Smartwatch that rotates, hinges, translates, orbits and rises to the occasion

Science Daily - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 12:32pm
A prototype smartwatch that moves in five different directions in an effort to make digital smartwatches more convenient for their users.
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Chemical engineer explains oxygen mystery on comets

Science Daily - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 12:32pm
A chemical engineer who normally develops new ways to fabricate microprocessors in computers has figured out how to explain a nagging mystery in space -- why comets expel oxygen gas, the same gas we humans breathe.
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Hepatitis C virus: Possible new approach to battling infections

Science Daily - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 12:32pm
An international study has shone light on the way the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) hijacks the communication systems in the host cells it infects, uncovering potential new therapeutic targets for the disease.
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Quantum entanglement: Violation of Bell's inequality on frequency-bin entangled photon pairs

Science Daily - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 12:32pm
Making use of a specifically-developed slow light technique to reduce the velocity of light dramatically, researchers implemented a Bell Test and were able to generate frequency-bin entangled narrowband biphotons from spontaneous four-wave mixing (SFWM) in cold atoms with a double-path configuration, where the phase difference between the two spatial paths can be controlled independently and nonlocally.
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Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered

Science Daily - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 12:32pm
Researchers have invented a quantum-circuit refrigerator, which can reduce errors in quantum computing. This is a new twist towards a functioning quantum computer.
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Insecticide-resistant flies unskilled at courting females

Science Daily - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 12:32pm
Insecticide resistance sounds like a superpower for the average male fruit fly -- but there's a catch. Scientists have found that the single genetic change which protects the flies from the pesticide DDT also makes males smaller, less aggressive and 'rubbish' at courting females.
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New technology generates power from polluted air

Science Daily - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 12:32pm
Researchers have succeeded in developing a process that purifies air and, at the same time, generates power. The device must only be exposed to light in order to function.
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Cotton tip applicators are sending 34 kids to the emergency department each day

Science Daily - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 12:32pm
Researchers found that over a 21-year period from 1990 through 2010, an estimated 263,000 children younger than 18 years of age were treated in US hospital emergency departments for cotton tip applicator related ear injuries -- that's about 12,500 annually, or about 34 injuries every day.
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A unique enzyme could be a game-changer for gluten-sensitive patients

Science Daily - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 12:32pm
Researchers have found that taking an enzyme tablet while consuming foods containing gluten prevents a significant amount of it from entering the small intestine. This could enable gluten-sensitive patients to ingest small quantities of gluten without experiencing symptoms, such as bloating, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
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Review: Apple iPad (2017)

Wired News - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 12:00pm
All your favorite features from the iPad, now for $329. The post Review: Apple iPad (2017) appeared first on WIRED.
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10 of the Most Awesome, Most Gorgeous Telescopes on Earth

Wired News - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 11:30am
Enrico Sacchetti went from shooting the fashion world's stars to shooting the telescopes that image the actual stars. The post 10 of the Most Awesome, Most Gorgeous Telescopes on Earth appeared first on WIRED.
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NASA Requests Information on Commercial Lunar Missions

Space.com - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 11:20am
Six months after seeking information about instruments it could fly to the moon, NASA has issued a request for information for commercial systems that could transport payloads there.
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Air Force Launches 'Space Flag' Exercise Inspired by IMAX-Worthy Red Flag War Games

Space.com - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 11:15am
The U.S. Air Force held its first "Space Flag" exercise April 17 to 21, a new event designed to hone warfighter's skills at operations, problem solving, and potential conflict in space.
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What Happens When You Train Like Nike’s Two-Hour Marathon Runners

Wired News - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 11:00am
Not long ago, running a 90-minutes half-marathon seemed impossibly fast. I've not only beaten 90 minutes, I've demolished it. The post What Happens When You Train Like Nike's Two-Hour Marathon Runners appeared first on WIRED.
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Who Really Created Batman? It Depends What Batman Means to You

Wired News - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 11:00am
A new documentary unpacks the mystery over Batman's creatorship, and in the process raises some important questions about the nature of heroism. The post Who Really Created Batman? It Depends What Batman Means to You appeared first on WIRED.
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Going Back to Pluto? Scientists to Push for Orbiter Mission

Space.com - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 11:00am
The first up-close look at Pluto was so intriguing that some researchers want to go back and spend a lot more time studying the icy world.
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Planetary Protection: Contamination Debate Still Simmers

Space.com - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 11:00am
Earth's microbes could contaminate Mars or icy moons such as Jupiter's satellite Europa, interfering with the hunt for life beyond our planet. At the same time, organisms from distant worlds could pose a hazard to life on Earth.
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Did A Billionaire Harvest Big Data From Facebook To 'Hijack' Democracy?

Slashdot - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 10:30am
Long-time Slashdot readers walterbyrd and whoever57 both submitted the same article about the mysterious data analytics company Cambridge Analytica and its activities with SCL Group, a 25-year-old military psyops company in the U.K. later bought by "secretive hedge fund billionaire" Robert Mercer. One former employee calls it "this dark, dystopian data company that gave the world Trump." Facebook was the source of the psychological insights that enabled Cambridge Analytica to target individuals. It was also the mechanism that enabled them to be delivered on a large scale. The company also (perfectly legally) bought consumer datasets -- on everything from magazine subscriptions to airline travel -- and uniquely it appended these with the psych data to voter files... Finding "persuadable" voters is key for any campaign and with its treasure trove of data, Cambridge Analytica could target people high in neuroticism, for example, with images of immigrants "swamping" the country. The key is finding emotional triggers for each individual voter. Cambridge Analytica worked on campaigns in several key states for a Republican political action committee. Its key objective, according to a memo the Observer has seen, was "voter disengagement" and "to persuade Democrat voters to stay at home"... In the U.S., the government is bound by strict laws about what data it can collect on individuals. But, for private companies anything goes. A branch of this company reportedly also received half the campaign budgets of four pro-Brexit campaign groups, and there's some dark talk about "military-funded technology that has been harnessed by a global plutocracy...being used to sway elections in ways that people can't even see." The article notes the two firms have plied their services in Russia as well as Lithuania and the Ukraine, and suggests that "we are in the midst of a massive land grab for power by billionaires via our data. Data which is being silently amassed, harvested and stored."

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Uber Hires an AI Superstar in the Quest to Rehab Its Future

Wired News - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 9:30am
The embattled ride-sharing giant is looking for a new way forward in self-driving cars. The post Uber Hires an AI Superstar in the Quest to Rehab Its Future appeared first on WIRED.
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Boom! Supersonic Passenger Jet Coming by 2020

Space.com - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 8:34am
A supersonic passenger jet could change commercial flight.
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