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Supersonic plasma jets discovered in Earth's upper atmosphere

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:32:03 +0000

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A few months after spotting a jet stream of molten iron in the Earth's outer core, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Swarm satellites have found a similar system at work in the upper atmosphere. There, the electrical fields created through solar winds interacting with the planet's magnetic field have been found to drive supersonic plasma jets, which can heat the ionosphere to temperatures as high as 10,000º C (18,032º F).

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Category: Science

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Glazed skyscraper will be wrapped in a ribbon of green

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:08:57 +0000

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Starchitect Daniel Libeskind's firm has unveiled an unusual new mixed-use skyscraper for Toulouse, France, that features a glazed facade broken up by greenery. Construction on the Occitanie Tower is due to begin in 2018 and completion is expected in 2022.

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Category: Architecture

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How Jetpacks could shape the future of personal transport

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:05:52 +0000

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Earlier this month, we witnessed the first "civilian" flight of a real-life jetpack made by Jetpack Aviation. During our time at the test site in California, we also made a point of pulling aside company founder and CEO David Mayman to ask him where he sees this whole jetpack thing going, and his vision is much broader than you might expect. Mayman doesn't just see a future for jetpacks, he sees the future centered around jetpacks and other VTOL technology he's working on today.

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Category: Aircraft

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Liquids that pump themselves may be in the pipeline

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:37:53 +0000

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Thanks to gravity, fluids flow downwards following the path of least resistance. To better control where they go, humans have spent thousands of years developing pipes and pumps, but now researchers at Brandeis University have mixed biological molecules into a substance that marks the first steps towards developing a self-propelling liquid that could flow free of human or gravitational influence.

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Category: Materials

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NASA developing drones to take to Martian skies

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:42:10 +0000

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Using rovers has done wonders to open up Mars exploration, but traveling at a rate of about 10 mi (16 km) every four and half years is still a bit limiting, so NASA"s Langley Research Center is looking at expanding that range by equipping future missions with autonomous aerial drones. These electric-powered aircraft would work in conjunction with rovers to cover much more ground much more quickly and to directly investigate interesting features some distance from base without having to depend on telescopic observation.

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Category: Space

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Should companies be forced to build encryption backdoors into services?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:31:50 +0000

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British authorities recently revealed that the Westminster Bridge attacker, who killed four people and injured scores of others, may have sent or received messages through the encrypted WhatsApp service minutes before launching the horrific attack. The revelation has rekindled the controversial debate over whether tech companies should implement backdoors that allow governments access to encrypted information on digital devices.

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Category: Computers

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How graphene quantum dots can fight cancer, counterfeiting and wine spoilage

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:48:58 +0000

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In the world of materials, graphene is the spunky new kid who's annoyingly good at everything he tries. It's super strong, light, functionally non-toxic and thermally and electrically conductive, and is just beginning to show up in commercial products. In the near future, fluorescent quantum dots of the stuff could crop up in clothes, cosmetics, consumer electronics and even cancer treatments. New Atlas spoke to Moti Gross, the CEO of Dotz Nano, an Australian-listed company that's developing new ways for these tiny, glowing, one-atom-thick dots to be made and used.

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Electric grains make Titan a top destination for sand castle builders

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:36:01 +0000

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It turns out that fizzy lakes may not be the only oddity offered up by Saturn's largest moon. Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology say that Titan may also be home to electric sand that rolls around in the wind and forms clumps that cling together for long periods of time. This is not only of interest to pure scientists, but could also make the moon the best place in the Solar System to build sand castles.

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Category: Space

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Elon Musk's new company aims to blend brains and bits

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:04:23 +0000

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Elon Musk is reportedly launching yet another company with some far-out goals. The new venture, Neuralink, aims to develop a brain-computer interface (BCI) that could help treat health conditions like epilepsy in the short-term and allow humans to keep pace with artificial intelligence further down the road.

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Algorithm-aided blood test could help locate cancer early

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:33:36 +0000

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Patients have better odds in the fight against cancer if it's caught early, but diagnosis often involves invasive biopsies that aren't usually undertaken unless there's already reason to suspect the presence of cancer. But soon it could be as simple as a routine blood test, thanks to a new computer program from UCLA researchers that can spot biomarkers in a patient's blood sample and identify where in the body a tumor might be hiding.

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Category: Medical

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Eve "vision car" opens new door on autonomous car design

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:10:32 +0000

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While we were preoccupied with the Geneva Motor Show, electrifying Chinese automotive startup NIO was in the United States revealing its vision for the autonomous car of the future. NIO plans to branch out from its Nürburgring-scorching, 1-megawatt electric supercar and bring autonomous electric vehicles to US roads by 2020. The Eve "vision car" puts NIO's stamp on the world of autonomous car design with intriguing features like forward-sliding doors, a roomy interior layout and an active glass canopy that comes to life with information and entertainment.

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Category: Automotive

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 vs. Google Pixel C

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:37:39 +0000

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Before the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, "Google Pixel" meant the Google Pixel C, a high-end Android-running tablet. Samsung has just released an Android tablet of its own, the Galaxy Tab S3, with a similar price point and a few extra perks. Here's how their specs and features compare.

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1,000-hp drift Corolla iM shrugs off beige reputation

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:58:43 +0000

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When it comes to providing inoffensive transportation, the Toyota Corolla is king. That might make it a favourite among retirees, but it doesn't make it the most natural base for a professional race car. Unperturbed by this fact, Rockstar Energy has chosen a Corolla iM as the base for its latest Formula D entry. Trips to the pharmacy have never been so smoky.

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Bizarre dwarf galaxy named "Was 49b" found in galactic merger

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:31:44 +0000

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Most of the time, the billions of galaxies that make up the universe go about their business without bothering their neighbors. Sometimes, though, like galactic bumper cars, they smash into each other. When they do, the massive black holes at their centers usually behave a certain way. However, a merger of two galaxies observed by some of NASA's space-based tech shows that there's always an exception to the rule.

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Fantastic fossil footprints found in Australia

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:25:01 +0000

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Where are there fossilized footprints from more types of dinosaurs than anyplace else in the world? Well, that would be the Dampier Peninsula, in the Kimberly region of Western Australia. Nicknamed "Australia's Jurassic Park," a 25-km (15.5-mile) stretch of the coastline contains tracks from 21 different types of dinosaurs, embedded in 127 to 140 million-year-old rock.

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Can poo-scooping drones do away with left-behind doggie doo?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:28:06 +0000

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As far as the societal impacts of drones go, this one appears on the less significant side of things. But dig a little deeper, if you will, and uncollected dog droppings can have quite a footprint. Dutch purveyor of canine products Tinki estimates that 100 million kg (220 million lb) of dog droppings are not properly disposed of in the Netherlands each year, so it has teamed up with the national test center for drones to develop an automated system that scans the ground and collects what's left behind.

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Category: Drones

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DJI proposes electronic accountability for drones

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:11:52 +0000

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There may indeed be laws limiting the places in which aerial drones can be flown, but if someone sees a drone breaking one of those laws – particularly if it's from a distance – how do they know who's responsible? Drone manufacturer DJI has suggested a solution, in the form of what amounts to an "electronic license plate."

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Back from the dead? Sightings lure scientists in search of Tasmanian tiger

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:37:31 +0000

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It has been more that 80 years since the last Tasmania tiger died in captivity, but there are a few parties that suspect this carnivorous marsupial still roams the Australian outback after dark. Among those are scientists from James Cook University, who are preparing a field survey on the very northern tip of Queensland in hopes of catching the nocturnal creature in action.

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Category: Biology

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Sensor-packed electric skateboard gives hand remotes the Bird

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:26:36 +0000

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Though we're not opposed to pounding a foot on pavement, we do find electric skateboards to be a whole lot of exhilarating fun. French startup Bird feels that the hand-held ride controllers that inevitably accompany the experience are cumbersome and unnecessary though. Its development team has created a board-based control system that makes use of feet, not hands, to control acceleration and braking.

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Category: Urban Transport

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Huawei Watch 2 review: Reality doesn't quite meet expectations

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:41:07 +0000

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Huawei's latest smartwatch comes with a sportier look, built-in GPS and 4G/LTE capabilities, and all the bells and whistles of Android Wear 2.0, but is it going to be enough to make you want to buy one? New Atlas takes a look.

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Stars discovered forming in extreme black-hole-driven environment

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:06:43 +0000

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A team of European astronomers says it has made the first confirmed observation of stars forming in the powerful outflow of material hurled out by a galaxy's central supermassive black hole. This outflow represents an extreme environment for star formation, and the presence of stars within it could help answer a number of puzzling questions, including how our galaxy, and others like it, got their shape.

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Category: Space

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Hands-on: Do we miss the viewfinder on Canon’s EOS M6?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:55:16 +0000

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It's safe to say that the EOS M5 was the first mirrorless camera from Canon to really impress us. So when the firm recently announced the EOS M6, which promises to pack similar flagship skills into an even more compact body, we were keen to get our hands on it. Read on to see what we made of the upcoming camera when we went hands-on at The Photography Show 2017.

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Category: Digital Cameras

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