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There’s an ongoing debate among archaeologists as to which route the first settlers of North America took to reach the continent.Some say these migrants travelled along an interior passage between two massive ice sheets, while others say they traversed along a coastal route.New research suggests both interpretations are correct, and that multiple pathways into North America existed by the end of the last Ice Age.Several conflicting theories currently describe the peopling of Americas, of which two are vastly more plausible than the others, according to new research published last week in Science Advances.These two theories include the conventionally argued, but often maligned, Ice Free Corridor route, in which the first migrants crossed over from Beringia into the interior of Alaska, and then into the high plains of North America by venturing through two massive ice sheets around 15,500 to 13,500 years ago.The other is a newer hypothesis known as the North Pacific Coast route, also called the Kelp Highway Hypothesis, in which America’s first settlers arrived by hugging the coastline along southern Beringia and North America’s west coast, no earlier than about 17,000 years ago.
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Fish boozing in alcohol and taurine more likely to ignore pals and look for a fightThey’re more likely to become anti-social daredevils when the alcohol is mixed with energy drinks, according to a paper published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.A team of researchers discovered this when conducting experiments with zebrafish.They doped up a group of 192 zebrafish by adding different concentrations of alcohol and energy drinks containing taurine in a tank of water.The tank was also split into four different areas, the furthest end contained a fake model of an Oscar fish, a natural predator of zebrafish.“Alcohol reduces our inhibitions, and in low doses can cause relaxation and euphoria.
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Ahead of the launch of its mobile 5G network in the US, Sprint has announced that it’s working with LG to make a phone to support the new carrier technology in the first half of 2019.The company says that the device will be the first-ever 5G handset in the country when it arrives, and that Sprint will be the first to roll out a 5G network in the US.It’ll be interesting to see if it can make good on those claims in 2019 – and what sort of hardware the LG-made device gets.With 5G, you can expect faster downloads, and reduced lag while video chatting and playing multiplayer games.Sprint says speeds will be up to 10 times faster than current LTE standards; in a simulation in Frankfurt back in February, Qualcomm noted download speeds of 100 Mbps download speeds on 5G while LTE allowed for 8 Mbps.It’ll be interesting to see how quickly hardware brands upgrade their phones to support the new network.
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What happened: The Chinese government has started testing the application of 5th generation mobile networks (5G).Authorities at local levels have made plans to accelerate construction of 5G infrastructure and relevant industries.China Unicom launched the first batch of 5G stations in Beijing on August 13 and is expected to build 300 stations by 2018.According to reports, 5G will be wildly used in commercial scenarios by 2020.Why it’s important: A 5G network will benefit industries such as the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) and the Internet of Things (IoT) which can fuel the consumption upgrade in China’s slowing economy.5G pilot projects are carried out by China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom and most of them are taking place in China’s first and second-tier cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou.
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Microsoft has been giving Insiders a foretaste of features and changes that are coming in the next Windows 10 version.Naturally, it is presumed that those features won’t actually be arriving until that version rolls out later this year.That was definitely the presumption for the “Your Phone” app that promises a seamless connection between Windows 10 and, at least initially, Android smartphones.It turns out, though, that the app is now generally available to all, even on the current 1803 version of Windows 10.The observant Windows Observer noticed the unexpected turn of events when the Your Phone app popped up in the Microsoft Store, visible even when running on a production version of Windows 10 and for users who are not part of the exclusive Insiders club.That implies that whatever Windows 10 API the PC-to-phone communication relies on may already be found in Windows 10 version 1803.
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Following news that some 2016 Pixel XL owners are experiencing issues with fast charging following the Android Pie update, Google has confirmed that it is working on a fix for the problem.According to impacted device owners, their Pixel XL smartphones no longer fast charge after installing the latest Android update, forcing them to charge at normal or slow speeds.The issue first appeared in Google’s Issue Tracker, where a user reported that their phone no longer fast charged after installing the update.The issue was closed, but in recent days received ample attention from users complaining about the same problem.According to those users, chargers that previously provided fast charging now charge at normal speeds, or in some cases result in a Charging Slowly warning.The company acknowledged the reports on Issue Tracker, soliciting bug reports from impacted Pixel XL owners for more details.
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Most of us tend to think of sugar as a temptation that threatens our health.The reality is, however, that sugar is an essential component of the human body; it covers the surface of our cells and proteins, and tunes the behaviour and function of our tissues in both health and disease.Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) comprise a group of sugars which are found in almost all tissues of the human body.Some of these sugars are already being used as blood thinning medication or as a means to prevent inflammation.However, a general understanding of what these sugars do is still lacking.Now researchers from Copenhagen Center for Glycomics at the University of Copenhagen have successfully mapped the sugar structures in a so-called 'library of sugars' in a new study published in the scientific journal Nature Methods.
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New method developed at University of Warwick enables hundreds of polymers to be synthesised and tested for ability to kill superbugsSynthetic reproductions of antimicrobial peptides can be used as alternative antimicrobials - from disease treatment, to food and cosmeticsFindings could speed up the discovery of new antimicrobials not just for medical but industrial applicationsHundreds of polymers - which could kill drug-resistant superbugs in novel ways - can be produced and tested using light, using a method developed at the University of WarwickThe new methodology may help identify antimicrobials for a range of applications from personal care to coatings.Researchers from the Department of Chemistry and Warwick Medical School developed a way to synthesise large libraries of polymers, in such a way to make their screening for antimicrobial activity faster, and without the need to use sealed vials.
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People landing at Heathrow from countries outside of the European Economic Area are facing such lengthy queues to have their passports looked at that airlines are handing out drinks and snacks to stop people passing out or kicking off, with border control routinely keeping visitors lining up at passport control for more than two hours.Virgin Atlantic is now publicly complaining about the delays suffered by visitors to the UK, claiming that Border Force – the department tasked with manning the borders and carrying out checks – is missing its 45-minute processing target by miles and leaving some travellers stuck in passport check queues for more than two and a half hours.They heard we liked queuing and that's what they get from day one.Happily, though, Virgin is now supplying its queuing arrivals with refreshments from a little trolley, hoping that a selection of drinks and snacks might stop people going crazy from the wait.Look at all the types of sugar-free Coke we have now.Virgin's flier division boss Craig Kreeger said: "This summer significant queues at Border Control mean that thousands of visitors have regularly faced the longest queues in London to get their passports checked, often over two hours, leaving them frustrated before they've even started their trip.
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In a memo sent to staff last night - emailed to the Brit contingent this morning - DXC CEO Mike Lawrie thanked the exec for his time near the top of the org chart and unveiled his immediate successor.The Application Services business, of which Klaus was senior veep and GM since DXC was formed in April 2017, will be run by Mahesh Shah with immediate effect, insiders that viewed the memo told us.This latest upper management departure comes weeks after DXC waved goodbye to Steve Hilton, exec veep who ran the Global Delivery Organisation (GDO) internationally.His interim replacement was Samson David, who was second in command at the GDO division.Klaus rocked up at EDS in early 2004 as veep and GM, and became veep and GM of Global Applications and Performance Excellence at HP and subsequently HPE before moving onto DXC.Applications Services is a busy area for DXC, what with its nascent formal tie-up with AWS and all the application migration that customers are looking for as they consider shifting workloads to a public/private cloud set up.
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Open standards, open specifications and open source tools are seen as essential in building a frictionless data exchange.The Information Technology Industry (ITI) Council have committed to removing the barriers around cloud and AI technologies in healthcare.The commitment was signed by Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce, all of whom have experience with bringing technology to the healthcare industry.Commenting in a released statement ITI president and CEO Dean Garfield said: “Today’s announcement will be a catalyst to creating better health outcomes for patients at a lower cost.”“As transformative technologies like cloud computing and artificial intelligence continue to advance, it is important that we work towards creating partnerships that embrace open standards and interoperability.”The Information Technology Industry Council is an advocacy group based in Washington D.C that represents some of the biggest American technology companies such as Dell, IBM, Cisco, Intel and includes the companies included in this new commitment to healthcare interoperability.
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Apple is aggressively appealing tax assessors, public officials who determine the value of property for tax reasons, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.The company has 489 live appeals in Santa Clara County, including one claiming that a cluster of properties around Apple Park is worth just $200.Apple CEO Tim Cook has always said the firm pays its taxes properly.Concerns over Apple's elaborate efforts to reduce its tax bill are nothing new.The company — which hit a historic $1 trillion valuation this month — was punished in 2016 for a tax deal in Ireland, which the EU said amounted to illegal state aid.But a newly discovered tactic has reignited the debate about the company's tax contributions.
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There are no workarounds to protect against the encryption-breaking attack methodCisco has issued a patch for Cisco IOS and IOS XE software to protect users against an attack able to break encryption protocols.On Monday, the tech giant said in a security advisory that a vulnerability exists in IOS software, originally known as the Internetwork Operating System, and IOS XE builds which are configured with the authentication rsa-encr option.However, Cisco IOS XR is not affected.The vulnerability allows remote attackers without authentication to obtain the encrypted nonces of an Internet Key Exchange Version 1 (IKEv1) session.RSA-encrypted nonces are susceptible to attack due to a vulnerability caused by software which responds poorly to decryption failures.
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Chinese co-working space provider Ucommune has raised RMB 300 million ($43.5 million) in Series C funding, increasing its valuation to $1.8 billion.The round is led by Prosperity Holdings, which also led Ucommune’s pre-C round in July 2017.The company, previously known as UrWork, is a major competitor to WeWork China, which raised $500 million in July.Ucommune has raised a total of $450 million since 2016.Its investors have included Gopher Asset Management, Zhongrong International Trust, and Jingrong Holdings.Prior to its recent round, it received RMB 110 million in venture funding from the Shenzhen-based Qianhai Wutong Mergers and Acquisitions Funds (前海梧桐并购基金) in January.
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The entire cryptocurrency market has lost 10% of its value in the last 24-hours.You can follow live cryptocurrency prices on Markets Insider.LONDON — Cryptocurrencies are in the red on Tuesday, with bitcoin leading the market lower after falling below $6,000 per token.Bitcoin is down 4.5% to $5,975.21 at 8.18 a.m. BST (3.18 a.m.Other major cryptocurrencies are suffering similar drops at the same time:Ethereum is down 7.3% to $263.09
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As companies break free from their legacy systems, a steady rise of organizations are turning to cloud computing to modernize their operations and cut costs.The industry is expected to grow by US$76 billion by 2020, with 73 percent of companies purely run on SaaS workflows.At Tech in Asia Jakarta 2018, the spotlight will shine on the innovators and movers of multiple different industries, including the growing SaaS industry in the region.Here are four SaaS startups showcasing their tech at the heart of the conference grounds this October 23 & 24.Many of the challenges that companies face today revolve around motivating and developing their employees.With a simple and user-friendly interface, the platform looks to help companies better manage their human capital through the provision of easily accessible, data-oriented insights and actionable reports.
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20th Century tech causing problems in the 21stVideo Corporations are open to hacking via a booby-trapped image data sent by fax, a hacker demo at DEF CON suggests.The hack - discovered by security researchers at Check Point - relies on exploiting flaws in the communication protocols used in tens of millions of fax-capable devices globally, such as all-in-one fax-enabled printers.The team demonstrated the vulnerabilities in the popular HP Officejet Pro All-in-One fax printers during a presentation at DEF CON hacker event in Las Vegas on Sunday.Prior to the presentation, Check Point shared its findings with HP, which responded by developing a software patch for its printers.HP's advisory admits that, if left unaddressed, the security flaws created a means for hackers to push malware onto vulnerable Inkjet printers (many models are affected).
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Samsung's reputation for creating the world's greatest OLED smartphone displays is undeniable at this point, but that doesn't mean the South Korean electronics giant is content to rest on its laurels.According to the world's foremost authority on display technologies, Samsung's done it once again, with the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 breaking several records to earn DisplayMate's highest ever A+ grade.Describing the Note 9's Absolute Color Accuracy as "visually indistinguishable from perfect" while also dubbing it the "most color accurate display we have ever measured," DisplayMate also note's the handset's High Brightness Mode as being 27% brighter and 32% higher in contrast than the Note 8, with a peak luminance of 1,050 nits when Automatic Brightness is switched on.The Galaxy Note 9 also set records in Color Accuracy and Intensity Scales, meaning that peak brightness doesn't change dramatically based on what's on-screen, while also earning top marks in Viewing Angle Performance, particularly when it comes to small shifts in brightness and color — including white.While not considered a new record, the Galaxy Note 9 matched the Note 8 with a Screen Reflectance score of 4.4 — said to be the lowest that DisplayMate has ever measured for a smartphone.Concluding its report, DisplayMate said that "the Galaxy Note 9 is the most innovative and high performance smartphone display that we have ever lab tested," further cementing its verdict by also stating that the Note 9's display has "raised the bar significantly higher."
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The Australian government is proposing new laws that would require international tech giants like Facebook, Google and Apple to provide access to encrypted communications to law enforcement for policing crime.The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018is still in draft stages, but would allow heads of Australian law enforcement to issue tech companies with notices requiring them to decrypt communications.The government is casting a wide net, defining "designated communications provider" under the laws as any "foreign and domestic communications providers, device manufacturers, component manufacturers, application providers, and traditional carriers and carriage service providers."That means everything from encrypted messaging apps, email accounts and even physical device storage is on the table for decryption.Technical assistance notice: A notice requiring tech companies to offer decryption "they are already capable of providing that is reasonable, proportionate, practicable and technically feasible" where the company already has the "existing means" to decrypt communications (e.g.The bill stipulates this cannot include capabilities that "remove electronic protection, such as encryption."
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is likely to face some tough questions at a congressional hearing this week.At the time of the outage, Pai and the FCC told Congress and the public that it had been caused by a cyberattack.The report found no evidence to back that assertion.The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is set to testify Thursday in front of a Senate oversight committee.And the incident and Pai's answers about it could factor into ongoing court battle over his repeal of those rules.The FCC's servers were overwhelmed after comedian John Oliver focused on the net-neutrality debate in an episode of "Last Week Tonight."
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