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Study links Belief in Punitive Gods to Growth of Human Societies

A study has linked expansion of human societies to fear of vengeful gods. The belief in punitive gods may have played a key role in expansion of our societies far beyond small groups, according to the study featured in the journal Nature.

For the study, researchers conducted a survey on 591 persons from eight small-scale societies. They found that participants who believed that their deity of choice is aware of their wrongdoings and may punish them were honestly playing a game where cash was included.

Netflix shifts its entire streaming operation to Amazon Web Services

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Netflix shifts its entire streaming operation to Amazon Web Services

In a post published on its blog this week, popular streaming service Netflix has revealed that it has completed the migration of its content to the Amazon cloud --- the Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The transition - which involved the shifting of Netflix's billions of hours of film and TV content to AWS - has been completed by Netflix in seven years.

Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat now works with Amazon Echo

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Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat now works with Amazon Echo

In an announcement made on Friday, thermostat manufacturer Ecobee said that it has worked out a partnership with Amazon, to integrate its Ecobee3 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with the Amazon Echo smart speaker with voice control capabilities.

The announcement implies that the $250-priced Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat -- which comes with a remote sensor to provide a more accurate reading of the ambient temperature of the users' home -- is now a direct partner of the $180 Amazon Echo smart speaker which comes with a Siri-like voice assistant, Alexa.

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Large venomous brown snake becomes victim of a Daddy Long Leg spider

A serious fight between a spider and a brown snake has shown that size hardly matters. A Daddy Long Leg spider defeated a huge venomous brown snake, by killing the snake in New South Wales, Australia.

It seems like that the long-legged spider ambushed the snake at the site where they had a head-on fight. According to a news release, Australian farmer Patrick Lees saw the dead reptile hanging from a web at his outback home in Weethalle, nearly 400 kilometers west of Sydney. The story was reported by Mashable.

Scientists eagerly awaiting statement on gravitational waves

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Scientists eagerly awaiting statement on gravitational waves

The global science community is eagerly waiting for the imminent event that is widely expected to confirm that the existence of elusive gravitational waves -- small ripples in space and time that dash across the entire universe at the speed of light.

The event, called by the U.S. National Science Foundation, will bring together scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) scientists.

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Researchers develop polymer that can change shape when exposed to body heat

Changes in temperature causes visible changes in the shape of polymers, but a new type of polymer developed by a team of researchers at University of Rochester is unique in the sense that it can change shape when exposed to body heat alone.

The team led by chemical engineering professor Mitch Anthamatten announced the development of shape-memory polymer, a kind of material that can be programmed to maintain a temporary shape until triggered by heat to return to its original shape.

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