Scientists say goodbye to physical definition of the kilogram

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In between coffee breaks and presentations on quantum physics, scientists today voted to redefine the kilogram, the unit that underpins the world’s system of weights. Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/16/18098234/kilogram-new-definition-vote-passed-kg-measurement-bipm Advertisements

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Dodging antibiotic resistance by curbing bacterial evolution: Findings point to possibility of new ‘anti-evolution drugs’ to keep hard-to-treat pathogens from arising

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Dodging antibiotic resistance by curbing bacterial evolution: Findings point to possibility of new ‘anti-evolution drugs’ to keep hard-to-treat pathogens from arising With many disease-causing bacteria ratcheting up their shields against current drugs, new tactics are vital to protect people from treatment-resistant infections….

Verily shelves its glucose-monitoring contact lens project

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Verily shelves its glucose-monitoring contact lens project Verily In 2014, Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences subsidiary, teamed up with Alcon to develop a contact lens that could measure glucose levels in tears. The idea being that diabetics would have an easier, less invasive…

Microsoft’s new experimental app is all about imitating emojis

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Microsoft’s new experimental app is all about imitating emojis Microsoft Microsoft has released a new app that aims to demonstrate how its Windows Machine Learning APIs can be used to build apps and “make machine learning fun and approachable.” Emoji8 is a…

Google releases gorgeous VR short film ‘Age of Sail’

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Google releases gorgeous VR short film ‘Age of Sail’ Google Spotlight Stories Google Spotlight Stories has released its latest short, Age of Sail. Directed by Academy Award winner John Kahrs (Disney’s Paperman short), it blends beautiful animation with the story of an…

Communal rearing gives mice a competitive edge

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Communal rearing gives mice a competitive edge Research by scientists at the University of Liverpool suggests that being raised communally makes mice more competitive when they’re older. It is well known that in many animals, including humans, early-life experiences have long-lasting effects…

More companies are chipping their workers like pets

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More companies are chipping their workers like pets The trend of blundering into the void of adopting new tech, damn the consequences, full speed ahead, continues this week. The Telegraph tells us about “a number of UK legal and financial firms” are…

Cryptocurrency chill causes mining speculator Nvidia’s stock to plunge

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Cryptocurrency chill causes mining speculator Nvidia’s stock to plunge The cryptocurrency market is an exciting one, but it’s also unpredictable — and when things go south, they take related businesses with them. Nvidia, a hardware giant that has been riding the cryptocurrency…

Senate bill takes aim at illegal robocalls

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Senate bill takes aim at illegal robocalls Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images Three senators have proposed new legislation aimed at deterring robocall scams. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Protection, or TRACED, Act would give the FCC broader authority to penalize those that…

Garage door automation made easy

Garage door automation made easy

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Garage door automation made easy Smart garage door controllers make getting out the door to work or coming home at the end of the day safer and more seamless. With features like automatic opening and closing, scheduling, user management and voice commands,…

Scoot will add locks to its scooters to combat theft and vandalism

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Scoot will add locks to its scooters to combat theft and vandalism Bloomberg via Getty Images In August, San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency awarded two companies, Scoot and Skip, permits to operate their scooters in the city. The scooter pilot program has…

Verizon app puts four extra numbers on one phone

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Verizon app puts four extra numbers on one phone Evan Rodgers/Engadget Multi-SIM phones are all fine and dandy, but they have their limits: you rarely get more than two lines, and they may be overkill if you just want a new set…

Microsoft may release a disc-free Xbox One in 2019

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Microsoft may release a disc-free Xbox One in 2019 Timothy J. Seppala/Engadget Microsoft is no doubt pouring much of its energy into the next-gen Xbox, but it might give the current generation one last hurrah. Thurrott sources understand that it’s planning new…

Researchers want to power pacemakers with cotton­-based biofuel cell

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Researchers want to power pacemakers with cotton­-based biofuel cell Georgia Tech/Korea University Researchers at the Georgia Tech and Korea University believe they have found a way to power implantable medical devices like pacemakers with a new fuel cell made from cotton fiber….

Death by push notification

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Death by push notification Attention is the main prize of the internet. Everyone is fighting for it, and the phone is the prime battleground. The most potent of weapons in this war is the incessant, whining notification trying to pull your attention…