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From the Web: BYU engineers craft origami-style police shield

Now a team at Brigham Young University (BYU) has created a lightweight bulletproof shield inspired by a Yoshimura origami crease pattern. Professor Larry Howell, one of the engineers involved in the design, said they worked with a federal special agent, SWAT teams and police officers to understand what their needs were.

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YouTube Will Stop Playing 30-Second Ads You Can't Skip

Curiously, the driving force behind Google's decision remains somewhat hazy. YouTube enthusiasts rejoice! A time without unskippable 30-second ads on YouTube is upon us. However, it's not all good news for consumers who are often subject to data-draining ads before accessing their favorite YouTubers' latest clips. The advertising focus for YouTube will switch over to a 6-second unskippable "bumper ad" format in the coming year, which the company introduced in 2016 and is said to be a way ...

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Sprint Could Sell To T-Mobile, But Dish Network Looms

SoftBank, Sprint's parent company, wants to merge with T-Mobile. Sprint has found itself stagnating in the USA market, and has watched as T-Mobile leapfrogged it to take over the third-place position. In 2011, AT&T , like SoftBank, was deterred by Justice Department regulators from pushing through a $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile. And forthcoming fifth-generation wireless upgrades, or 5G, are expected to cost billions of dollars.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta Download Date Revealed

Apparently it's snowy. If you're interested in Wildlands now's the time to gussy up three friends. We reported on the closed beta here, and were generally impressed with the game. Prospective players will be able to try out Ghost Recon: Wildlands in its open beta before deciding to purchase the full game. Ghost Recon: Wildlands then launches in full on 7th March 2017.

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Fist Fight's Charlie Day: Teachers Should Be a Priority

The late-night host and celebrity stakeholder in the #UFC had nothing but praises for Fist Fights' climactic battle scene, calling it "the most epic fist fight of all time" and the "biggest fist fight that's ever occurred on film". Tracy Morgan makes a hilarious comeback in Fist Fight (shown with Charlie Day and Jillian Bell ). And Jillian Bell is a meth-addict guidance counselor with a predatory eye on some of her students (a recurring gag that wasn't amusing the first time).

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USA wholesale prices rose in January, led by gasoline

Chinese inflationary pressures went up a cog in January, led by another enormous surge in producer price inflation (PPI). Fuel & power group registered a rise in prices for the sixth straight month, on a y-o-y basis. True Potential deputy chief investment officer Chris Leyland warned the rising figure - not matched by rising interest rates from the BoE - would continue to hit savers hardest.