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    Brand New Material Could Lead To Cheaper Solar Cells

    Scientists may have found a pathway to designing interfaces of hybrid materials that are capable of turning light into electrical currents with high efficiency—a breakthrough that could potentially boost the performance of solar cells and slash their manufacturing costs.

  • 2 days ago
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    Apple releasing third public beta of iOS 13 to users today

    Apple today is releasing the third public beta of iOS 13 to users. This update comes following the release of the fourth developer beta yesterday. Apple is also releasing the third public betas of macOS Catalina and tvOS 13 today. iOS 13 developer beta 4 included a handful of changes, including interface tweaks to Photos …

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  • 10 days ago
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    How I Taught My Kid to Read

    Children can learn quickly by sounding out words, letter by letter—but somehow, the method is still controversial.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    We Should All Ditch Work and Go on Strike for the Climate

    Remember the IPCC report which gave us 12 years to sort our shit out? Well, now, we’ve got 11 and a half. That’s why Greta Thunberg and 46 other young activists have called for a general strike against climate change this September: “We have learned that if we don’t start acting for our future, nobody else will make the first move.

  • 1 month ago
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    The Witcher 3 is coming to the Nintendo Switch

    CD Projekt Red’s open-world classic The Witcher 3 is going portable. Today, Nintendo revealed that the game, which first launched in 2015, will be available on the Switch later this year. It’ll be a “complete edition,” so players will get access to the base game as well as the handful of subsequent expansions. The Witcher 3 joins a growing list of older games that are finding new life on Nintendo’s portable / console hybrid, including the likes of Skyrim, LA Noire, Dark Souls, Diablo 3...

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    Microsoft launches Xbox Game Pass Ultimate with PC and Xbox games for $14.99 per month

    Xbox Live Gold is also included in the subscription

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    Close encounter with alien star could explain ’Oumuamua, debunk Planet Nine

    Our solar system has several belts of rocky planetesimals that are essentially the crumbs left over from the formation of the planets and moons. But new research suggests some of these objects could actually be alien, captured during close flybys with other star systems. These close encounters could also explain objects like 'Oumuamua and might even provide an alternative to the "Planet Nine" hypothesis.

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    Future Underwater Robot Could Charge Its Batteries By Eating Fish Poop | Digital Trends

    The U.S. Navy wants to find a way to create underwater robots that can stay submerged for longer. Their idea? Giving it special batteries that can be recharged by eating fish poop. Here's how it could work, and what a team of researchers have demonstrated so far with the project.

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    Netflix to 'Rethink' Georgia Investment if Anti-Abortion Law Goes Into Effect

    The next Zelda game, officially titled Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda, will seemingly launch this week for Nintendo Switch. On the surface, Nintendo of America's website simply states the game will be released this "spring," but inspecting the site's source code reveals a line that reads, "Release date: May 30, 2019."

  • 1 month ago
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    Qualcomm Ruled a Monopoly, Found in Violation of US Antitrust Law

    Apple and Qualcomm may have dropped their worldwide lawsuit war against each other, but that wasn’t the only battle Qualcomm faced. The FTC also brought a case against Qualcomm, alleging antitrust abuses and illegal behavior. In a ruling May 21, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh found that Qualcomm had violated the Federal Trade Commission Act. Qualcomm has pledged to immediately appeal the ruling, which has significant implications for its business structure and earnings.

  • 1 month ago
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    Deepfake AI brings iconic figures to life

    One of Leonardo Di Vinci’s most famous pieces of artwork, the Mona Lisa, has been brought to life with the help of deepfake AI. For those of you who don’t know deepfake is a technology that has been in development for some time now and is getting to some scarily good levels. Deepfake AI examines and uses a series of images to render video footage of the person in the images. These fabricated videos have the subjects turning their heads and even speaking.

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    Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC-...)

    The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in ... after a long illness. It was 25 million years old. For most of its life, the reef was the world’s largest living structure, and the only one visible from space. It was 1,400 miles long, with 2,900 individual reefs and 1,050 islands. In total area, it was larger than the United Kingdom, and it contained more biodiversity than all of Europe combined. It harbored 1,625 species of fish, 3,000 species of mollusk, 450 species of coral, 220 speci...

  • 2 months ago
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    AT&T promised 7,000 new jobs to get tax break—it cut 23,000 jobs instead

    AT&T also cut capital spending despite promising $1 billion capital boost.

  • 2 months ago
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    Germany is opening its first electric highway for trucks

    Trucks are guzzling ever more diesel, polluting towns and cities and fueling climate change. Germany thinks it may have found the answer by using overhead lines to power big rigs. A system that allows trucks to draw electric power from overhead cables went into operation on 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of the autobahn on Tuesday, according to the German government.

  • 2 months ago
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    Scientists have a new idea to make a fusion reactor practical

    Scientists are hoping a new upgrade at U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) could finally make fusion power a reality — by harnessing the power of a silvery metal called lithium. As part of the Lithium Tokamak Experiment, a team of researchers are coating the inside walls of the reactor with lithium, the same stuff in the batteries in a wide range of electronics, to ensure that plasma remains super hot and highly pressurized inside the reactor — impo...

  • 2 months ago
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    The Obamas Are Working on Seven—Yes, Seven—Projects for Netflix

    First she blesses us with her memoir, then she stunts in Balenciaga boots. And now my forever first lady and President are joining the ranks of the entertainment industry with a host of Netflix TV shows and movies. According to The New York Times, the Obamas currently have seven (!) projects in the works for Netflix, from documentaries to dramas and everything in between. There's really nothing they can't do.