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Indistinguishable from Magic 7/13

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Alpina Startimer Camo Pilot Watch Not just a military-inspired design, the Alpina Startimer Camo Pilot Watch is military tested, thanks to the firm’s longstanding role as official supplier of army and pilot timepieces. Original camo colors grace an oversized chronograph which mirrors the functionality of flight instruments, while the luminescent hands make light work of poor visibility. Water resistant up to 100 meters, inside ti
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The Zeeq smart pillow is the Swiss Army knife of bedding Sleep tracking has never taken off the same way activity tracking has, probably because no one wants to wear their smartwatch to bed. (That’s when you should be charging it anyway.) The Zeeq from REM-Fit aims to fix that by taking the tech off of your wrist and putting it in a place that’s a lot more comfortable when you’re asleep : inside your pillow. The Zeeq, which hit Kickstarter today , isn’
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I let a connected pillow send radio waves through my brain for five days I’ve fallen asleep in some seriously public places over the years, like on the subway and in college common rooms. When I look back on it, that was a crazy thing to do. I really had faith no one would steal my wallet or cut my hair while I was away from the real world. Sleep is a mysterious time that I love, so when I got a pitch for the ZEEQ smart pillow, I knew I had to try it out. The pillow,
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Girl Scouts Teach Parents How to Cut Energy Use The girls improved their own energy-saving behaviors by 49 percent, too — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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What will be the next big scientific breakthrough? | Eric Haseltine Throughout history, speculation has spurred beautiful, revolutionary science — opening our eyes to entirely new universes. “I’m not talking about science that takes baby steps,” says Eric Haseltine. “I’m talking about science that takes enormous leaps.” In this talk, Haseltine passionately takes us to the edges of intellectual pursuit with two ideas — one that’s already made
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First-of-its-kind survey debunks notion of monolithic youth vote Issues surrounding race and ethnicity are driving factors in the voting calculus of many young people of color and a majority of all young people believe the U.S. is a long way from achieving racial equality, according to a first-of-its-kind GenForward survey from the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
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Y Combinator-backed Mosaic connects wearables, Internet of Things Internet of Things (IoT) bot maker Mosaic announced today that it has been selected for the Y Combinator summer program and has released a new beta version of its assistant on Amazon Alexa, Slack, SMS, and Facebook Messenger. Mosaic connects a single chatbot to more than a dozen wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, ranging from lightbulbs to Tesla cars. Essentially, the chatbot takes a
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Health issues due to sea level rise impact communities in South Florida The Florida Institute for Health Innovation released a report today on communities from Palm Beach to Key West with the greatest risk for adverse health effects of sea level rise and mapped zones most prone to environmental sea level rise impacts, described associated public health risks and identified the region’s socially, economically and medically vulnerable communities most susceptible to sea
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Suicide rate is 22% higher among people with epilepsy than the general population The suicide rate among people with epilepsy is 22 percent higher than the general population, according to a new study.
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You’ll Probably Lose a Finger, But This Toilet Paper Machine Makes Life So Much Easier Life is all about compromises and trade-offs. The Useless Duck Company is back with a new and improved version of its automatic Toilet Paper Machine that’s sure to save you a few precious seconds while in the bathroom, but the trade-off is there’s a very real chance you’ll lose a finger or hand with this installed. No pain, no gain. [ YouTube via Likecool ] SPLOID is delicious brain candy. Follow
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Mystery of what sleep does to our brains may finally be solved The purpose of sleep may be to weaken the new brain connections we form during the day, ensuring we have enough capacity to form more memories when we wake up
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Blinded by the (lack of) light: IIHS finds small-SUV headlights sadly deficient – Roadshow Of 21 small crossovers tested, not a single one earned the safety group’s Good rating.
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Klos Carbon Fiber Guitar Travel guitars need to be tough. Or at least tougher than standard wood designs can manage. You needn’t worry much if you’re packing a Klos Carbon Fiber Guitar, though. While it does boast a neck made of mahogany and rosewood, the Klos features a carbon fiber body that won’t crack or dent if it’s roughed up. Moisture can’t touch it either. It’s available in classic black as well as blue, red, and
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Hitler house: Austria moves to stop Neo-Nazi ‘cult site’ Austria’s government is to seize the house where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 to prevent it becoming a site of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis.
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Deal: TIL Wallet A slimline leather wallet that holds up to seven cards plus cash. Easily access cards with the pull-out tab and side thumbholes, and rest assured your data is safe from RFID scanners. Save 35% in The Awesomer Shop . Link Price: $39 More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Deal: SLIM Aluminum Wallet Deal: A4 Aluminum Wallet Deal: DPTR Clamshell Wallet Deal: Phillip Flip Wallet Deal: Liquid Co. Esse
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N.C. Exempts Police Recordings from Public Records Laws North Carolina has just passed, and Gov. Pat McCrory has signed, legislation that would declare that police recordings—both body camera and dash cam footage— are not public records under state law and would follow a different set of disclosure rules. All of this is happening at a time where citizens are hungry for police actions to be more transparent and accountable to the public so that abuse c
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No regrets: Almost all Crimean residents support reunification with Russia Ninety-five percent of the people living in Crimea would vote in favor of the republic’s accession into the Russian Federation if a referendum on the subject was held again today. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Teachers boycott graduation after Muslim student refuses to shake hands with female principal Teachers at a school in Germany have stormed out of a graduation ceremony after a Muslim student refused to shake hands with the female principal. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Chilcot: UK refusing to help clean up Iraq after raining down radioactive shells Britain has no intention of cleaning up its deadly radioactive legacy in Iraq or even monitoring the terrifying impact depleted uranium (DU) shells will have on the population in the future, it has been claimed. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Sharper than living matter permits Researchers have found a way to pinpoint the positions of individual molecules while at the same time measuring their activity and interactions in the same living cell. A dedicated cooling protocol on a microscope allows to pause cellular life at subzero temperatures, to let it continue to live again after warming.
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Tuesday Link Roundup Every Tuesday we bring you a collection of some of our favorite things we’ve recently found around the web. From stories to photography, we include a little of everything.
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Yeti Just Made the Cooler You’ve Always Wanted Yeti’s same tough-as-nails design, in a small and easy-to-carry package. … Read More »
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M’soft, GE Partnership Targets Industrial Cloud Microsoft and GE have announced a partnership that will make GE’s Predix, a platform for the industrial internet, available on Azure.
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Prostate cancer: Unexpected results from international Phase III study A recently published international clinical Phase III trial of a promising drug for treating advanced prostate cancer ended with surprising results: the new therapeutic agent failed to achieve any significant improvement in the overall survival of patients compared with the established standard treatment.
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LampChamp USB Lamp Socket Charger I couldn’t figure out at first what was drawing me to the LampChamp. Sure, it’s a light bulb adapter that adds a USB charging port, plus an On/Off switch, to any lamp you’ve got. And I also got the scoop that LampChamp is giving buyers an additional 15% off its Amazon purchase price through July 31, 2016–enter the promotion code OFTBALMG in the “Payment Method” area at checkout. But th
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Mack Weldon’s Vesper Polo Is Inspired by 007 There’s very little you can do to become Daniel Craig, but now there’s one thing you can do to look like Daniel Craig. Mack Weldon has released the 007-inspired Vesper Polo, a polo shirt packed full of enough tech to make Q jealous. Its advanced fabric is a unique micro-mesh, combed cotton that enhances the […]
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Using ‘chemical origami’ to generate customizable, high-value chemicals from plants Researchers are building a ‘triterpene machine’ which will enable them to custom-build valuable chemical compounds called triterpenes and produce them in large, cost-effective quantities.
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Engineering researchers strive to create cheaper, more efficient third-generation solar cells A humming laboratory is birthing tiny solar cells – the first such devices created on campus – as researchers strive to develop better photovoltaic technologies.
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A signal boost for molecular microscopy A team of researchers has developed a technique, where an optical microcavity is used to enhance Raman scattering signals, and utilized it for molecular diagnostics by combined Raman and absorption imaging.
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Brixo is Lego with added electricity and sensors Lego is so 1980s. Brixo’s the new kid on the block. When Lego first started inspiring children to unleash their imagination, there wasn’t a ton to keep up with. Yeah, the world was […]
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The City above the city: designing for preservation and intensification A design competition that shows that we can have our cake and eat it too.
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Boeing engineer faces espionage charge in FBI sting A Boeing satellite engineer is under arrest for selling sensitive information to what he believed to be a Russian agent. The FBI arrested Gregory Allen Justice Thursday on charges of economic espionage and violation of the Arms Export Control Act. Justice, an engineer who worked at Boeing Satellite Systems, provided thumb drives with satellite information to an FBI agent posing as a Russian spy.
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Lasers slice costs, replace LCDs in new large-screen TV According to analytics company IHS, most televisions in the world over 50 inches will be Ultra High Definition by the end of next year. Many of those will have LCD panels, but China’s Hisense believes lasers are better. The company has today debuted a 100-inch 4K laser projection TV that’s reported to be significantly cheaper than equivalent-sized 4K LCD televisions. .. Continue Reading Lasers sl
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Entire TV shows and movies are being crammed into single hypnotic Twitter GIFs Yesterday Twitter expanded its size restriction on animated GIFs from 5MB to 15MB, and immediately users exploited their new found power. Larger GIFs. Longer GIFs. Higher-resolution GIFs. What impressed us most were the folks who fit complete music videos, television shows, and movies into a single tweet. Below, we’ve included embeds for The Matrix , episodes of Seinfeld and an anime called Aiura
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A turbocharged engine could make the Mazda3 even more engaging to drive The Mazda3 is often hailed as one of the best-handling cars in its segment, but critics unanimously agree that it lacks a little bit of power. Mazda has hinted that it could remedy that issue by fitting its smallest model with its newest turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The mill in question is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that debuted last fall under the hood of the CX-9 crossover . I
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Commuting by Uber in New York City cheaper than the subway this summer Commuting is tiresome and expensive, no doubt. And it gets hot in the summer. Uber and Gilt City have announced a special summer program that can help some New York City commuters with the dollar drain and perhaps make their commutes more comfortable. For the months of July and August, UberPool weekly passes can cut the daily commuting costs by Uber to less than it costs to take the subway, accor
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Shard utility makes it easy to check where a password is in use It’s not a smart idea to use the same password everywhere you need to log in — if your credentials are stolen for one service or site, hackers can use that information to gain access to all your other accounts. Now, a security researcher has developed a tool that helps users tighten up their defenses. Shard is a command line tool that allows users to check if a particular password is also being u
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The End of Moore’s Law Might Not Be A Bad Thing 8 bytes of data compared to 8 gigabytes of data. Image: Daniel Sancho/Flickr We’ve come to expect that next year everything will be faster, and just a bit cheaper. In fact we’ve decided that it’s the law . However quietly, behind the scenes, the big manufacturers will tell you that Moore’s Law, which has been 10 years away from dying for a while now, is no longer just dying, it’s pretty much alre
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The GOP’s Platform Draft Claims Porn Is a ‘Public Health Crisis’ Want another sign that the Republican Party is, shall we say, a bit out of touch with much of America? Look no further than the Republican party’s latest platform draft . Among the provisions? A declaration that porn is a “public health crisis.” If that language sounds familiar to you, it’s likely because you’re remembering a Utah resolution that was signed this past spring. Like the GOP’s party
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Education’s ‘power’ to prevent type 2 diabetes People at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can reduce their chances of getting the condition by more than 80 per cent by fully completing a new education program, a new study has found.
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Could Your Mobile Banking App Be a Big Security Risk? Mobile banking apps bring some of the most convenient online banking features to your phone, but could they be a security risk? Banks tend to have pretty solid data security, but they have suffered some breaches in the past, how secure are their mobile apps? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t encouraging… Two-Factor Authentication The use of two-factor authentication (2FA) is increasing across the i
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How Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Us to Eat More Like a freshly cracked diet soda, suspicions have been fizzing away for years that artificial sweeteners may not be the best way to slim down — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The best commuter bike lights By Eve O’Neill This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome , a buyer’s guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here . We’ve tested 54 different commuter lights in the last four years, and have researched literally hundreds. After all that, and a lot of price fluctuations, we believe the Light & Motion Urban 350 is currently the best way to see and be seen in tra
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5 mobile models for Nintendo’s other popular game franchises Pokémon Go used Google-incubated AR MMO Ingress as a functional model, but the same model doesn’t make sense when applied to Mario, Zelda or Animal Crossing. Investors are looking at Pokémon Go as a sign that Nintendo’s ready to unlock its mobile value, but the wrong move would be to assume a one-size-fits-all approach will be the best way to get there. Instead, it can look to… Read More
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Pomegranates Yield Promising Anti-Aging Compound A pomegranate prepared for analysis in Johan Auwerx’s lab at EPFL (Image: EPFL / Alain Herzog) A compound found within pomegranates, when transformed by bacteria in the gut, has been shown to rejuvenate cellular function and reverse the effects of aging on muscles, at least in worms and rodents. On their own, pomegranates may not confer these life-extending qualities—but the discovery could lead
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“Above all, design has to be comfortable” says Soho House founder Nick Jones Over the past 20 years, former caterer Nick Jones has built Soho House into a global empire of private members clubs, restaurants, spas and now Soho Home, an online homewares store. He sat down with Dezeen to discuss his approach to design (+ slideshow). (more…)
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Human Sewage: Building Material of the Future? S#$ing bricks If you thought that paving roads with asphalt made of pig manure was a weird, prepare yourself for an even weirder construction material: human poo. That’s right. Researchers at Universiti Teknologi MARA in Malaysia have developed a technique to recycle human excrement into concrete. “Disposing sludge left over from treating sewage water is a major challenge for wastewater plan
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Koski is like Lego with augmented reality, but more fun than that sounds Koski is a building blocks game that combines Lego, magnets, and augmented reality in an engaging fashion that may eventually pull your kids away from Pokémon Go . The game — created by Václav Mlynář — uses wooden blocks, magnetic discs, and an iPad app to allow players to create digital worlds with features like trees, ladders, and waterfalls that characters can interact with. The magnetic discs
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A Bird’s-Eye View of Nature’s Hidden Order Seven years ago, Joe Corbo stared into the eye of a chicken and saw something astonishing. The color-sensitive cone cells that carpeted the retina (detached from the fowl, and mounted under a microscope) appeared as polka dots of five different colors and sizes. But Corbo observed that, unlike the randomly dispersed cones in human eyes, or the neat rows of cones in the eyes of many fish, the chic
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Microsoft Hololens, Google and Apple are also big winners with Pokemon Go Augmented reality game Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the hugely successful Pokemon Go app, which has millions of people chasing down monsters on real-world streets using their phones, is a phenomenon that spells good things for his company’s augmented-reality headset, the HoloLens. “I think it’s fantastic to see these augmented-reality applications getting built, because the best thing that can happen when you’
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Genius Alarm Clock App Wakes You Earlier When Traffic Jams Might Make You Late When you set your alarms at night you’re probably only concerned about getting as much sleep as possible, not about what unforeseen problems in the morning could make you late for work. You can leave those concerns to a new iOS-only app called Snorelax that will automatically wake you earlier if traffic problems along your daily route could lead to delays. The $2 app not only monitors real-time t
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Extending terahertz technology to obtain highly accurate thickness of automotive paint Now automotive body paint jobs get a major boost from the rapidly emerging field of terahertz (THz) technology used to improve the precision and quality control of layered paint coatings.
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Danforth Plant Science Center and Valent BioSciences Will Collaborate in Unique Root Science Initiative Master Agreement will focus on improving agriculture with non-destructive imaging technology for root growth dynamics.
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MIT researchers use TV to train computers to predict human behavior – CNET A new algorithm could make artificial intelligence that much smarter at predicting what people will do next.
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British parliament to debate petition calling for second EU referendum Britain’s parliament is to debate a petition signed by more than 4 million members of the public calling for a second referendum on European Union membership, but will not take a decision on whether to re-run last month’s vote.
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Jeb Bush on Voting: “I Can’t Do It” “I can’t vote for Donald Trump and I can’t vote for Hillary Clinton. It breaks my heart. This is my first time in my adult life I’m confronted with this dilemma.” Yesterday on MSNBC , Jeb Bush explained his decision to abstain from voting for either of the major party candidates in 2016: “The simple fact is there’s a threshold past which anybody that steps into the Oval Office must
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Why the next Bentley Mulsanne could offer an electric drivetrain Bentley could have massive changes in store for the next-generation of its Mulsanne flagship. We already know that the historic 6.75-liter V8 engine won’t live beyond the current model, but a recent report suggests the big sedan could swap its eight cylinders and two turbos for an electric motor and a big battery pack. The British firm explains the push towards electrification comes from China, o
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Wildlife reasearchers just turned the ISS into a space-based animal tracker Wildlife biologists have a new tool for tracking animals, and it is literally out of this world. In a first-of-its-kind endeavor, a group of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology are using the International Space Station to track thousands of migratory animals in real time. “It will be the best ever possible sensing network of life on the planet,” researcher Martin Wiselski sa
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Dinosaurs May Have Cooed, Not Roared Animals Rewrite the prehistory books Contrary to the big, scary roars that we see at the movies, dinosaurs, even the large ones, might not have roared at all.
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Portuguese Designers Make Usable Art Forget the whole form/function debate–these cool pieces from Portuguese design outfit &blanc marry both into items you’ll love to show off as you use them. Yes, sometimes you can have it all. The designers themselves stress the individuality of their creations. In fact there’s more to it than that: “ Each &blanc piece is more than just an object, but rather a challenge which has become a
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These speakers show what luxury tech should be about The Feniks Essence speakers that have been gracing my desk for the past two months are expensive. They cost more than $1,200 to their earliest Kickstarter backers and have been crafted for the quite narrow purpose of sitting on your desktop and pumping sound out of your computer. But they are also designed thoughtfully and built exquisitely, combining great aesthetics and construction with brilli
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What Natural Language Understanding tech means for chatbots Natural Language Understanding (NLU) is a form of artificial intelligence that adds more fuel to the chatbot fire. When users engage in a conversation powered by NLU, the results are generally better. You can change your mind about an original request or even interrupt yourself mid-sentence, and you can use unusual words or phrases. The NLU engine is more like a neural network that understands tr
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Huge motion-sensing building installation is off-the-wall If you’re tired of boring blank building walls, Manhattan-based experiential design firm ESI Design has a solution. The firm has outfitted Terrell Pace in the US capital Washington, DC, with 1,700 sq ft (158 sq m) of interactive media displays that react to activity within the building. .. Continue Reading Huge motion-sensing building installation is off-the-wall Category: Architecture Tags: Infr
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Dronémon is the best Pokémon Go cheat we’ve seen yet To best way to catch creatures in the Pokémon Go for Apple and Android smartphones is to get out into the world and start walking or riding a bike. Except it’s 90 degrees (Fahrenheit) today, and I don’t like sweating. That’s where Dronémon Go comes in. A handful of engineers at the Spark Aerial company in San Diego modified one of their radio-controlled quadcopters to play Pokémon Go . The app is
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Flavour changing neutrinos give insight into Big Bang Neutrinos and their antimatter counterparts have shown a small difference that may explain why the universe did not destroy itself during the Big Bang, scientists have reported at major conference.
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Watch Film Legend Ray Harryhausen’s Concept Footage for War of the Worlds Since its publication near the turn of the 20th century, H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds has seen lots of adaptations. One that didn’t happen, however, and we really wish had, was by legendary filmmaker and stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. Now we can finally see what Harryhausen had in mind. Read more…
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Home & Office : Classic Nintendo Posters Because you’re into the classics. Into the classics? Get the perfect wall coverings for someone who was classically trained in the gaming arts. Choose Classically Trained, It’s Dangerous to Game Alone, or Game Boy, and give your game room the poster art it deserves. $9.99
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The better way to track packages with Android These pretty little gadgets we tote around in our pockets are supposed to be smart — but when it comes to certain simple-seeming tasks, man , they sure can seem stupid. Take the common chore of package tracking, for instance: Maybe you find it useful to know when a new delivery is en route to you or waiting at your doorstep. I do — but getting my phone to monitor that intelligently and provide
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The Most Effective Ways to Climb a Rope Climbing a gym rope is a wicked way to build upper body strength and muscle endurance. Doing so is definitely not easy, even for stronger folks, but there are specific techniques that involve your feet to make climbing a rope a smoother experience. This video from Ryan Ford shows you how. It’s not all upper body strength (unless you want it to be). Ford demonstrates several ways to go about cleve
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PCs overcome domestic sales slump while Apple slips behind Asus The PC market has been in decline for almost two years, but the latest figures released by the International Data Corporation suggest that this trend has been broken — at least in the United States. The IDC report states that PC shipments grew by 4.9 percent over the past quarter, according to a report from Engadget . Fellow research firm Gartner has released similar findings that depict a 1.4 pe
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Flexible Displays Market to Grow at 27% CAGR Flexible display shipment revenues are set to be $3.7 billion in 2016 and are on a compound annual growth rate of 27 percent over the period to 2021, according to IHS Technology.
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How to Control Cheap RF Power Sockets from OpenHAB Smart power sockets are the simplest way to automate your home, but at around $40 each for a Wi-Fi or ZWave based socket, you’re unlikely to buy more than a few. You might already have some cheap RF based sockets though – the kind that come with their own custom remote channel, and have some channel and ID selectors on the back. Unfortunately, there are no smart home hubs on the market that work
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Honda’s Working On a Gas-Only And All-Electric NSX Honda is hinting at making non-hybrid and all-electric versions of the new NSX. It’s quite possibly the best idea they’ve had in years. … Read More »
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Hundreds of mystery human skulls sold on eBay for up to $5500 eBay has been forced to change its policy to shut down a lucrative market for skulls on the internet, with about two new posts on the site every day
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Euro firms want EU to get up to speed on self-driving European automakers and telecom firms have asked the EU Commission to fund a four-year driverless project, which will take place across several EU countries. It is the first cross-country driverless project in Europe, backed by Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, BMW, and Renault, alongside other firms associated with ACEA, CLEPA, ETNO, ECTA, and GSMA. See Also: Accenture sees nearly half of cars
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Technology’s graveyard: The gadgets, software, and services killed in 2016 Pay your respects Tech vendors only have so many resources, and as a result they continually have to make tough choices about which products stay and go. BlackBerry, Dell, Google, Microsoft and others have all made such decisions this year, so here’s your chance to pay respects to those products and services that aren’t going to make it past 2016… To read this article in full or to leave a commen
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Casio’s Celviano Grand Hybrid digital pianos are revolutionary in nature When one thinks of a grand piano, most of the time one would have a grandiose vision of a massive music making instrument that looks regal no matter which angle you view it from. Well, Casio might be a familiar name among us when it comes to scientific calculators, G-Shock timepieces that are tough as all get out, and even cool entry level digital cameras, but did you know that they also churn ou
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Ready for video at a minutes notice! submitted by Ryan Howell Apple MacBook Pro 13inch Beats by Dre Solo Headphones GoPro HERO4 Apple Watch 42mm Sony DSCWX500/W Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (White) Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive with Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 (Blue) STDR2000102 Apple iPhone 6 Plus Joby GP3 GorillaPod SanDisk microSD to SD Memory Card Adapter CameraPlus – 360° 60 Minutes Panning Rotati
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Team builds high-tech test track to improve crop performance Automakers torture test their cars on special tracks that simulate real driving conditions. Germany’s automakers have their fabled Nurburgring track. GM has its Desert Proving Ground in California. Now Michigan State University has DEPI – Dynamic Environmental Photosynthetic Imaging – to test-drive plants so scientists and plant breeders can make them work better and produce more.
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Tiny microchips enable extreme science As NASA spacecraft explore deeper into space, onboard computer electronics must not only be smaller and faster, but also be prepared for extreme conditions. A prime example is shown in these images: a family of Application Specific Integrated Circuits, or ASICs, microchips specifically designed to measure the particles in space – the very stuff that can create radiation hazards for satellite compu
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Lose weight, improve your vision, and more with… the placebo effect! You probably associate the placebo effect with sugar pills. But according to these studies, the placebo effect is way more powerful than that: in fact, it can affect everything from weight loss to visual acuity. In the first study, hotel housekeepers who were told that their work was good exercise actually lost weight compared to a control group, even though their behavior did not change. In the s
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Obama Proposes Fixing Obamacare With a New, Government-Run Health Insurance Plan In September, 2009, President Obama delivered a primetime address to a joint session of Congress making his pitch for the health care law that we now know as Obamacare. Among the problems that Obama said the law was supposed to address was a lack of competition in the individual insurance market. “Consumers do better when there is choice and competition,” Obama said . “That’s how t
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Breeding plants with more beneficial bacteria to feed the world won’t be simple, study says With the human population expected to climb from 7.4 billion to more than 11 billion people by 2100, some scientists hope that manipulating the plant microbiome could open up new ways to meet the growing demand for food.
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Labour leadership race descends into death threats & brick throwing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on party members to “act with calm and treat each other with respect and dignity” after the window of leadership challenger Angela Eagle’s constituency office was smashed with a brick overnight. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Georgia Tech’s DURUS robot has a more natural human-like stride Last time we saw the DURUS robot walking like a human , it was still doing so relatively flat footed. The folks at Georgia Tech’s AMBER-Lab have improved the robot’s movements to incorporate even more human-like heel strikes and push-offs. As you can see in the video below, the new range of motion gives DURUS a more natural stride, and the ability to wear some sweet sneakers. Until about a week a
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Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 sound bar review Audio brand Nakamichi (not to be confused with Nakatomi, the skyscraper in Die Hard ) may not be a household name these days, but the Japanese brand achieved major success stateside in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Nakamichi’s high-end stereo cassette decks represented the pinnacle of quality home audio back then, but the company fell out of favor during the rise of the digital age. Now, Nakamichi has retur
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A New Design Strategy for Better Lithium Oxygen Batteries Yale researchers have devised a method that brings marketable Li-O2 batteries closer to reality, improving both the batteries’ performance and the ability to study them. In recent years, lithium-oxygen batteries have intrigued researchers with their potential. They can store at least two to three times the energy as lithium-ion batteries can, which are the current standard […] The post A New Desi
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Longest study of Great Lakes region birds finds populations holding steady A new USDA Forest Service report documenting an unprecedented effort to inventory birds in the western Great Lakes region and analyze changes in bird populations over the past quarter of a century found that across a trio of national forests, most birds are doing well in terms of both species diversity and population.
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martin bricelj baraga’s cyanometer installation measures the blueness of the sky the installation captures images of the sky which are then translated into fifty-three shades of blue. The post martin bricelj baraga’s cyanometer installation measures the blueness of the sky appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
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Deal With “I Might Need It Someday” Items by Asking Yourself Whether It Benefits You Today Decluttering is hard. If it weren’t, we’d all be perfectly organized, with all the space we need—but one thing that stops many of us is the worry that if we sell, trash, or donate an item, we may need it someday. Over at Unclutterer, they suggest when we run up against that wall, we ask ourselves a simple question. David Caolo explains: Instead of asking yourself, “Will I need this some day?” con
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RoboBoat contest puts autonomous boats to the test RoboBoat contest puts autonomous boats to the test Image by John Williams/US Navy You’ve heard of self-driving cars and drones, but autonomous boats? This fast-developing industry has its eyes set on coastal surveillance, port security and other types of maritime operations. Student teams competed last week at the 2016 RoboBoat contest. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please c
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Google rolls out new shopping and travel features for search and YouTube Google has unveiled new search features that users can expect this fall aimed at maximizing the mobile shopping experience. SEE ALSO: Make a ‘bucket list’ for your upcoming trip with the Soon app The new tools, including updates to TrueView and hotel search functions, should give companies greater control over their products on Google platforms and also bring customers the deals they seek. Hotel
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Having Helped Shape the Dems Platform, Sanders Throws Support Behind Clinton Today Bernie Sanders has officially declared his support for Hillary Clinton , his former competitor for the Democratic presidential nomination. In a prepared speech in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he acknowledged that he did not have the delegates, bound or unbound, to win the nomination. Now he’s going to support Clinton and the Democrats in their fight against Donald Trump. His speech was full o
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Tesla plans to educate drivers following Autopilot crash Tesla doesn’t believe that it should scale back its Autopilot feature in the light of a tragic crash in May. If anything, it’s boosting its commitment to the self-driving tech. In a Wall Street Journal interview , the EV maker’s Elon Musk has promised more education about Autopilot. There will be a blog post explaining both how Autopilot works and what you’re supposed to do when it’s turned on —
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Shigeru Ban unveils “tallest hybrid timber structure in the world” for Vancouver Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been commissioned to design a residential tower for Vancouver that its developers claim will be the tallest hybrid timber structure in the world. (more…)
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Moscow imam under house arrest over allegations of publicly justifying terrorism An imam of one of Moscow’s mosques, Mahmoud Velitov, has been put under house arrest by a court decision following his detention by Russian law enforcement. The Islamic worship leader allegedly justified terrorism during a public speech at his mosque. Read Full Article at RT.com
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DIY backyard security system turns on the sprinklers when it sees a trespassing cat What’s the best way to stop cats from pooping in your garden? Depending on who you ask, answers might include ultrasonic cat repellents, chicken wire, or the use of certain plants to protect your lawn from feline defecation. For Nvidia Systems Software Engineer Robert Bond, however, there was only ever one possible solution: training a deep learning neural network to turn on his garden sprinklers
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Heat wave turns highway into a pretty sweet jump A recent heat wave in Minnesota turned a busy stretch of highway into an unexpected jump for motorists. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that extreme heat caused the the westbound lane of Highway 36 near Little Canada to buckle on Saturday, sending vehicles airborne as they sped over the bump in the road. SEE ALSO: Driver decides to show off his drifting skills in front of a cop
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Spain and Portugal face first EU fines over deficit levels Portugal and Spain face becoming the first EU countries to be fined for running an excessive budget deficit, after a vote in the European Council.
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Disentangling the plant microbiome With the human population expected to climb from 7.4 billion to more than 11 billion people by 2100, some scientists hope that manipulating the microbial communities in, on and around plants, the plant microbiome, could open up new ways to meet the growing demand for food. But breeding a better microbiome may be easier in some plant tissues and growing conditions than others, finds a new study.
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The curse of urban sprawl: how cities grow, and why this has to change The total area covered by the world’s cities is set to triple in the next 40 years – eating up farmland and threatening the planet’s sustainability The post The curse of urban sprawl: how cities grow, and why this has to change appeared first on Architecture Lab .
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The future of listening to music is feeling it, according to Timbaland Everyone likes a good vibration — which is why recording artist Timbaland teamed up with SubPac, a Los Angeles-based startup that has created a wearable device set to redefine entertainment through new immersive physical-sound technology. Read More
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Letters for Black Lives now seeks translators to address all immigrant communities After the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philanto Castile last week, the online Asian American community pooled their efforts to pen a letter explaining Black Lives Matter to their immigrant family members. The letter became so popular that the open Google Doc became inaccessible at times due to high traffic volume, with hundreds of contributors helping to edit and translate the message. Since l
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Invidyo AI-Driven Child Monitor Never miss a smile again. Invidyo takes child monitoring to the next level with artificial intelligence-driven technology that doesn’t just give you live visuals and audio of what your Mini Me is up to, it detects and records important moments in his or her activity, and then compiles them into a 2-minute daily highlight reel. Invidyo is like ESPN for childcare. You won’t have to tune in constant
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Putting human caring back into social services | Richard Aston | TEDxAuckland Richard took over the reins of Big Buddy in 2002. His belief is the strength of human caring; he believes passionately that humans step up with less bureaucracy, judgement or expectation to make far better outcomes socially for us all. Richard put his IT and business skills to good use when he bailed out of the corporate world and took over the reins of Big Buddy in 2002. It’s taken focus, will-p
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Restaurant Väkst The overall vision was to create a space with a design that surrounds the Nordic kitchen to the dual atmosphere of city and garden – urban gardening. The idea was to create a vivid and organic space, as a garden party. The heart of the restaurant is a large greenhouse, built through the two floors of the space, thereby transporting the guest into the sensation of a lush garden.
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Gas causing ground to rise near Bay of Naples volcano New work by Italian geochemists seems to indicate that the current ground movement around one of the world’s most dangerous volcano systems may be due to gas pressure, and not because of a surge of volcanic magma.
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Stem cells feel the force Scientists have gained new insights into how stem cells feel and respond to external mechanical forces by changing the way DNA is organized in the nucleus, and thereby the expression of genes that are required for stem cell differentiation.
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Social exchange app might help turn collaboration into currency A focus on symmetrical activities — and smart technology — may be critical to creating applications that allow people to negotiate transactions with their time, rather than their money, according to researchers.
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Middle-age memory decline a matter of changing focus The inability to remember details, such as the location of objects, begins in early midlife (the 40s) and may be the result of a change in what information the brain focuses on during memory formation and retrieval, rather than a decline in brain function.
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Study shows a rising, but uneven, tide of in-home care for disabled seniors More seniors are getting help from family, friends and hired helpers to keep them in their homes, despite disabilities that keep them from total independence, a new study finds. Half of disabled seniors in a long-term study got in-home help in 2012, up 20 percent from the late 1990s. But that increase isn’t happening evenly across all groups — and has implications for the careers and health of ca
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FBI Agent: Decrypting Data ‘Fundamentally Alters’ Evidence Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: An FBI agent has brought up an interesting question about the nature of digital evidence: Does decrypting encrypted data “fundamentally alter” it, therefore contaminating it as forensic evidence? According to a hearing transcript filed last week, FBI Special Agent Daniel Alfin suggested just that. The hearing was related to the agency’s investigatio
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2016 Fuller Challenge announces 19 semi-finalist initiatives The ninth cycle of the prestigious 2016 Fuller Challenge is well underway, and competition is as fierce as ever. Following the expert jury’s rigorous evaluations, 19 semi-finalists were announced today…Multi-disciplinary teams work hard for a chance at winning the $100,000 grand prize that will help implement their initiative. A few of this year’s semi-finalists include: Cooperación Comunitaria
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Moon Express will test out its lunar lander at historic Florida launch sites Moon Express — a private spaceflight company that hopes to mine the Moon someday — will be testing out its future lunar spacecraft on Florida’s Space Coast over the next couple of years. The company is moving into Space Launch Complexes 17 and 18 at Cape Canaveral, Florida . That’s where it will be developing and flight testing its proposed lunar lander. Complex 17 was once used for Delta II laun
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Make a More Refined, Grown-Up Ice Cream Sandwich With a Savory Bread Dessert should be sweet, but adding a bit of savory in there can keep you from experiencing sugar burnout. Swapping out the cookies in an ice cream sandwich for a good, chewy piece of bread makes it less one note, while still being firmly dessert. Food 52 recommends pairing foccacia with a dark, rich chocolate sorbet or ice cream, but I’ve personally had great success with King’s Hawaiian Rolls a
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Are brain changes fueling overeating in the obese? Obese mice are much more likely than lean mice to overeat in the presence of environmental cues, a behavior that could be related to changes in the brain, finds a new study.
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Clusters of small satellites could help estimate Earth’s reflected energy A team of small, shoebox-sized satellites, flying in formation around the Earth, could estimate the planet’s reflected energy with twice the accuracy of traditional monolith satellites, according to a new study. If done right, such satellite swarms could also be cheaper to build, launch, and maintain.
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Laser Defuser Optix claims to prevent speeding tickets by police laser gun Nobody likes to get caught by the police for speeding, as it might involve some demerit points in select countries, not to mention the very painful experience of a monetary fine in the form of a ticket . Of course, some apps do inform us that there is a police waiting ahead of us in the road right up ahead, but a lot of that depends on accurate reporting. K40 Electronics has promised that the K40
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Directed Matter Additive manufacturing techniques featuring atomic precision could one day create materials with Legos flexibility and Terminator toughness.
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Mantis Shrimp Roll Their Eyes to Improve Their Vision Imagine rolling your eyes to help you see more clearly. Although it wouldn’t work for humans, new research published today in Nature Communications has shown mantis shrimp use eye rotations to enhance their polarization vision.
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These Days Fecal Transplantation Is No Joke Fecal transplants are increasingly being used to treat certain human illnesses and there is a major upsurge in animal experiments involving fecal material.
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Man claims his girlfriend caught him cheating using ‘Pokémon Go’ Gonna catch ’em all. A NYC man is claiming that the popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go helped his current lover in catching him cheating. According to the New York Post, Pokémon trainer Evan Scribner was hanging out with an ex in Bushwick last week. After the hangs, Scribner then opened up the app to catch some Pokémon, which tracks the users location and reportedly steals a whole bunch of
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Oxo Strive Advance Bottle Let’s face it, you’re more active during the summer months, and that means you need to think about hydration more than ever. The Oxo Strive Advance Bottle features a narrow… Visit Uncrate for the full post.
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This Never Before Seen Microscopic Deep Sea Footage Is Other Worldly A brand new underwater microscope just took an unprecedentedly-close look at the deep seafloor. You can see the footage it took, including a microscopic coral cage-match, right here. The footage was taken with the Benthic Underwater Microscope , which was developed specially to look at coral reefs and other life on the seafloor by the University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oc
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‘Not just demented violence, but racial hatred’ ‒ Obama on Dallas attacks President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush spoke at the interfaith memorial service for the five Dallas, Texas police officers killed in an ambush at a march against police brutality. Read Full Article at RT.com
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UN urges ‘immediate action’ to curb spread of HIV with 2mn new cases annually The UN is urging “urgent and immediate” action to prevent the spread of HIV with a stream of new cases bringing to an end a steady decline in the number infections, with around 2 million people now contracting the virus on an annual basis globally. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Ibuprofen & other common drugs, supplements may cause, exacerbate heart failure – study Commonly-prescribed and -used medications, such as Ibuprofen, and nutritional or natural supplements may trigger or worsen heart failure, according to a new statement released by the American Heart Association. Read Full Article at RT.com
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5 Things Architects and Designers Can Do With Porcelain Tile Panels The making of tile is an ancient art form that’s experiencing a true renaissance in the current era of technological advancements and modern aesthetics. Today, this versatile surfacing material, so beloved for centuries, is being produced in contemporary styles, sizes and shapes, with compelling functionality. A prime example of tile innovation? Porcelain tile panels. Porcelain tile panels, somet
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A New Technology Makes Bathrooms Sleeker Sometimes, the search for perfection pays off in spades. Just ask German bath manufacturer Duravit, which this spring introduced a new technology and, as a result, a new aesthetic. “C-Bonded” uses precise-fitting technology to merge ceramic elements with furniture, hiding the material thickness of a washbasin from view and creating a singular, uniform vanity that’s both beautiful to behold and ea
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As body mass index increases, so does spread of multiple myeloma Obesity is believed to be a risk factor for many cancers, and each 5 kg/m2 increase in BMI is associated with an increase of 10 percent in cancer-related deaths, studies show. Now researchers have shown that as body mass index increases, so does the growth and spread of the blood cancer multiple myeloma.
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Religiosity diminishes conservative opposition to eco-friendly buying Evidence has been found that religious identification and belief in a god dampen the otherwise strong negative effect that political conservatism typically has on whether people make purchasing decisions with concern for the environment in mind.
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Selfish mitochondria implicated in a variety of diseases A research team has identified some of the methods that allow mutant mitochondrial DNA to act selfishly by circumventing the molecular mechanisms that cells use to regulate mitochondrial activity.
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Diabetes challenges, inspires family members, study finds Better outcomes may be possible if family members receive support to help their loved ones with diabetes, according to a major international study.
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Fishing & Survival Pod It’s now possible to hang an entire fishing trip from your belt loop. The Fishing & Survival Pod fits everything you need for an afternoon on the water into one clever key fob. Included are 16 tools (all listed below) designed to help you catch a few fish and survive in the wild if you […]
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Most siblings of food allergic kids do not have food allergy The risk of food allergy in siblings of an affected child is only minimally higher than in the general population, new data suggests. The study found that the majority (53%) of siblings of food allergic children showed food sensitization with testing, but did not experience food allergy symptoms. An additional one-third of siblings tested negative and had no allergic reactions to food, while only
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Cops Warn Pokemon Go Players: Please Don’t Trespass To Catch ’em All An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica report:Law enforcement agencies around the globe are reminding citizens to obey trespassing laws and follow common sense when playing Pokemon Go. The new crazy-popular mobile game has led to some frightening results in recent days, such as the location of a dead body and robberies of players in Missouri. Now, San Francisco Police Department Captain Raj Va
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Meteorologists Need to Start Talking About Climate Change Meteorologists need to give climate context for extreme weather events like the Fort McMurray fire. (Image: Getty Images) Last week, after raging for two months over an area the size of Delaware, the Fort McMurray fire was finally declared “ under control .” This was the costliest fire in Canadian history, forcing the relocation of 90,000 people—the largest evacuation in Alberta’s history—and ove
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Study identifies ‘book deserts’—poor neighborhoods lacking children’s books—across country A study led by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development finds a startling scarcity of children’s books in low-income neighborhoods in Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.
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This Mind-Bending City Skyline Would Be Fun to Live In Can you imagine if buildings in a city could grow and bend on a whim as if they were living, breathing organisms? This short film, Spatial Bodies by AUJIK , plays with that concept, transforming the cityscape of Osaka into a totally trippy world where the laws of physics and gravity don’t really exist and buildings can take any shape. It’d be fun to live in because it’d feel like you were on drug
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Georgia Tech outfits its humanoid walking robot with some fancy new kicks Human locomotion has traditionally been a tough nut for roboticists to crack, but the team at Georgia Institute of Technology looks to be doing so in stride with the DURUS, a humanoid (or, rather, three-quarters of a humanoid) ‘bot that has taken to the AMBER Lab’s treadmill like a robotic fish to water. DURUS replicates human walking in a manner much more accurately than past… Read More
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New device saves racecar drivers’ lives A biomechanical crash engineer and his brother-in-law, a racecar driver, have joined forces to create the HANS® device, which was designed to prevent the occurrence of shear injuries between the head and neck during high-impact crashes.
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Daymak Boomer Beast An off-road mobility scooter that can take on any terrain thanks to its aggressive electric engine.
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Renegade IQ Hovercraft An accessible hovercraft designed to scoot across the water or land at up to 50mph.
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Jack Rack Guitar Amp Keyholder Plug in and tune out when the day is done.
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Skeye Nano is the smallest (and squirrelliest) camera drone you can take to the skies The Skeye Nano Drone is one of the smallest in-camera drones in the world right now. Despite measuring in at a whopping 4x4x2.2 centimeters, this little whippersnapper boasts a tiny 480p camera for shooting videos and snaping pictures. But how does it compare to some of the beefier quads on the market? We took one for a spin to find out. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the Skeye Nano is not the most sta
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New US Supercarrier delayed for second schedule slip in 16 months for total of 8 month delay Delivery of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) has been pushed back again, this time by about a month and a half due to ongoing first-in-class challenges. [NBF] This will likely result in some further cost overruns. Navy spokeswoman Capt. Thurraya Kent told reporters that the ship’s current estimated delivery date is now November 2016, though the program manager told USNI News in May tha
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Kai 003 S Nail Clippers If you’re sick of dollar drugstore nail clippers and would like something a step up without dropping money in the double-digits, check out the Japanese-made, Kai 003 S stainless steel clippers. Their curved blade is quite sharp — as well it should be, given the company’s track record of making professional-level cutlery — and the lever’s movement is incredibly smooth. Perhaps the best part though
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Measuring damage to brain networks may aid stroke treatment, predict recovery Understanding the networks of connections between brain regions and how they are changed by a stroke is crucial to understanding how stroke patients heal, according to new research. The types of scans currently used to assess stroke damage don’t capture the effect of strokes on the networks of connections.
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Changes uncovered in the gut bacteria of patients with multiple sclerosis A connection between the bacteria living in the gut and immunological disorders such as multiple sclerosis have long been suspected, but for the first time, researchers have detected clear evidence of changes that tie the two together. Investigators have found that people with multiple sclerosis have different patterns of gut microorganisms than those of their healthy counterparts. In addition, pa
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Review: iDevices ‘Socket’ adds HomeKit support & iPhone app control to any lightbulb The iDevices Socket is an adapter that goes between your lighting fixture and a standard bulb to add Wi-Fi and iPhone app control to any lightbulb. It also adds support for control via Siri voice commands and the iOS 10 Home app through Apple’s HomeKit platform. more… Filed under: Apple
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Private White V.C. Shooting Jackets Whatever your feelings about hunting, one thing is for sure: few make the sport look more gentlemanly than the British. That’s because instead of donning ill-fitting camos and Halloween-ish face paints like us yanks, they take to the forests in pieces like these beautiful waxed cotton Shooting Jackets from Private White V.C.. Handcrafted in Manchester,… The post Private White V.C. Shooting Jack
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US could be set to tackle opioid painkiller epidemic at last A bill intended to reduce prescription drug and heroin deaths could be approved by the US Senate this week, but may be hampered by inadequate funding
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Krazy Kellogg: The cornflakes inventor’s most bonkers beliefs Cornflakes aren’t cool. You know what is cool? Avoiding sex at all costs.
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If You Like the War on Drugs, You’ll Love the War on Guns! A new argument has taken hold among gun control advocates, that gun control could reduce police violence. It’s a shameless attachment of a sectarian agenda to an issue that’s been in the mainstream for about two years now. The argument goes all the way up to President Obama. “Part of what’s creating tensions between the communities and the police is the fact that police have a difficult time
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Cancer drug restores brain dopamine, reduces toxic proteins in Parkinson, dementia A small phase I study provides molecular evidence that an FDA-approved drug for leukemia significantly increased brain dopamine and reduced toxic proteins linked to disease progression in patients with Parkinson’s disease or dementia with Lewy bodies.
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Top news outlets see more risks than benefits in employees’ use of social media Researchers found in a new study that news organizations are more concerned about the current social media environment than excited about it at least when it comes to their employees.
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Genetics play role in character traits related to academic success Character traits, such as grit or desire to learn, have a heavy hand in academic success and are partially rooted in genetics, according to a new psychology study.
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Entanglement: Chaos No single assessment tool is able to consistently determine driving ability in people with Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment, a St. Michael’s Hospital research review has found.
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Small rise in booze duty could cut violence-related emergency visits by 6,000 a year A small rise of 1% in alcohol prices could significantly reduce violence-related injuries in England and Wales, consequently reducing their burden on hard-pressed emergency departments, concludes a study by Cardiff University.
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Love my health wearable, hate its sickly battery Wearables owners in the U.S. can be split into two camps: fitness tracker and smartwatch owners, the former slightly more popular due to Fitbit’s hold on the market. So it’s no surprise to see health functionality as one of the most important reasons for owning or wanting to own a wearable in a survey conducted by biometric sensor firm Valencell and Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems. See Also: Wea
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These 5 things might be why you’re still job hunting There are lots of big obstacles that keep you from getting an interview that are out of your control: your previous experience (or lack thereof) compared to other candidates, your salary requirements, and so on. While you can’t always control every part of the job search process, there could also be little things that are within your control—things that are so easy to fix you’ll actually feel rel
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Stella Superyacht by Red Yacht Design Possibly one of the sleekest super yachts we ever encountered.
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Jeremy Corbyn can automatically run in leadership race – Labour Party Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will be on the leadership ballot following a decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC) on Tuesday. Read Full Article at RT.com
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New Yorkers overwhelmingly support a clean energy future The Nature Conservancy’s new research shows New Yorkers want to take action against climate change.
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How ‘Cyber Guards’ Patrol Networks Looking For Hackers Given the ever-increasing and seemingly unstoppable pervasiveness of hacks and cyber thefts, every year seems to be the year of the data breach . And because of that, cybersecurity firms are racing to come up with solutions to stop hackers from getting into companies’ computers, and make inordinate amounts of money in the process. Root9b, a Colorado-based startup founded by former US military per
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New algorithm could help diagnose depression by analyzing the tone of your voice The concept of an AI psychoanalyst has been in circulation for decades, tracing all the way back to Joseph Weizenbaum’s ELIZA chatterbot in the 1970s. But now researchers from the University of Southern California are taking the idea to the next level, courtesy of a machine learning algorithm designed to analyze a person’s speech patterns and help diagnose the possibility of depression in the pro
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Fans develop first-ever game for prototype ‘Nintendo PlayStation’ Months after a one-of-a-kind “Nintendo PlayStation” console was discovered and restored to working condition, diehard SNES fans have crafted a homebrew game compatible with Nintendo’s unreleased SNES CD-ROM peripheral. Developed by German coders “Chrono Moogle” and “Dieter Lazer,” Super Boss Gaiden has been confirmed to interface with prototype Nintendo PlayStation hardware via emulation, making
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Reactive oxygen species: Fueling or putting the brakes on inflammation? Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are important signalling molecules in an organism’s regulation of metabolism and inflammation. Accumulation of ROS have been linked to neurodegeneration and cancer. Researchers in Sweden now reveal an unexpected function of ROS: they dampen a key inflammatory process and weaken the immune system’s ability to combat pathogens such as those that cause pneumonia.
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Sea turtles in Great Barrier Reef are dying from mysterious tumors Sea turtles on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are dying from mysterious tumors. Scientists believe the tumors are caused by the herpes virus. Concerns are being raised that the disease could be affecting the heath of the turtles as well as the health of the reef. Read more… More about Mashable Video , Standalone Featured , Real Time , Australia , and Turtles
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Heigh-Adjustable Wooden Working Table Today, in our constantly changing world, the more customizable and practical furniture is, the better and the more popular it becomes. Furniture should meet all the requirements, be versatile and multifunctional, it’s true for both public spaces and home. I’d like to share a piece that really satisfies all these points being simple and not very expensive at the same time. Austrian product designe
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How to Extract Pure Gold From Busted Electronics That little bead right there? That’s all the gold in four and a half pounds of electronics waste. And it took so very much work to get there. Read more…
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This device will bring 3D sound to your headphones for $99 A couple of weeks ago Circuit Breaker told you about Waves Audio and its Nx head tracker, which the company says can bring 3D audio to your standard headphones. Well the Waves Nx is still on Kickstarter, but if you want to give 3D audio a try now, 3D Sound Labs has created its own version of the clip-on tracker that you can purchase today. The $99 3D Sound One Module fastens to your over-the-ear
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FOX primetime livestreaming launches for cable subscribers FOX has launched livestreaming of its primetime content, but only for pay TV customers. This is the first time FOX has offered primetime livestreaming; it is launching the new option as a beta, which is available through the FOX website and through FOX NOW. The livestreaming option is offered to all the pay TV customers in 210 TV markets across … Continue reading
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How to Use Python to Teach High School Physics I recently facilitated two workshops for high school teachers to introduce them to python in physics. Here are my lessons learned. The post How to Use Python to Teach High School Physics appeared first on WIRED .
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Machine learning puts new lens on autism screening and diagnostics Researchers are now exploring whether machine learning might play an important role in helping screen for autism and guide caregiver and practitioner intervention.
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New resistance gene found in ‘high risk’ multidrug-resistant pathogen A team of investigators has discovered a new variant of an emerging antibiotic resistance mechanism. The new variant, dubbed mcr-1.2, confers resistance to colistin, a last-resort antibiotic against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative pathogens.
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These days fecal transplantation is no joke Fecal transplants are increasingly being used to treat certain human illnesses and there is a major upsurge in animal experiments involving fecal material, report scientists. But what, exactly, is being transplanted?
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Firefox will get overhaul in bid to get you interested again – CNET The newest version of the browser includes technology designed to speed Firefox up and lock it down.
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Electrical waves travel through bioengineered tissue Genetically modified cells could provide insights into heart disease and lead to biological computers
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STEPDive combines SCUBA and snorkeling to let you explore longer If you wanted to go SCUBA diving, how easy would it be for you to don a suit and go under the water? It’s not something you can just jump into and do successfully as a first timer, which is why it seems so daunting to so many people. The depth and horrific monsters that might live in the sea are also a deterrent, but if it was fun and not so hard to do, quite a few more people might be interested
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Video: How to grow a glowing flower—the chemistry of fluorescence If you have ever seen objects “glow” under a black light, you’re familiar with fluorescence. But have you ever wondered why some materials fluoresce while others don’t?
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Researchers blur the line between classical and quantum physics by connecting chaos and entanglement Using a small quantum system consisting of three superconducting qubits, researchers at UC Santa Barbara and Google have uncovered a link between aspects of classical and quantum physics thought …
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Venezuela army deployed to control food production and distribution Venezuela’s military has started monitoring ports and food processing plants, in a new effort to guarantee supplies of food and medicines.
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Planet purchases three launches from Rocket Lab SAN DIEGO — Rocket Lab, the U.S.-New Zealand company developing the Electron small launch vehicle, announced July 12 that it has won a contract for three launches from remote sensing satellite company Planet. The contract covers three dedicated launches of Dove satellites built by San Francisco-based Planet, formerly known as Planet Labs, on Electron vehicles. The companies did not announce terms
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The 2017 Chevy Volt makes plug-in hybrids feel normal It’s amazing what a visit to the local car wash can do to gussy-up the 2017 Chevy Volt. The red “extended-range electric” — industry-speak for a gas hybrid that can drive a ways on electric power alone — pulled off the conveyor belt next to a Ford Fusion Energi, another plug-in hybrid that also happened to be red. A car wash worker polished up the wheels on both rides as the Ford owner
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State-backed hackers blamed for malware targeting power company networks Researchers from SentinelOne say sophisticated, detection malware has already infected at least one target in Western Europe.
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Some public places want more Pokémon Go—but the Holocaust Museum does not [Updated] This Imgur post of a Holocaust Museum scene within Pokémon Go, which has since been taken down by its original poster, may have been faked, but its cultural impact has already been slammed by museum representatives. (credit: Imgur ) Pokémon Go ‘s stratospheric launch last week is the stuff of social-scientist dreams, in terms of seeing how millions of people are using a semi-social, map-based sma
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Triptyque proposes plant-covered Tropical Tower for São Paulo French-Brazilian firm Triptyque Architecture has designed a residential skyscraper covered in vegetation for São Paulo . (more…)
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Israel army names new chief rabbi criticised over rape comments Israel’s military nominates a new chief rabbi criticised for remarks he made in the past that seemed to condone the rape of non-Jewish women in war.
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Coworking Spaces by Day, Restaurants by Night: A New Office Model A new startup allows you to work in a restaurant for less than the cost of a traditional coworking space Now here’s a brilliant idea that seems both obvious and ingenious: Spacious , a new startup based in New York, aims to transform restaurants that are otherwise empty and unused during the day into coworking spaces. Cofounders Preston Pesek and Chris Smothers noticed that many large, well-desig
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Private Policing Isn’t a Fantasy Tags A A Home | Feed | Blog.rss The Police State Private Property Private Policing Isn’t a Fantasy 0 Views Many people recoil from the idea of policing being done by private, for-profit enterprise. They imagine that such companies, in their attempt to maximize profit, would be even more abusive than government police. But what most fail to realize is that private ‘police’ already exist in America
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Check Out This Robot’s Funky Walking Style All the sensors, servos, and motors that allow humanoid robots like ATLAS to walk on two feet require a lot of battery power—so much so that they’re still impractical for real-world applications. But by more closely replicating a human’s gait—at least one with lots of swagger—Georgia Tech’s DURUS requires far less power. DURUS isn’t quite as sure-footed as an adult who has been walking since they
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Better Notes for iPhone Organizes Your Notes with Hashtags iPhone: There are countless notes apps available for your iPhone, but Better Notes has a neat little gimmick that makes it worth a look. Instead of dealing with tags or folders for organization, it allows you to make Twitter-like hashtags that are easy to search through. Better Notes works pretty much exactly as you’d expect. Create a new note, and if you want to link it to other notes, use a has
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Just add water? New MRI technique shows what drinking water does to your appetite, stomach and brain Stomach MRI images combined with functional fMRI of the brain activity have provided scientists new insight into how the brain listens to the stomach during eating. Researchers show — for the first time — real time data of the brain, the stomach, and people’s feelings of satiety measured simultaneously during a meal.
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UChicago Leads Simons Foundation Collaboration to Study the Physics of Glass The international Simons Collaboration on Cracking the Glass Problem aims to build upon recent theoretical advances to achieve a unified and general understanding of the glass transition.
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Help at Hand for People Watching Their Weight Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders have developed a portable and easy-to-use method to help people estimate portion size using only their hands.
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We’re Hiring A Social Media Editor FiveThirtyEight is hiring a social media editor who will be responsible for the site’s social promotion, in addition to helping other editors write headlines and produce the website. We’re looking for someone who appreciates our data-driven approach to covering the news and who has expertise in using social platforms to promote journalism and build audience engagement with that work. The role wil
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Uber for 911 transport is a horrible idea The Washington D.C. Fire and EMS Department is considering a plan to use Uber to transport low priority 911 callers, according to NBC Washington. It’s a horrible idea. Washington’s plan is to hire a team of nurses who could evaluate a caller’s condition over the phone and direct them to an Uber if they are deemed stable. Already this is odd given that the purpose of an… Read More
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Mezi’s human-assisted travel agent bot cannot fail, founders claim Mezi unveiled a new version of its travel bot today that lets you automatically check in to flights, cancel and reschedule flights, make sure you get a vegetarian meal on the plane, or buy off-menu items like cruises and car rentals. The new bot now communicates primarily with text, whereas the previous version was structured with buttons that gave users fewer options. Here’s a closer look at the
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Kicking the fun up a notch at your local smart stadium In an era where sporting games can be beamed into one’s home via tv or internet subscription with curated footage without the need to battle car parking, queues, expensive tickets, unhealthy fast food or poor viewing seats, it’s clear that sports stadiums need to offer something radical to entice fans away from their home comforts. Stadiums around the world are stepping up to the plate to provide
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New Black Panther Party will carry arms ahead of RNC next week – report The New Black Panther Party is among the groups that have pledged to take advantage of Ohio’s open-carry firearm laws prior to the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland, according to a new report. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Government Drones Will Shoot Vaccinated M&Ms At Prairie Dogs Aviation To save endangered ferrets that share the dogs’ burrows Drones to save endangered species.
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More EVs—and more kinds of EVs—are expected to be sold this year If it seems like EVs are everywhere, you’re closer to being right this year than ever before. Navigant Research expects the EV market to grow 62% year over year in 2016, which adds up to nearly 200,000 EVs being sold this year. Navigant points to long-range battery electric vehicles (BEVs) with price tags under $40,000, like the Chevy Bolt ($37,000 MSRP) that’s expected to hit… Read More
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FarmBot is the geekiest backyard gardening setup ever Not everyone is blessed with a green thumb, but don’t let that deter you from growing your own vegetables at home. Just enlist a little robotic help and you’ll be fine. A new […]
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Too Many Laws: Why Police Encounters Escalate Tags A A Home | Feed | Blog.rss Legal System The Police State Interventionism Too Many Laws: Why Police Encounters Escalate 0 Views The debate over the shooting of Philando Castile has ignited the debate over the way the police, generally speaking, often enforce petty, small-time offenses with often overwhelming force. In the case of Castile, the controversy hinges partially on whether or not Cas
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Obama Speaks at Dallas Memorial, Bernie Endorses Clinton, Pence or Newt? P.M. Links The police officers killed in the Dallas shooting “shared a commitment to something larger than themselves,” said President Obama at their memorial service. A male student is suing Cornell University for violating his due process rights during a sexual misconduct investigation. At long last, Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Gary Johnson is doing outreach to Bernie Sanders vo
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Moment, the iPhone App That Tracks Your Usage, Now Displays How Much Time You’re In Apps iOS: We were fans of Moment when it launched a couple years ago , but one problem with the app was how it could only track general iPhone usage. Now, you can really zoom in on your usage with a new app tracker. http://lifehacker.com/moment-tracks-… Moment still displays how much time you spend on your phone overall and where you use it, but it can now show you which apps you use the most. iOS doe
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Keep your online activity private with the Total Privacy Bundle Protect everything you do on the web as well as all the calls and texts you make on your phone with this complete VPN Unlimited – KeepSolid Phones protection coverage bundle, available now at 91% off retail right now in the TechSpot Store.
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Video: At least 36,000 displaced by recent South Sudan fighting A tenuous ceasefire appeared to be holding Tuesday in the South Sudanese capital of Juba after days of clashes that have killed hundreds and displaced at least 36,000 others.
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US holds potential to produce billion tons of biomass, support bioeconomy The 2016 Billion-Ton Report, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, concludes that the United States has the potential to sustainably produce at least 1 billion dry tons of nonfood biomass resources annually by 2040.
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What If You Could Insulate Your House With Toast? Science Scientists are turning bread into high-tech foam Scientists are turning bread into carbon nanofoam…
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Black hole makes material wobble around it The European Space Agency’s orbiting X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, has proved the existence of a “gravitational vortex” around a black hole. The discovery, aided by NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission, solves a mystery that has eluded astronomers for more than 30 years, and will allow them to map the behavior of matter very close to black holes. It could also o
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Sun-powered Solar Dogger promises perfectly cooked hot dogs in just 10 minutes With summer in full swing, few things are as satisfying on a warm afternoon than a perfectly cooked Hebrew National. Thing is, few people actually enjoy fumbling around with a bag of coals and a jug of lighter fluid to produce said hot dogs. So what if you could utilize the natural energy of the sun? This endeavor is exactly what the folks at the Cincinnati-based GoSun — the team behind the succe
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President Obama: ‘I believe our sorrow can make us a better country’ In an emotional address President Obama has paid tribute to the five policemen killed by a sniper during a protest against police violence in Dallas last week.
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Dashbot wants to be the Google Analytics of bots Thousands of chatbots exist in the world today across numerous platforms, but do we really know how well these programs are performing? It’s one thing for developers to launch bots onto messaging apps, but in order to ascertain their effectiveness, there needs to be some way to analyze the results. Dashbot believes this is an area where it can benefit everyone, and today the company is publicly i
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The telltale heart of chordate evolution: Study shows model organism making do with less A new study led by researchers of the University of Barcelona and the Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio), published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, proves once more that evolution does not always imply more complexity or more genes in living beings.
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Italy on the Brink Tags A A Home | Feed | Blog.rss Money and Banks Strategy Money and Banking Italy on the Brink 0 Views As several articles over the past few days have indicated ( here , here , here and here ), Italy is on the brink of a full-blown banking crisis. Bad debts, or “non-performing loans,” held by the banking sector total 360 billion euros, which is a remarkable 17 percent of all the outstand
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Why We Pretend to Clean Up Oil Spills Six years after Deepwater Horizon spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we still have no idea what we’re doing
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Six Ways Night Owls Can Thrive in a Nine-to-Five Work World Crack-of-dawn conference calls, breakfast meetings, or even the fact that the office coffee maker is always turned off by noon are just a few examples of how the work world really is designed for early risers. Night owls, on the other hand, flourish on a different timetable. This post originally appeared on LearnVest . Night owls typically ride a wave of energy and alertness from afternoon to wel
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Chatfuel’s ‘anyone can create a chatbot’ model, now with more power Chatfuel is expanding its Facebook Messenger chatbot creation platform by allowing users to link to external sources through plugins. This step makes Chatfuel’s toolkit more valuable to those who may not have the programming skills, an understanding of A.I., or a good way to import and sync data. The plugins make the chatbot more extensible without adding complexity. For example, you could link t
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Bot maker ManyChat wants to replace email newsletters EXCLUSIVE: ManyChat announced the creation of a paid premium plan for its marketing and engagement bot maker today. CEO Mikael Yang made the announcement onstage at MobileBeat, a two-day gathering of startups and thought leaders in artificial intelligence and chatbots. Created by VentureBeat, MobileBeat takes places at The Village in San Francisco July 12-13. ManyChat Pro can send automated messa
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Researchers Rank Mammals For Suitability As Pets Animals Skip the dingo and get a ferret When getting a new pet, there’s now even more reason to avoid exotic species. A team of researchers out of Wageningen University in the Netherlands has come up with a…
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US Army Is Testing Body Armor Made From Genetically Engineered Spider Silk Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, leading developer of spider silk based fibers, has received a contract valued at up to $1.0 million for the development of high performance fibers for protective apparel applications. the Company will deliver ballistic shoot packs constructed from its proprietary Dragon Silk™ material for performance testing. These shoot packs will be tested and evaluated for critical
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The Ultimate Guide To Hiring Original Thinkers Adam Grant, the best-selling author of Originals , shares his secrets to hiring the right people to grow your company. Bestselling author and Wharton professor Adam Grant has spent years researching and interviewing originals. There’s the seasoned chief executive who cusses freely and challenges candidates to apply for jobs by tweeting at her. Or the author who tackles weighty topics like artific
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We’re Hiring Fall Interns FiveThirtyEight is looking for three fall interns, one for our visual journalism team, one for our political team, and one to help with our podcast and video production. The positions are paid, and we can accommodate part-time interns who are enrolled in school. The visual journalism intern will design, edit and produce static graphics to accompany stories on the site, assist with reporting and r
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Public Transit Riders Want Better Service, Not Free WiFi Surprise—people care more about reliability and practicality than frills. The post Public Transit Riders Want Better Service, Not Free WiFi appeared first on WIRED .
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Google helps you find deals on flights and hotels Planning a vacation often revolves around the delicate art of booking flights and hotels at just the right moment to get a great deal , and Google knows it. The internet pioneer is rolling out a slew of updates that, for the most part, are focused on getting you the best possible bargain. To start, you’ll see automatic “deal” labels in searches whenever a hotel rate goes below the norm,
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The 18 Best Wallets Under $100 The best buys out there that won’t leave your wallet feeling empty inside.
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Despite ban on “weird architecture”, a building that looks an awful lot like a toilet was built in Henan Province Back in February, the Chinese central government demanded an end to all mainland construction of buildings that are “oversized”, “xenocentric” or “weird” and a move toward architecture that is “pleasing to the eye”. Fast forward five months, and a 12-story toilet has been built in Henan province. Ironically enough, the building is home to the North China Water Conservancy and Electric Power compa
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French trawler accidentally catches Portuguese submarine A French trawler has caught a rather big fish – a Portuguese submarine taking part in a training mission off the British coast, maritime authorities reported. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Booking.com launches pilot for destination experiences bot EXCLUSIVE: Chatbots are coming to the last frontier of the travel industry. Booking.com plans to bring artificial intelligence and conversational interfaces to a realm of hospitality that was thought to be the sole domain of humans with local knowledge: destination experiences. Today at MobileBeat 2016 , Booking.com unveiled what it calls Booking Experiences, a service that will help people decid
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CVS tipped to be testing Apple Pay CVS said in a tweet that it is “evaluating mobile payment options” for its customers, and word has surfaced that Apple Pay is included among those tests. Though Apple Pay isn’t officially available in the stores, there have been reports on social media by Apple Pay users who say they were able to use it in certain CVS stores. One … Continue reading
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Milwaukee M18 Radius LED Compact Site Light The M18 Site Lite is the first high output cordless site light on the market. It’s built tough for the inevitable impacts on the job site & uses Milwaukee’s 18 volt cordless batteries to power its high-definition 4400-lumen LEDs. There’s a centered hanging hook & AC in/outs for stringing multiple lights together. For purchase information, Click Here
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These No Bake Energy Bars Look Delicious, are Super Easy to Make Making your own homemade energy bars can be as simple or complicated as you want, and this recipe is as simple as it gets. A few ingredients, your trusty food processor , and a few minutes in the fridge to firm up, and you’ll have a snack you can enjoy at home or on the go. http://lifehacker.com/5872906/make-y… The video above runs the recipe and the instructions down, but for those who can’t wat
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AKASO F250A FPV RC Racing Drone submitted by /u/riki275 [link] [comments]
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PC Sales Are Up in the US! But Don’t Expect a Great Comeback Yes, the PC does still have its place in the hierarchy of tech. But it’s becoming increasingly niche. The post PC Sales Are Up in the US! But Don’t Expect a Great Comeback appeared first on WIRED .
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Microsoft is leasing Surface tablet and software bundles to businesses Last month, Microsoft quietly launched a program for individuals to lease its Surface detachable tablets to small businesses so they could use top-line machines without a lot of up-front cost. Today they’re rolling out a more ambitious plan that takes a page out of the SaaS playbook, letting partners rent out the devices alongside the tech giant’s more popular office software. As part of their Su
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Progress towards protection from highly lethal Ebola, Marburg viruses Ebola and Marburg filovirus disease outbreaks have typically occurred as isolated events, confined to central Africa. However, the recent Ebola epidemic spread to several African countries, and caused 11,000 deaths. That epidemic underscored the need to develop vaccines and therapeutics that could be used to fight future disease outbreaks. Now new research suggests that antibodies to filoviruses f
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Robot ran over our child, say angry parents – CNET Technically Incorrect: At the Stanford Shopping Center, a friendly security robot is allegedly not so friendly.
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Who Wouldn’t Watch a Show Called The Astronaut Instruction Manual? The Astronaut Instruction Manual is, as its title promises, a book that tells kids how to become an astronaut. It’s educational, inspirational, and now, it may get a fictional adaptation on television. Read more…
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Honda Unveils First Hybrid Motor Without Heavy Rare Earth Metals An anonymous reader writes: Honda has unveiled its new hybrid motor this week that doesn’t use heavy rare earth metals like dysprosium and terbium — though it still does contain neodymium. The motor was co-developed alongside Daido Steel and will use their magnets in replace of the rare earth metals because they cost 10 percent less and weigh 8 percent less. Honda is the first automaker to develo
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The Companies With the Most Part-Time, Work-From-Home Jobs If you’re looking for a part-time, flexible gig you can work from the comfort of your home, these are the 35 companies you want to take a look at first. This list, from FlexJobs , is based on an analysis of over 40,000 companies that posted jobs with the freelance job finding service between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016. Every job included in the analysis was entirely a work-from-home gig. H
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DUST uses “lava-crete” to create monolithic desert house in Arizona Arizona studio DUST has created a desert home south of Tucson using volcanic residue to form rammed-earth walls (+ slideshow). (more…)
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AUJIK warps urban landscapes and architectural bodies into living organisms domesticated and cultivated only by its own nature, this vast concrete vegetation oscillates between order and chaos. The post AUJIK warps urban landscapes and architectural bodies into living organisms appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
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Sure, Police Can Get Confused Seeing People Open Carrying Weapons in the Midst of a Mass Shooting. That’s Not a Good Reason to Rethink the Legality of “Open Carry.” Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters yesterday that “it’s increasingly challenging when people have AR-15s slung over their shoulder and they’re in a crowd,” he said. “We don’t know who the good guy is versus the bad guy when everyone starts shooting.” He’s talking about Texas’ practice of allowing open carrying of legally owned long guns, even without a specific lic
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Germany, intl migration body to create global databank for tracking refugees A global migration databank to track migrants and refugee movements is set to be established under the guise of the German government. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russia’s railgun program still testing fundamental science A railgun is an electromagnetic cannon using rails to accelerate a projectile through the electromagnetic effects. The pressure in the railgun is comparable with the pressure at the bottom of the Mariana Trench and amounts to over a thousand atmospheres. Russian railgun developed by scientists of the United Institute of High Temperatures at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) will help study ma
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Grillo Portable Grill Take it to the campground, the ball game, or anywhere else there’s meat to be charred. The Grillo Portable Grill is made to be moved. The light-weight barbecue folds up… Visit Uncrate for the full post.
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6 Types of Stories Scientifically Proven to Make You Emotional How many kinds of stories are there? From Harry Potter, to Oedipus and Romeo and Juliet, scientists at University of Vermont use data modeling to figure it out. Read More
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Remains of the Day: Google’s Project Fi Gets Better International Coverage Google is making things a little better for Project Fi users who often travel abroad by adding a network in some European and Asian countries. Whether you’re hunting for deals on this hallowed Amazon Prime Day or hunting for Pokemon, better cell service is always good news. Google is adding the Three network to Project Fi. You likely haven’t heard of Three but it’s good news for international tra
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Google’s AI is learning how to save your life AlphaGo’s uncanny success at the game of Go was taken by many as a death knell for the dominance of the human intellect , but Google researcher David Silver doesn’t see it that way. Instead, he sees a world of potential benefits. As one of the lead architects behind Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo system, which defeated South Korean Go champion Lee Se-dol 4 games to 1 in March, Silver believes the tech
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Israeli journo plants fake bombs on 12 planes to expose ‘world’s safest’ airport An undercover journalist proved Tel Aviv airport security lax when he planted fake “bombs” on 12 passenger planes while working as a cleaner on a friend’s ID. In response, the airport filed a police complaint against the man for “impersonating a public employee.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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US efforts to reassert military technological dominance will get $18 billion in funding over the next 5 years DoD introduced the third offset strategy to keep the U.S. technologically superior to its rivals. The strategy is investing in specific research areas like man-machine teaming, autonomous learning systems, semi-autonomous weapons systems and assisted human operations. DoD expects to invest $18 billion in the Offset Strategy over the next five years. The investments are in Artificial Intelligence,
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Cisco boasts 100 percent security coverage Partnering with its rivals is one way Cisco is pushing the envelope of its 100 percent security strategy, wherein it aims to provide security to all workers, both on premises and off premises.
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Camp stability predicts patterns of hunter-gatherer cooperation Reciprocal food-sharing is more prevalent in stable hunter-gatherer camps, shows new UCL research that sheds light on the evolutionary roots of human cooperation.
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These Six Companies Are Tackling The Summer Slump In Unique Ways No one wants to be stuck inside in front of a computer all summer long, so some companies are finding creative ways to get outside. When the sun is shining and the temperatures rise, the last place many of us want to be is inside an office working. That’s why productivity drops and absenteeism rises during summer months, according to a recent study . Tina Hamilton, president of the human resource
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Every device that connects to the Amazon Echo We’ve all heard the saying, “if these walls could talk … ” Your walls might be silent, but with the Amazon Echo, you might one day be able to talk to them. The Echo is a cylindrical, hands-free Bluetooth speaker. It has a built-in microphone that connects the user to Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, a versatile AI capable of controlling nearly your entire home through the power of voice commands. Yo
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella believes Pokémon Go is good for HoloLens Nintendo’s Pokémon Go app has certainly made a huge splash in the mobile gaming market since its debut last week, earning the company around $14 million in just a short number of days. Topics regarding the app have spanned from locating a real dead body, to the Holocaust Museum in Washington kicking out players. Even Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella seems to have a reignited Pokémon interest, saying t
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How to Block Everyone’s Pokémon Go Posts I love Pokémon Go , but I can understand why all the news about it might be a little overwhelming if it’s not your cup of tea. Here’s a couple tools that will pull your head above water if you’re drowning under the poké-wave. http://lifehacker.com/what-is-pokemo… The most obvious solution is to stay away from the internet and all social networks, but it’s not that simple and you shouldn’t have to
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Discovery of mechanisms triggering excess antibody production during chronic infection Some autoimmune diseases and persistent infections are characterized by high levels of antibodies in the blood. But what are the causes of this hypergammaglobulinemia? Medical researchers have successfully identified the mechanisms triggering the phenomenon. For the first time ever, they have established a link between B-cell activation by a protein — type 1 interferon — and unusually high antib
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‘Fat tax’ India’s Kerala state imposes a ‘fat tax’ to curb obesity, but there are doubts whether it is fair, reports Supriya Menon.
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Novel advancements in radiation tolerance of HEMTs When it comes to putting technology in space, size and mass are prime considerations. A better understanding of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs could mean huge advancements in solid state science, specifically space exploration.
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Get outdoors without soaking your circuits using the best waterproof gear Summer is here, and for many of us, that means lazy days by the pool or ocean – lounging on deck chairs or getting sunburned on the beach (unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, then we wish you a happy winter). If your travels this summer involve any sort of water activity, bring along gear that can withstand splashes or even dunks – whether it’s an action camera that can dive with you, an eb
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Germany deplores rights violations at enclave in Chile German President Joachim Gauck deplores the human rights violations at a secretive colony of ethnic Germans in Chile in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Plane Industries Luxury Luggage A pair of entrepreneurs have found a way to incorporate retro plane fabric into your EDC.
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Major new milestone for Populous designed FFR Grande Stade This unique, 82,000-capacity venue is at the heart of the FFR’s plans for a new era for French rugby. The ground will be much more than a stadium The post Major new milestone for Populous designed FFR Grande Stade appeared first on Architecture Lab .
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Three Ways Noncompetitive People Can Still Get Ahead You don’t like to toot your own horn or tear others down—and that’s great. Here’s how to make your agreeableness a career asset. Many of us assume that success is all about a tenacious climb to the top. Watch this year’s election coverage and you may come away with a renewed certainty that for one person to win, another’s got to lose. Read Full Story
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Clever Kebab Maker Mmm, kebabs! Or is it kabobs? Anyways, now you can quickly and easily prepare up to 16 of them at once, without the mess, using this innovative and multi-functional kebab maker. Click Here For Complete Details
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The Audiophile’s Workspace We’ve seen a lot of workspaces with great audio gear in them, but redditor huy- has an interesting collection of good, solid, consumer gear meant to give him the best possible listening experience without being crazy or over the top. Here’s a look at his workspace. The shot above is the whole setup, including the audio gear to the left of the desk and workstation. Here’s a shot specifically of th
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Los Angeles officers cleared in shooting death of Redel Jones As the nation continues to broil over last week’s deadly shootings — the police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and the Dallas shooting that killed 5 officers — the Los Angeles Police Commission cleared two officers in the 2015 shooting death of a 30-year-old black woman. SEE ALSO: Before Alton and Philando: 12 other black men killed by police, on video In their ruling,
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Leaky Database Leaves Oklahoma Police, Bank Vulnerable To Intruders blottsie quotes a report from The Daily Dot: A leaky database has exposed the physical security of multiple Oklahoma Department of Public Safety facilities and at least one Oklahoma bank. The vulnerability — which has reportedly been fixed — was revealed on Tuesday by Chris Vickery, a MacKeeper security researcher who this year has revealed numerous data breaches affecting millions of Americans.
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How Much Weight Can a Bench Press Bar Lift Before It Gets Bent Out of Shape? It’s a lot of freaking weight. The stress test on this cheap Olympic bar reveals that the straight metal bar can lift an immeasurable amount of weight before it buckles and permanently bends itself out of shape. When it’s just lifting normal plates and the like, Beyond the Press counted nearly 1,500 pounds of weight without the bar breaking. The last weight test they did? Well, one side was half
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Peg Lock Storage System An easily adaptable way to store your rifles, pistols, or woodworking tools.
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New NC law prevents public from viewing police bodycam footage Police bodycam and dashcam footage is now off limits to the public in North Carolina unless a court order is obtained. Governor Pat McCrory signed a law restricting access to the footage “to gain public trust while respecting the rights of public safety officers.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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Iran says France agrees to cooperate on nuclear fusion project Iran and France have agreed to work on an international nuclear fusion project, an Iranian official has announced. The deal, which is yet to be confirmed by Paris, comes a year after Iran and six world powers came to terms over Tehran’s atomic program. Read Full Article at RT.com
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28 Changing Table And Station Ideas That Are Functional And Cute If you are waiting for a little miracle and one or more new members of your family, then you may be decorating a nursery . Every part of it is important to welcome your child or children and make them feel comfortable here. Of course, you shouldn’t forget the functional areas of the nursery such as a changing station. Styling A Changing Table There are a lot of changing tables you can buy today,
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T-Shirts & Apparel : Star Trek 50th Anniversary Duffel Bag For the Landing Party This Star Trek Universal Traveler Duffel Bag has a detachable shoulder strap, a front pocket, and two large side pockets that zip closed. It’s the largest bag in this 50th Anniversary line. $119.99
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Giant glass mushroom another example of what might have been for Lucas Museum The plans — resembling, depending on your state of mind, either a giant glass mushroom or a massive snow globe — have almost no chance of ever being built The post Giant glass mushroom another example of what might have been for Lucas Museum appeared first on Architecture Lab .
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Twitter to live-stream Bloomberg financial news and stock market updates Twitter and Bloomberg have a struck a deal to live-stream several of the media company’s television programs on the social network. The partnership includes the streaming rights to three financial news shows, including Bloomberg West , What’d You Miss? , With All Due Respect , and the network’s daily stock market coverage. The deal sees Twitter continue its aggressive expansion into live video on
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Travelteq Have Got Practicality and Style in the Bag The shoes, belt, cufflinks and tailored suit might all look great, but the one thing too many men allow to be their stylistic downfall is an ugly backpack. Having to carry a laptop and documents, or going to the gym before or after work is not a good enough excuse to walk around with tacky bag with a giant logo […] Visit Man of Many for the full post.
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Competitions: ARPA Journal Issue 05 “Conflicts of Interest”: Call for Abstracts Registration Deadline: Sep 1, 2016; Submission Deadline Sep 1, 2016 “Conflicts of interest” are said to compromise the impartiality of research, but what would it mean to be disinterested? Ethical codes warn us that researchers’ objectivity can be corrupted by a clashing set of interests—those of funding agencies, clients and publics, as well as researchers’ self-interest in professional advanceme
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Event: Seattle Design Festival 2016 Event Date: Sep 10, 2016 – Sep 23, 2016; Event City: Seattle, WA, US The sixth year of the annual Seattle Design Festival, thirteen days of contemporary design events and installations presented by Design in Public. The 2016 festival theme is “Design Change,” and it will explore how people can design change and take an active role in transforming their city through the exhilarating potential of de
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‘Unprecedented spike’ in Egypt forced disappearances, says Amnesty Egypt’s police have been implicated in an “unprecedented spike” in enforced disappearances since early 2015 aimed at quashing dissent, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday.
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Man caught slapping wheelchair-bound woman on live TV arrested A Phoenix, Arizona man was arrested following viewer outrage over seeing him slap a woman in a wheelchair during a live on-air report by a local television news station. Read Full Article at RT.com
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2 yrs for beheading selfies in Syria: Militant jailed in Germany for horrendous photoshoot A German of Iranian origin who traveled to Syria to join a jihadist group was sentenced to two years in prison for appearing in a set of images with severed heads of Syrian army servicemen. The case marks the first Syria-related war crime verdict in Germany. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Freshly is a healthy-meal startup that delivers microwavable dinners to your door You thought you wanted to cook. You really did. You ordered that meal kit with every intention of firing up the stove and putting on an apron. But now, the only part of your kitchen you want to utilize is your microwave. Luckily, there’s another meal delivery startup that will cater to your busy lifestyle and your after-work exhaustion. Meet Freshly , a New York City-based company that delivers h
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Research highlights the legal issues of certifying emotional support animals Service animals are recognized by the ADA as those whose training helps them serve a specific disability-related function. However, people not necessarily exhibiting a mental or physical disability are eluding the system by asking their mental health professionals to certify ’emotional support animals’. Researchers are exploring the effects these requests are having on the mental health profession
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With its Fit wireless earbuds, ELWN claims to have solved the battery-life problem After years of wireless earbuds that contained a fair amount of wires, we’re finally beginning to see wireless buds that are actually wireless coming to the market. The only problem is battery life — but the ELWN Fit earbuds, which just launched on Kickstarter, aim to change that. With the Fit earbuds, ELWN says it has two main priorities: fit and battery life. Given the name, the first is probab
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New diabetes screening recommendation misses more than half of high-risk patients Fifty-five percent of high-risk patients were missed by diabetes screening guidelines, according to a new study. Not identifying patients with diabetes and prediabetes prevents them from getting the necessary preventive care. This is the first study to examine how the latest diabetes screening guidelines, issued in October 2015, may perform in practice.
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Newly discovered features of collagen may help shed light on disease processes Scientists are reporting new, unexpected details about the fundamental structure of collagen, the most abundant protein in the human body. In lab experiments, they demonstrated that collagen, once viewed as inert, forms structures that regulate how certain enzymes break down and remodel body tissue. The finding of this regulatory system provides a molecular view of the potential role of physical f
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Interventions do not improve viral suppression among hospitalized patients with HIV infection A new study has assessed the effect of structured patient navigation (care coordination with case management) interventions with or without financial incentives to improve HIV-l viral suppression rates among hospitalized patients with elevated HIV-1 viral loads and substance use.
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Extending terahertz technology to obtain highly accurate thickness of automotive paint In a novel approach to industrial applications of THz technology, a team of researchers began from the principle that thicknesses of multi-layered paint coatings can be measured using time-of-flight measurements of ultrashort THz pulses. The model they developed obtained a new level of precision in measuring individual coating layers.
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Cinnamon may aid learning ability Cinnamon is a delicious addition to toast, coffee and breakfast rolls. Eating the tasty household spice also might improve learning ability, according to new study.
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Uber and Gilt are selling passes for unlimited uberPOOL rides in NYC Here’s a great deal: Uber and Gilt City are teaming up to offer a packages of unlimited uberPOOL rides in New York City. The deal is being called a “commute card” and can only be used Monday through Friday during commuting hours (7-10am and 5-8pm) in Manhattan. These are the same hours during which Uber offers $5 flat rate uberPOOL rides in NYC. As a refresher, uberPOOL… Read More
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New York-based Bill Hudnut’s Gorgeous, Organic Ceramics How can you combine the precision of mathematics with the sensitive expression of undulating organic form? Well New York-based ceramicist and designer Bill Hudnut has cracked it – though happily, not literally. His collection of vessels is compelling, tactile and beautiful – it’s all about the form. Taken from the home page of his website – ”form n. The shape and structure of something. v. 1. To
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These Guys Play Pokemon GO From a Drone This completely defeats the purpose of Pokemon GO, which is to get out into the real world and catch some Pokemon, but it’s still a brilliant idea. Aptly titled, Dronémon Go, this video shows a group of friends attaching an Android phone running Pokemon GO to a drone and playing it remotely. It’s unclear what apps they used to link the smartphone to the computer, but if I figure it out myself I’l
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【New arrival】EDIFIER R26T Double-horn Multimedia Wired Speaker Yes, you are right. Edifier speaker are available now in Gearbest. Edifier, as a well-known brand, enjoys the reputation of home and abroad. Today we are going to introduce one of the speakers with high performance-price ratio. EDIFIER R26T Double-horn Multimedia Wired Speaker Main Features: ● Covered with special design plastic boards which can effectively improve the quality of the music, it wi
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Scavenger crows provide public service, research shows Crows are performing a useful function and keeping our environment free from rotting carcasses, research carried out.
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Male circumcision, HIV treatment can significantly reduce new infections in African men Increasing the number of men who undergo circumcision and increasing the rates at which women with HIV are given antiretroviral therapy were associated with significant declines in the number of new male HIV infections in rural Ugandan communities, new research has shown.
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HIV vaccine research requires unprecedented path, expert suggests Because the body does not readily make an adequate immune response to HIV infection, creating a preventive HIV vaccine remains a formidable challenge for researchers. To succeed in this endeavor, scientists have responded with complex, creative and elegant approaches unparalleled in other vaccine research pursuits, according to a new article.
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2016 recommendations for antiretroviral drugs for the treatment and prevention of HIV infection Experts have updated recommendations for the use of antiretroviral therapy in adults with established HIV infection, including when to start treatment, initial regimens, and changing regimens, along with recommendations for using antiretroviral drugs for preventing HIV among those at risk, including preexposure and postexposure prevention.
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Additive manufacturing techniques featuring atomic precision could one day create materials with Legos flexibility and Terminator toughness Researchers provide an overview of existing paths to 3-D materials, but the ultimate goal is to create and customize material at the atomic scale. Material would be assembled atom by atom, much like children can use Legos to build a car or castle brick by brick. This concept, known as directed matter, could lead to virtually perfect materials and products because many limitations of conventional m
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New eye test could detect glaucoma years earlier Scientists have developed a testing protocol that identifies the blinding eye disease glaucoma four years earlier than current techniques.
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Researchers identify potential immunotherapy drug combination A drug combination designed to enhance the immune system’s ability to zero in and attack cancer cells has shown a pronounced therapeutic effect against advanced and metastatic cancers in mice, according to a new study.
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Quick Tips That’ll Make You a Gmail Power User Gmail isn’t just a place to send and receive email. Well, I mean technically it is, but if you’re truly skilled at using it, you can make it do so much more for you. If you’re a Gmail power user, you can do it all. How do you become a Gmail power user? Just follow the tips on the infographic and you’ll be good to go! Via NeoMam Click To Enlarge Read the full article: Quick Tips That’ll Make You a
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Avis Now lets you pick your rental car from your phone To keep up with with the growing proliferation of car sharing services (and their own sister company Zipcar), Avis will now let you pick your ride, extend your rental or just breeze through the car pick up process right from your phone. The updates are all part of the new Avis Now features, which launched today at 50 locations across the US and will expand to select international markets in the n
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Amazing AI-powered robotic potter designs and molds clay pots autonomously There are no shortage of studies suggesting that many forms of human employment as we know them today are likely to be wiped out by the currently-happening AI revolution. One thing many experts agree on, however, is that the jobs that will survive are those which rely on creativity and artisanal skill — since these are things machines are not able to satisfactorily replicate. But don’t tell that
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Take a look at Kensington’s new docks that fully embrace USB Type-C The advent of USB Type-C means our devices are gradually switching to a faster, and reversible, charging port, but that also means replacing our existing chargers. (It’s even affecting how we listen to music, but that’s a different story.) To keep up with the times, Kensington released a host of USB Type-C docks to power mobile and desktop computing. The SD4500 USB-C Universal Dock lets you insta
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Red hair gene variation drives up skin cancer mutations For the first time, researchers have proven that gene variants associated with red hair, pale skin and freckles are linked to a higher number of genetic mutations in skin cancers. The burden of mutations associated with these variants is comparable to an extra 21 years of sun exposure in people without this variant.
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The moral tipping point: Why it’s hard to shake a bad impression People require more evidence to perceive improvement in someone’s moral character than to perceive a decline, research shows. In other words, it is easier to become a sinner than a saint.
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3 men shot during Facebook Live video broadcast in Norfolk, Virginia A man streaming a Facebook Live video of himself and two other friends in a car ended up recording a shooting that left all three men with life-threatening injuries. The shooting took place in the Berkley neighborhood of Norfolk, Virginia. Read Full Article at RT.com
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How to Keep the Superhot Plasma Inside Tokamaks From Chirping Article describes findings on the source of chirping modes that can halt fusion reactions.
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Engineered “Sand” May Help Cool Electronic Devices Baratunde Cola would like to put sand into your computer. Not beach sand, but silicon dioxide nanoparticles coated with a high dielectric constant polymer to inexpensively provide improved cooling for increasingly power-hungry electronic devices.
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New Arrival! Tanix TV box, Amlogic S905X, Android 6.0 TX5 Pro TV Box Amlogic S905X H.265 with Dual WiFi Android 6.0 Quad Core 2.4G + 5.8G WiFi 2GB RAM 16GB ROM Only $45.99 http://bit.ly/29uJoho Description: Are you willing to have a gorgeous and breathtaking experience? Only a remote control, you will own your entertainment style. Main Features: ● Dual band WiFi: 2.4G plus 5.8G can improve the speed which is convenient for watching. ● KODI supported
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‘Migrant intrusions’ shut down EU’s longest rail motorway Train services on the longest rail motorway in Europe have been shut down after numerous attempts by migrants from the so-called “Jungle” camp near the French city of Calais to break into the unaccompanied trailers transporting goods from Spain to the UK. Read Full Article at RT.com
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In Europe, Workers Use Minimum Wage Laws to Exclude their Competition Tags A A Home | Feed | Blog.rss Global Economy Interventionism In Europe, Workers Use Minimum Wage Laws to Exclude their Competition 0 Views Economists often warn about the perverse effects of the minimum wage. It is acknowledged this measure does not increase the salary of less productive workers. It reduces their employability, their ability to increase their skills and experience and thus cons
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Feather-munching bacteria damage wild bird plumage A new study in The Auk: Ornithological Advances links feather-degrading bacteria to damaged plumage on wild birds for the first time, offering new insights into how birds’ ecology and behavior might affect their exposure to these little-studied microbes.
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Find Out Which Appliance Is Sucking All Your Power Sense’s $299 gadget identifies individual devices in the home and exactly how much electricity they are using.
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Nature is everywhere — we just need to learn to see it | Emma Marris How do you define “nature?” If we define it as that which is untouched by humans, then we won’t have any left, says environmental writer Emma Marris. She urges us to consider a new definition of nature — one that includes not only pristine wilderness but also the untended patches of plants growing in urban spaces — and encourages us to bring our children out to touch and tinker with it
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LSD Residence LSD Residence was designed for a couple of soon to be empty-nesters. As the house site is narrow and long, the design was conceived as 3 blocks punctuated by 2 glazed interstitial zones which contain the staircase/entry and kitchen/bar/alfresco areas. The kitchen’s design proves to be a novel element in LSD Residence.
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Guide: Metal Desk Accessories There’s something about aluminum and steel gear in our workspace that makes us feel all tingly inside. (Not in a creepy way.) Maybe it’s the way they match the aesthetic of our iMacs and MacBooks. Maybe it’s that metal stuff looks so sleek in general. Whatever the case, here are a few of our favorite aluminum desk accessories. Enjoy. * * * Satechi’s Mini Docking Station. ($150) Satechi Mini Docki
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Prevent ‘counter-radicalization’ strategy condemned by human rights NGO Britain’s controversial Prevent strategy, which is purportedly aimed at preventing the radicalization of Muslim youngsters, is counterproductive, stifles free expression, and isolates students, a study by Rights Watch UK claims. Read Full Article at RT.com
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US on track to approve $40bn in foreign arms sales – Pentagon The US government is on schedule to approve almost $40 billion in foreign military sales in the 2016 fiscal year that ends on October 1, a top Pentagon official has announced. That figure is down from last year’s $46.6 billion. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Venezuela’s oil output plunges to 13-year low Crude production in Venezuela is at its lowest level since February 2003 as the economic crisis affects the country’s oil industry, according to the monthly report from the International Energy Agency. Read Full Article at RT.com
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The ‘world’s smallest 4K camera’ has big ambitions If your sole guidance on an industry was the share price of the market leader , then you’d definitely consider it a tough 12 months for action cameras. That said, newcomer So Special Labs isn’t put off. In fact, it thinks its Mokacam GoPro rival might just be the tonic the product category needs. The 4K action camera packs a dual punch of being small and reasonably priced. At $270, it’s more than
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Brexit Vote Prompts Reduced Global Chip Market Forecast IC Insights has lowered its 2016 semiconductor market forecast from 2 percent growth to an annual decline of 1 percent.
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Playing action video games boosts visual motor skill underlying driving Playing action-based video games may boost players’ ability to coordinate incoming visual information with their motor control, a skill critical to many real-world behaviors including driving, new research shows.
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Google Fiber offers up three new plans for small businesses Google has revealed new information for small businesses taking advantage of its Fiber internet, signaling the end of the program’s early access period. That means we’re getting our first look at what internet plans for small businesses will offer, complete with pricing details. Google says it will offer small businesses three different options when it comes to internet speeds, with … Continue re
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Adobe beefs up Lightroom mobile photo app with premium features – CNET Photo enthusiasts should appreciate raw editing and an advanced camera mode — but some new features are available only with a paid subscription.
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This spaghetti-limbed pneumatic robot has weirdly human muscles If there’s one thing that motivates me to get out of bed in the morning and try my hand at this dreary carnival called Life, it’s the thought of clocking my eyes on a freaky-looking robot I’ve never seen before. And thanks to the good folks at Suzumori Endo Robotics Laboratory in Japan, I’ve found my robot-will-to-live today: a spaghetti-limbed, slack-jawed baby I’m going to call Frank. Now, Fran
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Opening the 5G wireless frontier An explosion of devices and new forms of digital content is producing a continued surge in wireless internet traffic. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), accordingly, is working on ways to free up more airwaves for new wireless networks and services. On Thursday, July 14, the FCC will release its Spectrum Frontiers order that will recommend ways to unleash new batches of higher frequency
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Feed Your Flowers Highlighter Juice For Psychedelic Petals Science Peace, love, and blacklight science Feeding white flowers a water and highlighter ink cocktail creates psychedelic petals, as the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology demonstrates.
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Zaha Hadid Architects Releases New Images, Animation of “Stacked Vase” Tower for Melbourne Zaha Hadid Architects has released new images and an animation of the firm’s “Stacked Vase” tower in Melbourne’s Central Business District to coincide with the building receiving approval from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the City of Melbourne and the Office of Victorian Government Architect. The 54-story (178m) mixed-use skyscraper will be Zaha Hadid’s only tower in M
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Can’t promise bells, but Uber will deliver free ice cream on demand this Friday Ice cream’s always good but in the heat of summer, it’s especially wonderful. If you grew up in a neighborhood where summertime meant ice cream trucks driving through to the tune of ringing bells or circus music, get ready for this Friday, July 15. Uber drivers may not be ringing bells but they will deliver free ice cream on demand in more than 400 cities around the world, including some cities w
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Driverless cars learn from landscape pics before going off-road Highly variable terrain makes off-road driving harder for robots, but training them to identify navigable ground in photos gives them a head start
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6 of the Best Sleeping Bags For Your Next Camping Trip The sleeping bag is undeniably one of the most important pieces of gear in your kit, but if you’re anything like us, it hasn’t been upgraded in a while. While the best sleeping bags share plenty of features, the best bag for the person that wants something affordable and reliable for quick weekend jaunts is […]
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Donald Trump, Joel Osteen, and the Evangelical “Money Cult” “The market is becoming a mystical object of worship,” says Chris Lehmann, editor in chief of left-wing “little magazine” The Baffler and the author of the new book The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream . “The market is becoming sanctified.” Which, he argues, helps to explain the rise of Donald Trump, who has no qualificatio
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What Research Says About the Relationship Between Practice and Expertise Some people are dramatically better at activities like sports, music and chess than other people. Take the basketball great Stephen Curry . This past season, breaking the record he set last year by over 40 percent, Curry made an astonishing 402 three-point shots–126 more than his closest challenger. What explains this sort of exceptional performance? Are experts “born,” endowed with a genetic adv
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Modeling Predicts Which Counties Could Store More Carbon in Soil by Growing Bioenergy Crops To help stakeholders in government and business make smart decisions about the best types of land and local climates for planting bioenergy crops, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory are using computational modeling to predict which counties could see increases in soil organic carbon from cultivation of crops for biofuels. The results are contributin
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What Free Will Looks Like in the Brain Johns Hopkins University researchers are the first to glimpse the human brain making a purely voluntary decision to act.
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New insights on how cells regrow after being sliced in half For a single celled organism, as with many cells, cell shape is critical to the functions it can perform. However, little is known about how cells regain proper shape after an injury. In a new study, researchers report new insights about the underlying drivers that help cells heal and maintain their shape.
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Advancing self-driving car design, other shared human- and machine-controlled systems Computer scientists have described a new approach to managing the challenge of transferring control between a human and an autonomous system.
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Germany Enlists Machine Learning to Boost Renewables Revolution Grids struggle to cope with erratic nature of wind and solar power — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Streamers Get Best Of Both Worlds With Xbox Live Support For PC Twitch Streaming An anonymous reader shares a Neowin article: Microsoft is making life easier for Twitch streamers who rely on capture cards to stream Xbox One games, by adding support for capture cards on Xbox Live. Up until now if you wanted to stream an Xbox One game, you had a couple of choices: either rely on the Twitch app and benefit from Xbox Live integration, but make do with lower-quality graphics; or re
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Trace Genomics launches a 23andMe for farms, raises $4 million to improve the world’s food supply A San Francisco startup called Trace Genomics wants to help farmers diagnose and improve the health of the soil where they want to raise crops before it’s harvest time and too late to change course. So the startup has developed a soil testing kit and “pathogen panel,” that tells the growers of high-value crops, like berries or lettuce, whether or not their soil has harmful… Read More
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Cool Hunting Picks for Protective, Stylish Sunglasses : Wherever you face glare, these shades block harmful rays without sacrificing aesthetics UV rays from the sun can affect your vision—even when you’re wearing sunglasses. Because the sun’s rays reflect in all directions, it can be difficult to avoid damaging sunlight and glare, which can distort your depth perception, color perception and…… Continue Reading…
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Shedding new light on protein aggregates and the diseases they cause Researchers have developed a system capable of quickly screening millions of yeast cells to measure protein aggregates. Proteins regulate all of the processes that keep cells alive, but when misfolded they can clump into large aggregations, a phenomenon associated with diseases including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s.
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Ravens learn best from their affiliates One of the benefits of living together is gaining new information from group members. Once a group member starts displaying a new behavior, it frequently spreads to the rest of the group. In a study on ravens, cognitive biologists have shown that being socially connected to others is critical in gaining new information.
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Tilting e-quad gets tilting trike stablemate E-bikes are a great alternative to a commute by car, and are not quite the lazy cycling option some folks believe them to be. But if you want a little more stability combined with a tight turning circle, Poland’s Jack Skopinski has built an electric-assist tricycle that makes use of the same exposed tilting mechanism as his wonderfully industrial-looking EV4 quad bike. .. Continue Reading Tilting
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Technological and cultural innovations amongst early humans not sparked by climate change Environmental records obtained from archaeological sites in South Africa’s southern Cape suggest climate may not have been directly linked to cultural and technological innovations of Middle Stone Age humans in southern Africa after all.
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Today’s teenagers could become prematurely hearing-impaired, study warns According a recent study, teenagers are increasingly experiencing tinnitus, often a symptom of hearing loss, as a result of using ear buds to listen to music for long periods every day, as well as frequenting very noisy places like nightclubs, discos and rock concerts. The researchers observed that most of the teenagers who took part in the study reported risky listening habits, and those who repo
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Does the right to drive trump the 1st Amendment right to assemble? Roads are public space where apparently only metal boxes have constitutional rights.
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Totally Accurate Battle Simulator From Clustertruck developer Landfall Games comes a silly strategy game. Originally made for Castle Game Jam , Totally Accurate Battle Simulator uses ragdoll physics to turn military battles into a QWOP party. Sign up for the alpha here . Hat Tip Link More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Smart Slab Concept Table Tennis Trainer Concept Samsung Modular Display Concept Adidas Futurecraft Leather L
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Thriving student village allows fauna and flora to flourish Imagine if all built environments were constructed around the landscape, letting flora and fauna grow freely and abundantly as nature planned. That’s the dream, right? One such design in Haifa, Israel took that concept to heart, designing a walkable and livable complex with little impact to its natural habitat. The project, designed by Schwartz Besnosoff Architects + Bar Orian Architects, is livin
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Disgruntled Bernie Sanders Supporters Planning “Fart-In” at Democratic National Convention Bernie Sanders may have ended his revolution yesterday when he formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and urged his supporters to vote for the former secretary of state in November. But some of his most hardcore backers do not intend go quietly. In fact, Steven Nelson reports at U.S. News and World Report that certain Sanderistas intend to stage a “fart-in” to protest Clinton’s
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Sen. Feinstein Will Not Be Giving Up the Drug War Anytime Soon Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will absolutely not stand around and just let Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) snatch away her title of “The Absolute Worst.” Feinstein announced Tuesday afternoon that she will oppose California’s ballot initiative legalizing recreational use of marijuana . Feinstein is a well-worn drug warrior, and last year was the only Democrat on the Senate Appropriations C
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Provocative architecture debating series Turncoats goes international Debates are rubbish. We’ve all been there: a panel of similar people with similar views taking it in turns to talk at length about their similar work – too polite, too deferential, too dull. At best they are lukewarm love-ins, critically impotent, elitist and stuffy. Turncoats is a shot in the arm. Turncoats, a provocative architectural debating society that originated in London last year, has ex
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Today’s Best Deals: Wireless Everything, Waterproof Phone Case, Back to the Future Wireless headphones , thermometers , and speakers lead off today’s best deals. I also hereby declare this day “Prime Hangover Day,” henceforth and forever. Read more…
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My Favorite Comic Strip (and Futurist) of All Time Is Getting a Documentary It’s no secret that my favorite comic strip of all time is Closer Than We Think by Arthur Radebaugh. The strip is largely forgotten today, but it featured the very best of flying cars and jetpacks from the Golden Age of futurism. The pulpy time capsule ran in over 200 newspapers from 1958 until 1963, and ever since I first discovered it roughly a decade ago I’ve been obsessively collecting copies
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Facebook Messenger now supports 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S Facebook said it would take awhile to integrate Apple’s 3D Touch features on the iPhone 6S into its apps, and it certainly has. You’ve been able to peek and pop within the main Facebook app for some time, but only today — two months before the next iPhone — is the same functionality coming to Facebook Messenger. The chat app now takes advantage of the pressure-sensitive 6S screen, letting you pre
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France calls on ex-EU chief Barroso to drop Goldman Sachs job The French government called on former European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso on Wednesday to drop plans to take a senior job at U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs, part of a growing outcry against the move.
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How to Automate All Your Smart Gadgets With Stringify Wouldn’t it be nice to know the temperature outside simply by looking at the color of the light on your nightstand? Or know when your teenager is driving above the speed limit? With Stringify, you can do all of these things and much more right from your smart device. What Is Stringify? First introduced in December 2015, Stringify’s goal is to simplify and automate our connected lives. Much like I
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First virus-hunter in space will test DNA-decoding device The first virus-hunter in space is all set to conduct some cosmic, new DNA research.
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Buster Bulb While energy saving lightbulbs are terrific, and, thankfully ever more omnipotent, it’s a technology that’s been difficult to get excited about for a while. So meet Buster Bulb, a 3W dimmable LED that not only lasts 10,000 hours and consumes just a twentieth of the energy of its traditional kin, but is also the world’s first designer LED. Get it finished in gold, smoked or with clear glass.
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Belt Twin Head Cable The Belt Twin Head Cable is another genius solution by Native Union , one cable for all your devices, perfect for traveling. Forget about multiple cables to charge different devices, this durable braided, tangle-free 6.5ft charging cable features an integrated 2-in-1 Adaptor for all Apple Lightning and Micro-USB Devices. It comes with an elegant leather belt to wrap up neatly. Learn more from Nat
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Red Dot Awards: Kitchen and Bath Products You Need to Know At the Aalto-Theater in Essen, Germany, the annual Red Dot Gala recently honored outstanding product designs — as judged by a panel of 41 — running the gamut from software tools and power tools to furniture and personal accessories. While all of the categories offered up some exciting and innovative finds, the kitchen and bath groups in particular should be of interest if you’re a residential arc
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Inside the secret lab where Facebook tries to save your battery life Deep inside Facebook’s very first data center, located in a sprawling facility in the hills of Prineville, OR , lies a series of about 60 server racks. Each one houses 32 smartphones, all of which are running a version of one of Facebook’s many mobile apps. The company calls this setup the Mobile Device Lab, and it’s designed to test Facebook’s software on older phones to discover whether any bit
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In a week of police violence, Wall Street won Official Police Business is a weekly column and newsletter by reporter Matt Stroud about new developments in police technology, and the ways technology is changing law enforcement — think body cameras, cell-site simulators, surveillance systems, and electroshock weapons. Sign up to receive OPB in your email every Wednesday at officialpolicebusiness.com , or check for it here at The Verge . Within
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4 cyberattacks in 1 year make British rail network potential commuter deathtrap Britain’s railway network is notoriously overpriced, overcrowded, and experiences frequent delays. Now cyberattacks are threatening to turn the morning commute into a deathtrap as well. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Barcelona under fire for #WeAreAllLeoMessi campaign The president of the Spanish tax inspectors’ union has blasted the Barcelona-backed social media campaign supporting Lionel Messi, claiming it could influence people not to pay their taxes. Read Full Article at RT.com
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New materials for the construction of metal organic two-dimensional quasicrystals Unlike classical crystals, quasicrystals do not comprise periodic units, even though they do have a superordinate structure. The formation of the fascinating mosaics that they produce is barely …
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Twitch’s research shows that livestreaming leads to better game sales Livestreaming a game on the Twitch video service leads to better sales, according to research that a Twitch seinor researcher released today by a Twitch senior. That’s an important finding, as Twitch has grown well beyond 100 million monthly viewers. Danny Hernandez, a data scientist at Twitch in San Francisco, did a study on how much exposure the site can do for a game in terms of spending by co
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BIG and Heatherwick’s Futuristic Google HQ Back on the Table After Massive Land Deal with LinkedIn © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio The “Googleplex” is back on. After the Mountain View City Council announced last year that they would be awarding the majority of the land needed to construct the futurist masterplan designed for Google by BIG and Thomas Heatherwick to fellow tech giant LinkedIn, the future of the ambitious glass-canopied corporate campus seemed to be dead in the water, with th
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Robots Could Hack Turing Test by Keeping Silent While it’s not news that the Turing test has flaws, the new study highlights just how limited the test is for answering deeper questions about artificial intelligence, study co-author says — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Land Rover’s lead engineer explains autonomous off-road driving When you’re Land Rover, you can’t just test connected and autonomous vehicles on regular roads. You have to live up to your rugged, but polished brand, simultaneously. That’s precisely why the automaker is testing off-road connected convoy research vehicles. It’s all a part of the company’s ambitious plan to create a fleet of 100-plus research vehicles over the… Read More
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OSO Firm/Soft Combo Mattress “Oso” means “bear” in Spanish, which is fitting because the OSO is for all of you baby bears out there who want a mattress that’s juuuust right. OSOs are essentially 2 mattresses in one. One end is firm, and the other soft. You can switch between the two and find your preferred comfort level simply by rotating (not flipping) the mattress 180 degrees. Or you could be a rebel be
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The Double Standard on Low-Wage Work Tim Kaine, Virginia’s junior senator and perhaps Hillary Clinton’s running mate, has expressed his disappointment over Washington’s failure to raise the minimum wage. Last year he sponsored legislation to raise the federal minimum to $12 an hour. Bobby Scott, Virginia’s 3rd District representative, supports the idea. Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly, another Democrat, also wants to raise the wage. So
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Upstream Trenches, Downstream Nitrogen Researchers reduce the amount of nitrogen that moves downstream from fields with woodchip-filled trenches, bioreactors. Bacteria that live in them neutralize the nitrogen threat to downstream waters.
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Gravitational Vortex Provides New Way to Study Matter Close to a Black Hole Dr Diego Altamirano from the University of Southampton has contributed to new research that has proved the existence of a ‘gravitational vortex’ around a black hole.
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Belgian Designer Sheds Light on Geometry Nicolas Brevers took an unusual route to a successful career in design, working first in IT, as a bike messenger, and in a herbalist’s store before turning his hand to design. No matter. Luckily for us, he got there in the end, and it’s paid off–the Belgian recently won an A’ Design Award for his Vector Equilibrium Light. The V.E., as Brevers calls his creation, is “a pendant and modular lighting
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Mobile-phone expansion could disrupt key weather satellites The US government is considering a plan to allow wireless firms to share radio frequencies used in weather forecasts. Nature 535 208 doi: 10.1038/535208a
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New analysis recommends responsible prescription of opioids to pain patients A recent review and analysis suggests that some policies restricting opioid prescriptions to curb overdose deaths could be harming those who need them the most: pain patients.
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Nissan’s ProPILOT self-driving tech plays safe for public launch Japan’s motorists are about to get their first taste of mass-market autonomous driving, with Nissan announcing it’s bringing a self-driving minivan to public roads. The new Nissan Serena, a compact family car not sold in the US, will be the first of the automaker’s models to offer ProPILOT, a combination of lane-following, traffic pacing, and more. The system is similar … Continue reading
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10 Predictions About the Future That Should Scare the Hell Out of You The future looks bright, except when it doesn’t. Here are 10 exceptionally regrettable developments we can expect in the coming decades. Read more…
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Engineered Silicon Dioxide Nanoparticles Tested for Cooling Electronic Gadgets Researcher Baratunde Cola wants to add “sand” into computers in order to cool them. Not beach sand, but silicon dioxide nanoparticles coated with a high dielectric constant polymer, which…
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You can build this DIY steadicam using little more than spare Lego pieces Throughout my childhood, I spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours constructing various buildings, vehicles and designs out of Lego. I would’ve never guessed then that my experience with the little plastic pieces would benefit my photography career down the road. YouTube channel Product Tank TV has shared a DIY tutorial that breaks down how you can build your very own camera stabilizer using nothin
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7 Oddball Watches That Have Been Brought Back to Life Forgotten, overlooked or just plain strange watches from the previous century, made new. … Read More »
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Deals of Note: July 13, 2016 How to save on a subscription to Five Four Club, a sleek carry-on and a pack of boxers. … Read More »
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Today in Gear: July 13, 2016 A travel guide for getting out of London, fine leather straps for your premier digital watch, wallets that protect your info and much more. … Read More »
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New underwater microscope provides ringside seat to coral turf wars Marine scientists are getting an up-close view of never-before-seen coral sea life thanks to a newly-developed microscopic imaging system built for underwater use. The diver-operated microscope from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) allows researchers to observe millimeter-scale interactions and processes as they happen live in the wild, includin
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Mobile users spent more time on Pokemon Go than Facebook – CNET New average usage stats have the Pokemon craze racking up more daily user engagement than other popular mobile apps like Facebook and Twitter.
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Mozilla begins process of letting Firefox rust In August, Firefox will ship its first feature across all desktop platforms built using its Rust language.
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ANU researchers on track to designing energy-harvesting wireless sensors Researchers from the Australian National University have identified it is possible to replace battery-operated sensors with energy harvested from solar and telecommunications technology.
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2001: A Space Odyssey inspires Brooksbank & Collins’ coffee table London design duo Brooksbank & Collins has designed a coffee table based on Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey (+ slideshow). (more…)
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8 groundbreaking Buckminster Fuller semifinalist designs that are changing the world The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) recently announced their 19 2016 semifinalists. The semifinalists fit into categories as diverse as human rights, the environment, and food production, and represent “individuals and teams employing a whole systems approach to problem solving,” according to BFI. Some projects previously covered by Inhabitat – such as the Urban Death Project and PITC
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Here’s the blue latte you never knew you wanted There is plenty of weird coffee out there, but this one takes the cake. It’s a so-called “smurf latte,” available at a vegan café called Matcha Mylkbar in Melbourne, Australia. The bright blue colour in the coffee comes from a teaspoon of something called E3 live blue algae powder. Yes, algae. SEE ALSO: San Francisco barista might be the world’s best latte artist The drink also contains
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40% off APC Performance SurgeArrest Outlet with Phone Splitter and Coax Protection – Deal Alert The APC Surge Arrest Performance series from APC offers the highest level of protection for your professional computers, electronics and connected devices, as well as provides surge protection for all of your data lines. The P11VT3 features 11 heavy duty outlets. Telephone and coax cable line surge suppression jacks are available to protect against dangerous surges traveling along data lines. Wir
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The SwagBot is an all-terrain robot that will soon be running the farm Sorry, Lassie. Your days as a farmer’s best friend may be numbered. Salah Sukkarieh, a professor of robotics at Sydney University, is the project lead for agricultural robotics at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR). The ACFR, which hosts around 130 researchers and engineers, builds robots for mining and aviation, but it’s also looking at how automated systems could assist graziers an
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Android Auto comes to Japan today Android Auto, Google’s system for bouncing Android features from smartphones to in-car entertainment systems, is available in over 30 countries by now, and it just added one of the biggest remaining markets to the list. The system can be used in Japan, the world’s third biggest producer of cars, today. At a press conference in Tokyo this morning, Google announced immediate Android Auto support fr
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Super controversial Brilliant Light Power aka Blacklight Power claims to be generating bursts of megawatt power and claim independent validation Here is the press release and videos of supercontroversial Brilliant Light Power aka Blacklight Power. They are like the energy catalyzer. They claim new power. Brilliant Light power claims hydrinos exist. Hydrinos are a new form of hydrogen theoretically predicted by Dr. Mills and produced and characterized by BLP. Hydrinos are produced during the BlackLight Process as energy is released from the
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Death robots After US police used a robot to help kill a gunman in Dallas, questions are being asked about where the strategy will lead.
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Tesla’s Rapid Disruption MIT Technology Review has an article describing how Tesla Motors has brought rapid disruption to the previously staid auto industry, where there are too many factors precluding the entry of new companies. But this is nothing new for readers of The Futurist, as I specifically identified Tesla as a key candidate for disruption way back in 2006 . In Venture Capital terms, this was an exceptionally g
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Sanders endorses Clinton, reversing everything he’s said about ‘Wall Street candidate’ (QUOTES) On Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders gave up his presidential campaign and endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “She must become our next president,” Sanders declared – a direct contradiction with what he has spent the past six months saying. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Manipulating superconducting plasma waves with terahertz light Most systems in nature are inherently nonlinear, meaning that their response to any external excitation is not proportional to the strength of the applied stimulus. Nonlinearities are observed, for example, in macroscopic phenomena such as the flow of fluids like water and air or of currents in electronic circuits. Manipulating the nonlinear behavior is therefore inherently interesting for achiev
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Nissan keeps self-driving simple—and not quite autonomous Self-driving cars may be all the rage, but when it’s a real product, coming soon from Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co., the technology gets toned down. And so don’t expect to the driver to disappear for years to come.
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Where dreams take flight: Pakistan’s pigeon racers A flock of pigeons take off from a Lahore roof top at dawn, rising above the city’s Mughal-era minarets before disappearing out of sight.
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NASA eyes first-ever carbon-nanotube mirrors for CubeSat telescope A lightweight telescope that a team of NASA scientists and engineers is developing specifically for CubeSat scientific investigations could become the first to carry a mirror made of carbon …
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Roses Inspire a More Efficient Solar Cell Breakthroughs big and small are important in the quest towards greater reliance on renewable power, of which solar power is at the top of the list. And one such breakthrough was recently achieved by a team of scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Germany. Inspired by the rose’s ability to conver
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Nokia and Samsung announce expanded patent licensing deal Nokia and Samsung are cozying up together for the second time this year after the duo announced an expansion of the patent licensing deal that they agreed back in February. Read More
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Deadly bacteria share weapons to outsmart antibiotics Bacteria are rapidly developing resistance mechanisms to combat even the most effective antibiotics. Each year in the United States over 23,000 people die as a result of bacterial infections that have no treatment options, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Infections with antibiotic-resistance bacteria are extremely difficult to treat, requiring costly or toxic medications that do not
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maud vantours’ psychedelic paper landscapes form kaleidoscopic canvasses sheets of colorful construction paper are carefully overlapped to form vast circular pools of pigment, descending towards an unseen depth. The post maud vantours’ psychedelic paper landscapes form kaleidoscopic canvasses appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
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Five questions on Germany’s green energy shift Germany’s ‘Energiewende’ or energy transition is its biggest infrastructure project of the post-World War II era, and its greatest national challenge since reunification in 1990.
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Bavarian village pioneers clean energy revolution A row of wind turbines towers on the edge of the picturesque Bavarian village of Wildpoldsried, population 2,600, where rolling meadows meet pine forests and Alpine peaks line the horizon.
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Turkish court reduces IS militant’s jail time for ‘good conduct’ An Islamic State militant had his sentence slashed for “good conduct” even though he never attended his own trial, Turkish media report. The terrorist had been found guilty of undergoing military training and being involved in the killing of a Syrian man. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Cameron: A political obituary… PM leaves a legacy of failure and claims of pig headedness As David Cameron ties up the loose ends at 10 Downing Street before his long-serving Home Secretary Theresa May moves in, RT reviews the legacy of the man who put the Conservatives back in power, and some say brought Britain to the brink. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Our predictions for the Stirling Prize 2016 nominees It’s that time of year again…On Thursday 14th July the nominees for this years Stirling Prize will be announced. For anyone who doesn’t know the UK’s most prestigious award, it was founded in 1996 and recognises “the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year.” Although the future of the industry is somewhat uncertain follo
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Imec and ARM collaborate on Design-Technology Co-Optimization for 7nm technology and beyond World-leading nanoelectronics research center imec has signed a strategic partnership with ARM, the company whose semiconductor IP technologies enable a third of all intelligent digital goods sold…
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‘99% of population like dogs and pigs:’ Top S. Korean official outrages nation South Koreans are up in arms over remarks recently made by a top education official, who added to the heated national debate over rising inequality by saying the country needs a class system, because “99 percent” of the people are “like dogs and pigs.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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Spotify’s answer to Beats 1 is a series of artist-hosted radio shows Swedish streaming service Spotify is launching two new radio shows today, both of which feature musicians talking about the kind of music that they like listening to while they’re making their art. The first, AM/PM , will feature artists like electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre and Terry Hall of ska icons The Specials talking about the music they listen to in the mornings before work, and
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Argentina’s energy protestors tango in the street Tango is performed in the streets of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, to protest over an increase in energy bills.
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Tracking down dinosaurs and their ancestors Ichnologist and paleontologist Hendrik Klein travels to faraway places to find tracks of dinosaurs and their ancestors to research 200 million years of life The post Tracking down dinosaurs and their ancestors appeared first on Popular Mechanics .
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Zimbabwe’s protest pastor Evan Mawarire arrested A Zimbabwean Pastor, Evan Mawarire, has been charged with inciting public violence and disturbing the peace after a series of protests.
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Beijing claims right to setting up air defence zone over South China Sea Beijing “has the right” to declare an air defence identification zone over the South China Sea, it said Wednesday as it stepped up denunciations of an international tribunal that ruled against its expansive claims in the strategic waters.
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London is lending its Tube payment tech to other cities The London Underground is renowned for its iconic stations and world famous Tube map . However, millions of travellers have also come to rely on its technological expertise, which includes the ability to swipe in and out of barriers and board buses with a bank card , mobile phone or even a smartwatch . Some metros around the world employ their own version of the Tube’s contactless system, but und
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Brickbat: Easy Riders After a hit-and-run driver intentionally ran down and killed bicyclist Matthew von Ohlen, the New York Police Department responded in a dramatic fashion. The next day, officers were on the scene, ticketing cyclists for traffic infractions and giving them pamphlets on safe bicycling.
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30 Mirrored Coffee Tables that Add a Sparkle to Your Home! If you are a child of the 90s, then the idea of mirrored coffee tables would most likely feel both odd and garish. In an era where the beige was the color of choice and simple, straight lines along with rigid geometric shapes defined a modern style that quickly became generic; there was really no room for something so sparkly and brilliant. But as with everything else, the circle of fashion and d
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How to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s with a simple eye exam before symptoms appear Monochromatic images of normal mouse retina at four wavelengths from blue (upper left) to red (lower right). Boxes in lower right show locations typical of amyloid (a substance found in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s). (credit: Swati S. More et al./ IOVS ) University of Minnesota (UMN) scientists and associates have developed new technology that can detect signs of Alzheimer’s before the o
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Nanosystem and Digital Surf launch NanoMap Alpha New surface imaging & metrology software based on Mountains® Technology Global leader in non-contact 3D measurement and inspection, Nanosystem today announced the release of NanoMap Alpha…
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Andromium’s Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop While the likes of Ubuntu’s Converence and Microsoft’s Continuum promise to turn our mobile devices into PCs, there still exists a gap that needs to be filled to make that a reality. To be more specific, those promises don’t exactly hold true when it comes to portability, as you need an external monitor, nor does it support one of the … Continue reading
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‘Nano scalpel’ allows scientists to manipulate materials with nanometer precision Bayreuth, Germany (UPI) Jul 11, 2016 For German researchers, the new Focused Ion Beam microscope serves as both magnifier and milling machine. The so-called nano scalpel allows researchers to precisely prepare samples for observation. “The microscope is not only able to examine microscopic defects, cracks or point-like corrosion sites underneath the surfaces of materials, but also to machine
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Let There Be (Intelligent) Light / LAVA © Jonathan Andrew Architects: LAVA Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands Lava Team: Alexander Rieck, Tobias Wallisser, Chris Bosse Project Architects: Nuno Galvao, Matthijs la Roi, Stephan Markus Albrecht, Sebastian Schott, Mariusz Polski Design Team: Marvin Bratke, Mircea Mogan, Barbora Srpkova, Miroslav Strigac, Diana Schlebe, Rashmi Katkar, Roxelane Güllmeister, Paolo Alborghetti, Ruis Dervishi
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Breakthrough in Scaling Up Life-Changing Stem Cell Production Scientists have discovered a new method of creating human stem cells which could solve the big problem of the large-scale production needed to fully realise the potential of these remarkable cells for understanding and treating disease.
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Editor’s pick: Try FocusWriter – the perfect tool for creative writing Distraction-free writing with FocusWriter Creative writing without distractions Distraction-free writing software is increasingly popular – searches have increased dramatically over the last year – and it’s easy to see why. Social media notifications, email notifications and rolling news updates all compete for our attention. Unread message counts, often highlighted in red, are difficult to ignor
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You’ll soon be able to share Google Play apps, music and movies with up to 6 people Google is reportedly set to introduce the Google Play Family Library plan later this month, which will let up to six people share all the app and media purchases made by a primary account holder. That means that Android apps and games, as well as Google Play movies, music and books can be shared by an entire family, at no extra charge. According to CNET, the primary account holder will be able to
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Pound rallies as UK political storm subsides Sterling climbed for a fourth consecutive trading session on Wednesday as Theresa May gets ready to become Britain’s new prime minister, removing the political uncertainty over the Conservative Party’s leadership. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Clinton vetting ex-NATO military chief Stavridis for vice-president – report The Clinton camp is reportedly vetting retired four-star Admiral James Stavridis as a potential vice presidential running mate. The former NATO brass served as the DoD’s top adviser during the Iraq War and has speculated on nuclear war with Russia. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Use This Trick to Make Google’s Two-Step Login Less Annoying Two-factor authentication (2FA) requires something you know (your password) and something you have (usually your phone) to log into your account. It’s much safer than using a password alone, and you should enable it on all of your accounts that support 2FA. However, 2FA demonstrates the classic trade-off between security and convenience — while punching in a code to log in makes your account near
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Britain has its next prime minister to thank for mass surveillance bill LONDON — In June, as the campaigns to Remain or Leave the European Union were at the final stage, Parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill that critics believe is the most intrusive piece of legislation on mass surveillance in the West. Just 69 MPs voted against the Investigatory Powers Bill — dubbed the “Snoopers’ Charter” by critics — which is now with the House of Lords for further
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Scientists complete development of a new system for cancer diagnostics Scientists from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI in cooperation with colleagues from Pohang University of Science and Technology of the Republic of Korea are at the final stage of the development of a unique nanosystem for early diagnosis of oncological diseases.
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‘Freeform Classroom’ could counter engineering’s sophomore slump New research aims to measure the effectiveness of a teaching approach that allows students in challenging engineering courses to access hundreds of instructional videos and animations while encouraging interaction with each other and faculty online.
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Turkey PM Yildirim hints at mending ties with Syria PM Binali Yildirim says Turkey will try to develop good relations with Syria, in an apparent U-turn aimed at securing “regional stability”.
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High-resolution imaging reveals the secrets of a bacterial toxin Many bacteria use specialized toxins to attack and infect other cells. Scientists at EPFL and the University of Bern have now modeled a major such toxin with unprecedented resolution, uncovering …
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How Anti-Terrorism Tactics Are Being Used to Fight Elephant Poaching While working as a counterterrorism intelligence agent for the US Air Force in Africa, tracking Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army, Lieutenant Colonel Faye Cuevas wasn’t particularly interested in elephants. But the animals kept popping up during her surveillance operations. “We would see them all the time: elephants and cows,” Cuevas told me over the phone. “To me, initially, where eleph
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Concrete, Cantilevers and Culture in 8 South Korean Hotels Tourism in South Korea has more than quadrupled in the last 20 years. The majority of travel is domestic as the transportation infrastructure, including trains and buses, becomes increasingly sophisticated. In addition, the cultural phenomenon known as the Hallyu, or the “Korean Wave” has brought tourists from neighboring Asian countries such as China, Japan and Taiwan, accounting for over 75 per
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FBI Closes D.B. Cooper Investigation After 45 Years An anonymous reader writes: The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it is no longer investigating the unsolved mystery of D.B. Cooper. The bureau said Tuesday that it’s “exhaustively reviewed all credible leads” during its 45-year investigation and has redirected those resources to other priorities. The investigation was of a man calling himself Dan Cooper (the media mistakenly called h
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LinkedIn’s Top Three Secrets To Getting Hired In 2016 LinkedIn’s Eddie Vivas has a front-row seat to the changes reshaping the job market. Here’s what he says you need to know. Pop quiz: How many companies were looking for people with a background in cloud computing in 2014? So few that it didn’t even make LinkedIn’s list of the most sought-after job skills by U.S. employers. Just two years later, cloud computing tops that exact same list . Read Ful
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Milky Way’s bulge may have been formed by the galaxy buckling The origin of the bump at the centre of many disc galaxies has long puzzled astronomers, but now there’s evidence it could be due to a cosmic kink
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Zoho Notebook is the prettiest note-taking mobile app you’ll ever use Mobile note-taking apps are a dime a dozen these days; iOS has one baked in, and so does practically every flavor of Android. Then there are heavy hitters like Evernote, Microsoft’s OneNote and Google Keep. So why look at another one of them? Everyone’s note-taking needs and styles are different, and there probably isn’t a single app that satisfies them all. To that end, I was pleasantly surprise
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OK, Google: 160 valuable voice commands for Android Android has actually had a robust voice command system in place for ages — and the number of things it can do for you is expanding all the time. In fact, Google may be preparing to unveil a newly rebranded and even more conversational version of its virtual assistant later this year, but you don’t have to wait to start making the most of your mobile device’s listening smarts. Below, we’ve listed
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ESA commits to next stage of UK revolutionary rocket engine The UK’s Farnborough airshow today saw ESA’s commitment to the next step in developing a revolutionary air-breathing rocket engine that could begin test firings in about four years.
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General environmental exposure limits beneficial effects of radical avoidance of plastics in the home The well-known documentary “Plastic Planet” by Werner Boote starkly illustrates the dangers of plastic and synthetics for human beings and also shows how ubiquitous plastic is. Motivated by this multiple award-winning film, a family of five from Styria completely avoided plastics in their home environment for several months. Environmental medicine experts from MedUni Vienna monitored the
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Microsoft brings pay-monthly subscriptions to Surface tablet Microsoft has been doing well with its Surface hardware – unsurprisingly as hybrids are a strong point in a struggling PC market – and the company is now making a cool $1 billion (around £750 million, AU$1.3 billion) in revenue every quarter from the range. But of course Redmond still wants to up the ante, and is hoping to push more of the devices to businesses using a new leasing scheme. The new
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Explainer: How the new 5G manifesto will affect your future phones, cars and internet What the 5G manifesto means for you We might not have much time for Europe these days, if massive self-destructive referendums are anything to go by, but while Britons may disdain the European Union it is still doing the important work of governing a continent. Just this week the European Commission published what it calls a ” 5G manifesto ” – a document which describes the agreed inten
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The First Print Shop for Paintings Made By Bots In action. Image: Armatr When bots make art—be it eDavid, the one-armed bot powered by a PC, or the portrait-making cloudPainter —we usually see them in action at school competitions or in online videos. But imagine there was a setting where one can walk in and order a painting made by a bot. That’s the idea behind Artmatr Inc., a new art lab that opened this month in Brooklyn. Co-founded by New
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UK takes first steps toward laws for autonomous cars The UK is proving to be quite the testbed for autonomous vehicles, thanks in no small part to government support. Tens of millions in funding is being funneled into various driverless car projects, and we already have rules of the road encouraging trials on public streets. With research and development simmering away nicely, the government is starting on the next course: Making sure laws, rules a
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‘Underground Chernobyl’: French parliament OKs nuclear waste facility despite protests A controversial project of an underground facility storing the most hazardous nuclear waste in France has been recently approved by the parliament. Opponents of the law have already called the project an “underground Chernobyl.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russia plans $4.6bn investment in Egypt’s industrial zone A number of leading Russian companies plan to invest $4.6 billion to create an industrial zone next to the Suez Canal by 2035, Lenta.ru cites the Russian Trade Ministry. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Obama on His Unauthorized War Against ISIS: I’m Not Hearing ‘No’ Responding to a lawsuit arguing that the U.S. war against ISIS is illegal because Congress never authorized it, the Obama administration argues that Congress kinda-sorta did, since it appropriated money that is being used to fight the terrorist organization. The administration’s brief , filed on Monday, cites $5.6 billion that Congress approved in December 2014 for “overseas contingency oper
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Simpler ovarian cancer testing ‘saves lives’ Simplifying the way ovarian cancers are tested saves both lives and money, a study suggests.
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Syria conflict: Russian jets ‘bomb refugee camp on Jordan border’ Jets bombed a Syrian refugee camp on the border with Jordan, killing at least eight people, activists say.
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How to Run a Business Without a Building For an increasing number of businesses, mobile devices are replacing the traditional office, transferring company headquarters from physical space to virtual space.
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Britain selects U.S., French, British teams to study spaceport feasibility FARNBOROUGH, England – The British government has awarded feasibility-study contracts to five industrial teams that want to operate orbital or suborbital launch vehicles from British territory on a commercial basis. Three of the five proposals are centered on U.S.-based technology. Any operations outside the United States would need to clear the multilateral Missile Technology Control Regime, to
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Google gets land for its futuristic headquarters, thanks to LinkedIn deal Ron Amadeo / Google Maps Here’s a rough outline of the current Google and LinkedIn territories near the company’s two headquarters. LinkedIn is trading both of the blue parts here to Google. The bottom blue portion isn’t actually office space yet—right now it seems to be a shopping center. 9 more images in gallery Google and LinkedIn have worked out a deal that will see the Mountain View neighbor
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3 hidden Android customization settings you need to try If you’ve ever been annoyed by the clutter of icons along the top of your Android home screen, good news: There’s something you can do about it. Turns out there’s a trio of secret settings for customizing the Android user interface, and one of them will let you hide or reveal icons in the status bar. You can also rearrange the pull-down Android “quick settings,” as well as make a small but import
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Replication of enzyme-nucleotide chimeras DNA polymerases are the “Xerox machines” that replicate our DNA. They must work with great precision to keep errors from creeping into our genes. In spite of this precision, they still accept building blocks that have been coupled to large proteins, as a group of German scientists reports in the journal Angewandte Chemie. Based on this fact, the team has developed detection systems for g
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Research reveals that a donor’s company is best predictor of political leanings Even the most casual political observers know that candidates track red and blue states, but new research from the Penn State Smeal College of Business suggests that savvy fundraisers should pay closer attention to the companies for which individuals work when attempting to raise campaign funds.
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Zimbabwe shutdown Why are Zimbabweans being urged to observe a two-day national “shutdown”?
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Women are staying in workforce longer due to changes in pension age Increasing the pension age from 61 to 65 for women – making it the same access age for men – results in women spending longer in the labour force rather than seeking other welfare payments, according to University of Melbourne research.
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New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production Sweetgum trees thrive under diverse conditions, grow as fast as pine trees and provide the type of fiber needed for specialty papers-and they’ve long been desired by paper and bioenergy producers.
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Garmin’s new bike computers track riders in your pack If you like to bike in groups, you know that it’s not always easy to keep everyone together. What if your miniature peloton has to split, or someone wipes out and you don’t notice? Garmin wants to put your mind at ease. It’s unveiling two cycling computers, the Edge 820 (shown at left) and Edge Explore 820 (right), with a GroupTrack feature that shows where everyone is regardless of how far apart
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Red Mirror Strips In Yeoksam-dong 618-2, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, there is a two story building covered with layers of horizontal mirror strips and vertical red transparency strips. Overlapping transparency and reflection, these layered strips of different materials create a strong visual illusion.
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Over here, Theresa: UK’s new PM gets muddled up leaving Downing St (VIDEO) All eyes were on Theresa May as she exited 10 Downing Street after outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron’s final cabinet meeting, unfortunately for her, however, she was forced to make a u-turn as she went the wrong direction. Read Full Article at RT.com
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People with Autism Can Read Emotions, Feel Empathy There is a fine line between autism and alexithymia—feeling emotions but being unable to identify them — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Mall security bot knocks down toddler, breaks Asimov’s first law of robotics Robots might be cheaper to employ than humans, but it seems they still need to work on their people skills. Last week, a robot security guard at the Stanford Shopping Center in Silicon Valley knocked down a toddler while on duty and then apparently just kept on driving. A report from local news channel ABC7 says the bot hit 16-month-old Harwin Cheng, knocking him to the floor. Cheng was not serio
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Artist’s massive mural of moon cycles features 15,000 origami birds This is Paris’ largest mural, made with hand-folded origami paper birds and a bit of spraypaint.
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studio roosegaarde connects man + landscape by illuminating 32km dutch dike engineering marvel daan roosegaarde, plus his team of designers, technicians and developers will release three unique phases in the coming years, enhancing the beauty of the afsluitdijk. The post studio roosegaarde connects man + landscape by illuminating 32km dutch dike engineering marvel appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
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Hyperloop One rocked by extraordinary allegations in co-founder’s lawsuit While most tech-related lawsuits may be a little on the dry side for casual observers, the one laid at the door of Hyperloop One this week has all the makings of a racy Netflix original. LA-based Hyperloop One is one of the companies at the forefront of efforts to turn Elon Musk’s dream of an ultra-high-speed transportation system into reality, though details of this surprising lawsuit suggest al
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Predicting the pattern Patch antennas can now be integrated into mobile devices more efficiently using a model that predicts the signal radiation patterns of installed antennas, developed by A*STAR researchers. The model solves one of the major obstacles faced by communications engineers—predicting how the radiation pattern of a patch antenna will change when it is installed in a device.
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Scientists optimize defects for better superconducting effects High-temperature superconducting materials hold enormous promise for a variety of different applications because of their ability to transmit a current without any dissipation at relatively high temperatures—up to around 90 Kelvin (about -300° F), which permits cooling with liquid nitrogen.
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Driving the technology behind fuel-efficient electric cars An £830K research project to speed up the shift from fossil-fuel reliant to greener, quieter and cheaper electric vehicles, using low carbon propulsion technologies, is being run at The University of Nottingham.
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Bonding to bones strongly Researchers at Hokkaido University have developed a new kind of hydrogel that bonds spontaneously and strongly to defective bones, suggesting potential uses in the treatment of joint injuries.
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Google quietly brings forgetting to the U.S. If you are worried about your online privacy, it might be of interest to you that Google has quietly brought its Google forget program to the U.S. It has made it quite simple, for the most part. Simply go to myactivity.google.com to see the history of your searches, YouTube viewing and everything else you do on Google platforms, and then be guided through the process of trimming that history. But
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Warren Ellis’ Normal Brings Readers a Serialized Digital Dystopia The visionary writer is experimenting with serialized digital release for his latest work—and taking readers to a dystopian retreat in the process. The post Warren Ellis’ Normal Brings Readers a Serialized Digital Dystopia appeared first on WIRED .
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Charcoal Grilling Tastes Better Than Gas. It’s Just Science The charcoal crowd swears that their method imparts some sort of magical flavor to their food. But they’re wrong about where that flavor comes from. The post Charcoal Grilling Tastes Better Than Gas. It’s Just Science appeared first on WIRED .
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Four in a Row: China’s Stealth Fighter Fleet Grows Again From Our Blogs: Eastern Arsenal J-20s Multiply More J-20 stealth fighters get ready to enter service, and the J-31 comes a step closer into production.
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Resistive random-access memory that avoids an initial forming process improves fabrication methods and reliability An enhanced design for a promising computer memory technology has been developed by A*STAR researchers. Victor Zhuo and colleagues developed resistive random-access memory (RRAM) that, during fabrication, does not require a harmful high-voltage forming process.
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installations unveiled as international garden festival opens in quebec the temporary structures include a complex pavilion made of stone-filled gabions, and an 8 meter cone suspended above the forest floor. The post installations unveiled as international garden festival opens in quebec appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
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Focus on These Four Concepts to Finally Master Your Money Anyone who’s improved their money skills will tell you: it’s not about the rules. Okay, the rules are important, but they’re not nearly as important as your habits and behavior . After navigating my own relationship with money and writing about it for five years, I’ve learned that it comes down to four basic factors: control, mindful decisions, balance, and resourcefulness. http://twocents.lifeha
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To Combat Radical Violence in America, We Need Radical Medicine America is reeling in shock from multiple shooting tragedies. The national feeling is that the violence is increasing in frequency and there’s no end to the angst. In the last few weeks, we’ve experienced tragic episodes in Dallas, Minnesota, Baton Rouge, and Orlando. Politicians have decried the events, calling on Congress to do more about gun control, police responsibility, and racism. While I
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Creating and customizing material at the atomic scale Additive manufacturing techniques featuring atomic precision could one day create materials with Legos flexibility and Terminator toughness, according to researchers at the Department of Energy’s …
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Government seeks ban on expensive software & powerful cars for Russian officials In a bid to limit needless government spending, the Russian Ministry of Finance has proposed putting a cap on the price civil servants can pay to purchase software, as well as on the power of cars that they are allowed to rent. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Arms firms profiting from refugee crisis bought ‘access’ to Scottish politicians Arms firms like Airbus, which are cashing in on border security deals to hold back refugees, paid for exclusive access to ministers of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), a new report claims. Read Full Article at RT.com
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British ISIS hostage John Cantlie appears thinner with longer hair in new propaganda video Kidnapped British journalist John Cantlie has appeared in a new Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) propaganda video released by the terror group’s news agency, Amaq, to protest US-led coalition airstrikes against the militia. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Author shows how teachers can use ‘word study’ to improve student reading Many secondary education teachers do not receive training in helping students learn to read because the thinking goes that developing reading skills should begin and end in elementary school. A University of Kansas professor has written a book to help secondary teachers use the practice of word study to help students with disabilities, struggling readers and their peers all become better readers w
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Beyond the bullet How we can make guns obsolete. Read More
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Forget Living On Land, Live Out Your Days On The Waterlovt Houseboat Instead! Love the open seas? We don’t blame you. There’s nothing like being able to breathe in the cool ocean air and take in the deep blue. Wouldn’t … Read More
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London has replaced train tickets with contactless credit cards, and soon you could too – CNET Transport for London has licensed its contactless payment system that allows you to board trains and buses with a swipe of a credit or debit card.
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Genetic comparisons provide insight into the evolution of a crucial filament protein in animals, plants and bacteriaDivergent evolutionary pathways in different domains of life have resulted in distinct filament systems that underlie cellular structure and polymerizing-protein motors, according to A*STAR researchers. The work focuses on the protein actin, and proposes how divergent systems in animals, plants and bacteria arose.
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Invisible particles ‘seen’ for the first time A new optical effect in nanoscale disks of silicon, namely patterns of radiation that do not emit or scatter light, has been observed by A*STAR researchers and international collaborators. These modes, which have never before been observed at visible wavelengths, could be used in tiny lasers that are not much bigger than viruses.
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Compact Packable Backpack The ingenious design of this backpack lets you travel light while still providing enough room for all your gear. This 24 liter pack comes with a waterproof main compartment and can fold up so tightly that it will actually fit in your hands. Check it out $59.95
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Disposable 100% Leaf Plates Ditch the plastic and go green at your next outdoor event by eating off these disposable 100% leaf plates. They’re made from a middle paper leaf layer sandwiched between a bottom and top leaf layer, and are designed to completely decompose in just 28 days. Check it out $13.27
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3 loss aversion marketing tactics that (still) work One of the foundational ideas in behavioral economics is that psychologically, the “pain of losing something is about twice as powerful as the pleasure of gaining,” according to BehavioralEconomics.com’s encyclopedia of concepts. It’s the reason why we humans hold onto things in our closets that we aren’t wearing; why we pay for gym memberships that we aren’t using. We ask ourselves, “what if?” W
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Solar panels study reveals impact on the Earth Researchers have produced the first detailed study of the impact of solar parks on the environment, opening the door to smarter forms of farming and better land management.
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Prairie State Plunder (New at Reason) According to public documents secured by the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), about $72 million in private property was seized by Illinois law enforcement agencies over the past two years. Calling Illinois’ system “one of the more aggressive asset forfeiture programs in the country,” C.J. Ciaramella writes in the August/September 2016 issue of Reason that s
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Napkin Finance Fits Basic Financial Advice in the Space of a Napkin The most basic money skills aren’t all that complicated, even if we make it so. To prove the point, Napkin Finance fits the basics into the space of a small napkin. The site, which aims to educate its users on the principles of personal finance, uses handy abbreviated graphics to explain concepts like budgeting, interest, investing, loans, and credit cards. If you’re not familiar with the basics
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Jungle House With A Rooftop Infinity Pool A swimming pool on the roof of this concrete residence by Brazilian office Studio MK27 sits within the dense canopy of a coastal rainforest in São Paulo state. The introduction of this house to this landscape has the objective of optimizing the connection between architecture and nature, privileging the view looking out to the ocean and the incidence of sunlight in the internal spaces. So, to tak
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How political science can help us solve global health care issues Andrea Campbell is the head of the Department of Political Science, and the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science. Her research focuses on American politics, political behavior, public opinion, and political inequality, particularly their intersection with critical political concerns such as social welfare policy, health policy, and tax policy. The author of “Trapped in America
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How to keep more women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) There have been myriad promises made by the major political parties over the years focused on funding programs aimed at increasing the number of women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
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Apple’s new Lightning EarPods for iPhone 7 purportedly shown in new photos As has been widely reported, it is all but confirmed that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack. This means buyers of the new iPhone will have to search for alternative types of headphones, whether that be via wireless Bluetooth or Apple’s Lightning cable. Right now, Apple bundles EarPods with every iPhone. It obviously makes no sense for Apple to continue bundlin
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R2-D2 Gets His Own Custom Lightsaber SaberForge is well known for their custom lightsabers, but this R2-D2-esque piece named “Frost Lotus” may be their finest work yet. The description from their Facebook page reads: Interchangeable blue lit acrylic claws, highly detailed crystal chamber with four windows, polished crystal holders, and 8 support rods. Powder coated white body with silver accents. Custom quad cree frost blue led *2x
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LITHOCHROME® Color Hardener If you’re looking for bright, bold colors or high compressive strength and abrasion resistance, choose LITHOCHROME Color Hardener. LITHOCHROME Color Hardener is used to add color into the surface of freshly placed concrete. It produces a hard, long-wearing, abrasion-resistant surface. Due to heightened surface density, the color-hardened concrete has improved resistance to the effects of freeze/t
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Uncovering the mystery of DNA replication By looking into the mechanism of a backward enzyme, scientists speculate why DNA replication always happens in the forward direction.
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IBM Gives Appliances a Voice White goods makers are testing ways to embed into appliances links to data analytics for voice interfaces.
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Ex-KKK Grand Wizard David Duke ponders running for Congress The Ku Klux Klan’s former grand wizard, David Duke, is thinking of running for Congress, he said in an interview. Duke believes the current racial tensions in the United States will give him the necessary boost to defend the rights of “European Americans.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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Germany to pull troops from Turkish airbase if Ankara continues to block lawmaker visits Germany will recall its troops from Incirlik Airbase in Turkey if Ankara continues to block lawmakers from visiting soldiers, the vice chancellor announced. It comes after Berlin angered Turkey by branding the 1915 massacre of Armenians as genocide. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Researchers develop material with optical properties that can be modified on a small scale by laser light Properties of small areas of a versatile optical film can be tweaked by applying ultrashort pulses of laser light, A*STAR researchers show. This tunability makes the material suitable for various light-based applications, from lenses to holograms.
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Scientists trial fingerprint development method for Britain’s new polymer banknotes New research into the most effective way of lifting fingerprints from polymer banknotes has been led by scientists at Loughborough University.
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The problem of lonely Americans Despite most people having a phone in their hands and active social media accounts, the sense of alienation from other humans is real and growing.
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Burundi crisis: MP Hafsa Mossi shot dead in Bujumbura Well known Burundian politician and former BBC journalist Hafsa Mossi is shot dead – the latest killing in a year of unrest.
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Best Smartphone Plan Best Smartphone Plan Gadget Review – Your lifestyle gadget site Narrowing down the best smartphone plan among the multitude of choices from the wireless carriers can be a tricky endeavor. We’ve all had to do it, and I doubt many folks left the store completely understanding all the options. Many consumers simply stick with the carrier that they’re used to, or just go based on someone else’s recom
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Therapist’s Back Pain Reliever gets the job done at home We were all young spring chickens at a particular time, although the passage of time would definitely see us age. When we age, our bodies, too, will also experience all sorts of different ailments that range from joint pains to perhaps even loss of memory. Our back is also more prone to getting injured, even more so if we have not developed a strong set of core muscles over the years. If you have
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Fenix RC40 review: This flashlight is so powerful, it’ll even charge your phone The smartphone may have replaced the flashlight for most consumers, but when you really need to light it up, nothing beats the real thing. And when it comes to a really good flashlight, it’s hard to beat the Fenix RC40. Upgraded this year with the latest Cree XM-L2 U2 LEDs, the RC40 (available for $380 on Amazon ), will put out a scorching 6,000 lumens from its six-LED cluster. That’s enough outp
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Significant Digits For Wednesday, July 13, 2016 You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. 14 months The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 both closed at all-time highs Tuesday. Yesterday saw the Dow’s first record high in roughly 14 months. [ Marketwatch ] 26 percent How much the Irish economy grew in 2015, which even the nation’s highest economists consider laughable. The absur
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Planetary Defense Huntsville AL (SPX) Jul 12, 2016 Dinosaurs were fearsome creatures. Some had thick scales, sharp teeth, and, in many cases, lightning-fast reflexes. One thing they didn’t have: a planetary defense office. When an asteroid targeted Earth 65 million years ago, it took those masters of Earth by complete surprise. While we know of no large object that is on a collision course with Earth in the next 10
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Island dwellers map their country with Sheep View 360 Google has captured all kinds of places on cam for Street View, from the Batcave to Mt. Everest , but it hasn’t had the chance to visit the Faroe Islands yet. The tiny and remote archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean has almost twice as many sheep (80,000) as people (49,188). So when one of its residents decided to take matters into her own hands, she enlisted the help of five flu
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DURUS Learns to Walk like a Human, Prefers Adidas DARPA really wants robots that can walk efficiently like a human and do human things like drive vehicles and use ladders, tools, etc. The road to robots that can do that sort of thing are paved with smaller steps where bots learn to walk just like a human child. One of these robots that is a step on the ladder … Continue reading
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Private spaceflight trade group rebrands itself to look more like NASA Space is sexy and badass — and it doesn’t necessarily take a government agency to get you there. That’s the central theme of a brand overhaul unveiled this week at the Commercial Spaceflight Foundation, a trade group for the dozens of startups in the nascent private space travel industry. SEE ALSO: Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is doing cool things for spaceflight. So why all the secrecy? The group is
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Monitoring Air Quality Huntsville AL (SPX) Jul 12, 2016 Air quality is a global issue. Currents of air waft gaseous and particulate pollutants from region to region, country to country, and even continent to continent. Emissions from human activities, sunlight, weather, pollution from far away, wildfires, and wind-blown dust can all affect air quality. And it can change from day to day or even hour to hour. Addressing t
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At the insect singles bar, cicadas provide the soundtrack Gainesville FL (SPX) Jul 12, 2016 Summer days resonate with the sound of cicadas trying to make a love connection. But like a lot of singles, male cicadas don’t always attract the kind of mates they’re hoping for. Cicada calls, it turns out, attract not just female cicadas, but sarcophagid flies in the mood for love, according to a study by Brian J. Stucky, a post-doctoral researcher at the Florid
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New clues could help scientists harness the power of photosynthesis University Park PA (SPX) Jul 11, 2016 Identification of a gene needed to expand light harvesting in photosynthesis into the far-red-light spectrum provides clues to the development of oxygen-producing photosynthesis, an evolutionary advance that changed the history of life on Earth. “Knowledge of how photosynthesis evolved could empower scientists to design better ways to use light energy for
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One reaction, two results, zero waste Onna, Japan (SPX) Jul 11, 2016 Finding new and effective ways to create alcohols and esters is a constant target in chemistry, as these substances are important industrial compounds and feedstocks – the raw materials from which many industrial processes start. Alcohols have numerous medical and industrial applications, such as drugs and antifreeze. Esters, a class of organic compounds, are utilize
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Bees found to use pollens’ taste to determine which flowers to visit (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with the University of Nevada has found evidence that suggests bees have different taste preferences when it comes to pollen. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Felicity Muth, Jacob Francis and Anne Leonard describe experiments they carried out with several bee colonies and what they learned by doing so.
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How apps and other online tools are challenging racist attacks In the aftermath of Brexit in the UK and the success of Pauline Hanson in the Australian Senate elections, racism seems to be a more present threat than ever.
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Conversion efficiency of 18.2 percent achieved using perovskite solar cells A research group led by Liyuan Han, a leader of the Photovoltaic Materials Group, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), achieved energy conversion efficiency exceeding 18% using standard size (1 cm2) perovskite solar cells for the first time in the world. This measurement was made by the Calibration, Standards and Measurement Team at the Research Center for Photovoltaics, National Insti
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Cops, Blacks, and Crime: New at Reason Don’t believe the media, which tend to make it seem like things are getting worse. John Stossel writes: There was much more violence in the 1920s and ’80s, when government stepped up its wars on liquor and drugs. That drove those businesses into the hands of criminals and increased confrontations with police. The number of police officers killed in 1930, the worst year of Prohibition, was nearly
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The antibiotic “apocalypse” has been happening for years—we just didn’t notice A cluster of E. coli bacteria. (credit: ARS/USDA ) At this point, alarmist headlines about the end of the antibiotic era may seem a lot like those car alarms that periodically go off on your street: distracting, annoying, and probably nothing worth panicking over. After all, despite years of distressing headlines, drug-resistant superbugs have yet to rain down upon the public, striking the otherw
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Achieving a breakthrough in the formation of beam size controllable X-ray nanobeams Osaka, Japan (SPX) Jul 13, 2016 A research team in Japan has now succeeded in developing high precision X-ray deformable mirrors that can be configured as necessary. They are the first to have achieved the formation of three types of X-ray focused beams, which differ in focused spot size, without changing the experimental setup. These findings constitute a considerable step towards developing a mu
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Researchers develop faster, precise silica coating process for quantum dot nanorods Raleigh NC (SPX) Jul 13, 2016 Materials researchers at North Carolina State University have fine-tuned a technique that enables them to apply precisely controlled silica coatings to quantum dot nanorods in a day – up to 21 times faster than previous methods. In addition to saving time, the advance means the quantum dots are less likely to degrade, preserving their advantageous optical properties.
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Levitation used to explain the chemistry of diapers What does levitation have to do with diapers? More than you would expect! Like so many things in life, the high absorbency of diapers is thanks to the wonder of chemistry, and specifically […]
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New method to model protein interactions may accelerate drug development Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) are the basis of cellular functions, and when these processes are compromised diseases such as cancer emerge. For years scientists have tried with mixed success to map out PPIs to understand cellular processes. Now a team of international scientists led by Stony Brook University researchers have created an ultra-fast way to model protein interactions. The method
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This startup aims to replace ads with monthly donations BetaList features the newest startups. Today, we take a closer look at AdFree.Press, a way to block ads while still supporting the sites you love. Submit your startup to get featured too. What is AdFree.Press? AdFree.Press allows readers donate to the websites they are reading constantly and in return see the resource without ads. It also enables the resource owners to sustain their business and
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Brexit watch: Scientists grapple with the fallout Xenophobia and mobility fears among issues facing researchers two weeks on. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20226
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Beat it, impact factor! Publishing elite turns against controversial metric Senior staff at Nature , Science and other journals want to end inappropriate use of the measure. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20224
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Damage to Pea-Size Gland May Cause PTSD-Like Symptoms Soldiers’ with traumatic brain injury might suffer from undiagnosed, but treatable hormonal disorders — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Why We Get More Policing Than We Need: It’s “Free” Tags A A Home | Feed | Blog.rss Legal System The Police State U.S. History Political Theory Why We Get More Policing Than We Need: It’s “Free” 0 Views In a press conference Monday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown admitted that the American propensity for sending the police to deal with every minor social problem has failed: “We’re asking cops to do too much in this country” said Brown.
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Finishing Something Is Better Than Waiting to Avoid a Mistake Putting off a project until you have all the details right seems like common sense. If you only feel that hesitation because you’re afraid to make a mistake, though, you’ll never actually finish. As business site Entrepreneur explains, fear of mistakes leads to inaction. If you can’t finish a project until it’s flawless, you’ll never finish anything. Believing that you can actually avoid all mist
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This Discounted Wireless Meat Thermometer Will Let You Know When Dinner’s Ready Ivation Long Range Wireless Cooking Thermometer , $44 Babysitting the grill or oven while dinner cooks is nobody’s idea of a good time, but this wireless temperature probe will alert you the moment your food has reached the desired temperature. That means no more dried out, overcooked meat, and more importantly, no awkwardly taking back your guests’ plates to finish cooking that pink chicken. Thi
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Jaguar Land Rover to have fleet of 100 driverless cars on roads by 2020 British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will launch a fleet of more than 100 autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles on UK roads by 2020. Dubbed Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technologies, the vehicles will cruise along 41 miles of roads near Coventry and Solihull beginning later this year, with the first stage testing tech that allows cars to communicate directly with each other, and with in
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Astronomers discover a highly inflated sub-Saturn extrasolar planet (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers led by Joshua Pepper of the Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has detected an extremely inflated sub-Saturn exoplanet orbiting a bright subgiant star. The newly discovered alien world is one of the most inflated, least dense planets known to date. The findings were presented in a paper published July 6 on arXiv.org.
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ZipLocker- Seal Zip Loc Bags Easily And Quickly! ZipLocker – The fastest and easiest way to seal Zip Loc bags. “If you have ever had any trouble or hate sealing zipper lock bags, you will love this!” ZipLocker is the newest kitchen tool that will help you seal those troublesome zip lock bags in one gentle sweep. Fitting conveniently in the palm of the hand, the hockey stick-shaped utensil is ergonomically designed for extreme precision and guar
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Necksound – Smart Wireless Necklace Wearable Music Device Necksound is a smart wireless wearable that revolutionizes the experience of listening to music during sports activities. It is a necklace-shaped audio device made with hypoallergenic silicone, with a modern and sporty design that provides top quality sound. Listen to music or talk on the phone while doing any physical activity without the need for headphones. Necksound is the perfect wearable to
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Ingenium Blu Smart Lighting MEGAMAN has developed the latest range of SMART LED lighting, INGENIUM BLU, which unlike other smart bulbs uses Bluetooth in contrast to Wi-Fi. The LED lamps within the range of smart devices use Bluetooth technology to connect and control lighting in your home or office. This has advantages over Wi-Fi technology as it allows direct control from your Bluetooth enabled devices such as a smartphone
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Bike Safe – The First Thief-Proof Wall Mount Lock Conceived as a true piece of design, Bike Safe is the first wall mount lock that holds any bicycle perfectly straight on the wall: at home, in the office, in the garage or even outdoors! The bike mount can easily fit in any style of apartment or ambience with its sleek lines. You can customise its width according to the handlebar and use it with road bikes or massive mountain bikes, too if requir
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iRMimic – Making TV Simple Again! The iRMimic is an IR (infrared) learning remote built into a set-top box. The iRMimic knows the status (on or off) of your TV and cable/satellite box. The iRMimic sends out IR commands when your TV turns on and off. When your TV turns on, you can have the iRMimic send commands to activate all of your devices, change the TV to the correct input, select the correct audio settings on your AV receive
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Marlon – Connected, Compression Carry-on Introducing Marlon – A light, spacious, and uber functional carry-on for your next travel trip. With at least 35% more space than comparable luggage, Marlon introduces assisted compression technology (ACT), allowing you to pack more painlessly with just one click. Since it weighs 7 lbs, you can also consider it to be one of the lightest carry-on in its class. Marlon’s wheels are three times the d
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Architecture in Video Games: How Pokémon GO Has Sparked a Global Wave of Urban Exploration The latest craze in pop culture has just been handed to us from an unlikely source: Pokémon, the decades-old Japanese media franchise, has hit the jackpot with its extraordinarily popular mobile game Pokémon GO. A perfect storm of 90s nostalgia, gimmicky but impressive tech and social media share potential, the game has been hailed for its ability to draw players outside to explore their surround
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Why Modern Furniture Is Here to Stay This post is brought to you by Modani Furniture . Modern furniture has progressed into a timeless and valuable interior design staple. When people think of modern, they normally associate sky-high prices. But huge furniture names developed the concept of affordability in the modern furniture world, and smaller brands like Modani Furniture have kept the concept thriving. As most trends come and go
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This Desert Town Is Full of People With a Mysterious Disease For people afflicted with multiple chemical sensitivity , MCS for short, every day can be an exercise in agony. Some of the condition’s symptoms are merely annoying, and range from “brain fog” to tiredness and muscle pain. Yet, others are reportedly crippling, leaving their victims in a miserable haze of nausea, migraines, sudden panic, and even vertigo. Almost all MCS sufferers say that prolonge
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DigitalOcean launches block storage and lets you store terabytes of data DigitalOcean has become a popular cloud hosting provider over the years. But many customers have relied on third-party solutions to host large sets of data. DigitalOcean is launching block storage so that you can keep everything on their servers. Read More
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Hot electrons detected at solid-liquid interfaces As seen in diverse applications, such as the refinement of petrol, their use in batteries and fuel cells for electric cars and to aid in the cleanup of hazardous agricultural waste, a variety …
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Mossberg: Wi-Fi calling from Republic Wireless takes a big leap Welcome to Mossberg , a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Recode by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an Executive Editor at The Verge and Editor at Large of Recode. Tens of millions of Americans spend much or all of their days covered by Wi-Fi, and most smartphones can make voice calls over Wi-Fi. So doesn’t it make sense for phone calls — through the main, default d
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US Judge Throws Out Cell Phone ‘Stingray’ Evidence For The First Time An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: For the first time, a federal judge has suppressed evidence obtained without a warrant by U.S. law enforcement using a stingray, a surveillance device that can trick suspects’ cell phones into revealing their locations. U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan on Tuesday ruled that defendant Raymond Lambis’ rights were violated when the U.S.
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Paul Ryan Says Presidential Election a ‘Binary Choice,’ Gary Johnson Gets on Maine Ballot, U.S. Stocks See Historic Rise After Brexit: A.M. Links At a CNN town hall, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that while presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wasn’t perfect, he was better than presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, calling it a “binary choice.” The Libertarian Party of Maine says it has enough signatures to get Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson on the ballot in November, bring
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Muhammad Sahrum proposes hot-desking and games in conceptual 21st-century embassy Graduate shows 2016: architecture graduate Muhammad Sahrum has envisioned an embassy for the 21st century, with flexible workspaces and games rooms to make diplomatic decision making more informal. (more…)
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Reaction Engines unlocks funds for single-stage-to-orbit SABRE engine Reaction Engines, the UK company behind the reusable SABRE jet-cum-rocket engine that could dramatically alter air and space travel, has secured the final piece of funding that will allow for the creation of a SABRE demonstrator engine by 2020. A cutaway of the SABRE, showing the various elements of what is fundamentally a hybrid jet-rocket engine. At the Farnborough Air Show on Tuesday, Reaction
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Shining a light on factories of the future The EU HALO project has extended existing laser technology for material processing to create more adaptable options, increasing operational quality and speed, whilst reducing overall cost.
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Soprano and quantum computer combine for world first performance What happens when you combine the pure tones of an internationally renowned mezzo soprano and the complex technology of a $15million quantum supercomputer?
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Humans Perceive Time Somewhere in Between Reality and Our Expectations New research, using a Bayesian inference model of audio and visual stimuli, has shown how our perception of time lies mid-way between reality and our expectations.
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UF/IFAS Researchers to Present Findings on Critical Ecosystem Habitats at International Conference This conference seeks to raise awareness about the relationships between the plants and animals that live in these coastal wetlands as well as human-mangrove interactions.
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Almost 4,000 Feet of String Wind Through This Pointlessly Complicated Pulley Clock As far as complicated clocks go, it’s going to be hard to top Felix Vorreiter’s FLUX 1440 , which displays the time using a simple pulley system, and over 3,900 feet of white string covered in what looks like random marks. However, as layers of the string align inside the clock’s various pulleys, so do those random marks, revealing the current time every minute. It’s undeniably a unique design, b
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Smartstrip is first outdoor-rated LED strip that is individually addressable Ilumi is a name that many of us are familiar with — in fact, they do happen to deal a whole lot with outdoor lighting, and one particular example in which we have seen so far is the BR30 Outdoor Light . Surely there is more than meets the eye when it comes to outdoor lighting, don’t you think so? This is where ilumi’s latest product intends to make a difference in everyone’s lives, in the form of
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Chrysler launches bug bounty for connected vehicles after Jeep Cherokee hack Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has launched a bug bounty program to attract white-hat hackers to spot out cybersecurity flaws in its products and connected services. The program is focused on FCA’s connected vehicles, including systems within them and external services and applications that link to them. The move follows the remote hack and control of a Jeep Cherokee, one of the company’s products, by
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4 ways to be a considerate late-night iPhone or iPad user There’s nothing like a late-night chapter of a Kindle book to put me right to sleep, but the glow of my iPhone’s screen tends to keep my wife awake—and if a jarring iOS notification sounds or buzzes, well, that certainly doesn’t help her slumber. While the new Night Shift mode (which finally works even when iOS’s low-power mode is enabled) will supposedly help you sleep by filtering out the brigh
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XYZprinting releases a $50 3D printing pen Probably could have seen this one coming from a mile away. XYZprinting, the Taiwanese company that’s made a name for itself with its user-friendly and reasonably priced da Vinci line, is branching out into the free-drawing 3D pen space popularized by the Wobbleworks, the company behind the 3Doodler. The simply named da Vinci 3D Pen features push-button in-air drawing, using PLA… Read More
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Make Your Own Wooden ‘Star Wars’ Models With IncrediBuilds If you’re crafty, check out these new Star Wars 3-D wooden craft model IncrediBuilds books. While the company makes a variety of model kit books including dinosaurs, Marvel, Harry Potter and more , we’re focusing on their new Star Wars selections for now: the TIE Fighter and R2-D2. Each kit includes a laser-cut, FSC-certified wood sheet with step-by-step instructions, easy-to-assemble pieces, and
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The Airbus A380 is flying into turbulent skies – CNET The aircraft maker announces at the Farnborough International Airshow that it is sharply cutting production of the jumbo jet.
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Russia creates aircraft engine for 6th-generation space planes Russia has successfully created a “combined aircraft engine” that will allow sixth-generation space planes to fly in both Earth’s atmosphere and near space at hypersonic speed, the commander of Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces (RVSN) has announced. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Ties with China will strengthen despite Western pressure, says Russian weapons chief Economic cooperation between Russia and China will develop regardless of Western pressure of Moscow, Deputy PM in charge of the defense industry Dmitry Rogozin says, adding noted that it was wrong to view sanctions as the main reason for this. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Viruses revealed to be a major driver of human evolution The constant battle between pathogens and their hosts has long been recognized as a key driver of evolution, but until now scientists have not had the tools to look at these patterns globally across species and genomes. In a new study, researchers apply big-data analysis to reveal the full extent of viruses’ impact on the evolution of humans and other mammals.
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Hidden moss chloroplast ‘wall’ discovered Researchers of Kumamoto University in Japan have succeeded in the world’s first visualization of a peptidoglycan ‘wall’ present in the chloroplasts of bryophytes (moss plants). Until now, chloroplasts of green plants were considered to be surrounded only by two envelopes. The results of this research overturns conventional wisdom about the structure of chloroplasts.
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Think a gasoline-direct injection engine is the green choice? Maybe not Trying to think green when buying a car? Whether your new fuel-efficient engine helps or hurts the warming planet depends on where you live and what you’re putting in the tank.
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An Indian city is getting futuristic pod taxis to beat traffic blues Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi and home to India headquarters of MNC’s like Google, Microsoft and Apple, is about to get driverless electric pods to alleviate the traffic woes faced by thousands of people who commute to their offices daily. SEE ALSO: These futuristic driverless pods will run on Singapore’s roads by end of the year The pilot project is expected to connect the Delhi border to the i
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Could a Volcano Be Waking Up on the Outskirts of Rome? New research on the Alban Hills south of Rome suggest that it could be heading into a new eruptive period. The post Could a Volcano Be Waking Up on the Outskirts of Rome? appeared first on WIRED .
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Lever Gear Toolcard Puts 40 Tools in Your Wallet Carrying around 40 tools would normally require a separate bag and be a huge pain… unless you have a Lever Gear Toolcard. Made in America from blade quality 420 stainless, the Lever Gear Toolcard is a one-ounce, credit-card sized multi-tool that fits in your wallet. What tools are you going to be working with? Flathead […]
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Why Technology Isn’t a One-Step Solution for Future Hotel Design Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel digital wall. Image Courtesy of Renaissance This article was originally published on Autodesk’s Line//Shape//Space publication as ” Service With a Smile: Why Hotels of the Future Are High-Touch, Not High-Tech .” Although it opened in 2011, YOTEL New York feels like it belongs in 2084, the same year the science-fiction film Total Recall is set. Quintess
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German museum offers Lego exhibits Plastic exhibition alongside traditional artefacts hopes to engage children.
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Making a multi-use, stiff carbon foam using bread Sturdy, lightweight carbon foam has many structural and insulating applications in aerospace engineering, energy storage and temperature maintenance. Current methods to create this material run into difficulties when trying to make the product strong, lightweight, environmentally friendly and low-cost. Now, a group reports in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces a method to produce such a carbon
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Genetically improving sorghum for production of biofuel The bioenergy crop sorghum holds great promise as a raw material for making environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals that offer alternatives to petroleum-based products. Sorghum can potentially yield more energy per area of land than other crops while requiring much less input in terms of fertilizer or chemicals. New research examines how genetic improvement of specific sorghum traits, with an
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The rise of OLED displays could lead to shatterproof phones These days, it seems like gadgets are constantly improving, and now the next big development may be organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs. The technology promises to improve your phones’ quality, durability and even foldability. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, takes a look at the market for this technology and wh
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Life at the extremes: What cold-loving organisms can tell us about adaptation in the face of climate In Antarctic waters that would kill a person within minutes happily dwells a tiny, single-celled organism known as Euplotes focardii. In a new study, researchers from Italy’s University of Camerino examine the genes and proteins behind this organism’s remarkable ability to cope with its extreme environment, which is not only unthinkably cold, but also saturated with oxygen at a level that would be
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Cave-dwelling fish could provide clues to staying healthy with diabetes Cavefish that live in dark caves with only sporadic access to food show symptoms similar to diabetes, but don’t appear to experience any health problems. New findings presented at The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC) 2016, a meeting hosted by the Genetics Society of America, reveal the genetic basis of how cavefish have adapted to their extreme environment, information that might one day lead to
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Researchers generate 3D images using just one photon per pixel (w/ video) (Phys.org)—Every time you take a photograph, your camera detects more than a billion photons. For a basic one-megapixel camera, that’s more than 1,000 photons per pixel. Now in a new study, researchers have developed an algorithm that is so efficient that it can generate high-quality 3D images using a single-photon camera that detects just one signal photon per pixel.
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$5 shutter stops hackers from peeping through your webcam Nobody likes the idea of some creepy hacker remotely peering through their webcam. Well, some do, but for everyone else Nope 2.0 will shield you from prying eyes. What is Nope 2.0, you […]
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Breakthrough in powering wireless sensors Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) are a step closer to harvesting renewable or ambient energy from mobile phone base stations to power battery-operated wireless sensors used in industries including health and agriculture.
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Stephen Colbert pays tribute to both Bernie Sanders and ‘Hunger Games’ Stephen Colbert dressed up as Caesar Flickerman, Stanley Tucci’s The Hunger Games character, to provide hilarious commentary on the presidential race last night. “Sadly, today, we lost the bravest tribute of all,” Colbert said about Bernie Sanders, who recently endorsed Hillary Clinton. “A man we actually lost months ago, but who courageously kept pretending not to be dead.” I
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South Sudan: Mass evacuation of foreigners Several countries evacuate their citizens from South Sudan following fighting that has killed hundreds of people.
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For Perfectly Cooked Sunny-Side Up Eggs, Fry First and Bake to Finish The perfect fried egg, with a fully set, opaque white and a rich, runny yolk, may seem elusive, but it’s actually not that difficult to achieve. You just need a little help from your oven. To take your morning egg to this perfectly-cooked place, just follow this easy tip from brunch queen Jessica Koslow: fry until the white just begins to set (aka “turn white”) and pop the whole thing into an ove
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France shuts diplomatic missions in Turkey ahead of Bastille Day over security fears France on Wednesday said it had closed its embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara and its consulate in Istanbul until further notice for security reasons, after cancelling events to mark the July 14 Bastille Day holiday.
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Microalgae—a promising future resource? Microalgae hold tremendous potential for industrial biotechnology. They are an important resource in the production of food and medications, and in many other applications. In comparison to bacteria and fungi, however, they still play only a minor role. The economic use of these organisms has been difficult in the past primarily because existing production procedures are too costly. The algae spec
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How IoT and machine learning can make our roads safer The transportation industry is associated with high maintenance costs, disasters, accidents, injuries and loss of life. Hundreds of thousands of people across the world are losing their lives to car accidents and road disasters every year. Hopefully, this problem can be addressed by the Internet of Things and machine learning, two technologies that are taking the world by storm. Read More
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Nifty Extension with Walk-On Skylights Enlivens this Terrace House Whether you want to give your kitchen wonderful daytime illumination or wish to bring the sky and stars into the bedroom, skylights get the job done with ease. The many advantages of conventional skylights and light tubes are well known to many of our readers already, but why not take this a step further with cool walk-on skylights! Nestled in an affluent neighborhood of Westminster , London, thi
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Back to the Source: Klein’s Smart Strategy to Move to the Top of Every Architect’s Wish List This article is part of a series that tells the story of how Source — Architizer’s PREMIER marketplace for building products — helps architects create brilliant buildings. HEAD THIS WAY For more information on the platform. The specification process creates unique challenges for architects and building products manufacturers alike. There are tight deadlines, ever-nebulous requirements and a lack
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Chromatin remodeling proteins: New insights in human malignancy and targeted cancer therapy Chromatin remodeling proteins (chromatin remodelers) are essential and powerful regulators for critical DNA-templated cellular processes, such as DNA replication, recombination, gene transcription/repression, and DNA damage repair. These molecular and genetic processes are important for a wide spectrum of cellular functions, including cell cycle, death, differentiation, pluripotency, and genome in
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Simple solution makes hydrogen production through solar water splitting more efficient and cheaper Researchers from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, The Netherlands), in collaboration with colleagues from the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland), have found a simple yet very effective solution to greatly increase the efficiency and stability of hydrogen production through solar-driven water splitting. By separating the positive and the negative electrodes using a
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Local drug activation at solid tumor sites Sarcoma is an aggressive form of cancer responsible for up to 20 percent of childhood cancers. Tumors often first appear in the extremities and the abdomen. Surgery is a primary treatment, but …
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A Brilliant Leaning Mechanism Lets This Lego Wheel Corner Like a Motorcycle As part of his research into building a functional Lego version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ BB-8 , Jason Allemann of JK Brickworks created this brilliant remote control monowheel that’s able to steer itself by shifting a counterweight inside from side to side causing the vehicle to lean into corners. It’s not quite perfect yet, though. Since the counterweight is hidden inside the monowheel w
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ABC relaunches its streaming service with expanded lineup, digital originals ABC this morning has relaunched its streaming service in an effort to better target cord cutters, with an expanded lineup of shows, including dozens of “throwback” series as well as seven, new digital short-form series and over 40 more in development. The app, which features a redesigned interface for iOS and Apple TV devices, also offers exclusive content for pay TV… Read More
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Can There Be Real Estate on the Moon? A Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicist thinks a legal crisis is waiting for us on the surface of the moon.
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Here’s What Happens When Neuroscientists and Designers Team Up to Explain Scientific Research A new interdisciplinary project results in a moving sculpture, an animated piece, a song that evolves and more
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Google wins extra time to fight EU Android probe Google won more time Wednesday to answer accusations by the European Commission that the US tech giant abuses the dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system.
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Best Battery Packs For Stealing Free Energy From the Sun After considering 70 contenders and testing for over 30 hours, we determined that the Anker PowerPort Solar Lite is the best portable solar charger for people who want to power a phone or small device when in an emergency or off the grid. We also like the RAVPower 15-W Solar Charger , which is marginally more powerful, but a lot less portable. This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter , a
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Travel cheap thanks to Google’s hotel and flight-finding search update Planning a holiday can be a bit of a pain, but Google wants to make things a little easier. The company has launched a series of updates designed to make finding bargains on flights and hotels a little easier. Now, when you search Google for specific types of hotels, such as “hotels under $150 per night that have a pool,” the search engine will surface results that fit the requirements you set. Y
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23andMe Launches New Genotyping Services for Research Today 23andMe announced the launch of its new Genotyping Services for Research (GSR) platform, providing scientists with an end-to-end service to incorporate genetic information into their studies.
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Don’t Blame Criticism for Violence Against Police: New at Reason After Jared Loughner killed six people and wounded 14 at a Tucson shopping center in 2011, talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh ridiculed attempts to blame the mass shooting on inflammatory right-wing rhetoric. But after Micah Johnson killed five police officers and wounded nine in downtown Dallas last week, Limbaugh did not hesitate to blame the violence on the Black Lives Matter movement. Limbaugh wa
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How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Helping Donald Trump Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not like the idea of Donald Trump becoming president and she wants the world to know it. Speaking recently to The New York Times , Ginsburg said she “can’t imagine” the horrors that would be unleashed by a Trump presidency and joked about moving “to New Zealand” if Trump wins. In response, Trump told the Times that Ginsburg’s comm
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Where Background Checks Work When congressional Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor last month to demand a vote on gun control measures, many of them touted a familiar policy solution : universal background checks. Federal law already requires background checks for anyone purchasing a gun through a licensed dealer. But the law exempts private sales, a category that accounts for 40 percent of gun sales, according to
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Recommended Reading On Guns And Gun Death Below you’ll find a selection of some of the books, articles and academic research we found useful when reporting these stories on the more than 33,000 annual gun deaths in America and what it would take to bring that number down. Books “ Private Guns, Public Health ,” by David Hemenway “ The Way of the Gun: A Bloody Journey into the World of Firearms ,” by Iain Overton “ Firearms and Violence: A
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The Mass Shootings Fix Australia and Great Britain made extensive changes in gun policy in response to mass shootings two decades ago, and there has only been one mass shooting in either place since. Other countries also have tightened gun laws after similar tragedies, leaving some Americans wondering if similar changes here could have prevented the shooting in an Orlando gay night club last month that killed 49 people
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Gun, Badge, Camera Fatal shootings by police officers that are recorded on video often get national media coverage, fueling calls for reform, as we saw last week in the shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. And witnesses are filming more often: About 21 percent of fatal shootings by police officers in the first six months of this year were captu
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Instrument Of Terror Until the deadly shooting of 14 people in San Bernardino, California, last year by a married couple with a history of privately expressing support for Muslim terrorist groups, most fears of terrorism on U.S. soil had centered on the potential for plane hijackings or biological or chemical weapons. Because of how politicians and the news media have tended to define terrorism since 9/11, guns had r
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About This Project A note on the data we used One of the first questions we asked when we embarked on this reporting was, “What data exists on U.S. gun deaths?” The answer is that there is lots, but all of the sources are incomplete and flawed in different ways. As a result, we’ve had to stitch together different data sets to try to get the most complete picture. The main source of data for these articles, as well
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What Counts As An Accident? Illustration by Hannah Drossman Quiz by Ritchie King On March 31, a 17-year-old girl named Blake Turner died from a gunshot wound. Sheriff’s officials in Lenoir County, North Carolina, said she was accidentally shot by 22-year-old Austin Newcome. Newcome was charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a stolen firearm, and sheriff’s officials said the shooting was the direct result of
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How To Protect Women Illustration by Hannah Drossman Graphics by Ella Koeze Nikki Elias did everything right. She filed for divorce from her abusive husband, Ian, in 2008 — a move that prompted a bitter, years-long custody fight over their two daughters. Ian started threatening her, and, given his violent past, she did what victims of domestic abuse are advised to do to protect themselves. She changed her daily routi
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Always Ready, Always There Photographs by Daniella Zalcman Graphics by Ella Koeze The 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota Army National Guard has deployed more frequently since 9/11 than almost any other unit in America. In 2011, 2,700 soldiers from its 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team were sent to the Middle East to assist with the drawdown in Iraq. One of its battalions spent that summer at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy, prepa
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Surviving Suicide In Wyoming Photographs by Daniella Zalcman Graphics by Ella Koeze Kenny Michelena is, by just about any measure, a tough guy. He was born and raised on a ranch in rural northwestern Wyoming and remembers that after class in elementary school, the bus driver would drop him off wherever he saw the family tractor, so he could go straight to work in the fields. He worked just about every day of his life from th
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In The Shadow Of Exile Illustration and graphics by Ella Koeze In 1998, Bill Johnson traveled from his home in Rochester, New York, to Richmond, Virginia, to see his father, who was dying of congestive heart failure. At his bedside one morning, Johnson read a newspaper article about a local program that imposed stiff penalties for gun crimes. The program was called Project Exile, and it was getting big results: a massi
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New Orleans Searches For The Truth Photographs by Daniella Zalcman Graphics by Ella Koeze They called Damond Peters “The Truth.” Peters won the nickname on the basketball court, where he had a dangerous left hand and a swagger reminiscent of another “Truth,” Celtics star Paul Pierce. But to those who knew him best, the name resonated beyond basketball. He was the little brother who was convinced he was the oldest, the natural musi
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Gun Deaths In America Methodology The data in this interactive graphic comes primarily from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Multiple Cause of Death database , which is derived from death certificates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is widely considered the most comprehensive estimate of firearm deaths. In keeping with the CDC’s practice, deaths of non-U.S. residents that take place
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What Would It Take? More than 33,000 people are shot and killed in the U.S. each year. What each of these deaths has in common is the use of a gun, yet this is not one problem suffered 33,000 times. The victims of fatal shootings are diverse, as are the reasons for their deaths, but the national conversation doesn’t allow for much complexity. And that means that for all the grief and haranguing and calls to action,
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SpareMin helps you fill your extra time with spontaneous phone calls Even though TechCrunch readers can get really busy with their jobs, their side hustles and everything else in their lives, you’ll probably still have a few moments of downtime today — maybe when you’re driving home from work. A new startup called SpareMin aims to help you fill that time with phone calls. The app, which is available for both iOS and Android, was created by… Read More
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How plants can grow on salt-affected soils It is common knowledge that salt consists of the cation sodium and the anion chloride. However, the substance used to season food has been a cause of great concern to farmers for some time now: In times of climate change, more and more agricultural areas have to be irrigated. This inevitably leads to the increasing salinisation of soils, that is the accumulation of sodium and chloride ions.
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We Didn’t Evolve to Do Physics, Which Is Why It Seems So Weird Physicist Lawrence Krauss explains why understanding new theories in physics is so hard, and why it’s so much fun. Read More
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How China Is Rewriting the Book on Human Origins Fossil finds in China are challenging ideas about the evolution of modern humans and our closest relatives — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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AOC’s first curved gaming display comes in black Today is the first day that AOC has its own curved gaming monitor. This display rolls with a black/silver cabinet and a curved-edge rectangular base, and its display is relatively massive. This display has a single 35″ Class, 21:9 Aspect Ratio panel with a 35″ Diagonal Viewable Area. Brightness typically rings in at 300 cd/m², and its highest supported resolution … Continue reading
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We Finally Know Why Jet Lag Is Much Worse Flying East Image: Getty Jet lag is objectively terrible. It grants no immunity and bends to no form of treatment, unless “consuming an entire bottle of liquor and popping a few Ambien” is considered treatment. (It’s not.) But according to conventional wisdom, some kinds of jet lag are worse than others—traveling east, for example, is harder on the sleep cycle than traveling west. As it turns out, convention
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Tech and Brexit: Three-quarters of startups see tough times ahead And they might be right: analysts predict UK tech spending will be hit, especially in retail and financial services.
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Thousands of S. Koreans protest US missile defense system as Seoul announces location South Korea’s military has announced the location of its THAAD anti-missile defense system, intended to deter threats from North Korea. The plan, which greatly angered regional powers, has led thousands of Koreans on to the streets in protest. Read Full Article at RT.com
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China makes it illegal to eat endangered species A new law in China makes it illegal to eat members of an endangered species, a major step forward in protections for wild animals. However, animal rights activists claim the legislation doesn’t go far enough, because it fails to address other threats. Captive breeding, public performances, and consumption in non-food products (i.e. traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM) are still allowed under the
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New method can identify chemical warfare agents more easily A new method for extracting, enriching and identifying chemical warfare agents from oils and other organic liquids could help government officials and homeland security protect civilians more …
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Cyclic opioid peptides Peptide based drug candidates are being discovered at an increasingly rapid pace as therapeutics for many diseases and pain management. . For decades the opioid receptors have been an attractive …
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The best tech for living your freest life Freedom is crucial to happiness. We live our best lives when we feel like we’re untethered, that we can do what we want and what’s best for us without a ton of obstacles standing in the way. And these days, contrary to what some curmudgeonly grandfather figures may believe, technology is giving us more freedom in our daily lives. Here are a few apps and services that are helping. If This Then Tha
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Juno Spacecraft Captures First Photo from Jupiter Orbit Image takes in the Great Red Spot, cloud belts and three big moons — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Warrantless cellphone tracking: Federal judge kicks DEA’s stingray evidence to the curb Hey, DEA, get a stinking warrant to pinpoint a suspect’s precise location via stingray cell phone surveillance devices; otherwise the search is unconstitutional. In fact, for the first time a federal judge threw out evidence obtained via the warrantless use of a stingray cell-site simulator, ruling that the search violated Fourth Amendment rights that guarantee people are secure in their homes fr
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Prime Day 2016 was Amazon’s biggest day ever Yesterday’s checkout glitches didn’t impact Amazon’s ability to pull off another successful Prime Day sales event, as it turns out. The online retailer announced this morning, without giving specific figures, that its Prime Day 2016 was the “biggest ever.” Not just in terms of other Prime Days, either, but the “biggest day in the history of Amazon.&#8221… Read More
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Avoid sweat-soaked shirts with wearable AC for your armpits Need help avoiding embarrassing armpit stains? You could turn to antiperspirant, but this is the 21st century. There’s a more high-tech solution to sweat-soaked shirt pits. Check out this amazing new wearable from […]
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A neural network tried to write a 9th Harry Potter book, and the results are hilarious Do you remember that memorable scene in the Harry Potter books when a person seeking revenge on Ron turns out to be Dumbledore hiding behind a cream cake? If you don’t, that’s probably because you read the version of Harry Potter written by J.K. Rowling instead of an LSTM recurrent neural network — trained to generate new Hogwarts-related stories using a data set consisting of the series’ first f
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Tesla announces a lower-priced, software-limited Model X The Tesla Model X SUV family just gained a lower-priced sibling. The $74,000 Tesla Model X 60D is a software-limited version of the current Model X 75D, as reported on Electrek . The only difference between the Model X 60D and the 75D is the software block. The “D” in the model designations indicates all-wheel drive. Both models can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 6.0 seconds and can achieve a 130 mph
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Samsung Finally Gave Us the Laptop Apple Should Have All images: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo Samsung’s gone and done it guys. It’s made a perfectly wonderful laptop that retails for under a grand, is of exceptional quality, and is neither under-powered nor teeming with crappy finishes. This is the college-bound laptop everyone, including Apple, has failed to make for the last couple of years. We’ve been busting Apple’s balls a lot lately, and it definitely
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Behind the thermochromic murals that morph before your eyes Paid Content by Lennox With room-by-room temperature control and thermostats you can program from anywhere in the world, staying comfortable in a connected home has never been easier. Learn more at Lennox.com. Friday night in downtown Los Angeles and there’s a line snaking around the block that loops The Container Yard. For the most part, it’s business as usual: The urban art museum is filled wit
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Scientists are studying ant colonies to create better network analysis Ants are really good at lots of things. Lifting, communicating, ruining picnics. Turns out they’ve got the whole voting thing down to a science, too. When time comes to move nests, the plucky little insects vote by quorum. The democratic process is determined, at least in part, by how often they bump into one another. Scientists believe that ants have a knack for determining their own… Read More
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Medical Marijuana Reduces Prescription Drug Use, Says New Research If you want to reduce people’s overreliance on prescription drugs, your best bet might be to let people smoke pot instead. A new study by researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) showed states with legalized medical marijuana had lower rates of prescription drug use. Not only that, but the government is saving money as a result of not having to pay for as much medicine for Medicare patients
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Spain election: Socialists again rule out supporting Rajoy’s Popular Party Spain’s political deadlock set to continue as Socialist Party again says no to conservative-led government.
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‘Pokémon Go’ is already the biggest U.S. mobile game ever — and it’s coming for Snapchat Step aside, “Candy Crush Saga,” and look out, Snapchat. Pokémon Go has burst onto the scene in recent days to become the biggest U.S. mobile game ever, according to new data from SurveyMonkey Intelligence. The app attracted 21 million daily active users on Tuesday, the biggest U.S. audience for a mobile game ever. That data follows on other recent studies that have shown Pokémon Go surp
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Breakthrough in powering wireless sensors Researchers are a step closer to harvesting renewable or ambient energy from mobile phone base stations to power battery-operated wireless sensors used in industries including health and agriculture.
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Robot would assemble modular telescope — in space A new concept in space telescope design uses a modular structure and an assembly robot to build an extremely large telescope in space, performing tasks in which astronaut fatigue would be a problem.
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How to Be 100% Hackproof (PG-13 Language) Rudimentary and rude video maker GradeAUnderA shares some actually very useful advice on preventing hackers from messing with and/or stealing your sh*t. P.S. It’s “authentication”, not “authentification,” Grade. Link More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: How Digital Projectors Work Could You Outrun a Fart? Hack Attack Quantum Computers Explained Cellphone Signal Life Hacks
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How to Find Apps You Can Trust in the Windows Store Microsoft introduced its official app store back in 2012. It was an attempt to bring Windows onto a par with Google and Apple, whose app stores had been flourishing for years. It received a lukewarm reception; users were unimpressed with the poor design, the limited selection of apps, and the way they interacted with the rest of the operating system. As time went by, an even more serious problem
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Republicans Attack the FCC Over Net Neutrality, Other Core Programs FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (right). Image: U.S. Mission Photo/Eric Bridiers/Flickr Republican lawmakers squared off against Federal Communications Commission officials during a contentious hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday, just days after voting to kneecap federal net neutrality rules ensuring that all content on the internet is equally accessible. During a heated three-hour session , GOP lawmakers
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Be on the Winning Side of Disruption: SU Global Summit San Francisco There’s never been a better opportunity to see the future first-hand. Join the most innovative minds in business and technology, along with Singularity University faculty and alumni at
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