Machine learning enables predictive modeling of 2-D materials

Science Daily - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:46pm
Scientists have used machine learning tools to create the first atomic-level model that accurately predicts the thermal properties of stanene, a 2-D material made up of a one-atom-thick sheet of tin.
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Qualcomm Debuts 10nm Server Chip To Attack Intel Server Stronghold

Slashdot - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:20pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Tom's Hardware: Qualcomm and its Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies subsidiary announced today that the company has already begun sampling its first 10nm server processor. The Centriq 2400 is the second generation of Qualcomm server SOCs, but it is the first in its new family of 10nm FinFET processors. The Centriq 2400 features up to 48 custom Qualcomm ARMv8-compliant Falkor cores and comes a little over a year after Qualcomm began developing its first-generation Centriq processors. Qualcomm's introduction of a 10nm server chip while Intel is still refining its 14nm process appears to be a clear shot across Intel's bow--due not only to the smaller process, but also its sudden lead in core count. Intel's latest 14nm E7 Broadwell processors top out at 24 cores. Qualcomm isn't releasing more information, such as clock speeds or performance specifications, which would help to quantify the benefit of its increased core count. The server market commands the highest margins, which is certainly attractive for the mobile-centric Qualcomm, which found its success in the relatively low-margin smartphone segment. However, Intel has a commanding lead in the data center with more than a 99% share of the world's server sockets, and penetrating the segment requires considerable time, investment, and ecosystem development. Qualcomm unveiled at least a small portion of its development efforts by demonstrating Apache Spark and Hadoop on Linux and Java running on the Centriq 2400 processor. The company also notes that Falkor is SBSA compliant, which means that it is compatible with any software that runs on an ARMv8-compliant server platform.

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The Election Is Over. The Probe Into Russian Hacks Shouldn’t Be

Wired News - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 10:51pm
Two Congressmen are calling for a commission to investigate Russian political hacking. Cybersecurity experts are backing the idea. The post The Election Is Over. The Probe Into Russian Hacks Shouldn’t Be appeared first on WIRED.
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Immerse Yourself in the Horror That Is an African Grassland at Night

Wired News - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 10:41pm
Listen to the sounds of lions grumbling and hyenas cackling and elephants trampling, and appreciate that humans have removed themselves from the food chain. The post Immerse Yourself in the Horror That Is an African Grassland at Night appeared first on WIRED.
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Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony Join Forces To Create Global VR Association

Slashdot - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 10:40pm
Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony and Acer have teamed up to form the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA) in an effort to reduce fragmentation and failure in the industry. GVRA aims to "unlock and maximize VR's potential," but there are little details as to what this may mean for consumers. TechCrunch reports: What many in the VR community have been thirsting for is some unification of standards in terms of software and hardware. Games bought in the Oculus store don't play on the Vive or PS VR. Sensors for the Vive don't work on Oculus. Sony doesn't play nice with anyone else's standards etc. etc. Valve, which makes the Steam store and SteamVR platform for the HTC Vive and others, is notably not a member of this collective so any hopes of a unified standard (like its OpenVR platform) emerging from this collective is likely not in the cards. From the GVRA press release: "The goal of the Global Virtual Reality Association is to promote responsible development and adoption of VR globally. The association's members will develop and share best practices, conduct research, and bring the international VR community together as the technology progresses. The group will also serve a resource for consumers, policymakers, and industry interested in VR."

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T-Mobile's 'Digits' Solution Lets You Use One Phone Number Across All Your Devices

Slashdot - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 10:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: T-Mobile just revealed its answer to ATT's NumberSync technology, which lets customers use one phone number across all their connected devices. T-Mobile's version is called Digits and it will launch in a limited, opt-in customer beta beginning today before rolling out to everyone early next year. "You can make and take calls and texts on whatever device is most convenient," the company said in its press release. "Just log in and, bam, your call history, messages and even voicemail are all there. And it's always your same number, so when you call or text from another device, it shows up as you." When it leaves beta, Digits will cost an extra monthly fee, but T-Mobile isn't revealing pricing today. "This is not going to be treated as adding another line to your account," said COO Mike Sievert. "Expect us to be disruptive here." And while its main feature is one number for everything, Digits does offer T-Mobile customers another big perk: multiple numbers on the same device. This will let you swap between personal and work numbers without having to maintain separate lines and accounts. You can also give out an "extra set" of Digits in situations where you might be hesitant to give someone your primary number; this temporary number forwards to your devices like any other call. You can have multiple numbers for whatever purposes you want, based on T-Mobile's promotional video.

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United Won’t Be the Last Airline to Charge for Overhead Bin Space

Wired News - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 9:55pm
"One gets away with something and they all pile on." The post United Won't Be the Last Airline to Charge for Overhead Bin Space appeared first on WIRED.
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Bluetooth 5 Is Here

Slashdot - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 9:20pm
Reader BrianFagioli writes: Today, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group announces the official adoption of the previously-announced Bluetooth 5. In other words, it is officially the next major version of the technology, which will eventually be found in many consumer devices. So, will you start to see Bluetooth 5 devices and dongles with faster speeds and longer range in stores tomorrow? Nope -- sorry, folks. Consumers will have to wait until 2017. The Bluetooth SIG says devices should become available between February and June next year.In a statement, Bluetooth SIG reminded the specifications of Bluetooth 5 -- "Key feature updates include four times range, two times speed, and eight times broadcast message capacity. Longer range powers whole home and building coverage, for more robust and reliable connections."

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Scientists uncover potential driver of age- and Alzheimer's-related memory loss

Science Daily - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 9:00pm
Scientists have made an important discovery toward the development of drugs to treat age-related memory loss in diseases like Alzheimer’s. They found that reduced levels of a protein called Rheb result in spontaneous symptoms of memory loss in animal models and are linked to increased levels of another protein known to be elevated in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients.
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Cassini beams back first images from new orbit

Science Daily - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 8:57pm
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent to Earth its first views of Saturn's atmosphere since beginning the latest phase of its mission. The new images show scenes from high above Saturn's northern hemisphere, including the planet's intriguing hexagon-shaped jet stream.
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Google Is Removing 'In the News' Section From Desktop Search After Criticism

Slashdot - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 8:40pm
Google today confirmed that it is removing "In the news" section from the top of desktop search, and replacing it with a carousel of "Top stories," similar to what exists on mobile. From a new report on BusinessInsider: This move had been planned for quite some time, and is being rolled out globally, according to Google. The removal of the word "news" will, hopefully, help draw a sharper line between Google's human-vetted Google News product, and its main search product. Last month, Google faced scrutiny when one of its top results for "final election count" was fake news. The top result in Google Search's "In the news" section was a Wordpress blog named "70 News," which falsely claimed Trump won the popular vote by a margin of almost 700,000. (He didnâ(TM)t). Google's search results, in contrast to Google News, are not assessed for "truth."

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High-resolution brain scans could improve concussion detection

Science Daily - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 8:13pm
High-resolution brain scans, coupled with computational analysis, could play a critical role in helping to detect concussions that conventional scans might miss, report investigators.
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Common insecticides are riskier than thought to predatory insects

Science Daily - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 8:12pm
Neonicotinoids -- the most widely used class of insecticides -- significantly reduce populations of predatory insects when used as seed coatings, according to researchers. The team's research challenges the previously held belief that neonicotinoid seed coatings have little to no effect on predatory insect populations. In fact, the work suggests that neonicotinoids reduce populations of insect predators as much as broadcast applications of commonly used pyrethroid insecticides.
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Disruption of the body's internal clock causes disruption of metabolic processes

Science Daily - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 8:12pm
Chronobiologists have shown that the body's carbon monoxide metabolism is closely linked to the body's circadian (internal) clock. An article discussing the close reciprocal relationship between these two regulatory mechanisms has just been published.
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Information Overload No Problem For Most Americans: Survey

Slashdot - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 8:00pm
About 20 percent of American adults feel the burden of information overload, with that figure at least doubling among those from poorer or less educated backgrounds, Pew Research Center said in a new report. Reuters adds: "Generally, Americans appreciate lots of information and access to it," said the report into how U.S. adults cope with information demands. Roughly four in five Americans agree that they are confident about using the internet to keep up with information demands, that a lot of information gives them a feeling of more control over their lives, and that they can easily determine what information is trustworthy. Americans who are 65 or older, have a high school diploma or less and earn less than $30,000 a year are more likely to say they face a glut of information. Eighty-four percent of Americans with online access through three sources -- home broadband, smartphone and tablet computer -- say they like having so much information available. By contrast, 55 percent of those with no online source felt overwhelmed by the amount of possible information.

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The Plan to Remake the American Port With Better Data

Wired News - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 7:49pm
The Port of LA is working with GE to make everything it does more efficient. The post The Plan to Remake the American Port With Better Data appeared first on WIRED.
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Diabetes drug slows experimental Parkinson's disease progression, human trials to begin next year

Science Daily - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 7:32pm
A new investigational drug originally developed for type 2 diabetes is being readied for human clinical trials in search of the world's first treatment to impede the progression of Parkinson's disease following publication of new research.
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Chemical mosquito controls ineffective in Zika fight

Science Daily - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 7:27pm
Some existing methods for controlling Zika-carrying mosquitoes are not effective and may even be counter-productive, according to research.
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Pebble Gets Acquired By Fitbit - Ends Production and Ceases Support Of Its Existing Lineup of Smartwatches

Slashdot - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 7:20pm
Reader phorm writes: In a notice to Kickstarter backers, pebble has stated that -- following the acquisition by Fitbit (official now) -- they will no longer promote, manufacture, or sell devices. Further, while existing functionality may continue, it is likely to be degraded and warranty support will no longer be provided. This includes any recently shipped Pebble models. For those that were eagerly awaiting shipment of Pebble Time 2 and other newer devices, those devices will not ship at all. Pebble has indicated refunds will be made within 4-8 weeks. Those expecting their money may not want to hold their breath, however, because a contradictory statement made by to backers by email says that refunds will be made via Kickstarter by March 2017.Fitbit said it is only purchasing software assets from Pebble.

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Fishy Caribbean 'juveniles' to be recognized as a new species, the Hourglass basslet

Science Daily - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 7:07pm
Living in deep reefs in the Atlantic Ocean, the banded basslet has long been thought to undergo significant changes during its growth into an adult. Recently, however, American scientists figured out that the 'juveniles' were in fact a new species. They describe two new basslet species discovered in the Caribbean off the southern coast of Curaçao.
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