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Music For Plants Is Real (Even If The Science Isn't)

The bestselling 1970s book The Secret Life of Plants has been effectively debunked — but that hasn't stopped Stevie Wonder, Solange and scores of ambient musicians from chasing its leafy muse.

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Argentina's Blackout and the Storm-Battered Future of the Grid

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 07:00
The countrywide blackout in Argentina came after a period of heavy rains, a reminder that US the electric grid is also not ready for extreme weather events.
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Lil Nas X Is More Than Just A Meme Lord, Apparently

The internet native parlayed his brilliance for virality into a breakout career via the year's most indelible single, and its most unlikely cultural flashpoint. But that was then.

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Ever Plugged A USB In Wrong? Of Course You Have. Here's Why

It's often hard to plug in a USB device on the first try. Ajay Bhatt, the chief inventor of the USB, agrees the design is annoying but says there was a good reason for it.

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An Aviation Pioneer Goes All In on Electric Planes

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 06:00
André Borschberg, one of two men to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane, launched a new company called H55.
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A Russian Biologist Wants To Create More Gene-Edited Babies

A Moscow scientist claims he has a safe way of editing genes in human embryos — a method that could protect resulting babies from being infected with HIV. Approval of the experiment seems unlikely.

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2020 Democrats Offer Up Affordable Housing Plans Amid Surging Prices

Candidates have proposed everything from tax credits for renters to spending billions on new affordable housing to address a prime example of racial and income inequality.

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Is The Supreme Court About To Give Haters Of The 'Deep State' What They Want?

The court is continuing to allow Congress to delegate the details on a law's implementation. But is this decision a harbinger of something quite different?

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FAA Orders U.S. Airlines To Bypass Iranian Airspace After Drone Shot Down

The Federal Aviation Administration prohibited U.S. carriers from overflying Iran "until further notice, due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions."

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Arizona Prisons Lift Ban On Book About Mass Incarceration

The book's author is grateful that pressure on corrections officials persuaded them to rethink the ban, but it did not end his concerns over access to books among prisoners across the country.

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A 747 Carried 2 Beluga Whales From China To Iceland

Naturally, transporting the whales — each about 13 feet long — was a huge logistical headache. Trainers have been preparing the belugas for the journey and for their new life in open water.

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Iran's U.N. Ambassador: U.S. Escalating Hostilities Like A 'Knife Under Your Throat'

In an interview with NPR, Majid Takht Ravanchi also denied responsibility for the attack on two tankers last week and steadfastly maintained that Iran is not interested in war.

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New Alabama Law Permits Church To Hire Its Own Police Force

A mega-church says it needs its own police for security. Critics say the law will grant state authority to church officials and is unconstitutional, violating the separation of church and state.

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Regulators Resist Call For Action In Response To Black Lung Epidemic

A top mine safety regulator testified before Congress that no new regulations are needed to protect workers from deadly silica dust, despite an epidemic of advanced black lung disease.

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New Report Says College-Educated Women Will Soon Make Up Majority Of U.S. Labor Force

This year U.S. women who graduated from college will likely make up a majority of adults with degrees in the labor force. The increase could signal greater earning potential for women in the future.

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Waymo Goes Global With Renault-Nissan Partnership

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 20:44
But don’t expect *les voitures autonomes de Waymo* to roam international roads just yet.
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In Rare Rebuke To Trump, Senate Votes To Block Saudi Arms Sales

With support from a handful of Republicans, the Senate voted Thursday to halt billions of dollars worth of arms sales, paving the way for a veto battle.

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Investors Love Slack—for Now

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 19:38
Slack shares rose nearly 50 percent in their debut. It's the latest successful stock offering for a maker of business software.
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Iran Shoots Down a US Drone, Apple Recalls MacBook Batteries, and More News

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 18:41
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Iranian Hackers Launch a New US-Targeted Campaign as Tensions Mount

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 18:09
Three cybersecurity firms have identified phishing attacks stemming from Iran—that may lay the groundwork for something more destructive.
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