SPACE WEBCASTS: New Space Station Crew Prepare for Upcoming Launch

Space.com - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 3:15pm
Three astronauts are preparing for their launch into space this November, when they will join the crew on the International Space Station. A news conference will air live on NASA TV at 2:00 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT).
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Amazon Echo Now Lets You Control Your Sonos Speakers

Wired News - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 3:06pm
Alexa, play those super-nice speakers over there. The post Amazon Echo Now Lets You Control Your Sonos Speakers appeared first on WIRED.
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Genes Might Be Helping the Tasmanian Devil Fight Off Face Cancer

Wired News - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 3:00pm
Genetic techniques are going to change the way that conservationists save endangered species. The post Genes Might Be Helping the Tasmanian Devil Fight Off Face Cancer appeared first on WIRED.
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The Grooves of Phobos: A Mars Moon Mystery in Pictures

Space.com - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 3:00pm
The Martian moon Phobos is covered in grooves and chains of craters that form peculiar patterns on the surface.
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Gemini 12 Crewmates Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell to Mark Mission's 50th at Gala

Space.com - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:55pm
Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Gemini 12 mission at gala hosted by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The special dinner is part of the annual Space Rendezvous weekend held in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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Spitzer Space Telescope: Scanning the Skies in Infrared

Space.com - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:52pm
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was launched in 2003 to study the universe in the infrared. It has also helped astronomers discover extrasolar planets.
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Apple Ordered To Pay Up To $14.5 Billion in EU Tax Crackdown, Cook Refutes EU's Conclusion

Slashdot - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:50pm
Apple has been ordered to pay a record sum of 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest after the European Commission said Ireland illegally slashed the iPhone maker's tax bill, in a crackdown on fiscal loopholes that also risks inflaming tensions with the United States Treasury. According to the European Union regulator, Apple benefited from selective tax treatment that gave it an unfair advantage over other businesses. In the meanwhile, Apple has refuted such accusations, saying that EU's conclusion has "no basis in fact or law." EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said, "If my effective tax rate would be 0.05 percent falling to 0.005 percent -- I would have felt that maybe I should have a second look at my tax bill." Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "Over the years, we received guidance from Irish tax authorities on how to comply correctly with Irish tax law -- the same kind of guidance available to any company doing business there. In Ireland and in every country where we operate, Apple follows the law and we pay all the taxes we owe."

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Space Launch System: NASA's Next Generation Rocket

Space.com - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:45pm
NASA's Space Launch System will carry humans far beyond Earth. The powerful new launch vehicle, currently under development, will continue to evolve even after humans take flight.
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SpaceX to Launch SES-10 Satellite on Previously Flown Falcon 9 This Year

Space.com - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:31pm
Satellite fleet operator SES on Aug. 30 said its 5,000-kilogram SES-10 telecommunications satellite would be the first customer to launch on a reused SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage, with the launch to occur late this year.
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Researchers identify protein that delays type 1 diabetes onset in new mouse model

Science Daily - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:14pm
A new study reveals a counterintuitive cellular strategy that may protect insulin-producing cells from destruction during type 1 diabetes. Nearly one out of every 11 people is diagnosed with diabetes in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Although a person can develop type 1 diabetes at any time, it is usually diagnosed during childhood and there is no way to prevent or cure it.
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Female fiddler crabs want protection not sex

Science Daily - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:13pm
New research has resolved a mystery over why female fiddler crabs visit and leave many males during mating season, and found the females aren't just being picky.
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Increasing nursing mothers' vitamin D levels may benefit babies

Science Daily - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:13pm
New research has found that giving breastfeeding mothers monthly high-dose vitamin D supplements may be a possible way to improve their babies' vitamin D status. Vitamin D is essential for calcium and bone metabolism and is mainly obtained from exposure to sunlight, with only low levels found in food and breast milk. Risk factors for infant vitamin D deficiency -- which can lead to the bone disorder rickets -- include being exclusively breastfed.
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'Animal Farm' immunity receptors only work in a crowd, researchers find

Science Daily - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:13pm
Scientists have discovered how human immune receptors become activated in the presence of harmful substances, paving the way for new technologies to fight against deadly diseases.
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Flywheel technology could create new savings for light rail transit

Science Daily - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:13pm
Two engineering professors have examined the use of flywheel technology to store energy generated when light rail transit trains decelerate and stop. Trains such as the LRT used in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, are designed with so-called dynamic braking. The deceleration generates electrical energy, which needs to go somewhere.A flywheel system could store it as mechanical energy. This energy could be converted to electrical energy when the train is ready to leave the station.
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Amputees' brains remember missing hands even years later

Science Daily - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:13pm
Our brains have a detailed picture of our hands and fingers, and that persists even decades after an amputation, researchers have found. The finding could have implications for the control of next generation prosthetics.
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Two-photon imaging of Meissner's corpuscle mechanoreceptors in living tissue

Science Daily - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:12pm
Researchers have demonstrated that Meissner's corpuscle mechanoreceptors can be observed in living tissue using two-photon microscopy.
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What's hiding behind the trapdoor?

Science Daily - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:12pm
A researcher has discovered several new species of trapdoor spider -- and you'd never guess where. Trapdoor spiders spend most of their life underground their true number and diversity has been a bit of a mystery, says the new study.
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Intel Unveils Full Details of Kaby Lake 7th Gen Core Series Processors

Slashdot - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:10pm
Reader MojoKid writes: Intel is readying a new family of processors, based on its next-gen Kaby Lake microarchitecture, that will be the foundation of the company's upcoming 7th Generation Core processors. Although Kaby Lake marks a departure from Intel's "tick-tock" release cadence, there have been some tweaks made to its 14nm manufacturing process (called 14nm+) that have resulted in significant gains in performance, based on clock speed boosts and other optimizations. In addition, Intel has incorporated a new multimedia engine into Kaby Lake that adds hardware acceleration for 4K HEVC 10-bit transcoding and VP9 decoding. Skylake could handle 1080p HEVC transcoding, but it didn't accelerate 4K HEVC 10-bit transcoding or VP9 decode and had to assist with CPU resources. The new multimedia engine gives Kaby Lake the ability to handle up to eight 4Kp30 streams and it can decode HEVC 4Kp60 real-time content at up to 120Mbps. The engine can also now offload 4Kp30 real-time encoding in a dedicated fixed-function engine. Finally, Intel has made some improvements to their Speed Shift technology, which now takes the processor out of low power states to maximum frequency in 15 milliseconds. Clock speed boosts across Core i and Core m 7th gen series processors of 400-500 MHz, in combination with Speed Shift optimizations, result in what Intel claims are 12-9 percent performance gains in the same power envelope as its previous generation Skylake series, and even more power efficient video processing performance.

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President Barack Obama Will Guest-Edit WIRED’s November Issue

Wired News - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:00pm
Our 44th president is a relentless optimist, just like WIRED. And he's the first ever commander-in-chief to edit a magazine. The post President Barack Obama Will Guest-Edit WIRED’s November Issue appeared first on WIRED.
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My Week Conquering San Francisco on the Boosted Board 2

Wired News - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 2:00pm
Boosted's new electric longboard is a little more rugged, and a little longer-lasting. It's still a lot of fun to ride. The post My Week Conquering San Francisco on the Boosted Board 2 appeared first on WIRED.
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