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In 2018 the ticketing industry finally killed the sold out show

Jesse Lawrence If the Redskins and Warriors signaled a shift away from the sellout era in sports, Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour did the same for music. Having wrapped up earlier this month, Reputation finished as the highest grossing US Tour in history, despite a flurry of articles lambasting the artist for not selling out many shows.  Ironically, it turns out that the most important factor in her record-breaking success was exactly that: not selling out. Rather than a lack of demand, these unsold tickets for high-profile events are the result…

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We Still Dont Know When The Earths Magnetic Field Began

The Earth’s magnetic field is thought to have been crucial to the survival of life. If so, knowing its origin is essential not only for understanding our own planet, but establishing the prospects for life elsewhere. Unfortunately, geologists trying to establish when the field appeared may be back to square one, with the discovery of a flaw in what was thought to be evidence for the field’s early formation. The zircon crystals of the Jack Hills, Western Australia, are the oldest materials to originate on Earth. Much of what we…

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Motiv is bringing NFC-based payments to its fitness ring

Announced way back at CES 2016, Motiv’s fitness ring was surprisingly capable and accurate for its tiny form factor. Earlier this year, the startup promised to bring even more functionality to the finger, starting with biometric authentication that uses a wearer’s gait to unlock devices. This year at the show, the company’s got a handful of additional new features to showoff. Most interesting among them is upcoming addition of mobile payments, via NFC. How, precisely the platform works remains to be soon, though the company promises security through the biometrics.…

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How Your Gut Bacteria Could Be Key To Preventing Food Allergies

Science is still getting to grips with understanding the gut microbiome – the rich ecosystem of trillions of microorganisms in your intestines – but an increasing number of studies are showing that it could have a surprisingly profound effect on your health and happiness. The latest study of which claims that bacteria lurking in your intestines could be the key to preventing food allergies in children. After scientists implanted gut microbes from healthy human babies into the digestive system of germ-free mice, they noted that the animals became protected against an allergy to cow’s…

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This Squirrel Eating An Egg Roll Is Living His Best Life, And The Internet Is Totally Here For It

First, there was Pizza Rat. Then, there was Shower Rat. Now, a new challenger has stepped into the ring. Say hello to Egg Roll Squirrel, the adorable obese squirrel that loves to eat egg rolls! –  Egg Roll Squirrel knows what’s up. Egg Roll Squirrel laughs in the face of your New Year’s dieting. – This video of the pint-sized New York native went viral this week after it was shared by What Is New York, a group whose Twitter and Facebook pages are “dedicated to everything that is New York”. People just…

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The Gatwick Drone Story Just Got Even Weirder, Sending Conspiracy Theorists Into Overdrive

The Gatwick drone story is already one of the strangest stories of 2018. In case you somehow missed it, here’s a quick recap.  Around 1,000 flights were canceled to and from London’s Gatwick airport between December 19-21, just in time for Christmas, after multiple reports of drones hovering near the airport. Sixty-seven reports, in fact.  The reports were taken very seriously as we have a pretty good idea of what would happen if a drone ever hit a plane mid-air. The airport has even offered a £50,000 ($63,000) reward for information that…

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There Are Five Different Types Of Insomnia, According To New Research

Restless nights and blurrier days are extremely common. Around one in 10 people suffer from chronic insomnia, but many more will experience it from time to time over the course of their life. It’s perhaps, therefore, not surprising to hear that insomnia can take on many forms. A new piece of research from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience argues that insomnia can be broken up into as many as five different categories. “While we have always considered insomnia to be one disorder, it actually represents five different disorders,” Dr Tessa…

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