The first ever UK chemist opened its doors in 1734, says Mark Livingstone when I meet him for breakfast.But it’s not so much this 285-year history that’s remarkable – it’s the fact that the business of dispensing drugs has barely been disrupted during that time.As the former managing director of Lego says: “When you think of all the innovation in healthcare, it’s incredible to think that the pharmacy business hasn’t changed for almost three centuries.”Until now, that is, because subscription company Pharmacy2U, which Livingstone now runs, is giving the pharmaceutical sector a twenty-first century healthcheck.Billed as an alternative to a chemist, Pharmacy2U is for those of us – and there are lots – who have repeat prescriptions.He bought into a company called ChemistDirect with the intention of using the platform for his new business.
Almond, cashew, coconut, oat, soy, and even pea: the list of plant-based milks available is ever-growing – and as our options increase, so too does the amount of people declaring they’ve ditched cow’s milk.When I asked people on Twitter, more than 40 converts replied, citing health, skincare, animal welfare and environmental concerns around cow’s milk.“Since switching to oat milk, I feel so much better.”Another said they were vegetarian, but felt like a “hypocrite” still having dairy, so went vegan and switched to almond, rice, and soy milk.But away from the social media bubble, the national stats on dairy consumption tell a different story.The amount of milk we’re consuming per person has decreased in recent years, but only slightly, according to data the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) shared with HuffPost UK.
Aimy Wissa, assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering (MechSE) at Illinois, leads an interdisciplinary research team to study click beetles to inspire more agile robots.The team, which includes MechSE Assistant Professor Alison Dunn and Dr. Marianne Alleyne, a research scientist in the Department of Entomology, recently presented their ongoing and novel work on the quick release mechanism of click beetles at the 2019 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Annual Meeting.Ophelia Bolmin, a graduate student in Wissa's Bio-inspired Adaptive Morphology (BAM) Lab, presented novel synchrotron X-ray footage that showed the internal latch mechanism of the click beetle, and demonstrated for the first time to the scientific community how the hinge morphology and mechanics enable this unique clicking mechanism.The presentation, "The click beetle latch mechanism: An in-vivo study using synchrotron X-rays," was part of an invited symposium on mechanisms of energy flow in organismal movement.This work builds on research that was initiated by the Illinois team nearly two years ago, detailing the click beetles' legless self-righting jumping mechanism.The team already built prototypes of a hinge-like spring-loaded device that are being incorporated into a robot.
Oscars 2019 is just a week away.We still don't know who's going to host, but here's what we do know about the 91st Oscar ceremony.We know who's nominated -- and that Black Panther is up for best picture and might even have a slight chance.We also know how, when and where to watch the show online.This year the Oscars takes place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 24.The whole event starts at 8 p.m.
If Bohemian Rhapsody can win best drama at the Golden Globes, who knows what will happen at the Oscars.With their 10 nominations each, the frontrunners are looking like Roma and The Favourite but if the Academy decides to make a surprise selection (Moonlight had most dramatic surprise win) Bohemian Rhapsody and the rest might be in with a chance.Based off its recent BAFTA wins in both the best picture and best director categories, Alfonso Cuaron's Roma is the safe bet.It helps that Roma is The Sound of Music-level moving storytelling, following Cleo, a cleaner and carer for a middle class family in 1970s Mexico.The moving painting of a film weaves in autobiographical elements from Cuaron's childhood during a time of political unrest.Also propelling Green Book is its people's choice award win at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Despite being responsible for the world's first rollable OLED television display, LG is playing the 'wait and see' game with regards to foldable smartphones, according to the company's TV division boss, Brian Kwon.Kwon, who was handed the reins to LG's struggling phone business late last year, told reporters at a press conference in Seoul on Friday that the company has "reviewed releasing the foldable smartphone when launching [its] 5G smartphone but decided not to produce it,” as reported by The Korea Times.Stating that "LG’s main issue in [the] smartphone business is to regain its market position" and that "it is too early for LG to launch a foldable smartphone," Kwon goes on to say that the South Korean electronics giant is "fully ready to respond depending on consumers’ reactions" to the burgeoning technology.Given that LG's smartphone business is currently flagging, the decision to stick with traditional non-folding handsets for another year might end up hurting the company's phone sales even further.That said, it could also be the smart move in this instance, as the company can then make an informed decision about what does and doesn't work when it comes to foldable smartphone design – just look at all the proposed designs that TCL is currently experimenting with!In the meantime, LG is expected to debut its upcoming LG G8 and LG V50 ThinQ smartphones at this year's MWC 2019 exhibition later this month.
The report says tech and social media companies should be forced to comply with a compulsory code of ethics overseen by an independent regulator, which should have powers to take legal action against companies breaching the code.The report comes as a result of an inquiry conducted last year by Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee into fake news and the spread of disinformation.In the course of its investigations, the committee examined the ways in which Facebook might have impacted the outcome of elections, including possible Russian interference, ad targeting and access to user data that violated the privacy rights of users.The report concluded that current electoral law is not fit for purpose in the digital age, leaving democracy at risk from online threats and that regulating social media will help curb these risks.said Damian Collins, chair of the DCMS Committee in a statement."The guiding principle of the 'move fast and break things' culture often seems to be that it is better to apologise than ask permission."
There’s a puzzle that has been taxing astronomers for many years: Where is all of the matter in the universe?You might think that it would be hard to miss, but observations of the universe have turned up only around two thirds of the regular matter that is known to exist due to mathematical models.The matter in question is normal matter, referring to elements like hydrogen and helium which were created in the first few minutes following the Big Bang.Over the first one billion years of the history of the universe, this matter was spread out and gradually became cosmic dust, gas, stars, and planets.Scientists have calculated how much of this matter must have existed immediately after the Big Bang and found that about a third of it cannot be accounted for in current models of the universe.This is a separate issue from the question of dark matter, which is a different type of matter that effects the movements of galaxies.
But a global review of insect research has found another casualty: 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered.It confirms what many have been suspecting: in Australia and around the world, arthropods – which include insects, spiders, centipedes and the like — appear to be in trouble.If that study’s findings are broadly valid – something still far from certain – it has chilling implications for global biodiversity.Four decades later, another research team returned to the island and repeated the study using identical methods and the same locations.The team found that a bevy of arthropod-eating lizards, birds and frogs had fallen sharply in abundance as well.Arthropods pollinate some of our most important food crops and thousands of wild plant species, disperse seeds, recycle nutrients and form key links in food chains that sustain entire webs of life.
Actor Bruno Ganz died Friday at age 77, the BBC reports.The Swiss actor's film career spanned 50 years, but many know him best because of a YouTube video meme that sprang from Ganz's 2004 role as Adolf Hitler in the movie Downfall.In the scene, set in the German dictator's World War II bunker, Hitler's generals must bring him bad news about the progress of the war.Ganz as Hitler shakily removes his eyeglasses and sends all but four men out of the room, proceeding to scream at them while staffers wait in the hall and one woman begins to cry.The parodies generally keep the German dialogue, but replace the subtitles to make Hitler's meltdown about something else entirely, whether it's his pizza arriving late, runner Usain Bolt setting a world record, the Red Wedding scene on Game of Thrones, or finding out he wasn't accepted into Harry Potter's Hogwarts."It seems that late-life Hitler can be made to speak for almost anyone in the midst of a crisis," The New York Times wrote of the meme back in 2008.
I have never been someone who liked gaming on smartphones.But with the Stratus Duo from SteelSeries, I think I have finally found a gamepad that is premium-enough to use while gaming on the go and at home.Together, though, the Stratus Duo bests almost every controller on the market.I find this important as it allows me to comfortably grip the device and interact with the controller without feeling cramped.The triggers feature Hall effect magnetic sensors,which offer a more reliable experience that shouldn’t deteriorate with use.While the L1 and R1 buttons offer an enjoyable click, the D-pad is mushy.
So it came as a big surprise when I received the company's first solid-state WA11 Topaz headphone amplifier.Better yet, it's small enough to be truly portable -- Woo's taking high-end sound to the streets!Even without the aid of tubes the WA11 ($1,400) sounds velvety-rich, powerful and refined.Instruments and vocals surely have a lot more body and substance than what I hear from my iPhone 6S' headphone jack.The amplifier circuitry is fully balanced from input to output.Too bad Woo didn't also squeeze in a 3.5mm headphone jack, but space is limited.
It seems Apple wants to get you talking.The company reportedly purchased PullString, a startup that develops voice recognition apps, according to a report by Axios on Friday.The deal is worth at least $30 million, according to Axios, and could help Apple's Siri compete with other voice-activated services on the market.PullString develops voice enabled apps that run on the Alexa and Google Home Assistant platforms.Its software also powers Hello Barbie, the talking version of Mattel's doll that can have conversations with children.Apple and PullString didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
The past weeks have seen an explosion of talks about consumer privacy, particularly in the field of smart home technology.After a string of Nest camera hacks, consumer groups began to put plans in action to prevent further incidents from happening — and in the process, found just how dire the state of smart home security is.Although multiple requests have been made to manufacturers to strengthen their digital security, few have followed through or implemented helpful plans.In turn, privacy advocates have turned to a different tactic: shaming retailers that sell insecure devices.Eleven different groups including the Mozilla Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and The Internet Society posted a “Dear Retailer” letter on February 12 titled, “This Valentine’s Day all we want is products that meet minimum security standards.” When polite requests don’t work, perhaps public shaming is the way to go.Four companies were called out in the letter: Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy.
Not long ago -- three months to be exact -- Amazon's giant HQ2 project was considered a national prize.The largest e-commerce company in the world had planned to create a second major campus outside its Seattle mothership as it worked toward even more expansion.Then New York City won half the project, and everything went disastrously wrong.Following months of opposition from local politicians and union groups, Amazon on Thursday canceled its plans to build a 25,000-employee campus in New York.It offers a clear picture of how badly Amazon misdiagnosed the political environment it was walking into and how it made itself a bigger target for protesters by creating such a flashy bidding process.The situation also illustrates how negative perceptions about Bezos' treatment of workers and alleged monopolistic practices are corroding the company's once-sterling reputation.
Brain-computer interfaces promise to restore communication for individuals with severe speech and physical impairments.Current brain computer interfaces share many features of high-tech, conventional augmentative and alternative communication systems, but via direct brain link.Choosing the "right" brain-computer interface that maximizes reliability of the neural control signal and minimizes fatigue and frustration is critical.Jonathan Brumberg, assistant professor of speech-language-hearing at the University of Kansas, will present on this subject and demonstrate a variety of brain-computer interfaces in his talk, "Evolution in Technology to Aid and Restore Communication," at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.What: "Talking without Speaking: Overcoming Communication Challenges with Technology," a scientific sessions panel at AAAS.Who: Jonathan Brumberg, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; firstname.lastname@example.org
It is estimated that by 2050, electricity will make up 50% of the world's energy mix.This will require batteries that are more efficient, cheaper and environmentally friendly.One of the alternatives being studied today in many parts of the world is the lithium-air battery.Some of the Brazilian efforts in the search for such device were presented on Day Two of FAPESP Week London, held February 11-12, 2019.In addition, renewable sources like solar energy need batteries to store what is generated during the day through solar radiation," said Rubens Maciel Filho, a professor at the School of Chemical Engineering of the University of Campinas (UNICAMP).The battery stores additional energy through an electrochemical reaction that results in the formation of lithium oxide.
Alibaba affiliate and Alipay parent Ant Financial’s acquisition of London-based payments and currency exchange company WorldFirst marks Ant Financial’s first big move in the UK.“Alipay and WorldFirst’s capabilities and international footprints are highly complementary,” Ant Financial said in a statement shared with TechNode, adding that the tie-up will add WorldFirst’s international online payments and virtual account products to Alipay’s existing technology solutions.Ant Financial expects to further expand its customer base through the acquisition of the UK payments firm, especially in the area of cross border e-commerce.Ant Financial did not disclose the size of the acquisition, however, British broadcaster Sky News reported in December that the acquisition was likely to worth about $700 million.WorldFirst, founded in 2004, has years of experience working with Chinese businesses that trade globally.The company has been taking steps to become one of the first foreign companies to be granted a license to operate in China’s fintech sector.
“Either data centers are going to continue to increase in CapEx, or they’re going to have to find a new approach”A “dramatic” pause could be seen in hardware spending among hyperscale cloud providers in the past quarter, according to NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang – but the company expects enterprise customers operating hybrid cloud infrastructure to ramp up spending on their own stacks in 2019 as they target more machine learning.The hyperscale slowdown has been well documented.Yet a Q4 earnings call, in which California-based NVIDIA reported a sharp drop in quarterly revenue to $2.21 billion, (down 24 percent from a year ago) showed the company sees enterprises from retail to finance, mobility to healthcare crunching ever-more data closer to home.NVIDIA is “in the process” of partnering with major IT vendors to take full stack GPU-accelerated infrastructure to the enterprise as a result, it said.(The blip was a poor end to an otherwise excellent year: NVIDIA reported record full-year revenue of $11.72 billion, up 21 percent from a year ago, with record highs across its Gaming, Datacenter, Professional Visualisation and Automotive segments.)
Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing will lay off 15 percent of its staff or about 2,000 employees this year, a source said.Didi CEO Cheng Wei said that the company wants to focus on its core mobility services and cut business units that are not critical to its main ride-hailing business.However, Didi will continue to hire for safety technology, product engineering, and international expansion while maintaining its overall employee count.(And yes, we’re serious about ethics and transparency.Exclusive: Indonesian online lender UangTeman had a rough 2018.Complete list of tech and startup events in Singapore