Science & Tech
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Microsoft negotiating to acquire TikTok

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/03/20, 05:22 pm

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has threatened to ban the trendy social media app in the United States. Microsoft, which is in discussions with TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance to buy the social networking service’s operations in the United States and other English-speaking countries, said it would address the president’s concerns. Microsoft expects negotiations to end by mid-September and said it may bring on other U.S. investors to help purchase TikTok.

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Dolphins learning by design

Science | Researchers identify new ways animals are using tools and gaining skills
by Julie Borg
Posted 7/30/20, 03:25 pm

Dolphins off the coast of Western Australia are adapting to their environment much more quickly than the theory of evolution can account for. Over the past 15 years, researchers studying bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay observed the animals engaging in a new hunting technique called shelling. The dolphins learned how to chase their prey into giant empty seashells, then pick up the shell with their beak and transport it to the water’s surface.

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Perseverance heads to Mars

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/30/20, 11:26 am

A 4.2-magnitude earthquake didn’t stop the next NASA Mars rover from lifting off on Thursday morning. The car-sized Perseverance craft and its collection of cameras, microphones, drills, and lasers launched into space on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. It should arrive on Mars in February 2021 at the end of a 300-million-mile journey.

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