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Jan 20, 2016

New evidence points to giant 9th planet on solar system edge

Posted by in category: space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The solar system may have a ninth planet after all.

This one is 5,000 times bigger than outcast Pluto and billions of miles farther away, say scientists who presented “good evidence” for a long-hypothesized Planet X on Wednesday.

The gas giant is thought to be almost as big as its nearest planetary neighbor Neptune, quite possibly with rings and moons. It’s so distant that it would take a mind-blowing 10,000 to 20,000 years to circle the sun.

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Jan 20, 2016

Graphene ‘optical capacitors’ can make chips that mesh biophysics and semiconductors

Posted by in categories: computing, materials, physics

Graphene’s properties make it a tantalizing target for semiconductor research. Now a team from Princeton has showed that flakes of graphene can work as fast, accurate optical capacitors for laser transistors in neuromorphic circuits.

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Jan 20, 2016

OLED build the dreams of the world

Posted by in category: electronics

Tour of future office. Just @ your Boss. #LG

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Jan 20, 2016

British parliament to consider motion on universal basic income

Posted by in categories: economics, policy

MPs in the British Parliament are being asked to consider the question of introducing a universal basic income paid unconditionally to all citizens.

An Early Day Motion on the policy, tabled by Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, calls on the Government to commission research into the idea’s effects and examine its feasibility to replace the UK’s existing social security system.

The motion, which raises the profile of the idea but is very unlikely to be adopted into law, says the policy “has the potential to offer genuine social security to all while boosting entrepreneurialism”.

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Jan 20, 2016

NASA Space Technology Achievements in 2015

Posted by in category: space

Space Tourism … and Much More.

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Jan 20, 2016

Google’s new algorithm will make Chrome run much faster

Posted by in categories: energy, information science

Chrome is about to load web pages a lot faster than you’ve experienced up until now. Thanks to a new compression algorithm called Brotli, which Google introduced last September, Chrome will be able to compress data up to 26 percent more than its existing compression engine, Zopfli, which is an impressive jump.

According to Google’s web performance engineer Ilya Grigorik, Brotli is ready to roll out, so Chrome users should expect to see a bump in load times once the next version of Chrome is released. Google also says Brotli will help mobile Chrome users experience “lower data transfer fees and reduced battery use.” The company is hailing Brotli as “a new data format” that Google hopes will be adopted by other web browsers in the near future, with Firefox seemingly next in line to adopt it. But for now, expect to notice your web pages loading a bit faster in the coming weeks.

Update: January 20th 10:30AM: Updated to note that Firefox will also adopt Brotli in a future update.

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Jan 20, 2016

Solar system may host 9th planet, a distant super-Earth

Posted by in category: space

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 20 (UPI) — Astronomers at Caltech say they’ve discovered significant evidence of a large, hidden body at the edge of the solar system — a 9th planet. The team of researchers have dubbed the body “Planet Nine.”

The scientists haven’t actually seen Planet Nine. No one has. But they’ve inferred its presence by studying the orbits of several icy objects beyond Neptune. Scientists noticed the orbits of these Kuiper belt objects, or KBOs, feature similar anomalies.

The orbital oddities suggested the objects were all being affected by a singular source, the gravity of a large object.

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Jan 20, 2016

Cheap DNA Sequencing Is Here. Writing DNA Is Next

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A new startup wants to make DNA writing cheaper and faster.

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Jan 20, 2016

15 Hottest Models Who Live With Chronic Diseases or Disabilities

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Do you look at models and just think that they are the lucky ones who were just born perfect? Well think again! Models are just like us. Sure, they are super-duper attractive and make a lot of money for posing and wearing expensive clothes…but other than that, many fashion models could be our next-door neighbors! Case in point: these 20 Hottest Models Who Live with Chronic Diseases. Many of these people are breaking boundaries and challenging the long-held norms and beliefs that are attached to the modeling industry.

It truly is an inspiration to see these people changing the landscape of who can be a model. We have people here who have debilitating diseases, have overcome mental illnesses, and have accomplished so much for the marginalized groups of people that have just as much right to happiness as average folks. They span the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and beyond. Their presence and accomplishments range from the past and segue into the future. We can’t wait to see how the modeling scene continues to change.

If you ever thought that you couldn’t be as flawless as a supermodel, think again. The truth is that no one is flawless, and our imperfections and struggles are what make us human!

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Jan 20, 2016

New Breakthrough Material: Graphene Elastomer is More Sensitive Than Human Skin

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, materials, robotics/AI

This new material is remarkably soft, and it could revolutionize robotics and prosthetics.

Researchers from the Monash University have discovered a new sponge-like material called graphene elastomer. This revolutionary material is expected to be used for robots designed to help take care of elderly people.

The graphene-based elastomer is exteremely sensitive to pressure and vibrations. Also called G-elastomer, the material has the ability to bounce back despite the pressure given to it. It is described to be very soft and elastic compared to other substances such as rubber or foam.

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