The nano research team led by professors Helge Weman and Bjørn-Ove Fimland at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU) Department of Electronic Systems has succeeded in creating light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, from a nanomaterial that emits ultraviolet light.It's non-toxic and could turn out to be cheaper, and more stable and durable than today's fluorescent lamps.This applies especially to UV light with short wavelengths of 100-280 nanometres, called UVC light, which is especially useful for its ability to destroy bacteria and viruses.Fortunately, the dangerous UVC rays from the sun are trapped by the ozone layer and oxygen and don't reach the Earth.But it is possible to create UVC light, which can be used to clean surfaces and hospital equipment, or to purify water and air.The convention was named for a Japanese fishing village where the population was poisoned by mercury emissions from a factory in the 1950s.
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A new 3D particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation tool developed by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CEA Saclay is enabling cutting-edge simulations of laser/plasma coupling mechanisms that were previously out of reach of standard PIC codes used in plasma research.More detailed understanding of these mechanisms is critical to the development of ultra-compact particle accelerators and light sources that could solve long-standing challenges in medicine, industry, and fundamental science more efficiently and cost effectively.In laser-plasma experiments such as those at the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center and at CEA Saclay - an international research facility in France that is part of the French Atomic Energy Commission - very large electric fields within plasmas that accelerate particle beams to high energies over much shorter distances when compared to existing accelerator technologies.They also hold the potential for driving free-electron lasers that generate light pulses lasting just attoseconds.Supercomputer simulations have become increasingly critical to this research, and Berkeley Lab's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) has become an important resource in this effort.But a lack of PIC codes that have enough computational accuracy to model laser-matter interaction at ultra-high intensities has hindered the development of novel particle and light sources produced by this interaction.
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The recent findings in breast and lung cancer research build off work pioneered by biomedical engineering professor Anant Madabhushi, founder of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics.He is senior author on a pair of recent journal publications and joined by scientists from the Case School of Engineering, Cleveland Clinic and New York University Langone Medical Center."And it is further evidence that information gleaned by computational interrogation of the region outside the tumors on MRI (magnetic resonance images) and CAT (computed tomography) scans is extremely valuable and can predict response and benefit of chemotherapy in lung and breast cancer patients," said Madabhushi, the F. Alex Nason Professor II of Biomedical Engineering at the Case School of Engineering.Madabhushi founded the center in 2012 and has more than 50 collaborators working on related projects.The lab has become a global leader in the detection, diagnosis and characterization of various cancers and other diseases by meshing medical imaging, machine learning and artificial intelligence.Putting the idea into use is probably years away, following clinical trials and then the big step of someday "getting doctors to be able to trust and use it," Braman said.
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Plans to hire 15k heads in R and production, taking on TSMC in contract manufacturingSamsung Electronics will plough Won133tn (£116bn, $155bn) over the next 11 years to develop its logic chip business and boost manufacturing lines to produce those non-memory processors to order for other corporations.With Intense DRAM and NAND competition - China is entering the business and smartphone growth is rapidly tailing off - Sammy wants to diversify, and will use those funds to inject cash into its unit by hiring 15,000 R and production staff."The investment plan is expected to help the company to reach its goal of becoming the world leader in not only memory semiconductors but also logic chips by 2030," Samsung said in a statement.Around 54 per cent of the expenditure will be used for R and the remainder for "production infrastructure", the chaebol said.Samsung currently employs 100,000 staff.
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Aging awful art app to remain in May 2019 OS upgrade after its, wait for it, wait for it... brush with deathFor anyone upset about the fate of doomed art application Microsoft Paint, bundled with Windows for as long as we can remember, here's something to set your mind at easel.The software has been given a reprieve, and will be included in the upcoming Windows 10 1903 release, aka the May 2019 upgrade due to officially roll out some time soon.Back in 2017, which honestly feels like a decade ago, Microsoft threatened to banish the aging desktop scribble app from its operating system after declaring it deprecated.Users were encouraged to use the included Paint 3D instead.Then in a moment of corporate control-Z'ing, Redmond said it would relegate Paint to the Windows Store, allowing those pining for the legacy program to install it from the code souk for free and continue using it.
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Atlus has been teasing a new edition of the wildly popular Japanes RPG Persona 5 and the cat is finally out of the bag.Persona 5 The Royale has been officially revealed and the team outlined new additions to game in a trailer.Persona 5 The Royale will launch in Japan on October 31, with an English version coming sometime in 2020.The game looks like it will be an enhanced version of Persona 5, similar to how Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 Golden updated and expanded on their original titles.As far as the story goes, it will include the third semester of our hero’s lives, which was not told in Persona 5.In the trailer, we see a new area to explore called Kichijoji, multiple new social links, a new aquarium, a bar where players can play darts or pool, and a fresh addition to the game’s Phantom Thieves.
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When someone names a creature "Callichimaera perplexa," you know it's got to be cool as hell.Callichimaera perplexa is a crab that lived 90 million to 95 million years ago during the dinosaur era, but it's not like today's crabs that you might spot crawling around the ocean floor (or sitting on a dinner plate).Paleontologist Javier Luque from the University of Alberta and Yale University likened the crustaceans to platypuses, the famous egg-laying, duck-billed mammal."We started looking at these fossils and we found they had what looked like the eyes of a larva, the mouth of a shrimp, claws of a frog crab, and the carapace of a lobster," said Luque, the lead author of a study published in Science Advances.It's a call-out to the chimera of Greek mythology, a beast made up of parts of a lion, goat and snake.Scientists discovered over 70 fossil specimens of the crab in the Andes Mountains in Colombia, an area that was a shallow sea during the Cretaceous Period.
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Apple Watch wearers and fitness enthusiasts were ecstatic when Apple Watch Series 4 came out with a built-in electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor that detects irregular heart rate.And rightfully so -- early detection of atrial fibrillation (AFib) could prevent a serious medical event.Now, a tiny smartphone accessory from life sciences company AliveCor goes two steps further: The KardiaMobile EKG Monitor detects tachycardia (unusually high heart rate) and bradycardia (unusually low heart rate).What does the KardiaMobile EKG do?When the KardiaMobile device first launched, it was cleared to measure normal sinus rhythm (a regular resting heart rate) and AFib, but the two new additions make AliveCor's device the first one of its kind.The KardiaMobile is also the only personal EKG monitor that can detect AFib above 120 beats per minute and below 40 beats per minute -- cleared to do so on Tuesday by the FDA.
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For months we’ve heard rumors about a smaller, cheaper Nintendo Switch that could come out sometime in 2019.Now, thanks to a new report, we have a potential launch date for the console: June 2019.The report comes to us from Bloomberg who spoke to two people familiar with Nintendo’s plans, both of whom not only corroborate the existence of the console, but claim that it’s coming soon.Speaking of new consoles, there's also the PS5What the sources from Bloomberg couldn’t nail down is the exact price - although they say it’s cheaper than the current $299/£279 model - nor its exact specs, saying that the lite version of the console would be smaller and may lack the dock.They didn’t provide any other specific information.
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It seems honey bees get all the buzzworthy headlines these days due to their declining numbers, but challenges faced by the humble bumblebee are getting some serious attention too.In a study conducted by Michigan State University and published in Ecology: Ecological Society of America on Tuesday, scientists researched the diets of 12 bumblebee species to try to determine if their eating habits could be contributing to their dwindling numbers.The study compared current distributions of bumblebee species across Michigan, from the modern-day bumblebee to museum specimens dating back as far as the 1880s.The research shows that half of the bumblebee species studied have declined by more than 50 percent.This isn't too surprising considering that in 2017, the rusty patched bumblebee was the first bumblebee in the United States to be listed as endangered.In addition to the rusty patched bumblebee, other species, such as the American bumblebee, the yellow banded bumblebee and the yellow bumblebee, are also facing startling population declines.
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TechCrunch reported Monday that the app—which appears to be based in China, because of course it is—has been used by over 100,000 people to collect more than 2 million WiFi passwords globally.The database includes network names (SSID), precise geolocation, and *plaintext* passwords, among other data.The app enables users to upload lists of stored WiFi passwords, but it has no mechanism to differentiate between public hotspots and home networks.Thousands of users in the US alone apparently failed to notice this, to say nothing of the app developer’s obvious failures.The database itself was discovered by Sanyam Jain, a security researcher and a member of the GDI Foundation, TechCrunch reported.(Although this is more likely thanks to the geolocation data exposed by the database.)
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As far as tycoon games are concerned, Zoo Tycoon certainly seems to be one of the most fondly remembered.Many have tried to recapture the success of the original Zoo Tycoon throughout the years, and today, Planet Coaster developer Frontier announced that it will soon be making the same attempt.Frontier has announced Planet Zoo, and though you might initially expect it to be yet another tycoon title, Frontier is going to add a little twist to the genre with this new game.In its announcement today, Frontier suggests that the main focus of the game won’t be on pleasing guests and pulling in as much money as possible.Rather, players will be tasked with managing “a truly modern zoo where animal welfare and conservation comes first.”Of course, we still imagine that the business side of running a Zoo will be a large part in the game, but shifting the primary focus to the well-being of the animals in your zoo is certainly an intriguing move.
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Last week the European Parliament voted to create a biometric-tracking, searchable database of EU and non-EU citizens by interconnecting a series of border-control, migration and law enforcement systems.The new database will be called the Common Identity Repository (CIR) and it is expected to unify records on over 350m people.CIR is designed to aggregate a user's identity records (name, DOB, passport numbers, etc) and biometrics (fingerprints and facial scans) in one place with this data available to all border and law enforcement authorities.The new database will help simplify the jobs of EU border and law enforcement officers who will soon be able to search a unified system at a much faster rate as opposed to searching through separate databases individually.EU officials explained what systems would make up CIR in a statement last week, saying:"The systems covered by the new rules would include the Schengen Information System, Eurodac, the Visa Information System (VIS) and three new systems: the European Criminal Records System for Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN), the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS)."
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Anyone who buys one isn’t doing so because it’s a good value or a sound purchasing decision.: A dual-screen phone with a hinge and a large, folding displayLIKE: Making a device with a 7.3-inch screen that still fits in a pocket, ludicrously good battery life, blazing performance, tonnes of storageDON'T LIKE: It's heavy, it's thick, it's expensive, it doesn't have water resistance, and that "cover screen" is just too small.Sure, it might fit in your pocket, but you’re never going to forget it’s there, and if your trousers are loose or you forgot to wear a belt, you’re going to be at risk of 'em random falling down throughout the day.For the same money, you could almost buy four OnePlus 6Ts, a phone that can generally do the same stuff the Galaxy Fold can.
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While some governments obsess about Huawei, the impending launch of 5G is giving lesser-known Chinese upstarts a hope of cracking elusive Western smartphone markets – as Oppo demonstrated today in Zurich.Last week Swisscom turned on the first commercial 5G network in Europe, and newcomer Oppo used the Swiss capital to show off its latest Reno flagship smartphone series.It also used the occasion to emphasise its IoT ambitions with drones, watches, wearables, home appliances and health gear to come.It's bringing cloud services to the phones, including storage and a gaming service.Oppo is one of three brands that belong to the giant BKK, alongside Vivo, and OnePlus – the brand that founder and former Oppo executive Carl Pei admitted is modelled on a cult.Only four years ago experts said then-newcomer Huawei stood little chance of success because nobody could pronounce the name.
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Two sources familiar with the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into Facebook say that Mark Zuckerberg himself is now a target.According to The Washington Post, the agency wants to hold the company’s co-founder, chief executive, and board chairman – Zuck is all of those things – accountable for mishandling Facebook user data.And since Zuckerberg told Congress last year that he’s responsible for what happens at Facebook, the FTC’s idea to pin him with the blame for the company’s many, many misdeeds actually makes a lot of sense.The Post’s sources say that the FTC’s idea for penalties includes “heightened oversight” as well as a requirement for Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives “to certify the company’s privacy practices periodically to the board of directors.” The paper has also reported that Facebook is negotiating a multi-billion dollar fine to resolve the current FTC investigation.It’s unclear how much of this money could come out of Zuckerberg’s pocket.The symbolic impact of nailing Zuckerberg himself with penalties is surely more important than money, especially since the 34-year-old has so much of it.
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Pokémon never really went out of style, but the franchise has been on people’s minds thanks to mobile phenomenon Pokémon Go and the recent release of Pokémon: Let’s Go on Nintendo Switch.Both games spun the classic monster hunting games in a new direction while still retaining the series’ iconic charm.The series follows Nate, a young boy who has a special watch that lets him hunt and capture Yo-Kai, ghostly entities from Japanese folklore.Players collect Yo-Kai by feeding them the types of food they like, then defeating them in battle with other Yo-Kai they’ve collected.While fighting enemy Yo-Kai is the core of the franchise, the series presents more variety for those who desire to engage in other activities.Almost all of the series under the larger Megami Tensei umbrella — Persona, Devil Survivor, Devil Summoner, Digital Devil Saga, and Shin Megami Tensei — feature a collection or monster training element that is reminiscent of Pokémon, but built around narrative with mature themes, and dark tales about demons, the occult, and technology.
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Amazon knocked $220 off the price of a pair of Bose 301-V Direct/Reflecting bookshelf loudspeakers , a 50% discount.Amazon’s sale also includes the single component Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System with a universal remote control.The Bose 301-Vs use reflected sound with front and rear-firing tweeters for higher frequencies, an effect that fills the room with balanced stereo.Bose’s Solo 5 TV System is an entry-level sound bar that improves on TV audio, with a specific dialogue mode that helps viewers understand what characters are saying.Whether you’re buying a gift for Mother’s or Father’s Day, a birthday or wedding, or want better sound in your own home, the two Bose sound system deals can help you save up to $220.The Bose 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting speaker system is a classic bookshelf speaker that uses Bose proprietary technology to fill rooms with balanced stereo sound.
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Reports that a creature was living in Scotland's Loch Ness go back to the sixth century.The 19th and 20th centuries, in particular, saw an increase in interest, especially after the infamous "surgeon's photograph" in 1934.Now, a new study suggests that the legend of the Loch Ness monster and other long-necked "sea monsters" may have been influenced by something very real and even more terrifying — dinosaurs.Published in the scientific journal Earth Sciences History, the study theorizes that the sea serpent reports of the early 19th century were heavily influenced by early dinosaur fossil discovery.SHOCKING PICTURES OF UNIDENTIFIED SEA CREATURE SURFACE"Over the last 200 years, there is indeed evidence of a decline in serpentiform sea serpent reports and an increase in the proportion of reports with necks but there is no evidence for an increase in the proportion of mosasaur-like reports," the study's abstract reads.
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The never-ending saga surrounding Apple’s newer MacBook keyboards just saw a slightly refreshing update.In a leaked internal memo, the company says that all keyboard repairs must now be done in store with a one-day turnaround.So if you’ve been putting off getting your sticky or unresponsive keys fixed, now’s the time to make a Genius Bar appointment.The Apple memo, obtained by MacRumors, is aimed at Genius Bar employees who have to deal with angry customers with broken keyboards.Titled “How to support Mac customers with keyboard-related repairs in store,” the document reads:Most keyboard-related repairs will be required to be completed in store until further notice.
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