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It seems hard to fathom that scientific progress has advanced to a point where it's suddenly possible for people to undertake something as complicated as gene therapy outside the safety and confines of a well-funded lab, but it has. In just the past few months we've seen not one, but two examples of people pursuing unregulated gene therapy. That's right, people are genetically modifying their bodies in DIY labs and their friends' apartments.

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Thanks in large part to the low-cost Echo Dot, Amazon grabbed an early lead in the smart speaker space. But this spring Google hit back hard with the Home Mini, which has become the best cheap smart speaker to buy for most people. Unfortunately, shortly after its launch, a bug affecting the top touch controls in some Home Minis caused Google to disable the feature in order to prevent its device from recording audio at all times.

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A new wave of Bitcoin-mania surged through the internet this weekend - and with it, a new crop of sketchy opportunists. Bitcoin apps were very popular in the Apple app store, and one using the name of a completely unrelated cryptocurrency wallet service held the number three position in the finance category.

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Video: The longer Game of Thrones has gone on, the more and more it's plunged into the nitty-gritty of George R.R. Martin's fantastical setting and its most obscure concepts - so it's good that HBO's home releases are packed with little animated primers to keep you in the know when it comes to Westeros' long history. And this new one is all about dragons.

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Well, it was a mid-season finale. The Walking Dead likes to save its major events for premieres and finales. So although we knew the Negan/Rick conflict wasn't even close to over, and - hmm? What? You just want to talk about that last-minute shocker? Yeah, ok.

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Bed bugs - the blood-sucking, chitinous nightmares which serve as the clearest proof that if there is a divine creator behind the universe, it hates us - were once nearly eradicated. But in recent years they have come back worse than ever, beefed up from decades of exposure to insecticides and helped along by an increase in global travel and a decrease in public knowledge of how to fight them.

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Women simply aren't as good as men at programming. It's just biological. Women just aren't interested in technology. Women are too emotional. Men are more logical, so they code better. Women aren't as technically minded. Women have smaller brains than men. Women don't get very far in their careers because they need to leave to have babies. You wouldn't like the culture. Your nails would hit the wrong keys too much.

No but really, it's biological, it's just science. Women are better suited to caring jobs, like a nurse, or a childcarer.

These are real statements, said by real people - many of whom are working in tech - to excuse the lack of gender diversity in the industry. And it's combating statements like these that drives Holly Tattersall, CEO of mentorship program Women in Digital.

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Gamers can be a particular lot, especially the brand that swears by their RGB towers of Mordor. Fortunately, there's plenty of trinkets and tools you can pick up this Christmas that will satisfy even the most ardent of PC gamers.