About a year ago, Apple made the bold proclamation that it was zeroing in on a future where iPhones and MacBooks were created wholly of recycled materials.It was, and still is, an ambitious thought.In a technologically-charged world, many forget that nearly 100 percent of e-waste is recyclable.Named “Daisy,” Apple’s new robot builds on its previous iteration, Liam, which Apple used to disassemble unneeded iPhones in an attempt to scrap or reuse the materials.Like her predecessor, Daisy can successfully salvage a bulk of the material needed to create brand new iPhones.All told, the robot is capable of extracting parts from nine types of iPhone, and for every 100,000 devices it manages to recover 1,900 kg (4,188 pounds) of aluminum, 770 kg of cobalt, 710 kg of copper, and 11 kg of rare earth elements — which also happen to be some of the hardest and environmentally un-friendly materials required to build the devices.
Orchid Labs, a San Francisco-based startup that’s developing a a surveillance-free layer on top of the internet, has raised a bunch of funding, according to a newly processed SEC filing that shows the year-old startup has closed on $36.1 million.The money comes just five months after Orchid closed on a separate, $4.5 million in funding from investors, including Yes VC, cofounded by serial entrepreneurs Caterina Fake and Jyri Engeström.Others of its earliest backers include Andreessen Horowitz, DFJ, MetaStable, Compound, Box Group, Blockchain Capital, and Sequoia Capital, according to its site.The stated goal of the Orchid is to provide anonymized internet access to people across the globe, particularly individuals who live in countries with excessive government oversight of their browsing and shopping.Part of the point also seems to be to insulate users from the many companies that now harvest and sell their data, including walled gardens like Facebook and other giants like ATIn a word where one assumes the Cambridge Analytica scandal is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to data abuse, it’s easy to see the project’s appeal.So far, judging by the filing, the company has raised that $36.1 million via a SAFT agreement, an investment contract offered by cryptocurrency developers to accredited investors.
A newly published report claims Verizon and AT are the subject of a Department of Justice investigation.According to the sources cited, officials are looking into whether the two carriers, as well as telecom standards organization GSMA, colluded to make it harder for customers to switch providers.The Justice Department hasn’t confirmed the allegations at this time.The information comes from half a dozen sources speaking the New York Times, which claims that the Justice Department demanded info from the trio over possible collusion over eSIM technology.The sources further claim that the agency launched its investigation five months ago after receiving tips from a wireless carrier and at least one device maker.That device maker was supposedly Apple, though only one source made that claim.
Fake news is not only plaguing Facebook and Twitter, it is also infiltrating Chinese American immigrants’ favorite social platform WeChat.The survey analyzed 25 WeChat official accounts.Unlike English media and mainstream Chinese media, WeChat publishers tended to favor controversial topics such as unauthorized immigration and race relations instead of topics like jobs, the economy, and healthcare.“Low barrier to entry on WeChat has generated a profusion of content publishers native to the platform and intense competition for attention,” the report states.Emotionally stirring, sensational stories become amplified through the replication and embellishment of a long tail of WeChat outlets, which creates repetition and familiarity.”The research echoed warnings about WeChat publishers from Chinese media and the government about the spread of sensationalism on the platform.
The US Federal Trade Commission has released an audit of Facebook's privacy practices and it turns out there's nothing to worry about, at least as far as accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is concerned.Go back to your homes, people.PwC, retained to check on how Facebook has been complying with its 2011 FTC consent decree for deceiving consumers, believes the social ad network – the same one recently pilloried by US lawmakers for allowing profile data to be spirited away to data firm Cambridge Analytica – has been doing a bang-up job.In response to an inquiry by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), an advocacy group, the FTC recently published a heavily redacted version of the confidential audit on its website."In our opinion, Facebook's privacy controls were operating with sufficient effectiveness to provide reasonable assurance to protect the privacy of covered information [for the two-year period between February 12, 2015 and February 11, 2017]," PwC's audit concludes.Er, does that sound accurate to you?
Listing content on eBay is a tedious process that, at minimum, requires the user to select a bunch of items from drop-down menus.Here to simplify things is an update for the service’s iOS app that adds a barcode scanner.With this feature, the user can scan the barcode on the product they want to list and the platform will take care of the rest.Though manually entering details for a product listing isn’t difficult, it can be time-consuming.The problem is amplified for users who sell many products online, resulting sometimes in hours per week simply creating new posts.A barcode scanner simplifies that by linking a product with an existing set of item info, the details of which are automatically inserted into the post.
The guy that found your data leak wants a wordA US healthcare company apparently exposed on the public internet contact information for hundreds of medical professionals.IT pro Brian Wethern says he warned Health Stream nine days ago that one of its now-removed websites had left a database of users out in the open, allowing anyone to slurp the first and last names of medics, and their email addresses and ID numbers, who are involved in Health Stream's Neonatal Resuscitation Program.We're withholding the URL of the leaky website at this stage because its data is lingering in online caches.Wethern tells The Register he believes the company used the database to deliver messages from instructors to students – for example, to set up or confirm a class.Had the data been accessed and copied by the wrong person, the email addresses could have been used for specific attacks on relatively high-value targets: medical professionals and instructors.
The DeleteFacebook movement has been riding high ever since the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal got rolling, with high-profile figures like Elon Musk publicly declaring their intention to purge their good names from Facebook’s ledgers (only not really doing it, in Musk’s case).But, by Facebook’s own admission, it still has ways of tracking ex-users and non-users alike.For context: Facebook’s inability to keep its user data private was the crux of the Cambridge Analytica case, and its prompted a number of users to delete their Pages and profiles in protest.While testifying before Congress last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to deflect questions about whether the social network collected data on non-users.However, when pressed, he admitted the network collects data on people who haven’t signed up for or consented to its terms “for security purposes.”How it works: In a blog post following Zuckerberg’s testimony, Facebook expanded on exactly what the data is and where it comes from.
The Democratic National Committee has sued Russia, WikiLeaks, the Trump campaign, and a number of other individuals and organizations that the political party believes were affiliated with the now-infamous 2016 hack, whose perpetrators managed to spirit away internal research about then-candidate Donald Trump, as well as private e-mail and messages."It’s pretty serious—it’s more than a shot over the bow, it’s a shot into the hull of the ship," David Bowker, a Washington DC, attorney, told Ars.The lawsuit alleges that Russia, its GRU intelligence service, the Trump campaign, and various allies—including Donald Trump, Jr.—were all part of a "conspiracy" to "promote Donald Trump’s candidacy through illegal means.""As stolen DNC information was strategically released into the public sphere, then-candidate Trump openly praised the illegal disseminations and encouraged Russia to continue its violations of US law through its ongoing hacking campaign against the Democratic party," the civil complaint, which was filed Friday in federal court in Manhattan, stated.If successful, the DNC might stand to be awarded some money (perhaps millions of dollars) as part of a judgement or settlement.Attorneys representing the DNC, including Michael Eisenkraft, did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.
A voice-controlled oven, a TV that doubles as art or an indoor garden that practically manages itself -- it all sounds amazing.There are some things you should consider, however, before diving into a smart home of your own.Here are four of the most important.You'll need to decide on a 'brain' firstWithout a doubt, the biggest concern is fragmentation.It's certainly gotten better over the last few years, especially with the growing popularity of smart speakers like Google Home and Alexa, and services like IFTTT that help fix the language barrier between different devices and services.
Amazon has mildly annoyed some consumers by locking Star Wars and Marvel physical movie discs behind a Prime paywall.Anyone who tries to order DVDs and Blu-ray discs from either franchise via the online retailer must subscribe to Prime, otherwise the purchase is unavailable.The good news is that Amazon is only one of many online retailers and you don’t need it to get any of these movies.Head over to Amazon’s website and search for a DVD or Blu-ray from either the Star Wars or Marvel franchise.If you’re not a Prime subscriber, you’ll see this note on the product’s page: “Exclusively for Prime Members.” Instead of seeing a price, you’ll see a button urging you to sign up for a free Prime trial membership.If you don’t sign up for the trial, you won’t able to purchase the disc.
Friday Night Lights, the football show that was never just about football (and one of the best shows on television), is now streaming on Hulu.Say goodbye to the weekend is all I’m saying.Hailed as one of the most honest depictions of a functioning adult relationship in its portrayal of the husband and wife duo of “Coach” Eric and Tammy Taylor, Friday Night Lights also worked wonders for showing the life and high school times of teens in a small Texas town.If you haven’t seen it, you should, and if you have (and if you’re me, you have many many many times), this weekend is as good a time as any to watch it again.For Hulu, this is part of a clutch of shows from the ’90s and 2000s that are touchstones of popular culture.The streaming service already holds Will & Grace, Felicity, Dawson’s Creek and The O.C.
Often people think performing in front of others will make them mess up, but a new study led by a Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist found the opposite: being watched makes people do better.When people know they are being observed, parts of the brain associated with social awareness and reward invigorate a part of the brain that controls motor skills, improving their performance at skilled tasks.The findings, which could help people become more effective in the workplace and in school, are set to be published Friday in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience."You might think having people watch you isn't going to help, but it might actually make you perforbiomedical m better," said lead author Vikram Chib, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins and the Kennedy Krieger Institute.But it quickly became clear that in certain situations, having an audience spurred people to do better, the same way it would if money was on the line.Previous studies have shown that when people are observed, brain activity jumps in areas of the brain known for thinking about others, even if people aren't doing anything that others could judge.
Joint research between Tampere University of Technology (TUT) (Finland) and University of Tübingen (Germany) has shown that carefully structured light and matching arrangements of metal nanostructures (so-called "plasmonic oligomers") can be combined to alter the properties of the generated light at the nanometer scale.In particular, the teams have shown that the efficiency of nonlinear optical fields (e.g., second-harmonics) generated from the oligomers is strongly influenced by how the constituents of the oligomer are arranged in space and how these constituents are illuminated by structured light.Nonlinear optical processes provide the basis for important functionalities in photonics, such as frequency conversion of light, generation of ultrashort light pulses, as well as optical processing and manipulation.Further advancement of this field is expected to be fueled by the synthesis of novel nanomaterials with tailorable optical properties and by new approaches for coupling light efficiently into such nanomaterials.For the latter purpose, light beams with unconventional polarizations, so-called structured light, are expected to be crucial.In order to demonstrate such capabilities, the authors designed and fabricated assemblies of gold nanorods with well-defined dimensions and orientations such that their overall size matches the size of a focused laser beam, i.e., about 1 micron.
Adenovirus is a common virus that causes infectious diseases of the respiratory tract, eyes and gastrointestinal tract in humans and animals.Researchers at Umeå University study molecular mechanisms of infection in order to understand how adenovirus causes disease.The researchers in Umeå, together with research groups from Germany, the UK and Hungary, have now discovered a new type of mechanism used by a rare adenovirus type to attack cells.Human Adenovirus type 52 (HAdV-52) is one of the few adenoviruses that has two different types of fiber proteins on its surface, which are 'used' by the virus for the attachment to target cells.In collaboration with researchers in the Glycosciences Laboratory at Imperial College in London, who are world leading in the research field of glycobiology, the scientists have shown that the shorter fiber binds to an unusual type of carbohydrate-based receptor, polysialic acid (a long chain of repeated sialic acids).Annasara Lenman working with Niklas Arnberg has subsequently corroborated that HAdV-52 binds to polysialic acid on target cells, and that this leads to infection.
Researchers of Eindhoven University of Technology and fiber broadband equipment supplier Genexis have developed data transmission techniques that can double or even triple the data transmission capacity of existing fiber to the home connections.Enjoying this increase requires you to upgrade your modem.But even if only your neighbors do, you can get a higher data capacity as well.The techniques apply to passive optical networks (PONs).central office) have a lower signal quality.Since providers want to guarantee connectivity for everybody, current networks are over-dimensioned, leading to unused capacity.
Astronomers developed a "guide star" adaptive optics technique to obtain the most crystal-clear and precise telescopic images of distant galaxies, stars and planets.Now a team of scientists, led by Nobel laureate Eric Betzig, PhD, are borrowing the very same trick.They've combined it with lattice light-sheet to create a new microscope that's able to capture real-time, incredibly detailed and accurate images, along with three-dimensional videos of biology on the cellular and sub-cellular level.The work -- a collaboration between researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School -- is detailed in a new paper just published in Science."For the first time, we are seeing life itself at all levels inside whole, living organisms," said Tom Kirchhausen, PhD, co-author on the new study, who is a senior investigator in the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital and a professor of cell biology and pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS)."Every time we've done an experiment with this microscope, we've observed something novel -- and generated new ideas and hypotheses to test," Kirchhausen said in a news story by HMS.
From AI and machine learning to CCTV and big data - computer scientists at the University of East Anglia are part of an international effort to make the fishing industry more sustainable.They are part of a new £5 million EU-funded project to revolutionise the fishing industry, which employs over 24,000 people in the UK and contributes around £1.4 billion to our economy.It is hoped that pioneering technology will contribute to making the industry more environmentally friendly, sustainable and profitable.The 'SMARTFISH-H2020' project, co-ordinated by SINTEF Ocean in Norway, draws on research from the brightest minds at universities in Norway, Denmark, Turkey, France and Spain, along with research institutes and industry partners across Europe.Other UK partners include Marine Scotland, The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), and Safetynet Technologies Limited.The project aims to develop, test and roll out a suite of high-tech systems that optimise efficiency and reduce the ecological impact of fishing on the marine environment.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- Brown University researchers have developed a new theory to explain why stretching or compressing metal catalysts can make them perform better.There's also interest in using metal catalysts to convert carbon dioxide into fuels, make fertilizers from atmospheric nitrogen and drive reactions in fuel-cell cars.Research in recent years has shown that applying a strain to metal catalysts -- either compression or tension -- can in some cases change the way they perform."Strain is a really hot topic in catalysis right now," said Andrew Peterson, an assistant professor in Brown's School of Engineering and co-author of the research.That got us thinking about an alternative framework for this question."A metal catalyst works by causing reactants to bind to its surface, a process known as adsorption.
That's the finding of a study in which researchers tested a commercially available exoskeleton--a mechanical arm attached to a harness--that's typically worn by workers to help them carry heavy objects hands-free.There are tradeoffs with all exoskeletons on the market today, because they inherently change the way we move, said William Marras, director of The Ohio State University Spine Research Institute and Honda Chair Professor of Integrated Systems Engineering at Ohio State.For the study, 12 volunteers used two different pneumatic tools, a torque wrench and an impact wrench, as they might in industry.Over the course of a few hours, researchers measured the forces on the volunteers' back muscles and spine."This exoskeleton is meant to offload weight from your arms, so for your arms it's great," said Gregory Knapik, senior researcher at the institute.The volunteers didn't seem to notice the extra strain on their backs, but they did notice that they were uncomfortable, chiefly because of the stiff metal rods that lined the harness and prevented them from moving normally.