Save Over $40 On This Highly-Rated Pressure Cooker, Today Only

If you don’t own a pressure cooker , today’s a great day to fix that. As part of a Gold Box deal, Amazon’s knocked the highly-rated Instant Pot IP-DUO60 down to an all-time low $79. That’s not just the best price ever, it’s actually an entire $40-$50 less than usual.


London’s New Bridge For Pedestrians Solves a Common Problem With Clever Engineering

It’s by design that most modern cities grew up around rivers or coastlines. But today, those bodies of water pose problems for thousands of commuters who’d prefer to ride or walk–and cities are developing new infrastructure to bridge them.


ICYMI: Plant-powered lamps, livestreaming AI and more

Today on In Case You Missed It: A coder from the Netherlands used a live webcam feed for a walk around Amsterdam, running neural network code that identified everything in view. Despite some obvious set-backs (it thought the creator was wearing a sui...

The Ultimate Cheap Coffee Maker Is On Sale For Black Friday

Even at full price, Aerobie’s AeroPress coffee maker is easily the cheapest and easiest way to make terrific coffee , and you can grab a very rare discount on yours today.


Keep Your Home Network Running During a Power Outage For Just $20

If the power at your house can be a little spotty, this $20 APC backup UPS is designed specifically to keep your modem and router running on battery power, so you’ll never lose touch with the world. Today’s Black Friday deal is actually a full $20 less than its previous lowest price, so if you have any inkling that you might want this, I wouldn’t hesitate. [APC Back-UPS Connect, $20]


This 55″ Curved 4K TV Is Under $1000 For The First Time

You’ll find a ton of TV deals in the “Televisions” section of our main Black Friday post, but this one was tool cool not to highlight. Other sizes are also on sale. [Samsung UN55JU6700 55” Curved 4K TV, $998]


This Light Show in Tokyo Is Bewilderingly Pretty

Every year, the Caretta Plaza in Tokyo is adorned with an impressive light show to mark the end of another 365 days. This time, over 270,000 LEDs are being used to create an elaborate six-minute audiovisual light show that you can see in these images.


OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X available without an invite, accessories on sale

OnePlus is celebrating Black Friday by axing the invite requirement on the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X. Neither phone is being given any sort of discount, but hey, it’s nice to be able to buy OnePlus’s phones without having to wait around for an invite to hit your inbox.

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Here’s Your $95 Chromebook Deal

If you missed Best Buy’s short-lived $99 Chromebook deal, it’s back in stock on Amazon for $4 less. The specs are as basic as they get, but who’s going to complain at this price? [Acer 11.6” Chromebook, $95]


PlayStation 4 Remote Play Coming to the PC Desktop

A quite amazing piece of technology that’ll have lapsed gamers stunned by what’s possible nowadays is on the way from Sony, with one of its development heads confirming that the Remote Play functionality is coming to PC.


Nexus 5X price cut by $80, other Nexus hardware also discounted

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We’ve seen some killer deals on older Nexus phones lately, but today one of Google’s newest handsets is being discounted, too.

The Nexus 5X is on sale in the Google Store, with both models getting $80 chopped off their price tags. That leaves the 16GB model at $299 and the more capacious 32GB unit at $349. As of this writing, all colors and sizes are still in stock.

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The World’s Largest Radio Telescope Dish Is Taking Shape Like a Giant Puzzle

Within a year, the world’s current largest single-dish radio telescope, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, will lose its title. It will instead be usurped by this: the Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in Pingtang County, China.


Why MakerBot and 3D Systems are Losing the Desktop 3D Market

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20 list of desktop 3D printers are any of the models sold by 3D Systems or Stratasys’ MakerBot subsidiary. MakerBot not cracking the top 20...

Huge Piece of Debris Likely From SpaceX Summer Explosion Washed Up in UK

Back in June, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded catastrophically shortly after liftoff. Now, some of the debris appears to have washed up on the UK coast—over 4,000 miles from where the accident happened.


These Amazing Immersive Models Help Scientists Understand the Structure of Forests

Tropical forest are large, complex and easy to get lost in—which isn’t helpful if you’re trying to study them. Now, scientists are using these amazing immersive mathematical models to understand the intricacies of tree canopies around the world.


Data-mined photos document 100 years of (forced) smiling

Here's an odd fact: Turn-of-the-century photographers used to tell subjects to say "prunes" rather than "cheese," so that they would smile less. By studying nearly 38,000 high-school yearbook photos taken since 1905, UC Berkeley researchers have show...

Scientists Can Now Establish Your Gender From a Fingerprint 

Fingerprints may be unique, but without an existing record they can’t help identify a person. Now, though, researchers can use chemical analysis of the prints to identify the gender of whoever left them behind.


This Satellite Image Looks Like Some Kind of Impossible Staircase

This Satellite Image Looks Like Some Kind of Impossible Staircase

This mind-bending image looks like something out of Inception, but in fact it’s a view of fields in the south Khartoum area of Sudan. How the hell do they grow anything on that?


Amazon Will Give You a Year’s Unlimited Online Storage for $5

If you need some cloud-based storage in which to squirrel away your files, Amazon has just announced a tempting option: for a limited time, you can snag its unlimited online storage for $5.


A Fantastic Pair of Over-Ears is Cheaper Than Ever For Black Friday

The over-ear version of these Wirecutter-receommended headphones are down to just $75, today only. That’s the lowest price Amazon’s ever offered by a whopping $34. [Bose SoundTrue Headphones, $75]


The Next Big War Will Be Digital—and We’re Not Ready For It

In the 21st century the familiar form of warfare in which physical damage is meted out against the opponent’s military forces and infrastructure has become only one form of attack. Instead, states are increasingly launching non-lethal attacks against an enemy’s information systems – this is the rise of information warfare.


DJI’s MG-1 drone is water-resistant, dustproof.. and made for farming

DJI's newest drone isn't its sexiest: it's a specialized, toughened agricultural drone. Yep, hard to get excited about unless you're a farmer perhaps, but the Agras MG-1 is dust-proof, water resistant and constructed from anti-corrosive materials. Sm...

Add a 1080p Monitor To Your Workstation For $70, Plus More Acer Discounts

Want to try out a multi-monitor setup without breaking the bank? These basic 1080p panels are dirt-cheap on Amazon today as part of a Gold Box deal.


Add a 1080p Monitor To Your Workstation For $70, Plus More Acer Discounts

Want to try out a multi-monitor setup without breaking the bank? These basic 1080p panels are dirt-cheap on Amazon today as part of a Gold Box deal.


This crowdfunded router updates its own security

It's really, really, really hard to make a router sound exciting, but the folks behind the Turris Omnia are betting the device's focus on keeping your sensitive data secure might grab you. The manufacturer's IndieGogo campaign still has 45 days to go...

OnePlus Will Refund Customers Who Bought Its Flawed USB-C Cable

The reversible USB-C cable and charger that OnePlus sells for its OnePlus 2 smartphone is very good at charging that particular phone. But as a Google engineer pointed out , it’s not up to spec for all USB-C devices.


Save $80 on the New Nexus 5X For Black Friday

The Nexus 5X is one of the best midrange phones you can buy , and B&H is discounting it by $80, and throwing in a $25 gift card for good measure. That’s the first deal we’ve seen on this handset, and we don’t expect it to last long. [Nexus 5x + $25 B&H Gift Card, $299]


Score a Great 2TB External Drive For $65, While It Lasts

Your newly-mented favorite portable hard drive is down to just $65 for 2TB, the best price we’ve ever seen. [WD My Passport Ultra 2TB, $65]


Sony confirms official PS4 Remote Play app for Windows and Mac

Well that was quick. It's only been a couple of days since someone came up with an unofficial app to stream PlayStation 4 gaming to PC, but earlier today, Sony's awesome Shuhei Yoshida confirmed on Twitter that his company is "indeed working on an of...

Here’s The Best Deal Ever On Your Favorite Pair of Headphones

We’ve seen a handful of deals on Audio-Technica’s coveted ATH-M50x headphones lately, but this is the best of the bunch.


Russia’s Newest Data Center Will Be Nuclear Powered

Russia’s newest data center will also be its largest, with a capacity for 10,000 racks. With that much power draw, it of course makes sense for the facility to be built next door to an existing nuclear power station.


Save $150-$200 on Apple’s Drool-Worthy New MacBook

Got your eyes on Apple’s jaw-dropping new MacBook? Amazon and Best Buy are both offering $150 Black Friday discounts on the base 256GB/8GB models right now, and Best Buy will take an extra $50 off if you have a .edu email address.


Clever Physics Explains Why a Dropped Phone Lands Screen-Down

Believe it or not, it’s not Sod’s Law that dictates a dropped smartphone will land screen down: it’s actually the same physics that influences buttered toast in free-fall.


LG’s spending billions to make more OLED things

LG's OLED 4K TVs are jaw-droppingly gorgeous, but the price still isn't anywhere near the level it needs to be for mass consumer adoption. Hopefully the company's new manufacturing plant can help that a bit thanks to economies of scale. A Reuters rep...

Here’s a Can of Cranberry Sauce Playing Mozart’s Turkish March

Done with Thanksgiving dinner, and never want to see cranberry sauce again? Too bad: here’s a can of the stuff being dropped, mashed, thwacked and sploshed, all to play Mozart’s Turkish (geddit?) March.


Give the Gift of Better Mornings With These Discounted Wake-Up Lights

If you’re still jolting yourself awake with the harsh tones of an alarm clock, it’s time to give a Philips Wake-Up Light a try. It sounds hyperbolic, but these things really can improve your life immeasurably, and a pair of models are on sale for Black Friday.


Black Friday Is a Great Excuse to Upgrade To 802.11ac Wireless

If you still haven’t upgraded your home Wi-Fi network to 802.11ac, we’ve found Black Friday deals on highly-rated NETGEAR routers to suit any budget.


Scientists create gold nuggets that are 98 percent air

Researchers at ETH Zurich have accomplished a bit of modern-day alchemy, transforming 20 carat gold into a lightweight foam. Well, technically it's an aerogel: an exceedingly light and porous matrix of material. It's so porous, in fact, that the foam...

Most Complex Cash Register Malware Ever Is Out to Steal Your Money and ID

A new kind of point-of-sale malware, which uses multiple layers of obfuscation and encryption to cover its tracks, has been identified by security researchers—and is being help up as the most complex software of its kind yet to be identified in the wild.


‘Spencer’ the robot is here to help guide lost airline passengers

Meet Spencer. This armless automaton will begin a test run in Schiphol Amsterdam Airport at the end of the month, greeting and guiding harried travellers through the transport hub's famously confusing terminal system. Navigating it is so challenging,...

Eat Like an Astronaut with NASA’s Recipe for Cornbread Dressing

Preparing a Thanksgiving feast in space is a lot easier than here on Earth, but the end after dehydration, irradiation, and rehydration aren’t exactly the height of appetizing. Still, the environment more than makes up for it, and apparently the cornbread dressing is (relatively) fantastic.


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This $30 Bluetooth Speaker is Shower-Safe, and a Great Gift Idea

We’ve posted a lot of water resistant Bluetooth speaker deals, but even if you already own one, this would make a great gift for someone this holiday season. Just park this thing in the shower, and you can use that time to sing along to Adele, or catch up on your favorite podcasts. [Inateck MercuryBox Inateck MercuryBox shower bluetooth speakers portable shower bluetooth speaker, $30 with code U7GG4XTB]


Google sending Project Fi customers holiday gift with Lego charging stand

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Project Fi is Google’s experiment in being a wireless provider, and if you’ve been helping Google with its experiment, the company may send you a gift.


NASA to test sugary bacteria as space-based power source

Following its successful harvest of red leaf lettuce, NASA has announced plans to launch genetically engineered bacteria into orbit to see if they can be harnessed by future astronauts as potent survival resource. The experiment is scheduled to take...

Grab a $4 Lightning Cable For Your Holiday Charging Needs

Buy it for yourself, or buy it as stocking stuffer. Just buy it before it’s gone. Limit one per order, but you can order multiple times. [Mpow Lightning Cable, $4 with code 3GG9AO6E]


Here’s the Drone Footage of That Smokestack Demolition Gone Horribly Wrong

After two unsuccessful attempts to topple a 115-year-old chimney stack with explosives, construction worker Tim Phifer from Pell City, Alabama, decided to bring it down with an excavator. Bad idea.


Mozilla says it doesn’t need Google’s cash to survive

For many years, Firefox's survival was tied into how generous the folks over at Google were feeling, since the company effectively bankrolled the browser. Times have changed, and in an interview with CNET, Mozilla's Denelle Dixon-Thayer said that its...

David Tennant Celebrates 100 Years of General Relativity in This Clever Animation

Perhaps you’ve noticed all the fuss this week over Albert Einstein and his famous general theory of relativity, which turned 100 years old. Who better to give you a glimpse into what the theory is all about than a Time Lord — the Tenth Doctor himself?


The biggest data center in Russia will be nuclear powered

According to the news agency Telecom Daily, the Rosenergoatom power company is building what will be the largest data center in Russia -- and they're plopping it right on top of the Kalinin power station. Located about 120 miles northwest of Moscow,...

Is It Time for Food Yet? This Tortoise Will Munch on Rocks Until Then

Is it time for dinner yet? No? Fine, gonna munch on some rocks until then. Om nom nom...


Tarantino explains why he thinks 70mm is better than digital

Famed film director Quentin Tarantino is well-known for his purist cinematic tastes and revelry of antique movie production techniques. His fondness for old-school cinema is on full display in his upcoming release, The Hateful Eight, which is being c...

Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

If you were hoping for a bunch of apps to help make Thanksgiving a little more fun, sorry — that was the “theme” last week . This week there are a few apps to help you out with issues like not-so-unlimited data from your mobile provider, needing to pull together advanced digital sketches without the use of a laptop and making more storage space on your phone.


The Only Thing NASA Is Better At Than Space Exploration: Making Up Acronyms

The sounding rocket you can see above will be launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the 4th of December, and according to NASA it “will be MUSIC to the ears of aspiring and early career engineers testing new space technology on a suborbital vehicle.” That’s because the name of the payload stands for because the name of the payload stands for Multiple User Suborbital Instrument Carrier (MUSIC).


Scientists use ‘spooky action’ to mail electron messages a mile

Researchers at Stanford University announced Tuesday that they had successfully leveraged the "spooky" interaction of entangled electrons to send a message between them over a span of 1.2 miles. This is by far the longest distance that scientists hav...

iPad Pro Review: Exactly what you don’t need

iPad Pro Review: Exactly what you don't need

The Apple iPad Pro. To them, its the biggest leap in iPad since iPad, but is it one step forward, two steps back in the world of mobile computing? Our review of the iPad Pro finds out all the details about Apple's latest iPad. 

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Sugar-Producing Bacteria To Be Tested in Space as Food Source for Astronauts

Right now, astronauts have to subsist on supplies they take with them to space. But a new project is set to test whether sugar-growing bacteria could create sustenance for space travellers in low-gravity situations.


Amazon Will Sell You a Year of Unlimited Cloud Storage For $5 Today

For a limited time, Amazon is selling a year of unlimited cloud storage for $5 (normally $60), or a year of unlimited photo storage for just $1 (normally $12). Even if you don’t think you’ll need it, just buy it!


Stretchable square of rubber doubles as a keyboard

There's a whole branch of science that's dedicated to turning flexible surfaces into sensors that can be used as an artificial substitute for skin. These materials could then be used to give robots a sense of touch, or even to restore feeling for peo...

Cut the Cord With a Best-Ever Price on Jaybird’s BlueBuds

Make a new year’s resolution to cut the cord on your headphones, and upgrade to JayBird’s popular BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth earbuds for $79. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen. [JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones, $79]


What It Takes To Provide Thanksgiving Dinner For The U.S. Military: By The Numbers

As we sit and enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with family and friends today, there will be empty place settings at thousands of dinner tables across the country belonging to our men and women in the U.S. military who are deployed abroad or sitting alert to protect us here at home. So the Pentagon tries to make those troops a little less homesick by providing them with a legitimate turkey dinner.


Is This $1,000 Sweater a Rip-Off of a Sacred Inuit Design? Totally

A family from the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut is accusing high-end European clothing designer Kokon To Zai of using a sacred inuit design without permission.


Amazon’s Taking 30% (Up to $10) Off Any Physical Book. Yep, ANY Book.

Category-wide sales on Amazon are few and far between, and this is one of the most wide-ranging discounts they’ve ever offered: Promo code HOLIDAY30 will take 30% off any physical book they sell, up to $10.


Bond, So Much Bond For Cheap

23 films, plus digital copies, plus space for Spectre. There’s no better gift for a fan of 007 (you) than this beautiful, minimalist, complete set. [The Ultimate James Bond Collection, $115]


6 hypermiling cars that get over 100 miles per gallon

By Cat DiStasioFuel efficiency is one rating that can really set a car apart from the pack. Although you can't yet walk into just any dealership and drive away in a vehicle that gets more than 100 miles a gallon, there are some sweet rides out there...

You Could Creepily Dress Your Pepper Robot Up Like a Doll

Pepper , the fast-selling humanoid robot that reads your emotions, can apparently also wear lots of cute outfits and hairstyles, like some sort of eerie, automated, joke-telling Barbie.


OnePlus offering refunds on USB Type-C products following Googler’s criticism

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Remember when Benson Leung, the USB Type-C cable-reviewing Googler, criticized OnePlus’s Type-C products for being out of spec? OnePlus has now responded, saying that while its USB Type-C products are safe for use with the OnePlus 2, it can’t guarantee compatibility with other products.


Here’s Our Annual Bespoke Logitech Peripheral “Gold Box”

Logitech peripherals are the favorite of our team, many of our Editorial staff, and most importantly, our readers. Here are the best Logitech peripheral deals from Black Friday so far, adding more as they come in.


Watch ESA explain how it plans to find gravitational waves

In just under a week the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch its LISA Pathfinder spacecraft on a Vega rocket. Buried within the vessel are two cubes made of gold-platinum which, scientists hope, can lay the groundwork for measuring gravitational...

The Joys of Retro Gaming: A Photo Collection

Last Saturday, hundreds of adults and children attended the PixelCon 2 retro gaming event in Budapest, Hungary, organised by Insert Coin. Fans of old school gaming consoles, outdated personal computers, ancient video games, legendary computing machines and handheld electronic games came together to enjoy several decades’ worth of classic gaming for the day.


What Are You Doing For Thanksgiving?: Caleb Harper

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Caleb Harper is the founder of CityFARM at the MIT Media Lab, a program dedicating to exploring the future of agriculture through “food computing.” Popular Science spoke with him about his Thanksgiving plans for this year.

What are you eating and/or growing for Thanksgiving?

My work involves growing food in environments that we can control with a computer. Imagine a box in which we can create a climate by controlling things like carbon dioxide, oxygen, temperature, humidity, and light. We have sensors running in that box to monitor what’s going on inside, and the computers adjust the variables to the levels we want.

I currently have seven of these little boxes in seven schools throughout Boston. Students from 7th through 11th grade are growing vegetables like mustard greens, kale, basil, and radishes. This week we harvested a bunch of vegetables so the students could take them home for Thanksgiving.

Caleb Harper showing students how controlled environment plant-growing works.

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It turns out about 90 percent of what we like about the food we eat comes from the environment. People often claim things like the “best strawberries come from Mexico” or the “best tomatoes come from New Jersey,” but really the best strawberries and tomatoes come from whatever climates produce the size, sweetness, and colors that we like. Since we’re coding the climate, we can code the flavor that comes out on the other end. It’s like we’re creating little worlds.

We’re also growing plants in big boxes about the size of shipping containers, which we use for research. We’re harvesting those for Thanksgiving as well, and donating vegetables to local food shelters in the Boston area, including Pine Street Inn, Haley House, and Daily Table.

Little plant boxes at MIT Media Lab's CityFARM

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How do you know what “codes” a perfect strawberry?

A big part of my research is figuring out correlations between environmental variables and how plants express things like taste, color, and texture. We’re trying to create a model of the plants and understand how they express different features over time.

The goal is to make this open-source -- imagine a Wikipedia full of “climate recipe” files that people can upload and download. Let’s say I’ve grown some really good broccoli and I upload a digital recipe for how to grow it. You might see “Caleb’s broccoli” online, download that digital recipe to the plant box in your house, and put a broccoli seed in. You’ll have almost 100 percent success in growing broccoli that has the same characteristics mine had.

We see kids already doing this in schools. They’ll e-mail each other climates they’ve created and say, “Hey, this is what we did to make the basil taste really sweet or grow super tall.” Then other kids might tweak that recipe and upload it again, saying “Hey, we changed one thing and it made the basil more spicy.”

You can get really specific with the parameters you’re controlling, from the minerals that are in the water to the temperature of the water relative to the temperature of the air. For each plant we might be monitoring somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 to 30 variables.

Students check out the roots on vegetables grown in one of Harper's computer-controlled plant boxes.

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What does this mean for the future of agriculture?

First of all, we can use the little food computers to help a lot more kids understand the production of food. With a digital interface for growing plants, more people can be farmers -- you don’t have to be a farmer’s daughter or son, you can be an electrical engineer and contribute to global food solutions. Producing next-generation farmers is one of the most exciting things to me.

On a more practical side, you can produce a lot more food where it’s consumed. We’re experimenting with warehouse-sized boxes that could allow people who live in cities to grow a substantial amount of nutritious food. In the next 10 to 15 years, city-dwellers might get 30 percent of their food from where they live in, whereas right now it could be zero to five percent depending on the city. By eliminating shipping, we’d be cutting down on carbon emissions and food waste.

Students throughout Boston grew vegetables in controlled-environment boxes for Thanksgiving this year.

Caleb Harper

There are also applications for space. This is the type of technology that could be used by folks at SpaceX or Lockheed Martin who are interested in colonizing Mars. There are already growing experiments on the International Space Station that's similar to the work we do.

But ultimately, this technology would be good in a lot of places, like the Middle East or Northern Africa, where you can't currently grow a lot of food. Qatar imports over 90 percent of its food and Japan imports about 60 percent. If you watch the movie The Martian, you’ll see that the landscape looks a lot like the landscape in New Mexico. I think the movie itself was shot in Jordan. As much as this technology could be important on Mars One, it could be as important in Dubai.

Make the Switch to LED For $4 Per Bulb

If you’re still using ugly CFL bulbs, or heaven forbid, energy-hogging incandescents, it’s time to transition to LED. Philips’ unique SlimStyle 60W equivalents are only $4 each today on Amazon, which is within a few cents of an all-time low. At that price, they’ll pay for themselves in the short term with energy savings, and in the long term with a lifespan that could stretch over multiple decades. Plus, many utility companies will pay you a buck or two for each bulb, if you submit a receipt.


Watch 25 Years of Glacier Movement in Under a Second

Ever wondered just how much glaciers move over the decades? Well, this gid shows 25 years of motion of glaciers on the Karakoram mountain range of Asia in just 0.7 seconds.


Lenovo Yoga 900 review: Same thin design with fewer compromises

Lenovo Yoga 900 review: Same thin design with fewer compromises

Lenovo's Yoga laptops hardly need an introduction at this point: The company's iconic 2-in-1s are so popular that its competitors have been copying them right and left. Last year's edition, the Yoga 3 Pro, was especially notable for how thin and ligh...

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