This Gear Makes It Easy to Destroy Your Home (In a Good Way)

Wired News - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 9:30pm
The best part of any renovation is the demolition. With these burly tools in your arsenal, you can make easy work of those walls, countertops, and floors. The post This Gear Makes It Easy to Destroy Your Home (In a Good Way) appeared first on WIRED.
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CNC Mills Don’t Have to Be Beautiful, But This Bamboo One Sure Is

Wired News - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 9:30pm
3-D printers are user-friendly, but most can only build up objects from plastic or resin. CNC mills can go further. The post CNC Mills Don't Have to Be Beautiful, But This Bamboo One Sure Is appeared first on WIRED.
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LG Sells Mosquito-Repelling TV In India

Slashdot - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 9:20pm
An anonymous reader writes: In effort to fight Zika, dengue and malaria, LG has released the "LG 32LG52D" TV with "Mosquito Away Technology." According to Reuters, the TV uses ultrasonic waves that are inaudible to humans but cause mosquitoes to fly away. The TV has been released in India Thursday, and will go on sale next month in the Philippines and Sri Lanka, with no plans to market it elsewhere. It is available in two models, priced at 26,500 rupees and 47,500 rupees ($394 and $706). LG says the same technology used in its new TV has been used in some of its air conditioners and washing machines.

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The Physics of Cars Catching Insane Air Off a Bump in a Highway

Wired News - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 9:13pm
This hot highway has a buckle in the road. Why do solids expand when heated? How far would a car jump? What does this do to traffic? The post The Physics of Cars Catching Insane Air Off a Bump in a Highway appeared first on WIRED.
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A Dizzying Infographic Traipses Through 146 Years of Music

Wired News - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 8:50pm
Color-coding and interconnections among 234 music genres put the history of pop music on display. The post A Dizzying Infographic Traipses Through 146 Years of Music appeared first on WIRED.
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The Mysterious X Boson Could Upend the Standard Model. If It Actually Exists

Wired News - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 8:44pm
A lab in Hungary has reported an anomaly that could lead to a physics revolution. But even as excitement builds, closer scrutiny has unearthed a troubling backstory. The post The Mysterious X Boson Could Upend the Standard Model. If It Actually Exists appeared first on WIRED.
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Is the 'Secret' Chip In Intel CPUs Really That Dangerous?

Slashdot - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 8:40pm
New submitter Miche67 writes: A recent Boing Boing blog post by Damien Zammit is stirring up fears, claiming Intel's x86 processors have a secret control mechanism that no one can audit or examine. And because of that, he says it could expose systems to undetectable rootkit attacks that cannot be killed.Blogger Andy Patrizio, after talking with an Intel spokesperson, says the developer's argument has holes and he doesn't think Zammit will persuade Intel to replace the system with a free, open source option. So, what we have is an open source crusader scaring the daylights out of people on a giant what-if scenario that even he admits couldn't happen in our lifetimes. An Intel spokesperson told the publication: While the Intel Management Engine is proprietary and Intel does not share the source code, it is very secure. Intel has a defined set of policies and procedures, managed by a dedicated team, to actively monitor and respond to vulnerabilities identified in released products. In the case of the Intel Management Engine, there are mechanisms in place to address vulnerabilities should the need arise.

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Yoga Blocks That Look Like Art, Not Pool Floaties

Wired News - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 8:35pm
Cult favorite athletic wear line Outdoor Voices brings out yoga blocks (including a triangle!) made from cork. The post Yoga Blocks That Look Like Art, Not Pool Floaties appeared first on WIRED.
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I Have a Crazy Game of Thrones Theory—And I’ll Bet It’s Right

Wired News - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 8:31pm
Last week's Game of Thrones episode ended with a surprising turn in Arya Stark's story. If this theory is right, it's even crazier than you thought. The post I Have a Crazy Game of Thrones Theory—And I'll Bet It's Right appeared first on WIRED.
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New trick for controlling emission direction in microlasers

Science Daily - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 8:04pm
Researchers have found a way to give photons, or light packets, their marching orders. The researchers have capitalized on the largesse of an energy state in an optical field to make photons in their lasing system travel in a consistent mode, either clockwise or counterclockwise.
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Rapid Medicaid expansion in Michigan didn't reduce access to primary care

Science Daily - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 8:04pm
Despite predictions that expanding Medicaid would crowd doctor's offices with new patients, and crowd out patients with other kinds of insurance, a new study finds no evidence of that effect. In fact, the 600,000 Michiganders who signed up for the Healthy Michigan Plan in its first year faced better odds of getting an appointment, and similar wait times for a first appointment with a new clinic, before and after the expansion.
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Mothers with diabetes more likely to also have anti-fetal brain autoantibodies

Science Daily - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 8:03pm
Mothers of children with autism and were diagnosed with metabolic conditions during pregnancy, particularly gestational and type 2 diabetes, were more likely to have anti-fetal brain autoantibodies in their blood compared to healthy women of children with autism. The presence of these anti-fetal brain autoantibodies has been previously found to be specific to some mothers of children with autism and rare among mothers of children without autism, researchers have found.
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researchers find new ways to make clean hydrogen, rechargable zinc batteries

Science Daily - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 8:03pm
New technologies have now been developed to tackle two of the world's biggest energy challenges -- clean fuel for transportation and grid-scale energy storage.
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Ancient DNA shows perfect storm felled Ice Age giants

Science Daily - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 8:03pm
Giant Ice Age species including elephant-sized sloths and powerful sabre-toothed cats that once roamed the windswept plains of Patagonia, southern South America, were finally felled by a perfect storm of a rapidly warming climate and humans, a new study has shown.
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New surface makes oil contamination remove itself

Science Daily - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 8:03pm
Researchers have developed surfaces where oil transports itself to desired directions. Researchers' oleophobic surfaces are microtextured with radial arrays of undercut stripes. When oil drops fall on surfaces, drops move away from the landing point to the direction set by asymmetric geometrical patterning of the surface. The surfaces open up new avenues for power-free liquid transportation and oil contamination self-removal applications in analytical and fluidic devices.
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Marrying superconductors, lasers, and Bose-Einstein condensates

Science Daily - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 8:03pm
As superconductors, lasers, and Bose-Einstein condensates all share a common feature, it has been expected that it should be able to see these features at the same time. A recent experiment in a global collaborative effort with teams from Japan, the United States, and Germany have observed for the first time experimental indication that this expectation is true.
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Time Warner Cable Suspends Broadband Upgrades After Merger

Slashdot - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 8:00pm
Karl Bode, reporting for DSLReport: Time Warner Cable has confirmed that the company has suspended its "Maxx" broadband and TV upgrades while the dust settles from Charter's $79 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Time Warner Cable's Maxx upgrades not only deliver faster top speeds up to 300 Mbps, but a notably overhauled improvement to the company's set top box interface. But Time Warner Cable has been telling company support techs and engineers that the upgrades were actually put on hold as of May 26. "[...] All speed increases and customer communications were placed on a temporary hold beginning Thursday, May 26," states the internal communication. "Once the updated launch schedule is determined, updated hub schedules will be posted to KEY and area management will be notified. Customers will continue to receive notification when the new speeds are available in their hubs."

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Robots In Amazon's Warehouses Are Already Making a Huge Difference

Slashdot - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 7:20pm
Amazon acquired Kiva, a robotics company for a sum of $775 million in 2012, and started to use robots in its warehouses in late 2014. At the time, the idea was that it will make inventory management more efficient. It's actually doing an impressive job. The "clip to ship" process used to take around 60-75 minutes when human employees were taking care of things, now the robots are doing the same job in 15 minutes. From a Quartz report: These robots are not only more efficient but they also take up less space than their human counterparts. That means warehouse design can eventually be modified to have more shelf space and less wide aisles. At the end of the third quarter of 2015, Amazon was using 30,000 Kiva robots across 13 warehouses. Each Kiva-equipped warehouse can hold 50% more inventory per square foot than centers without robots. In turn, the company's operating costs have been sliced by 20% -- or almost $22 million -- per warehouse. If Kiva robots are dispatched to the rest of the 110 Amazon warehouses, the tech giant could save almost $2.5 billion, according to Deutsche Bank. However, since it takes $15-$20 million to install robots in each warehouse, the one-time savings is expected to be closer to $800 million.

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Deep Thunder Can Forecast the Weather—Down to a City Block

Wired News - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 7:17pm
Want to know which way the wind blows? IBM's new Deep Thunder tool combines the Weather Channel's data and forecasting with analytics for business applications. The post Deep Thunder Can Forecast the Weather—Down to a City Block appeared first on WIRED.
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Game|Life Podcast: It’s The Gigantic E3 Expo Episode

Wired News - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 7:11pm
Matt Peckham, Jake Muncy, and Chris Kohler run down the highs and lows of E3 2016, from Zelda to Oculus and everything in between. The post Game|Life Podcast: It's The Gigantic E3 Expo Episode appeared first on WIRED.
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