to travel to California to see her dying 2-year-old son. Basim Elkarra of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento said Shaima
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Yemeni mom wins travel ban waiver to see dying son in US

A Yemeni mother blocked by the Trump administration's travel ban has won her fight for a waiver that would allow her to travel to California to see her dying 2-year-old son. Basim Elkarra of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento said Shaima Swileh was granted a visa Tuesday and ...

Some Bottlenose Dolphins Have Cliquey Social Circles, Study Says

Just like humans, ocean animals can be picky about who they’re friends with: Researchers have discovered that some bottlenose dolphins have cliquey social circles and avoid rival squads. On Tuesday, the University of […] The post Some Bottlenose D
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Some Bottlenose Dolphins Have Cliquey Social Circles, Study Says

Just like humans, ocean animals can be picky about who they’re friends with: Researchers have discovered that some bottlenose dolphins have cliquey social circles and avoid rival squads. On Tuesday, the University of […] The post Some Bottlenose Dolphins Have Cliquey Social Circles, Study Says appeared first on Geek.com.

Elegant Paper Cranes Composed of Detailed Cuts, Folds, and Flowers

In 2015, paper artist Cristian Marianciuc (previously) started a 1,000-day goal to create a new paper crane each day. The extravagant designs included layers of multi-color paper, detailed cuts to imitate feathers, and often gilded elements added onto the wi
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Elegant Paper Cranes Composed of Detailed Cuts, Folds, and Flowers

In 2015, paper artist Cristian Marianciuc (previously) started a 1,000-day goal to create a new paper crane each day. The extravagant designs included layers of multi-color paper, detailed cuts to imitate feathers, and often gilded elements added onto the wings. After his self-imposed challenge Marianciuc has given himself more time to work on each design, allowing cranes to develop over days rather than hours. Without these constraints he is able to vary his techniques, creating increasingly difficult works that introduce more intricate cuts and folds.  More

Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in January 2019

See ya later, 2018. Hulu is welcoming 2019 with a bang. If ‘bang’ means a slate of movies and television shows that will have you wanting to veg out in the couch, nursing […] The post Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in January 2019 ap
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Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in January 2019

See ya later, 2018. Hulu is welcoming 2019 with a bang. If ‘bang’ means a slate of movies and television shows that will have you wanting to veg out in the couch, nursing […] The post Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in January 2019 appeared first on Geek.com.

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Darlington's 2019 NASCAR Throwback Weekend to honor 1990-1994

The upcoming season will also mark the 70th running of the Southern 500. Darlington will honor specific moments and heroes of the 1990-94 era of the sport’s storied history, including the conclusion of Hall of Famer Richard Petty’s career and the beginnin
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Darlington's 2019 NASCAR Throwback Weekend to honor 1990-1994

The upcoming season will also mark the 70th running of the Southern 500. Darlington will honor specific moments and heroes of the 1990-94 era of the sport’s storied history, including the conclusion of Hall of Famer Richard Petty’s career and the beginning of Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Gordon’s career. The track will also pay special tribute during its 2019 race weekend to Spartanburg ... Keep reading

Sporting KC signs Hungarian international defender to two-year deal

Botond Barath, 26, has played more than 200 matches for hometown club Budapest Honved FC and made three appearances for the Hungary national team.
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Sporting KC signs Hungarian international defender to two-year deal

Botond Barath, 26, has played more than 200 matches for hometown club Budapest Honved FC and made three appearances for the Hungary national team.

Bills place Murphy on IR, sign 49ers receiver Victor Bolden

The Buffalo Bills have signed receiver Victor Bolden off San Francisco's practice squad and placed running back Marcus Murphy on injured reserve
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Bills place Murphy on IR, sign 49ers receiver Victor Bolden

The Buffalo Bills have signed receiver Victor Bolden off San Francisco's practice squad and placed running back Marcus Murphy on injured reserve

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