Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Evacuated from South Pole Due to Illness

Space.com - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 2:39pm
Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin was evacuated today (Dec. 1) from the South Pole due to illness, where he had been visiting as part of a tourist group.
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Black phosphorus doesn't mind water (if it is de-aerated)

Science Daily - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 2:30pm
Researchers have disproved the idea that water degrades black phosphorus and find the material is actually hydrophobic, outlines a new report.
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Can research methods from different disciplines work together?

Science Daily - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 2:28pm
A new article exploring how to make research methods from different disciplines work together has been published by experts. The article's recommendations are based on the experience of organizing an enormous multidisciplinary project. With an emphasis on multidisciplinary research growing in the academy and social policy alike, this new article offers valuable insight to researchers and teams involved in collaborations between different specialisms.
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Fires set by Ice Age hunters destroyed forests throughout Europe

Science Daily - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 2:28pm
Large-scale forest fires started by prehistoric hunter-gatherers are probably the reason why Europe is not more densely forested, researchers report.
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New study describes 200 million years of geological evolution

Science Daily - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 2:28pm
200 million years of geological evolution of a fault in Earth’s crust has recently been dated. These new findings may be used to shed light on poorly understood pathways for methane release from the heart of our planet.
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World first MRI study sheds light on heart damage during kidney dialysis

Science Daily - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 2:27pm
Experts in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and kidney disease have carried out the first ever scans to study the heart function of kidney patients while they are having dialysis treatment.
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Metabolite that promotes cancer cell transformation and colorectal cancer spread identified

Science Daily - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 2:26pm
The metabolite D-2-hydroxyglurate (D-2HG) promotes epithelial–mesenchymal transition of colorectal cancer cells, leading them to develop features of lower adherence to neighboring cells, increased invasiveness, and greater likelihood of metastatic spread. This finding highlights the value of targeting D-2HG to establish new therapeutic approaches against colorectal cancer.
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Improving the mechanical properties of polymer gels through molecular design

Science Daily - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 2:26pm
A new approach to strengthen polymer gels has been developed by changing the length of polymer “thread” per molecular “bead”.
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Foodborne salmonella infections in Denmark reach historic low

Science Daily - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 2:26pm
A record low number of foodborne salmonella cases were registered in Denmark in 2015. While travel remains the leading cause of salmonella infections, no cases have been attributed to Danish eggs for the first time in the almost 30-year history of the salmonella source account. .
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Economists examined US legal cannabis sector to gauge value of banking services

Science Daily - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 2:26pm
Despite the many innovative services in the digital age, conventional banking remains important to newly-established businesses; banking cannot yet be replaced by online financial services such as crowdfunding or PayPal, according to a recent study. The economic researchers investigated what role the traditional banks play for newly-founded companies within a highly-developed economy based on the unique example of the US cannabis industry. They found that both the credit and transaction services traditionally provided by banks are key.
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Nokia Dials Back Time To Sell Mobile Phones Again

Slashdot - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 2:05pm
Nokia said Thursday mobile phones carrying its brand will make a comeback via a new venture that will reunite the Nokia brand with veteran Nokia execs who aim to move into smartphones capitalizing on an existing operation that sells low-cost basic phones. From a report on BBC: It's thanks to a deal with a small team based at a business park on the fringes of Helsinki, who are engaged in what will seem to many a foolhardy mission. They call themselves HMD Global -- and they believe they can make Nokia a big name in mobile phones once again. I met Arto Nummela, Pekka Rantala and Florian Seiche in a cafe on what is still the Nokia campus. That very day Arto and Pekka had stopped working for the Nokia Windows mobile phone business owned by Microsoft -- because they had acquired both it and the Nokia brand to start their new business. Yes, it is complicated, but so is the recent history of what was just a few years back Europe's technology superpower and the biggest force in mobile phones. After the launch of the iPhone in 2007, Nokia faltered and by 2011 was on what its first American chief executive, Stephen Elop, called a burning platform. Then, the phone business was sold to Microsoft, which soon found it had made a disastrous purchase as the Nokia Windows combination failed to claim a significant slice of a market dominated by Apple's iOS and Android. Now, the Finnish business -- which remained a big force in telecoms infrastructure after the sale of the mobile unit -- has licensed the Nokia brand to HMD Global, which aims to take it back to the future.

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Steam Explosions Rock New Zealand’s Rotorua Caldera

Wired News - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 1:00pm
Steam explosions rocked the shores of Lake Rotorua in New Zealand for the first time in 15 years. The post Steam Explosions Rock New Zealand's Rotorua Caldera appeared first on WIRED.
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LABB Is a Clever Watch Strap Inspired by Lego Bricks

Wired News - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 1:00pm
The LABB band's straps interlock like Lego bricks, allowing each to fasten quickly and securely to the other. The post LABB Is a Clever Watch Strap Inspired by Lego Bricks appeared first on WIRED.
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You Could Play This Jigsaw Puzzle Forever and Never Finish

Wired News - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 1:00pm
It just keeps going and going and going and going... The post You Could Play This Jigsaw Puzzle Forever and Never Finish appeared first on WIRED.
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Fitbit Is Buying Smartwatch Maker Pebble For Around $40 Million, Says Report

Slashdot - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 1:00pm
According to a report from The Information, Fitbit is buying smartwatch maker Pebble for a "small amount" of money. One source says Fitbit is paying between $34 and $40 million for the company and is "barely covering their debts." TechCrunch reports: A source close to the company told TechCrunch that watch maker Citizen was interested in purchasing Pebble for $740 million in 2015. This deal failed and before the launch of the Pebble 2 Intel made an offer for $70 million. The CEO, Eric Migicovsky refused both offers. Pebble released the newest version of its smartwatch in October, but the past year or so has been a challenging period. It laid off 25 percent of its staff in March, while we reported last year that it was in some trouble and had turned to debt funding and loans, as well as traditional investor cash, "in order to stay afloat." Earlier this year, Pebble CEO Migicovsky confirmed that his company had raised $28 million in debt and venture financing. He blamed a more cautious outlook from VCs focused on tech as the primary reason for letting 40 of Pebble's staff go.

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Cape Watch: Logan Could Be the Best Wolverine Movie Yet

Wired News - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 12:00pm
Hugh Jackman's final film as Logan sure sounds like it could be a pretty good Wolverine movie. The post Cape Watch: Logan Could Be the Best Wolverine Movie Yet appeared first on WIRED.
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Pug Owners and Redheads Unite! Online Groups Meet IRL

Wired News - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 12:00pm
Nothing's weird anymore. Thanks, Internet. The post Pug Owners and Redheads Unite! Online Groups Meet IRL appeared first on WIRED.
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Get Lost in a Display Made of Thousands of Shifting Discs

Wired News - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 12:00pm
Breakfast NY's latest project puts a high-speed, motion-sensing spin on old-school signage. The post Get Lost in a Display Made of Thousands of Shifting Discs appeared first on WIRED.
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How a 70-Year-Old Idea Could Make Engines Way More Efficient

Wired News - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 12:00pm
Achates Power is reviving the long-abandoned opposed piston layout to make gas-powered cars more efficient. The post How a 70-Year-Old Idea Could Make Engines Way More Efficient appeared first on WIRED.
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The Neuroscientist Who’s Building a Better Memory for Humans

Wired News - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 12:00pm
Ted Berger's implant electrically stimulates the brain to form memories—at least in rats and monkeys. And now, he's testing one that could work in humans. The post The Neuroscientist Who's Building a Better Memory for Humans appeared first on WIRED.
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