Indistinguishable from Magic 6/2 part 2

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School Smart Vertical Pencil Sharpener School Smart’s heavy-duty vertical electric pencil sharpener is one recommended by teachers, librarians, and parents all over, so you know it’s a good’un. It works fast, it can withstand a lot of use and abuse, and it stops automatically when a pencil is sharpened. The best part is that it will still be sharpening perfectly years from now. Get it for $32 on Amazon. Buy Now
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A grassroots, handmade Venice Architecture Biennale from Alejandro Aravena Alejandro Aravena calls his dense, earnest and grassroots edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, which opened Saturday to the public and will run through November, “Reporting From the Front.”
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Oyster reefs: How many do we really need? A new oyster calculator can help rebuild oyster populations for maximum benefit to people and nature
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An entertainment icon on living a life of meaning | Norman Lear / Eric Hirshberg In the 1970s (and decades following), TV producer Norman Lear touched the lives of millions with culture-altering sitcoms like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Good Times, pushing the boundaries of the era and giving a primetime voice to underrepresented Americans. In an intimate, smart conversation with Eric Hirshberg, he shares with humility and humor how his early relationship with “t
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Scientists have created mice with hyper-long telomeres without altering the genes A research team has succeeded in creating mice in the laboratory with hyper-long telomeres and with reduced molecular ageing, avoiding the use of genetic manipulation. This new technique based on epigenetic changes avoids the manipulation of genes in order to delay molecular ageing. The study also underlines the importance of this new strategy in generating embryonic stem cells and iPS cells with
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Two-drug immunotherapy deemed safe for lung cancer patients, study shows Utilizing the immunotherapeutic agents nivolumab and ipilimumab could lead to more effective treatment options for non-small cell lung cancer patients who fail initial therapy, report scientists.
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Everybody loves a robot vacuum (except for when you need a regular vacuum) Like most relationships in life, it’s unreasonable to expect one person or thing to fulfill all of your needs, but we sometimes choose to appreciate that thing for whatever it can do. That’s pretty much how I feel about my Roomba. I am fully aware that the Roomba, which I’ve named Truman, can’t clean stairs, doesn’t suck the dust from the corners of the couch, and sometimes gets stuck on a chair
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Study shows drivers aren’t ready to relinquish full control to autonomous cars Self-driving cars are on the way, it seems, but are consumers ready for them? A new study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) found that most drivers aren’t ready to give up complete control to the machines, but that they will accept some vehicular autonomy. Of 618 respondents, about 46 percent said they preferred to retain full control of a vehicle, while about
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LA port terminal to be first in the world powered by 100% renewable energy The Port of Los Angeles is going green with plans to transition a 40-acre cargo terminal to solar power and other renewable sources. Construction will begin this June on the Pasha Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project that port officials said will be the world’s first marine terminal to generate all of its energy needs from renewables. The terminal will also be able to operate completely off t
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Swiss voters to decide on $2500/mo ‘unconditional basic income’ initiative this Sunday Switzerland’s proposed ‘unconditional basic income’ (UBI) could become an official policy as early as next week. On Sunday, voters will decide whether every Swiss man, woman, and child should receive a monthly no-questions-asked payment, designed to help alleviate the stress of paying for basic needs. Campaigners for UBI have fought hard for several years to bring the question to the public, but a
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Here’s the Glorious 4K Footage of Last Month’s Mercury Transit We’ve Been Waiting For So you missed Mercury transiting the Sun last month and thought you were going to have to wait another three whole years to see the rare astronomical event? Not at all. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Laboratory was busy shooting the entire thing in 4K, and it just released three glorious highlight reels. Even if you did tune into a live stream, this is an encore you don’t want to miss.Read more…
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BB-8 Makes an Adorably Perfect Star Wars Teapot Thought you could escape Star Wars merchandise in this quiet period post-Force Awakens, pre-Rogue One, era? Well then THINK AGAIN. Anything that can be BB-8-erized will be, as is the case with this delightful teapot.Read more…
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United’s new business class seat will make you weep as you head to economy United Airlines unveiled Polaris, its new business class “experience,” on Thursday, calling it “the airline’s most significant product transformation in more than a decade.” The new design — with suite-like pods — offers easy access to the aisle, lie-flat seats with up to 6’6” of bed space, mood lighting, lumbar support, storage areas and, well, you get the idea. SEE ALSO: How to start a mid-air
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How Cancer Can Make You Do the Impossible | Aron Andersson | TEDxUmeå I’m a four time cancer survivor. To cope with the suffering I learnt mental strategies that I benefit from today as a professional adventurer. In my talk I will share my strategies and how they have helped me to accomplish the “impossible”, despite being in a wheelchair. I hope you will be inspired and motivated to strive to reach your own personal goals. I’m a professional adventurer and motivati
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The Lottery of Life | Christina Rickardsson | TEDxUmeå Christina’s story leaves no one untouched, and at the same time it will challenge your views on identity and culture in an era of human mobility and people seeking refuge across borders. It suggests that we are all creators of ourselves and our societies, and what we give is what we get back in return. Follow Christina on her journey from the life in poverty in Brazil to a life of entrepreneurship
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Poland’s monetary policy in 2016 | Marian Noga | TEDxWroclawUniversityOfEconomics Everybody’s waiting for the interest rates to fall. However, FED increased the key rate which is going to increase inflation in Poland. This means that interest rates will not go down any time soon. Marian Noga is an economist, professor and former rector of the University of Economics in Wroclaw, Senator IV and V term of office, from 2004 to 2010 he was a member of the Monetary Policy Council. He
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Inspiring the Astronauts of Tomorrow | Ashlie Smith | TEDxKids@CranbrookSchools Imagine the secrets space holds…who will be the ones to lead us into that next frontier? Educator Ashlie Smith shares her passion for science and space with her students everyday by igniting their curiosity for science with innovative projects and technology. As more and more girls shy away from STEM fields, it is important to encourage their exploration of the universe. Inspired by the natural wo
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The Power of Being a Teenager | Kendrick Chavez | TEDxYouth@TheFunkZone In this TEDx talk, 19-year-old Kendrick Chavez shares his three mottos for achieving success. Kendrick is the creator of Empower Workouts, a motivational fitness program led by other teenagers. His passion is to inspire others to go after their dreams and get in the best shape possible at any age. Kendrick is an actor, model, fitness competitor and 30x gold medalist martial-artist. 19-year-old Ken
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Why Failure Is Your Best Option | Jessica Lindsey | TEDxYouth@TheFunkZone Many of us consider success as simply achieving the material goals we set for ourselves. However, in this TEDx talk, Jessica Lindsey redefines what success really means. Jessica developed a program that provides resources for foster youth called Building Opportunities for Achievement (BOA). Her work behind BOA led her to be awarded the 2015 Rising Star of The Year Award from the National Associati
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The beauty of giving someone a second chance | Leon Gijzen | TEDxYouth@Groningen A lot of beautiful things can happen if you could just stop judging people and give them a second chance. Gijs tried it and he isn’t exactly sorry. Leon is a social work student and spends a lot of his time as a volunteer at SCN. There, he teaches kids the basics of engine technology This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local communit
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Stepping up in STEM: Why It Matters for Women and the World | Sydney Harless | TEDxOxfordHighSchool In this informative talk, Sydney explores the importance of encouraging more women to join the STEM field. Sydney will be attending Central Michigan University’s Honors College where she plans to study information technology. Gender equality and leadership are two things which she cares a lot about. This is why Sydney helped create a Girls on Technology group at her school to encourage girls to pu
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Emotions are Contagious: Spreading Emotional Intelligence | Joelle Hadley | TEDxArrowheadRanch In a society where brilliance, degrees, and pedigree reign, there is a uniquely human skill set that many don’t know exists, let alone understand or value: Emotional Intelligence. Joelle Hadley will teach us what EI is, how valuable it can be in helping us show up as our best selves, and inspire us to spread Emotional Intelligence. Joelle Hadley is the founder and president of The Culture Coaches,
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Star Wars Double Wall Ceramic Travel Mug “No matter where you find yourself, let this Star Wars Double Wall 12oz Ceramic Travel Mug keep your beverage at the temperature it was intended to be enjoyed. This mug is black ceramic with the Star Wars logo on one side and the logo of the Galactic Empire on the other. It’s the perfect way to carry your coffee – provided you like it a little on the dark side.” Buy it hereThe post Star Wars Dou
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Q*Bert Desk Organizer Oh @!#?@! Where’d I put my pen? Did I lose those scissors again? Dave Delisle, whose THOR Hammer Tool Kit you just saw here, has also birthed this Q*Bert Desk Organizer brainchild. Like the tool kit, Q*Bert in neat ‘n’ tidy form is just a concept, which Dave developed when he realized his current desk organizer is “very boringsauce.” His design converts the classic arcade game and its fo
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Chile Has So Much Solar Energy It’s Giving It Away for Free An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Chile’s solar industry has expanded so quickly that it’s giving electricity away for free. Spot prices reached zero in parts of the country on 113 days through April, a number that’s on track to beat last year’s total of 192 days, according to Chile’s central grid operator. While that may be good for consumers, it’s bad news for companies that own pow
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How a student entrepreneur set out to create digital immortality This series was brought to you by Index.co From the conception of an idea, to the first lines of code, early hires, and preliminary funding rounds – every company has a narrative. But there are always shared experiences: Processes, tactics, and habits that galvanize the experience of the fledgling startup. In this series, we talk to founders to hear their perspectives on the key element to their s
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This App Maps Your Face Wrinkles to Help You Deal With Aging Once upon a time, fairytale characters asked talking mirrors to determine how great they looked in relation to their peers. But that’s no longer the stuff of fiction. Now you can actually do something similar with your own smartphone. RYNKL is a mobile app that aims to make users aware of their facial wrinklescapes beyond mere vanity. In the long-run, the creators want to help you extend your life
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Orca cultural groups found to be genetically distinct (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found that killer whale cultural groups have evolved to become genetically distinct from one another. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the team describes how they obtained tissue samples from individual orcas from groups spanning the globe, sequenced the genomes of 50 different individuals and then outline what they
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Mophie’s New Wireless Charging Case Is A Must-Own Apple may have gotten into the external battery pack game but that isn’t stopping Mophie from innovating. In fact, thanks to their extensive patents on external battery … Read More
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HP Just Made The World’s Smallest All-in-One Printer HP isn’t ever going to give up on printers. Despite printer sales slumping over the last half a decade or so, the company continues to relentlessly … Read More
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Today Clock Will Actually Slow Your Perception Of Time Ever get the impression that time is just passing you by? Maybe it’s time to change the way you fundamentally perceive time. No, we’re not advocating for … Read More
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The Mesh Multi-Tool Card & Wallet Does It All The wallet makes the man — or so the saying goes. If that old wive’s tale is any indication of your worth as a dude, then maybe … Read More
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Deal: Nifty MacBook MiniDrive Upgrade your MacBook storage without having to crack open the case, and without a bulky flash drive. This microSD card adapter mounts flush inside your laptop’s SD slot, and is finished in aluminum just like your Mac. (microSD card not included) Link Price: $34 More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Deal: iMemStick 64GB Flash DriveDeal: iKlips DUO Flash StorageDeal: Xtra Drive Lightning Flash D
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Dude travels the world with a sweet ‘Mom, I’m fine’ sign Travel the world all you want, but make sure mom knows you’re ok. Jonathan Quiñonez, a 27-year-old from Brussels, is doing just that with an Instagram account used specifically to check in with his mom every few days. SEE ALSO: 7 travel apps for making your summer vacation plans Quiñonez tells TheLADbible that he quit his job and sold his car with the intent to travel. But when he arrived in C
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DOD continues quest to make “Iron Man” exosuit for special ops An Army soldier wears conceptual “future soldier” armor at the Detroit Auto Show in 2012. If the Special Operations Command’s TALOS project is successful, soldiers may wear armored exoskeletons for urban combat in the near future. (credit: US Army) At this week’s Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) cracked the door open a bit on
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Implanted neuroprosthesis improves walking ability in stroke patient Left: multichannel implantable gait-assist system. Right: participant walking with the system. (credit: N.S. Makowski et al./Am. J. Phys. Med. Rehabil.) A surgically implanted neuroprosthesis has led to substantial improvement in walking speed and distance in a patient with limited mobility after a stroke, according to a single-patient study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehab
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How did Southeastern Mayan people overcome catastrophic eruption of Ilpango? Across the centuries, forming cooperative networks beyond cultural boundaries has been a way to overcome natural disasters, researchers say in a new report.
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Cancer cells become more aggressive from fat storage It has been established that not all cancer cells are equally aggressive. Most can be neutralized with radiation and chemotherapy. Researchers have now discovered that some cancer cells can accumulate fat droplets, which appear to make them more aggressive and increase their ability to spread.
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Seagulls head to big city not for better homes, but more abundant food Being bothered by gulls while eating our chips is a problem most city-dwellers have encountered. Now, scientists have reported that concentrating on making food supplies less accessible may prove more effective at countering these ‘nuisance events’ than removing rooftop nesting.
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When ‘smart’ apps become smart for real How can a smart application recognise and reason about a human’s purposeful activities in order to be able to coach in a purposeful way? Esteban Guerrero at Umeå University in Sweden presents new computer-based methods for this that are based on activity-centric and argument-based theories.
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NASA studies details of a greening Arctic The northern reaches of North America are getting greener, according to a NASA study that provides the most detailed look yet at plant life across Alaska and Canada. In a changing climate, almost a third of the land cover – much of it Arctic tundra – is looking more like landscapes found in warmer ecosystems.
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Tesla says the Model X’s falcon wing doors are almost useful Tesla surprised consumers and competitors alike when it announced plans to launch the Model X crossover with science fiction-esque falcon doors. Fine-tuning the system has been more difficult than the carmaker originally anticipated, but CEO Elon Musk has revealed that the kinks are almost ironed out. Tesla recently released an over-the-air software upgrade that allows Model X owners to close ever
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Asus’ Avalon brings the modular PC dream closer to reality Building a PC is easier than ever before, but there’s still plenty to go wrong. A slip-up might be as simple as forgetting to plug in a wire, or as disastrous as destroying a PCI slot. Enthusiasts have long dreamed of an easier “modular” solution that’d make the process easier. Razer gave the concept new life in early 2014 with “Project Christine,” a sleek, beautiful modular PC concept. And we hav
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The barbell effect of machine learning  Machine learning will have a barbell effect on the technology landscape. On one hand, it will democratize basic intelligence through the commoditization and diffusion of services like image recognition and translation into software broadly. On the other, it will concentrate higher-order intelligence in the hands of a relatively small number of incumbents that control most of their… Read More
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Volkswagen ponders a luxury Uber rival with Porsche cars Last week, the Volkswagen group dumped $300 million into Gett, a taxi hailing-cum-ride sharing app that’s big outside of the US. Now, the company has revealed that it’s pondering a rival to Uber Black by offering private drivers access to its higher-end vehicles. Details are scarce since it’s a single line reference in a very long press release, but VW says that it’s looking at a “special cha
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The 5 Best Sous Vide Machines for the Best Steak of Your Life We’re going to tip you off on something here: for the most tender, mouth-watering meat you’ve ever tasted, you want to go sous vide. The technique, which requires you put your steak, short ribs, or other item in a vacuum-sealed bag and drop it in a water bath held at constant temperature, will change how […]
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Driverless cars bound to frustrate motorists When self-driving cars start appearing on your commute, they’re not likely to remind you of the swift Lexus vehicles in Minority Report.
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Choose your path to a successful career | Wojtek Mazur | TEDxWroclawUniversityOfEconomics In my talk I would like to share something that worked for me: I am going to discuss the sure ways you can follow and steps you can take to develop a successful professional career. Also, I am going to give you some clues which will help you decide whether you have an aptitude for being an employee or entrepreneur. I am an ambitious entrepreneur who is remarkably successful at expanding an interna
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Breaking the News Cycle | Diana Fairbanks | TEDxTraverseCity Long time television news anchor Diana Fairbanks begins asking the tough questions of her own industry and in the process finds the courage to walk away from a system that isn’t all that it appears to be, in an effort to truly serve the community and find a more authentic and fulfilling life. Fairbanks asks each of us to consider our “news diet” and its impact on journalism. Diana Fairba
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A Recovering Perfectionist’s Journey To Give Up Grades | Starr Sackstein | TEDxYouth@BHS Discover how and why Starr decided to take a risk and throw out traditional grading. Learn how she involved her students in the grading process and how she has become a better educator thanks to her new approach to grading. Starr Sackstein currently works at World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing, NY as a high school English and Journalism teacher where her students run a multi-media news
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Transform… using your life to inspire others | Adele Ceraudo | TEDxCesena Adele Ceraudo is an internationally known artist that creates her work by using ballpoint pens. In her talk, she doesn’t tell us about her art, but about the inspiration that allows her to grow, describing the winding road that has led her to become the artist she is today. Adele has turned the ‘poison’ of her childhood into the medicine for herself, thanks to the ever burning flame of her passion
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The Beauty and Power of Mathematics | William Tavernetti | TEDxUCDavis William Tavernetti has a PhD in Applied Mathematics from UC Davis and is currently a lecturer at UC Davis in the department of Mathematics. William also works as a teacher fellow for the Introduction to Engineering Mechanics Cluster at the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS). Prior to graduate school William worked as a Junior Reliability Engineer for Valador Inc. s
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Harnessing the incredible energy density of positrons | Ryan Weed | TEDxDanubia By harnessing the incredible energy density of positrons to produce a propulsion unit that is 1,000 times more efficient than high-tech ion thrusters, Ryan and his team are developing a rocket engine that will allow spacecraft to travel faster and farther than ever before. They could reach the edges of the solar system in less than a year and open up the interstellar medium for human exploration.
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How to design the Near Future(s) | Mirko Balducci | TEDxNovara How to perform the futures in the present? In order to explain this process, Mirko takes the fake identity of Filippo Campofelice, the founder of Newspicker, the first algorithmic news agency. Newspicker is the output of a Near Future Design process on the theme of the information market. Mirko Balducci is a communication designer interested on the connection among society, technology and media. H
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Happy Thursday! 2.5 million more vehicles recalled for faulty Takata airbag inflators – Roadshow This is getting quite expensive…for Roadshow. I’m wasting half our Getty Images subscription on Takata photos.
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Why Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils When There’s a Third, Non-Evil Candidate? The Libertarian Party has nominated Gary Johnson and William Weld: two moderate, former Republican governors who opposed runaway government spending while promoting social tolerance while in office.  And yet many people will act as if the Johnson/Weld ticket isn’t even an option. They will urge voters to select “the lesser of two evils,” either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. If you do
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Fighting advanced thyroid cancer with immunotherapy As the chance of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer has risen in recent years, investigators are exploring the impact of the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab on advanced disease.
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3D printing of patterned membranes opens door to rapid advances in membrane technology A new type of 3D printing will make it possible for the first time to rapidly prototype and test polymer membranes that are patterned for improved performance.
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Lumintop Prince CF 1000lm Flashlight submitted by Mikey Bautista Lumintop is making plenty of waves in the EDC community thanks to their flashlights that come with a crazy amount of features at a compelling price. They’ve stuck to their guns with their newest light, the Prince, and loaded it with affordable functionality.Starting from the top, the Prince uses a Cree XM-L2 LED that pushes out a maximum output of 1000 lumens on high at
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Windows 10 finally overtakes Windows 7 – at least for gamers Windows 10 has finally surpassed Windows 7, at least when it comes to PC gamers on Steam.Previously, Windows 10 64-bit had become the single most popular strain of OS, but now the total number of Windows 10 users (both 32-bit and 64-bit) has outstripped the total number of Windows 7 gamers (32-bit and 64-bit).Last month, Windows 7 was still just a smidgen ahead in this regard, but in the month of
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Today’s Best Deals: Anker Speaker, EAS Protein, Men’s Watches, and More A waterproof speaker, men’s fashion watches, and EAS protein lead off Thursday’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 DealsAnker So
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Link About It: The Science Behind Music-Induced Skin Orgasms Not much is known about frisson—a physical reaction to an emotional stimuli that sometimes feels like a “skin orgasm”—or its physiological origins or even why it only affects two-thirds of the population. Frisson occurs when a song (perhaps just a…… Continue Reading…
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Dish & DUER’s Best Hot Weather Pants: Made from a lightweight and breathable proprietary fabric these trousers can go around the world and back to the office Launching today on Kickstarter, more tech-forward apparel from Dish & DUER: the Best Hot Weather Pants. Perfect for hot weather, these BHW Pants are breathable, anti-bacterial and super-stretchy (also making them ideal for travel) and have been…… Continue Reading…
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Floating Party Mat Never leave anyone waiting on the dock–the Floating Party Mat has enough room for 4-6 adults to join the water fun. Easily roll it up to conveniently bring it to the beach and lake with two adjustable Velcro straps. Made in the USA, using a unique cross-linked foam, it can safely hold over 500 pounds.
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Federico Babina’s ARCHIWRITER Illustrations Visualize the “Architecture of a Text” “Immersed in reading a book it feels like [being] inside an architecture, a metaphysical space surrounded by the words,” says Federico Babina, discussing his latest series of illustrations, ARCHIWRITER. In the new series of 27 drawings, the illustrator has created “portraits” of authors by personifying their writing styles, periods, and locations as built environments made from architectural eleme
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Brainwaves could be the next health vital sign Researchers hope that a brain vital-sign test becomes as routine during a doctor’s check-up as taking a blood pressure or heart rate measurement.
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These Are the Best-Designed Gadgets of 2016 Good looks and functionality. …Read More »
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Examples of the Super-Cool Loft Bed for Grownups NATHANIEL BERMAN IS FOUNDER OF HOUSELY, A DESIGN AND REAL ESTATE BLOG TRACKING TRENDS IN DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE. HERE, HE looks at examples of innovative, space-saving loft bed solutions. Almost everyone seems to be downsizing in a big way these days: The tiny-home trend is huge. Of course these diminutive dwellings present particular challenges to designers who are scrambling to come up with new
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LA’s Coolest New Bar is a Bowling Alley The alley opened in 1927 during the height of Prohibition The post LA’s Coolest New Bar is a Bowling Alley appeared first on The Manual.
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Raijintek creates closed-loop liquid CPU cooler without pump Here’s another cool thing to come out of Computex this year: a closed-loop liquid cooler from Raijintek that is entirely passive. The company’s latest design doesn’t require a pump to push coolant around the tubing, and there are no fans on the included radiator.
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Scientists discover oldest plant root stem cells Scientists at Oxford University have discovered the oldest known population of plant root stem cells in a 320 million-year-old fossil.
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Superbugs Have Reached The U.S. For The First Time — Again Last week, an NBC News headline reported, “‘Nightmare bacteria’ superbug found for the first time in U.S.” But wait, wasn’t it already here? In 2012, headlines announced that antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” had been found in 37 U.S. states. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sounded “the alarm on deadly, untreatable superbugs.” In 2014, we learned that superbugs “could eventu
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Health concerns about global baby formula boom A global boom in the sale of infant and baby formula is underway, especially in China and Southeast Asia, raising concerns about the health of millions of mothers and their babies.
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Fountain of youth? Dietary supplement may prevent and reverse severe damage to aging brain, research suggests A dietary supplement containing a blend of thirty vitamins and minerals–all natural ingredients widely available in health food stores–has shown remarkable anti-aging properties that can prevent and even reverse massive brain cell loss, according to new research. It’s a mixture scientists believe could someday slow the progress of catastrophic neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS and P
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Cancer survivors: A growing population More than 15.5 million Americans alive with a history of cancer in 2016, a number that is projected to reach more than 20 million by 2026, a new report indicates.
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Commercial weight-loss programs: Evidence of benefits for diabetics still too scarce Scientists who indirectly investigated the blood sugar effects of 10 (out of 32 selected) commercial weight loss programs say a few show promise of benefit for diabetic patients, but far more rigorous research is needed before doctors can wholeheartedly recommend them.
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European identity continues to grow According to a new study published today in the journal Population Development and Review, 61% of citizens within the EU-15 see themselves as European in addition to or in lieu of their national identity in 2013, compared to 58% on average from 1996 to 2004. The largest increases were seen in Germany, Austria, Sweden, and Finland, and surprisingly also in Greece. In contrast the United Kingdom and
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Subaru, Chimani team up to bring national park travel guides to smartphones – Roadshow This digital offering is due in part to a desire to cut down on physical waste in parks.
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Ban Los Angeles, Ban Whole Foods, Ban Air Guitars Downtown Los Angeles, a city that human beings choose to live in (Image: Matt Novak, an idiot who chooses to live there)I need to get out of this fucking city. Los Angeles is just too damn expensive. I don’t know what I’m doing here anymore. The only thing worth doing that’s free is the library. Oh, that and playing air guitar at Whole Foods. Sorry, it’s 365-Foods or whatever it’s fucking called.
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WATG conceives the world’s first freeform 3D printed house commissioned by branch technology, the brief called for a 600-800 square-foot single-family home that reconsiders traditional architectural aesthetics, ergonomics, construction, building systems. The post WATG conceives the world’s first freeform 3D printed house appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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10 ways to get the most from walking From frequency and stride to what to do with your arms, here’s how to get the world’s easiest fitness fix.
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How risk-averse, big-budget publishers could doom VR gaming The hardware is nice, but without support from major publishers, it could have trouble attracting a mass market. (credit: Kyle Orland) As impressed as we have been with the technology behind new, consumer-level virtual reality headsets, there has been something important missing from the initial selection of software available for the likes of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive: games from the indus
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Nigeria launches clean-up in devastated oil spill region Nigeria’s vice-president on Thursday launched a $1 billion oil pollution clean-up programme in the Niger delta, after President Muhammadu Buhari pulled out of visiting the restive region.
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3-D-printed weather stations fill gaps in developing world Scientists have successfully installed the first wave of low-cost weather stations that are designed to provide critically needed information to farmers and other residents in developing countries.
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Data visualization firm Qlik sells for $3 billion Qlik, a vendor of data visualization tools, has agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo for US$3 billion.The sale will give Qlik “additional flexibility” to operate, Lars Björk, the company’s CEO, said in a statement.Qlik is touted as a software package for business intelligence needs, with some customers saying it has strong data modeling features. Qlik off
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Legendary Hotel Ritz Paris to Reopen After Extensive Renovation It’s been a long four years The iconic Hôtel Ritz Paris is finally reopening its doors on June 6 after a four-year renovation and 118 years after its grand debut in 1898. Located on the Place Vendôme, it has been called home and favorite local hangout by many a star, including French writer Marcel Proust, Americans-in-Paris Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the one and only Coco Chane
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Libertarian Party Gains Second Sitting State Legislator The Libertarian Party, in the wake of unprecedented press following the nomination of Gary Johnson and William Weld (both former Republican governors) as their candidates for president and vice president, just won their second seated state legislator. Like the first one, Nevada’s Assemblyman John Moore, Sen. Laura Ebke of Nebraska’s 32nd district, enters as an already seated legislator who switc
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Florida Ex-Cop Indicted on Manslaughter, Attempted Murder Charges for Killing of Disabled Motorist Former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja is expected in court today after being indicted on charges of manslaughter and attempted murder by a grand jury for the killing of Corey Jones, a legally armed motorist whose vehicle was disabled, last October. Initially placed on paid leave, Raja was fired in November. The police union president complained at the time that the termination happ
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New Hampshire’s Forfeiture Reforms Don’t Truly Address Sources of Police Abuse After some wrangling, New Hampshire’s legislature has just approved some modest reforms to its system of police asset forfeiture. Actually, they could have been huge changes. Simply reading what they’re changing suggests that what they’re doing is a big deal. But the devil, as always, is in the details. The biggest change is that state law will now require a criminal conviction or plea agreement
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Inflammation of the placenta interferes with fetal development Preeclampsia is one of the most common complications to occur during pregnancy, yet its causes are still unknown. A new study involving patients, cell cultures and animal experiments has now shown that those affected by the disease have lower quantities of the placenta’s immune protein CD74, and that certain inflammatory factors are higher. These factors disrupt the formation of the placenta and l
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Yelp Is Awful for Everyone Involved “Your review on Yelp is destroying my business,” he says to me, clearly clenching his teeth, “How long do I have to suffer because of your negative review?” A few weeks ago, I got a phone call from a contractor because of a review I’d left. What ensued was a weirdly emotional conversation that ventured between harassment and a plea for empathy.I’ve only written a couple of Yelp reviews in my life.
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These Are the 5 New Olympic Sports You’ll See in 2020 Pending a few formalities, the 2020 Olympics could look decidedly different. …Read More »
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Selfie, Shrug, ROFL, Face Palm, Whiskey, Clowns and more among new emoji arriving in June  New emoji are coming! The organization that approves new emoji before they hit your keyboard has just announced 72 more emoji which will be added to the Unicode standard (Unicode 9.0) later this month. This selection includes several fun additions, including those reflective of internet slang – for example, Rolling on the Floor Laughing – which has its roots in the… Read More
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Insecticide-packing drone takes out hornet nests A French company known for designing drones for specific uses, like shooting 360-degree video for virtual reality, is now taking on a specific invasive species. Drone Volt has introduced the Drone Spray Hornet to locate and destroy the nests of Asian hornets that are becoming a nuisance in parts of Europe… Continue Reading Insecticide-packing drone takes out hornet nests Category: Drones
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Software Now To Blame For 15 Percent Of Car Recalls Cars You can’t just hold the home and lock buttons to solve this one The number of software-related issues, according to several sources tracking vehicle recalls, has been on the rise. According to financial advisors Stout Risius Ross…
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Southwest reveals plane for Shark Week, sharks unimpressed It’s almost that time of year againShark Week, the completely annual programming ritual from the Discovery Channel, begins June 26. Southwest Airlines is getting in on the hot shark action with a new livery featuring — wait for it — sharks.  Except the sharks on the plane resemble rather tame creatures, not the sharp-teethed Great Whites that tend to be emphasized during Shark Week programming. 
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Pebble adds Alexa’s voice controls to its upcoming Core wearable Pebble announced its 3G-enabled Core device just last week, and even though the gadget won’t ship until 2017, the company is already adding features. Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant will be available on the wearable exercise accessory, bringing voice controls to the iPod Shuffle-esque device. With the Core, Alexa can still handle tasks like playing music, reading news headlines, shopping on Amazo
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We Finally Know the Source of That Massive E. Coli Outbreak This week, General Mills announced a voluntary recall of 10 million pounds of its flour over possible E. coli contamination. Now, the FDA has traced the outbreak back to its source: a single factory in Kansas City.Read more…
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Poppits are toothpaste-filled pods that melt in your mouth It’s hard to innovate when it comes to toothpaste. When it comes to trendy products, dental hygiene doesn’t seem to give rise to much opportunity. And while we wouldn’t necessarily call this new Kickstarter campaign “sexy,” innovative it most certainly is. In fact, it may be most exciting revolution in toothpaste since … toothpaste. Meet Poppits, the softgel pods that melt in your mouth as you bru
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Pick me! Pick me! How genes are selected to create diverse immune cell receptors Use of a new technique developed at the Babraham Institute has allowed researchers to take an in-depth look at the gene shuffling process that is responsible for our body’s ability to recognise a vast range of foreign agents such as disease-causing microorganisms (pathogens). Failure in this process lies at the heart of a variety of immunodeficiency diseases and is also relevant to the decline in
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Highlighting Isn’t That Effective For Studying, And Other Tips to Study Better Everyone has their methods for cramm—I mean, studying for tests. I barely scraped by with mine (energy drinks, late nights, and panic attacks,) but AsapSCIENCE’s science-backed study tips may help you when it’s time to hit the books again. For instance, you’ll absorb better by creating flashcards than highlighting the text you’re reading.The idea of flashcards is nothing new, but I still remember
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Can the US Ivory Ban Actually Stop Poaching? When you consider the fact that African elephant populations have been rapidly declining in recent years, largely due to poaching, it might seem crazy to think that selling elephant ivory is still legal in the US. Well, it was until now.On Thursday, the US Fish and Wildlife Services announced a near total ban on the import, export, and interstate trade of elephant ivory in the US. The new rules do
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DARPA Stealth Bikes Motorcycles built to take transport soldiers quickly and quietly over tough terrain.
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Dubai to build 1,000-megawatt solar power plant Dubai on Thursday announced plans to build a 1,000-megawatt solar power plant by 2030, the year it aims to turn to renewable energies for 25 percent of electricity needs.
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Amazon Prime conversion and retention rates are astronomically high Amazon Prime is one of three key pillars that CEO Jeff Bezos recently spoke of. It’s arguably the most consumer-facing of the three (the other two being its retail marketplace and Amazon Web Services) but the fact that Amazon doesn’t disclose its membership numbers leads to lots of analysis and…
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Competitions: Illuminated River International Design Competition Registration Deadline: Jul 7, 2016; Submission Deadline Jul 7, 2016 The competition’s unique design challenge is to create an elegant and charismatic light art installation of world-class quality for London’s most celebrated bridges.The competition jury encourages fresh and interesting collaborations between artists, lighting designers, architects, engineers, technologists and others.The Foundatio
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AI-powered personal trainer knows exactly when to crack the whip If fitness wearables were personal trainers, many would sit at the end of your running route and tell you what you’ve just done, or give advice along the way that wasn’t designed for you. One new wearable, however, monitors you throughout and provides tailored coaching in real-time. Her name is Vi. .. Continue Reading AI-powered personal trainer knows exactly when to crack the whip Category:
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Take a narrated 3D tour of the International Space Station from your desk Even though the International Space Station (ISS) has been in orbit around our planet since 1998, and has lapped our world 100,000 times, it’s only held a total of 230 people in its tube-shaped pods. That means the rest of us have to find other ways to look inside the orbiting home and lab. The European Space Agency (ESA) has just obliged by making available an online video that takes you on a
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The MTA is testing Wi-Fi inside its subway cars New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is racing to install wireless internet throughout its entire system by the end of the year, is now testing Wi-Fi on its subway cars too, according to NY1. The test is still in very early stages and only available in four cars along the E line, which runs between Manhattan and Queens. However, it’s the first sign that New York City commuters
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The Simplest Free Standing Clothes Rack – Mr.O Hanger Today’s furniture is very simple, versatile and functional, the simpler it looks, the better because it can match lots of spaces and styles. We’ve already told you of Evolving Frame Furniture that can get any configuration and can become whatever you want. The piece I’d like to tell you about is also one of these – customizable, simple and can match any room style. Chinese studio Neri&Hu has d
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Why Trump’s energy plan makes no sense When Donald trump revealed his energy plan in North Dakota last week, he framed it as a jobs issue. Environmental regulations put in place during the Obama administration led to job loss among hard-working Americans, he said — and a Clinton presidency would only make things worse. “She wants to shut down the coal mines. And if Crooked Hillary can shut down the mines, she can shutdown your bu
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Wall Outlet Air Sanitizer and Deodorizer works quietly in the background There is much joy from which one is able to derive from a pet in the home, but with a pet also comes your fair share of responsibility, to say the least. If you would like to make sure that your home remains nice and clean all the time, then a vacuum cleaner would surely come in handy, not to mention an air deodorizer. Why not go the whole extra mile with the $49.95 Wall Outlet Air Sanitizer and D
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Herzog & de Meuron reveals more photos of new Vitra Design Museum gallery Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has released a full set of images of the Vitra Schaudepot – a new gallery for the permanent collection of the Frank Gehry-designed Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany (+ slideshow). (more…)
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10 Spotify Workout Playlists to Help You Get Fit Nobody really likes exercising, do they? Okay, maybe some do, but for most people it’s a chore rather than a hobby. A necessity rather than a pleasure. Thankfully, there is a way to make the whole experience slightly less painful (at least for your brain, if not your muscles): just listen to some music. Believe it or not, there is actually solid scientific research behind this; a psychology resear
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When your product becomes a platform The Internet of Things (IoT) has been described as one of the biggest innovations for business since the dawn of the Internet. Companies are working fast and furious to take advantage of the opportunities IoT provides and grab their stake in the multi-billion dollar market analysts predict it to become.  But as they say, nothing worth doing is without effort. Simply connecting a product is not en
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eBay will use AI to show off the random crap you never knew you needed – CNET The online auction and commerce site is just the latest to jump on the artificial intelligence bandwagon.
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Seagate Innov8 It’s been awhile since I’ve been impressed by an external hard drive. Seagate’s new Innov8 ($350 USD) drive delivers stunning looks, a whopping 8TB of storage, all without the need of a power cable. In fact, it is the first USB-C powered external hard drive on the market thanks to Ignition Boost and USB 3.1 technology. You just plug it into your computer and you’re ready to go. Available now on A
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Google’s new software lets anyone make interactive displays Google has created an intriguing new piece of open-source software in the form of AnyPixel.js, where anyone can create their own large, interactive displays. “Big and unusual” are the key operators here, and that seems to be exactly what Google has done as its first project. While brainstorming ideas for something interesting to put in the NYC office, Google came up with an interactive l
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Hubble Reveals Universe Is Expanding Faster Than Expected Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers reveal that the universe is expanding 5 percent to 9 percent faster than expected. “This surprising finding may be an important clue to understanding those mysterious parts of the universe that make up 95 percent of everything and don’t emit light, such as dark energy, dark matter and dark […] The post Hubble Reveals Universe Is Expanding Faster
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Turkey presents a huge ship made from 4 tons of reused materials in Venice Turkey’s Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, titled “Darzanà: Two Arsenals, One Vessel”, showcases common cultural heritage shared between two twin Mediterranean harbors, Istanbul and Venice. A large vessel called “a baştarda”, built from waste materials in Istanbul was transported to Venice and installed at the pavilion as a symbol of cultural connections and transform
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Beakmallusion: Free Energy Devices Holy crap! It’s Beakman! Instead of simply going for cheap nostalgia, the science teacher to millions of ’90s kids helped Captain Disillusion debunk videos that claim to show perpetual motion machines. Beakmaaaannnn Link More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Pool Fart!VFX 101Absolute HotThe Kindergarten MechanicWhat Makes a Great Action Scene?
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7 ways to prevent mobile break-in Looking over your shoulderImage by Louis OliveiraAs mobile devices continue to penetrate our society, mobile security is becoming increasingly difficult to manage. Every mobile device, whether it’s a phone or a tablet, provides hackers with a new avenue to seize private information. We’ve seen many banks, hospitals, and other large organizations have enormous data breaches that caused a lot of dam
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Computing’s Search for Quantum Questions It was billed as the vindication of the quantum computer. Late last year, researchers at Google announced that a quantum machine called the D-Wave 2X had executed a task 100 million times faster than a classical computer. The claim implies that the machine can complete in one second a task that might take a classical computer three years. It also erased one facet of the skepticism that has long fa
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Medium acquires Superfeedr, a real-time API that supercharges your feeds  Medium has acquired a small startup called Superfeedr, an API to turbocharge the way you handle RSS, Atom and JSON feeds. For a company like Medium, Superfeedr can generate feeds with a ton of items and push them in real time to PubSubHubbub-compliant services. According to Superfeedr’s <a href=”https://super Read More
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Bulletprufe Denim A pair of jeans that you can wear work as easily as you can go rock climbing in.
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Peugeot L500 R Hybrid Racing Concept Released as a tribute to the car company’s win at the Indy 500 in 1916.
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Competitions: Open Call: i Light Marina Bay 2017 Registration Deadline: Jul 31, 2017; Submission Deadline Jul 31, 2017 i Light Marina Bay, Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival, returns for its fifth edition from 3rd to 26th March 2017! Organised by Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, with festival direction by Randy Chan of Zarch Collaboratives, the 3-week festival will illuminate Marina Bay’s urban spaces with innovative and sus
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Soon We all have things we want to do, places we want to go, movies we want to watch, books we want to read. Keeping track of all those things can…Visit Uncrate for the full post.
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Augmented reality hardware is still way ahead of its software Augmented reality — using a device’s camera to overlay information on the real world — is a concept that’s been around for years. But the combined failure of Google Glass and huge hype around virtual reality players like Oculus over the last few years have dampened the enthusiasm for the field a bit, relegating it to second-player status. Microsoft has reignited interest in AR thanks to Hololens
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In Big Move, Google Announces Android Apps Will Work on Chromebooks In Big Move, Google Announces Android Apps Will Work on Chromebooks Gadget Review – Your lifestyle gadget site After telling everyone that Chrome would still be fine and Android wouldn’t be taking over, Google has now shown how the two will integrate in the future with an important new announcement: Android apps will now work with Chromebooks. We suggest you take a look at some of the best Chromeb
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Stanford’s ‘Jackrabbot’ robot will attempt to learn the arcane and unspoken rules of pedestrians  It’s hard enough for a grown human to figure out how to navigate a crowd sometimes — so what chance does a clumsy and naive robot have? To prevent future collisions and awkward “do I go left or right” situations, Stanford researchers are hoping their “Jackrabbot” robot can learn the rules of the road. Read More
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The Government’s New Rules Will Make Payday Loans Less Terrible Payday Loans are an undeniable debt trap: they’re designed to send borrowers into a downward spiral of debt, and that debt can keep you living paycheck-to-paycheck. To combat this, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed guidelines to make payday loans less awful.http://twocents.lifehacker.com/common-debt-tr…The new rules are aimed at short-term loans (45 days or less) and l
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New Horizons Reveals Secrets from Pluto’s ‘Twilight Zone’ New images from the New Horizons Spacecraft reveal the complex atmospheric haze layers of Pluto. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft took this stunning image of Pluto only a few minutes after closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image was obtained at a high phase angle –that is, with the sun on the other side of […] The post New Horizons Reveals Secrets from Pluto’s ‘Twilight Zone’ appeared first
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Bones and Shells May Lead to a New Formula for Concrete Engineers from MIT are seeking to redesign concrete by using bones and shells as blueprints for a stronger, more durable concrete. In a paper published online in the journal Construction and Building Materials, the team contrasts cement paste — concrete’s binding ingredient — with the structure and properties of natural materials such as bones, shells, […] The post Bones and Shells May Lead to
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Shutterstock brings its Reverse Image Search technology to its iOS app If you have ever had to search for a stock image, you know what a chore it can be. The worst part is just trying to figure out the right way to phrase your search to produce results that are at least somewhere in the ballpark of what you are looking for, which sometimes is much harder than it should be. Stock agency Shutterstock made the process so much easier back in March with its Reverse Image
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Are Schools Missing the Tech Revolution? Maybe text books and blackboards are just too boring for the young generation.
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Tablet makers need you to think detachable – CNET Demand for traditional tablets will drop again this year, says research firm IDC, but there’s a white knight getting ready to ride on in.
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ORCA’s Coolers Will Keep Beer Cold for 10 Days Thanks to the durable, roto-molded construction and integrated insulation, the Made in the USA ORCA cooler will keep beer cold for up to 10 days. We have no idea what kind of situation you’d be in where you’d be able to fill a 140 quart or smaller (there are six sixes available) cooler with beer […]
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Founding a new AT&T for IoT Chris Penrose is a Senior Vice President for AT&T Mobility. More importantly, he is with their IoT Solutions group, leading the charge in launching their innovative foundry program. ReadWrite: So tell us a little bit about your group? Chris Penrose: My team is the Internet of Things Solutions Organization here at AT&T. We were founded eight years ago, and that was really based upon the fa
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Top Windows OEM Lenovo Urges Customers To Uninstall Accelerator Application Two-Factor Authentication service Duo Security reported earlier that third-party updating tools found on Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus (the top five Windows OEMs) are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attack. Hours later, Lenovo, the world’s largest Windows OEM by shipment figure, has issued an advisory in which it urges users to uninstall Accelerator Application, which comes preinstalled on many
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BB-8 warbles and wobbles through a new ‘Lego Star Wars’ trailer There’s pretty much one major reason we’re hyped for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Can you guess what it is? BB-8 is one of the most surprising new additions to the Star Wars universe, sliding in comfortably right alongside faves C-3PO and R2-D2. He’s cute, he’s rolly-polly and he does this cool thumbs-up thing with his little welding torch arm. BB-8 is one of the ridiculous number of Le
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Purple potatoes may be as healthy as they are colorful Researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) have developed new varieties of purple potato that are much richer in antioxidants than traditional white and yellow varieties. They’re said to be on par with superfoods such as blueberries and pomegranates, potentially upgrading the humble potato to the ranks of health food… Continue Reading Purple potatoes may be as healthy as they are colorful
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These Tiny Clay Plant Sets Are Low-Maintenance and Super Adorable Squee! House plants are all the rage these days, but despite their purported hardiness, if your green thumb remains hopelessly underdeveloped—even after tutelage from the professionals—they will eventually die. But for those not quite ready to give up the dream of keeping a little corner of green in your home, artist and Central Saint Martins graduate Boe Holder has got an adorable, low-maintena
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6 Universal Browser Tips That You Probably Aren’t Using The humble browser is your window into the world wide web. Choosing between Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or anything else is about your requirements. But no matter what you install, there are some universal tips and tricks that you should use. From keyboard shortcuts to ideal security settings, we’ll cover it all in this one article. The important thing is to use these tips regularly. Of course, awesome
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Taking Gene-Editing to the Next Level Scientists use a process developed by bacteria to manipulate RNA   — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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‘Rocket League’ keeps adding players and making tons of money Not many people would have predicted the success of Psyonix’s Rocket League when it first appeared as a free title on PlayStation Plus. But here we are, 11 months later, watching the game continue to go from strength to strength. In an interview with Forbes, the game studio revealed that the vehicular smash-em-up football game has now sold 5 million copies. Add to that a further 5 million DLC purc
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Art Fair Tokyo Office It’s the project of the new office of “a TOKYO” which manages ART FAIR TOKYO. It is located on the 4th floor (100m2) of the building facing the intersection in Ikura Minato-ku, Tokyo. We inserted three box spaces as a meeting room, a president room and a chief director room, then the residual space becomes a staff office space and a meeting space.
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Check out this frameless gaming keyboard Just how serious are you about having a stylish keyboard? Because Roccat may have the answer. It’s introducing a new keyboard for gamers called the Suora. It uses fully mechanical keys for better feedback, feel, and responsiveness — Suora is promising a 1 millisecond response time for key presses. That’s all pretty great, but it’s also relatively standard for gaming keyboards. The real selling po
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Why this $3.5bn in Saudi Uber investment isn’t about women non-drivers It’s not particularly difficult to convince your investors that you’re doing well when an investment fund sends you $3.5 billion to purchase a stake in your company. That’s what’s happening this week with Uber, the ride-hailing ride-sharing program that’s put taxi cabs on alert the world over. The deal was announced this week by Uber and the Saudi state’s Public … Continue reading
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Scientists reconstruct the history of asteroid collisions An international study, in which Spain’s National Research Council (CSIC) participates, reveals that asteroids have endured a multitude of impact strikes since their formation 4,565 million years ago. Scientists have reconstructed a timeline of these collisions using a physics-based model which reproduces the process through time, comparing its results with present-day information about chondrite
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A new energy source within the cells All our cells require the small molecule, ATP, generated in the mitochondria to cover the energy required for cell metabolism, dynamics and growth. To a lower extent and particularly in cancer cells, ATP can also be generated in the cytoplasm from the energy gained during degradation of glucose. These sources of ATP are sufficient to cover the energetic needs of cells in normal conditions. However
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Researchers develop technique allowing them to map important regulatory DNA regions For a long time dismissed as “junk DNA”, we now know that also the regions between the genes fulfil vital functions. Mutations in those DNA regions can severely impair development in humans and may lead to serious diseases later in life. Until now, however, regulatory DNA regions have been hard to find. Scientists around Prof. Julien Gagneur, Professor for Computational Biology at the Te
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Researchers unlock new CRISPR system for targeting RNA Researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National Institutes of Health, Rutgers University- New Brunswick and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology have characterized a new CRISPR system that targets RNA, rather than DNA.
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Scientists identify mutation that causes muffs and beards to grow on chickens The growth of long facial feathers, creating the appearance of muffs and beards on chickens, is caused by a chromosomal rearrangement affecting a gene involved in feather development, report Xiaoxiang Hu of the China Agricultural University in Beijing and colleagues, in a new study published on June 2 in PLOS Genetics.
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EU states to be asked to ratify climate deal in June EU member states will be asked collectively to ratify the landmark Paris agreement to fight climate change within two weeks, French environment minister Segolene Royal said Thursday.
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Use an Ice Cream Maker Bowl to Quickly Chill Wine Starting right about now, I make sure to always have the bowl of my ice cream maker in the freezer, so it’s always frozen and ready for action. In addition to making ice cream, it also works as a great impromptu ice bucket for chilling beverages.Just pull the bowl out, fill with water, and place your bottle of champagne, beer, soda or whatever down in there to get nice and frosty. When you’re done
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Americans need easier access, more affordable options for hearing health care Hearing loss is a significant public health concern, and efforts should be made to provide adults with easier access to and more affordable options for hearing health care, especially for those in underserved and vulnerable populations, suggests a new report.
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Venice Architecture Biennale Dispatch: Spotlight on Africa Three of the most eloquent voices at the Venice Architecture Biennale addressed different aspects of the same question: Can architecture improve lives in Africa? 
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Scientists find surprising magnetic excitations in a metallic compound Some three-dimensional materials can exhibit exotic properties that only exist in “lower” dimensions. For example, in one-dimensional chains of atoms that emerge within a bulk sample, electrons can separate into three distinct entities, each carrying information about just one aspect of the electron’s identity—spin, charge, or orbit. The spinon, the entity that carries information about
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World’s fastest multiframe digital X-ray camera created An adversary who steps inside a boxer’s sense of rhythm may land a punch the boxer never saw coming.
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Watch Hillary Clinton’s Big ‘National Security’ Speech, What to Expect Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is set to deliver a major national security address today in San Diego, where she is campaigning ahead of next Tuesday’s primary contest. The speech is already being previewed as focusing on Donald Trump, who’s offered a lot of fodder, from the reasonable if vague call to reevaluate the American role in NATO to the preposterous but insistent call
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Atlanta struggles to trade parking lots for density “If you design for everyone to drive, then what will you get? Congestion.” […] “We really need to shift now, from a situation like this, where you have a heavy parking load associated with an apartment building in a very urban setting, to way less parking,” […] “You really have to start with the density and less parking. If you don’t, then you’ve lost your opportunity, because o
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Realtree Camouflage Floating Island Don’t just commune with nature, blend in with it nestled inside this Realtree camouflage-printed floating island. At least until you, the 3 buddies you’ve got next to you, and the case of beer and MEGABOOM speaker you’ve brought along for the trip crank up the volume, haul out the raft-crobatics, and end up puking into the pristine lake your floating island is trying to make you one with. Sorry, d
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Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s Vara Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is a Maze of Circular Forms Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s Vara Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Biennale is described by the architects as “a series of exteriors within other exteriors.” Breaking down this crypticness, what emerges is a maze-like complex of circles – ten of them – formed with steel, cement, and painted plaster, which collectively create a series of walls, but no roof, thus fo
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Higher BMI, waist circumference are associated with increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer A study of almost 150,000 men from eight European countries shows that higher body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference are associated with an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
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Differences in how ALS affects eye, limb muscles act as clue In an effort to better understand what happens during Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), researchers have compared the impact of ALS on the eye and limb muscles. They have focused on specific proteins that are important for muscle-nerve contacts. The eye muscles appear to be better equipped to maintain their muscle-nerve contacts and are thereby less affected.
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The Peropon Drinking Animal Planter is always making a face at you Have you ever driven by one of those houses that has too many yard decorations that’s chock full of more eclectic taste than you can fathom in the two seconds you drive past? Is it a future aspiration of yours to one day be that person? If so, you have to start collecting strange baubles and trinkets from all over the world now, since you don’t want to rely on the dollar store to deliver on pink
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New free web service for deep study of cell functions A simple and effective web service has been developed that enables a better understanding of cell functions by identifying links between changes in metabolism and gene expression. New insights gained by means of the service can be applied to develop treatments for autoimmune diseases and cancer, since metabolic regulation plays a major role in such biological processes.
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How one gene, protein suppresses tumor formation Pten (short for phosphatase and tensin homolog) is a tumor suppressor that is defective in about 20-25 percent of all patients with cancers. Researchers now have discovered that Pten safeguards against tumor formation by keeping chromosome numbers intact when a cell splits into two daughter cells.
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eBay does not want to be a lesser version of Amazon Remember eBay? It’s no longer just the auction site or a destination for other people’s used stuff. It’s a commerce destination with more than 100 million users that, according to eBay CEO Devin Wenig, moves $90B of products per year. It’s also not necessarily the Amazon competitor people make it out to be. “Used goods is a small and declining minority of what we do,” said Wenig, who wa
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A simple 5-step formula for better sleep Plus: The weird wonderful trick that ended my insomnia!
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A Complete List of Things the FCC Doesn’t Want You To See Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler in a file photo from February 2016 (Associated Press)The neat thing about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is that you can submit FOIA requests for FOIA requests. Why is this useful? It means that you can learn about documents that government agencies don’t want you to see—even if all you learn about them is the name of the document
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Floating Skyscraper Assists Marine Coral Growth Editor’s Choice 2016 Skyscraper Competition Jia Yue, Shi Yuqing, Wang Haoyu, Li Zhibin, He Run, Yu Songqiao China A lot of research has been made by the international coral reef rebalancing plan. However, the general ecological restoration strategy is mainly based on two kinds of reproduction of coral. Most importantly, regulating the water temperature and salinity, and adjusting the water depth
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Amazing Interior Design Styles For Small Bedrooms Your bedroom is the place where you get most of your rest so it should be cozy and comfortable, too. […] The post Amazing Interior Design Styles For Small Bedrooms appeared first on Founterior.
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Germany’s Most Sought-After Watchmaker Has a New Entry-Level Timepiece A downsized case and price have made an A. Lange & Söhne watch more attainable than ever before. …Read More »
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Real Things Of An Unreal World | Sergei Petrov (aka Bob Basset) | TEDxKharkiv Bob Basset is on a bold mission – to alter the world’s values (comprehension, understanding) of the aesthetic. And it’s already happening. There is a huge amount of people who believe that they create things in the field of steam-punk, cyberpunk etc. I claim that it’s all techno-romanticism. Bob Basset is among one of those techno romantics. Techno-romanticism is not purely a creation of romantici
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My Fascination with Medical Science | Josie Hogeland | TEDxDePereMiddleSchool This talk will have you looking at the experiences in your life to see where they might be indicating you should head. Josie has personally experienced the pain and joy of medical field and shares her story in this talk. Josie is eighth grade student at De Pere Middle School. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing. She also likes playing volleyball with her friends and spending time with
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Bellroy Note Sleeve 2.0 submitted by Everyday Carry It comes in three new colors. But those aren’t the only changes seen in Bellroy’s Note Sleeve 2.0. Its coin pocket and card slots have been rebalanced to let the wallet fold flat even when it’s filled to the brim with cards and cash. Flip it open and your three most used cards are revealed, with another in the banknote compartment. Jam the rest of your cards in the larg
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Unusual combo reduces health risk from atypical antipsychotic Taking vitamin D ameliorates the risk of developing new-onset diabetes from atypical antipsychotics like quetiapine, a new data mining study shows.
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BOLDR’s Affordable Chronograph Watches: Three beautiful new timepieces sporting a hybrid quartz-mechanical movement Another Kickstarter success story, BOLDR watches returns to the crowdfunding platform for three variations on a brand new watch model: the Journey. At the core of these timepieces, a Japanese-made Seiko VK64 Meca-Quartz Movement offers up a quartz…… Continue Reading…
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New review investigates health benefit of contact with natural environment A new review investigating the health benefit of contact with the natural environment has found that, while the majority of quantitative studies reported no effect on health and well-being, there was limited evidence to suggest positive effects on self-reported health, quality of life and physical activity levels. Small numbers of participants reported increased mental fatigue and greater feelings
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No sweet surrender: Glucose actually enhances self-control, study shows In the age of the ‘sugar tax’, good news about glucose is hard to come by. But a scientist has just proposed a new understanding of the established link between the sweet stuff and improved self-control.
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Review: Speck iGuy case is a must-have when kids inherit iPads It happens all the time. Parents upgrade old iPads with new ones and lucky kids inherit magical (and expensive) tablets. But kids aren’t nearly as careful with pricey pieces of glass and somehow always messy hands. That’s what happened in our house late last year, and Speck’s iGuy case for iPad has made a world of difference. more…Filed under: iOS Devices, Reviews Tagged: iPad, Speck
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How to Password Protect & Encrypt Your Microsoft Office Files If you deal with sensitive information, you’ll likely be very cautious with your data. But it’s not only those dealing with sensitive data that want to keep their information secure, away from prying eyes. We’ve seen the exposure of multiple surveillance schemes affecting the entire global community and, understandably, many of us are keen to hold onto our right to be a private citizen. It is a ma
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Check Out the Bonkers Fireball That Lit Up Arizona This Morning Around 4am this morning, people near Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona were treated to a loud boom and flash of blinding light as some sort of space junk intersected with Earth’s atmosphere. The AP reported that the possible meteor or meteorites may have landed by the nearby town of Cibecue. Read more…
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We Can Learn a Lot from the Economics of Star Trek Live long and prosper. There’s a lot we can learn from the economics of “Star Trek,” according to a new book.This year marks the 50th anniversary of the hugely popular sci-fi franchise Star Trek—arguably one of the profoundly influential fictional series of the last century. It’s also the 500th anniversary of Sir Thomas More’s classic work, Utopia, offering his vision of an ideal society. For Manu
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Google’s fair use victory is good for open source (credit: Ron Amadeo) Pamela Samuelson is a longtime professor of IP and cyberlaw at the University of California-Berkeley, and she also chairs the board of the Authors Alliance. Her views do not necessarily represent those of Ars Technica, and they’ve been republished here with her permission. Oracle and Google have been fighting for six years about whether Google infringed copyright by its u
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Ford CEO sees company self-driving itself into future Mark Fields, the CEO of venerable auto maker Ford, revealed how new technology like autonomous vehicles is playing an ever increasing role in its strategy for the future. As reported by CNBC, Fields recently participated in an on-stage interview at the 2016 Code Conference where new connected technology was the recurring theme. Fields said that Ford is striving to incorporate a startup mentality
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Liberland may be the world’s first sovereign nation powered by algae The winning proposal is a pedestrian-friendly design that supports a growing populace with stackable horizontal structures. Called Inverted Archeology, this groundbreaking technique constructs the city-state in consecutive temporal layers to form a self-sufficient, compact, dense, integrated and resilient urban fabric. Algae, strains of which don’t require significant sunlight to proliferate, woul
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catherine nelson painstakingly pieces together thousands of images to form fictional worlds digitally stitched together, the spherical landscapes form miniature planets that blur the line between fiction and reality. The post catherine nelson painstakingly pieces together thousands of images to form fictional worlds appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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Here are the craziest (but possibly true) predictions Elon Musk made in his latest interview Elon Musk is no stranger to big ideas. Musk, the founder of PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, Solar City and the brains behind the revamped Hyperloop, took to the stage yesterday at Recode’s ‘Code’ conference to offer up a few bold statements about the world we live in and where we’re going from here. If Musk is to be believed, and it’s hard to doubt him at this point, we’re basically going to be zipping aro
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Hipster chicken beards caused by a single gene mutation Now we know how a chicken gets its beard. The same set of genes may also control human hair patterns and how birds of paradise get their showy plumage  
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Bacterial RNA-editing tool could disable viruses or halt disease CRISPR gene editing can now target RNA as well as DNA, which could be a way to treat infectious diseases and cancer and track RNA as it moves around cells
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Metamaterial lens is thinner than the light it bends and focuses A novel design for ultra-thin lenses uses nanostructures to grab light and bend it to its will, and could someday find uses in microscopes and cameras
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Native Union TAG Cable Crafted in stylish Italian leather, the TAG Cable blends luxury & technology to give you convenient, stealth access to your iPhone charging cable wherever you go. The cable’s leather clochette loops onto your bag & neatly conceals an MFi-approved Lightning to USB connector. For purchase information, Click Here
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10 Amazing Stone Walkways That Will Steal The Show Stone walkways give your garden a sense of completeness,charm, dimension and mark the safe places in your garden to walk. […] The post 10 Amazing Stone Walkways That Will Steal The Show appeared first on Founterior.
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Here’s what yesterday’s swarm intelligence AMA predicted about the future of politics Remember that swarm intelligence AI program that correctly predicted the Kentucky Derby superfecta a couple weeks ago? Well just yesterday, the very same advanced swarm intelligence system set upon Reddit yesterday for one of the site’s infamous “Ask Me Anything” sessions, in which Reddit users were invited to ask any question about politics. As redditors submitted these questions, users on the sw
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A new Olympic ring? Visa’s will allow athletes in Rio to make mobile payments Visa unveiled a new post-password wearable tech solution — a near-field-communication-based payment ring that syncs directly to its user’s credit card account — during an event in New York on Thursday. The ring, which is still in the prototype phase, will be given to a select group of sponsored athletes to use during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August. Based on the McLear and Co. N
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Liveable Disabilities | Lotta Wikström | TEDxUmeå Recent statistics show that some 65 million people (10%) of the European population are disabled. It may be you or someone you know. There are many preconceptions about what life is like for those millions and what consequences their disabilities have for them. Taking a long historical perspective of people’s experiences of disability in Sweden, Lotta Vikström talks about how and why disabilities
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Cover Crops: An Idea Worth Planting? | Samantha Tellatin | TEDxMU How many times have you been on a road trip bound towards a beautiful mountain scene or national monument? Did you notice the land you passed along your way, and how memorable were the farms that you saw? By understanding the story of land, we can better connect to it. On farms throughout the United States, cover crops have the potential to shape a resilient future for all of us. In this talk, we’
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The missing connections in the fight against poverty | Fiona McInally | TEDxLakeTravisHigh In “The Missing Connections in the Fight against Poverty,” Fiona McInally suggests that First World countries view poverty as a money issue instead of what it truly is: an experience of shame, hopelessness, and social isolation that can be alleviated through creating connection and changing the poverty experience itself. Fiona McInally is a working Mom of two middle schoolers and the advocacy co-c
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Why You’re the Reason Washington’s Broken | Marc Dunkelman | TEDxTraverseCity More than a decade in the nation’s capital convinced Marc J. Dunkelman that politics isn’t broken because of money or lobbyists or gerrymandering or filibusters. The root cause is bound up in how ordinary people invest their time and attention. The people we choose to connect with have a powerful impact on whether we solve big problems. And we’re choosing to connect with different people than any
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How to Reverse Diabetes | Kate Kowalczyk | TEDxDePereMiddleSchool Kate was faced with a difficult decision in middle school – accept being pre-diabetic and steamroll ahead towards diabetes, or fight it. Kate, through her own struggle, decided that she was too young to have such a serious disease. This talk will inspire you to see how simple changes can make a big difference in your life. Kate is an ordinary eighth grader. She enjoys drawing, reading books, and p
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You Should Go Check Facebook’s New Privacy Settings There have been a few changes to how Facebook serves ads across the web. Here’s what you need to know, even if you’re not on Facebook. The post You Should Go Check Facebook’s New Privacy Settings appeared first on WIRED.
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Renewable Energy Is About To Boom Thanks To New White House Initiative Energy With a little government support, businesses could make solar panels and electric cars as commonplace as home computers Energy officials from the world’s largest economies are meeting in San Francisco with the aim of accelerating the shift to zero-carbon power.
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Your next set of tires might come from a terrible hipster salad ingredient – Roadshow Continental Tire is working to develop tires made from dandelions, instead of relying on the rubber tree, which is finicky and grows in only one part of the world.
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Five Vid Friday #16 – Shaq Goes Undercover, 1km Slackline, Friend Zone Explained & More Get comfortable and grab some refreshments. It’s Five Vid Friday. That magical day of the week where we bring you 5 of of favourite videos we’ve discovered online over the past week. Word of warning – immediately cease viewing this article if driving or operating heavy machinery, as the watching these videos may induce laughter, fear and sadness, which can lead to serious […]Visit Man of Many for
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Startups Can’t Explain What They Do Because They’re Addicted To Meaningless Jargon Josh Horwitz of Quartz, who is attending RISE Conference, has an observation to share about the startups he is seeing at the event: As startup culture has gone global and transcended stereotypes, though, one of its defining traits has stuck around. Startup jargon is alive and well, and it seems to be getting worse. “Content.” “Platforms.” “Synergy.” “End-to-end.&
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Occipital Buys Replica Labs To Help Turn Your Living Room Into A Video Game Sooner  As the tech world chips away at making virtual reality a Thing™, augmented reality — VR’s less-flashy-but-equally-awesome cousin, the idea of blending 3d models and visuals into a view of the real world — quietly gets better and better. But there are problems to be solved before AR can be truly great. Things that seem simple until you actually try to do them — like… Read More
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KPF’s 10 Hudson Yards skyscraper in New York welcomes first tenant Coach The first completed tower in the massive Hudson Yards development in New York has opened its doors, giving fashion brand Coach a new global headquarters (+ slideshow). (more…)
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Google is teaching its self-driving car to honk its horn – Roadshow Great, now even the robots are going to act like jerks.
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Pinterest renaming ‘Pin It’ button as ‘Save’ – CNET The digital-scrapbooking site is making the change to focus on attracting a broader international audience.
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GTA 5’s next online mode expansion gets first trailer – CNET Check out a trailer for Further Adventures in Finance and Felony.
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The Screen Magnifier makes watching videos on your phone easier We consume a lot of media in a single day. It’s not that we’re meaning to, it just quickly and easily stops us from ever being bored. It’s also the only way we’re going to stay on top of current events. That being said, we do have a nasty habit of hovering our faces close to the screen for so long that we burn our eyes. We don’t want to be blind, but there’s a lot of information on that tiny scre
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BMW refocuses i brand on driverless cars instead of EVs, report says Who would have ever thought BMW, the “Ultimate Driving Machine” brand, would someday view autonomous tech as paramount to electrified vehicles? SEE ALSO: For Volvo, driverless cars won’t mean the end of manual driving In the face of increasing competition in the luxury EV market from Porsche, Audi and Tesla, rather than double down on lightweight electrified cars, BMW has instead shifte
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Spotify’s karaoke-style lyrics are gone, for now If you tried to access Spotify’s lyrics feature recently, you were likely greeted with a “Humming is fun” message instead. That’s because the streaming service ended its partnership with Musixmatch, a company that power the tool with its catalog of song lyrics. Billboard reports that “updates” are on the way, though specifics aren’t mentioned, so there’s no concrete indication
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Clinton campaign head says he filed FOIA request for UFO documents  Hillary Clinton has often been depicted as an enemy of government transparency in the long-running controversy over her use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. It took several lawsuits under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a law that gives the public access to government documents and data, to pry her emails loose from the State Department. But during a… Read
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Google’s Eric Schmidt says it’s time to ignore petty politics and focus on “transformative” tech  When Eric Schmidt took the stage today in New York City, he spent less time talking about business at Google (where he was previously CEO and now serves as executive chairman of parent company Alphabet), and more time focused on new technologies and the bigger picture. Schmidt was interviewed by Charlie Rose at The Economic Club of New York, where seemed most excited about the possibilities… Read
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Check Out The 72 New Emojis Coming Soon To Your Phone Keyboard An avocado, pregnant woman, and disco man are among the new emoji options.The Unicode Consortium gods have spoken, and we will soon enjoy 72 new emojis, including facepalm, dying rose, and avocado.Read Full Story
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Get a Workout While You Work With This Discounted Under-Desk Elliptical FitDesk Under Desk Elliptical Trainer, $120If you can’t find the time to get to the gym every day, this under-desk elliptical lets you squeeze in some light exercise while you fill out your TPS reports. This typically sells for $170 or more on Amazon, and today’s $120 deal is one of the best prices we’ve ever seen.http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SIBYETQ/…Commerce Content is independent of Editorial
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A Hole Paperweight Happy Father’s Day, old man. Remember all those times you told me how when you found out Mom was pregnant with me you said you needed another kid like you needed a hole in the head? And then after I was born, and as I grew up, I just kept confirming how right you were? Welp. Here’s a hole to commemorate your feelings about me. And also mine about you. Fred Conlon handmakes these superb and superbl
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Penn State announces new endowment for student study abroad In the early 1960s, [Penn State’s] international studies were confined mainly to books and photos — until George Ehringer and his classmates organized a semester in London, the department’s first official study abroad trip. Ehringer, who earned his bachelor of science in architecture from Penn State in 1964, recently made a $25,000 gift to create the George D. Ehringer, Class of 1964, Award for St
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25 Awesome Rooms that Inspire You to Try Out Geometric Wallpaper If you are a design aficionado, then the news of wallpaper making a grand comeback of sorts in the last few seasons is something you would be already aware of. But this summer, it is time to take this love for wallpaper in a striking and bold new direction as it is time for the gorgeous and at times dramatic, geometric wallpaper. Geo designs, style and décor are currently one of the top decorating
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Texas goes big with 18-petaflop supercomputer The Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) has received $30 million in U.S. funding for a new supercomputer that will roughly double the performance of its existing 9-petaflop supercomputer.The new system, named Stampede 2 after its predecessor, is being funded by the National Science Foundation. It will be available for scientific research by June 1, 2017.The Texas supercomputing center occupies
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Add yourself right into action movie scenes with this awesome GIF app Let’s be real, we’ve all dreamed about being the hero of one of those awesome action flicks. So we ask you, what better time than the present? In the upcoming movie Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, Hart’s character Calvin is pulled from his average paper-pushing life as an accountant into the world of CIA espionage. And although he might have started out straight-up
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Underwater Coral Reef Skyscraper Is as Beautiful as It Is Implausible It’s like luxury condos for ocean life This entry in eVolo’s annual Skyscraper Contest takes a real problem—the world’s coral reefs are endangered—and in true eVolo Skyscraper Contest fashion, proposes a fantastical solution in the form of an awesome imagined tower. The Aquarim Trinity is a designer from Malaysian architects Quah Zheng Wei and Jethro Koi Lik Wai (also finalists in 2015 for anothe
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The Week in Mac Apps: Keep your desktop icons hidden from prying eyes with Desktop Ghost Pro New Mac apps of the weekThis week’s roundup of Mac apps includes Desktop Ghost Pro, a tool that leaves your desktop looking squeaky-clean with a simple keyboard command. Plus, apps that promote good working habits, contact managers, app launchers, and more. Read on!Artboard 2 2.0.2Mapdiva’s $30 Artboard 2 (Mac App Store Link) provides a full set of drawing tools for creating icons, illustrations,
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Holy Hell the Universe Is Expanding Faster Than We Thought One of the galaxies in a new survey used to refine measurements of how fast the universe is expanding. Image: NASA, ESA and A. Riess (STScI/JHU)Add this to the list of existential fears that keep you up at night: the universe appears to be expanding faster than we thought. A lot faster.That’s according to new, highly precise measurements of the distance between 19 faraway galaxies acquired by the
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The FBI Is Developing Software to Track and Sort People by Their Tattoos This tattoo translates to “Revolution is a woman” (Image: AP)An Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) investigation just revealed an awfully Orwellian fact: the FBI is working with government researchers to develop advanced tattoo recognition technology. This would allow law enforcement to sort and identify people based on their tattoos to determine “affiliation to gangs, sub-cultures, religious or
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Forget your phone, Visa just put a ring on mobile payments Anyone who has watched TV or an Apple or Google keynote event within the past year knows that paying for things with anything but your credit card is all the rage. Visa, not to be left out being a leader in all things money, is experimenting with a new device.Meet the Visa payment ring. Set to launch at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil for the firm’s 45 athletes repping Team Visa, a prototype
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4 Ways Rapid Job Hopping Can (Still) Hurt Your Career Contrary to recent advice, job hopping may pay off in the first decade of your career, but come back to bite you later.You’re sitting at your desk at 10:30 a.m. on a Wednesday when you get a LinkedIn message from someone you don’t know. It turns out to be a recruiter who has a great job opportunity for you, and the salary is $10,000 more than you’re making now.Read Full Story
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Why is Mt. Everest so deadly? Climbing Mt. Everest is a difficult task, with freezing temperatures, extreme winds and low oxygen as you get closer and closer to the 29,029-foot elevation. And while many do accomplish the summit, some unfortunately don’t.   Here’s a rundown of the the biggest dangers facing hikers attempting to summit.   Silly string gets smashed silly by hydraulic press BB-8 warbles and wobbles through
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News: d3 Housing Tomorrow 2016 winners explore the future of urban residential design New York-based organization d3 held another successful edition of their notable Housing Tomorrow Competition! The competition invites architects, designers, engineers, and students worldwide to send their most inventive ideas that can take conventional approaches to urban planning and residential design one step further — a persisting issue that many of the world’s cities continue to face. Partici
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2016 Father’s Day Gift Guide Every father is different and unique. As is every father’s day gift budget. We’ve put together a gift guide with a selection of interesting last minute gifts for your perusal, including containers of Sriracha packets for dads who insist on bringing some along everywhere, a few style accessories to spruce up his style, a wine system to let him extract enjoy one glass of wine without spoiling the wh
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Bionic leaf turns sunlight into liquid fuel Scientists have created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels. The system can convert solar energy to biomass with 10 percent efficiency, far above the 1 percent seen in the fastest-growing plants.
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What boost will Intel’s next chips deliver? Do you want more power-efficiency or CPU horsepower with your next PC chip? The merits of each have propelled an interesting debate among those who want more performance or longer battery life in their PCs. But raw CPU performance drives the ongoing rivalry between AMD and Intel. Intel wants to continue to deliver 10 to 20 percent performance improvements with chips based on the upcoming 10-nan
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5 Reasons Why You Don’t Need a Desktop PC Anymore We might not have quite reached the post-PC era that Steve Jobs promised back in 2010, but we’re definitely in the post-desktop era. The idea that a single box sitting on your desk is the best way to handle all your digital activities could not be more outdated. In fact, unless you have very specific requirements, we think you don’t need a desktop PC at all. Here are a few reasons why you might be
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Uber Just Got a Bunch of Saudi Money. That’s Good News for Women Everywhere. Uber just received an investment of $3.5 billion from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. A bunch of headlines have cropped up claiming this is bad news for women—an understandable, but utterly backward analysis.  At Forbes, Contributor Rebecca Lindland writes:  My very first thought upon hearing the news was, “This is just another reason/excuse/barrier to not let women drive.” But
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Johns Hopkins Students Say First Semester Grades Give Them Depression, Should Be Abolished Yet more students say they are triggered by one of the most basic facets of the college experience: grades.  Johns Hopkins University is one of a handful of colleges that doesn’t include first-semester grades for freshmen on their transcripts. They receive grades, but they don’t count for anything. The custom was intended to ease students into university life, but officials are worried it encoura
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21 Elon Musk quotes that give us a glimpse inside his brain  There is something magnetic about Elon Musk. A visionary, the CEO of two companies, and a builder of the future, Musk has a way of discussing highly complex topics &mdash; from space travel to the business of battery technology to the consequences of AI — with a clarity and optimism that make it easier to believe in a bright future. Here are some of the best bits from… Read More
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Cooling down Chicago The use of roofs with vegetation or reflective surfaces on top of Chicago’s current infrastructure could reduce an Urban Heat Island by lowering roof temperatures by a range of 3 to 4 degrees Celsius (5.4 to 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit), new research shows.
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Microplastic particles threaten fish larvae Researchers have found that larval fish exposed to microplastic particles during development displayed changed behaviors and stunted growth which lead to greatly increased mortality rates. The researchers discovered that larval perch that had access to microplastic particles only ate plastic and ignored their natural food source of free-swimming zooplankton.
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Dogs were domesticated not once, but twice … in different parts of the world Scientists have compared genetic data with existing archaeological evidence and show that man’s best friend
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