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Thursday May 17th, 2018 night edition

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Microsoft has announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller, an Xbox controller designed for people with disabilities.

“I can customize how I interface with the Xbox Adaptive Controller to whatever I want,” says Solomon Romney, a Microsoft Store learning specialist who was born without fingers on his left hand.

“If I want to play a game entirely with my feet, I can.

I can make the controls fit my body, my desires, and I can change them anytime I want.

The focus is on connectivity and customizability, with players able to build a setup that works for their capabilities and needs.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller will cost $99.99 and goes on sale later this year.

For more on the device's design and development, head on over to Polygon. »

AT&T Met With Ajit Pai in Barcelona Shortly After Cohen Payment

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AT&T Met With Ajit Pai in Barcelona Shortly After Cohen Payment.

While AT&T would obviously like to move on from the scandal, watchdogs and several lawmakers would like to see the issue explored in more detail.

New scheduling documents obtained through FOIA by corruption watchdog American Oversight show the Chairman met with with top AT&T executives at a private dinner in Barcelona a month after the company began paying Cohen. »

Cannabidiol significantly reduces seizures in patients with severe form of epilepsy

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The product is manufactured by GW Pharmaceuticals, which operates in the U.S. as Greenwich Biosciences; GW Pharmaceuticals funded the clinical trial.

Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is a rare and severe form of epilepsy characterized by frequent drop seizures and severe cognitive impairment.

Six medications are approved to treat seizures in patients with the syndrome, but disabling seizures occur in most patients despite these treatments. »

Why do traffic jams sometimes form for no reason?

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As it turns out, a few different groups of researchers have been using mathematical calculations and real-world experiments to try answering this question.

Even when cars leave this traffic wave, though, the wave itself doesn't disappear: it gradually drifts backward, against the direction of traffic.

In the short term, there are some things engineers can do to cut down on these traffic jams. »

Earth just had its 400th straight warmer-than-average month thanks to global warming

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CLOSE NOAA climate scientists say April 2018 marked the planet's 400th consecutive month with above-average temperatures.

Last month marked the planet's 400th consecutive month with above-average temperatures, federal scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.

A separate analysis of global temperature data from NASA also found last month was the third-warmest April on record. »