How can you recycle the world's stockpiles of treated sewage sludge and boost sustainability in the construction industry, all at the same time?Around 30% of the world's biosolids are stockpiled or sent to landfill, using up valuable land and potentially emitting greenhouse gases, creating an environmental challenge.Now a team at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, has demonstrated that fired-clay bricks incorporating biosolids could be a sustainable solution for both the wastewater treatment and brickmaking industries.Published this month in the journal Buildings, the research showed how making biosolids bricks only required around half the energy of conventional bricks.As well as being cheaper to produce, the biosolids bricks also had a lower thermal conductivity, transferring less heat to potentially give buildings higher environmental performance.In Australia, 327,000 tonnes of biosolids are produced annually.
Whilst innovation may be putting more strain on IT teams, natural ingenuity will see them tackle this issue head on.User demand and rising expectations saw organisations accelerate the speed of innovation to push the boundaries of the services they provide for customers, but for organisations to be successful in this endeavour, agility has become absolutely essential, Michael Allen, CTO and VP of EMEA at Dynatrace.Yet this constant transformation is introducing more complexity into hybrid cloud environments.Research in 2018 showed that a single web or mobile transaction now crosses an average of 35 different technology systems or components, compared to 22 just five years ago.As a result, we can expect to see the following trends emerge in the next 12 months, as IT teams look to tackle this increased speed of innovation.We’ve seen giants like Facebook, Netflix and Instagram fall victim to outages and prevent users from using their services.
BT has become renowned for its broadband deals and possibly one of its greatest features is its willingness to throw in a freebie or two to make them even more enticing.As well as its usual BT Reward Card (a prepaid credit card to be spent anywhere Mastercard is accepted), right now BT is also offering a year long Amazon Prime subscription and free activation on selected deals - that's a lot of broadband bang for your buck.Our standout choice is the BT Superfast fibre 1 package.You get all the freebies mentioned above and fast fibre speeds for a pretty affordable monthly cost.You can see all of the deals down below or go to our best broadband deals page if BT hasn't got quite what you were looking for.Note: If you already have Amazon Prime the subscription will stack on top meaning your next year is free
Whether you love it or hate it, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a pretty interesting idea.It's not the first interactive programme to hit Netflix, Netflix has since confirmed that it definitely won't be the last.Netflix has been playing around with interactive programming for a while, though before Bandersnatch all those efforts were focused on kids.It's not clear what the future of interactive TV is, exactly, but during a recent webcast for investors Greg Peters, Netflix's chief product officer, said, "You should anticipate we'll do more of those as we start to explore that format."Meanwhile Ted Seranos, chief content officer, claims there are storytellers "salivating" at the chance to work with the new medium.Adding, "We've got a hunch that [the interactive format] works across all kinds of storytelling and some of the greatest storytellers in the world are excited to dig into it."
Editors' note: This story contains sexually explicit languageFor months, Danny Cords didn't know who was trying to ruin his life.Strangers across the country would send him messages, saying things like: "Just text me back I'd love to explore with you," and "Where in Seattle are you i want to cum fuck."Carrie Goldberg, an attorney in New York who specializes in cyberstalking and internet abuse cases, is representing a victim suing Grindr for ignoring more than 50 pleas to delete impersonating profiles."If you're hellbent on someone's destruction, you're going to be resourceful about it.The victims also found that local law enforcement often lack the expertise and resources to handle cyberstalking cases, making it much harder to find help.
Starbucks and Uber are joining forces to deliver coffee, snacks, and other items in six major US cities.95% of the Starbucks menu will soon be available on the Uber Eats app, and purchases come with a $2.49 flat booking fee.It launches in San Francisco on Tuesday, and then rolls out in New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC in a few weeks.The new system means Uber Eats couriers can deliver coffee from 3,500, or a quarter of all Starbucks stores in the US.Starbucks said they specially developed new packaging to maintain coffee temperature during the 30-minute delivery time.Starbucks is teaming up with Uber Eats to deliver coffee in six major US cities, the coffee giant announced on Tuesday.
Cross-border e-commerce platform NetEase Kaola plans to open 15 new brick-and-mortar stores during 2019 in a bid to keep up with the new retail boom in China.The company made the announcement at the opening ceremony of its flagship offline store in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.The store’s opening marks a continuation of NetEase’s plans to tap the ongoing new retail boom, which aims to connect the online and offline worlds.Netease Kaola CEO Zhang Lei said the company will strengthen its offline expansion during the year to create more interactive shopping experiences.Online versus offline was an “either-or” retail equation not long ago.The popularity of new retail is creating a more favorable third option that combines both in-shop and online experiences.
Vietnam-based fintech startup Finhay announced it’s closed a six-figure funding round from regional venture capital firms.The round was led by Singapore-based Insignia Venture Partners, with participation from Southeast Asia investor Rhombuz VC and Hong Kong-based Zeroth.ai.Founded in 2017, Finhay is a mobile wealth management platform that allows users to invest in mutual funds based on their risk appetite.The startup uses machine learning to identify recommended portfolios for each user.Finhay claims to have 13,000 registered accounts to date and plans to use the new funding to “triple down the resources in 2019” to grow their user base.
The HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority), which governs UK fertility clinics, is calling for clinics to be more upfront with patients when offering ‘add-on’ treatments, and to only offer treatments which are scientifically proven to increase the chances of a pregnancy.‘Add ons’ are extra treatments which are often offered to IVF patients, on top of their standard treatments.The problem is that a lot of these add-ons aren’t backed up by decent scientific evidence that they actually work, so the jury is still out on whether they will help.As anyone who has been through treatment knows, they will have spent hours researching treatments and will be experts before their first appointment.These people deserve the right to be properly informed, and to choose to have treatments developed from solid, scientific research.Through my work in the fertility sector, I know how much people are willing to sacrifice to have a baby.
Out past Neptune, something weird is happening to the orbits of a bunch of space rocks circling the sun.Something, scientists believed, could only be described by the presence of a giant planet -- the so-called "Planet Nine".It's baffled astronomers for years and now there's yet another another candidate for the cosmic wobbliness that's not a planet at all.Planet Nine's existence is largely inferred from the unusual orbits of trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) which exist in the gaping space between Neptune and the rest of the cosmos.The suggestion has been a planet up to four times wider than Earth is spinning lonely out at the edges of space in the dark, influencing the TNOs.New research published on Jan. 21, set to be published in Astronomical Journal, has put forth an alternate explanation of this strange phenomenon and suggests the clustered orbits might not be the result of a Planet Nine at all.
Being the Mobile World Congress, it’s only natural to see so many smartphone and accessory makers show off their stuff that week.But whether it’s by accident, intention, or fate, it seems that at least three of the big smartphone makers will be making their announcements on the same day, which could overwhelm both event participants and onlookers as well.Samsung, as always, will be staying away from the MWC flood and will hold its own Unpacked 2019 event on February 20.Compatriot and rival LG, however, will be revealing its LG G8 on February 24.Contrary to earlier leaks, Korean media now report that LG’s flagship will indeed have triple cameras instead of just two.Whether it will also announce its foldable or semi-modular phone, presuming they’re two different things, is still unknown.
Thanks to huge support on social media, and with the help of Avengers star Chris Hemsworth, Marvel may grant a 33-year-old Australian man with terminal illness his dying wish of watching Avengers: Endgame before its April release.The man, known as Alexander, is suffering from liver cancer, mouth cancer and the rare genetic disease Fanconi anemia which affects bone marrow, and could die before the massive film's official cinema release.Alexander wrote about his condition on Marvel's subreddit on Jan. 5.I've heard of people getting early screenings before," Alexander wrote."I'm not a child or anyone with a particularly tragic story.I'm 33, lost my sister three years ago to the same rare genetic disease it turns out I have too.
Full-version commercial software for APC magazine readers (for a limited time only)February 2019 - Issue 464Please note that these exclusive downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 28/01/2018 to 08/04/2019.EasyBackup backs up the data all by itself, as soon as a previously defined USB stick or an external hard disk is connected to the computer.It is a fast backup tool that can be used by every person immediately and is ready for everyday use in seconds.January 2019 - Issue 463
There are plenty of multi-room audio options out there, but few have the reputation that Sonos does, which is why a Super Bowl season deal on some of its best connected speakers is worth paying attention to.Sonos kit is rarely on sale, and you have until February 3 – the kick-off date for Super Bowl LIII – to invest.If you’re new to the multi-room speaker party, here’s the rundown.You can link accounts from a wide variety of streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal, as well as play tracks locally from your smartphone, tablet, or computer, or indeed from network-attached storage.Newest speaker in the deal is the Sonos Beam.It’s designed for those people who want a compact soundbar, and is notable for also having Amazon Alexa integrated.
They’re big, bold, absurd, and we frankly prefer our computers to look more like an alien monolith than a useful piece of modern technology.Yet our way of thinking is certainly on the out.It offers full-fat performance despite that.A bigger desktop can offer more real estate to go wild with strange, unnecessary flourishes.It’s screwed to the removable panel, yet not readily removable itself, so the panel remains tethered to the body by the radiator’s liquid cooling.Compared to the Asus ROG Strix GL12XC, which also had a Core i9-9900K, the Chronos was a little slower.
A protein-secreting device implanted into the hippocampus of epileptic rats reduces seizures by 93 percent in three months, finds preclinical research published in JNeurosci.These results support ongoing development of this technology and its potential translation into a new treatment for epilepsy.Motivated by an unmet need for effective and well-tolerated epilepsy therapies, Giovanna Paolone and colleagues of the University of Ferrara, Italy and of Gloriana Therapeutics, Inc. (Providence, RI) investigated the effects of the Gloriana targeted cellular delivery system for glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) -- a protein recent research suggests may help suppress epileptic activity.In addition to quickly and progressively reducing seizures in male rats -- by 75 percent within two weeks -- the researchers found their device improved rats' anxiety-like symptoms and their performance on an object recognition task, indicating improvement in cognition.The treatment also corrected abnormalities in brain anatomy associated with epilepsy.These effects persisted even after the device was removed, indicating this approach may modify the disease progression.
For several days, starting on Monday 14 January 2019, Zimbabweans have been without Internet access.This is as a result of the Southern Afrikan country’s government, under rumored instructions from General Chiwenga and the leadership of President Emerson Mnangagwa, decided to threaten and ordered all 4 of the country’s telecommunications to shut off the Internet completely.The Zimbabwean Internet shutdown follows a week of protests by Zimbabweans against the recently raised fuel price and the high cost of living in the country.“Greetings Zimbabwe, we are Anonymous.We have previously seen innocent people being killed in Zimbabwe.Your banking system will also fall soon.
“The whole point is that industry and educators sit together to develop courses that work for both of them”J.P. Morgan has enrolled employees on a new programme from the UK’s recently established Institute of Coding (IoC), designed to help experienced workers obtain a master’s degree in Computer Science while still in full-employment.J.P. Morgan is the first organisation to take advantage of the new Institute of Coding Course, following the launch of the £20 million joint industry-government initiative.The first round of the programme consists of 15 people who began their first classes last October and will be awarded with accreditation from the University of Bath.The programme was designed on the back of the 2018 approval of the Digital & Technology Solutions Specialist qualification which aims to bolster employee skillsets through the uses of high quality E-Learning.Due to the fact they are still full-time employees with commitments they will only spend the equivalent of one day per week studying online over the course of 2.5 years, upon which they will be awarded an MSc.
Tab grouping is steadily making its way to Google Chrome through incremental updates to the browser’s “Canary” test build.Those who have been using the early testing browser version can play around with tab grouping now by jumping through a couple of hoops.It works a little differently to Opera’s drag-and-drop system, though.To group up specific tabs, you’ll have to select them, right-click, and choose which group to add them to.Tabs were a fantastic implementation in web browsing.First added to the InternetWorks web browser in 1994, they were popularized by Firefox in 2002 and have since become a major component of web browsing on any device.
A month from now, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S10 in San Francisco, settling months of rumors about all the new goodies Samsung's next flagship phone will have.This phone represents the culmination of a decade of improving designs that turned Samsung smartphones into a household name -- and the world's top smartphone brand.The specs that go into the rumored phone will shape Samsung's response to intensifying pressures from other phone companies.Weak Galaxy S10 sales could crack open the door for Huawei, a Chinese challenger that replaced Apple as the second-largest brand, selling 200 million phones in 2018.But Huawei's friction with global governments and carriers only escalated when its CFO was arrested in Canada on Washington's accusation that Huawei violated US sanctions against Iran.Finally, a 3D selfie camera could lead to some pretty interesting AR capabilities down the line.