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IBM is building cognitive AI to impact ‘every decision made’ RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, California — The future of artificial intelligence may impact virtually every part of our lives. “If it’s digital, it’ll be cognitive,” explained IBM CEO Ginny Rometty in a wide-ranging discussion with Recode’s Kara Swisher on Wednesday during the annual Code Conference. SEE ALSO: IBM Watson enlists in the war on cancer “In five years, there’s no doubt in my mind that c
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Macworld’s June Digital Edition: 2016 MacBook Review Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition. Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, prod
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Event: One World Trade Center: Biography of the Building Event Date: Jun 8, 2016; Event City: New York, NY, US Best-selling Skyscrapers author Judith Dupré chronicles the rise of One World Trade Center from the building’s groundbreaking design and engineering, through the initial excavation to the final placement of the spire. For this first “authorized biography” of the emotion-charged and technically complex project, the Port Authority of New York &am
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Anthropologist discovers “hobo graffiti” dating back almost a century Anthropologist Susan Phillips had spent a career examining the graffiti that covers urban walls, bridges and freeway overpasses. But when she came across an unrecognizable collection made not of spray paint but substances like grease pencil and apparently left there for a century, she was stunned. Phillips had uncovered a peculiar, almost extinct form of American hieroglyphics known as hobo graffi
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Meizu Gravity Speaker The Chinese smartphone company Meizu have really pulled out all the stops for their latest device the Gravity Speaker ($199). Designed with the award-winning and famed Buddhist designers Hironao Tsuboi the Gravity Speaker is balanced atop a transparent block to give the speaker a weightless look. While light flows around the rest prism-like structure for Read More
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Maximize a Fridge’s Efficiency by Letting Leftovers Cool Before Storing Cooking ahead of time and keeping leftovers is a great way to save time and money down the road, but you could be making your fridge work harder than it needs to. Here’s why you should let food cool off first.The inside of a refrigerator is a delicate environment that’s more susceptible to temperature fluctuations than you might realize. Suzanne Raga at Mental Floss explains that radiant heat from
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HBO Is Playing Whack-a-Mole With Illegally Uploaded Game of Thrones Nude Scenes Game of Thrones is known in equal measure for its densely interwoven plot and its many, many, many nude scenes. But recently, lusty clips and compilations from HBO’s biggest cash cow have slowly started disappearing from Pornhub, one of the internet’s biggest porn sites. Suffice it to say this will be an exercise in futility.Read more…
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Closet Trolley Brings the Airplane Aisle Cart Home for Organization Simple, streamlined and made to last for years on end, the iconic airplane aisle beverage cart hasn’t changed much in the last few decades, and now its design has been applied to a space-saving solution for the home. While the perks and aesthetics of air travel have undeniably gone downhill since their glamorous heyday in the ‘60s, and most contemporary elements of airplane design are
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Mediachain enivisions a blockchain-based tool for identifying artists’ work across the internet  Content (in all its forms) is increasingly both the commodity and currency of the digital era, but the speed and ease of near-instantaneous global communication and a capacity for infinite reproduction has served to make it easier to sever the work from its creator. Brooklyn-based Mediachain is hoping to change that. Read More
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Get some midweek inspiration with our top picks for NYC architecture and design events There’s something fun for everyone amid the hustle and bustle in New York City, including architecture and design events! For anyone who is curious about what architecture-related events to fit into your weekly schedules, Archinect and Bustler have compiled a snappy list of thought-provoking lectures, discussions, upcoming exhibitions and ongoing ones you might have not heard about yet, and other
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Thousands Of NFL Players’ Medical Records Stolen From Skins Trainer Illustration by Jim CookeIn late April, the NFL recently informed its players, a Skins athletic trainer’s car was broken into. The thief took a backpack, and inside that backpack was a cache of electronic and paper medical records for thousands of players, including NFL Combine attendees from the last 13 years. That would encompass the vast majority of NFL players, and for them, it’s a worrying br
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in-house designers at ferrari extensively revise bodywork for one-off 458 MM speciale finished in ‘bianco italia’ and complete with a livery that pays homage to the italian flag, the unique coupé features all-new bodywork, handcrafted in aluminum with composite carbon fibre bumpers front and rear. The post in-house designers at ferrari extensively revise bodywork for one-off 458 MM speciale appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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How To Test That Brilliant Idea As Soon As It Hits You Entrepreneurs waste huge amounts of time and money chasing ideas that were doomed from the start. Here’s how to avoid that.Nickelodeon GUTS was a truly great TV show. Airing in the mid-90s, it was basically a kids’ version of American Gladiators in which three lucky kids would compete in a series of physical events, earning points for each one they won. These appetizer events led to the main cours
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Spotify has a plan to make money, but it’s still no match for Apple and Google I love Spotify. It’s my go-to for music and I’ve chosen it repeatedly over the likes of Google, Apple and others. My affinity for Spotify, however, isn’t going to save it — nor is its new monetization plan. It’s important to understand how a business with 75 million users is walking on such a tightrope to begin with. While Spotify claims to have 30 million paying users, the margins are so small af
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5 great Xperia X cases to safeguard your shiny new Sony phone Sony softened the edges on the new Xperia X, and the glass on the 5-inch display runs out to meet them. It’s a seductive design, but if you want to make sure those curves stay free of unwanted dents and cracks, then you’d best invest in a decent case. Here are the best Xperia X cases we’ve seen so far. Related: Sony is launching triplet Xperia X phones, but which one is best? Sony Style Cover Ca
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Nook Residence / MU Architecture Located in a quiet area of the Eastern Townships in Quebec, the Nook Residence sits in continuity with the landscape in which it is part.
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To help control roaming costs in Europe, Audi offers permanent in-car SIM cards As cars are increasingly connected, who pays the wireless bill? If you’re currently using your cell phone for in-car connectivity, yesterday’s concern about signal strength bars has been replaced with trepidation about wireless connectivity charges. In the U.S., we typically drive within our own borders, but imagine what it must be like for people in Europe. What if you took a Sunday drive through
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You can now view your Instagram photos inside a virtual reality museum As the world of virtual reality becomes more engrained in our everyday life, it’s becoming more important to create virtual reality (VR) content. Companies are coming up with dedicated camera rigs left and right, but not everyone has the desire or dough to drop the money on making his or her own VR content. One solution to creating custom VR content is to leverage visuals that have already been ca
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Soak Lime Rinds in Sugar First for More Flavorful Limeade Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than a cold glass of homemade limeade. Next time you mix up a batch, leave time for the rinds to soak in some sugar first. You’ll end up with a much better, more flavorful drink.After you’ve squeezed the juice for your limeade, cut the leftover limes into quarters or eighths to expose more of their surface area to the sugar. Mix the lime rinds with ha
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Watch a Tunnel Get Built Under a Highway in Just One Weekend It’s not like this is a big project or anything, right? All you have to do is chop a freeway in half, get rid of the mountain of dirt hidden underneath, slide a tunnel in, and then pave a new three-lane highway. All in one weekend. Here’s time lapse footage showing this 230-foot tunnel being installed in the Netherlands. It’s a flurry of crane arms and men in orange suits mixed with some very care
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venice architecture biennale 2016: designboom’s instagram round-up from vaulted construction methods to the integration of technology, designboom highlights a selection of the projects that best exemplify the trends of this year’s event. The post venice architecture biennale 2016: designboom’s instagram round-up appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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Hockey Stick Brooms These cool new Hockey Stick Brooms from designer Michael Bellino replace the boring old normal wooden handles with recycled game-used hockey sticks.Click Here For Complete Details
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5-year-old kid calls 911 on his dad for running a red light Sellout.  A 5-year-old Massachusetts boy ratted out his father for running a red light. But he didn’t tell his mother, he called 911.  SEE ALSO: Kid destroys $15,000 LEGO sculpture an hour after new exhibit opens On May 28, the Quincy Police Department received the the call from the boy named Robert.  “My daddy went past the red light,” Robert said to the dispatcher on the call. &qu
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Matt Fajkus completes urban Austin home with retractable glass walls Texas firm Matt Fajkus Architecture has completed a family home in Austin that features rooms with sliding glass walls, enabling the spaces to be fully opened to the outdoors (+ slideshow). (more…)
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Google’s Sundar Pichai says he avoids testing prototypes at home You might think that Google’s own chief executive would have all kinds of Google gadgets-in-the-works at home, but the opposite is true. I had the opportunity to briefly interview Sundar Pichai at Code Conference today, and asked whether his morning routine involves shouting at the newly announced Google Home speaker. Pichai said he doesn’t have Google Home at home yet; in fact, he says he tries
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The global anti-Uber alliance just launched cross-booking between Lyft and Grab The global anti-Uber alliance just lobbed what the four companies hope will be another blow to Uber. At Recode’s third annual Code Conference, Anthony Tan, the CEO of Southeast Asian ride-hailing app Grab, announced the official launch of a feature that allows any Grab loyalists to hail a Lyft using the Grab app when traveling to the U.S., all in their local currency. According to Tan, Lyft users
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Street Lights Are Preventing Moths From Doing Their Job Animals Moths join the ranks of other embattled pollinators, like bees Reams of research has been done to understand loss of the daytime pollinators upon which we rely on so much for our foods, but little has been done on the nighttime…
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New smartphone sensor abandons megapixel race for improved noise reduction Sensor maker OmniVision Technologies says its latest smartphone sensor is one of their strongest, yet the latest version actually has fewer megapixels than the previous one. The OV12890 abandons the megapixel race, instead favoring enhanced noise reduction and enough speed to record 4K/2K video at 60 frames per second. While many consumers don’t look past the number of megapixels, at a certain poi
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Obama Bashes Trump On Trade, Immigration, and Tweets Tell us how you really feel, Mr. President. The post Obama Bashes Trump On Trade, Immigration, and Tweets appeared first on WIRED.
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The Most Serious Threat Facing the Auto Industry? Carpooling Automakers are right to worry: people don’t want to own cars. They just want a ride. The post The Most Serious Threat Facing the Auto Industry? Carpooling appeared first on WIRED.
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The iPhone’s Biggest Threat Isn’t Android—It’s Amazon’s Echo Using voice as a way to command your tech is steadily gaining traction, according to Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report. The post The iPhone’s Biggest Threat Isn’t Android—It’s Amazon’s Echo appeared first on WIRED.
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King Kong and Godzilla Are Best Frenemies in This Hilarious Stop-Motion Short [NSFW] A few months ago, we shared filmmaker Harry Chaskin’s short Bygone Behemoth, a melancholy look at what happens when a movie monster ages out of show biz. Now, Chaskin is back with co-creators Justin Michael and Dan Lippert, offering a very different take on a similar subject: Monster Island, which he describes as “more upbeat and rather rude.”Read more…
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Marine ecologists take to the skies to study coral reefs Satellites and research aeroplanes could offer a better, broader view of coral health.Nature 534 13 doi: 10.1038/534013a
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Open-access journal eLife gets £25-million boost Biology’s big funders announce investment will continue to 2022.Nature 534 14 doi: 10.1038/534014a
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The week in science: 27 May–2 June 2016 Good grades for international nuclear-fusion project; EU ministers lend support to open-access movement; and US study raises doubts about mobile-phone safety.Nature 534 10 doi: 10.1038/534010a
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UK government slammed for losing track of its own research Government can’t say how many policy studies it paid for or published, report reveals.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20022
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An anonymous millennial known only as 😎 just translated The Bible into emoji God created the world in six days, rested the seventh and on the eight he discovered emoji. Fast forward about 6,000 years (if you’re a Christian), or 4.5 billion years (if you’re not) and God’s supposed word has just been translated into the language of the millennial — emoji. There were things that happened between the first thing and the last thing, but let’s not get too caught up in the detail
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Review: TUMI’s Luke Roll Top manages to be a charming business backpack  Though the TUMI Luke Roll Top is expensive for a backpack, it partially makes up for this by taking a military-inspired look (the roll-top) and heavily stylizing it. Read More
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The Simple Sidebar Desktop This chill, cityside beach desktop was submitted to our desktop show and tell pool by reader Yuki, and even though it’s not elaborate, it still looks great. Here’s how you can set it up too.Yuki is using Rainmeter on Windows to get this effect, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can check out our Rainmeter getting started guide here.http://lifehacker.com/5828789/how-to…From there, here are t
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PK79 / Ayutt and Associates Design © Soopakorn Srisakul , Ayutt Mahasom Architects: Ayutt and Associates Design Location: Bangkok, Thailand Lead Designer: Ayutt Mahasom Interior Designer: Ayutt and Associates design (AAd) Area: 650.0 sqm Photographs: Soopakorn Srisakul , Ayutt Mahasom Landscape Designer: Ayutt and Associates design (AAd) Lighting Designer: Ayutt and Associates design (AAd)
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Reusable Bamboo Drinking Straws These unique reusable straws, handcrafted by Balinese artisans using rare Bali mountain bamboo, are a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based drinking straws.Click Here For Complete Details
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Apple is reportedly preparing a 27-inch Retina 5K display with integrated GPU Apple is reportedly preparing to refresh its long-in-the-tooth 27-inch Thunderbolt Display.
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Hillary Clinton’s IT Aide to Plead the Fifth in Open Records Lawsuit Over Private Email Server Brian Pagliano, the technology staffer employed by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign who also set up the private email server at her home while she was secretary of state, will invoke his Fifth Amendment right to refuse questions put to him in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by the conservative legal watchdog group Judicial Watch.  Pagliano’s stated intention to plead th
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Google Keep can autocomplete your grocery list entries In the years since Google launched Keep, its note taking app/service has continued to slowly add new features, and today it’s rolling out a couple of new tricks. The Keep website has a lightly refreshed design that looks similar to the new Google+ web layout, while across platforms (Chrome extension, Android and iOS) it’s now able to show previews for links to websites with a picture, the page tit
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What Mary Meeker didn’t say about bots ANALYSIS: Some describe it as a North Star for the tech industry, while others deride it as marketing drivel from a one-time cheerleader of the dot-com boom (and bust). Say what you will about Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report, but for the past 21 years her annual tome — this year’s weighed in at 213 pages — has ignited conversation and controversy throughout Silicon Valley. For 2016, it’s what
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This Guy Spinning Yo-Yos Is Totally Tricking Gravity Watch as these diabolos get spun and twirled in the air like they’re being controlled by some sort of sorcery and not at the mercy of gravity. That’s how good ChihHan Chao, 2015 Red Bull PAO champion, is at using the hand sticks to juggle these crazy yo-yos. He’s making the discs dance and tossing them back and forth with such flair that it’s like they’re floating orbs moving around him.SPLOID is
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Hydraulic Press vs. Silly String Is the Best Hydraulic Press I thought I was sick of all those hydraulic press videos, and then I saw the one with the silly string can. It’s suspenseful, and it’s satisfying. Watch it until the end!Read more…
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LoLo Lids A simple solution to sipping on beer without getting slapped with a big old fine.
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Users set to pay less for data after telco network virtualisation: Intel Chip giant Intel has decided that proprietary fixed function boxes strewn throughout telco networks can be replaced by software and standard server hardware.
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Indian telcos welcome release of spectrum for commercial usage The spectrum swapping deal between two ministries is expected to fetch another $4.5 billion to the exchequer.
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Satellite communication of the future In disasters, rescuers usually communicate via satellite if phone and mobile telecommunication is out. But that has drawbacks: Once the data lines are overloaded, the connection disconnects. In addition, there barely are systems available yet for moving vehicles. Researchers have developed a new antenna system which reliably transmits data via satellite with a high-bandwidth and which is suitable
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Women find men more masculine when wearing deodorant New research has found that men who are perceived low in masculinity can significantly increase this by applying deodorant, but that this is not the case for men who already have high levels of masculinity.
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Report: Apple Pay faces technical issues and slow adoption outside the United States Apple Pay has expanding gradually around the world, most recently to all five big banks in Canada. A new report from Reuters, however, details that the global rollout has not been short of issues for Apple, banks, and retailers alike. The report explains how data shows Apple Pay is popular with core Apple enthusiasts, but not with the general public. In 2015, Apple Pay usage totaled $10.9 billion
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News: YAC Lighthouse Sea Hotel competition winners reimagine the historic Murro di Porco In one of their recent competitions, Young Architects Competitions and the Italian government challenged entrants worldwide to send their ideas for reviving the Murro di Porco lighthouse in Syracuse, Italy into a seaside hotel — all while respecting its original character and natural environment as much as possible. The competition aimed to provoke architects to consider how abandoned lighthouses
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This week’s picks for LA architecture and design events Curious where to find interesting architecture-related happenings in Los Angeles, or where other design-inclined folks are gathering in the Greater L.A. region? Let Archinect and Bustler help you out! We compiled a snappy list of engaging lectures, discussions, upcoming exhibitions and ongoing ones you might have not heard about yet, and other events around town worth knowing about.Check back regu
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CNN interviews Jeremy Kaplan about Yahoo’s impending sale Digital Trends EIC Jeremy Kaplan joined Maggie Lake on CNN this week to discuss the bidding war between AT&T and Verizon for Yahoo and gets to the root of the issue. Yahoo is the third biggest web property on the planet. Whether it fantasy sports, news, email, or any of the other verticals Yahoo owns – It’s the enormous reach, the millions of people that engage with Yahoo daily that the Teleco
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What’s your best photo? A new app called The Roll thinks it can find it The iPhone is capable of storing thousands of photos, and while iOS updates have improved the camera roll’s organization, there’s still a lot left to desire. That’s what the developers behind the app called The Roll are looking to change. Using computer vision and image recognition, the new iOS app, from EyeEm, automatically assigns keywords and even ratings to every image on the iPhone. Organizin
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The trends driving electric vehicle development  The recent unveiling of Tesla’s Model 3 resulted in the largest product pre-order in history. The fact that about 400,000 people paid $1,000 each for a car they will receive in 2018 is simply astounding. In addition to the $400 million wired to Tesla, this represents an order book of more than $15 billion dollars. In case you were not paying attention, something amazing just happened to… Read Mor
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MQ-9 Reaper Big Wing sets Predator flight endurance record The latest version of General Atomics’ unmanned Predator drone has set a new endurance record for the aircraft. In a 10-hour improvement over the previous Predator, the company reported its next-generation Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Big Wing aircraft flew for over 37 hours non-stop while carrying out a simulated reconnaissance mission over California… Continue Reading MQ-9 Reaper Big Wing sets Pr
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New study of the memory through optogenetics Scientists have improved memory in mice using optogenetics.The study was based on light stimulation of a group of neurons, named Tac2, in the cerebral amygdala. These neurons play a key role in the memory of fear. Treated mice increased their long-term memory.
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Spinning electrons yield positrons for research A team of researchers has successfully demonstrated a new method for producing a beam of polarized positrons, a method that could enable a wide range of applications and research, such as improved product manufacturing and polarized positron beams to power breakthrough scientific research.
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Asus Transformer Mini is a lightweight 2-in-1 PC Asus has definitely taken the right steps to work on the Transformer line of devices in the past, where the name itself implies that it is not so much a straightforward piece of hardware, but rather, it comes across as a multiple-use machine that fills up different niches from time to time. For instance, there was the Asus Transformer Book Flip that can function as a tablet or a notebook, dependin
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Wider Coverage Multi Vector Fan gets more done with less smaller footprint We are all about efficiency in this day and age, and if you do not have the kind of efficiency level that is able to please the higher management, chances are your career would not be able to advance as well or as fast as you would like it to. Well, with the sweltering summer set to arrive for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, you might want to make the relevant preparations around th
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35 Awesome Bedding Ideas For Masculine Bedrooms Are you a bachelor and are designing and decorating your own man’s cave? A man-like bedroom should be a sexy and chic space, decorated with comfort and in the style you like with some masculine touches, and your bedding is due in no small part to it. Puzzling over what bedding to choose? Our tips may help you. Black and White Bedding Black and white is classics, it’s suitable for any bedroom style
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Marijuana-smokers harm gums; other physical effects slight A study of nearly 1,000 New Zealanders from birth to age 38 has found marijuana smokers have more gum disease, but otherwise do not show worse physical health on a dozen measures including lung function, systemic inflammation, and several measures of metabolic syndrome, including waist circumference, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, glucose control and body mass index. Earlier resea
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Genetic approach could help identify side-effects at early stages of drug development An approach that could reduce the chances of drugs failing during the later stages of clinical trials has been demonstrated. The technique involves identifying genetic variants that mimic the action of a drug on its intended target and then checking in large patient cohorts whether these variants are associated with risk of other conditions, such as cardiovascular disease.
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For Volvo, driverless cars won’t mean the end of manual driving Just because Volvo wants to champion driverless cars doesn’t mean it wants to kill manual driving either. SEE ALSO: How driverless cars will change car ownership forever “We have no ambition to have a car that could drive in urban environments from A to B,” Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson told Car and Driver.  “If you’re a normal consumer is that really what you are dreaming about?” Samuelsson asked.
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The best of the Computex Design and Innovation awards 2016 – CNET Taiwan’s Computex trade show every year honours the best in consumer technology innovation and design. Here are our favourites from the winning designs.
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The Arab City – the devastation of old centers and the rise of new ones In this article, Amal Andraous talks about how the Arab cities are witnessing the devastation of old centers and the rise of new ones
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When It’s A Better Career Move To Turn Down A Big Assignment From Your Boss Projects beyond your skill set can help you build new expertise. But there are times it’s better for your career to say, no, thanks.Tim Sieck knew it was a stretch worth considering.Read Full Story
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I Wish I Could Wake Up to Robots Getting Me Ready in the Morning Like This The toughest thing about getting up in the morning (other than getting up in the morning) is realizing all the things you have to do to make yourself decent to society. I’m not talking about just brushing your teeth, shaving, or showering. I’m talking about having to open your eyes and walk around and move your arms back and forth. If only there were robots who could just get me ready instead.
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Crunch Report | Internet Trends Report 2016 Mary Meeker releases her annual internet trends report, sales force acquires Demandware for 2.8 Billion Dollars, Google now lets both iOS and Android users find their lost phones, Apple’s world wide developers conference is going to be June 13th, Peter Thiel to remain on Facebook’s board of directors all that on Crunch Report today. Read More
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Ray-Ban’s Aviators get an Amber tint for its latest limited edition Amber…with a twist.Photo: Ray-BanRay-Ban is releasing a very limited run of its classic aviator styles with gold frames and amber-tinted lenses. They’re not just any amber lenses either, they’re calling it Ambermatic and its a photochromic lens that darken from yellow to brown depending on the conditions. From now until June 5th, only 100 frames will be available in this limited edition combo an
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U.S. Soccer pushes to dismiss equal pay complaint from female players Since five members of the U.S. women’s soccer team filed a complaint earlier this year alleging pay discrimination, the U.S. Soccer Federation has disputed their claims in media interviews and statements.  On Tuesday, the governing body issued its most comprehensive rebuke in a 20-page letter filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency responsible for investigating
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Amazon Prime third-year renewals point to bonkers-high retention Watch out! Once you drink Amazon Prime’s Kool-aid, you may find yourself renewing the service… forever. (Or, at least, for a third year.) (credit: Rachel Murray / Getty Images) Amazon isn’t likely to release granular data about its Prime subscribers any time soon, which means a privately run survey has a little more weight than we might otherwise give it—especially with a conclusion as resou
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Habitat flip-top camper turns the Tacoma pickup into a rugged explorer The Jeep Wrangler might be the most well-known adventure vehicle in the US, but the Toyota Tacoma is also a very popular choice, as our Tacoma-heavy tour of the recent Overland Expo proved. Arizona’s Adventure Trailers Overland already has a neat, integrated flip-top camper for the Jeep, the JK Habitat, and now it’s added a Habitat for the Tacoma. The new bed camper transforms the popular small
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Inspector General’s Report Refutes All of Hillary Clinton’s Defenses For Using Private Email Server Late last week, the inspector general of the State Department completed a year-long investigation into the use by Hillary Clinton of a private email server for all of her official government email as secretary of state. The investigation was launched when information technology officials at the State Department under Secretary of State John Kerry learned that Clinton paid an aide to migrate her p
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How one Italian entrepreneur’s business changed after riding along with Rocket Internet  The PIzzaBo founder’s experience may serve as yet another cautionary tale for entrepreneurs who hitch their fortunes to Germany’s startup “Rocket”. Read More
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samuel gonçalves sets modified concrete sewer pipes by the water at venice biennale the project involves the modification of the production line of sewer pipes and ultimately, underlines the importance of using existing infrastructure to contribute to public spaces. The post samuel gonçalves sets modified concrete sewer pipes by the water at venice biennale appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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This public toilet could pay you to poop, for science and the environment Public toilets are generally pretty crappy, but researchers have built one at a university in South Korea that might make it fun to drop in, drop trou’ and drop anchor. Not only does it look like a nice environment to induce the deuce, but it turns your browns into green energy solutions, and eventually, similar to the OpenBiome project, you might even be paid to poop… Continue Reading This p
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Aussie surfer designs prefab recycled cyclone-resistant homes Hyman said to Mashable Australia, “I’ve spent my whole life around the ocean, and seen the damage done by waste plastic.” Nev House structures utilize a “wood-plastic composite” and sustainable wood. Their homes can be built in just five days. Related: Affordable, colorful and humane housing for London’s homeless pops up in just five months In addition to sustainable building m
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US Death Rate Rises, Health Officials Aren’t Sure Why New submitter Ungrounded Lightning writes: According to The New York Times, the U.S. death rate has risen for the first time in more than a decade (or several decades if particular). The rise is across the whole population, though whites, especially the less educated among them, were recently (and separately) documented to be particularly hard hit. The article speculates about drug abuse (prescrip
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Samsung’s latest trademark filing hints at iris-scanning Galaxy Samsung has filed to trademark the names Galaxy Iris and Galaxy Eyeprint to patent offices in the US and South Korea, raising the possibility that it will apply iris-recognition technology to its future phones.
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Trained immune cells raise prospect of universal cancer vaccine Engineering immune cells to attack cancer is a form of treatment that is showing great promise, but it is complex because it involves extracting and modifying T cells before injecting them back into the body. Scientists have now demonstrated a way to not just arm immune cells while still inside the body, but equip them with the ability to fight any kind of cancer, providing an early proof-of-co
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Can primordial black holes fill in the dark matter blank? For something that hasn’t actually been found yet, there are a lot of theories around about dark matter and where this elusive stuff could be hiding. Now an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has weighed-in with a new idea that black holes created in the milliseconds after the Big Bang may be where all that missing matter ended up. Bizarrely, the hypothesis also suggests that
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Elon Musk’s craziest idea is the AI-beating Neural Lace RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, California — Are you ready to interface with your digital self at neural level? Elon Musk wants you to. In fact, he thinks it’s the only way we can prevent becoming our artificial intelligence overlords’ house cats. Musk laid our this wild, new digital vision during a late evening chat at the annual Code Conference. SEE ALSO: Tesla Model 3 won’t get free Supercharger access,
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Elon Musk: There’s only one AI company that worries me Elon Musk’s concerns about the dangers of artificial intelligence have been well publicized, but the SpaceX and Tesla founder says that of all the companies currently working on self-aware computers, there’s only one whose efforts actually worry him. Speaking on stage at Recode’s Code Conference, Musk was asked by The Verge’s own Walt Mossberg whether he was worried specifically about the efforts
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Australia installing pavement traffic lights to alert distracted mobile addicts We are all aware of the perils of distracted driving, but inattentive pedestrians are now also posing major hazards, both to themselves and those around them. In the past, the German city of Augsburg introduced the novel idea of putting ground-level traffic lights next to railway tracks to alert distracted smartphone addicts of oncoming trains. Australia is now expanding upon that approach in one
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Space entrepreneur: Why build apps when you can make satellites? It’s a long way from the small town of Tumbarumba, Australia to NASA and space startups, but it’s come naturally to Chris Boshuizen. Growing up in rural New South Wales, Boshuizen has Carl Sagan to thank for his choice of career path. The beloved astronomer’s television show Cosmos was the only program Boshuizen was allowed to stay up past his bedtime to watch. “I figured, if I’m allowed to
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Server market slumps after seven quarters of growth The worldwide server market saw a year-on-year revenue slump of 3.6 percent in the first quarter to US$12.4 billion, after a winning streak of seven quarters of growth, IDC said Wednesday.The slowdown in the market, which also witnessed shipments of servers drop by 3 percent year-on-year to 2.2 million units, is largely put down to an end in the enterprise refresh cycle and what is described as
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alberto caiola blends natural & synthetic in shanghai’s botanist lounge speed and dynamism meet walls of natural plants, creating an interesting dialogue between human ambition and the unrivaled power of mother earth. The post alberto caiola blends natural & synthetic in shanghai’s botanist lounge appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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Ex-Opera chief’s new browser gets custom mouse gestures Jon von Tetzchner, former Opera CEO, launched Vivaldi with the intention of making a “true successor” to the Opera browser. Today, his company is releasing the latest version of Vivaldi, and it comes with the fancy features Opera was famous for, starting with custom mouse gestures. They’re pretty easy to set up: simply go to Settings, choose a command, such as “reload page” or
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Inside Honda’s ghost town for testing autonomous cars On the edge of the San Francisco suburb of Concord, California sits a ghost town. Dilapidated buildings and cracked roads are framed by overgrowth and slightly askew street signs. The decommissioned five-acre portion of the Concord Naval Weapons Station that once housed military personnel and their families is now home to squirrels, jack rabbits, wild turkeys and Honda’s mysterious testing lab for
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Elon Musk: We’re already cyborgs Elon Musk is an interesting guy. He’s also a cyborg, just like the rest of us. Musk was in rare form on stage with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at Code Conference 2016. Doffing his futurist cap, Musk the soothsayer laid out a number of possible scenarios for us to survive the rise of AI, if at all. The solution is to merge in a symbiotic way with digital intelligence “We’re already a cybo
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How to Play Audio on OS X to 2 Bluetooth Headsets One of the Mac’s hidden gems is the ability to listen to audio from your computer or laptop on two different sets of Bluetooth earphones. Without downloading any extra software, you can have this feature up and running in a matter of minutes. Step 1 Before you get started, make sure that both Bluetooth headsets have been paired with your computer. Depending on your Bluetooth headsets, you might fi
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It’s what’s outside that counts: The coolest and craziest case mods from Computex (pictures) – CNET If you have top-of-the-line hardware, why stick it in a boring black box? These modders have taken their passion to the extreme with custom lighting, liquid cooling and extravagant cases, reminding us that sometimes, consoles just don’t cut it.
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Watch Elon Musk’s full interview at Code 2016 Elon Musk took the stage Wednesday night at Code Conference 2016 for a chat with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. In a wide-ranging interview, the SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO talked about the future of artificial intelligence, his plans to finish the Tesla Model 3, and what a government on Mars should look like. He also thinks that we’re all already cyborgs. You can watch the full interview above
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PPPL physicist conducts experiments indicating efficiency of fusion start-up technique Princeton NJ (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 Physicist Fatima Ebrahimi at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University has for the first time performed computer simulations indicating the efficiency of a start-up technique for doughnut-shaped fusion machines known as tokamaks. The simulations show that the technique, known as coaxial helicity inject
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United Launch Alliance gets $138 million Atlas V contract Washington (UPI) Jun 1, 2016 United Launch Services LLC has been awarded a $138 million U.S. Air Force contract modification for launch vehicle production services for the Atlas V 541 system. The contract also covers missions specific commodities for four previously ordered missions. The modification also adds pre-priced contract line items for the Atlas V 541 launch vehicle configuration and mis
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Space-age exploration for pre-historic bones Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 The extremely difficult conditions in which University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) Professor Lee Berger’s Rising Star team was forced to work, gave rise to the use of space-age technology to map the Dinaledi chamber and Rising Star Cave, in which over 1500 Homo naledi fossils were found. Ashley Kruger, a PhD candidate in Palaeoanthropology at the Ev
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EchoStar XVIII and BRIsat are installed on Arianespace’s Ariane 5 Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jun 01, 2016 The payload integration process was completed in French Guiana for Arianespace’s upcoming dual-passenger Ariane 5 Flight VA230 on June 8. During activity this week inside the Spaceport’s Ariane 5 Final Assembly Building (BAF), both satellite passengers – EchoStar XVIII and BRIsat – have been installed on the heavy-lift vehicle, completing launcher build-up
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Bayer and Planetary Resources intend to collaborate to improve agriculture with space data Redmond WA (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 Bayer and the aerospace technology company Planetary Resources, based in Redmond, Washington, USA, have signed a memorandum of understanding about the development of applications and products based on satellite images. Bayer intends to purchase these data from Planetary Resources to create new agricultural products and improve existing ones. The collaboration will be
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New NASA instrument brings coasts and coral into focus Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 01, 2016 A coastal scene with deep blue seas and a coral reef is beautiful to look at, but if you try to record the scene with a camera or a scientific instrument, the results are almost always disappointing. Most cameras can’t “see” underwater objects in such scenes because they’re so dim and wash out the glaring seashore. These problems don’t just ruin vacation p
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HERA Mission 10 Crew to “Splashdown” on Wednesday Houston TX (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 After 30-days in the confines of a simulated spacecraft, the HERA Mission 10 crew will “splashdown” on the evening of Wed., June 1. HERA-the Human Exploration Research Analog-is one of several analogs used by the Human Research Program (HRP) to research ways to help NASA astronauts move from lower-Earth orbit to deep space explorations. A spaceflight analog
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Measuring the Milky Way: 1 massive problem, 1 new solution Hamilton, Canada (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 It is a galactic challenge, to be sure, but Gwendolyn Eadie is getting closer to an accurate answer to a question that has defined her early career in astrophysics: what is the mass of the Milky Way? The short answer, so far, is 7 X 1011 solar masses. In terms that are easier to comprehend, that’s about the mass of our Sun, multiplied by 700 billion. The Sun, f
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HyperDev straightens the learning curve for new web developers Modern web development tools allow rapid development of applications, but getting them set up on your computer can be incredibly difficult – particularly for beginners who just want to tinker with some JavaScript. The makers of Stack Overflow and Trello are well aware of this, so they’ve developed a new tool called HyperDev that’s designed to handle tedious tasks like hosting and deployment and
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Swedish rnsro Timber Town relies on wood to lower its carbon footprint Created in collaboration with Slättö Förvaltning, the approximately 18,000-square-meter Örnsro Timber Town comprises residential units as well as plazas and other structures for social meetings and recreation. The solid timber-framed buildings will be built to a variety of heights for visual interest. Residents and visitors will be encouraged to walk or bike through the neighborhood along the ‘act
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Brickbat: Filing the Correct Paperwork More than 80 college students are facing criminal charges in Fairfield, Connecticut, and the police chief says they shouldn’t be. The students were cited by police officers for misrepresentation of age, an infraction which carries a $200 fine, after police raided a local bar and found them with fake ID cards. But the officers cited them under a law that was repealed four years ago. So when the ci
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Indian minister starts Twitter debate on racism after asking people to say ‘India loves you’ to ‘Africans’ A week after a series of attacks on Africans in Delhi, India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was trolled for a tweet asking Indians to shake hand and say “India loves you” every time they met an “African citizen”.  SEE ALSO: Tanzanian woman assaulted in India’s Silicon Valley, government says attack not racist The tweet came a week after a Congolese man was beaten to
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Edible six-pack rings seek to limit harm to sea life Miami (AFP) June 1, 2016 A Florida brewery has done something bold to try to help the environment: replacing the plastic six-pack rings that can harm sea life with edible ones. Plastic rings – untold numbers of which end up in rivers and oceans – can be fatal to animals like fish, turtles and birds, and Saltwater Brewery thought there had to be a better way. The Delray Beach craft brewery thinks
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EU proposes temporary approval of weedkiller glyphosate Brussels (AFP) June 1, 2016 The European Commission on Wednesday proposed to extend approval of weedkiller glyphosate in Europe for between 12 and 18 months amid disagreements that the chemical could cause cancer. The EU’s 28 member states are bitterly divided on the dangers of glyphosate, one of the world’s most popular weedkillers first used in the Monsanto herbicide Roundup. Last month, EU nat
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Ecuador needs $3.3 bn to rebuild from quake: government Quito (AFP) June 1, 2016 Ecuador will need $3.3 billion to rebuild after a powerful earthquake devastated a large stretch of its Pacific coast on April 16, the government said Wednesday. Planning and Development Secretary Sandra Naranjo estimated cleaning up the destruction left by the 7.8-magnitude quake would take 0.7 percentage points off the country’s economic growth for the year. Ecuador’s e
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Forest-destroying palm oil powers cars in EU: report Paris (AFP) May 31, 2016 Palm oil produced on tropical plantations that drive deforestation has become a major biofuel for vehicles in the European Union, industry figures released Tuesday by an environmental group revealed. In 2014, nearly half of the palm oil used in Europe wound up in the gas tanks of cars and trucks, according to data compiled by the EU vegetable oil industry association Fedi
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Hydropower dams worldwide cause continued species extinction Stirling UK (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 New research led by the University of Stirling has found a global pattern of sustained species extinctions on islands within hydroelectric reservoirs. Scientists have discovered that reservoir islands created by large dams across the world do not maintain the same levels of animal and plant life found prior to flooding. Despite being hailed as conservation sanctuari
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Researchers embarks on field campaign to study effects of smoke on Earth’s climate Miami FL (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 A scientist at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is leading an upcoming international research campaign to study a significant contributor to regional climate warming – smoke. The first-of-its-kind research experiment begins on June 1, 2016 from Ascension Island in the southeastern Atlantic Ocean. The experiment, called LA
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Studying life on the rocks Washington DC (SPX) Jun 01, 2016 Much of modern life is deeply impacted by the behavior of ice. Now, new work from a team at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in Palisades, New York, gives insights into what is happening inside ice. The team has developed an apparatus to meet the growing need for measuring ice as it changes in response to external forces, a process ice scien
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SCI-Arc launches scholarship for european architects a full tuition scholarship will be offered specifically for citizens of the european union to study at the SCI-Arc campus in los angeles, california. The post SCI-Arc launches scholarship for european architects appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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India rises past the US to become the internet’s second biggest user There’s only one set of presentation slides I look forward to every year, and that’s Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report. In 2016, the highlight picked out by Meeker, partner at venture capital firm KPCB, is India’s accelerating growth of user numbers in an otherwise decelerating market. She notes that, at 277 million, India’s connected population is now greater than that of the United St
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Astronomers smash cosmic records to see hydrogen in distant galaxy An international team of scientists has pushed the limits of radio astronomy to detect a faint signal emitted by hydrogen gas in a galaxy more than five billion light years away—almost double the previous record.
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Cold-pressed raw cow’s milk to be sold legally in Australia “Cow to bottle” is apparently the latest craze in the “farm to fork” phenomenon.  In what is being touted as a world first, an Australian startup has created a new, legal way for milk to be sold without pasteurisation. To make the milk stand up to regulatory requirements, it has been “cold-pressed” under intense water pressure. Like juice, but raw milk. SEE ALSO: Are
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AMSBIO Introduces New Exosome Research Products AMSBIO has introduced a wide selection of new high quality products for exosome research. Formulated to be quick, affordable and easy to use, AMSBIO’s new expanded suite of quantification kits,…
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Bill Gates: AI Is The ‘Holy Grail’ An anonymous reader writes: At the Code Conference on Wednesday, Bill Gates balanced his fears of artificial intelligence with praise. He talked about two of the challenges AI will pose: a loss of existing jobs, and making sure humans remain in control of super-intelligent machines. Gates, as well as many other experts in the field, predict there will be an excess of labor resources as robots and
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klipsch celebrates 70 years with handcrafted retro-styled limited edition speakers special attention has been paid to the details, as they feature design enhancements, exotic wood veneer finishes, special edition logos and unique grille cloths. The post klipsch celebrates 70 years with handcrafted retro-styled limited edition speakers appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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The 90s Hacking Trick Making a Comeback One hack targeted a political dissident in London; another attack led to a massive power outage across Ukraine. On the face of it, nothing connected these two incidents.But they both relied on a certain hacking technique, one that fell out of fashion at the turn of the century and has made something of a comeback: Macros.Macros are essentially small programs embedded with documents that can automa
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Bitcoin to be sold in Australian newsstands over the counter Australians will soon be able to buy some Bitcoin along with the newspaper and a pack of gum. Launching Thursday, a new initiative will help people buy Bitcoin with cash at around 1,200 newsagents nationally, Fairfax Media reported. SEE ALSO: Space entrepreneur: Why build apps when you can make satellites? The project is being rolled out as a partnership between the retail network Blueshyft and A
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Amazon exclusive Segway miniPro cruises 14 miles per charge Segway has been around with electric personal transportation devices for a long time and has announced the launch of a new self-balancing personal transport called Ninebot by Segway miniPro. The miniPro promises to be an exciting way to enable recreational outdoor lifestyles for consumers. The self-balancing device has an on-board computer that tracks rider movements at over 100 times per … Contin
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New peripherals are bringing Windows Hello to any Windows 10 PC Japan’s Mouse Computer has developed add-on biometric sensors that will bring Windows Hello to any PC running Windows 10. Windows Hello is Microsoft’s biometric security system. It allows users to dump passwords for facial or fingerprint recognition, but only on PCs that have the correct hardware. Many new PCs do, but generations of older machines that can run Windows 10 don’t have the infrared
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Walking aid for seniors tracks health, gets social The main purpose of a mobility walker is to help its elderly owner get around more easily, but the FriWalk (Friendly Robot Walker) adds health monitoring, navigational aids and social alerts to the mix as well. It’s a high-tech walker for the 21st century and is currently being trialed in Spain, Italy and England… Continue Reading Walking aid for seniors tracks health, gets social Category:
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Siemens Is Building An Army Of Collaborative Spider Robot Factory Workers Instead of doing one job like typical factory bots, Siemens wants autonomous robots to work together to figure out how to tackle projects.In the 1936 film Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin plays a factory worker whose only job is to tighten two bolts—again and again, all day, until he finally goes mad. It’s the life of his robot descendants, which might, for example, weld the same car part over and ov
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Amazon Starts Suing Its Own Sellers Over Fake Reviews Image: GettyIn its escalating fight against fake product reviews, Amazon has for the first time started suing its own sellers instead of just going after other websites that promise to write five-star recommendations for cash. It’s another sign that the internet giant is increasingly serious about eliminating incentives for fake reviews that erode trust, even if it means targeting the third-party
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sagmeister & walsh animates appy fizz campaign with colorful carbonated bubbles the new york-based design studio has realized the rebrand campaign and identity for a sparkling apple juice brand. The post sagmeister & walsh animates appy fizz campaign with colorful carbonated bubbles appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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Deformers is a squishy new game from the creators of The Order: 1886 Last year, Ready at Dawn — a studio best known for creating spinoffs of series like Jak and Daxter and God of War — released its first original game, the werewolf-infested The Order: 1886. And while the game served as a beautiful showcase for the relatively new PlayStation 4, there was one constant complaint from critics and players: the game wasn’t very interactive. The Order was full of cut-sce
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The LG Stylus 2 Plus brings phone stylus goodness to the masses It was February 2016 when LG announced the Stylus 2, the successor to the company’s G4 Stylus/G Stylo. Fast-forward to June 2016, a mere four months later, and LG decided to refresh the Stylus 2 by introducing the Stylus 2 Plus. As the “Plus” moniker indicates, the Stylus 2 Plus packs beefier hardware than the Stylus 2, with the former opting for a 1.4GHz octa-core processor. By comparison, the la
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Apple external display out of stock, replacement tipped for 5k resolution Apple has been peddling the current external Thunderbolt display for a good long time now and many find the aging product to be lacking compared to other offerings on the market today. Word is that stock of the current external display is getting very low in most locations and there is no sign that stock will be replenished. Often when … Continue reading
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We gave a startup a bag of money. They gave it all to charity. This year’s Hack Battle was all about IoT and attendees didn’t fail to impress with their creative hacks. And with a grand prize awarded to the most impressive product, the 36 hour battle was rife with competition. The 2016 winner? Fokke Zandbergen, creator of ComeEmpty.me. The jury – led by our very own Natt Garun – awarded Fokke a massive cup and €2000 to spend as he likes. That’s enough money f
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Plumen seeks small investors to fund new lighting product launches Business news: low-energy designer lighting brand Plumen has launched a crowdfunding drive to fund new product launches and “kick the business up to the next level”. (more…)
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British special forces are using Bollywood songs to freak out ISIS British troops are using Bollywood music as part of their psychological warfare against the Islamic State in Libya, by blasting loud songs from India’s large film industry in empty cars. SEE ALSO: Bollywood fused with EDM: Inside the South Asian-American music movement The British special forces got the idea from a Pakistani-origin intelligence officer who suggested that Bollywood songs would ann
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Apple Car hints from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report When giant automaker Ford says the future of its business is not about vehicle ownership but “miles travelled”, you know change is coming, and that change is amply described in Mary Meeker’s 2016 Internet Trends report.[Also read: ‘What we think we know about the Apple Car’] Mobile everywhere Sure, reports this morning are dominated by over-simplified analysis of the analyst’s smartphone predict
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EU backs light-touch regulation for on-demand companies like Uber and Airbnb  On-demand companies like Uber and Airbnb may be coming under scrutiny in some European countries for allegedly contravening local laws, but today the European Commission threw them a line of support. The EC today published guidance that favors light-touch regulation of companies like these, noting that they should not require licenses to operate; that they do not necessarily have to… Read More
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In defense of online lending  The marketplace industry will be just fine. It is uncertainty – rather than a fundamental flaw in the business model – that is the root cause of the sector’s present turmoil. There’s uncertainty over the platforms’ internal monitoring processes, over the veracity of loan data, over shifts in loan rates, over shifts in the economy – and indeed over the… Read More
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Cuba works to join the global economy, and IT sees a golden opportunity Ask IT hiring managers and tech executives what they think about the 6 million educated adults in Cuba, many of whom have an interest in IT, coming online in the near future. Then tell them that Cuba’s National Statistics Office reports those citizens currently make an average salary of just $20 to $30 per month, and statistics from the United Nations show that over a fifth of them have technica
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How to Automatically Hide or Quit Inactive Apps in Mac OS X OS X is a productivity haven. Even if you’re a recently converted Windows fans, you’ll find that it’s surprisingly intuitive and easy to work with — so much so that you’ll end up getting more done in less time. But distractions still abound, which is why you should start using Quitter right now. With it, you’ll see yet another notable boost in day-to-day productivity. Have you ever been writing an
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‘Missing’ White Voters Might Help Trump, But Less So Where He Needs It A common refrain is that demographics will ultimately doom Donald Trump’s candidacy. His most reliable supporters have been whites without college degrees — a group that made up 65 percent of voters in 1980 but is on pace to make up just 33 percent in 2016. Meanwhile, nonwhite voters, with whom Trump is extremely unpopular, rose from 12 percent of the electorate in 1980 to 28 percent in 2012.Howev
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The mechanical keyboards at Computex prove Steve Jobs was wrong about the PC You’re almost guaranteed to experience déjà vu while wandering the halls of Computex. Enter, and a row of mechanical keyboards will greet you. Browse to the next hall – and you’ll see more. Turning a corner, yet more appear. At times, two or three booths sit side-by-side, keyboards glistening under harsh showfloor lamps. The seemingly endless line-up of keyboards is amusing, but it’s no joke. The
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‘Brexiquette’: How to keep your friends after the EU referendum LONDON — It’s going to happen to you. It’s already happened to me. At a dinner party, over drinks and at a family function.  In the next few weeks whether you want to discuss it or not, you’re going to get asked point blank if you want to leave or remain in the European Union.  SEE ALSO: 500,000 people told Trump not to visit the UK, but he’s going anyway Maybe you don’t want to fight about it, o
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Kuna smart home security light review: A great product, but consider the full cost We dig the Kuna smart home security light. It replaces your existing porch light with one featuring a built-in video camera, a motion detector, a Wi-Fi adapter, and a two-way intercom. It connects to your home network and sends alerts to your smartphone when someone approaches your door. It will also record a downloadable video clip, and you can speak to the person in real time or play pre-recor
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Uber launches car service for bike owners Uber has announced a new car service geared toward bicycle owners in the Netherlands. UberBike, which launches today in Amsterdam, allows users to order rides from cars that have installed bike racks. Uber announced the service on Thursday in a blog post on its Dutch website, saying that the service is designed for those moments when bike owners either don’t want to cycle home, or when their bike
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How the fourth-generation Apple TV grew on me My relationship with the new Apple TV got off to a rocky start last fall. From password entry issues to some serious quirks with the new Siri Remote, the long-awaited transition to an Apple TV that could run third-party apps was a letdown. But something funny has happened in the past few months: I’ve found myself using (and enjoying) the fourth-generation Apple TV a lot more than I did the previ
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10 wildly expensive Lego sets for the builder who has everything Lego bricks do not come cheap.  Just ask Zhao, the Chinese artist whose Lego sculpture worth $15,000 fell victim to the clumsiness of a small child at a Lego Expo on Sunday. The sculpture, a brick version of Nick from the animated film Zootopia, fell to pieces within an hour of the exhibit’s opening. SEE ALSO: Sneakers made of only legos are perfect for playtime and game time On the bright side,
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Antibacterial Charcoal Toothbrush Whiten your teeth the natural way by using this antibacterial bamboo charcoal and gold toothbrush. It combines the antibacterial properties of gold combined with the natural teeth whitening properties of charcoal to give you a truly radiant smile. Check it out $12.95
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Oracle employee says she was fired for refusing to fiddle with cloud accounts A senior finance manager in Oracle’s cloud business has complained to a federal court that she was terminated from her job because she refused to go along with accounting principles she considered unlawful. In a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Svetlana Blackburn says her superiors instructed her “to add millions of dollars in accruals to financial r
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk says Apple may have left it too late on its car project Never one to shy away from provocative opinions, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the Re/code conference that Apple may have left it too late to compete effectively in the autonomous car field. He also said that not all companies exploring the idea appreciate the scale of the undertaking. I think they should have embarked on this project sooner. I don’t think they’ll be in production sooner until 2020. 
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Why Your Home Stinks and How to Fix It From fried fish to a filthy litterbox, most smells in your home are fairly easy to pinpoint. There are, however, more insidious aromas that linger and seem impossible to eliminate, no matter how many bottles of Febreeze you unleash. To keep these odors from taking over your home, first, you have to identify them.There’s Hidden MoldMaybe you’ve noticed a “musty” or “wet cardboard” smell in your hom
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Now you can sleep-train your baby without guilt Study shows that sleep-training babies is not only effective, but also harmless; saying that it does not stress out babies as much as previously thought, nor does it affect the parent-child bond.
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The Race to Cover Your World in Really Useful Buttons It seems everyone in Silicon Valley wants to create a one-button universal remote for the world. It’s coming sooner than you think. The post The Race to Cover Your World in Really Useful Buttons appeared first on WIRED.
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Undocumented, Unafraid: Immigrants Find Power Revealing Themselves Online The connective powers—and relative anonymity—of the Internet are starting to break down the walls of secrecy that surround undocumented immigrants. The post Undocumented, Unafraid: Immigrants Find Power Revealing Themselves Online appeared first on WIRED.
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The Physics Behind Captain America’s Ricocheting Shield Captain America likes to throw his shield so that it bounces off multiple surfaces. How difficult would these kinds of throws be? The post The Physics Behind Captain America’s Ricocheting Shield appeared first on WIRED.
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The Architect of These Monstrous, Alien Cities Is an Algorithm Daniel Brown crafts entire cities using algorithms and a bit of imagination. The post The Architect of These Monstrous, Alien Cities Is an Algorithm appeared first on WIRED.
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When New York City tried to ban cars – the extraordinary story of ‘Gridlock Sam’ Decades before New York installed bike lanes and pedestrian streets, Sam Schwartz – the man who coined the term ‘gridlock’ – was at the centre of a bitter fight to create a car-free Red Zone in downtown Manhattan
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From Colemak to C’HWERTY: A Gallery of Weird Keyboard Layouts There’s no place like home row, am I right? We have all undoubtedly come a long way from typing our very first letters to the point it becomes second nature, but it’s probably safe to say that many of us don’t know much about what lies beyond the standard QWERTY…
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Hyperscale is where the growth is: Cloud and virtualisation ravage enterprise server demand But a pause in hyperscale datacentre development, plus waning demand from enterprises has hurt server sales.
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Inspector General’s Report Refutes All of Hillary Clinton’s Defenses For Using Private Email Server (New at Reason) Hillary Clinton has offered a number of defenses for using a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination has pointed to the use of private email by her predecessors. She has also claimed that she asked permission to use her private server for official business, and that she was informed such behavior was “allowed.&
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Pun-filled ‘Star Wars’ drawings will make you love Chewbacca even more LONDON — Ever wondered what Chewbacca gets up to in his spare time? SEE ALSO: Chewbacca mom, James Corden and J.J. Abrams are 3 happy Chewbaccas Well, wonder no more. London-based illustrator Joe Stone has revealed the hidden life of everyone’s favourite roaring furball in a brilliant cartoon series. “To be honest It was just one of those weird flashes of inspiration that suddenly came to me
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Why Do Death-Row Inmates Speak of Love? What would be your final words? — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Money for nothing? Swiss vote on basic income for all Carole, a scientist from Zurich, recently received a dream message on her phone: she will receive 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,500, 2,300 euros) a month for the next year, no strings attached.
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Turn Enemies into Friends with One Little Acknowledgment Hope as you may, you’re just not going to love every person you meet. In fact, you may outright hate a few—but you don’t have to. A study coming out of the University of Groningen indicates that a little shift in the way you approach disliked people could alleviate a lot of those negative feelings.Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, writing for Psychology Today, examined a study conducted by psychologist
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A combination standing desk / PC is the ultimate all-in-one Standing desks are the latest trend in office furniture and for good reason; sitting for hours a day can be pretty bad for your health. Lian Li, a case manufacturer that has built PCs into desks in the past, has taken that idea and incorporated into the DK-04, a PC chassis / desk combo that can be lowered and raised for both sitting and standing positions. We had a chance to take a look at it here
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More chocolate will be delicious thanks to ultrasonic waves Making very high quality chocolate turns out to be quite a difficult thing to achieve. The combination of a glossy finish, satisfying breaking sounds, just the right melt-in-the-mouth feel, and the delicious taste […]
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First Click: USB-C is the best thing to happen to mobile computing in years I’ve been at Computex Taipei all week, and I have yet to plug my MacBook into a wall outside of my hotel room. Normally this would amount to dereliction of duty at any trade show, but things are different now. The reason is USB-C, that controversial little reversible port that does everything; while there wasn’t much use for it a year ago when the MacBook launched, there’s now a whole growing eco
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Vivaldi 1.2 browser adds mouse gestures The Vivaldi web browser has been updated to version 1.2 and with that update comes new features. The new features include support for mouse gestures, new shortcuts, and new tab options. The biggest new feature is support for editable mouse gestures. This feature allows users to trace the path they want to use for the gesture with the mouse pointer … Continue reading
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Bumblebees detect electric fields with their body hair. We’ve already covered some of the amazing things that bees can do, from making perfectly hexagonal honeycombs to doing “the wave” to scare off predators. And it turns out they even have the power to detect electric fields! Although it was known that bees can detect electric fields around flowers, how they achieve this amazing feat was a mystery… until now! According to these scientists
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Pezo von Ellrichshausen creates labyrinthine pavilion of overlapping cylinders Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Chilean architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen have built a maze-like pavilion in the Venice Giardini, made up of 10 overlapping cylinders (+ slideshow). (more…)
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Tinder is helping Brits understand the EU referendum Nothing gets a Tinder match swooning like a well-informed political debate. Quite fitting, then, that the dating app has added a new, temporary feature for UK users to help them to brush up on EU referendum issues when they’ve exhausted their daily Super Like allowance. In collaboration with non-profit Bite the Ballot, Tinder has created a true-or-false quiz covering key topics such as benefits an
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View Hundreds of Architecture Magazines Online With This Digital Archive By Hanley Wood and NCMH House+Home, March 1971 Page 53. Image via Colossus North Carolina Modernist Homes (NCMH) and Hanley Wood (parent company of ARCHITECT) have partnered to create Colossus: a new digital archive of 20th century architectural publications, reports Architect Magazine. When complete, it will be the largest digital archive of modern architecture magazines, with over 1.3 million pages.For NCMH, a non
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Sherbit Visualizes and Interprets All the Data Your Online Services Collect iOS: You use a lot of online services that track a lot of data, but how much do you really know about it all? Sherbit puts all that data into one place so you can quickly understand how it all relates through attractive visualizations.Do I spend more money on gas or on Lyft rides? How much time do I spend working compared to fooling around on social media? Are my Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter po
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Here’s How A Month Of Zen Meditation Changed My Life The Buddhist meditation practice is over 1,500 years old, but modern science says it has very real mental and physical health benefits.On a trip to Japan last year, one of the places I visited was Kyoto, home to over 2,000 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. During one of my daily walks exploring the city and its forested borders, I came across the Ryōan-ji temple, one of the most beautiful Buddh
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Get Your Vision Off the Ground – The Savage Bobber Airplane Zlin Aviation has made a name for itself for almost two decades now through their signature line of personal planes called the Savage. Utilizing the best in simulation software and CAD design, the Savage is the ideal choice for a thrill-seeker who has everything and wants just a little more. And now that little more can come with even a […]Visit Man of Many for the full post.
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#TBT Theremin: The spooky 1920s instrument that’ll scare you synth-less The Theremin is the spookiest synthesizer you’ll ever see. This classic electronic musical instrument was invented in 1919 and the best part is that you can play it without using your hands. The closer you get to the upright antenna, the higher the pitch. The distance from the other antenna controls the volume. Though it’s pretty hard to play and sounds pretty spooky, we are absolutely in love wit
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Elon Musk: We’re Probably Living in a Video Game Image: APGiven how much time Elon Musk spends trying to save the world, it’s almost surprising that he thinks we’re all just living in someone’s video game anyway. Or, it would be if he wasn’t well-known for his dramatic predictions and if he hadn’t also added that there’s a chance we’ll become pets to superintelligent AI and so need to start figuring out how to physically merge with technology to
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Pakpod: a Versatile Tripod: Tiny, light, waterproof legs for your camera, GoPro or smartphone There is a plentitude of desirable features at play within the new Pakpod tripod. Enough, in fact, that we feel comfortable calling it one of the most clever on the market for lightweight cameras, GoPros and smartphones. It’s durable—made from…… Continue Reading…
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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases surface, show off Smart Connector and dual camera design Cases claiming to be designed for the next-generation iPhones, currently being dubbed the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, have been released online today. Although the cases do not show anything drastically different to what we’ve been hearing for months, with most of the chassis mirroring the appearance of the iPhone 6s, it is interesting nonetheless to see the design formalized into cases that are
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Currents Are the Secret to an Antarctic Climate Change Mystery Is Antarctica melting or not? This question has been asked time and time again by scientists and climate change deniers alike. Climate models and ice records have shown that for some reason, warming in the Southern Ocean is happening at a significantly delayed rate.For skeptics, Antarctica’s sea ice growth in the face of global warming has provided false ammunition against the existence of anthrop
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How Voice Interfaces Are Colonizing Our Lives, By The Numbers Mary Meeker digs up data on how we really use voice control. Hint: Your mom is involved.If there’s one dominant technological paradigm we’ll remember about 2016, it’s voice. From chatbots to Amazon Echo to conversational interfaces, our voices—and how we use them—are quickly becoming the primary way we interact with computers.Read Full Story
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This Ultra-Sustainable Public School Will Have Its Own Urban Farm When you’re eating lunch at Chicago’s Academy for Global Citizenship, the food will be from just outside.In a couple of years, when third graders at a Chicago school go to math or science class, they may head outside to the school’s new urban farm.Read Full Story
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8 Productivity Habits Of The Most Successful Freelancers Why do some solopreneurs struggle while others knock it out of the park? Here are eight habits of the most successful.Working for yourself offers a number of advantages when it comes to productivity. You have a great deal more control over how you spend your time. You may still have to attend meetings, but certainly not as many as you had when you were working for someone else. And you have more f
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Significant Digits For Thursday, June 2, 2016 Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. 64.1 percentFiveThirtyEight’s current projection for Hillary Clinton’s share of the vote in the New Jersey primary, which is less than a week away, on next Tuesday. In California, she’s projected right now to pull in 55.4 percent of the vote. [FiveThirtyEight]69 percentProbability of the Golden State Warri
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Wanna hang out in zero gravity with George Takei? We may not be living in the future that Star Trek promised us, but there are still perks available to us that the kids of the ’60s would have killed for. Like this opportunity to fly in a private version of NASA’s Vomit Comet with Captain Hikaru Sulu in Las Vegas this August. George Takei, along with Roddenberry Adventures, is offering 20 fans the chance to zoom through the skies of Nevada, comple
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Acer’s Chromebook 14 is the best Chromebook $300 can buy There’s never been a better time to get a Chromebook It’s not Google’s fault Chromebooks have taken half a decade to be considered worthy replacements for regular full-fledged laptops running OS X and Windows. The world simply wasn’t ready to live entirely in the cloud. But now it is. SEE ALSO: Chromebooks are beating Macs, but which Chromebook’s for you? Though I’ve reviewed many Chromebooks ove
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Apple Launches 2016 Back to School Promotion, Offers Free Beats With Mac, iPhone, or iPad Pro Purchase Apple today launched its annual Back to School promotion in the U.S. and Canada, offering a free pair of Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones to qualifying students, parents of students, educators, and select others that purchase an eligible Mac with education pricing, including the iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Pro. As usual, the Mac mini and refurbished Macs are excluded from the d
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The Real Cause of Deadly Medical Errors Individuals do make lethal mistakes, but the main reason for preventable medical mistakes is a health care system inadequate to the complexities of 21st-century medicine — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Investigating Climate Change the Hard Way at Earth’s Icy “Third Pole” A glaciologist doesn’t let a heart transplant keep him from braving dizzying altitudes to gather crucial ice core samples from retreating tropical and subtropical glaciers — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Scientists gain supervolcano insights from Wyoming granite Geophysical monitoring of the ground above active supervolcanoes shows that it rises and falls as magma moves beneath the surface of the Earth. Silica-rich magmas like those in the Yellowstone region and along the western margin of North and South America can erupt violently and explosively, throwing vast quantities of ash into the air, followed by slower flows of glassy, viscous magma.
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Egypt’s world-famous archaeologist back in the field Egypt’s former antiquities minister and famed Egyptologist is back in the field after joining a group of experts scanning the pyramids for new discoveries.
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Lost an iPhone? Just Google ‘I lost my phone’ to begin the search iPhone owners will soon be able to start their hunt for a lost device using Google.
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EU, US agree to protect data shared by law enforcers The European Union and United States signed a deal Thursday aimed at protecting personal data shared by law enforcement authorities in the EU and U.S. as they tackle major crime.
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BrandPost: Are Internet-of-Things Devices Really that Easy to Hack? However, recent security research has shown many of these smart devices are prone to security vulnerabilities that might compromise users’ privacy, and even the entire network security of their household. Most have been deemed bot only privacy hazards, but they’ve also been tagged as inherently insecure by design.How easy is it to hack an IoT device?Depending on the nature of the smart device, m
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Did dinosaurs have lips? Can a crocodile’s smile reveal whether dinosaurs had lips? What if lips and gums hid most of dinosaur’s teeth?
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The Marshall Family Performing Arts Center / Weiss/Manfredi Courtesy of Albert Večerka/Esto Architects: Weiss/Manfredi Location: Addison, TX, USA Area: 65000.0 ft2 Project Year: 2016 Photographs: Courtesy of Albert Večerka/Esto Client: Client Greenhill School Team: Michael A. Manfredi, FAIA and Marion Weiss, FAIA, Design Partners, Armando Petruccelli, RA, Project Manager, Justin Kwok, Andrew Ruggles, RA; Paúl Duston-Muñoz
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PillDrill Smart Medication Tracker Never forget a dose of your medicine when you use the PillDrill Smart Medication Tracker. Encased in a neat and compact housing, this hub is outfitted with an easy to read screen to keep you on top of your meds. The PillDrill sends out clear messages at timed intervals to remind you to take your dose of a variety of medications. Once you’ve taken it, you simply scan your pill container to log it a
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Bladeless 360 Degree Air Generator Q Keep the air in your home fresh with the Bladeless 360 Degree Air Generator Q. Complete with a beautiful black lacquered finish, this stunning fan is a limited edition series with just 100 pieces in the run. Spherically shaped, the Bladeless 360 Degree Air Generator Q uses its DC motor to power through five different air flow settings to push air throughout your home. Use the built in timer for ei
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Nuvitron Postmodern Nixie Clock Add a futuristic flair to your space with the Nuvitron Postmodern Nixie Clock. Coming in a white casing, this clock is handcrafted and comes with a wooden enclosure having six layers of polyurethane finish. Combining retro technology with modern aesthetic, the front of the Postmodern Nixie Clock uses nixie tubs originally manufactured decades ago during the Cold War and it is because of this that
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Bamboo iPad Cutting Board Follow along to any recipe with ease when you use the Bamboo iPad Cutting Board from CTA Digital. Complete with a dedicated slot for holding your iPad in either portrait or landscape mode, this all natural bamboo cutting board creates the perfect viewing angle so you can focus as you read and prep. Easy to clean, the Bamboo iPad Cutting Board also comes with a removable clear screen to shield and
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WingLights Bicycle Indicators Welcome to the next step in the evolution of cycle safety – WingLights. It comes in two versions – WingLights Mag and WingLights Fixed. WingLights Mag are CYCL’s high quality bicycle turn signals. These lightweight, durable, waterproof turn signals are easy to install and even easier to use. Held in place via a metal mount and magnetic back, WingLights Mag produce a bright flashing light when acti
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Line 6 Relay G10 Digital Wireless Guitar System Create the most splendid sound with the Line 6 Relay G10 Digital Wireless Guitar System. Cutting the cord, this compact system gives you the freedom to rock out however you’d like. The Relay G10 simplifies the way you play, using the same technology trusted by professional guitarists on stage, and delivers the highest quality audio. With it, you can just plug in and go with trusted sound. The ¼” t
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Wynd hits Kickstarter with a portable air filtration system  Most startups just want to reenforce your phone case or maybe make your speakers a bit more portable. And then there are the ones that have the weight of the world on their shoulders – the companies that look toward their young children and wonder what they can do to make the future world a slightly less terrible place. Sure, that’s a big ask for a small air purifier, but hey… Read More
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ICYMI: AI earbuds, 3D-printed casts and more Today on In Case You Missed It: A Kickstarter project to give you artificial intelligence in earbud form is out in the world and we couldn’t help but make just a little bit of fun. A startup wants to create 3D-printed casts for the broken-boned masses, since previous versions have been too expensive for all but the most elite professional football players. And a new drone would have you up your
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IBM and Cisco ink IoT deal integrating Watson AI into Cisco edge routers  IBM has been giving a push both to its Watson artificial intelligence and Internet of Things businesses as part of its bigger strategy to grow new streams of revenue to offset declines in older ones. Today came the latest development on that front: IBM has inked a deal with Cisco to bring Watson IoT technology into Cisco’s architecture, specifically aimed at providing… Read More
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Theft-Proof Drawstring Backpack Ensure all your gear remains safe when you leave it unattended by storing it inside this theft-proof drawstring backpack. It features a tough slash-proof exterior and is designed so you can easily lock it and secure it to any sturdy object. Check it out $125.00
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Knocki Smart Surface Device Turn any surface into a remote control with Knocki – the smart device that gives you control of your favorite functions through the surfaces around you. Simply attach this compact device to any surface and it instantly turns it into a programmable touch interface. Check it out $199.00
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9 Reasons Venice Is Unmissable During the Architecture Biennale In collaboration with artnet, Karen Wong — Deputy Director at the New Museum and cofounder of the IDEAS CITY initiative — brings you her personal highlights of the 2016 Venice Biennale and beyond. The optics were spot-on last weekend for the opening of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, “Reporting From The Front.” During the preview days, artistic director (and this year’s Pritzker Prize–winn
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GoPro needs a hero The next time you shoot video with your phone, Nick Woodman wants you to edit it with GoPro software. Then he wants you to do that again and again and again. It will be so good and fast and easy that you’ll get a rush, like a surfer riding the barrel of a wave, or a skateboarder stomping the perfect trick. And then that rush will keep you coming back for more. Woodman thinks this could turn you i
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Uber launches UberBike in Amsterdam  Uber is cozying up to cyclists in Amsterdam, a city where there are more bicycles than people, with the launch of UberBike. UberBike lets cyclists order a car equipped with a bike rack. The idea here is that lots of people cycle, but not everyone wants to ride everywhere they go, whether it’s because they’re tired or because of the weather. UberBike works like any other Uber service. Read More
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Don’t Underestimate Joint Mobility When Building Strength When it comes to desired traits in fitness, raw strength and speed often overshadow mobility, or how well your joints move. Maybe you just don’t think you’re that “bend-y.” Fortunately, it’s a process that contributes to strength, and everyone can work on it.Mobility is different from flexibility, and in general, having good range of motion lets you exercise and perform everyday movements (like ge
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One of Your Favorite Bluetooth Speakers Is Down to $25 Today Anker SoundCore Sport, $25Anker’s new waterproof SoundCore Sport Bluetooth speaker was one of your five favorites, and you can pick one up for just $25 today, one of the best prices we’ve ever seen.http://co-op.kinja.com/these-are-your…The SoundCore Sport features 10 hours of battery life, a built-in microphone for handsfree calls, and impressive IPX7 water resistance. There are plenty of IPX4 o
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UK surveillance bill “too broadly drafted”, says human rights committee  Another parliamentary committee that has been scrutinizing UK surveillance legislation currently before parliament says changes are needed to remove concerns the Investigatory Powers Bill would afford state security agencies powers that are too broad. Read More
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Gemini 2 review: First line of defense against duplicate files on your Mac If you’ve bought a new Mac in recent years, chances are it arrived with flash storage in place of a traditional hard drive. In terms of reliability and rapid-fire boot times, flash storage is awesome, but it’s expensive. So to make it more affordable, you don’t get the capacity you see with hard drives. There are a lot of ways to work around the built-in limited flash storage, but there’s anoth
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Discovering soil-less farming As the world’s population continues to climb, the climate continues to change, and issues of water and food scarcity arise, interest in alternative farming mechanisms is growing. Jiyoo Jye, M.Des. ’16, a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, is attracted to the social and cultural narratives within this agricultural revolution, as captured in her living, open research archive R
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First European Data Relay System laser image ESA today unveiled the first Sentinel-1 satellite images sent via the European Data Relay System’s world-leading laser technology in high orbit.
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How leftover foods are being turned into green fashion Eco-friendly fashion has reached new levels of awesomeness by fighting food waste at the same time. Learn more about these unusual innovations.
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Fascinating App Shows You How Misleading Maps Can Be It’s a simple tool, but it’s wildly effective at granting a new perspective on the size and shape of the world’s various land masses. The post Fascinating App Shows You How Misleading Maps Can Be appeared first on WIRED.
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Off-grid cabin built for just $300 Alyssa Craft and Jesse Stafford ditched the trappings of city life and bought some land in the Pacific Northwest, deciding to live in a trailer while building themselves a homestead. With winter on its way, the couple wanted to make life more comfortable, so next decided to extend their living space with a small cabin. The cost of construction for this hybrid cabin/garage home came in at just U
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Game of Drones is an aerial warfare league where drones fight to the death Walking into a drone-fighting pit is much like walking into a boxing ring. The audience looks on as pilots on either side make last-minute preparations, swapping out propellers and tucking in loose cables before the round begins. With a smooth flick of the joysticks, the drones zoom into the air. They sway from left to right, right to left, as if anticipating what the other will do. A moment’s c
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Railway enclave in Paris is transformed into a solar-powered mixed-use eco-district Launched in 2001 and slated for completion in 2020, the Clichy-Batignolles project is structured around a 10-hectare natural public park and comprise over 3,400 homes—at least half of which will be social housing—to house 7,500 residents; 140,000 square meters of office space; 31,000 square meters of retail; 38,000 square meters of facilities; and a 120,000-square-meter courthouse and police headq
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Musk’s remarks at conference imply Tesla has huge autonomous car advantage (credit: Mashable) On Wednesday night Elon Musk grandly told audiences at the Code 2016 conference that we might be living in a simulated universe. That comment has certainly sparked attention, but he said something else that’s still got us scratching our collective head: when asked about self-driving cars, Musk said that he considers it a “solved problem,” and that “we are prob
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Obama Calls for Social Security Expansion, Nebraska Sen. Ebke Ditches GOP for Libertarian Party, California Wants Copyright for State Records: A.M. Links “It’s understandable that social conservatives are frustrated” by Donald Trump, writes Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, “but attacks on Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson verge on comical.” Nebraska state Sen. Laura Ebke switched her party affiliation from Republican to Libertarian last week, making her one of two Libertarian Party members serving in state legisl
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Tapping citizen scientists to test water quality can yield valuable data With a little training and simple equipment, members of the public can generate data that provides valuable insights into the health of local streams, a Purdue University study shows.
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NYPD’s smartphone program is shortening crime response times The NYPD Mobility Initiative is paying off in spades for Gotham’s police. The force’s Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology Jessica Tisch recently revealed that thanks to the initiative that puts smartphones and tablets in police hands, response times to crimes in progress are down 12.6 percent. Gotham’s 36,000 officers are able to arrive at crimes in progress within 4 minutes and 26 seco
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Student makes stunning oil prediction Production levels of oil increase every year – in 2015, an estimated 97 million barrels were pumped out of the Earth every day. We’re all aware that it is a finite resource, and it’s commonly predicted that the world will enter an oil crisis in the next 20 to 30 years. This would result in a decline in production so rapid that the world would not have enough time to develop new sources of energy,
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Making bricks from regolith (because there’s no Home Depot on Mars) Moses and Aaron, the Old Testament tells us, had to make bricks without straw before their people could leave Egypt and begin the journey to the Promised Land.
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Moon plays lead role in new astronomical technique A University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) professor and astrophysicist has detected the first high-energy astrophysical source from the moon.
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The world’s most trusted privacy solution: Hotspot Shield Elite VPN lifetime subscription now $39.99 At 400 million downloads, Hotspot Shield Elite VPN is the clear solution for digital security, anonymity and access. A lifetime subscription from TNW Deals is now 59 percent off, protecting your personal data from hackers and prying eyes while bypassing censorship to access geographically blocked content, all without compromising internet speeds. Even the most popular antivirus software still won’
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Technology is the great luxury destroyer In the wake of this week’s launch of the preposterous Solarin phone, I got to thinking about the strained relationship between luxury and personal electronics. When was the last time a piece of technology was introduced that was truly luxurious, exclusive in its functionality and capabilities rather than just its unaffordable materials? The answer might be the Tesla electric car, but it too is no
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Amazon and Best Buy to begin selling hoverboards that won’t explode Amazon is about to start selling hoverboards again, and Best Buy will begin selling hoverboards for the first time, now that safety-compliant boards are hitting the market. The first coming to Amazon appears to be Segway’s MiniPro, a relatively large hoverboard with a “knee control bar” that might look kind of nerdy but is supposed to allow for better maneuverability. It’s an enhanced m
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Researchers one step closer to developing non-allergenic ‘super’ peanuts Scientists from The University of Western Australia have joined a global research team that have identified genes in peanuts that when altered will be able to prevent an allergic response in humans.
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Will computers replace humans in mathematics? Computers can be valuable tools for helping mathematicians solve problems but they can also play their own part in the discovery and proof of mathematical theorems.
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Black Lives Matter Organizer DeRay McKesson on Libertarians, Police Unions, Campus Free Speech, and Why He Hasn’t Reached Out to Rand Paul DeRay McKesson has been the most prominent face of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement since the summer of 2014, when protests over the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department triggered a national conversation about the militarization of police, the lack of transparency or available data pertaining to the use-of-force, and the racial disparity in prose
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The Hunt for High-Energy Photons Takes Place From a Mountaintop in Mexico A new telescope built from water tanks might help answer some of the biggest questions in astronomy
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Using network science to uncover the truth behind bloodshed, battles and conflict in the Sagas of Icelanders The Sagas of Icelanders are prose narratives that tell the stories of the trials and tribulations of the early societies of Icelandic settlers more than a thousand years ago.
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Experimental test verifies Heisenberg’s measurement uncertainty principle (Phys.org)—Werner Heisenberg originally proposed the uncertainty principle in 1927, but his original proposal was somewhat different than how it is interpreted today. As a recent paper in Physical Review Letters explains, Heisenberg’s original statement was about error and disturbance in a measurement process. Over the years, however, Heisenberg’s original proposal has been restated in terms of th
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Unusual silicon-rich alloy offers enhanced channeling of light for optical computer chips To improve the efficiency of waveguides—devices that guide light on the surface of silicon optical computer chips—a complex balance must be struck. The need for enhanced optical signal processing properties competes with the demand for low optical losses in waveguide material. Now, A*STAR researchers have developed an alloy that fits the bill, while achieving compatibility with existing silicon co
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Wynd’s new smart air purifier keeps the air around you clean, wherever you go You don’t need to live like The Boy in the Plastic Bubble to breathe cleaner air. Wynd Technologies Inc.  announced on Thursday the launch of Wynd, its personal air quality tracker and purifier. The devices monitor the air around you and work to purify it when necessary. Wynd was designed with the goal of increasing air quality for its users. The purifier filters out numerous harmful particles, fr
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Hyundai shows off its wild side with another mid-engined concept Hyundai has traveled to the Busan Auto Show in South Korea to introduce a wild-looking concept called RM16 N. As its name implies, the RM16 N is a follow-up to the existing Veloster Midship and RM15 concepts. Like its predecessors, it loosely resembles a Veloster but it uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s mounted directly behind the passenger compartment. The mill relies on an electric tu
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T-Mobile leads the big four in customer satisfaction survey T-Mobile has outranked the rest of the big four carriers in the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), knocking Verizon off its throne. While prepaid company TracFone Wireless remains at the top of the wireless provider list, it only got a point higher than T-Mo, which has scored 74 out of 100. That’s six percent higher than its result last year, though Sprint has shown the most growt
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There are many reasons not to buy this laundry folding machine, but you only need one “Did you know that the typical person spends 750 days of their life doing laundry, of which 375 days is folding!” That’s how the pitch started out for FoldiMate, a laundry folding machine that promises to do one of your least favorite chores and make time for the more important things in life. Sounds great, right? I thought so, too – until I saw the promotional video. Let’s start with how it works
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Scandinavian Minimalism Shines at Austere But Glamorous SoHo Hotel A former Holiday Inn space goes glamorous with the help of Ian Schrager’s former designer New York City boasts some of the world’s most glamorous hotels, from the Waldorf Astoria to the Standard. The latest addition for travelers is 11 Howard, a luxury hotel on the site of a former Holiday Inn that features Scandinavian-style interiors designed by creative director Anda Andrei, formerly the in-h
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Wastewater Is Key to Reducing Nitrogen Pollution Upgrading wastewater treatment plants can dramatically reduce a municipality’s nitrogen footprint — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Olfactory receptor discovered in pigment cells of the skin Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum were the first ones to prove the existence of an olfactory receptor in pigment-producing cells in human skin, the so-called melanocytes. The team headed by Prof Dr Dr Dr habil. Hanns Hatt demonstrated that the violet-like scent Beta-Ionone can activate the receptor.
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Restoring what was lost—semi-natural grassland habitat restoration in Sweden Human domination of earth’s ecosystems is well documented. Past work has estimated that 20-100% of the land’s surface has been affected by humans in some way. Humans build cities, burn rainforests, cultivate massive amounts of grain and livestock, mine ore, and manipulate waterways. Human influence over the natural landscape has earned this geological epoch the title of “the anthropocene.&quo
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Sound-like bubbles whizzing around in DNA are essential to life Scientists have shown the weird world of quantum mechanics operating in the molecule of life, DNA.
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How other primates self-medicate – and what they could teach us Despite our advances in technology and medicine, we seem to be fighting a never-ending battle against a number of diseases and ailments. As viruses become more complex and bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, it seems that the lab-made drugs we have become so dependent on may no longer provide the cures we need. Perhaps this is why we are now turning to nature in the hope that there may be a
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Automated robot that scans library shelves using laser mapping and radio tags can ensure no book is misplaced again Being able to access and download information in an instant is a hallmark of the digital age. But much of the world’s knowledge remains between the pages of printed books. Tracking these volumes in libraries is a tedious, labor-intensive process, but improved access to these invaluable resources is now possible thanks to robot technology developed at A*STAR.
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Hitachi develops basic artificial intelligence technology that enables logical dialogue in Japanese Hitachi today announced that it has developed a basic artificial intelligence (AI) technology that analyzes huge volumes of Japanese text data on issues that are subject to debate, and presents in Japanese both affirmative and negative opinions on those issues together with reasons and grounds. In this research, Hitachi applied deep learning to the process of distinguishing sentences representing
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This motorized standing desk is actually a gaming PC Furniture is cool, sure, but I’ve always thought its timeless nature was a problem. Sure, you might have a gorgeous classic Eames chair, but how can you improve on that and demonstrate to visitors that you’re on the cutting edge? When things can’t go obsolete, can they really be said to progress? Enter this desk from classy Taiwanese PC case maker Lian Li, which acts as the housing for an entire
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Discovering how cyanobacteria form patterns for nitrogen fixation Scientists at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have analyzed the process of nitrogen fixation by cyanobacteria, creating a mathematical model that reveals the patterns they form. In these patterns, approximately one out of 10 cells in cyanobacteria filaments fixes nitrogen, while the remaining nine carry out photosynthesis. These microorganisms are fundamental to life on Earth because they
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India to hold first-ever online auction for its most expensive tea this month Since the last century, Darjeeling tea — the priciest variety of Indian tea — has been sold only in private auctions. This month, it switches to online bidding for the first time, making it possible for buyers to bid for the the premier tea.  Often described as the “champagne of teas”, the Darjeeling tea is prized for its aroma. Like French wines, it is only grown in tea estates centere
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Walli Smart Wallet Be smart with your financial security, in a quite literal, functional and fashionable, fashion, with the Walli Smart Wallet. The Bluetooth-enabled cash carrier will not only notify you of its whereabouts should you lose it, but will even let you know when you leave a card behind. The spacious, stylish design, crafted from high-end leather, sports slots for notes, coins and up to six cards.
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MEEM is the first cable that backs up your phone I’m terrible about backing up my phone. I generally only need to charge it overnight, so I simply dock it when I go to sleep. And since I’m only at my computer for the first half of the day, I rarely think about plugging it in to sync. Well one company wants to help you backup your phone every time … Continue reading
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NASA Unveils New Planet Stamps. Well, Planets And Pluto To commemorate the New Horizons spacecraft’s successful trip to Pluto last July, NASA has unveiled two new Forever stamps series called Views of Our Planets and Pluto Explored. Yup, poor Pluto is excluded from the planets series—but the lovable dwarf planet did get it’s own set. On that note, back in 1991 a 20-cent “Pluto: Not Yet Explored” stamp was released, and it was carried aboard Horizons
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Facebook now lets you ask friends in crisis areas if they’re safe When Facebook’s Safety Check feature was pushed out late last year following the terrorist attacks in Paris, it received criticism for also not activating the tool for bombings in Beirut and other areas of crisis. But now the feature is undergoing a big change that could better serve people in areas getting less media attention, one that relies more on people on the ground in those regions to hel
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Intel’s new consumer head dreams of building JARVIS Intel is in the midst of its biggest business transition to date. Just a few months ago, the chip giant announced it would be laying off 11,000 workers and taking a step away from the PC market to focus on wearables and IoT devices. Coinciding with those announcements was an executive shuffle that put Navin Shenoy, its mobile-client VP, in charge of the broader client computing group (which covers
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2016 Internet Trends Report: Global Smartphone User Growth Slowing as Android Outpaces iOS Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker recently shared her annual Internet Trends report for 2016, showcasing a presentation of 213 slides covering a range of topics from global life expectancy to the ongoing market battle between iOS and Android. Concerning the specific battle between iOS and Android, Meeker notes that over the past six years iOS has seen just a two percentage
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This Wooden Cooling Box Is More Efficient Than a Fan, Cheaper Than an Air Conditioner This invention is cool, in more ways than one The exact words to describe what Geizeer is are a little hard to come by—it has been called an “ice cooling solution,” a “personal ice cooling cube,” a “tiny air conditioner box,” etc.—which speaks well of its originality. Essentially, Geizeer is a two-part box, made of wood, that contains a rechargeable battery, a micro
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Philosophy versus Neuroscience on the Question of Free Will A philosopher offers counterarguments to a recent post on this age-old topic — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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High-purity metals recovered from battery waste Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) have succeeded in recovering important metals – lithium, cobalt and nickel – from battery waste with nearly 100 percent purity. Recovered metals will be needed increasingly in the manufacture of batteries, and in the future especially in batteries of electric vehicles.
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Thermal properties of graphene could help increase the storage capacity of magnetic memory Heat flow in atomically thin materials is strongly directional and now research from A*STAR indicates that this property could be employed to improve the performance of computer hard drives.
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Tracking exotic plants’ invading strategies in new territories Growing up and dying, in constant and repeated cycles, is a key strategy for the success of the plant Carpobrotus edulis, an exotic and invasive species around the world, which invades new territories without leaving any other vegetal plants left.
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Polymetallic nodule fields are hotspots of abundance and diversity for a highly vulnerable abyssal fauna An international group of researchers has published results from a recent research campaign (SO-239, March-April 2015) onboard the new German research vessel SONNE in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCZ, Central Eastern Pacific), by which they demonstrate that polymetallic nodule fields are hotspots of abundance and diversity for a highly vulnerable abyssal fauna.
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Asexual succession strategy of termites A study led by the Laboratory Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of the Université libre de Bruxelles shows that the humivorous French Guianan termite Cavitermes tuberosus routinely practice asexual queen succession (parthenogenesis).
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How the event that killed off the dinosaurs wiped out life in Antarctica The Cretaceous–Paleogene mass extinction 66m years ago was the most recent of five similar crises to have devastated life on Earth over the last 540m years. It rapidly killed off an estimated 76% of species around the globe, including, most famously, the dinosaurs.
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This Year, We’ll Sequence DNA In Space For The First Time Space A new experiment launches to the ISS in June The International Space Station will play host to the first ever sequencing process conducted on DNA in space. Astronaut Kate Rubins, a virologist who’s heading up to…
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Add 128GB to your Macbook storage with Nifty MiniDrive The storage space battles never seem to end, but a secret weapon has arrived for Macbook users. Nifty MiniDrive for Macbooks allows you to add up to 128GB of storage to your Macbook without a bulky hard drive attachment, giving your system the boost it needs. For a limited time, it’s just $33.99 from TNW Deals. You can finally stop carrying around that clunky USB drive with Nifty MiniDrive’s sprin
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Instacart partners with the Food Network for recipe-ready deliveries Instacart is teaming up with the Food Network to make it easier to order ingredients for specific recipes. The company says it’s integrating with the TV channel’s web tools, including Recipe Box and Grocery List, so you can better plan meals, with an Instacart shopper doing the work of mining the store aisles for every item. The partnership should help Instacart better compete with recipe- and me
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This Is How Elon Musk Wants Government to Work on Mars First Elon Musk wanted to nuke Mars, and now he thinks he knows how democracy there should work. Even though we’re not really that close to colonizing the Red Planet, the SpaceX founder has some rather utopian ideas for how a government should work on Mars.Read more…
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Facebook may well be listening in on your conversations, and here’s how to stop it Big Brother is listening, and his name is Facebook. The social media giant has never denied that it’s eavesdropping on conversations you have in the vicinity of your phone (if the Facebook app is open, that is), but now, one expert has told NBC that Mark Zuckerberg’s empire may be keeping tabs on you at a more regular cadence. According to Professor Kelli Burns, who teaches mass communication at t
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The end is near for Bentley’s most historic engine The big V8 engine that powers Bentley’s Mulsanne flagship traces its roots all the way back to 1959. The eight-cylinder has been comprehensively updated over the past couple of decades, but the British marque has announced that it’s now living on borrowed time. 57 years ago, Bentley’s L-Series V8 launched as a 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated unit fed by a pair of carburetors. It initially powered th
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Genetic diversity important for plant survival when nitrogen inputs increase Genetic diversity is important for plant species to persist in Northern forests that experience human nitrogen inputs. This is one conclusions that Franziska Bandau draws in her PhD thesis.
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Molecular probe that emits light at critical stages while destroying tumor cells A multifunctional molecular probe that can destroy cancer cells has been designed by A*STAR researchers. Unlike other probes that monitor only a single process, the new probe emits red and green light while killing cells, allowing surgeons to monitor its activation and assess the response of cancer cells to therapy.
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Accurate science or accessible science in the media – why not both? Every day, millions of people take to search engines with common concerns, such as “How can I lose weight?” or “How can I be productive?” In return, they find articles that offer simple advice and quick solutions, supposedly based on what “studies have shown.”
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Researchers prepare to build an ultrasensitive ‘eye’ for elusive form of matter Prototyping of a new, ultrasensitive “eye” for dark matter is making rapid progress at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory: Researchers and engineers have installed a small-scale version of the future LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) detector to test, develop and troubleshoot various aspects of its technology.
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Quantum satellite device tests technology for global quantum network You can’t sign up for the quantum internet just yet, but researchers have reported a major experimental milestone towards building a global quantum network – and it’s happening in space.
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Engineered Garments x NEO Camp Moc Engineered Garments made New England Outerwear’s Camp Moc moccasin boat shoes more playful by using different types of leather and mismatched shades of brown or white and gray for their upper. Hat Tip Link Price: $430 More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Zonkey HubertNikeLab Dunk Lux High x RTTimberland x Horween Football BootNew Balance x Grenson M576GRBSelf-Lacing Nike MAG
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U.S. Congress Aims to Cut Climate Science Proposed cuts to NOAA and NASA target climate change research in particular — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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‘On-the-fly’ 3-D printing system prints what you design, as you design it This wire frame prototype of a toy aircraft was printed in just 10 minutes, including testing for correct fit, and modified during printing to create the cockpit. The file was updated in the process, and could be used to print a finished model. (credit: Cornell University) Cornell researchers have developed an interactive prototyping system that prints a wire frame of your design as you design it.
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Living on the Edge: entire cities carved into coastal cliffs The competition brief asked for transformative solutions that combine sustainability, performance, and social interaction. The participants were encouraged to rethink residential design strategies. The winning projects tackle residential architecture in diverse ways. “Living on the Edge” proposes alternative sites for future communities to inhabit. Related: Futuristic Vertical City Holds
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Intel’s data center chief talks about machine learning without GPUs If you want to get under Diane Bryant’s skin these days, just ask her about GPUs. The head of Intel’s data center group was at Computex in Taipei this week, in part to explain how the company’s latest Xeon Phi processor is a good fit for machine learning. Machine learning is the process by which companies like Google and Facebook train software to get better at performing AI tasks including com
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Here’s the Glorious 4K Footage of Last Month’s Mercury Transit We’ve Been Waiting For Images: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio / Tom BridgmanSo 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, thi
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Google’s Recording Your Voice Technology Google Voice hears all, records all Your Google devices may have a metaphorical ear to your life even when they’re not active. Google’s voice search feature stores a history of all of your voice searches,…
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Vivaldi 1.2 ‘Google-free’ Chrome browser is out – with custom mouse gestures, smarter tabs Vivaldi crams more customization features into its browser in the latest update, targeting tabs and mouse gestures.
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Apple’s greed is getting in the way of growth and expansion into new areas Compared to devices such as Amazon Echo and Dash, and Google Home, the iPhone feels expensive, inflexible and clumsy.
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Four Companies Leading the Return of Supersonic Air Travel It’s easy to find many reasons not to build a supersonic passenger airplane. These are the companies who have the best shot. …Read More »
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This robotic cockroach can probably jump higher than you (Tomorrow Daily 374 show notes) – CNET Unless you’ve got a vertical jump of 5 feet or higher, this little robo-roach has you beat.
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Data harvest in the LHC The intensity rises in the Large Hadron Collider. More and more protons are circulating pushing up the collision rate in the experiments to record highs.
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You Can Eat This Delicious VR Headset In contrast to the fancy, expensive, and much-delayed VR headsets out there, Google Cardboard is refreshingly simple. So simple in fact, that the entire thing can be made from food with no loss of quality, as proven by Make.Technically cardboard is already edible. It just doesn’t taste very good. Instead Caleb Kraft built all but the lenses from graham crackers and icing—each piece cut to spec wit
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Add a Battery and This Ultra-Thin Bookmark Becomes a Reading Light Just because you’ve completely shunned ebooks and e-readers for classic paper tomes, that doesn’t mean you can’t let a little technology improve your reading experience. Kyouei Design’s Bookmark Light will not only save your page, it will also save your eyes, turning into an ultra-compact reading light.Available from Designboom’s online shop for just $16, the flexible bookmark is covered in a simp
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As it expands in Africa, Uber adapts to local markets and adopts cash payments  While Uber continues its push into Africa the company is making allowances to local markets and testing unique service models users wouldn’t see in other parts of the globe. Anyone can now use the mobile app to hail a car in 12 cities across South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco and Egypt…. And in all of those countries users can pay drivers in hard cash. Read More
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Watch the trailer for Grand Theft Auto Online’s huge new expansion Last week Rockstar revealed that the next expansion for GTA Online, called “Further Adventures in Finance and Felony,” was coming soon, but details were pretty scant at the time. Now, thanks to a new trailer, you can finally see it in action. The expansion builds off of the game’s previous add-on, letting you create a sprawling criminal empire, that can now include trafficking illicit g
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Peru’s Gold Rush Prompts Public Health Emergency The gold-mining boom in southeastern Amazon is driving high levels of mercury contamination — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The Bitcoin Is Bullish, Could It Be A Trend The Bitcoin is on the rise, both in value and popularity
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Trobla – The Wooden Amplifier For Your Smartphone Trobla is a hand-made acoustic amplifier that functions without batteries or electricity. You can consider it to be unique for its elegant design and magnificent audio. This wooden amplifier is designed to intensify the sound from your smartphone, wherever you are. Use Trobla to listen to your favorite music, for conference calls or when you’re in need of a morning alarm. Buy NowThe post Trobla –
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Renowned prefab Makoko Floating School arrives in the Venetian lagoon The Makoko Floating School project, originally built on a Nigerian lagoon, is a prefab prototype school for coastal regions of Africa where frequent flooding makes it impossible to build permanent structures. Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi brought the project to this year’s Venice Biennale and was awarded the Silver Lion. The three-story structure was conceived in collaboration with the Makoko w
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Landscape Artist Meg Webster’s Simple, Stunning Organic Sculptures The artist’s new piece at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens offers a simple, visceral statement about the natural world At Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, New York, on the banks of the East River, a new outdoor sculpture is unfolding in tandem with the flowers and plants blooming along the riverfront. An earthen mound, arranged in a circular enclosure and planted with a variety of pollinat
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Five innovative office designs from Clerkenwell Design Week Clerkenwell Design Week 2016: new research is driving a major rethink of office design, and interesting workplace interiors and furniture dominated this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week. (more…)
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Expect Substantial Slowdown In Smartphone Shipment: IDC Brittany A. Roston, writing for Slashgear: In 2014, smartphone shipments grew a massive 27.8-percent, and the next year, 2015, smartphone shipments grew by 10.5-percent. The International Data Corporation (IDC) expects that we’ll see a substantial slowdown in shipments this year, with 2016 (possibly) ending up at around only 3.1-percent. According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker,
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How to capture an asteroid – and why we should go to such trouble Asteroids were once viewed as the vermin of the sky, disrupting astronomical observations by leaving streaks on long-exposure photographic plates used to take pictures of the stars. How times have changed. These remnants of the early solar system are now seen as key targets for space science and, just possibly, for future space commerce.
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Prosthetic limb LegBank receives $1m Google grant Prosthetic limbs made with technology developed at the University of Strathclyde are to become more readily available through a $1 million grant from Google.org.
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Data harvest in the LHC The intensity rises in the Large Hadron Collider. More and more protons are circulating pushing up the collision rate in the experiments to record highs.
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Lack of diagnosis creates added risks for those with dementia A study on data from more than 7,000 older Americans has found that those who show signs of probable dementia but are not yet formally diagnosed are nearly twice as likely as those with such a diagnosis to engage in potentially unsafe activities, such as driving, cooking, and managing finances and medications.
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Study reveals incarceration’s hidden wounds for African-American men There’s a stark and troubling way that incarceration diminishes the ability of a former inmate to empathize with a loved one behind bars, but existing sociological theories fail to capture it, sociologists have found.
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Google Is Teaching Its Driverless Cars How to Be Bigger Assholes on the Road Surprise, assholes! I can honk! (Image: Getty)Google’s driverless cars are tiny, compact, and have what can only be described as “car face” with headlights that look like eyes and a sensor that looks like a nose. Generally speaking, they’re pretty cute, which makes Google’s latest experiment—teaching them to honk—all the more amusing.The effort is laid out in Google’s May self-driving car report,
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Sergeant Fire Hose Wallet Crafted from decommissioned fire hose.
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FenSens license plate frame sensor offers backup sensing to any car If you have sensor envy and would like more smarts in your older ride, consider FenSens. Buying a whole new car just so you won’t knock over garbage cans when you back up isn’t very cost effective. And wired aftermarket add-ons need to be connected to the car’s wiring system, which deters many.  The FenSens license plate frame encases a wireless proximity sensor that signals your smartphone as you
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Don’t Fall for the “Federal Student Tax” Scam You’d think the end of tax season would keep IRS scammers at bay, but nope, they’re still going strong, and in their latest ploy, they’re trying to trick college students into paying a “federal student tax.” There’s no such thing.The IRS warned taxpayers about the scam in a recent press release, writing:In this newest twist, they try to convince people to wire money immediately to the scammer. If
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How to price goods and service bundles For consumers with two left thumbs, purchasing a product that comes with installation included makes a lot of sense. But for retailers, the quandary is how to price the package in a way that’s attractive to the buyer and profitable for the seller. Marketing Professors Jeffrey Meyer and Venkatesh Shankar posit a solution in “Pricing Strategies for Hybrid Bundles: Analytical Model and Insights.
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An Economic Hit Man Confesses and Calls for Action | John Perkins | TEDxTraverseCity John Perkins describes the methods he used to bribe and threaten the heads of state of countries on four continents in order to create a global empire and he reveals how the leaders who did not “play the game” were assassinated or overthrown. He brings us up to date about the way the economic hit man system has spread from developing countries to the US, Europe, and the rest of the world and
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Eliminating the American Dream Waiting List | Stephanie Schallhorn | TEDxDePereMiddleSchool The American Dream – the ultimate pinnacle of success in the United States. However, this dream is just that – a dream – for many of our kids. In fact, in the Green Bay area, 7 out of 10 youth live in poverty. Stephanie’s talk focuses on how we can help lift those students out of that environment. Stephanie is the Marketing and Community Relations Manager for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater G
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Music and its role in understanding feelings | Anna Sentmanat | TEDxLakeTravisHigh Anna Sentmanat explores how, when we experience the manifestation of another’s experiences through their musical expression, we form a connection to it that becomes an expression and extension of ourselves. Anna enjoys reading for fun, drinking coffee, and tap dancing. She plays the violin and loves the universal and relatable aspects of music. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED con
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The Psychology Behind Sports Fans | Trevor Hecht | TEDxBOVSchool Have you ever found yourself screaming at the TV screen during the Superbowl? Perhaps you’ve cried when an underdog finally won a championship. It turns out this may be an innate part of our psychological make up, and Trevor has some options to reduce the violent reactions that come with such a passion for sports. Trevor Hecht is currently a junior at BASIS Oro Valley and set to graduate in the sp
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Entering the Chat Room of Cancer Cells | Johan Skog | TEDxUmeå Exosomes are small packages released by cells into the blood circulation and other body fluids such as urine. These exosomes have been known for a long time, but were not considered very useful for medicine. However, a late night in the laboratory changed Johans future directions of research. He had found that these exosomes isolated from blood and urine contained RNA from the cancer. RNA is the l
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Why People Can’t Help Being Jerks–And How You Can Help | Curtis Westbay | TEDxBOVSchool People make choices, and sometimes those choices seem selfish and self-absorbed. This talk reminds us to show compassion as often as possible, pushing the boundaries of what feels “natural” and right. Curtis Westbay is originally from Missouri where he attended Truman State University. In his fourth year of teaching at BASIS Oro Valley, Mr. Westbay enjoys the writings of Ovid and of Plin
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33 other U.S. cities have cheated water tests that detect lead The Guardian performed its own investigation into U.S. water testing practices, and revealed startling results. Out of 43 cities east of the Mississippi, 33 from 17 states used shoddy methods to avoid detecting lead in their water. 21 cities used the same practices as Flint, which ultimately led to criminal charges. It’s not only small cities utilizing shady means, but big ones like Boston, Philad
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Pluto’s Strange Shapes Caused By Churning Nitrogen Ice Space Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble Almost a year after the New Horizons spacecraft buzzed by the dwarf planet, we’re still learning amazing new things about Pluto.
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We’ve got tapeworms, scabies, and reproducible research Two new research papers on scabies and tapeworms include a collaboration with protocols. This collaboration showcases a new way to share scientific methods that allows scientists to better repeat and build on these complicated studies on difficult-to-study parasites. It also highlights a new means of writing all research papers with citable methods that can be updated over time, keeping work clear
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Scientists need your help to spot ladybirds Scientists are calling on people who are out in their garden this summer to take part in The Ladybird Challenge and help discover how far an alien ladybird species in the UK is affecting other insects, including a wasp parasite.
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Training the brains that explore brains: Experts call for change in neuroscience education Call them the Brain Generation—the tens of thousands of college and graduate students working toward degrees in neuroscience, and the high school students who want to join them someday.
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New Epson robot force sensors enable automation of difficult tasks Seiko Epson Corporation today announced the development of its S250 series of high-precision force sensors. The S250 series, which will be rolled out worldwide from early June, will be available as an option for the company’s six-axis and SCARA robots. Employing Epson’s proprietary piezoelectric quartz sensing technology, the new force sensors are durable and sensitive, allowing them to accurately
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Amazon gives the Fire HD 10 a premium makeover and storage boost At this point Amazon has a sizeable selection of affordable tablets and it’s just added even more options to the range, but rather than giving us a whole new slate to play with it’s refreshed the big-screen Amazon Fire HD 10.Now rather than a plastic finish you can get it in an all-metal silver aluminum shell and that still starts at US$229.99, £169.99 (roughly AU$319), just like the white and bla
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Third-Party iPhone 7 Plus Cases Continue Debate Over Smart Connector Inclusion Following early third-party iPhone 7 cases that surfaced earlier this year, several accessory manufacturers have now begun releasing cases for the larger iPhone 7 Plus, but the cases continue to fuel conflicting rumors over whether the larger model will include a Smart Connector on the rear. The first case manufacturer, Sunnyc, has a listing for a $9.99 case that includes mockup of the iPhone 7
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Elon Musk hopes to send people to Mars as early as 2024 Elon Musk still has high hopes of landing people on Mars within the next decade. During a talk at Recode’s Code Conference last night, the SpaceX CEO said he envisions sending people to Mars as early as 2024, with a subsequent arrival and landing scheduled for 2025. He also hinted at a desire to eventually live out his days on the Red Planet himself. “I think if you’re going to choose a plac
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Instacart becomes the default ingredients-buying app for Food Network’s websites  Instacart this morning announced a new partnership with Food Network, which will see the grocery delivery service’s technology integrated across the network’s sizable websites, FoodNetwork.com and Food.com, which today include over half a million recipes. This will allow users who are browsing recipes online to click a button to add ingredients they need to their Instacart… Read More
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Trump University Court Documents Make Clear that the GOP is Willingly Supporting a Fraud Even employees of Trump University say it was a fraud. Newly unsealed documents from the ongoing class action lawsuit against Donald Trump’s real estate training business reveal that managers working for the company believed it to be “misleading, fraudulent and dishonest” in its operations and its pitch to potential customers. The testimony from former employees of the company is not on
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How candy makers shape nutrition science It was a startling scientific finding: Children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who don’t.
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Studies in physics, brain science earn $1 million awards Nine scientists will share three $1 million prizes for discoveries in how the brain can change over time, how to move individual atoms around and how Albert Einstein was right again about the universe.
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The ‘Houdini’ honey badger and other surprisingly clever animals “What’s that, Lassie? Timmy has fallen down the well?” Lassie was the clever dog that always used to save the day, but stories of clever pets such as skateboarding dogs are well known. It is also widely acknowledged that animals such as monkeys, apes, whales and dolphins are extremely intelligent, but how do we actually define “clever”?
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Julie Andrews, Henson puppets will star in new Netflix series for preschoolers Julie Andrews, queen of Genovia and beyond, is coming to Netflix in the most adorable way possible. The Oscar-winning actress is producing and starring in a new educational series for preschoolers titled Julie’s Greenroom. Plus, she’ll be hosting the show with new puppets from the Jim Henson Creature Shop. The series will be focused on “the wonderful world of the performing arts,” i
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Snapchat now has more daily active users than Twitter Snapchat Inc. has 150 million people using the service each day, said people familiar with the matter. That makes the four-year-old messaging app more popular than Twitter Inc. by daily active users. Snapchat has been growing quickly, boosted by its popularity among young people. The app had 110 million daily users in December, said the people, who asked not to be named because they weren’t autho
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10+ Cool AutoHotkey Scripts & How to Make Your Own Taking shortcuts is awesome — there’s something about doing a task in a speedy way that gives you a sense of fulfillment. Once you’ve mastered the huge list of Windows keyboard shortcuts and have every Windows 10 gesture down flat, you might be hungry for more ways to use shortcuts. AutoHotkey (AHK) is the answer to all of your customization needs. This one little program can take care of remappin
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The Compact Wooden City: A Life-Cycle Analysis of How Timber Could Help Combat Climate Change Sou Fujimoto and Laisné Roussel’s proposal for a tall wooden building in Bordeaux. Image © SOU FUJIMOTO ARCHITECTS + LAISNÉ ROUSSEL + RENDERING BY TÀMAS FISHER AND MORPH Nowadays the main building materials used in the construction industry are concrete, steel and timber. From the point of view of ecological sustainability, there are four important differences between these three materials: f
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Nook Residence / MU Architecture © Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard Architects: MU Architecture Location: Mansonville, QC J0E, Canada Project Team: Jean-Sébastien Herr, Charles Côté, Valérie Beaudin, Pierre-Paul Guillemette Area: 3000.0 ft2 Project Year: 2015 Photographs: Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard Structure: Latéral Contractor: Constructions Boivin Plan Plan From the architect. Located in a
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Star Wars Replica Props Star Wars fans rejoice! Lucasfilm and Disney have presented their own line of official replicas of some of the franchise?s most iconic props. The collection was created by the Proshop at Pinewood Studios in the UK, the same place where all the iconic weaponry, masks, helmets and armory that you see in Star Wars: The Force Awakens were manufactured. The amazingly detailed pieces are unprecedented i
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Seagate Innov8 Seagate?s new Innov8 drive delivers massive external storage without the need for a power cable! It?s the first-ever USB-powered (USB-C) drive to offer a whopping 8TB of storage in a portable, external package. The award winning, beautifully designed drive, draws all the power it needs from a single USB cable, there?s no need to make room on an already crowded power strip for yet another massive w
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Cosmos Constellation Clock Speaker Combining a clock and Bluetooth speaker in a package you’ll actually want to display is easier said than done, but designer Jay Kim has done a fantastic job with the Cosmos Constellation Clock Speaker. Coming soon to Kickstarter, Cosmos tells the time with with a large and small disk (“stars”) that rotate around a dimmable […]
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How to organize a cell: Novel insight from a fungus Researchers have found novel insight into the ways cells organize themselves. The work uses an interdisciplinary approach to show, for the first time, that random distribution of organelles is a consequence of energy-dependent activity in a fungus and mammalian cell line. Organelles are the functional units of a cell. Like “organs” in a body, they perform specialised functions that allow
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Mice on wheels show scientists how exercise benefits their brains The relentless desire by mice to run on cage ‘exercise’ wheels has helped explain at a molecular level how exercise benefits a mammal’s brain.
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Nanobiotix’s NBTXR3 Product Delivers Promising Data in Immuno Oncology Preclinical Program NANOBIOTIX has for the very first time developed a preliminary preclinical proof-of-concept (POC) with the main product NBTXR3 for its latest program in Immuno Oncology (IO). NANOBIOTIX is a late…
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Multicolored Artificial Meteor Showers Launched From a Satellite Are Coming Soon High above Earth, a satellite traveling 7.8 kilometers a second opens on one side and launches 1,000 spherical pellets. Though this might sound like the opening scene of a science fiction movie or a villain plot from the world of James Bond — it is anything but. It is the vision of Lena Okajima, CEO and founder of
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