Tesla Unveils New Model S, Its Quickest Production Car

Slashdot - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 8:40pm
Electric car maker Tesla said Tuesday that it is launching a 100-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery for its Model S and Model X cars. A report on Bloomberg says: Tesla is adding versions of its Model S sedan and Model X sport utility vehicle with a more powerful battery pack that the company said makes the Model S the world's quickest production car and gives it range of 315 miles on a single charge. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk is trying to appeal to sports car enthusiasts with the new Model S P100D with a 100 kilowatt-hour battery, which with Ludicrous mode can go from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds, compared with 2.8 seconds for the P90D Ludicrous version. The P100D Ludicrous upgrade costs $10,000 for customers who have ordered a P90D Ludicrous but haven't taken delivery, or $20,000 for owners who already have that vehicle type.

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Facebook Knows Your Political Preferences

Slashdot - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 8:00pm
Facebook knows a lot more about its users than they think. For instance, the New York Times reports, the company is categorizing its users as liberal, conservative, or moderate. These details are valuable for advertisers and campaign managers, especially ahead of the election season. From a BusinessInsider report: For some, Facebook is able to come to conclusions about your political leanings easily, if you mention a political party on your page. For those that are less open about politics on social media, Facebook makes assumptions based on pages you like. As The New York Times explained, if you like Ben and Jerry's Facebook page and most of the other people that like that page identify as liberal, Facebook might assume you too are liberal.

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Tesla’s Model S Now Does an Even Loonier 60 MPH in 2.5 Seconds

Wired News - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 7:44pm
Tesla Motors announced today that the new Model S P100D model will hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, thanks to a bigger, 100-kWh battery. The post Tesla’s Model S Now Does an Even Loonier 60 MPH in 2.5 Seconds appeared first on WIRED.
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Lacking other meaningful data, university faculty devise their own evaluation systems

Science Daily - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 7:32pm
Faculty teaching in the STEM disciplines at large research universities are devising their own systems to collect instructional data from their classrooms and using that data to inform their teaching.
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Relief for epilepsy at the scale of a single cell

Science Daily - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 7:32pm
Researchers have developed in collaboration with French colleagues a small device that both detects the initial signal of an epileptic attack and doses a substance that effectively stops it. All this takes place where the signal arises -- in an area of size 20chr('215')20 μm known as a 'neural pixel.'
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Brain damages caused by Zika virus congenital infection go beyond microcephaly

Science Daily - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 7:32pm
A recent study published by Brazilian researchers indicates brain malformations induced by Zika virus congenital infection. More than microcephaly, the research indicates other neurological changes such as reduction in brain volume, cortical development abnormalities and ventriculomegaly.
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Very low transmission of HIV within couples receiving both ART, PrEP

Science Daily - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 7:32pm
Providing HIV medication to both members of a couple may substantially reduce the risk of transmission within that couple, according to a new study.
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Shortfalls in laboratory services may limit attainment of worldwide targets for HIV

Science Daily - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 7:32pm
Insufficient capacity to perform laboratory tests used in monitoring HIV infection, and underutilization of existing testing capacity, are limiting the ability to meet the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS 90-90-90 targets, suggests a new study.
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Traumatic brain injury associated with long-term psychosocial outcomes

Science Daily - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 7:32pm
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) during youth is associated with elevated risks of impaired adult functioning, according to a longitudinal study. The study demonstrates that children and adolescents experiencing even milder forms of TBI (including concussion) may have reduced longevity and significant psychosocial problems in adulthood.
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PlayStation 3 Games Are Coming To PC

Slashdot - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 7:21pm
PlayStation 3 games are coming to Windows. Sony said Tuesday that it is bringing its PlayStation Now game-streaming program to Windows PCs. The service broadcasts PlayStation 3 games over the internet similar to the way Netflix beams movies to devices like Roku. CNET reports: This fall, you'll be able to play previously exclusive games like Uncharted 3 and Shadow of the Colossus on a Windows laptop. The catch: you'll be playing those games over the internet with Sony's streaming game service, PlayStation Now. Think Netflix. PlayStation Now has already been around for a couple of years on the PS4, PS3, PS Vita handheld, plus a handful of Blu-ray players and smart TVs. For $20 a month or $45 for three, the service gives players unlimited access to a long list of over 400 PlayStation 3 games. Like Netflix or any other streaming service, the quality can vary wildly depending on your internet connection -- Sony requires a solid 5Mbps connection at all times, and that doesn't change today. What changes is the size of Sony's audience. With a Windows laptop or tablet, you aren't tethered to a big-screen TV. You could theoretically take these PlayStation games anywhere -- and wherever you go, your save games stream with you.

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PlayStation Now, On-Demand Game Streaming, Is Coming to PCs

Wired News - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 7:12pm
PlayStation Now, which lets players stream old PlayStation games from Sony's servers, is coming to Windows PC, along with a wireless DualShock 4 adapter. The post PlayStation Now, On-Demand Game Streaming, Is Coming to PCs appeared first on WIRED.
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You Can Now Browse Harvard’s Huge Bauhaus Collection Online

Wired News - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 6:42pm
The school recently made more than 32,000 digitized artifacts---paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures, and more---available for browsing The post You Can Now Browse Harvard's Huge Bauhaus Collection Online appeared first on WIRED.
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FBI Investigating Russian Hack Of New York Times Reporters, Others

Slashdot - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 6:42pm
Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations, reports CNN, citing US officials briefed on the matter. From the report: The intrusions, detected in recent months, are under investigation by the FBI and other US security agencies. Investigators so far believe that Russian intelligence is likely behind the attacks and that Russian hackers are targeting news organizations as part of a broader series of hacks that also have focused on Democratic Party organizations, the officials said. "Like most news organizations we are vigilant about guarding against attempts to hack into our systems," said New York Times Co. spokeswoman Eileen Murphy. "There are a variety of approaches we take up to and including working with outside investigators and law enforcement. We won't comment on any specific attempt to gain unauthorized access to The Times." The breaches targeting reporters and news organizations are part of an apparent surge in cyber attacks in the past year against entities beyond US government agencies.

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'4-D printing' a new dimension for additive manufacturing

Science Daily - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 6:18pm
Researchers have demonstrated the 3-D printing of shape-shifting structures that can fold or unfold to reshape themselves when exposed to heat or electricity, an approach also known as '4-D printing.' The micro-architected structures, including boxes, conductive devices, and a stent, were fabricated from a conductive, environmentally responsive 'smart' ink.
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Steve Wozniak Says Apple Must Fix iPhone 7 Bluetooth Or Revive Its Headphone Jack

Slashdot - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 6:01pm
We've talked extensively about the missing headphone jack on the upcoming iPhone. While some say that the move will ruin user experience -- something that has already started to seem that way in the real world -- a few argue that someone needs to push the needle to move the technology forward. Now Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has something to say about the missing legacy audio jack as well. He is asking Apple to fix the Bluetooth first if the company intends to give users to move to wireless headphones. From a Financial Review report: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has warned Apple is going to frustrate a lot of customers if it removes the headphone jack from the upcoming iPhone 7. [...] Customers wanting to use their existing, wired earbuds and headphones might have to buy an adaptor that attaches to the iPhone's Lightning port, or to whatever port does remain on the phone. "If it's missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that's going to tick off a lot of people," Mr Wozniak told The Australian Financial Review. "I would not use Bluetooth ... I don't like wireless. I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music." Mr Wozniak said he would probably use the adaptor to connect his existing earphones to his next iPhone, and said that, like many other users he is attached to the accessories that he uses alongside the phone. "Mine have custom ear implants, they fit in so comfortably, I can sleep on them and everything. And they only come out with one kind of jack, so ''ll have to go through the adaptor," he said. "If there's a Bluetooth 2 that has higher bandwidth and better quality, that sounds like real music, I would use it. But we'll see. Apple is good at moving towards the future, and I like to follow that."

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Researchers predict sudden cardiac death risk

Science Daily - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 5:51pm
For the first time, a team of researchers has developed and validated a prediction model to determine sudden cardiac death risk in adults without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
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New class of fuel cells offer increased flexibility, lower cost

Science Daily - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 5:51pm
A new class of fuel cells based on a newly discovered polymer-based material could bridge the gap between the operating temperature ranges of two existing types of polymer fuel cells, a breakthrough with the potential to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost fuel cells for automotive and stationary applications.
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Fossilized rivers suggest warm, wet ancient Mars

Science Daily - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 5:51pm
Extensive systems of fossilized riverbeds have been discovered on an ancient region of the Martian surface, supporting the idea that the now cold and dry Red Planet had a warm and wet climate about 4 billion years ago, according to new research.
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Didi Launches Car Rental Service In China

Slashdot - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 5:20pm
An anonymous reader writes: Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is adding a car rental service for customers in several cities, to take advantage of the enormous domestic tourism market in China. Users can reserve a car through the Didi app and have it delivered to their door within two hours. The service, which is currently in beta testing in Shanghai, is expected to expand to several more cities in China over the next year. In a statement the company said, "Didi car rental is launched in response to the boom in China's short-term and tourist car rental market as the population goes through a lifestyle revolution." In 2015, 2.34 billion cars were rented for domestic tourists in China. That number is expected to more than double, reaching 5.8 billion by 2020.The move comes weeks after Uber announced it was selling its Chinese operation to Didi.

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Maisie Williams Says Nothing Can Prepare Us for Game of Thrones Season 7

Wired News - Tue, 23/08/2016 - 5:15pm
The actress has seen the scripts—and her expletive-laden reactions to them are perfect. The post Maisie Williams Says Nothing Can Prepare Us for Game of Thrones Season 7 appeared first on WIRED.
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