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A pain-free 'microneedle' patch could one day replace flu shots

An experimental patch could one day replace the annual flu shot. Unlike other vaccines that only need to be taken once in a lifetime, or only periodically, the flu mutates so frequently that it's recommended people get the shot every year. But not everyone gets it. Show More Summary

Facebook's leaked rules on censoring hate speech protect 'white men' but not 'black children' (FB)

A bombshell investigation by ProPublica sheds new light on how Facebook trains its thousands of content moderators to police hate speech, including a rule that calls for the blocking of attacks on "white men" but not "black children." The...Show More Summary

Scientists are about to find out how Silicon Valley's LSD habit really affects productivity

According to Amanda Feilding, the founder and director of the UK-based nonprofit Beckley Foundation, one tenth of a full dose of LSD is enough to make her feel "sparkly." Feilding has spent decades collaborating with scientists around the world to better understand how psychedelic drugs like LSD, ayahuasca, and magic mushrooms affect the brain. Show More Summary

NBC's new sports streaming service makes fans pay more for games they were already getting

NBC is shaking up how it delivers Premier League matches, and it's not all for the better. The Comcast-owned network, which owns the exclusive rights to the English soccer league in the US, announced on Tuesday a new streaming service...Show More Summary

This photo deeply disgusts some people, and scientists are trying to understand why

Clustered holes, bumps, and similar patterns disgust some people. Some 15%-17% of people may experience this disgust, called trypophobia. Trypophobia is not considered a true phobia, though it's poorly understood. Many researchers agree...Show More Summary

14 tips and tricks to master Slack, one of the most popular work apps in the world

If you work in an office, there's a good chance you've heard of Slack. Even if you don't use it yourself, you've surely heard from a friend how great the business-chat platform is. By offering companies an alternative to endless email...Show More Summary

The rate of sea level rise increased 50% in the last two decades, new study finds

A new study published in Nature found that sea level rise shot up between 1993 and 2014 because of climate change. The authors of the study calculated that in those two decades, there was a 50% in the rate at which seas are rising —Show More Summary

This mesmerizing map shows the world's cars, buses, and subways moving in real-time

Public transit data can prove valuable to both cities and riders. For example, it can reveal high-congestion times, which provides insight for transit officials to, say, add more buses or subway cars to a certain route to make commutes...Show More Summary

Here's why some people have white spots on their teeth

Why do some people have white spots on their teeth and others don't? It turns out, they are related to what people consumed as children. Photo courtesy of Josconklin, Dozenist. Follow Tech Insider: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »

Snapchat now lets you make your own geofilters without leaving the app (SNAP)

Snapchat is making it easier than ever to make custom geofilters, a move that could boost parent company Snap Inc.'s non-advertising revenue. Snapchat users will be able to create their own on-demand geofilters inside the app, the company announced on Wednesday. Show More Summary

Ethereum explodes above $300

Ethereum is exploding higher on Wednesday, trading up 32% at $299.70. It high a high of $308 earlier in the session. The climb back above the $300 level comes just less than a week after a flash crash on the Global Digital Asset Exchange pushed Ethereum's price down to as low as $0.10 before quickly recouping its losses. Show More Summary

Apple's latest acquisition to further its VR push should enhance the 'Apple effect' (AAPL)

This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Apple has likely acquired SensoMotoric, a German computer vision company best known for its eye-tracking...Show More Summary

Swedish health startup KRY has raised €20 million for its video consultation app

Swedish digital health startup KRY has raised €20 million (£18 million) for its video consultation app that allows patients to talk to doctors from the comfort of their home. Total investment in KRY, which has the potential to take the...Show More Summary

Facebook's new attempt to get both brands and people talking on Messenger

Facebook is trying to breathe life back into branded chat bots. The platform is rolling out its discover tab widely across the U.S. today, a new section within Facebook Messenger where users can browse and find bots, nearby places and...Show More Summary

Reddit's founder thought people in Silicon Valley were the hardest workers — until he met his fiancée, Serena Williams

Silicon Valley might be full of hard workers, but they've got nothing on Serena Williams. That's what Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian learned when he started dating the tennis superstar, according to a new Vanity Fair profile on the couple. Williams and Ohanian met in 2015 and are planning to get married later this year. Show More Summary

A new Chromebook to compete with Apple and Microsoft is reportedly in the works (GOOG)

A report from ChromeUnboxed claims that Google is working on a new Chromebook laptop that would compete with similar devices from rivals Apple and Microsoft. The site scanned public comments from Chrome OS developers, and found thatShow More Summary

Cheap digital TV packages are cannibals — and could push traditional TV to its worst subscriber losses on record

Since internet-TV packages began to pop up in earnest last year, a question has hung in the air: Are they cannibals? These streaming-TV packages function much like traditional satellite or cable ones, except they generally have fewer...Show More Summary

A huge crack in Antarctic ice is 'hours, days, or weeks' from breaking off an iceberg the size of Delaware

The 1,000-foot-thick, Delaware-sized iceberg that's getting ready to break off of Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf could calve within "hours, days, or weeks," researchers say. Scientists monitoring the ice shelf report that from JuneShow More Summary

It looks like Samsung will release refurbished models of the Galaxy Note 7 — again

If a Wall Street Journal report published on Wednesday is accurate, Samsung will be releasing the Galaxy Note 7 for the third time. The third iteration of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 will supposedly be called the Galaxy Note 7 "FE," where...Show More Summary

Uranus is officially the weirdest planet in our solar system

Uranus' magnetic field acts in a very different way from other planets. Understanding its nature could be key to finding alien life in the future. You can read more about the scientists' findings in The Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics. Follow Tech Insider: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »

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