HOUSTON -- (July 27, 2017) -- Carbon nanotubes immobilized in a tuft of quartz fiber have the power to remove toxic heavy metals from water, according to researchers at Rice University.Prize-winning filters produced in the lab of Rice chemist Andrew Barron by then-high school student and lead author Perry Alagappan absorb more than 99 percent of metals from samples laden with cadmium, cobalt, copper, mercury, nickel and lead.Once saturated, the filters can be washed with a mild household chemical like vinegar and reused.The lab's analysis of the new filters appears this month in Nature's open-access Scientific Reports.Lab tests showed that scaled-up versions of the "supported-epoxidized carbon nanotube" (SENT) filters proved able to treat 5 liters of water in less than one minute and be renewed in 90 seconds.The material retained nearly 100 percent of its capacity to filter water for up to 70 liters per 100 grams of SENT, after which the metals contained could be extracted for reuse or turned into a solid for safe disposal.
While many imaging apps’ tools closely resemble those used by artists in the real world – such as brushes and pens – the color picker feels like a completely digital device.A new project from the folks at Adobe Research and University of Toronto reimagines it as a skeuomorphic palette that’s designed to be more natural and intuitive, while allowing for the creation of harmonious color schemes and works of art.Instead of forcing users to choose from colors from across the entire spectrum, Playful Palette presents you with an interface that’s more like how you’d mix paint in real life.Pick a bunch of colors represented as paint blobs, make a puddle with them, blend them with lighter and darker hues by pushing in different directions and get a gradient of colors to work with.Hit ‘play’ on the clip for a better idea of what I’m talking about:As you work, each blob of color is saved into an infinite history so you can retrieve a palette whenever you need it.
If you’re reading this, then you’ve likely followed the same long, arduous journey the rest of have in anticipating the release of AMD Vega graphics chips.The latest chapter in that saga is a huge update to AMD’s Radeon Software Crimson ReLive app for PCs equipped with Radeon hardware.Known verbosely as AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.7.2, this updated version of the app builds off the firm’s sizable Crimson ReLive update that landed six months ago.With this update, you’ll have deeper control of your Radeon graphics card than ever before.Naturally, all we care about here is how the newest Radeon Software version affects how well games run on your gaming PC after the install.How does this make my games better?
the bank of England warns on household indebtedness in a recent bulletin.in Particular, increasing satisfaction and carelessness of consumer credit can make the bank even more vulnerable and affecting the whole of society."household debt is many other things, to favor a reasonable extent, but can be dangerous excesses in case", commented the bank of England financial stability of the corresponding Alex Brazier.according to the report, loans and consumer credit conditions have loosened in recent years.the lender the ability to evaluate their own loan their risk is reduced.Although borrowing has increased on average the same rate of economic growth, are the English take consumer credit increased during the past year 10% at a time when incomes have grown by 1.5%.
That includes a meme-filled paper by “Lucas McGeorge” and “Annette Kin” referencing “midi-chlorians.” Yes, George Lucas’ attempt to explain feeling the Force with faux biology is now published “scientific research.”The science community has long known that certain “predatory journals” will publish almost any paper for a fee without proper peer review.Some watchdogs have submitted fake papers by fake researchers to these journals to highlight how bogus journals harm the integrity of the Open Access publishing movement, by taking advantage of a loophole.This newest sting from the anonymous science blogger Neuroskeptic is truly astounding for just how silly the fake paper is.“The goal was to see whether journals would publish a manuscript that, while seemingly scientific, was actually a joke,” Neuroskeptic told Gizmodo in an email.“I didn’t want to just submit nonsense (like a computer-generated text), or a bad paper, but rather something that was verifiably based on fiction (i.e.
Apple has released a new commercial for Siri on its Youtube channel.In the film we see no less than Dwayne Johnson, also known by his stage name The Rock.See The Rock X Siri: Dominate The Day below:Many fans had expected a feature film rather than a short film in three and a half minutes.This after a number of posts of Dwayne Johnson on social media describing it as the ”largest, coolest, craziest and funniest movie ever”.
As the US laptop ban came to an end last week, the US government has reportedly an alternative screening technology to ensure that electronic products are swept for explosives at airports.According to Homeland Security secretary John Kelly, CT scanning, which he described as "a new kind of technology" will be used at airports to detect explosives hidden in electronic products.Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum, an annual conference, Kelly said the laptop ban was initially set in motion after US authorities received intelligence that terrorists had developed a new way of hiding explosives in electronic notebooks in a way that traditional systems would not be able to detect them.The idea was reportedly to sneak the explosives-packed gadgets past security and onto airplanes, to detonate the bombs mid-flight, The Register reported.Kelly also said that although he'd initially been sceptical of anyone being able to pack enough explosives into a laptop or tablet to demolish an aircraft, he changed his mind after witnessing tests.The ban affected 10 Middle Eastern airports and US-bound flights from nine primarily Middle Eastern airlines.
Tips Dagens apptips är för alla de som någon gång har skärmdelat Macen med någon då plötsligt en riktigt opassande notis dök upp.Många använder Macen i jobbet för mer än bara enskilt arbete.Du kanske brukar hålla presentationer med Keynote eller Powerpoint ansluten via en projektor eller på storbildsskärm.Eller kanske brukar du skärmdela med kollegor för att visa något du jobbar med under en Facetime- eller Skypesession.Vad kan då vara mer pinsamt än att en polare skickar ett opassande skämt på mejlen som syns som en stor fin notis uppe till höger?Eller en kollega som skvallrar om en kund – en kund som du just då visar en presentation för?
"Everyone loves Nokia," reported a delhi phone trader trade magazine recently.“It is for many that the only real phone”.Nokia phones license manufacturer Finnish background HMD already know indian Nokia of loyalty, and answered to the wishes with the launch of the new phones impressively in India.the Company's president & ceo Arto Nummela itself appear diligently in the Indian media and highlight the Indian market the company one of the most important.Nummela was the company a well known figurehead, which was reported to be nokia's ”the new coming” behind.Is it any surprise that the man tours has been in India.
It is now two and a half years ago Breakit drug at the time.We have in a short time managed to build a large audience among the Swedish techintresserade.But how is it actually with the economy?the financial Statements submitted to the companies registration office a couple of weeks ago are bidding on the following figures:Breakits turnover grew by 270 per cent to 6.8 million.We made a loss of 1.5 million in 2016.
Maapallon ulkopuolella olevan älyllisen elämän etsintään keskittyvä SETI-projekti on ottamassa uuden lähestymistavan projektiinsa.Nyt ei tarkkailla enää radiosignaaleja, vaan myös lasereita.SETI hakee nyt Indiegogo-joukkorahoituskampanjalla pääomia, joiden avulla se haluaa rakentaa kehittyneitä valvontakameroita, jotka voisivat skannata avaruutta ja havaita sieltä mahdollisesti älyllisen elämän aikaansaamia laserviestejä.Tällaiset säteet tai viestit voisivat ohittaa Maan läheltä tai osua planeettaamme.Tähän saakka SETI on etsinyt elämän merkkejä radiosignaaleista.Avaruuden pölyn ja kaasujen keskellä laser voisi toimia jopa radiosignaaleja tehokkaammin.
A London theatre has attempted to recruit a new, underpaid staff member by insulting an entire generation of people.The Tea House Theater offered between £15,000 and £20,000 per year for an office administrator.The full-time position was posted with the most remarkable job advert of all time.Within the advert, there is much bitterness and bad attitude towards the people who might fill the role.Clearly, this is not the first time they've advertised the job, and have had little luck filling the position.This is somewhat explained in a series of tweets from someone who claims she went for an interview.The story, in summary, was that that interviewer was eating breakfast, wanted several days of free labour as a trial and ultimately didn't call let her know she hadn't been successful in her interview.
As a contact lens users myself, I know how uncomfortable it can be to accidentally place two lenses in the same eye.To have 27 of them stuck over an eyeball without realizing it sounds impossible, yet that’s exactly what happened to one British woman.According to a case study published this month in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the 67-year old had traveled to Solihull Hospital last November for routine cataract surgery.While she had complained of dryness and discomfort in her eye, which the patient put down to aging, the surgeons were amazed by what they found.The "bluish foreign body" they discovered turned out to be 17 lenses stuck together with mucus.Ten more were found upon further examination.
Google is today lifting the lid on a new app designed to help small and medium-sized businesses find and recruit employees more effectively.With Hire, the internet giant is targeting existing G Suite users — that is, companies already on board Google’s cloud software platform that includes Gmail, Calendar, Hangouts, Drive, and Docs — with a tool that extends G Suite’s functionality into the recruitment realm.VentureBeat first reported on Hire back in April when Bebop — a stealth startup founded by Diane Greene that was acquired by Google in 2015 for $380 million — started advertising job openings at the URL hire.withgoogle.com.We already knew that Warner Bros. subsidiary DramaFever, Medisas, and Poynt were among the organizations using Hire during its early phase, but few details were known about the service until today.Hire will allow recruiters to manage job postings, receive application forms, interview and screen candidates, and more.And it automatically includes key details in Calendar invites — such as the interview schedule, contact details for candidates, and the questions each interview is focusing on.
For the second quarter in a row, Netflix has handily beaten industry watchers — and its own expectations — in adding a mountain of additional new subscribers.Netflix today said it added 5.2 million additional new subscribers this quarter, a number well above the 3.2 million new subscriber additions that it set itself — and the stock promptly jumped nearly 9 percent.More than 4 million of those new subscribers are international viewers, and it still added more than 1 million domestic subscribers despite its big push into markets beyond North America.As usual, the subscriber numbers are the ones Wall Street cares about.Netflix can do what it can to alter the calculus of its operations in order to juice out a better earnings report, but subscriber growth — like user growth for Facebook and anything along those lines — are what will determine the future fiscal success of the company.Netflix dominates locally, but international audiences represent a much more tantalizing opportunity that it has to grow into.
Shipping and Transit LLC, a company that claims to have patented both the tracking of vehicles and the packages they deliver, has been hit with an order (PDF) to pay $36,317.50 in attorney's fees.US Magistrate Judge Dave Lee Brannon, who published the order yesterday, is the second federal judge to hit Shipping and Transit with fees in less than a week.It could be the beginning of the end for the patent-holding company, which has filed several hundred patent infringement lawsuits over the course of about a decade.The patent-holding company sent a demand letter to LensDiscounters in March, saying that its use of "Shipping Tracking Alerts" infringed several of its patents.Those alerts are nothing more than e-mails to customers allowing them to access package-tracking software that's made not by LensDiscounters but by UPS, FedEx, and the US Postal Service.In June, still unpaid, they filed suit.
The vast majority of language exchanged between people isn’t with words — it’s nonverbal.That’s why the newly formed startup Expressive is making stylized avatars that mimic body language and human emotion.The avatars detect human emotion through the use of sentiment analysis, or understanding the tone in words used by a human.The avatars then respond with emotional reactions like happiness, sadness, shock, disgust, and anger.Its first avatar is based on the popular chatbot Mitsuku.Created by Pandorabots, the conversational bot is more than a decade old and on multiple occasions has won the Loebner Prize, an annual international competition for convincing humans they are speaking to a human instead of a bot.
At the SMX Advanced conference in Seattle this year, Ranna Zhou from Google, Scott Sala from iProspect and Paul Shapiro from Catalyst all took deep dives into Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP).Ranna Zhou, Google product manager for AMP, was the first to speak.There are already more than 2 billion AMP pages that have been implemented across more than 900 domains.Some new partners include Yahoo Japan, Baidu, Sogou, Tencent Qzone (640 million active monthly users) and Weibo (313 million active monthly users).Zhou also shared one case study, for Ali Express, which reported a 10.5 percent increase in conversions and a 27 percent increase in conversion rate on their site.AMP ads are far more lightweight and faster, and Zhou shared some data to back that up:
Over the past couple of years, the Android-based malware known as CopyCat infected 14-million devices.This monster of a smartphone infection is based in rooting the smartphone, thereby giving it access to the entirety of the device’s innards.According to Check Point, 14-million devices (and more) have been infected with CopyCat malware.Of those, 8-million were successfully rooted.A cool 3.8-million devices went on to serve fraudulently-placed advertisements pushed by the malware-makers.Of the full 14-million users with CopyCat infecting their phones, 4.9-million had fraudulently-installed apps appear soon after the initial infected app download.
If you have a teenager or perhaps even a tween, it’s a good bet that they have Snapchat on their phone.The app is so popular that Facebook has been playing catch up with its most famous features, and is rumoured to soon be launching a live group chat it hopes will be the teen app of choice on those evenings they all get (virtually) together for a chat.Snap Map uses not only your location but the speed you are travelling if you’re moving, and your phone usage to pinpoint exactly where you are.Even when you have tracking turned off, the pictures and videos you have posted in Snapchat’s public ‘Our Story’ and tagged to that building will still be visible on the map.The possibilities for checking up on or stalking partners and ex-partners have also caused concern.Snapchat have said that Snap Map only shares information with the people users have designated ‘friends’ on the app, but as we all know not everybody on our friends list is somebody we actually know.