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Facebook CEO wants to augment your reality

Facebook wants you to sit in your bedroom wearing a headset and take a virtual vacation with faraway friends and family. Or use your smartphone’s camera to spruce up your dinky apartment, at least virtually. The promise of augmented and virtual reality was a big focus of Facebook’s annual conference for developers on Tuesday. CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the gathering ...

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How Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning Revived the Guardians of the Galaxy

It’s hard to imagine these days with their second movie on the way and Peter Quill’s abs liberally splayed across comic pages, but there was a time not long ago when the Guardians of the Galaxy were just a no-name, has-been Marvel team.  That changed with Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s decision to revive the team in 2008, and we’ve ...

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Google doodle celebrates architect FR Khan’s birthday

Google has posted a special Doodle for the 88th birthday of structural engineer and architect Fazlur Rahman Khan. Considered the “father of tubular designs” for high-rises, Khan was a pioneer in computer-aided design. Originally from Bangladesh, Khan moved to the US to study at graduate school and stayed in the country to work in the Chicago design office of Skidmore, ...

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Huawei P10 beats iPhone 7, 7 Plus at camera test

DxOMark Mobile which is known to conduct extensive testing of smartphone cameras just published their photography benchmark score for the Huawei P10. It’s a nice 87, beating the iPhone 7 while falling just one point below the HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and Sony Xperia X Performance. Google Pixel still reigns at the top with a score of 89. DxOMark ...

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‘Oldest fossils’ on earth discovered

Scientists have discovered what they say could be fossils of some of the earliest living organisms on Earth, reports BBC. They are represented by tiny filaments, knobs, and tubes in Canadian rocks dated to be up to 4.28 billion years old. That is a time not long after the planet’s formation and hundreds of millions of years before what is ...

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Smartphones are revolutionising medicine

Smartphones are revolutionising the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, thanks to add-ons and apps that make their ubiquitous small screens into medical devices, researchers say. “If you look at the camera, the flash, the microphone… they all are getting better and better,” said Shwetak Patel, engineering professor at the University of Washington. “In fact the capabilities on those phones are ...

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No designer babies, but gene editing to avoid disease

Don’t expect designer babies any time soon – but a major new ethics report leaves open the possibility of one day altering human heredity to fight genetic diseases, with stringent oversight, using new tools that precisely edit genes inside living cells. What’s called genome editing already is transforming biological research, and being used to develop treatments for patients struggling with ...

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People use Facebook for social support, Twitter for knowledge: Study

Social support is the main motive for the use of Facebook, while Twitter usage focuses more on gaining new knowledge and seeking advice, suggests a new study which reviewed 10 years of research on social support via social networking sites. Researchers at Michigan State University and San Diego State University in the US examined the role of social networks as ...

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Scientists disprove global warming took a break

  A reported pause in global warming between 1998 and 2014 was false, according to US-British research published Wednesday that confirmed the findings of a controversial US study on ocean warming. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of York, England, corroborated the results of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) research paper in 2015. Their ...

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Wow! Moon over the hill at 4.51 billion years old

It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old. That’s the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moon walkers in 1971. A research team reported Wednesday that the moon formed within 60 million years of the birth of the solar system. Previous estimates ranged within 100 ...

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