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Microsoft(NEW YORK) — Microsoft is experimenting with a data center under the sea.

The software company gave details Monday of its rationale for going underwater, explaining the idea, called Project Natick, would cut costs when it comes to keeping the data center cool, as well as be environmentally friendly and more responsive to customers.

Data centers are a large group of networked computer servers that can store, process or send data. Google, Facebook and many other technology companies tend to choose cold weather locations for their data centers, helping to cut what could otherwise be a costly bill to keep the servers cold.

A Microsoft post Monday said the first data center to be submerged was the Leona Philpot, which was operated less than a mile off the Pacific coast of the United States from August to November.

“Project Natick is focused on a cloud future that can help better serve customers in areas which are near large bodies of water (where nearly 50% of society resides),” the company explained. “The vision of operating containerized datacenters offshore near major population centers anticipates a highly interactive future requiring data resources located close to users. Deepwater deployment offers ready access to cooling, renewable power sources, and a controlled environment.”

The data centers are designed to last underwater for five years. Microsoft’s plan then calls for them to be recovered and the computers replaced before submerging them again. The company said its still in the research phase but if all goes well, this could be the way of the future.

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Zoonar/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The future for Compact Fluorescent Lights is not looking too bright.

General Electric announced on Monday that by the end of the year, the company will stop selling CFLs and switch exclusively to LED light bulbs.

Over the years, the quality of LED lights has improved and perhaps, more importantly, the bulbs have gotten cheaper. Meanwhile, CFLs have long had the reputation of being slow to light, difficult to dim, and fewer are qualifying for the Energy Star rating.

GE took a playful approach in announcing the news, releasing a Valentine’s Day-inspired break up letter to CFLs, saying: “LED is my future.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) — The life of a storm chaser can be equal parts thrilling and terrifying, proven by a video out of Sydney, that shows lightning strike a little too close for comfort for two friends filming the event.

Nick Panayiotou and Daniel Dudman were filming a severe thunderstorm in a boathouse on Oyster Bay when a flash of lightning lit up the sky.

“Dude, don’t go outside,” one of the friends said to the other just before the lightning hit.

Panayiotou and Dudman were planning to take their boat into the bay, but decided against it at the last minute, they told 7News in Sydney. Then, the lightning hit.

“Oh, my god,” one of the startled men shouted amid the deafening sounds of thunder.

Neither Panayiotou nor Dudman were hurt, but they could feel the static charge from the lightning from inside the boathouse, they said.

“That, I reckon, is the scariest thing,” Panayiotou said, adding that the thunder was so loud it “hurt” to hear it.

Australia was hit with thousands of lightning strikes over the weekend that left more than 50,000 homes and businesses without power, 7News reported.

“It’s unbelievable how lucky we are,” Panayiotou told 7News.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — While some Republican presidential candidates have suggested that “carpet bombing” ISIS would lead to a quick defeat of the terror group, the top U.S. military commander fighting ISIS doesn’t think that’s a good idea and “inconsistent with our values.”

Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland told Pentagon reporters Monday in a video-conference from Baghdad that the U.S. is bound by the laws of armed conflict and “at the end of the day, you know, it doesn’t only matter whether or not you win, it matters how you win.”

“We’re the United States of America and we have a set of guiding principles,” MacFarland added. “And those affect the way we as professional soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines conduct ourselves on the battlefield. So, indiscriminate bombing, where we don’t care if we’re killing innocents or combatants, is just inconsistent with our values.”

MacFarland noted that Russia has been accused of indiscriminate bombing in northwest Syria and “right now, we have the moral high ground and I think that’s where we need to stay.”

The general also told reporters that the Iraqi military’s win in Ramadi is “a turning point” that signals that the defeat of ISIS in Iraq “is a matter of time.”

Paraphrasing Winston Churchill’s comments during World War II, MacFarland said that in Syria “the beginning of the end is when we get Raqqa back. I mean, that would be a really strong signal that the enemy is in its final death throes.”

MacFarland acknowledged he is developing new options to accelerate the fight against ISIS that could potentially include more American troops in Iraq where there are currently 3,700 service members training and advising the Iraqi military in its fight against ISIS.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Comedian and YouTube star Humza Arshad is combating ISIS with comedy.

It all began with a camera and a vision back in 2010 when Arshad started making YouTube videos in his bedroom. His first video, “Diary of a Badman,” was viewed more than one million times in just the first 10 days. From there, his web series was born.

“When I made that series, I started other projects and started working on my channel and then my manager found me. I had a team. I had agents and it just grew,” Arshad told ABC’s Chief Business and Economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis.

Sixty-five million views later, Arshad’s YouTube channel, Humza Productions, has quickly become one of the most popular among U.K. youth. In the self-deprecating videos, the British Muslim regularly jokes about his family and Jihadi extremists.

“When I started doing this I didn’t want to make pointless comedy. I wanted to do things that would make people think. Especially with ‘Diary of Badman’ series, I would always have a message at the end,” Arshad said.

In “Diary of a Badman,” nothing’s off limits.

Arshad regularly takes on serious and sensitive subjects, like gang violence and domestic abuse. About two years ago, his unique take on comedy caught the attention of the U.K.’s Metropolitan Police Counterterrorism Unit, who asked the comedian to collaborate on an anti-radicalism, anti-Jihadi extremism tour.

“[U.K. Metropolitan Police Counterterrorism Unit] knew that all of the youngsters in the UK watch my videos now and they knew what I was about. They just wanted to stop these young kids from jumping into extremism,” said Arshad.

Arshad and the British police made a video entitled “Think for Yourself” with Arshad in character as “Badman” trying to stop his cousin from joining extremists. From there, they began a tour of 60 schools and colleges in London, encouraging kids not to be swayed by propaganda.

“I think we reached maybe 25,000 young people and we just went around schools and spoke to them, not only giving the youngsters someone to talk to if they have any concerns or any thoughts… but also spreading the message that as Muslims we don’t believe in violence and that Islam is a peaceful religion,” he said.

While most would shy away from such a serious topic, Arshad believes it is his responsibility, as a Muslim role model, to help keep kids stay safe and out of extremism while spreading a message of positivity.

“The fact is I’m not a perfect human being…but I have to be the best I can be…and even though it’s a very serious issue,” he noted. “I think for me to still go out there and just say I genuinely believe it’s something I need to do, it’s like a responsibility, as just a decent human being to just give back to the community and do something and be proud of in later years.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — At least 10 people are dead from a suicide attack on a police station in Kabul, Afghanistan. Nearly two dozen others were wounded in the bombing, the AFP reported Monday.

The attack was “a suicide car bomb in the vicinity of a police base in Kabul,” Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP.

Violence in Afghanistan normally dips dramatically during the cold winter months; however, this winter, the Taliban has continued its efforts to regain territory lost during the U.S.-led war that’s lasted more than 14 years.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s a safe bet that Samsung’s big reveal later this month will be new Galaxy S7 smartphones.

The electronics company announced it will hold its annual Unpacked event on Sunday, Feb. 21, before the start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. While Samsung isn’t saying what they’ll be unpacking before the live audience, the company released a video showing its Gear VR headsets and teasing a mysterious box.

Last year, Samsung released the Galaxy S6 and the curved Galaxy S6 Edge one day before the Mobile World Congress began. This year’s iterations of the company’s flagship device are expected to look similar to their predecessors, but will have several internal upgrades, according to various reports, including better battery capacity and camera improvements.

Samsung needs a hit to spark demand and help Samsung regain some of its lost market share. Financial results published last week show smartphone sales have begun to level off for the company, an issue Apple also expects to face for the next couple of months.

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JPL/NASA(WASHINGTON) — A new NASA animation is taking viewers on a simulated flight over dwarf planet Ceres showing off the surface features of the icy world.

The movie is based on images taken by the Dawn spacecraft, which has been studying Ceres since March of last year. Several features stick out on the flight over Ceres, including the Occator crater, and the mountain Ahuna Mons, which has a conical shape.

Ceres is nearly 600 miles in diameter, and about 25 percent of its mass is believed to be ice. NASA’s Dawn mission has been orbiting Ceres since March and will continue studying the dwarf planet through June 2016.

Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

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Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The amount of money recovered for victims of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme has now topped $11 billion, bankruptcy lawyers announced Monday.

“We now have $11,079,000,000,” said Irving Picard, who heads the team of bankruptcy lawyers appointed by the court to sort out the financial mess left when Madoff was arrested and his firm collapsed in 2008.

Based on the $17.5 billion that investors originally put into Madoff’s hands, victims would recover about 63 cents on the dollar for every approved claim of their principle investment.

“We’re hoping that we can collect another $3 to $4 billion so we could be in the $14 or $15 billion range,” Picard told ABC News.

At the time of Madoff’s arrest, his clients thought they had a total of some $64 billion based on profits over the years. The victims will be compensated only for the amount of money they originally invested, not the fictitious profits that Madoff created.

Some victims have already cashed in their claims by selling them to financial traders who initially offered to pay about $0.30 for every dollar of their claims. The amount being offered went up substantially after some of Picard’s biggest recoveries.

But the biggest winner could be Picard’s law firm, BakerHostetler, which will earn fees estimated to be almost $1 billion.

“As a number it’s high, but in the context of what’s going on in this case, I don’t think so,” said Picard.

The legal fees are being paid by the Securities Investment Protection Corporation (SIPC) which is funded by Wall Street firms.

“The results are a billion dollars in administrative expenses and $11 billion dollars in returns,” said Stephen P. Harbeck, the president of SIPC. “That is the measure of whether spending a billion dollars was wise.”

Picard and his firm have filed more than 900 lawsuits to get money from some investors who took out more over the years than they originally put in, creating a separate controversy.

“I would say he has been very cruel in what he has done,” said Helen Chaitman, a lawyer who lost her life savings to Madoff and also represents investors who Picard has targeted for what are called “claw backs” of the money took out of the Madoff account over the course of the investment.

Ironically, in her efforts to fight against Picard, Chaitman has enlisted the help of Madoff, who communicates with her from his prison cell in Butner, N.C.

“In a lot of ways, Madoff is more honest than Irving Picard,” Chaitman told ABC News. Chaitman claimed Picard has padded his legal bills. The court has rejected her claim.

She says she overlooks the fact that Madoff cost her and her clients their savings.

“I would not say my ally is Bernie Madoff but I am in touch with him and I do ask his assistance, if I can help the victims through what he can tell me,” she said.

Picard says he appreciates the irony that some victims have transferred their anger from Madoff to him.

“I know and I’ve chosen to ignore it and move on and do the job that I was retained to do,” he said.

Picard’s lawyers say they continue to search for any money that could be returned to the victims but have not found any secret accounts set up by Madoff overseas.

“No money hidden overseas,” said David Sheehan, Picard’s partner at BakerHostetler. “There’s money that went to Israel and we’re suing and pursuing that, but there’s been no money that we’ve found where there’s a bank account hidden away for Mr. Madoff or for his wife or for his children.”

TUNE IN Wednesday and Thursday this week for the ABC miniseries “Madoff” followed Thursday by an hour-long ABC News Investigative Unit special on the real-life Madoff story. To get caught up, check out ABC News’ in-depth coverage of the Madoff scandal by clicking HERE.

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Victor Chavez/Getty Images for Avocados From Mexico(NEW YORK) — Avocados From Mexico, which had one of the most talked-about ads of the Super Bowl last year, is returning to the broadcast this year with a brand new pitch.

The product’s ad agency invited Good Morning America behind the scenes for a sneak peek at one of the most anticipated commercials of the Sunday broadcast.

Last year’s spot was a humorous take on the very first draft ever -– presided over by a god-like figure. This year’s offering will be set in a “futuristic museum of culture in America,” Jay Russell, chief creative officer ad agency GSD&M, told GMA.

“So we’re using this device to sort of — if aliens were to catch culture today this is what they would see and their misinterpretations of some of those things,” Russell said, explaining the commercial’s concept.

The spot will feature iconic TV star Scott Baio, whose most memorable roles include as Chachi Arcola in Happy Days and Charles in Charles in Charge.

Baio explained how he got involved with the project, saying that his agent called to tell him that Avocados From Mexico wanted to do a Super Bowl commercial with him in it.

“And I said, ‘Well, I eat ’em, so OK. What’s the spot?'” he recalled, adding: “My wife tells me they’re a good fat, which I kind of like…”

In #AvosInSpace, the teaser for the commercial shows Baio attempting to solve a Rubik’s cube before tossing it to the floor in frustration. He does this while standing behind a panel of glass in what appears to be a display area.

A 30-second spot during the Super Bowl will cost about $4.5 million, and advertisers will be feeling the pressure.

“It’s weird sitting here and like you watch the Super Bowl spot and then you just look down and wait for 10 seconds to see what Twitter says and you’re like, ‘Oh gosh, OK, we’re good. We’re good,'” Russell said. “It’s like an instant reaction.”

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