Friday, September 14, 2018

TechExplorist.com

The site TechExplorist.com appears to have plagiarized the Washington Post.

A TechExplorist article from September 13, 2018, is titled: "Scientists discovered 3 new sea creatures in the ultra deep Pacific Ocean"

A Washington Post article from September 11, 2018, is titled: "Scientists discover three new sea creatures in depths of the Pacific Ocean"

Here are the first and fourth paragraphs from TechExplorist:
In their latest trip to the Atacama Trench, one of the deepest points in the Pacific Ocean, a team of scientists repeatedly lowered a device called a deep-sea lander overboard and watched as it sank into the cold, dark waters.
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In the video, the newly discovered snailfish appeared to be long and gelatinous, with translucent skin and an ethereal movement, as they fed on bait lowered with the trap. The fish also seemed far larger than other organisms captured on camera near the bait.

Here are the first and fourth paragraphs from the Washington Post:
In their latest trip to the Atacama Trench, one of the deepest points in the Pacific Ocean, a team of scientists repeatedly lowered a device called a deep-sea lander overboard and watched as it sank into the cold, dark waters.
... 
On video, the newly discovered snailfish appeared to be long and gelatinous, with translucent skin and an ethereal movement, as they fed on bait lowered with the trap. The fish also seemed far larger than other organisms captured on camera near the bait.
TechExplorist didn't do a straight word-for-word copy of the Washington Post's article, but they took a significant amount. 

The domain TechExplorist.com was created on March 29, 2017.  It is currently registered under a proxy service.  Back in April, 2017, it was registered to "Pranjal Mehar" at the e-mail address "pmehar101@gmail.com"  In January, 2018, it was registered to "Amit Malewar" and the organization SNAXZER, at the e-mail address "ami.malewar@gmail.com."

According to Trendolizer, TechExplorist uses the Google AdSense ID "ca-pub-2193378085051599."  At least one other domain, InceptiveMind.com, uses the same AdSense ID.

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