Monthly Archives: April 2016

Searching for a nanotech self-organizing principle

One of the frustrations of nanotechnology is that we generally can’t make nano materials in large quantities or at low cost, much less both. For the last five years a friend of mine has been telling me this story, explaining

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Inexpensive 3D-printed lens gives terahertz imaging a boost

Terahertz radiation is a growing field of technology that enables faster materials analysis than X-ray examination, and provides non-destructive, internal analysis of a raft of different types of materials. Now researchers have developed a way of manufacturing lenses operating at

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The Artist Who Wants to Make the E.U. Sexy—And Defeat Brexit

Last Wednesday afternoon, four thousand miles away, Wolfgang Tillmans slouched at his desk. The photographer had Skyped me from the apartment above his Berlin studio, to discuss the poster campaign he’d released that day against “Brexit,” the British referendum on

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Ready or Not

“I’ll never support Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz does very little to appeal to me as a young voter,” Connor Maytnier, a Republican and a junior at Georgetown, told Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, at a town-hall event

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Sell your clothing and electronics with these apps

 Are you looking to clean out your closet and make money while doing it? You no longer have to haul your used items to a consignment shop. A number of apps have made selling used things easier than ever, and

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SanDisk unveils 2.5-inch SATA Z410 SSD

Solid state drives are quite mature and ubiquitous nowadays — the technology is no longer cutting edge. While some computers still ship with slow mechanical hard disk drives, SSDs are now largely the default option. SATA based drives are slow

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Adopt a dog or cat, get a free Logi Circle Home Security Camera

The month of May is National Pet Month. As an animal lover, it is very important to me. It breaks my heart to think of unloved cats and dogs in shelters. Whenever that ASPCA commercial comes on TV — the

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Why image recognition is about to transform business

 From programs that help the visually impaired and safety features in cars that detect large animals to auto-organizing untagged photo collections and extracting business insights from socially shared pictures, the benefits of image recognition, or computer vision, are only just

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Optical Processing Pioneer wins Project with DARPA

Cambridge University spin-out Optalysys has been awarded a $350k grant for a 13-month project from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The project will see the company advance their research in developing and applying their optical co-processing technology

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Supercopter demostrators will fly in 2017 but budget constraints will delay serial acquisition until after 2030

Next year will bring the first flights of the prototype rotorcraft vying to replace the Army’s venerable Black Hawk and other helicopters. But don’t expect the futuristic aircraft to hit battlefields for another decade and a half — unless their

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Review: Grenco Science’s G-Pen Elite is the best vape of its kind

 The fascination and rapid development of portable vaporizers for ground, plant-based material is hard to ignore, if you’re not living under a rock. Read More Go to Source

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Charles Rangel Rips Into Favored Successor’s Rivals at Official Endorsement Powwow

Charles Rangel attacked the credibility and the credentials of Adriano Espaillat and Clyde Williams.

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According to its cofounder and CEO Snapchat is mainly “a camera company”

 While Snapchat Stories may be the feature that brings the company the revenue model it needs to validate its $16 billion valuation, and while the ephemeral messaging feature may be what initially attracted the hordes of millennials sending digital ephemera

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Kindle Oasis is beautiful, pricey and still not like reading a book

 I’ve spent the last week trying to pretend the new Kindle Oasis is the same as reading a real book. It’s not. I love books. I love Kindle’s e-readers and was hoping this was the melding of the two. That

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Large Hadron Collider shuts down, weasel to blame

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the most advanced and power scientific instrument ever built, but it’s also more fragile than you’d expect. So much so that it was once broken by a […] Go to Source

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Facebook hit with lawsuit over new stock option that gives Zuckerberg a license to print money

When Facebook announced its first quarter results this week, it also announced that it created a new class of stock. The non-voting Class C stock proposed would enable Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan to more easily fund their

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Why the NRA hates smart guns

 With yet another push from President Obama to revive initiatives to develop “smart gun” technology, it’s time to once again revisit the issue. The most common question I got in response to my previous piece on smart guns is, “why is

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Creative Time Gala Got Weird, But We Were Into It

Creative Time gala involved a drink with many stories and an artwork consisting of 2,000 pigeons.

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On the dark art of software estimation

 “How long will it take?” demand managers, clients, and executives. “It takes as long as it takes,” retort irritated engineers. They counter: “Give us an estimate!” And the engineers gather their wits, call upon their experience, contemplate the entrails of

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Outlinely Express is a powerful free outliner for Mac

Glam Software has released Outlinely Express 2.0, a free version of its popular Mac outliner, Outlinely. The new edition has all the same outlining features as its commercial cousin, with no annoying restrictions or limitations. You don’t get any library

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