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I apologize for the recent lack of updates. I had gone on a brief vacation overseas.

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How not to get Likes on Facebook You might think small business owners would realize after the 10,000th viral local news story that forcibly dictating social media etiquette of customers tends to backfire. And yet here we are again. City Park Apartments in Salt Lake City, Utah finds itself crushed under a flood of vindictive online retribution for demanding its tenants “friend” the company’s unofficial Facebook page wi
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Cancer treatment centre in California designed by Yazdani Studio to feel like a spa Los Angeles firm Yazdani Studio has completed a curving glass facility for cancer patients in southern California, featuring radiation treatment rooms that overlook Zen gardens (+ slideshow). (more…)
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Wet My Whistle Musical Drinking Straws The straws let you not only let you take a sip from your favorite beverage, but also blow bubbles into your drink while playing potentially beautiful music as well.Click Here For Complete Details
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As the ‘Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act’ Turns One, Lawmakers Demand DOJ Get Tougher on Ad Platforms and Sex Buyers It can be difficult to effectively criticize bad responses to good causes. But good intentions plus power, money, and bureaucracy don’t always lead to the best incentives or outcomes. And this dynamic was on full display last Wednesday on Capitol Hill, where a bipartisan roster of U.S. representatives had come together to talk about the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA).  The JVTA was
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Motion-Activated LED Toilet Light Green means go, and red means go if you have a willy. This motion-activated toilet night light glows its green LED when you shuffle your way into a dark bathroom with the toilet seat down, and its red one when the seat is up. Such a reminder is very nice when it’s nighttime and you’re still half asleep. And also when it’s the middle of the day and you’re just not paying attention like my girlfrien
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Reality check: SketchShe pokes fun at Instagram fakers with video Do you have that friend that constantly posts a fake life to social media? Are they posting pictures of pictures, or making it look like they are doing one thing when in reality something entirely different is going on? Even if you don’t know this for a fact, chances are you are following at least one person on Instagram who has done this — or maybe even does this regularly. SketchShe has posted a
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ORCA Extra Heavy Duty Cooler A hardy and practical cooler tough enough for any adventure.
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Shaddai Mega Yacht Measuring in at nearly 500 feet long, this yacht is designed for luxury.
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The Origins of Intravenous Fluids Flushing a vein with a liter of saline is standard protocol in clinics and hospitals. To receive fluids intravenously is an ubiquitous therapeutic, a common tool to alleviate many conditions, so standard that there are even businesses that offer an IV and a bag of saline as a cure for the common hangover. Intravenous fluid resuscitation relies on the principle of replenishing our precious bodily f
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Measuring the Milky Way: One massive problem, one new solution It is a galactic challenge, to be sure, but Gwendolyn Eadie is getting closer to an accurate answer to a question that has defined her early career in astrophysics: what is the mass of the Milky Way?
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King Tut Had a Space Dagger Tutankhamun, the boy king of ancient Egypt who died at 18 and later exploded inside his own sarcophagus , apparently owned—and was buried with—a literal space dagger made from meteoric iron.Read more…
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News: Winning participants revealed at 2016 Venice Biennale Golden Lion ceremony The 2016 Venice Biennale is off to a positive start with the announcement of the National Participation winners during opening inauguration this past Saturday. Throughout the Biennale grounds, 63 countries are showcasing their unique architectural responses to the 2016 theme “Reporting from the Front”. After evaluations, the 2016 jury — which includes President of the Jury Hashim Sarkis (Lebanon,
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How will President Obama’s move to require overtime pay change architecture? For decades, bosses [in certain professions] have groomed their assistants to be the next generation of big shots by working them long hours for low wages. Call it the “Devil Wears Prada” economy, after the novel depicting life working for a fictionalized Anna Wintour, the longtime Vogue editor. But now, with the Obama administration moving to require time-and-a-half overtime pay for most salaried
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Vacheron Constantin’s new Overseas keeps you on time no matter where you on the planet A beautiful and versatile worldtimer.Photo: Vacheron ConstantinThere’s no arguing that Vacheron Constantin makes some of the finest world timers out there and there latest Overseas model is no exception. The Overseas Worldtime features 37 time zones on a lacquered disc that surrounds a sunburst-finished map of the continents. Sized at 43.5mm, the watch features an automatic in-house Caliber 2460 W
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Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium / Cardin Ramirez Julien + Aedifica The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium follows on an international architecture competition won by architecture and design consortium Cardin Ramirez Julien + Ædifica
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Antique Ship and Airplane in a Bottle Etched Globe Whiskey Decanter Set This set of two etched globe spirit decanters are made from mouth blown, lead-free glass with a beautifully detailed antique ship and plane encased on display inside.Click Here For Complete Details
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The Verizon Strike Proves the Internet Still Needs Humans Someone still has to fix the tubes. The post The Verizon Strike Proves the Internet Still Needs Humans appeared first on WIRED.
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IDG Contributor Network: Plotting the future of paperless receipts with Paypr Paper receipts are the bane of my existence. It might see small and inconsequential, but I actually spend a lot of time wrangling those little bits of paper.Case in point: I fill my car with gas on a weekly basis. Every time I do so, I wave my advanced contactless credit card over the payment machine, and then have to ask the shop assistant to print me out a paper receipt. I then scan that recei
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‘Top Gear’ season opener fails to fire on all cylinders To quote Jeremy Clarkson, “That’s not gone well.” SEE ALSO: Maserati’s Ghibli S Q4 sparkles, bellows and dazzles. But is it any good? The BBC Two’s Top Gear returned Sunday night in the U.K. (and Monday night in on BBC America in the U.S.) after an 11-month hiatus. Along with a tweaked format, the world’s most popular car show came back with a new cast and mildly renovated set. Although
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The Action (Figure) Packed Workspace Reader Norma just decided to renovate her workspace, and did it all for just shy of $800. She has tons of before and after pictures over at Flickr, but we’re going to focus on the after shots here, because they look great. Room to work, tons of storage for games, and lots of action figures.The full shot to the left of her home office is at the top here, with the sliding storage pulled back to reve
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This dead-simple DIY GoPro backpack mount costs almost nothing to make GoPro accessories are a dime a dozen. There are more harnesses, straps, cases, and attachments than you could ever possibly use in a lifetime. Some accessories are better made than others, and prices range from off-the-charts expensive to extremely affordable. But if you consider yourself the MacGyver type and want to save some money along the way, this clever little DIY Backpack Strap Mount might
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A boatload of additional products are about to ‘Work with Nest’ Nest may have stayed out of the limelight at Google I/O so far this year, but that doesn’t mean that it’s on its way out. In fact, it seems as though a bunch of new smart-home companies are set to play nice with Nest in the near future. Some newly crowned “Works with Nest” companies include the likes of August, Simplehuman, LIFX, Lutron, Misfit, and more. These firms could seriously expand the lev
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New Indiegogo campaign for Pseudo aims to convert your film camera to digital Since the dawn of the digital camera, photographers have longed for a way to convert their old film cameras into digital ones. It’s the unicorn of the photography industry, and while there have been attempts in the past, they all turned out to be too expensive, limited to specific camera models, or simply gave up too much in terms of build or image quality to seriously be considered. Current trend
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Concretus Wireless Speaker Inspired by industrial design, this concrete speaker combines high-fidelity with high architecture.
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What Do Elephants and Cocaine Have in Common? Wildlife products and drugs both fuel massive levels of international crime, according to a new United Nations report — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Competitions: THE BENCH 2016 Registration Deadline: Jul 20, 2016; Submission Deadline Jul 20, 2016 OVERVIEWTHE BENCH is an idea based design competition open to all ages and backgrounds. The challenge of the competition is to design and install a temporary structure on a street to transform the street environment to a form of public space. The competition is to design a seasonal-seating-space along the street edge of a retail
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Competitions: RIO OLYMPICS: Sustainable Fanbox Registration Deadline: Aug 30, 2016; Submission Deadline Aug 31, 2016 archasm invites architects, students, engineers, designers, artists and philosophers to send in their entries for our competitionIdea based competitionSingle stage competition Team of maximum three members No professional qualification necessary for eligibility Teams can be interdisciplinary The biggest sporting showdown of the
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Canadian Builders Love These Premium Quality Windows Windows and doors play an important role in a home’s design and appearance. Not only does this part of a home’s design add beauty and dimension to its exterior, it adds value as well
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What’s Up With This Lyft Driver Having Congressional License Plates? A picture cropped up on Twitter showing what at first appears to be just another Honda Civic driving for Lyft—until you notice it has Congressional license plates.Unfortunately it isn’t a DC lawmaker daylighting as a Lyft driver in desperate need of some campaign financing, but rather Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’ daughter trying to earn some extra cash for school expenses, according to The Hill.It see
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stylish student housing devised by agnieszka owsiany & adam wiercinski designed for students, the 83sqm space is divided into four independent rooms, with a spacious common area that includes the necessities for shared living. The post stylish student housing devised by agnieszka owsiany & adam wiercinski appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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Ferrari’s one-off program reveals its latest automotive masterpiece A 458 like no other.Photo: FerrariIt’s one thing to own a customized Ferrari, but you know you’ve really made it when you can spec out a one-off that was officially built by Ferrari themselves. That just happened with a very lucky British Ferrari enthusiast who had his 458 Speciale brought into the Ferrari Styling Center to create the 458 MM Speciale. At the center of the design is the windscreen
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Would Apple really change the design cycle of the iPhone? One of the confounding things about the latest swath of Apple rumors is that most of the information leaking out isn’t even about the 2016 iPhone — the iPhone 7 — but about the one after that.  You know, the one coming out in 2017. SEE ALSO: Those rumors of an all-glass iPhone just got a lot more realistic We may now have some insight as to why. A report from the Japanese newspaper Nikkei (that w
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The uncertain future of local news online The future of local news has been in doubt for decades. Newspapers and magazines, once the beneficiaries of local advertising and reader demand, have been hit particularly hard by the emergence of tech giants, primarily Facebook and Google. Local TV has faired slightly better economically, but still seen its role in the news increasingly filled by social media.  With fewer media outlets able to e
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Hatching Dragon Candles When the wick is lit, the fire slowly melts away the egg to reveal a randomly colored little baby dragon inside made from porcelain.Click Here For Complete Details
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E. coli fears renewed as ten million pounds of flour recalled A massive ten million pounds of flour have been recalled in the United States, and is the result of a long and ongoing investigation by the Centers for Disease Control to track down the source of an E. Coli outbreak that spanned 20 states. Mind you, there are no known E. coli cases resulting from the recalled flour. Rather, the … Continue reading
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Oploft is the Nordic, Mac-Friendly Standing Desk Solution You May Be Waiting For Oploft is the Nordic, Mac-Friendly Standing Desk Solution You May Be Waiting For Gadget Review – Your lifestyle gadget site The Oploft isn’t so much a standing desk as an artistic interpretation of standing desks: Oh it’s functional all right, but it’s designed primarily as an accessory – a gleaming, elegant metal accessory that let’s you stand when you don’t want to sit down to work. You can chec
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How to Create a Rainbow-Colored Pyrotechnics Show The summer’s almost here, and what goes perfect with scorching heat and unbearable humidity? That’s right, fire and explosions. But skip the fireworks and BBQs this year, and instead make your own rainbow pyrotechnics show with materials you can probably find at the hardware store.Read more…
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Where the Gary Johnson/William Weld Libertarian Presidential Campaign Goes From Here The Gary Johnson campaign is going to live or die for now on earned/free media, candidate and staff indicated in interviews at the Libertarian Party National Convention this weekend. But first, says campaign manager Ron Nielson right after vice presidential candidate William Weld won his nomination on Sunday, “we need to reorganize everything over the next few days. We were set up for this p
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More Details Have Been Revealed About Those Rogue One Reshoots Ben Mendelsohn in Rogue One. Rumor has it the Imperial officer may be named Director Krennic. Image: DisneyRogue One: A Star Wars Story won’t be released for almost seven months, and yet it’s already the talk of fans everywhere. Today, lots of that talk was about a New York Post article saying the film was “in crisis” and needed “expensive reshoots.” A new report now adds some much-needed detail t
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3D printing using stem cells? Israeli company runs successful lab tests Nano Dimension, an Israeli company that is a leader in 3D-printed electronics, announced this week that it has run a series of successful lab tests on a new 3D bioprinter capable of using stem cells. Conducted in partnership with the Israeli stem cell research company Accellta, Nano Dimension’s recent experiment represents a dramatic shift from its typical focus on electronics such as circuit boar
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Horizon Hobby Chroma 4K review When most people think of the drone industry, companies like DJI, Yuneec, or perhaps Parrot tend to be the first to come to mind. But what about Horizon Hobby? A global hobby company located in Illinois, Horizon Hobby is a jack-of-all-trades RC specialist that’s now trying to elbow its way into the unmanned aerial vehicle fold. Having recently launched its Chroma line of drones, we decided to put
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Current home networks not ready for the smart house: Intel Performance suffers when a high number of devices are connected to today’s home networks, and users experience it and don’t know why it happens, says Intel.
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‘Baby talk’ can help songbirds learn their tunes Adult songbirds modify their vocalizations when singing to juveniles in the same way that humans alter their speech when talking to babies. The resulting brain activity in young birds could shed light on speech learning and certain developmental disorders in humans, according to a study.
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High blood pressure linked to short-, long-term exposure to some air pollutants High blood pressure was associated with short-term and long-term exposure to some air pollutants commonly associated with the burning/combustion of fossil fuels, dust and dirt, a new study shows. Researchers suggest people — especially those with high blood pressure — limit their time outdoors when pollution levels are high.
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Like to get more bang for your sustainability-boosting buck? Here’s how A new method for assessing and comparing the various costs and benefits of green products has been developed, making it possible for purchasers to get the most environmental bang for their sustainability-investment buck.
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Ancient anti-inflammatory drug salicylic acid has cancer-fighting properties Scientists have identified a new pathway by which salicylic acid — a key compound in the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs aspirin and diflunisal — stops inflammation and tumor growth in cancer. Both salicylic acid and diflunisal suppress two key proteins that help control gene expression throughout the body. By inhibiting these proteins, the two drugs block the activation of other proteins i
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‘On-the-fly’ 3-D print system prints what you design, as you design it An interactive prototyping system has been developed that prints what you are designing as you design it; the designer can pause anywhere in the process to test, measure and, if necessary, make changes that will be added to the physical model still in the printer.
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Does obesity lead to more nursing home admission, lower quality of care? In a study, researchers examined the care that obese older adults receive when they are admitted to nursing homes. The researchers examined 164,256 records of obese people aged 65 or older who were admitted to nursing homes over a two-year period. They also examined the nursing homes’ total number of deficiency citations and quality-of-care deficiencies to determine the quality of care that the ho
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How to make opaque AI decisionmaking accountable Machine-learning algorithms are increasingly used in making important decisions about our lives — such as credit approval, medical diagnoses, and in job applications — but exactly how they work usually remains a mystery. Now Carnegie Mellon University researchers may devised an effective way to improve transparency and head off confusion or possibly legal issues. CMU’s new Quantitative Input Influ
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Physicist conducts experiments indicating efficiency of fusion start-up technique A physicist has, for the first time, performed computer simulations indicating the efficiency of a start-up technique for doughnut-shaped fusion machines known as tokamaks. The simulations show that the technique, known as coaxial helicity injection, could also benefit tokamaks that use superconducting magnets.
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Female heart patients less likely to get blood thinning therapy Female atrial fibrillation patients are less likely than their male counterparts to receive blood thinning therapies to prevent stroke, say researchers.
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Philips BDM4350UC: A Massive 43-inch 4K Monitor for the True Gamer Philips BDM4350UC: A Massive 43-inch 4K Monitor for the True Gamer Gadget Review – Your lifestyle gadget site We’ve talked a lot about the importance of picking the right screen size for your 4K TV or monitor, because it really does matter: A large screen is necessary to see all the pixels on prominent display, while a small screen won’t really show the difference between 4K and 1080p at all. That
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Risk of international spread of yellow fever re-assessed in light of the ongoing outbreaks The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has updated its rapid risk assessment on the outbreak of yellow fever with the latest developments, more comprehensive information on the current situation in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda and an extended threat assessment for the EU. Some of the data used in the assessment were collected during a mission to Angola in M
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Nature conserves its most vital DNA by multitasking, researchers show Authors of a new report describe and define ‘ultraconserved’ as 50 base pairs long DNA elements found in all 12 Drosophila species they studied — a comparison that is greater than the evolutionary distance between humans and reptiles. Most importantly, the authors show that UCEs are the ‘multitaskers’ of the genome, involved in numerous biological processes simultaneously, and this multi-layered
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Is civic technology the killer app for democracy?  Smartphone apps have improved convenience for public transportation in many urban centers. In Washington, DC, riders can download apps to help them figure out where to go, when to show up and how long to wait for a bus or train. However, the problem with public transport in DC is not the lack of modern, helpful and timely information. The problem is that the Metro subway system is on fire. Read M
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Making the Armadillo Vault at Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 Making of the Armadillo Vault, the centrepiece of the “Beyond Bending – Learning from the past to design a better future” …
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News: Bustler’s editor picks for architecture & design events: London, May 31-June 7 If perhaps you thought after last week’s busy schedule at Clerkenwell Design Week you might get to have a rest this week, we are sorry to say (not that sorry), that will have to wait; this week marks the opening of the much celebrated annual event, the London Festival of Architecture. As always the festival aims to provoke debate and catalyze change surrounding the future of the city, not only wit
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Jeff Bezos live at the 2016 Code Conference The CEO of Amazon takes the stage with Wall Mossberg to talk about what’s next.
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Apple removes same-sex couple from Mother’s Day iPhone ad in France, other countries First noticed by French news outlet Jeanne Magazine, Apple modified its Mother’s Day iPhone ad in several countries to remove a same-sex couple that appears in the United States version of the ad. The couple does not appear in the German, Italian, Turkish, Japanese, or French versions of the ad, while they do appear in the Mexican, Australian, and Canadian versions (via BuzzFeed News). more…File
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Facebook may add end-to-end encryption to Messenger – CNET However, tighter privacy may come at the expense of artificial intelligence features the social network is building into the chat app, the Guardian reports.
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CEO Mark Fields emphasizes services, as well as cars, in Ford’s future – Roadshow Taking the stage at the Code Conference today, Fields said that software and autonomous cars would be a bigger priority in the company’s future.
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A Simple Change Transformed One of LA’s Busiest Intersections Into One of its Safest The “scramble” crosswalk at Hollywood and Highland. (Image: LADOT)The intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue is among the world’s most famous—you’ve seen it broadcast every year on the Oscars as the start of the red carpet. But like most celebrities, the tourist-thronged Los Angeles landmark had a very dark secret: It was known as one of the most dangerous intersections for pedest
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5 underrated countries that should be your next destination Some landmarks are forever in the limelight.  These are the classic destinations, like the Eiffel Tower and the Egyptian pyramids, and also the widely-renowned relative “newcomers”, from the Roman Colosseum to Taj Mahal to the ruins at Chichén Itzá. They are sites bursting with heritage, and there’s no doubt each is worth an awe-filled visit. But there are less concrete “wonders of the world” in
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This photo is officially peak Bay Area SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — One reason it’s good to be a technology executive in the Bay Area is that you can afford or otherwise obtain courtside tickets for Game 7 of an epic NBA Playoffs series, then celebrate with the league’s reigning MVP after a comeback win that will live on forever in team lore.  One particular photo from the Golden State Warriors’ stunning Game 7 win over the Oklahoma City T
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MacBook Pro spy photos hint at OLED touch strip, no MagSafe It’s been a while since Apple made any huge change to its MacBook Pro line but the upcoming new model might prove to be the most controversial, or at least most talked about, one. Aside from the usual internal updates, like processor or RAM, rumors point to equally substantial new features on the outside of the MacBook Pro. A fresh … Continue reading
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SeedPlus is an early-stage fund focused on finding global startups in Southeast Asia  There’s a new early-stage fund in town — town being Southeast Asia. Singapore-based Jungle Ventures, the VC firm that launched a $100 million fund last year, today announced a new fund focused on seed stage investments in the region. Read More
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NOAA: Please don’t take selfies with the seals – CNET The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has asked enthusiastic beachgoers to stay away from the wildlife.
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The ‘Internet’ and ‘Web’ are brought low(er case) – CNET “Internet” and “Web”, two proper nouns that have been the bane of copy editors everywhere, are set to lose a little…cultural capital.
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SS3 House / Seshan Design © Rupajiwa Studio Architects: Seshan Design Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia Design Team: Ramesh Seshan, Azlan Syarawi, Suherman Sadelan, Ralph Antonio, Amin Madhadzir, Jeslyn Ko, Fakhruz Zaman Area: 4600.0 ft2 Project Year: 2016 Photographs: Rupajiwa Studio C&S Consultant : Projurutek Sdn Bhd Main Contractor : Trisac Sdn Bhd Carpentry/ Id
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ASX wants market feedback on its blockchain platform The Australian Securities Exchange has launched a showcase space at its Sydney headquarters to gather feedback from the market on blockchain technology, which it plans to use to develop its new post-trade platform.
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Aimed at ultra-slim laptops, Samsung’s new 512GB SSD weighs less than a dime What gets bigger as it gets smaller? Samsung’s solid-state drive technology, for one. The Korean company on Tuesday announced it’s begun mass production of its latest solid state flash memory chip, a 512GB component that’s smaller than a postage stamp. Samsung is aiming its new PM971-NVMe drive for use in next-generation PCs and ultra-slim laptops. Check out the dimensions – it’s just 20mm x 16mm
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Extreme Life-Forms Could Complicate Carbon Sequestration Researchers say carbon storage sites should be tested for microbial life, which could potentially convert CO2 to methane—a more potent greenhouse gas. Christopher Intagliata reports. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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WINMAX Crocodile PVC Inflatable Float Fun Boat COUPON: CrocodileGB URL:   http://goo.gl/EaXyWLCOUPON PRICE:  $17.79  COUPON:   CrocodileGBOriginal price: $22Check more http://goo.gl/gj3zGGWell, it’s a simple post just to tell you the good news that we you could buy Crocodile Fun Boat at a really low price at Gearbest, which you couldn’t on other shops, maybe. [Main Features] Made of PVC material, durable and environmentally friendly  With anti-leakage valve, incr
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Tiny probe could produce big improvements in batteries and fuel cells The key to needed improvements in the quest for better batteries and fuels cells likely lies in the nanoscale, a realm so tiny that the movement of a few atoms or molecules can shift the landscape. A team researchers has built a new window into this world to help scientists better understand how batteries really work.
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Improving cell transplantation after spinal cord injury: When, where and how? Spinal cord injuries are mostly caused by trauma, often incurred in road traffic or sporting incidents, often with devastating and irreversible consequences. According to a systematic analysis of 49 animal studies researchers found that after experimental spinal cord injury, transplanting olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) into the site of damage significantly improves locomotor performance.
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Financial relationships between biomedical companies and organizations Sixty-three percent of organizations that published clinical practice guidelines on the National Guideline Clearinghouse website in 2012 reported receiving funds from biomedical companies, but these relationships were seldom disclosed in the guidelines, according to a new study.
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Large global range of prices for hepatitis C medicines raises concerns about affordability The prices and affordability of recently developed and highly effective direct-acting antivirals for treating hepatitis C vary greatly among countries worldwide, according to a new study.
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The unintended consequences of a hospital’s attempt to improve As hospitals try to maintain effective and efficient operations, physician call systems can be a critical element in maintaining quality medical care and financial stability. A decade-long study from a large teaching hospital in Toronto, Canada, shows that a change in staff scheduling resulted in 26 percent higher readmissions, an unintended and negative result.
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Mac and cheese worth taco’n about. Mac and cheese worth taco’n about.
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Jumping Straight Down the Side of a 3,228-foot Cliff Looks Like a Neverending Free Fall The drop doesn’t seem to end. And that’s because the jump is off a 3,228-foot cliff in Norway. At that high of an elevation, that free fall will feel like it’s going on forever. It’s probably long enough to make you question what the hell you just did over and over again. It’s probably long enough to have your life flash before your eyes a couple times through. It’s probably long enough to mayb
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Calculating the mechanics of a rough sphere A transatlantic team of researchers explain the creation of a simulation model that can help scientists mathematically correct for any errors related to a sphere’s roughness. Scientists have developed a simulation model to take the guesswork out of calculating the influence of roughness on mechanical properties of a sphere.
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Huge magma reservoir could be lurking under South Korean island New seismic-tomography model reveals an unexpected feature
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Jeff Bezos slams Peter Thiel’s funding lawsuit against Gawker – CNET Amazon CEO says at Code Conference that the billionaire shouldn’t be using his fortune “to fund a lawsuit to kill Gawker.”
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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos: ‘It’s the first inning’ of AI RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, California — If you’re excited about artificial intelligence and machine learning now, just wait until you see what’s coming around the bend. Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the company behind one of the most popular consumer-grade home AI devices on the market — Amazon Echo and its Alexa voice assistant — told The Verge’s Walt Mossberg at the annual Code Conference on Tu
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Bezos to billionaires: Skip the revenge plots and get thicker skin Gawker Media may have a surprising ally: Jeff Bezos seems to think Peter Thiel’s decade-long vendetta against the gossip blog is a waste of energy. In conversation with Walt Mossberg at the annual Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California Tuesday evening, the Amazon founder was frank when asked about the high-profile dispute between the digital media company and the Silicon Valley billio
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Jeff Bezos on space, free speech and creating shows to sell more shoes  When it came to discussing Peter Thiel’s involvement in the ongoing Gawker trial that’s raised questions surrounding free speech, Jeff Bezos quoted Confucius: “Seek revenge and you should dig two graves, one for yourself.” Bezos, naturally, should have strong opinions when it comes to free speech: he’s the owner of The Washington Post. With Gawker locked in a… Read More
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How Can Budget Airlines Be So Cheap to Fly? Budget airlines like JetBlue and Southwest in the United States, and Ryanair and Easy Jet in Europe, are often significantly cheaper to fly compared to legacy airlines like Delta and British Airways. How is this possible? Flying is expensive ! The simple answer is that budget airlines simplify as many costs as possible. Read more…
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Amazon will ‘probably’ open more bookstores RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, California — Like the forester planting trees in a decimated timberland, Amazon is now seriously considering expanding its brick and mortar bookstore experiment. During a lengthy chat with The Verge’s Walt Mossberg at the annual Code Conference on Tuesday night, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos explained that in addition to the bookstore they opened in Seattle, Washington,
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Intel unleashes 10-core CPU for 4K and VR gaming Intel announced a new line of high-end CPUs at Computex in Taiwan this week, including its first 10-core processor for desktops. Under the Core i7 processor Extreme Edition banner is a family of four different models designed for 4K and virtual reality (VR) gaming, as well as performance-hungry content creation like editing 4K or 360-degree videos… Continue Reading Intel unleashes 10-core CPU
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Uncovering the purpose of birds’ extra fat Ornithologists have long wondered why some birds carry more fat than they need to fuel their migration, and a new study in The Auk: Ornithological Advances provides the answer: Leftover fuel from spring migration gives female birds a reproductive boost when they reach their breeding grounds.
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Hillary’s Habits of Haughtiness The last time she lived in the White House, Hillary Clinton was in charge of a health care task force that met in secret under a veil of lies. That episode highlighted the haughtiness, deceit, and disdain for transparency that continue to cause trouble for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, as illustrated by the recent inspector general’s report on her email practices as secretary o
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Bureaucrats Stifle Innovation The first step in inventing something shouldn’t be waiting for government approval. What would ever get done? “Regulators like to see new types of law and regulation imposed upon the Internet and emerging technologies,” warns Adam Thierer, author of Permissionless Innovation. “From drones to driverless cars to the ‘Internet of things’ … they want to put the genie back in the bott
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Amazon Wants ‘Acceptable Business Terms’ to Offer Prime Video on Apple TV At Recode’s Code Conference today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was asked why the online retailer does not sell either the Apple TV or Google Chromecast. Bezos reiterated that Amazon chooses not to sell video streaming devices that do not include Prime Video capability and that the company wants “acceptable business terms” before bringing the the app to devices. We sell Roku, we sell Xbox, we
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Price Hikes May Turn Off Robot Taxi Customers Robot taxis represent one of the first goals for both tech giants and automakers developing self-driving cars. Popular ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have also made plans to eventually switch over from human drivers to self-driving cars. But a recent study suggests many Americans may not be willing to pay more for the privilege of riding a robot taxi compared with hailing a human drive
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Talking Design With Baume & Mercier’s Top Watch Designer A veteran watch designer gives us a look inside the design process. …Read More »
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Russia wants to crisscross its country with its own Hyperloop-like tracks Evidently inspired by Elon Musk’s plans for a revolutionary transportation system, Russia has said it’s currently examining the viability of a long-term project that could see Hyperloop-like technology connect all four corners of the massive country. Anatolyi Zaitsev, an official from the St. Petersburg State Transport University, said recently that the initial plan could see Moscow connected with
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Base Camp customizable trailer supplies a rugged box of adventure Utah’s Mobilight International knows a few things about building rugged trailers designed to roll over tough, foreboding terrain. It butters its bread by building mobile light towers for use at mines, oil fields, and other job and event sites. The company recently brought that experience over to the recreational camping and overland market with the Base Camp, a tough steel box built for explora
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Amazon hasn’t put out a wearable — yet — but Bezos also isn’t saying ‘no’ to the idea For an online retailer Amazon has made a lot of hardware products, some having been more successful than others. But there’s one category that Amazon hasn’t officially entered yet: wearables. I had the rare opportunity to ask Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos about his interest in this area at Code Conference this evening, following his on-stage interview with Walt Mossberg (which you should real
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What to Read in June Smart summer reads for 2016 cover rattlesnakes, bees and a fish called arowana.
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Riding on a Beam of Light Sailships may offer our best shot at reaching the edge of the solar system and beyond.
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How to Charge Your Gadgets Faster and Save Packing Space on the Road Standard chargers and cables are a waste of wall outlets, bag space and time. Get smart with these charging kits. …Read More »
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When you’ve been stung more than 1,000 times, it’s only sensible to write a book about stinging insects. You can tell a lot about an book by the author’s photo. My author photo for Venomous, for example, paints me as the intrepid explorer; I look adventurous and daring as I smile unabashedly through the legs of a large tailless whip scorpion (amblypygid). But while the photo is startling, it’s not as bold as it seems. It’s a facade of bravado, not real bravery, as the menacing-looking animal on my ch
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The Billionaire and the Doomsday Dust-up First of all, let me reassure you that this post has nothing at all to do with Donald Trump. The billionaire in question is not the presidential candidate but Nathan Myhrvold, the former chief technology officer at Microsoft. The doomsday I’m talking about is not political but physical. And the dust-up comes down to a contentious but ultimately quantifiable issue: What is the real risk from astero
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Autoimmune Diseases Affect Millions of Americans: Here’s How Citizen Science Can Help Autoimmune Citizen Science is an app to help people with autoimmune diseases track their symptoms, lab tests, and treatments in order to see what’s working and what isn’t. Individual data is aggregated in order to see what’s working for the community as a whole. Check out the project on SciStarter and sign up for the beta testing phase of the app. by Vivek Mandan Despite the estimated 50 million A
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US airports to put drone-disabling system to the test There’s a very good reason the airspace around airports is restricted. But the proliferation of consumer drones is making the job of policing these areas increasingly difficult and raising the prospect of these unmanned aircraft crashing into their commercial cousins. As part of its effort to stop drones flying too close to airports, the US government is trialing a defense system at select US a
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cazú zegers defines whisper house with curving concrete walls in chile influenced by richard serra’s sculptures, this family home uses a series of curving walls to define the perimeter and sculptural interior. The post cazú zegers defines whisper house with curving concrete walls in chile appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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Automating DNA origami makes it easy to build DNA nanoparticles Researchers can build complex, nanometer-scale structures of almost any shape and form, using strands of DNA. But these particles must be designed by hand, in a complex and laborious process.This has limited the technique, known as DNA origami, to just a small group of experts in the field.Now a team of researchers at MIT and elsewhere has developed an algorithm that can build these DNA nanopartic
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Bayer And Planetary Resources Intend To Collaborate To Improve Agriculture With Space Data Bayer and the aerospace technology company Planetary Resources, based in Redmond, Washington, USA, have signed a memorandum of understanding about the development of applications and products based on satellite images. Bayer intends to purchase these data from Planetary Resources to create new agricultural products and improve existing ones. The collaboration will be part of the Digital Farming In
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Bears attempt to break into parked cars at school, Twitter responds with glee It’s 2016, and bears have more than human enemies to face — they now have social media.  Earlier today, ABC7 reported that an unspecified number of bears were trying to break into parked cars at Tyler Elementary School in Gainesville, Virginia. This isn’t the first time — there have been multiple bear sightings this week — but people on social media responded with alarm, confusion, and bear-appro
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Microsoft working with Dell, HP, HTC, Intel to bring Windows Holographic beyond HoloLens At the Computex industry conference in Taiwan today, Microsoft is showing off new ways that people will be able to collaborate in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), even if they don’t have Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality (AR) headset. Toward that end, Microsoft is working with several partners to make it possible for more devices to run on top of the Windows Holographic platfo
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Renewable energy sources grew at record pace in 2015: study Developing countries spent more on renewable power than rich ones for the first time last year, driving the fastest increase in sources of green energy on record, a study said Wednesday.
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Have Your Customized 3D Printed Gummy Candies Made At This U.S. Candy Store A candy chain is now allowing those of us who love candies and 3D printing to enjoy the two all at once. Partnering with Magic Candy Factory, Dylan’s Candy Bar just installed 3D printers in their shops to allow their customers to create and design their own gummy candies, and print them right away. Currently, […]
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This Driver Filmed Sleeping In His Car As It Moved Along On Autopilot Rings In The Start Of Our Futuristic Days The beginning of our futuristic days with technology has already begun and only some of us will realize this because we keep a tab on what inventions are being released. From robots that now take over jobs that previously required the hands of a human, to drones now allowing every walking man on Earth to […]
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Microsoft doubles down on VR and AR, positioning Windows 10 as the “the only mixed reality platform”  In a keynote presentation at Computex in Taipei and a couple blog posts today, Microsoft doubled down on the mixed reality efforts spearheaded by Hololens – Windows 10, the company aims to show, is place to be when it comes to mixed reality. Read More
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Microsoft wants VR headsets to run its Windows Holographic OS Microsoft is opening up its Windows Holographic operating system to virtual reality headset makers. At Computex today, Microsoft released a demo video of its vision of “mixed reality” where VR headsets can interact with the company’s HoloLens, and more. Microsoft demonstrated a concept of its vision for a mixed world of HoloLens and VR headsets, which included a HTC Vive headset. While
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Facebook Spares Humans By Fighting Offensive Photos With AI An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: Facebook tells TechCrunch that its artificial intelligence systems now report more offensive photos than humans do. Typically when users upload content that is deemed offensive, it has to be seen and flagged by at least one human worker or user. Such posts that violate terms of service can include content that is hate speech, threatening or
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Hacked construction signs alert motorists to breaking news: Trump is a ‘lizard’ Construction signs: They tell you what lanes to avoid, what speed to travel at, and who to vote for in the 2016 presidential election. Along Interstate 30 in West Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, motorists were confronted with a highly opinionated construction sign. No, the sign wasn’t opining about the best exit signs to follow. It wanted you to know that Donald Trump “is a shape-shifting lizard.&
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Shock as Honduras national park cleared to halt bugs A massive bug infestation and cut-down of pine trees in a national park in Honduras has stunned residents and sparked a warning from experts that a localized spike in temperatures will ensue.
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Beijing’s smoke busters point the way for national ban Wielding an “inspector” badge, volunteer Liu Li follows his nose as he sniffs out violators of China’s toughest-ever tobacco control law, enacted a year ago on Wednesday, as Beijing fights to keep its air smoke free.
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Futuristic Dubai office showcases 3-D printing’s potential There are office printers that spit out documents and others that always seem to jam. And then there those that make the office itself.
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14 “radical” buildings from Spain’s post-economic crisis architectural revival Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: the Golden Lion-winning Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale highlights 55 projects described by the curators as offering a more radical response to building in Spain after the economic crisis. Dezeen presents 14 of these projects, ranging from a converted palace to an adaptable apartment (+ slideshow). (more…)
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IWC Timezoner Chronograph boasts world-first tech It has labelled a watchmaking masterstroke: the application of a radical new concept IWC Schaffhausen built into its Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph… The post IWC Timezoner Chronograph boasts world-first tech appeared first on Popular Mechanics.
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‘Baby dragons’ in Slovenia poised for rare hatching The strange, slithery creatures inside Slovenia’s Postojna cave were once considered living proof that dragons existed, prompting locals to give it a wide berth.
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EU calls for a softer approach to Uber and Airbnb The European Union is warning member states against banning services like Uber and Airbnb, under guidelines aimed at harmonizing regulation of the so-called “sharing economy.” In a draft of the guidelines obtained by Reuters and The Financial Times, the European Commission says outright bans on the services should only be used as a “measure of last resort,” suggesting that gov
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London’s Natural History Museum to create outdoor exhibition spaces The grounds outside London’s Grade I-listed Natural History Museum are set to become an extension of the institution’s display. Niall McLaughlin Architects and landscape designer Kim Wilkie have submitted plans to transform the museum’s outdoor area into open-air galleries, along with more public spaces. The external parts will showcase extinct plants and animals in the east and living species in
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Six Months after Paris Accord, We’re Losing the Climate-Change Battle A new report from the International Energy Agency includes projections for reductions in energy use and carbon dioxide emissions that could be wildly optimistic.
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Microsoft reveals the tricks behind its Magic Mirror The concept of a smart mirror has been around for a while, but none of them have really materialized into a real product yet. Microsoft joined the fray at its Build conference in March demoing its own Magic Mirror. It has now explained the tricks behind the concept and provided those who don’t mind a little DIY work with the tools to build their own… Continue Reading Microsoft reveals the tri
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Planetary Resources raises $21M for Earth Observation platform Redmond WA (SPX) May 30, 2016 Planetary Resources has announced that it has secured US$21.1 million in Series A funding. The capital will be used to deploy and operate Ceres, an advanced Earth observation business that features the first commercial infrared and hyperspectral sensor platform to better understand and manage humanity’s natural resources. The funding was led by Bryan Johnson and the
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Carnegie Mellon transparency reports make AI decision-making accountable Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 30, 2016 Machine-learning algorithms increasingly make decisions about credit, medical diagnoses, personalized recommendations, advertising and job opportunities, among other things, but exactly how usually remains a mystery. Now, new measurement methods developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers could provide important insights to this process. Was it a person’s
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Comet contains glycine, key part of recipe for life Miami (AFP) May 27, 2016 An important amino acid called glycine has been detected in a comet for the first time, supporting the theory that these cosmic bodies delivered the ingredients for life on Earth, researchers said Friday. Glycine, an organic compound contained in proteins, was found in the cloud around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the European Space Agency’s probe, Rosetta, said the
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Investment in energy storage vital if renewables to achieve full potential Norwich, UK (SPX) May 30, 2016 Government subsidies should be used to encourage investment in energy storage systems if renewable power is to be fully integrated into the sector, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Variable output renewable energy systems, such as wind turbines and solar panels, are growing across Europe and contribute to supply and price volatility i
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Bee populations expanded during global warming after the last Ice Age Washington DC (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 The Australian small carpenter bee populations appear to have dramatically flourished in the period of global warming following the last Ice Age some 18,000 years ago. The bee species is found in sub-tropical, coastal and desert areas from the north-east to the south of Australia. Researchers Rebecca Dew and Michael Schwarz from the Flinders University of South Au
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Ecologists advise an increase in prescribed grassland burning to maintain ecosystem Manhattan KS (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 Kansas State University researchers have found a three-year absence of fire is the tipping point for the tallgrass prairie ecosystem and advise an increase in burning. A collaborative study, recently publish in Elsevier’s journal, Rangeland Ecology and Management, suggests many land managers in the Flint Hills need to increase burning frequency to more than once ev
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Fiddler crabs use morse code to attract mate Washington DC (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 The vibrations and pulses that male fiddler crabs produce when they are trying to lure females into their burrows to mate are surprisingly informative. These signals serve as a type of “Morse code” that the females decipher to learn more about the size and stamina of their suitors. This is according to a study by Japanese researchers Fumio Takeshita of N
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Space-age exploration for pre-historic bones Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 The extremely difficult conditions in which University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) Professor Lee Berger’s Rising Star team was forced to work, gave rise to the use of space-age technology to map the Dinaledi chamber and Rising Star Cave, in which over 1500 Homo naledi fossils were found. Ashley Kruger, a PhD candidate in Palaeoanthropology at the Ev
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Hydrothermal vents, methane seeps play enormous role in marine life, global climate Corvallis OR (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 The hydrothermal vents and methane seeps on the ocean floor that were once thought to be geologic and biological oddities are now emerging as a major force in ocean ecosystems, marine life and global climate. However, even as researchers learn more about their role in sustaining a healthy Earth, these habitats are being threatened by a wide range of human activitie
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Qld government trials data-logging buoys to protect migrating whales In a bid to ensure the safety of migrating whales, the Queensland government is trialling new buoys that have been fitted with technology that can identify any malfunctioning pingers.
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LG will launch ‘X-Men phones’ in the US in July: Sources Following the popularity of the high-tier smartphone G5, LG plans to strengthen its budget model mid-tier X series phones by launching four new models themed after Marvel’s X-Men.
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The Aussie surfer building modular homes that can survive cyclones Once a builder of surfboards, Nev Hyman is now trying something a little larger on land. The founder of Nev House, Hyman heads a company that builds modular, pre-fabricated structures that can serve as homes, schools and medical centres in the regions of the world that need them most. On Friday, the company won the prestigious Good Design Award for Sustainability. SEE ALSO: Atlassian’s CEO on why
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Multifunction Phase Array Radar (MPAR) Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 31, 2016 Multifunction Phase Array Radar (MPAR) is a multi-US Agency initiative by the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, the Dept. of Defense, and the Dept. of Homeland Security to investigate the feasibility of deploying a common phased array radar platform for the multi-use purposes of air traffic control, air surveill
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EU, Berlin oppose Chinese bid for German robotics maker: report Berlin (AFP) May 30, 2016 Top officials in Brussels and Berlin oppose a Chinese takeover bid of German industrial robotics supplier Kuka, a newspaper reported Monday. “Kuka is a successful company in a strategic sector that is of key importance for the digital future of European industry,” European Digital Economy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told the Frankfurter Allgmeine Zeitung. O
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US Govt delays launch of classified NROL-37 spy satellite Washington DC (Sputnik) May 31, 2016 The launch of the US National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-37 spy satellite mission has been postponed, United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced in a release on Friday. “The Delta IV [heavy rocket] NROL-37 launch is delayed at the request of the customer,” ULA stated. “The NROL-37 spacecraft and launch vehicle are secure on Space Launch Complex 37
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DARPA sets sights on Robotic Space Plane for next generation warfare Washington DC (Sputnik) May 31, 2016 The experimental low-cost XS-1 will be able to fly at escape-velocity speeds and catapult 3,000-pound payloads into orbit – and it’ll be able to do it again and again. This week the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) solicited design proposals for a satellite-launching robotic space plane, signaling that development of the futuristic
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Russia to complete construction of Space Intelligence Center in 2017 Moscow (Sputnik) May 31, 2016 A new space surveillance and tracking center will be completed by late 2017 in the Russian Far Eastern town of Zeya, the Russian Federal Agency for Special Construction (Spetsstroy) said Monday. Construction works were commissioned by the Russian Defense Ministry and will start this year, according to the statement. “The builders are to construct a checkpoint, a
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Understanding today’s rocket engine market Bethesda, MD (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 Many innovators have proposed a variety of concepts that might propel a launch vehicle from Earth to orbit. However, only two basic types of rocket engines have survived the test of fire: Solid propellant and liquid propellant rockets. There are still a few who believe hybrids are the answer to achieving orbital speeds with meaningful payloads. However, none of the
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Studying life on the rocks Washington DC (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 Much of modern life is deeply impacted by the behavior of ice. Now, new work from a team at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in Palisades, New York, gives insights into what is happening inside ice. The team has developed an apparatus to meet the growing need for measuring ice as it changes in response to external forces, a process ice scien
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Researchers embarks on field campaign to study effects of smoke on Earth’s climate Miami FL (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 A scientist at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is leading an upcoming international research campaign to study a significant contributor to regional climate warming – smoke. The first-of-its-kind research experiment begins on June 1, 2016 from Ascension Island in the southeastern Atlantic Ocean. The experiment, called LA
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Chine’s satellite industry eyes global satellite market Beijing (XNA) Jun 01, 2016 China is likely to be building and supplying at least 10 percent of the world’s satellites by 2020, according to a leading space researcher. “A forecast by a foreign consultancy said that around 1,000 satellites will be launched by 2020 to meet the demands of the market, and we believe Chinese-developed satellites will account for more than 10 percent of that marke
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A new ‘Einstein ring’ is discovered Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 The PhD student Margherita Bettinelli, of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of La Laguna (ULL), together with an international team of astrophysicists has recently discovered an unusual astronomical object: an Einstein ring. These phenomena, predicted by Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, are quite rare but scientifically inte
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A new, water-logged history of the Moon Paris (AFP) May 31, 2016 After the Apollo missions scooped up rocks from the Moon’s surface and brought them home, scientists were convinced for decades that they had proof our nearest celestial neighbour was drier than a bone. How wrong they were. New technology detected water in those dusty samples nearly a decade ago, and a new study, published Wednesday, tells us how and when that water – lot
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New Seebest D730 Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Coming!!! The newest desgin in 2015,launched in IFA-Consumer Electronics Unlimited Fair in Germany, interviewed by Norway TV Station, for no more than $200 shipped price, this Seebest D730 Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner can be your good choice.Now you can get this at $159.99 Shipped with coupon SeebestD730 at Gearbest http://www.gearbest.com/robotic-vacuum-cleaner/pp_362347.html1.     Multifunction1.     Mult
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WordPress Charity Hackathon 2016 Popular Mechanics: Cape Town’s WordPress Charity Hackathon is back with its third annual do_action event. Sign up to make a difference. The post WordPress Charity Hackathon 2016 appeared first on Popular Mechanics.
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MM++ architects conceives micro townhouse in vietnam as a blueprint for urban renewal designed for a family of four, the dwelling comprises a total of five storeys, including a mezzanine level and a roof terrace. The post MM++ architects conceives micro townhouse in vietnam as a blueprint for urban renewal appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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Windows Holographic devices coming ‘in months’ not years – CNET You’ll be able to get your real hands on the virtual magic of Windows Holographic soon — just don’t look to Microsoft to bring the first devices to market.
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Nokia completes Withings acquisition, will reveal its digital health plans next week Nokia first announced its plans to acquire French consumer electronics company Withings back in April for €170 million ($191 million) in cash. While the deal was supposed to close later this year, Nokia has completed its acquisition this week. Withings will now join Nokia’s preventive health and patient care teams led by the former Withings CEO, Cédric Hutchings. Nokia’s acquisition of Withings w
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Google’s Echo Rival is a ‘Dressed-up’ Version of Chromecast Last month, Google announced plans for its upcoming Amazon Echo rival, Google Home, a Wi-Fi enabled personal assistant that enables people to ask Google search queries, manage everyday tasks, enjoy music and entertainment, and more using hands-free “OK Google” voice commands. Yesterday, a few more details emerged about Google Home, which will potentially go directly up against the smar
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Scientists create compound that erases disease-causing RNA defect In an important new study with implications for the treatment of dozens of incurable diseases, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have for the first time created a drug candidate that attacks and neutralizes the RNA structure that causes an incurable progressive, inherited disease involving a gradual loss of control over body movement.
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In 5 years, the average American will use 22GB of mobile data per month, report says If you think your cool new 5GB-per-month mobile data plan will be enough to last for a couple of years, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise.  According to Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report, released Wednesday, a mobile data consumption explosion is happening, with mobile traffic growing 60% between the first quarter of 2015 and 2016.  And due to the rising number of smartphone subscription
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This Lego-friendly keyboard is one you won’t mind bricking – CNET There’s no reason why you have to act like a grown-up just because you’re typing very important things. So why not have a bit of fun in the space between the keys?
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Why these round houses survive hurricanes that destroy traditional homes Memorial Day weekend may conjure up carefree thoughts of the beginning of summer, but for many people across the country, June first marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. With predictions for bigger and deadlier storms this year due to the transition to La Niña coupled with above average sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico, meteorologists are urging inhabitants of c
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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 gets a substantial refresh It’s been nearly two years since Panasonic announced the rugged 7.0-inch Toughpad FZ-B2 tablet. Usually, that is a signal for manufacturers to retire the model and prepare for a new one. Rather uncharacteristically, Panasonic is sticking to its FZ-B2 guns and is instead giving it what is has described a “stunning makeover”. That might be a bit of a misnomer … Continue reading
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Aether Navigator Motorcycle Jacket From day rides to weekend adventures, AETHER?s Navigator Motorcycle Jacket keeps you safe on the bike, without sacrificing on design. Its constructed with Schoeller®-Dynatec, an abrasion-resistant fabric specifically engineered for motorcyclists. This technical shell fabric has been tested and refined using Schoeller?s “Sturzsimulator? crash simulator, which s fabric against an actual piece o
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mathery studio loops everyday objects in together photo series by applying the concept of ‘union’ on selected objects, they have designed a collection of accessories and garments that embody the antithesis of themselves. The post mathery studio loops everyday objects in together photo series appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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VR rowing turns a workout into a vacation Playing VR games can be surprisingly good exercise — ducking your head behind artificial barriers or waving your arms around to shoot enemy robots can work up a sweat. But what if you wanted a genuine workout? Well, VR fitness appears to be a rising trend, with several applications designed to alleviate the tedium of indoor gyms. Here at Computex, I tried out yet another VR fitness apparatus that
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Leaked images claim to show next-gen MacBook Pro with OLED touch bar Just days after a prominent tech analyst said Apple was readying an all-new MacBook Pro featuring an “OLED display touch bar,” images have appeared online that claim to show the refreshed design. The photos, sent to Cult of Mac by an unnamed source who claims to work for one of Apple’s manufacturing partners in China, show a thin strip for the touch bar located in place of the function of keys. It
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Atari’s going to build IoT devices that talk over a low-power network The latest entrant in the Internet of Things is legendary gaming company Atari, which plans to make consumer devices that communicate over the SigFox low-power network. The devices will be for homes, pets, lifestyle and safety. Over the SigFox network, users will be able to see the location and status of their devices at all times, the companies said. They’re set to go into production this year
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China Tries to Enforce Real-Name Registration by Threatening to Disconnect People’s Phones Image: Vin Crosbie via FlickrAfter six years of futilely trying to make people register their phones using real names, China’s got plans to crack down. According to the state-run China News Service, the more than 100 million people who haven’t yet registered SIM cards with real names need to do so by June 2017, or else their mobile service could be disconnected. The idea behind the rule is that re
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SanDisk outs 128GB Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C flash drive SanDisk has launched a new flash drive specifically for computers with the USB Type-C port integrated. This new USB port makes it easy to plug your drive in because it can be connected to the PC with either side up thanks to the reversible design. The flash drive has a retractable connector design to keep the connector safe when carried … Continue reading
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Arctic temperatures are literally off the charts Related: Arctic sea ice levels hit a new winter low – again Via Gizmodo Images via Wikimedia Commons and Andrew Slater, National Snow and Ice Data Center
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Why You Keep Getting Close But Still Aren’t Landing Job Offers If you keep making it to the final round of interviews but don’t get the job offer, it could be because of one of these more subtle factors.You’re eminently employable, and you have the results to prove it. You’re getting called in for interviews, then called back for more. Recruiters are peeping your LinkedIn profile and you’re hearing back when you send out your resume. But at the end of each hi
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NIKE expands logistics campus in belgium as part of a more sustainable supply chain five locally generated renewable energy sources, including six 150 meter high wind turbines (enough to power 5,000 households) and solar panels with a surface area equivalent to three soccer fields power the building to accelerate the company’s drive toward the supply chain of the future. The post NIKE expands logistics campus in belgium as part of a more sustainable supply chain appeared first
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Nokia completes $190M acquisition of Withings health gadget maker  Back in April Nokia announced it was buying health and fitness focused gadget maker Withings for €170 million (~$190M). At the time it was expecting the acquisition to close in Q3 but it has now confirmed the close of the transaction ahead of schedule. Following the acquisition, Withings co-founder and CEO Cedric Hutchings has been made head of a new Digital Health business unit at… Read More
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Microsoft’s mixed reality vision: 80 million devices by 2020 – CNET Get ready for augmented reality to shake up our world. According to Microsoft, the future’s so bright we’re gonna need goggles, but how do the figures stack up?
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First commercial carbon-capture plant set to open in Switzerland A plant will capture carbon dioxide from the air and sell it to a nearby greenhouse to spur the growth of fruit and vegetables
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YAC annouces winners of the Lighthouse Sea Hotel competition Dezeen promotion: a hostel with a secluded courtyard and bedrooms facing the sea has won a competition seeking ideas to transform a Sicilian lighthouse into a tourist facility. (more…)
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Unique Ferrari 458 Speciale gets new shape and added scoops Ferrari has shown off the 458 MM Speciale, a special version of the 458 Speciale. The one-off was designed by the Italian marque’s in-house Styling Centre. It is built on the chassis and running gear of the 458 Speciale, while having been stylistically and aerodynamically updated to meet the client’s sporty requirements… Continue Reading Unique Ferrari 458 Speciale gets new shape and added sc
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Wearable Tech Gets Emotional: London-based studio Vinaya’s minimalist Zenta bracelet goes beyond tracking activity London-based tech design studio and lab Vinaya wants wearables to make us feel more human and less hamster. For its debut line Altruis, they developed luxe—albeit still bulky—jewelry in iPhone-evoking colors that vibrates different patterns under…… Continue Reading…
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EU head office wants limited extension of popular weedkiller The European Union’s health and food safety chief says that he wants the popular weedkiller glyphosate to be extended for use only until a new EU study rules on its safety.
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Grain silo transformed into a community food hall in the Netherlands Built in 1923, the concrete Zwarte Silo was originally used to store grain as well as salt. To ward off moisture, the outer walls were treated with a layer of bitumen that weathered to create the building’s distinctive black facade that gave rise to the building’s name: ‘Zwarte Silo,’ which is Dutch for ‘Black Silo.’ While the architects preserved the raw industrial character and building elements
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ASUS announces ZenFone 3 range ASUS announced a range of new products at Computex this week, including the all-aluminium ZenFone 3 Deluxe, standard ZenFone 3 and large ZenFone 3 Ultra. The post ASUS announces ZenFone 3 range appeared first on Popular Mechanics.
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21 Essential iTunes Shortcuts Every Power User Should Know Out of all the ways to get the most out of iTunes, the most effective is to stop using the mouse as much as possible. Keyboard shortcuts are simply faster and more efficient. So here are the most important shortcuts that every iTunes user should learn and know by heart. These shortcuts are specific to Mac but a lot of them can be used on Windows by replacing Cmd with Ctrl. General Purpose Shortcut
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Dell’s private buyout shortchanged shareholders, court rules Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners paid about 22 percent too little for Dell when they took the company private in 2013 and will have to pay millions of dollars more to shareholders who opposed the deal, a Delaware court ruled on Tuesday. Though the buyers paid $24.9 billion, or $13.75 per share, the company’s actual fair value at the time was $17.62 per share, according to Delaware Vice Cha
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Printer security: Is your company’s data really safe? On March 24th of this year, 59 printers at Northeastern University in Boston suddenly output white supremacist hate literature, part of a wave of spammed printer incidents reported at Northeastern and on at least a half dozen other campuses.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)
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Birdly and HTC Vive let you fly like a bird over Manhattan Nope, we’re not quite done yet with the HTC Vive demos at Computex. In addition to the three VR titles we tried yesterday, there was one more that we managed to hop onto after the show floor cleared. Yes, it was that popular. Birdly is a full-body simulator ride that uses multi-hinged flaps and motion feedback to give you a taste of flying like a bird. Better yet, there’s a fan in front of the use
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Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal weatherman? Everyone has their own morning routine. Some of us go for a run, others get the kids ready for school, some just want to know if it will be smooth sailing during their rush-hour commute. The weather can throw a monkey wrench into any of those plans.Owning a personal weather station is one way to stay on top of mother nature. Yes, you can open an app, but the information there is from a remote st
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Like Tinder for news, Lumi uses swipes to learn what you want to read Despite the millions of dollars that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Flipboard have invested in news aggregation technology in recent years, finding stories you actually want to read can be a serious chore. Startup Lumi hopes to change all of that with its free iOS and Android app, Lumi News. Without needing to enter in any personal data, the app learns about your personal tastes
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The UK Is Using Bulk Interception to Catch Criminals—And Not Telling Them UK authorities are collecting and analysing data in bulk to identify suspected child exploitation offenders on the dark web, but are not informing defendants of how they were caught. The practice starkly highlights the UK government’s stance on not including intercept as evidence in court. This, according to Eric King, a surveillance expert and director of activist group Don’t Spy On Us, leaves su
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Here’s another hint that the 2017 iPhone will have an edge-to-edge display There’s so much buzz around Apple’s iconic phones these days that we’re getting rumours about next year’s models as well as the ones due in September – specifically, that Apple is planning to introduce an edge-to-edge display with no bezel and no Home button.After a rather dodgy-looking mock-up leaked out, we’ve now had word from respected Far East publication the Nikkei Asian Review that the iPho
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Xiaomi acquires patents from Microsoft ahead of US entry plans Microsoft has agreed to transfer some patents to Xiaomi, ahead of plans by the Chinese smartphone maker to enter the U.S. and other advanced markets. The deal with Microsoft also involves Xiaomi’s bundling Microsoft Office and Skype on its Android smartphones and tablets, according to a statement issued by Microsoft on Tuesday. The smartphone company has agreed to buy about 1,500 patents from M
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Research clarifies light-harvesting process in plants Photosynthesis, one of the most important biochemical and biophysical processes on earth, provides food and energy for nearly all living organisms (including human beings) in the biosphere. Studying the structures and mechanisms of various aspects of photosynthesis will potentially offer methods to solve increasingly pressing problems concerning energy, food and the environment. These problems cre
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Windows Holographic to bring mixed reality to multiple device types Microsoft is talking about some aspects of the future of computing at Computex 2016 and one of those future aspects that the software giant is focusing on is mixed reality. Mixed reality is a sort of interaction of virtual reality with the physical world to create virtual spaces and objects that users can manipulate with their hands. Microsoft wants to … Continue reading
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Watch BB-8 Wreak Havoc in the Upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Game You know you only want to play as BB-8 in the new Force Awakens-themed Lego videogame. The post Watch BB-8 Wreak Havoc in the Upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Game appeared first on WIRED.
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The Crisis in Flint Isn’t Over. It’s Everywhere. The toxic disaster in Flint is not an isolated incident. US water infrastructure is a shambles, a haven for poisonous compounds and lethal bacteria. The post The Crisis in Flint Isn’t Over. It’s Everywhere. appeared first on WIRED.
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New Cretaceous fossils shed light on the early evolution of ants Ants comprise one lineage of the triumvirate of eusocial insects and experienced their early diversification within the Cretaceous. The success of ants is generally attributed to their remarkable social behavior. Recent studies suggest that the early branching lineages of extant ants formed small colonies of either subterranean or epigeic, solitary specialist predators.
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New polymer gels for targeted drug delivery on the horizon Physicists from the Lomonosov Moscow State University have advanced the development of new polymer gels for targeted drug delivery. They have published their results in the Journal of Chemical Physics.
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Samsung’s startup incubator hatches five new companies The trend of small, focused, and efficient startups beating giant corporations to innovating new products and categories hasn’t gone unnoticed by the big companies. Samsung is one of those hulking behemoths hoping to have the best of both worlds by spawning its own startups, and today it’s inaugurating five new ones. 18 employees from Samsung’s Creative Lab are leaving their Samsung Electronics j
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monsant_platform ‘platform_monsant’ project is located at a small residential area in Aeweol, Jeju, where quiet communities are situated far away from the cities. This area in Jeju Island is still holding the original characteristic of the volcanic island which has had broad open space and native plants. We hoped this building would be integrated to the surrounding landscape as a starting point of this project. O
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Why gut instinct will decide the most irrational referendum yet Uncertainty over the future and contradictory political information mean voters in the UK’s EU referendum will be swung even more than usual by feelings and biases
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What You Should Know About the New Social Security Rules Social Security is already a hot-button issue, and recent changes have people really freaking out about it, which makes it tough to get past the outrage and just navigate the facts. Here’s what you should know about the changes.If you’re not familiar with how Social Security works, it’s okay—the program is complicated and frequently misunderstood, but the basics of taking benefits are simple to fo
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Apple’s legal woes continue as Caltech sues for Wi-Fi patent infringement If you thought Apple’s legal troubles ended with a patent troll’s recent victory over the Cupertino-based company, then you might want to cover your eyes. Apple is back in court for another patent infringement case, as reported by MacRumors. The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) filed a lawsuit against Apple on May 26, with the university accusing the company of patent infringement. Mor
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Mastering the NetInstall Service: Network and system requirements Before you can begin using the NetInstall service you need to make sure you have a few basics in place. Unlike setting up Profile Manager, we don’t need to worry about certificates, or Open Directory, or user accounts. In fact, you really don’t need to do much more than switch this service on and it just works. But there are a few things you need to make sure you have in place before you get st
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Musicians Ask for Change to Copyright Law to Fight YouTube Piracy Image: Eva Rinaldi via FlickrYouTube has been essential for musicians, even launching many of them to fame—but now the industry is asking for changes to a copyright law that it says protects YouTube at the expense of musicians being fairly paid.The 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act protects sites that host potentially illegal third-party material, which means that removing unauthorized content
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Gaia GPS helps you find your way anywhere, even offline Hello from Canmore, Alberta—a resort town nestled around the feet of Canada’s Rocky Mountains. While my partner works her way through a two-week wilderness first-aid course, I’ve been left to my own devices to wander the town, the woods, and the mountains that surround it on all sides. Given my surroundings, I don’t think that there’ll ever be a better time for us to talk about using your iPhone
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GOP Voters Are Rallying Behind Trump As If He Were Any Other Candidate Donald Trump has been anything but a conventional Republican presidential candidate. He has, to take just one example, lashed out against the three previous GOP nominees, Mitt Romney, John McCain and George W. Bush. And the three most recent Republican standard-bearers, especially Romney, have attacked Trump. All the craziness made it seem for a while as if the Republican Party might come apart at
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Blowing bubbles in the Milky Way’s magnetic field An international team of astronomers has discovered a possible connection between the magnetic fields of supernova remnants and that of our own Milky Way Galaxy. The study, recently published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, found that the orientation of supernova remnants can help astronomers understand the nature and shape of the magnetic field of the Milky Way Galaxy itself.
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Toyota said to be in talks to acquire two Google robotics companies Toyota is close to acquiring two robotics companies from Google, according to a report in Wednesday’s Nikkei newspaper. The newspaper said the two companies are in final talks, but details are yet to be discussed and the deal could still fall through. The deal would see Boston Dynamics, a developer of advanced two- and four-legged robots for the U.S. military, and Schaft, a Tokyo-based develope
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Most People Get Happier as They Approach Midlife Contrary to older findings, a new study shows happiness rises through our 30s and perhaps beyond — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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‘FriWalk’ is a mobility walker and a personal trainer in one If there is one area of personal transport that is ripe for innovation, it’s probably the mobility walker. Typically reserved for older generations — complete with the stereotypical tennis ball feet (like the one used by Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Up) — the walker has remained largely unchanged for decades. As part of the EU’s ACANTO project, researchers from six European countries have develop
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Research shows that corals share many of the genes in the human genome UH Mānoa scientists at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology have published new research showing that corals share many of the genes humans possess, especially those that can sense temperature and acidity, both of which are important to keeping both coral and humans healthy.
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First Click: Work from home, make money fast! My morning commute lasts 20 seconds. Sometimes longer if I can’t find my slippers on the way to the office some 15 feet from my bed. It’s been this way for more than a decade when I began writing blog posts for Engadget at $5 per. I’m fortunate that my disposition is perfectly suited to the task: self-motivated and capable of sitting alone and in silence for long periods of time. Hell, it’s almos
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Plan your summer vacation with Google’s suite of travel tools Google loves to organize information. It’s the company’s mission statement, after all, and there’s no common life task that generates more details than planning a trip.Flight itineraries, hotel reservations, car rentals, tour bookings, you name it. There’s a reason that sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation.Organizing all of this madness is pretty well done by apps like Tripit, and in
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explains why the company no longer sells the Apple TV If you search Amazon for streaming media players, you’ll find plenty of them. The one thing you won’t find is the Apple TV, and company CEO Jeff Bezos told the Re/code conference why not. Apple TV doesn’t currently offer access to Amazon’s own Prime Video platform, and Bezos says that isn’t because Apple refuses to include it, but because it wants too much money for doing so. [W]hen we sell thos
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Expert’s technique can lead to confidence enhancement A new book developed by a University of Manchester expert could be a boost for Brits who suffer from poor confidence.
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Image: The transits of ISS and Mercury captured simultaneously On 9 May Mercury passed in front of the Sun as seen from Earth. These transits of Mercury occur only around 13 times every century, so astronomers all over Earth were eager to capture the event.
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Artificial muscle fibers help keep muscle stem cells potent in lab There’s no place like home—particularly if you’re a muscle stem cell.
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We Need These Delta Fast Lanes At Every Airport, Immediately Airport security is awful, and Delta is betting that its “Innovation Line” will help curb wait times.The airport security system is broken. Earlier this year, 1,000 American Airlines customers missed their flights from Chicago’s O’Hare airport due to long waits at TSA checkpoints. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey estimates that wait times at John F. Kennedy Airport in New Yo
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One Trick To Make Employees Happy: Ban Emails On Nights And Weekends There’s a free and easy way to up employee satisfaction: Make sure they don’t get bothered with work when they’re not supposed to be at work.Despite some recent headlines saying otherwise, France hasn’t banned people from sending work emails after business hours. But if a new French labor bill passes, large companies will have to negotiate with employees about how much digital communication should
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How To Hire When Your Company Is Embroiled In Controversy Hiring is challenging in the best of times, but veteran recruiters offer tips for employing during a major public scandal.Although Gawker Media and Theranos operate in two very different industries, the online publisher and the health-tech startup have a couple of things in common. Both are embroiled in controversy, and both are trying to recruit new employees.Read Full Story
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These Are The Labor Promises The Presidential Candidates Should Be Making No, coal isn’t the future. If the candidates really cared about the future of work, they would look into these issues.Donald Trump recently made a promise to coal workers. As the U.S.’s dependence on coal thankfully goes down, Trump spoke to the workers in West Virginia who have been losing their jobs.Read Full Story
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Why Your Sleep App Won’t Solve Your Sleep Problems Sleep trackers promise improved sleep, but as I discovered in bed, their data alone can’t address deeper issues.The inability to get a proper night’s sleep used to unleash a spectacularly twisted punishment. Instead of being refreshed and rested for the new day, I woke up exhausted, groggy, and often with a pounding headache. Yet the day had to begin, and it usually required a two-cup-of-coffee mi
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Computex: Microsoft makes Windows Holographic available to all headset vendors Microsoft has decided that third-party VR headset makers should have access to its Windows Holographic OS to bring mixed reality to a wider audience in the future.This means that Windows Holographic won’t be limited to Microsoft’s own HoloLens, and any firm will be able to access it to realize mixed reality experiences on their own hardware – mixed reality (broadly speaking) being the combination
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Planning to buy an SSD? You absolutely must read this A new survey from data recovery firm Kroll Ontrack has found that SSDs suffer from a worryingly high failure rate.The research, which encompassed some 1,850 customers across North America, Europe and Asia, found that 92% were using SSDs now, but the number reporting failures had grown.Almost four in 10 – 38% of respondents – said they had encountered a failure with an SSD. And as a result of those
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Snapshot Wisconsin: NASA on board for largest wildlife trail cam project ever The State of Wisconsin and NASA are joining forces to blanket America’s Dairyland with over 5,000 outdoor trail cameras, with the hopes of documenting the wildlife of the state undisturbed in its natural habitats. Snapshot Wisconsin, as the project has been named, is “an unprecedented effort to capture in space and time the deer, bears, elk, coyotes, bobcats, badgers, and any other wild animal tha
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Plants remember stress to help protect themselves A new generation of plants better adapted to mitigate the effects of environmental change could be created following a fundamental step towards understanding how plants are able to retain a memory of stress exposure.
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New NASA instrument brings coasts and coral into focus A coastal scene with deep blue seas and a coral reef is beautiful to look at, but if you try to record the scene with a camera or a scientific instrument, the results are almost always disappointing. Most cameras can’t “see” underwater objects in such scenes because they’re so dim and wash out the glaring seashore. These problems don’t just ruin vacation photos. They’re a serious hindran
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Experimental trap uses sound to disrupt citrus pest’s mating Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists this summer plan to field-test a new trap designed to disrupt the mating of Asian citrus psyllids. These pinhead-sized invasive insects transmit citrus greening, a devastating citrus disease also called “Huanglongbing.”
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New Tab Motivation Gives You a New, Inspiring Quote with Each Tab You Open Chrome: If you’re the type who enjoys a little motivational push through the day in the form of an inspiring quote, New Tab Motivation for Chrome delivers, with a random quote each time you open a new tab.The extension itself is pretty simple. Every time you open a tab, you get a new quote by someone like the Dalai Lama, Lao Tzu, Dale Carnegie, Tony Robbins, and more—obviously some quotes more int
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10 Mac games you need to play from May 2016 Strong games in MayLooking for a brand-new Mac game to get absorbed in? Look no further, because May brought us another fine bounty of fresh games to consider, and it’s another diverse array of options. We’ve got a deep space exploration and strategy game (Stellaris), for example, but also a bonkers indie game about driving a school bus in wondrously wild situations (OmniBus).To read this article
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Father’s Day Gift Guide: 21 Presents for 21 Types of Dad Your dad always insists he’s a man who has everything. But really, that’s just modesty. The post Father’s Day Gift Guide: 21 Presents for 21 Types of Dad appeared first on WIRED.
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Dude Swipes Right Non-Stop to Create a Tinder Fever Dream Artist Pierre Buttin captures the sensory overload that can come with swiping right. The post Dude Swipes Right Non-Stop to Create a Tinder Fever Dream appeared first on WIRED.
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Sorry, It’s Time to Start Counting Gigabytes at Home, Too Your home Internet will soon work a lot more like your phone’s data plan, if it doesn’t already. The post Sorry, It’s Time to Start Counting Gigabytes at Home, Too appeared first on WIRED.
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Oh Thank Goodness Donald Trump Knows How to Fix the Drought The orange one believes he can fix California’s tangled water crises by letting a “certain kind of three inch fish” go extinct. Nope. The post Oh Thank Goodness Donald Trump Knows How to Fix the Drought appeared first on WIRED.
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WIRED Book Club: And Our Novel for June Is… June is here, which can mean only one thing: It’s time to start reading the next novel for WIRED Book Club! The post WIRED Book Club: And Our Novel for June Is… appeared first on WIRED.
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Unmelting Things The folks from Let’s Melt This undo some of the wanton destruction they’ve shared over the months by playing back a series of their clips in reverse. We’re still partial to the jawbreaker. Also, who knew you could melt a sock? Hat Tip Link More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Balloon vs. Liquid NitrogenStyrofoam vs. AcetoneMelting Pennies in the SunRed Hot Ball vs. Nokia 3310Red Hot Ball vs.
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Salling Tower On the east coast of the Jutland Peninsula, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter has created a striking landmark for Aarhus, the second-largest Danish city: a sculptural white tower cantilevered over the bay.
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How an animation studio uses 3D printing The features of 3D printing are significant for the movie industry. The US animation studio LAIKA, relies on using the cutting edge software and 3D printing hardware to make its films. A new collaboration with Fraunhofer and Stratasys now adds the ability to print thousands of precise colors and subtle gradients in plastic, achieving color accuracy unseen in the past.
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Tetrarc Architects Unveils Design Proposal for the Rennes Conservatory Courtesy of AirStudio France-based Tetrarc Architects has revealed their design for the new Conservatory of Rennes in France. Intended to be the cornerstone of a new urban project, the fifty-meter long cubic volume is intersected by “cuts and curves that give it an elegant, sculptural presence.” This cultural facility will bring five programs under one roof, including spaces for musical activ
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Apple Stores, starting in San Francisco, will use new walk-able transparent solar glass After our attempt at explaining the 500% markup on Apple’s new solar array yesterday, further information has now confirmed that Apple’s new stores – starting in the brand new San Francisco location – will be utilizing a new walkable solar glass floor technology for electricity generation. According to a document on Onyx Solar’s website, Apple “has decided to commit itself to OnyxSolar’s designer
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Usens raises $20 million for mobile AR and VR hand-and-head tracking Usens has raised $20 million to develop natural hand and head tracking for augmented reality and virtual reality applications. The company is built around the idea that once you immerse yourself in a virtual world, the next thing you want to do is interact with it using your hands and have it track your head movements accurately. The investment will help the company launch its inside-out 26DOF (de
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Researcher simulates conditions inside reactors to measure microscopic defects in irradiated materials Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) doctoral student Cody Dennett cannot measure firsthand the powerful pummeling taken by structural parts in the heart of working nuclear reactors. Instead, he has developed novel experimental methods to reveal in real-time, high-resolution detail the destructive impact of radiation on reactor components.
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The Delicate Task Of Restoring One Of The World’s Oldest Libraries The copper craft makers in Seffarin Square in the historic district of Fez, Morocco, bang out designs on platters and shape copper pots to a rhythm
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Make a decadent and delicious smoothie this morning Smoothies are deceptively simple, yet pack a nutritional punch that will keep you going for hours. The key is a good blender and not stopping to blend too soon.
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Is photoshopping science universally wrong? “Photoshop should be banned from every scientific research institution”.
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Satellite communication of the future In disasters, rescuers usually communicate via satellite if phone and mobile telecommunication is out. But that has drawbacks: Once the data lines are overloaded, the connection disconnects. In addition, there barely are systems available yet for moving vehicles. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new antenna system which reliably transmits data via satellite with a high-bandwidth and which i
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Fish bowls get fancy with the help of 3D printing (Tomorrow Daily 373 show notes) – CNET If you’re looking for a futuristic house upgrade for your goldfish, look no further than these aquariums.
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U.S. Military Develops Strategies to Prevent Climate Wars The U.S. military is taking steps to limit the chance that worsening droughts, rising seas and melting Arctic ice will hasten uprisings that threaten national interests — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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ASUS MG28UQ 4K Gaming Monitor Review ASUS MG28UQ 4K Gaming Monitor Review Gadget Review – Your lifestyle gadget site The ASUS MG28UQ 4K gaming monitor is a fast, highly-customizable display that offers many of the features that gamers crave whether they’re shooting up a storm in multiplayer or listlessly drifting through a vast RPG world on their own. But will the limitations of its refresh rate technology and lacking color accuracy
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Novel methods to evaluate fish response to stress Farmed fish are submitted to many stressors that have an important impact on their health and can even lead to their premature death. The COPEWELL project has tried to help fish farmers cope with this issue by developing methods that will allow them to better understand how fish experience their surrounding environment.
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Why South Korea is the world’s biggest investor in research The Asian nation is spending big in the hope of winning a Nobel prize, but it will need more than cash to realize its ambitions.Nature 534 20 doi: 10.1038/534020a
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The developing world needs basic research too The establishment of an agency in Indonesia that will support ‘frontier research’ is a welcome development, argues Dyna Rochmyaningsih.Nature 534 7 doi: 10.1038/534007a
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Don’t Waste Time Vacuuming, with the ILIFE A4 Robot Vacuum (Review & Giveaway) Previously the domain of the super rich, you can now pick up a robot vacuum cleaner for under $200, and as far as household gadgets go, this is surprisingly one of the more useful ones. To be precise, the ILIFE A4 is currently on sale for $160 from GearBest.com – but you can win one by entering our competition below! ILIFE A4 Robot Vacuum The ILIFE A4 autonomously vacuums your floor; the only effo
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Malaysia just established a massive 1-million-hectare marine park After over 13 years of negotiation and planning between conservation groups, the government, and the fishing industry, Malaysia recently established a massive marine park. The new one million hectare Tun Mustapha Park, located by the Sabah Province in the Coral Triangle, is home to endangered species such as dugongs and green turtles. About 360 fish species, over 250 hard coral species, and vegeta
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Unlocking the secrets of bacterial biofilms – to use against them Standing on a walkway at Yellowstone National Park, I admired the hues of orange, blue and yellow in the sand of the Grand Prismatic Spring. A small sign nearby read “bacterial mats.” Visitors to Yellowstone may have noticed similar signs all over the park, but they’re often overlooked on the way to waterfalls, geysers, hot springs and more.
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Developing improved paints and varnishes more quickly Developing wall paints and varnishes presents a big challenge for manufacturers. One reason is that samples merely enable them to estimate what the dispersion behavior in the reaction container will be. By teaming up with PDW Analytics GmbH, Fraunhofer researchers are now for the first time able to monitor the production of paints, varnishes and adhesives continuously and in real time – allowing t
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The myth of quitting in anger Anger often decreases – rather than boosts – a person’s intention to quit a job when they identify strongly with their company, says a new study. 
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Chinese parking lot creates ‘women-only’ spaces for bad female drivers One of the most beloved and universal stereotypes of all time is that women can’t drive. If only they had a phallus — the genital responsible for driving — the world would be a safer place.  At the Tonglu Service Area located next to the Hangxinjing highway in southeast China, parking lot officials decided to take this wildly inaccurate theory seriously. They designed extra wide “women-only&
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Sennheiser HD 800 S review: pleasure meets precision This might be one of the shortest reviews I ever write, because of how uncomplicated its conclusion is. The Sennheiser HD 800 S is a sterling, wonderful pair of headphones that strikes a near-perfect balance between accuracy and enjoyment. It has all the detail and insight you could want from an audiophile headphone, but still delivers an accessible, universally enjoyable sound. With a price just
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App gluttons, rejoice: Analyst says iPhone 7 doubles storage to 256GB – CNET TrendForce also expects the larger 5.5-inch model to sport a dual-camera module and boost memory to 3GB.
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What Would Happen If Humans Disappeared from Earth? It’s an age old question that we love to entertain because we’re all obsessed with our own mortality and the future of the world: what would happen to the world if humans disappeared? With enough time, the Earth would be able to reset itself and erase any trace of our existence. Mind Warehouse goes deep into answering it by detailing the progression of what would happen when. Read more…
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Apple planning $1B bond launch in Foxconn’s home market of Taiwan – Reuters If an unconfirmed Reuters report is correct, Apple could be tapping Taiwan for more than just components and assembly – it is also looking to raise capital from the island. Apple Inc plans to issue bonds in Taiwan for the first time with the aim of raising $1 billion, sources familiar with the matter said, joining a queue of big global names that have sold billions of dollars on the island’s bus
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Build an Augmented Reality Sandbox with Real-Time Topography Perhaps you never thought of a sandbox as a piece of technology or a learning tool, but with a little work it can be both. Developer Oliver Kreylos and some other folks over at UC Davis utilized the Microsoft Kinect to turn a sandbox into an auto-updating topographical map. And you can build one, too.You can see the finished product in the video above. It’s incredibly intuitive. You just create va
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Mapping that sinking feeling For a low-lying, densely populated country like the Netherlands, monitoring subsidence is critical. Until recently, tiny displacements in the ground beneath our feet couldn’t be mapped nationally but, thanks to the Sentinel-1 mission, this is now possible.
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Better forecasting for solar and wind power generation The sun does not shine and the wind does not blow with constant intensity. This is a problem for the power grid, where the power supply must always match the power demand. In the EWeLiNE project, Fraunhofer and the German Weather Service have been working to develop better models for forecasting the generation of renewable electricity. Now they have launched a platform for transmission system oper
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Statistics—a particularly significant skill for early-career researchers I first encountered statistics in my AP Statistics class when I was 16 years old; I remember a particular lecture where we learned the importance of distinguishing the parametric t-test and the nonparametric Mann-Whitney U test. As a chemistry undergraduate student, I continue using the same basic statistical principles to analyze whether certain molecules could serve as potential biomarkers for c
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TechRadar Deals: The best AT&T plans in June 2016 AT&T plansIf you’re looking for help choosing an AT&T plan you’ve come to the right place! Finding a solid network to wholly place your trust in is only half the battle; the real challenge is often picking the plan that fits your needs the best. If you’ve landed on AT&T, we’ve done all of the heavy lifting for you. After hours of scrupulously breaking down everything the nation’s secon
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How to raise money with crowdfunding Getting started with crowdfundingSecuring finance to help you start your own business has become a lot more difficult recently. Previously, banks would lend money with comparative abandon. Today, they’re more reticent, despite government interventions and encouragement.There is, however, another way of raising cash to fuel your business dream: crowdfunding. You’ve probably heard the term and maybe
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Portable Movie Screen Mount Set up an impromptu film night anywhere you go using this portable movie screen mount. The screen sets up in three simple steps and can be placed on either your vehicle or can stand alone to create a cozy drive-in movie experience. Check it out $330.00
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The Ice Creamery Cookbook Widen your repertoire of culinary talents by learning how to make masterful desserts with the “Ice Creamery Cookbook”. It comes with over 40 delicious recipes as well as helpful tips to ensure your frozen treats always come out delicious. Check it out $15.99
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Exploding Anti-Theft Bicycle Alarm Don’t just stop thieves – blow them up! Just kidding – but this exploding anti-theft bicycle alarm does produce sparks, smoke, and an extremely loud bang that’ll draw all eyes to the bicycle and deter the would-be thief from committing their heinous crime. Check it out $143.11
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2,000-year-old handwritten documents found in London mud Archaeologists say they have discovered the oldest handwritten document ever found in Britain among hundreds of 2,000-year-old waxed tablets from Roman London.
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Largest global coffee initiative to cope with climate variability With an investment of 25 million euros the Colombian coffee sector should become climate proof to ensure more than half a million coffee farmers to cope with or fight the impact of lack or excess of water in 25 Colombian river basins. The programme ‘Manos al Agua’ (‘hands on water’) generates solutions to avoid annual losses of up to 30% of crops, affecting farmers’ income and livelihood. On Frida
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Sustainable, faster and more productive aquaculture of catfish With 57 % of EU consumption being imported from China and Southeast Asia, European producers are facing fierce competition only aggravated by depleting fish stocks. Catfish production for instance is overrun by pangasius imports, and more efficient production techniques for aquaculture are desperately needed. The SILGEN project promises just that.
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Waterfront Palazzo on Sydney Harbour / Luigi Rosselli Architects The recent shoot of this large waterfront house shows how the lush Will Dangar designed garden has grown to become part of the architecture…
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Biologists discover cane toads have a heightened sense of balance to aid in landing (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with the University of Massachusetts has found that cane toads utilize sensory feedback to coordinate asymmetrical landings mid hop. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Suzanne Cox and Gary Gillis describe a series of experiments they carried out with cane toads and what they found out by doing so.
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Chromatography Gas Purifiers Asynt has introduced GasTrap gas purifiers for analytical laboratories using Gas Chromatography (GC), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) or Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) instrumentation. Gas…
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Marshall Fridge From the main stage to the man cave, the Marshall Fridge was born to rock. Featuring authentic Marshall Amp parts including logos, fret cloth, and a brass-finished faceplate, the ultimate combination of rock and refrigeration is finally here. The fine detail on the mini fridge is synonymous with Marshall Amplification’s high quality workmanship. Complete with the genuine Marshall logos, infamous w
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Flatiron School teams up with Re:Coded to help Syrian refugees learn to code  There are now more than 6.5 million scattered Syrian refugees throughout the world and many of them are left without any way to make a living as the war wages on in their home country. Iraqi NGO Re:Coded and New York-based code school Flatiron are putting together a plan to help those refugees most susceptible to extremism in Iraq by teaching them programming skills. Why Iraq and not Germany?… Re
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Africa Starts Its Own Disease Control Agency The continent begins a new operation to control outbreaks like Ebola, but experts worry it is already under-staffed and under-funded  — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The Art of Rendering: When Architectural Visualization Gets It Right The Archviz community is brimming with talented professionals who possess remarkable visual literacy and a deep understanding of architecture. In fact, many among them are trained architects whose interests and expertise extend to include photography, film, gaming and technology.
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Significant Digits For Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. Huge thanks to Blythe Terrell for subbing for me yesterday. 1 year probationJoshua James, who for a day was the appointed Florida Man after tossing an alligator through a Wendy’s drive-thru window as part of a prank, has been sentenced to one year probation. A quick programming note: This is the first of t
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All this little kid wants in life is his fork Forks: that ancient mysterious piece of cutlery, known to go missing anytime, anywhere.  This little kid wants so, so hard to find his fork, but despite his best efforts, he just can’t seem to locate it. Is it on the ceiling? (No). Hiding in his bowl? (Also no). Perhaps it’s resting in a cloud? (C’mon kid). Only when his mother gently reminds him that his fork in his hand does he remember, an
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Microbial activity in the dark ocean There are a lot of tiny living organisms in the dark ocean. Imagine their habitat, it is completely different from ours! During this cruise I am measuring the activity of microorganisms using a device called the In Situ Microbial Incubator or ISMI in short.
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Going electric adds up to a good idea for NYC buses New York City Transit is considering adding electric buses to its fleet. The purchase price of electric buses is higher than for diesel buses-, but using them would reduce harmful emissions. So is this a good idea?
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Gorgeous Hanging Garden Would Turn Highway Underpass Into Pedestrian Park Triptyque Architecture reimagines a drab viaduct in Brazil as a lively garden and park complete with bike and pedestrian paths. Few people would argue that a highway underpass represents an ideal, engaged urban public space. But Triptyque Architecture might change that with their 16-year plan to transform the neglected underside of a viaduct in São Paulo, Brazil, into a lively garden of hanging
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Leather iPad Mini Folio by inSide Stay organized and tidy on your commute with the Leather iPad Mini Folio by inSide. Totally handmade, this compact yet ultra convenient folio sleeve has a spot for everything you need to carry. The 2-mm leather has been hand sewn with waxed thread to provide pockets and sleeves for your iPad Mini and smartphone, a leather flap with a securing metal snap for your earbuds and cables, an additional p
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Linksys EA9500 Super Fast Router Internet speeds are all the same, right? No. With the all new Linksys EA9500 Super Fast Router, you’ll experience speeds like never before. Tucked inside the all black router, complete with a total of eight antennae, are two new technologies that will load pages fast enough to make your head spin. The AC5400 technology combines a 2.4Ghz channel and two 5Ghz channels for an amazing 5334Mbs. The EA9
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JUNGHOLZ – The Most Elegant Table for Your Home With the JUNGHOLZ table, you will be able to relax on the couch and be productive at the same time. It is a coffee table which can be used as a laptop table or a side table. The table has been made out of quality bentwood with the finest veneer which is an overall minimal design coming at a price of 49 €. It’s great for having breakfast in bed, to relax on the couch and be productive at the same..
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EOZ One – The Most Stylish Bluetooth Earphones. Ever. The EOZ One, a set of Bluetooth earphones made in leather and aluminum, is the result of an encounter between two worlds: Fashion and High Technology. Wearable technologies are a part of our everyday life which are becoming an expression of our personality and style as much as a watch or a piece of jewelry. Flaunting a timeless design, noble materials, top-notch technology, wide choices of metal f
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Prosthesis allows amputees to walk in heels We’ve seen some interesting prostheses over the years, from 3D-printed legs to devices for kids with superhero aesthetics. A project from researchers at the Johns Hopkins University is a little different, providing a prosthesis to help women with lower limb amputations to walk in high heels. It’s an effort that could have a huge positive impact on peoples’ lives, from female veterans to the fas
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Whistler Cabin / Scott & Scott Architects © Scott and Scott Architects Architects: Scott & Scott Architects Location: Whistler, BC V0N, Canada Engineers: WHM Structural Engineers Contractors: Cloudy Mountain Contracting Area: 178.0 sqm Project Year: 2016 Photographs: Scott and Scott Architects © Scott and Scott Architects Plan From the architect. Built as a weekend retreat for a family
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Big Tomato Backs Gary Johnson, Microsoft Backs Bitcoin for People, Yale Students Fight to ‘Decolonize’ Poetry Class: A.M. Links Tomato tycoon Chris Rufer is donating at least $1 million to a pro-Gary Johnson super-PAC.  Yale University students are fighting to “decolonize” their poetry courses.  Raids, cover-ups, and magical dogs: inside the Columbia, South Carolina, police files.  Jimmy Carter has feels about prostitution.   Microsoft is working with Blockstack Labs and ConsenSys to develop an “open sour
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The IRS Warned the Obama Administration That Its Decision to Pay Obamacare Subsidies to Insurers Was Illegal A recently published deposition from a top tax official provides more evidence that the Obama administration not only acted illegally when deciding to pay Obamacare subsidies to insurers—but that they did so knowing full well that the move was not justified. First, some backstory: Two weeks ago, a federal appeals court ruled that the Obama administration had illegally paid insurers billions in su
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AI that picked Oscar winners could predict the next President There’s strength — and intelligence — in numbers. Unanimous A.I., a silicon valley startup, has built a platform that taps into the collective knowledge of a group of people to form its own opinions, preferences and surprisingly accurate predictions. The software, dubbed UNU, successfully guessed last year’s Oscar winners (11 out of 15 categories) and most recently predicted the winning horses i
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Wrap yourself in a cone of sound with this directional speaker If you work in a crowded office, you’re probably considerate enough to wear a pair of headphones so you don’t disturb your co-workers with your raucous tunes. But headphones can be uncomfortable, plus they’re cumbersome to put on and off if all you want to do is catch a few seconds of a YouTube clip. The Soundlazer VR, however, offers a different solution. Debuting today on Kickstarter, it’s a uni
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NHS could soon use smart outfit to diagnose epilepsy Diagnosing epilepsy often involves a stay in hospital to record brain activity during a seizure. A wearable diagnostic kit could speed things up
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Let R2-D2 patrol your garden in lawn-ornament form – CNET The Star Wars universe can be as close as your lawn when you install a famous droid as a garden sentinel.
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New rules to hold mining industry accountable for cleanups Early this year, a federal court agreed with environmental advocates that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must take steps to ensure that mining companies pay for their own harmful environmental impacts so the taxpayer is not stuck with the bill. The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed a settlement agreement between the EPA and several environmental groups that establishes a ti
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Wood components to boost the quality of food products Xylan, fibrillated cellulose and lignin are wood-derived polymers that could be used for improving the texture and reducing the energy content of food products. According to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, wood-derived ingredients could be utilised in the manufacture of products such as yoghurt, baked goods and meat products.
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Safe and generalizable catalyst for carbonyl-olefin metathesis reaction (Phys.org)—Olefin metathesis reactions where two allyls switch substituent groups, has proved to be a useful carbon-carbon bond forming reaction for drug discovery and other industrial processes. The carbonyl-olefin metathesis reaction was discovered around the same time as the olefin metathesis reaction, but has had limited applicability due to harsh reaction conditions and stringent reactant req
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Mario Plumbing Actually Makes Sense It is a fitting tribute after all. I can only hope that there’s a plumber out there that arrives in a themed van dressed like Mario, and only does work like this. I would hire that plumber in a hot second. (via TFAW)
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Biologists Are Now Collecting Whale Snot With Drones Whale “blow” is exactly what it sounds like. To us, it’s that warm blast of snot, vapor, and biological material that comes rocketing out of a whale’s blowhole. But to marine biologists, it’s a matter more precious than gold.Getting snot bombed by a whale—while messy and moist—can allow scientists to analyze the mammal’s DNA, microbiome, stress and pregnancy hormones. However, as you can imagine,
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Temporary Market Hall made from sustainable materials pops up in Stockholm The pop-up Market Hall was created as a temporary home for the vendors of the old Market Hall, which is currently undergoing renovations under the direction of Tengbom. The architects decided to build the temporary food market on Östermalm’s Square, a busy thoroughfare that was once the original location of the old Market Hall until the municipality forced its move in 1888. Though the government’s
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Space Technology Can Help Sustain Earth Satellite imagery and communication are powerful aids in confronting humanitarian and environmental issues — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Apple needs to get back into the truck business I’ll make no secret that I believe mobile devices are the future of mass market computing, but even though PC’s are becoming trucks, I see no reason to leave those who need such heavy haulage behind.Top gear Apple once stood near the very top of the PC-as-a-truck industry. The move to Intel meant its newly christened Mac Pro range introduced in 2006 competed with solutions at the high-end of the
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Double Robotics converted its telepresence bot into a camera operator for shooting 360 video For the last few years, we’ve toyed around with the Double, a telepresence robot from Double Robotics. It lets you affix an iPad to a set of wheels and cruise around an office, communicating remotely with your colleagues. Today, the company announced a new application for its bot: a camera carrier that allows you to capture smooth, 360-degree video, a medium which is growing alongside the burgeon
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Hanging speaker system directs music to a listener’s ears Giving into the urge to surround yourself in music at work or at home isn’t a problem if there’s only yourself to worry about. If you want to listen without bothering those around you, though, closed-back headphones would seem a logical choice. But long-haul use can be a little uncomfortable. Richard Haberkern’s new Soundlazer VR directional speakers hang overhead like a light fitting and direc
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Dozens of new variable stars found in a dense globular cluster (Phys.org)—Located some 87,000 light years away, a dense globular cluster named Messier 54 (also known as NGC 6715) is a real gold mine for astronomers. Recently, an international team has discovered dozens of new variable stars in this cluster, improving the stellar census of Messier 54. The findings were presented in a paper published online on May 23 on the arXiv pre-print server.
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Links between term-time holidays and lower grades debunked A recent victory for parent Jon Platt means that the 2013 ban on parents taking their children on holidays during term-time is now out of step with English law.
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West African genes lower the risk of obesity in men, suggests study Why do African American men have a relatively low risk of overweight, obesity, and diabetes, despite facing many of the same socioeconomic disadvantages as African American women? Men with a high degree of West African genetic ancestry have less central adiposity, scientists report.
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No Drip Popsicle Hack The King of Random continues to live up to his name with a handy lifehack to keep your popsicles from dripping all over your hands and arms in the summer heat. The trick is making popsicles with gelatin. Though those “lightsaber” popsicles are just plain wrong. Link More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Cleaning Glass with MagnetsBinder Clip Life HacksWindow Defog TricksGift Wrap Hack Explaine
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Mapbox enters the autonomous vehicle market with Mapbox Drive, an SDK for cars  A year ago, Mapbox, the open-source based map provider that competes against the likes of Google and Here for B2B deals for customized and in-app maps, raised one of the biggest rounds ever for a mapping startup. And as it continues to grow out its existing business (which serves customers like Foursquare, Mapquest, Pinterest, Instacart and others), Mapbox is also taking its ambitions into… Read
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Whoever got this all to fit in one glass deserves an award. Whoever got this all to fit in one glass deserves an award.
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Will swarm intelligence predict America’s next president? Swarm intelligence has generated quite a buzz this year by predicting the outcome of events more accurately than experts have. In February, a swarm of 7 laymen predicted 11 out of 15 Oscar winners, outperforming the New York Times’ film buffs by 18 percent. In May, a group of 20 Kentucky Derby fans correctly placed the race’s top four finishers, besting even Churchill Downs’ equestrian experts. To
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It looks like a luggage tag, but Native Union’s Tag Cable has a handy secret You need to charge your phone, and the majority of the time that involves attaching a cable. Fine when you’re at home, but less so when you’re out and about. But why make do with a ratty, tangled lead stuffed in the bottom of your bag, or worse, lamenting the fact you left it on the kitchen table at home, when you can have Native Union’s Tag Cable? Cleverly, it looks like a luggage tag on your bag
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Computex: First Look: Asus Project Avalon Modularity is the future. It’s a line we’ve heard many times from Motorola Project Ara smartphone to gaming mice. However, modular device has never been fully realized with the exception of the LG G5, which has only introduced three optional modules.In the world of PCs, modularity makes the most sense since PC upgrades come fast and furious from new graphics cards to simply adding an SSD. That sai
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Chuck Klosterman: Don’t Buy My Book But What If We’re Wrong? is obsessed with taking the longest of long views. Does that make it helpful or useless to entrepreneurs?If you could predict the future, you would be very rich. You could bet on that racehorse with 100:1 odds. You could short that stock everyone else thinks is a winner. You could build that business that serves the needs and desires that consumers don’t even quite realize
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Orbital ATK conducts major test of upgraded Antares rocket NASA’s commercial partner Orbital ATK pulled off the first major test of its new, upgraded rocket yesterday. The main engines on the vehicle, called the Antares, were ignited for 30 seconds as the rocket was held down on a launch pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia. This is known as a hot fire test, and early signs indicate that it was successful, Orbital says. If confirmed, th
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India starts its own ‘Google Tax’ from today Starting today, India has started an equalisation levy, popularly known as the “Google Tax”, to tax payments made by Indian establishments for online advertising on international companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo. However, unlike its international precedents in the UK and Australia, India’s new levy is its own homegrown solution to get its share of the revenues of gl
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Disparate Visions for a Brooklyn Park: Dismantle Industrial Ruins, or Preserve Them The original plan would tear down the graveyard of rusting oil refineries that sit on the Bushwick Inlet in Brooklyn …
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Grill a Frozen Steak to Perfection, No Thawing Required A big, frozen rib-eye may not seem like something you can just throw on the grill at the last minute, but Cook’s Illustrated has devised away to grill thick, frozen steaks to perfection in well under an hour.The key lies in setting up a two-level fire, placing the frozen steaks directly over the primary heat source for about 7 minutes per side, until they’re nice and browned all over. Once they ha
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The Hottest New Home Amenities for 2016 What makes a house a home? The answer is different for everyone, but chances are, your answer has something to […] The post The Hottest New Home Amenities for 2016 appeared first on Founterior.
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New two-wheeled camera dolly is a headturner Double Robotics has launched the latest iteration of its video-equipped robots. The firm now caters for 360-degree video, with a self-balancing 360 Camera Dolly and an accompanying Universal 360 Camera Mount… Continue Reading New two-wheeled camera dolly is a headturner Category: Robotics Tags: Video 360-degree Robots Double Robotics Telepresence Related Articles: Seeing Double: Dou
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7 Things You Didn’t Know Were Hackable So you’ve installed an anti-virus program on your PC, you’ve picked the best security app for your smartphone, you never click on suspicious links or open dodgy-looking emails, and you’ve made sure all your passwords are strong — you’re safe from hackers, right? Wrong. Sadly, common attack points like computers and smartphones are just the tip of the iceberg. Thousands of weak points are waiting f
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Women in Science: Ada Lovelace, the First Computer Programmer Computers streamline everything we do, from making our grocery list to checking the weather. With the Apple iOS Store adding ~20,000 apps per month, more and more of us are trying our hand at… — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Andrea Claire’s sculptural chandeliers transition from fine art to green lighting at the flip of a switch The beautiful hand-crafted lighting fixtures by Andrea Claire have a special magic when the electric switch is flipped- totally transforming their look from day to night. Thoughtfully made in Claire’s Brooklyn studio, the collection of unique pendant lamps and chandeliers appear as cutting edge (and totally opaque) modern art hanging sculptures during the day. But when activated, each piece is ill
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An open letter to Tesla and Google on driverless cars  On February 14, 2016, Google had its first on-road accident). The fault lies entirely with Google, and we need to understand just how much this will impact our society. We’re about to enter a hybrid world where there will be human-controlled vehicles and algorithm-controlled vehicles on the road at the same time. With the reality of these conditions, Tesla and Google must consider… Read More
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Eco-Friendly Range of Pellet Stoves for the Modern Home The idea of snow-clad streets, chill in the air and a cold winter might be pretty far away from your thoughts as of now, but pretty soon the freezing temperatures will be back, forcing you indoors. Summer is the perfect time to start thinking about getting a new home heating system that you always wanted as there would be plenty of time to shop, install and get used to your new stove. And if you a
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Turn These IKEA Bed Slats Into Versatile Wall Storage Installing wall storage is useful, but hard to do without putting a ton of holes in your walls. Use IKEA’s $10 SULTAN LADE bed slat set to give you lots of wall storage options with only a few holes needed to install the whole thing.If you have an old set of slats from a bed frame you’re getting rid of, this is a great way to recycle it. Otherwise, $10 isn’t a lot to spend for the versatility you
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Clear Ventures, run by veteran investors, launches debut fund with $120 million  With institutional investors being approached regularly for fresh capital from the venture firms with which they work, it’s harder than ever for a new fund to secure the commitments it needs to get off the ground. There is one major exception to the rule, however: institutional investors are much more willing to consider a new fund with known investors who’ve established a record… Read More
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Meet the judges at TechCrunch Stockholm, June 7  Next week, the TechCrunch team will be in Stockholm for the TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off to network and hear up to 10 startups pitch. The startups and winners will be written about, and this is also your chance to meet and network with key TechCrunch journalists. The winner of the pitch will get a booth in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt in London. Second and third places will… Read More
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Lolo Lids Hide Beer in a Coffee Cup There are plenty of clever ways to drink in public, but none of them compare to the simplicity and ease of the Lolo Lid. Lolo Lids hide beer in a coffee cup with six sets of snaps to hold your can and a silicone gasket seal to ensure the beer doesn’t leak. Open your beer. […]
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First national botathon to debut at MobileBeat 2016 VB EVENT: We’ve committed the MobileBeat 2016 event on July 12-13 entirely to the new paradigm shift toward artificial intelligence and the conversational user interface. The new craze around chatbots is taking over Silicon Valley. So it’s fitting that we’ll be hosting the first nationwide botathon (yes, a national hackathon for bots), along with the other fun we’ll be having at the event, which w
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Vote Brexit and British science will still be a powerhouse A vote to quit the European Union will not scupper UK science but will free the nation from stifling regulation and federal ambitions, says Chris Leigh
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Reporting from the Front I’m back from Venice and slowly catching up with things that were put on the backburner while I was covering the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale for World-Architects. Post will resume here at a slow pace, so in the meantime check out my first bit of coverage from the Biennale, on Reporting from the Front, the exhibition curated by Alejandro Aravena. Articles on the national pavilions and collate
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The Walking Desk Now Exists, Through No Fault of Its Own This new desk was as inevitable as inevitable gets In a world with standing desks, kneeling desks, lying down desks, and surfing desks, the introduction of the HOVR, a sitting/walking/leg flailing desk was only a matter of time. The desk—actually, a desk attachment—”produces unconscious movement” by setting your feet on unfixed little platforms and allowing them to move all over the pla
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Study finds evidence of racial, class discrimination among psychotherapists Psychotherapists discriminate against prospective patients who are black or working class, a new study shows. Among middle-class people who contacted a therapist to schedule an appointment, the study found that 28 percent of whites and 17 percent of blacks received appointment offers. Appointment offer rates for both black and white working-class therapy seekers were 8 percent.
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Workplace well-being linked to senior leadership support, new survey finds Despite the prevalence of workplace wellness efforts, only one-third of American workers say they regularly participate in the health promotion programs provided by their employer, according to a new survey.
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Tiny “Chipsat” Spacecraft Set for First Flight Launch in July will test new way to explore the solar system—and beyond — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Hillary’s Habits of Haughtiness: New at Reason The last time she lived in the White House, Hillary Clinton was in charge of a health care task force that met in secret under a veil of lies. That episode, writes Jacob Sullum, highlighted the haughtiness, deceit, and disdain for transparency that continue to cause trouble for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, as illustrated by the recent inspector general’s report on her email p
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Scientists discover, test new class of pain relievers A potential new class of small-molecule drugs has been discovered that simultaneously inhibit two sought-after targets in the treatment of pain, the ion channels TRPV4 and TRPA1. Their proof-of-concept experiments in mice could lead to the development of a new drug to treat conditions including skin irritation, headaches, jaw pain and abdominal pain.
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Scientists create compound that erases disease-causing RNA defect For the first time, scientists have created a drug candidate that attacks and neutralizes the RNA structure that causes an incurable progressive, inherited disease involving a gradual loss of control over body movement.
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500,000 people told Trump not to visit the UK, but he’s going anyway A petition that gathered more than 570,000 signatures was not enough to keep Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump away from the UK, it turns out. SEE ALSO: Even Stephen Hawking can’t explain Trump’s popularity Trump announced Wednesday that he will attend the official re-opening of the Trump Turnberry golf course and hotel in Ayrshire, Scotland, which was revamped after a £220 million ($3
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A neodymium magnet finally beat a hydraulic press Unstoppable force, meet immovable object. In a rather epic showdown between two very serious contenders, the hydraulic press finally met its match. The identity of this mighty foe? A neodymium magnet.  The folks at PressTube have spent the last few months showing off just how easily and quickly a hydraulic press normally disposes of anything that comes in its path. Motorcycle batteries? Please. Pa
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SilentKeys is a keyboard that will keep you safe In this day and age, most of us are aware of the security risks associated with online activity — whether or not we make the right moves to protect ourselves. Now, a company called Preevio has launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund a keyboard that helps maintain your privacy. SilentKeys is a keyboard that aims to protect users against the many threats offered up by the internet. The peripher
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Star Wars replicas don’t get any better than this When you’re a fan of something like Star Wars, you have a few options when you want to get a prop for your collection. You can try to make one yourself, you can buy a cheap plastic toy, or if you get lucky, you can find someone selling an old Master Replica for a pretty penny. Well soon, you’ll have … Continue reading
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Nerf’s now making a dart-shooting drone Because a Nerf gun that shoots at 68 miles per hour isn’t terrifying enough for parents and older siblings, Nerf is now making a battle drone. The Nerf N-Strike Elite TerraScout RC Drone records in 720p and can live stream to a user’s remote control. It packs up to 18 foam darts and is expected to retail for $200 in the coming months. So when’s the aerial drone announcement coming? Nerf
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Long-term memory test could aid earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis People with Alzheimer’s disease could benefit from earlier diagnosis if a long-term memory test combined with a brain scan were carried out, a study suggests.
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Deadly toxin acrolein has a useful biological role Scientists discovered that acrolein — a toxic substance produced in cells during times of oxidative stress — in fact may play a role in preventing the process of fibrillation, an abnormal clumping of peptides that has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other neural diseases. The key to this new role is a chemical process known as 4+4 cycloaddition.
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This is Sirin Labs’ $14,000 Android phone focused on security Sirin Labs has delivered on its promise to announce a ludicrously expensive smartphone with “military-grade security” today, revealing the ‘Solarin’ accompanied by a £9,500 pre-tax price tag (around US$14,000).
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Midcentury Architecture Magazines Preserved in Incredible Online Archive An archive started by volunteers chronicles the golden age of midcentury magazine publishing Open floor plans, intercoms, air conditioning, hi-fis in the home: we take these things for granted today, but back in the ‘50s, they were cutting edge. Architecture and design fans can now relive the kind of breathless coverage given to favored midcentury signifiers with Colossus, a massive online datab
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Crushed bricks recycled for a cave-like concert hall in Poland Located between the Torún’s old town, protected by the UNESCO, and the new development area of the city this building employs in a very special way two conventional materials: red bricks and white concrete. Each personify a specific historical age and corresponding architectural aesthetics. More precisely, classic red bricks recall the old town streetscape and ancient building’s façades. White con
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What the NBA Knows About China That Silicon Valley Doesn’t China is a complicated market that has stymied the likes of Google, Facebook, and Netflix. Meanwhile, the NBA is more popular there than ever. The post What the NBA Knows About China That Silicon Valley Doesn’t appeared first on WIRED.
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Amid terror threats, new hope for radiation antidote Researchers have identified promising drugs that could lead to the first antidote for radiation exposure that might result from a dirty bomb terror attack or a nuclear accident such as Chernobyl.
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Buses are the next frontier in pizza delivery on the move LONDON — Britain has lost its patience with the absence of snacks on public transport. So much so that people have taken to getting pizzas delivered to moving — yes, moving — trains.  SEE ALSO: Hungry man gets pizza delivered to a moving train, tweets how he did it Domino’s has taken note of the nation’s desperate plea for sustenance during journeys, and has decided to trial a pizza delivery serv
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Wood components to boost quality of food products Xylan, fibrillated cellulose and lignin are wood-derived polymers that could be used for improving the texture and reducing the energy content of food products. According to experts, wood-derived ingredients could be utilized in the manufacture of products such as yogurt, baked goods and meat products.
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iPhone 7 Series Said to Have 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB Storage Options Following a recent report claiming the iPhone 7 will ship with at least 32GB base storage, with Apple dropping the infamous 16GB model, research firm TrendForce adds that the mid-tier 64GB storage option may be replaced with 128GB alongside a new 256GB version at the high end of the lineup.Apple is likely to make changes to the storage options for iPhone 7. The 64GB version, which has been the mos
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Chromebooks can now seamlessly access Windows network file shares Google just released a new Chrome OS application that allows Chromebooks to seamlessly access network file shares created by Windows PCs. This integrates network file shares directly into the Files app and the browser’s Save and Open dialogs.Get the app from the Chrome Web Store You can install the Network File Share for Chrome OS application from the Chrome Web Store. Developed by Google, this
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Meet the Mighty Hercules, slayer of hurricanes The Mighty Hercules stands in the foreground, with the Gulfstream IV behind it. (credit: Lee Hutchinson) Every minute of every hour, sophisticated weather satellites are circumnavigating the world, keeping vigil over the planet’s atmosphere and streaming data back to the ground. But when it comes to hurricanes and their imminent landfalls, a somewhat lower and slower tool is the most valuable:
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The World Desperately Needs This MST3K Lego Set I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the chances of this MST3K project submitted to LEGO Ideas being approved for production is slim to none. The demand is certainly going to be there (the revival proved that), but LEGO probably isn’t going to start developing niche sets based on nostalgic whims of fans over 30. I mean, if they paid more attention to adults, we would have Mad Max and Breaki
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The Real Me: The Stigma Surrounding Depression | Ali Schulte | TEDxYouth@AnnArbor The stigma surrounding depression often causes people to suppress and hide their true identities as individuals who are suffering from a mental illness. This talk promotes ending the stigma and reaching out to people with the message: depression is not your destiny. Ali Schulte is a junior at Greenhills School. She is a member of the Ann Arbor Dance Theatre Company and enjoys artistic experimentat
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I Dare You To Find a Better Phone For $269 ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe Special Edition, $269ASUS’s Zenfone 2 was already one of the best affordable smartphones on the market at its typical price, and today only, Amazon’s taking an extra $130 off the highest end model.http://reviews.gizmodo.com/zenfone-2-revi…First, the basics. $269 gets you a 2.3Ghz Intel processor, 4GB of RAM, a 5.5″ IPS display, and 128GB (!!!) of built-in storage. Ther
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Tesla mobilizes owners for yet another referral program The Tesla Model 3 may have somewhere north of 300,000 reservations, but Tesla still needs to keep selling its Model S and Model X. So yesterday the company launched its third customer referral program, where buyers referred by an existing Tesla owner, as well as said owner, get a $1,000 credit toward a new Model S or Model X. The new program runs through July 15. As with previous Tesla referral pr
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Climate Scientists Debate Best Path Forward for Clean Energy Is nuclear power the best solution for climate change or not? — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Most of the Moon’s water might have come from asteroids For a while, scientists believed that water inside the Moon largely came from comets. However, they might have to rethink that belief. Researchers looking at Apollo mission lunar samples now suspect that most of the Moon’s water came from asteroids smacking into the celestial body between 4.3 billion and 4.5 billion years ago, when it (and the Earth) was covered in a magma ocean. The key was to lo
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Charge your 3DS with a Lightning cable When USB-C takes over the world, it’ll arrive with an army of dongles and adapters. That’s good news for Nintendo’s new 3DS, which doesn’t come with a charger. Japanese company Gametech is now selling an $8 adapter that fits over a Lightning cable to charge a 3DS, which should be cheaper than buying a 3DS charger separately. It’s also making one for the PS Vita. You might only have to carry one c
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We’re gobbling more mobile data, and Americans are the biggest pigs – CNET Ericsson’s newest assessment of phone network usage shows insatiable demand for data. And just wait till 5G networks get here.
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“Pay-to-Play” Cop Who Mistook His Gun for a Taser Sentenced to Four Years For Fatal Shooting Robert Bates, the 74-year-old insurance executive who reportedly donated thousands of dollars to win himself the privilege of being a “volunteer” sheriff’s deputy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday for the fatal shooting of 44-year-old black man Eric Harris in 2015.  Harris was the target of a sting operation where officers hoped to catch him in the act
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Aegir Ocean Jacket The Aegir Ocean Jacket was developed by Helly Hansen for professional ocean racers, a sailing jacket that offers seasoned sailors and racers maximum protection from the elements. The 3/4-length sailing jacket is built with 3-ply Helly Tech fabric that is waterproof, breathable and windproof with fully sealed seams, helping you to stay dry and warm even in the harshest conditions. It also features
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HUB LADDER We think it?s fair to say that you can never get enough space, especially if you live in the city, were apartments seem to get smaller and smaller over the years? because of that, keeping your stuff in place and well organized is somewhat a difficult task, and that?s the reason designer Matt Carr came up with the Hub Ladder. Hub Ladder by Umbra aims to assist you in the difficult task of keeping y
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Bluetooth Speaker Walkie-Talkie Venture by Dreamwave, is a festival lover?s new best friend, the world?s first and only all-in-one portable Bluetooth speaker and walkie-talkie two way radio that goes anywhere and everywhere you go. Built for the extreme outdoor enthusiast, the rugged device features a powerful speaker, a built-in rechargeable battery, and a push-to-talk walkie-talkie function that is active up to a 3 mile range
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Robinhood lets China trade US stocks free through Baidu’s finance app  Zero-fee stock trading startup Robinhood is barging into China, even though it lacks explicit regulatory approval. Robinhood will enter this legal grey area through an integration into Chinese search giant Baidu’s Stockmaster finance app. It will allow Chinese citizens to buy and sell US stocks with no fee and no account minimum from their phones when few affordable mobile stock… Read More
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How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi If you take a trip today, you’re bound to come across more free public wi-fi spots than ever before. They can be great for getting work done, managing your social media empire, and generally staying connected—but these public networks can also be a major security risk. Here’s what you need to know about using free public wi-fi and how you can keep yourself safe.Read the terms and conditions carefu
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One of eight new endemic polyester bees from Chile bears the name of a draconic Pokemon Among the eight new bee species that Spencer K. Monckton has discovered as part of his Biology Master’s degree at York University, there is one named after a popular draconic creature from the Japanese franchise Pokémon. Called the stem-nesting Charizard, the new insect belongs to a subgenus, whose 17 species are apparently endemic to Chile, yet occupy a huge variety of habitats.
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New study reveals the worldwide reach of social entrepreneurship American University’s Kogod School of Business Professor Siri Terjesen announces the launch of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s (GEM) Social Entrepreneurship Report. The report, released today, is the largest comparative study of social entrepreneurship in the world. The report confirms social entrepreneurship is taking root in both developing and developed nations, with more entrepreneurs fo
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Samsung is adding clickbait ads to the TVs we already own Samsung is the world’s largest TV maker by shipments, but profits are hard to come by in this increasingly competitive space. That’s why Samsung had been toying with inserting ads into the TVs […]
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Don’t Like Pocket for Firefox? Try These 5 Alternatives Pocket is the ultimate reading list management tool, or the worst thing ever—it all depends on who you ask. Perhaps you know the whole story. Around this time last year, Mozilla decided to integrate Pocket into Firefox, despite it already existing as an add-on. As Douglas Adams would say, this made a lot of people very angry. Complaints were lodged. Bitter social media posts were written. The user
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Armarium lets you borrow luxury fashion from your smartphone  A number of startups want to make wearing the latest – and in some cases, luxury – fashion more affordable, including Rent the Runway, Le Tote, Gwynniebee, The Ms. Collection, and others. These companies offer to rent out clothing, instead of selling garments new. Today, welcome the latest to join this crowd: a new on-demand app called Armarium is launching to serve those with… Read More
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MIT Calculates How Hard A Super Mario Brothers Level Can Be Entertainment Polynomially hard Researchers at MIT together with those from other institutions basically came to the decision that Mario’s classic navigating and jumping adventures are hard. Really…
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Cleanly launches subscription laundry service with Cleanly Reserve  Cleanly, the on-demand laundry service looking to take on FlyCleaners, has today announced a new annual or monthly membership program that discounts service while offering a recurring pick-up and drop-off schedule. With Cleanly Reserve, users get 10 percent off of all Cleanly services, along with waived delivery, cancellation and rescheduling fees. Plus, users get free hang dry and no… Read More
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House K This house is situated in a town surrounded by mountains. We designed a white box where light and wind go through. The image was shining white box where residents would live feeling the transition of light and shadow. We inserted an outer terrace to bring nature to the inner space. Light from the terrace would go through via void.
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How the names of organisms help to turn ‘small data’ into ‘Big Data’ Innovation in ‘Big Data’ helps address problems that were previously overwhelming. What we know about organisms is in hundreds of millions of pages published over 250 years. New software tools of the Global Names project find scientific names, index digital documents quickly, correcting names and updating them. These advances help “Making small data big” by linking together to content of
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Perceived values of education from young people’s perspectives Studies of young people’s perceived values of learning has resulted in a theoretical framework that can form the basis for further discussions and means to develop and understand education. The framework is the result of a recent dissertation from Umeå University.
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Does a Newborn’s Helplessness Hold the Key to Human Smarts? Researchers say child care demands created a need for higher IQs—a hotly disputed view  — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Do Pre-Workout Supplements Actually Help? Pre-workout supplements make big promises to boost your performance, and with those promises come high price tags. You supposedly get a burst of energy, fatigue less easily, and increase blood flow, all to help you get more out of your workout. The thing is, these supplements are really just powerful stimulants.Pre-workout supplements are pretty popular, and you can find them from pretty much any
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This lamp is illuminated by your phone’s LED Do you really need to buy a lightbulb when your phone has a powerful LED already built in? This is the question an Israeli company hopes to answer with its new product the UpLamp, which it’s describing as “the first lampless light.” Instead of relying on a bulb, the lamp directs and distributes a phone’s LED light. The company says it uses a “scattering optic” to disperse the
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Neanderthals used fire in caves: French cave sheds new light on the Neanderthals Deep inside Bruniquel Cave, in the Tarn et Garonne region of southwestern France, a set of human-made structures 336 meters from the entrance was recently dated as being approximately 176,500 years old. This discovery indicates that humans began occupying caves much earlier than previously thought: until now the oldest formally proven cave use dated back only 38,000 years (Chauvet). It also ranks
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Children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder show unique handwriting patterns The new study found that children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder integrated in regular schools find it difficult to perform writing tasks. This can impair their academic achievements, social availability, and self-confidence, say experts.
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Uncovering the genetics behind fetal alcohol spectrum disorders A new review examines the current literature on the genetics of FASD susceptibility and gene-ethanol interactions. The authors also comment on potential mechanisms of reported gene-ethanol interactions.
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Unique effects of caffeinated alcohol consumption in adolescents A new review examines three areas of study – one, the biological pathways of alcohol-linked breast cancer; two, the epidemiological risk relationship between drinking and breast cancer; and three, the global burden of breast cancer incidence and mortality that is attributable to drinking – with a focus on light drinking.
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Even light drinking may increase breast cancer risk This review examines three areas of study – one, the biological pathways of alcohol-linked breast cancer; two, the epidemiological risk relationship between drinking and breast cancer; and three, the global burden of breast cancer incidence and mortality that is attributable to drinking – with a focus on light drinking.
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In a world of cross-border cooperation, Brexit will harm the UK The collective power of the EU amplifies the impact of the UK’s important science sector. A vote to leave would a damaging move, says Mike Galsworthy
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Jeff Bezos believes artificial intelligence could be Amazon’s fourth pillar Amazon as it sits today is propped up by three major pillars: its retail marketplace, Amazon Prime subscription service and Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud computing service. Jeff Bezos, however, is open to a fourth pillar.
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Hands-on science courses shown to boost graduation rates and STEM retention In a positive sign for efforts to boost U.S. competitiveness in science and technology, a new study finds that courses that engage college students in conducting scientific research early on can dramatically increase students’ odds of completing a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) degree.
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The real harm of the global arms trade | Samantha Nutt In some parts of the world, it’s easier to get an automatic rifle than a glass of clean drinking water. Is this just the way it is? Samantha Nutt, doctor and founder of the international humanitarian organization War Child, explores the global arms trade — and suggests a bold, common sense solution for ending the cycle of violence. “War is ours,” she says. “We buy it, sell it, spre
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Debunking the Biggest Myths of Vintage Watch Care Should you use a watch winder? Is the manufacture the best servicer? How water resistant is it, really? …Read More »
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Philips UltraClear 43-inch class 4K Ultra HD LCD Display Philips UltraClear 43-inch class 4K Ultra HD LCD DisplayEPI has announced the new Philips UltraClear 43-inch class 4K Ultra HD LCD Display (BDM4350UC), an expansive monitor designed to give you room to spread out and see all the details in Ultra High Definition. With a 43-inch class diagonal, this monitor brings vivid imagery to desks and rooms alike, allowing productivity users to navigate many a
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Seaweed could potentially help fight food allergies Seaweed has long been a staple food in many Asian countries and has recently caught on as a snack food in America as a healthful alternative to chips. The edible algae that fall in the category of seaweed are low-calorie and packed with nutrients. In addition, now scientists have found that a type of commercial red algae could help counteract food allergies. They report their findings in mice in A
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Ensuring the future affordability of wind turbines, computers and electric cars Technologies from wind turbines to electric vehicles rely on critical materials called rare-earth elements. These elements, though often abundant, can be difficult and increasingly costly to come by. Now, scientists looking for alternatives have reported in ACS’ journal Chemistry of Materials a new way to make nanoparticles that could replace some rare-earth materials and help ensure the continued
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How Algae Can Fuel Planes, Feed Livestock And Fight Climate Change Environment Going green ExxonMobil is investing in a host of breakthrough green technologies that could replace oil — including, believe it or not, algae.
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Actuators inspired by muscle To make robots more cooperative and have them perform tasks in close proximity to humans, they must be softer and safer. A new actuator developed by a team led by George Whitesides, Ph.D. – who is a Core Faculty member at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in Harvard University
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Everything we do is music | Milton Mermikides | TEDxGroningen When you grow up feeling disconnected by society, connecting with music and science can be a magical discovery. What would happen if we could use science and technology to find music in the universe? In the objects and behaviors all around us? These are not disconnected but interwoven melodies in our infinite and beautiful cosmic symphony, Milton Mermikides is a composer, guitarist and educator in
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It’s time to take chronobiology seriously | Thomas Kantermann | TEDxGroningen What would you say if you knew your life success is partially determined by the time of day you went to school? But not only at school, but at work and in life, lack of sleep impairs our ability to function properly. But then why do we pay so little attention to our chronobiology? If it influences our health, age and success? And what if we could re-create our cities based upon sleep-competence? T
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Why you must stop neglecting your most important colleague | Dana Petrovic | TEDxGroningen Although most people agree that caring for our environment is important, every day we walk into our offices and homes and neglect the bits of nature closest to us: our house plants. Dana makes a compelling story about why neglecting you most important “colleague” is as important as working for environmental improvement on a global scale.   Born in Yugoslavia (today’s Croatia) but as a co
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Refugees with Benefits | Shailja Sharma | TEDxDePaulUniversity As the daughter of refugees, Shailja Sharma knows first-hand how much refugees have to offer the cities and countries in which they settle. In her talk, “Refugees with Benefits,” she discusses her family’s experiences and the “gifts,” “skills” and “education” they can bring to a local economy. Sharma is an associate professor of international studies and an associate
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We’re entering a big data revolution | Kevin Sang | TEDxCranbrookSchools As a high school sophomore I am most likely a member of AARP – well, according to my data. Data is collected by everything we do online and sometimes off line. Big data has recently become a major part of the tech world. How will big data effect you and society as whole? Kevin Sang is currently a sophomore at Cranbrook Kingswood School. He has had a strong interest in STEM related fields from an e
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It’s time to stop accepting inequality in our courts of law | Meike Lubbers | TEDxGroningen What is you found yourself wrongly accused… and it’s your word against the police officer. Well, you will likely lose your case, as people in authority have a stronger voice in a court of law. Is this fair? Is this justice? Meike is a criminal defense attorney in Groningen, The Netherlands. During her studies she researched and wrote a book about the evidence produced by police officers that is
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Detecting cancer with a single drop of blood | Myron Best | TEDxGroningen What if you could find out if you have cancer with one drop of blood. But not only IF you have cancer, but what type and how advanced it is? Myron explains recent discoveries which will lead to this revolutionary detection ability. Myron Best is an MD/PhD-student, who conducts his research at the VU university medical center Amsterdam and the Cancer Center Amsterdam. After he obtained his bachelor
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Bacteria are awesome | Jordi Van Gestel | TEDxGroningen We can learn a lot from bacteria. They are the ultimate innovators: they survive in a complex world by making smart decisions and finding creative solutions. And by studying them, we may have stumbled upon a new way to define evolution. Jordi van Gestel is an evolutionary biologist, who just obtained a Ph.D. degree at the University of Groningen. He is intrigued by the evolutionary origins of orga
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Easing physical and emotional pain with virtual reality | Kirsten Lamberts | TEDxGroningen We have all been in pain. But few of us can imagine what it would be like to suffer for days, weeks or even months on end. There is only so much that medicine can do. But what if we could use technology to ease suffering and lessen fear? Kirsten Lamberts is a psychologist at the Martini Hospital in Groningen, The Netherlands. After her psychology study in Groningen, she started a PhD project on ex
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Robot Suitcase Lugs Itself Around So You Don’t Have To It’s like a little R2D2 filled with shirts Suitcases have been getting a free ride for far too long, lugged around airports by humans who quite frankly have better things to be doing with their hands. But now this new suitcase from China, the Cowa Robot, (launching on Kickstarter soon) solves that problem by being connected wirelessly to a wristband and rolling along after you like a little R2D2
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Accenture sees nearly half of cars autonomous in 25 years Global consulting firm Accenture has released a report looking at the potential benefits of autonomous vehicles in Australia and what connected industries may be affected by the advent of self-driving. Accenture predicts that by the year 2040, four out of every 10 cars will be autonomous. And it won’t just be consumer cars that use autonomous technology, healthcare, manufacturing, mining, and tra
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Endocrine disrupters accelerate reproductive aging in rats Female rats exposed to endocrine disrupters during early development end up with fewer eggs in their ovaries and are at risk of losing their ability to reproduce at an earlier age. The findings have increased our knowledge of how endocrine disrupting chemicals affect the female reproductive system. The results give rise to concern that endocrine disrupters may also affect egg reserves in women and
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VIVID light art dazzles the streets of Sydney This year, in addition to the regular sites where artists show their beautiful work every year, the organizers have included three new precincts, The Galeries, The Royal Botanic Gardens and Taronga Zoo. An artwork inspired by ancient routed across Australia lights the sails of the Opera House and features artwork by six indigenous artists. Related: Sydney’s mind-blowing ‘Light Origami’ is a crysta
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Galaxy S7 variant tipped to appear at event tomorrow Samsung sends out an invitation to an event at which they’ll reveal a variety of devices, phones to accessories to wearables and back. This event will feature devices that allow users to Move, Explore, and Create – that could mean a lot of things. We’re expecting at least one wearable fitness tracker, probably a tablet or two, and maybe even … Continue reading
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Deadspin Francisco Rodriguez Details Effects Of Zika Virus | Jezebel Football Player Arrested After Deadspin Francisco Rodriguez Details Effects Of Zika Virus | Jezebel Football Player Arrested After At Least 16 Students Allegedly Had Sex With Girl in HS Bathroom | Gizmodo A Simple Change Transformed One of LA’s Busiest Intersections Into One of its Safest | Gawker $5 Million Diamond-Encrusted Gold Eagle Reportedly Stolen En Route to Secret Vault |Read more…
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IDW Is Merging G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Its Other Hasbro Comics Into One Giant Universe You might have noticed over the last few months that IDW has been picking up more Hasbro franchises to turn into comic books, as ROM , M.A.S.K ., Micronauts , and more have joined the ranks of Transformers and G.I. Joe. But later this year, they’re all being mashed together into one universe. Just like the movies !Read more…
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Machined Magnetic Bottle Opener There’s a reason we chose this Machined Magnetic Bottle Opener as one of the best bottle openers out there. Not only does the simple, clean design make for one sexy bottle popper, but the embedded magnets actually catch your cap from falling to the ground after you crack a beer. It’s elegant, smart, a far […]
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Geek book of the week: Enter the messy mind of Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman is an understated genius. That much is clear to the readers who have followed his dry wit and dark imaginings from Sandman to Stardust, from American Gods to The Graveyard Book. “Prolific” and “award-winning” doesn’t even begin to describe his output over the past 25 years. And yet there doesn’t ever seem to be a trace of the ego one might associate with a writer o
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How to Charge Your Gadgets Faster and Save Packing Space on the Road Standard chargers and cables are a waste of wall outlets, bag space and time. Get smart with these charging kits. …Read More »
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9 Things You Should Stop Doing at the Gym Young, old, newcomer or veteran, gym-goers of all types are guilty of bad habits and poor etiquette. Don’t be one of them. …Read More »
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Employers want college grads to have strong oral skills, study finds Many college graduates are starting their careers and applying what they’ve learned to a position in their field. Regardless of their chosen professions, there are certain skills every student needs to be a successful employee, and those include communication skills – specifically, oral and interpersonal communication.
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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos: ‘Golden era’ of technology is coming Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (BAY’-zohs) says when it comes to technology, “We’re on the edge of the golden era.”
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FAA to begin trials of drone-jamming gun – CNET The Federal Aviation Authority is working a on signal jammer which can bring down drones flying near airports.
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Venice Architecture Biennale Dispatch: Young Firms and Starchitecture Given Equal Weight Many of the architects participating in the current Venice Architecture Biennale are newcomers, and that’s how director Alejandro Aravena wanted it.
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Finnish on-demand home cleaning startup Freska acquires Norway’s Wipe  Finland’s Freska has acquired Norway’s Wipe, signalling its intent to lead the on-demand home cleaning space in the Nordics. Read More
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Injectable Gunshot Treatment XStat Saves Its First Life Health The miraculous medical sponge in a syringe The award for best invention of the day goes to the RevMedx XStat, because just two years after it was announced, and less than six months after it was approved by the…
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5.11 Operator Axe 24 tools and functions, one piece of steel. The 5.11 Operator Axe promises to help in a multitude of situations without the need for a full toolbox. It’s crafted from…Visit Uncrate for the full post.
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Nursery 101: How and Why to Shop at Your Local Garden Center A four-point argument for always shopping at your local nursery Marie Viljoen’s first terrace in Brooklyn measured just 66 square feet, yet she managed to turn the tight space into an outdoor oasis with a small grill, a table and chairs, and dozens of plants: roses, herbs, figs, lilies, strawberries, vines, and more. Her micro garden grew into a blog and a book, both named after the tiny terrace’
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Buy: Hemp Seed Body Lotion With a seal of approval from the Bob Marley estate, Marley Natural offers “official Bob Marley” cannabis for those lucky people who live in California (and other legal states). The rest of us can enjoy the smoking accessories made from black walnut…… Continue Reading…
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Skyscraper Museum chronicles explosion of “super-slender” towers in New York New York’s Skyscraper Museum has released an online tool that tracks the growing number of skinny towers in the city. (more…)
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How to Pick the Best Luggage for Your Next Flight We’ve spent over 300 hours researching and testing luggage over the past three years to find the best bags for traveling the world. But the best piece of luggage for a business trip isn’t necessarily the best one for a family vacation. And it definitely isn’t ideal for a multiweek trip across Southeast Asia.This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology.
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Radar, bed sensors help health providers detect problems early Developing and evaluating motion-capture technology to help older adults “age in place” has been the focus of researchers at the University of Missouri for more than a decade. Previous research has utilized video game technology and various web-cameras to detect health changes in Tiger Place residents. Now, two new studies demonstrate how monitoring walking speed using radar and heart he
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The 10 Best New Things on Netflix This Month June is a big month for Netflix fans, mostly because one of the streaming service’s most popular hits, Orange is the New Black, makes its triumphant return on June 17 to laptops, tablets, and television screens everywhere. But outside the obvious, there are some real stellar titles making their debut this month: Jurassic Park, The […]
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Are we overwhelming our students? | Dr. David Gleason | TEDxConnecticutCollege David Gleason demands that we examine our policies, our practices and our schedules, and then ask ourselves, at what cost do we continue to over-schedule, overwork, and thereby, overwhelm our students? At what cost do we expect adolescents to think and act like adults before they have actually developed those capacities? Dr. David Gleason is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of providing
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Meat, Myself and I | Simon Jul Jørgensen | TEDxCopenhagen Even though it seems politically incorrect nowadays, Simon Jul Jørgensen claims to be a meat lover and a killer. However, he invites us to eat healthy and sustainable meat, even though it costs more. It is worth it to pay more for the farmers’ time and experience, and for the taste. We produce so much meat that it needs to be frozen in meat banks. Simon Jul Jørgensen invites the consumers not to p
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Nature-Inspired Nanophotonics: Butterfly Eureka! Moments | Robert Magnusson | TEDxUTA We present nanophotonic device technology inspired by natural periodic nanostructures. Examples of research outcomes are presented including innovative biosensor systems and materially-sparse nanogrids that operate efficiently on input light. Robert Magnusson is the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texa
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Arts and Culture: Revitalizing a Downtown | Patti Diou | TEDxUTA Levitt Pavilion Arlington was the perfect jump start to a downtown revitalization plan that had been trying to get off the ground for decades. Today, more than 120,000 people attend the Levitt’s 50-plus free concerts each year, and thanks to our fellow downtown arts organizations, city officials, community leaders, volunteers and the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, our downtown has beco
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Student Entrepreneurship: Creativity, Collaboration, & Collision | Matt Clark | TEDxUTA Entrepreneurship in the educational arena has proved to be an effective method in supplying students with a mindset, direction and knowledge base which they can apply to their interests and passions professionally. Creativity, collaboration and collision are core components of entrepreneurship, giving students the experience and the opportunity to successfully harness and apply their strengths in
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From Here to There: The Future of Travel | Mark McSpadden | TEDxUTA The future of travel is an exciting destination, but the journey from “here” to “there” will take some navigating. Together, we’ll explore the technologies that are already beginning to impact the future of travel over the next decade. Mark McSpadden is the Director of Sabre Labs, the emerging technology incubator and trends research group within Sabre. In the Lab, he and his t
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Why Did We Add a Bar to Our Bookstore? | Javier Garcia del Moral | TEDxUTA The Wild Detectives aims to provide a space in which to talk culture as you hang out. I’m a Spanish civil engineer. In the past 15 years, my career has brought me to work in cities such as Madrid, Dublin, Austin and now Dallas. In 2014 I opened The Wild Detectives, along my business partner Paco Vique, to fulfill a lifelong fondness towards books and bars. This talk was given at a TEDx event using
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The Forgotten Knowledge of Soviet Science | Maya Todua | TEDxTbilisi What is the connection between the atmosphere and earthquakes? Atmospheric physicist Maya Todua is working to revive promising research on this question conducted in Soviet-era Georgia that could help one day to predict earthquakes and save many lives. Maya Todua has been passionate about astronomy and the space-earth connection since she was a child growing up in Sukhumi, Abkhazia. Today she is a
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Creating A Spark Of Innovation | Jeffrey Bradbury | TEDxYouth@BHS What are you passionate about? How are you inspiring greatness from yourself…and from others? How are you being the spark of inspiration in this world? Jeffrey Bradbury, author of Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging With Your Students, is the creator of TeacherCast.net, TeacherCast University, and Educational Podcasting Today. He is an ASCD Emerging Leader, Google Certified Teacher, Google Educ
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Genomic hacking | Yaniv Erlich | TEDxDanubia Dr. Yaniv Erlich’s presentation on identifying personal genomes using public resources. Dr. Yaniv Erlich is a Core Member of the New York Genom Centre and an Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department of Columbia University. His research focuses on building new tools and algorithms for studying human genomics. He leads the FamiLinx and DNALand projects that collect datasets from millio
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Hands-on review: Computex: Zotac VR Backpack MSI may have just announced its Backpack PC, but Zotac has been way ahead of its untethered virtual reality game since April. Fittingly named the VR Backpack, it’s a slightly more capable system, but it’s also a little rougher around the edges.For starts the VR Backpack isn’t quite as polished as the MSI Backpack PC and its custom made hard case shell. Instead, Zotac essentially created a shrunken
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Today’s Best Deals: ASUS Smartphone, Saucony Running Gear, Free Chick-Fil-A, and More A fantastic smartphone, Saucony running gear, and a headrest tablet mount lead off Wednesday’s best deals.Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter.Top
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It’s all in the hands: smartphone-powered UpLamp responds to your gestures Some products are conceived from business plans, some from mere whimsy, and others are inspired by necessity. In the case of UpLamp, it was the necessity for marital harmony that prompted its inventor Naty Moskovich to come up with the gesture-controlled device. UpLamp has launched a Kickstarter campaign from which Moskovich hopes to get feedback from others to shape the lamp’s UpLamp’s future dir
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Canon shows off camera’s super-zoom lens in a creative Instagram campaign Coming up with a creative advertising campaign is far easier than it sounds, especially when it’s revolved around social media. But Canon Asia, alongside advertising agency Dentsu Singapore, managed to do just that with “Canon Instazoom,” the latest campaign to promote the PowerShot SX60 HS super-zoom point-and-shoot (via Branding Asia). Canon worked alongside Dentsu to create an interactive adver
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Sidewalk Labs Announces Plan to Build Connected Street Technology Alphabet’s smart city spinoff will work with Transportation for America to develop transportation solutions Sidewalk Labs, the smart city spinoff from Alphabet, just announced plans to partner with a leading non-profit to develop and refine new solutions for local transportation issues. The organization’s new partnership with Transportation for America (T4A) will focus on the development of “con
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BBC Micro:Bit Learn-To-Code Device Up For Public Pre-Order In UK An anonymous reader writes from a TechCrunch report: A tiny programmable board designed as part of an educational initiative for UK kids to learn programming skills and originally distributed by the public service broadcaster, the BBC, to one million schoolchildren is now up for public pre-order. The micro:bit is available for public pre-order in the UK, via Element14’s website, with delivery slat
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Women with migraines have higher risk of cardiovascular disease, mortality Women diagnosed with migraines have a slightly increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes, and are somewhat more likely to die from these conditions than women who do not have migraine, according to findings of a large study.
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ADHD medication linked to slightly increased risk of heart rhythm problems Use of methylphenidate in children and young people with ADHD is associated with a slightly increased risk of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) shortly after the start of treatment, suggests new research.
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Soak Wood-Fired Hot Tub Just when we thought we’d seen it all at GearCulture, someone creates a masterpiece like this. A sauna-inspired, oven-like relaxation vessel with a respectful nod to the Japanese furo wooden baths, the Soak Wood-Fired Hot Tub offers plenty of romantic room for two, with waters heated by burning logs beneath while the escaping smoke snaked from the protruding chimney. A stunner.
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This palm-sized ‘selfie drone’ fits in your pocket and has foldable blades Drones are the new hotness in the gadget world and no one makes better drones than DJI. But while DJI’s Phantom 4 is both super smart and easy to control, it’s nowhere near as easy to carry around as the Dobby selfie drone. Created by Chinese drone maker ZeroTech, the Dobby is a super small and compact drone that’s barely larger than the palm of your hand and weighs just under half a pound. S
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Sidewalk Labs teams up with Transportation for America to get US moving – Roadshow Google’s transit-focused sister company is partnering with the policy organization to get cities working to find new-age solutions to an old problem — efficient transportation.
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Mnectar gathers momentum for ‘playable ads’ Mnectar created “playable ads,” and people are playing them. The company says it is constantly picking up new advertising customers, and players are clicking on more and more ads. The San Francisco company creates ads for mobile games that consumers can actually play if they tap on the ad. Mnectar uses virtualization technology to stream a game directly to the user, who can control and play it for
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Intercom launches Smart Campaigns to rewrite the marketing automation rulebook Let’s face it. When it comes to creating email drip campaigns and mapping out the customer journey, what starts as a simple flowchart can quickly turn into something more akin to Russell Crowe’s formula-emblazoned windows in “A Beautiful Mind.” Today, Intercom launches Smart Campaigns, a marketing automation platform that takes a totally different approach to the problem. How does it work, and why
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Smart headphones put an AI fitness coach in your ear As a rule, fitness coaching from wearable devices is pretty limited when you’re in mid-exercise. They’ll tell you when you hit your goals, but they don’t really know you and your patterns. That’s where LifeBeam thinks it can help. It’s crowdfunding new earphones, Vi, that combine sensors (tracking aspects like heart rate and elevation) with an app-based artificial intelligence coach. The audio gea
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Bacteriophage cocktail shows significant promise for Clostridium difficile infections Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) are responsible for approximately 39% of antibiotic-associated diarrhea in the Western world, causing 10% of deaths. Now researchers report that specific phage combinations caused complete destruction of C. difficile cells while in animal model dramatically reduced spread.
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Cancer studies should include overweight, elderly mice Young, healthy mice are nearly universally used in cancer immunotherapy studies even though the immune system grows less responsive with aging. A new article explains why using a more accurate animal model could improve cancer research.
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Window Onto Design: Winning Projects of 2016 Marvin Architects Challenge Unveiled For the eighth year, Marvin Windows and Doors sponsored its competition that celebrates outstanding project designs incorporating the manufacturer’s products — otherwise known as the Marvin Architects Challenge. Results of the 2016 edition once again delivered a feast for the eyes as they were announced at the AIA expo in Philadelphia. And the winners are … Best in Show: Wedge House, Quebec The a
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Dangerous Accordion? In January, a stray accordion case caused a school evacuation in Grand Island, Nebraska. Who among us dares to polka fun at this near tragedy? Capt. Robert Falldorf of the Grand Island Police Department said a staff member at Walnut Middle School spotted “a suspicious package” in the band room and “could not recall seeing it there before,” according to The Grand Island Indepen
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Greener Pastures In the United States, modern biotech crop varieties make up 89 percent of the corn planted each year, 94 percent of the soybeans, and 91 percent of the cotton. In February, agricultural researchers at Purdue University investigated what would happen if anti-biotech activists were successful in getting such crop varieties banned. Their study calculated that eliminating all genetically modified cro
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The Libertarian Pessimist Second-term congressman Rep. Thomas Massie (R–Ky.) may be the staunchest defender of liberty most people have never heard of. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad lives off the grid on a cattle farm in a solar-powered home he built himself. He commutes to Washington, where he serves on three committees. A supporter of fellow Kentuckian Rand Paul’s bid for president, Massie sat down with
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Quotes “The whole point of our Constitution is to keep limits on the government so we have space for our individual liberty.” —former George W. Bush administration lawyer John Yoo, author of the infamous memos justifying the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” against terrorism suspects, at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference, March 3 “I will not be used as
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A New Front in an Old Encryption Fight The tension between data privacy and government intelligence gathering boiled over in February thanks to a locked iPhone the FBI claims it is unable to hack its way into. The dispute has brought publicity to a government-waged war on encryption that goes all the way back to the dawn of the age of consumer computer technology. In the January 1981 issue of reason, Sylvia Sanders delved into the bre
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20 Years Ago “In Washington, D.C., and many state capitals, the best you can say is that some of the lawmakers read some of the bills some of the time. The rest rely on staff-written summaries and word-of-mouth descriptions from colleagues and lobbyists. They often don’t know what they’re doing, and then they can’t remember why they did it.” —John J. Pitney Jr., “Don’t Vote for Me” “I
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Brickbats Edin Mehic received a 70-euro fine after burping near a police officer in a public amusement park in Vienna, Austria. The officer said the burp violated public decency. On one single day, Tennessee Circuit Judge John McAfee overturned three rulings by General Sessions Judge Amanda Sammons that had removed a total of four children from their homes over the objections of the Department of Children’
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Drug Warriors Pay Up The parents of a toddler maimed in a botched Georgia drug raid have reached settlements with the last two entities facing claims. During the late-night, no-knock home invasion, which took place in May 2014, a flashbang grenade exploded in the portable playpen where 19-month-old Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh was sleeping, nearly killing him. In February, a federal judge approved payment
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Free the Shrinks! In 2010, members of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists sent the state attorney general after a failed Republican state Senate candidate. As a result, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has now overturned parts of the state’s occupational licensing laws. When Mary Louise Serafine was running for office, her campaign website identified her as a “psychologist.” But she is
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Tweet for Tat Is Twitter kicking conservatives off its platform? Those who claim the social media giant is choosing sides in the online culture wars have new evidence for their assertions: the banning of the right-wing blogger Robert Stacy McCain. McCain, a controversial figure who constantly inveighs against feminism, was removed for violating Twitter’s terms of service, which prohibit harassment. But it’s no
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Tampon Tax Five women are challenging New York’s sales tax on feminine hygiene products. Like most states, New York charges a base sales tax rate and then exempts certain products, such as unprepared food, from it. The class action lawsuit claims that it’s discriminatory not to include tampons and sanitary napkins on the exemption list. “New York already exempts a whole long list of medical necessities
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One Last Push In the twilight of his administration, President Barack Obama is still trying to deliver on a promise he made on the campaign trail in 2008 and in his first executive order: closing Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. detention facility located in Cuba. The plan, announced in February, proposed a “careful” transfer of 35 detainees to other countries, expediting the review process for the possible
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Bug Catchers In March, the Department of Defense issued an official invitation to “hack the Pentagon.” In a bid to improve security that mimics longstanding practice in private industry, the military invited hackers to find vulnerabilities in the 488 websites it currently runs. The program is the brainchild of the Defense Digital Service, an office that’s supposed to bring youth, engineering experti
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NYPD Backs Off In March, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and the New York City mayor’s office announced that the borough’s police officers will no longer issue criminal summons for, and the city will no longer prosecute, low-level offenses such as public urination, littering, public consumption of alcohol, and “manspreading”— that is, taking up two seats on the subway. Civil summons will be i
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Vape Off Want to vape on your next flight? Forget about it. In March, the U.S. Department of Transportation banned vaping on all flights and all carriers. The rule applies to e-cigarettes and “similar products that produce a smoke, mist, vapor, or aerosol,” although there are some exceptions for medical devices like nebulizers. “This final rule is important because it protects airline passe
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Consent Withheld A George Mason University student accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend won his due process lawsuit against the administrator who denied him a fair hearing. The students, named “John Doe” and “Jane Roe” in the suit, had engaged in BDSM, an umbrella category of kinky and often rough sex. His adjudicators conceded that Doe correctly obeyed the couple’s “safe word,&q
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Prop-Gun Gotcha A film extra faces up to five years of lockup for brandishing a fake gun during a movie shoot. The trouble started last year, when comedian Carlo Bellario took an unpaid role as a drug lord’s henchman in an independent film called Vendetta Games. The scene was a car-chase segment that required Bellario to wave an airsoft pellet gun out the window while his automobile sped through the New Jersey n
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Who Wants To Be Secretary of the Future? “I’ll tell you…one thing that no Cabinet has ever had is a Secretary of the Future, and there are no plans at all for my grandchildren and my great grandchildren,” the novelist Kurt Vonnegut once groused. Vonnegut’s comment came up on the public radio show Marketplace this March, when the program asked, “What if we had a Secretary of the Future?” Well, it would be a disaster.
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Cruz’s Constitutionalism Trumps Trump’s Trumpism “If you want someone to grab a beer with,” Ted Cruz said during the third Republican presidential debate last October, “I may not be that guy. But if you want someone to drive you home, I will get the job done.” The president as Uber driver is a refreshingly modest view of the job, especially compared to the grandiose dreams of Donald Trump. The boastful billionaire probably w
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Contributors “Bourgeois Equality” (page 38) is an excerpt from the third book in Contributing Editor Deirdre McCloskey’s series exploring the underrated “bourgeois virtues.” Although McCloskey’s Ph.D. is in economics, the 73-year-old distinguished professor of economics, history, English, and communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago is deeply committed to interdisciplinary pu
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LAPD v. O.J. Simpson FX’s 10-part series The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story avoids the fate of so many cheesy “ripped from the headlines” TV dramas by being both well-crafted and admirably true to the facts. It’s fascinating to watch how the trial’s relitigation of Simpson’s history of domestic violence changed public opinion about spousal abuse, taking what was previously considered a behind-c
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The Good Lord Loves a Rebel Veteran graphic novelist Chester Brown’s new book, Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus: Prostitution and Religious Obedience in the Bible (Drawn & Quarterly), presents comic-book versions of Bible stories involving prostitutes. The libertarian-leaning Brown is a partisan for the quasi-heretical belief among some outré Bible scholars that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a prostitute. But Brown’s l
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WTF The film Whiskey Tango Foxtrot tosses Tina Fey (of SNL and 30 Rock fame) into a war zone, as reporter Kim Baker, a desk jockey turned adrenaline junkie. While Fey has been careful to say in the media that the film “has nothing to do with what should be done about Afghanistan—it is 100 percent not that,” the whole plot turns on how difficult it is for people who are caught up in the heat
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A Game You Can’t Win “Empathy games” are among the more interesting genres to emerge from the world of independent and small-studio video games. These intimate interactive experiences put the player in the shoes of others dealing with difficult life situations. Game designers Ryan and Amy Green used the structure of a game to tell the deeply personal story of losing their young son, Joel. That Dragon, Cance
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A New Libertarian Moment? “Has the Libertarian Moment Finally Arrived?” asked The New York Times two years ago. The standard-bearer for the cause then was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who did his best to keep the moment brief. Now the question is back, and getting scrutiny from outlets such as The Wall Street Journal (“The Libertarian Alternative”), FiveThirtyEight (“Pay Attention to Libertarian Gary J
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Tricky Trump: A Total Sleaze or Just Unbelievably Dishonest? Yesterday, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican Party candidate for president, held a news conference where he spewed falsehoods and invective in response to questions from the press and the public about when donations to veterans he had promised earlier were collected and distributed. Way back in Iowa, a miffed Trump skipped a candidate forum sponsored by Fox News because he thought he’d bee
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A New Libertarian Moment?: New at Reason Could Gary Johnson’s Libertarian candidacy signal a new libertarian moment? A. Barton Hinkle writes: The answer might depend on what happens in November. For a while it looked as if the GOP was heading for a historic drubbing. If Trump loses by McGovernite proportions, the Republican Party might regain its senses and regroup. But recent polls show Donald Trump roughly even with Hillary Clinton.
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Study of 1 million sites shows just how closely we’re watched In a huge study, a pair of computer scientists from Princeton University measured how the top million websites track you. Here’s what they found
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Airbus 3D Printed This 13-Foot-Long Drone Named Thor Aviation A sight for Thor eyes Airbus, the European aerospace giant, has a new drone named Thor.
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Bezos: “I would never say” no to Amazon wearables Amazon has shocked us a few times with its hardware announcements, not many thought the Kindle would succeed to the extent it changed the entire publishing industry, Dash buttons offered a new, unique way to reorder items on Amazon, and Echo is one of the most popular Internet of Things (IoT) devices on the market at the moment. The e-commerce giant may be working on another hardware device, if y
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Are High Stress Decisions Best Made by Bots? If someone asked you to define ‘intelligence,’ how would you respond? The question elicits significantly different answers based on whom you ask. Ask people to define ‘artificial intelligence’ and the conflicting answers only multiply. Not only are there multiple schools of thought within the field of AI, but the term itself stands on a word that we’re still only beginning to understand. This was
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Developing countries outspent developed ones on renewable energy last year For the first time, developing countries outpaced wealthier nations in green energy development.
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Cereal giant Kellogg’s now has a ‘compost chef’ – why doesn’t everyone? Large corporations are already buying into renewables. Maybe soil health is next?
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“Ray” of light – researchers power LED by connecting it to a fish There’s been a lot of talk about the most eco-friendly ways to generate electric power. Everything from using human waste to getting bacteria to do the job for us has been discussed. But researchers from Japan’s RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC) may have just figured out the most natural way of getting electricity of all – straight from a fish known as an electric ray or torpedo fish…
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Airbus Wants to Replace Satellites With High-Flying Drones Airbus is just one of several companies racing to produce high-flying, long duration drones that can replace satellites without going into space. The post Airbus Wants to Replace Satellites With High-Flying Drones appeared first on WIRED.
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The CoolerBelt The CoolerBelt equals -1 extra bag for the beach or park. -1 extra trip to the car. -1 pair of shorts weighed down by phones, sunscreen, portable speakers, and cans of Pringles. This wraparound organizer Velcro-secures to most standard coolers to provide a bounty of extra storage space for all your outing accessories. The CoolerBelt contains 7 pockets for stashing bottles, keys, and EDC tools. One
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Beta-QR Is The Ultimate Keychain Flashlight The best flashlight is the one you have on you at the moment. Since you never know when a power outage will occur, the best flashlight just … Read More
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You’ll Fall In Love With The Shaddai Mega Yacht. We Guarantee It. The Shaddai Mega Yacht isn’t real. Yet. Created by yacht superstar designer Gabriele Teruzzi and named after the Hebrew word for omnipotence, this yacht will definitely leave … Read More
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Australia puts traffic lights in the ground to alert phone addicts The German city of Augsburg has already tried putting traffic lights in the ground to keep cellphone-obsessed pedestrians from walking on to train tracks, but the Australian state of New South Wales wants to take things one step further. It tells Mashable that it’s going to install ground-based traffic lights at key crosswalks in Sydney (likely in its central business district) as part of a trial
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Samsung packed 512GB of storage into a drive the size of a stamp As the world keeps pushing for ever-thinner devices, the hardware industry keeps shrinking parts down beyond the minisculeSamsung announced on Tuesday it will be launching a 512GB solid-state drive measuring 0.78 x 0.63 x 0.06 inches (20 x 16 x 1.5 millimeters). That’s about the size of your average postage stamp, and one-fifth of the size of a normal SSD. SEE ALSO: Intel launches first-ever 10-c
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Researchers say park systems should engage schools to bring children to parks at an early age Recent studies have shown that visitors to U.S. national and state parks are disproportionately white, with low numbers of ethnic minorities, especially African Americans. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has identified several reasons why African Americans choose not to patronize public parks in greater numbers, including a racist history that curtailed African Americans’ access to parks,
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‘Skylanders Imaginators’ gives kids a blank canvas to create outlandish characters Disney Infinity might be coming to an end, but the toys-to-life game genre is still anything but dead. The franchise that started it all, Skylanders, is getting a new installment this fall, and it’s offering something that could reinvigorate fan interest in Spyro’s plastic adventures: the ability to create your own characters. Skylanders Imaginators is Activision’s fulfillment of the “countless” r
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The science of cloud seeding Experiments to seed clouds and coax them to produce more rain started 70 years ago. Early practitioners claimed a 10 percent boost in precipitation, but their studies lacked statistical rigor. The science of rainmaking has evolved since then—but how reliable is it now? An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, takes a look.
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Cheat airline baggage rules with this “wearable luggage” Whether you’re looking to stick it to the airlines, to stop lugging multiple carry-ons, or a little of both, “wearable luggage” may be the solution. The post Cheat airline baggage rules with this “wearable luggage” appeared first on The Manual.
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What Are You? Kurzgesagt mulls the Ship of Theseus, a paradox that asks whether an object – in this case, the human body – is still the same if you gradually replace all of its parts. And how many of your parts can be removed before you’re no longer you? Link More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Terrorism & Mass SurveillanceThe Antibiotic ApocalypseThe War on Drugs is a Huge FailureBlack Holes Explaine
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Shiny, Metallic Snake Is a Critically Endangered New Species The Conception Bank silver boa is the first snake discovered in the Caribbean since the 1940s — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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This sticker charging system wirelessly powers multiple phones at the same time Most “wireless” chargers handle one device at a time and take a while to fill a battery to its full capacity. Energysquare, a French company, thinks people want to charge multiple devices at once and that they’ll be willing to slap a sticker on their device to do so. The company’s sticker plugs into a phones’ charging port, which allows it be placed on Energysquare’s charging pad for wi
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Craftsman’s New Hammer Uses an Adjustable Claw to Maximize Prying Leverage The claw hammer’s design has gone mostly unchanged for over 500 years, but Craftsman believes it’s finally time for an upgrade. The introduction of a pivoting claw on its new Flex Claw Hammer lets you maximize your leverage when removing nails or prying boards at awkward angles.The pivoting claw on the $20 hammer locks into one of four positions so that it’s not moving around or loose while you’re
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Antarctic coastline images reveal four decades of ice loss to ocean Part of Antarctica’s coastline has been losing ice to the ocean for far longer than had been expected by scientists, a study of satellite pictures has shown.
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T-Mobile announces service plan for those visiting the US T-Mobile has been making waves in the wireless industry with its aggressive promotions but to date, only those living in the US have been able to reap the full rewards. That changes next month when John Legere and company will roll out a Tourist Plan for visitors to the states.
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Mary Meeker’s essential 2016 Internet Trends Report  The fastest way to learn everything going on in tech is to read this report. Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker has become a legend for publishing these compilations of the most critical stats and trends about how technology is evolving. From the funding climate to smartphone adoption to the tech giants to cutting-edge inventions, the Mary Meeker Internet Trends report has it all. Below… Read Mo
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Appeals Court: No Warrant Needed to Get Cellphone Location Data Chalk up another win for the third-party doctrine. The 4th U.S. Court of Appeals (in Virginia) has ruled in a 12-3 vote that cellphone users do not have an expectation of privacy with their location data and that police can get that information from phone companies without a warrant. The majority ruling invoked the third-party doctrine, which has typically been the case in these rulings. In Supre
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Googling Yourself Is About to Be More Useful People Google themselves. I do it. You do it, and if you say you don’t you’re a lying liar. Sometimes, just to make sure your internet persona is kept squeaky clean, it can even be a good idea. So, it makes sense that Google is taking advantage of our own self-interest by creating a shortcut to your accounts page when you Google yourself.The new searching powers come on the one-year anniversary of
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After $300M investment, Volkswagen announces projects with Uber rival Gett Volkswagen is wasting no time after last week’s news that it was plowing $300 million into Uber competitor Gett, announcing a series of initiatives today aimed at putting VW in the burgeoning post-car-ownership “mobility” business. Part of the announcement — the largest, and also the least surprising — is that Volkswagen will be using Gett to spin up its global ride-hailing strategy. &q
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Scientists pioneer new method to classify praying mantises Scientists have pioneered a new method to identify praying mantises. They described a new species of leaf-dwelling mantis by establishing a female genitalia character system. The new species was named in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, for her relentless fight for gender equality.
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Alexa needs to stop sucking at search if Jeff Bezos thinks it could be Amazon’s fourth pillar At Recode’s Code Conference, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Alexa could be the “fourth pillar” of his company – the other three being its retail marketplace, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Web Services. Bezos also revealed that Amazon now has more than 1,000 employees working on artificial intelligence. Which is cute, because it’s not artificial intelligence Alexa needs to get good at – it’s search. There’s
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New approach to nuclear structure, freely available The atomic nucleus is highly complex. This complexity partly stems from the nuclear interactions in atomic nuclei, which induce strong correlations between the elementary particles, or nucleons, that constitute the heart of the atom. The trouble is that understanding this complexity often requires a tremendous amount of computational power. In a new study published in EPJ A, Susanna Liebig from Fo
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Hands-on with Vi, the fitness coach in your ear On an unseasonably hot Wednesday at the end of May, a little voice in my head was telling me to run faster. “It’s time to get your heart rate up,” she told me. This wasn’t my inner masochist, like it usually is. On this particular run, it was the voice of Vi, a digital assistant baked inside a pair of prototype in-ear headphones. Vi is the first consumer product from wearable technology company
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Astronomers Use a New Method to Detect Hydrated Material on the Moon A new method to detect hydrated materials reveals evidence of volatiles in the lunar proton albedo. Prior to the Apollo missions to the Moon, scientists speculated that volatiles – including water – may have accumulated in permanently shaded regions at the poles. Then the Apollo era brought the return of lunar samples, enabling real measurements: […] The post Astronomers Use a New Method to Det
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Use The Medium Method to Combine Digital Note-Taking With Pen and Paper As much as we enjoy digital tools, there’s something to be said for the simplicity of good, old-fashioned pen and paper. Instead of picking one or the other for your note-taking and day-to-day tasks, get the best of both worlds with The Medium Method.http://lifehacker.com/5955721/three-…There are so many digital tools out there to help organize your notes and tasks, and those tools are great. Th
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Advocacy Through Social Media: Why Trending Topics Matter | Karen McAlister | TEDxUTA Hashtags like #RefugeesWelcome, #BlackLivesMatter, and #PrayForParis have allowed for individuals across the world to create and become part of larger a conversation about the important events of the present day. It is through these conversations that many individuals have been able to advocate for the rights of others and for trending topics to influence political conversations including the upco
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T-Shirts & Apparel : Science! Beaker & Honeydew Hoodie – Exclusive Don’t meep this at home. Originally, we were planning to release this hoodie with the debut our new line of exploding apparel, but we’re going to hold off until next April. $54.99
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Celebrate 35 Years of Indiana Jones With This Beautiful New Poster On June 12, 1981, adventure got a new name: Indiana Jones. Now, 35 years later, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ film Raiders of the Lost Ark remains a revered classic and one of the best action films of all time. To begin the anniversary celebration, Lucasfilm has licensed a brand new, limited edition poster everyone can grab.Read more…
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Electronics & Gadgets : Bravo Audio Ocean Tube Amplifier Tubular audio, dudes! Ride the audio waves! Sweet little tube amplifier designed to deliver warm, natural sound over high-impedance headphones, encased in a beautiful blue aluminum shell. It’s a pure Class A tube amp; no integrated-circuit op-amps in here. Eat it, transistors! $119.99
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Round up: Best free file recovery software 2016 IntroductionData recovery can be an expensive business, which is why it’s no substitute for backing up your key documents, photos and other data on a regular basis. But that’s of little comfort to anyone – even those with good backup regimens – who suddenly find themselves confronted by the stomach-churning feeling of data loss.As soon as you’ve become aware of data loss, it’s critical you stop us
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Synaptics’ new turnkey USB solution brings biometrics to older laptops Synaptics, which develops touch-based interfaces for hardware manufacturers, today unveiled its turnkey USB fingerprint solution for third-party manufacturers at the Computex conference in Taiwan. The turnkey solution allows OEMs and others to integrate fingerprint verification technology into a USB device for use with computers that do not already have a biometric sensor built in. It uses Synapti
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Organizer of body axes: 600 million years old molecular principles Cells need to ‘know’ where they are in relation to all other cells in order to give rise into the correct cell types and tissues. The so-called ‘organizer’ is responsible for the formation of these body axes. Developmental biologists have shown that the molecular principles of the organizer are much more ancient than previously thought. The same signals were used already in the common ancestor of
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New devices, wearable system aim to predict, prevent asthma attacks Researchers have developed an integrated, wearable system that monitors a user’s environment, heart rate and other physical attributes with the goal of predicting and preventing asthma attacks. The researchers plan to begin testing the system on a larger subject population this summer.
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New “AlternativePAC” to Launch Supporting Johnson/Weld from Grassroots Free-Market Advocate Matt Kibbe Matt Kibbe, a longtime grassroots activist in the small government field as chieftain of FreedomWorks from 2004-15 and more recently a Rand Paul supporter via the SuperPAC Concerned American Voters, will be launching a new SuperPAC to promote the Libertarian Party candidacy of Gary Johnson and William Weld, to be called “AlternativePAC.” “I have been talking to donors for several
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Baylor University Is a Perfect Example of Why Universities Shouldn’t Police Rape The recently released report detailing Baylor University’s significant missteps in handling sexual assault cases is an impressive document. It argues persuasively that university administrators ignored the complaints of female students in order to protect Baylor’s football team.  Baylor’s Board of Regents has fired Head Football Coach Art Briles and demoted President Ken Starr. (He has now resign
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Standard Issue Pilot Mission Timer Watches designed like the classic pilot watches on the 60’s and 70’s are often highly sought after, unfortunately, they also often have big price tags meaning not many can enjoy them. Not now though this beautiful Standard Pilot Mission Timer Watch ($250) is priced at an unbelievable $250 so now, more people can enjoy this Read More
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This Clock Is Infinitely More Chill Than a Regular Wall Clock Regular clocks need to relax more You, like us, may have never realized how stressful clocks were until you saw the just-launched Kickstarter campaign for the Today clock, which is a clock, yes, but is also not so intense about it all the time. Today completes one revolution every 24 hours (as opposed to two, like normal clocks that have no chill) and forgoes numbers and markings for a simple blu
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Nanocars taken for a rough ride: Single-molecule cars tested in open air Researchers have characterized how single-molecule nanocars move in open air. The research will help the kinetics of molecular machines in ambient conditions over time.
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Water yields from southern Appalachian watersheds in decline since the 1970s In the densely populated southeastern U.S., forested watersheds are particularly important to drinking water supplies. Recent estimates show that forests in the Southeast deliver surface drinking water to an estimated 48.7 million people, with streams from the mountainous Southern Appalachian region alone providing water supplies to 10 million people, many of them living in major cities such as At
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Just what sustains Earth’s magnetic field anyway? Earth’s magnetic field shields us from deadly cosmic radiation, and without it, life as we know it could not exist here. The motion of liquid iron in the planet’s outer core, a phenomenon called a “geodynamo,” generates the field. But how it was first created and then sustained throughout Earth’s history has remained a mystery to scientists. New work published in Nature from a team led b
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Kratom, the Herb of Last Resort for Recovering Addicts, Is in Legal Trouble Illustration by: Sam WooleyThree times a day, every day, for around a year, Tim Weaver would slide a tablespoon of kratom into his mouth. He’d let the bitter, grassy flavor of the powder seep into his tongue, gulp a glass of water to swallow it, then gulp more to wash the fine particles from between his teeth. Within an hour, the panicky feelings and achiness that accompanied Weaver’s opiate withd
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The Medical Screenings All Men Need, and When No matter how fast medicine moves us towards treatments, preventive medicine will always be the most effective and cheapest way to keep healthy. Yesterday, we went over the most common screenings for women. Today we’ll look at men’s health screenings, when you should get them, and what kind of experience you’re in for.http://vitals.lifehacker.com/the-medical-sc…Not surprisingly, men and women ca
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How the Federal Government Is Killing Free Speech on Campus “The vocal minority of students who actually want censorship—who want to be protected from ideas they don’t like—they’ve always existed,” says Reason associate editor Robby Soave. “But in the last five years they have gained institutional power on these campuses.”  From microaggressions and trigger warnings, to the shouting down and assault of controversial speakers, the clima
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Great iOS Apps for Managing and Enjoying Content Here at Tools & Toys, we are only too familiar with the hurdle of managing all the content we follow online. Whether we’re trying to read feeds, save stuff for later, or manage our favorite podcasts, we’ve tried just about every possible app in each respective category to get the job done. Here are some of the best iPhone and iPad apps for handling all that content, along with links to all rel
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Mophie Charge Force Wireless Power The Charge Force power case doubles your phone’s battery life & allows you to power up your phone & case without the hassle of cables. The wireless charging mount works in your home, at your desk or in your car; and the compact case is also compatible with other wireless charging systems, like Qi, so you can cop a charge using public wireless chargers, too. For purchase information, Clic
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Belgian researchers check quality of chocolate with ultrasound The quality of Belgium’s famous chocolate largely depends on the crystals that form during the hardening of the chocolate. Researchers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have now developed a new and quicker way to check whether the cocoa butter is crystallizing correctly during the hardening process. The method could save the chocolate industry a lot of time and money.
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Stress receptor in brain only used for emergencies A stress receptor in the brain is found to regulate metabolic responses to stressful situations differently in male and female mice.
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Lyfe Geodesic Floating Planter: The zero-gravity system uses custom magnets to twirl plants in the air A year ago, Stockholm-based American designer (and scientist) Simon Morris launched his levitating Flyte lamp and—literally and figuratively—lifted up the world of lighting design. Now, Morris and the Flyte team are taking the concept even further…… Continue Reading…
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Apple TV begins hiding apps from the charts if you have them installed  Apple rolled out a small but interesting change to its Apple TV App Store Top Charts recently, which, for the first time, are now personalized to the individual user. Instead of simply showing a list of the Top Paid, Top Free and Top Grossing apps on the platform, the charts are now hiding listings for those TV apps you already have installed. The change was initially noticed by app… Read More
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Lolo Lid Stealth Cozy For those annoying times & places where drinking a cold one would be frowned upon,  Lolo Lids keep the good times rolling. The plastic, no leak re-useable lids snap onto an open beer can, allowing you to conceal the beer in a coffee cup—& it’s a perfect fit for a Starbucks Venti or 7-Eleven cups. Who couldn’t use an instant stealth koozie? Available in black or white. For purchase inform
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FenSens Wireless Parking Sensor Transforms your license plate frame into a wireless parking sensor.
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Wanna Stop Staring at Screens? Try on These Glasses Gif courtesy Chino Kim They look like something out of Black Mirror, only there’s no mechanism or sound or movement behind the scenes. But try on these glasses and every time you look at a screen your vision gets blocked. In other words, they’re glasses that screen screens, according to Chino Kim, the 28-year-old behind Screeners, a project that began as a personal quest to rid his life of screens
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18 Scifi and Fantasy Novels You Should Add to Your Bookshelves This June It’s June, and that means a whole new cohort of books coming out to load up on this month. We’ve got new books from established pros Stephen Baxter, Brenda Cooper and Naomi Novik, as well as exciting new debuts from Malka Older, Yoon Ha Lee, and Joe Zieja! It’s a good thing mst TV shows are in repeats, because you’re going to be very busy reading.Read more…
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2017 Acura NSX review: a gentler supercar These days, a silent hybrid is no big deal. But what we don’t often see on our suburban streets is a silent-but-deadly racecar that makes 573 horsepower while treading softly. I recently drove the 2017 Acura NSX in a slice of small-town Americana near Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park raceway, a real-life Main Street, USA — and while the locals could barely hear me coming, they certainly heard me goin
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Serbian Pavilion features bright blue interior modelled on a ship’s hull Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: a curving, bright blue structure reminiscent of a boat fills the inside of Serbia’s Biennale pavilion – to symbolise young architects’ difficult crusade to find employment. (more…)
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Online training helps prevent depression For the first time, research shows that depression can be effectively prevented through online training. The team studied 406 people who were at increased risk of developing depression but were not suffering from the disorder.
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Dietary fiber intake tied to successful aging, research reveals Most people know that a diet high in fiber helps to keep us ‘regular.’ Now researchers have uncovered a surprising benefit of this often-undervalued dietary component.
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Microsoft and Xiaomi are now ‘strategic partners’ Xiaomi phones and tablets will now come with Microsoft Office and Skype pre-installed. That’s thanks to an unexpected partnership between Microsoft and the Chinese company. Financial details of the deal are under wraps, but Microsoft is selling 1,500 of its patents to Xiaomi for an undisclosed sum, a move that could potentially help the Chinese company move to the Western market amidst declining s
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Can I cry in this headset? The world’s first VR cinema is ironing out the kinks It’s just after 7PM on an overcast Friday and the “world’s first” virtual reality cinema is virtually empty. Disco balls cast technicolor light onto white-tile walls. There’s enough space in the lounge to seat twenty, and there’s standing room for twice as many. Customers are conspicuous in the absence. It feels like prom night before anyone’s arrived. “I’m surprised you found us,” a woman quips w
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Get 8 Top-Rated Mac Apps For Just $29.99 Looking for some new goodies for your Mac? Today, we’re looking at a massive bundle of Mac apps that’ll help you do everything from keeping productive to building a website. There’s a total of 8 Mac apps that would sell for $400 on their own, but you can get them from MakeUseOf deals for just $29.99! Buy: The World Class Mac Bundle The Apps Data Rescue 4 This is app alone is worth the price off ad
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Report claims VW is spending $15.5B to build a giant battery factory Volkswagen is reportedly preparing to make a major investment in electric car technology, and hopefully buy some positive press as well. Less than a year after its enormous emissions scandal and the massive recall that followed, the German car company may spend up to $15.5 billion to build a manufacturing plant for electric car batteries. The move would support the company’s lofty goal to sell one
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Poll: Most Americans Reject Criminal Penalties for Prostitution Americans are split on whether prostitution should be legal, according to a new survey from The Marist Poll and PBS TV-series Point Taken. Forty-nine percent of respondents in the new national poll said prostitution between two consenting adults should be legal, while 44 percent responded that it should be illegal. Younger respondents were more in favor of legalization, with 58 percent of those u
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Business is bad? Blame the millennials Everything’s bigger in Texas, including hyperbole over the challenges of managing millennials. On Tuesday morning, the Dallas Federal Reserve released its monthly manufacturing outlook survey, which came in far lower than expected, at -20.8. Quite a few companies cited the new Department of Labor overtime rule that makes more salaried workers eligible for overtime pay as a future headwind for the
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Papa John’s honors British astronaut Tim Peake by putting his face on a pizza This is one way to welcome an astronaut back to Earth after a six-month stay in space.  Papa John’s Pizza is planning to deliver a pizza to British astronaut Tim Peake when he returns to Earth from the International Space Station later this month.  “We can’t imagine not being able to eat pizza for six months and so if that’s what Tim wants as his first meal back on Earth, that’s what we’ll g
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Chromecast in Google Home should come as no surprise It’s suddenly become newsworthy that Google Home, the company’s “first” smart home product, uses the brain of Chromecast to function. But why? We’ve already showed you the source of that information – not that it matters all that much. Google has been working on this same project for years – it’s just had a different name at its different levels … Continue reading
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Website for models can be sued for not warning users about rapists (credit: Dennis Skley) A federal appeals court is reviving a lawsuit targeting a website for models because the site did not warn users that there were rapists reading the site in search of their next victim. The Communications Decency Act (CDA), the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, did not immunize the website Modelmayhem.com from a suit brought by an aspiring model who said she
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40 Tiger Cubs Found In Freezer Of Controversial “Tiger Temple” In Thailand Animals Wildlife officials say charges to come 40 tiger cubs, a bear, various horns, intestines and other animal parts were discovered during a raid of Thailand’s “Tiger Temple” early this morning.
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Top driving distractions for teens as ‘100 Deadliest Days’ begin New research looks into the causes of teen crashes. Phase II of the report examines teen crash videos to determine trends in driver distraction. The results show that teens increasingly text and manipulate their phones in the moments leading up to a crash.
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Max Burton Portable Fridge/Freezer An ideal cooler for the tailgating fanatic, this freezer can keep meet cool for days.
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FBI seeks to exempt biometrics database from Privacy Act Civil liberties groups are criticizing an FBI proposal that they say would make it harder for people to know if personal information about them such as fingerprints and iris scans is on file.
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A Crawling Drone Carries Nerf’s Newest Dart Gun Gadgets A foam foreshadowing of tomorrow’s wars Nerf is boldly marching into the pretend battlefields of the 21st century with a remote control, camera- and gun-toting robot.
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Get Your June Prime Pantry Box Sans The Shipping Charge Amazon’s Prime Pantry program is great for stocking up on household goods and non-perishable foods without actually having to visit a store, but the $5.99 per box shipping charge has always been a drag. This month though, if you buy five select items, you can get that fee waived.http://gear.kinja.com/get-the-most-f…Bonus: If you already have a no-rush free shipping credit in your account, this d
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Lyfe Levitating Planter When NASA says they want to cultivate plants in zero gravity this isn’t what they mean, but the Lyfe Levitating Planter is still plenty interesting and unique. Its twelve-sided geodesic planter is molded out of silicon, making it extremely durable, leak-proof, and non-absorbent, with a hidden inner reservoir that mitigates against over-watering and that sits above a custom shaped magnet. The plant
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What does a $1 million dollar staircase look like? The new building design introduced massive 40 foot sliding glass doors that could one day turn that store into an iCar showroom if they wanted to. The estimated breakdown of the costs started with the shell of the building costing Apple $19 million. Some of the other costs included $1 million on the staircase alone. If there’s 30 stairs that $33,333 per stair.While Norman Foster’s “spaceship&
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Rosetta’s Comet Is Even Weirder Than We Thought If you thought a comet that contains the building blocks of life and creates its own weather couldn’t get any more interesting, think again. Scientists finally have a theory as to why comet 67P—also known as Rosetta’s comet—has two distinct lobes. It’s actually two distinct comets, which break up, orbit one another, and smash together again and again for all of cometary eternity. And despite how
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Give your skateboard a boost by hooking it up to a battery-operated drill If you’ve been itching for a cool board for local transportation, that itch may have gotten worse with the delays and the crazy-high prices associated with battery-powered boards. Well, here’s an electric board you can put together yourself. If you have an ounce or two of DIY juice (well maybe a just a couple ounces), and a few dollars for some drill accessories, Igor from Inspire to Make can show
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Hide your wallet: Disney selling spot-on re-creations of Star Wars props Star Wars superfans with a little extra dough lying around may now have the perfect way to spend it. Disney and Lucasfilm have announced a new series of replica movie props from The Force Awakens, created in partnership with the Propshop at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. The new line of items will be called Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition, and will feature perfectly re-created props
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Collapsing energy bands to explore their geometric structure Researchers have devised a straightforward method to probe the band geometry using ultracold atoms in an optical lattice.
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Elliptical galaxies not formed by merging Using an “intuitive” approach, a new study confirms a recent hypothesis on the formation of galaxies, according to which the larger elliptical galaxies formed in very ancient times through a process of local (in situ) star formation. This contradicts the current paradigm that they formed through the merging  of spiral galaxies, a view which, despite being generally accepted by most of th
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Sorting black plastics according to type Recycling black plastics, such as those found in car instrument panels, used to be impossible because their absorption properties made them simply invisible to typical analysis systems. But researchers have developed a new technology that can sort black plastics according to type – and at affordable prices.
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Imaging biomarker distinguishes prostate cancer tumor grade Physicians have long used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect cancer, but results of a new study describe the potential use of restriction spectrum imaging (RSI) as an imaging biomarker that enhances the ability of MRI to differentiate aggressive prostate cancer from low-grade or benign tumors and guide treatment and biopsy.
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Novel mouse model sheds new light on autism spectrum disorder A new mouse model is the first to show that when more of a specific biological molecule moves between different parts of nerve cells in the mouse brain, it can lead to behaviors that resembles some aspects of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in humans.
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Studies examine use of newer blood test to help identify or rule-out heart attack Two studies examine the usefulness of a high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I assay to help identify or exclude the diagnosis of a heart attack for patients reporting to an emergency department with chest pain.
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King Tut’s dagger has an out-of-this-world origin – CNET Researchers tease out the secrets of an iron dagger blade found wrapped up with Tutankhamun in the ancient boy king’s sarcophagus.
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AI will impact everything in our lives in five years, says IBM CEO – CNET But will it go evil and take over the world? Not if we teach it correctly, says Ginni Rometty, who comments on the idea of bringing IBM’s own digital assistant to consumers.
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The Valley Floor House With beautiful vineyards and natural scenery the Napa Valley is a breathtaking place to explore and visit and now it as another more man-made wonder to add to its already impressive beauty. The Valley Floor House ($TBA) is a brand new architectural marvel that features multiple gardens and courtyards. The Valley Floor House is actually Read More
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Facebook Messenger finally adds diverse emojis!  Facebook has started rolling out a more diverse set of emojis to its Messenger service on the web, iOS and Android. Facebook Messenger has always allowed you to use the diverse emoji offered via your smartphone or computer. Now, these diverse emojis are baked into Messenger. With the update, you’ll have access to over 1,500 new emojis — 100 of which were designed “to… Read More
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Lead 8 Proposes HarbourLoop as a Pedestrian Mecca for Hong Kong Courtesy of Lead 8 HarbourLoop is an iconic new pedestrian and cycling network for Hong Kong, proposed by design studio Lead 8. Transforming the perimeter of Victoria Harbour on its Hong Kong and Kowloon sides, HarbourLoop will add 23 kilometers of paths for walking, running, and biking. Lead 8 believes that despite being one of the most densely populated cities in the world, with 6,300 peopl
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Ancient Wari Empire likely did not cause large shifts in population genetic diversity The imperial dominance of the ancient Wari Empire at the Huaca Pucllana site in Lima, Peru, was likely not achieved through population replacement, according to a study published June 1, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Guido Valverde from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and colleagues.
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Male orb-weaving spiders cannibalized by females may be choosy about mating In a colonial orb-weaving spider, Cyrtophora citricola, females often eat the males after mating, but it is often the males that choose their mates, according a study published June 1, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Eric Yip from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and colleagues.
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Bloatware on Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Dell, and HP PCs can get you pwned in 10 minutes No one actually likes the preloaded bloatware that comes installed on new Windows PCs, but if your computer is an Asus, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Acer or Lenovo, then that crapware can could get you hacked. In some cases, it would take less than 10 minutes for an attacker to fully compromise your PC.You know bloatware slows down your computer, but Duo Security’s Duo Labs warned, “The worst part is
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Choose the Right Grout Depending on Your Tile Grout isn’t exactly the sexiest topic, but if you ever attempt a tiling project, it’s a subject you need to be familiar with. Apartment Therapy breaks it down into three main types, as well as what they’re used for.Epoxy Grout: Epoxy grout is rarely used for residential work, as it is expensive, kind of difficult to apply, and not that pretty. It does however create a strong, water-proof bond, and
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Glorious, Modern Brazilian Home Ready for Summer Parties It’s all about ample decking Many times we’ve seen concrete, wood, and glass combine into striking homes with incredible indoor-outdoor experiences. But it’s not everyday the finished product is as dramatic as this new retreat in Itupeva, a city in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. The over 10,000-square-foot spread, designed by Brazilian firm Gustavo Arbex Architects, comprises a rather private
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Has a Bogus Theory of War Kept Obama from Being a Peace President? Once again, Barack Obama, the world’s most powerful military leader, has propagated an erroneous claim about the origins of war   — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Prisoners’ code word caught by software that eavesdrops on calls Plug a machine-learning system in to prison phone lines and you can find out secrets a human monitor would never notice
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Microsoft and Facebook plan to lay internet cable under the sea The tech giants’ new cable will stretch 6600 kilometres across the Atlantic Ocean, from Virginia to Spain
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WHO warned there will be more Zika cases if Olympics go ahead Nearly 200 bioethicists have called for this year’s Olympics to be postponed due to the threat of Zika virus in Rio, where 32,000 people may be infected
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Apple’s 2017 iPhone May Feature Dual-Curve OLED Display Though the 2017 iPhone is more than a year away from launching, we’re already hearing non-stop rumors about the device due to the major design changes Apple is expected to introduce. The latest rumor, coming from IHS analyst Kevin Wang, suggests the 2017 iPhone will include a dual-curve OLED display that covers the left and right edges of the device. On Chinese social networking site Weibo (via
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Peas and prosperity Planting nitrogen-fixing crops, such as peas, in rotation with wheat crops can dramatically reduce the variability of farmers’ income with a high-yield, high-protein harvest.
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Timing, resistant varieties help decrease wheat virus Strategically timed planting and using resistant wheat varieties help decrease virus incidence, according to a virologist. The plant science professor has been working on wheat viruses for more than 25 years. The major culprit in South Dakota is wheat streak mosaic virus.
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First gene mutation explaining development of multiple sclerosis Although multiple sclerosis is known to run in certain families, attempts to find genes linked to the disease have been elusive. Now for the first time researchers are reporting a gene mutation that can be connected directly to the development of the disease.
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Soft-bodied robots: Actuators inspired by muscle To make robots more cooperative and have them perform tasks in close proximity to humans, they must be softer and safer. A new actuator generates movements similar to those of skeletal muscles using vacuum power to automate soft, rubber beams. Like real muscles, the actuators are soft, shock absorbing, and pose no danger to their environment or humans working collaboratively alongside them or the
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Carbon potential of Alaska lands Through geologic time the cold temperatures of Alaska have led to the storage of vast quantities of soil and biomass carbon. A major concern for this region is how interactions among warming, permafrost thaw, more frequent wildfires, and changes in stream flow will affect carbon storage and greenhouse gas exchange.
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Australia tests out putting crossing signals where you’re really looking: down – CNET The government is reportedly experimenting with ground-level semaphores for pedestrians who stare at their phones while crossing the street.
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BloodStop Hemostatic Gauze “I dare you.” “Hey dude, watch this.” “Wanna try to make some money on YouTube?” These are just a few of the calling cards leading to one’s introduction to BloodStop, a hemostatic gauze that adheres to spewing wounds and shuts off their bleeding in less than a minute. BloodStop is made from a biodegradable, non-irritating natural fiber cellulose that conforms to wound
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Intel faces a challenge in the server market with new ARM chips Intel has doubled down on servers as it looks to shed its reliance on PCs, but the chip maker’s ARM competitors are ready to challenge it.New server and appliance chips based on the ARM architecture were announced at Computex in Taipei this week. ARM-based chips dominate smartphone and tablets, but the new chips from Cavium and Marvell show the processors are maturing quickly for use in servers.
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GOG Connect entices PC gamers with free, DRM-free copies of your Steam games The problem every Steam competitor faces: Sunk costs. I’ve already spent untold numbers of dollars in Valve’s little marketplace. I’ve got hundreds of games, and Steam keeps them organized in one place and readily accessible, so why switch to another platform? We’re basically hostages. Golden-handcuffed hostages. So it makes sense that the next step for would-be Steam competitor GOG.com is to t
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Garden Bridge v Pier 55: why do New York and London think so differently? Two cities, one designer and one strategy – to build a privately funded park above a river
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Vallès Oriental Residence / YLAB Arquitectos Located in a beautiful valley in the south of the Maresme Mountains, this home was designed to capture the magnificent views of the coastal mountain range with pine and holm oak forests
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2017 Ford Fusion Energi can travel further than any other plug-in hybrid While the electric charging infrastructure continues to improve, many car buyers still have range anxiety when it comes to the idea of buying an electric car. That’s why plug-in hybrids currently are still the best option for electric car buyers that aren’t comfortable buying a 100-mile range full electric car. Buyers have many options when it comes to plug-in hybrids and now Ford has announced th
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Tesla autonomous driving gathering twice as many miles every day as Google’s entire multi-year self driving project The combined fleet of Tesla Model S and X are driving more than 3 million miles a day. So in just one day, Tesla cars do about twice the distance that Google’s done in the entire history of their self-driving car project. This gives Tesla an advantage in the race for sustainable transport an accident-free driving.Tesla plans to log billions of miles showing that the car is unequivocally safer in a
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AI and bot companies: Amaze us at the MobileBeat 2016 Innovation Showcase VB EVENT: Today we’re opening the application process for the Innovation Showcase, one of the highlights of the MobileBeat event on July 12-13 in SF. We’re searching for the six most promising new artificial intelligence and bot companies that solve real problems. The idea is to showcase the significant potential of bots, now that an array of technologies — predictive analytics, natural language p
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A Universal Cancer Vaccine Might Be Closer Than You Think Right now the odds are not much better than 50-50 that you, in particular, will have cancer at some point. And, aside from not smoking (especially) and generally trying to live healthy, there also isn’t a whole lot you can do to tweak those odds in any dramatic way. Even among smokers, obsessive sunbathers, and vegetable haters, cancer winds up being pretty random. The dice can be loaded (sometime
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One-Eyed Frogs? Fuel In Russian Rocket About to Crash In the Arctic Is ‘Nasty’ On Saturday, part of a Cold War-era Russian rocket carrying fuel made with the dangerous chemical hydrazine will crash into the biodiverse Arctic waters of Baffin Bay.The rocket was launched under Russia’s for-profit Rokot satellite launching program, which began in the 1990s. Russia has alerted international aviation authorities that a stage of the rocket carrying the fuel will crash in Arctic wa
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Skyscraper Underwater Proposes Gigantic Coral Reef Editor’s Choice 2016 Skyscraper Competition Quah Zheng Wei, Jethro Koi Lik Wai Malaysia Coral reefs are now endangered. Coral reefs are complex mosaic of marine plants and animals. Supporting up to two million species of marine life, the biodiversity richness making itself a rival to tropical rain forest. Similarly, the reefs play an important roles in balancing the ecosystem in the water. The po
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A vision for revamping neuroscience education The expanding scope and growing number of tools used for neuroscience is moving beyond what is taught in traditional graduate programs, say leaders in American neuroscience education, funding, and policy. Researchers call for reinvestment in neuroscience graduate and post-graduate training to meet the challenges of this new era in brain science — such as creating programs to broaden student exper
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New approach to nuclear structure cuts amount of computational power required The atomic nucleus is highly complex. Understanding this complexity often requires a tremendous amount of computational power. In a new study researchers propose a new approach to nuclear structure calculations. The results are freely available to the nuclear physicists’ community so that other groups can perform their own nuclear structure calculations, even if they have only limited computationa
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Eco-Friendly Wooden Watches and Wooden Sunglasses for Dad There are very few gifts that come with an added bonus, let alone an added bonus that gives back to Mother Nature. I’ve found that when I’m shopping for the right gift for someone, in this case Dad for Father’s Day, I look for something that is both eco-friendly and functional. In this case a wooden watch or wooden sunglasses from WeWOOD. WeWOOD watches are hypo-allergenic, made from 100% natural
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The FBI Is Letting Tech Companies Off the Leash—But Only a Little Bit Image: YahooToday, Yahoo announced the public disclosure of three National Security Letters it received from the FBI—an acknowledgement that’s happening for the first time due to the reforms of the USA Freedom Act.Previously, the letters—received on April 2013, August 2013, and June 2015, respectively—had been subject to non-disclosure agreements set forth by the FBI. But under the USA Freedom Act
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Dual-Phase Alloys Capable of High Strength and Ductility Using a new strategy in the development of steel, scientists are able to create alloys capable of both high strength and ductility. For the steel industry, there may be a way out of the dilemma that has existed since people began processing metal. Scientists from the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf (Germany) are presenting a […] The post Dual-Phase Alloys Capable of High St
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Instagram launches business profiles that connect companies with users Instagram officially unveiled a new set of features coming to the service that’s specific to businesses accounts. The new Business Tools, as detailed by Instagram on its blog, are the result of hundreds of interviews with businesses who use the photo-sharing service to interact with customers. Free to accounts wanting to be recognized as a business, the feature is built around new business profile
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What would Jesus download? German clergy hopes free Wi-Fi initiative will coax people into church Germans have a new reason to thank God – free Wi-Fi will soon be offered in 220 churches around Berlin and Brandenburg, with plans to install Internet services in all 3,000 Protestant churches in the region. The cleverly named “Godspots” will first appear in the famous Französischer Dom in Berlin’s busy Gendarmenmarkt square and the iconic Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Berlin’s Breitscheidplat
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Controversy Flares Over ‘Alien Megastructure’ Star Space An astronomer’s scathing blog post explains why a flurry of comets is not a likely explanation for this star’s weird behavior “The most mysterious star in the galaxy” was bound to spur some scientific debates.
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Battlefield 1: EA was concerned kids didn’t know WWI even happened – CNET There was “some debate” internally about Battlefield 1’s World War I setting.
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NASA satellite finds 39 unreported sources of air pollution Scientists at NASA’s Environment and Climate Change Canada and researchers at University of Maryland, College Park and Dalhousie University discovered 39 unreported “major” sources of toxic air pollution. Using the space agency’s satellite imaging, the group located the man-made sources where toxic sulfur dioxide is being emitted. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is a contributor to acid rain and is
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HP Deskjet 3755 inkjet printer boasts ‘world’s smallest all-in-one’ design – CNET Reclaim your cluttered workspace with the new HP Deskjet 3755 inkjet, a wireless all-in-one that can print, copy and scan from computers and mobile devices.
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This robo-dolly wheels your VR camera around – CNET Need to shoot virtual reality video without a human camera operator getting in the way? Double Robotics’ 360 Camera Dolly might help.
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NASA blows up BEAM balloon room It took a while but it finally got inflated. The Satelloon flies again!
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Wiso is a Bluetooth-connected whistle for stopping assaults Wiso is a Bluetooth-connected smart whistle that people can use to sound for help if they’re being physically assaulted. Through the corresponding app it also automatically texts, calls, or emails designated contacts with the victim’s GPS coordinates. Wiso is very clearly marketed as a product for women, and I have no problem with that. If this makes women feel safe, then by all means they should
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Police Are Filing Warrants For Android’s Vast Store Of Location Data The Verge is reporting about a man who robbed a Bank of America office in Romana, California. A person, named Timothy Graham, matching his profile robbed another bank in November. The investigators, however, didn’t have enough evidence to prove that Graham was indeed the same person who robbed the other bank as well. The cops contacted Google and utilised a feature of Maps that builds a comprehens
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Start-up touts wireless earbud that translates conversations As crowdfunding campaigns go, you can’t do much better than New York Waverly Labs, which last week introduced a wireless earbud that acts as a real-time language translator between two people.Just five days into the campaign, the Pilot smart earpiece has garnered nearly $1.9 million through more than 8,300 backers on Indiegogo; that’s 2,479% more than Waverly Labs’ 30-day goal. Waverly Labs The
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Scott Thrift’s Today Clock: A 24-hour timepiece simplifying each day into dawn, noon, dusk, and midnight Designer Scott Thrift has been reimagining the way we convey and perceive time for years now. In 2012, he released ThePresent: a wall clock with a colorwheel face that represents all 365 days of the year. ThePresent’s dial reflects the changing…… Continue Reading…
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The Drive: Custom Cars and Their Builders Cars have been built, rebuilt, customized, tuned and completely redesigned since the time when Henry Ford was still alive, and The Drive: Custom Cars and Their Builders focuses the spotlight on some of the best four-wheeled creations that have ever been created. With subject matters ranging from European sports cars and hot rods, to lowriders […]
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One of the most devastating tiny biological weapons could inspire new super strong armor The mantis shrimp is a flashy little multicolored crustacean, but it’s more than just a pretty carapace — it possesses one of the most devastating weapons of a creature its size. The rounded claws of […]
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Engineered Bacterium Produces Alcohol Out Of Thin Air Science It ingests hydrogen and carbon dioxide and excretes fuel Engineering bacteria has always held the promise of endless possibilities and it seems that a team at Harvard may have unlocked one of those possibilities: fuel. Harvard…
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A Brass Bench With Ripples Like the Surface of Water But it’s solid through and through Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka already has one of his glass “water block” benches permanently installed within the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, further blurring the line between furniture and art. Now, he’s created part deux for another exhibition, but this time with brass. The seat of the bench appears to ripple like the surface of a body of water, its
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Google Fiber TV Box gets Google Cast support Google has announced that its Fiber TV Box is getting Google Cast, the tech that most people are familiar with via Chromecast. Google Cast has already made its way into some smart TVs, among other devices; the inclusion in Google’s own Fiber TV box isn’t at all surprising and certainly welcomed. With it, owners will be able to cast content … Continue reading
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Rare galactic alignment produces beautiful light ‘ring’ First predicted by Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, an “Einstein Ring” is a rarely observed, but incredibly interesting astronomical phenomenon that occurs when two distant galaxies are perfectly aligned, millions of light years apart. The light from the more distant “source” galaxy becomes bent and distorted as it passes through the gravitational field caused by the ma
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This Wearable System Might Help Asthma Sufferers Avoid Attacks Health Plus, it comes in red A new three-piece wearable device will monitor asthma sufferers’ vitals…
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Science Journalism’s Identity Crisis In February, during a three-week window between the time when I left my last journalism job, and when I started this one, I dabbled in freelance writing.It became clear to me pretty quickly that there is a big appetite out there for science stories, but not a lot of dollars to invest in them. At one point, I took a meeting for what looked like a lucrative gig—but it wasn’t journalism. I was being
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Philosophy: The life Hack of the Future | Monica McCarthy | TEDxICC This talk examines the benefits of philosophical discourse, when seeking fulfillment and understanding. Monica McCarthy is preoccupied with the age-old question of what it means to flourish in an increasingly noisy world. She is the founder of Cheshire Parlour, a haven for exploring big ideas via the lens of philosophy and culture, and the co-founder of a Philosophy & Cocktails Club in NYC. Mo
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Instrumenting Change | Tetra String Quartet | TEDxArrowheadRanch What happens when classical musicians explore possibilities outside the concert hall? The Tetra String Quartet shares how they are increasing the impact of live performance by expanding access and creating connections in their community. The Tetra String Quartet is a community-based chamber ensemble that infuses performance with public service. With relevant and versatile programming at the forefr
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More is Less: Information Explosion | Li Ming | TEDxYouth@HCIS An analysis on the impact of information explosion, more data and the internet revolution on available data, compared to authentic and relevant data. Student of Hillside World Academy, Singapore. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedxFrom: TEDx Talks
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Getting Ready for the New World of Work | Peter Andrew | TEDxYouth@HCIS The talk describes the next generation jobs and relevant future workspace. How these changing domains are going to affect creative work areas, a far cry from current scenarios. Peter has a personal ambition to transform work and workplace in Asia – to help organisations create beautiful and functional work environments that drive business performance and enhance the lives of the everyday person. P
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‘Monster Trucks’ might be the most literal movie title in Hollywood history “The monster is in the truck!” That pretty much says it all, right? Monster Trucks isn’t a movie about large custom pickup trucks with comically oversized tires. It’s about a literal monster — alien, perhaps? — taking up residence in a crappy, rundown truck’s engine compartment and, in essence, becoming that engine.  The monster also happens to be really cute and friendly, and surpr
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Airbnb bans racist host  Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has come out and said that racism and discrimination is not allowed on the platform. This comes after an Airbnb host in North Carolina canceled on a black person and sent her a slew of racist insults. Chesky also said Airbnb has permanently banned the host. “The incident in NC was disturbing and unacceptable,” Chesky wrote in a tweet today. “Racism… Read More
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Humans ride shotgun in world’s first autonomous car track day The world’s first autonomous car track dayIt’s the Wild West for self-driving cars and it’s never been more apparent than at the world’s first autonomous car track day. The two-day event took place at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California, three hours outside of San Francisco. It’s a beautiful racetrack that rests between rolling hills that look like the Windows XP wallpaper. Companies w
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Arctic sea ice set a record low every single day in May After Arctic sea ice set a record low annual maximum in March, it was widely expected that this summer melt season would rank among the top 5 or 10 lowest melt seasons on record since the dawn of satellite observations there in 1979.  However, even the most pessimistic projections have turned out to be too conservative so far, as pulses of unusually mild air and milder-than-average ocean temperat
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Just what sustains Earth’s magnetic field anyway? Earth’s magnetic field shields us from deadly cosmic radiation, and without it, life as we know it could not exist here. The motion of liquid iron in the planet’s outer core, a phenomenon called a ‘geodynamo,’ generates the field. But how it was first created and then sustained throughout Earth’s history has remained a mystery to scientists. New work sheds light on the history of this incredibly i
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UCLA Students on Active Shooter Lockdown Are Engineering the Hell Out of Doors Without Locks A photo taken today during UCLA’s current lockdown due to an active shooter on campusUCLA’s campus is on lockdown, with two people dead in what looks like a murder-suicide according to CBS. The shooting reportedly occurred in the Engineering IV building, and people are being told to shelter in place. The biggest problem? Many of the doors in that building don’t have locks. So the engineering stude
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Tesla Motors one million car per year target for 2020 would make it 20th largest in the world and about half of BMW At the 2016 annual Tesla Motor conference call, Elon Musk and Tesla Motors plans to advance the Model 3 build plan substantially. Tesla is aiming to get to the half million unit per year run rate in 2018 instead of 2020. This is based off of the tremendous amount of interest received for the Model 3, which I think is actually a fraction of the ultimate demand once people fully understand what the
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How Mistakes Help Science [Video] Astrophysicist Mario Livio will discuss how famous thinkers’ blunders have played a vital role in research during a live Webcast tonight at 7 P.M. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Keydisk Mini Key Holder Unsightly, ugly and most importantly bulky key chains could be a thing of the past with these new stylish and secure Keydisk Mini Key Holder ($12) that are currently running on the crowd sourcing platform Kickstarter. The key disks are 1cm thick and can keep your keys secure and ordered. It only weighs 0.35 ounces Read More
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Satechi unveils space gray, gold, and silver dual USB + USB-C car chargers Satechi is launching a nice-looking new dual USB car charger that comes in iPhone-matching gold, silver, and space gray. more…Filed under: Tech Industry
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Politics, not ignorance, may pollute support for pro-science solutions Mentioning politics in a message about an environmental issue may turn people — even people informed about the issue — away from supporting a pro-science solution, according to a team of researchers.
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Google’s new tools let anyone create art using AI Google doesn’t just want to dabble in using AI to create art — it wants you to make that art yourself. As promised, the search giant has launched its Magenta project to give artists tools for bringing machine learning to their creations. The initial effort focuses around an open source infrastructure for producing audio and video that, ideally, heads off in unexpected directions while maintaining
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Fed reports 50-plus breaches from 2011 to 2015, some instances of espionage The U.S. Federal Reserve, the nation’s central bank, detected more than 50 cybersecurity breaches between 2011 and 2015, including a handful attributed to espionage. The Fed’s Washington-based Board of Governors identified 51 information disclosures during the five-year period, according to information obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Reuters. The breaches reported inclu
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The Arab City In a region at once feared and exoticized, we have been witnessing for more than a generation the devastation of old centers and the rise of new ones. Today there is no better context in which to investigate the complexities of global practice in architecture than that of the rapidly changing Arab city.How does the deeply traditional meet the hypermodern in the older centers of Beirut, Damascus, a
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PIN-UP: The Magazine for Architectural Entertainment Turns 10 On the eve of PIN-UP magazine’s 10th anniversary, Architizer spoke with the publication’s founding editor Felix Burrichter about issue 20, graphic design in architecture and dream features for its future (Mr. Gehry, if you’re reading this … ). Emma Macdonald: Congratulations on the new issue. What brought about its theme, ‘garden variety’? Felix Burrichter: The idea of the garden was actually som
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Buy a top Samsung phone, get a Gear VR for free – CNET From June 1 to June 9, anyone who buys one of six Galaxy phones (including the Galaxy S7) will get a virtual-reality headset as part of the bundle.
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This Guide to Probiotics Tells You Which Brands Actually Work Our bodies rely on good bacteria to stay healthy, but ingesting that bacteria—whether in pills or in foods like yogurt—isn’t always clearly linked to better health. A new online tool uses published research to link brands to health conditions where they have been shown to be effective. http://vitals.lifehacker.com/probiotics-and…Probiotic shopping is complicated because products are so different
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Appeals Court Won’t Reconsider Ruling That Applies Title IX Protections to Transgender Students A transgender student who sued his school district in Virginia in order to use the men’s restroom at his school (rather than the unisex bathroom offered to him) will be able to do so for now. (CORRECTION: The case goes back to trial court, where it will reconsider its previous ruling based on the appeals court decision.) The 4th District Federal Appeals Court in Virginia has declined to give a fu
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Xiaomi’s Android phones will come with Microsoft Office and Skype pre-installed There’s already quite a few Android devices that come with Microsoft’s apps preinstalled, and that number is going to get bigger. The company has revealed that several smartphones and tablets from Xiaomi will soon ship with MS Office and Skype preloaded.
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Unleash Your Inner Rambo with the TOPS Knives Micro Hawk No one quite does survival gear like the yanks, and the man behind this nifty little piece is none other than Shawn Owens. Mixed martial artist, pilot and badass all round, the man certainly knows how to design an innovative piece of weaponry. The TOPS Knives Micro Hawk is part tomahawk, part Karambit (small curved blade, for the uninitiated…) and […]Visit Man of Many for the full post.
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Jaybird Freedom Review: Tiny Bluetooth Earbuds That Actually Fit All images: Adam Clark EstesI’m obsessed with wireless headphones. Once you get past the inevitable connectivity conundrum, it’s simply brilliant to listen to music comfortably without being tethered to a device. But wireless earbuds never lived up to that promise—until now.When an enthusiastic marketing executive first showed me the Jaybird Freedoms, the first words out of my mouth summed up the
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AMD’s newest GPU gets you VR-ready for under $200 VR just got a lot more affordable.Photo: AMDGetting your gaming rig ready for VR-based gameplay can be a bit of an investment, but chip making giant AMD wants to change that with their latest GPU, the Radeon RX 480. For under $200, AMD will offer their new Polaris architecture that offers 5 teraflops of compute performance, a 256-bit GDDR5 memory controller running at 8 Gbps, 4-8GB of RAM, and it
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Internet of Things Project Allows Quadriplegic Driver to Race From Our Blogs: Speed Lab Arrow’s SAM 3.0 project is piloted by former Indy driver Sam Schmidt Quadriplegic Sam Schmidt is able to drive the IoT-enabled SAM 3.0 project car from tech company Arrow, reaching over 150 mph on the track.
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Toyota Will Probably Buy Robot Makers From Google Technology Big news for BigDog! Toyota is going to buy BigDog.
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Was Planet 9 born of a different star? A team of researchers from Lund University, Sweden, has run a series of computer simulations to test the likelihood that the as-of-yet undiscovered Planet 9 formed in the orbit of an alien star. Whilst the planet has not yet been directly observed, evidence of its gravitational influence may have been observed perturbing the orbits of six Kuiper Belt objects, leading some to assert that Planet
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Twitter ignites censorship debate after removal of parody Putin account Russian social media users are up in arms over the removal of an account parodying President Vladimir Putin, as well as many others, such as: @SovietSergey, an account that mocks Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The former has more than 50,000 subscribers and it’s honestly rather hilarious. Arriving at Athens today:Customs: Name?Me: Vladimir Vladimirovich PutinCustoms: Occupation?Me: No, this time
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Neural Dust – ultra small brain interfaces – is being used to make cyborg insects As the computation and communication circuits we build radically miniaturize (i.e. become so low power that 1 picoJoule is sufficient to bang out a bit of information over a wireless transceiver; become so small that 500 square microns of thinned CMOS can hold a reasonable sensor front-end and digital engine), the barrier to introducing these types of interfaces into organisms will get pretty low.
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Apple 2016 MacBook review: More practical than you’d think, and stunning in pink After years of life with the MacBook Air, I didn’t think I would like the rose gold 12-inch MacBook that Apple sent me a few weeks ago, with its shallow keyboard, the Intel Core M chip, the single USB-C port, and, oh, that color. But I was wrong. I’ve come to really like this laptop. The springy keyboard is fun now. The performance isn’t bad at all. I’m proud to use a pink laptop. And it turns out
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Airbnb founders pledge to donate billions to Bill Gates’ Giving Pledge RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, California — Airbnb’s founders and more than a dozen other very rich people have just signed on with the Bill and Melinda Gates Giving Pledge, promising to give away most of their wealth to help solve the world’s most pressing problems. Gates and his wife Melinda announced the new signatories that include Airbnb founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk and h
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Dezeen’s top 10 pavilions at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: there are 61 national pavilions exhibiting as part of this year’s Venice Biennale, so it’s nearly impossible to see them all. Dezeen’s architecture editor Amy Frearson has picked out the 10 that are not to be missed. (more…)
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Faraday Future wants to put electric vehicle factory on a former naval shipyard Mare Island in Vallejo, CA has been an abandoned naval shipyard for years. (credit: Thomas Hawk) Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future doesn’t have a production-ready car yet, but it has said it wants to get to that milestone within two years. The company just broke ground on a $1 billion, 3 million-square-foot factory in North Las Vegas in April, and now it wants another factory on Mare Isl
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Google has made it easier to find your phone and see the data it’s collecting on you Google launched My Account, a centralized hub for managing your privacy settings, security safeguards, and advertising preferences across the search giant’s vast catalog of digital services, just about a year ago. Since then, the portal has expanded to expose — and provide greater control over — a broader swath of the personal search and device data Google’s collating, and today sees the addition
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Giant Cozy Chill Bean Bag To Curl Up Inside Today’s life is so hard and stressful that you just need cozy décor at home, a relaxing bathtub and cool furniture to get yourself through the day. Cozy furniture pieces are a must in such cases, and it should be also functional and practical, as much as possible, especially if you have children and pets. Today we’d like to share one of such things, this is the Chill Bag, an eight-foot giant bean
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Segway offers hoverboard competitor in US for $1,000 – CNET Segway has answered the rise and quick fall of the hoverboard with the cut-down Mini Pro, which is now available on preorder.
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Airbnb now lets you tattle on your loud, party-throwing neighbors – CNET A new forum lets you complain about the disruptive people who rent out apartments next to yours.
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Google Play uninstall manager points out the apps you never use Phones only have so much space, especially if you have a model like the Galaxy S6 that doesn’t offer a microSD slot. On the flip side, apps keep getting bigger, so much so that you’ve probably run into ‘insufficient space’ issues from time to time. There are ways to free up space, but the quickest is simply uninstalling some other … Continue reading
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Craftsman Flex Claw Hammer A good multi-purpose tool is a tough find, making a tool that can do a variety of jobs might sound easy on paper, but it’s much harder than you might think. Thankfully Craftsmen looks like they’re done it with their newest Craftsman Flex Claw Hammer ($42). Not only is it an amazingly strong hammer it Read More
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Preparing students for college challenges reduces inequality Incoming college students, especially students of color and first-generation college students, who anticipate challenges and recognize these as normal and temporary are more likely to remain enrolled full time and receive better grades, according to a study.
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New muscular dystrophy drug target identified Muscle cells affected by muscular dystrophy contain high levels of an enzyme that impairs muscle repair, scientists have discovered. This finding provides a new target for potential drug treatments for the disease, which currently has no cure.
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One of Silicon Valley’s most anticipated tech presentations is a big downer With four words, Mary Meeker summed up a key concern whispered by venture capitalists, analysts and tech employees in recent months: “Easy growth behind us.” The stark statement came 37 slides into Meeker’s famous annual 200-plus slide presentation about the state of the Internet and tech industry, published online Wednesday. Meeker, a partner at the prominent venture firm Kleiner Perki
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai thinks the answer to better privacy may be AI RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, California — Echoing the theme of this year’s Code Conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai pointed to the company’s work in machine learning and AI as a possible solution to people’s ongoing concerns about Google and the privacy of their personal data Pichai sounded a little frustrated when Recode’s Walt Mossberg raised the specter of privacy concerns. “Today, every time w
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Insect pests romanced by a sticky acoustic trap You’ve probably never heard of huanglongbing – unless, of course, you’re a citrus farmer. Then you’d know that it’s another name for citrus greening disease – a tree affliction brought about by the Asian citrus psyllid, a pinhead-sized insect. To fight the blight, researchers have decided to appeal to the bug’s romantic side by creating a trap that lures it in by playing the sound of a female p
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Wildfire on warming planet requires adaptive capacity at local, national, international scales Industrialized nations that view wildfire as the enemy can learn from cultures that have lived compatibly with wildfire — in some cases for centuries or millennia, says a fire anthropologist who is the lead author on a new report by an international team of scientists who study fire. Climate change will likely make landscapes more prone to fire, so the magnitude of wildfire challenges we’ll face
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Ultra-sensitive, vibration-tolerant gas sensor makes field applications more practical A new device that can detect ultra-low concentrations of gases like nitrogen dioxide accurately and nearly instantaneously has been developed by a team of researchers.
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Study highlights ’emotional labor’ of college student-athletes A recent study highlights the ’emotional labor’ required of collegiate student-athletes, which can leave student-athletes feeling powerless, frustrated and nervous. The study calls on universities to better prepare their student-athletes with communication skills they can use to address the challenges of emotional labor.
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A new look at caspase 12 research Inflammasomes are assemblies that are central to inflammatory responses. Now researchers shed new light on function of caspase 12. They have rid the field of a stubborn dogma, which held that caspase 12 was a negative regulator of inflammasomes. These novel insights pave the way for researchers to break from route of existing research and identify the real physiological functions of caspase 12.
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Y Combinator basic income test makes up for jobs lost to tech Whether it’s rational or not, there’s a fear that the technology industry is stealing jobs, leaving people without a way to make a living. Startup accelerator Y Combinator thinks it might have a solution, however: give people a basic income. It’s devising an experiment that tentatively gives 100 Oakland families a minimum wage as a way to compensate for tech-driven obsolescence. The 6- to 12-month
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Floating Houseplants Might Be a Thing Now We may as well all get one now before we’re forced into it by peer pressure As the old expression goes, “One floating plant product might be an anomaly, but two floating plant products signifies the possible beginning of a trend.” (We might be paraphrasing that old expression.) Where once there was only the Air Bonsai, there now exists a second floating plant that hangs suspended in the
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12 creative ways to reuse shipping containers Why is this infographic Interesting?: I made an informative and easy-to-read infographic about 12 Creative Ways to Reuse Shipping Containers. It’s a great way for your readers to get ideas flowing, and their next construction project might just be made from one of these great recycled structures! Shipping container structures are a very unique form of architecture that is environmentally friendly
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Google doesn’t plan on making its own phones Holding your breath for a Google-made phone to call your own? We suggest you exhale.Google CEO Sundar Pichai said today at the Code Conference that the company doesn’t plan on making its own phones, and instead will continue working with third-party manufacturers to pump out mobile devices. Pichai was asked by The Verge and Recode’s Walt Mossberg whether the company will release its own phone next
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SanDisk debuts dual-sided flash drives for laptops and smartphones USB Type-C is quickly becoming the standard smartphone and laptop port, replacing the aging microUSB standard. SanDisk is getting with the times with its new line of dual-tipped flash drives that feature both a USB-A connection for laptops and USB-C for smartphones.The new flash drives, called “SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C flash drives,” feature a switch on the side of the flash d
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Are baby wearables just too much? In an age where adult fitness and health wearables, such as the Garmin Vivoactive tracker, have become the norm, new companies are introducing wearable baby monitors that connect to smartphone apps. These wearables can provide information to parents about their baby’s breathing, skin temperature, sleeping patterns and heart rate. See also: Soon-to-launch Ayda helps with your baby making Sproutlin
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In all US regions, broad support for increasing legal age of tobacco sales In all nine regions of the country, a majority of adults supported increasing the minimum legal age for tobacco product sales, a new research study concludes.
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Hydraulic fracturing chemical spills on agricultural land need scrutiny Hydraulic fracturing, a widely used method for extracting oil and gas from otherwise impenetrable shale and rock formations, involves not only underground injections composed mostly of water, but also a mixture of chemical additives. Researchers have now set out to discover whether the degradation of these chemicals in agricultural soil are affected by co-contamination.
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The Chill Pal keeps cool in the summer sun We were lamenting about the cold weather a few months ago, and now the heat is starting to make us regret not enjoying the frigid air more. It’s easier to bundle up when it’s cold than to deal with heat as there are only so many layers you can take off before it’s just you in your birthday suit. There are fans and breathable clothing that you can buy, but when it’s blazing hot, you’re always goin
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Jeff Bezos: ‘I don’t want a Plan B for Earth’ Jeff Bezos can “assure you” that Earth is the best planet in the Solar System. It’s a statement the Amazon founder repeated fervently during a sit down chat with Walt Mossberg at Recode’s annual Code Conference on Tuesday. The discussion delved into what Bezos sees for the future of the space industry — which he argues is lacking “dynamism” — as well as how he differs from fel
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Austin and Seattle: applications for the TC Pitch-Offs close on Friday  It’s time. The TC Pitch-offs are just a couple short weeks away, and applications for the competition close on Friday. That means you have only two days to get in on the action. Ten companies will be given 60 seconds to pitch their wares to a panel of judges, including TC editors and local VCs. The judges, along with the audience, will help determine three winners. First place gets a… Read More
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Tesla’s Model 3 won’t have unfettered access to Supercharger network Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed during the company’s annual shareholder meeting that the mainstream Model 3 sedan will not receive free, unlimited access to its nationwide network of Supercharger charging stations.
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Team identifies gene involved with fracture healing New identification of a gene involved in the fracture healing process could lead to the development of new therapeutic treatments for difficult-to-heal injuries, report scientists.
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New insights into muscular dystrophy point to potential treatment avenues Certain stem cells in our bodies have the potential to turn into either fat or muscle. Experiments in mice suggest prospective drugs that manipulate these cells’ fate could make it possible to relieve many of the symptoms of muscular dystrophy.
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Cooperation emerges when groups are small and memories are long, study finds In a new paper, researchers use game theory to demonstrate the complex set of traits that can promote the evolution of cooperation. Their analysis showed that smaller groups in which actors had longer memories of their fellow group members’ actions were more likely to evolve cooperative strategies.
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Research examines social benefits of getting into someone else’s head Do you often wonder what the person next to you is thinking? You might be high in mind-reading motivation (MRM), a newly coined term for the practice of observing and interpreting bits of social information, like whether the person next to you is rhythmically drumming his fingers because he’s anxious or if someone is preoccupied because she’s gazing off into the distance.
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IDC expects ‘substantial slowdown’ in phone shipment growth this year In 2014, smartphone shipments grew a massive 27.8-percent, and the next year, 2015, smartphone shipments grew by 10.5-percent. The International Data Corporation (IDC) expects that we’ll see a substantial slowdown in shipments this year, with 2016 (possibly) ending up at around only 3.1-percent. According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, this year will probably see about 1.48 bil
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The Week in iOS Accessories: In the clutch! Clutch perfromanceThe newest way to recharge your iPhone? Toss it into your battery-equipped handbag. Read on!AmigoAmigo is a dual-purpose device—it acts as a tiny, portable stand for your iPhone (so easy to slip into you pocket between uses) and as a cord minder, keeping your electronics tangle-free. The Amigo is still in its Kickstarter phase; pledge $14 or more to secure your own copy.To read t
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25 Outdoor Lantern Lighting Ideas that Dazzle and Amaze! It is that time of the year again when life moves from indoors to the world outside and most of us are trying to find new excuses to enjoy the sights and sounds of summer and the months ahead. Of course, this means plenty of time on the porch, balcony or maybe a lazy evening surrounded by your beautiful garden or small courtyard and its tranquility. Whether you prefer quality family time under the
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These Whimsical Architectural Illustrations Are Oddly Mesmerizing Fun! The illustrations shown here aren’t absurdly detailed or cleverly animated, but they sure are fun to look at nonetheless. Could it be that the ones with overlapping platforms and endless staircases remind us a bit of the blockbuster game Monument Valley? Could it be that the whimsical images were actually made in AutoCad, an industry software staple more commonly used for drawing up plans of
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Cooling down Chicago More than 50 percent of today’s population lives in cities. According to the United Nations Development Programme, that number is predicted to rise to 70 percent by 2050. Growing urbanization increases the overall temperature of a city as buildings, roads, parking lots and other infrastructure absorb heat, creating an urban heat island (UHI). A UHI causes areas like Chicago to be significantly war
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NASA satellite finds unreported sources of toxic air pollution Using a new satellite-based method, scientists at NASA, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and two universities have located 39 unreported and major human-made sources of toxic sulfur dioxide emissions.
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de antonio yachts’ D33 vessel designed by ubica-id in barcelona fast and agile, yet comfortable and secure, the main deck contains three, four seat sections and a sub-level bunk area. The post de antonio yachts’ D33 vessel designed by ubica-id in barcelona appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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FOUND: Medieval Dinosaurs! Feels like dinosaurs follow me wherever I go (note: not complaining). I’m on vacation here in the amazing Republic of Georgia and thus a little bit out of the loop on new sciencey stuff but HEY, would ya look at this? After hiking up to the famous Church of Tsminda Sameba, sitting pretty at an altitude of nearly 2200m in the Great Caucasus, I couldn’t help but notice something a little odd about o
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Making Striped Plastic Drinking Straws Is Satisfyingly Complex Of all the objects you use on a daily basis, you’ve probably never stopped to wonder how plastic drinking straws came to be. But if you like complicated machines that are simultaneously extruding, cutting, and sorting, you’ll be more than satisfied with the high-speed process behind making two-toned plastic drinking straws.[YouTube]SPLOID is delicious brain candy. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, a
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Can David French (Or Anyone Else) Get on the Ballot for President this Year? I wrote back in January about the difficulties that Michael Bloomberg, rumored at the time to be thinking about it, would face in launching an independent presidential bid. The notion of a new independent presidential candidate is in the news again with the trial balloon floated of running conservative commentator David French for president. Again relying on information gathered in a paper-only
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Internet Growth Is Flat. Phone Sales Are Meh. Hello, 2016 Mary Meeker dropped her internet trends report this morning. One trend in particular presents a challenge no tech company can escape: growth is slowing. The post Internet Growth Is Flat. Phone Sales Are Meh. Hello, 2016 appeared first on WIRED.
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New measurement technique shows link between T-cells, aging Researchers discover a new correlation between aging and the effectiveness of T-Cells. The research is based on a novel technique, called iTAST (in situ TCR affinity and sequence test), that is able to measure a T-cell’s so-called affinity, a physical parameter that determines how well T-cell receptors recognize and bind to their antigens, such as those derived from bacteria, viruses or cancer cel
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Study finds minimal risk for serious infection with ‘in bone’ prosthesis A new study found minimal risk for severe infection with osseointegrated implants — a newer prosthetic system, press-fitted directly into the femur bone — that enables bone growth over a metal, robotic prosthetic limb in patients with above knee amputations.
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Software turns webcams into eye-trackers New software turns ordinary computer webcams into eye-tracking devices. The new software could help web developers to optimize content and make websites more user-friendly.
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Shift work unwinds body clocks, leading to more severe strokes Statistics show that some 15 million Americans don’t work the typical nine-to-five. These employees (or shift workers), who punch in for graveyard or rotating shifts, are more prone to numerous health hazards, from heart attacks to obesity, and now, new research shows shift work may also have serious implications for the brain.
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Team finds convection could produce Pluto’s polygons On Pluto, icebergs floating in a sea of nitrogen ice are key to a possible explanation of the quilted appearance of the Sputnik Planum region of the dwarf planet’s surface.