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Black + Decker just introduced smart batteries so you can monitor your power tools Black + Decker’s new Smartech Bluetooth-enabled batteries sync up with the company’s mobile app so you can monitor your power tool’s battery life. Obviously. You can also use their tracking system to hunt down power tools buried in your garage. Amazing. But really, the best thing about these batteries is that they not only bring your chainsaw roaring to life, but can also power your external phon
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The Best Portable Induction Cooktop After putting in more than 40 hours on research and testing, we’re confident that the Duxtop 8100MC Induction Cooktop is the best for most people. This reasonably priced induction burner boils water quickly and cooks rice faster than the competition. Its easy-to-use interface allows you to choose between a power mode (for general cooking) and a temperature mode (for specific tasks like frying).
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Paris’ revolutionary coding school ’42’ announces plans to open a Silicon Valley campus One of France’s most renowned entrepreneurs is bringing his idea for reinventing education to Silicon Valley’s doorstep in a big way. Xavier Niel, founder of upstart telecom company Free, had previously launched a coding school in Paris called 42. The idea is audacious: The school accepts between 800 and 1,000 students per year who pay no tuition. There are no classes or teachers or curriculum. In
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This Jumping Probe Might Explore Neptune’s Biggest Moon Space The Triton Hopper can propel itself a half-mile into the air Thousands of icy worlds may exist in the solar system’s Kuiper Belt. Studying these distant bodies, however, has been a challenge. Now NASA has a video detailing a…
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Latest NDAA Prohibits Closure of Gitmo, Envisions Terrorism-Free Middle East, Expands Selective Service to Young Women The House is expected this week to vote on the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 4909). At 1299 pages, the latest NDAA covers everything from a pilot program to modernize electromagnetic warfare (sec. 241) to new provisions on sexual assault and domestic abuse (sec. 541-6) to opening up selective service to females aged 18 to 26 (sec. 528). The NDAA also continues the practice of p
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Conservatives More Susceptible to Bullshit Than Liberals The new study on voter receptivity to bunkum uses bullshit statements generated by earlier work by a group of Canadian psychologists. The researchers conducted a number of experiments in which they evaluated subjects for their reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit. Very amusingly, the researchers generated their pseudo-profound bullshit from actual tweets from mystic Deepak Chopra a
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Space Belt promises to solve all your cloud security problems with space lasers An artist’s rendering of the orbital rings of Space Belt—a private data network built on laser-linked satellites set to start launching next year. Cloud service providers frequently tout the physical security of their data centers. But Scott Sobhani’s company is getting ready to launch what is perhaps the most physically secure cloud platform ever (literally). Sobhani is CEO and co-founder of
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Moving Beyond Basic Needs to Break the Cycle of Poverty | Kristen Miale | TEDxSMCC Poverty remains a significant problem plaguing our nation despite Herculean work being done by non-profits and billions of dollars spent by the public sector to address the issue. We blame poverty on the poor rather than recognize that many Americans are born into circumstances where the American dream is virtually inaccessible. In this talk, Kristen Miale challenges us to see the core of the prob
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How Digital Technology Has Helped Refugees | Serin Oh | TEDxYouth@BIS This talk will explore how digital technologies have helped refugees escaping from crisis zones. Grade 7 student at Bonn International School This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedxFrom: TEDx Talks
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Role of biomaterials in the prevention of gastric canc | Inês Gonçalves | TEDxUniversityOfPorto Helicobacter pylori is a bacteria which infects 50% of the world population and this infection can lead to Gastric Cancer. In 20% of the infected population, normal treatment is not efective. Inês Gonçalves talks about how her research developed biomaterials which can cure this infection. Inês Gonçalves was born in 1981 in Porto, where she lived a big part of her life, shi is married and a mother
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10 annoying iPhone SE problems and how to fix them The iPhone SE puts the power of an iPhone 6S into a smaller, more compact body similar to that of an iPhone 5. Despite this merger of older design and newer hardware, the iPhone SE is a competent smartphone, and a great entry point for those new, or returning, to the iOS operating system. That said, not everyone is having a smooth experience with the device following its launch. Here are some comm
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Amazon’s DSSTNE machine learning tech is now open source Machine learning isn’t just about researchers digging into hypotheticals in sterile labs. Major corporations use this kind of artificial intelligence to help with the complexities of serving a massive, often international audience — and now Amazon is making its machine learning software open source. The company’s Deep Scalable Sparse Tensor Network Engine — otherwise known as DSSTNE and pronounced
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Could posture-based inputs soon replace keyboard shortcuts? Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, may have found a way to make your keystrokes more productive. A team working at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science has published a study that demonstrates how different hand positions can be used as shortcuts. The paper outlines how a laptop camera can be repurposed to watch over the user’s hands as they operate the keyboa
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New Support for Alternative Quantum View Of the many counterintuitive features of quantum mechanics, perhaps the most challenging to our notions of common sense is that particles do not have locations until they are observed. This is exactly what the standard view of quantum mechanics, often called the Copenhagen interpretation, asks us to believe. Instead of the clear-cut positions and movements of Newtonian physics, we have a cloud of
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A Big Shift Is Coming, and It Could Uber-ize Entire Industries Visit Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of manufacturing and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University’s Exponential Manufacturing conference. Watch all the talks from the first day here and second day here. Who will rule the future economy—entrepreneurs or mega corporations? Will the economy fracture into smaller and smaller bits or centralize in a winner-ta
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The 10 Best Chrome Extensions You Need to Try Right Now Extensions can turn Google Chrome from a simple browser into a productivity powerhouse. Sure, you have to be careful to make sure they don’t slow down your experience or compromise your security, but if used correctly they can save you time, energy, and clicks. There are tens of thousands of extensions available in the Chrome Web Store. We’ve all heard of some of the most popular (such as Google D
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Face Recognition App Taking Russia By Storm May Bring End To Public Anonymity An anonymous reader writes: Anonymity in public could soon become a thing of the past. A service called FindFace allows users to photograph people in a crowd and work out their identities with 70% reliability. It works by comparing photographs to profile pictures on Vkontakte, a social network popular in Russia and the former Soviet Union, with more than 200 million accounts. In future, the design
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Deals: Our pick for the best combo desk and room fan in our best fan article, the Dyson AM06, is down to $200 (from $270) Best Deals: Our pick for the best combo desk and room fan in our best fan article, the Dyson AM06, is down to $200 (from $270) [Dyson through Ebay]
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Watch Musical Tesla Coils Electrify an Audience in Glorious 360 Video Anyone who attended this year’s Maker Faire Austin had the joy of catching electrifying live performances by Arc Attack, a team that makes music with two gigantic transformer coils (a.k.a., “Tesla coils”). They’re a popular staple of the festival circuit. Now Caleb Craft, senior editor for Make, has captured one of those live performances in full 360 degree video, letting you watch from any direct
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Sony wants to push AIs to learn from their own experiences Artificial intelligence is being put through rigorous training. Major technology companies like Microsoft, Google, IBM and Amazon have invested heavily in machine learning techniques that teach systems how to think and react like humans. Now Sony is stepping in to introduce a new layer of learning that it believes will power the next generation of AIs. The consumer electronics company has invested
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Sony Unveils Portable Home Tech Entertainment System During NYCxDesign Smart lightbulbs, a glass wireless speaker, and a projector are each on offer At an event yesterday evening at the MoMA Design Store in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, coinciding with the end of NYCxDesign 2016, Sony created a living room-like showcase space for products in its Life Space UX line, including a projector, a wireless speaker, and smart LED lightbulbs that play music via Bluetooth. Si
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Black hole outburst may starve it of matter in the future Artist’s conception of V404 Cygni’s accretion disk, which is being fed by its companion star. (credit: Gabriel Pérez, SMM (IAC).) For 25 years, the black hole V404 Cygni was silent; in June of last year, it suddenly flared up. For the next two weeks, it released an “intensely, violently, variable” barrage of light, as a research team studying the event described it in their paper. Its brightne
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Someone finally made a USB-C hub with a Mini DisplayPort USB-C hubs, much like USB-C chargers, are a total crapshoot, as anyone who owns a MacBook will tell you. Yes, other laptops have USB-C ports, but they also have more than one port, because other manufacturers recognize that the dream of wireless communication for everything isn’t yet a reality. I’ve bought a couple of them — this Satechi decided to imitate the Sun by matching its temperature whil
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Lush green walls sandwich pioneering net-zero energy building in Spain Read the rest of Lush green walls sandwich pioneering net-zero energy building in Spain
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Fine-tuning for intestinal immune cells An international team of researchers has unraveled a new regulatory mechanism how food components and environmental factors influence the immune system. Various substances present in the intestines can bind to an important controller, the Ah receptor. This system is in turn regulated by the Ah receptor repressor and as a result, it influences the degree of the immune response. If the controller is
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Chronic fatigue patients more likely to suppress emotions Chronic fatigue syndrome patients report they are more anxious and distressed than people who don’t have the condition, and they are also more likely to suppress those emotions. In addition, when under stress, they show greater activation of the biological ”fight or flight” mechanism, which may add to their fatigue, according to new research.
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‘Belt Of Venus’ Glows Over Paranal Observatory A beautiful atmospheric phenomenon descended over the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) last week, giving the participants of the inaugural #MeetESO social media event an evening treat.
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Confirmation Bias and Racial Violence | Adi Mazumdar | TEDxYouth@BIS This talk explores the link between confirmation bias and racial violence. 9th grade student at Bonn International School This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedxFrom: TEDx Talks
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The future belongs to the geeks | Professor Jeremy Levesley | TEDxLeicesterSalon Professor Jeremy Levesley, The Day After Tomorrow Professor Jeremy Levesley is the head of the department of Mathematics at the University of Leicester, he is also a professor of applied Mathematics, and an avid advocate of data science. In 2014, he was recognized as a national teaching fellow, and his passion for spreading knowledge is made even more evident by his passion for public speaking. Th
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Pay Attention! How to be Heard When No-One is Listening. | Richard Dean | TEDxJESS As a prolific public speaker, in this talk, Richard Dean shares his wealth of knowledge and expertise on how to deliver effective presentations when time is limited. Richard presents The Business Breakfast radio show on Dubai Eye 103.8FM, having spent 20 years as a journalist with Reuters, The Financial Times and The Economist. He’s also a prolific public speaker, sharing a stage with legends from
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Why Your Limiting Beliefs are Killing Your Dreams | Dev Basu | TEDxPickeringHS Does success only belong to “those” people who are are special or privileged? This talk exposes the limiting self beliefs that sabotage our own success, robbing us of our own true potential. Using contrarian thinking, Dev shares how the audience can pinpoint the source of their limiting beliefs, and then shift their perspective to eliminate them. A little over 10 years ago, Dev Basu was trying to
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6 smart home styling and setup tips the connected-tech enthusiast needs to know Call us retro, but every time we hear the phrase “smart home,” our minds spin straight to the sky-high dwelling of the Jetsons and their humanoid robot Rosie. And while we yearn for the next-level automation and connectivity the futuristic abode offers, all that chrome and glass is a little colder than the home sweet home of our dreams The reality is thankfully far from the ’60s fiction.
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Gone with the wind: Surprising potential to improve reliability in wind power Researchers have discovered that a particular form of carbon coating not necessarily designed for wind turbines may indeed prove a boon to the wind industry — a serendipitous finding.
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Evolution of cellular power stations Mitochondria are the power stations of human cells. They provide the energy needed for the cellular metabolism. But how did these power stations evolve, and how are they constructed? Researchers studied the role of so-called oxidase assembly machinery, or OXA, in the development of the inner membrane of mitochondria and the energy supply of cells.
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Programmable robot trainer pitches ping-pong practice anywhere Practice makes perfect, and many types of sports offer ways for individuals to hone skills alone on their own time. But what if your game happens to be ping-pong? A team has developed the first smart robot that provides players a programmable opponent to challenge. Trainerbot is designed to sit on a table and lob shots with complete spin, direction, and trajectory control… Continue Reading Pr
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Decision-makers hold overly optimistic expectations for critically ill patient outcomes More than half of the family and friends making decisions for critically ill patients have significantly different estimates for the patient’s survival than their doctor — but that’s not only because of a misunderstanding, researchers report.
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The Shakers: Furnishing Utopia! “Furnishing Utopia” is a collection of over thirty contemporary crafted objects inspired by the design philosophy of the Shakers. Created by eleven innovative design studios, the objects debuted at Sight Unseen Offsite as part of New York Design Week 2016.The ShakersThe Shakers were a small and radical group of English Quakers who emigrated from England to America in 1774. Known as the “United Soc
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DARPA demo day highlights exoskeletons, robotic arms and nanotechnology Here are some highlights from the DARPA demo dayAssembling nano structures from atoms to productsDARPA is working on a number of micro-technologies; one example is the effort to build a machine that can assemble nano-structures. The incredibly-intricate structures made of carbon fiber can be very strong, yet very light.DARPA recently launched its Atoms to Product (A2P) program, with the goal of de
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HIV-infected patients more likely to lack cancer treatment HIV-infected patients with cancer in the United States appear to be less likely to receive cancer treatment, regardless of insurance and other existing health conditions, a new report suggests.
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Surgery surprise: Small rural hospitals may be safer, less expensive for common operations They may be in small towns. They may only have a couple of surgeons. But for common operations, they may be safer and less expensive than their larger cousins, a new study finds.
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Why We Cringe at the Sound of Our Own Voices If you’ve ever heard your own voice played back on a recording and thought “do I really sound like that?” you’re not alone. Most of us at least cringe when we hear how we sound to others, and The Science of Us explains why, and what it says about us.First, the reason why we sound different to ourselves then when we hear ourselves recorded is due to the physiology of our skull. When we hear our own
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The Driverless Car Market Has Become a Billion-Dollar Industry GM, Fiat-Chrysler and Ford are going all in. …Read More »
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Mom’s exposure to BPA during pregnancy can put her baby on course to obesity Prenatal exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical used in plastic water bottles and canned food, is associated with measures of obesity in children at age 7, according to researchers. 94 percent of pregnant women studied had detectable levels of BPA. The researchers are the first to show associations between prenatal exposure to BPA and measures of body fat in their school-aged children.
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Chemical emitted by trees can impact St. Louis’ ozone levels St. Louis’ hazy summers can sometimes be too hot to handle for people with respiratory issues; increased ozone levels can make the air tough to breathe. A team of engineers focused on a study of St. Louis’ late-summer air quality. They found that naturally occurring compounds processed in the night sky can have a big impact on ozone levels the next day.
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Flying Saucer Rocking Chair This is a UFO. And Unidentified Furniture Object that Italian design firm It One Off created in a nod to little green men, living room acrobatics, and a nifty construction technique called “one ground point” they say the flying saucer rocker is the first and (so far) only chair to employ. The UFO’s little green men aesthetic is obvious: a single piece of concave carbon fiber cradles its
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YouTube Is Guilty Of Criminal Racketeering, Grammy Winner Says An anonymous reader cites a TorrentFreak report (edited and condensed): YouTube is guilty of criminal racketeering. That’s the headline-grabbing claim of Grammy award winning musician Maria Schneider, who claims that the Google-owned site is abusing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to siphon money away from musicians into its own pockets. Over the years, Google has transformed into the new bad
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Scientists track last 2,000 years of British evolution Technique tested on Britons’ genomes provides first look at human genetic adaptation over the past 2,000 years.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19917
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Scientists have developed an algorithm that can detect seizures up to 20 minutes in advance Two years ago, the American Epilepsy Society raised the Seizure Prevention Challenge to 502 research teams around the globe. The goal was to design a method to help epileptic patients accurately detect signs of an oncoming seizure, so they can take precautionary measures before the episode occurs. The third place winner was an innovative technique developed by scientists from CEU Cardinal Herrera
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Is Soundcloud about to place serious restrictions on DJ mixes? Sources say yes Music service Soundcloud made a name for itself by becoming the de facto site for DJ mixes. That will soon change, as new restrictions are likely to be put in place soon that would all but ban them from the site. Music news site Digital Music News quotes sources close to the service saying that “significant and serious limitations are on the way” that will permanently change how Soundcloud operate
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Citizens of Earth, Stop Reporting NASA’s Science Balloon as a UFO The Super Pressure Ballon prepares to take flight (Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)This is what NASA’s super pressure balloon looks like on the ground. And this—pictured below—is what it looks like floating in the air at night. Perhaps you’ve already spotted the problem.The earlier version of the Super Pressure Balloon in flight over Australia (Image: Kris J Parker/Victorian Storm Chasers
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These Anti-Drone Guns Are The Future of Messing With Your Neighbors With the rise of consumer drones, everyone from the US military to Border Patrol are stocking up on anti-drone guns. And the Navy Times has a new video of the most sci-fi looking drone gun: Battelle’s DroneDefender. While they’re not available yet commercially, they’re definitely the future of shooting down your neighbor’s pesky drone.The DroneDefender is designed to jam electromagnetic waves, cau
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Ripcord lets you power 9V gadgets over USB One of the clear signs of progress in this goofy modern world of ours is the slow, all-consuming standardization of USB power. Edison’s revenge, if you will. Anyhow, the Ripcord is a Kickstarter for a cable that lets you power 9-volt devices that usually require clunky power bricks from a standard 5V 1A USB power source. They’re claiming that you can run guitar pedals off a phone charger, or litt
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Financial status affects success of students with learning disabilities College students who receive special accommodations because of a learning disability say they have less difficulty completing assignments and more contact with faculty outside of class than peers who don’t receive extra help.
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This brick-wall optical illusion is giving the Internet fits – CNET Join thousands of other people baffled by an image of a brick wall that is building a viral life for itself on social media.
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This wearable actually makes us look forward to getting old If you look hard enough, you’ll find that there’s a wearable suited for everyone. Well, mostly everyone. Seniors are a group that is often left out of the tech conversation. The Omate Wherecom S3 looks to fill that gap. It’s a smartwatch that runs on a heavily modified version of Android Lollipop with a focus on bringing only the most essential phone features to your wrist, plus a few to keep your
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Cancer-fighting properties of horseradish revealed Horseradish contains cancer-fighting compounds known as glucosinolates. Glucosinolate type and quantity vary depending on size and quality of the horseradish root. For the first time, the activation of cancer-fighting enzymes by glucosinolate products in horseradish has been documented.
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Evidence of gargantuan asteroid strike unearthed in Australia All it takes is a quick look up at the moon to understand what a violent place the early solar system was. All those craters are the results of asteroids smashing into the lunar surface. The Earth was likewise battered all those billions of years ago, but the evidence of many asteroid strikes has long been erased through topography changes. Researchers at Australian National University (ANU) th
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3 Microsoft Office Online Teamwork & Collaboration Tools That Impress In a world where remote work is becoming more accepted, and workers are seeing each other less often, Microsoft’s improved range of collaboration features are hugely overdue. Many of Microsoft’s dedicated Office users became frustrated, needing to constantly send edited files back and forth. Integrating various edits into a final document became a nightmare. With the collaboration features now ava
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The Versatile Ninja Mega Blender System Is Down to Its Lowest Price Ninja Mega Kitchen System, $150Ninja makes your favorite affordable blenders, and the supersized Ninja Mega kitchen system is marked down to $150 right now, matching an all-time low. In addition to a 2 horsepower, 1500W motor, you get an 8-cup food processor bowl, a 72 ounce blender jar, and two single-serve cups for making a smoothie on the go.http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00939I7EK/…http://co-op.k
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Children in Cities Experience More Psychosis Children who grow up in cities have higher rates of psychosis than others. Researchers find that social cohesion and crime rates are important to these differences.Read More
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Uber’s Trip Tracker lets you check on family members while they ride I hate waiting around for people to show up somewhere. Sometimes they show up on time, other times I’m checking my phone for texts, wondering why they haven’t shown up. I can only imagine how much more frustrating it is to be waiting for a loved one to show up when they’re traveling. Thankfully Uber is looking out for you, … Continue reading
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Megatall Shanghai Tower receives CTBUH signboard officially marking it as China’s tallest and the world’s second-tallest The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) joined officials of Shanghai Tower in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. With a height of 632 meters, Shanghai Tower is only the third “megatall” building of 600 meters or higher in the world.A tall plaque for a tall building: attendees o
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August’s Doorbell Cam now works with Nest for whole-home security If you’ve got a Nest Cam and an August Doorbell Cam, you’ll now be able to view a stream of the inside and outside of your home in one app. Both can be set to start recording when motion is detected, so you can get a birds-eye view of who’s at your door and when they may or may not go inside. Instead of swapping between the Nest and August apps, you’ll now be able to see both streams in your Augus
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Vibrating Sneakers Can Tell You Which Way to Walk Soon, every object that we own will connect to our phones It might be a little surprising to hear that airline company EasyJet is now making sneakers, and it also might be a little surprising to hear that there are sneakers that can direct your route via vibrations, but when you combine the two things it seems to somehow make sense. EasyJet’s Sneakairs are in the prototype stage right now, but a
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Police to Be Trained on Concept of Free Press As Part of Ferguson Journalists’ Lawsuit Settlement A federal lawsuit filed by four journalists arrested while reporting on the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri against the St. Louis County police was settled last week, with neither side admitting fault. However, in addition to paying $75,000 to the plaintiffs, the police have agreed to adopt new protocols regarding how they deal with news media, as well as provide mandatory training for offic
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Tesloop offers city-to-city autonomous travel in a Tesla  Travelers in the Southwest have a new all-electric option: long-distance car sharing in a Tesla with Autopilot. The service is called Tesloop, and it currently serves 15 cities in southern California, plus Henderson and Las Vegas in Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona. The idea came to founder Haydn (one name only; probably because he’s still a minor) in May 2015, when he turned 16 and got… Read More
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Relationship satisfaction depends on the mating pool, study finds Relationship satisfaction and the energy devoted to keeping a partner are dependent on how the partner compares with other potential mates, a finding that relates to evolution’s stronghold on modern relationship psychology, according to a study at The University of Texas at Austin.
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Sony invests in artificial intelligence startup Cogitai TOKYO (Reuters) — Japan’s Sony said it plans to build up its artificial intelligence (AI) business and eventually turn it into a major revenue source, beginning with an investment in a U.S. startup. The electronics maker has invested an undisclosed sum in California-based Cogitai. The year-old firm, founded by three researchers, focuses on technology that allows machines to learn continually and a
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Australian duo creates cyclone-resistant shelters An Australian duo has created a series of cyclone-resistant prefabricated shelters for remote communities in Vanuatu
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Hansgrohe opens interactive showroom The Water Studio in Clerkenwell Movie: in this video Dezeen filmed for Hansgrohe, Philippe Grohe and Martin Mongan explain why the bathroom brand has opened a new interactive product demonstration hub in Clerkenwell, London. (more…)
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Jupiter’s moon: Europa’s ocean may have an Earthlike chemical balance The ocean of Jupiter’s moon Europa could have the necessary balance of chemical energy for life, even if the moon lacks volcanic hydrothermal activity, finds a new study.
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Artella brings collaboration to VFX and animation  Being a freelance animator is a pretty crappy existence, living out of a suitcase, jetting from country to country as the major studios are chasing tax incentives around the world. Launched this week, Artella are attempting to changing that by creating a full suite of software to foster collaboration between creative artists, and enabling freelancers to form ad-hoc animation studios for projects.
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Huge Deals on the Home Networking Products You Need We all need Internet in our homes. We all like saving money. It’s time to bring the two together! Routers TP-LINK AC3150 Wi-Fi Router ($159.99, 27% Off) TP-LINK AC3150 Wireless Wi-Fi Router, XStream Processing, 4-Stream, NitroQAM, Smart Connect (Archer C3150) Enjoy 4K HD video and play online games simultaneously with faster Wi-Fi to all your devicesPrice: $159.99 Buy Now at Amazon.com If you have
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Autistic Kids Can Thrive in Integrated Classrooms The solution might not be easy, but researchers have identified strategies that help all children thrive in the classroom.Read More
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Study shows how neurons reach their final destinations As the human brain develops, neurons leave their birthplace and take a trip to distant locations. Once they reach their final destination, the neurons then send out axons and dendrites—the branches that receive and send messages from other cells.
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Goodreads Deals Sends Your Personalized Deals Based On Your Profile The biggest problem with most deals newsletters is the fact they don’t really cater to your personalized preferences. Goodreads, the Amazon-owned book collectors site, is attempting to fix that with a fully customizable deals email.When you first sign up for the Goodreads Deals, you’re asked what you want to get emails about. If you don’t want a ton of emails, you can restrict the newsletters to j
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Tesla rolls out update to make it harder to crash a self-parking car A posting on Reddit today indicates that Tesla is rolling an update out to its vehicles to require that drivers confirm the direction of travel when Summon is activated — possibly a direct response to last week’s news of a Model S in Utah that autonomously crashed into the back of a parked trailer while in Summon mode. As with other Tesla software upgrades, the latest update is happening over the
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Researchers keep networks moving to stay safe from hacker attacks Imagine burglars have targeted your home, but before they break in, you’ve already moved and are safe from harm.
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New insights into human rare disorders with dogs Professor Hannes Lohi’s research group at the University of Helsinki has discovered three novel canine genes for Caffey, Raine and van den Ende-Gupta syndromes. Research reveals close similarities of the canine models of human rare disorders and highlights the potential of comparative research approach for the development of rare disease diagnostics and treatments. Gene discoveries will benefit al
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Sound Effect Tool Found at Shakespeare Theater The 16th-century devise was likely a ceramic bird whistle that was used as a sound effect device during the Bard’s plays.
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Thinning out the carbon capture viscosity problem Researchers have used computer modeling to design carbon dioxide binding materials so that they retain a low viscosity after sponging up carbon dioxide, based on a surprise they found in their explorations. Although the chemists still have to test the predicted liquid in the lab, being able to predict viscosity will help researchers find and design cheaper, more efficient carbon capture materials.
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Team first to measure microscale granular crystal dynamics Designing materials that better respond to dynamic loading can help vehicles minimize vibration, better protect military convoys or potentially make buildings safer during an earthquake.
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Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld Being Considered for Gary Johnson’s Libertarian Vice President SlotFormer Massachusetts Republican Governor William Weld was for a moment there in the 1990s the darling of more establishment-minded libertarians looking for successful politicians with a roughly fiscal conservative/socially liberal bent.  This morning the Daily Caller first reported he is being seriously considered by Gary Johnson for his vice presidential slot, quoting an unnamed campaign source
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Sleek Tables Appear to Be Cut From Single Piece of Metal Table fitting perfectly into other (upside down) table If you’re a fan of the Tumblr “Things Fitting Perfectly Into Other Things,” (or arches) then you’ll derive immense pleasure from this pair of tables from BoardGrove. “Two Tables” is a pair of whimsical powder-coated steel tables that, Dezeen reports, appear as if they were cut from a single hollow cylindrical form. The lar
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Spiders’ sticky ‘glue’ also acts as microscopic web spools Spiders create a special sort of ‘hybrid’ substance for their web that keeps the silky threads taunt even after they’re stretched out, according to researchers, and that discovery has been used to create a so-called liquid wire with the same properties. The spider’s substance is described as a watery glue deposited in tiny drops onto the threads; when a piece … Continue reading
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GE dishwashers attack the problem of cleaning tightly packed silverware Whether you manually prewash or not, when you run a load of dishes, glasses, silverware, and utensils through the dishwasher, you expect everything to come out clean. But that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes the silverware and utensils get packed so tight — come on, you know you do that — that while your dishes and glasses come out sparkling clean, your silverware and utensils, not so much. Well,
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The best things for sliced bread: Check out these top toasters Civilization was once more than pleased with a slice of unevenly toasted bread. Today, however, people are finicky about their toast to say the least. Some people like their toast to be barely heat-kissed, while others prefer theirs on the verge of carbonization. In the era of the smart home, the ability to simply toast is woefully insufficient. The modern toaster is a Swiss army knife of bells, w
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In Depth: Google self-driving car: everything you need to know Self-driving cars were once a Total Recall fantasy, but it’s happening in our lifetime with Google at the wheel. As a car enthusiast who enjoys windy roads and track time as a therapeutic stress reliever, I’m not against the impending autonomous future of cars.Actually, that’s far from the truth. Driving is fun, but traffic is about as enjoyable as a root canal — it has to be endured and never at
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Critical shortage of cardiothoracic surgeons anticipated by 2035 Looking ahead to 2035, a growing disparity is projected between the number of cardiothoracic surgeons needed and the number available. Researchers cite such trends as fewer trainees in surgery residency programs, more exam failures, and fewer American Board of Thoracic Surgery certifications at a time when an aging population will require more cardiothoracic surgical services. They estimate that c
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Chesapeake Bay health improves in 2015 The overall health of Chesapeake Bay improved in 2015, according to scientists. The largest estuary in the nation scored a C (53 percent) in 2015, one of the three highest scores since 1986. Only 1992 and 2002 scored as high or higher, both years of major sustained droughts.
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Who makes the most reliable hard drive? Latest BackBlaze survey claims to know Nearly every hard drive manufacturer improved in reliability but one manufacturer still leads the pack, according to the latest hard drive survey from BackBlaze. The hard drives in question power BackBlaze’s cloud backup data center and total some 61,590 spinning drives with more than a billion hours of operation among them. Why this matters: Hard drives aren’t sexy anymore but a failure means
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How to Import Spotify, Rdio and More to Your Apple Music Collection One of the best parts about Apple Music is how you can discover, create, and share playlists, but what if you already have playlists on other services like Spotify and just want to replicate those here? Unfortunately, Apple didn’t introduce an easy way to import playlists. So if you have been using Spotify and love their many automatic playlists or the ones you custom-curated, the only way to impo
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Drop Dock holds your phone in place with magnets The Drop Dock is a magnetic dock that’s trying to make charging your phone quick, easy, and wireless. It’s basically a MagSafe for phones that fits any Android or iOS device with either a Micro USB or Lightning port. It doesn’t require any cables, and its creators claim that phones slip right into the magnetic port. There is a catch, however. To make the dock work, phones have to have an adaptor
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Under pressure: New technique could make large, flexible solar panels more feasible A new, high-pressure technique may allow the production of huge sheets of thin-film silicon semiconductors at low temperatures in simple reactors at a fraction of the size and cost of current technology.
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M2S All-Go electric bicycle intends to defy traditional conventions When it comes to electric bikes, there tends to be this particular “prejudice”, so to speak, of such a mode of transport being heavy or rather difficult to tote around due to the additional battery pack as opposed to a normal bicycle. Having said that, it looks like the M2S All-Go intends to change all sorts of stereotypes that one has in one’s mind, as the M2S All-Go electric bike will sport a ca
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Indefinite prison for suspect who won’t decrypt hard drives, feds say (credit: Christiaan Colen) US federal prosecutors urged a federal appeals court late Monday to keep a child-porn suspect behind bars—where he already has been for seven months—until he unlocks two hard drives that the government claims contain kid smut. The suspect, a Philadelphia police sergeant relieved of his duties, has refused to unlock two hard drives and has been in jail ever since a ju
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How to track down the rat who’s selling your Gmail address to spammers Want to figure out who’s selling your email address and causing you email spam you don’t want? Have you ever started getting regular emails that you know you never signed up for? Newsletters. Deals. That kinda thing. Well it’s possible some site you did sign up for is selling your address to a third party. And that is not OK! With a little bit of planning you can do some email tracking to see exa
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Crownstone takes home automation beyond Alexa Sensor technology seems to be one of the biggest buzz technologies of late, and companies like DoBots are bringing it to home automation. DoBots is a spinoff of Almende, a research institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. DoBots specializes in artificial intelligence, for robots and home automation alike. I recently spoke to roboticist and COO, Anne van Rossum about through their soon to be shipp
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Diamond on silicon chips are running at 100 Gigahertz and can also make power chips for directing 10,000 volts Diamond computer chips running at 100-GHz have been demonstrated by Akhan Semiconductor. They are currently using design rules in the 100s of nanometers. Developers are focusing on power applications on 12-inch wafers. They hope to drive down the costs of production with higher volumes. Power devices are moving into pilot production at a fab. They are using the fab-lite model—that is produce small
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This week’s picks for NYC architecture and design events There’s something fun for everyone amid the hustle and bustle in New York City, including architecture and design events! For anyone who is curious about what architecture-related events to fit into your weekly schedules, Archinect and Bustler have compiled a snappy list of thought-provoking lectures, discussions, upcoming exhibitions and ongoing ones you might have not heard about yet, and other
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Nemo Gould: Megalodon Artist Nemo Gould loves to make kinetic sculptures using found objects and handmade components. One of his latest works is Megalodon, a 192″-long robotic shark submarine that he made from an F-94 bomber’s fuel tank, nixie tubes, motors, and other bits. Hat Tip More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Star Wars Shadow ArtEmergence LabDistinct: Micah GanskeSpinning DaggersAll Things Fall
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Roast Your Fruit First for More Flavorful Salsas and Chutneys Roasting or grilling fruit caramelizes the natural sugars and adds a smoky flavor that will boost your fruit salsas and chutneys to the next level. The next time you make a salsa fresca or a mango chutney, put your ingredients to the heat first.Fruits with firm flesh, like stone fruit or citrus, can withstand the grill best. For the more delicate fruits (strawberries, kiwi, even tomatoes), you can
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Windmill All Weather Lighter If you ever find yourself camping during a hurricane or blizzard, this is a great addition.
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Someone created an unofficial, yet convincing Tesla Model 3 configurator Well, this should either ease or make unbearable the waiting process for those 400,000 Model 3 pre-orderers. SEE ALSO: BMW promises autonomous, electric flagship for 2021 called iNext Some two years before deliveries are likely to begin, a Tesla fan has created a convincing unofficial Tesla Model 3 configurator. It’s called model3config, and it allows users to slather the all-new Tesla in nine di
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CIA Watchdog ‘Mistakenly’ Destroyed Its Only Copy Of A Senate Torture Report An anonymous reader writes: According to Yahoo News, the CIA inspector general’s office “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of a mammoth Senate torture report at the same time lawyers for the Justice Department were assuring a federal judge that copies of the document were being preserved. Agency officials described the deletion of the document to Senate investigators as an “inadve
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The next BMW 6 Series might morph into a completely different coupe BMW could make major changes to the 6 Series as it prepares to expand its lineup toward the top end. The Munich-based carmaker has all but confirmed that it’s developing a new flagship positioned a notch above the 7 Series. Tentatively called 9 Series, the model will take the form of a four-door sedan with a sleek, coupe-like roofline. If the 9 Series gets the nod of approval from BMW’s top brass,
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Temporary eco-friendly container village provides community space for artists and locals For the past seven years, artists in Poznań, Polan have been breathing life into an empty riverside lot with KontenerART – a makeshift summer village composed of shipping containers, designed with both artists and locals in mind. Every May the project comes to life and takes advantage of the longer days and warmer weather until the end of August. The container village provides a space for locals t
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How is Meizu bringing its first product to the US? Crowdfunding, of course Meizu may not be a household name in the United States, but the Chinese company is by no means a small fry in the electronics world. But, despite Meizu being a smartphone bigwig – reportedly worth $3.3 billion and selling over 20 million smartphones last year – it has virtually zero presence in the ‘States.Instead of entering the US’s crowded smartphone arena, however, as the company’s first produ
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Your one-stop shop for every new show announced this week – CNET From synopses to trailers, here’s what we know about the new shows you’ll care about next season.
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Oculus is helping students and nonprofits create VR content There’s no doubting the ability of VR to create immersive experiences for gaming and other forms of entertainment. However, Oculus wants to make sure nonprofit organizations and students have the opportunity to tap into those possibilities as well. To lend a hand, the virtual reality company announced a two-fold initiative called “VR for Good.” One part of the project will partner up 10
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Starting the food crisis conversation  What does the future of food look like? Former Vice President Al Gore and 40 entrepreneurs and CEOs in the food industry recently convened in London to try to answer just that. Read More
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Study: Sports fans want all games online — and they’re willing to pay for it From Netflix to Amazon, cord cutters have an exploding selection of programming options these days, allowing them to all but swear off traditional TV. However, live sports — something that can be hard to find outside of traditional TV packages — continues to be one of the biggest draws for many viewers. A new study conducted by the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg and ThePostGame sug
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Making a Wooden Chain Carpenter Matthias Wandel demonstrates the complicated process of creating links in a wooden chain from a single block of maple hardwood without using any glue. To add to the challenge, he did it almost entirely with power tools rather than hand carving. Hat Tip Link More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Making a Wooden Death StarMaking CharcoalMaking a 3D Illusion Cutting BoardMultiple Millin
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Module Grid House / Tetsuo Yamaji Architects © Kenta Hasegawa Architects: Tetsuo Yamaji Architects Location: Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan Area: 208.27 sqm Project Year: 2015 Photographs: Kenta Hasegawa © Kenta Hasegawa From the architect. We designed a house in the suburban area of North Kanto. It is a house for a young couple with two small children. As we designed this house, we realized that there
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Trippy Short Film Uses Totally Random Objects to Make Music I’m not exactly sure what I’m watching, but I’m into it. Musician Broke For Free created music by re-imagining sounds made by the world around us. Rocks can become a drum set; a palm tree is suddenly a synth organ. Mix in a little partying by the pool and jumping back and forth in time, and it’s a little like being on acid while losing it out in the desert.SPLOID is delicious brain candy. Follow u
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Electric Cars Just Got $5,000 Cheaper In Colorado The State of Colorado just passed legislation granting a $5,000 point-of-sale incentive for the purchase of an electric vehicle in the State, in addition to the existing $7,500 federal tax incentive. That’s $12,500 cut in an attempt make EVs more competitive with traditional car purchases.The announcement from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project highlights the simplicity of the new state incen
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Silver Nanowires Show Promise for Next-Generation Touch-Screen Technologies Traditional touchscreen material is unfit for use in flexible devices, and it is suffering from a supply shortfall. Materials Today Communications and Scientific Reports paper has published a study…
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Shenzhen playing a strong hand in the global IoT game Chinese Special Economic Zone of Shenzhen is set to become a global hub for IoT hardware manufacturing. This thriving metropolis of an estimated 14 million people – just 40km outside Hong Kong – and has already made big waves in the IoT world as an attractive spot for entrepreneurial manufacturing, especially for IoT-related companies. Shenzhen has grown considerably over the past several years,
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Transition to Summer With Lululemon’s Perfect Shorts Lululemon is simply put, one of the best clothing brands for active men out there. When the weather is cold, they make comfortable yet warming clothing. And when the sun is coming out, you can count on Lulu to provide some great items for whatever your needs. In many parts of the world, the summer is quickly approaching. Whether you […]Visit Man of Many for the full post.
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Learn to wake up joyfully Fill the first few minutes or hours of your day with an activity that brings you happiness, and suddenly getting out of bed won’t feel so hard.
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Tofu waste powers Indonesian homes The wastewater from tofu production is now being used as a biogas in a Javan village.
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Rocks, rails and a big hill are all you need to store renewables It definitely has potential to rock the energy storage world.
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Save the butterflies with DIY milkweed seed bombs Munitions to love! It’s time to carpet the country with milkweed to give struggling monarchs a chance.
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Highly-Conductive Shark Jelly Could Inspire New Tech An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from UC Santa Cruz, the University of Washington, and the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason found shark jelly to have the highest proton conductivity ever seen in a biological material. The jelly’s conductivity begins to approach that of leading proton-conducting polymers. Tiny organs in the skin of sharks, skates and rays, called the ampullae of
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ICUs strained by increased volume and a near doubling of opioid-related deaths ICU admissions related to opioid overdoses are steadily increasing, and opioid overdose-related ICU deaths have nearly doubled since 2009. New research shows the strain America’s opioid crisis is putting on ICUs and the critical care teams who care for these patients and calls attention to efforts needed to meet the demands of this expanding population.
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New implantable VAD for severe heart failure in kids shows encouraging results in sheep First-Ever Implantable VAD for Small Children May Be a Breakthrough for the Management of Pediatric Heart Failure, According to Presentation at 96th AATS Annual Meeting
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Scotland Will Soon Get the World’s Biggest Floating Offshore Windfarm Congratulations, kilt-wearers, and descendants of William Wallace! Your country’s seas are about to become the proud guardians of the world’s largest floating wind farm. Read more…
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Iron fertilization won’t work in equatorial Pacific, study suggests Over the past half-million years, the equatorial Pacific Ocean has seen five spikes in the amount of iron-laden dust blown in from the continents. In theory, those bursts should have turbo-charged the growth of the ocean’s carbon-capturing algae — algae need iron to grow — but a new study shows that the excess iron had little to no effect.
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Trojan horses for hospital bugs Staphylococcus aureus usually is a formidable bacterial pathogen. Sometimes, however, weakened forms are found in the blood of patients. Researchers have now identified one mutation responsible for that phenomenon.
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Fabric sensors to make car seats smarter and safer The problem with most car seats today is that the sensing devices in them can’t distinguish the difference between say an inanimate bag of groceries versus a highly fidgety child if both are similar in weight. BeBop Sensors is working to change that with fabric sensors it’s developed that are meant to make car seats smarter and thus safer… Continue Reading Fabric sensors to make car seats sma
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Minimally invasive tendon repair technique supports knee movement sooner after surgery Researchers have found that suture anchors, a less-invasive tendon repair technique, responded better to strength-testing after the surgery, supporting more movement in the knee earlier in the recovery process.
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Petition to activate smartphone FM radios gains steam as carriers agree to flip the switch A new report from CBC News details the progress being made to unlock the FM radio chip that many smartphones feature. Many smartphones have an untapped FM chip inside them that users are unable to take advantage of and while many Android devices are confirmed to have the chip, the iPhone also has despite Apple not officially recognizing it. A petition has been running in the United States to urge
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Leatherman’s Signal is Everything You’d Expect Leatherman has been one of the most highly regarded names in outdoor adventure for over 30 years, and their longevity is a testament so the quality they consistently churn out. Leatherman’s multi-tools have become a staple for day to day life and adventures alike. The Leatherman Signal is the brand’s latest release, and it’s just as good as you hoped, […]Visit Man of Many for the full post.
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[New Arrive]Wireless Floating LED            MOXO Wireless Floating LED Night Light Bluetooth SpeakerMOXO is a levitating lamp which hovers by magnetic levitation and is powered through the air. With speaker, the MOXO also doubles as a Bluetooth music player. Simply move your finger around on the coach, then enjoy the fabulous music.Main Features:● Levitating lampThe lamp hovers by magnetic levitation and is powered through the ai
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Sony’s newest Xperia X member is a phablet with a 16-megapixel selfie camera At Mobile World Congress 2016, Sony unveiled three new devices in a new Xperia X lineup. None of those phones are available yet, but Sony’s added a fourth to the series — the Xperia XA Ultra. Design-wise, the Xperia XA Ultra is a larger version of the lower-tier Xperia XA. It has ridiculously small bezels, and the same button placement as the rest of the Xperia X series — the power button is on th
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Microsoft To License Nokia Brand To Foxconn, Says Report SmartAboutThings quotes a report from Windows Report: It’s no secret that Microsoft’s phone business isn’t going according to plan. Last quarter alone saw a 46% drop in phone revenue, slightly better than the 49% drop the quarter before that. And now it seems that Microsoft is finally realizing this: according to rumors, the tech giant is considering licensing 50% of its mobile business to Foxconn
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Second gene modifies effect of mutation in a dog model of ALS Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a neurodegenerative disease in dogs with similarities to ALS in humans. Scientists have discovered a modifier gene that affects the risk of developing DM in Pembroke Welsh Corgis (PWC).
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Do germs trigger type 1 diabetes? Germs could play a role in the development of type 1 diabetes by triggering the body’s immune system to destroy the cells that produce insulin, new research suggests.
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Five questions for Google to answer at its big I/O conference Google’s I/O developer conference starts Wednesday and some big announcements are expected during the opening two-hour keynote, likely around virtual reality, Android and the Internet of Things.In a change of pace, the show is being held outdoors at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, and Google has advised the press to pack sunscreen along with laptops and mobile devices. H
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Mom’s voice activates many different regions in children’s brains, study shows A far wider swath of brain areas is activated when children hear their mothers than when they hear other voices, and this brain response predicts a child’s social communication ability, a new study finds.
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Photons with half-integer angular momentum are the latest twist on light Surprising effect occurs when light is confined to fewer than three dimensions
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This Amazingly Cool Model Bridge Was Made By a Third Grader Okay, so he had a lot of help from his dad, but this third grader’s school project—a wooden model of the Steel Bridge in Portland—is totally awesome. It has all the moving parts of the real bridge; both the lower and upper decks can be lifted to make way for boats on the river. The duo made the drawings of the Steel Bridge in AutoCAD and then used a CNC router to cut out the pieces. Frank Howarth,
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33 Stylish Masculine Headboards For Your Man’s Cave Bedroom Many single modern guys opt for designing a man cave with cool and stylish masculine interiors. A masculine interior isn’t only about dark colors and gloomy décor, it can be airy, light and modern but with cool man-like touches that make up the room.  Today I’d like to show you how to complement a masculine bedroom with a cool proper headboard or even give a neutral interior a man-like look. So, l
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News: Bustler’s editor picks for architecture & design events: Los Angeles, May 16-23 There is always something exciting going on in the bustling City of Angels. Planning for another full week ahead? Bustler has compiled a snappy list of thought-provoking lectures, upcoming exhibitions as well as ongoing ones you might have not heard about yet, and other noteworthy happenings around town that are not to be missed. Check back regularly at the start of the week to stay up to date. Ha
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Sybrillo gimbal claims to be the most versatile GoPro accessory yet One of the toughest challenges of recording high-quality video is stability. With a GoPro, the problem is often magnified by the nature of the activity: surfing, mountain biking, skiing – extreme sports with erratic movement that results in footage so shaky you’ll get motion sickness just from watching it. Sybrillo isn’t the first product to provide a solution to this problem, but it promises to d
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Rapid finger-prick test to tackle tuberculosis According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2014 over 9 million people contracted tuberculosis (TB), with 1.5 million dying from the disease. Over 95 percent of these deaths occur in developing countries, which is exacerbated by difficulties in diagnosing the disease based on signs and symptoms. A new point-of-care test aimed at use in areas of limited resources could help speed up the
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BMW diesel gets four turbos for big torque and small fuel consumption As automakers battle to reduce emissions, we’re seeing more cars launched with one, two and occasionally three turbochargers. Until now, no-one besides Bugatti has been crazy enough to strap four turbos to the one engine, but BMW’s new 750d will change that with its quad-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six… Continue Reading BMW diesel gets four turbos for big torque and small fuel consumption
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Ingestible magnetic robot can fold open and shut like origami (Tomorrow Daily 365 show notes) – CNET A tiny robot with a magnet onboard might rescue watch batteries from your too-curious toddler or daring teenager someday.
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Robots Learn How to Make Friends and Influence People If robots can learn to respect human social norms, they will become much better at navigating busy spaces like airports, malls, or city sidewalks.
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Dyson Just Fixed Everything Wrong With Its Cordless Vacuum We called Dyson’s cordless DC59 Motorhead the first genuine replacement for a full-sized vacuum, even with a few annoying design quirks and limited battery life. It has taken the company almost two years to design a follow-up, but the new Dyson V8 appears to fix most of the complaints we had with the original.The rechargeable battery on the original Dyson DC59 had only about 20 minutes of run time
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$30K Retrofit Turns Dumb Semis Into Self-Driving Robots A new startup called Otto is promising an autonomous kit than can make existing trucks drive themselves. The post $30K Retrofit Turns Dumb Semis Into Self-Driving Robots appeared first on WIRED.
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Today in Gear: Tuesday, May 17 A do-it-all shell, an electric hypercar/ATV, a killer axe and much more. …Read More »
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Stanford’s whiz-bang idea to bring gold-standard urine testing to the home A urine test can be an invaluable way of detecting a number of medical conditions, a list which can include infections, diseases, and even certain types of cancer. Looking to improve access to this diagnostics tool, Stanford University engineers have designed a smartphone-based urine test for the home that relies on the same approach used in the doctor’s office, claiming it could offer equally
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Audi’s “Jack” autonomous car becomes a kind, courteous driver Over the years, Audi’s piloted driving fleet has pushed autonomous driving forward with such feats as a Pikes Peak ascent and a Hockenheim lap. Audi’s latest piloted driving accomplishment isn’t quite so flashy, but it promises to be more important for everyday driving. A piloted A7 research car nicknamed “Jack” has become a smart, courteous defensive driver that should be a pleasure
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5 Awesome Event Calendars to Always Know What’s Coming Up Your calendar is full of events that matter to you. Birthdays, soccer games, office parties — they all have a place on your favorite calendar app. But how do you keep track of events where you aren’t personally involved, like concerts around town, or a cool meteor shower sighting this evening? Sit back, relax, and let the Internet help you out. A few event-tracking calendars will keep you updated
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The Fall and Rise of String Theory While the novel theory may never live up to the early hype, its innovative tools have helped scientists for decades, and the best may be yet to come.
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NASA directly observes fundamental process of nature for 1st time Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 17, 2016 Like sending sensors up into a hurricane, NASA has flown four spacecraft through an invisible maelstrom in space, called magnetic reconnection. Magnetic reconnection is one of the prime drivers of space radiation and so it is a key factor in the quest to learn more about our space environment and protect our spacecraft and astronauts as we explore farther and farth
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Manchester astronomers detect helium-3 4000 light years away Manchester, UK (SPX) May 17, 2016 A team of astronomers from The University of Manchester, together with collaborators from the Centro de Astrobiologia and the Deep Space Network, Spain and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, have detected a rare gas 4000 light years away from Earth. The discovery, made using the largest antenna of NASA’s Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex (70 metre
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Evidence of ancient giant asteroid discovered in Australia Acton, Australia (UPI) May 16, 2016 Researchers in Australia recently found a collection of spherules, evidence of a massive asteroid that struck Earth as it was still forming. Spherules are tiny glass beads formed from material vaporized in the intense heat of an asteroid impact. They were found in northwestern Australia by a team of geologists led by Andrew Glikson of the Australian National Un
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Russia Spent $1.3Bln on Vostochny Cosmodrome So Far Moscow (Sputnik) May 17, 2016 Russia has so far spent 84 billion rubles ($1.3 billion) on the construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Friday. Vostochny had been under construction since 2012 and is expected to reduce Russia’s dependency on the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, which is on lease to Russia until 2050. On April 28, Russia succes
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Air Force demos key rocket engine technologies for new launch systems Edwards AFB CA (SPX) May 17, 2016 The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and contractor Aerojet Rocketdyne achieved a major milestone under the Hydrocarbon Boost program, which is advancing domestic rocket engine technologies in support of next generation launch. The Hydrocarbon Boost (HCB) program completed full power, full duration tests of the oxygen-rich staged combustion (ORSC) sub-scale pre
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NASA Invests in Next Stage of Visionary Technology Development Washington DC (SPX) May 17, 2016 NASA has selected eight technology proposals for investment that have the potential to transform future aerospace missions, introduce new capabilities, and significantly improve current approaches to building and operating aerospace systems. Awards under Phase II of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program can be worth as much as $500,000 for a two-yea
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Russia to start financing new Phoenix carrier rocket development in 2018 Korolev (Sputnik) May 17, 2016 Russia will begin financing the development of a new carrier rocket dubbed Phoenix in 2018, Deputy General Director of Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center Aleksandr Medvedev said Friday. Cargo capacity of the projected carrier rocket is expected to be within the range from nine up to 15 metric tons, he specified. “The financing will start from
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New Antares Rocket Rolls Out at NASA Wallops Wallops VA (SPX) May 17, 2016 Orbital ATK’s Antares first stage with the new engines is rolled from NASA Wallops Flight Facility’s Horizontal Integration Facility to Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A on May 12, 2016, in preparation for the upcoming stage test in the next few weeks. The team will continue to work meticulously as they begin final integration and check outs on
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The engineering building at EPFL in Luasanne is wrapped in automated metal screens Read the rest of The engineering building at EPFL in Luasanne is wrapped in automated metal screens
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Foster + Partners introduces Eva tabletop light with candle-like glow British architecture studio Foster + Partners has launched its latest light produced in collaboration with Italian manufacturer Lumina: a tabletop design that emits a gentle glow. (more…)
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Illinois River water quality improvement linked to more efficient corn production Urbana IL (SPX) May 17, 2016 Good news – the quality of water in the Illinois River has improved in one important aspect. A new study from the University of Illinois reports that nitrate load in the Illinois River from 2010 to 2014 was 10 percent less than the average load in the 1980s and early 1990s. Reducing the nitrate and phosphorus loads in the Mississippi River by 45 percent is the US EPA’
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New research estimates probability of mega-earthquake in the Aleutians Honolulu HI (SPX) May 17, 2016 A team of researchers from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHM) published a study this week that estimated the probability of a Magnitude 9+ earthquake in the Aleutian Islands – an event with sufficient power to create a mega-tsunami especially threatening to Hawai’i. In the next 50 years, they report, there is a 9% chance of such an event. An earlier State of H
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How the spectacular Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain became so bendy Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 17, 2016 The physical mechanism causing the unique, sharp bend in the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain has been uncovered in a collaboration between the University of Sydney and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Led by a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences, researchers used the Southern Hemisphere’s most highly integrated su
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Retreat of the ice followed by millennia of methane release Oslo, Norway (SPX) May 17, 2016 Scientists have calculated that the present day ice sheets keep vast amounts of climate gas methane in check. Ice sheets are heavy and cold, providing pressure and temperatures that contain methane in form of ice-like substance called gas hydrate. If the ice sheets retreat the weight of the ice will be lifted from the ocean floor, the gas hydrates will be destabili
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Check it out! An acoustic levitation gauntlet – CNET If you always wanted to hover particles above the palm of your hand, this experiment is for you.
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Faith-based congressional candidate reveals porn tabs in Facebook post – CNET Technically Incorrect: Mike Webb, a Republican running for Congress in Virginia, exposes his web habits to the world. The world titters.
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Self-driving tech startup Otto wants truckers to keep on…napping Founded by Google and Tesla vets, new long-haul trucking tech startup Otto wants to truckers to take it easy — but hopefully not the point of the sound of their own wheels driving them crazy. The firm is building unique sensors, vehicle hardware, and state-of-the-art self-driving software that, when combined, offers a safe, scalable self-driving solution for the highway. The sensors  – camera, ra
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Magnetoshell Aerocapture for Manned Missions and Planetary Deep Space Orbiters It is clear from past mission studies that a manned Mars mission, as well as deep space planetary orbiters will require aerobraking and aerocapture which use aerodynamic drag forces to slow the spacecraft. Aerocapture would enable long term studies of the outer planets and their moons that would not be possible with existing braking technologies. While utilizing planetary atmospheres to slow down
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Moogfest 2016: the synthesis of future music, technology, and art Moogfest 2016, a four-day, mind-expanding festival on the synthesis of technology, art, and music, will happen this coming week (Thursday, May 19 to Sunday, May 22) near Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, with more than 300 musical performances, workshops, conversations, masterclasses, film screenings, live scores, sound installations, multiple interactive art experiences, and “The Future
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University of WA test drives quantum supercomputer Researchers from the University of Western Australia and the University of Bristol have announced a breakthrough in supercomputing, testing an early prototype of a quantum computer.
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Moscow Urban Forum 2016: Fast-Growing Megacities – Technologies for Dynamic Development Since its first version in 2011, the Moscow Urban Forum has become an important international platform devoted to the development of megacities, and improvement of the quality of life of urban residents in the world, Moscow and Russia. Over the years, it has developed into a major international project that brings together the people who come up with ideas to improve the quality of urban sp
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Pokemon GO field test finally arrives in the US It will probably still be a long time (maybe never) before we can actually start seeing virtual Pokemon with our smart glasses or smart contact lenses and throwing virtual Pokeballs with our smart gloves. For now, we’ll have to make do with our smartphones and a bit of augmented reality magic. Even then, it’s still a long wait for Pokefans … Continue reading
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The biggest ice cave in China never melts If Queen Elsa wanted a place to let it go in Asia, she’ll probably head for the Luyashan Mountain Ningwu ice cave. Located in Ningwu county in north China’s Shanxi province, it’s the biggest ice cave discovered so far in China and goes an impressive 85 metres deep. The cave stands 2,300 metres above sea level and is said to have been formed during the ice age, some 3 million years ago. SEE ALSO:
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Body-worn cameras associated with increased assaults against police New evidence from the largest-yet series of experiments on use of body-worn cameras by police has revealed that rates of assault against police by members of the public actually increased when officers wore the cameras.
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AI can recreate Nobel-Prize winning experiments We’ve seen how artificial intelligence has made quantum experimentation easier, and now machine learning is being implemented in other areas of scientific experimentation. A team of researchers from the Australian National University, University of Adelaide and the University of South Wales Australian Defence Force Academy (phew) used an algorithm to recreate a Nobel Prize-winning experiment that
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weiss / manfredi uses perforated brick on new performing arts center in dallas the 65,000-square-foot performing arts center has been conceived as an ascending gallery of collaborative spaces. The post weiss / manfredi uses perforated brick on new performing arts center in dallas appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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US says proposed Chinese regulations could fragment the Internet The U.S. has warned of fragmentation of the Internet if China goes ahead with proposed rules that would require compulsory registration of Internet domain names in China through government-licensed providers.The regulations for the administration of Internet domain names would also forbid the registration of websites containing any one of nine categories of broadly and vaguely defined prohibited
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Imported forest pests cause $2 billion in damage annually When Gary Lovett was studying the effect of acid rain in New York’s Catskill Mountains 20 years ago, he ended the experiment early because so many trees in the test plots were dying—not from acid rain, but from insect attacks.
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US Navy’s Blackwing drones launch from underwater The US military may soon welcome some new additions to its fleet of unmanned aircraft, with the Navy revealing plans to purchase a set of small drones that can be launched into the air from submarines and other underwater vehicles… Continue Reading US Navy’s Blackwing drones launch from underwater Category: Military Tags: Submarine US Navy Related Articles: Europe’s first ultra-deep
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Out of this world: ‘Moon and Mars veggies’ grow in Dutch greenhouse Establishing a human colony on the Moon and travelling to Mars has been the stuff of dreams since the dawn of the space age.
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Two Beams House Through the different levels and opposing elements, we got a very rich spatiality. Any place in the house has three essential items: view, ventilation and natural lighting. The idea was to create a home with a new concept. I think that the breaking of paradigms is important to design something innovative.
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Russian Baker Creates Mirror Marble Cakes That Are Just Too Impressive To Eat Cakes look tasty and tempting as they are without all the decoration, so imagine when they look this beautiful. A confectioner from Russia named Olga Noskova decorates her with a hint of extraordinary amount of detail and luxury. In her stunning creations she uses her signature flawless surfaces which make the sweets look like marble mirror […]
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Want a programmable LED t-shirt? Broadcast Wearables has you covered If you’re the type who wants to change your shirt without actually changing your shirt, Broadcast Wearables might have something for your wardrobe: a digital t-shirt that lets you write or draw your own designs. .. Continue Reading Want a programmable LED t-shirt? Broadcast Wearables has you covered Category: Wearables Tags: Wearable Indiegogo Related Articles: Double Flux Guitar pull
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Carbon fiber wheels give Ford GT better ride, handling and refinement The new GT is shaping up as one of the most exciting supercars of the modern era, so it’s no surprise Ford has gone all out to make sure every little piece of the puzzle is up to scratch. Having debuted the technology on the Shelby GT350R Mustang, the engineers behind the GT have chased lower unsprung weight with carbon fiber wheels from Carbon Revolution… Continue Reading Carbon fiber wheels
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How to Effortlessly Type on Your iPhone With One Hand Let’s be honest. Figuring out how to type on your iPhone with one hand is a first world problem, but it’s one that a few app developers have solved. Fortunately, there are two decent free options available for iPhone users: Blink and Word Flow. They both alter the keyboard in a way that makes it easier to type with one hand, they just each do it in a slightly different way. How Blink Works With Bl
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Fishing ban urged to save world’s smallest porpoise Mexican authorities faced calls to ban all fishing in the upper Gulf of California or permanently prohibit gillnets to save the vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise, from extinction.
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BP struggles for Great Australian Bight drill approval British oil giant BP’s plan to drill in the Great Australian Bight failed on Tuesday to win regulatory approval for a second time, although it can re-apply, with environmentalists urging the project be abandoned.
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A platform that helps you develop apps in minutes instead of months Start-ups need help to take on the Big Boys as they deliver business disruption by providing newer services and products. With lean internal teams, start-ups need to focus on core business innovation and do so very quickly — technology is key here. Agility aligned with an unwavering focus on innovation is a key catalyst to disruption And that’s exactly where IBM’s Bluemix™ platform plays the perfe
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Ever-taut spider webs inspire self-spooling liquid wire Among spider silk’s many remarkable properties is its ability to be stretched 40 percent beyond its original length without breaking. Staying in one piece is impressive, sure, but how does a spider’s web remain taut after being warped out of shape by winds and intrusive insects? Scientists have now unraveled this little mystery and used it as the basis of a self-spooling liquid wire they say co
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You’ll never see a wackier selfie stick than this one If you’re the kind of person whose stress levels rise every time you come within a few meters of someone’s fully extended selfie stick, then the sight of this bells-and-whistles design may cause you to pass out in horror. With features such as auto-extension, built-in studio lights so you always look your best, and fully functioning fans for that glamorous windswept look, this is the most absurd s
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45 Bedroom Ideas Trending at Salone del Mobile, Milan 2016 The world’s biggest furniture and interior design fair has so much to offer in the space of such a short time that may of its amazing new décor finds are often lost in the rush. But this year, we have decided to shine a spotlight on the best of Salone del Mobile 2016 giving those who missed out on our live coverage of the event another chance to get in on all the fun! Having already flipped throug
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Iraq shuts down internet to prevent students from cheating on exams Iraq has been shutting down the internet periodically to prevent students from cheating on exams, according to data from DYN Research, a firm that tracks web outages across the world. The company’s data shows that internet access was nearly entirely blocked for three hours on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday morning this week, between 5AM and 8AM local time. That pattern mirrors shutdowns that the Ir
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Amazon opens up its product recommendation tech to all For a company like Amazon, product recommendations are hugely important. They can be the difference between a one-off order and an unexpected spending spree. The company has spent years adapting its algorithms to produce the most relevant suggestions, but now it wants help. It’s taken the wraps off DSSTNE — its Deep Scalable Sparse Tensor Network Engine (pronounced destiny) — and is asking for c
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Researchers develop an ecological method for cleaning oil from lakes A new oil cleansing method optimal for lake ecosystems was developed by TSU researchers. Their experiment reduced oil content in water in 35 out of 40 trials. The research was published in the journal Water Practice & Technology.
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Interns make archived NASA planetary science data more accessible An internship program offered by NASA’s Planetary Data System’s Small Bodies Subnode hosted at the Planetary Science Institute is making archived scientific information more accessible to researchers and the public.
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This App Can Solve Handwritten Math Problems Mathpix scanning an equation.Anyone who has ever stared anxiously at a knotty equation in need of a solution has wished for some kind of ax to cut through the problem. Mathpix, the “first app that can solve math by simply taking pictures of your handwriting” may present that long-needed tool. Lead developer Nicolas Jimenez posted a demo on Vimeo of Mathpix going through its paces. Users open the
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700 colorful mirrors bathe a 19th-century cathedral in gorgeous rainbow light Read the rest of 700 colorful mirrors bathe a 19th-century cathedral in gorgeous rainbow light
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Why game developers should take a serious look at Apple TV Apple has been trying to crack the home video game world for a long time, but despite its success on the mobile front, the company has so far been unable to fully penetrate a home market that still looks ripe for expansion. Its first attempt to get into the home console business came in the form of the Pippin in the 1990s, a partnership with Bandai that was an unmitigated failure. The tech company
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How to View Hidden Files and Folders in Windows Windows has a lot of functionality that isn’t immediately visible; hiding some folders and options protects novice users from accidentally breaking something they shouldn’t. However, sometimes you need to access hidden files or folders in Windows to perform various tricks or change settings — here’s the easy way to do so in Windows 10, 8.x, or 7. First, open a Windows Explorer Window by pressing W
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Curl Up in This Giant Egg to Experience Sound Like an Unborn Baby Left to right, Aurelie, Julian and Aude in front of the Orrb at Goldsmiths workshop. Image: Goldsmiths UniversityResearchers have made a giant egg-like contraption to recreate what it sounds like in the womb.It might sound outlandish, but their aim is to help parents and medical practitioners understand the optimal sonic conditions for unborn and premature babies. Think the audio equivalent of an
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The Perfect Pair: 7 Projects Fusing Raw Concrete With Delicate Woodwork Concrete is an extraordinarily versatile material that is ubiquitous throughout the contemporary urban landscape. In modern architecture, it is often left in its exposed state in order to create a raw, monolithic statement. Using concrete to form simple but striking volumes of different shapes and sizes is a common approach, often designed to create architecture that contrasts with nature, yet fe
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Scientists show telephone metadata can reveal surprisingly sensitive personal information Most people might not give telephone metadata – the numbers you dial, the length of your calls – a second thought. Some government officials probably view it as similarly trivial, which is why this information can be obtained without a warrant.
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Chemists map cascade of reactions for producing atmosphere’s ‘detergent’ Chemists have identified a cascade of reactions for how mysterious molecules known as Criegee intermediates generate hydroxyl radicals – an oxidant that helps remove pollutants from the lower atmosphere.
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Katrine Bosley’s Race To Make Gene Editing A Medical Reality With an aggressive timeline and a giant war chest, the Editas CEO may be the first to treat genetic mutations using CRISPR technology.There’s no cure for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a retinal disease that results in severe vision loss at a young age. Its cause is well understood, though: a genetic mutation. If you could find a way to cut out that gene and replace it with a “clean”
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These Touchscreen Building Blocks Could Become Your Phone Images: BIG, University of BristolGoogle’s modular smartphone may have been severely delayed, but other people have been thinking about different smartphone forms too. Like this cube-based device, which uses separate modules to build up unusually shaped mobile devices.The prototype has been developed by researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Purdue, Lancaster and Sussex. Called Cubimorph, i
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First successful protein structural analysis in a levitating drop of liquid Knowledge of the exact structure of proteins – those biological molecules that perform multifaceted and essential functions in the organism – is crucial, for example, in producing new active ingredients for drugs. This protein structure is normally deciphered by means of X-radiation through so-called X-ray structural analysis. Soichiro Tsujino and Takashi Tomizaki, two scientists at the Paul Scher
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Google’s Android Experiments winners include a game based entirely in notifications Google first announced Android Experiments for this year on March 25, with the challenge inviting developers to submit their crazy and helpful Android apps and services. Well, the challenge is now finished, and the winners have been announced. Three top winners are featured on the Experiments website, including an autonomous Android-based robot, and a 3D controller that allows you to use your phon
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House lawmakers work to replace the hated H-1B lottery Two U.S. House lawmakers are involved in a bipartisan effort to change how H-1B visas are allocated, moving away from a random lottery and using salary offers instead. The legislation by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) has not yet been introduced. It’s uncertain whether it will be put forward anytime soon or whether this effort to reach a bipartisan agreement will stick
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet review: Smart design makes up for performance shortcomings It would be a disservice to Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Tablet to focus solely on the benchmarks. Because while other competitors in the convertible tablet space might boast superior performance, Lenovo’s latest entry to the ThinkPad line honors the brand’s legacy with a series of thoughtfully considered touches, including a bookend kickstand that seems obvious in retrospect.There’s a good chance you’r
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Google alums to make self-driving 18-wheelers a thing Google’s passion, nay perhaps even obsession, for self-driving vehicles seems to run deep in its employees even after they have left the mothership. Or rather, they leave in order to extend Google’s dream beyond the current passenger car limits. That does seem to be the case for Anthony Levandowski, who was instrumental in steering, pun intended, Google’s self-driving car efforts. … Continue readi
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Soft and stretchable power pack has tiny lithium-ion batteries Normally when we talk about power packs or batteries for electronic devices we are looking at large rigid structures that take up lots of space inside the device. That sort of battery works just fine for gadgets like phones or laptop computers, but when you are talking about thin wearable sensors and other electronics meant to be actually on the … Continue reading
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Amazon’s restaurant delivery service lands in Dallas and New York, launches with 350 outlets across Manhattan Amazon has announced that its one-hour-or-less restaurant delivery service is finally live in New York — kicking off today with 350 eateries across Manhattan — as well as launching in Dallas. These represent the service’s ninth and tenth-biggest cities, respectively. The Internet giant first introduced meal deliveries in Seattle back in September, before expanding to cover Los Angeles, Austin, Por
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Car trouble: The Apple car deemed a non-starter Here’s what we know about the Apple car: Literally nothing. Oh, well, except for the fact that it’s doomed. Writing for the lovely people and then the near-people and, eeugh, what is that? and OK, getting weirder, and finally that thing with eyes in its palms from Pan’s Labyrinth over at Business Insider, Matthew DeBord is so very sure the Apple car is DOA. “This is why Tesla and Google are the
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Expert talks about how L.A.’s car culture is adapting to green technologies Cars and environmentalism don’t always going hand in hand. But that may be changing. On Tuesday, automobile and sustainability experts will discuss how people move around in a society that increasingly values green technology. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Automotive Museum and moderated by UCLA’s J.R. DeShazo, director of the Luskin Center for Innovation and member
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Panasonic’s new hand lacquered fans are gorgeous (and expensive) – CNET The Japanese electronics giant will sell just 100 of the modified Q fans, which have each been hand lacquered.
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Shape-shifting mobile prototype is half smartphone, half Rubik’s Cube – CNET The Cubimorph, cooked up by academics at UK and US universities, is a prototype made up of folding cubes that can form themselves into a variety of shapes.
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Why Pennsylvania Could Decide The 2016 Election When most people think of battleground America, they think of Florida and Ohio, two of only three states (along with Nevada) that have voted for the winner of every presidential election since 1996. They tend not to think of Pennsylvania as a classic “swing state” — it has voted for the Democrat in every election since 1992, and it didn’t even crack the top 10 in 2012 campaign ad spending.But in 2
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New invention wants to stop you throwing away mouldy bags of salad For those without their own garden, growing your own herbs and vegetables indoors can be a challenge to say the very least. You buy a pre-grown pot with the best of intentions, only to find out it’s gone horribly limp a week later when you actually need to use some basil. Now a team of students from Bristol is looking to make the process a little easier with a product they’re calling the LettUs Gr
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Why the iPhone needs a ‘panic button’ now more than ever Should you be able to plead the Fifth if authorities order you to unlock your iPhone using Touch ID? A judge in California has recently ruled that your fingerprint does not have the same Constitutional protections as your numeric passcode, so Touch ID-enabled iPhones are susceptible to search warrants. Thankfully, Apple is considering developing a new way to protect our iPhones using Touch ID.
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Snips is a personal assistant that combines all your data in one app  French startup Snips is launching its first product today, an iOS app that is supposed to make your life easier by letting you view and search your data more easily. Snips is a personal assistant that helps you know where you need to be and when. When you first launch the app, Snips wants you to grant access to your location, calendars, contacts, motion sensor and Gmail account. Then… Read More
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Ultrasensitive magnetic-field sensor could be made from a wobbling compass needle Tiny sliver of cobalt should undergo precession in weak magnetic fields, say physicists
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What the AI Behind AlphaGo Can Teach Us About Being Human The battle between Google’s AlphaGo AI and Go champion Lee Sedol was more than just a game. It was proof that AI can think like us—and better than us. The post What the AI Behind AlphaGo Can Teach Us About Being Human appeared first on WIRED.
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Soon We Won’t Program Computers. We’ll Train Them Like Dogs Welcome to the new world of artificial intelligence. Soon, we won’t program computers. We’ll train them. Like dolphins. Or dogs. Or humans. The post Soon We Won’t Program Computers. We’ll Train Them Like Dogs appeared first on WIRED.
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Peek Into the Weird and Wonderful Age of AI (Yes, There’s a Chatbot) From everyday conversation and fighting cancer to seeing-eye bots and machine artists, artificial intelligence will soon touch every facet of our lives. The post Peek Into the Weird and Wonderful Age of AI (Yes, There’s a Chatbot) appeared first on WIRED.
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Managers: Don’t ask if you don’t want to know Most of us like to be involved in big decisions that affect our work, goals, products and groups. We don’t necessarily want to make the decisions, but we like to be consulted, to provide input, to have our perspective represented in the decision-making process.For managers of technical people, there are a lot of benefits to consulting one’s staff.1.     You get a variety of well-informed perspec
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IBM scientists achieve storage memory breakthrough For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing 3 bits of data per cell using a relatively new memory technology known as phase-change memory (PCM).
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Researchers dispute reported break­through in lithium-battery technology Recent research published in the prestigious journal Science described a breakthrough in lithium-battery technology—the super-efficient source of power for everything from smartphones and laptops to electric cars. The researchers, from Cambridge University, claimed success at engineering a “lithium-air,” or Li-air, battery, which uses oxygen from the atmosphere as one of its components.
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Using nighttime air chemistry to track ozone impact It is well known that the dog days of summer in St. Louis are hot, humid and hazy. On the warmest of these days, the air arrives from the south, bringing with it high temperatures, moisture and natural forest emissions of chemicals, known as hydrocarbons, from the Ozark Plateau. The hydrocarbons can interact with human-influenced emissions, and in the presence of sunlight, create a cocktail of pol
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Long-term data set reveals influx of carbon in river system over 40-year period A new study from the University of Alberta has uncovered a 39 per cent increase in dissolved organic carbon flowing from the Mackenzie River into the Arctic Ocean, linked to accelerating permafrost melt in the circumpolar North.
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The Best States And Cities For The Clean Tech Economy Where are clean tech companies getting the most traction? Mostly in the states you’d expect, but don’t underestimate what wind power is doing to the grids of middle America.In 2010, only one state generated 10% of its energy from renewable sources. Now, 14 states exceed 10% renewables that aren’t hydropower.Read Full Story
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The Software That Airbnb And Kickstarter Have UsedTo Get Honest Employee Feedback “Know Your Company” helps CEOs find out the honest answers to questions that employees are otherwise too shy to answer.”It’s fine.” That was the answer Claire Lew received every night when she asked her father, a mechanical engineer, how work was. Yet she sensed that things were not fine, especially as the family moved from state to state. “Clearly he was not happy in his
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Venezuela the Victim of Decades of Losses in Economic Freedom The news from Venezuela is not encouraging. Last Friday, CNN reports, President Nicolas Maduro declared a state of emergency in order “to tend to our country and more importantly to prepare to denounce, neutralize and overcome the external and foreign aggressions against our country.” In truth, Maduro is trying to intimidate and silence the growing domestic opposition to his rule, which
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Customers aren’t buying fast broadband because that is not what they are being sold The NBN has become an election issue in Australia with claims being made that the Australian public doesn’t want to pay for the the higher speed options of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
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Everything You Need To Know About AI Assistants, From Siri To Ozlo An army of nonhuman helpers are here—or on their way—to make life easier. Here’s how they compare.In the latest attempt to fulfill sci-fi movie fantasies, tech firms have been lining up to provide you with a virtual assistant. From well-known voice-powered AIs such as Apple’s Siri to upstarts like Viv, the goal is to quicken the actions you already take on your phone and other devices, growing eve
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Galaxy S7’s Always On Display gets new timing options If you are a fan of the Always On Display that Samsung unveiled with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, you might have wished that the feature had more options. Samsung has updated Always On Display with the option of controlling how long the feature is enabled. With this new update, you can now control the time range for having … Continue reading
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City Parks May Mend the Mind Urban green spaces may boost cognition in schoolchildren and reduce the health effects of inequality in people of all ages — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Pick One Day a Month to Be Your Personal Finance Day Most of the money things you need to deal with happen on a regular basis, and you can usually move most monthly due dates. While you’re at it, go ahead and pick one day a month to be the day that you catch up on all your finance needs.As personal finance site My Mixed Up Money explains, having a single day a month where you deal with your finances makes it easy to get everything done at once. More
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Print Your Own Drugs: New at Reason 3-D printing drugs was once so very far off into the future. J.D. Tuccille writes: “You could print your own medicine. And this is what we’re doing in the lab at the moment,” chemist Lee Cronin of the University of Glasgow announced in a 2012 TED talk. The glimpse into yet another mindboggling use of 3D printing seemed like science-fiction—enhanced by his closing prediction of a future
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Software helps define feasibility of geothermal exploitation In order to determine in detail the underground temperature for the utilization of geothermal energy, researchers at the Institute for Renewable Energy (IER) of the National University of Mexico (UNAM) designed and developed software that determines the thermal diffusivity of the subsoil, i.e., how fast heat is transferred through the rocks without removing them from the ground.
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Loose lips won’t sink Snips, a new Siri competitor that promises privacy Looking to outsource your brain? Artificial intelligence is already getting close, and we may be even closer with Snips, a mobile AI company from the collective minds of three Ph.D.’s. Today, the company launched its AI platform for iOS, claiming to be the only technology of its kind that is “private by design.” While technology’s primary goal seems to be making our lives easier, that convenience
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How to train your robot: treat it like an animal Programming robots is kinda hard. There’s a lot of coding involved, and despite the zillion learn-to-code courses that have sprung up in recent years it’s probably fair to say that most people won’t ever develop the skills necessary to program a robot from scratch.That’s why researchers from Washington State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are working on alternat
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Superblocks to the rescue: Barcelona’s plan to give streets back to residents The Spanish city’s radical new strategy will restrict traffic to a number of big roads, drastically reducing pollution and turning secondary streets into ‘citizen spaces’ for culture, leisure and the community
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Green buildings: is the market ready to pay more for them? Certifications for sustainable construction materials and buildings are amply available. But to what extent is the market ready to invest in them?
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7 Best Apps for Making Beautiful Abstract Android Wallpapers Adding a new wallpaper is the easiest way to personalize your phone. There are loads of great wallpaper apps in the Play Store — whatever design you’re looking for, it’s certain you’ll be able to find it. But instead of downloading an existing wallpaper, how about making your own? It sounds like it could be hard work, especially if you aren’t particularly artistic. But it isn’t. Some apps enable y
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Getting to know you: the robot assistant who can second-guess your every need It’s here – a world in which helper robots live with us, get us through the day, and yes, become our trusted friend. Science fiction is becoming science fact.
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Sketchfab lets you explore people’s 3D designs in the HTC Vive Sketchfab, a 3D sharing platform that’s been steadily moving into the world of virtual reality, is launching dedicated apps on a broad range of VR platforms. After launching on iOS and Android earlier this month, Sketchfab is bringing an app to the HTC Vive, with Gear VR and Oculus Rift versions on the way. Sketchfab hopes to make it easy for people to share 3D objects or environments the way the
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How Soil Microbes Fight Climate Change They’re our microscopic allies in making dirt a major resource for storing excess carbon  — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Where The 2016 Candidates Stand On Key Tech Issues Clinton and Sanders don’t differ very much on most tech issues while Trump, predictably, has some controversial viewpoints.As the general election draws closer, hopefully more of us will begin looking closely at the candidates’ policy positions that could become law after next January.Read Full Story
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Choose the Perfect Suit Jacket With These Four Criteria When you’re dropping money on a suit jacket, you want to make sure you get it right. While being armed with measurements is helpful, you can get in the ballpark with four simple criteria that you can easily memorize.According to apparel company J.Crew, to make sure that a suit jacket fits, you’ll want to check four things:Make sure the seams of the jacket fall squarely on your shoulder’s natural e
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Always Moving? This Modular Furniture Is Easy to Take Apart The ability to deconstruct furniture is often as important as building it in the first place. The post Always Moving? This Modular Furniture Is Easy to Take Apart appeared first on WIRED.
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This nifty earpiece will translate your conversations in real-time Whenever I’m traveling to a country that speaks a different language, I always try and learn a few phrases in advance and convince myself that I’m a natural. However, that notion usually comes crashing down about five minutes after stepping off the plane and nobody has a clue what I’m trying to say when I need directions. If that sounds familiar to you then this nifty in-ear device could be exactl
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Want to build a moon base? Easy—just print it Planetary Resources, a company hoping to make asteroid mining into a trillion dollar industry, earlier this year unveiled the world’s first 3D printed object made from bits of an asteroid.
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Desktop Organizing Shipping Container Add a touch of industrial appeal to your work space by keeping everything tidy inside this desktop organizing shipping container. The container displays an incredibly realistic outward appearance and is large enough to store everything from pens to paperclips. Check it out $14.00
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GeoOrbital Electric Bicycle Wheel Transform your standard bicycle into an electric model in just 60 seconds by installing the GeoOrbital electric bicycle wheel. With its universal compatibility, your bike will be capable of traveling at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour for distances up to 50 miles. Check it out $950.00
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Planets at Alpha Centauri? Our nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri, a mere 4.3 light-years away, is not alone.
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Researchers believe sea level rise is a problem that can be solved Tiffany Troxler takes a right turn from Miami Beach’s Purdy Avenue onto 20th Street and spots her destination, a perfect example of the consequences of sea level rise.
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Analysis finds flaws in Direct Action carbon program An independent economic analysis of Australia’s Direct Action program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has found major flaws in the program.
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Report: Apple suppliers ramp hiring earlier than usual, assembling ‘more complex’ iPhone 7 design Economic Daily News is reporting that Apple suppliers have begun hiring en-masse this month as they prepare for assembly of Apple’s upcoming flagship iPhone, the iPhone 7. The new iPhones (coming in 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch sizes) are expected to debut in the fall, following tradition. The report comes via CNBC. Interestingly, the report notes that the surge in hiring at Foxconn and Pegatron is happ
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HP EliteBook 1030 offers Core M processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD with 13 hours of battery life HP has expanded its business notebook line with the addition of the EliteBook 1030, a premium Windows 10 machine that goes on sale later this month.
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IBM’s phase-change memory may have cracked the code on a cheap DRAM alternative A cheaper alternative to DRAM just took a step closer to enterprise data centers as IBM unveiled a way to make it more dense. PCM (phase-change memory) is one of a handful of emerging technologies that aim to be faster than flash and less expensive than DRAM. They could give enterprises and consumers faster access to data at lower cost, but there are challenges to overcome before that happens.
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Scientists track charge in future fuel cell material Scientists have mapped the movement of charge through a designer material for the first time by using a combination of X-ray and neutron techniques. The material, known as a metal organic framework or “MOF”, has been designed to act as a host of charge in future fuel cells, which offer a greener alternative to combustion engines in vehicles. Now that scientists can better understand the
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The long-term impacts of studying cornea biomechanics Nature has had millennia to optimize biomaterials for useful properties, from lightweight strength to walking on smooth, vertical surfaces. Mother-of-pearl, spider silk, cholla wood “skeletons” and gecko feet are all good examples of nature’s brilliant materials engineering. The study of gecko feet spurred research into dry nano-adhesives, and research into lightweight yet twist-resistan
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Evolutionary ‘probables’ a positive step Rice University scientists have advanced their method for determining the most likely ways genes have evolved over eons, both within and across species.
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Imec Expands its Silicon Platform for Quantum Computing Applications At the Quantum Europe conference, taking place in Amsterdam, Belgian’s nanoelectronincs research center imec announced today that it is ramping-up its R&D activities focused on quantum…
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LHC reboot promises piles of new data Undeterred by a recent weasel incursion, CERN announced last week that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is back up and running for the 2016 season, smashing protons together at nearly the speed of light and creating exotic forms of matter in the debris.
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NASA launches near-space monitoring balloon from New Zealand WELLINGTON (Reuters) — NASA successfully launched a super pressure balloon from New Zealand’s South Island Wanaka Airport Tuesday to conduct near-space scientific investigations. The launch marks the fifth attempt to get the massive balloon airborne, with previous bids thwarted by bad weather, NASA said in a release. Long-duration balloon flights at constant altitudes play an important role in pro
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Does Financial Insecurity Lead to More Physical Pain? Growing evidence suggests a link — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Only two kinds of sexual arrangements are possible among social animals Bees work with nectar over their wax honey pots in a laboratory colony of Bombus impatiens. University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA. (credit: Alexander Wild) It would seem that almost every possible mating arrangement exists in the animal kingdom, from lions with their prides and ants with their colonies, to cheating birds and monogamous voles. But new research reveals that social animals have
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Trees grow through the floors of Julio Hernández house by Roof Arquitectos A “forest” of sweet gum trees grows through openings in the concrete slabs of this house in Morelia, Mexico, by Roof Arquitectos, providing an alternative to a central courtyard (+ movie). (more…)
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100% Sustainable House Overlooking The Hudson River An architect-turned-falconer considers animals and nature when designing his own home. Overlooking the Hudson River, Allan Shope’s nearly 3,000-square-foot sustainable home features handmade furniture and an undulating floor, all crafted from the site’s felled black walnut trees. Shope and his wife carefully designed an eco-friendly landscape: For instance, they did not fell any tree with holes th
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Smart Outlets, Fast Routers, Range Extenders, and More In Today’s TP-Link Gold Box TP-Link Gold BoxWhether you’re upgrading to 802.11ac, trying to extend your wireless network, or just want to control your lamps with an Amazon Echo, today’s Amazon Gold Box is overflowing with TP-Link networking gear.The most exciting deal in here is probably TP-Link’s Smart Plug for $20, an all-time low. Our readers have already bought a ton of these, and they allow you to control a power outlet
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Stanford quantifies the privacy-stripping power of metadata  More proof, if proof were needed, of the privacy-stripping power of metadata. A multi-year crowdsourced study, conducted by Stanford scientists and published this week, underlines how much information can be inferred from basic phone logs cross-referenced with other public datasets. Read More
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Scientists Discover a Weird New Type of Light Not all light is made equal. Now, a team of physicists has discovered that photons can travel differently to any other light that scientists have seen in the past.Read more…
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Electric Objects: The NYC Startup Revolutionizing Digital Art for the Home On your daily journey through many a website and all kinds of social media apps, you’re probably scrolling through hundreds of images—stuff that makes you smile, think, and LOL. Then, as quickly as they appeared, these graphics are buried again in just a few more swipes. But what if these GIFs, illustrations, photos can last more than a second on an incessantly updating feed? What if there’s a pl
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Colin Westeinde: The Furniture Designer With an Ikea Alternative Furniture designer Colin Westeinde is no stranger to tricky balancing acts. The Vancouver, British Columbia native was a competitive slopestyle stunt biker in high school, juggling event travel with school work and jobs in construction and bike repair. But it took the demands of course work at the Rhode Island School of Design for Westeinde to develop the single-minded focus that’s getting him th
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Hedge House Furniture: Modern Pieces Made in Amish Country Plenty of designers babble on about their minimalist aesthetic, slowly scrunching up their black-rimmed glasses to pontificate on how they reduce objects to their essence. But have they been told their furniture designs are too plain by the Amish? Philip Mast, the head designer of Goshen, Indiana-based Hedge House Furniture, heard that feedback when he started building a small furniture c
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Firefox tops Microsoft browser market share for first time (credit: StatCounter) Firefox has gingerly pulled ahead of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Edge browsers for the first time across the globe. Mozilla’s Firefox grabbed 15.6 percent of worldwide desktop browser usage in April, according to the latest numbers from Web analytics outfit StatCounter. However, neither browser threatens the market leader—Google’s Chrome continues to command two thi
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Capsule launches to reinvent the pharmacy, complete with med delivery  If you’ve ever grumbled about long lines at the pharmacy, Capsule wants to save you the trouble next time. The New York-based startup is launching today to offer delivery of prescription meds directly to your doorstep or office in your time of need. Here’s how it works: When you visit the Dr. and they prescribe you meds, you can ask your Dr. to fill out the prescription for the… Read More
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10 Reasons Why YOU Should Become an Architect Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect from Portland, Oregon. He publishes a weekly blogpost on Young Architect for Architecture Students and Young Architecture Professionals. Michael wrote the book How To Pass The Architecture Registration Exam and is currently working on a book about ARE 5.0. Pursuing my passion for architecture was definitely the best decision for me and my life. I discovered
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Ferro Watch – A Timepiece Redefined by Porsche Tachometers Available with an ETA Swiss movement, the Ferro Watch is a classic design inspired by sports car tachometers. The wristwatch design is perfect to match with any occasion. It reflects the iconic beauty of tachometers used in luxury and sports motors which is where lies its uniqueness. In case you are wondering how a wristwatch blends a tachometer design within in, it would be wise to say that the F
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Bubi Bottle BPA-free, reusable, collapsible, recyclable medical-grade silicone multi-use water bottle. These are microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe, mold-resistant, no harmful chemicals, retains their shape and are reversible for cleaning. Good for hot and cold beverages, compresses or pillows; use for ice or hot pack; good for stress and arthritis pain relief; use as warmer for bed, hands or ski boots; u
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Emerald Air Quality System Emerald Air is a complete system that monitors and cleans the air around you to protect your family from sickness and discomfort. It not only detects all the harmful substances released from household finishing materials, human breathing and AC, but also filters up odors, smoke, PM2.5, VOCs and allergens. Thanks to UV LED disinfection technology it kills bacteria and viruses in the air you breathe
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Astronomers discover a Neptune-mass alien world with Earth-like density (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of a Neptune-mass exoplanet with a density comparable to Earth’s. According to the research, the newly detected alien world, designated EPIC212521166 b, is the most massive planet with a sub-Neptune radius found to date. A paper detailing the finding was published online on May 13 in a pre-print version on arXiv.org.
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A.M. Links: Hillary vs. Bernie, Conservatives vs. Trump, Libertarian Presidential Debate in Las Vegas Voters head to the polls today for Democratic presidential primaries in Kentucky and Oregon. Libertarian Party presidential candidates Gary Johnson, John McAfee, and Austin Petersen debated last night in Las Vegas. “The alleged altercation that occurred between actor Wendell Pierce and a small group of visitors at an Atlanta hotel — a confrontation that reportedly began as a political d
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Strange Supernovae are Driven by Magnetic Fields [Video] Three animations model how strongly magnetized stars produce oddball stellar explosions — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Paper: Young workers hit hardest by slow hiring during recessions The saying “Youth is wasted on the young” may ring hollow to young workers who were unable to find work or begin building a career during the Great Recession. When hiring slows during recessions, the brunt of job losses is borne by job-seekers in their twenties and early thirties, according to a new paper by a University of Illinois expert in labor economics.
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Children with and without multiple sclerosis have differences in gut bacteria In a recent study, children with multiple sclerosis had differences in the abundance of specific gut bacteria than children without the disease. Certain types of bacteria were either more or less abundant in children with multiple sclerosis. In particular, there was an association between multiple sclerosis and an increase in gut bacteria that have been linked to inflammation and a decrease in gut
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France deploying anti-drone technology to protect Euro 2016 France will deploy anti-drone technology to interfere with and take control of any flying machines that violate no-fly zones over stadiums at the European Championship, part of unprecedented measures to secure Europe’s biggest sports event since the Paris attacks in November.
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These Are Some Really Cool Bookmarks No matter how advanced technology gets, there’s something special about reading a book the old fashioned way. As the name implies, these laser cut metal bookmarks from CoolBookmarks are, well…cool. They have bookmarks for everyone from geeks to pet-lovers, so I have a feeling you’ll spot one you like. Check out more examples below. CoolBookmarks ($15.99) (via Bored Panda)
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Insect Stings: Why Do They Ouch So Bad? Justin Schmidt is a connoisseur of insect stings. The post Insect Stings: Why Do They Ouch So Bad? appeared first on WIRED.
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Drug against breast cancer is also highly potent against a frequent form of leukemia Cancer cells have an abnormal cell division and survival machinery – they grow faster than they die. For their permanent development, they produce an excess of growth factors and nutrients and block the body’s own safety mechanisms. To do so, cancer cells harbour mutations, which enable a continuous cellular growth. In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), an activating mutation in the FLT3 tyrosine kinas
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Dynamic DNA polymers can be reversed using biocompatible techniques DNA-based straight and branched polymers or nanomaterials that can be created and dissolved using biocompatible methods are now possible thanks to the work of Penn State biomedical engineers.
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Shape-shifting modular interactive device unveiled A prototype for an interactive mobile device, called Cubimorph, which can change shape on-demand will be presented this week at one of the leading international forums for robotics researchers, ICRA 2016, in Stockholm, Sweden [16-21 May].
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Recent advances in natural product drug design: Chemical fragments and computational methods (Phys.org)—A review article in Nature Chemistry by Tiago Rodrigues, Daniel Reker, Petra Schneider, and Gisbert Schneider of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology looks at recent advances in medicinal chemistry including how fragment-based libraries and computational studies have furthered the field of natural product discovery.
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The Mokai ES-Kape Watercraft The Mokai ES-Kape WatercraftThe idea for the MOKAI watercraft was born from the desire to provide a lightweight, durable, easy to transport, environmentally friendly and fuel efficient craft that allowed fishermen, hunters and explorers access to those hard to reach upstream or shallow waters areas.$5,400 · BUY 
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How virtual reality in 2016 prepares us for the Internet of experiences GUEST: Some exciting news for virtual reality: Data from VBProfiles shows that last quarter saw the largest amount of investments in the landscape in the last five quarters. Compared to the same period of time last year, the budding industry has seen four additional investments and almost $588M more in funding — an increase of over 120 percent. While the total number of investments has decreased,
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Shape-shifting modular interactive device unveiled A prototype for an interactive mobile device, called Cubimorph, can change shape on-demand. The modular interactive device, made out of a chain of cubes, contributes towards the vision of programmable matter, where interactive devices change its shape to fit functionalities required by end-users.
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The Supreme Court’s Caseload Is On Track To Be The Lightest In 70 Years In one sense, Monday was a noisy news day at the Supreme Court. It handed down decisions in six cases, including yet another challenge to Obamacare, which the court essentially punted, sending the challenge back to various federal appeals courts. But in another sense, it was a day as quiet as Clarence Thomas during oral argument. The court agreed to hear exactly zero new cases, continuing to set a
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Counting Sheep Doesn’t Actually Work, and Other Misconceptions About Sleep We’ve written a lot about sleep—from how a lack of sleep can undermine your weight loss and productivity to how sleeping too much can be counterproductive. Still, misconceptions about sleep persist. This video by Mental Floss helps clear up a few of them.http://vitals.lifehacker.com/you-snooze-you…Have you ever been told to count sheep to fall asleep? I know I have, and it never did a lick of go
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Towards decommissioning Fukushima: ‘Seeing’ boron distribution in molten debris Decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant just got one step closer. Japanese researchers have mapped the distribution of boron compounds in a model control rod, paving the way for determining re-criticality risk within the reactor.
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Other Suns got the right spin Astrophysicists have for the first time measured the rotation periods of stars in a cluster nearly as old as the Sun and found them to be similar. It turns out that these stars spin around once in about twenty-six days — just like our Sun. This discovery significantly strengthens what is known as the solar-stellar connection, a fundamental principle that guides much of modern solar and stellar as
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DARPA Has a Simple Plan to Clean Up the World’s Deadliest Weapons Hard hats and gas mask bags at the Deseret Chemical Depot in Tooele, Utah. Image: Douglas C. Pizac / APGetting rid of chemical weapons is one of the military’s most unpleasant duties. But in the future, it may be no more difficult than incinerating garbage, thanks to a team of DARPA-funded scientists who think they can turn some of the world’s deadliest poisons into harmless dirt.Chemical weapons,
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This ultra-compact micro kitchen unfolds like a Swiss Army knife when it’s time to cook (VIDEO) Read the rest of This ultra-compact micro kitchen unfolds like a Swiss Army knife when it’s time to cook (VIDEO)
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This weird breed of mutant corn could solve world hunger As the Earth’s population grows and climate change wreaks havoc on agriculture across the world, food security is going to become a major global problem. That is, unless we can find a way to maximize available farmland. A team of biologists from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory may have done just that by harnessing a natural genetic mutation that raises corn crop yields by a massive 50%.
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Dendrite-proof batteries made possible by Zylon nanofibers (Phys.org)—One of the biggest problems plaguing high-energy, lithium-metal batteries is dendrites, which form when some of the lithium from the electrode begins to branch outside the electrode and into the electrolyte, causing short circuits. In order to control dendrite growth, researchers use membrane separators to try to contain the lithium, but so far no separator material has proved ideal: ce
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Poor countries to bear brunt of climate change despite emitting least carbon dioxide Many of the world’s poorest countries are expected to experience daily heat extremes due to climate change sooner than wealthier nations. New research shows that the poorest fifth of the global population will be the first to experience more frequent heat extremes — despite cumulatively emitting the least amounts of carbon dioxide. Countries including those in the Horn of Africa and West Africa a
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Using exercise to reduce glutamate build-up in the brain Exercise has the potential to decrease toxic build-up in the brain, reducing the severity of brain disorders such as Huntington’s disease, report scientists.
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New technology reduces 30 percent chip area of STT-MRAM while increasing memory bit yield by 70 percentIn a world first, researchers from Tohoku University have successfully developed a technology to stack magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ) directly on the vertical interconnect access (via) without causing deterioration to its electric/magnetic characteristics. The via in an integrated circuit design is a small opening that allows a conductive connection between the different layers of a semiconductor
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Allurion offers gastric bypass surgery in a pill  Just swallow a pill and it expands into a balloon in your stomach so you don’t feel hungry. No gastric bypass, no surgery required. Sounds magical, but Boston-based Allurion has created the only non-invasive gastric balloon for obesity. Gastric balloons are nothing new, but you usually need anesthesia and a doctor to insert them. That makes the whole process expensive and… Read More
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eyeSight wants to bring gesture control to smartphone-based VR Virtual reality and augmented reality are both on the rise, but companies are still figuring out the best way to input commands for altered reality devices. Devices like the Oculus Rift rely on more traditional controllers, but as time goes on there are sure to be better ways to input information. Like with our hands. eyeSight Technologies’ new tech allows you to input commands into augmented or v
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A Tesla Model S crashed, and the driver is blaming Autopilot The driver of a Tesla Model S blames the company’s Autopilot autonomous-driving system for a recent crash on Interstate 5 in California. Tesla disputes that claim, though, saying the system worked as designed. Arianna Simpson told Ars Technica that Autopilot was to blame for a crash she had on April 26. She was driving on the I-5 with Autopilot engaged when the car in front stopped abruptly. She e
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Thanks to “3DQ,” you can actually see out of the new Acura NSX (credit: Honda) Modern supercars and hypercars are blazingly fast. Ironically, the sensation of speed they generate is often dampened by the fact that you often can’t see a thing from the driver’s seat. Blame a combo of safety priorities and style. Over the last decade, crash and rollover regulations have dictated more robust cabin structures characterized by ever thicker, vision-blocking A-pi
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11 pieces of transforming furniture that work wonders for small spaces Read the rest of 11 pieces of transforming furniture that work wonders for small spaces
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New 3D Printer Draws in Midair Like Magic Lasers and metal were part of 3D printing for decades before the machines became affordable for personal use. But researchers at Harvard are demonstrating a new technique by which 3D metal structures can be printed in midair, without the need for anything supporting them.If you’re not familiar with the process, 3D printers slowly build up objects layer by layer, relying on the previous layers to s
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UK government sets new target for superfast broadband rollout The government has today committed to a new target in its state-subsidised broadband program, aiming to deliver “superfast” internet to 97 percent of homes and businesses before the end of 2019. As The Telegraph reports, this means another half a million underserved premises should expect connections of at least 24 Mbps as part of the new plan. This is in addition to meeting the current
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Wemo smart-home devices now work with the Nest Learning Thermostat New version of the Wemo app taps the Nest Home/Away Assist feature.
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Middle-school kids see several alcohol ads a day Children as young as middle-schoolers are exposed to multiple alcohol advertisements every day — both indoors and out — a new study finds.
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Heating chemotherapy drugs may improve bladder cancer treatment Scientists have found that heating the chemotherapy drug mitomycin-C prior to using it for treating bladder cancer may radically improve its efficacy.
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External stenting can relieve chronic airway obstruction in children Surgeons in Japan have developed a technique to relieve airway obstruction in children. The technique, known as external stenting (ES), expands and stabilizes the airway by suspending its wall to a rigid prosthesis placed around the bronchus or trachea. ES avoids the problem of granulation formation resulting from endolumenal corrective approaches, such as endoscopic stent placement. The researche
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The $15 Minimum Wage’s Silver Lining: Weak Enforcement (New at Reason) In theory, the $15 minimum wage could eviscerate New York City’s small retail and restaurant sectors. In reality, the law’s impact on the economy will be significantly blunted by weak enforcement—a mitigating factor that doesn’t get the attention that it should in the minimum wage debate. Ensuring that businesses comply with government-mandated wage floors falls primarily to a dysfunctional and u
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Libertarian Candidates, Moderated by Penn Jillette, Debate in Las Vegas The Nevada Libertarian Party worked hard to put together a prominent forum for the three leading presidential hopefuls in a debate held yesterday in Las Vegas. The debate, featuring former Republican Gov. Gary Johnson, movement activist and Libertarian Republic founder Austin Petersen, and antivirus software legend John McAfee, was moderated by noted stage magician and libertarian Penn Jillette,
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Is Wikipedia Reliable? Here Are Some Tips on How to Find Out “Cite your sources, and no Wikipedia.” If you were in high school or college around the time that I was, you probably remember your teachers and professors saying this. But The Free Encyclopedia has grown a lot since its early days, and it has become a more credible source of information. But just how credible? Is it reliable? Can you trust the information that you find in a particular article the
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Barbecue Toolbox Sure to put s mile on your face — and some good food in your belly — the Barbecue Toolbox is a new favorite at GearCulture. Designed to resemble a classic red metal toolbox for easy transportation to the backyard or beach, it sports a generous 8×15-inch grill, warming rack and storage tray. Powered by charcoal for the ultimate flame-grilled taste.
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Google Image Search will now include shopping ads  As more of today’s consumers shop online using their mobile devices, often bypassing Google for e-commerce sites directly – and especially Amazon – Google has moved to combat the trend by launching its own visual shopping ads. Announced just ahead of its annual I/O developer conference this week, Google unveiled Shopping ads on image search. That means when shoppers are… Read More
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Finding Respite at FORM Arcosanti 2016: Powerful and intimate music performances, unique architecture and more contribute to a revitalizing weekend in the desert “Has everybody been having an insanely relaxing time?” electronic musician and hypeman-for-Saturday-night Dan Deacon asks the crowd, adding how almost “creepily” relaxing it’s been here at Arcosanti, Arizona before immediately shifting the mood into…… Continue Reading…
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Roof-Scapes: 9 Inhabitable Roofs That Extend the Ground Plane The following projects each rethink the normative building-ground relationship. Somewhere between building-architecture and landscape-architecture, each project seamlessly combines the two by bringing roofs to ground level and utilizing the ground plane to act as roof structures. Far from a novel visual trick, these building projects all maintain the ground plane’s square footage as usable space
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The ‘smoothing beautifier’ will make your 3D prints less ugly Sculpteo, the Paris-based company that does cloud-based 3D printing for consumers and companies like Staples, has launched a process that results in more finished-looking objects. Called the “smoothing beautifier,” it is used on objects printed by laser sintering, otherwise known as additive manufacturing. Normally, the plastic-based powders result in a rough finish on prototyped objects
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Use These Beautiful and Inexpensive Flowers in Your Next Bouquet Crafting your own bouquets is an easy way to save money while still giving a beautiful gift. Here are some inexpensive flowers to use in your next bouquet that will look gorgeous, but cost less than the pricier cuts at your local florist..You’ve likely seen these before in pricey bouquets, but you’ll save money picking them yourself:FreesiaBaby’s breathChrysanthemumAlstroemeriaGladiolusOnce you ha
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This jaw-dropping Lego Voltron could become a real set It was pretty cool how the Constructicons could team up and form Devastator, but I’ve always preferred my giant robots to be made out of five human-piloted robot lions. And hey, for good measure, […]
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Spacious, Sleek New Zealand Cabin Looks Like Piece of Designer Driftwood Built to age gracefully along the coast, this would make a killer vacation rental Don’t look for a signpost pointing you to this remote cedar-clad retreat. Positioned in the middle of coastal New Zealand grazing lands, the only way to get to Scrubby Bay is by helicopter or a rough rural road. But even the bumpiest ride might be worth it to stay in the rustic, wood-lined home. The building’s trad
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MailButler — Your Personal Assistant for Apple Mail (Sponsor) Have you ever wanted to schedule your email rather than send it right away? Or sent an email to a wrong person? If your answer is yes, then MailButler is just the right thing for you. This program allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. So you can fulfill lots of tasks in advance by writing several emails at once and letting MailButler ensure their scheduled deliver
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Bug fixes aplenty in Apple’s latest iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS updates If you have an Apple product, today is the day to update it. The company has launched iOS 9.3.2, Mac OS X 10.11.5, watchOS 2.2.1, and tvOS 9.2.1, bringing a range of minor improvements and bug fixes.
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Nudging health in food pantries Grocery stores and cafeterias successfully nudge selection of target foods, but can this same strategy be used to encourage food pantry clients to select target healthful foods? In a new study, researchers found that product placement and packaging had a significant impact on what clients selected in a New York State food pantry.
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Long-term memory has back-up plan, researchers find A team of scientists has identified the existence of a back-up plan for memory storage, which comes into play when the molecular mechanism of primary long-term memory storage fails.
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Mirror-Image Enzyme Copies Looking-Glass DNA Synthetic polymerase is a small step along the way to mirrored life forms — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Private Jets Get the Door-Sized Windows They Always Needed Embraer business jet customers can now orders windows the size of standard exit door. The post Private Jets Get the Door-Sized Windows They Always Needed appeared first on WIRED.
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Solar-Powered ‘Band Aids’ Offer Flexible Energy Stretchy batteries and solar cells take wearable technology to next level.
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Increased vegetation in the Arctic region may counteract global warming Climate change creates more shrub vegetation in barren, Arctic ecosystems. A new study shows that organisms, such as bacteria and fungi, are triggered to break down particularly nutritious dead parts of shrubbery. Meanwhile, the total amount of decomposition is reducing. This could have an inhibiting effect on global warming.
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The Case of Sepsis And The Swarming Staph From Our Blogs: Under The Microscope Researchers have found how Staphylococcus aureus may spread in the body Staphylococcus aureus infection is serious and can quickly spread in the body. Now researchers have figured out how the bacterium may be capable of swarming.
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Magic Mushroom Drug Lifts Depression in Human Trial Psilocybin shows higher remission rate than SSRI drugs in U.K. study — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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IBM’s optical storage is 50 times faster than flash Flash storage is too slow for your device’s main memory, but RAM is expensive and volatile. Thanks to a breakthrough from IBM, phase-change memory (PCM) might one day replace them both. The crystal-based storage has been used in optical disks and other tech for at least 15 years, but the technology has been limited by the cost and storage density — cells are either “on” or “off.&qu
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Turn Anything Into a Remote Control With This Device With one simple gadget, you can bend your house to your will This Kickstarter campaign just launched and has instantly climbed to just under its $35,000 goal. (By the time you read this, it will almost certainly have surpassed it.) Knocki is a small circular device that looks a little bit like a smoke detector that allows users to control everything in their home the same way—by knocking. Placed
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Bubble volcano: Shaking, popping by earthquakes may cause eruptions A new study on the connection between earthquakes and volcanoes took its inspiration from old engineering basics. Future applications of these results may enable better predictions of the likelihood of a volcanic eruption for communities affected by an earthquake.
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Touch-friendly Windows 10 OneDrive app launches with placeholder-like functionality Windows 10 users who haven’t got enough OneDrive in their lives now have three ways to access Microsoft’s cloud storage service from their PCs. Late Monday night, the company released its OneDrive universal Windows platform (UWP) app for Windows 10 PCs and the Surface Hub. The OneDrive Windows Store app for Windows 10 doesn’t look all that different from the Windows 8 version that many of us ig
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Deals of Note: May 17, 2016 How to save on an Xbox One 1TB Console, white leather Chuck Taylors, and a perfect day pack from Arc’teryx. …Read More »
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Amazon augments Alexa voice commands on Fire TV devices – CNET New voice capabilities available in the coming weeks on Amazon’s Fire TV box include the ability to launch apps directly, watch TV shows and movies by speaking the name, and more.
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Here’s why many in aerospace remain skeptical of the Journey to Mars NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman speaks to NASA Social attendees at Kennedy Space Center in December. (credit: NASA) On Tuesday, hundreds of Mars enthusiasts are gathering in Washington, DC to celebrate the red planet at the annual Humans to Mars conference. Buzz Aldrin will discuss his “cycler” plan for going to Mars. Andy Weir, author of The Martian, will be on hand to sign books and ta
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Pocket Tripod is back, and now it’s universal Pocket Tripod launched nearly three years ago on Kickstarter as a way for iPhone users to easily carry and set up a tripod for their phones. The thin plastic is about the width of a credit card and can slip into a wallet. Now, the company is relaunching its product, and this time, it’ll fit most any phone, even if it’s in a case. The pocket tripod comes with 15 different size adapter options that
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Shape of cities shapes the weather The features that make cities unique are important to understanding how cities affect weather and disperse air pollutants, researchers highlight in a new study.
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How shift work affect cognitive functions A new study shows that compared to non-shift workers, shift workers needed more time to complete a test that is frequently used by physicians to screen for cognitive impairment. However, those who had quit shift work more than five years ago completed the test just as quick as the non-shift workers.
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Radiation Remains a Problem for Any Mission to Mars Engineers have yet to find ways to protect astronauts from cosmic rays and solar radiation
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Printing metal in midair A new laser-assisted direct ink writing method allows microscopic metallic, free-standing 3-D structures to be printed in one step without auxiliary support material.
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A Review of the Knomo Envelope Sleeve for MacBook and 11″ MacBook Air I’ve been waiting to write this review for a very long time. Back in 2011, I purchased the second generation 11” MacBook Air with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. I had a portable hard drive where I stored my iTunes and iPhoto libraries and kept everything down to a minimum on the laptop. And despite the abysmal four to five hour battery life, that little laptop was tons of fun to use. During my tenure w
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Bitcoins, a Short Introduction What’s a Bitcoin and how you could earn your own.
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Appeals Court Says the Second Amendment Protects Firearm Sales Yesterday a federal appeals court ruled that local restrictions on gun sales can violate the Second Amendment. “The right to purchase and to sell firearms is part and parcel of the historically recognized right to keep and to bear arms,” said a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, concluding that a federal judge should not have dismissed a constitutional c
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Mixed-up metals make for stronger, tougher, stretchier alloys Materials scientists are creating next-generation mixtures with remarkable properties.Nature 533 306 doi: 10.1038/533306a
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VR gesture controls from your phone’s camera? EyeSight is on it – CNET EyeSight Mobile Technologies is working on software that lets your phone’s rear-facing camera track your gestures during virtual reality experiences.
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The UK is following Iowa and Delaware in testing digital driving licenses With so many people now carrying smartphones, an increasing number of traditionally paper-based documents are making their way onto the devices. In March, it was reported that a company was working on a “paperless passport,” now, the UK has become the latest place to reveal an early version of a…
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‘Virtual partner’ elicits emotional responses from a human partner in real-time ‘How does it ‘feel’ to interact behaviorally with a machine?’ To answer that, scientists created a virtual partner that can elicit emotional responses from its human partner while the pair engages in behavioral coordination in real-time. The virtual partner’s behavior is governed by mathematical models of human-to-human interactions in a way that enables humans to interact with the mathematical de
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Eight Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Stream On Spotify Spotify is essential for music lovers, but it’s got a lot more to offer than good tunes. You can stream audiobooks, radio dramas, language lessons, famous speeches, and more for free.http://lifehacker.com/11-more-awesom…AudiobooksIf you like listening to your literature, Spotify has you covered. You won’t find new releases, but there’s a decent selection of classics that make it easy to catch up
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New Windows 10 Mobile preview adds handy web features, but kills Wi-Fi Sense It’s not a simultaneous release but Microsoft recently rolled out the mobile version of Windows 10 build 14342. The new build comes to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring less than a week after a similarly numbered build rolled out to Insiders’ PCs. Build 14342 for mobile isn’t all that different from the PC release we looked at last week. At the top of the change list is the death of Wi-Fi Sense
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Enter Now For Your Chance To Win All Of This Fantastic Luggage! We here at inStash love giveaways. That’s why we’re so excited to be able to partner up with the good folks over at StackCommerce in order … Read More
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Trump taps climate denier, fossil fuels advocate as energy adviser Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has called global warming a hoax and lost a legal battle to prevent an offshore wind farm from being built in Scotland because he claimed it would ruin the view of his golf course. So it should come as no surprise that the real estate developer tapped a fellow climate denier and fossil fuels advocate as his new energy adviser. Rep. Kevin Cr
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You’ll soon be able to divorce without a judge in France The French government plans to allow divorce by mutual consent to proceed without a judge, to simplify and accelerate the process.  Details are to be discussed at the lower house of parliament during a debate starting Tuesday on a bill to modernize the country’s justice system. SEE ALSO: Shanghai plans to make it easier to get divorced Family associations expressed fears that the best interests o
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Experimental drug against hepatitis C slows down Zika virus infection in mice Virologists have shown that an experimental antiviral drug against hepatitis C slows down the development of Zika in mice.
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Affirm is partnering with Expedia and Eventbrite so you can pay for experiences over time  Affirm has made it no secret that its success will hinge on its ability to offer customers a wide range of retail partners where they can frequently use Affirm to pay. While the lending startup originally launched with niche partners like Casper mattresses and Boosted Boards, they have recently partnered with mainstream retailers like Home Depot and J. Crew with the hopes of tempting a… Read More
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Ramat Offices Ron Fleisher architects office planned the extension of a mid 20’th century village house in Wadi-Ara at times where all the Wadi rioted during the last tension. The original house was built in the 60’s and due to the changes in traffic and density was abounded in the beginning of the current century.
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A Very Personal Problem Now personalized genetic medicine offers tests to avoid dangerous drug reactions—yet doctors are reluctant to use them — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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HabitAware’s Liv smart bracelet helps you manage compulsive behavior There’s a lot of compulsive behaviors that people would stop doing if they were only conscious of them. That’s the thinking behind the Liv smart bracelet, a product from a Midwestern startup called HabitAware. Liv monitors your movements and sends you a subtle alert when you may be doing something compulsive, like pulling out your hairs, biting your nails, picking at your skin, or sucking your thu
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How oregano could save the world by reducing bovine belching Long beloved for its distinct, powerful essence and ability to make a pizza pop, oregano may soon have a second-shift gig that could help combat climate change. A research team in Denmark is exploring the potential of oregano to reduce the rate at which cows are burping, an act of gaseous relief that also releases methane into the atmosphere. Methane is an exceptionally potent greenhouse gas, mor
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Uber trialing in-app phone support for drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area Uber is continuing to figure out the best way to provide sound customer service to its drivers. The private on-demand car service announced today that it’s trialing in-app phone support for drivers within the San Francisco Bay Area. Above: How Uber’s in-app phone support feature works within the driver app.Image Credit: Uber The addition of phone support may come as a surprise, given that Uber has
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AT&T’s superfast GigaPower service arrives in San Francisco – CNET Starting today, the telecom company is promising speeds over 1 gigabit per second to tens of thousands of Bay Area internet customers.
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Apple may offer three versions of iPhone 7 – CNET The company could end up adding an iPhone 7 Pro or Plus Premium to the mix, says blog site Mobipicker.
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Lenovo and Motorola are repeating the mistakes of HP and Palm I started writing this editorial during Mobile World Congress in February, following a Lenovo press roundtable that was almost entirely dedicated to explaining the peculiar way the Chinese company was killing off the Motorola brand. We are still here, said Rick Osterloh, chief of the former Motorola, but we’re now a division under the Lenovo umbrella, so we’re adopting the parent company’s name.
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Open Science environment Unicorn allows researchers and decision makers to work together Given that the most important societal needs require multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers and decision makers, a suitable environment has to be provided in the first place. A proposal, prepared by a Finnish consortium and published in the open access journal Research Ideas and Outcomes, suggests a new, open virtual work and modeling platform to support evidence-based decision making
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First peek into the brain of a freely walking fruit fly Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at the University of California San Diego have developed a technique for imaging brain activity in a freely walking fruit fly. Working with one of the most common model organisms in science, Drosophila melanogaster, the team shows for the first time what goes on in the brain of the fly during courtship—when it’s unrestrained.
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The Independence Day: Resurgence Spaceship Has Its Own Gravity In the trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence, the alien spacecraft seems to gravitationally lift some buildings. What kind of mass would it have to have to do this? The post The Independence Day: Resurgence Spaceship Has Its Own Gravity appeared first on WIRED.
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Eight shining examples of lighting from New York’s ICFF 2016 New York 2016: with the Big Apple now an important centre for lighting design, Dezeen’s US editor Dan Howarth selects eight of the best new products at the city’s ICFF fair this week. (more…)
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Apple staffing up on wireless charging experts, including former uBeam engineers Last week a former engineer from the much hyped wireless charging startup uBeam left some scathing criticism of the company on his blog. He compared uBeam to the now disgraced startup Theranos, saying that uBeam has avoided any full-fledged public demonstrations because its technology doesn’t work as advertised. While it can do some very limited charging over a short distance, he allowed, the bas
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google begins digitizing renown paintings with ultra-high resolution gigapixel camera the museum boijmans van beuningen was among the first to use the ‘art camera’ to digitize a series of artworks, including the ‘portrait of armand roulin’ by van gogh and ‘sping in vethuil’ by claude monet. The post google begins digitizing renown paintings with ultra-high resolution gigapixel camera appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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‘War on Police’ Failure Update: Cop Killings Down in 2015 Americans are still clearly not waging a “war” on its own police forces. The FBI has just released preliminary stats for the number of police killed in the line of duty for 2015. Despite the rhetoric by some (especially within police departments themselves), there was a significant drop in the number of police feloniously killed during 2015. It was a drop from 51 officers to 41 officers
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How to stop being afraid of former prisoners? | Maciej Sopyło | TEDxWarsaw For the last ten years Maciej Sopyło has worked as a youth and adult trainer and a Ph.D student at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Catering to his own desire to learn about the lives of inmates, he tries to figure out how to prepare them for life outside by running a journalism education programme inside correctional facilities. Maciej Sopyło is an activist who has
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Measuring the Unmeasurable | Paweł Potoroczyn | TEDxWarsaw An accomplished independent scholar and a successful inventor, Pan Purkłapa (Mr Poorquapah) is Professor Extraordinary at the Vienna Institute of Advanced Delusion and visiting lecturer at the International College of Melancholy Inventiveness. Despite, or maybe because of his broad-ranging research he is perhaps best known for having set an alternative system for measuring the unmeasurable. A life
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Can bees change the way we farm? | Shrikant Gajbhiye | TEDxBITMesra Success in farming in the modern era has been linked strongly with usage of external growth enhancers – from chemical fertilisers to pesticides to genetic modification. But honeybees – a tiny species of insects – could they have a function that multiplies farm produce in a more rudimentary way? Mr. Shrikant is a social entrepreneur and the ex-co-founder of Bee The Change. An IIM Kozhikode alumni,
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How I Restored My Sleeping Habits by Spending a Weekend Without Clocks I’ve tried nearly every trick imaginable to get more restful sleep. For a long time, nothing worked: not a regular bedtime, herbal supplements, turning computers off before bed, or even a weekend away from work.This post originally appeared on the Ferenstein Wire.Then I found unexpected bliss at a famous device-free “summer camp for adults” retreat in Mendocino, California’s Redwood forest, where
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How do trees go to sleep? Most living organisms adapt their behavior to the rhythm of day and night. Now, using laser scanners, scientists are studying the day-night rhythm of trees. As it turns out, trees go to sleep too.
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Forest-loving moose learning to thrive on farmland While populations of moose have been declining in much of their North American range, research shows how these icons of the northern boreal forest are finding success by moving south into farmers’ fields.
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What To Expect In The Democratic Primaries In Kentucky And Oregon Today’s Democratic primaries in Kentucky and Oregon are the last meaningful ones of the month.3 Hillary Clinton is a slight favorite in Kentucky (with 55 delegates at stake), and Bernie Sanders has a good shot at taking Oregon (with 61 delegates at stake). Overall, Sanders probably won’t make much of a dent in Clinton’s lead of 280 elected delegates, because all Democratic primaries allocate their
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CTRL ONE Sunglasses Actually Change Tint On Demand Sunglasses are obsolete. Problem about them is that all sunglasses out there are built for blocking a single type of light when the sun produces a whole … Read More
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Montblanc’s TimeWalker Pythagore Concept Is Simply Stunning In a world where all timepieces look the same it’s easy to get discouraged and generally feel down about the idea of having a watch on your … Read More
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New ultrasound method increases awareness about cancer cells A method to analyze and separate cells from the blood has been created by researchers. Ultimately, the method, which goes under the name iso-acoustic focusing, can become significant to measure the efficiency of cancer treatments for individuals.
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Endogenous retroviruses: Lethal reawakening Retroviral DNAs integrate into host genomes, but their expression is normally repressed by cellular defense mechanisms. As a research team now shows, when these measures fail, accumulation of viral proteins may trigger programmed cell death.
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Infants whose mothers have taken SSRI antidepressants are more likely to have decreased birth weight, gestational length Prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has a significant association with lower birth weight and gestational length, research concludes. This was found to be in cases where mothers had taken the drug for two or more trimesters.
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Self-driving car pioneers bring their smarts to trucking One of the minds at the heart of Google’s self-driving car project has decided that his future lies beyond the search engine. Anthony Levandowski has teamed up with other big names in the world of automotive intelligence to launch a new startup called Otto. Unlike his former initiative, Otto is an attempt to build a system for some of the largest trucks that haul freight up and down our highways.
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This smart mirror prevents you from leaving the house with obvious contouring marks Wearing makeup is a fantastic burden. It hides blemishes and makes us look alive when our faces are bloated and sallow from a late night. But it can also backfire and result in an Oompa Loompa face if done in the wrong light. Seriously, don’t do your makeup in the dark. Simplehuman launched a smart mirror this past year to help prevent that all-too-real situation. The Sensor Mirror Pro Wide-View
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Dietary intake differs in infants who follow baby-led weaning Researchers have undertaken the first-ever study looking at what infants eat when they follow baby-led weaning and found that they have a lot of healthy eating habits, but also some less healthy ones.
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Geek deals roundup: Save big on Bluetooth speakers, Steam controllers, and more Today, we have a selection of deals from the folks at TechRabbit — an online store that specializes in brand name phone accessories and consumer electronics. Both refurbished and new products are on […]
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The FAA is borrowing the FBI’s drone detector to help protect airports – CNET Testing of the FBI’s drone detection system at JFK International Airport in New York City is already under way.
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Flexible, Self-Healing Material Could Improve Durability of Wearable Electronics Electronic materials are the main tentative block for the development of flexible electronics as current materials do not work properly once broken and healed. An international team of researchers…
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Potential ‘fountain of youth’ gene found A gene that scientific dogma insists is inactive in adults actually plays a vital role in preventing the underlying cause of most heart attacks and strokes, researchers have determined. The discovery opens a new avenue for battling those deadly conditions, and it raises the tantalizing prospect that doctors could use the gene to prevent or delay at least some of the effects of aging.
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Novel nicotine inhaler doubles smoking quit rates Smokers who used a nicotine inhaler were twice as likely to quit smoking as smokers using a placebo inhaler, new research indicates. The investigators developed and tested a novel nicotine inhaler to see whether it helps smokers to quit smoking. Participants in the study were randomly assigned to receive either a nicotine inhaler plus a nicotine patch, or a placebo inhaler plus a nicotine patch.
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Harder, better, faster, stronger: Tesla employee describes new Roadster – Roadshow Don’t expect it to come out anytime soon, though, as the Model 3 is still the priority.
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Jifiti’s new Messenger chatbot API will find you a gift even when you’re out of ideas  Jifiti, the startup attempting to reinvent digital gift-giving, announced this morning that their new chatbot API was approved by Facebook Messenger. It’s a big deal for the Columbus, OH startup, who already has relationships with many companies ranging from IKEA to Evite and who can now integrate their gift-giving process directly with Facebook Messenger. Read More
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Playing Card Notebook This nifty notebook from Suck UK doubles as a custom deck of playing cards. Each edge-bound sheet is made from real playing card stock, and offers a blank writing surface on front for your doodles or your own bespoke deck design. Hat Tip Link Price: $8 More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Deal: BASICS NotebookPacific & West Wood NotebooksWipebook ProTop Secret Notebook & PenGlitch 2.0
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Impressive Modern Home Built on Dunes of Lake Michigan Asks $10M The sunsets here must be amazing Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We’d love to see what you’ve got. Location: Montague, Michigan Price: $10,000,000 Summer beckons at this fab contemporary retreat surrounded by a forest on three sides and sparkling Lake Michigan on the fourth. Called
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Brain testing app will help diagnose mental health issues Savonix is a company that claims to take the “analog processes” of cognitive assessment into the digital age. The firm is launching an iOS and Android app that, for the next six weeks, will let anyone examine their own mental ability. Users will have to undergo a series of tests that test the limits of their ability, from smart thinking through to emotional control. Whereas previously th
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Warfare is changing, but is the threat really? | Alok Mukherjee | TEDxBITMesra Wars have shaped modern politics and have played an important role in shaping the world map as we see today. With changing times, the mode of warfare has changed over the centuries. But the threat that existed at the very beginning – the wild goose chase of domination – has that really changed? A scientist and associate director at DRDO for over 25 years. He is known for his instrumental work in t
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The future is analog | Rohit Raj | TEDxBITMesra In this age is digitalisation, one needs to go back to the origin and think from the first principle. The old analytical methods come handy, when one wants to move ahead. Rohit, at the age of 31, is the ‘right brain’ of The Glitch, a consumer online marketing guru, who focuses on consumer driven content. Be it digital marketing, entertainment production or TV ads, he and his team believes in creat
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Agents of SHIELD Star Says Marvel Doesn’t Care Enough About Its Own TV Show The unspoken secret that Marvel’s TV and movie ventures aren’t as interconnected as the company would like you to think they are has become a lot less unspoken lately. And the loudest acknowledgement about this separation has come courtesy of Agents of SHIELD’s Daisy Johnson herself, Chloe Bennet.http://io9.gizmodo.com/joss-whedon-ex…Speaking at Wizard World Des Moines this weekend during a Q&am
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Today’s Best Deals: Networking Gear, Lucky Jeans, Snack Bar Sampler, and More TP-Link networking gear, Lucky brand apparel, and a snack sample box lead off Tuesday’s best deals. Read more…
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At attention, molecules! Chemists report molecules in ionic liquids arrange themselves, but it takes timeWhen you touch your phone’s screen, you might not realize that you’ve set off a molecular chain reaction.
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These New LED Matches Are Half As Useful As, Well, Matches Gadgets That whole fire thing? It’s kind of important for people who use matches. Matchbox Instruments recently announced a disposable package of LED matches for emergencies, with an 8-hour battery life, that can be turned off to conserve battery. But…
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The Ultimate Tropical Vacation Bag Panama hat, cigar case, bridle leather duffel — here’s what you need for a tropical stroll along the equator. …Read More »
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This short video explains why the US hasn’t destroyed the final samples of smallpox Errol Morris is one of the best documentarians working today. His subjects range from former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara to the person who dresses up as New York baseball mascot, Mr. Met. Unlike many of his contemporaries, much of Morris’ current work is made available for free, thanks in large part to partnerships with ESPN and The New York Times’ Op-Docs series. Morris’ latest short
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NASA funds Experimental Demonstration of Plasmonic Force Propulsion One of NASA’s strategic goals is expanding scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe. NASA envisions a broad class of scientific missions where extremely fine pointing and positioning of spacecraft is required, such as a single Earth observing spacecraft, deployable x-ray telescopes, exoplanet observatories, and constellations of spacecraft for Earth and deep space observations. In re
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Humans have been causing earthquakes in Texas since the 1920s Earthquakes triggered by human activity have been happening in Texas since at least 1925, and they have been widespread throughout the state ever since, according to a new historical review of the evidence published online May 18 in Seismological Research Letters.
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Cooling, time in the dark preserve perovskite solar power A new study has found both the cause and a solution for the pesky tendency of perovskite solar cells to degrade in sunlight, a research breakthrough potentially removing one roadblock to commercialization for this promising technology. In a key finding, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have found those degraded devices exhibit self-healing powers when given a little time in the dark.
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Giraffes got their long necks thanks to a few dozen gene changes Comparing the genome of the giraffe and its shorter-necked okapi relative has pinpointed genes likely involved in the evolution of the long neck
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Iowa State professor says ‘it pays to be paranoid’ when acquiring other firms Not long after Marriott announced plans to buy Starwood Hotels and Resorts, a Chinese insurance group offered to sweeten the deal setting off a brief bidding war. Marriott eventually secured the merger, but only after agreeing to pay more than its original offer.
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Gone with the wind: Argonne coating shows surprising potential to improve reliability in wind power Despite the rigors of scientific inquiry and the methodical approaches of the world’s most talented researchers, sometimes science has a surprise in store.
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Marco Rubio Let It All Out in This Epic Tweetstorm Can you blame him? The post Marco Rubio Let It All Out in This Epic Tweetstorm appeared first on WIRED.
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Newly discovered form of spiralized light breaks everything quantum physics says about photons Scientists have discovered a new form of light that is quite different from all other known forms. Prior to this discovery, it was generally accepted that light in all forms has an angular momentum that is a multiple of Planck’s constant, which is the measurement used to set the scale of quantum effects. The photons (or particles of visible light) in the newly discovered form of light have an ang
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How-To: Launch apps on Mac using a simple trackpad gesture [Video] OS X features several handy native trackpad gestures aimed at controlling your Mac, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to launch or open your favorite app with a simple trackpad gesture? In this post, we’ll show you how to easily wield BetterTouchTool in order to do just that. more…Filed under: How-To, Mac Tagged: BetterTouchTool, how to, Mac, OS X Tips, video
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The Unholy Anti-Immigration Alliance Between Pro-Life Conservatives and Population Control WeirdosAmerica’s anti-immigration restrictionist movement has historically had one foot in the labor protectionist camp and another in the population control camp. Many pro-life conservatives count themselves among immigration restrictionists—which makes the anti-immigration movement’s population control argument downright bizarre, given that population control and abortion politics have been a key flas
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Pro-Life Conservatives’ Unholy Alliance With Population Control Restrictionists: New at Reason Not too many people know this, but for the last 50 years, American restrictionism (understood as a movement that seeks perennially to restrict immigration as a matter of principle not temporarily for some prudential reason like national security) has historically stood on two pillars: Labor protectionism (with or without a dose of nativism) and population control. Both have their provenance in th
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Living Smaller in a Warmer World | Stefan Milkowski | TEDxFairbanks How can living smaller add pleasure and meaning to our lives? In this talk, reporter-turned-carpenter Stefan Milkowski explores the ways in which living a simpler and more connected life can bring us closer to friends and make our lives richer while limiting our impact on the planet and on others, and describes his own experience building and living in a 288-square foot cabin in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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To Imagine Disability Otherwise | Linda Ware | TEDxSUNYGeneseo Ableism is a pervasive feature of society that can be readily identified in multiple social locations. Ableism is composed by witting and unwitting actions, actors and institutions that, once exposed, can challenge the injustice of ableism as a given in society. Dr. Linda Ware teaches Disability Studies at SUNY Geneseo. She has published widely in leading journals including Hypatia, A Journal of F
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Wyss Institute collaborates with ReWalk Robotics to develop wearable exosuits for patients with limited mobility The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has entered into a collaboration with ReWalk Robotics Ltd., to accelerate the development of the Institute’s lightweight, wearable soft exosuit technologies for assisting people with lower limb disabilities. The agreement with ReWalk will help speed the design of assistive exosuits that could help patients suffering fro
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Peering into tissue stiffness with VIPA-based Brillouin spectroscopy At a microscopic level, every material contains spontaneous sound waves—acoustic phonons—that have properties dependent on the material’s mechanical properties. When light interacts with these acoustic phonons, it scatters and acquires a frequency shift related to the material’s elastic modulus, a characteristic measure of its ability to resist deformation and stress.
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DC Comics Has a Shiny New Logo Nothing says “Rebirth” like a logo designed to look more in line with your classic logos of years gone by, right?Read more…
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BitTorrent is launching a TV streaming service – CNET With iOS, Mac OS and Apple TV apps going live this week and premium content set to arrive this summer, the file-sharing service wants to help you cut the cord.
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SoundHound music discovery app adds powerful voice control features SoundHound is largely thought of as a rival to other music recognition apps like Shazam but those that have been keeping tabs on the Santa Clara-based startup are well aware of the fact that they’re capable of much more.
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HP’s 3D printers pave the way for an interesting future  In the two years since HP announced it was entering the 3D printing space speculation arose regarding what exactly the PC giant would launch? Home 3D printers for the masses? All-in-one manufacturing machines? Amazing teleportation devices? Nope. They launched a big printer for industrial users that prints in full color in a way that is unique in the industry. The bottom line? HP made an… Read Mo
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Genetically engineered crops: Experiences and prospects: new report An extensive study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has found that new technologies in genetic engineering and conventional breeding are blurring the once clear distinctions between these two crop-improvement approaches. In addition, while recognizing the inherent difficulty of detecting subtle or long-term effects on health or the environment, the study committee f
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Meteor captured on dashcam video lights up New England sky A Maine police sergeant looking for speeders has captured a fireball streaking across the sky on his dashboard camera.
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Words, more words … and statistics Picking out single words in a flow of speech is no easy task and, according to linguists, to succeed in doing it the brain might use statistical methods. A group of SISSA scientists has applied a statistics-based method for word segmentation and measured its efficacy on natural language, in nine different languages, to discover that linguistic rhythm plays an important role. The study has just bee
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Baby Bison Euthanized After ‘Help’ from Tourists A bison put in a car by tourists because it looked like it was cold had to be put down, officials at Yellowstone National Park said.
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