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This day in history: 18 June 2019: Li Yuan Becomes Emperor Gaozu of Tang (618 CE). Emperor Gaozu was the founder of the greatest of China's imperial dynasties, the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE), which ruled over what was then the world's largest empire and initiated a golden age for art, science, and Buddhism. Before becoming emperor, Li Yuan, as he was then known, was governor of a province under the Sui Dynasty. When the Sui emperor, Yangdi, was assassinated in 618, Li Yuan reunited the empire and took power.

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In the news

Intriguing results from first-ever placebo-controlled LSD microdose human study: Although a large volume of anecdotal reports have been published over the last few years affirming the value of LSD microdosing, there has been very little scientific or empirical study on this compelling phenomenon. Posted on 18 June 2019.

Appeals Court To Cops: There's Nothing Inherently Suspicious About Running From The Police: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just handed down a refresher [PDF] on a few legal issues, most notably what is or isn't "reasonable" when it comes to suspicion. Posted on 18 June 2019.

Methods in belowground botany: Plant root systems play a crucial role in ecosystems, radically impacting everything from nutrient cycling to species composition. Posted on 18 June 2019.

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News (continued)

Google Employee Who Helped Organize Mass Walkout Quits After Retaliation Claims: Claire Stapleton was among the organizers of last year's global walkout over the company's poor handling of sexual harassment allegations. Posted on 07 June 2019.

The Best High-Tech Eco-Friendly Must Have Electric Garden Tools: We all know that our garden chores can become a little tedious and time-consuming, especially in spring and summer, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case, especially when. Posted on 06 June 2019.

Sprint is the latest telecom to offer a tracking device that uses LTE: Following in the footsteps of AT&T and Verizon*, Sprint is now offering an LTE tracker. Posted on 18 June 2019.

Cross-class collaboration combines cloud computing with ag: In a new collaboration, students from Dairy Herd Management teamed up with students in Topics in Cloud Computing to learn how to work together to develop the kinds of digital tools that could reshape farming. Posted on 17 June 2019.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 30 March 2019.

'Bulk hacking' by UK spy agencies is illegal, high court told: Rights group argues powers of MI5 and GCHQ to obtain and store data breach human rights“Bulk hacking” powers exploited by the intelligence services to access electronic devices represent an illegal intrusion into the private lives of millions of people, the high court has been told. Posted on 18 June 2019.

'I refuse to regret waking up a day older': Ashton Applewhite's fight for age pride: The activist on her manifesto to empower older people, how to challenge age prejudice – and why she dyes her hair grey When Ashton Applewhite hit 55 years old, she dyed her hair. Posted on 18 June 2019.

Samsung to foster neural processing unit: Samsung has designated neural processing units as being core technologies in artificial intelligence and will hire 2,000 people in the area by 2030 as part of its goal to lead in logic chip businesses. Posted on 18 June 2019.

Ministers reject fast fashion impact advice: An 18-point plan to end the era of throwaway clothes and improve working conditions is dismissed. Posted on 17 June 2019.

Nuro’s Pizza Robot Will Bring You a Domino’s Pie: It’s about half the size of a sedan, and for now it needs a chase car with a babysitter. Posted on 18 June 2019.

Brands Push Back On Partnering With Social Media Influencers: Brands are expected to spend up to $10 billion by next year on social media influencers. Posted on 17 June 2019.

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UN: World population expected to rise to 9.7 billion in 2050: The world's population is getting older and growing at a slower pace but is still expected to increase from 7. Posted on 17 June 2019.

These Influencers Aren’t Flesh and Blood, Yet Millions Follow Them: From Calvin Klein to KFC, the rise of the computer-generated influencer on social media. Posted on 17 June 2019.

Alibaba reshuffles management; CFO Wu to oversee strategic investment unit: China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on Tuesday said its chief financial officer, Maggie Wu, will oversee the firm's strategic acquisitions and investments unit, as part of a business and management reshuffle at the e-commerce giant. Posted on 18 June 2019.

Disgruntled security firm discloses zero-days in Facebook's WordPress plugins: Zero-days disclosed in "Facebook for WooCommerce" and "Messenger Customer Chat. Posted on 18 June 2019.

Those Puppy Dog Eyes You Can’t Resist? Thank Evolution: Dogs have a muscle that lets them make a face to melt a human’s heart. Posted on 18 June 2019.

A Clearer Map For Aging: 'Elderhood' Shows How Geriatricians Help Seniors Thrive: Physician Louise Aronson treats patients who are in their 60s — as well as those who are older than 100. Posted on 17 June 2019.

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Bar scales back 'free shot per goal' promotion after U.S. 13-0 win: A Miami bar that offered customers "free shots" for every goal scored by the United States at the Women's World Cup has scaled back its offer in the wake of the team's record-breaking 13-0 thrashing of Thailand this week. Posted on 13 June 2019.

China Is Harvesting Organs From Detainees, Tribunal Concludes: An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: An independent tribunal sitting in London has concluded that the killing of detainees in China for organ transplants is continuing, and victims include imprisoned followers of the Falun Gong movement. Posted on 01 January 1970.

House launches investigation into Big Tech: The House Judiciary Committee will start its investigation into Silicon Valley and Big Tech this week. Posted on 01 January 1970.

See the evolution of over 2,000 world flags in under 5 minutes: This film features over 2,000 flags, set in motion to Ludwig van Beethoven, centuries in the making. Posted on 14 June 2019.

Facebook and Google urged to set up independent regulator to avoid internet laws: . Posted on 25 January 2018.

'Flesh-Eating' Bacteria May Be Spreading to Beaches Once Thought Off-Limits. Here's Why.: "Flesh-eating" bacteria that live in the ocean may be spreading to previously unaffected beach waters thanks to climate change, according to a new report. Posted on 17 June 2019.

The three challenges keeping cars from being fully autonomous: Technical, regulatory, and business obstacles are still in the way of safe, useful, and affordable self-driving vehicles. Posted on 18 June 2019.

What is the 'finest' personal wiki software program?: To add an audio feature, go across toSpecial:Uploadwhere you'll find a form to upload one. Posted on 18 June 2019.

Some of the tech in my workday

Best programming language?

The PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language Index is created by analyzing how often language tutorials are searched on Google.

The TIOBE Programming Community index measures popularity based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses, third party vendors and search engine activity.

w3techs analyses page content to determine the technology used, and also uses publicly available information from sources such as Alexa, Google, Microsoft and ipinfo.io.

While Java and Python top the popularity charts, more than 80% of all websites run on PHP.

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