These Dell Inspiron Chromebooks are only $179.99 and you should probably get one

by Chris Rierson, Mashable

Back-to-school time means back to lugging your laptop everywhere (except maybe the shower — don’t make it weird). If you’re a student, you are already saddled with a metric ton of textbooks to haul around, no sense adding to the burden of an already bursting backpack. What you need is an affordable laptop that is both compact and lightweight, but still has all the tech you need to get your stuff done. 

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Scientists detect a black hole swallowing a neutron star ‘like Pac-man’

by Doyle Rice, USA Today

More wild news from outer space:

For the first time, scientists have detected a black hole devouring a neutron star, according to a report released Monday.

“About 900 million years ago, this black hole ate a very dense star, known as a neutron star, like Pac-man – possibly snuffing out the star instantly,” said Susan Scott, a scientist with the Australian National University, in a statement. 

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Orangutans hold the key to human speech

by University of St. Andrews, Phys.org

New research, led by scientists from the University of St Andrews and Indianapolis Zoo, shows that great apes can control their voice in a similar way to humans, giving a unique insight into the evolution of human language.

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‘Evil-Genius’ Neutrino Gun Could Finally Unmask the Tiniest Particles in the Universe

by Paul Sutter, LiveScience

These giant experiments are searching for the most-elusive ghost particles in the universe.

Neutrinos are perhaps the most underrated particles known to humankind. Physicist, smart guy and smart aleck Wolfgang Pauli first proposed their existence in 1930 as a missing puzzle piece — certain nuclear reactions had more going in than they had coming out. Pauli reasoned that something tiny and invisible had to be involved — hence, the neutrino, which is kind of Italian for “little neutral one.” 

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