New Richter-like scale for alien signals

New Richter-like scale for alien signals
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2018 July 28 – The new scale called Rio 2.0 allows scientists to rate interesting signals detected in searches for extraterrestrial intelligence from 0 to 10, where 0 is nothing to get excited about and 10 is equivalent to an alien space probe orbiting the Earth or an alien shaking your hand. – theguardian.com

Russian Scientists Claim to Have Resurrected 40,000-Year-Old Worms Buried in Ice

Russian Scientists Claim to Have Resurrected 40,000-Year-Old Worms Buried in Ice
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2018 July 27 – The worms were found among more than 300 samples of frozen soil pulled from the Kolyma River Lowlands in Northeastern Siberia by the researchers. One sample from a buried squirrel burrow dating back 32,000 years and one from a glacier dating back 40,000 years. After isolating intact nematodes, the scientists kept the samples at 68 degrees Fahrenheit and left them surrounded by food in a petri dish, just to see what would happen. Over the next few weeks, they gradually spotted flickers of life as the worms ate the food and even cloned new family members. These cloned worms were then cultured separately, and they too thrived. – gizmodo.com

New wearable sensor detects stress hormone in sweat

New wearable sensor detects stress hormone in sweat
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2018 July 20 – Stanford researchers have figured out how much cortisol someone is producing in seconds, using sweat from the skin. A wearable membrane allows charged ions, like sodium and potassium, to pass through. Cortisol, which has no charge, can’t pass, and instead blocks the charged ions. Signals sent from an electrical sensor in the patch can be used to detect these and determine how much cortisol is in the sweat. – ieee.org

Complete Fly Brain Imaged at Nanoscale Resolution

Complete Fly Brain Imaged at Nanoscale Resolution
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2018 July 19 – Scientists at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus have taken detailed pictures of the entire brain of an adult female fruit fly using transmission electron microscopy. The fruit fly brain, roughly the size of a poppy seed, contains about 100,000 neurons (humans have 100 billion). Each neuron branches into a starburst of fine wires that touch the wires of other neurons. Neurons talk to one another through these touchpoints, or synapses, forming a dense mesh of communication circuits. – hhmi.org

Study finds cellphone use may affect teenagers’ memory

Study finds cellphone use may affect teenagers’ memory
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2018 July 19 – The investigation, led by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), in a study involving nearly 700 adolescents in Switzerland, has found that Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields may have adverse effects on the development of memory performance of specific brain regions exposed during mobile phone use. – swisstph.ch

NASA finds first evidence of a young star devouring a planet

NASA finds first evidence of a young star devouring a planet
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2018 July 19 – Scientists may have observed, for the first time, the destruction of a young planet or planets around a nearby star. Observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory indicate that the parent star is now in the process of devouring the planetary debris.- nasa.gov

PC sales are growing for the first time in six years

PC sales are growing for the first time in six years
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2018 October 22 – Windows 10 business PCs appear to be powering some of the growth. Top manufacturers HP, Lenovo, Dell, Apple, and Acer all grew their PC businesses in the recent quarter, with competitors continuing to weaken. – theverge.com

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated in South Africa

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated in South Africa
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2018 July 13 – MeerKAT revealed extraordinary detail in the region surrounding the supermassive black hole at the centre of our Milky Way Galaxy. The centre of the galaxy is unique, visually striking and full of unexplained phenomena – www.ska.ac.za

India now has the ‘world’s strongest’ net neutrality rules

India now has the ‘world’s strongest’ net neutrality rules
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2018 July 12 -India has just adopted tough new rules guaranteeing an open and fair internet for nearly half a billion people. “Internet access services should be governed by a principle that restricts any form of discrimination or interference in the treatment of content,” the new Indian regulations state. That includes “practices like blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds or treatment to any content.” – cnn.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

Coffee Drinkers Are More Likely To Live Longer

Coffee Drinkers Are More Likely To Live Longer
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2018 July 02The latest findings come from a decade long study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine that included about a half-million people  NPR.org

People who drank two to three cups per day had about a 12 percent lower risk of death compared to non-coffee drinkers

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

Mumbai Bans Plastic Bags, Bottles, and Single-Use Plastic Containers

Mumbai Bans Plastic Bags, Bottles, and Single-Use Plastic Containers
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2018 June 23 – Mumbai became the first city in India to have implemented plastic ban, prohibiting usage of all single-use plastic bags, Bottles, and Single-Use Plastic Containers  besides also banning the manufacturing and sale of such items.- The Hindu

Scientists Use Caffeine To Control Genes

Scientists Use Caffeine To Control Genes
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2018 June 20 – caffeine can be used as a trigger for synthetic genetic circuitry, which can then in turn do useful things for us — even correct or treat medical conditions – Arstechnica.com