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The top 10 science and environment stories of 2018

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If you didn’t get the chance to read as many science stories as you would have liked in 2018, fear not: CBC has compiled its top 10 list just for you. From the discovery of an ancient Mayan city to evidence of Planet X, there’s no shortage of fascinating stories to review.

Microsoft AI Masters "Ms. Pac-Man"

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Have you ever played Ms. Pac-Man? If so... have you played over 3000 rounds of it? Because that's how long it took for a Microsoft Artificially Intelligent program called Maluuba to learn how to get the highest possible score in the game, 999999. Check out how it did it... and don't worry, there's no worry of this AI taking over the world.

How the Canada Science and Technology Museum designed an accessible, modular headphone jack | Innovation150

Accessible headphone jack
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Accessible headphone jacks aren’t hard to find nowadays, but they’re always built into your average neighbourhood fixtures, like an ATM. This isn’t the most welcoming design since there’s no way to get the device as a standalone product. But the Canada Science and Technology Museum strives for inclusive design, and since they couldn’t buy an accessible headphone jack, their innovators decided to design their own.

How does Los Angeles get its water?

How does Los Angeles get its water?
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Technology From hundreds of miles away, mostly. More people live in the sunbaked cities of Los Angeles County than the local water supply can support. So the metropolis steals what it needs from regions all over…