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Oct 28, 2015

Facebook just made it easier to talk to people you’re not friends with

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Chatting with strangers on Facebook just got a bit easier.

The social network is launching a new feature for Messenger called Message Requests, that makes it easier for people to receive (or ignore) messages from people they aren’t friends with.

See also: You no longer need a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger.

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Oct 28, 2015

You can eat dinner under the sea at this restaurant in the Maldives

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Oct 28, 2015

Mark Zuckerberg Posts on Facebook From the ‘Incredible’ Taj Mahal

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Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg has started his latest trip to India with a visit to the Taj Mahal and described the country’s most-photographed and photogenic monument as “even more stunning” than he had expected.

Mr. Zuckerberg is in the South Asian nation to deepen his social media company’s connection with the country, which is home to the largest number of Facebook users outside the U.S.

In a post from Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, on his Facebook page, Mr. Zuckerberg said that he had “always wanted to see” the mausoleum, which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal in the 1600s.

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Oct 28, 2015

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Oct 28, 2015

Introducing the Nissan IDS Concept

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

At the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, Nissan unveiled a concept vehicle that embodies Nissan’s vision of the future of autonomous driving and zero emission EVs: the Nissan IDS Concept.

Presenting at the show, Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “Nissan’s forthcoming technologies will revolutionize the relationship between car and driver, and future mobility.”

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Oct 28, 2015

Let There Be Hair: Blocking These Enzymes May Restore Your Follicles

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Losing hair can be a distressing experience for many people, but treatments are often ineffective, expensive or riddled with side effects. Could this development change that?

A study from Colombia University has shown blocking a certain family of enzymes can rapidly restore hair. The enzymes are called the Janus kinase (JAK) family, and two drugs have already been approved for blood diseases (ruxolitinib) and rheumatoid arthritis (tofacitinib), and are also undergoing other clinical trials.

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Oct 28, 2015

Yamaha shows Motobot motorcycle-riding humanoid robot

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI, transportation

The aim of the exercise is to develop rider-support systems similar to those we are seeing developed in automobiles to make driving safer. “We want to apply the fundamental technology and know-how gained in the process of this challenge to the creation of advanced rider safety and rider-support systems and put them to use in our current businesses, as well as using them to pioneer new lines of business,” says Yamaha’s release.

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Oct 28, 2015

Silicon Battery Technology Produces Ten Times More Energy

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Substantially smaller and longer-lasting batteries for everything from portable electronic devices to electric cars could be come a reality thanks to an innovative technology developed by University of Waterloo researchers.

Zhongwei Chen, a chemical engineering professor at Waterloo, and a team of graduate students have created a low-cost battery using silicon that boosts the performance and life of lithium-ion batteries. Their findings are published in the latest issue of Nature Communications.

Waterloo’s silicon battery technology promises a 40 to 60 per cent increase in energy density, which is important for consumers with smartphones, smart homes and smart wearables.

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Oct 28, 2015

FDA approves first cancer-killing virus — The Boston Globe

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Viruses are usually thought of as agents of disease. But for the first time, scientists are poised to bring to the US market a virus that can help thwart cancer, a development that could herald a new age of viral therapies.

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday for treating advanced-stage melanoma, the virus — called Imlygic, which was developed in part in a Massachusetts lab — is a modified version of the herpes virus that both attacks the cancer and sparks the immune system into action against tumors.

In clinical trials, it has helped some cancer patients achieve remission with few of the nasty side effects common to existing treatments. And as the first tumor-killing virus to receive the FDA’s blessing, Imlygic could accelerate the development of other viral therapies.

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Oct 28, 2015

Why BPG will replace GIFs and not only

Posted by in categories: entertainment, information science

This means that BPG not only is way smaller than JPEG but also delivers a better quality. And that’s not all! It also supports animations!

And when I say animation, I actually say GIF-like movies with MP4 quality that are actually smaller than the mp4 it was built from.

Let’s see an example (I have not included a GIF example because the same quality size and frame rate means that the GIF will have exactly 33.8MB)

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