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PITTSBURGH (January 23, 2018) ...When a patient with heart disease is in need of a vascular graft but doesn't have any viable veins or arteries in his or her own body, surgeons can rely on synthetic, tissue-engineering grafts.Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are developing synthetic grafts that mimic the body's own blood vessels to mitigate many of the complications of bypass surgery."The current best available treatment is to use the patient's saphenous vein or mammary artery, but not everyone has enough of these healthy blood vessels to use when they need a bypass," says Jonathan Vande Geest, Professor of Bioengineering at Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering.The National Institutes of Health awarded Dr. Vande Geest and his multi-institutional research team $672,682 for his one-year study, "Preclinical assessment of a compliance matched biopolymer vascular graft."His research builds upon his work at Pitt's Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory designing newly engineered materials that mechanically and microstructurally behave the same way as the body's native tissues.
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Welcome to Crypto Insider, Business Insider’s roundup of all the bitcoin and cryptocurrency news you need to know today.Sign up here to get this email delivered direct to your inbox.Bitcoin is hovering around $10,000 Tuesday, having come within one dollar of the milestone in the early morning hours.Here's how all the other cryptocurrencies stack up:Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz sees no legal functions for bitcoin: 'We have a good medium of exchange called the dollar,' he said at Davos.Cryptocurrency exchange app Coinbase reportedly made more than $1 billion in revenue last year.
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Nokia has announced that it’s pulling the Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) feature from its Body Cardio smart scale due to regulatory approval issues.The removal will come in a mandatory software update on January 24th, and Nokia isn’t offering any details as to when (or even if) the feature will be returning.For now, the company has suspended sales of the Body Cardio, although it plans to resume them sometime in the first few months of the year with the feature removed.The Body Cardio scale first went on sale in 2016, when it was called the Withings Body Cardio scale.It differed from the company’s original smart scale with the addition of the aforementioned pulse wave velocity tech, which measures the rate at which arterial pulse spreads through your arteries.(In more practical terms, think of it as measuring how fast your blood flows through your veins.)
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When you’re driving a near-1,500 horsepower Bugatti, slowing down is arguably just as important as going fast, and now the hypercar maker has come up with a new world’s first in brake technology.It’s the largest in the industry today and, as you’d expect from Bugatti, uses a particularly high-tech and unusual material.Indeed, the Bugatti Chiron’s brakes use aluminum alloy, with the automaker taking the metal and then forging a solid block.In fact, it’s a special titanium alloy called Ti6Al4V, and is more typically found in plane undercarriages and wings, or being used in rocket engines.Bugatti couldn’t use it for the entire brake caliper assembly on the Chiron, since the usual milling or forging technique was scuppered since titanium alloy is simply too strong.However, a new, high-performance 3D printer developed by the Bugatti Development Department in collaboration with Laser Zentrum Nord of Hamburg offers a different approach.
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When you're out walking your dog, it's not unusual to come across random items.Coming across a skull while walking next to the River Sowy in Somerset isn't an ideal situation, but that's what happened to Roger Evans back in March 2017.It's taken until now for scientists to examine the skull, who have now ascertained that it belonged to a middle-aged woman who lived somewhere between 380 and 190 BC.It appears as if the skull was severed from the woman's body either at the time of her death or very shortly after.Archaeologist Richard Brunning reckons the placement of the skull near a river bed may symbolise some kind of ritualistic offering.After the skull was discovered last year, water levels in the River Sowy were lowered to allow archaeologists to search the area for more evidence of life from the iron age period.
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WhatsApp, if you didn’t already know it, has a massive user base.Chances are that you’re part of it.More than a billion people around the world fire up the messaging app every day, with a growing number of people using the service to converse with businesses.The Facebook-owned startup has decided to lend the smaller outfits a hand, launching a new app called, would you believe, WhatsApp Business.Its main goal is to improve the app’s ease of use for companies dealing with a large number of WhatsApp messages on a daily basis.Specifically, WhatsApp said the app is aimed at making it easier for businesses to respond to customers, and separate customer and personal messages.
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As a hard-core rocker and roller I find that my gear has to be ready to rock and/or roll at a moment’s notice.There is no telling when I’ll have to lay out a face-melter during jury duty or blast out some Stairway while giving plasma at the local blood bank, and I often note to friends that I enjoy rocking and rolling all night and part of every day.The guitar itself has the fretboard of a full-sized electric but a squat hollow body that is full of batteries, a 20-watt amp, and speakers which gives it a sort of lumpen shape.Like the Yamaha Transacoustic I played a few years ago the trick is that the Fusion contains an amp and speakers, allowing you to turn up the tunes and even run the audio through an iPhone to add audio modeling and record your hot licks.The guitar is compatible with iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6, 6 Plus, 5/SE and iPhone Touch Gen 5 and an iPhone X shield is coming soon.It has three lines out including a P.A.
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Security researchers have found a new strain of malware targeting Linux and Windows servers running outdated software to secretly mine cryptocurrency.According to Check Point researchers, a hacker has been using RubyMiner to plant the cryptocurrency miner XMrig on vulnerable systems to hijack users' CPU processing power and covertly mine Monero coins.The attacks began around 9-10 January with attackers attempting to exploit 30% of all networks across the globe within just 24 hours.Security firm Certego also separately logged a huge spike in Ruby HTTP exploit attacks.The top countries targeted by attackers include the US, UK, Germany, Norway and Sweden.In this attack, the attackers are using a web server fingerprinting tool called pof to identify vulnerable, unpatched Linux and Windows servers running outdated software, Bleeping Computer reports.
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Earlier this month, a Vanity Fair report revealed sordid tales of Silicon Valley sex parties.But the tales, while full of unsavory and salacious details, did not include any names, raising questions in some minds about their truthfulness.Two people familiar with one of the parties—including one who attended—tell WIRED it was hosted by venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson, co-founder of the firm DFJ.According to Vanity Fair, the event had a "party on the edge of the earth” theme and encouraged “glamazon adventurer, safari chic and jungle tribal attire.”In a statement, DFJ said, “We were dismayed to learn of behavior at the party that was completely at odds with DFJ’s culture, which has been, and will continue to be, built on the values of respect and integrity.DFJ partner Emily Melton expressed discomfort about the nature of the party and the firm debated whether it should pay for the shuttles to the party, according to one person familiar with the firm.
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YouTube has taken further action against social media star Logan Paul, dropping the vlogger from its Google Preferred program, which is meant to be a mark of trust to signal to advertisers they can rely on these media creators to generate higher-quality content.After Paul posted a video of a dead body he filmed hanging from a tree in Japan’s colloquially titled “suicide forest,” it’s no surprise that YouTube and Google would want him out of its Preferred program.Paul isn’t cut off from all advertising benefits on YouTube, however, and can still use the YouTube Partner Program to monetize videos.The consequences of Paul’s grievous error in judgement don’t end there, however: the YouTuber won’t be featured in the fourth season of the YouTube Red scripted original “Foursome,” the company said, and any of his other upcoming Originals projects are on hold for the time being, with their ultimate fate still to be determined.YouTube’s prior action against Paul following his transgression include receiving a strike for his violation of its posted community guidelines, as well as releasing a statement about how its decision to pull the video was in keeping with its policies.Paul announced following the controversy that he was taking some time away from his practice of posting daily vlogs, and his last video on YouTube was his apology post to viewers, which was published a week ago.
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IPG Mediabrands culturally-driven media agency Initiative hired Pele Cortizo-Burgess as chief strategy officer for the United States, effective immediately.No compatible source was found for this video.Cortizo-Burgess will lead a team of 20 strategists, work across Initiative’s client roster and report directly to Initiative’s U.S. CEO Amy Armstrong.“It’s rare to find a strategic talent who offers both creative chops and technical grounding, but Pele is one of the very few in this industry who does,” Armstrong said.“He’s an accomplished executive with a deep understanding of what it takes to win, lead and generate value for clients.Pele is the perfect leader to help us leverage the momentum we achieved at the end of last year.”
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VR has been around in its current form for a few years now, and now we find ourselves mulling over the question of where it can go next.According to HTC it's improving the headset itself, with better features, better resolution, and (of course) wireless connectivity.LooxidVR takes it in a different direction, however, with some features people have been hyped about for years.Looxid's headset is mobile-powered, rather than being a fancy expensive piece of kit like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.It can also track pupil dilationIt's the next logical step, really.
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The ghost of Faraday Future hovered over the glitzy launch of Byton’s electric, autonomous SUV at CES on Sunday.In 2017, Faraday Future’s billionaire boss Jia Yueting watched in horror as his supposedly self-driving FF91 car failed to park itself at its unveiling.Byton’s CEO, former BMW executive Carsten Breitfeld, presided over a less disastrous display this year—and despite swirls of dry ice and pumping music, no autonomous antics were even attempted.The new Byton concept car is designed with self-driving in mind, including the first rotating front seats on a production vehicle, intended to turn the car into a “digital lounge” said Breitfeld.Although the SUV will have only Level 3 autonomy when it hits the streets at the end of next year, it’s designed to be upgraded to Level 4 in 2020.Byton will announce an autonomous technology partner later this month.
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Belkin is releasing a new version of its Wemo smart home hub that allows its connected home system to integrate with Apple’s HomeKit.The new hub costs $40 and is going on sale today — it was originally announced early last year with a fall release window that came and went.Though it may be a little frustrating for Wemo users to have to pay for a new hub just to get this kind of integration, it’s an unfortunate necessity since Apple requires (almost) all HomeKit devices to have a proprietary chip inside them.That means building and shipping new hardware; Philips had to do the same thing with its Hue system, for instance.Still, it’s a nice addition, since the Wemo app is terrible and Apple’s HomeKit system is comparatively far easier to use.Belkin has already connected Wemo with the Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, so owners who have bought into other smart assistant systems have already had other ways to control their gadgets.
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Belkin is taking the wraps off its 2018 slate of products, and between the fast-charging USB-C chargers and no less than four different wireless charging pads, it feels like the company’s new gear is tailor-made for Apple’s newest phones.Now that Apple has finally gone and embraced things like wireless and fast-charging in the iPhone X and iPhone 8, we’re starting to see a whole new wave of accessories out there that support those features.Sure, things like wireless chargers have existed for years, but Apple’s implementation of the platform means that there’s a whole new market for these kinds of devices.On the wireless charging front, Belkin is releasing four new Qi enabled pads under its BoostUp brand, along with what the company is referring to as the BoostUp Wireless Charging System for commercial implementations of wireless chargers in public spaces, restaurants, and hotels.Belkin is going all in with basically every form factor imaginable for a wireless charger with its 2018 lineup:There’s the BoostUp Bold, which looks like an updated version of Belkin’s existing BoostUp wireless charger, cutting down on the overall size of the pad and adding some new colors.
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Scott Olson / Getty ImagesAccording to Edmunds.com, new-vehicle prices are hitting record highs.Confident consumers are buying big, well-appointed cars and trucks.The larger stickers are helping automakers' pile up cash.The auto industry might be looking to a weaker sales year in 2018 after an unexpectedly solid 2017, but there's a silver lining to the dark cloud of decline.Americans are spending a record amount of money, on average, to buy new cars and trucks.
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Nuance has made a move to capitalise on the software and data chaos, introducing its own cognitive arbitrator, which will act as a digital task master.With the digital world moving ever quicker from touch user interface to voice activated software, more organizations are bringing out their own virtual assistants to work on specific products.This can mean the user will have to summon several different assistants to accomplish a series of tasks, while simultaneously remembering the controls specific to each.Nuance is proposing a cognitive arbitrator, streamlining all the controls and actions into one place.“By 2020, there will be 26 billion intelligent, capable, connected devices armed with conversational virtual assistants that manage nearly every possible consumer experience,” said Kenneth Harper, VP of Emerging Solutions at Nuance.It’s a win-win for everyone in the ecosystem, especially the humans that buy and use our customers’ products and services.”
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A couple of weeks ago we reported on a Samsung patent showing a phone with two screens, separated by a hinge, that you could fold over.Now a new patent has emerged showing a very similar-looking device – is this the long-rumored Galaxy X?The patents were once more uncovered by LetsGoDigital, and depict a phone very much in the style of the ZTE Axon M, which you can see in the image above.Two linked screens are fixed with a hinge in the middle, so the phone can be closed over with either the two displays or the two back panels showing.The new patent also shows this device being used in 'tent' mode, much like a 2-in-1 laptop.When the two screens are open side by side, they can be used separately or as one bigger screen, according to the diagrams in the patent.
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Long, long ago in a country far, far away, Volvo was one big happy family with cars and heavy trucks under all living under one parent company.But in 1999 that all changed when Ford bought Volvo Cars from AB Volvo, makers of Volvo Trucks.That might be changing thanks to the purchase of a $3.3 billion minority share of AB Volvo by current Volvo Cars owner, Geely.While Geely states that there are no official plans in the works to reunite the Swedish brands, this is clear evidence that someone in Hangzhou has a real crush on the Gothenburg brand.Volvo Trucks is one of the world's leading manufacturers of heavy trucks but it needs the assistance of a company better entrenched in the rapidly expanding Chinese market.That's where Geely comes in -- it also has a great deal of expertise when it comes to autonomous trucks and battery-electric heavy vehicles, both of which would be of great interest to Volvo.
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Today's effects-driven blockbusters often star computer-generated characters.Actors like Andy Serkis shoot their scenes wearing motion capture suits covered in tracking markers with a multitude of cameras aimed at them, and visual-effects teams turn those performances into a fully animated final form.From "The Last Jedi" to Marvel's various adventures to the heart-stopping "War for the Planet of the Apes", we've scoured the year's biggest blockbusters to rank the best and worst CGI characters of 2017.
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