Magic Leap Used Fake Tech Demos and Is 'Years' Behind Schedule

Slashdot - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 4:00pm
New submitter drunkdrone writes: Magic Leap's coveted mixed reality technology has been the subject of intense speculation since it broke ground in 2014. Having secured billions of dollars in funding from some of the world's biggest tech giants, the secretive start-up has managed to stay at the centre of the VR/AR conversation despite showing little of the so-called revolutionary technology it has in the works. Now, the Magic Leap hype bubble may be about to burst in spectacularly disappointing fashion. According to reports, the Florida-based start-up is years behind on its plans and may have used deceptive product demos in order to keep interest in its tech alive. The Verge, which quotes an exclusive article from The Information, reports that Magic Leap's mixed reality technology has long since been overtaken by other products already on the market such as Microsoft's HoloLens, which Magic Leap's technology is said to most closely resemble. Allegedly, Magic Leap has struggled to scale-down a bulky piece of laser projection equipment used within the headset's display. "The crux of the problem appears to be Magic Leap's gamble on a so-called fibre scanning display, which shines a laser through a fibre optic cable that moves rapidly back and forth to draw images out of light," reports the Verge.

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John Glenn Memorialized with 'Godspeed' Radio Hail Turned Hashtag

Space.com - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 3:43pm
The same phrase that hailed astronaut John Glenn's historic launch into space more than 50 years ago became a hashtag to mark his last departure from Earth. From politicians to astronauts, "#GodspeedJohnGlenn" trended as the news of his death spread onlin
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Mars One Delayed Its Mars Mission -- Again

Slashdot - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 3:20pm
Mars One says its project to start a human colony on the Red Planet will be delayed by five years. The Dutch company says it will send its first crews to Mars in 2031 instead of its previous target date of 2026. From a report on Time: The venture is delaying its missions so it can raise more money, according to CEO Bas Lansdorp. "Of course the whole Mars One team would have preferred to be able to stick to the original schedule, but this new timeline significantly improves our odds of successfully achieving this mission roadmap," he said in a statement. This is far from the first time Mars One has delayed its project. Despite Lansdorp's confidence, other scientists have expressed significant doubts about the mission's feasibility.

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Clarifying the behaviors of negative hydrogen ions

Science Daily - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 3:04pm
Scientists has succeeded in revealing the flow of negative hydrogen ions using a combination of infrared lasers and electrostatic probes in the ion-source plasma, which generates a negative-hydrogen-ion beam. This is the first time in the field of fusion research that the detailed ion flow, which changes direction and moves toward the beam direction in the ion source, has been demonstrated experimentally.
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Rock layers preserve record of ancient sea tides near Blythe, California

Science Daily - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 3:04pm
Five million years ago, the Colorado River met the Gulf of California near the present-day desert town of Blythe, California. The evidence, say geologists, is in the sedimentary rocks exposed at the edges of the valley where the river flows today.
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Key regulator of bone development identified

Science Daily - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 3:02pm
Loss of a key protein has been discovered as the event that leads to defects in skeletal development, including reduced bone density and a shortening of the fingers and toes -- a new potential target for the diagnosis and treatment of bone diseases such as osteoporosis.
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Running actually lowers inflammation in knee joints

Science Daily - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 3:02pm
We all know that running causes a bit of inflammation and soreness, and that's just the price you pay for cardiovascular health. You know; no pain, no gain. Well, maybe not. New research from exercise science professors finds that pro-inflammatory molecules actually go down in the knee joint after running.
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Air pollution impairs function of blood vessels in lungs

Science Daily - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 3:02pm
Air pollution impairs the function of blood vessels in the lungs, according to a study in more than 16,000 patients.
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Beans and peas increase fullness more than meat

Science Daily - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 3:02pm
Meals based on legumes such as beans and peas are more satiating than pork and veal-based meals according to a recent study. Results suggest that sustainable eating may also help with weight loss.
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Researchers watch biomolecules at work

Science Daily - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 3:02pm
Scientists have succeeded in observing an important cell protein at work. To do this, they used a method that allows to measure structural changes within complex molecules. The further developed procedure makes it possible to elucidate such processes in the cell, i.e. in the natural environment. The researchers are also providing a tool kit, which allows a wide range of molecules to be measured.
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Breast cancer patients could benefit from controversial hormone

Science Daily - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 3:01pm
An international team of researchers is tackling the controversy over what some scientists consider to be a 'harmful' hormone, arguing that it could be a game changer in the fight against recurring breast cancers that are resistant to standard treatments.
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Laser hardening, an increasingly flexible technology for hardening steel

Science Daily - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 3:00pm
Researchers have validated the use of moving optics for laser hardening, which allows the process to be adapted to the shape of the part
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Naturally occurring symptoms may be mistaken for tamoxifen side-effects

Science Daily - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 3:00pm
Women taking tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer were less likely to continue taking the drug if they suffered nausea and vomiting, according to new data.
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What Trump’s Latest Picks Mean for the Ag Industry

Wired News - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 3:00pm
One major advocate just took over the EPA; another will handle relations with China. The post What Trump's Latest Picks Mean for the Ag Industry appeared first on WIRED.
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Dyson’s Cu-Beam Duo Is a Radically New Office Lamp—Seriously

Wired News - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 3:00pm
Dyson's Cu-Beam Duo looks like a satellite, runs for decades, and gives you total control of your office lighting. The post Dyson's Cu-Beam Duo Is a Radically New Office Lamp—Seriously appeared first on WIRED.
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Things Get Hairy in the First War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer

Wired News - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 2:47pm
The latest film pits the titular animals versus some not-ready-for-primate-time slayers. The post Things Get Hairy in the First War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer appeared first on WIRED.
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White House Voices Concerns About China Cyber Law

Slashdot - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 2:40pm
The White House said on Thursday that it raised concerns about China's new cyber security law during a meeting with a Chinese official after the latest round of talks between the two countries on cyber crime. From a report on Reuters: U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with Chinese State Councilor Guo Shengkun to discuss the importance "of fully adhering" to an anti-hacking accord signed last year between the China and the United States, National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said. The deal, brokered during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington in 2015, included a pledge that neither country would knowingly carry out hacking for commercial advantages. Rice told Guo that the United States was concerned "about the potential impacts" of a law that China adopted in November aimed at combating hacking and terrorism.

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John Glenn 'Embodied Taking Care Of Your People' - NASA Administrator | Video

Space.com - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 2:15pm
The NASA administrator will always remember John Glenn "the humanitarian, the human being and the loving husband." Glenn passed away at the age of 95 on Dec. 8, 2016, leaving behind a tremendous legacy for spaceflight and beyond.
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Nintendo Legend Miyamoto: Mario Needs To Evolve To Survive

Slashdot - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 2:01pm
Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo's legendary game designer, and his fellow developers were tinkering with a "one-button control scheme" for Mario, where all a player can do is make Mario jump. This dead simple idea became the crux of the company's new Super Mario Run, one of the most anticipated mobile-app games of the year. CNET adds: "We found a great way to make an accessible Mario game and bring it to iPhone and reach a lot of people," Miyamoto said Thursday through his translator. "That's when we decided to make Super Mario Run." Super Mario Run may become a critical next step for Nintendo, which has struggled for years to maintain its relevance in gaming against Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox, as well as a surge of mobile gaming apps. This year, it garnered some attention from Pokemon Go, though it's only partly involved in that game. Now, two more Nintendo mobile gaming apps -- Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem -- are on the way, which could provide the Japanese company with a big boost.

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Japanese Cargo Ship Launches Toward Space Station

Space.com - Fri, 09/12/2016 - 2:00pm
Japan's robotic HTV-6 cargo spacecraft has begun its four-day journey to the International Space Station.
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