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The world's first grapheneGraphene has been used to make things better before, whether it's headphones or the ability to desalinate and purify water. Now, we're finally going to see graphene brought into the world of footwear... and fitness. The post The world’s first graphene running shoes are coming in 2018 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Scientists create unpoweredUsing only mechanical elements like gears and springs, researchers have devised a way for unpowered plastic objects to communicate with your Wi-Fi network, opening the door to new possible... applications. The post Scientists create unpowered 3D-printed objects that can communicate via Wi-Fi appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Researchers 3D-printResearchers at the University of Washington have developed a way for 3D-printed plastic objects to transmit information via WiFi without the help of batteries or electronics. And they show that it can... be done with commercially available plastics and...
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Mantis shrimp are theThanks to Mother Nature's inspiration by way of the mantis shrimp, we may now have a camera that can improve early cancer detection, and potentially help us better understand underwater phenomena. The... post Mantis shrimp are the inspiration for this new polarized light camera appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Bitcoin futures are now tradable on the CBOE

TechCrunch - 11 Dec 2017 02:12
Bitcoin futures are nowBitcoin futures trading on CBOE, the world’s largest futures exchange, just launched at 5pm CT. Within a minute of the launch bitcoin spiked about 10% from ~$14,700 all the way up to $16,200 before... settling a few minutes later to around $15,500, up about 5%. Now an hour after launching the actual price of bitcoin is still up, trading around $15,350. Currently the settlement price of…
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Tiny Space-Debris DetectorHow many tiny bits of space debris are pummeling the International Space Station day after day? A new experiment headed into orbit this week will find out.
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Apple AI director talksApple's director of AI research, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, gave peers a small glimpse into the company's self-driving platform this week, discussing some internal projects at the NIPS machine learning... conference.
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Blue Origin preparing toAn airspace closure notice published by the Federal Aviation Administration Dec. 9 suggests Blue Origin is preparing to resume test flights of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle after a hiatus of more... than a year. SpaceNews.com
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Net Neutrality isn't the onlyLost amid the furor over the Federal Communications Commission’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad decision to reverse net neutrality regulations is another, equally awful ,decision on a program... to provide subsidies for broadband internet subscriptions to low-income households in cities and tribal regions around the country.
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Try not to puke while playingWipeout might be one of the most ill-suited games for virtual reality, featuring high-speed races with brilliant flashing lights and neon streaks -- but it's coming to PlayStation VR anyway. Wipeout... Omega Collection will get a free VR mode in early 2...
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The Earth is making a weirdThanks to humans, the Earth is a pretty noisy place. We're loud creatures -- certainly more so than any other animal ever to walk the planet -- and we're even louder when we get together with other... humans. But the Earth isn't totally silent, even without noisy animals all over its surface, and scientists are trying to figure out why that is. For the very first time, researchers have captured an underwater recording of a mysterious noise that Earth has apparently be producing for eons, and they still aren't sure why. The sound which the planet produces is a low, steady, unceasing hum. Scientists have been attempting to record and explain the odd noise as far back as the late 1950s, with little concrete data to suggest its source. Now, new research published in Geophysical Research Letters...
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Making Sense of Bitcoin'sNo one knows exactly why Bitcoin’s price is so crazy right now, but Bryan Chaffin examines what we do know so we can keep things in perspective.
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Nvidia just released the mostNvidia just announced the Titan V, the most powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) of all time.  This isn't the type of graphics card your gamer friends all bought on Black Friday, either. This is a... graphics card powerful enough for use on research in artificial intelligence and machine learning.  SEE ALSO: Nvidia's AI machine generates fake faces from celebrity images The GPU contains 21.1 billion (yes, billion) transistors, and delivers 110 teraflops of horsepower, 9 times that of any other Nvidia processor. For perspective, the Xbox One X delivers only six teraflops, and that was really impressive when it was announced earlier this year.
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Apple is reportedly close toApple is close to acquiring the music recognition app Shazam, according to TechCrunch. The purchase is the latest in a series of acquisitions by the world's largest tech company. The post Apple is... reportedly close to acquiring music-recognition app Shazam appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New manifestation of magneticThe startling similarity between the physical laws describing electric phenomena and those describing magnetic phenomena has been known since the 19th century. However, one piece that would make the... two perfectly symmetric was missing: magnetic monopoles. While magnetic monopoles in the form of elementary particles remain elusive, there have been some recent successes in engineering objects that behave effectively like magnetic monopoles. Now, scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have shown that there is a much simpler way to observe such magnetic monopoles: They have demonstrated that superfluid helium droplets act as magnetic monopoles from the perspective of molecules that are immersed inside them. Such droplets have been studied for decades, but...
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Net neutrality protestors hitDefenders of a free and open internet rallied in front of Verizon stores across the U.S. Thursday. The fight to save net neutrality even made it to the only Verizon store in Fairbanks, Alaska. SEE... ALSO: How killing net neutrality will hurt online protests and free speech Snow didn't stop at least a couple sign-wielding protesters from showing up at the Verizon store in Fairbanks. The state's only other Verizon locations are 360 miles away in Anchorage. Fairbanks to Congress: #StopTheFCC. We oppose FCC chair and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai’s plan to kill #NetNeutrality! — Mary Alice Crim (@MaryAliceCrim) December 7, 2017
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Hilton to roll out 'ConnectedHilton on Thursday announced plans for what it calls the "Connected Room," an initiative that will allow hotel guests to manage and control a range of internet-connected devices from their smartphone.
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Net neutrality protesters takeProtesters want Congress to step in and stop the FCC's vote next week to end net neutrality regulation.
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Space modernization up in theThe protracted budget stalemate is bad news for the Air Force's 2018 space investment budget. SpaceNews.com
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Bitcoin hits $15,000 and isIf you bought 1 bitcoin yesterday, it would've cost you $12,000 and someone in your family probably would've called you a mad man. Just one day later, however, you'd be able to sell that bitcoin for... $15,000.  The market cap of the world's most popular cryptocurrency is currently at $252 billion, and the total market cap of all cryptocurrencies just crossed $400 billion. However, right now most Bitcoin competitors are in the red, possibly because everyone's selling them to buy more Bitcoin.  SEE ALSO: How to fix Bitcoin's energy-consumption problem Interestingly, Bitcoin's popularity in Korea is even bigger than in the rest of the world; there, the price is already above $19,000 on local exchanges. 
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Florida man, 20, reportedlyAn unidentified man was paid $100,000 to delete the data through a bug bounty program, Reuters reports.
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Researchers found a way toCurrent AR technology does a pretty decent job of placing a virtual image in front of an actual one, but blocking a virtual image with a real object is actually quite difficult and something that... available head-mounted augmented reality displays can'...
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Routing gene therapy directly into brain

Science Daily - 7 Dec 2017 00:42
Routing gene therapy directlyA new technique, which could be used to transplant donor-matched hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) or a patient's own genetically-engineered HSCs into the brain, has been revealed by scientists in a new... report.
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Student entrepreneurs developAs many as one-third of the world's women, says Lena McDonnell '17, a Lehigh University computer science and engineering major, will be the victims of sexual assault at some point during their lives.... The regions of the world where sexual violence is most prevalent, she adds, are often the regions where emergency response services are least available.
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Two new Super-EarthsWhile examining a previously-discovered exoplanet, an international team of astronomers discovered a second Super-Earth around the star. The post Two new Super-Earths Discovered Around a Red Dwarf... Star appeared first on Universe Today.
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