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Jan 3, 2019

The US and China are in a quantum arms race that will transform warfare

Posted by in categories: military, quantum physics

Radar that can spot stealth aircraft and other quantum innovations could give their militaries a strategic edge.

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Jan 3, 2019

Neutrogena is Printing Custom Face Masks That Fit You Perfectly

Posted by in category: futurism

No one cared who I was until I put on the mask (and my skin cleared up.)

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Jan 3, 2019

This Facial Recognition App Remembers Names so You Don’t Have To

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

SocialRecall says it deletes obsolete user data on the event version of the app, and that data for the other version is only stored on a user’s phone.

But privacy experts are still concerned that the app represents a mainstream rollout of technology that could have profound implications for the future of public spaces — and that it’s difficult to adequately inform users about the long-term risks of a technology that’s still so new.

“The cost to everyone whom you are surveilling with this app is very, very high,” New York University law professor Jason Schultz told Scientific American, “and I don’t think it respects the consent politics involved with capturing people’s images.”

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Jan 3, 2019

Another blood pressure medication has been recalled over cancer-causing impurity

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

We had no shortage of blood pressure medication recalls in 2018, with multiple companies issuing warnings over drug impurities that could cause cancer. It looks like that trend will continue in 2019 as yet another company has issued a recall of blood pressure tablets after detecting an impurity that may be cancer-causing.

This time around it’s Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc, which is recalling prescriptions of the drug Valsartan, you may remember, has been the subject of recalls due to such impurities in the past. The drug is sold by several manufacturers, and in July of 2018 almost a half-dozen companies were forced to recall their products due to the discovery of human carcinogens in the tablets.

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Jan 3, 2019

Apple iPhone sales look $9bn worse than expected, CEO blames China & cheap batteries

Posted by in categories: economics, mobile phones

The iPhone isn’t selling as well as Apple expected. Tim Cook blames China’s cooling-down economy, but a lot of users say it’s because the phone are too expensive for the features they offer.

Apple shares plummeted after CEO Tim Cook revealed that the iPhone maker expects a drop of up to $9bn in revenue compared to its November report. More affordable battery replacements are to blame, among other things.

Apple stated that it now expects a revenue of approximately $84 billion in the first quarter of 2019, down from its previous estimate of $89bn to $93bn. Markets have reacted swiftly to the news, sending Apple shares into a 7.5-percent nosedive.

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Jan 3, 2019

#UltimaThule is the first primordial contact-binary ever explored up-close by a spacecraft, meaning it was once two separate objects that are now bound together

Posted by in category: space travel

It is a pristine specimen, preserved as it was formed. Other similarly shaped objects have been modified over time due to their closer proximity to the Sun. Learn more about this distant object explored by our New Horizons spacecraft:

Jan 3, 2019

World’s first electric adventure truck can go 400 miles without recharging

Posted by in category: transportation

This electric truck can drive for 400 miles without recharging ⚡ 🚙.

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Jan 3, 2019

Brains of 3 People Have Been Successfully Connected, Enabling Them to Share Thoughts

Posted by in categories: entertainment, neuroscience

Neuroscientists have successfully hooked up a three-way brain connection to allow three people to share their thoughts – and in this case, play a Tetris-style game.

The team thinks this wild experiment could be scaled up to connect whole networks of people, and yes, it’s as weird as it sounds.

It works through a combination of electroencephalograms (EEGs), for recording the electrical impulses that indicate brain activity, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), where neurons are stimulated using magnetic fields.

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Jan 3, 2019

Physicists Just Created a Strange New Type of ‘Quasicrystal’ in The Lab

Posted by in categories: materials, quantum physics

Dan Shechtman has the rare honour of possessing a Nobel Prize for ‘nonsense’.

It’s been nearly four decades since he set out to convince the chemist community of a discovery most considered impossible – a material called a quasicrystal. Now we have just observed a brand new variety of these once ‘impossible’ materials for the first time, one based on a single unit.

Chemists from Brown University have described the successful creation of a self-constructing lattice structure based on a strangely shaped quantum dot.

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Jan 3, 2019

China just landed on the far side of the moon: What comes next?

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

The lander-rover combo touched down where no human or robot has ventured before. Find out what it’s doing there, and what else is headed for the lunar surface.

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