Indistinguishable from Magic July 20th, 2016

Indistinguishable from Magic

July 20th, 2016

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Stacking Boosts Polarimetry Researchers use stacked organic polarization detectors to improve polarimetry for a wide range of sensing applications, from military targets to atmospheric gases to telecommunications and biomedical imaging.
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Behavioural scientists help Ontario save money through more online licence plate renewalsAs tedious as waiting in a government services line-up can be, that’s what most people do, despite having the option of getting their business done online.
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The best ice cream maker By Lesley Stockton 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 . When the mercury starts climbing, nothing screams “summertime” quite like homemade ice cream. After researching for 85 hours, testing 14 makers, talking with pro ice cream makers and a food scientist, and churning gallons of the frozen
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File-sharing lawsuit numbers drop by more than half (credit: Lex Machina) The number of copyright lawsuits in the US over online file-sharing have dropped significantly this year, according to data compiled by Lex Machina. Data released by the legal research company shows there were 249 file-sharing lawsuits filed in the second quarter of 2016, compared to 517 cases the previous year. Anti-piracy copyright lawsuits began increasing in number drama
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Appliance Science: How the color rendering index measures the quality of light – CNET How do you find the quality of the light a light bulb produces? Using the color rendering index, a measure of how well a light bulb illuminates a range of colors. Appliance Science looks at the science behind testing the quality of light bulbs and the CRI.
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Justice Department tweets, then deletes, a dig calling CNN a Trump troll – CNET In what appeared to be a staffers’ mistaken missive, the DOJ tweeted CNN was “the biggest troll of them all” for an article about the Republican National Convention.
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Ghostbusters: a spoiler-filled chat about the year’s most polarizing movie Ghostbusters is finally here, after months and months of slobbering internet protesters behaving like entitled children and normal people being a little bit nervous because the trailer was “meh.” As promised, it stars four women who are great at their jobs both on and off-screen. As promised, it is a broad appeal summer blockbuster. But does it fulfill all the other promises of its leng
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The First Night of the RNC Was a Perfect Encapsulation of Donald Trump’s Awful Political Campaign The first night of the Republican National Convention was a nearly perfect encapsulation of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to date: It was amateurish, outrageous, badly managed, more than a little cheesy, and almost entirely devoid of policy substance. The night started with a speech from Willie Robertson, one of the stars of Duck Dynasty , the reality television series and occasional magne
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The Problem With Socialism Tags A A Home | Feed | Blog.rss Education Taxes and Spending Political Theory The Problem With Socialism 0 Views A quarter of a century after the spectacular collapse of socialism in the Soviet empire, a large segment of the “millennial” generation (those born between 1982 and 2004) thinks socialism should be the wave of their future. A 2016 Pew Foundation poll found that 69 percent of voters und
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Revolights Eclipse+ Few products increase nighttime visibility better than Revolights. And the Revolights Eclipse+ is their most complete model yet. The two light-bearing rings screw on to four ball-and-socket brackets on your spokes and are as resistant to theft as are your wheels — lock the latter and your Revolights are safe. A snap-in rechargeable battery powers each one, providing 280 lumens of direction white
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This Cordless and Compact LED Work Light Can Also Charge Your Phone This battery-operated LED work light puts out as much light as a 100W halogen, and its removable battery pack can even charge your phone over USB. It’s one of those things you might not use often, but it’s not a bad idea to keep one handy in your garage, just in case. Read more…
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Helping racehorses put their best foot forward An international research team is working to understand how horseshoes affect foot skeleton stress in racehorses, in a project that is likely to benefit the racing industry and protect horses from injury.
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Smart thread will enable a new generation of implantable and wearable diagnostics For the first time, researchers led by Tufts University engineers have integrated nano-scale sensors, electronics and microfluidics into threads – ranging from simple cotton to sophisticated synthetics – that can be sutured through multiple layers of tissue to gather diagnostic data wirelessly in real time. The research suggests that the thread-based diagnostic platform could be an effective subs
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Three new headphone models from 1More are easy on the ears and your wallet Earlier this year, we took a look the 1More Triple Driver in-ear headphones and found ourselves impressed with how much sound the company managed to pack into a $100 package. Earlier this month, the company let loose with another volley of affordable headphones aimed at a variety of different listeners. Related: Spending $100 never sounded better than with 1More’s Triple Driver in-ear headphones
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A VR Odyssey: Samsung’s Oculus Rift killer named in trademark application With the big VR war of 2016 set between the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive virtual reality headsets, it’s easy to forget that Samsung was actually the first company to bring a consumer VR headset to market. Its Gear VR , however, was built as an entry-level experience, and put together with cooperation from Oculus. Its next offering, though, is likely to be far more impressive. And now we know what
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IDG Contributor Network: What I learned from using Amazon Alexa for a month When Amazon Echo with Alexa service came out in November 2014 I was skeptical. A speaker with voice recognition seemed like an unnecessary oddity. When a friend of mine purchased one in 2015, I had a chance to play with it but was unimpressed still. Alexa’s SDK has been open to third party developers for a year now. As a software engineer it is important for me to keep up with emerging technologi
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Fighting life-threatening bacteria without antibiotics Patients suffering from liver cirrhosis often die of life-threatening bacterial infections. In these patients the immune cells are unable to eliminate the bacterial infections. Scientist have now discovered that type I IFN released by immune cells due to increased migration of gut bacteria into the cirrhotic liver incapacitate the immune system. Based on their findings, such infections can be cont
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By causing cells to cannibalize themselves, researchers prevent lung injury in mice Study offers a new solution to prevent Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), the most common chronic lung disease in premature infants.
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Mountain pine beetles infest and ravage thousands of acres of forest lands, Landsat satellites show In western North America, mountain pine beetles infest and ravage thousands of acres of forest lands. Landsat satellites bear witness to the onslaught in a way that neither humans nor most other satellites can.
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Men more aggressive on dating sites, women more self-conscious Using data collected from Baihe, one of the largest dating websites in China, researchers developed a reciprocal recommendation system that better matches users who are mutually interested in and likely to communicate with each other. The data revealed behavioral differences between male and female users when it comes to contacting potential partners. In particular, males tend to be focused on the
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First widely protective vaccine against chlamydia The first steps towards developing a vaccine against an insidious sexual transmitted infection (STI) have been accomplished.
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Apple Watch Sales Remain Steady After 15 Months Despite Lack of Next-Generation ModelNearly fifteen months after the Apple Watch launched in the U.S. and eight other countries on April 24, 2015, new data shows that sales of the device have yet to experience an overly precipitous decline so far this year. Swiss bank UBS has issued a research note that projects Apple Watch sales totaled 1.7 million units in the June quarter, a somewhat surprising increase of 100,000 units compared
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Watching These Toys Rhythmically Expand and Collapse Is the Most Relaxing Thing You’ve probably played with one in passing while wandering through a toy store, but did you know these expanding plastic spheres have an actual name? They’re called Hoberman Spheres, named after engineer Chuck Hoberman , and they’re now somehow even more relaxing. For an installation called Bits and Pieces , artist Nils Völker hung countless Hoberman Spheres from a ceiling, and using electric mot
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Can robots recognize faces even under backlighting? Researchers have developed a novel technique to address the problem of vision-based face detection and recognition under normal and severe illumination conditions. This technique contributes to help robotic systems that use face information for providing user-dependent services to work well under a large variety of illumination conditions.
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What hibernating toads tell us about climate The ability to predict when toads come out of hibernation in southern Canada could provide valuable insights into the future effects of climate change on a range of animals and plants.
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Solar shelter shines a light on refugee integration One of the problems that can arise when providing housing for asylum seekers is that communities can see a burden involved, but not necessarily a benefit. The SolarCabin refugee shelter is designed to tackle this, with a large, visible solar array used to produce a surplus of electricity that can help power the local area. .. Continue Reading Solar shelter shines a light on refugee integration Ca
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“How does one interact with cities when you are continuously looking into your phone?”Comments update: readers are debating the merits of Nintendo’s Pokémon GO smartphone video game , with some questioning its implications on the way people experience the built environment. (more…)
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Home & Office : Definitely Not Poison Skull Bottle Stopper Memento mori. And this Definitely Not Poison gold skull bottle stopper is an elegant addition to your wine rack, too. It’s classy in a way those super-fancy vacuum sealers totally aren’t. $29.99
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Tools : SOL Origin Survival Kit Might just save your butt. This SOL Origin Survival Kit might just save your butt. The unplanned overnight in the field is easier to take when you have the right tools, like a knife, an LED light, plus an easy way to light a fire and catch a fish. $34.99
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Electronics & Gadgets : ATH-MSR7BK High Resolution Over-Ear Headphones True Hi-Res audio, anywhere. Lossless audio files are finally becoming widespread, but if you’re not listening to them on high-resolution headphones, you’re not really listening. Get rich, detailed audio reproduction anywhere you go. $248.99
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Why are writers so obsessed with scary emotionless futures? In Drake Doremus’ chilly new science fiction film Equals , Silas (Nicholas Hoult) and Nia (Kristen Stewart) star as star-crossed lovers with a familiar problem: they live in a future world that’s supposedly fixed all its problems by eradicating emotion. Their society has found a biological trigger to shut down human feeling, creating cold, placid, orderly communities where the people resemble mil
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Oil giants agree to pay $425 million to reduce air pollution Six oil refineries will be modified to reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants by thousands of tons in a $425 million settlement over alleged Clean Air Act violations. The Justice Department calls the deal the largest-ever agreement of its kind. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Comic-Con 2016 preview: have movie studios finally had enough? Ask a fan when San Diego Comic-Con International started to go off the rails, and you’ll get a lot of different answers. Some will point to the Twilight saga as the reason waiting in line for a 90-minute panel became an overnight activity; others may cite Harry Potter or the influx of mainstream TV shows. But strip away the franchise allegiances, and it all basically comes down to the same thing:
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There Is Still No War on Cops The “war on cops” meme has been deployed over the years because it works so effectively to shut down discussions about police reform. That means even in the wake of prominent killings of police officers, people who insist they support cops will turn to politicizing such killings in order to stymie broader conversations about reform. Yesterday at the Republican National Convention was a
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Paleontology: Aftermath of a mass extinction A new study of fossil fishes from Middle Triassic sediments on the shores of Lake Lugano provides new insights into the recovery of biodiversity following the great mass extinction event at the Permo-Triassic boundary 240 million years ago.
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The Science Bucket List: Learn To Be An Amateur Astronomer Space How a simple, but effective telescope works Popular Science columnist William Gurstelle traveled to Texas and got a tutorial on how to use a Dobsonian telescope from McDonald Observatory superintendent Craig Nance.
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Personal Finance Software for Your Mac: 5 Solid Options Keeping track of your personal finances can be a hassle, especially if you have a lot of accounts or you run a small business. There are some great online options, but many people prefer to have dedicated software on their home computer to keep track of everything. Quicken is the biggest name in the business, but what else is out there? These five apps will help you budget, keep track of spending
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CNN, one of the first news orgs on a major bot platform, launches on Kik EXCLUSIVE: Back in April when Microsoft and Facebook became the biggest tech giants to open their chat app platforms to developers and businesses, CNN was one of the first news organization to launch a chatbot on Facebook Messenger. Today CNN joined the Kik Bot Shop , one of the first news organizations to do so. When using the CNN bot, you can choose to read top stories or stories by topic, but
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Amazon is bringing some of the best non-fiction classics to Kindle Amazon wants Kindle to be a destination for all types of writing, and that now includes older non-fiction and short-form stories that may have otherwise been lost to time. Today, the company is launching Singles Classics , a program to resell old stories and essays from celebrated non-fiction authors and magazine writers, including Norman Mailer, Susan Orlean, and Gloria Steinheim. It is an exten
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Republican platform endorses commercial space partnerships WASHINGTON — The new platform of the Republican Party includes language supporting the use of public-private partnerships to develop space capabilities, an approach that has been used by administrations of both major political parties. The platform, formally approved by delegates at the Republican party convention July 18 in Cleveland, also features language supporting “unfettered access” to spac
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All the ways people are making money from ‘Pokémon Go’ Pokémon Go is more than just a gaming craze — it’s an economic one, too. People are making and spending plenty of cash in a new ecosystem of Pokémon-related goods and services that has emerged less than two weeks after the app’s launch. Real world money is hardly rare in the gaming world, with fans of Counter-Strike , Minecraft and many more creating cottage industries around their favorite title
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Scientists Show How Synapses Are Arranged with Respect to Each Other For the first time, neurobiologists show that contact points between specific neuron types are clustered in groups on the target neuron. The cerebral cortex resembles a vast switchboard. Countless lines carrying information about the environment, for example from the sensory organs, converge in the cerebral cortex. In order to direct the flow of data into […] The post Scientists Show How Synapses
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Piaggio gives mid-size Vespas more power Piaggio has established itself as one of the premier manufacturers of scooters, and one of the most iconic scooter brands it owns is Vespa. In an effort to continue to improve upon the Vespa line, Piaggio recently replaced its Vespa LX and S models with the upgraded Primavera and Sprint, both of which now get the company’s i-Get engine introduced in the Piaggio Medley in 2015. .. Continue Reading
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Flying a Personal Multicopter AmazingDIYProjects built himself a drone. But this isn’t just any old quadcopter, no. This multi-bladed flying machine can actually lift a human. His nonchalant description about engine failures isn’t particularly reassuring, but he still manages to get off the ground. Liftoff at 4:15 . Hat Tip Link More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: The Best Drone Footage DIY Airsoft Pistol Heater Jet RC Pl
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Zika virus will burn itself out within 3 years thanks to herd immunity The Rio 2016 Olympics begins in a little over two weeks. Athletes will be asking themselves two questions in the run up to their events, though – can I win and will I […]
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Nate Silver And John Dickerson Talk About Melania Trump’s Borrowed Speech We’ll be reporting from Cleveland all week and live blogging each night. Check out all our dispatches from the GOP convention here . Nate Silver, the editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight, sat down with John Dickerson, host of the CBS News show Face The Nation, to talk about the first day of the Republican National Convention, and whether there will be any effect from the accusations that Melania Tr
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Playing Operation Is Even More Stressful When It’s Hooked Up to a Paintball Gun The board game Operation is a great example of how negative feedback can also negatively affect your performance. But instead of playing in constant fear of that loud buzzing sound, when you touch the sides while playing this sadistic version of Operation , you get blasted with a paintball gun. Sounds like a lot of fun. Madcap Brothers’ modified version of the game gives each amateur surgeon a mi
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Watch this Scientist Give a Step-by-Step Takedown of Anecdotal Evidence Does a seemingly positive personal experience with a health treatment qualify as evidence that it works? According to biological scientist Jonathan Jarry, the answer is no, and he explains why in this video. “The plural of anecdote is not data,” Jarry emphasizes. So even if a large body of people testify that a treatment such as reiki, or energy healing, worked for them, the collective
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Better Facial Recognition Tech Could Lead to Robot Hitmen From catching thieves to finding lost pets , facial recognition technology has already done a fair bit of good for humanity. But artificial intelligence experts warn new developments in the field could soon trigger a more troubling use of facial recognition software: weapons that function like robot hitmen, complete with “vision” as accurate as the human eye. The controversial new techn
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This Guy’s ‘Scientific’ Articles on Chemtrails Keep Getting Retracted J. Marvin Herndon believes that the white plumes that jets leave in their wake are made up of toxic compounds that are intentionally being released into the environment by the government. Herndon isn’t alone in his belief. The idea that the government is secretly poisoning everyone with so-called “ chemtrails ” is a favourite among the types of people who also believe things like the Earth is rea
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To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction Researchers from the University of British Columbia have suggested that modular construction techniques are key to assuaging cities’ housing shortages. Associate engineering professor Kasun Hewage at UBC, along with PhD candidate Mohammad Kamali, conducted “the first comprehensive review of conventional and modular construction research of its kind,” and found that increased factory-pro
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Protein found to bolster growth of damaged muscle tissue Biologists have found that a protein that plays a key role in the lives of stem cells can bolster the growth of damaged muscle tissue, a step that could contribute to treatments for muscle degeneration caused by old age or muscular dystrophy.
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Motorola has become the Polaroid of Android As the first wave of hands-on reactions to Motorola’s new Moto Z flagship start to surface, I can’t help but think: Man, this sure is a different company than the Motorola we knew a few short years ago. It quite literally is , of course: As we all recall, Google sold Motorola to Lenovo in early 2014 — a mere 20 months after it took the company’s reigns and transformed it into an idealistic model
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Based on a True Story: A Memoir by Norm MacDonald Professional funny man Norm MacDonald shares his unbelievable life story in a new memoir. From his disastrous start in show biz to his days on SNL to the not-so-funny depths of gambling addiction. It’s a book filled with jokes, true Hollywood stories and MacDonald’s one-of-a-kind wit. For purchase information, Click Here
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Downing Street curse: John Kerry the latest to be doorstepped by No.10 (VIDEO) The US secretary of state has joined the long list of red-faced politicians to make an embarrassing blunder outside No.10 Downing Street. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Turkey post-coup purge: Licenses of 21,000 teachers revoked, 1,577 deans ordered to resignTurkey has revoked the licenses of 21,000 teachers working in private institutions, an Education Ministry official told Reuters. It’s the latest in a string of crackdowns on workers allegedly tied to the exiled cleric blamed for last week’s coup attempt. Read Full Article at RT.com
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German train attacker left ‘suicide note’, wanted revenge for killings in Muslim countriesPages from a notebook found at the home of an Afghan teen who attacked passengers on a German train with an ax may be regarded as a suicide note, police and investigating officials said during a press-briefing on Tuesday. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Detroit Upstart Floyd Wants to Change How We Furnish Our Homes Here’s how they plan to do it Moving home is schlep enough, but having to purchase and then assemble complex furniture just adds to the dismay. Millennials are said to be the moving generation and, as it turns out, neither traditional furniture—nor DIY, blown-up-Lego furniture—matches their needs. Enter Floyd . Alex O’Dell and Kyle Duff, the founders of Floyd, met in Detroit shortly after moving
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Watch: Is Trump the End of the GOP? Hopefully. “Is Trump the End of the GOP? Hopefully,” is the latest video from Reason TV’s coverage at the Republican National Convention. Watch above or click through in the link below for downloadable versions. View this article.
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Amazon serves up half-price discounts on Logitech PC accessories – CNET The online retailer has deep discounts on some of our favorite wireless mice, solar keyboards and three-piece PC speakers.
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Collapsed Bangladesh Factory Owners Could Face Death Penalty Yesterday, a Bangladesh court indicted 41 people for the murder of the more than 1,100 garment workers that died in the 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza. Initially the defendants, which include the building’s owner, his parents, and the owners of the five factories housed within the building, were charged with culpable homicide, which carries a… The post Collapsed Bangladesh Factory Owners Could Fac
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Big plans for “world’s smallest” 360-degree camera The Nico360 is a compact and water resistant 360-degree camera which is being billed as the “world’s smallest.” The diminutive camera will feature dual lenses front and back, and will also be capable of live streaming your immersive footage. The camera is currently on Indiegogo where it has already exceeded its funding target. .. Continue Reading Big plans for “world’s smallest&quo
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This New Method Could Tell The Difference Between Fake Nukes and Real Ones Military It could help countries achieve disarmament without spilling secrets Scientists come up with a method to…
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Carnival of Space 467 1. Planetaria Astronomers image massive exoplanet in triple-star system The planet, known as HD 131399Ab, is 320 light-years from Earth and orbits the brightest of the three stars in the triple-star system. This orbit is the widest known of any planets in similar star systems, and for this reason was very surprising to astronomers. The gravitational interaction between the three stars is always ch
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‘Paint’ walls a different color with this simply Photoshop trick Photoshop can alter images in almost every way imaginable. As capable as it is though, there are times when the changes needed are rather mundane in nature. Take, for example, the need to change the color of a wall in an image. While it might not be a common alteration, it’s a handy arrow to keep in your quiver of skills. And when it does, you’re going to wish you knew how best to get the job don
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Nvidia is giving away 100 prizes to puzzle solvers, starting on July 21 Nvidia is launching another big #OrderOf10 contest. Though we don’t have much information on it, if it’s anything like the last one, it will mean answering puzzles and questions, with the chance to win a 1000 series GPU. Last time through, only a handful of people were lucky enough to win. This time around, Nvidia is claiming as many as 100 people will walk away with big prizes. The first Nvidia
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Furniture from New Chinese Startup May Soon Be Available in the U.S. ZaoZuo launched at last year’s Beijing Design Week Demand for high-quality, design-forward, western-style furniture is increasing in China, where the growth of the urban middle class continues to explode. Because of the country’s massive manufacturing capabilities and consumer base, its fledgling brands are able to operate—and grow—at an unprecedented pace. ZaoZuo , which translates to “desi
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Rio Olympics: Why a Moscow ban could extend far beyond just sports Two weeks to the Rio Olympics and Russia’s participation is hanging by a thread after a slew of doping accusations. Faced with calls to be banned, some say it would be detrimental to Russia’s national pride and further polarise the giant of the East.
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The Yamaha LL-TA Guitar turns a lonely little room into a concert hall “Well you’re in your little room,” wrote the bard. “And you’re working on something good. But if it’s really good you’re gonna need a bigger room.” With the Yamaha LL-TA you can have just that. The $1,600 Yamaha LL-TA – the TA stands for Transacoustic – is an acoustic guitar with a built-in effects processor and actuator that augments… Read More
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Everyone Knows the Best Hot Tub Time Machines Are Built From DeLoreans According to Hollywood, time machines can come in any shape and size. And for the latest episode of Super-Fan Builds , two of the most unusual time machines—the iconic DeLorean from Back to the Future and the hot tub from Hot Tub Time Machine — were merged to create an even better way to relax and let the hours fly by. Read more…
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A Debate Over the Physics of Time Einstein once described his friend Michele Besso as “the best sounding board in Europe” for scientific ideas. They attended university together in Zurich; later they were colleagues at the patent office in Bern. When Besso died in the spring of 1955, Einstein — knowing that his own time was also running out — wrote a now-famous letter to Besso’s family. “Now he has departed this strange world a l
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‘The least diverse selfie ever’ US Republican politician Paul Ryan sparks a debate about diversity on Capitol Hill after sharing his photo with interns.
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Alienware Steam Machine Intel Core i5 Quad-Core Steam PC Console $449.99 Alienware Steam Machine Intel Core i5 Quad-Core Steam PC Console $449.99
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On the path to controlled gene therapy The ability to switch disease-causing genes on and off remains a dream for many physicians, research scientists and patients. Researchers have now programmed a virus to transport the necessary genetic material to affected tissue and nerve cells inside the body.
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Is fiction good for you? How researchers are trying to find out It’s assumed that reading fiction is good for your mental health, but evidence linking Jane Eyre or Anna Karenina to a broadened mind has been mostly anecdotal. A psychologist-novelist delves into that issue, arguing that reading or watching narratives may encourage empathy. By exploring the inner lives of characters on the page, readers can form ideas about others’ emotions, motives, and ideas, o
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The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time Many people, myself included, have multiple areas of life they would like to improve. For example, I would like to reach more people with my writing, to lift heavier weights at the gym, and to start practicing mindfulness more consistently. And those are just a few of a long list of goals. This article originally appeared on JamesClear.com . The problem is, even if we are committed to working har
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Cloudylight The safest and most musically talented thunderstorm you’ll ever experience.
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New Zealand just crowdfunded a new national park Meanwhile, in the United States… New Zealanders raised $1.7 million during a crowdfunding campaign this year —including $254,000 from the country’s government—to save a beach from a potentially unfriendly buyer and turn it into a national park, in the feel good property buying story of…honestly, probably the past century. Businessman Michael Spackman purchased Awaroa beach in 2008 for $1.4 mi
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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War Mary Roach, who the Washington Post calls “America’s funniest science writer” has written a series of curious books. Literally. Maybe you remember Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex ? Or Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers ? It’s all fascinating, yet slightly counterculture, offbeat stuff we might feel uncomfortable discussing at the dinner table. I mean with anyone ot
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Geek deals roundup: Save on Pokémon Go data, Batman v. Superman, and more Unlimited Pokémon Go data for one-year on T-Mobile Are you a Pokémon Go fanatic? Well, T-Mobile is allowing you to play your favorite augmented reality game over the cell service without counting it […]
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Wheelchair speedster: Mobility scooter whizzes between cars on busy Spanish street (VIDEO)A video of a man overtaking cars while speeding down a busy Barcelona street on his wheelchair has gone viral. Read Full Article at RT.com
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New York City to get a thousand new open gangway subway cars 19th century transport tech meets 21st century communications
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Grabr launches peer-to-peer marketplace for international shopping and delivery The international shipping industry is under siege by the tech world. Fleet and Flexport are just a few of the companies hopping into the space, but entrant Grabr is taking a different approach with a marketplace powered by individuals. The company is launching a peer-to-peer marketplace via web and iOS app, letting travelers bid on orders to deliver items that are difficult to ship… Read More
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Harry’s Introduces a New Generation of Razors Smooth move! The post Harry’s Introduces a New Generation of Razors appeared first on The Manual .
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Whiskey Bullets You’ll feel like you stepped into a creaky old west saloon when you add these chillable stainless steel Whiskey Bullets to your favorite poison. Click Here For Complete Details
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How The ‘Force Awakens’ Crew Filmed BB-8 Entertainment A mixture of tricks, techniques, and robotics BB-8 came out of Star Wars: Episode VII as one of the most talked about characters who didn’t have a hole in their heart emotionally or literally (too soon?), and…
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Save $570 on Apple’s Most Powerful Laptop Apple’s top-of-the-line 15” MacBook Pro is probably overkill for most people, but if you expect a lot out of your laptop, you won’t find a better deal than this. The $2,500 model is all the way down to $1930 on eBay today , which is actually less than the MSRP of the base model 15” Pro. Read more…
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Planet Nine may have tilted entire solar system except the sun The sun’s spin isn’t totally upright compared with the orbits of the planets. Could this be because a jealous, distant world shoved its siblings?
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These New Balance Sneakers are Inspired by the Moon Landing July 20th of this year marks the 47th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission, and J.Crew is commemorating it with a special Moonshot edition of the New Balance 997 sneaker. Decked out in off-white and blue suede with pops of white leather, blue leather and mesh, this 997 collaboration exudes aspects of the moon […]
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Colombia seeks open Venezuela border The government in Colombia calls for the permanent opening of its border with Venezuela after crisis-hit Venezuelans flock to buy basic items.
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Athlete: ‘Russian doping denied me that winning moment’ Goldie Sayers came fourth in the javelin at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and could now be set to get a bronze medal.
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Upgrade Your TV’s Audio With This $70 Sound Bar, Today Only Refurb VIZIO SB3820-C6 Sound Bar , $70 As long as you don’t mind buying a certified refurb, this 38″ VIZIO sound bar is fantastic value at $70 , today only on Amazon. Without a subwoofer, this might not be ideal for a main home theater sound system, but it’d be a massive upgrade to, say, your bedroom TV’s built-in speakers. And when your TV’s turned off, it’ll also work as a massive Bluetoot
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Two Ways to Adjust to Harsh Sunlight When Photographing Outdoors, No Gear Required If you have to shoot in bright, harsh, overhead light, your best bet is to either just move to the shade (in which case you have more to think about, more on that in a moment), or turn your subject 180 degrees. These tips may seem obvious, but the utility is in the nuance. In this video, David Bergman explains that in general, the best times to photograph just about anything is either right after
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Jabra Halo Smart review Jabra has taken a few serious stabs at Bluetooth earbuds throughout the last 18 months. The Sport Pulse , Sport Coach , and Sport Pace took a decidedly fitness-based approach, while the Halo Fusion moved in a new direction. Now, there is the Halo Smart, a pair of wireless earbuds that are less about measuring active performance and more about doing phone calls and music properly — and for a longe
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Fan’s creepily accurate live-action ‘Futurama’ disturbs and delights – CNET “Fan-o-rama” gets an eye-popping trailer featuring eerie real-life renditions of the “Futurama” cast.
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This new bot attempts to give you raw, unfiltered Trump Donald Trump’s Twitter feed is a daily dose of entertainment, but — like his wife’s speeches — it’s hard to know who wrote each tweet. Sometimes the messages roll out like carefully crafted dispatches, designed to get his almost 10 million followers fired up or convey some important information. The news of his planned TV appearance took the focus away from the mother of a Benghazi victim speakin
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X marks the spot at the center of the Milky Way galaxy Two astronomers — with the help of Twitter — have uncovered the strongest evidence yet that an enormous X-shaped structure made of stars lies within the central bulge of the Milky Way Galaxy. read more
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Extinction Looms for Easter Island’s Only Remaining Native Species On Easter Island, isolated in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, ten species of near microscopic insects are all that remain of the island’s native species — at least for now. Hidden in volcanic caves that dot the island, the endemic insects of Rapa Nui eke out an existence in an increasingly imperiled habitat. Their ancestral homes, fragile gardens of moss and ferns, are endangered by tourists
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“Dream Team” Chosen to Study Basic Science of Nuclear Waste PNNL’s “Dream Team” has been selected to lead one of four new Energy Frontier Research Centers to accelerate scientific breakthroughs needed to support the Department of Energy’s cleanup mission.
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Comparing Fungal Secretions to Uncover Carbon Compound Degradation Pathways Fungal secretomes, those collections of all molecules secreted by a cell, contain enzymes that could help cost-effectively convert plant mass into sustainable transportation fuels. In a July 19, 2016 study in Plos ONE, a comparative analysis of four fungal secretomes revealed more about the variety of pathways employed to break down carbon compounds.
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With Robotic Rectum, Doctors Practicing Prostate Exams Are No Longer In the Dark The rectal exam is a delicate art to learn. Doctors perform this procedure entirely by feel, with just one finger. Students who are learning how to do such an exam have no way of showing their work to their teachers. And volunteer subjects are—unsurprisingly—rare. In the entire United Kingdom there’s only one person registered as a test subject for rectal exams, says Fernando Bello, who works on s
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SwiftyBeaver for Mac brings native and cloud-based app logging App logging for Swift apps can now be done natively on a Mac. SwiftyBeaver, a popular GitHub project, has come out of its private beta and is now available to the world. Logging is important to any app development process, but it’s typically done via a cloud-based service. The process allows a developer (or team) to better understand what’s going on with an app as it runs so that problems can be
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Google says government requests for user data at all-time high Government requests worldwide for user data related to search engine traffic on Google increased 29% from 2014 to 2015, according to the search site’s most recent Transparency Report , which was published today. Google reports on the government requests every six months. In the second half of 2015, it said it received more than 40,000 requests for data related to more than 81,000 user accounts; T
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Terry Pratchett’s Wee Free Men Is Coming to the Big Screen Terry Pratchett’s young adult Discworld novel is getting adapted by the Jim Henson Company, which means we’ll finally see young witch Tiffany Aching in action. Read more…
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Scientists ‘at tipping point’ for predicting children’s school grades from DNA Think your kid isn’t the brightest crayon in the box? Don’t worry – one look at your child’s DNA may soon help scientists predict whether he or she will have learning difficulties at school, so that you can take timely measures to avoid any problems. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Man shouts Nazi slurs at fellow passenger… who turns out to be off-duty officer A 65-year-old German has found himself in hot water after insulting fellow passengers with Nazi slogans on a train near Vienna. What he did not count on, though, was that one of his fellow travelers would turn out to be an off-duty police officer. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Interview: Carl Elsener, Global CEO of Victorinox submitted by Bernard Capulong What amazes me about the Swiss Army Knife is that even though it has such a long history (fun fact: it turns 125 this year), you’ll still find them in so many EDCs today. Part of this is because Victorinox, the makers of the original Swiss Army Knife (or SAK, as it’s called), continue to come up with ways to make their classic tools appeal to the modern EDC crowd. Th
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Prometheus JAAC Pullover Hoodie Clean and minimal on the outside, Prometheus Design Werx’s JAAC Pullover is as versatile as a lightweight fleece hoodie gets. Its hood boasts a slight sun brim and a shape that’s inspired by the patterning on a baseball for a perfect rounded fit, while the hoodie’s waist is cut a bit longer to avoid riding up if you’re running or biking. It’s equipped with a classic kangaroo pass-through pocket t
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Quantum computers may revolutionize chemistry As powerful as today’s traditional supercomputers are, they still struggle greatly with modeling chemical systems.
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Prooral Clinical Professional Digital Oral Thermometer $4.99 Prooral Clinical Professional Digital Oral Thermometer $4.99
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Best School Supplies for Back to School Whether you’re a teacher furnishing a classroom, a parent prepping your kindergartener for their first day, or a college student setting out on your own for the first time, everyone could use a hand when it comes to shopping for supplies. That’s why we’ve spent more than 160 hours evaluating school supplies to find the best for any student.
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Dimplex DFI2310 Electric Fireplace Deluxe 23-Inch Insert $80.03 Dimplex DFI2310 Electric Fireplace Deluxe 23-Inch Insert $80.03
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Kind boy leaves cold drinks outside for mailman during heatwave During the hottest week of the year, happiness is a cold drink. The heat index reached over 105 degrees last week in Newport News, Virginia — but mail carriers, of course, had to do their jobs as usual. That’s why 8-year-old Carmine McDaniel stocked a cooler full of cold water and Gatorade, then left it on the front porch as a refreshing gift for mailman Henry Bailey. SEE ALSO: Little girl delive
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Crane collapses on New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge A crane has collapsed and has blocked traffic on New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge.
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15% off Google OnHub AC1900 Wireless Wi-Fi Router – Deal Alert The OnHub AC1900 wireless router from Google and TP-LINK is designed to make even the more complicated home networks run fast and efficiently. It supports over 100 devices at one time, providing speeds of up to 1900mbps. It’s unique circular design with 13 antennas provides up to 2,500 square feet of reliable coverage. Streaming a movie or downloading large files? OnHub lets you manage speeds to
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Briefing debuts a new sunglass with Salt Optics The two brands show their appreciation for Japanese craftsmanship. Photo: Salt/Briefing Briefing and Salt bring together their appreciation for Japanese craftsmanship with a new eyewear collaboration. Briefing contributed a protective eyewear case made from ballistic nylon that features a dual-sided design that’s perfect for storing a couple of pair of sunglasses or a sunglass and your a prescrip
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Willnorn SoundPlus Dual-Driver Portable Bluetooth Speaker $22.99 Willnorn SoundPlus Dual-Driver Portable Bluetooth Speaker $22.99
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Make Super-Quick Slushies with a Sheet Pan When the sun is blazing down, you need cool, icy refreshment, and you need it fast. To get delicious, fruity slushies in record time, all you need is some juice, a sheet pan, and your freezer. This trick is like a granita , only easier. Just pour your favorite fruit juice into a sheet pan and pop it in the freezer for about an hour. Once you have a giant, frozen sheet of fruity goodness, crack it
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The 3 Best Adventure Vans for Going Off the Grid Expensive vans built for exploring The tiny home movement may be all the rage lately, but close behind is a captivation with conversion vans built to take adventurers into the wild. There are plenty of DIY examples , but if you don’t have weeks of uninterrupted build time, you might opt for these luxury, off-the-shelf solutions. While expensive, adventure vans offer a whole lot more (or less, dep
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How to Hold a Dead Star in Your Hand | Kimberly Arcand | TEDxProvidence A comprehensive summary of cutting edge science as we explore the galaxy. Kimberly Kowal Arcand is the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has its headquarters at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a leading expert in studying the perception and comprehension of high-energy data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum.
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Play+Kids+Risk=Playwork | Janice O’Donnell | TEDxProvidence Janice describes the adventure play movement and shows the importance of giving children freedom to explore, create and destroy. Janice O’Donnell, whose career began as an alternative (free) school teacher and administrator, was Executive Director at Providence Children’s Museum from 1987 through 2014. She joined the Museum staff in 1979 to manage special projects and communications. She now dire
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Cleaning with Vinegar Vinegar is a decent disinfectant, solvent and herbicide. HouseholdHacker shows us 10 ways that we can use vinegar to keep our house and everyday objects clean. Although if your toothbrush looks like that you need to get your teeth and eyes checked. Link More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: 200W Laser Bazooka Making a Sweet Potato Patch Burning Lightsaber Build Your Own X-Wing Helmet DIY Water
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Atom-scale storage holds 62TB in a square inch Storage tech doesn’t get much better than this. Scientists at TU Delft have developed a technique that uses chlorine atom positions as data bits, letting the team fit 1KB of information into an area just 100 nanometers wide. That may not sound like much, but it amounts to a whopping 62.5TB per square inch — about 500 times denser than the best hard drives. The scientists coded their data by usin
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Netflix Suffers Price Rise Shock, Microsoft Confirms Xbox S Release… [Tech News Digest]Netflix suffers due to recent price rise, Microsoft teases the new Xbox S, Netflix nabs the new series of Star Trek, become a Jedi using your Vive, and watch a live-action version of Futurama. Netflix Users Reject That Price Hike Netflix has discovered that consumers don’t like it when companies increase the price of services. The streaming media company has enjoyed huge growth for many years now
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Airfordable lets you pay for travel over time Flying is expensive. So Airfordable is launching from Y Combinator’s Summer ’16 batch to let you book flights and pay over time before you take off. Here’s how it works: Travelers find their preferred flight online (using any travel site they want) and upload a screenshot with their flight details. Once you are approved, the startup calculates a payment plan (up to 3… Read More
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Indian government accuses Amazon, Alibaba, eBay of facilitating illegal wildlife trade – CNETThe government shares a list of 106 websites that were allegedly advertising sales of rare animals and their parts.
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Democrats make following convention news easy with new app – CNET Political junkies can stay on top of next week’s DNC with a new app that includes a 360-degree video stream and real-time access to speeches and photos.
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Which Countries’ Terrorist Attacks Are Ignored By The U.S. Media? When a man drove a truck through a crowd in Nice, France, on Thursday night, the act of mass violence set off another all-too-familiar cycle of outrage, mourning and political gamesmanship. Media outlets ran stories of tragedy and heroism ; politicians vowed to keep their constituents safe; citizens mourned at candlelight vigils . The attacks drew international attention, including in the U.S., w
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13 Best Chrome Extensions and Apps to Work Offline No Internet on the go? Don’t worry, you can still have a productive day on your laptop if you do a little prep work. Chromebook user or not, as long as you’re a Chrome user, you can install offline extensions (and apps) for common tasks like note taking and editing PDFs. We’ll show you some of those extensions today, right after we introduce you to the most important extension of all: My Cats New
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Ford’s Latest Investment May Help It Take A Lead In Self-Driving Ford has announced a major investment in a self-driving startup called Civil Maps. This particular business uses computer maps to create an infrastructure for fully autonomous vehicles to plug in and safely navigate to or from a destination. The post Ford’s Latest Investment May Help It Take A Lead In Self-Driving appeared first on The Manual .
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America’s Jails and Prisons Have Become Cruel, Expensive Institutions for the Mentally and Physically Disabled People with mental and physical disabilities are dramatically overrepresented in U.S. jails and prisons, according to a report released Monday by the Center for American Progress. According to the report, ” Disabled Behind Bars ,” 31 percent of those in prisons and nearly 40 percent of those in jails report having at least one disability. Fully half of women in jails have at least one r
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CabinZero Military-Style Backpacks If you live in the US like me, chances are you haven’t heard of the CabinZero company yet. They’re a UK-based bag company and only recently started picking up steam on this side of the pond. They specialize in lightweight, durable, “cabin-sized” backpacks for travelers. (The latter descriptor means that they fit the majority of airlines’ carry-on size restrictions.) Their 44-liter backpacks come
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World’s largest free spanning dome is over 1000 feet across and has a lightweight movable EFTE roof Singapore’s new national sports stadium (completed in 2014) is the world’s largest free-spanning dome, measuring 310-meters (1017 feet) across, and its roof can be opened or closed to suit the tropical climate. The moving roof sections are made from translucent ETFE plastic, chosen for its strength and thermal properties. The panels are supported on metal rigging that arches over the pitch, conne
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Startup funding is still hard to come by unless you’re Uber or Snapchat While it looks as if funding for startups moved slightly higher in the last four months, there’s a big catch. According to a new report from KPMG International and CB Insights, global deal activity for venture capital-backed startups continued a decline in the second quarter after hitting record levels one year ago. In fact, at the current rate, deal activity will just barely top 2013’s numbers.
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‘Minecraft’ modders recreate Great Fire of London for upcoming museum exhibit The Museum of London has contracted professional Minecraft world-builders Blockworks and Dragnoz to produce a series of maps that digitally recreate the Great Fire of London , giving visitors a new perspective on the 1666 conflagration that destroyed much of medieval London. The Museum’s upcoming “Fire! Fire!” exhibit will feature a number of interactive installations that walk attendees through
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Pokemon Go takes aim at Japan, with some help from a Big Mac Malware has been a bit of buzzkill for Android phone users, but a new feature in the N version of the OS – N for “Nougat” – should help users figure out at least where an app came from. According to the site Android Police , the phone will now display the source of an app, whether it’s been downloaded from the Google Play store, some other app vendor or side-loaded off of a memory card, which man
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53 wrestlers file class-action civil suit against WWE over concussions, CTE WWE wrestler Chavo Guerrero, Jr (right) is among the 53 plaintiffs in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed in Connecticut on Monday. (credit: Getty Images / Ethan Miller ) Dozens of former professional wrestlers have filed a proposed class-action civil suit against World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), alleging that the organization should be held accountable for “long-term neurological inju
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White House offers $400 million in research for next-gen wireless Wireless broadband is an essential part of the United States’ digital infrastructure. Millions of Americans are presently connected to 4G and LTE networks, but with a swarm of new IoT devices demanding resources from these networks, the White House is taking steps to give development of a new generation of wireless devices a boost. The Advanced Wireless Research Initiative was announced by the Wh
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Ancient rocks reveal how Earth recovered from mass extinction Scientists have shed light on why life on Earth took millions of years to recover from the greatest mass extinction of all time.
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Mercedes-Benz unveils its self-driving Future Bus Mercedes-Benz has revealed its design for an autonomous bus , which recently made its first self-driven journey along a 20-kilometre-long route in the Netherlands (+ movie). (more…)
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Logitech MX Master Wireless Bluetooth Mouse w/ Darkfield Laser Sensor $69.99 Logitech MX Master Wireless Bluetooth Mouse w/ Darkfield Laser Sensor $69.99
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Apple retail stores offering $5/£5 iTunes gift card with Apple Pay purchase Apple is once again kicking off an Apple Pay promotion in its own retail stores that will see it offer $5/£5 iTunes gift cards to customers that use the iPhone and Apple Watch based payments service (via Macrumors ). more… Filed under: Apple
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Trend Report: Hottest Furniture Picks for 2016 Spotting the new and now in furniture, lighting, and all the decor that will keep your home looking au courant As little as ten years ago, the most reliable way to mainline new furniture news was to read a magazine product roundup, typically published four months after the news itself happened. And to be sure, magazine editors still pound the pavement to sort through thousands of pieces of furnit
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Developing highly drought-resistant crops International research has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough that could lead to the development of next-generation drought-proof crops.
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Model helps identify drugs to treat cat eye infections A new model of eye infections in cats can be used to test drugs to treat these conditions. Early tests of the model have pointed to a new drug for treating feline herpesvirus-1 that will soon head to clinical trials.
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This Pig Lung Is Pulsating with Human Blood Pig lungs? Gross. Watching this National Geographic video of them pulsate with human blood? Also, gross. The vegetarian in me is reeling. But grossness aside, scientists have found a way to filter human blood through pig lungs in order to eventually use them for organ transplants. This may not be kosher, but hey, it could save lives. In the lab of Dr. Lars Burdorf at the University of Maryland Sc
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Spoofing Tool Lets You Tweet From One Location: Julian Assange’s Embassy Prison Photo: Newsonline/Flickr Geolocation spoofing seems to be back in style lately with the release of Pokémon Go. In the few weeks since its release, players have tried all kinds of tricks to cheat and spoof the massively-popular geocaching game—from mounting their smartphones to a drone to mocking-up their location with VPNs . But with “ SKYLIFT ,” a new project from Berlin-based artist Adam Harvey
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Police are using Pokemon Go to lure fugitives out of hiding As Pokémon Go mania is sweeping the globe, police in one New Hampshire city are hoping to leverage its popularity as part of a sting operation.
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The Zebrafish’s Growing Impact on Medical Research Zebrafish are becoming more and more popular as a research model for human disease. Along with mice and humans, they are one of the most commonly studied animals in biomedical research.
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To Catch a Wireless Thief University of Utah School of Computing professor Sneha Kumar Kasera and his team of researchers are tasked with creating a system that allows cellphone and laptop users to help detect and locate someone who is stealing bandwidth on radio frequency waves.
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Stanford, SLAC X-Ray Studies Could Help Make LIGO Gravitational Wave Detector 10 Times More Sensitive Scientists from Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are using powerful X-rays to study high-performance mirror coatings that could help make the LIGO gravitational wave observatory 10 times more sensitive to cosmic events that ripple space-time.
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Top chefs, scientists to gather in Spain to explore taste Do genetics influence what we like to eat? Why does food taste better when hungry? High-profile chefs and scientists will get together in a symposium in Spain to try and find out.
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New study uses computer learning to provide quality control for genetic databases DNA doesn’t exist in a vacuum: even though every cell contains the entire genome of its host organism, they know how to differentiate, to become part of an eye, or a bone, or a leaf. These differences are related to each cell’s transcriptome—the array of messenger RNA (mRNA) that describe which parts of the genome are expressed as they are translated into proteins.
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This Huge Rock Explosion Looks More Like a Crazy Ocean Wave When you blow up a quarry that’s 65 feet high with 75 tons of explosives, you turn the rock wall into a tsunami wave that sends nearly 400,000 tons of rocks flying everywhere. The blast of the Bremanger Quarry in Norway looks great because it was carefully planned, with explosives planted in 454 blast holes made along the 1260-foot long rock wall. One perfectly timed boom and the wall falls down
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News: Winners of Eleven’s “Tenderloin System Update” envision new forms of urban revivalSan Francisco has become a poster child for gentrification, a controversial topic wherein multiple aspects of contemporary urban living simultaneously play a role. While particular sections of San Francisco are ridden with affluence, there are areas that still suffer from high rates of crime and poverty. Eleven Magazine wanted to highlight this widespread issue in the context of SF’s Tenderloin d
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DOT secretary wants more rigorous reviews of robotic cars U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says he wants government regulators and the auto industry to work more closely together to test self-driving technology before people entrust their vehicle’s steering and brakes to a robot.
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UN gathering to push for climate deal ratification With only 19 countries having ratified the Paris climate deal so far, the United Nations is hosting a special event to push more nations to get fully onboard the agreement to fight global warming.
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Can we protect against computers being fingerprinted? Researchers are working to find new methods of protecting against the “fingerprinting” of personal computers – and are now giving members of the community the chance to see firsthand their own computer browserprint.
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Humanity Chip Wants To Send Your Time Capsule Into Space Space Breakthrough Starshot, but for romantics Like Stephen Hawking’s new pet project the Breakthrough Starshot, this Kickstarter campaign wants to use lasers to propel a tiny spacecraft across the universe. But when…
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Pokémon Go’s Best Hacks And Cheats Entertainment Tap to walk anywhere Pokémon Go players have found ways to game the system. Here are the best ones.
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Outlier’s Experimental 008 is a new high-tech jean The new experimental edition features ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene. Photo: Outlier Outlier is trying its hand at denim with a new experimental edition that utilizes a special fabric designed by French company, Armalith. The 14 oz denim is woven in Spain with mix of cotton, ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene, polyester, and elastane for stretch. The heavy-duty jean is also abrasion
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Kick Your Feet Up and Relax in This $60 Hammock Update: Turns out you need to use MasterPass checkout for this to work. Sorry for the confusion! Read more…
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PocketChip review: why do I want this? I’ve had a PocketChip in my possession for over a month , and I still don’t know what I say about it. I can’t really recommend anyone buy this thing, and yet I wish everyone owned one. Does that make any sense? It’s not “practical” in the sense that it’s not “practical” for an English major to take advanced mathematics courses, except for the fact that non-practical people lik
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Plantronics RIG has a fancy new line of headphones for gamers My love of gaming is only topped by my love of coffee and food, and when a brand that I know has made some pretty solid products to enhance my gaming experience comes out with a new line, it feels like Christmas. Plantronics announced last month that a whole new series of RIG headphones would be hitting the market during the holiday season of this year. That just lets us know we can start encoura
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Elegant ACERA ceramic travel mugs elevates the everyday into artistry Stainless steel is a popular choice for reusable travel mugs, but ceramic also has its charms. Taiwan ceramic brand ACERA gives the everyday travel mug a chic upgrade with One-O-One, a handcrafted and hand-decorated opaque ceramic cup that comes in alternate smooth and textured surfaces. The stylish travel mug was recently awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award: Best of the Best. + ACERA The articl
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Latest Google Transparency Report shows climbing number of requests for user data Today Google issued its latest Transparency Report, giving us a fairly comprehensive look into how many times in a six month period governments around the world requested data on the company’s users. This latest report spans the latter half of 2015, with the period ending on December 31. In the report, we see that the number of government requests has … Continue reading
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Volata Bicycles Have a Built-In Computer Conceived of by an automotive engineer in California and a bicycle designer in Milan, Volata Bicycles combine the best high tech features that Silicon Valley has to offer with the best high end design out of Italy. Each Volata bicycle is as smart as it is functional and gorgeous thanks to the combination of the […]
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Foreign Rider Co. Beresford Blankets One doesn’t truly appreciate a good blanket until they’ve spent two hours outside on a sub-60 degree 4th of July night, with a three year old who absolutely refuses to go in, because he’s positive more fireworks will be set off. I would’ve paid triple for one of these $57, Canadian-made, heavyweight cotton-poly fleece Foreign… The post Foreign Rider Co. Beresford Blankets appeared first on Well
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Varidesk Pro Plus 36 Height-Adjustable Standing Desktop $370 Varidesk Pro Plus 36 Height-Adjustable Standing Desktop $370
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Legalist is making it easier for lawyers to find state court records Imagine a lawyer with a client who lives in one county and works in another. Or even a lawyer who litigates in multiple states. Both common occurrences, but situations that make it very hard to keep track of legal documents. Essentially, it should be easy to keep track of court records from multiple counties and states – but it’s not. In fact, it’s pretty awful.… Read More
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Crucibles of Leadership | Adithya Narayanan | TEDxVITPune Adithya talks about his ‘crucible’ experiences, a period in his life that made him question the purpose of his existence. Through these stories, he seeks to make a clear case for individuals to move out of their comfort zones to have a clearer vision of their place in the world. The Manager of Social Innovation and Advocacy at Teach for India (TFI), Adithya Narayanan has played varied roles in th
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Nobody builds walls better than China’s Qin Shi Huang in ‘Civilization VI’ “I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me –and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our northern border, and I will make Mongolia pay for that wall. Mark my words.” — Qin Shi Huang (probably), 220 BCE Qin Shi Huang, first emperor of China, will take the reins back from Wu Zeitan and lead China to glory in Civilization VI whe
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The key to stopping Ebola? Using machine learning to track infected bats Over the course of the past year or so, there have been a number of incredible tech projects aimed at stopping the spread of Ebola. One approach that we’ve never come across before, however, involves plotting the possible spread of Ebola and other “filoviruses” of the same family by predicting which bat species they’re most likely to be carried by. That’s exactly the goal of a team of scientists,
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Pixar’s ‘Finding Dory’ breaks US box-office record for animated films Move over Shrek 2 , Finding Dory is officially the highest-grossing animated film of all time in the United States. The sequel to Pixar’s 2003 fish film Finding Nemo has made an estimated $446 million at the box office during its opening weeks, propelling the sequel past the record set by 2004’s big green ogre film by about $5 million overall. But even outside of the world of animated features, t
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5.11 Double Duty Tactical 1.5 Pen A self defense writing instrument.
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Scientists create new thin material that mimics cell membranes Materials scientists have created a new material that performs like a cell membrane found in nature. Such a material has long been sought for applications as varied as water purification and drug delivery. read more
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Attention nerds: Chrysler announces bug bounty program If you like poking, prodding, and proving big corporations wrong, has FCA US got a challenge for you. FCA US is the umbrella company for Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram, and it wants you to find potential vulnerabilities in their vehicles’ cybersecurity systems. And they’ll give you money for it. FCA US put its bounty program up on Bugcrowd, a community of cybersecurity… Read More
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The Shockingly Peaceful Streets of Cleveland During the RNC As I wrote yesterday , Cleveland law enforcement agencies, their out-of-town partners, and the Secret Service were seemingly prepared for the apocalypse. But on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention (RNC), all is bizarrely calm and placid around town. The streets around Quicken Loans Arena are crowded with visiting delegates, journalists, protesters, and hawkers of Trump-branded paraphernal
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“Good Listeners Are Like Trampolines” We tend to think that being a good listener means being a sponge that absorbs as much information as possible, but Harvard Business Review suggests that’s not really the best analogy. After looking at data analyzing a number of listening traits, researchers found that being a good listener is more about the type of feedback offered than it is just quietly listening: While many of us have thought
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German MP questions lethal shooting of Afghan ax-attacker, faces backlash A German MP from the Green Party, Renate Kunast, faces a backlash after she criticized the police for killing an ax-wielding Afghan refugee who injured five people on a train in the German state of Bavaria on Monday. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Samsung’s UFS Memory Cards Are 5x Faster Than MicroSD If you’ve got gadgets that use external storage, it’s always important to buy the right card for the job. But for the most demanding tasks, it isn’t always possible to find a card that’s big enough or fast enough for your needs. That could be about to change. Samsung has recently launched some new high-capacity memory cards based on the new Universal Flash Storage (UFS) standard, which promises s
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The Netherlands’ Tallest Timber Tower to be Built in Amsterdam Courtesy of Team V Architectuur The municipality of Amsterdam has selected Team V Architectuur with Lingotto, Nicole Maarsen and ARUP to design HAUT, a 73 meter (240 foot) residential tower located along the Amstel River that will become the Netherlands’ tallest timber framed building and, depending on construction schedules, is a contender for the title of tallest wooden tower in the world. With
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Dome of Visions The Dome’s fascinating and soap bubble like look makes it a real eye-catcher, drawing both tourists and Danes from its location in the Copenhagen harbor, squeezed in between the world renowned restaurant Noma and Danish architect Nicolai Eigtved’s old warehouse.
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Kepler space telescope spots two planets that might support life After recovering from a shutdown scare back in April, NASA’s Kepler telescope continues its mission scoping out the stars for Earth-size planets orbiting other stars, crude criteria to find ones that might support life. The spacecraft just spotted four more exoplanets in a cluster around a foreign sun, two of which fit the bill to potentially contain living organisms. All four planets are 20 perc
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Engineers designing system so cellphones, laptops, other wireless devices can help nab radio-frequency thieves We crowdsource for business startups, art projects, inventions, even families in need. So why not ask cellphone users to contribute in helping catch high-tech thieves?
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The Week in iOS Accessories: Portable power Portable power This week’s roundup includes a few ways to make sure you can power your iPhone on the (Pokémon) go. Read on! Hardgraft The Rest Station (£48/$63 MSRP) is a leather and felted-wool coaster upon which you can place your Apple Watch or iPhone. You can charge your Apple Watch on the device, but mostly this product will make your accessories look really nice when you’re not carrying the
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The origin of the species: Robots I, robot. You, should read this history on the origin of mechanical humans.
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Take More Photos With This $15, 64GB SD Card If the SD card currently in your camera takes too long to write images, or if it just doesn’t offer enough space for your upcoming vacation, this 64GB Sony is a fantastic value at $15 . Read more…
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Meet Adam Sobel, the food truck chef who’s taking vegan food to the streets Adam Sobel is a man with a mission: since 2010, he’s been roaming the streets of New York City in his food truck, the Cinnamon Snail, sharing mouthwatering vegan food with the masses. Our sister site, Inhabitots, had the opportunity to interview him recently. Here’s a sneak peak: Inhabitots: Has your clientele changed over the years? Did it take people a while to warm up to the concept of vegan s
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Google introduces speedier ads to its Accelerated Mobile Pages program Google has been working to create a faster news reading experience through its Accelerated Mobile Pages project. Now it’s bringing something similar to online ads. AMP is an open framework for creating articles that load more quickly, particularly on mobile. (They also can be sped up by loading from Google’s cache.) At the time the program was announced, Google said it would… Read More
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Windows 10 Warns Chrome and Firefox Users About Battery Drain, Recommends Switching To Edge A month after Microsoft claimed that its Edge web browser is more power efficient than Google Chrome and Firefox, the company is now warning Windows 10 users about the same. VentureBeat reports: Microsoft has turned on a new set of Windows Tips that warn Windows 10 users that Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is draining their laptop’s battery. The solution, according to the notification, is to use
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Reco thinks books are better when they’re recommended by people you trust I still love books, and I still have a fair amount of trouble finding new ones to read that I’ll actually enjoy. Helping with discovery is the idea behind Reco, a new mobile app from Canadian bookseller and retailer Indigo, which provides users with a social network based around books, and people’s love thereof. “We have a kind of obsessive focus on who our customers are,… Read More
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Terrible excuses for Melania Trump’s plagiarism, ranked As we’ve previously documented , the pettier a conflict, the further Donald Trump and those around him will go to defend it in the most nonsensical ways possible. When Melania Trump apparently plagiarized first lady Michelle Obama in a speech at yesterday’s Republican National Convention, for example, she could probably have brushed it aside with a quiet non-statement. But in its trademark fashio
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Hi-speed Aussie railroad could spark new smart cities Backers of a controversial $151 billion high-speed rail plan claim it will be funded by the creation of eight new Australian smart cities. As reported by Australian newspaper The Age , long-sought details are finally emerging about a proposed high-speed rail line between Sydney and Melbourne. The proposed railway would cut travel time from the current 12 hours to less than three hours. This comes
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Tour de France cyclist’s 3D-printed bodysuit withstands test in wind tunnel Netherlands cyclist Tom Dumoulin took a high-tech route when preparing for this year’s Tour de France bicycle race. Besides the strenuous physical training, Dumoulin also collaborated with the Netherlands’ best and brightest scientists to shave seconds off his time. His secret weapon? A high-tech, aerodynamic skinsuit optimized using 3D printing and wind tunnel technology. When looking at ways to
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Canon’s latest all-in-one inkjets print directly from social media, cloud storage A printer may be more essential than exciting, but Canon’s latest line of workhorse office inkjet printers include a few over-the-top features, thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi. The five new Maxify models include the ability to print directly from a number of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr, as well as cloud storage, including Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft One D
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Apple patent shows it’s still thinking about cellular connectivity in MacBooks On Tuesday, Apple was granted another patent that covers adding cellular connectivity to its MacBooks. The patent was originally filed on June 8, 2015, and describes how “Isolated Cavity Antennas” are installed within the slot-shaped opening residing between the device base and its lid. “A slot-shaped opening may separate the upper and lower housing,” states the abstract . “A flexible printed cir
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Sonos vs. Denon HEOS: Which wireless speaker system stands supreme? If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Sonos must be feeling pretty flattered right about now. Either that or pretty pissed off. Ever since Denon decided to throw its hat into the wireless audio ring, it has been ripping pages from Sonos’s playbook with the kind of unapologetic swagger you’d expect from Donald Trump. Its first HEOS product line up included the HEOS 3, HEOS 5, and HEOS 7,
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Can an electric guitar change the future? | Salvador López | TEDxESADE “I want to become an expert in…” Should we really complete that sentence in order to find success in life? How can we make a unique impact on others? Salvador López is a ‘rockstar’ and Professor at ESADE Business School, who teaches his knowledge in marketing through what he loves most: music. He’s author of the book “ROCKvolución Empresarial: lecciones del mundo de la música par
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Prison: A Startling Path to Creativity | Stacy Dymalski | TEDxWestminsterCollegeSLC Stacy Dymalski brings the story of a prisoner to life. Over the course of numerous phone conversations, the stories trapped behind bars begin to piece together in Stacy’s latest novel. Stacy is an author, standup comic, corporate speaker, and filmmaker. In other words, Stacy is simply a storyteller. Her latest books include the hysterical bestseller “Confessions of a Band Geek Mom” and the self-p
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How a top hospital killer is like the platypus | Christopher Seymour | TEDxUniversityofPittsburgh One of the largest hospital killers, sepsis, is a bit like trying to classify the taxonomy of the platypus. While it is a deadly and common issue, diagnosing sepsis was previously very difficult and inaccurate. Dr. Christopher Seymour explains a new method of sepsis classification and how this may revolutionize sepsis intervention in hospitals. Dr. Seymour is Assistant Professor of Critical Care
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EnvironmentallyConscious Businesses | Evan Heritage & Julia Xiong | TEDxMaumeeValleyCountryDaySchool It is no secret that most of the products we consume are produced unsustainably. What are the underlying mechanics of the world economy that causes this? Why does this need to change? Evan Heritage is an aspiring engineer, an avid golfer, and an okay singer. With the little free time he can find as a Maumee Valley Country Day School Freshman he plays golf and plays nerdy games like Dungeons and D
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These are the latest banks to add Apple Pay in the U.S. Following the announcement that the service is now available in France , Apple Pay in the United States has also expanded to a handful of new banks and credit unions. According to Apple’s support document, the service is now supported by an additional handful of locations across the country. more… Filed under: Apple
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India arrests after gang rape victim assaulted ‘by same men’ Three men are arrested in the town of Rohtak in India, accused of gang raping a woman for the second time in three years.
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Facebook throws shade at Snapchat’s anti-creepy business “They’re going to hit some challenges and marketers are gonna start to ask questions when they get out of the experimental budget phase,” Facebook’s head of adtech said about Snapchat today. While Facebook tries to collect as much data about users as possible to prove its ads work, Snapchat has tried to avoid being creepy, despite that hindering its potential… Read More
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Microsoft invests in fundamentally speeding up networking Microsoft is updating its TCP/IP network stack to take advantage of Google’s latest Internet network transport improvements.
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Golfer Bubba Watson shows off a 200hp jetpack ‘golf cart’ Golf carts are now officially old news thanks to professional golfer Bubba Watson and his newly showcased jetpack. It’s a legit strap-yourself-inside-it-and-hold-on jetpack, only designed for whizzing around a golf course rather than battling fires or dealing with super villains. It’s bizarre upon first glance, but entirely practical if you’re crunched for time; while a golf cart has to drive … C
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Here’s Twitter’s Response to the Racist Harassment of Leslie Jones Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the new Ghostbusters movie, spent most of Monday night swatting off an anonymous tirade of Twitter eggs who flooded her mentions with racist and sometimes violent tweets. This morning, after several hours of reporting and blocking users—the only available means of “preventing” harassment on Twitter—the actress gave up, and announced she would be leaving the site.
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2016 Is Breaking All Kinds of Climate Records, and It’s Only Half Over 2016 is only half over, and already two big indicators of climate change (global surface temperatures, and the diminishing extent of Arctic sea ice) are smashing record after record, NASA scientists said on Tuesday in a press conference. It’s a troubling trend that’s hitting home in many parts of the world, like western Canada, which has seen hot and dry weather contribute to some extraordinarily
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Reason LIVE from the Republican National Convention: Senator Mike Lee Matt Welch talks to Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) LIVE at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
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Axanar: The $1 Million Star Trek Fan Film CBS Wants to Stop Since its launch in 1966, Star Trek has inspired intense devotion from generations of fans with five live-action television series spanning 50 years and a sixth set to launch in 2017. And this month’s release of Star Trek Beyond , helmed by Fast and Furious director Justin Lin, will mark the franchise’s 13th feature film. And that’s just the official Star Trek product. From almost the very beginn
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Cleveland Crowd Blames Donald Trump for Melania Speech Scandal “I support Melania! Get your ‘I support Melania’ buttons here!” a street vendor named John shouted as he strode down the main corridor outside the Republican National Convention. The enterprising button peddler had made this batch last night, after news broke that a portion of Melania Trump’s convention speech almost directly mirrored an earlier speech from Michelle Obama. “I think
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Liver tissue model accurately replicates hepatocyte metabolism, response to toxins A team of researchers have created a ‘liver on a chip,’ a model of liver tissue that replicates the metabolic variations found throughout the organ and more accurately reflects the distinctive patterns of liver damage caused by exposure to environmental toxins, including pharmaceutical overdose.
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AT&T sees cost savings with drone inspections of cell towers AT&T expects to save money by using drones instead of workers to inspect its 65,000 cellular transmission towers nationwide. Part of the savings will occur as the cost of deploying drones drops because of new Federal Aviation Administration regulations that expand the use of drones for commercial uses. The service provider wants to hire contractors using drones in all 50 states to inspect the
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Ebay Is a Waking Nightmare of Amateur Trump Art Have you ever wondered what Trump might look like as a baby doll? Wonder no longer. Because you can pick up just such a monstrosity on eBay. In fact, you can pick up a lot of Trump-themed art on eBay. And it’s justas horrifying as you’d expect. Let’s go take a peek at some of the weirder examples to pop up on eBay of late. 19″ DONALD TRUMP Look-alike Newborn Baby Doll $20,000.00 If you squin
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Clear Some Space on Your Synth Rack: The Minimoog Returns After decades out of production, the most famous synthesizer in music history is about to be re-released. The post Clear Some Space on Your Synth Rack: The Minimoog Returns appeared first on WIRED .
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Juicy news about cranberries: Blocking bacterial infections Illuminating traditional wisdom with chemistry and biophysics, a research team has characterized the role of compounds in cranberry juice that block the critical first step in bacterial infections, the ability of bacteria to adhere to surfaces and form biofilms. The results open a potential new area of focus for antibiotic drug development, particularly drugs to respond to the emergence of antibio
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Many skin cancer patients still too likely to sunburn A recent study concludes that a substantial number of people with a history of the most frequent kind of nonmelanoma skin cancers still get sunburned at the same rate as those without previous history, probably because they are not using sun-protective methods the right way or in the right amounts.
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Institute of Food Technologists Announces 2015 IFTSA Competition Winners Each year the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) competitions provide student members of IFT the unique opportunity to compete, individually or on teams in several different competition categories. Students have the chance to create a cool new product, network with students from other schools, practice presentation skills, and show off their food science knowledge. The fol
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Modern Off-Grid Lighting Could Create 2 Million New Jobs in Developing World Many households in impoverished regions around the world are starting to shift away from inefficient and polluting fuel-based lighting–such as candles, firewood, and kerosene lanterns–to solar-LED systems. While this trend has tremendous environmental benefits, a new study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that it spurs economic development as well, to the tune o
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University of Massachusetts, Amherst Food Science Team Named Winner in The Disney-IFTSA Product Development Competition The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) announced the winner of the annual Disney Consumer Products–Institute of Food Technologists Students Association (IFTSA) Product Development Competition during IFT16: Where Science Feeds Innovation in Chicago is University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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Processing Boosts Some Foods’ Nutritional Benefits As Americans focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains in order to eat a more healthful diet, they may overlook the fact that food processing can enhance the nutritional value of some foods. Many consumers in a recent survey agreed that processed foods can reduce costs and improve convenience, but they were unaware that that food technology can increase food safety and boost nutrition, said Rog
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New Sensors on Packages Can Detect Spoiled Foods It’s just a matter of time before many different foods have “intelligent packaging,” a term used to describe package features that communicate information such as shelf life, freshness and quality, according to a presentation at a July 18 symposium at IFT16: Where Science Feeds Innovation, hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
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This Year’s Record Arctic Melt Is a Problem For Everybody Chunks of sea ice, open ponds, and meltwater seen over the Chukchi Sea on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Image: NASA If your life has felt like a hot mess this year, you’re not alone. Same goes for the Arctic, which month after month has seen its ice cover contract to new lows. By late September, Arctic sea ice may reach its lowest extent since satellite record-keeping began. And that’s got scientists
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In Depth: Xbox One S vs PS4.5 Neo vs Nintendo NX: how the new consoles are stacking upAnnounced at E3 2016, the Xbox One S showed off a new iteration of a current console that wasn’t quite “next-gen,” but still a considerable upgrade for first-time buyers and Xbox One owners alike. It seemed strange at first, this sort of half-step into the next generation of consoles. But the more gamers wrapped their heads around the idea of a system that would be able to upscale past
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Seagate unveils world’s biggest consumer hard drive Hard drive maker Seagate is pushing the limits of rotating storage yet again by releasing the world’s largest consumer hard drive at 10TB of storage. Although most users may not need 10TB of storage, it’s nice to have a drive with more than enough space to house all the 40 megapixel photos, 4K videos and 60GB games you’ll undoubtedly accumulate in the future. Seagate’s BarraCuda Pro 10TB desktop
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Hands-on review: HP DeskJet 3720 All-in-One Printer The new HP, the one called HP Development Company, hasn’t been shy when it comes to trying new things. Between the world’s thinnest laptop (the HP Spectre ), a 3-in-1 smartphone (the HP Elite x3 ) and the world’s fastest desktop printers (the Officejet Pro range ), the company has had a busy 12 months. HP engineers have now sought to add another Guinness World Record badge to the collection with
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Your Ticket To the 3DS Catalog Is Just $60 Today, Complete With a Copy of Mario KartUpdate: Turns out you need to use MasterPass checkout for this to work. Sorry for the confusion! Read more…
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Signia Pure primax hearing aid: “Audio radar” that zeroes in on what you want to hear A while back, we agreed to take the new Signia primax hearing aids for a spin. The company (Signia is a brand of parent company Sivantos Group, which itself was spun out of Siemens Audiology Solutions) was promising some cool new tech inside the medical devices, and as someone who occasionally leans forward and utters the odd “huh?” and “what’s that?” in public places, I thoug
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Store Extra Photos and Videos With This iOS-Compatible Flash Drive 32GB HooToo Lightning Flash Drive , $30 We’ve seen lots of deals on flash drives that include microUSB connectors for Android devices, but this one is designed just for iPhone and iPad owners . Since iOS devices don’t let you use microSD cards for extra storage, this could come in handy for offloading your phone’s vacation photos if you’re running low on space, or storing extra movies and TV show
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Sony XBA-H3 Hybrid 3-Way Driver In-Ear Headphones (Bass-Centric!) $199 Sony XBA-H3 Hybrid 3-Way Driver In-Ear Headphones (Bass-Centric!) $199
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Facebook brings high-speed laser communications into focus Facebook said it has developed a laser detector that could open the airwaves to new high-speed data communications systems that don’t require dedicated spectrum or licenses. The component, disclosed on Tuesday in a scientific journal, comes from the company’s Connectivity Lab, which is involved in developing technology that can help spread high-speed internet to places it currently doesn’t reach.
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Facebook wants to use fluorescence to make its laser drones work better A team of physicists and electrical engineers at Facebook published a new idea for using luminescence to improve signal detection in free-space optical communication today. Facebook, in a partnership with Internet.org, has been developing drones to deliver basic internet access to remote locations around the globe. Last year, the company came out with a plan, codenamed Project Aquila, to… Read Mo
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If you or a loved one depends on prescription meds, the Blink Health app can help pay for them It’s no fun being sick or injured, or to be recovering from surgery, but paying for prescription medication can be almost as bad. When you pick up a prescription at a pharmacy, you often have no clue what it’s going to cost ahead of time, even with insurance. In the U.S., med prices cause sticker shock so often that 30 percent of all prescriptions at left at the counter, according to Blink Health
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Twitter steps up its game, joins with NBA on pair of new, exclusive live shows The National Basketball Association is bringing live content to Twitter thanks to a new, exclusive partnership with the social news service. As a platform for real-time conversation and reactions from fans, Twitter has always had a role in live sports coverage, even before any official partnerships. Now, it’s looking to elevate its game. A new, weekly NBA pregame show will be the first program ex
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Tag, you’re it! Shutterstock’s app now suggests keywords using AI Media licensing company Shutterstock has announced a new feature in the latest update of its Shutterstock Contributor application. Now, in addition to being able to upload images, sort through your photographs, and view your earnings, the app will use artificial intelligence to help curate keywords to use alongside the photos you upload. For photographers, one of the most important — and monotono
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MOVE OVER BOYS: Why we need more girls/women in STEM Careers | Hilary Lappin-Scott | TEDxSwansea The world is drastically short of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals. Encouraging more girls into these disciplines would increase the size of this talent pool and greatly benefit the economy and, in turn, society. In this talk, Swansea University’s Professor Hillary Lappin-Scott highlights the ways in which we can create equal opportunities for women in STEM ca
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The Importance of Bees in our Environment | Maria Ciminillo | TEDxMaumeeValleyCountryDaySchool Colony collapse disorder is an issue that many people have never heard of, but it has a tremendous affect on the bee population, and in turn on our environment. One third of the fruits and vegetables that we eat are pollinated by bees, and if we continue to encroach on their natural habitats and use harmful pesticides the effects could be detrimental. What are some ways that we can help the bees?
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Designing for endangered languages | Irina Wang | TEDxUniversityofBristol In marginalised cultures around the world, minority languages are facing rapid extinction. Irina Wang is a graphic designer using visual problem-solving to aid language revitalisation efforts in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh and the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. She believes design thinking has an inherent purpose and power to initiate change—but the scope of that change is up to us. Iri
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The Joy of Places for Liveable Cities | Antoine Zammit | TEDxUniversityofMalta Ever been to that special place which makes you feel whole- which somehow enhances your being? ‘There is a point,’ Antoine argues, ‘where you know it’s love.’ Unfortunately such places are becoming increasingly rare as the care and attention for social interaction makes way for profit-driven development. Antoine makes a strong case that a city may only be made liveable by human-centred practices.
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Education and creative thinking; time to think again? | Andy Penaluna | TEDxSwansea We constantly hear calls for more creative people who can spot opportunities. However, are our education systems encouraging creative learning? University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Professor Andy Penaluna believes we are evaluating what pupils and students do in entirely the wrong way. It’s time to reward creativity in the classroom. Professor Andy Penaluna is Director of the International I
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The illusion of reality | Ryan O’Reilly | TEDxBocconiU Oscar Wilde as once said: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” Ryan O’Reilly is the author of “Shifting Gears, how to use your drive to reach your potential and accelerate success.” As a professional speaker and executive coach, Ryan helps business leaders, sports teams and entrepreneurs build high performing teams, break through plateaus and rea
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Jaguar Land Rover’s Overhead Clearance Assist is coming to save us from ourselves – Roadshow Jaguar Land Rover is developing a new system called Overhead Clearance Assist that’s designed to warn drivers before they inadvertently shear bikes and kayaks off their roof racks.
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Electronics & Gadgets : OPS XL Full Metal Pro-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Light ’em up This OPS XL Full Metal Pro-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is a solid reasonably-priced mechanical keyboard. It comes with a light show that rivals Vegas. But that’s not what you’re here for. It has 104 anti-ghosting keys with full N-key rollover function. $79.99
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Electronics & Gadgets : Custom Damascus PS4/Xbox One Controller – Colorware x ThinkGeek Exclusive Steel yourself Think about it. You hold a console controller for hours every week, right? It’s saved your bacon on any number of occasions. So class up your console’s game with these controllers from ColorWare that mimic the gorgeous whorls seen in Damascus steel. $199.99
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Tools : Steakchamp Smart Steak Thermometer Your health’s at stake SteakChamp Smart Steak Thermometer indicates medium rare, medium, and medium well, and it can be used with beef steaks, salmon steaks, pork loin, game, lamb, or whole (large) fish. $59.99
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Electronics & Gadgets : ATH-MSR7NC High-Res Active Noise Canceling Headphones High Resolution Without Background Noise Get high-resolution audio quality, without any interruptions from the background noise in your environment. Outfitted with exclused 45 mm True Motion Drivers to deliver distortion-free audio with extended frequency response. $298.99
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The 15 Best Wallets Under $50 Durable. Modern. Versatile. Affordable. The best of the best without the Buku bucks
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Cable blackouts of “free” TV channels won’t be stopped by FCC (credit: Tony Young ) The Federal Communications Commission has decided not to step up its oversight of contract disputes that sometimes take free, over-the-air channels off cable systems. Broadcast stations can demand carriage fees from cable TV operators even if the channels are otherwise available for free to consumers with an antenna. When cable TV companies and broadcasters don’t agree on a
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Oregon militia leader attempted to escape from jail with a bed sheet rope No matter the thread count, bed sheets can always be repurposed into powerful ladder substitutes. Ryan Bundy is a rancher and one of the leaders of the Oregon militia who staged the infamous 41-day standoff this past January . Bundy has since been sent to jail, but he wasn’t about to let any pesky concrete walls get between him and his freedom. On Monday, federal prosecutors revealed that Bundy a
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Trouble Brewing with Smartphone/Tablet Power Modules Is it really so difficult to make sure that the charging cable coming out of the wall-wart is the same cable that’s plugged into the device to be charged?
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Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe lambasts #ThisFlag pastor Evan Mawarire Zimbabwe’s president lambasts a pastor behind the #ThisFlag social media campaign that criticises the government’s management of the economy.
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Bonx Wearable Walkie Talkie When you’re outdoors and on the move, it’s less than ideal to pull out your phone in order to keep track of your group. The Bonx Wearable Walkie Talkie gets… Visit Uncrate for the full post.
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Can Ultrasound Diagnose Autism? A paper makes the remarkable claim that autism could be detected through the use of ultrasound to peer beneath the skull. This paper is from 2014, but it just came to my attention. The authors of the piece, James Jeffrey Bradstreet, Stefania Pacini and Marco Ruggiero, studied 23 children with autism and 15 control children, who were unaffected siblings of the autistic group. Using ultrasound, the
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‘Harpoon’ device eliminates open heart surgery for mitral valve repairs A new device may revolutionize the world of mitral valve repair, making it possible for surgeons to fix this particular heart problem without having to perform open heart surgery. According to researchers investigating the device, which is called ‘harpoon,’ it has shown 100-percent performance and safety for this medical purpose. Unlike open heart surgery, using the image-guided contraption is sa
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First Prisma app music video is short and mind-blowing I just saw the future of music videos. And it came in the form of an Instagram post transformed by the Prisma app. SEE ALSO: 10 amazing Prisma app images that started as simple selfies Posted by musician Junk-E-Cat, the brief video shows the producer tapping out beats on an apartment deck in what looks like a scene from a strikingly rendered animated movie. Of course, in this case, the “rend
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Police captain shot and killed in Kansas City, Kansas Kansas City Police Chief, Terry Zeigler, said a police officer was shot and later died Tuesday afternoon. The officer had been taken to hospital in critical condition. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Hundreds of Philadelphia airport workers stage sit-in over ‘Fight for $15’ Just under six days before delegates descend on Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Democratic National Convention, hundreds of airport workers staged a sit-in and blocked traffic to protest in favor of a $15 per hour minimum wage. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Andake Travel and Sleep Accessories – up to 70% off Andake Travel and Sleep Accessories – up to 70% off
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Rand Paul Isn’t at the RNC. He’s Literally Curing the Blind Instead. Libertarian-leaning Republican Sen. Rand Paul decided to skip the slow motion trainwreck that is the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and he has a pretty good excuse: he’s in Kentucky, performing pro bono eye surgery on blind patients. I’m in Paducah, KY doing pro-bono eye surgeries all day. Continuing to practice medicine has been a blessing. pic.twitter.com/bWDm3UgWqK — Dr. Ran
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Where the buffalo have evolutionarily roamed Once almost wiped out from existence, the mighty bison has recovered to become a symbol of pride for the American West and European conversation efforts.
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MonoCharge: Wireless Charging Reimagined A year after their successful Apple Watch band campaign , Monowear is back with another Kickstarter. This time, they are looking at bringing a portable wireless charging station for iPhone and Apple Watch to the market. Enter MonoCharge . It’s a Wireless Qi charger for iPhone, and it integrates nicely with the original Apple Watch charger (includes a custom cable organizer). For a $99 pledge, you
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Just what we needed dept: Yet another Net Zero standard. Architecture 2030 and the Rocky Mountain Institute introduce the Zero Net Carbon standard.
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The mental health tracker Joy wants to get more people professional help Conventional wisdom says that automation, artificial intelligence, and chatbots may do away with many human-to-human interactions and reduce opportunities for emotional connection to mere transactions. However, there’s a new chatbot that endeavors to help people to open up, get in touch with their emotions, and, if needed, seek the help of mental health professionals. The chatbot Joy made its deb
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Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 Intel Core m5 12″ 2160×1440 2-in1 Cnovertible Laptop w/ Detachable Keyboard & 128GB SSD $499 Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 Intel Core m5 12″ 2160×1440 2-in1 Cnovertible Laptop w/ Detachable Keyboard & 128GB SSD $499
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No breakdowns here: Here are 10 of the most reliable cars on the market Few things will ruin your day faster than a car that won’t run. Ok, being struck by a meteor would probably be worse, but the point is that mechanical failure is a real drag, and it’s far more likely than getting head-butted by an asteroid. Overall, vehicle reliability is much better than it was 20 years ago, but there are a select few people-carriers that rise to the top. If you’re on the prowl
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J.L. Lawson True North Spin Coin So maybe you can’t be convinced to carry a top in your everyday carry, just for kicks. But the J.L. Lawson True North Spin Coin takes this whimsical toy and makes it a touch more serious. First and foremost it’s equipped with a compass on top that sits in the center of the coin, the latter machined from solid bar stock of either brass or copper to a stunning finish. Underneath you’ll find a 1/8-i
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Inside story of how Ghostbot handles texting creepers GUEST: Last month, in collaboration with the folks behind the fantastic Burner app , my company Voxable launched our latest chatbot project, Ghostbot for Burner . Ghostbot runs on top of Burner’s “open” phone numbers as an agent inside your text message inbox, allowing you to “ghost” away from fleeting relationships by responding to unwanted or creepy texters on your behalf. Since the launch, Gho
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Google and Bing Have No Obligation To Censor Searches For Torrents Microsoft and Google are under no obligation to weed out ‘torrent’ results from their respective search engines, the High Court of Paris has ruled. BetaNews adds: French music industry group SNEP went to court on behalf of a trio of artists, requesting that Microsoft and Google automatically filter out links to pirated material. The group had called for a complete block on searches that include th
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Career Spotlight: What I Do as a Cancer Researcher Some medical professionals spend their careers in a lab, bettering the world through their research, while others focus on being caring physicians towards their patients. Dr. Tina Cascone, MD, PhD, does both. Dr. Cascone is a cancer researcher whose nascent career already shows great promise. She’s currently studying how immunotherapy can be used to treat lung cancer—or rather, why cancer cells c
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Researchers Just Made a Breakthrough in Growing Crops During a Drought Drought is spreading across farmland worldwide—and it’s only going to get more intense. New research offers a clue on how we might be able to continue to grow the staples we’re used to but with much less water. Read more…
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Key improvement for fuel cells: Work improves understanding of process that stops reactions Researchers have determined a key step in improving solid oxide fuel cells, a promising clean energy technology that has struggled to gain wide acceptance in the marketplace. The researchers determined a way to improve one of the primary failure points for the fuel cell, overcoming key issues that have hindered its acceptance.
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Size matters: Advance could increase sensitivity of liquid biopsies A new study reports an advance that could increase the accuracy of liquid biopsies. The blood test monitors cancer progression by detecting pieces of circulating tumor DNA, but results can be obscured by abundant DNA from healthy cells. The research shows that the two types of DNA fragments are typically differently sized in cancer patients, a property that can be exploited to enhance the test’s s
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Mitochondrial dynamics impair nervous system development in Wolfram syndrome Although mitochondria, the tiny capsules that produce energy for the cell, are known to play some role in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders, the contribution of mitochondrial dynamics has been less clear. A new study highlights how regulation of mitochondrial turnover is important in the defects of neuronal development that underlie the human genetic disease Wolfram syndrome.
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5G Wireless Networks Will Be Shaped by UW-Madison Engineers Open air is getting crowded. Signals streaming back and forth from smart devices stretch existing fourth-generation wireless networks almost to their limits. As demands on these systems increase, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers aim to open new frontiers in cutting-edge wireless communications. Their research is part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative announced July 15 to
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10 wacky work surfaces inspired by the standing desk trend Look at what the standing desk has wrought No category of furniture has undergone as many landscape changes in recent years as the desk. Once thought of as a flat table where you could sit and do work, the desk has recently been reinvented as the Standing Desk. (According to Wikipedia, standing desks have been used for hundreds of years, by the likes of Da Vince, Benjamin Franklin, and Donald Rum
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Norovirus may have crashed GOP convention, sickening 11 staff so far (credit: CDC/microbiologybytes ) Around 11 Californian Republican Party staff members who arrived in Cleveland early to help organize this week’s National Convention have fallen ill with what appears to be norovirus infections. Health officials have reportedly taken fecal samples from the sick and sent them for testing at a lab in Columbus, Ohio. “It looks like the norovirus, but we’re not g
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Kremlin criticizes ‘Russian threat’ cited by new British PM, hopes for ‘objective’ treatmentMoscow has countered the statements made by new British PM Theresa May on Monday. She addressed lawmakers saying that there is a “real” danger from Russia as she pushed for the renewal of the UK’s nuclear deterrent. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Republican platform highlights the importance of privacy In the wake of countless scandals, from Bush-era warrantless wiretaps to Obama-age metadata collection , the Republican party has decided to put renewed focus on citizen privacy. Multiple sections of the party’s platform, which lays out its agenda for the next four years, call for strengthening privacy protections both against the government and private businesses. It even particularly calls out
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Technology marries light-harvesting nanoantennas to high-reaction-rate catalysts In a find that could transform some of the world’s most energy-intensive manufacturing processes, researchers have unveiled a new method for uniting light-capturing photonic nanomaterials and high-efficiency metal catalysts.
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Taiwan is building NASA’s Resource Prospector lander to mine the moon NASA has been planning the first ever mining mission on the moon for several years, and now construction of the lander and rover that will carry it out is under way. NASA is […]
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Forget ball pits – Amazon is growing over 3,000 plant species to fill its new downtown Seattle HQ the spheres will be packed with a plant collection worthy of top-notch conservatories, allowing Amazon employees to amble through tree canopies three stories off the ground, meet with colleagues in rooms with walls made from vines and eat kale Caesar salads next to an indoor creek. […] “The whole idea was to get people to think more creatively, maybe come up with a new idea they wouldn’t have i
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This Dust Devil Must Be Using Dark Magic to Float Things in the Air I could tell you that this hay floating in the air and spinning around in a circle is a result of a dust devil, where hot air rises up through a small pocket of cooler, low-pressure air above it (kind of like a harmless mini-tornado). Or I could tell you that it’s obviously dark magic at work and the dust devil is actually trying to suspend as much hay as possible in the air to open a hole into a
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Incredible photo and video show a microburst dumping rain and wind over PhoenixHelicopter pilot Jerry Ferguson was cruising through the skies above Phoenix on Monday as thunderstorms erupted around the desert city. While filming the weather for a local television station, Ferguson took a picture that ranks among the best photos ever captured of a dangerous meteorological phenomenon known as a microburst. SEE ALSO: Earth has another record warm month, but the string may be e
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What is the maximum number of layers in a human pyramid? Roger Leyser tackles the question from a physics perspective
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‘Radiation friction’ could make huge magnetic fields with lasers Proposal for measuring poorly understood effect could boost laboratory astrophysics
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Car sharing leads to reduced car ownership and emissions in cities, study finds Cars are one of the top contributors to greenhouse gas emissions globally, and cars in cities can be especially heavy with their contributions, owing to traffic and population density. And while encouraging everyone to bike or use public transit probably isn’t going to convince everyone to ditch car ownership, car sharing services seem to be winning more city denizens over, and a new… Read More
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If Americans Perceive A World In Chaos, Will They Turn To Trump? We’ll be reporting from Cleveland all week and live-blogging each night. Check out all our dispatches from the GOP convention here . CLEVELAND — The mood here in Cleveland is a little bleak. The city still has its share of vibrant neighborhoods, but it can feel awfully empty. The city accommodated a population of more than 900,000 in 1930, but Cleveland has fewer than 400,000 residents today. ( I
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New ORNL tool probes for genes linked to toxic methylmercury Environmental scientists can more efficiently detect genes required to convert mercury in the environment into more toxic methylmercury with molecular probes developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. read more
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Head Compression Shorts $8.99 Head Compression Shorts $8.99
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Tuesdays at 2:30 PM Is the Best Time to Schedule a Meeting We’ve established that Tuesdays are the most productive day of the week , so it makes sense that a meeting on Tuesday would be best for a productive, useful meeting. And right after lunch is the best time. Tuesdays, 2:30pm local time, is your ideal time, based on a survey that collected over 2 million responses. http://lifehacker.com/tuesdays-are-t… The survey was conducted by UK scheduling firm
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See How Much Weight You Can Lose Playing Pokémon Go With This Calculator While the slow strolling and constant stopping of Pokémon Go isn’t going to get you fit in only a few sessions , the game has plenty of long-term potential if you’re looking for a fun way to keep yourself moving. This calculator can help you plan out your Pokémon Go weight loss goals. http://lifehacker.com/how-much-pokem… The calculator below, from the folks at Omnicalculator , focuses on the egg
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Safari Browser May Soon Be Just As Fast As Chrome With WebP Integration An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Next Web: The Safari browser included in Apple’s iOS 10 and macOS Sierra software is testing WebP, technology from Google that allows developers to create smaller, richer images that make the web faster. Basically, it’s a way for webpages to load more quickly. The Next Web reports: “WebP was built into Chrome back at build 32 (2013!), so it’s n
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11 of the best rooftop swimming pools on Dezeen As London enjoys a mini heatwave, we’re celebrating the belated arrival of summer by dipping into some of the best rooftop swimming pools from our archive, including an infinity pool with views of the Tel Aviv skyline and a bathing spot in the Brazilian jungle (+ slideshow). (more…)
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You’ve gotta see what’s in these bizarre Japanese vending machines – CNET If you think American vending machines are amazing, stop talking. Look at this instead.
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Bubba Watson’s crazy jetpack golf cart takes clubs to new heights – CNET Conquer the fairways in James Bond style with a golf cart crossed with a jetpack.
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Port of LA to open world’s first off-grid terminal The Port of Los Angeles is breaking ground on the Pasha Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project, which will be the world’s first marine terminal able to generate all of its energy needs from renewable sources, using zero and near-zero emission technologies. The onsite, 1.03-megawatt solar micro-grid will power what would otherwise be diesel-spewing cargo moving vehicles, including zero-emission
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Modular inflatable electric surfboard jets to 29 mph Lampuga, a brand of Hamburg-based Sashay GmbH and the maker of one of the world’s fastest electric surfboards , now makes it easier to get out onto the water and motor your way to fast-paced thrills. The Lampuga Air is an inflatable jet-drive surfboard designed to pack small and ride fast. A modular design lets you swap the jet drive between four different hull styles – from the standard 6.5-foot
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Defective HIV DNA can encode HIV-related proteins Investigators have discovered that cells from HIV-infected people whose virus is suppressed with treatment harbor defective HIV DNA that can nevertheless be transcribed into a template for producing HIV-related proteins. This finding may affect scientists’ understanding of the long-term effects of HIV infection and what a cure would require.
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Samsung wants its SUHD TV, Blu-ray player, soundbar to rule your home theater set upSamsung’s got 8 million pixels packed into the KS9800, and the device is the culmination of all its efforts over the years in designing LED and LCD TVs. This SUHD TV uses quantum dot technology — that means the 65-inch 4K TV we got up close with at CE Week 2016 offers bright, accurate colors and supports high dynamic range, or HDR. The South Korean giant is trying to perfect the technology that s
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Researchers: Hormone makes for happier cows that produce healthier milk We need calcium for strong bones and teeth, for healthy muscles, and for improved blood clotting. It turns out that cows have the same needs. Calcium is the main reason most of us drink milk past childhood. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have shown that injecting cows with serotonin, the happy hormone for cows and humans alike, can directly benefit both cows and the people who
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Think your photo is unique? PicsArt’s new AI shows you similar images With two-thirds of the U.S. carrying a camera around in their pockets and roughly a trillion photos shot every year , it’s a pretty safe assumption that there’s a lot of repeats out there, but the latest version of PicsArt is using artificial intelligence to show users just how unique — or boring — their shot is. Released on the App Store on Tuesday and rolling out to Android phones later this we
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G-Technology and Seagate each announce new storage capacities of up 10TB In what appears to be a simultaneous move today, both G-Technology and Seagate have announced upgrades to their storage device lineups bringing capacities up to 10TB each. Seagate today has introduced a new lineup of hard drives titled the Guardian Series, while G-Technology has decided to move towards upgrading their current portfolio’s max capacity. more… Filed under: Apple
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NASA science flights target melting Arctic Sea ice This summer, with sea ice across the Arctic Ocean shrinking to below-average levels, a NASA airborne survey of polar ice just completed its first flights. Its target: aquamarine pools of melt water on the ice surface that may be accelerating the overall sea ice retreat. read more
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Duolingo Tinycards for iOS take learning beyond languages Duolingo is known for its language-learning app, but soon enough it’ll be known for its more general educational offerings, too. The company has launched a new iOS app called Tinycards, which will be heading to other platforms in the near future, and it expands beyond languages to help users memorize all sorts of things. The app is currently available for … Continue reading
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As oil flags, Middle Eastern capital flowing to IoT, smart cities Research firm Gartner says Middle Eastern governments are spending more on Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city investments, as the region tries to diversify away from oil. As reported by ZDNet , recent research by Gartner anticipated $11.5 billion in IT spending by governments across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region this year. The 2016 projection translates into a 2% increase fr
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Potential new target identified for treating itch Researchers have found how sensory nerve cells work together to transmit itch signals from the skin to the spinal cord, where neurons then carry those signals to the brain. Their discovery may explain why some people experience various types of itching, including chronic itching, and help scientists find ways to make some types of itching stop.
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Sixa wants to put your personal computers in the cloud One of the advantages of cloud computing is the ability to abandon conventional storage on your computer and keep content exclusively in “the cloud.” But what if you could have your entire computer stored in the cloud, allowing you to access your software and applications from anywhere? That’s what Sixa wants to facilitate, and it’s targeting developers who would like to avoid lugging around bulk
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Activating natural “fire alarm” in plants could help crops beat drought Plants can tell when they are facing the threat of a drought, thanks to an enzyme that not only senses drought conditions but also releases chemicals to help the plant get through dry patches. A new study from Australian National University identified the enzyme and hopes it will lead to the development of a chemical or method that can protect crops during droughts. .. Continue Reading Activating
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What Kind of Scary Creatures Are Hiding Deep in the Ocean? The deep sea is home to creatures that are sort of normal but then have some sick twist that make them monstrous and so creepy you want to peel your skin off. A squid can’t be just a squid, it has to be a giant squid the size of a school bus. A shark can’t just be a shark, it has to be a goblin shark with a jaw that protrudes out of their face. A giant isopod looks like the world’s largest cockro
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HP X3000 Wireless Optical Mouse $13.49 HP X3000 Wireless Optical Mouse $13.49
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12-yo Palestinian boy killed during clashes with Israeli troops near Jerusalem A 12-year-old boy was shot dead by a rubber-coated bullet during clashes with Israeli troops not far from Jerusalem, the Palestinian health ministry reported. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Rock Band Rivals’ rocks out with two new game modes Rock Band Rivals was announced last month during E3 as the first paid expansion for Rock Band 4 . It quickly generated buzz ahead of its October release, but there were scant details as to what the expansion would actually provide. Now the cat’s out of the bag and Rock Band Rivals sounds a lot like something die-hard fans of the rhythm game series are going to want to get in on. Rock Band Rivals
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Deezer to rival Spotify and Apple Music’s paid music streaming services Looking for a little more variety with your music streaming? Giants like Spotify and Apple Music are due for fresh competition in the form of Deezer , which made its official debut in the US today. The US version of the streaming service, revealed courtesy of Deezer’s Twitter , opens up over 40 million tracks and tens of thousands of podcasts to users in the ‘States – unlimited, ad-free, and down
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The National Building Museum’s blockbuster ball pit is coming to Tampa next month How can anyone forget Snarkitecture ‘s giant monochromatic ball pit that took over the National Building Museum’s Great Hall last summer ? Following a wildly successful run that attracted a record-breaking 160,000 visitors, The BEACH is making a comeback at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida starting August 5. Plus, general admission is free! Photos by Noah Kalina. It also looks like the installa
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Organized crime still bigger than the world largest corporations Meyer Lansky came up with the quote, We’re bigger than U.S. Steel. The we refers to organized crime. Meyer Lansky (1902-1983), known as the “Mob’s Accountant”, was a major organized crime figure who, along with his associate Charles “Lucky” Luciano, was instrumental in the development of the “National Crime Syndicate” in the United States. The character Hyman Roth, po
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Library of Congress Hit With a Denial-Of-Service Attack An anonymous reader writes: The Library of Congress (LOC) announced via Twitter Monday that they were the target of a denial-of-service attack. The attack was detected on July 17 and has caused other websites hosted by the LOC, including the U.S. Copyright Office, to go down. In addition, employees of the Library of Congress were unable to access their work email accounts and to visit internal web
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Sensor Tower: Pokémon Go has already passed 30M downloads and $35M in revenuePokémon Go still isn’t out in some key territories, but it is already a smash hit only two weeks on from its debut in Australia and New Zealand . The Pokémon Company’s blockbuster app has generated $35 million in revenue from 30 million worldwide downloads, according to intelligence firm Sensor Tower. The game is now available in the United States, Canada, and large parts of Europe. Those countri
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Download a Mass of 240+ Free Technical eBooks From Microsoft It’s that wonderful time of year again. The Microsoft MSDN blog is offering another hefty collection of useful, totally free eBooks for you to download. Eric Ligman , Director of Sales Excellence at Microsoft, has given away tons of eBooks in the past, including 240 last year , and 130 the year before that . Ligman’s at it again, offering another batch of over 240 eBooks covering everything from
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Tiny microbe turns tropical butterfly into male killer, scientists discover A scientist from the University of Exeter has helped to identify a male-killing microbe in a tropical butterfly called the African Queen, which leads to the death of all sons when a mother is infected.
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Mali attack: Gunmen kill 17 soldiers at military base At least 17 soldiers have been killed and 30 wounded in an attack on a military base in Mali, officials say.
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Vaccinate Prairie Dogs to Save Ferrets As was widely reported on social media, the U.S. is indeed going to use aerial drones to spread vaccine-laced pellets among prairie dogs to save endangered ferrets, although, contrary to some… — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Here’s how ‘Batman v Superman’ got its futuristic displays Ever wonder about how Batman’s gadgets ended up with such cool interfaces? They owe it all to Perception , a graphics company asked to create unique displays and control screens for several of the electronics in Batman’s inventory in Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice . From the Batwing to the Batmobile, Perception was there each step of the way. The result? A cool, futuristic look for each item
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Mine-hunting drone could make the world a safer place Designer and entrepreneur Massoud Hassani hopes to rid the planet of its estimated 100 million buried land mines within 10 years. That’s why several years ago, he developed the Mine Kafon – a device that rolls across minefields like a tumbleweed, tripping mines as it goes. While it’s a clever idea, he still wanted something that works faster. To that end, he is now developing the Mine Kafon Drone
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Latvian sculptor uses neural networks and facial recognition to create art What happens when neural networks start designing robots? No, don’t worry — it’s not the beginning of the end for humanity, but rather part of a new exhibition called “Shift” by Latvia-based new media sculptor Krists Pudzens . Taking place through August 7 in Trosa, Sweden, the exhibition showcases seven tech-inspired sculptures, including a piece called Unbalanced Force which depicts two robotic
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NBC takes on true crime with new Law & Order anthology series on Menendez case NBC wants in on the true crime trend. The network is working with Law & Order creator Dick Wolf to create a new anthology drama series, reports Deadline . The show will kick off with Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Brothers Murders , which will focus on a high-profile 1989 crime and the legal hullabaloo that followed. Like FX’s recent hit American Crime Story , the NBC series will
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Google might soon serve this realistic lab-grown shrimp in its campus cafeteria Google’s not exactly known as a company that likes to be left behind when it comes to either technology or planet-changing initiatives aimed at improving life for people around the world. In that vein, the search giant is entertaining a bold step: considering replacing the shrimp served in its famously high-end cafeteria with a type of specially-engineered red algae designed to look and, cruciall
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Comcast apparently positioning itself for expansion into the mobile arena It appears that Comcast may be looking to branch out a little. The company already dominates the playing field when it comes to broadband internet, but it appears as though it may end up trying to take on the likes of Verizon and AT&T in the mobile space, too. How do we know Comcast is aiming to enter the mobile industry? Well Comcast submitted an application under the name “CC Wireless Inves
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Melania Trump’s speech was run through a plagiarism checker College students, take note: if you plagiarize, people will notice. Melania Trump spoke during the Republican National Convention on Monday night, leaving some viewers with a sense of déjà vu. SEE ALSO: 11 totally real earlier drafts of Melania Trump’s speech Following a tweet from journalist Jarrett Hill , many called out Trump on blatantly plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech from the Demo
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The Ozlo chatbot helps you find restaurants better than Google For most of us, when we’re hungry, we turn to the most famous company in tech. It’s not Tesla, it’s not Facebook or Apple, and it’s not even Microsoft. It’s the one that provides immediate answers and, for nearly the past two decades, has worked famously. That’s right: Google serves up everything we need to know about restaurants around us — ratings, location-based searches for specific food choi
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Kodasema creates tiny prefabricated house that moves with its owners This tiny prefabricated dwelling by Estonian design collective Kodasema is designed to allow its residents to up sticks and move to a new location in less than a day (+ slideshow). (more…)
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U.S. judge hears lawsuit over Seattle law allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize (Reuters) — A U.S. judge on Tuesday wrestled with whether a lawsuit could proceed against the city of Seattle over a local law which allows Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize. The litigation is unfolding amid a national debate over what level of benefits are owed to workers in the so-called “gig economy.” Seattle last year became the first U.S. city to pass a law giving drivers for ride-hailing ap
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Apple Pay goes live in France and Hong Kong Apple Pay is now available in France and Hong Kong, allowing Apple users in both countries to use the company’s mobile payment system. As with Apple Pay in other supported countries, those in France and Hong Kong can use certain banking cards to make payments using their Apple Watch or iPhone; in France, MasterCard and Visa debit cards can be … Continue reading
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Robo 3D is building an entire ecosystem for your 3D-printing needs San Diego-based Robo 3D got into the 3D-printing game early with a 2012 Kickstarter . A few years later and they’re still at it, with more and better hardware on offer, and a growing ecosystem of support products aimed at helping people get involved with this emerging tech. We spoke to Robo 3D co-founder Braydon Moreno on the floor at CE Week’s GetGeeked event to learn more about what the company
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DigitalGlobe says WorldView-2 operational after “debris causing event” WASHINGTON – DigitalGlobe released an hours-old photo of Oakland, California on July 19, hoping to squash questions about the operability of one of its high-resolution imagery satellites after the U.S. Air Force said it had been part of a debris-causing event earlier in the day. The Joint Space Operations Center, which is the Defense Department’s nerve center for space operations and tracks space
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Boy, the GOP’s Platform Really Rails on Public Transit Goodbye subways! Goodbye bikes! Goodbye pedestrians strolling at night! The post Boy, the GOP’s Platform Really Rails on Public Transit appeared first on WIRED .
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How Futurama Made Math and Science Funny Futurama may not make me laugh as hard as other comedies, but its vision of the future and all the shenanigans that come with it have always been enjoyable to watch (throughout all its various cancellations and comebacks). Kaptain Kristian makes the case that Futurama is special because it was the “master of hiding brilliance in plain sight. Bridging the gap between comedy and arithmetic while br
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Here’s The First Discount Ever On The Away Luggage Collection [Exclusive] Away Travel , $20 off with code KINJA, free shipping, expires 7/25 at 11:59pm. Away Travel arrived with a perfect set of reasonably-priced luggage for everyone, and they’re offering Kinja Deals readers the company’s first ever discount. Use promo code KINJA to take $20 off your order. Save even more with reduced prices when buying multiple bags. Away started with a very competitively-priced $225
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The Gamer’s Triple Monitor Workspace It’s not often I see triple monitor setups that actually look sharp—I mean really sharp—and this one fits the bill. Over at the battlestations subreddit, Evexium shares this workspace, packed with three displays mounted to the wall, and great cable management. Seriously, the cable management alone is something to look up to—not to mention those incredible posters right above the whole setup. Luck
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How Did Hitler Rise to Power? When you combine an unhappy group of people with a leader who is more than willing to feed and exploit their fear with wild speeches and rhetoric, things can go bad. When people in business and intellectuals want to be on the favorable side of public opinion, so they start doing things they don’t believe are right, things can get worse. But how can it ever be so bad that someone like Hitler can r
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One professor’s quest to 3D scan every fish in the sea If you were wondering what a mottled sculpin looks like, there are plenty of pictures available online. But while they may satisfy a curious tidepooler, the discerning ichthyologist demands more. That’s why a professor at the University of Washington is getting full 3D scans of every fish in the sea — every species, anyway. Read More
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UK’s £1 billion cut to carbon storage could cost £30 billion The government cancelled its support for carbon capture and storage technology last year, without which, the costs of meeting its climate targets will skyrocket
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US divided – or not? President Barack Obama has said that America “is not as divided as we seem” – do Americans in support and protesting the Republican convention agree?
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500 African elephants relocated to park hit by poachers Some 500 African elephants are currently being transported from the riverside plains of Malawi to a special sanctuary for the threatened species. Shot by tranquilizer darts fired from a helicopter, their sleeping bodies are being shifted by crane and truck during the ambitious $1.6 million project, which is being run by non-profit group African Parks with funding from Dutch PostCode Lottery and t
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Activists scale 60-foot flag poles to hang ‘Don’t Trump our communities’ banner Two activists in Cleveland, Ohio, took their hatred for presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump to a new level. The pair climbed two 60-foot poles outside of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to hang a banner that read “Don’t Trump Our Communities.” After climbing down, the activists were quickly arrested by police. Read more… More about Mashable Video , Standalone Featured , Rnc ,
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Casio EDIFICE EQB-600 Bluetooth Watch Possibly one of the sleekest and smartest watches ever built.
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NASA releases 1,300 raw images of Juno’s approach to Jupiter (VIDEO) NASA has made over 1,300 raw images captured by the Juno spacecraft taken during its approach to Jupiter available for download. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Turkey coup attempt: Crackdown toll passes 50,000 More than 50,000 people have been detained, sacked or suspended from their jobs amid a crackdown in Turkey following last week’s failed coup.
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Updated: Top 10 best external desktop and portable hard disk drives of 2016 Introduction Even in a world full of cloud computing, the external hard drive disk, or HDD, has managed to subsist. With desktops on the wane and laptops regularly packing small SSDs in the name of speed and mobility, many of us simply don’t have the space to store our stuff. Besides, who wants to pay a monthly subscription for iCloud or OneDrive? With most of us living our lives digitally, it’s
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Technology Is Making Doctors Feel Like Glorified Data Entry Clerks An anonymous reader writes from a report via Fast Company: The average day for a doctor consists of hours of data entry. Since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 took effect in January of 2011, which incentivized providers to adopt electronic medical records, hospitals have spent millions, sometimes billions, on computer systems that weren’t des
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Cameras catch delegate’s VERY honest reaction to Trump nomination This man at the Republican National Convention understands you, Democrats. A delegate from South Dakota, standing as far away from the microphone as possible, was clearly not thrilled about nominating Donald Trump. SEE ALSO: 11 totally real earlier drafts of Melania Trump’s speech Considering delegates from Alaska also contested their votes being awarded to Trump, we’d say he’s not alone. Read mo
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Only the privileged fear a robot revolution Leading venture capitalists, scientists and CEOs all have the same prediction for AI: machines will take jobs away, “eat the world” and, ultimately, overthrow humanity. These histrionics have driven a widely accepted negative narrative about this technology’s potential impact on humanity. That needs to change. Bringing AI into the mainstream world should be met with hope… Read More
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Pyongyang claims successful simulation of preemptive nuclear strikes on US targets in S. Korea North Korea has boasted about the successful completion of its latest ballistic missile test which demonstrated Pyongyang’s capability to launch a pre-emptive strike on South Korea’s ports and airfields hosting the “US imperialists’ nuclear war hardware.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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Paul Ryan uses Republican convention gavel in creative way Banging the gavel is an art form, one that takes coordination, grace and the ability to distinguish “top” from “bottom.” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan struggled with the convention gavel on Tuesday night. After Alaska contested the delegate count, Ryan brought the convention back to order by banging the ceremonial gavel. But the noise seemed to confuse the Wisconsin represent
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mini’s sinful paint job is made naturally with gravity suspending the car 20ft in the air at a 90 degree angle allowed for hundreds of layers of nail polish to dramatically descend the mobile canvas, making for an impactful art installation. The post mini’s sinful paint job is made naturally with gravity appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
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No, the guy in the DTF hat is sadly not a delegate Delegates are wearing a lot of fun hats at the Republican National Convention. This man, sadly, is not one of them. Many people were speculating about the identity of this man, spotted behind the Wyoming delegates during the convention, wearing a hat that says DTF (translation: “down to f*ck”). SEE ALSO: Donald Trump entered the RNC like an extraterrestrial wrestling superstar The man i
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‘Smoking gun’: Navy testing likely caused 3.7 magnitude ‘earthquake’ off Florida A 3.7 magnitude earthquake recorded off the coast of Florida was likely triggered by a man-made explosion, in order to test the seaworthiness of a new US Navy vessel. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Complete BBC Sessions’ will include 8 never-before-heard recordingsLed Zeppelin have a bit more to share from their BBC Sessions. This September, the band will release The Complete BBC Sessions , a remastered version of the 1997 release, which was a collection of recordings for the BBC between 1969 and 1971. SEE ALSO: Jury rules that Led Zeppelin didn’t rip off ‘Stairway to Heaven’ According to the BBC, the album will also include eight previously unreleased rec
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#NeverTrump Crowd Tweets Its Feelings After Trump Nomination A moment of silence for #NeverTrump. Or a whole lot of tweets. The post #NeverTrump Crowd Tweets Its Feelings After Trump Nomination appeared first on WIRED .
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Discovery may lead to a treatment to slow Parkinson’s disease Scientists have shown that the most common genetic cause of Parkinson’s disease — a mutant LRRK2 kinase enzyme — contributes to the formation of inclusions in neurons, resembling one of the hallmark pathologies seen in Parkinson’s disease. These inclusions are made up of aggregated alpha synuclein protein, which — the research also shows — can be prevented from forming by using two LRRK2 kinas
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30 Practical And Cool-Looking Kitchen Flooring Ideas Choosing flooring for a kitchen may be tricky because it’s should be practical and stylish at the same time. In the kitchen we wash, cut, cook, drop and spill lots of things, so the floors should outlast all that and still look beautiful. Need some ideas? Here we go! Tile Kitchen Floors Tiles are among the most durable and practical options for flooring, they can stand a lot of things easily and
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Abnormalities found in ‘insight’ areas of the brain in anorexia Abnormalities in brain regions involved in forming insight may help explain why some people with anorexia nervosa have trouble recognizing their dangerous, dysfunctional eating habits.
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New study uses computer learning to provide quality control for genetic databases A new study helps to shed light on the transcriptomic differences between different tissues in Arabidopsis, an important model organism, by creating a standardized “atlas” that can automatically annotate samples to include lost metadata such as tissue type.
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US mulls ‘pause’ in support of Syrian rebels following beheading of Palestinian boy The US says it may reconsider its affiliation and support for the Syrian opposition if reports of anti-Assad rebels beheading a Palestinian boy are confirmed. The State Department has vowed “consequences” if the gruesome videos of the death are true. Read Full Article at RT.com
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High capacity, low-cost flow battery powers up with the help of vitamins Inspired by the energy storage capabilities found in our own bodies, researchers at Harvard University have come up with a way to create alkaline flow batteries with modified organic vitamin B2 molecules. As these molecules are non-toxic, non-flammable, and able to be produced at low cost, the researchers believe that their use could help revolutionize large-scale, inexpensive electricity storage
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Massive diabetic foot disease costs New research shows preventable hospitalization from diabetic foot disease is costing Australia hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
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A new tracking and quantification tool for single cells Scientists have developed software that allows observing cells for weeks while also measuring molecular properties. The software is freely available.
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Rembrandt Probably Traced His Self-Portraits With Mirrors and Lenses Rembrandt was renowned for his masterful use of light and dark contrasts, and the precise proportions in his paintings and etchings. Now a British artist claims the 17th century painter likely used combinations of mirrors and lenses to project images onto a drawing surface to create them—especially his famous self-portraits. It’s the latest volley in a longstanding debate about the possible use o
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Rate of new HIV infections increased in 74 countries over past decade A new study found that 74 countries saw increases in age-standardized rates of new infections between 2005 and 2015.
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Higher education associated with reduced heart failure risk after myocardial infarctionHigher education is associated with a reduced risk of developing heart failure after a heart attack, reports a study in more than 70,000 patients.
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【New Arrival】 MinSu TR2015 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner $163.99 Shipped With Coupon: MINsuTR MinSu TR2015 Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner URL: http://goo.gl/i8sNRy Coupon: MINsuTR Price: $163.99 Main Features ● Smart voice guide Get a smart housekeeper for your family ● 4 kinds of cleaning modes Auto cleaning / spot cleaning / border cleaning / schedule cleaning ● anti-bump and anti-drop IR sensor and mechanical anti-collision system allows it avoid the obstacles and change direction automa
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Major Indie Music Conglomerate Gets Hacked Image: Getty Indie music conglomerate Beggars Group —comprised of labels such as 4AD and Matador—revealed Tuesday that their online store got hacked between April 28, 2016 and May 4, 2016. Beggars Group represents artists like St. Vincent, Vampire Weekend, FKA Twigs, Radiohead, and countless other bands I am not cool enough to be aware of. In a letter sent out to potential victims of the breach,
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These Real Materials Could Turn You Into a Superhero Part of what makes superheroes so awesome is that they can perform impossible feats that we can’t even imagine happening in the world. But, what if we could do some of the amazing things superheroes can? What if we could breath underwater? What if we could swing like Spider-Man? As it turns out, the futuristic materials outlined on the infographic below could turn you into the superhero you alway
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Video game to help orangutans compose their own music A group of adorable Orangutans at Melbourne Zoo have proved they’re legit video game fanatics, with researchers using Xbox Ones to engage the primates in an interactive enrichment program. And as if that wasn’t cute enough, they’re also set to be the world’s first Orangutan-identified experimental noise band, ABC’s Catalyst reported , with researchers developing an audio-based game where music ad
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A mini-antenna for the data processing of tomorrow With the rapid advance of miniaturization, data processing using electric currents faces tough challenges, some of which are insurmountable. Magnetic spin waves are a promising alternative for the transfer of information in even more compact chips. Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), as part of an international research venture, have now succeeded in generating spin wav
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Saving Endangered Ferrets … With Peanut Butter A new plan would vaccinate prairie dogs against the plague, a major threat to the survival of North America’s black-footed ferret.
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Why These Rare Species Are Targeted by the GOP The greater sage-grouse, lesser prairie-chicken, and gray wolf are all featured in the party’s new platform, being discussed at the convention in Ohio.
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‘Dory’ Bred in Captivity—How That May Help Fish and Reefs The blue tang has been successfully bred in captivity for the first time.
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Australian robot gets put to work, herds sheep and cows (Tomorrow Daily 393) – CNET This robot cowboy not only herds cattle, soon it will also monitor the herd’s health and alert ranchers to any injuries or illness to livestock.
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Mitsubishi’s dual-screen experience provides a virtual test drive Mitsubishi has launched Mirage G4 Night Drive, a dual-screen interactive test drive for its new 2017 Mirage G4. The experience meshes a smartphone and a desktop or notebook computer to highlight the car’s features in a virtual test drive you can do from home. .. Continue Reading Mitsubishi’s dual-screen experience provides a virtual test drive Category: Automotive Tags: Test drive Smartphones Mit
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New detector overcomes key challenge in using light for wireless communications Today’s high-speed wired communication networks use lasers to carry information through optical fibers, but wireless networks are currently based on radio frequencies or microwaves. In an advance …
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Unilever buys on-demand toiletry service Dollar Shave Club for reportedly $1 billion Unilever is making an investment in the on-demand space, announcing today that it has purchased Dollar Shave Club, reportedly for $1 billion. While specific financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, it’s been said that Dollar Shave Club CEO Michael Dubin will remain in his position. First reported by Fortune , the deal with Unilever is expected to bring a “unique male grooming perspective”
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Forget that old iPod: Jooki is a Skylanders-inspired jukebox for kids If Activision’s Skylanders and its many derivatives have taught the consumer tech industry anything, it’s that interactive figures sell like hotcakes. It’s not exactly surprising, then, that the concept’s slowly bled into other industries — Nintendo launched Amiibo, for instance, and Disney debuted the eponymous Disney Infinity. But some interactive toys have turned the concept on its head: They
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Hillary Clinton tweeted some sassy responses to Republican convention speakers While Republican National Convention speakers continued to largely attack Hillary Clinton (some even more than promoting Trump ), her social team was hard at work with some serious snark. On Tuesday night, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie and other speakers attacked Clinton for her diplomatic experience, her private email server and most everything else Her Twitter account , in response, fact checked, p
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Paul Ryan struggles to convince many he supports Trump at RNC House Speaker Paul Ryan shocked many with his Republican National Convention speech. For some, it was the fact that the Wisconsin congressman mentioned Donald Trump just one time, but others took issue with how enthusiastic he was, considering the pair’s past relations. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Our Disastrous Monetary System: A New Must-Read Book Tags A A Home | Feed | Blog.rss Global Economy Money and Banks Monetary Theory Money and Banking Our Disastrous Monetary System: A New Must-Read Book 0 Views There is a long tradition in Austrian economics and libertarian thought of presenting ideas not only to academic peers and fellow intellectuals, but directly to the broader public. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom , and Rothbard’s What Has Government
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WikiLeaks Releases 300K Turkey Government Emails In Response To Erdogan’s Post-Coup Purges An anonymous reader quotes a report from RT: Despite a massive cyberattack on its website, WikiLeaks has published the first batch of nearly 300,000 emails from the Turkish ruling AKP party’s internal server and thousands of attached files in response to the Ankara government’s widespread post-coup purges. Some 294,548 emails pertaining to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Devel
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Donald Trump Jr. also recycled part of his Republican Convention speech, but apparently it’s OK On first blush, it looked like the Trump family learned very little from last night’s speech scandal . In what would be an extremely embarrassing gaffe for the newly minted Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump, his son appeared to plagiarize a few lines of his own Republican National Convention speech, the night after his step mother did the same. As pointed out by the Daily Show Twitte
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4 suspects at large after shooting near NYPD cops in Brooklyn Several shots were fired near police officers in Brooklyn. No one was hurt but the car that fled the scene. An active search for the four suspects is underway. Police now think they were not the alleged targets. Read Full Article at RT.com
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The GOP’s Muslim Problem In its newly published 2016 platform , the Republican Party promises to defend religious freedom and oppose religious intolerance. Yet the party’s presidential nominee has proposed a religious test for entering the United States, and last week one of his leading advisers proposed a religious test for remaining in the United States. Donald Trump and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have backed a
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Gene Therapy Trial Wrenches Families as One Child’s Death Saves Another New DNA fix stops brain-destroying terminal illness, but only if it’s given early enough.
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The state of the smart home The promise was big, the hype was bigger, but the reality, well, let’s just say, not exactly earth-shattering. Several years after the concept of the smart home started making waves—the first Nest thermostat was introduced in October of 2011—the smart home market is still more promise than practical reality. Certainly,…
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Japan’s delayed ‘Pokemon Go’ launch will feature sponsored ‘gyms’ Server problems , earnestly waiting for the start of Japan’s school holidays, or perhaps signing the dotted line on a sweet, sweet fast-food sponsorship deal? Whatever the true reason for the pause, Japan appears to finally be getting in on the Pokemon Go boom. A leaked internal email across Japanese forums has delayed the launch until tomorrow, at the same time confirming TechCrunch’s report of
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Sydney siege: Family angered as officer says gunman had rights The parents of a man murdered in the Sydney cafe siege storm out of an inquest as an officer says the gunman had “the same rights as any other person”.
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Ditch the Gu and Eat These Energy Gel Alternatives Instead Get all the energy you need with nothing you don’t. … Read More »
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10 Summer Sales Worth Your Time (and Money) Capitalize on the glorious, midsummer sale season. … Read More »
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How to Pitch a Tent in the Backcountry Tips and tricks for picking the perfect campsite. … Read More »
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Deals of Note: July 20, 2016 How to save on a month of Dollar Shave Club, clothing and accessories at East Dane and a summer-ready linen pullover. … Read More »
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Today in Gear: July 20, 2016 New blades and razor handles from the experts, beautiful and simple sweatshirts from L.A., Blu-ray players that’ll upscale your favorite films and much more … Read More »
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Pinterest’s commerce head explains how A.I. and machine learning will transform shoppingAunkur Arya, Braintree’s mobile general manager, and Michael Yamartino, Pinterest’s head of commerce, took the stage at VentureBeat’s MobileBeat 2016 event to talk about machine learning, artificial intelligence, and how the two concepts are transforming commerce. You can watch the full discussion below. Get more stories like this on Twitter & Facebook
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‘Lock her Up’: Christie raises hell at Republican convention over Clinton Chris Christie’s “Guilty!” speech squarely directed at Hillary Clinton has swiftly started a ruckus on Twitter with people both poking fun at and scolding him for bringing a medieval witch-hunt to the Republican convention. Read Full Article at RT.com
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inekhans’ CHOP cutting boards distinctively reference meat based products the collection features five cutting boards which each play upon the materials likening appearance to meat based products. The post inekhans’ CHOP cutting boards distinctively reference meat based products appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
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Same object, different sound thanks to acoustic voxels 3D-printed motorcycle earmuffs that suppress traffic and wind noise while amplifying car horns, and objects encoded with unique audio barcodes are just a couple of the devices that could be on the way, thanks to a new system designed by researchers at Columbia University, MIT and Disney Research that allows specific acoustic properties to be implanted into 3D-printed objects. .. Continue Reading
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French national assembly votes to extend state of emergency for another 6 months In the wake of the gruesome terrorist attack in Nice last week, which left 84 people dead, the National Assembly has voted to extend the ongoing state of emergency in France for another six months until the end of January 2017. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Rooftop Cabins to Solve the Problem of Affordable Urban Living Finding an affordable place to live in most large cities across the world is becoming more of a problem everyday. Now a company from Germany has come up with an innovative solution. They would build prefab cabins, called Cabin Spacey (which is also the name of the firm), on top of existing buildings. These homes would be small, but functional and they wouldn’t break the bank. They are proposing t
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Facebook inking live-streaming deals worth millions with YouTube and Vine stars Facebook is splashing $2.2 million on live-streaming content deals with around two dozen internet stars from YouTube and Vine. The social network’s multi-million dollar partnerships with media companies and celebs came to light last month, when The Wall Street Journal revealed the financial details of some of the deals the company had sealed. Among the highest paid outlets were media companies Bu
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Researchers Discover Altruism Is Favored by Chance Why do we feel good about giving to charity when there is no direct benefit to ourselves, and feel bad about cheating the system? Mathematicians may have found an answer to the longstanding puzzle as to why we have evolved to cooperate.
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Pottery studio in Vietnam sheltered by a perforated cube of clay bricks This box-shaped workshop for Vietnamese artist Le Duc Ha, designed by design studio Tropical Space, is wrapped in an envelope built from clay bricks. The perforations in the facade facilitate natural ventilation and allow daylight to reach the interior filled with terracotta art works and the centrally positioned turning table where the artist works. The three-story building, inspired traditional
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Witch hunts, hell & avocados: Day 2 of RNC As Trump was officially nominated, the stage included a witch hunt for Clinton, some obtuse comments from Trump’s kids and a little about getting jobs back as per Tuesday’s Make America Work Again theme. The speeches showed plenty of passion and imbalances. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Trump and the Capitol Hill GOP Elite Embrace Each Other’s Mediocrity “2016,” House Majority Leader Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Republican National Convention Chair said tonight, “is the year America moves on.” While the Hamlet-like #MaybeTrumper was referring specifically to the Obama/Clinton era, he may have been offering an unwitting epitaph to the haggard , unlovely remains of the Republican Party. The less-messy Night Two of the RNC, officially
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Role for enhancers in bursts of gene activity A new study by researchers at Princeton University suggests that sporadic bursts of gene activity may be important features of genetic regulation rather than just occasional mishaps. The researchers found that snippets of DNA called enhancers can boost the frequency of bursts, suggesting that these bursts play a role in gene control. read more
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Peering into atomically thin transistors with microwaves, scientists make a radical discovery: a one-dimensional transistor Peering into an atomically thin semiconductor device with a “microwave microscope” via an AFM tip (credit: University of Texas at Austin) Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin have had the first-ever glimpse into what happens inside an atomically thin semiconductor device. In doing so, they discovered that a transistor may be possible within a space so small (the edge) that it’s effecti
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MIT brings us one step closer to robotic modular furniture – CNET Ori is designed to shift around to make the most of small living spaces.
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Dark days The mood in Dhaka has darkened following last month’s Islamist attack
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Beware of Antioxidants, Warns Scientific Review The lay press and thousands of nutritional products warn of oxygen radicals or oxidative stress and suggest taking so-called antioxidants to prevent or cure disease. Professor Pietro Ghezzi at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Professor Harald Schmidt at the University of Maastricht have analyzed the evidence behind this. The result is a clear warning: do not take these supplements unless
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Vehicle fuel efficiency in 2025 expected to be about 45mpg The EPA, California Air Resources Board and National Highway Traffic Safety Admin have a 1217 report on Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 Under the National Program, consumers continue to have a full range of vehicle choices that meet their needs, and, through coordination with the Cali
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Ropes in-ear headphones cut the cord – sort of Beats headphones have had a huge impact on the audio world since the first set of Studios sold in 2008. They’ve spawned countless products trying to recreate Dr. Dre’s signature style and sound, but none have quite the same potential to replicate the magic as Ropes. The creation of ex-Beats team member Steven Lamar, Roam Ropes are stylish Bluetooth in-ear headphones with a built in amplifier and
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Leslie Jones Twitter row: Breitbart editor banned over abuse A senior editor with the conservative website Breitbart is banned from Twitter after abuse was directed at a star of the new Ghostbusters film.
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US-led coalition strike kills 56 civilians in Syria Children were among at least 56 civilians killed in strikes by a US-led coalition on Tuesday near a Syrian village held by the Islamic State group, a monitor said.
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3D-printed orthotic boot lets injured penguin waddle with the best of ’em 3D printing has made a real impact in the world of medicine, particularly when it comes to aiding amputees in the third world. But this technology has plenty to offer the animal kingdom too, as a disabled African penguin came to learn after slipping into a custom-made 3D-printed orthotic boot and regaining the ability to walk unimpeded. .. Continue Reading 3D-printed orthotic boot lets injured pe
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Migrant sea rescue – as it happened Italy’s Coast Guard handles dozens of distress calls from migrants every day – in this case from 100 migrants who say they are at imminent risk of drowning.
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The Eagle has landed: 11 amazing facts about Apollo 11 – CNET On this day: 1969, July 20, humans for the first time walked on the moon. Here are 11 fascinating facts about the Apollo 11 mission.
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Uber pairs with satellite imaging company for better location data – CNET DigitalGlobe will be providing Uber with high-resolution satellite imagery for better data on pick-up locations.
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Group clones California giant trees to combat climate change At the foot of a giant sequoia in California’s Sierra Nevada, two arborists stepped into harnesses then inched up ropes more than 20 stories into the dizzying canopy of a tree that survived thousands of years, enduring drought, wildfire and disease.
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Rainforest foliage and mirrors feature inside Amsterdam bar by Studio Modijefsky Dutch design office Studio Modijefsky has filled an Amsterdam bar with tropical plants and green surfaces to create a rainforest-like feel (+ slideshow). (more…)
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Twitter Bans Milo Yiannopoulos, Initiates Major Internet Free Speech War Milo Yiannopoulos, the Breitbart tech editor and Trump-loving alt-right superstar, has been permanently banned from Twitter following accusations that he directed his followers to send abusive comments toward actress Leslie Jones. But while Yiannopoulos certainly straddles the line between being a free speech provocateur and merely a serial violator of Twitter’s terms of service, these sanctions
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Scientists “outsmart Mother Nature” to combat deadly virus Coxsackievirus B can be deadly, leading to heart disease and, in some cases, death. Now scientists at Colorado State University (CSU) have developed a method to combat the virus. Described as a “genetic poison pill,” the technique restricts the ability of the virus to replicate and can even cause it to self-destruct. The approach could one day lead to a vaccine against coxsackievirus B
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Start Creating Savepoints of Your Progress in Photoshop Anyone who works with Photoshop for any extended period of time probably knows how frustrating it can be to make changes to your design, only to wish that you could revert to a specific stage in your design. Photoshop’s Undo button will only get you so far and the History feature requires you to scroll through what could be dozens of steps to find the exact spot you want to go back to. That’s why
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Pepsi P1S 4G Phablet with 2.5D Arc Screen and Fingerprint Scanner only for $98.99 Pepsi Phone P1 smartphone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels. It has a aluminum unibody design and even has a finger print sensor on the back . It runs dido OS 6.1 version based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The smartphones feature hybrid dual-SIM card slots, with the second slot usable for either a microSD card or a SIM card. The Phone P1s (and
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The South African village blighted by Aids In one village in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa, every household has been affected by HIV.
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Product comparison engine Versus acquired by Germany’s MenschDanke Group Versus, the Berlin-based product comparison site and engine backed by Earlybird Venture Capital, and Dave McClure’s 500 Startups (amongst others), has been acquired by Germany’s MenschDanke Group, which owns several shopping and online discount properties. Read More
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All Turkish academics banned from traveling abroad amid widening post-coup purge The Turkish higher board of education has prohibited all academics from traveling abroad, according to local broadcaster TRT. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Fortieth anniversary of Viking invasion of Mars Today marks one of biggest moments in the history of space exploration, perhaps second only to the Apollo 11 landing that occurred on the same day in 1969. On July 20, 1976, the unmanned Viking 1 lander became the first spacecraft to successfully land and operate on the surface of Mars. More than just a technological achievement, this feat completely altered our view of the Red Planet in a way th
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How to Decorate a Room with Floor-to-Ceiling Windows If you are a lucky renter or homeowner whose interior features floor-to-ceiling windows , revel in the view and make those glass panes count! Today we’re sharing a few decorating ideas that will help you showcase your large windows to the fullest. In short, you don’t want to detract from the view. Avoid cluttering your space or covering the windows with furniture. Instead, make smart design decis
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May relinquishes UK’s turn to head EU presidency ahead of Brexit talks Prime Minister Theresa May took the first step towards Brexit on Wednesday by relinquishing Britain’s presidency of the European Council, ahead of her first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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Russian balloon more than halfway to circumnavigating globe A 65-year-old Russian adventurer was battling sleep deprivation, freezing temperatures and ice in his oxygen mask but was ahead of schedule for his record attempt to fly solo in a balloon around the world nonstop, his son said on Wednesday.
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Brickbat: A Little Bit of Soap The Pennsylvania State Police has agreed to pay $195,000 to settle a wrongful imprisonment suit brought by Alexander Bernstein. Bernstein was held in jail for almost a month after a field drug test falsely showed homemade soap he was carrying in his vehicle to be cocaine.
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Find out what rights your passport gives you with this oddly fascinating tool If you often wonder what privileges your citizenship grants you around the globe, Passport Index is the only tool you’ll ever need – and it’s oddly fascinating Built by financial firm Arton Capital, it’s a Web-based interactive encyclopedia that will tell you everything you need to know about the rights your passport entitles you to. The eccentric website collects and displays information about o
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People can sense single photons Experiment suggests that humans are capable of perceiving even the feeblest flash of light. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20282
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Clinton campaign spends four hours listing Trump lawsuits on Facebook Live Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign took to Facebook Live on Tuesday to read out every lawsuit that Republican candidate Donald Trump has been involved in — all 5,500 of them. Opposition researchers for the presumptive Democratic nominee took turns reading the name of each lawsuit from a thick stack of papers yesterday, with one keeping tally on a whiteboard. “We think Donald J. Trump’s
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Kashmir newspapers ‘ban’ lifted Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir lift a three-day ban on newspapers, but publishers delay print runs, saying the government should guarantee freedom of press.
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COWAROBOT R1: the carry-on suitcase that autonomously rolls along with you the case frees the users’ hands and follows autonomously, making travel fun and stress free. The post COWAROBOT R1: the carry-on suitcase that autonomously rolls along with you appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
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The good, the bad, and the really ugly of Pokemon Go This weekend, a girl was stabbed for playing Pokemon Go. In the small town of Redding California, three girls were in a park playing the game through their smartphones when they were set upon by three women and four men. While the wounds weren’t life threatening, while trying to help her friend, Zacariya Bradshaw was clubbed in the neck with a pipe and mugged. In Florida, a 19 and 16-year-old wer
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Afghan war veteran dies during training exercise on hottest day of the year A soldier who was reportedly a veteran of the Afghan war died on a training exercise during a heatwave on Tuesday in the Brecon area of South Wales, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Wearable walkie-talkie keeps groups connected during adrenaline sports Reaching into your pocket to answer the phone just isn’t an option when you’re charging down a snow-covered mountain or white-knuckling a set of mountain bike grips. That’s why action sport communications wearables like AWIRE have popped up. The all-new Bonx is another alternative, riding right on your ear and working with an accompanying app to streamline communications in the field, on the wate
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Kiev car bomb kills top Belarusian journalist Sheremet A car bomb attack in the Ukrainian capital has killed leading Belarusian journalist and Kremlin critic Pavel Sheremet.
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New Method Provides Scope for Improved Dye Removal A versatile, new method of using laser-induced design to synthesize silver-based hybrid nano-particles has been developed by scientists in China. The research illustrates that the nano-composite has…
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Inside Eritrea: The World’s Most Censored Country Once you learn about the human rights violations and absolute censorship in Eritrea, it’s astounding that not more attention has been brought to this issue. In this episode of Blackout, a series produced by VICE News about the fight for freedom of expression in oppressive regimes, Eritrean activists and refugees fight for freedom. With only one government-controlled television channel and one new
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Genes find their partners without matchmakers A new study provides more evidence that identical sections of DNA can match up with each other without the help of other molecules.
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NASA study shows global surface temps are setting records in 2016 NASA is continuing to conducting its studies on two key indicators of surface temperatures around the globe. Those two key indicators are global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent. According to NASA during the first half of 2016, each of the six months set a record as the warmest respective month globally. Those records are compared to when the … Continue reading
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Apple’s next MacBook might get smartphone-like connectivity Could a MacBook with a built-in LTE modem be in the works? Some folks have been asking why such a model doesn’t exist for some considerable time now, but it seems this is an option Apple is certainly mulling over, given that a fresh patent for ‘isolated cavity antennas’ has emerged. The patent, which was filed last summer but has only just been granted, explores a design which would allow for cel
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How to Make Any URL Look Really Strange and Creepy URL shorteners are both useful and convenient, and while there are lots of powerful contenders in the field, sometimes an alternative shortener is what you need. From URLs that let you easily keep track of where they go to links with funny names, there are all sorts of these for all kinds of needs. URLify allows you to make super shady URLs from any link. Just paste a URL in and watch it become s
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Microsoft gives Groove for iOS and Android a facelift Microsoft’s Groove apps for iOS and Android weren’t quite as good as the Windows version, but this update was designed to change that. The company has given its music apps for both platforms a facelift that makes them look more like their Windows counterpart. It also bundled a handful of new features with it. The apps now have an Explore view listing the most popular songs, and they now take on a
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Researchers develop a ‘physical cryptography’ for secure and accurate accounting of the world’s nuclear arsenals Verifiably reducing the number of nuclear weapons in the world will require more than international diplomacy; a scientific breakthrough is needed. To date, all nuclear arms control treaties …
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2016 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting to Showcase The Latest Technology Developments in Micro/Nanoelectronics For more than six decades, the annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) has been the world’s largest and most influential forum for technologists to unveil breakthroughs in…
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Trim personal finance bot raises $2.2 million to save you money Ever wonder how much you spend each month on Uber? The newly released Trim chatbot will tell you in a text. Trim also helps you manage subscriptions, set up spending alerts and check your bank balance. But there is no app, only a bot that can be linked to SMS or Facebook. “Anything that you can do on your mobile banking app, you can do with trim with the exception of moving… Read More
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Pokemon GO map visualization shows all the Pokemon in your area With Pokemon Go being such a smash hit and wooing players of all ages and from all walks of life to get outside and track down some Pokemon, people are building accessories and software to help players get along. One such bit of software comes from a reddit user called waishda and is a Pokemon Go map visualization. The idea … Continue reading
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Video: Incidental Space — The Swiss Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale In a recent interview presented in collaboration with PLANE—SITE , architect Christian Kerez and curator Sandra Oehy speak about Incidental Space , their exhibition for the Swiss Pavilion in the Giardini at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Kerez explains, “what we tried to do for this year’s Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is to really make a building, actually—to build a space, to offer an experi
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Police & youths clash in Paris suburbs after death of 24yo man Violence scenes gripped a north Paris suburb overnight as local residents in the Val d’Oise area fought running battles with the police after news broke out that a young man had died at a police station in Beaumont. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Airline ticket sales suspended for Russians traveling to Turkey After a directive from the Russian aviation authority Aeroflot has stopped selling Russian citizens tickets to Turkey. Rosaviation has banned Russians from traveling to Turkey due to the political turmoil in the country. Read Full Article at RT.com
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The Flux Capacitor Becomes World’s Fastest Street-Legal Electric Car An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: Jonny Smith now has the world’s fastest street-legal electric car, called the Flux Capacitor. Previously, the Flux Capacitor was only Europe’s fastest street-legal electric vehicle, with a less than 11 second, 1/4-mile time under it’s belt. Now it can run the quarter-mile in 9.87 seconds, thanks to the extra 44 cells added to the existing
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Turkey coup attempt: Charges laid against 99 generals and admirals Nearly 100 generals and admirals are charged over the thwarted coup – a significant chunk of Turkey’s military top brass.
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SOM unveils masterplan for Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station district Architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill has unveiled its vision to transform the Beaux-Arts 30th Street Station and its surrounding area in Philadelphia (+ movie). (more…)
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Alienware Alpha R2 review: A tiny PC gets meaner, faster and louder The Alienware Alpha R2 gaming console has something to prove. When the first Alienware Alpha debuted in 2014, it failed to lure the faithful away from their Xbox Ones and PlayStation 4s. Still, its utility as a great little affordable gaming computer was undeniable. The Alpha R2 is an updated version that packs in a ton more performance. Unfortunately, this new gen isn’t nearly as affordable as t
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Roon Labs’ audiophile music server now streams tunes from Linux-powered NAS boxes You no longer need a full PC to enjoy this awesome software.
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PowerDVD 16 gains 360-degree video playback: Here’s how it works The best retail video player has a new feature, and it’s very cool.
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Three French soldiers killed in Libya Three French soldiers have been killed in Libya, President François Hollande said Wednesday, in the first official confirmation that France has troops in the conflict-ridden North African state.
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Thermal Separation of Complex Polymers The Postnova TF2000 is an advanced thermal field flow fractionation (TF3) system that provides a highly efficient method of separating and characterising complex polymer samples such as natural or…
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ZEISS Invites You to Join the Multi-Scale Journey at Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M)ZEISS announces they will be showcasing the latest microscopy innovations and advancements at Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) 2016, July 24- 28, 2016, in Columbus, OH. ZEISS experts will be…
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GM exec confirms plans to launch a self-driving Chevy Bolt EV with Lyft General Motors has yet to make the official announcement, but the automaker is reportedly working on an autonomous version of the upcoming Chevy Bolt EV. The autonomous Bolt will be the automaker’s first fully autonomous vehicle and will also be available to Lyft drivers, as part of the automaker’s $500 billion investment in the ride-sharing company. Pam Fletcher, executive chief engineer of auton
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Chinese liberal magazine in limbo after forced reshuffle Beijing (AFP) July 19, 2016 An influential Chinese magazine which challenged official accounts of Communist history has suspended publication after its chief editor was purged in a battle for control, staff confirmed Tuesday. The forced reshuffle at “Annals of the Yellow Emperor” has been seen as the latest tightening of controls over media under the leadership of President Xi Jinping. T
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Urban pigeons help researchers monitor lead pollution New York (UPI) Jul 19, 2016 New research shows toxicity levels in urban pigeons are a good proxy for risk of lead poisoning in children. When researchers compared the levels of lead in New York City pigeons with lead exposure measured in local children, the numbers revealed a strong geographic correspondence. The study was carried out by Rebecca Calisi, now an assistant professor at the University
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Technological and cultural innovations amongst early humans not sparked by climate changeJohannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Jul 19, 2016 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. A study published July 6, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by an international team of researchers, led by D
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HIV infections level off at ‘worrying’ 2.5 mn a year Durban, South Africa (AFP) July 19, 2016 Some 2.5 million people are still becoming infected with HIV every year even as drugs have slashed the death rate and patients live longer than ever, a global AIDS study said Tuesday. New infections have plateaued after a steep dip from the peak rate of 3.3 million in 1997, said the authors of a comprehensive analysis in The Lancet HIV journal. It was publi
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Armed group kills 17 soldiers at Mali base: ministry Bamako (AFP) July 20, 2016 Seventeen soldiers were killed and 35 wounded in central Mali Tuesday in an assault on their base that authorities called a “coordinated terrorist attack”. “The toll has increased: we have lost 17 men and 35 are wounded,” Mali’s defence minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly said. Authorities had earlier announced that 12 soldiers were killed. Coulibaly cal
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The success of the plant-eating dinosaurs Bristol UK (SPX) Jul 19, 2016 There has been a long debate about why dinosaurs were so successful. Say dinosaur, and most people think of the great flesh-eaters such as Tyrannosaurus rex, but the most successful dinosaurs were of course the plant-eaters. A new study from the University of Bristol, led by Masters of Palaeobiology student Eddy Strickson, has presented clear evidence about how plant-
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World’s greatest concentration of unique mammal species is on Philippine islandWashington DC (SPX) Jul 19, 2016 Where is the world’s greatest concentration of unique species of mammals? A team of American and Filipino authors have concluded that it is Luzon Island, in the Philippines. Their 15-year project, summarized in a paper published in the scientific journal Frontiers of Biogeography, has shown that out of 56 species of non-flying mammal species that are now known to l
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Massive sewage spill forces closure of Los Angeles beaches Los Angeles (AFP) July 20, 2016 Several beaches in the Los Angeles area were shut down on Tuesday after nearly 2.5 million gallons (9.5 million liters) of sewage spilled out from a ruptured line, officials said. The spill – described as one of the biggest in recent memory – began Monday afternoon, when the top of a sewer pipe collapsed, sending debris into the pipe and causing overflow. Repair cre
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Tokyo jolted by third quake in four days Tokyo (AFP) July 20, 2016 Tokyo was struck by a third earthquake in four days on Wednesday, but there were no reports of damage or casualties. The 5.0 magnitude jolt was felt in Tokyo and areas of eastern Japan at 7:25 am (2225 GMT Tuesday), the US Geological Survey said. It was the third quake to shake the capital’s high-rise buildings in recent days – following a 4.8 magnitude quake on Tuesday a
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Europe’s workhorse Sentinel ready for action Paris (ESA) Jul 19, 2016 Getting the bigger picture on the health of our planet drew another step closer as Europe’s Sentinel-3A satellite was handed over to Eumetsat for operations. Since it was launched in February, the satellite and its instruments have been meticulously fine-tuned to make sure that everything is fit and ready for the task in hand: to systematically map Earth’s surface for a my
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Uber will use high-res satellite imagery to improve pickups Uber will soon use high-resolution satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe to help drivers find passengers. According to a press release from DigitalGlobe, the ridesharing company will use its satellites “to help identify and improve pickup and drop-off locations.” Uber recently bought mapping company deCarta and is using Microsoft’s Bing vehicle imagery tech, so the DigitalGlobe deal will
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These ultra-tough socks almost stopped me wearing shoes “You will look weird wearing them, but who cares?” read the email. “You’ll be wearing the footwear of the future. Shoes are for Luddites anyways.” This was a pitch for a product called Skinners that initially grabbed my attention with the subject line “These modern socks replace shoes entirely. No more shoes.” I get a ton of product pitches every day that I usually h
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U.S. Army orders CyPhy Works tethered drone Danvers MA (SPX) Jul 18, 2016 The U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force has ordered CyPhy Works’ Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications, or PARC, drone system, the company announced Monday. PARC is a tethered drone that provides a continuous eye-in-the-sky capability by flying for days at a time, CyPhy said in a statement. While the Army is no stranger to drones, much of the current fle
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Novel mirror for tiny CubeSat telescope soon Washington DC (IANS) Jul 19, 2016 A lightweight telescope that NASA scientists are developing specifically for tiny CubeSat scientific investigations can become the first to carry a mirror made of carbon nanotubes embedded in an epoxy resin. . Led by Theodor Kostiuk, scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the effort is aimed at giving the scientific community a com
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Fallout Fungi From Chernobyl Flee Earth on ISS Radiation Study Mission Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 19, 2016 Fungi found growing in the fallout from the world’s worst nuclear disaster are to be sent into space. Samples from eight different types of fungi taken from the Chernobyl exclusion zone are ready for take-off to the International Space Station (ISS). Now these fungi are pretty special; after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on April 26, 1986, when the reactor was struck
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Gravitational vortex provides new way to study matter close to a black hole Paris (ESA) Jul 19, 2016 ESA’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 NuSTAR mission, solves a mystery that has eluded astronomers for more than 30 years and will allow them to map the behaviour of matter very close to black holes. It could also open the door to future investigations of Albert
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Russia Tests Parts of 6th Generation, Railgun Equipped Near Space Warplane Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 19, 2016 Russia’s largest radio electronics manufacturer gave a glimpse into the future of Russian air superiority confirming on Monday that components for a sixth 6th generation fighter jet are being tested on the 5th generation PAK FA T-50 prototype. Russia has begun testing hardware elements designed for a future 6th generation fighter jet, heralded as the first combat airc
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NASA, USAID Open Environmental Monitoring Hub in West Africa Niamey, Niger (SPX) Jul 19, 2016 NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have opened a new environmental monitoring program in West Africa that will enhance the role of space-based observations in the management of climate-sensitive issues facing the world today. SERVIR-West Africa, based in Niamey, Niger, is one of four NASA-USAID sponsored centers operating in developing r
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First Light Image from the MeerKAT Radio Telescope Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Jul 19, 2016 The MeerKAT first light image of the sky, released by the South African Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, shows unambiguously that MeerKAT is already the best radio telescope of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Array Release 1 (AR1) being celebrated today provides 16 of an eventual 64 dishes integrated into a working telescope arra
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Scientists move 1 step closer to creating an invisibility cloak London UK (SPX) Jul 19, 2016 Scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have made an object disappear by using a composite material with nano-size particles that can enhance specific properties on the object’s surface. Researchers from QMUL’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, worked with UK industry to demonstrate for the first time a practical cloaking device that a
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How to Format an External or USB Drive on Mac OS X With Ease There are many reasons why an external drive or USB drive would need to be formatted. Maybe you want to change to a different file system. Or maybe you need to fix a corrupted or unreadable drive. Or, as in my case, you just want a one-click method for clearing the contents and turning the drive into a clean slate for use again. Whatever the reason, OS X makes it super easy to format any external
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Syria conflict: Boy beheaded by rebels ‘was not fighter’ A Palestinian boy who was filmed being beheaded by Syrian rebels on Tuesday was not a fighter, a pro-government Palestinian militia says.
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Record number of EU terror attacks recorded in 2015 A record number of terrorist attacks were planned, foiled or carried out in European Union countries last year, with the UK reporting the highest number of attacks.
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Darth Vader USB Charger Darth Vader USB Car Charger – Don’t underestimate the power of the Dark Side!
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Mario Bros Heat Changing Mug Mario Bros Heat Changing Mug! – You saved the Princess now time for a cup of coffee.
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motoped’s ‘survival’ super-hauler travels over 400 km on a single tank this level of efficiency can only be good when you’ve been traveling for some time and the final destination remains out of sight, despite the map telling otherwise. The post motoped’s ‘survival’ super-hauler travels over 400 km on a single tank appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
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PM May relinquishes Britain’s 6-month EU presidency ahead of Merkel meeting Britain will give up its scheduled six-month European Council presidency following last month’s referendum vote for Brexit, Downing Street has said. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Brexit throws ‘spanner in the works’ of global economy – IMF The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut its global growth outlook for the next two years due to the uncertainty caused by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Take pictures by blinking with Blincam on your glasses – CNET A team in Japan has developed sensors that allow the camera to differentiate between usual blinking and a purposeful wink.
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Access to Wikileaks blocked in Turkey as it releases emails Access to the Wikileaks website in Turkey has been blocked after the group announced, following a failed coup by Turkish military units, that it would release a trove of documents on the country’s power structure.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s S Pen might have a water-friendly feature We’ve heard from a few sources that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be water-resistant – and given that the Samsung Galaxy S7 is, that’s easy to believe – but it’s now been claimed that you’ll even be able to use the S Pen underwater. That claim comes from the owner of a Vietnamese tech blog and electronics store – and he also shared what appears to be an official shot of the phone and stylus on F
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Updated: Mac help and support Mac help and support: Getting started Macs are fantastic devices that can help us in our day-to-day lives, but things can go wrong, which is why we’ve put together this Mac help and support guide, which will help you fix your Mac problems. In this Mac help and support guide we show you the basics of using a Mac, from setting up a new Mac or MacBook, to personalising it and a whole lot more. We al
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Crashing Into the Sun Is Way Harder Than You Think Turns out, all those movies about spaceships going just a liiiiittle bit off course and crashing into the sun were filthy, filthy lies. The good people over at Minute Physics explain why most of us couldn’t crash into the sun if we tried. Read more…
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Review: 4 mini-PCs give you full power in a very small package There is a new generation of mini-PCs out there — small, inconspicuous but powerful. They offer a number of advantages for businesses over laptops or more traditional desktop systems. First, they can be placed where most traditional desktops and laptops won’t fit, and can be set up in creative ways, such as in a drawer, on the underside of a desk or on the back of a display. As a result, they ar
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NYC Wi-Fi project set to move forward as city beats payphone lawsuit A U.S. district court judge last week effectively ended a payphone company’s lawsuit against the City of New York, opening the door for an ambitious public Wi-Fi hotspot program to proceed. The payphone company, Telebeam, had sued the city in 2014, arguing that the city shouldn’t have been allowed to force Telebeam to cede up 1,300 public payphone sites when it awarded the contract to rival CityB
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6 ways to take charge of the stock Android keyboard Sure, you’ve got plenty of choices when it comes to picking a new keyboard for your Android phone, but you shouldn’t overlook the growing list of customization options available on the “stock” Android keyboard. Not only can you change the color of the keypad, you can also create your own background using an image from your camera roll. You can even toggle key borders on and off, raise or lower th
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Excavated tombs of Peru’s Moche priestesses provide archaeologists with troves of artifacts, data When archaeologists unearthed a large chamber tomb in San José de Moro, a ceremonial center of pre-Columbian Moche civilization on the northern coast of Peru, they found the remains of a woman who had been laid to rest with lavish offerings, befitting a priestess or a queen or both.
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Autonomous grilling robot prepares sausages at a party The BratWurst Bot was taking care of the guests by grilling sausages at the 53rd Stallwächter-Party of the Baden-Württemberg State Representation in Berlin. The autonomous service robot was continuously grilling German bratwursts on a regular gas grill all by itself.
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BepiColombo mission to Mercury on track for April 2018 launch Humanity’s next visitor to the solar system’s innermost planet remains on track for April 2018, according to the project’s scientist. The BepiColombo mission, being developed jointly by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is currently ahead of final acceptance tests that will prepare it for shipment to the launch site.
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Chemical synthesis of a powerful, high-energy compound Trinitrotoluene or TNT has been considered as the standard measure for explosives for 100 years, although new high-energy-density materials or HEDMs outperform this substance in terms of explosion power, safety, but also environmental compatibility. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, Russian scientists present the synthesis of a highly interesting HEDM, which exhibits excellent energetic properties
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Parrots know shapes When he looks at a Kanizsa triangle, the famous optical illusion made up of three Pac-Man figures facing each other, Griffin doesn’t just see three figures converging on each other. He sees a triangle.
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Rapid, low-temperature process adds weeks to milk’s shelf life A rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria present, extending by several weeks the shelf life of one of the most common refrigerator staples in the world, according to a Purdue University study.
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China’s media criticises anti-US protests at KFC outlets as jingoistic Chinese state media criticises anti-US protests outside KFC outlets as jingoistic, saying they “do a disservice to the nation”.
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Germany Just Got a Bit Bigger While nobody was paying attention, Germany took over a bit of Czech territory Read More
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OPINION: Blockchain really only does one thing well No new technology since the dawn of the internet has captured the imagination like blockchain.
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Car sharing increases mobility, decreases greenhouse gas emissions Drive, ride or share? It’s a question more people are asking themselves as transportation options are rapidly evolving. But what does it mean for road congestion and the environment?
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Shed skins of bed bugs emit pheromones that could help combat infestations of the insectResearchers at the University of California, Riverside have discovered the shed skins of bed bugs retain the “obnoxious sweetness” smell often associated with the pests, a finding that could potentially be used to combat infestations of the insects.
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Professor digitizing every fish species in the world Nearly 25,000 species of fish live on our planet, and a University of Washington professor wants to scan and digitize them all.
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Rise of the Ag-Bots Will Not Sow Seeds of Unemployment As farm robots take on backbreaking or dangerous work, more humans will have to boss them around — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Drone racing tips to get every beginner in gear Our new vlog series, How to Race Drones, features Mashable Creative Producer Sam Sheffer diving into the growing world of drone racing as he prepares to compete in the Liberty Cup drone race on July 30. In the first episode, two drone experts teach Sheffer what it takes to move from a beginner to an advanced drone extraordinaire. From building a drone to flying one, Sheffer learns it all. Read mo
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Prepare Yourself For The iPhone 7 With These $24 Bluetooth Headphones! We’re with Apple. You see, the truth of the matter is that Bluetooth headphones are the future of listening to music. Sure, you may object because they … Read More
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Space Exploration Day: Next Destination Mars? The Apollo 11 Lunar Mission proved to be a catalyst for advancements of modern medicinal science, and technology.
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Starting up from NetBoot and NetRestore images In our last episode we created two images: A NetBoot image to start an entire operating system over a network and a NetRestore image to restore a block-for-block image of an existing Mac. You should also have added these two images to your server’s NetBootSP0 folder. To verify that these files are here, from the Finder on your server: Click the Go menu. Click Go to Folder. Confirm that the two Ne
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Toxic waters and climate change—how are they linked? It is imperative that society learn more about how climate change contributes to episodic and very severe water quality impairments, such as the harmful algal bloom that caused Florida to declare a state of emergency earlier this month, says Carnegie’s Anna Michalak in a commentary published by Nature.
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Active tracking of astronaut rad-exposures targeted Radiation is an invisible hazard of spaceflight, but a new monitoring system for ESA astronauts gives a realtime snapshot of their exposure. The results will guide researchers preparing for deep-space missions to come.
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Pentagon contractor for Iraq police training accused of ripping off US govt for years A lawsuit filed against security giant DynCorp in a Washington DC federal court alleges that the company deliberately overcharged the US government and inflated costs while providing training for Iraqi police between 2004 and 2008. Read Full Article at RT.com
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First superatom molecules pave way for new breed of electronics Sets of superatoms have been linked up to make molecules for the first time – these could be the building blocks for new kinds of magnetic or conductive materials
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Pluto stamp earns world record for traveling 3 billion miles “Pluto: Not Yet Explored” is the envy of all stampkind. It has officially earned a Guinness World Record for the farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp after journeying for 3.26 billion miles aboard the New Horizons. NASA stuck it aboard the probe when it took off in 2006 but has since issued new ones celebrating the spacecraft’s successful exploration of the dwarf planet. The &q
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What You Should Know If You Want to Work Remotely and Travel the World If you’re lucky enough to work from anywhere, you can take advantage of your freedom and work while you travel. Our own Stephanie Lee just spent the last nine months as one of these “digital nomads,” with just a couple of suitcases and her laptop. Here are some practical things to consider if you want to be one, too. Why You Would Want to Do This “Digital nomad” has kind of become an obnoxious bu
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New micro-library’s facade is clad with 2,000 recycled ice cream containers Built over an existing neighborhood site for gatherings, this new small-scale building will host a number of functions, including that of a small community library.
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Ten must-know tips for mastering Android TV Flatten out the learning curve to Google’s television platform by learning all the essential tips and tricks.
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Birds on top of the world, with nowhere to go Climate change could make much of the Arctic unsuitable for millions of migratory birds that travel north to breed each year, according to a new international study published today in Global Change Biology.
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Mixing topology and spin In the pursuit of material platforms for the next generation of electronics, scientists are studying new compounds such as topological insulators (TIs), which support protected electron states on the surfaces of crystals that silicon-based technologies cannot. Dramatic new physical phenomena are being realized by combining this field of TIs with the subfield of spin-based electronics known as spin
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8-year-old’s fossil discovery reveals how turtles got their shells If you ask most people to guess why turtles first developed shells, you’ll usually get one answer: the hard shells protect them from predators. If you’ve always believed this, you’re in good company. This is exactly the theory scientists have been working with for decades. However, a new study has found that everything we thought we knew about the evolution of the turtle is probably wrong — and
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Poll says only 9% of U.S. iPhone owners planning to upgrade to iPhone 7 An online poll of U.S. iPhone owners found that only 9.3% were planning to upgrade to the iPhone 7 due to the expected design being so similar to the iPhone 6/6s. That contrasts with 25.2% who would upgrade for a brand new design. At this point, it’s unclear whether Apple is simply holding back significant design changes for a special 10th anniversary iPhone, or is – as a Nikkei report suggested
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Inside K2, NASA’s Mission that Just Discovered More than 100 New Exoplanets Kepler’s K2 mission confirms 104 new exoplanets. The post Inside K2, NASA’s Mission that Just Discovered More than 100 New Exoplanets appeared first on WIRED .
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How Oakley’s Olympic Shades Could Help Athletes See Gold This Summer Oakley says its new shades can help Olympic athletes pick out specific details and enhance depth perception. The post How Oakley’s Olympic Shades Could Help Athletes See Gold This Summer appeared first on WIRED .
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This Lab Releases Two Million Mosquitoes a Week for Science Kevin Frayer’s images take viewers inside a lab in Guangzhou, China where scientists are infecting mosquitoes with Wolbachia, a bacterium that prevents their eggs from hatching. The post This Lab Releases Two Million Mosquitoes a Week for Science appeared first on WIRED .
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Self-proclaimed Google tester says Allo and Duo will be default Android Nougat apps Google has two apps on the way that have been highly anticipated since the search giant announced them at its developer conference in May: Allo and Duo. Both apps should debut sometime this summer, and seeing as summer is now in full swing, rumors have begun to spread about some additional features and Google’s messaging strategy. A Reddit user on the Android subreddit claiming to be an “experien
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Self-learning computer software can detect and diagnose errors in pronunciation An inexpensive, versatile and personalized system for recognizing and correcting mispronounced words could improve language learning. The A*STAR-devised system gradually picks up the most common speech mistakes made by an individual, and potentially could be applied to any language.
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Proteins that move DNA around in a bacterium are surprisingly similar to those in our own cells In both higher organisms and bacteria, DNA must be segregated when cells divide, ensuring that the requisite share of duplicated DNA goes into each new cell. While previous studies indicated that bacteria and higher organisms use quite different systems to perform this task, A*STAR researchers have now found a bacterium that uses filaments with key similarities to those in multicellular organisms,
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The unsung heroes of CRISPR The soaring popularity of gene editing has made celebrities of the principal investigators who pioneered the field — but their graduate students and postdocs are often overlooked. Nature 535 342 doi: 10.1038/535342a
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barber osgerby presents wind-powered forecast installation at inaugural london design biennale the installation calls to mind a romantic image of britain’s great maritime history, while simultaneously evoking wind turbines and weather stations. The post barber osgerby presents wind-powered forecast installation at inaugural london design biennale appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
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google’s ‘arts & culture’ app brings textures and history to the fingertips with a virtual reality viewer people can use the app to take a virtual tour of the street art scene in rome, or even travel 2,500 years back in time and look around the ancient greek temple of zeus. The post google’s ‘arts & culture’ app brings textures and history to the fingertips appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
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AAVP architecture rests 69 housing units atop a gymnasium in paris the residential scheme features a series of timber porticoes that extend more than 20 meters in length, with each load-bearing wall forming the first level of each apartment. The post AAVP architecture rests 69 housing units atop a gymnasium in paris appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
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Reddit and weep: Imgur makes it easier to upload images in just 2 steps Image-hosting platform Imgur is making it easier for users to share photos by reducing the number of steps it takes to choose a photo and upload it to the wider community. Now all that users have to do is drag or browse for the photo they wish to upload, then click “Share to Community,” once they’ve added in relevant titles and topics. This replaces a more convoluted setup that required users to
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Shadows in Motion: Participate in a Visual Experiment A simple animation reveals how the brain perceives shading to create a three-dimensional world — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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CD Projekt proves that games DRM is a complete waste of time Digital rights management and disc protection has been used by video games publishers for decades. At best, you don’t know it’s there, but at worst you can’t play a game without being connected […]
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Early mandatory schooling laws didn’t influence intergenerational mobility Expansion of mandatory schooling laws by U.S. states in the late 1800s and early 1900s did not increase levels of intergenerational mobility, according to a new study by a University of Kansas researcher.
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First Click: The real world is fast becoming a digital colony One of the defining trends of tech in recent years has been the colonization of the real by the digital. By that, I mean the tendency for technology to overlay our experience of people, places, and things, with networks that exist primarily online. The classic example of this is the digital map. Maps have always existed separate to the physical space they represent, of course, but the ease of use
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Sunshine, the Gorgeous iOS Weather App, Is Now Out on Android Android/iOS: It’s hard to stand out as a weather app, but darn it if Sunshine doesn’t pull it off. This app, formerly an iOS exclusive, has a beautiful view of your city with weather effects rivaling your local TV station. Now it’s out on Android. The app uses a simplistic interface to show, rather than tell you what the weather will be like. You can scroll through the time of day to get an idea
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Can we trust peer review? New study highlights some problems What peer review shouldn’t look like (perhaps minus the cheering fan). (credit: flickr user: Chris Lott ) Peer review is intended to act as a gatekeeper in science. If working researchers deem a paper fit to be published, it should mean that the research is sound, rigorous, and accurate. But an experimental analysis of peer review suggests that peer review might also end up rejecting high-quality
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Israeli parliament passes impeachment law despite criticism it targets Arab MPs Israel’s parliament has passed legislation allowing for the suspension of members accused of incitement to violence, racism, or support for armed struggle against the state. Critics say the law is mostly aimed at Arab legislators. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Farage shows up at US Republican National Convention, denies Trump invited him Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has denied being invited by Donald Trump to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, after a surprise visit to the RNC as an “observer.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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#TurkeyPurge: Post-coup crackdown The Turkish government is continuing its crackdown following last week’s coup attempt. Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants, and teachers have been suspended or detained, and 99 military generals have been charged. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Dakine Party Bucket Be the next party starter with the Dakine Party Bucket , capable of keeping your drinks cold for quite some time, you just need to get a regular bucket, some ice and the drinks of your choice, get them inside to get them cold and you may even keep some extra “ammo? in the 8 koozies outside. This will let you get a party started and supplied just about everywhere and for quite some time too,
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Mobot Bottle Mobot Bottle combines two important features for the workout fans: a foam roller and a water bottle. The foam covers the super strong stainless steel water bottle while giving you the opportunity to jam out some more creative exercises using it. Mobot is especially effective after the workout itself as it loosens your strained muscles and helps them to relax, it also provides some extra insulatio
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Basecamp Tiny Home The Basecamp Tiny Home is a small house on wheels that?s jam-packed with storage space, pet-friendly features, and sustainable technology to allow it to operate off-grid. The little retreat has all of the comforts of living in a larger space condensed into a small two story 204 square foot house. It features a living room with a couch that can also serves as a guest bed, a wall-mounted TV, a stor
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Blu Studio Touch smartphone lands at Amazon Anyone in the market for an attractive and reasonably priced smartphone that they can purchase outright with no contract at a modest price might want to give the Blu Studio Touch a look. The smartphone supports 4G LTE networks and is an unlocked GSM device supporting 4G LTE, (2/4/7/12/17), 4G HSPA+ (850/1700/1900/2100)GSM Quad band. That means that the smartphone will … Continue reading
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In depth: Entering the Metaverse: My incredible experience making friends in a VR worldMetaWorld I’ve got a confession. Last week I saw the most incredible thing I’ve ever encountered in virtual reality, and it didn’t have me strapped into the cockpit of a spaceship, painting a 3D masterpiece or defusing a bomb. As a virtual reality convert I was already expecting these things to be awesome, and when they delivered on that feeling, it was expected. No, what blew my mind was a meeti
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Asymmetrical magnetic microbeads turned into micro-robots Janus was a Roman god with two distinct faces. Thousands of years later, he inspired material scientists working on asymmetrical microscopic spheres—with both a magnetic and a non-magnetic half—called Janus particles. Instead of behaving like normal magnetic beads, with opposite poles attracting, Janus particle assemblies look as if poles of the same type attract each other.
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A population study of whale sharks in the Red Sea reveals unique group dynamics Despite being the largest known fish in the sea, little is known about the world’s population of whale sharks. Scientists at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, are conducting ongoing research into the Red Sea’s population to determine more about these elusive creatures and inform future conservation efforts.
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Spotify could be planning its IPO for 2017 Evidence that Spotify is gunning for an IPO is growing, with a new report pegging the second half of 2017 as the target date. A story from Bloomberg today cites “five people familiar with the plan” who confirmed the timetable for the 10-year-old company to make its public debut. That’s not entirely surprising. As we, and others, noted earlier , when Spotify raised its last round of debt, the term
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How science can help us make AI less creepy and more trustworthy Stories about racist Twitter accounts and crashing self-driving cars can make us think that artificial intelligence (AI) is a work in progress. But while these headline-grabbing mistakes reveal the frontiers of AI, versions of this technology are already invisibly embedded in many systems that we use everyday.
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Significant Digits For Wednesday, July 20, 2016 You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. Are you at the Republican National Convention and want to chat? Email me ! 1 in 1 trillion Approximate probability that a 16-word phrase in one speech would coincidentally match a phrase of the same length in another speech, according to the company that makes Turnitin, a plagiarism-detection program.
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European Commission OK’s Airbus Safran Launchers takeover of Arianespace PARIS – The European Commission on July 20 approved the Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) takeover of launch-services provider Arianespace, saying the companies had accepted conditions the commission imposed to minimize the chance of anti-competitive behavior. The decision, which was expected, is likely to result in ASL’s payment of about 150 million euros ($166 million) to the French space agency, C
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Ai Weiwei creates lotus-like installation from refugee life jackets Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has arranged 1,005 life jackets from refugees into the shape of lotus flowers for a floating installation in Vienna (+ slideshow). (more…)
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Macy’s tests artificial intelligence tool to improve service Macy’s is testing a mobile tool using artificial intelligence that lets shoppers get answers customized to the store they’re in—like where a particular brand is located or what’s in stock—that they would normally ask a sales associate face-to-face.
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Can this copper comforter really keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter? The Goldilocks of comforters purports to have arrived, and its secret? Copper. For all those times that you’ve lamented your inability to achieve homeostasis under a blanket in bed (seriously, it’s hard to be not too hot and not too cold), there’s now a potential solution. Meet the Chill , a comforter that promises to be “both comforting and cool.” While we currently only have the Chill team’s wo
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How ‘Black Boxes’ In Autonomous Cars Will Be Used to Blame Humans In the wake of a Tesla car’s fatal crash while on autopilot, German lawmakers are proposing mandatory “black boxes” for self-driving cars, similar to the devices in airplanes that record the moments before a fatal accident. The idea is that this type of recorder would help authorities piece together what happened in the moments before a collision, and determine whether a human or a machine was to
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Graphite’s Awesome Properties Like water, graphite is a plentiful and incredibly useful material. It’s a form of carbon like diamond or coal, but it’s a great conductor of heat and electricity. So yes, ElectroBOOM both zaps and singes himself in this video. Learn more on his website . Link More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: The Universe in 4 Minutes Could You Outrun a Fart? Absolute Hot Quantum Computers Explained Humans
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Undermount Basins The only collection of solid surface undermount basins that is all-inclusive, these basins from Bradley Corporation feature a clean, flat bottom design for general hand-washing or multipurpose and also meets ADA guidelines.
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7 Chrome for Android Settings to Improve Your Browser Most Android devices come preloaded with Google Chrome. It’s a good thing too, since Chrome is the fastest Android browser and Custom Tabs make it a lightweight browser for opening links from third-party apps. Unlike its desktop counterpart, mobile Chrome doesn’t have extensions to make it better than what it is. But you’d be surprised to find that there are plenty of built-in features that can a
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Desperate man offers to read books in exchange for cash Only a completely desperate scammer would be willing to offer book reviews for a cash transfer. In episode five of Scamalot , comedian James Veitch receives an email from his friend Robert, who claims he is stuck on vacation and needs money to get home ASAP. Before he sends the cash, though, Veitch requests some feedback on his latest novel featuring robots and milkmaids. For more episodes: http:
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Ignoring Politicians: New at Reason Looking at politicians like Anthony Weiner or Bill de Blasio can lead you to a conclusion about the health of politicians. John Stossel writes: Maybe one needs to be sick to run for office… Sen. Chuck Schumer famously said, “I was born to legislate.” This goes to the heart of the political sickness—the need to tell others how to live. As economist Walter Williams puts it, “I resp
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Forget Shoes, Take Skinners Out For A Run Are shoes passé ? They very well might be if Skinners Athletic Socks become more mainstream. The socks seem to be aimed at folks who are serious … Read More
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Balmuda Proves That A Toaster Can Be Worth $230 Can a toaster be worth $230? The folks behind the Balmuda Toaster certainly think so. Designed and made in Japan, the gadget might be worth five times … Read More
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This genius “Pokédrone” will help you catch more Pokémon Pokémon Go fever has gripped not only the nation, but the entire world. While we’ve been able to catch ‘em all for the better part of a … Read More
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EU puts burden on rich north in new greenhouse gas targets The European Union on Wednesday unveiled national targets for cutting greenhouse gases by 2030, placing the burden on richer northern countries to help meet the bloc’s UN goal.
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2016 Fuller Challenge Semifinalists Announced Cooperación Comunitaria. Image Courtesy of The Buckminster Fuller Institute The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) has announced 19 semifinalists for the 2016 Fuller Challenge . Now in its ninth annual cycle, The Fuller Challenge seeks proposals to address challenges using holistic approaches and problem solving. Teams of individuals and groups were judged by the Challenge Review Committee, which
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Putin wants balance between stronger ruble and Russian budget Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the government to assess the strengthening trend of the ruble and the ways to balance the country’s budget. Read Full Article at RT.com
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UK’s post-Brexit future with America in old colonial stomping ground Asia, says academicBritain must tie its fate more closely than ever to the US in the wake of the EU referendum – meaning the Far East will become key, an academic has claimed. Read Full Article at RT.com
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IEDM Explores Silicon Horizon The annual International Electron Devices Meeting released a preliminary program covering topics from quantum and neuromorphic computing to the 5nm node and the IoT.
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When can a child stay home alone? The answer: “Most likely when you think they’re ready” — but here are a few things to consider anyways.
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Handcrafted wood & resin rings hide magical miniature landscapes in them Each one of these rings are unique, using materials like flowers, gold flakes and ink coloring encased in resin to create a mysterious little diorama on your finger.
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How to decide when self-service bots should call human assistants for help GUEST: In the enterprise support field, there’s a trend to have self-service bots replace human assistants. In fact, by 2020, Gartner estimates that customers will manage 85 percent of their brand relationships without talking to a human , and brands are answering this call for more self-service. However, there will occasionally be a point at which self-service tools alone will not satisfy. Somet
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DARPA’s AI-powered radio challenge is officially on DARPA’s done ironing out the details for its next Grand Challenge, which revolves around the development of AI-powered radios that work with each other to avoid wireless congestion. The contest will apparently be divided into three year-long phases, starting in 2017. Teams that make it through the preliminary phase will advance to the next stages, ending with a championship event in 2019. The tea
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Personalized Movable Feast Cooler Cart gives you an ice cold one anytime, anywhere During the sweltering summer, it goes without saying that keeping cool should be top of the list for many of us. Not only that, there are many different ways in which we will be able to ensure that we can remain nice and cool, ranging from turning on the air conditioner at full blast, to sucking on popsicles and feasting on ice cream. Well, if you are the outdoor kind of person and would like to
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Slack invests in ecosystem of bot companies Slack has announced $2 million in funding for bot startups in its Slack Fund, that has been passed out to 11 new companies and 3 existing investments. The list, as reported by Techcrunch: Abacus is intelligent expense reporting software that brings report creation and approvals right into Slack. Automat is making it easier for anyone to build a bot that passes the Turing Test. Automat is in priva
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Myth-busting research into a new alternative solar cell material could lead to cheaper solar cells Solar cells that are cheaper and easier to manufacture could challenge the dominance of silicon, with new research showing an alternative material called perovskite is more efficient and adaptable than previously thought.
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What Ails the Human Race? A global effort to develop the most comprehensive picture of the world’s health started with the curiosity of a young boy in Niger — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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LG 34UM88 UltraWide Monitor Review LG 34UM88 UltraWide Monitor Review Gadget Review – Your lifestyle gadget site As the ultrawide revolution in monitors continues to gain steam, displays like the LG 34UM88 are taking over the multi-monitor setups of yesterday and showing users a whole new way to interact with their digital world. Whether you’re a creative professional, a hardcore gamer, or just a dedicated film buff the number of
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This Bookmark Will Also Double Up As A Nightlight If you plan to do some reading at night, ideally you’d want to ensure that you have sufficient lighting, but maybe you want to save some energy, or maybe you’re in the room with someone else …
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Get lost in 10,000 square miles of multiplayer VR with MetaWorld later this year Virtual reality as it exists currently is generally an isolating experience. Plenty of VR worlds are sparsely populated, inhabited by robots, or empty. There are social platforms for VR already, but MetaWorld, an upcoming collaboration between UK-based Improbable and Berkeley-based HelloVR, will expand the horizons of social VR – expand them nearly 10,000 square miles, to be exact.… Read More
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Moving diagnostics out of the microwell On many TV shows that depict chemistry in action, scientists are shown using bulky flasks and metal vats to perform reactions. In real labs, countless chemical reactions occur in microwells on small plastic plates. Scientists have relied on them for years in diagnostics and other applications, but that could change with a new approach that uses tiny, evaporating droplets suspended on “pillars
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FaceBook Labs Have Made Progress in Light-Based Wireless Internet The technology will use laser light to carry information across the atmosphere, and can offer very high bandwidth.
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Earthships heading to Canada will provide First Nation communities with low-income housing Earthships are a unique kind of low-cost homes that are built primarily with recycled materials and produce and provide as much as possible on site. Created and marketed by New Mexico-based Earthship Biotechture, the earthship alleviates the problems of housing insecurity and environmental waste in one elegant solution. These sustainable housing units have been installed in India, Haiti, Sierra Le
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Goldman Sachs leads $10M investment in Brazilian trucking startup CargoX CargoX, a Brazilian startup that has been described as “Uber for trucks,” is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding. The analogy is kind of irresistible, since Uber co-founder Oscar Salazary is one of CargoX’s investors — he’s certainly seen his share of “Uber for X” pitches, but he told me he sees a big opportunity here due to… Read More
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The Favela Chair influenced a generation of designers, says Humberto Campana Most Loved: Brazilian designer Humberto Campana explains why the Favela Chair is one the designs he is most proud of in the next movie from our exclusive video series. (more…)
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Tactical Baby Gear MOLLE Backpack Be prepared for anything while you’re on daddy duty by using this tactical baby gear MOLLE backpack. Apart from ample storage, it comes lined with tough MOLLE straps, a padded backside for added comfort, and a 2.5 liter hydration bladder. Check it out $115.00
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Unfolding Book Lamp This unfolding book lamp is the ideal way to give your reading nook a touch of warm ambient lighting. The book opens up to reveal an accordion-like stream of glowing pages that you can rest on a desk or hang up on the wall. Check it out $260.00
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Darth Vader Helmet Fire Pit Experience the blazing fury of the Dark Side using this Darth Vader helmet fire pit. Upon being lit, the Dark Lord once again comes to life as bright flames consume the whole of the interior and create a ominously splendid sight. Check it out $3,000.00
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Inevitably, people are comparing Theresa May to Margaret Thatcher Theresa May made a strong impression during her first PMQs as prime minister and, as was bound to happen, people started comparing her to Britain’s only other woman prime minister: Margaret Thatcher. In responding to embattled Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is entangled in an internal struggle to hold onto his leadership of the Labour party, she said: May’s tone, posture and inflection led
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The One Psychological Principle You Need To Understand Politics In 2016 The same force behind Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Brexit should make the Clinton camp think twice about painting Trump as risky. It’s been a strange year in politics—have you noticed? Republican voters turned up their noses at what might have been the most diverse group of presidential hopefuls the Party has put on offer, settling on (way) outsider Donald Trump, who’s headlining a riotous c
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Fungus a possible precursor of severe respiratory diseases in pigs Respiratory diseases in pigs typically involve multiple infections from different pathogens. Some pathogens play a greater role than others in the progression of the disease. The fungus Pneumocystis carinii is a relatively common cause of pneumonia in Austrian pigs, but its role has so far remained largely unexplored. Pneumocystis is considered to be less dangerous than other pathogens, as it prob
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Turkey Purges Universities after Failed Coup Political turmoil spreads to the education sector — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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France confirms troop presence in Libya after 3 soldiers killed on intel mission Authorities have confirmed that French troops are fighting Islamist militia alongside government forces in Libya. The announcement comes after three French soldiers were killed during an intelligence-gathering mission in the North African country. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Bloody massacres’: Syria appeals to UN after French & US airstrikes ‘kill over 140 civilians’Syria is demanding the UN take action after it says French war planes killed more than 120 civilians during airstrikes on Tuesday near the Turkish-Syrian border. The deaths came just a day after US air assaults killed a further 20 people in Manbij. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Tories may go back on promise to cut net migration to UK after all Newly appointed Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have signaled the government may scrap David Cameron’s pledge to reduce migration to “tens of thousands” by 2020. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Polls suggest challenger Smith has little chance of removing Labour leader Corbyn Hours before the deadline to register to vote in Labour’s leadership election, Jeremy Corbyn challenger Owen Smith insists he’s a better electoral bet for the party, but polls put the Welsh MP far behind the current leader. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Police attempt to ban far-right Britain First from all mosques … and Luton Police are seeking to have the leaders of anti-Islam political party Britain First banned from visiting any mosque in England or Wales or even entering parts of the town of Luton for the next three years. Read Full Article at RT.com
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This Is What Your Future Virtual-Reality Office Will Be Like Say goodbye to Skype calls. Here are four ways VR technology is already shaping up to change the future of work. The scene: An empty conference room, five years from now. You sit down at the table with your tablet and put on a pair of lightweight glasses. Suddenly the room comes to life. To your left, you see your colleague Jessica, who’s joining from New York. To the right, the company CEO, Beth
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Designers: Stop Giving Away Your Work For Free Pitching free ideas may seem like the cost of doing business nowadays, but there are better ways to land coveted projects. Unpaid pitching: a controversial topic in the creative industry. For some, unpaid pitching is simply part of the business — a necessary evil to win new clients and projects. For others, it’s seen as an exploitative practice, and the movement against it has gained significant
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Dungeons, Dragons, and Dan Harmon: How Spencer Crittenden Ended Up On A “HarmonQuest” Dormant dungeon master skills and a live podcast taping turned out to be the path from Apple Store employee to TV. One day, late in the summer of 2012, Spencer Crittenden drove to Meltdown Comics in L.A. to watch a taping of a podcast. Out of something between intuition and clairvoyance, he’d boned up on his lapsed hobby, Dungeons & Dragons , just in case it came up at the show. This tiny dec
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Don’t Panic, But Our Technology Now Defies Human Understanding Even the scientists who make our most complicated software are sometimes baffled by how it works—and, more frighteningly, by how it breaks. Remember a few months ago when Microsoft produced a friendly AI chatbot named Tay , designed to interact like a 19-year-old? It was a social and marketing experiment that quickly morphed into a social nightmare. Within a day, bombarded by hateful Twitter trol
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How To Accomplish The Impossible Task Of Cutting Costs And Maintaining Morale Is it actually possible to keep spirits high while slashing a budget? What leaders can learn from The Washington Post . It’s tough to be a business on a budget—even tougher when cuts have to come. Read Full Story
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How To Use Instagram To Advance Your Career Two Instagram influencers explain how even finance professionals can network on the platform. In some industries, employers aren’t just turning to LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to vet job candidates. They’re also checking out Instagram in order to try and understand potential hires beyond the scope of their resumes. And while Instagram may not be as universal a job tool as LinkedIn, it’s becomi
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The Quest To Identify Vietnam’s Unknown Soldiers Pushes The Limits of DNA TechnologyAdvanced sequencing technologies are the centerpiece of an ambitious project to identify 70,000 fallen soldiers by 2020. “In Vietnam, religious traditions hold that the ghosts of the dead cannot rest without a proper burial in a place appropriate to the family,” explains William Frasure, a professor of government at Connecticut College who has both lived and worked in the country. And y
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Round up: The best free presentation software 2016 The best free Microsoft PowerPoint alternatives Make attention-grabbing presentations There’s nothing as boring as a bad Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. Reams of dull slides projected in a darkened room is a pretty good recipe for a nap. But use it right, with engaging visuals which add to your narration rather than just replicating it, and PowerPoint can be a very effective way to get people’
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Device architecture that can tune a material’s magnetic properties could reduce the power consumption of memories The huge energy consumption of the world’s data centers creates an urgent need to develop electronic devices that can process information with reduced power requirements. A device that harnesses the ‘spin’ of electrons offers a route toward this. A*STAR researchers show how the performance of these so-called spintronic memories can be optimized by careful control of its structure.
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X-ray studies could help make LIGO gravitational wave detector 10 times more sensitiveScientists from Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are using powerful X-rays to study high-performance mirror coatings that could help make the LIGO gravitational wave observatory 10 times more sensitive to cosmic events that ripple space-time.
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First completely scalable quantum simulation of a molecule (Phys.org)—A team of researchers made up of representatives from Google, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, Tufts University, UC Santa Barbara, University College London and Harvard University reports that they have successfully created a scalable quantum simulation of a molecule for the first time ever. In a paper uploaded to the open access journal Physical Review X, the team describes the variati
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Can you hear me now? Mobile operators beef up networks for conventions – CNET Wireless carriers say they’ve got you covered with fast, reliable mobile service at this summer’s political conventions.
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Hydrogel scaffold helps repair injured spinal cord Spinal cord injuries can be devastating because the damaged nerves do not regenerate on their own, which often leads to permanent impairment. Scientists have been investigating methods to encourage regrowth, but so far there are no treatments that reliably restore nerve function. Now, a group reports in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering a strategy that regrows nerve cells and restores mot
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Stop Investing In Individual Stocks, Use ETFs or Mutual Funds Instead Investing your money to make it grow for the future is a good idea. Picking individual stocks to do it isn’t. If you’re still in the habit of investing in the future by stock picking, there’s a better way. As personal finance writer Bob Lotich of SeedTime explains, individual company’s stocks can go up and down with the wind. Even most professionals can’t predict them well enough to beat the mark
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Edna a commercial van outruns Ferrari, Tesla Watch this drag race between a Ferrari, a Tesla and a commercial van called Edna is very inspired, albeit slightly strange. Who wins? The post Edna a commercial van outruns Ferrari, Tesla appeared first on Popular Mechanics .
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How Lockheed Martin Plans To Set Up A Base Camp In Mars’ Orbit Space The journey to Mars, told in GIFs NASA has come under fire for not thoroughly plotting its roadmap to Mars. Lockheed Martin wants to help them fill in the details.
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Argos to stock network-hopping Anywhere SIM cards Anywhere SIM, a company that wants to solve poor signal problems in the UK, has snapped up its first retail partner. Argos will be selling its SIM cards both in store and online, giving the upstart some much-needed visibility on the high street. The SIMs are unique because they automatically monitor and switch between three different UK networks — O2, Vodafone and EE — depending on which one ha
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New single test to detect plant viruses A Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre team are rolling out a plant diagnostic toolkit that can accurately detect plant viruses and viroids in a single test.
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SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft Has Arrived at the ISS GIF made from footage from NASA SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station this morning, where it was neatly snagged by the station’s 57-foot robotic arm. Read more…
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Five Ways To Make Your Office Happier Employees who are thanked for a job well done are more engaged, plus expressing gratitude to others makes us happier. Most of us learned to say thank you at an early age. Our parents, caregivers, elementary school teachers, and other adults would often tack on a “what do you say?” after we received something. While the drills should make saying thanks an almost involuntary response in a
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Pokeball USB Charger Ensures You Can Catch Them All Without Your Phone Dying Pokémon Go’s dependency on mobile data and your GPS location will ravage your smartphone’s battery in no time. So if you don’t already carry a portable charger to keep you powered and playing, this hand-made Pokeball battery is a must-have addition to your Pokémon hunting kit. Created by Etsy-seller magicalsuperstore , the red and white Pokeball hides a decent 5,300 mAh battery inside, which shou
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Scientists are using cloud computing and AI to track these mysterious, beautiful whale sharks A unique project is using some very old, and very cutting edge, IT to track the biggest fish in the sea.
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A Macbook with LTE? Apple granted mini-hotspot and wireless laptop patents Apple has been granted two wireless-related patents aimed at improving its devices’ mobility.
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Google, Microsoft can’t be forced to censor “torrent” searches (credit: nrkbeta ) The high court of Paris has ruled that Google and Microsoft do not have to censor their search engines to remove all results involving the world “torrent” used in conjunction with the names of three French musicians. The French music producers’ association “Syndicat national de l’édition phonographique” (SNEP) had sought a court order to force the US compani
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Extra Planets – How visible would they be? At 30 AU (30 times the Earth-to-Sun distance, about 4.5 billion km) Neptune has a visible magnitude of +8. Astronomical Visual Magnitude is a strange scale – it goes up by 5 for every 100-fold *decrease* in observed brightness. Thus the brightest thing in our sky (the Sun, of course) has an apparent visual magnitude … Continue reading “Extra Planets – How visible would they be?”
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How to Set Up a Windows Virtual Machine in Linux Need to run Windows software in Linux? One of the typical answers is to install Windows in a virtual machine. If that sounds scary or overwhelming for you, don’t worry. Here’s a step-by-step guide to doing just that. To get started, you’ll need the following things: Virtual machine software (what is a virtual machine?) Official Windows ISO (bootable disc or USB) with legal Windows license PC or l
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Solo Bluetooth Speaker by Como Audio Transform your space into your very own concert hall with the Solo Bluetooth Speaker by Como Audio. Featuring a half-inch-thick MDF wood case housing, this smart speaker is outfitted with a ¾-inch soft dome tweeter, a custom 3-inch long throw, and a 4-layer voice coil woofer all designed to blow you away with the sound. Complete with Qualcomm aptX audio and four inputs for supporting playback of
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hereO GPS Watch for Kids Give your children the freedom to play without worrying about where they are with the hereO GPS Watch for Kids. Coming in bright and vibrant colors, this smartwatch is equipped with precise GPS tracking. Using the app, you can use hereO to receive locations and alerts if your child has wandered off as well as share the location through the app with your entire family. Additionally, you can use th
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HoloVit – Your Personal Holography System As HoloVit, they want to bring the fun and excitement of futuristic technology into every home with their patent-pending holographic systems. They have made three types of screens that change videos to free-floating holograms. The small screen is designed for smartphones and tablets; the medium screen is for laptops, and the large one is for TVs. With their screens, you can watch hundreds of onli
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Trulia now has an Apple TV app for home buyers You can now shop for a new home on your Apple TV via Trulia. The company is releasing its first official Apple TV app, which lets you browse homes in your area without leaving the couch. In addition to seeing what’s available, you’ll also be able to see images a real estate agent has posted to the Trulia listing. If that agent has created a video walkthrough, you’ll also be able to view it on you
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Are Our Scientific Heroes Too Heroic? Revealing the struggles that lie behind ultimate success can motivate students better—from grade school to grad school — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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North American forests unlikely to save us from climate change, study finds 30 percent of human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide—a strong greenhouse gas—and are therefore considered to play a crucial role in mitigating the speed and magnitude of climate change. However, a new study that combines future climate model projections, historic tree-ring records across the entire continent of North America, and how the growth rates of trees may respond to a higher concentratio
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Two super-Earth-sized planets discovered orbiting a nearby star (Phys.org)—NASA’s Kepler spacecraft continues its fruitful exoplanet hunt with the newest discovery of two super-Earth-sized alien worlds. The newly detected planets are orbiting a nearby sun-sized star known as HD 3167, located some 150 light years away. The results are presented in a paper published July 18 on the arXiv pre-print server.
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Life Doesn’t Get Much Worse Than Crashing Into a Cop Car While Playing Pokémon GoBaltimore Police Pokémon Go has suddenly made a lot of people do a lot of stupid stuff. In Baltimore, one man literally crashed into a parked police car while two cops were standing right next to it. Nice job, idiot. Even worse for this dude, the whole crash was captured by police body cameras. In general, using your phone while driving is a pretty good way to kill yourself and others. Don’t look
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Unique seating for the Philharmonie de Paris: How to create a seat with low acoustic absorption for a perfect symphony hall This post is brought to you by Figueras International Seating . The building of the Philharmonie de Paris , designed by Jean Nouvel, is a unique architectural work in the Parc de La Villette in the French capital. The seating installed inside was specifically created for the hall by Jean Nouvel in partnership with Figueras . Up to 10 acoustic tests, in laboratories in Paris and Barcelona, were ne
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Menopause reversal restores periods and produces fertile eggs Women who have already passed through the menopause may be able to have children following a blood treatment usually used to heal wounds
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VR Helps Treat Poor Vision Five students supported by an IEEE program used a VR system to create a fun and inexpensive way to treat a vision problem in young people.
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Pound up as UK unemployment falls to lowest since 2005 The British pound rallied from its week low on Wednesday after the country’s jobless rate dropped below five percent for the first time in over a decade. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Celebrating Viking: Gilbert Levin Recalls the Search for Life on Mars Forty years ago today, the first of two landing probes of NASA’s Project Viking touched down on planet Mars. Discover contributor Dr. David Warmflash spoke with Dr. Gilbert Levin, whose Labeled Release (LR) experiment was one of three instruments delivered by the Viking landers to look for Martian microorganisms in 1976. At age 92, Levin is the only survivor of the three biology experimenters and
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The Manual’s Best Backpacks for Summer Travel The search for a backpack that can go anywhere can be a taxing one — particularly when it comes to… The post The Manual’s Best Backpacks for Summer Travel appeared first on The Manual .
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Mossberg: I just deleted half my iPhone apps — you should too 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. Over the past few days, I’ve methodically deleted 165 apps from my iPhone, about 54 percent of the 305 apps I had on the phone when I started culling the herd. When I was done, I had significantly decreas
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Skype drops support for Windows Phone and old versions of Android Skype has been slowly transitioning from a P2P service to the cloud over the past few years, and Microsoft is unveiling some changes today to the Skype apps it supports as a result. While Microsoft will continue to support Skype on iOS 8, Android 4.03, and Windows 10 Mobile, any users stuck on Windows Phone 8 or older versions of Android will no longer receive access to the latest versions of Sky
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Neuroscientists Have Isolated The Part Of The Brain That Controls Free Will An anonymous reader quotes a report from ExtremeTech: Free will might have been the province of philosophers until now, but we’ve cracked the problem with an fMRI. Neuroscientists from Johns Hopkins report in the journal Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics that they were able to see both what happens in a human brain the moment a free choice is made, and what happens during the lead-up to t
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Bradley Element The time invested getting used to telling the time on the Bradley Elements is time well invested, for this is one stunning watch. Named after Bradley Snyder, an ex-naval officer who lost his eyesight after a combat explosion, the watch was initially designed for the blind, but now is available to all, and will tell you the time courtesy of two magnetic balls which roll around and on top of the fa
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XYZprinting reveals da Vinci 3D Pen 3D printing is one particular niche market that has its fair share of fans, and it does not look as though the hobbyists who are furthering this particular cause are about to back off anytime soon. In fact, it looks as though the home 3D printing market is going to continue ahead with a boom, and there will be many different kinds of tools that continue to surface from time to time. XYZprinting i
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Store Your Leftovers Like An Adult With This Discounted Pyrex Set If you’re still storing your leftovers in empty deli meat containers, you owe it to yourself to pick up this Pyrex set for $25 . That’ll get you nine oven, freezer, and microwave-safe containers with color-coded lids to match. Trust me, you won’t want to go back after you use them. Read more…
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Secure The Perimeter With Great Deals on Mr. Beams Motion Sensing Spotlights If you’ve ever come home at night and struggled to find the keyhole or tripped over your stoop, Mr. Beams motion-sensing LED lights are a no-brainer. Read more…
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Limited time offer: Pre-Order The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course – Deal Alert What better way to prepare for iOS 10’s arrival than with nearly 200 hours of premium training? Pre-order the Complete iOS 10 Developer Course for $29, and you’ll be more than set to craft stunning apps certain to top the iTunes Store leaderboard. Whether you’re mastering the fundamentals of programming, or digging into iOS 10-specific features (improved AI and Siri function, anyone?)–this cours
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Trippy, Interactive Musical Pavement Plays the Song of Your Shadow This sensor-laden sidewalk doubles as musical instrument We’re entering an era of augmented pavement. If your sidewalk doesn’t soon provide you with ultra-fast WiFi or solar electricity , then at least it should play you some sweet tunes. An interactive courtyard designed by the Montreal-based studio Daily Tous Les Jours does just that, using embedded light sensors and speakers, triggered by a us
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Wes Anderson-inspired luxury hotel for bees has a really good cause LONDON — Beelieve it or not, bees play a really important role in the production and flavour of fruit and vegetables. Which is why they also play a crucial role in the tastiness of fruit tea. British tea brand Taylors of Harrogate has built a Grand Budapest Hotel -inspired hotel for bees as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the important role bees play in adding flavour to our food. SEE AL
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Flying at 85MPH Isn’t Even the Teal Drone’s Best Trick With speeds that reach up to 85mph, Teal can be used as a racing drone right out of the box. But this modular machine is built for more than just speed. The post Flying at 85MPH Isn’t Even the Teal Drone’s Best Trick appeared first on WIRED .
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Tesla’s fastest charging stations claim upheld by ad watchdog (credit: Lee Hutchinson) Tesla Motors’ charging stations for electric cars can be described as the fastest currently available in the world, the UK’s ad watchdog has ruled. While there might be EV charging technology which might one day surpass Tesla’s stations, specifically the GB/T charger from the Chinese manufacturer GuoBiao, the American company was found to be unsurpassed in the current mar
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DARPA wants modular chips for its killer robots To add smarts to machines, you need to design circuits and chips, a time-consuming and costly business. The US military’s skunkworks arm, DARPA , wants to change all that with its new “CHIPS” program. The goal is to put entire circuit boards on modular chiplets, then tile them together to make a device. That would allow feats like “identifying objects and actions in real-time video
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You Should Read More Romance Novels: New at Reason Libertarians like their genre fiction just fine and read lots of it. Science fiction is a staple, from Ayn Rand’s Anthem to the works of Robert Heinlein to Joss Whedon’s dearly departed television series Firefly . Murray Rothbard is on record as a reader of detective novels. Rand praised Ian Fleming and Mickey Spillane for the rough heroism of their potboilers. Rose Wilder Lane’s and Laura Ingall
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New Nanoscale Technologies Enhance Imaging Results in Ordinary Microscopes Chemists, biologists, and engineers from the University of Missouri have conducted research that could change the way scientists analyze cells and molecules at sub-microscopic (nanoscale) levels….
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New Malleable Magnetic Memory Chip Developed by Scientists Implanting magnetic memory chips on flexible plastic surfaces, while ensuring high performance, can now be done with a new method. The small piece of plastic with minute engravings is deceptively…
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There’s Probably Nothing That Will Change Clinton Or Trump Supporters’ Minds What would it take for Donald Trump to lose his supporters’ votes? When the Jimmy Kimmel show ran a man on the street segment asking that very question, one Trump enthusiast replied, “ Nothing. There’s nothing he could do to lose my vote .” To his ardent supporters, Donald Trump is an exemplar of power and status. Donald Trump is going to make America great again. He’ll put America First . He ref
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Novel techniques to ensure safe, spicy and delicious food EU researchers have developed tools and guidelines to help protect Europe’s spice and herb commodity chains from deliberate, accidental and natural biological and chemical contamination.
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Medieval water power initiated the collapse of salmon stocks Salmon largely disappeared from the Netherlands due to the construction of water mills, ecologists from Radboud University conclude (Scientific Reports, 20 July). The construction of water mills caused the destruction of the gravel beds in streams, making them unsuitable for salmon to spawn. Whereas it was previously thought that water contamination was the most likely explanation, archival resear
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Novel technology to automatically assess personal data privacy risks Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced development of a unique new technology to automatically assess the privacy risk of personal data.
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Happy Hour Podcast 076 | Pokémon Go Round Two, Apple Reality TV, & New Macs This week Benjamin and Zac continue the Pokémon Go mania conversation and discuss Apple’s upcoming ‘Planet of the Apps’ reality TV show, Apple Music and iTunes Match, the latest iPhone 7 rumors, and new Macs this fall. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app , or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. more… Filed un
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The RNC’s “Make America Work Again” Evening Had No Plans to Make America Work AgainThe second night of the Republican National Convention was supposed to be built around the theme of “Make America Work Again.” In other words, after Monday night’s speeches built around immigration and national security (“Make America Safe Again”) this was the night that Republicans were going to focus on jobs and the economy. But the primetime speeches last night featured ess
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Jon Stewart & “Stephen Colbert” Return “Before you say the name, I wouldn’t mind, bringing liquid, into my…” Still reeling from the possibility that Trump could be America’s next President, The Late Show turned to the only two people that could make sense of things: Ja Rule Jon Stewart and The Nation’s Stephen Colbert . Link More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: First Drafts: Blockbuster Taglines Lewis Black Yells at Your Roommate C
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This George Foreman grill is the best new gadget in my life, and it’s not even close In my line of work, being surrounded by gadgets is an occupational requirement. On any given day, my home office looks like someone bust open an electronics piñata, with its guts spilling 360 cams, wireless dongles, fitness trackers, jumbo battery packs, and USB DACs all over the place. I thought, therefore, that no new gadget could surprise or delight me unexpectedly — until I got a George Forem
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SALE: All Of Our Nerdy Shirts Are Just $14! Our shirt store is full of nerdy designs from the best independent artists and they’re all on sale for just $14 this week! But that’s not all: T-Shirts – $14 Mens V-Neck – $18 Tanks – $18 Zip Up Hoodie – $38 Hoodies – $35 Crew necks – $30 BaseBall Tees – $17 LongSleeve Tees – $15 Scoop Neck – $21 Infant Onesie – $15 Kids Tees – $14 Prints and Canvas 25% Off Mugs – $12 NoteBooks – $10 Laptop Cases
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There is now a flying surveillance drone for … your home When it comes to keeping an eye on your home, both while you’re there and while you’re away, there are a handful of options to choose from. You can go with hardwired surveillance cameras, Wi-Fi surveillance cameras, or some other similar options. Soon though, you might be able to take an even more proactive approach. Meet Cardinal, the world’s first autonomous surveillance drone designed for home
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Why Leaders in Altruistic Architecture Need to Drop the Ego Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger in Haiti, designed by Architecture for Humanity. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity This article was originally published on Lance Hosey’s Huffington Post blog as ” A Darker Shade of Green .” Last week, Architectural Record reported that Architecture for Humanity (AFH), the nonprofit founded in 1999 to address humanitarian crises through building, is
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Tobacco and Oil Industries Used Same Researchers to Sway Public As early as the 1950s, the groups shared scientists and publicists to downplay dangers of smoking and climate change — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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What the world’s oldest calculator tells us about the ancient Greeks’ view of the universeWhen we talk of the history of computers, most of us will refer to the evolution of the modern digital desktop PC, charting the decades-long developments by the likes of Apple and Microsoft. What many don’t consider, however, is that computers have been around much longer. In fact, they date back millennia, to a time when they were analogue creations.
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Boost the Flavor of Canned Beans by Simmering Them in Olive Oil Canned beans are the ultimate in convenience, but they can be a little lackluster. To transform these plain Jane legumes into something sexier, just simmer them in some good olive oil for a few minutes. This tip, which comes from An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler, infuses bland beans with flavor, and boosts their texture to a creamier place. Simply drain the beans, dump them in a sauce pan, and
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Steamcrate delivers 10 great games a month to your inbox: 12-month subscription now 60% off If you’re a gamer on a constant hunt for new thrills, Steamcrate is a dream come true. The wildly popular gaming subscription service delivers 10 Steam games to your inbox every month for one low cost, with no commitment or physical media hassle to content with. For a limited time, TNW readers can pick up a full 12-month subscription to Steamcrate – that’s 100 games total – for just $139.99. Each
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UF/IFAS-Developed Web Tool Saves Money for Strawberry Growers in Several States The Strawberry Advisory System, which tells growers when to spray fungicide, has been shown to save Florida strawberry growers $1.7 million a year. It is now being used in several other states, including Maryland, Georgia, South Carolina and California.
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Stanford research cites child mortality as major factor in lifespan inequality gap Around the world people have been living longer, with life expectancy pushing past 70 in many countries. However, people aren’t simply living longer on average: Inequality among individuals in the length of life has shrunk over time.
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Deadly truck attack on French Riviera a new twist on an old terror tactic, experts say When a Tunisian-born man drove a 19-ton rented truck into a crowd of revelers celebrating France’s national holiday in the Mediterranean town of Nice last week, killing 84 people and injuring hundreds more, it was a deadly new example of an old terrorist tactic of turning vehicles into weapons, according to Stanford experts.
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Virtualandia: The Hottest New Real Estate Is In The Ether Gadgets As everybody moves in to virtual reality, who’s making the rules? “It’s the first medium that creates the sensation that you’re somewhere else,”…
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Asus claims its Strix graphics card is the coolest RX 480 yet It was all about Nvidia yesterday with the launch of the GTX 1060 , but we can focus back on AMD today as Asus has unveiled its new ROG Strix RX 480 graphics card. The stock flavor of the card will be clocked at 1266MHz in gaming mode with boost to 1286MHz in OC mode (and the O8G overclocked version will crank things up to 1310MHz with boost to 1330MHz). You’ll also get 8GB of GDDR5 memory on boa
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New adventures: what to read in science fiction and fantasy this month Every month, a trove of undiscovered worlds arrive in bookstores, waiting for explorers. New adventures is a new weekend series that will preview the month ahead in science fiction and fantasy novels. This month, we’ve got books from places such as Russia and Cuba, tales from the First World War, deep space operas, and quite a lot more! July 1st The Doomed City , Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugats
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Making massive materials data sets and tools accessible to all University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers recently used powerful computers to quickly and accurately develop the world’s largest computed database of information about an important materials-mixing …
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The Best Bike Multi-Tool For Fixing Your Own Bike We spent two months and logged a total of 1,000 miles putting 15 bike tools through dozens of en route and at-home repairs, and found the Topeak Mini 9 to be the best multi-tool for casual cyclists . If you’re willing to pay more for a lighter tool, check out the Specialized EMT Pro Road . If you’re a mountain biker, the Crank Brothers m19 has the additional tools you need. And for you single-spe
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Google rewards Indian teenager for service that helps local fishermen navigate A 14-year-old Indian student has won Google’s Community Impact Award for a GPS-powered app that aims at keeping local fishermen safe and enhancing their productivity. The award, which got him $10,000, focuses on projects that make a practical difference to communities by addressing challenges surrounding the environment, health and resources. SEE ALSO: This 9-year-old girl is already a successful
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Apple unlocks $3b business in Pokemon Go My social media feeds are full of tales of people chasing Pokemon using Pokemon Go app. Its overnight success has doubled Nintendo’s share price. It also represents a huge and underappreciated opportunity for Apple, the analysts at Needham & Co. explain in a report shared with me today. There’s nothing virtual about this reality “We estimate that 80 percent of total Pokemon Go spending will b
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Trump and the GOP Are Official, Republican Convention Continues, Cop Killed in Kansas Shooting: A.M. Links As of Tuesday evening, Donald Trump is officially the Republican Party’s presidential nominee . The delegate vote count was: 1,725 Trump, 475 Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 120 Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 114 Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, seven Ben Carson, three Jeb Bush, and two Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Things to watch for on day three of the Republican convention. New York City police are searching for a man who
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Rob High talks Artificial Intelligence with Gigaom Rob High is an IBM Fellow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Watson. He has overall responsibility to drive Watson technical strategy and thought leadership. As a key member of the Watson Leadership team, Rob works collaboratively with the Watson engineering, research, and development teams across IBM. Rob High will be speaking on the subject of artificial intelligence at Gigaom Ch
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The Architecture of Improvement: How Alejandro Aravena Is Changing the World With Beautiful, Practical Buildings Architizer presents an exclusive interview with this year’s Pritzker Prize–winning architect, Alejandro Aravena, from Surface — the American Magazine of global contemporary design. The article appears as the cover story of its Power 100 issue, which launched last week. Read on for the interview conducted by Rocky Casale and reflections from Surface’s editor-in-chief, Spencer Bailey: It is Chilean
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The birth of a spaceport The government may have ceded the development of rockets to companies, but Cape Canaveral Air Force Station remains a key site for space exploration. Together with the neighboring Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral played an integral part in the space race, and continues to host launches to this day. The site, situated on the east coast of Florida, saw its first rocket launch 66 years ago this
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TripAdvisor Now Collects Airline Reviews You Can Use Before You Book Just like Yelp reviews give you a glimpse at what kind of experience you’ll have at a restaurant, TripAdvisor now collects airline reviews that you can use when booking with a new airline. You’ll get an idea of what you’re in for so you can be prepared to deal with it, or decide not to book with that airline. You might always fly with the same airlines because you’re part of a loyalty program or
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urby staten island includes new york’s first residential urban farm located on the north shore waterfront, the development includes a total of 900 apartments and 35,000 square feet of commercial space. The post urby staten island includes new york’s first residential urban farm appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
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New Russian anti-terror laws fight US global information monopoly, key sponsor claims The controversial package of anti-terror laws passed recently in Russia is necessary for improving the worrying situation of global information dominance by the United States, says the head of the State Duma Committee for Security, MP Irina Yarovaya. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Former pro wrestlers sue WWE over claims of neurological damage World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is being sued by dozens of former professional wrestlers who claim that the company is responsible for neurological problems they suffer. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Canva brings professional design to anyone with its new iPhone app Online design platform Canva, which makes it easy for anyone to create professional graphics quickly – even if they don’t have a design background – is expanding its reach today with the launch of its first-ever iPhone application. Up until now, the company had offered a web application for around three years, and had been available on iPad for a year. With its iPhone… Read More
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Miniature Space Telescope Could Boost the Hunt for “Earth Proxima” [Video] A new film presents an innovative plan to image potentially habitable planets around our sun’s closest stellar neighbor—Alpha Centauri — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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A chair for getting fit and trim Getting fit and athletic — while sitting? Researchers are developing an active chair. At first glance, the chair looks just like another other reclining chair with a footrest you would find in a living room in front of the TV. But upon closer inspection, the chair is actually connected to a virtual avatar and has all manner of technical refinements.
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Social robots: Programmable by everyone Social robots can be used in the educational or health system, where they would support trainers and therapists in their work. The robots can be programmed to practice vocabulary with children or to make rehabilitation exercises with stroke patients.
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Hyperloop One accuses former employees of staging a coup The site Hyperloop One is using to test its sled. (credit: Hyperloop One) In a new lawsuit filed Tuesday , the remaining executives at startup Hyperloop One accused four former employees, including former co-founder and CTO Brogan BamBrogan, of a slew of breaches of duty to the company. The suit comes just a week after those four former employees sued Hyperloop One , accusing the remaining execut
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Stitching a drone’s view of the world into 3D maps as it flies Combining multiple images from a drone-mounted camera gives highly detailed models of the ground – and this can now be done in real time
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Gigastone delivers a brand new microSD memory card reader When it comes to portable memory, there are many different forms in which we are able to indulge in. The thing is, with so many choices of USB flash drives and memory cards, which are the ones which we are supposed to gun for? The microSD memory card, when it was first released, became an instant hit for the sheer amount of storage space that it carries without having to be larger than your avera
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Exclusive: Watch life-size Lego Batman get stacked for Comic-Con – CNET The superhero will come fully assembled and stand nearly 7 feet tall among his batfans in San Diego this week.
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Pokemon Go Claims First Death: Teen Boy Shot in Guatemala ‘He was already in bed when his cousin sent him a message asking him to go out and play the game,” his mother said.
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The GOP’s Muslim Problem: New at Reason In its newly published 2016 platform , the Republican Party promises to defend religious freedom and oppose religious intolerance. Yet the party’s presidential nominee has proposed a religious test for entering the United States, and last week one of his leading advisers proposed a religious test for remaining in the United States. Donald Trump and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have backed a
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Google used DeepMind AI to cut its power bill Google’s grand experiment in using artificial intelligence to save power is paying off. The search firm’s Demis Hassabis tells Bloomberg that the DeepMind AI has cut electricity use at Google data centers by “several percentage points” thanks to its extra-efficient use of equipment, such as cooling systems and windows. It’s not certain just how much energy the smart code is saving, but
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Acer’s Liquid-Cooled Hybrid Packs a Lot of Power for Not a Lot of Money All images: Darren Orf/Gizmodo It’s a lot to ask a machine to be both a laptop and a tablet, but Acer comes damn close to nailing it with its new Switch Alpha 12. To make it work, Acer had to get weird with design. Acer’s not the first to try something unusual to make a hybrid that combines the utility of a laptop with the efficiency of a tablet. Microsoft, for example, embedded a discrete GPU in
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Twitter opens up account verification, bans Breitbart editor over abuse (credit: Shawn Campbell) Twitter confirmed it will allow all of its users to apply for “verified account” status on the same day that it permanently booted an outspoken conservative from its site amid claims of abusive tweets. Up to now, the coveted blue tick badge was the preserve of celebrities, journalists, and high-profile users—some of whom run the risk of parody or fake accounts i
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Harvesting water from air with less energy Getting clean water to communities in parched areas of the planet remains an ongoing challenge. Recent developments that harvest water from air have been proposed as a solution. However, the technology to do so consumes a lot of energy. But based on new modeling results, scientists now report that a new system design would require less energy and produce high-quality water.
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Quick Delivery of Piezo Nanopositioning Systems for Photonics, Microscopy, Semiconductor, Automation Markets PI launches new accelerated delivery of high quality nanopositioning core components. As a worldwide leader in nanopositioning and precision motion control solutions, PI continues to innovate,…
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New DualPerm, Oxygen & Water Vapour Permeation Station At this year’s K show, we are pleased to announce the introduction of our new combined oxygen and water vapour station, the DualPerm, this combination package offers substantial savings to the…
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Quantum Drag A study by an University of Iowa physicist proposes that a current in one iron magnetic sheet creates a current in a separate sheet. The finding could be important in the emerging field of spintronics, which seeks to channel energy from spin waves generated by electrons to create smaller, more energy-efficient electronic devices.
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New 3D solar cells capture sunlight from every angle Related: 2,500 orbiting solar “flying carpets” could power the planet Via Phys.org Images via Gary Meek, Georgia Tech
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BeCool HVAC system generates clean energy while keeping your house cool Most air conditioning units are energy hogs that can send an electric bill sky high, leading people to limit their use and often endure uncomfortable indoor temperatures and humidity levels. A new device called BeCool cools (or heats) the air while charging up a fuel cell at the same time, could transform the whole approach indoor climate control, since the unit generates electricity rather than j
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Trulia’s real estate app for Apple TV lets you tour houses from your couch Shopping for real estate is no joke. The process is frighteningly time-consuming when you add up the hours spent browsing properties, researching neighborhoods, and touring homes. Trulia , an online real estate service, works with the goal of making home shopping “easy and enjoyable.” The company has launched a new app on Apple TV and has updated its flagship iOS app to improve the experience for
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Physicists Stretch Quantum Superposition from Chicago to Minnesota A team of MIT physicists has observed quantum correlations extending 735 kilometers (456 miles) from Fermilab’s MINOS experiment near Chicago to an underground detector at Soudan, Minnesota. The span represents the largest distance that quantum mechanics has been tested to date, and an unusually macroscopic perspective on phenomena usually considered only at the finest subatomic scales. The group
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Watch this Brief History of the Search for an Earthlike Exoplanet Credit: The Search for Earth Proxima from Speculative Films on Vimeo For centuries, people have speculated that Earth might not be the only habitable world in the universe. But it wasn’t until the 1990s that this longstanding hunch finally began to be empirically validated. As of summer 2016, over 3,200 exoplanets have been confirmed to exist, with thousands more candidates in line to be vetted.
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Donald Trump (Jimmy Fallon) gave a passionate defense of Melania’s speech Everyone has been addressing Melania Trump’s Republican National Convention speech fail , but Jimmy Fallon’s take on it is probably the most elaborate. After entering The Tonight Show stage Michael Jackson-style and then revealing himself as an eerily accurate Donald Trump (an impression he has done many times before) , Fallon hit the nail on the head with his hilarious defense of Melania Trump a</