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CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) is a challenge-response authentication security technique. They are riddles designed to protect websites from malicious bots. By requiring one to pass a brief test to verify that they are a human and not a computer attempting to access a password-protected account, CAPTCHA helps safeguard users against read more

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“If You Can’t Beat Them, Eat Them”
A new kind of out-of-town visitor likes to check out the famous Brandenburg Tor in Berlin these days: Louisiana crawfish scuttles through the site when it rains. After business consultants Lukas and Juliane Bosch learned three years ago that they had become invasive in Berlin, the couple had an aha-moment. “We read that the invasive species has read more

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Hobbyist photographer snaps photo of extremely rare bird in 1st U.S. sighting
On a trip to the Oregon coast in late April, amateur photographer Michael Sanchez took his new camera out to Hug Point State Park to snap pictures of waterfalls. Sanchez, a 41-year-old middle-school band director from Vancouver, Wash., recently picked up photography and, by his account, is by no means a bird-watcher. read more

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Tough crowd? Feds putting end to ‘humorous’ highway signs to prioritize safety
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is cracking down on “humorous” digital signs that have been cracking smiles on drivers all across the US.

The days an Ohio highway tells drivers to “slow down” to arrive at the in-laws late or a New Jersey road advising Halloween read more

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Sir Michael John Gambon CBE (19 October 1940 – 27 September 2023) was an Irish-English actor. Gambon started his acting career with Laurence Olivier as one of the original members of the Royal National Theatre. Over his six-decade-long career, he received three Olivier Awards and four BAFTA TV Awards. In 1998, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama.

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‘It was pretty hairy,’ says cowboy who lassoed a rogue steer on a Michigan highway
Lester is home at his animal sanctuary and doing just fine thanks to cow catcher Ricky Littlejohn

When Ricky Littlejohn got the call that Lester the steer was loose again, he knew he was in for a challenging day. After all, it wasn’t the professional cattle-wrangler’s first read more

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A lawyer used ChatGPT and now has to answer for its ‘bogus’ citations
A filing in a case against Colombian airline Avianca cited six cases that don’t exist, but a lawyer working for the plaintiff told the court ChatGPT said they were real.

Lawyers suing the Colombian airline Avianca submitted a brief full of previous cases that were just made up by read more

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“Hi, Joel? It’s Marty Cooper.” Engineer Martin Cooper cradled a bulky object to his ear, listening. The gray device had two rows of numbered buttons between the ear and mouthpiece. An antenna poked from the top, reaching skyward to pick up invisible signals from the city’s jangling atmosphere. Next to the sidewalk, cars and taxis zipped down read more

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Cockatoos can not only use tools, they can carry whole toolkits to trickier jobs, study shows
(CNN)The ability to solve problems with multiple tools is a rare talent in the animal kingdom, but according to new research, cockatoos are the first birds on the block to carry and use a tool kit to suit their needs.

Using 10 Goffin’s cockatoos, researchers from read more

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You probably wouldn’t win a staring contest with it, though you’d be hard pressed to look away. Taller than a mailbox, with an eight-foot wingspan, the shoebill is quite a kick to observe! This hefty bird with its lesson-in-gray plumage is endemic to swamps and wetlands of Central and East Africa. Solitary in nature, even when paired with another, the birds like their space and will feed at opposite ends of their read more

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Meta Trained an AI on 48M Science Papers. It Was Shut Down After 2 Days
Galactica was supposed to help “organize science.” Instead, it spewed misinformation.

In the first year of the pandemic, science happened at light speed. More than 100,000 papers were published on COVID in those first 12 months — an unprecedented human effort read more