Smartphone Market Seeing Steady Growth, as Bigger Screens Dominate

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The global smartphone market is expected to see steady if unspectacular growth in the next few years, as consumers turn increasingly to large-screen handsets known as “phablets,” a market tracker said Wednesday. A report by the research firm IDC said phablets — with displays larger than 5.5 inches (14 centimeters)…

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Lost Hard Drive Contained an Estimated $108 Million Worth of Bitcoin

A British convert to virtual currency Bitcoin, whose value has in recent days topped $11,000, had mixed feelings Wednesday as he contemplated a portfolio ostensibly worth $108 million — but beyond his grasp. James Howells was an early convert to the technology long before Bitcoin, dubbed “digital gold,” became all…

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Scientists Discover New Type of Fusion Reaction: Merging Quarks Is Eight Times More Powerful Than Single Reactions in H-Bomb

Israeli and American physicists have come across a new type of fusion reaction that is startlingly powerful. Initially, the scientists were a bit scared and thought it’s better not to publish the research least it fell into the wrong hands, leading to a planetary-bomb. The fusion, however, can’t sustain a…

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Scientists Use Particle Physics to Discover a Great Void in the Great Pyramid

The space was recently discovered using particle physics, and cosmic rays. An illustration showing the approximate position of the void in the pyramid. canPyramids mission In the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere, a rain of high-energy radiation slams into the thin air. The impact creates a second shower of charged…

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Scientists Create Low-Fat Pigs by Giving Them a Thermal Regulation Gene

Scientists have developed a new genetic technique that allows pigs to regulate temperature by burning fat. By burning more fat, pigs keep their bodies warmer, burning more fat to produce leaner meat. Infrared pictures of 6-month-old pigs taken at zero, two, and four hours after cold exposure show that the…

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Twitter to Increase Advertising Transparency to Foil Politics Meddling

Twitter on Tuesday announced steps to make it easier to see who is behind political ads and who they are targeting as social media giants try to thwart skullduggery. The moves include launching an online center with details about advertisers and their messages, according to general manager of revenue and…

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NASA Discovers Mars Has a Magnetic Tail Twisted by Solar Wind

Artist’s conception of the complex magnetic field environment at Mars. Yellow lines represent magnetic field lines from the Sun carried by the solar wind, blue lines represent Martian surface magnetic fields, white sparks are reconnection activity, and red lines are reconnected magnetic fields that link the surface to space via…

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Gravitational Waves Just Showed Us Something Even Cooler Than Black Holes

For the first time ever, humans have observed light and gravitational waves from the same event, a neutron star collision 130 million light years away. Thanks to advance warning from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), roughly 70 observatories from every continent on Earth, including Antarctica, managed to tune in…

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New Google Earbuds Offer Real-Time Translation Feature

Google on Wednesday introduced new Pixel ear buds that the company says are capable of real-time translation of conversations in different languages. A demonstration given as Google unveiled a host of new products infused with its digital “Assistant” smarts got people playfully referring to Pixel Buds as an internet-Age version…

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The Detection of Ripples in the Fabric of Spacetime Just Won a Nobel Prize

Making waves in the physics community. A visualization of how merging black holes create ripples in spacetime NASA Three American physicists won the 2017 Nobel Prize for work that enabled the first observation of gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of spacetime. Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne…

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Meet the Martian Hopefuls: Elon Musk and All the Others Trying to Get to Mars

Ready set go. Elon Musk still really wants to put people in a canister, set off a controlled explosion beneath them, and shoot them out of the Earth’s atmosphere towards a barren, airless piece of rock—preferably one 33 million miles away. On Friday at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide,…

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Genetically Engineered Bacteria Spread by Mosquitos’ Breeding Could Eradicate Malaria

Scientists spent ten years developing the special bug. The mosquito micro biome influences what parasites take hold. The mosquito is a delicate insect, with spindly legs and a graceful proboscis. The parasitic, single-celled organisms that spread malaria are even smaller and more fragile, and scientists are trying their hardest to…

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Six Apps to Add Blockbuster Special Effects to Your Smartphone Videos

And…action! Add professional effects by simply tapping your phone’s screen. David Nield/Popular Science The smartphone revolution hasn’t just put a video camera in your pocket. It’s given you a whole movie-making studio in one compact package. With the right apps, you can add special effects and filters that the Hollywood…

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Physicists Report New, Solid Observation of Gravitational Waves

It’s pretty much official now: there are gravitational waves. A collaboration between the LIGO Lab and the Virgo interferometer collaboration just reported the first joint detection of gravitational waves, adding much more weight to previous detection events. It’s not the first time gravitational waves had been detected. Physicists had recorded…

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The Most Expensive Fungus in the World: a Dead Caterpillar That Sells for $50,000 a Pound

The most expensive fungus in the world isn’t any truffle or Mattake mushroom, it is a dead caterpillar fungus that grows in the Himalayas. They go for 50,000 USD a pound; compare that to the most expensive truffles which sell for up to 8,000 USD a pound. This expensive fungus…

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

Cassini program manager at JPL, Earl Maize, left, and spacecraft operations team manager for the Cassini mission at Saturn, Julie Webster embrace after the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Photo Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky › Full image and caption…

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Hot Food, Fast: The Home Microwave Oven Turns 50

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By: Timothy J. Jorgensen, Director of the Health Physics and Radiation Protection Graduate Program and Associate Professor of Radiation Medicine, Georgetown University The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the home microwave oven. The ovens were first sold for home use by Amana corporation in 1967, but they had actually…

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New Genetically Engineered American Chestnut Will Help Restore the Decimated, Iconic Tree

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American chestnut trees were once among the most majestic hardwood trees in the eastern deciduous forests, many reaching 80 to 120 feet in height and eight feet or more in diameter. The “then boundless chestnut woods” Thoreau wrote about in Walden once grew throughout the Appalachian mountains. They provided habitat…

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