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Amazon is preparing for zombie apocalypse

Scary zombie using a smartphone (Credit: Nito via Fotolia)If zombies take over the world, Amazon is ready. The company has written software that will run heart-lung machines and autonomous vehicles if the U.S. Centers for Disease Control declares a zombie apocalypse. The provision is buried within the Terms and Conditions of Amazon's newly-released video-game development software. As a result, people are talking about a software service most would have ignored.

This isn't the first time a company has used zombies for publicity. In 2011, the CDC issued preparations for natural disasters and diseases, but their announcements weren't getting traction. So they released "Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse" and that got our attention. Now zombies have taken over Jane Austen's acclaimed work; for more, see Nick Pitts's review of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

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An app you need to know about

Jim Smith steps out of a voting booth after marking his ballot at a polling site for the New Hampshire primary, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Forty percent of American's teenagers are using an app called Kik. Why does this matter?

Kik allows users to text anonymously. All they need is a user name which they can make up. As a result, it is difficult for parents and law enforcement to trace conversations. And that makes Kik popular with predators.

Nicole Madison Lovell was a thirteen-year-old liver transplant and cancer survivor. Two Virginia Tech freshmen communicated with her via Kik and are now charged with her murder. Several other cases involving child abuse are linked to the app. The company does its best to cooperate with law enforcement authorities. However, it does not retain the information sent on its app, so its help is limited.

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The New Hampshire results: why they matter

Jim Smith steps out of a voting booth after marking his ballot at a polling site for the New Hampshire primary, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won last night's New Hampshire primaries. What do their victories mean for the rest of us?

The winner of New Hampshire's primary doesn't always wins the nomination. Since 1952, primary voters have elected the eventual Democratic Party nominee only five out of ten times (excluding incumbents). New Hampshire voters have elected the eventual Republican nominee seven out of ten times (excluding incumbents).

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Pro-abortion backlash against Super Bowl ad

Teasing the young foetus with a Dorito chips, the child who can be seen on the ultrasound monitor, begins to reach out for the triangular snack food. (Credit: Doritos via Youtube)A Doritos advertisement made the Top Five Super Bowl ads in USA Today's poll. It depicts a pregnant mother getting an ultrasound. The father holds a bag of Doritos chips. Each time he eats one, the baby in its mother's womb reacts. I thought it was the best Super Bowl ad this year.

Not everyone agrees. NARAL Pro-Choice America immediately tweeted their complaint about the ad's "antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses." Their strategy is logical: when people realize that a fetus is human, they are less likely to support abortion.

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Broncos win Super Bowl 50: what you may not know

Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning (18) holds up the trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos won 24-10. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Last night the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers to win Super Bowl 50. Here are some facts about the teams and the game that you might not know:

Peyton Manning became the oldest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl.

He is also the first quarterback to win the game with two different teams.

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