Indistinguishable from Magic May 18

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Mega-Publisher Elsevier Is Buying an Open Research Site. That’s Bad for Science The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is an open access repository of scientific papers that’s treasured by academics, journalists and researchers—and it’s easy to see why. For years the site has provided free publishing and access to pre-prints of more than 500,000 academic papers on topics ranging from privacy law to socioeconomics and media studies.But academics were understandably worried
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Allrover Stair-Rover Skateboards’ and longboards’ tiny wheels don’t handle stairs or other small drops very well. So instead of slapping on bigger ones and making the board significantly bulkier, the Allrover Stair-Rover instead doubles the amount of wheels both in front and back, linking them together with a keel to smoothly tackle staircases and drops as their flexible V-frames rock back and forth to conform. The St
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Yokai Watch 2 is coming to the US, and it’s bringing lots of toys After the huge success in Japan, Yokai Watch made its debut to Western gamers this past November, nearly two years after the game’s original Japanese release. While the franchise’s reception hasn’t been as extraordinary as its rival, Pokemon, the games and television show seems to have made enough bank to continue the line with Yokai Watch 2. The release of … Continue reading
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Innohome’s Stove Guard helps prevent cooking fires before they startCooking fires made up 43 percent of the fires in U.S. homes from 2009 to 2013, and 61 percent of those started on the range or stove top, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Fighting such fires after they’ve started is dangerous. People trying to put fires out themselves suffered 54 percent of the reported nonfatal cooking fire injuries during the same period. In response to the
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IBM’s Optical Storage Is 50 Times Faster Than Flash, And Also CheaperFlash storage is not as fast as the main memory (RAM); but RAM can’t be used to store your regular files because of its volatile nature (and also because it’s expensive). It appears we may soon have the perfect middle ground of the two. Scientists at IBM have demonstrated reliably storing 3 bits of data per cell using a relatively new memory technology known as phase-change memory (PCM). Engadget
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This Transdermal Weed Patch Won’t Send You to The Moon All images: Bryan Menegus/Gizmodo“We don’t cater towards the recreational market.” That isn’t something you expect to hear from the chief scientist of a cannabis company, but then Mary’s is unusual for many reasons. Eighty percent of the company’s products don’t even contain THC—the chemical in weed responsible for getting you stoned. Much of Mary’s inventory instead uses cannabidiol (CBD), anothe
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Evolution: Where did building blocks of life come from? Biological evolution was preceded by a long phase of chemical evolution during which precursors of biopolymers accumulated. Chemists have discovered an efficient mechanism for the prebiotic synthesis of a vital class of such compounds.
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Complex life a billion years earlier than thought? Researchers said Tuesday they had uncovered fossils showing that complex life on Earth began more than 1.5 billion years ago, nearly a billion years earlier than previously thought.
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Linksys routers to remain hackable after new FCC rules go into effectThere aren’t many routers — especially extremely ugly routers — that qualify as iconic, but the Linksys WRT series certainly counts. It was so popular that Linksys actually brought the WRT line back in 2014 after years of shipping much prettier devices. Why was it so popular? Because it’s so easy to load up custom firmware on WRT devices — if you are a particular kind of nerd, your heart beats fo
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Art school grads use tech to tackle big issues Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute might be well known for its engineering and arts courses, but for students in its industrial design program, it’s about more than just making something pretty and earning a degree. The ethos of the curriculum includes “trying to solve problems of poverty, hunger, energy, health, and other troubling issues of the disadvantaged world population by design.” Indeed
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Stephen Hawking teaches you how to think like a genius in his new TV series Renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking is coming to the small screen in the U.S. starting Wednesday, when a six-part series begins airing on PBS and National Geographic.  The show, Genius By Stephen Hawking, explores what it takes to think like a scientific genius.  SEE ALSO: There’s a star nearly 5 light-years from Earth. Stephen Hawking is sending a spacecraft to it In each episode, a differe
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First clinical use of bioabsorbable vascular grafts in children shows promise Current cardiovascular valve or blood vessel implants are generally associated with a number of complications, have limited efficacy over time, and may necessitate repeated interventions over a patient’s lifetime, especially when implanted in a young child. Researchers report success with implantation of bioabsorbable vascular grafts used to correct a congenital cardiac malformation. Over time, th
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plan:b organizes colombian house as four connected concrete volumes set on a large piece of land in rionegro, colombia, the build is surrounded by verdant landscape and is defined by the heavy use of concrete. The post plan:b organizes colombian house as four connected concrete volumes appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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Microsoft is joining the tech cry for Britain to stay in the EU Microsoft has come out against a proposal for the U.K. to leave the European Union, joining other tech giants that oppose the controversial measure. The so-called Brexit (Britain exit) referendum will ask U.K. voters on June 23 whether the country should leave the 28-state EU. Proponents say membership in the union has hurt Britain’s economy and opens the country up to too much immigration. Pol
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New technology reduces 30% chip area of STT-MRAM while increasing memory bit yield by 70% Researchers have successfully developed a technology to stack magnetic tunnel junctions directly on the vertical interconnect access.
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High-power prismatic devices may further expand visual fields for patients with hemianopia Three new eyeglasses have now been designedusing high-power prisms to optimally expand the visual fields of patients with hemianopia, a condition in which the visual fields of both eyes are cut by half. The new designs address some limitations of existing prism correction available to this population.
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Build a Smart Mirror with Gesture Control Smart mirrors are surprisingly easy to build with a spare screen and two-way mirror, but DIYer Tobias Weis steps things up a bit by adding in gesture controls.http://lifehacker.com/build-a-magic-…The project here isn’t exactly cheap, nor is it easy, but it is pretty neat. Weis uses an old computer he had, a 28″ monitor, and a a custom case for everything. The gesture control technology come
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U.S. Navy’s SPAWAR will pay D-Wave $11 million for quantum computer training A division of the U.S. Navy intends to pay Canadian company D-Wave $11 million to learn how to use its quantum computing infrastructure, according to a federal filing posted online on Monday. The unit seeking this training is the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, known as SPAWAR or SSC-PAC for short, which is headquartered in San Diego and has previously researched amphibious
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New mechanism for wound healing identified by biological laboratory scientist A researcher has identified a new mechanism for wound healing that has wide-ranging therapeutic potential for the treatment of injury, disease and even aging. Instead of replacing lost cells through cell division, the newly identified mechanism, which she has called wound-induced polyploidy, or WIP, maintains the size and function of injured or disease tissue by enlarging existing cells.
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Financial status affects success of students with learning disabilities Only one third of undergraduates from 11 universities who reported having a learning disability were receiving accommodations, a new study has discovered.
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Oregon’s Coos Bay historically has avoided serious hypoxic conditions A study of the 15-mile length of Coos Bay, from the ocean to the city of the same name, finds the bay is free of toxic levels of reduced oxygen that often affect other Oregon locations in the summer months.
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Study shows how neurons reach their final destinations The discovery that unattached, sliding microtubules aid in neuronal migration, could ultimately help researchers better understand how neurons gone astray contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism, say investigators.
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Team measures microscale granular crystal dynamics for first timeMechanical engineers have, for the first time, analyzed interactions between microscale granular crystals — a first step in creating novel materials that could be used for impact mitigation, signal processing, disease diagnosis, or even making more controllable solid rocket propellants.
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The First Moon Base Will Be Printed 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. 3D printing, and additive manufacturing processes more generally, have made many advances in recent years. Just a few years ago, most 3D printing was only used for building prototypes, which would then go on to
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10Gbps downloads and uploads over cable demoed by Bell Labs Fun fact: This is what a data transfer looks like when you’re inside an Internet tube. (credit: Getty Images | Yuri_Arcurs) Cable networks are already starting to match the gigabit download speeds offered by fiber-based Internet services, but they still lag far behind on upload throughput. New technology could change that situation, bringing cable’s theoretical speeds up to 10Gbps for both dow
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Record Reveals: Architecture Critic Inga Saffron on Philadelphia Inga Saffron is the architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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Amazon’s Most Popular Vacuum Has a Retractable Cord, and a $65 Price Tag Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Vacuum, $65With five adjustable height levels, an accessory hose, and (hallelujah) a 27′ retractable power cord, this Hoover bagless vacuum is all you need. Today only, Amazon will sell you one for just $65, matching an all-time low.http://www.amazon.com/Hoover-WindTun…Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our po
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Google’s Waze tests carpooling as Otto’s self-driving semi trucks hit the road – CNET Until a self-driving car can take you to work, Google is testing out a carpool feature in Waze. Also: Truck drivers could give an old truck some self-driving smarts with the help of a startup.
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Vaccine against stress and anxiety made using dead gut microbes of yore(credit: David K) Cleanliness may be next to godliness. But, it turns out, being a deity is pretty nerve-wracking. Growing up in meticulously sanitized conditions, devoid of the “old friends” germs and parasites that have coevolved with us and help train our immune systems, leaves us more prone to a host of health issues. These include inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, asthma, and autoimm
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Using carbon nanotubes for drug delivery Carbon nanotubes, or tiny hollow cylinders of one-atom-thick carbon sheets, have incredible potential for a wide variety of applications due to their strength, flexibility, and other uniquely powerful properties. They are particularly promising in nanotechnology and electronics applications, but Carnegie Mellon University’s Kris Dahl and Mohammad Islam are on an interdisciplinary mission to put th
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Ron Wyden, Rand Paul Team Up Again to Halt New Computer Surveillance Expansion The team-up that helped force the sunset of one of the domestic surveillance authorizations of the PATRIOT Act is back together for a new fight. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is joining Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to try to halt the implementation of a new federal rule that has the potential to launch a new form of far-reaching, high-tech surveillance. What they’re trying to stop is an update to Rule 41 of
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Blocking apoptotic response could preserve fertility in women receiving cancer treatments Female cancer patients of reproductive age could preserve their fertility during radiation and chemotherapy through treatments that target the DNA damage response in oocytes (the cells that develop into eggs), an approach that works in animal models, say researchers.
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Genetic switch turned on during fasting helps stop inflammation A key molecule that keeps gut bacteria in check has been discovered by a team of scientists. The study shows a molecular pathway by which the brain communicates with the gastrointestinal (GI) tract to prevent unnecessary activation of the immune system during fasting by strengthening the barrier against gut microbes.
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String – Iconic Shelving With Endless Modern Possibilities String is a great thing! Who even invented it? It’s ubiquitous, useful, simple and elegant in design, which is presumably why the iconic string® shelving system was given its name. Though the name of its originator – Nils Strinning – may also have had something to do with it. A basic, easily applied shelving system,  string is a consistent winner. It was awarded the Excellent Product
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Hand Drawing Sheet Music Is Such an Impressive Skill Making music is art. And so is making a blank piece of paper sing. Watch as sheet music is hand drawn using charcoal, graphite, a ruler, and a triangle. The amount of work is ridiculous—I mean, drawing the straight lines for the template is already hard enough—but it’s pretty damn satisfying to see the notes get slowly filled in. Who knows what it’ll sound like but it sure looks amazing.The video
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This sand castle can support the weight of a car – CNET How can a flimsy little sand castle hold up an automobile? This video from Practical Engineering shares the secret.
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The UFO Circling the Earth Really Is a Weather Balloon This Time 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.Read more…
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Why you should bet big on privacy  Ever felt like you were being watched online? You know, like when you read something about New York, and the next site you visit shows you ads for New York hotels? As it turns out, on my computer, there were more than 130 companies tracking my every move. These companies are basically engaging in mass surveillance. Read More
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Construction of the World’s Tallest Timber Tower is Underway in VancouverCourtesy of Acton Ostry Architects Inc. & University of British Columbia Construction is underway in Vancouver for the world’s tallest timber tower by Acton Ostry Architects. The 18-story Brock Commons Student Residence at the University of British Columbia, which began construction in November 2015, will be completed in the summer of 2017. At 53 meters tall, with housing for 404 students
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Girls outperform boys in test of tech-engineering literacy A new study shows that eighth-grade girls are better than boys at thinking through problems and using technology to solve them.
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3D Printing Evolves to 4D: Here’s What We Know So Far Surely you’ve heard of 3D printing, which is the printing of objects out of materials like plastic, concrete, and even steel. But did you know the technology has been around since the 1970s? Or perhaps even more surprising is the fact that soon we will be progressing to the next stage of this technology: 4D printing. It’s hard to believe the technology has been around that long, let alone that we’
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Ruthlessly Slaughter Bugs In Your Lawn (or Your Bed) With This Diatomaceous Earth Deal 10 Pounds Diatomaceous Earth, $16Diatomaceous earth is one of the most effective weapons we have against bugs, and Amazon will sell you a 10 pound bag of the stuff for $16, today only. Despite the unspeakable things it does to bugs in your yard, it’s actually food grade, and completely non-toxic for humans and pets. Just note that this is a Gold Box deal, meaning the price is only available today,
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Deep space experiment could measure the gravitational constant with nearly 1,000 times improvement in accuracy (Phys.org)—Scientists have proposed the first experiment that could measure the value of Newton’s gravitational constant, G, from deep space instead of an Earth-based laboratory. The researchers predict that the deep space experiment could estimate G with an improvement in precision of nearly three orders of magnitude, since it would avoid the influence of Earth’s gravity.
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Peace treaties need to address indigenous women, U.N. official saysUNITED NATIONS — Indigenous women are disproportionately the victims and survivors of violence in conflict zones, and peace treaties must include clauses to protect this twice-marginalized population, a United Nations special investigator said Tuesday. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the U.Nspecial rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, painted a devastating picture of the plight of indigenous wom
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U.S. military shows off giant ray gun for shooting down drones The Dutch have anti-drone eagles, Tokyo police have drones with capture nets, the Marines have a laser on a Humvee and, now, the U.S. federal government has a gigantic anti-drone gun that shoots invisible waves of energy at uninvited drones. The DroneDefender ray-gun is made by Battelle, and it works by jamming the frequencies a drone uses, causing it to … Continue reading
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Can India’s smart city effort tackle its pollution problems? Having kicked off plans to build 100 smart cities across the country, the Indian government will need to make sure any smart improvements address a critical issue in its urban environment: overwhelming pollution. A recent World Health Organization (WHO) report about pollution levels places 34 cities in India in the top 100 most polluted cities in the world list, with 22 of the Indian cities in th
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Finding a place through music | Tash Sultana | TEDxUniMelb In this combined TEDx talk and musical performance, Tash Sultana gives us a glimpse into her world, sharing the role music played in turning her young life around, and treats the TEDxUniMelb audience to a unique live song. Tash Sultana is a Melbourne multi-instrumentalist. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn mo
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Event: Construction for Kids: Build, Play & Event Date: May 24, 2016 – Aug 18, 2016; Event City: Cincinnati, OH, US The Betts House, Ohio’s oldest brick home, built in 1804, is proud to host a brand new exhibit, Construction for Kids: Build, Play & Learn. The exhibit offers fun activities where children can play with construction tools, objects and materials. The exhibit, has been designed by the Betts House especially to expose childre
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Private Jets With Door-Sized Windows Do Not Seem Relaxing Definitely not for the afraid-of-flying Personally, something that we look for in a plane is a sense that the plane is a completely impenetrable barrier between us and the outside world (the vast open sky). We’re sure that Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer’s $53 million Lineage 1000 business jet is an impenetrable barrier, the fact that it feature floor-level, door-sized windows does not co
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Apple TV Sees Major Sales Growth in 2015 But Still Ranks as Fourth Most Popular Streaming Media Player The launch of the fourth-generation Apple TV, with Siri integration and a full App Store, resulted in a huge Apple TV sales boost, according to new data shared by Parks Associates. In 2015, Apple TV unit sales were 50 percent higher than unit sales in 2014. Despite the surge in sales, the Apple TV continues to rank as the fourth most popular streaming media player in the United States, coming in
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Scientists put window in fruit fly skull to watch its brain How do you see what’s going on in a fruit fly’s mind? Why you build a window to its brain, of course. While that might sound like a bad joke, it’s exactly what scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have just done. Their goal was to understand exactly what happens in the tiny creature’s brain as it goes about courting a mate, unencumbered by wires or other attachments usual
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It’s Trivially Easy To Identify You Based On Records of Your Calls and TextsReader erier2003 shares an article on Daily Dot: Contrary to the claims of America’s top spies, the details of your phone calls and text messages — including when they took place and whom they involved — are no less revealing than the actual contents of those communications. In a study published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Stanford University res
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Congress stops medical marijuana research in its tracks While there is increasing evidence that medical marijuana could be a viable alternative to opioids in terms of pain management, a new report indicates that Congress is still not prepared to give the scientific community the green light to dig any deeper into this progressive concept Earlier last week, the U.S. House Rules Committee voted against two proposed amendments that would have required a
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Being Super Busy May* Be Good for Your Brain *Does busyness boost cognition, or do people with better cognition tend to keep busy?
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Rwanda turned a deadly lake into a power source Lake Kivu looks like any other mountainside lake you’ve seen: big, blue, calm. Beneath its surface, however, things are much different. Lake Kivu has a deadly secret. Quite literally deadly, as in a […]
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Husband divorces wife because she texted too much after wedding – CNETTechnically Incorrect: A few hours after his wedding, a Saudi husband decides his marriage isn’t forever — his new wife’s phone got in the way.
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Here are the 5 books Bill Gates wants you to read this summer – CNETBillionaire’s beach reading suggestions include mathematician’s “How Not to Be Wrong” and an 800-page Neal Stephenson novel.
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NYC rolls out their first WiFi-enabled buses When you’re in a big city, sometimes it’s hard to get a good cell phone signal. Between the sheer number of people, and the skyscrapers, it can be frustrating to even try and load a webpage on your phone. Thankfully the people of New York City won’t have to worry too much about that, at least not while riding the … Continue reading
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How Sweden Is Relocating an Entire City Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden, is sinking. In fact, by 2050, most of its structures will have collapsed into the iron mines below it. So engineers have embarked upon an ambitious project to move Kiruna—along with its 20,000 residents—two miles to the east. A new documentary explains exactly how they plan to do it.Read more…
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That Time the Pennsylvania State Police Disguised a Spymobile as a Google Street View Car It’s creepy enough that the cops are using license plate readers to track people’s movements. If they’re camouflaging those readers as Google Street View vehicles, that’s creepier still. Autoblog reports: On May 11, Matt Blaze walked by an odd vehicle that had suspicious-looking Google Maps stickers. Plus the vehicle was registered to the City of Philadelphia and had a Pennsylvania State Police p
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Of Mars and Microbes: Earth’s Next Chapter | Gary King | TEDxLSU What will the story of Earth be? Will we tell stories of sharing life with other planets or will Earth’s stories end with humanity’s failures? Microbiologist Gary King is searching for answers to those questions. In his out-of-this-world talk, learn about the possibilities of using microbes as tiny transporters of provisions for astronauts and what the discovery of life outside of our planet could
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How Virtual Reality Will Change Us | Sarah Hill | TEDxCosmoPark The world is no longer flat. It’s round! Sarah Hill, CEO and Chief Storyteller for StoryUP VR talks about the coming “metaverse” and how customers and co-workers will be able to immerse themselves in new VR and AR environments for work and play. This new iteration of what she calls ‘human media’ means remote communication is becoming even more life like. Is your brand ready? Sarah is the
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The Once and Future Green Factory | Joe Jez | TEDxGatewayArchRecognizing plant biology offers a host of scientific problems with day-to-day relevance, including how plants grow and respond to their environment, he began to study biochemical networks in plants and microbes. His aim is to engineer those systems to address agricultural and environmental problems and find solutions to real-world problems. Joe Jez is an Associate Professor of Biology at Washingt
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Find the Gap: We Are Killing Our Freedom | Jez Rose | TEDxGreenville This behaviourist discusses the impact of technology and marketing on our neurological pathways and being behaviorally manipulated. It is a gap that is increasing and “killing our freedom” of choice.   Jez Rose is The Behavior Expert, an internationally renowned behaviorist, professional speaker, author and media personality from the United Kingdom.. He is known as the “go-to” guy for memorable pr
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Housing for the homeless is a crisis. The anti-density movement could create one for the rest of us Never mind the homeless crisis, the shockingly high cost of rent in Los Angeles or the recent survey showing that one-third of county residents worry about losing their home
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Science fiction aims for fact with this real-time translator earpiece If you’ve been exposed to even a small dose of science fiction over the years, you’ve probably encountered at least one type of device that allows language barriers to be completely bypassed. From The Last Starfighter to Star Trek, there’s a reason this is a common trope — the idea of being able to understand anyone no matter the language is a fascinating one. Now a New York City-based company by
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SocialRank, the startup that analyzes your followers, adds premium features and pricing  SocialRank is a startup that helps brands, agencies and celebrities understand their social media followers — not just in aggregate, like most social analytics services, but on an individual level. Today it introduced more features as part of a new SocialRank Premium plan. As a refresher: SocialRank helps customers find things like their “most valuable” followers on Twitter… Read More
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Minimalist Lighting Collection Based On Simple Geometric Forms Today we are looking for not only functional furniture and storage solutions but also lamps and lights that fit our spaces at their best. They should be versatile, mobile and made of practical materials, which are durable, easy to clean and still look original. Today I’m going to tell about such lamps, and this is a collection of three simple lighting fixtures by American designer and architect Da
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These Are The Biggest Skills That New Graduates Lack Plenty of newly minted members of the workforce think they’re well prepared for success. Hiring managers aren’t convinced.Managers and employees don’t always see eye to eye. Fast Company uncovered a wide gap in the way each group thinks about business culture and their radically different ideas about work-life balance.Read Full Story
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Dude Perfect: World Record Edition The perpetually shouting dudes convened a session of basketball trick shots in the presence of a Guinness World Records adjudicator, and proceeded to knock out eleven relatively obscure records, stealing a few from NBA greats and the Globetrotters along the way. Link More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Sweet Georgia Brown: A CapellaChris Paul & Aaron Rodgers Trick ShotsOffice Space JamGo
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How to Fix High CPU Usage Caused by System Interrupts If your computer is suffering from high CPU usage and the culprit process is called “system interrupts”, then you are dealing with a hardware or driver issue. In this post, we explain what system interrupts are and how you can find and fix the underlying cause of its high CPU usage. What Is “System Interrupts”? System interrupts appears as a Windows process in your Task Manager, but it’s not reall
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Lockheed Martin Wants To Send Humans To Mars In 12 Years Space Orbiting laboratory could pave the way for a landing party Before our species set foot on the moon, we orbited it first. The same will probably be true for Mars, and on Wednesday, Lockheed Martin plans to unveil its vision for a…
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SoundHound Now Lets You Search and Add Songs to Spotify With Voice Commands The music discovery app SoundHound has gone hands-free, letting you search music, look up information, and add songs directly to your Spotify playlist with “OK Hound…” voice commands.In a press release today, SoundHound announced that it’s voice assistant technology has made its way into SoundHound’s music discovery features. Whenever you have the app open, you can say “OK Hound…” and ask the
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Blocking known cancer driver unexpectedly reveals a new tumor-promoting pathway While investigating a potential therapeutic target for the ERK1 and 2 pathway, a widely expressed signaling molecule known to drive cancer growth in one third of patients with colorectal cancer, researchers found that an alternative pathway immediately emerges when ERK1/2 is halted, thus allowing tumor cell proliferation to continue.
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How does memory work? We tend to think our memory works like a filing cabinet. We experience an event, generate a memory and then file it away for later use. However, according to medical research, the basic mechanisms behind memory are much more dynamic.
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The good and the bad of the EIA’s International Energy Outlook report The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released their International Energy Outlook 2016 assessment recently. In it, they take a look at how global energy consumption will change by 2040, and where we’ll get the majority of our energy, along with which sources will grow the fastest. So do you want the good news or the bad news first? Read the rest of The good and the
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Strange Exoskeleton-ed Washington House Asks $1.7M If you like balconies, this is the house for you Fans of balconies will surely go nuts over this waterfront home in Bremerton, Washington, which has so many balconies that there is practically whole separate house of balconies wrapped around the first house. Unfortunately, it seems that serious balcony enthusiasts are far and few between—the house has been on the market for just over a year, curr
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Digital manufacturing could eliminate warehouses, create on-demand production ORLANDO, Fla. — As manufacturing industries go digital, products that were once generated via a set of build plans are now created in digital files that can be exported anywhere in the world.When 3D printing is added to that equation, products are no longer produced in anticipation of orders, but on demand, as needed.There are, however, existing cultural industry biases — engineers and designe
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How to push a racially biased system, and fail | Carol Markham-Cousins | TEDxGustavusAdolphusCollege Challenge a racially biased system. Carol Markham-Cousins has experienced both the teaching and administrative aspects of education. After being removed as the principal of a Minnesota High School for standing up for equity in education, Markham-Cousins talks about how to continue to find ways to engage all students in education. Carol Markham-Cousins has spent the past 35 years nurturing an educa
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The Chaos Theory, Unraveling the Mystery of Life | Samuel Won | TEDxDaculaHighSchool Discussing how chaos paradoxically leads to formal structure and order, Samuel Won describes how the the Chaos Theory can shine light on many of the world’s most unexplainable happenings. Also, Samuel Won delves into the Butterfly Effect in order to distinguish the real-world effects of the Chaos Theory. Samuel Won is a student currently enrolled in Dacula High School. Competitive and fun, Samuel
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A Different Way to Change the World: Investing In Others | Derek Spain | TEDxDaculaHighSchool Derek Spain shares his experiences with the United States Bobsled Team at the 2010 Winter Olympics to explain the underlying effects of true human investment. Rather than devoting oneself to make a global change single-handedly, Derek introduces the multiplying impact of investing in a few individuals to ultimately spread compassion across the world. Derek Spain graduated as valedictorian of Dacul
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GauntLev is literally a gauntlet that levitates particles Researchers in the UK have created gloves that rely on acoustic levitation to make particles float in mid-air. They’re calling the device the GauntLev, or Gauntlet of Levitation; not only does it make particles float but it also allows wearers to capture the particles, move them around, and combine them. This technique relies on sound waves reflecting off one another to create a standing wave, wh
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Is Sanders Hurting Clinton By Staying In The Race? In this week’s politics chat, we consider Bernie Sanders, his present and future. The transcript below has been lightly edited.micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): It’s been awhile since we really dived into the Democratic nominating contest, so let’s explore Bernie’s world. We’ll cover a couple of topics: Is Sanders hurting Hillary Clinton’s chances in the general election? What does Sanders’s s
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Holidays in the sun hold key to boosting vitamin D, study finds Holidays abroad may hold the key to tackling Scotland’s vitamin D deficiency, research suggests. Vitamin D is known to be associated with good bone health. It has also been linked to wide-ranging health benefits including lower blood pressure, reduced heart disease risk and better chances of surviving cancer.
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Old quarry near runway now saves airport $430,000 a year An abandoned rock quarry near a runway at Nashville International Airport was thought of as a liability, so risky that authorities considered filling it in a decade ago. Now, the water-filled pit is enabling the airport to save $430,000 a year.
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Researchers create mirror image of DNA-copying protein Scientists at Tsinghua University in Beijing have created a mirror-image version of a protein responsible for two life-critical functions:, copying DNA and transcribing it into RNA. This is a crucial step in someday making reverse-versions of molecules that could be more resistant to viral attacks. While some molecules are “chiral” and naturally exist in normal and reverse forms, life mo
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Labeley Makes Good-Looking Custom Labels for Anything, No Photoshop Knowledge Required The last time we mentioned Labeley, it was best at making custom labels for homebrewed beer, without forcing you into a complicated image editor. It’s still great for that, but the webapp can do much more now, make more labels for more occasions, and can even professionally print them for you if you want.http://lifehacker.com/5858753/make-y…Make no mistake, Labeley is still great at (and its tut
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McLaren P1 successor could be an all-electric hypercar – RoadshowThankfully, there aren’t any plans to introduce an SUV. That’s a bridge too far.
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How IoT is changing the fashion retail experience It’s plain to see that emerging technology has changed the retail experience beyond recognition. We can shop on the internet anywhere, and at any time, without a physical cash transaction and have it delivered to us in what can feel like the blink of an eye. In times where retail fashion can be bought in seconds and free returns mean that your apartment can be an at-home changing room, I was inte
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Facebook patents system that turns your face into emoji Emoji are the spices with which you flavor your chats and texts. They add a bit of unspoken context to otherwise plain sentences. Are you saying something in a humorous way? Stick your tongue out at someone and they might get the hint. Wink, smile, scream…there’s an emoji for every occasion. Facebook, though, might be looking to take things a … Continue reading
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3D Vision in insects | Jenny Read | TEDxOldham Jenny Read runs a multidisciplinary research lab examining many aspects of visual perception, especially 3D or stereoscopic vision. She began her research career in physics, doing a doctorate in theoretical astrophysics at Oxford University before moving into visual neuroscience. After spending four years in the USA working at the National Institutes of Health, in 2005 she returned to the UK with
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Making Cities for One Planet | Dr. John Hoal | TEDxGatewayArch In 2008 we became an urban world. By 2050 three-quarters of the world’s 9.5 billion people will be living in cities. Because cities are the largest consumers of resources, producers of economic activity, and agents of social change — cities are the means through which we collectively address the potential of this changing urban world. John Hoal Ph.D is the founder of the award-winning H3 Studio, a
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Where’s My Stuff: The Quarterlife Crisis | Kenya Jackson-Saulters | TEDxGreenville Graduating from college and starting your career should be a great milestone, yet for many it is the beginning of what appears to be a downward spiral. Kenya sheds light on how to navigate the quarterlife crisis. A writer, motivational speaker, and performance poet, Kenya is the voice of the modern self-help movement. Her work has been called “smart, candid and intuitive,” evoking introspective co
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Sparing the Scalpel: A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Future of Orthopedics | Brian Cole | TEDxRushU In this TEDx talk, sports medicine expert and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brian Cole “takes off the scrubs” to convey how contemporary thinking and treatments can “spare the scalpel” for injured and sidelined patients. In a provocative, lighthearted talk, Cole who is the head team physician for the Chicago Bulls, shares his philosophy, saying, “a surgeon’s practice is 90% think
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Growing Up: Transforming Farming | Robert Colangelo | TEDxRushU With the advent of indoor vertical farming technology high yield farms can now be located wherever large volumes of meals are prepared each day (Hospitals, College/Corporate Campuses and Military Basses) and a grocery store distribution centers. These Farms grow 24/7 and can be harvested 365 days a year. Learn how Green Sense Farms the largest indoor vertical farm is building a global network of F
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Theoretical Breakthrough Made In Random Number Generation msm1267 quotes a report from Threatpost: Two University of Texas academics have made what some experts believe is a breakthrough in random number generation that could have longstanding implications for cryptography and computer security. David Zuckerman, a computer science professor, and Eshan Chattopadhyay, a graduate student, published a paper in March that will be presented in June at the Symp
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Bacteria beware: Pure silver helps make Silvon pillowcase resistant It’s where your head spends (hopefully) eight hours of the day, so ideally, your pillowcase is free of nasty bacteria that might (unbeknownst to you) disturb your sleep. And now, with the Silvon pillowcase, that ideal might become a reality. Powered by pure natural silver, this new pillowcase purports to permanently prevent the growth of unwanted bacteria. With silver-coated fibers and a 300 threa
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Knight Foundation invests $60 million to protect digital free speech It’s getting tough to be a journalist these days with the First Amendment seemingly encroached from all sides. That’s why the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is granting Columbia University $60 million to create the Knight First Amendment Institute (FAI). The FAI will be tasked with preserving and expanding 1st Amendment protections. It will act as “a primary, durable and influential a
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Dislodge a Fish Bone Caught In Your Throat With a Milkshake The best way to avoid swallowing fish bones is to pick them out before cooking, but sometimes you’ll miss one. If it gets stuck in your throat, this sweet trick will help it move along.Few things are more uncomfortable than having something lodged in your throat, especially a tiny fish bone. It probably won’t cause any serious problems, but you’ll be miserable until it gets unstuck. To do that, yo
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Chile’s Record Toxic Tides May Have Roots in Dirty Fish Farming A red tide crisis has stirred fishermen to unrest and may be at least partially linked to controversial aquaculture practices.
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Bison Calf’s Death Shows Dangers of People in Yellowstone Outrage over a lethal mistake by well-intentioned visitors is just the latest problem in a park that some say is being loved to death.
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Dealing with a problematic Chromebook: Part 1 I am a big fan of Chromebooks. While recognizing their limitations (no Word or Skype), they are cheap, fast, secure, reliable and simple to use.Chromebooks are so reliable, they go a long way towards putting consultants, like myself, out of business. That’s progress. Never needing help from a techie is also great Defensive Computing.But even Chromebooks have problems, as I recently found out.Tow
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Planned Nuke Dump Near Great Lakes Gets Pushback The deep storage in stable rock is safe, say regulators, but critics don’t like the proximity to a major freshwater source.
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Electric fat folder hauls cargo on and off road Last year, Italy’s Bad Bikes presented an interesting combination of slim, super-portable bike frame, bulging, fat tires and electric power – an electric folding fat bike designed to ride over smooth and rough terrain, hop on the train or bus, and follow its rider into the office. Seattle’s Rad Power Bikes goes one better, combining the electric folder, fat bike and cargo bike into a small, fol
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Dynamic Duo Slim Charger gets the job done without any frills Where the modern day road warrior is concerned, it is no longer looking for a power outlet to power one of those large and clunky notebooks. No sir, it is more of the task of actually figuring out just which charger for which mobile device that you need to pack on your travels, and of course, to have some sort of power bank or portable battery would also go a long way in easing your woes as you do
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BitTorrent Live streaming app coming to Apple TV with a free tier at launch, premium channels later BitTorrent may be mostly known for file sharing, but for years the company has been leveraging its peer-to-peer technology for a number of different projects — from serverless messaging to a cloudless Dropbox rival and a broadcasting platform. Today’s announcement concerns the latter. Specifically, a dedicated BitTorrent Live app that’s…
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Sanders Condemns Nevada Violence—and the State’s Democratic PartyThis doesn’t bode well for the July convention. The post Sanders Condemns Nevada Violence—and the State’s Democratic Party appeared first on WIRED.
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Copenhagen divests from fossil fuels The City of Copenhagen will pull its investments out of coal, oil and gas companies. The city council have agreed to divest the fossil fuel holdings of the city’s €920 million investment fund […] “Copenhagen decided to ban investments in companies that gain more than 5 percent of their revenue from coal, oil and gas. The criteria apply to companies that engage in prospecting, extracting or
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5 Creative Ways to Turn Clutter Into Vertical Decor Think tall and wall If you don’t have a lot of closet or storage space, chances are that you simply don’t have enough living space. (Or maybe you do.) You may feel pressure to tidy up, but for those who thrive on the joy-sparking properties of tchotchkes and other objects, tossing everything out is not an option. One way to increase storage area in a small space is to think vertically—hang things
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Marco Rubio vs. Rand Paul on Foreign Policy – and Fantasy vs. Reality Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) recently called a Foreign Relations Committee to discuss “America’s Role in the World.” It’s pretty riveting stuff, especially coming after at least 15 years of utter incompetence on the part of the United States when it comes to diplomacy and war-making. Whatever else you can say about how George W. Bush and Barack Obama have mismanaged domestic concerns, you’
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Humorous obituary claims woman chose to die instead of voting for Trump or Clinton Obituaries are one of the most under-appreciated art forms. In an obituary in The Richmond-Times Dispatch, one writer decided to put his skills to the test. Most obit writers try to remain somewhat objective or morally neutral. This writer, however, wasn’t afraid to editorialize — and with abandon. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling shares powerful message about Donald Trump … and those who oppose him &quo
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Nest just became friends with a bunch of smart home devices In the countdown craze to Google IO 2016, Alphabet-owned Nest went and made nice with a slew of smart home devices thanks to expanded Works with Nest integrations.New API capabilities let third-party devices sync up with Nest’s products, which should result in a more complete smart home solution for consumers. Freshly minted Works with Nest partnerships include August, LIFX, simplehuman, AT&T,
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$1 billion Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission directly measuring interface of Earth’s magnetic field with interplanetary field For the first time, scientists are looking at real data — not computer models, but direct observation — about what is happening in the fascinating region where the Earth’s magnetic field breaks and then joins with the interplanetary magnetic field.They don’t know exactly what this new window of science will open to us — that’s the thrill of discovery and, for some, the scary part, too.But enorm
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Frenetic Video Reveals the Different Layers of Chaos of Living in a City Like Hong Kong Big cities around the world all have an unmistakable energy—which happens when you stack people on top of more people—that makes them unique and yet similar all at once. There’s a constant buzz around the city and there are different layers to the life there. Here’s what it’s like in Hong Kong.Brandon Li’s Hong Kong Strong does a great job in peeling back the layers of Hong Kong life by showcasing
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No helicopter needed: How drones are opening the sky for filmmakersLong gone are the days of indie filmmakers blowing half their budget on a helicopter for that all-important aerial shot. Quadcopters are where it’s at, their flying and camera capabilities now good enough for capturing incredible footage that can wow audiences – subject to the director’s artistic vision and flying skills, naturally. Tim Cash, a filmmaker from Bend, Oregon, has been using the techn
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The Rise of the Synths Castell & Moreno Films upcoming crowdfunded documentary looks at the growing popularity of 1980s style Synthwave music, and the musicians, technology and sounds that provide their inspiration. Sizzle/concept reel here. Link Link 2 Price: $17+ More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Racing Extinction (Trailer)Daft Punk Unchained (Teaser)All Things Must Pass (Trailer)Ferrell Takes the Field (T
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How dying stars could turn frozen worlds into habitable planets When most stars reach old age and begin to run out fuel, they swell up to hundreds of times their normal size, engulfing planets that orbit too close. But can planets that escape this fiery demise still support life? In this state, can planets around the dying star host life? New research says yes. In about 7.5 billion years, the sun will have begun its march to the grave and will start expanding
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The Kingsman Sequel Just Added a Very Unexpected Superstar The second Kingsman film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, is currently filming and in addition to bringing back much of the original cast (alive and dead ), filmmakers have just let slip that one of England’s favorite sons is also joining the fun: Sir Elton John.Read more…
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Filson’s watches embark on a global trek with the new Scout Dual Time The company adds a rugged twist to the travel watch.Photo: FilsonStyled after classic pilot watches, the Scout gets a big upgrade for the travel set with their new Dual Time model. The bold, but straightforward styling of the original remains and adds two new subdials: a seconds window and a secondary timezone for travel. The watch comes in a variety of combos that include Horween leather or NATO
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Are your eyeballs ready? Philips’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray hits stores next monthEarlier this year at CES, Philips was one of three companies to unveil a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. The minimalist BDP7501 might have come out of the gates looking more like a set-top box than a traditional Blu-ray player, but touted all the features you’d expect from such a high tech player. At the time, Philips said the player would launch in the spring of this year, and it turns out the compan
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The cream of the 3D printed crop: Here’s the 10 best 3D printers money can buy Printing on paper is so 10 years ago. From smartphones to drones, technology evolves quickly, and we try to keep up. The prospect of owning a 3D printer may seem out of this world now, but the future isn’t as far away as it might seem. In 2005, British engineer Dr. Adrian Bowyer founded the RepRap project, an undertaking designed to build a machine capable of replicating itself, piece by piece. Ut
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Wanted: Gravitational Constant’s True Value Scientists from numerous disciplines will brainstorm new strategies for measuring “Big G” in July.   — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Modernism in Disguise: Taking a Second Look at Underrated Buildings Around the U.S. Eye-catching examples of progressive American architecture that remain underappreciated and misunderstood Today, Curbed, in partnership with Docomomo, begins a series called New Modernism. While the precepts and principles of the Modernist movement have timeless appeal, the term, and the time period associated with it, often come with bookends. The work of the ‘50s and ‘60s, especially Midcentury
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News: World Architecture Festival 2016 – last chance to enter your work! [Sponsored] The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced that this year’s event will take place at the Arena Berlin in Germany from 16-18 November.Returning for its ninth edition, and following four successful years in Singapore, the Festival returns to its European roots and will be housed in Franz Ahrens’ historic former bus depot, now known as Arena Berlin.WAF and its co-located sister event INSIDE
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From the Focus to the Fit, the 10 best hatchbacks you can buy The hatchback segment in the United States has historically been small.  You’re much more likely to see one while traveling in Europe, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t great options to choose from on our side of the pond. Related: Volkswagen might build an 80-mpg hybrid hatchback to take on the Prius For many buyers, a hatchback is appealing because it’s often more practical than a traditio
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Starting again: what Greensburg Kansas can teach Fort McMurray Natural disasters wreak havoc with people’s lives, but leave a testament to the resiliency of human spirit
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Taxidermy robots made from roadkill help nab poachers Remote-controlled bucks and bears are assisting government agencies crack down on illegal hunting.
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Dynamic DNA polymers can be reversed using biocompatible techniquesDNA-based straight and branched polymers or nanomaterials that can be created and dissolved using biocompatible methods are now possible thanks to the work of biomedical engineers.
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Making the Perfect Ice Cube Requires So Much More Than Just Freezing Water Ice is very important to me. Outside of beer and orange juice, I believe that every drink can be improved with ice. But even I know my love for ice has its limits. It’s just frozen water, after all. But to Ross Simon from Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour in Phoenix, Arizona, ice is so much more than that.He wants the ice in his drinks to be crystal clear, without frostiness, fogginess, or any
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[COUPON] PVS-14 2 x 30 BAK4 Prism Infrared Night Vision Telescope URL:      http://gbe.st/DjcFIdPRICE:  $151.99COUPON:  INVTYYEnd in 31th JulyCheck   REVIEW  [Main Features]Multilayer coating, with high definitionEquipped with optical lens, less dispersionInfrared source, you can observe clearly at night6.4 degrees angle of view, providing you with a large field of viewWater resistant and anti-slip design, durable to useMaximum distance (at night): 200mPowered b
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House NO:2 / SarSayeh Architectural Office © Farshid Nasrabadi Architects: SarSayeh Architectural Office Location: Isfahan-Iran Architect In Charge: Behnam Sefidi Design Associate: Hengameh Akbari Area: 1130.0 sqm Project Year: 2015 Photographs: Farshid Nasrabadi Contractor: Farhad Bahramipour Client: Mr.Mirhosseini © Farshid Nasrabadi From the architect. The House NO: 2 is located in city of I
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6 Habits Of Managers Who Have Loyal Employees Your employee-of-the-month club is depressingly lame. If you want your best and brightest to stick around, you’ve got to do better.People stay in jobs and leave for new ones for all kinds of reasons: pay, growth opportunities, work culture, you name it. But one thing that tends to get regularly undervalued when it comes to retention is simple yet meaningful: recognition.Read Full Story
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News: Bustler’s editor picks for architecture & design events: London, May 17-24 For our friends across the pond, Bustler now has Weekly Editor Picks for London! In addition to our ongoing New York City and Los Angeles lists, we 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 London that are not to be missed. Check back regularly at the start of the wee
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Google teams up with MIT to make programming easier for kids MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google’s annual developer conference doesn’t officially kick off until Wednesday but about 120 of the company’s youngest developers are already getting to preview one of its newest announcements.  Google is teaming up with MIT’s Media Lab to create Scratch Blocks, an updated version of the kid-centric programming language. Available now as a developer preview, student part
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Donald Trump says rude retweets are ‘a modern-day form of fighting back’ – CNET Technically Incorrect: In his long-awaited interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Trump regrets (almost) his retweeting alacrity.
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Potential cancer killer hatched from sea snail eggs Potential cancer treatments often come from unexpected sources, like plants, artificial sweeteners and industrial solvents. Now, tests have shown that a type of molecule originally derived from sea snail eggs has performed surprisingly well in destroying cancer cells, particularly those that have become resistant to other treatments… Continue Reading Potential cancer killer hatched from sea s
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Habitat quality drives birds’ reproductive success Five songbird species in California’s oak woodlands each seek out a different habitat to maximize their reproductive success, according to new research in The Auk: Ornithological Advances.
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Rising Seas Lift an Industry For the Dutch masters of water management, climate change is a boon.
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Nasty Politics This presidential election is like no other. Most election years around this time, I do a TV show on nasty political commercials. Pundits explain which ads worked, which didn’t, and who won because he raised more money and spent more on negative ads. Among Republicans this year, says Ad Age, Jeb Bush’s supporters spent the most, $80 million, followed by Marco Rubio at $70 million. It didn’t seem
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Deals of Note: May 18, 2016 How to save on a DeWalt cordless power tool set, Tumi Vapor Lite Carry On, Global 2-Piece Knife Set and clothes from J.Crew. …Read More »
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Today in Gear: May 18, 2016 A longboard that can go down stairs, 16-year-old high-proof spirits, copper bike saddles that’ll draw stares and more. …Read More »
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12 Great Denim Jackets A staple that will look better, year after year. …Read More »
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Eco Marathon competitors take fuel-saving to the extreme Since 1985, the Shell Eco Marathon has pitched teams of students against each other in an attempt to see who can travel the furthest using the energy from one liter of fuel. It’s a simple premise which belies a complex mix of design and engineering challenges. From left-field materials to low-slung, bullet designs, we’ve taken a look at some of the more interesting competitors from Eco Marathon
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Federal judge rejects Mozilla’s bid forcing FBI to reveal Firefox flaw(Reuters) – A federal judge has rejected Mozilla’s request to force the U.S. government to disclose a vulnerability related to its Firefox web browser that the company says was exploited by the FBI to investigate users of a large child pornography website. U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan in Tacoma, Washington, on Monday rejected Mozilla’s bid to intervene in a case against a school administrator
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Device that makes surfaces smart reaches funding in an hour The Knocki team’s Kickstarter campaign was a huge success: they managed to raise $35,000 in just over an hour. They’ve even reached $136,000 as of this writing. What enticed people to put their faith in Knocki’s creator (Texas-based Swan Solutions) is the promise of a device that can turn any surface into a controller for various gadgets and smart devices in your home. So long as you attach a Knoc
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Futuristic device is helping scientists break solar-efficiency record Looking a little like the world-saving stones from sci-fi classic The Fifth Element, a new device is expected to have a big impact on renewable energy. Built by Mark Keevers and Martin Green from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the unique prism could help make solar panels cheaper and more efficient. In fact, it’s already broken a world record for the amount of solar energy it can creat
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Driver’s victory effectively legalises Uber in Victoria A Melbourne Uber driver has won his court appeal, effectively giving the ride-booking service the green light to operate freely in Victoria.
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At sea, scientists drill into crater for dino clues Sharks swim around a platform off Mexico’s east coast as scientists drill deep into the ocean floor, extracting the remains of the asteroid widely blamed for the demise of the dinosaurs.
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Superjet technology nears reality after Australia test A two-hour flight from Sydney to London is a step closer to reality after the latest successful test Wednesday of hypersonic technology in the Australian desert.
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Smart-home speaker, VR system, chat service from Google Google is showing off a new smart-home speaker, a virtual-reality system called Daydream and a chat service called Allo.
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California weighs next step for saving water in drought Strict rules adopted at the height of California’s drought leading many people to let their lawns turn brown may soon end as state regulators Wednesday consider letting local communities decide how to keep their own water use in check.
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The New Swiss Embassy in Abidjan Until the summer of 2015, the Swiss Confederation was represented in Côte d’Ivoire by an embassy located in Abidjan’s Plateau district, in an upper story of an office building. And then in 2013, the Office Fédéral des Constructions et de la Logistique decided to acquire the former residence of the Norwegian ambassador in the city’s attractive Cocody district, planning to renovate and extend the e
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Uber and a Bay Area landlord will pay new tenants $100 a month to go car-free Uber is teaming up with the owners of a massive real estate development in San Francisco to offer new tenants a monthly $100 transportation stipend if they agree to go car-free. The money can be used for public transit, taxis, and car-sharing, as long as at least $30 is put toward Uber. The money is being provided by the owners of Parkmerced, a collection of 8,900 apartments in the Outer Sunset n
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Cubimorph prototype changes the shape of touchscreen devices A shape-shifting touchscreen prototype called the Cubimorph is being presented at a robotics forum this week in Stockholm, Sweden, potentially making another step towards consumer devices that physically change shape depending on the task at hand. The Cubimorph is made up of a chain of cubes with touchscreen faces, that lock together in various configurations… Continue Reading Cubimorph proto
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Daffodils help inspire design of stable structures Washington DC (SPX) May 12, 2016 In 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed in dramatic fashion, twisting in the wind before it snapped and plunged into the water below. As wind blew across the span, the flow induced oscillating sideways forces that helped bring down the bridge – just months after opening. This type of side-force oscillation can also damage antennae, towers and other structures
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Astrosat welcomes the Copernicus Masters Challenge Glasgow, UK (SPX) May 18, 2016 The Edinburgh-based, internationally renowned, space services and management company Astrosat is this year setting the challenge for the prestigious European Copernicus Masters competition. The annual Copernicus Masters Challenge has been running since 2011, and has received nearly 700 entries from more than 60 countries. Astrosat has won a prize every year since 20
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AAC Microtec to develop miniaturized motion controller for space rovers and robots Uppsala, Sweden (SPX) May 18, 2016 The European Space Agency ESA has awarded Uppsala-based AAC Microtec the contract to develop an advanced miniaturized motion controller for future robotic exploration missions to Mars. The contract for the Miniaturized Motion Controller for Robotic Exploration (MCC-X) is worth EUR 1,950,000. The project will be started immediately and run to the end of 2019. The
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What sparks one of the most explosive processes in the universeMorgantown WV (SPX) May 18, 2016 Scientists are making new discoveries about a process that causes some of the most explosive events in the universe. At the same time, they are answering questions about Earth’s magnetosphere – the protective bubble around Earth that shields the planet from the Sun’s constant barrage of superheated, electrically charged particles. In a paper published (May 12) in
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We’ll Leave the Lights on for You Santa Barbara CA (SPX) May 18, 2016 Looking up at the night sky – expansive and seemingly endless, stars and constellations blinking and glimmering like jewels just out of reach – it’s impossible not to wonder: Are we alone? For many of us, the notion of intelligent life on other planets is as captivating as ideas come. Maybe in some other star system, maybe a billion light-years away, there’s a
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Hunting for Hidden Life on Worlds Orbiting Old, Red Stars Ithaca NY (SPX) May 18, 2016 All throughout the universe, there are stars in varying phases and ages. Planetary diversity suggests that around other stars, initially frozen worlds could be the size of Earth and provide habitable conditions once the star becomes older. The oldest detected Kepler planets (exoplanets found using NASA’s Kepler telescope) are about 11 billion years old. Our Sun is cur
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Explorers plan June mission to Andrea Doria shipwreck Nearly six decades after 46 people died when the Andrea Doria sank to the sea floor following a violent collision with another ocean liner south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, explorers are preparing to do what 16 people have lost their lives attempting: get a good look at the wreckage.
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5 popular Indian cars, including a Renault hatchback, fail global crash testFive popular Indian cars have failed the crash tests conducted by the UK-based organisation Global New Car Assessment Progam (NCAP). All the tested cars, including Renault’s Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyudai Eon, were given a zero star out of five for safety when they were crashed at 64 km per hour.  SEE ALSO: Volkswagen Vento diesel car sale in India st
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Philippines detains 25 Chinese, 18 Vietnamese fishermen Manila (AFP) May 17, 2016 Philippine anti-poaching patrols have detained two Chinese and three Vietnamese fishing vessels along with more than three dozen crew members in the extreme north of the country, officials said Tuesday. The arrests near tiny islands off the main island of Luzon came as a maritime dispute between Manila and Beijing simmers in the South China Sea. Two Chinese fishing vesse
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Natural regeneration of tropical forests reaps benefits Storrs CT (SPX) May 18, 2016 The importance of forest conservation and forest regrowth in climate mitigation and carbon sequestration – capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere – has long been recognized by climate scientists. But, detailed information needed to make accurate estimates of this potential has been missing. Now, an international team of 60 scientists – working together as
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NASA directly observes fundamental process of nature for 1st timeGreenbelt 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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Proton-conducting material found in electrosensory organs of sharksSanta Cruz CA (SPX) May 18, 2016 Sharks, skates, and rays can detect very weak electric fields produced by prey and other animals using an array of unusual organs known as the ampullae of Lorenzini. Exactly how these electrosensory organs work has remained a mystery, but a new study has revealed an important clue that may have implications for other fields of research. First described by Stefano
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Genetic history of the ‘ship of the desert’ revealed Nottingham UK (SPX) May 18, 2016 A unique and pioneering study of the ancient and modern DNA of the ‘ship of the desert’ – the single humped camel or dromedary – has shed new light on how its use by human societies has shaped its genetic diversity. For the first time, an international team of geneticists led by The University of Nottingham, the University of Veterinary Medicine (Vienna) and King
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Wildfires: More people, less fires Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) May 18, 2016 Every year, about 350 million hectares of land are devastated by fires worldwide, this corresponds to about the size of India. To estimate the resulting damage to human health and economy, precise prognosis of the future development of fires is of crucial importance. Previous studies often considered climate change to be the most important factor. Now, a gro
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Pacific stores the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide at depths of thousands of metres Bremerhaven, Germany (SPX) May 18, 2016 An international team of researchers headed by scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute has gained new insights into the carbon dioxide exchange between ocean and atmosphere, thus making a significant contribution to solving one of the great scientific mysteries of the ice ages. In the past 800,000 years of climate history, the transitions from intergla
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How to Recover Any Accidentally Deleted Spotify Playlist Have you spent hours painstakingly putting together a Spotify playlist only to delete it by mistake? There’s good news and there’s bad news. The playlist is completely recoverable, but it can’t be done through the app. To recover a deleted Spotify playlist, you’ll have to log in to your account on a browser. After you’ve logged in to your Spotify account on your browser, go to your Account Overvie
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Navya Arma: A glimpse into the boring, utilitarian self-driving future This autonomous French shuttle bus is already on sale, and deployed on a number of geofenced sites including a 220-hectare EDF power plant in Civaux. Fully electric and capable of operating like a set-route bus or an on-demand taxi, the Navya Arma carries 15 people at a top speed up to 45 km/h. It’s also undergoing road testing. Efficient, useful, slow and unexciting, it’s much like what we can
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After Mileage Scam Mitsubishi Motors President to Step Down Company CEO Osamu Masuko will step in as interim president.
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This Stretchable Battery Pack Wraps Around Anything and Charges ItselfThere’s one big obstacle holding back flexible electronics and conformable wearables, and that’s stiff and bulky li-ion batteries. Now, a team of scientists has developed a stretchable mesh of power cells that sticks to surfaces like a Band-Aid to skin—and it can even charge itself.The device has been built by a team of international scientists led by John Rogers from University of Illinois at Urb
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Apparently, you can catch a fish with an old iPhone If you’ve got an old, dead iPhone laying around, ever thought of just feeding it to the fishies? That’s what the people behind the YouTube channel How Ridiculous appear to have done, using the Apple device as a lure while fishing in Dunsborough, located in the south-west of Western Australia. The video shows a salmon being caught with the aid of the iPhone, although it is something we’re unab
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Mononoki is a free easy-to-read font for programmers If you’ve been looking for a way to make your favorite IDE or text editor easier to work with, you might want to start with the font you use for coding. Mononoki is a beautiful new monospace font by designer Matthias Tellen. It’s available for free in four weights (regular, italic, bold and bold italic) and was created with a view make it easier to review code. To that end, it’s highly legible tha
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DAO organization raises $100m, without CEOs, managers Every employee, at one point in time or another, probably dreamed of working in a company where no one is the boss. While there are indeed some small businesses, especially startups, that follow that culture, every organization has leaders, managers, board members, and what not. Not DAO. Short for “Decentralized Autonomous Organization”, the very name itself signifies that it has … Conti
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Unique Sources for Modern Ceramics With the growing popularity of colorful geo forms, clean-lined style and abstract motifs, artisans are putting a modern spin on tried and true processes. Take ceramics–this is not your grandmother’s collection! Behold a new wave of breakables, filled with angles, candy colors, speckles and free-form designs. Below we feature five of our favorite sources for modern ceramics. Enjoy this collection o
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High-quality CVD Graphene Films for Innovative Applications Through state-of-the-art chemical vapour deposition (CVD) methods, Goodfellow is able to offer a new line of exceptionally high quality graphene film for use as transparent conductors and in other…
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Latest iTunes update includes ‘safeguards’ against music deletion Apple’s much-criticized iTunes app came under fire again last week, after musician James Pinkstone claimed the software deleted 122GB of his own music. While Apple sent two engineers to Pinkstone to try and diagnose the problem, the company has also released an iTunes update that includes “additional safeguards” against music deletion. It’s not clear exactly what those safeguards are, b
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Bike Mine presents an explosive solution to bike theft There are a ton of bike locks and anti-theft solutions on the market, but it seems that no matter how a bike owner attempts to thwart thieves, his or her bike is always at risk of disappearing at the hands of a determined criminal. So maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that one man’s solution is to strap a detonator to the frame and blow the thief off the bike – a design we think even Wile E. Coy
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Apple woos developers with new app design accelerator in India Apple has announced that it’s creating its first app development accelerator in Asia, as the Cupertino company seeks to woo India’s engineering community with a dedicated space in which to learn design best-practices for Apple’s mobile operating system. Expected to open in Bengaluru in early 2017, the iOS App Design and Development Accelerator will “support engineering talent and accelerate growth
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Boaty McBoatfleet: British ship joins wave of rugged polar vessels Ice-going vessels like Britain’s RRS Sir David Attenborough — named Boaty McBoatface by the Internet — are being built across the world.Nature 533 302 doi: 10.1038/533302a
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Inside the hidden world of prosthetic limb design LONDON — In a nondescript building on an average road in an anonymous part of north London lie dozens of arms, legs and feet. The dismembered limbs sit among nuts, bolts, feathers and cogs.A wall of saws, hammers and drills stands opposite a freezer full of flesh-coloured material and the rubbery top half of a naked old woman hides behind a shelf.It’s an odd place, but from it come beautiful thin
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Snips “Intelligent Memory” AI promises to be private and smart Today, artificial intelligence is seen as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it represents a bright future of possibilities the likes of Star Trek have painted on television for years. On the other hand, it also summons fears of robotic overlords hell bent on eradicating inefficient humans. But at its very core, AI is supposed to help relieve humans … Continue reading
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How to Hide Your Email Address on the Windows Login Screen Say what you will about Windows 10, but in many cases, Microsoft has listened to its users and is implementing changes based on complaints. Once such case is with displaying user’s email addresses on the sign-in screen. If you use your PC at home, you probably didn’t even notice that it was there, but if you use your computer in public places, you might not want your email address displayed for th
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A better approach to app monetization GUEST: A recent report found that a mere 0.19 percent of all mobile game players contribute a whopping 48 percent of revenue to the games’ publishers. With this staggering statistic in mind, how can publishers not only nurture known high-spend users but also increase the value of the remaining 99-plus percent of players? Obviously a one-size-fits-all monetization approach isn’t going to cut it. Wh
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High Resolution Separation and Fractionation of Nanoparticles The CF2000 Centrifugal Field Flow Fractionation (CF3) system from Postnova Analytics sets a new standard for high resolution separation and fractionation of nanoparticles. Based on the CF3…
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Alexa-powered Amazon “Knight” tablet said to be in the works On the heels of news about Google’s attempt to one up Amazon’s Echo with a “Home” of its own, there is now word that Amazon is also preparing for war. Amazon might soon turn the tables on Google, who mostly reigns in the mobile market, by putting out a new kind of tablet. Codenamed “Knight”, this tablet will differentiate itself … Continue reading
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Team develops bio-mimicry method for preparing and labeling stem cellsResearchers led by Carnegie Mellon University Professor of Biological Sciences Chien Ho have developed a new method for preparing mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that not only leads to the production of more native stem cells, but also labels them with a FDA approved iron-oxide nanoparticle (Ferumoxytol). The technology could allow researchers to track the cells in vivo using magnetic resonance imag
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House MR This project it’s for a house located in Enxomil, on the outskirts of Porto. The plot has about 1500.00m2, oriented South West, surrounded by densely wooded gardens, in a transitional environment between rurality and urbanity. The elevation of the land and the neighboring land runs a great risk of flooding.
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Smartphone WiFi Thermal Printer! Anything, Anytime, Anywhere!【New arrival】 MEMOBIRD Photo Thermal Printerprice: $51.99coupon: GBMEMurl: http://bit.ly/1rQrElgMicro USB Wireless WiFi Connectivity with Remote Printing FunctionDescription:The printer with micro USB interface, thermal print head and WiFi function supports wireless remote print by mobile phone APP, and can help you better record and pass messages! It does not support two-sided print.Main Features:● WiFi connec
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Artist’s interpretation of protoplanetary disk The image shows a young star surrounded by what looks like clouds, this is a protoplanetary disk. The disk aids planetary formation. The post Artist’s interpretation of protoplanetary disk appeared first on Popular Mechanics.
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You can now put a sunroof in your private jet If you don’t manage to get a window seat when flying, you often forget the brilliance of air travel. After all, you may be cramped, tired, irritable, and cramped, but you’re still hurtling through the air at 600 mph in a metal tube tens of thousands of feet above the surface of the Earth. You’re still flying. But if anything can remind you of this fact, it’s putting a goddamn sunroof in your plan
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Nanoscale IR spectroscopy for Molecular Understanding of Polymer Systems – Webinar by Dr. Meyers, Dow Chemical Anasys Instruments, the world leader in nanoscale FTIR spectroscopy, is hosting a webinar on May 25th with The Dow Chemical Company titled “Achieving Molecular Understanding of Polymer Systems…
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Researchers Use FIB Technique to Make Precise Measurement of Single Carbon Nanocoils Carbon nanocoils, also known as CNCs, are a rich class of low-dimensional nanocarbons, with a helical form making them appropriate for various applications like microwave absorbers and several…
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Freemans makes it easier than ever to order a made-to-order American SuitJust a few clicks and you’ll be the sharpest dressed man in the room.Photo: Freemans Sporting ClubFreemans Sporting Club is introducing a new online service that’ll let you spec a beautifully crafted American suit with just a few mouse clicks. Their new online made-to-order program gives you a variety of fabric options and a laundry list of customization options. You’ll be able to pick your fabric
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High-efficiency power amplifier could bring 5G cell phones A new highly efficient power amplifier for electronics could help make possible next-generation cell phones, low-cost collision-avoidance radar for cars and lightweight microsatellites for communications.
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Photonics advances allow Earth to be seen across the universe Looking up at the night sky—expansive and seemingly endless, stars and constellations blinking and glimmering like jewels just out of reach—it’s impossible not to wonder: Are we alone?
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Chance finding could transform plant production An almost entirely accidental discovery by University of Guelph researchers could transform food and biofuel production and increase carbon capture on farmland.
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Evolution of mitochondria 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 from the University of Freiburg 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. Dr. Jan Höpker, Dr
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Google’s Android Pay now available in the UK Google promised Android Pay would arrive in the UK, and it’s happening today. Mastercard and Visa are both supported, with the Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA, and Nationwide Building Society all available at launch. Santander and Barclays are both missing from the launch, with the latter attempting to offer its own app as an Android Pay alternative.
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Beautiful cave-like museum with a folded roof honors Japan’s prehistoric hunter-gatherers Read the rest of Beautiful cave-like museum with a folded roof honors Japan’s prehistoric hunter-gatherers
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Samsung’s first mirror displays are now being used in a hair salonSamsung has been experimenting with mirror and transparent displays for years, but mostly in concept form. While we saw a pair of impressive 55-inch mirrored and transparent OLED displays last year, Samsung is revealing the first commercial installation of its mirror display today. A hair salon in Seoul, Korea is using four of Samsung’s 55-inch mirror displays to make haircuts a little more enter
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How to Stop Those Random Google Now Notifications Google Now is packed with incredible features, and it’s getting better all the time. One of the main draws of the service is that it brings relevant information to you without any input, so you get information before you even ask for it. While this is certainly welcome most of the time, at times Google Now’s notifications can feel invasive or just pop up when you don’t want them. Here’s how to tur
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Drone footage shows false killer whales hunting a shark Video footage captured by a drone hobbyist shows what are believed to be false killer whales chasing a shark. The footage was shared by 7 News Sydney. The post Drone footage shows false killer whales hunting a shark appeared first on Popular Mechanics.
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Solar cells of the future could be based on iron molecules Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have successfully explained how iron-based dyes work on a molecular level in solar cells. The new findings will accelerate the development of inexpensive and environmentally friendly solar cells. The goal is to be able to use iron-based dyes in solar cells in the future.
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The Psychology of Color: 8 Vigorous Applications of Orange Orange is perhaps the most underrated color. Too subtle to be associated with emergencies, too dull to make us happy, this lone remaining “warm” color’s primary renown is the eponymous fruit — elsewhere it often fails to be taken seriously. No less attention-grabbing than red or yellow, however, orange’s subconscious claims imbue it with a sense of life and vitality, and as such it can have a con
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A beautiful instance of stellar ornamentation In this image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), light from blazing blue stars energises the gas left over from the stars’ recent formation. The result is a strikingly colourful emission nebula, called LHA 120-N55, in which the stars are adorned with a mantle of glowing gas. Astronomers study these beautiful displays to learn about the conditions in places where new stars develop.
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New generation child seats unveiled by Volvo Volvo Cars first dabbled in the safety of the younger family members when it started using child seats in crash tests in the early 1960s The post New generation child seats unveiled by Volvo appeared first on Popular Mechanics.
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Backblaze Releases Billion-Hour Hard Drive Reliability Report jones_supa writes: The storage services provider Backblaze has released its reliability report for Q1/2016 covering cumulative failure rates of mechanical hard disk drives by specific model numbers and by manufacturer. The company noted that as of this quarter, its 60,000 drives have cumulatively spun for over one billion hours (100,000 years). Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) is the cle
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Uber’s in-app phone support will connect drivers to a real-life human beingOne of the biggest issues Uber drivers are vocal about is not being able to talk to a company representative about any given problem. It seems like Uber is listening, because the company announced it would be testing an in-app hotline for drivers in the Bay Area, according to SF Gate. Initially, a small percentage of Bay Area drivers will be included in the trial, with the trial eventually spreadi
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3 creative ways to monetize your Instagram following The money’s starting to flow into Instagram. Thanks to the visual social network’s growing active user base, major ROI on direct response advertising, an average annual follower growth rate among brands of 100 percent and new advertising formats and capabilities being rolled out regularly, companies are investing heavily in Instagram-based promotion. For influential Instagram users seeking to cash
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Gesture recognition could bring touch-free controls to cheap VR headsetsIsraeli tech company EyeSight has been developing gesture recognition controls for different platforms for years, and is now turning its attention to smartphone-powered VR headsets. In a YouTube video, the company showed off a concept for the Samsung Gear VR, with the user navigating a virtual interface using their hand as a pointer. They then “click” with their finger to select somethi
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15 Lessons Of Creativity For 2016 What we can learn from the 2016 Most Creative People.The Richard Rodgers Theatre, on West 46th Street in Manhattan, has 1,321 seats. But you can’t sit in any of them—not unless you wait a really long time, or pay an extortionate amount of money. That’s because the theater is home to Hamilton, the hottest Broadway musical in modern memory. Despite eight shows per week—which amounts to more than 10,
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Some Astrophysicists Think LIGO May Have Spotted a Dark Matter SignalEarlier this year, astrophysics history was made with the announcement of a conclusive detection of gravitational waves at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIFO), a large-scale experiment consisting of two distant detectors monitoring an underground laser beam spanning thousands of miles from Washington state to Louisiana. The source of these barely-there ripples along the
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Innovative rail system ‘has real potential’ Flinders University is keen to work towards a world-first autonomous rail transport system that has the potential to make its Bedford Park campus more accessible then ever before.
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How nanotechnology could detect and treat cancer A growing field called nanotechnology is allowing researchers to manipulate molecules and structures much smaller than a single cell to enhance our ability to see, monitor and destroy cancer cells in the body.
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How to Delete Your Twitter Account for Good There are valid reasons for deleting one’s own Twitter account. Maybe it’s killing your productivity and leading to an addiction to tech. Maybe you’re sharing too much info online. Or maybe you want to focus more on your real-life relationships. Sure, you can address all of these issues without obliterating your Twitter account, but drastic times call for drastic measures — and maybe you’re at a t
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Gaze deep into the Milky Way from aboard the ISS If you’re one of the astronauts aboard the International Space Station, a typical day means you get to look out over the night sky 16 times in a 24 hour period. Of course, your perception of “night time” is a little different from 250 miles above the Earth. Case in point: this recently released photo from the International Space Station, shot on a wide lens while orbiting over the tiny R
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Bitter primaries hurt high-profile candidates’ chances in the general election, Stanford research shows A divisive political primary that receives heavy media scrutiny reduces the party nominee’s chances in the general election, Stanford research shows.
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Prosthetic bionic arm has integrated charger, light, and drone About four years ago, a man called James had a freak accident while trying to board a train that resulted in him falling under the train, severing his left leg, and severely damaging his left arm among other grievous injuries. The left arm was eventually amputated. The man recovered and was given an incredible prosthetic arm that has all sort … Continue reading
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Fighting a hidden enemy: Why banks need to step up the war on cybercrimeCybercrime is a clear and present danger — and more needs to be done to protect against data and money theft, warns a bank chief.
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5 ways to search Gmail that everyone should know about In a perfectly productive world, your inbox would have a place for every email with every email in its place. But it’s easy to let messages stack up knowing Google’s powerful search can usually bail you out when you need to find a months-old missive. Still, there will be cases when you need the help of an advanced search operator. These terms can help you home in on what you’re looking for more
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Alva LED Lightbulb Packs In The Lumens Thomas Edison must be proud, wherever he is. Almost a century-and-a-half after he first invented the lightbulb, the folks over at Tech Lighting seem to have … Read More
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You’ve Never Seen Headphones Like The ORA-X Before. When you think about augmented reality we’re willing to bet that you’re thinking about Google Glass-style AR lenses. Well, what if we told you that AR … Read More
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Cor Will Let You Know How Healthy You Really Are Sorry to break it to you all, but fitness trackers are little more than toys. You may think that wearing your fitness tracker is making you healthy … Read More
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Country as a service: Estonia’s new model Nations have a responsibility to increase the well being and wealth of their residents. As in the private sector, one of the key factors influencing a state’s ability to pursue this goal is the number of customers (people and businesses) that it can generate or attract. Historically, states have tried to maximize their number of customers by promoting population growth, entrepreneurship and immi
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Adaptable Apartment Celebrates Whimsical Touches and Exciting Art FindsYou would be hard-pressed to find an apartment that is filled with more vivacious, imaginative and eclectic collection of art work, quirky accessories and custom décor packed in such a short space as this ingenious apartment in Singapore. Designed by Knq Associates, the engaging home was designed for a homeowner who is also a designer and it is filled with captivating details at every turn. The en
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Bezel-free iPhone a step closer as third Apple patent published for Touch ID sensor embedded in display Concept designers have been creating renderings of bezel-free iPhones – where the display extends all the way to the edges of the phone – for years now. One major barrier to realizing this vision has, of course, been the Home button with its embedded Touch ID sensor. Third-party companies have already developed transparent fingerprint sensors capable of being embedded into a smartphone display, a
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Virtual reality brings new life to desktop PCs With all the press about the death of PCs we’ve seen over the last several years, you would be excused for thinking that new desktop PC shipments had essentially stopped. But in an ironic case of what’s old is new again, desktop PCs are not only not dead, they’re seeing…
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Can Using Artificial Intelligence Make Hiring Less Biased? Companies promise that algorithms can not only consider more information about applicants, but also be more objective than human recruiters.The resume is on its way out.Read Full Story
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NASA small satellite duo deploys from space station into Earth orbit After a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station, NASA’s two Nodes satellites were deployed on May 16 from the NanoRacks platform and into low-Earth orbit to begin their much anticipated technology demonstration. These tiny satellites have dimensions of only four by four by six inches. The ground controllers for the Nodes mission received confirmation that both satellites are transmi
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The Start-to-Finish Guide to Getting Through Airport Security as Fast as Possible Airport security lines have been especially nightmarish lately, and there are a handful of factors to blame: more people flying, new screening procedures, and the TSA is seriously understaffed. It’ll be tough to avoid longer than usual wait times at airports this summer, but a little planning will help you to at least navigate security as fast as possible.http://lifehacker.com/expect-longer-…Sig
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What can extinct species do to help conservation? The dodo, the passenger pigeon and the Tasmanian tiger are well-known victims of extinction caused by human behaviour, but could their status be used to help conservation efforts from beyond the grave?
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Probiotics Won’t Fix All Your Health Problems Illustration by Anna KovecsesProbiotics are having a moment. The tiny buggers are marketed as health enhancers for adults, for kids, and even for dogs (in a beef flavor, of course). You can now pop a capsule, swig a fruit drink or eat an energy bar that’s been spiked with probiotics, which the World Health Organization defines as “live microorganisms” that “confer a health benefit on the host” as
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Bankruptcy filing worries developers of nanoparticle cancer drugsFinancial woes of leading biotech firm highlight challenges of developing innovative therapies.Nature 533 304 doi: 10.1038/533304a
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This superjet tech will one day fly you from London to Sydney in two hoursThe next generation of air travel just got a step closer, with the successful completion of a rocket test in the Australian desert that could one day lead to flights from London to Sydney taking as little as two hours.The test is part of a series of ten, run by a team comprised of US and Australian military scientists. At the Woomera Testing Range, they were able to send an experimental scramjet a
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Download guide: Install Firefox, Chrome and Opera extensions manuallyFirefox, Chrome and Opera are fantastic browsers in their own right, and are made even better by the wealth of extensions available in their respective stores. However, for various reasons, not all add-ons are available in the official stores, and must instead be installed manually.Bear in mind that some extensions aren’t available in the official browser stores for security reasons. Take care to
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Trump’s Energy Adviser Is Dangerously Anti-Environment In a move that will shock no one, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has elected a climate science denying, pro-oil and gas, anti-EPA congressman to head up his energy policy initiative. Fossil fuel advocate Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) has been dangerously portrayed as the lesser of two evils when held up against Trump’s staunch anti-climate change beliefs. In recent media reports, the No
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Queen Announces UK Push for Autonomous Cars and Drones The Queen enters the House of Lords ahead of her speech (Image: AP)Every year, the Queen gives a speech about what the UK government will focus its attentions on over the coming twelve months. Today, she explained that, among other things, she wants the country to focus on autonomous cars and drones.During her speech, which takes place at the House of Lords in central London, she explained:“My min
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How Obama Could Still Fix the Campus Free Speech Problem During his commencement address at Rutgers University on Sunday, President Obama once again complained that “fragile” students shouldn’t silence speakers with whom they disagree.  “I believe that is misguided,” he said.  This isn’t the first time Obama has levelled such a criticism. But it’s difficult to take him at his word—to believe that he cares so much about free speech o
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Parasitic infection helps sea snails survive acidified seawater Flatworm-infected sea snails survive better in more acidified seawater than non-infected ones, surprising new University of Otago research has found.
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Done Right, Testing Enhances Learning Too often school assessments heighten anxiety and hinder learning. New research shows how to reverse the trend — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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First Click: The agony and ecstasy of wireless everything There it is. Yet another warning message that my keyboard needs new batteries. Last week it was the mouse. I’ve been eying the keyboard indicator since it was at 20 percent. Now it’s critically low. An ever depreciating totem that gnaws at my subconscious and introduces a low-level sense of dread into my days. When it does die, it’ll happen at the most inopportune time. In the middle of today’s G
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The complexity and security of a widely-used cryptography scheme are lower than previously thought The equations used to construct a digital security scheme based on the ‘hidden field equation’ (HFE) theory can be solved much more easily than originally believed, an A*STAR-led mathematical and computational study has shown.
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Artificial optical nanostructure outperforms butterfly wings “Gyroid” photonic crystal could have a number of technological applications
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iOS Uber app now offers Find My Friends-style tracking of family membersUber has added Find My Friends-style tracking of family members using the car service on your account. The feature is an extension of the Family Profiles facility Uber started testing back in March, allowing you to add partners and children to your account so that their rides are all billed to a single card. more…Filed under: iOS Devices
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Her Majesty the Queen is here to tell you about driverless cars LONDON — Driverless cars and a proposal to bring high-speed broadband in every household were among the main social reforms that featured in a speech outlining the government’s legislative program read out in Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II.  Legislation to enable autonomous cars, already trialled in the UK, is set to be introduced by the government. The development will ensure that “approp
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Meet the Garden Designer Who Transformed Rio de Janeiro Meet Roberto Burle Marx: the designer-painter-architect-gardener-sculptor who shaped Rio de Janeiro. The post Meet the Garden Designer Who Transformed Rio de Janeiro appeared first on WIRED.
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The Obsessive, Secretive Race to Make the Perfect Tire for Electric CarsDesigning tires for electric vehicles is extra complicated, because they demand more of everything. The post The Obsessive, Secretive Race to Make the Perfect Tire for Electric Cars appeared first on WIRED.
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‘Crowd Control,’ part 8: Traveling between universes requires a new body – CNET In the latest installment of CNET’s crowdsourced sci-fi novel, visitors from another universe arrive via a very unusual vehicle.
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New model for controlling hot molecule reactions Hot molecules, which are found in extreme environments such as the edges of fusion reactors, are much more reactive than those used to understand reaction studies at ambient temperature. Detailed knowledge of their reactions is not only relevant to modelling nuclear fusion devices; it is also crucial in simulating the reaction that takes place on a spacecraft’s heat shield at the moment when it re
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Clean sweep for lung cells A molecule discovered by A*STAR researchers to switch on the formation of brush-like projections on cells may explain how cells lining the airways of lungs develop. This factor, identified in zebrafish and tadpoles, but also present in humans, could shed light on respiratory disease and provide a new therapeutic strategy.
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Robotically fabricated carbon-fibre pavilion opens at the V&A A robotically woven carbon-fibre pavilion developed by a team from the University of Stuttgart has been erected in the courtyard of London’s V&A museum as part of a season of engineering events (+ slideshow). (more…)
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Virgin Australia’s new business class cabins are terrific over the PacificPerhaps the key to good long-haul aircraft cabin design is to make passengers forget that they’re stuck in a long-haul aircraft cabin. Virgin Australia’s new International Business Class cabin may go some way to doing that, with queen-length beds, 18-in HD screens and and a bar at which to booze and schmooze… Continue Reading Virgin Australia’s new business class cabins are terrific over the
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Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung Window The Marvin Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung window is a classic reinvented. With its innovative keeperless hardware system, multipoint locking system, lockable vent mode and other performance and aesthetic-enhancing improvements, this window seamlessly combines state-of-the-art technology with Marvin’s legendary craftsmanship without sacrificing the traditional double-hung look. The large var
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Nasty Politics: New at Reason The 2016 campaign is set to get even nastier. That’s not such a bad thing. John Stossel writes: Every year some candidates say, “I will run a positive campaign.” Part of my brain says, “That would be nice; maybe we’ll learn more about their plans.” But research shows that’s rarely true. Fluffy “positive” ads don’t tell us much. This year Bernie Sanders ran ads showi
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Simpler processing improves solar cells By simplifying the process used to make a promising type of solar cell, A*STAR researchers have also improved the device’s performance. The discovery may lead to better manufacturing methods for the commercialization of solar cells that rely on light-harvesting compounds known as perovskites.
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For cells, some shapes are easier to swallow than others Scientists have probed the process that allows cells to swallow up particles, finding that some shapes are easier to swallow than others. Cells take in small particles and other objects such as bacteria in a process called engulfment. Single-celled organisms use engulfment to take in food, while in humans it forms the first line of immune system defence, as white blood cells engulf harmful bacteri
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Knocki turns any surface into a remote Sometimes I think about how society needs to bring back The Clapper. But how could we make it cool again, or better yet, how can we make The Clapper an Internet of Things device? Knocki is my answer. The device makes any surface interactive by pairing with connected devices and then instructing them to do things based off of knock patterns. It’s similar to a Clapper but relies on an accelerometer
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Acura introduces a sleeker self-driving test car As we creep ever closer to an autonomous-car future, one thing is for certain, most of the driverless cars we see being tested look hideous thanks to all the sensors strapped to the roof. Today Acura introduced its second generation Automated Acura RLX Development Vehicle with updated sensors and a more pleasing aesthetic. Gone is the spinning LIDAR system replaced with a more compact and robust v
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This Italian elevator transports passengers vertically and horizontallyGenoa, Italy, is a gorgeous city built right into the seaside mountains. But the vertical landscape makes it difficult for residents and travelers to get around. However, thanks to decades-old ingenuity, one elevator system shuffles visitors both horizontally and vertically without skipping a beat. Read the rest of This Italian elevator transports passengers vertically and hor
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Cometary belt around distant multi-planet system hints at hidden or wandering planets Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) radio observatory in Chile have made the first high-resolution image of the belt of comets (a region analogous to the Kuiper belt in our own Solar System, where Pluto and may smaller objects are found) around HR 8799, the only star where multiple planets have been imaged directly. The shape of this dusty disk, particularly i
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EU researchers set to create world’s first semi-commercial space missionAn EU-funded project is aiming to raise private sector funds for a new space telescope to study exoplanets, potentially becoming the world’s first semi-commercial space mission.
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The Seascooter RS Can Make Your Beach Day Epic The beach is great, swimming is great, floating is great – it’s all great when it comes to summertime activities on the coast. However sometimes you just need a bit of a physical rest. For those times, the Seascooter RS Series Underwater is the perfect solution, as it’s a piece of technology that can provide hours of fun without the […]Visit Man of Many for the full post.
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9 Neat Reddit Hacks You Should Try Right Now If you’re not visiting Reddit regularly, you’re missing out. It’s a fantastic way to find articles that interest you, discover new passions, or simply to discuss the biggest news stories of the day with other users. It doesn’t matter how obscure your interests are, there is almost certainly a section of the site dedicated to it. Everything from your favorite sports team to ancient Egyptian archite
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Why would scientists want to build human genomes from scratch? A secret meeting at Harvard Medical School last week discussed synthesising big genomes – and they could be planning to create designer human cells
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New model for controlling hot molecule reactions Hot molecules, which are found in extreme environments such as the edges of fusion reactors, are much more reactive than those used to understand reaction studies at ambient temperature. Detailed knowledge of their reactions is not only relevant to modelling nuclear fusion devices; it is also crucial in simulating the reaction that takes place on a spacecraft’s heat shield at the moment when it re
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Isotope program provides target material for the discovery of superheavy elements Two isotopes of a new element with atomic number Z=117 were created by an international collaboration in the reaction between unique radioactive 249Bk target material produced at ORNL through the DOE Isotope Program and an intense beam of 48Ca ions at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, Russia). This result completed the 7th row of the Periodic Table of Elements and demonstrated the e
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Special Report on the Rise of AI Artificial intelligence, once discarded as a has-been technology, is now undergoing a vigorous resurgence — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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A path away from reliance on oil The dream of replacing petrochemicals with renewable resources in the manufacture of synthetic fibers and plastics has moved a step closer. A*STAR researchers have genetically modified the bacterium Escherichia coli to produce a compound that can be converted into a base material for manufacturing nylon and other synthetic products.
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Scent guides hawk moths to the best-fitting flowers That the morphology of many pollinators corresponds strikingly to the shape of the flowers they pollinate was observed more than 150 years ago by Charles Darwin. He described this perfect mutual adaptation of flowers and pollinators as the result of a co-evolutionary process. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, have now provided further proof of the famous
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CEO Bezos: Amazon to open more real-world stores – CNET The online giant plans to expand into brick-and-mortar retail, but it’s not yet clear where, beyond a handful of cities such as Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego.
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When Liking And Subscribing To Your Favorite YouTuber Isn’t Enough Art by Sam Woolley.Being famous on YouTube might seem flashy, with some channels accruing millions of subscribers and views. But for the most part it’s just someone in their house, chatting intimately with a viewer as if they were old friends…or lovers. Enter Asagao Academy, a video game about dating YouTubers.In 2014, video game and pop culture channel NormalBoots was getting ready to relaunch
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The future of chatbots is more than just small-talk Human communication goes beyond words. It is complex, rich in nuances and frequently includes non-verbal signs. Yet despite our technological limitations it is not impossible for some aspects of communication to be emulated by a machine with surprising effect.
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Variable speed Pumped Storage Hydro Plants offer a new era of smarter energy management The EU-funded ESTORAGE project has presented a range of options for increasing energy storage capacity across Europe, whilst also building flexibility into grids to better integrate renewables.
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Inside the Sound Lab That Uses VR to Build Immersive Spaces Arup’s SoundLab is revolutionizing sound-friendly building design; and maybe VR in general. The post Inside the Sound Lab That Uses VR to Build Immersive Spaces appeared first on WIRED.
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Octopus Air Plant Hanging Planter A whimsical upside down hanging planter that looks like an octopus head and the air plant inside resembles the octopus’ outstretched arms.Click Here For Complete Details
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How to add a file to multiple folders in Google Drive If you’ve used Google Drive as a team collaboration tool, you know how easy it is to share a document or spreadsheet with multiple parties. But sometimes a project workflow requires a file to be in several different folders that different people access. In some programs, you would have to make copies of that document to distribute to each folder. Once collaborators start making changes to their
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Shoe Blister Preventing Spray Put an end to shoe blisters once and for all by applying this revolutionary Preheels spray to directly to your feet. After the spray dries, it forms a strong polymetric bond designed to create an invisible anti-friction barrier between your shoes and feet. Check it out $22.00
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Back And Neck Support Pillow Whether you’re looking to read a good book or just want to lounge around, you definitely need this back and neck support pillow! The unique shape provides excellent torso support, so you can comfortably read for hours without ever feeling any strain on your body. Check it out $47.99
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Vintage World Map Wall Mural Give any room in your home a sophisticated and cultured ambiance using this vintage world map wall mural. The mural comes in eight separate pieces for easy installation so you can place it on virtually any wall in your home. Check it out $19.00
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ShareTube Lets You and Your Friends Watch YouTube Videos In Sync Together Watching YouTube videos together with your friends can be fun, but it’s a pain to make sure you’re all watching something at the same time. ShareTube does the work for you, syncing playback of videos for everyone in the room.This concept isn’t entirely new. We’ve seen it before with sites like Plug.dj (may it rest in peace) and Dubtrack. However, unlike those sites, ShareTube isn’t just geared tow
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The 8 Best Headphones for Running Stop suffering your standard earbuds. …Read More »
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These Are The Top 25 U.S. Cities For Jobs This Year Glassdoor’s latest survey reveals the cities where people have the most job opportunities and the best work-life balance.Tech jobs are some of the most in-demand so far this year, so it’s not a big surprise that the top ranked U.S. city for jobs in 2016 is San Jose, according to the latest analysis by Glassdoor.Read Full Story
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Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate Still Booming, Says Report Between 2010 and 2015, Chinese investors acquired more than $110 billion worth of U.S. property Despite any reports of a slowing economy, Chinese investors are making their mark on the U.S. real estate market, according to a new report just released by Asia Society and Rosen Consulting Group. Between 2010 and 2015, Chinese investors acquired more than $93 billion worth of residential real estate
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WHO Warns of Zika Risk in Europe The threat in the region varies by country, with particular concern along the northeastern coast of the Black Sea — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Ultrasensitive magnetometer proposed based on compass needle(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from several institutions in the U.S. and one in Germany has proposed the idea of using an extremely small compass needle to build an ultrasensitive magnetometer. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes their idea and the possibility of such a device actually being built.
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3D Printable Tardigrade Can Only Be Tamed By Battle Barbie Y’know, when I was a young kid I loved playing with my sister’s Barbies (I’m comfortable enough with who I am to admit that). But I always felt something was missing, and that something was a scaled-up fully articulated tradigrade for Barbie and her friends to ride upon. Fortunately, 3D print enthusiast Jim “Zheng3” Rodda has filled the glaring hole left by Mattel and its subsidiaries by providin
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DNews: Morning Sickness Might Actually Be a Good Thing The bouts of illness that come with pregnancy can be tough on a woman, but all of that nausea and vomiting might actually be good for mom and baby! How does THAT work?
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First industrial internet solution for a printed electronics plant VTT’s printed electronics pilot plant in Finland has moved into a new era – an industrial internet-based solution, the first for the printed electronics production in the world, has been installed for the control of the plant.. Environmental conditions affecting sensitive roll-to-roll production can be monitored, and temperature, humidity and pressure measurements can be performed. The measurement
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Best Of New York City Design Week 2016 If you like it then you better put a rainbow on it.Yesterday marked the end of NYCxDesign, the 12-day festival where designers, architects, and makers take over the city in a flurry of trade shows, studio visits, exhibitions, and parties. Each year the festival closes with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, one of the largest furniture shows in the United States and the most establishe
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Clever Automations to Hack Your Morning and Wake Up Easy For many, waking up in the morning is an incredible task. Often times, people fight the morning struggle by resetting their alarm every 5 minutes, drinking as much coffee as humanly possible, and taking extremely cold showers (at least I do) — anything to kick the body in gear for the day ahead. What if I told you that you could have a better morning with the help of some handy tech? My morning ro
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GODSTERs – The Divine Plushie Collection GODSTERs is a new line of plushies that have been based on the most famous gods from 6 different cultures around the world. This includes Greek, Norse, Mexican/Aztec, Egyptian, Asian and Inca. Although the series consists of 18 designs in total, the first 3 GODSTERs are the ones that will be launched with the crowdfunding target as of now. You can choose to pick your own Godster plushie by saving
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India inaugurates one of the world’s biggest solar rooftop power plants The north Indian state of Punjab has inaugurated what it claims is the world’s largest rooftop solar power plant. Spread over eight rooftops across 82 acres, it can produce up to 11.5 MW of electricity. SEE ALSO: Futuristic device is helping scientists break solar-efficiency record The Rs 1.35 billion project is expected to have significant environmental benefits, reducing 400,000 tonnes of carbo
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IBM’s 3-bit phase-change memory could combine RAM, flash In an ideal world, computers would only have one type of data storage, but thanks to the laws of physics and businesses, we have two main types (three if you count CPU L caches). There’s DRAM or RAM, which is fast, expensive, and doesn’t retain its data without power. And then there’s regular storage, today represented by NAND flash, which … Continue reading
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A Pill That Monitors Your Vital Signs Health One of 10 innovations to win a 2016 Invention Award Vital signs are key indicators of health. But tracking some of these signals, such as the body’s core temperature, can require invasive tactics— which is especially…
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TENC – Self-Healing iPhone SE Case by Just Mobile Finally, there’s a superhero case to match your superhero lifestyle. Introducing TENC, the Self-Healing iPhone SE Case by Just Mobile This case does exactly what it says; it automatically heals where it has been damaged. Coming in an ultra slim profile with a nearly invisible structure thanks to the AutoHeal coating and a polycarbonate foundation, the TENC Case is the perfect companion for your ne
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The World’s First Heated Jacket Managed By Smartphone Thanks to Sinapsi, now you can manage the temperature of your jacket easily with the help of your smartphone. This heated jacket is designed in Italy which comes with a corresponding Android and iOS app that gives you the power to remote control your jacket with ease. You can plan the timing as and when you would want your Sinapsi to be heated up and schedule power accordingly. There’s the option
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Ily – The Family Phone Ily is a new kind of home phone for families. Built with younger kids and grandparents in mind, it makes communication simple. Connect with one click for phone calls, video chats, and text messages, or share photos and drawings – all on a safe, closed system, no matter what device you use, thanks to the Ily app for iOS and Android. Traveling parents, far-away relatives, and little ones without pho
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XVIDA Will Keep Your Smartphone Charged Anywhere! Introducing XVIDA Smartphone Magnetic Mounting System with Qi Charging, a complete collection of accessories that will keep your iPhone or Qi-enabled smartphone charged up anywhere! Designed for car, home or office, XVIDA System enables effortless magnetic mounting and up to 50% faster wireless charging than standard inductive chargers. Simply place your smartphone on the mount and XVIDA precision
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Oszko – Functional Men’s Underwear Made From Coffee For Oszko there has been no compromise on the functionality, comfort or simplicity of the underwear. They have been designed to be worn from the everyday to the rigorous demands of the outdoors. Recycled coffee grounds have been used as raw material in the yarn production process to control and absorb odors. The yarn changes the normal shape of the filament and provides 200% faster drying time tha
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Tiny Tower Laptop Stand Help eliminate pain in your neck, back and shoulders with a beautifully crafted laptop stand you will be proud to own and use anywhere. The Tiny Tower raises your laptop screen to a comfortable viewing height at the push of a button. When you are ready to go it folds flat in under 10 seconds. The Tiny Tower is compatible with both Windows and Mac laptops 11″ to 15″.
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lightlou – The Creative Ligth lightlou – the brilliant designer lamp in unique forms that lends charm and character to any environment. On a shelf, table or cabinet – wherever the lamp placed, the high-quality illumination from the glass form lights up the room in a warm glow. Using the remote control’s color ring, you can set and adjust the lighting to your choice of 16.7 million colors and a range of lighting modes. Whether
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Knocki – Make Any Surface Smart Imagine turning any surface in your home into a remote control. Be in control of your smart home without having to reach for your phone no need to mess with buttons or switches either, just simple and intuitive control right where you need it. It’s time for technology to feel as natural as the surfaces around us. Say hello to Knocki– a beautiful connected device that makes any surface smart instan
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Suzuki Joins the Cheater’s Club This could impact Suzuki’s India operations as nearly half of the Suzuki’s sales happen in India.
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ICYMI: Science Spiderman would love and more Today on In Case You Missed It: A team of researchers from Boston University have figured out how to 3D print metals in a free-form style while Oxford University discovered that spider silk strands can recoil themselves when compressed to create stretchable circuit boards. A company called Otto is working on kits to retrofit 16-wheelers into self-driving autonomous rigs. And a menstrual startu
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Io’s 10-mile-high mountains result from a shrinking crust Montebello Mons, at left, is higher than any mountain in North America. Jupiter’s moon Io is notable for being the most volcanically active body in our Solar System. But Io also has some of the highest mountains we’ve seen yet, as well, the tallest rising about 17km above the surrounding terrain—Boösaule Montes is roughly twice the height of Mount Everest. And, unlike Mars’ Olympus Mons, it i
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Testing proves giant eyes of net-casting spider help with nocturnal foraging(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers has tested the theory that the enormous eyes sported by net-casting spiders are to help the spider capture walking prey at night. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Jay Stafstrom and Eileen Hebets, both with the University of Nebraska, describe field and lab experiments they carried out that showed the purpose of the oversized eyes.
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Developer Of Anonymous Tor Software Dodges FBI, Leaves US An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: FBI agents are currently trying to subpoena one of Tor’s core software developers to testify in a criminal hacking investigation, CNNMoney has learned. But the developer, who goes by the name Isis Agora Lovecruft, fears that federal agents will coerce her to undermine the Tor system — and expose Tor users around the world to potential spying. That’s w
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Home-brew hackers build smart insulin pumps ahead of commercial releases Automatically managing blood sugar and insulin levels is considered the holy grail for diabetes treatment around the world. But while the idea of an artificial pancreas has been around for some time, making it a reality has proved far from easy. Although the technology might exist, regulatory hurdles and consumer product guidelines mean it’s taking a while to get a product to market. That’s why so
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Omnity Makes Sense Of The World’s Messy Documents Technology Scanning for commonalities Omnity Makes Sense Of The World’s Messy Documents…
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Alien Skin Exposure X review: Film emulation app offers new organizing tools With digital photography now nearly an obsession, it’s surprising the extent to which so many shooters—including those who came of age in the digital era—miss the look of film. No, not the suspense of anticipating the quality of a 36-picture roll, or the risk of blowing an entire shoot with a tiny mistake, or the time and chemistry required for developing and printing. What’s missing to contemp
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Obama Pushes Massive Overtime-Pay Expansion, Judge Strikes Down D.C. Gun Law, No Drama (and No Fun) In Trump/Kelly Interview: A.M. Links A federal judge Tuesday said D.C. can’t require residents to provide a “good reason” for wanting to carry a gun before obtaining a concealed-carry permit.  Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary battle in Oregon yesterday, while Hillary Clinton took Kentucky.   The American Law Institute voted against endorsing an affirmative consent standard for sex law outside academia. The M
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Omnity debuts a new kind of search engine for heavy-duty researchersOmnity isn’t taking on Google directly, and that’s probably a good thing. But the company is debuting a new kind of search engine today that it is targeted at researchers, such as academics, scientists, financial experts, inventors, medical professionals, lawyers, and journalists. The San Francisco-based company is today launching a commercial research and development platform that the National Sc
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The Hoverboard Has Arrived. If Only Someone Could Make It Useful Unless you’re Justin Bieber, you may never get your hoverboard. And that’s okay. The post The Hoverboard Has Arrived. If Only Someone Could Make It Useful appeared first on WIRED.
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Calphalon Self-Sharpening Knife Blocks These innovative wooden knife blocks have built-in ceramic sharpeners in the slots that automatically sharpen straight edge blades each and every time you remove them.Click Here For Complete Details
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WhoApp promises to take the guesswork out of who’s calling – CNET A new app aims to ensure you never have to answer a call without knowing who’s on the other end of the line.
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Stay private & contract-free with KeepSolid disposable phone lines (75% off)Sharing your personal contact information can open the floodgates to spam messages, unwanted solicitations and cold calls – not to mention potential identity theft. With KeepSolid Disposable Phone Lines, you can safeguard your information while skipping the headaches of phone contracts and roaming charges. We’ve knocked 75 percent off the asking price for a lifetime subscription, because we love y
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Lessons from cow eyes: The long-term impacts of studying cornea biomechanics Cornea tissue is a promising biomaterial, says a materials scientist. More than a decade after researchers investigated the biomechanics of dissected cow corneas, their findings have been confirmed in healthy human eyes.
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The Startup’s Guide To International Trade Geography is a lot less of problem for businesses than it used to be.
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33% off Mophie Juice Pack Protective Charging Case for iPhone 6/6s – Deal Alert Just attach this case to your iPhone 6 or 6s, and the next time you catch yourself low on juice, don’t panic — just push a button and the built-in rechargeable 1,840mAh lithium-ion polymer battery gets you an additional 22 hours of talk time, 16 hours of internet use, and 17 hours of video playback. Plus, it provides level 2 high impact protection while also being compact, adding only .3 inche
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Tesla updates Summon mode for all Model X and Model S owners Parking is nobody’s favorite thing to do and is probably even more worrying for the people who have opted to own a ‘self-parking’ car and put all their faith into the vehicle. While self-driving (or parking) cars are definitely the way forward and mostly safe, there are still some teething problems – as demonstrated by a Tesla Model S, which rolled into the back of a lorry while parking itself in
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Apple’s Latest Patent Hints at the All-Screen iPhone We Desperately WantA conceptual design for a home button-less iPhone. (Image: Marek Weidlich)Apple is known for its seamless and aesthetically pleasing design. As smartphone design evolves, however, its chunky bottom bezel—where the home button lives—is starting to look mighty antiquated. Judging by a patent published yesterday, however, Apple might be fixing to leave the bezel behind.The concept, Patently Apple rep
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Researchers design six-state magnetic memory (Phys.org)—Computers are often described with “ones and zeros,” referring to their binary nature: each memory element stores data in two states. But there is no fundamental reason why there should be just two. In a new study, researchers have designed a magnetic element that has six stable magnetic states, which paves the way toward realizing a six-state magnetic memory element.
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Nokia Finally Returning to the Mobile Phone Market The popular brand is finally set to adopt Android for its phones.
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Shutterstock teams up with Microsoft to beautify PowerPoint presentationsPowerPoint presentations are generally pretty boring, so it takes really good design to make them stand out. Shutterstock wants to help with its new plug in. As you might expect, it’s basically an embedded search engine for Shutterstock images, but there are some tweaks in place to simplify the design process.   First of all, images are divided into categories, with a curated set of photos to get
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New phones let Japan’s government secretly track its citizens The Japan Times is reporting that local mobile network NTT DoCoMo is embracing government surveillance. The company launched five new smartphones on Tuesday that lets the authorities to track a user’s location without their knowledge or consent. Existing handsets, however, currently alert a user when their position is being accessed by a third party. The move is in reaction to a change in the law
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Study shows people have an upper limit on the number of friends they can add to their social network (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers has found when people add someone new to their “friends” list, each is more distant than those in the inner circle. In their paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Michael Harré and Mikhail Prokopenko, both with The University of Sydney in Australia, describe test data they analyzed covering both hunter-gatherer societies and peopl
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Zika Virus link to shrunken baby brains confirmed and the case for delaying the Olympic games in Brazil The Zika virus could spread to Europe this summer, although the likelihood of an outbreak is low to moderate, the World Health Organization has said.Areas most at risk are those where Aedes mosquitoes may spread the virus, like the Black Sea coast of Russia and Georgia and the island of Madeira.Countries with a moderate risk include France, Spain, Italy and Greece, while the risk in the UK is low.
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Amazon to expand Prime benefits, open more brick-and-mortar stores(credit: Amazon) While still a primarily online store, Amazon isn’t turning its back on physical retail establishments. After opening its first brick-and-mortar store in Seattle last year, the company’s CEO Jeff Bezos confirmed at Amazon’s shareholder meeting that more stores are coming. “We’re definitely going to open additional stores; how many we don’t know yet,” Bezos said at the meet
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Privatize the Damned TSA Already! The horror-show headlines are coming daily at this point. “Travelers sound off on nightmarish lines at Chicago airports,” “TSA Head Apologizes to Chicago for Long Lines: ‘I Don’t Know What That Was,” “TSA uproar spills into Congress.” Getting through security lines at the airport is like waiting for the new ride at Universal Studios, only without the Butterbeer. Tech
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The Hobbyists Obsessed With Picking Up TV Signals From Thousands of Miles Away A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. For decades, television owners haven’t been content with simply embracing the options already in front of them. There are lots of tales of this nature throughout TV history—from the people who owned (or in some cases, built) massive satellite dishes so they could pick up obscure
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7-Eleven debuts toothy treats for Shark Week Get ready to party, shark style. 7-Eleven, a popular international convenience store chain, will release an exclusive collection of shark-themed goodies for Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week. The products are already in stores ahead of shark programming, which runs June 26 through July 3.  SEE ALSO: Could Shark Week make us less afraid of sharks? “Like the Slurpee brand, we recognized th
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Tiny Revolutions: Anupama Kundoo’s High-Speed Housing to Be Showcased at the Venice Biennale ‘Tiny Revolutions’ explores initiatives in grassroots architecture around the globe, addressing issues of affordable, sustainable and accessible construction techniques and design solutions for developing communities. Talk of affordability today focuses on issues of money, rather than in terms of the environmental impact of affordable-housing projects, which architect Dr. Anupama Kundoo has dedic
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SEC chair says hackers are the biggest threat to financial system Hackers recently stole $81 million cyber-theft by targeting SWIFT, the global financial transfer network. But the NSA targeted the system some years prior, setting a dangerous precedent.
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This AI platform for TV beats Apple TV and Amazon Echo head-to-head VB INSIGHT: MindMeld, a pioneer in conversational AI technology, is today releasing the MindMeld for TV platform, which the company bills as the first solution designed for television and over-the-top content providers — like Netflix and Hulu — to deliver best in class discovery through a conversational interface. That company boasts investors and customers like Google, Samsung, Intel, Telefonica,
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Genetically Engineered Crops Are Safe and Possibly Good for Climate Change The National Academy of Sciences reaffirmed GMO safety and pointed to the potential for future improvements — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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A Guide to Summer Eating and Entertaining: From tiki cocktails to portable fireplaces, boozy pickles and beyond The season of summer entertaining is upon those of us in the northern hemisphere, and with that our consumption (and decorating) habits change. With our guide to summer entertaining and eating, we’ve selected food and food-related items that can help…… Continue Reading…
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World’s Tallest Tower Could Troll All the Other Tower With LED Facade The Burj Kahlifa would proclaim itself “big brother” to such lesser tower as the Empire State Building The Burj Kahlifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest tower and it also happens to be covered in the world’s largest LED-illuminated facade, and we can think of no better use for that LED facade than using it to troll all the other towers in the world that think they’re tall. Minus5 Archite
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Futuristic Concrete Library Swoops Into Suburban Canada It looks a bit like a ship’s prow Libraries have been undergoing a sea change of late (thanks, internet), and are being reconfigured for the way people live now, which involves more digital information than ever before. But despite this seismic shift inside libraries, their collective outsides have remained mostly unchanged, save for a few prominent examples, like Rem Koolhaas’s Seattle Public Li
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Care for COPD: Could more be done? A new report sets out to provide a comprehensive view of COPD care in the United States. COPD is the third-leading cause of death in US, but compared to other chronic diseases, COPD research funding is low and patients’ access to care is poor.
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Bio-mimicry method developed for preparing, labeling stem cellsResearchers have developed a new method for preparing mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that not only leads to the production of more native stem cells, but also labels them with a FDA approved iron-oxide nanoparticle (Ferumoxytol). The technology could allow researchers to track the cells in vivo using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during preclinical and clinical trials.
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Today in Gear: May 18, 2016 A longboard that can go down stairs, 16-year-old high-proof spirits, copper bike saddles that’ll draw stares and more. …Read More »
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Personalize Cheap Plastic Storage with Patterned Paper Inserts Plastic drawers are great for storage. They’re easy to clean and move (especially if they have wheels), but don’t look the best. If you have plastic storage that’s an eyesore in your home, here’s how to give it a facelift.You probably already have everything you need: cardboard, patterned paper (like wrapping paper), glue, and scissors. Depending on your drawers, you may also need a bit of tape to
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Proofpilot wants to help you design, launch, and manage research studiesScientific research has propelled humanity forward throughout the course of the modern era, and now, technology may have found a way to catalyze this progress even further with a new tool that allows researchers to recruit, engage, and retain their human participants. With the on-demand service industry already booming, a new secure online platform called Proofpilot is allowing study participants
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Cable is catching fiber: 10 Gbps in both directions demoed by Bell LabsWe all know that fiber is the best technology right now for fast internet connections, but sometimes it’s too expensive or time consuming to deploy. This is why any technology that harnesses and improves existing deployments of hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) cable is so enticing for internet providers.
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Horrific Canadian Wildfires Now Overtaking Oil Facilities Image: NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response.The wildfire that swept through Fort McMurray two weeks ago has now breached a critical firebreak, threatening Canada’s largest oil production facilities, and forcing the evacuation of thousands more workers. As seen from space, this ongoing wildfire is a horrific sight to behold.Plans to restart oilsands production in northern Albert
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Differences in individuals’ immune responses linked to flu vaccine effectiveness For the first time, scientists have identified how differences in individuals’ immune responses might be linked to the effectiveness of the seasonal influenza vaccination program.
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High-efficiency power amplifier could bring 5G cell phones A new highly efficient power amplifier for electronics could help make possible next-generation cell phones, low-cost collision-avoidance radar for cars and lightweight microsatellites for communications.
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Portable ultrasound brings help for heart failure patients Detecting fluid retention in patients early is important to prevent their heart failure from getting worse. Nurses who are trained in the use of handheld pocket ultrasound devices can dispense diuretic drugs more precisely. These medications prevent harmful fluid retention in patients with heart failure. Researchers have published a study showing that cardiac nurses who have learned to use pocket
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Cuckoo mafia: Host birds only tolerate parasitic eggs in their nests when they fear retaliation The brown-headed cowbird is nothing short of a nightmare for its hosts: If they eject the brood parasite’s eggs from the nest, it punishes them by destroying their entire clutch. Researchers have designed a mathematical model for analyzing the interaction between avian brood parasites and their hosts. The model calculations show that birds only accept a brood parasite’s eggs in their nests if they
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Jimmy Fallon Lists The Pros And Cons Of Traveling By HyperloopEntertainment “It’s like Thomas The Tank Engine…on cocaine.” Jimmy Fallon lists the pros and cons of traveling by Hyperloop on The Tonight Show…
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Inside Munchery’s Big “Plaid Box” Meal-Delivery Expansion The San Francicsco-based startup is introducing a new kind of meal kit, expanding to more states, and building a giant new kitchen.The city where I live, San Francisco, is the capital city and ancestral home of on-demand startups. Here you use an app to get a ride, a date, groceries, concert tickets, booze, or new underwear (really). You can get your house cleaned, laundry washed, car parked, and
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Luminous proteins offer new method to discover viral infectionsResearchers at Umeå University have developed a new method to directly follow viral infections in living organisms. This method can make infected cells produce fluorescent proteins, which means that they light up and become easier to identify. The method, which is described in the journal Scientific Reports, also makes it possible to activate other functions in infected cells, for instance to enha
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No junk-food diet: Even in cities, bees find flowers and avoid processed sugars New research from North Carolina State University finds that bees in urban areas stick to a flower-nectar diet, steering clear of processed sugars found in soda and other junk food.
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Scientists discover Antarctic sponge extract can help kill MRSA Scientists have isolated an extract from a sponge found in Antarctica, known as Dendrilla membranosa, and tested it on MRSA biofilm. The extract, a new chemical which the research team has named ‘darwinolide,’ is a natural product chemical found in laboratory tests to eliminate more than 98 percent of MRSA cells. The highly-resistant MRSA infection, formerly particularly problematic in places such
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Racial, ethnic differences found in psychiatric diagnoses, treatment, according to researchers Non-Hispanic blacks are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, but they’re significantly less likely to receive medication for treatment, according to researchers.
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Cisplatin may cause more permanent hearing loss in people with Cockayne syndrome The chemotherapy drug cisplatin can kill cancer, but it can also cause permanent hearing loss. The drug can kill the sensory cells of the inner ear, a phenomenon that is likely more severe in individuals with Cockayne syndrome, a rare form of dwarfism. The disorder results from mutations in one of two genes involved in repairing DNA damage. Cells can sustain DNA damage from environmental stresses
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Billion dollar startup Otto developing $30,000 self driving kit to retrofit freight trucks Levandowski left Google earlier this year to pursue his vision at Otto, a San Francisco startup the he co-founded with two other former Google employees, Lior Ron and Don Burnette, and another robotics expert, Claire Delaunay.Otto is aiming to equip trucks with software, sensors, lasers and cameras so they eventually will be able to navigate the more than 220,000 miles of U.S. highways on their ow
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‘Opioid Epidemic’ Myths: New at Reason Last week the House of Representatives approved what The New York Times described as “a mountain of bills addressing the nation’s opioid abuse crisis.” The 18 bills passed “by huge bipartisan margins.” A flurry of legislative activity like this usually materializes when the drug problem it targets is already receding, notes Jacob Sullum. That seems to be the case with the so-c
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10 Typologies of Daylighting: From Expressive Dynamic Patterns to Diffuse Light © Philippe Ruault Sunlight has proven to be an excellent formgiver, with which architecture can create dynamic environments. The lighting design pioneer William M.C. Lam (1924-2012) emphasized in his book “Sunlighting as Formgiver” that the consideration of daylight is about much more than energy efficiency. Architects have now found numerous ways of implementing sunlight and the questions ar
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HipKey Keep tabs on your valuables.
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Chemists add color to chemical reactions Chemists at Syracuse University have come up with an innovative new way to visualize and monitor chemical reactions in real time.
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Mars is within reach, says German tapped for space command (Update)Humans could set foot on Mars within decades if they wanted to, according to the German astronaut who has been tapped to become his country’s first commander of the International Space Station.
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Solar-powered Hotel at Oberlin is first in US to be heated and cooled with geothermal energy Read the rest of Solar-powered Hotel at Oberlin is first in US to be heated and cooled with geothermal energy
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A beautiful instance of stellar ornamentation In this image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), light from blazing blue stars energizes the gas left over from the stars’ recent formation. The result is a strikingly colorful emission nebula, called LHA 120-N55, in which the stars are adorned with a mantle of glowing gas. Astronomers study these beautiful displays to learn about the conditions in places where new stars develop.
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Explainer: Drones, driverless cars and fast broadband: the key points of the Queen’s Speech Queen’s speechWestminster has come together for one of its most high profile traditions: the State Opening of Parliament, in which the Queen visits the House of Lords and reads a short speech (written by the government) explaining what major bills her government intends to try and pass in the next year. It’s very serious, as all of the proposed laws could have a huge impact on British society – bu
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How to boost your Google account’s security Securing your Google AccountYour Google Account is home to all sorts of private data, from your browsing history and email, to groups of friends and even payment details. Google tries to keep things in order with some decent security settings by default, but you need to know exactly how, and where, to make changes to your account to ensure you’ve got the levels of privacy and security you want.If
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The Canadian Government Accidentally Released Identities of Ebola Patients Canada is well-known for a few things—good weed, resplendent nature, and a hot prime minister. But a botched attempt at redacting sensitive information with scotch tape and paper shows that our government’s arts and crafts skills aren’t always on point.Reporters can usually expect a litany of redactions done with black marker when the government hands over sensitive information. But when Raphael S
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Netflix launches Fast.com to show how fast (or slow) your Internet connection really is Netflix really wants to show you how fast (or slow) your Internet connection is, and to do so it has launched a new website at Fast.com that conveys the real-time speed of your connection to the Web. It’s designed to give people “greater insight and control of their Internet service.” It looks like Netflix procured the Fast.com domain last month, and, according to a filing with the United States P
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Our lonely society makes it hard to come home from war | Sebastian JungerSebastian Junger has seen war up close, and he knows the impact that battlefield trauma has on soldiers. But he suggests there’s another major cause of pain for veterans when they come home: the experience of leaving the tribal closeness of the military and returning to an alienating and bitterly divided modern society. “Sometimes, we ask ourselves if we can save the vets,” Junger says.
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Quip takes another swing at Excel with enhanced spreadsheet featuresQuip, a Silicon Valley startup that’s taking on the giants of the productivity software market, announced a major update to its spreadsheet capabilities Wednesday that’s aimed at bringing its service more in line with Microsoft Excel. The service’s spreadsheets now include features like the ability to merge cells, validate data and filter information in a sheet. With this update, users can also
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Scan your doodles to find the perfect matching photo online A computer program has learned to scan your sketches and find a photo that matches, paving the way for a new kind of search engine
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A new synthetic skin restores the real stuff’s youthful appearance (credit: Ana Guzzo) Our skin provides a protective barrier against things like extreme temperatures, toxins, microorganisms, radiation, and mechanical force. But as skin ages, it becomes weaker, more sensitive, and less able to repair itself. Aging also results in things we don’t like, such as the formation of wrinkles or sagging skin. Many individuals spend a great deal of time and money tryi
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The race to create super-crops Old-fashioned breeding techniques are bearing more fruit than genetic engineering in developing hyper-efficient plants.Nature 533 308 doi: 10.1038/533308a
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This Formula Tells You If Your Flight Is a Good Deal Flights are getting cheaper this year, but prices vary depending on your destination. To figure out whether a flight is actually a good deal, Luiz Maykot, a data science analyst for Adobe, came up with a simple formula.The formula is pretty straightforward: multiply the trip’s round-trip miles by $0.032, then add $230.As MarketWatch explains, if you’re flying between NYC and LA, that’s 5,640 miles
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The ‘Tesla of Modular Housing’ Wants to Sell You a Sustainable Wooden BoxModular units by Finch Buildings, a Dutch company, are 95 percent recyclable The dream of attractive and affordable modular housing might be fading in New Amsterdam, but it’s found a champion in “old” Amsterdam. Netherlands-based architect Jurrian Knijtijzer founded his company, Finch Buildings, to produce just the kind of configurable, flexible, and high-design homes that modular-lover
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5 things Apple’s Tim Cook needs to do on his trip to India Apple CEO Tim Cook is on his first visit to India, a market where the company’s revenue has grown but whose market share is still small because of price-sensitive consumers. The trip is important as Apple looks for markets where it can  expand. In April, the company reported its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years as iPhone sales dropped year over year. Meanwhile, India is the world’s th
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Kids who text and watch TV simultaneously likely to underperform at schoolThe more time teenagers spend splitting their attention between various devices such as their phones, video games or TV, the lower their test scores in math and English tend to be. More time spent multitasking between different types of media is also associated with greater impulsivity and a poorer working memory in adolescents.
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Google I/O 2016: Everything we know, plus how to watch live Today Google is kicking off its biggest event of the year: Google I/O, a massive developer conference that opens with a two-hour keynote (gah, yes, two whole hours). For a glimpse at the future of all things Google, you can stream the event live via the video below and on Google’s event site. Follow along with us during I/O here and on Twitter @VentureBeat. Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes the stage
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INCHARGE InCharge is the world?s smallest cable for charging and data transfer, an ultra portable solution that lets you stay free of a major hassle – cable entanglement. Only 1,5 inch long, you can use it as a key-ring because of its magnetic strap that bonds together the two terminals. It?s really small and may be connected to a USB port and a portable device of your choice like IOS, Windows, Blackberry
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers visitors a unique mix of adventure, history and culture, it lets you appreciate nature from three breathtaking perspectives – the Suspension Bridge, the Treetops Adventure and the exciting Cliffwalk (not for the faint hearted). Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, in a spectacular West Coast rainforest, the park lets you enjoy the thrill of crossing th
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Haydale Graphene Inks Plasma Reactor Deal The reactor deal generates revenue for 2016, but, licensing and collaboration arrangements promise further income from the partnership in the future. Haydale will supply an R&D unit and a much…
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Mystery of Martian Methane Deepens After two years on the Red Planet, NASA’s Curiosity rover rules out a seasonal explanation for an observed methane spike — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Wikipedia Editor Says Site’s Toxic Community Has Him Contemplating Suicide An anonymous reader writes: A longtime Wikipedia editor wrote an email to a large public mailing list Tuesday, saying he was contemplating suicide due to online abuse by his fellow Wikipedians. “Nobody on Wikipedia seems to be kind,” he wrote. “You are all so busy power tripping that you forget there is a real, live person on the other side.” He lamented that obstructionism by
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Yes, the World is Getting Better. Here’s Why. A CNN poll earlier this year found that a majority of Americans are pessimistic about the future of the country. That’s consistent with prior polling, which discovered that a majority thinks the next generation will be worse off than their own. Are the worries that underpin this trend legitimate? Watch the video above to learn why it makes sense to be optimistic about the future. Click the link
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Fitbit is buying Coin so it can make a fitness tracker that pays for thingsFitbit, the biggest company in fitness tracking, has announced that it’s acquiring Coin, the maker of a “smart” credit card that digitally holds all of your other credit cards on a single device. But Fitbit isn’t buying Coin for its current Coin 2.0 gadget; that’s actually being left out of the deal and Coin says its existing products can be used until their internal batteries die. Inst
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Giant 3D Octopus Kite If you thought an octopus underwater was a bit frightening, just wait until you see a massive one swimming through the sky.Click Here For Complete Details
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Solar cells of the future could be based on iron molecules Researchers have successfully explained how iron-based dyes work on a molecular level in solar cells. The new findings will accelerate the development of inexpensive and environmentally friendly solar cells. The goal is to be able to use iron-based dyes in solar cells in the future. By using iron instead of other more expensive and rare metals, the production of solar cells and light catchers will
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Novel lab test may advance diagnosis of rare but dangerous pregnancy condition A laboratory blood test for the diagnosis of a rare genetic red blood cell disorder also shows promise in identifying HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening high blood pressure condition affecting 1 percent of all pregnant women.
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How to Use Your Headphones as an iPhone Camera Remote The iPhone’s camera app shutter button isn’t always in the most convenient place—particularly if you’re trying to operate it one-handed. You can use the volume button as an alternative, but there’s another way to take a picture you might not be aware of.This is a trick that’s been around for years, but you might not have stumbled across yet (file alongside this one and this one). The two volume bu
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Simulate and Test Arduino Projects with 123D Circuits When you’re getting started in the world of Arduino, wiring up a simple project and figuring out how to code it is the best way to learn. But if you don’t have access to an Arduino, want a faster way to mock up a circuit, or just want to try something new, 123D Circuits is a great way to give it a go online. 123D Circuits lets you create and test virtual Arduino circuits, check your wiring, debug
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Space exploration will spur transhumanism and mitigate existential risk When people think about rocket ships and space exploration, they often imagine traveling across the Milky Way, landing on mysterious planets and even meeting alien life forms. In reality, humans’ drive to get off Planet Earth has led to tremendous technological advances in our mundane daily lives — ones we use right here at home on terra firma. Read More
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Robots get creative to cut through clutter Clutter is a special challenge for robots, but new Carnegie Mellon University software is helping robots cope, whether they’re beating a path across the Moon or grabbing a milk jug from the back of the refrigerator.
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Harnessing engineered slippery surfaces for tissue repair A new method has been developed that can induce slipperiness on a growth supporting surface at will and sets the stage for the fast, efficient and inexpensive recovery of intact sheets of mesenchymal stem cells with broad potential for regenerative medicine.
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HIV: Identification of receptors in patients spontaneously controlling infection A small number of patients infected by HIV spontaneously control viral replication without antiretroviral therapy, and do not develop the disease. The ability of these rare patients, known as ‘HIV controllers,’ to suppress HIV replication appears to be down to a highly effective immune response. Scientists observed that CD4+ T immune cells in these patients were capable of recognizing tiny quantit
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Clear the Air: The Best Air Purifiers for Your Home It took more than 100 hours of research and testing—conducted by an airborne-particle physicist and former NOAA scientist using $100,000-plus of equipment—to find the best air purifier. Most people are best off with the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty. But we also have an upgrade for faster filtering, and another recommendation for removing chemicals and odors.This post was done in partnership with Sweetho
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Vevo revamp puts a personalized music video feed on your phone If you’re fond of gorging on music videos while you’re waiting for the bus or lounging on the couch, Vevo has your back. It’s
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