Sci-tech


European Space Agency says Mars probe may have exploded
- October 22, 2016

The European Space Agency's Schiaparelli lander apparently crashed after its parachute was ejected too early and its thrusters switched off too soon, according to data relayed back from its orbiting mothership. Scientists know that its heat shield functioned properly and its parachute deployed as planned at an altitude of 6.8 miles. We can also see the hardware has provided meaningful data. (more...)
SkunkLock: The bicycle lock that fights thieves - by making them sick SkunkLock: The bicycle lock that fights thieves - by making them sick
- October 22, 2016

There are more than 1.5 million bicycles stolen every year , and thefts have been on the rise recently as biking has gained in popularity. The hardened medium-carbon steel U-Lock is pressurized inside with noxious chemicals so harsh, they nearly always induce vomiting. (more...)
Wonder Woman named a special UN ambassador, despite protests
- October 22, 2016

Anne Marie Goetz , an NYU professor and former United Nations adviser, called the move "disgusting" on Twitter, saying that it substituted a "sexualized fake" for a "real woman leader". "Why do we need to use a sexualized cartoon character?" said employee Elizabeth Leff. But the selection has been met with opposition, and almost 1000 people signed an online petition asking UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reconsider the choice. (more...)
Mysterious Planet Nine could have caused solar system to tilt
- October 22, 2016

The tilt is an estimated six degrees, and mathematically, Planet Nine's estimated size, distance and unusual orbit fit perfectly within the new hypothesis. Prof Brown and Dr Batygin discovered Planet Nine after noticing that 13 objects in the Kuiper Belt - an area beyond Pluto - were all moving together as if being "lassoed" by the gravity of a huge object. (more...)
NOAA's Winter Outlook predicts warmer, drier South and cooler, wetter North NOAA's Winter Outlook predicts warmer, drier South and cooler, wetter North
- October 21, 2016

La Nina generally means wetter and colder winters in the northern USA and better conditions for us. The Climate Prediction Center issued a La Nina watch this month, predicting the climate phenomenon is likely to develop in late fall or early winter. (more...)
Hyundai recalls Sonatas and Sonata Hybrids with sun roofs Hyundai recalls Sonatas and Sonata Hybrids with sun roofs
- October 21, 2016

If this occurs, the tempered glass sunroof panel can detach from the sunroof assembly, meaning the sunroof glass can fully detach from the auto, flying into the road. South Korean supplier Webasto Donghee was listed as the manufacturer of the related parts in a document. Dealers will apply a revised bonding to the deflector. (more...)
His team's got bite, but Francona loses tooth with chew His team's got bite, but Francona loses tooth with chew
- October 20, 2016

There is no more waiting for next year in Cleveland. The Tribe now has a critical opportunity to play from in front and the potential makings of a big inning, right? They sent out six relievers combined to record 25 outs in a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays to take a 3-0 series lead over the Jays. (more...)
Bank of America's Profit Rises as Sales and Trading Revenue Climbs Bank of America's Profit Rises as Sales and Trading Revenue Climbs
- October 19, 2016

The stock's market capitalization arrived at $168.79B and total traded volume was 101.8 million shares. Shares rose 1.1% in premarket trading. Bank of America becomes the latest large USA bank to report third-quarter results. They project that the shares will move to $N/A within the upcoming year. The deeper you dig into Bank of America's (NYSE:BAC) third-quarter earnings release (downloads as PDF), the better its performance appears. (more...)
'Incredible failure of leadership': why Apple's auto plans were partially abandoned 'Incredible failure of leadership': why Apple's auto plans were partially abandoned
- October 18, 2016

Project Titan, as its referred to internally, has had a change in its management, which according to Bloomberg's sources is keen to refocus efforts towards development autonomous driving software, rather than creating its own vehicle. In an interview a year ago, Apple board member Mickey Drexler said that before his death in 2011 Steve Jobs had considered building a vehicle. Hundreds of Apple's employees left the project or were let go in a number of reshuffles. (more...)
Benefits of greenhouse gas pact may fall short of high hopes Benefits of greenhouse gas pact may fall short of high hopes
- October 18, 2016

The important role played by this group of chemicals, used in refrigeration and air conditioning, is evident from the scientific estimate that without a mitigation plan, HFCs could warm the world by an additional half a degree Celsius by the end of the century. (more...)
Amazon-Introduces-Music-Unlimited Amazon-Introduces-Music-Unlimited
- October 17, 2016

USA and global online retail major and content creator Amazon has introduced Amazon Music Unlimited , an on-demand music service that redefines music streaming by putting a catalogue of tens of millions of songs and thousands of hand-curated playlists and personalised stations. (more...)
China launches crew to dock with experimental space station
- October 17, 2016

On the prospects of China's space station, Zhukov believed that advances in technology would likely turn future space station into a terminal to enable manned space missions further beyond as well as stopovers of spacecraft such as mooncraft for maintenance and cargo relays. (more...)
U.S. outlaws Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on flights U.S. outlaws Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on flights
- October 17, 2016

In Virgin's statement issued on Friday, Virgin "strongly advised" passengers not to bring Note 7 devices to an airport. Regulators in September ordered passengers and airline crews to power off any recalled Note 7s that were carried aboard flights and forbade the devices from being charged. (more...)
Antares Rocket Launch at Wallops Delayed Until Sunday
- October 16, 2016

The mission is to put the state-owned launch pad back into business. The launch originally was slated for Friday, but forecasts for Tropical Storm Nicole caused NASA and Orbital ATK to postpone it until Sunday, at the earliest. It also made good on two station deliveries using another company's rockets in Florida. Since 2012, Space X and Orbital have shipped food, equipment and scientific experiments on 12 successful missions. (more...)
Plane evacuated after new Samsung Note 7 phone catches fire
- October 15, 2016

In a statement , Samsung said it was working to recover the device and understand the cause. The FAA confirmed that a Samsung phone caused the smoke and added that an investigation was underway. He dropped it on the ground , and his colleague went back onto the plane to pick up some of his stuff as the plane was evacuated. One owner even claimed that his replacement exploded within 24 hours of delivery . (more...)
Research Analysts' Recent Ratings Changes for Qualcomm (QCOM) Research Analysts' Recent Ratings Changes for Qualcomm (QCOM)
- October 15, 2016

From the analysts polled by Zack's Research, the highest estimate stands at $53 and the lowest is at $32 for the stock. 07/21/2016 - QUALCOMM Incorporated was upgraded to "conviction buy" by analysts at Goldman Sachs. For the past 5 years, the company's revenue has grown 2.6%, while the company's earnings per share has grown 2.8%. The firm's revenue was up 2.9% compared to the same quarter a year ago. (more...)
Onida woman deploys with Red Cross for hurricane relief
- October 14, 2016

It has 80 emergency response vehicles helping out. "Chemotherapy drugs and radiation used to treat cancer can affect the bone marrow where platelets are produced, and platelet transfusions help to prevent life-threatening bleeding", said Laura Potter of the Central Plains Blood Services Region. (more...)
Verizon Google Pixel Android updates promised without delay
- October 14, 2016

The Smart Storage will alert Google Pixel users when they are running out of space and have not used some apps in a long time, and ask them if they wish to delete the same. It looks like that Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL will be two commercially available devices with top of the notch specification and probably the best Nexus - artist now known as Pixel devices to the market. (more...)
Four States Sue To Stop US from Ceding Internet Control Four States Sue To Stop US from Ceding Internet Control
- October 12, 2016

ICANN , with a budget of more than $130 million a year and 350 employees based in California, coordinates the Domain Name System that matches millions of computer addresses with the numbers. However, what we need most of all is for you (Congress) to convene an emergency session of Congress to prevent the handover of the Internet from the United States to an unaccountable UN-aligned organization. (more...)
Giants' Ereck Flowers goes out of his way to shove ESPN reporter Giants' Ereck Flowers goes out of his way to shove ESPN reporter
- October 12, 2016

Not once did he actually address his push of Raanan or a report that he also once threatened Matt Miller through a colleague. Duggan provided a transcript of the confrontation, which began with Flowers ordering Raanan to "get out of my face". (more...)
Feds to launch contempt case against Arpaio
- October 12, 2016

US prosecutors said on Tuesday they will seek a criminal contempt charge against Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his tough stance on illegal immigration , for violating a court order in a 2007 racial profiling case . (more...)
Toddler stuck with mom rescued from rapidly rising floodwaters Toddler stuck with mom rescued from rapidly rising floodwaters
- October 11, 2016

They heard someone "hollering" and tried to rescue her with a rope but couldn't. Six localities - Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News, Virginia Beach , Middlesex Count and Portsmouth - have been declared emergencies and the Virginia National Guard had about 160 personnel with high-water vehicles and debris teams positioned to provide support, according to the release. (more...)
Bruce Springsteen Says He 'Admires' Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem Protest Bruce Springsteen Says He 'Admires' Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem Protest
- October 10, 2016

The NBA is a league that as always been the front of equality issues and the league and its players have never been afraid to make a statement. And as hard as it will be for his critics to concede, Kaepernick's protest has gotten traction as other athletes have joined in, forcing a national conversation, which is always a good thing, and millions of dollars has been raised to promote better relations between Bay Area police and the communities they serve, including a donation of $1 million ... (more...)
Watch hurricane hunters fly through eye of the storm Watch hurricane hunters fly through eye of the storm
- October 09, 2016

US President Barack Obama says southern Florida's population centres had dodged the worst of Hurricane Matthew , although it remained "dangerous" with storm surges further up the coast a real concern. The video begins with the flight crew calmly manoeuvering the plane as powerful winds and rain thrash against the windows. The hurricane hunters were gathering data on the storm's strength, including wind speed, temperature, and air pressure. (more...)
Hillary Clinton campaign trolls Trump with 3 am tweetstorm of its own
- October 09, 2016

He did not elaborate on his allegations beyond saying that the Clinton campaign was unaware of the beauty queen's past and had been "duped" by her. Trump sought to limit the damage, tweeting back that "For those few people knocking me for tweeting at three o'clock in the morning, at least you know I will be there, awake, to answer the call!" "She was impossible. (more...)
Blue Origin successfully tests escape system, lands rocket Blue Origin successfully tests escape system, lands rocket
- October 06, 2016

New Shepard is a reusable flight system comprised of a rocket and a capsule. The system had been tested on the ground, but this was be the first in-air test and the company has programed the capsule to deploy at the most stressful point in the launch , according to Bezos. (more...)
Resident Evil 7 and Batman Arkham VR are timed PSVR exclusives
- October 06, 2016

Posted to the PlayStation Blog , the FAQ poses the question "Does the Processor Unit support 4K and HDR pass through?" The news can be explained in the following way. Are you upset to know that Sony's biggest new toys don't really play that well together? Most pre-orders for the virtual reality headset have sold out. (more...)
Mail-in ballots ready for voters Mail-in ballots ready for voters
- October 06, 2016

This election in particular has computer scientists and security experts anxious. With just a few weeks left before Election Day, the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is looking for election officers to serve at 836 polling places throughout the county. (more...)
Three scientists win Nobel Prize in chemistry for building 'molecular machines'
- October 06, 2016

This year's prize amount is 8 million Swedish krona (930,000 USA dollars), to be shared equally between the laureates. The three will share the distinction and also the €816,326 award that comes with it. These types of smart materials will be created to be adaptable to changes of stimuli, such as in response to light or temperature. We could exploit control at a molecular level in completely new and radical ways. (more...)
USA probes Ford vehicles for steering, door latch problems USA probes Ford vehicles for steering, door latch problems
- October 05, 2016

The government says it has received 1,560 reports that the door ajar warning light won't turn off on the Edges. So far, federal regulators have received 1,560 reports regarding this issue, and one injury has been reported. At least 3 million vehicles have been recalled to fix the latches. Ford has recalled almost 4 million vehicles for door latch issues in six separate recalls since 2014, including the 2.4 million vehicles recalled in the last two months. (more...)
Obama tries to recreate SXSW at White House Obama tries to recreate SXSW at White House
- October 05, 2016

DiCaprio screened his film "Before the Flood", a documentary about climate change. The reference was a thinly veiled allusion to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has openly questioned the existence of global warming and the impact human activities have on it. (more...)
U.S. and Russian Federation trade blame on Syria after Washington drops ceasefire talks
- October 05, 2016

Another rebel commander from the Nour al-Din al-Zinki group said the army had opened several fronts simultaneously since the launch of a ground assault in order to stretch rebel forces, and had dropped leaflets from helicopters calling on them to surrender. (more...)
Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US intelligence
- October 05, 2016

But while investigators routinely request user data from internet companies like Yahoo and others, surveillance experts told Reuters that the automated scanning of accounts may mark the first time an American company has agreed to search all of its users' messages as they arrived. (more...)
Pound drops in value as May signals 'hard Brexit' Pound drops in value as May signals 'hard Brexit'
- October 04, 2016

The prime minister hit on the emotive issues of sovereignty, immigration and world status - suggesting that these were the pillars around which her program would be built. "So we can do both", Chilton said. Economic experts warn that a hard Brexit would damage financial services, exports, manufacturing, agriculture, science and university sectors, as well as creating further insecurity for European Union nationals. (more...)
Microsoft rolled out Cumulative Update KB3194496 for non-Windows Insider Microsoft rolled out Cumulative Update KB3194496 for non-Windows Insider
- October 01, 2016

In this build, shared devices on your home network may no longer be available in your home network folder and mapped network drives may not be available. Teams have dug into this issue and do believe the cause has been identified. Since Windows 10 updates are cumulative, this package contains all previously released fixes. (more...)
'Incredible' 2000yo skeleton found in ancient Antikythera shipwreck (PHOTO, VIDEO) 'Incredible' 2000yo skeleton found in ancient Antikythera shipwreck (PHOTO, VIDEO)
- October 01, 2016

Greek Travel Blog reports the famous shipwreck was discovered by Aegean Sea sponge divers in November 1900. Dr Schroeder was especially pleased at the recovery of the petrous bones - located behind the ear - that tend to preserve DNA better than other parts of the skeleton or teeth. (more...)
DGCA curbs on Samsung Note 7 phones go DGCA curbs on Samsung Note 7 phones go
- October 01, 2016

In the meeting, the Company's executives assured the DGCA about the safety issue related to Samsung Note 7 sold after September 15. Immediately after Samsung's recall on September 2, its stock price climbed, with some adjustments, until September 8, when the price per share reached a high of 1.639 million South Korean won (US$1,491). (more...)
Sheriff's Office Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness Sheriff's Office Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness
- September 29, 2016

Komen® organization and the beginning of a global movement. Predictably, the girls with a family breast cancer history scored much higher on measures of perceived breast cancer risk and breast-cancer-specific distress compared to the controls, yet they scored no worse on measures of general psychosocial adjustment including anxiety and depression. (more...)
Microsoft signs up Adobe for its Azure cloud computing services Microsoft signs up Adobe for its Azure cloud computing services
- September 29, 2016

While Adobe started talking about the cloud early on, it mostly used it as a delivery mechanism for its subscription service at first. In an official release from Adobe , Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft , quoted, "Business leaders in every industry are focused on how to better engage their digital customers , wherever they are". (more...)
Samsung phone catches fire in plane;DGCA summons company execs
- September 27, 2016

A spokesman for India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation said it would send out an advisory to airlines warning passengers to keep all Samsung Note smartphones switched off during the flight or avoid carrying the phones on commercial jets altogether. (more...)

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