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  • 2 days ago
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    Longevity primarily hereditary in extremely long-living families

    Longevity is heritable, but that primarily applies to persons from families where multiple members are among the top 10 percent survivors of their birth cohort. The key to a long life can probably be found in the genes of these families. These are the conclusions of researchers at Leiden University Medical Center, together with their colleagues from Nijmegen and the United States, in an article in Nature Communications.

  • 7 days ago
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    Tesla Roadster is going to be able to hover over the ground, says Elon Musk

    Elon Musk has been making some crazy claims about the next generation Tesla Roadster, but now he is topping them off with a claim that it will actually be able to hover over the ground. When first unveiling the vehicle, Musk claimed a list of insanely impressive specs for the new Roadster, including 0-60 mph in 1.9 sec, 620-mile of range, and more. Musk has been teasing those specs as the “base specs” and other versions could be even crazier.

  • 8 days ago
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    Wagon Sales Are Increasing, But They're Less Popular Than Ever

    Great news! Wagons sales are up. Way up, actually, versus 2013. According to data released by Edmunds and published by Bloomberg, the number of wagons sold in the US has gone up 29 percent, a total of 212,000 of them purchased in 2018. Sounds good, right? Historically, Americans have been moving away from wagons, increasingly opting for crossovers to satisfy their needs.

  • 13 days ago
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    Machine learning can offer new tools, fresh insights for the humanities

    Truly revolutionary political transformations are naturally of great interest to historians, and the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century is widely regarded as one of the most influential, serving as a model for building other European democracies. A paper published last summer in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers new insight into how the members of the first National Constituent Assembly hammered out the details of this new type of governance.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Button offers instant gratification for those plagued by airplane noise

    Barbara Deckert has a new weapon in the war against airplane noise — and she’s not afraid to use it. Every time a plane flies over her suburban Maryland home, rattling her windows and setting her teeth on edge, she presses a small white button and feels a tiny sense of triumph. That’s because with one click, Deckert has done what could have taken her hours to do a few months ago — she has filed a noise complaint with officials at the Maryland Aviation Administration.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event distant

    Another analyst lowers iPhone sales forecast, this time cutting iPhone XS Max by nearly half

    Yet another analyst is cutting iPhone demand for the first quarter of 2019. As reported by Reuters, Citi Research has lowered its forecast from 50 million to 45 million for the quarter, primarily due to weak iPhone XS Max demand. While Citi is cutting its overall iPhone shipment forecast by 5 million, its iPhone XS Max forecast is seeing a much bigger hit. The firm is lowering its forecast for the 6.5-inch device by a whopping 48 percent for the first quarter of 2019.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event distant

    2018 will be the first year with no violent tornadoes in the United States

    In the whirlwind that is 2018, there has been a notable lack of high-end twisters. We're now days away from this becoming the first year in the modern record with no violent tornadoes touching down in the United States. Violent tornadoes are the strongest on a 0 to 5 scale, or those ranked EF4 or EF5.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Ars Technica’s best games of 2018

    Running through this year's list of video games that made the most impact on the Ars staff, I'm struck by the sheer variety. Sure, there's the usual selection of open world adventures and slick action games. But there are also a handful of fresh takes on the puzzle game genre, a few promising virtual reality games, a relatively wide variety of 2D platformers, racing games that run the gamut from realistic to campy, a couple of fighting games, and even a rhythm game! (Editor's...

  • 1 month ago
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    Blockchain Specialists: Who Are They and How Much Do They Earn?

    Relatively new blockchain technology is developing quite actively in recent years, which inevitably leads to increase of jobs number in this industry. Considering that, the infrastructure is still not very developed well in this area, it can be assumed that the trend of increased demand for qualified personnel will still remain for many years. In this article we will talk about blockchain specialists...

  • 1 month ago
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    4 Tools That Make Delighting Your Customers Easier

    Improving your customer retention doesn’t always require big changes to your pricing, targeting or positioning. Sometimes it’s as simple as a small tweak to an existing system. Earlier this year, Episerver found that one-third of consumers have felt disappointed by the lack of attention from businesses they help support. That feeling of neglect likely doesn’t stem from a deficiency of customer retention strategies or ideas on the vendor’s side.

  • 1 month ago
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    If we want to stop the climate breakdown, we need new words to communicate it

    California is experiencing one of the most destructive wildfire seasons on record. Among the many different factors that led to it, several experts agree that climate change also played a role. Moreover, a major climate assessment by the US government reports that "projected climate changes suggest that western forests in the United States will be increasingly affected by large and intense fires that will occur more frequently."

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Google will shut down Google+ four months early after second data leak

    Google+ has suffered another data leak, and Google has decided to shut down the consumer version of the social network four months earlier than it originally planned. Google+ will now close to consumers in April, rather than August. Additionally, API access to the network will shut down within the next 90 days. According to Google, the new vulnerability impacted 52.5 million users...

  • 1 month ago
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    ‘Daredevil’ Cancelation Is Bad News for Netflix, as Data Reveals Demand Still Huge

    Netflix shocked Marvel fans when it announced November 29 it was canceling “Daredevil” after three seasons. The show, starring Charlie Cox as the titular Hell’s Kitchen superhero, was the first Marvel series to stream on Netflix and had a passionate following. New data from Parrot Analytics, released by Deadline, makes it clear passion for “Daredevil” was still high after its third season debut earlier this year and remained huge up to the show’s cancelation. The question now must be...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Antibiotic Could Protect against Age-Related Neurodegenerative Diseases

    Protein aggregation causes a number of age-related disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and prion diseases. Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have now found that an FDA-approved antibiotic, minocycline, can prevent the buildup of proteins in aging roundworms and extend the animals’ lifespan.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Monster black hole merger detected

    Gravitational waves have been picked up from the biggest black hole merger yet detected. Scientists say their laser labs sensed the ripples in space-time emanating from this gargantuan collision on 29 July 2017. The event saw two holes, weighing more than 50 and 34 times the mass of our Sun, uniting to produce a single object over 80 times the mass of our star. It happened at least five billion light-years from Earth.