Technology

From a spaghetti-like jumble of microfibers and water comes a promising new material

Investigated for half a century, hydrogels are increasingly finding uses in areas including artificial tissue engineering, sustained drug delivery, surgical adhesives and 3-D bioprinting — at least in part because of their similarities to living tissue, being squishy, porous and mostly made of water. Normally, generating hydrogels requires chemical reactions and interactions among a set of precursor materials. The new ...

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Ajit Pai Nears His Biggest Win With Net Neutrality Repeal

All of this activity has made Mr. Pai, 44, a former lawyer for Verizon and a longtime government bureaucrat, the target of many angry protests. In recent days, government officials — including 18 state attorneys generals and dozens of Democratic members of Congress — have asked the F.C.C. to delay the vote. On Wednesday, the attorneys general said that many ...

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Breaking Electron Waves Provide New Clues to High-Temperature Superconductivity

Scientists tracked elusive waves of charge and spin that precede and follow the mysterious emergence of superconductivity Superconductors carry electricity with perfect efficiency, unlike the inevitable waste inherent in traditional conductors like copper. But that perfection comes at the price of extreme cold—even so-called high-temperature superconductivity (HTS) only emerges well below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Discovering the ever-elusive mechanism behind HTS ...

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The Great Red Spot Descends Deep Into Jupiter

But no one knew what was happening below the clouds. Scientists wondered whether the storm was shallow and confined to that slice of the atmosphere or if it descended hundreds or thousands of miles into the planet. An instrument on Juno measures microwave emissions, which pass through the clouds into space. Warmer regions generate more microwaves, and the region below ...

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Arctic sea ice loss could dry out California

Arctic sea ice loss of the magnitude expected in the next few decades could impact California’s rainfall and exacerbate future droughts, according to new research led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists Extent of Arctic sea ice in September 2016 versus the 1981-2010 average minimum extent (gold line). Through satellite images, researchers have observed a steep decline in the ...

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Raspberry Pi: Matt’s steampunk radio jukebox

Matt Van Gastel breathed new life into his great-grandparents’ 1930s Westinghouse with a Raspberry Pi, an amplifier HAT, Google Music, and some serious effort. The result is a really beautiful, striking piece.   The radio With a background in radio electronics, Matt Van Gastel had always planned to restore his great-grandparents’ mid-30s Westinghouse radio. “I even found the original schematics ...

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Busting the Myths About A.I. Invading Our Lives

Do you use it at all to help you do your work? Nope. I reviewed the new Pixel phone. But I get along fine with my older Android phone. The irony is that I am a techno-skeptic. At least in my own head, this makes good sense. I don’t cover a consumer technology company. I cover the people and the ...

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Moving Notes in Google Keep to Other Programs

Q. I have a bunch of notes in the Google Keep app on my Android tablet, but I’d like to move them into a word-processing program. Is there a way to do this from the tablet besides cutting and pasting the content into an email message and then into a document on my computer? A. Google Keep, the multimedia note-taking ...

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Parkinson’s tremors modelled on a small scale – scientists observed a shaking fly

Tremors, involuntary movements and shaking, are probably the most noticeable symptoms of Parkinson‘s. They are significantly reducing people‘s quality of life and can push them into dependence on other people. Scientists up until now were not sure what causes tremors. Now researchers from the University of York managed to recreate Parkinson‘s tremors in fruit flies. Scientists observed tremors in a ...

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