Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’

Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’
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2018 October 08 – The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a report that says global temperatures are heading towards 3 degrees C, and that the original goal of keeping the rise under 1.5 degrees C will require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” While the window of opportunity is not yet closed, the prospect looks unlikely and hugely expensive. – bbc.com

Artificial sweeteners toxic to digestive gut bacteria

Artificial sweeteners toxic to digestive gut bacteria
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2018 October 03 – According to a study published in the journal Molecules, researchers found that six common artificial sweeteners approved by the Food and Drug Administration and 10 sport supplements that contained them were found to be toxic to the digestive gut microbes of mice.

The toxicity of aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k were tested. When exposed to only 1 milligram per milliliter of the artificial sweeteners, the bacteria found in the digestive system became toxic. – cnbc.com

Brain Scans Can Detect Who Has Better Skills

Brain Scans Can Detect Who Has Better Skills
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2018 October 3 – To gain new insight into how highly specialized workers learn skills or react to stressful situations, researchers are leveraging advanced scanning technologies to look at what’s happening inside the brain. A team of researchers studied surgeons as they performed surgical simulations and found they could identify novice from experienced surgeons by analyzing brain scans taken as the physicians worked.

The part of the brain involved in planning complex behaviors was more active in the novices. Skilled surgeons had more activity in the motor cortex, which is important for movement. – wsg.com

Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs

Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs
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2018 Aug 24 – After nearly 60 years of lighting homes halogens will be replaced with more energy efficient LEDs. Remaining stocks may still be sold, and capsules, linear and low voltage incandescents used in oven lights will be exempted. LEDs consume one-fifth of the energy of halogen bulbs and their phase-out will prevent more than 15m tonnes of carbon emissions a yeartheguardian.com

Facial recognition system for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Facial recognition system for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
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2018 August 7 – NEC’s system is built around an AI engine called NeoFace will provide a large-scale facial recognition system. The system will be used to identify over 300,000 people at the games, including athletes, volunteers, media, and other staff. NEC demonstrated the technology in Tokyo today, showing how athletes and other staff wouldn’t be able to enter venues if they were holding someone else’s IC card. – theverge.com

Nikon’s latest “compact” camera has world’s highest zoom ratio

Nikon’s latest “compact” camera has world’s highest zoom ratio
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2018 July 10 – Nikon revealed P1000 at $999 – It is the zoomiest superzoom ever with the world’s highest zoom ratio: at 24-3000mm equivalence, it’s capable of 125x optical zoom. Designed for extreme zoom scenarios like nature and space photography, and to that end it has dedicated bird-watching and moon-shooting pre sets. – theverge.com

SUSE Linux Sold For $2.5 Billion

SUSE Linux Sold For $2.5 Billion
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2018 July 02 – Britain’s Micro Focus has agreed to sell its SUSE open-source enterprise software business to Swedish buyout group EQT Partners for $2.535 billion – Reuters

Tracking down time to 100 billionths of a second

Tracking down time to 100 billionths of a second
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2018 June 29 – Computer scientists at Stanford University and Google have created technology that can track time down to 100 billionths of a second. For an exchange like Nasdaq, such refinement is essential to accurately order the millions of stock trades that are placed on their computer systems every second. – The New York Times

128TB SD Cards Are Coming

128TB SD Cards Are Coming
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2018 June 28 – A new card specification has been announced by the SD Association that can store 128 terabytes with faster transfer speeds of 985 megabytes per second – theverge.com

BBC Releases Computer History Archive

BBC Releases Computer History Archive
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2018 June 27 – The 1980s archive includes 267 programs, and 166 BBC Micro programs that were used on-screen, including interviews with Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak. – BBC.com

57% of Tech Workers Are Suffering From Job Burnout, Survey Finds

57% of Tech Workers Are Suffering From Job Burnout, Survey Finds
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2018 June 26 – A survey conducted among the tech workers, including many employees of Silicon Valley’s elite tech companies, has revealed that over 57% of respondents are suffering from job burnout. The survey was carried out by the makers of an app that allows employees to review workplaces and have anonymous conversations at work, behind their employers’ backs. Over 11K employees answered one question — if they suffer from job burnout, and 57.16% said “Yes.”- bleepingcomputer.com

Snapdragon 1000 – Chip for the PCs is coming

Snapdragon 1000 – Chip for the PCs is coming
3.7 (73.33%) ratings

2018 June 24 – Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 processor may be intended for PCs, but it’s still a half step — it’s really a higher-clocked version of the same processor you’d find in your phone. It would consume a laptop-like 12W of power across the entire system-on-a-chip. It would compete directly with Intel’s low-power Core processors. It’d have up to 16GB of RAM and two 128GB storage modules. – engadget.com

The World’s Smallest Computer Can Fit on the Tip of a Grain of Rice

The World’s Smallest Computer Can Fit on the Tip of a Grain of Rice
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2018 June 22 – Engineers at the University of Michigan have created the world’s smallest computer—again. these Nanodevices could have wide-ranging uses, especially in medicine where highly accurate sensors that are unobtrusive can help shed new light on disease – motherboard.vice.com

Giant African Baobab Trees Die Suddenly After Thousands of Years

Giant African Baobab Trees Die Suddenly After Thousands of Years
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2018 June 12 – Some of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, according to researchers. The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and in some cases as wide as a bus is long, may have fallen victim to climate change, the team speculated – theguardian.com

NASA Makes Two Decades of Satellite Images of Earth Available To the Public

NASA Makes Two Decades of Satellite Images of Earth Available To the Public
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2018 June 11 – Multiple instruments aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, launched in 1999 and 2002, respectively, have kept close watch on the virtually the entire planet for nearly 20 years. The longest continuous daily satellite observation record of Earth ever compiled is now available. – discovermagazine.com

2018 World’s Fastest Supercomputer – Summit

2018 World’s Fastest Supercomputer – Summit
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2018 June 8 – The US Department of Energy on Friday unveiled Summit, a supercomputer capable of performing 200 quadrillion calculations per second, or 200 petaflops. Summit, housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), was built for AI. – zdnet.com

French School Students To Be Banned From Using Mobile Phones

French School Students To Be Banned From Using Mobile Phones
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2018 June 8 – The lower house of parliament in France has passed what it called a “detox” law for a younger generation increasingly addicted to screens. Banning phones in schools meant all children now had a legal “right to disconnect” from digital pressures during their school day. – theguardian.com

Emirates Planes Could Be Going Windowless

Emirates Planes Could Be Going Windowless
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2018 June 7 – The airline has just unveiled a new first class suite on board its latest aircraft that features “virtual windows” instead of real ones, which will make them lighter and faster. On the inside there will be “a full display of windows,” which will beam in the images from the outside. – abc.net.au

Microsoft Acquires GitHub For $7.5B

Microsoft Acquires GitHub For $7.5B
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2018 June 04 – GitHub is the world’s leading software development platform where more than 28 million developers learn, share and collaborate. Post acquisition, GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries. Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects — and will still be able to deploy their code to any operating system, any cloud and any device. – news.microsoft.com