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BOZEMAN -- Like doctors around the world, Randy Wolcott was confounded by diabetic foot ulcers.When patients would come into his Texas clinic with the small and seemingly harmless sores, caused by the disease restricting blood flow and damaging nerves, the wounds would often resist traditional antibiotics and refuse to heal.And when an amputation caused complications, he saw how the ulcers can, ultimately, result in death.Around 2001, however, Wolcott attended a conference where someone mentioned that the ulcers appeared to involve unique bacterial communities.He found that some researchers had a name for such microbes: biofilm.Then he called Montana State University, one of the few places in the world that specializes in biofilm research, and asked if anyone could help.
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Close to 1.1 million people have pledged to find out.Even though the US Air Force is strongly advising against it, more than 1 million people have signed up to attend the Sept. 20 event in the Nevada desert, and another 919,000 are "interested" in attending (read: cowards).Here's the plan, as per the creator of the event: "We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry.If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets."Naruto run" refers to the main character in the eponymous Naruto anime, as seen below.After decades of mystery, humanity will Naruto run its way to unraveling alien life.
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While there are some great keyboard apps that improve the screen-tapping experience, a physical keyboard remains the best way to type on any electronic device.Unfortunately for keyboard fans, smartphones with keyboards have been slim pickings in the last few years, with the BlackBerry Key2 and KeyOne being your only real options.Thankfully for fans of real buttons, Chinese manufacturer Unihertz is launching a rugged phone with a built-in keyboard — the Unihertz Titan.The Titan looks very much like a blend between BlackBerry’s more recent phones, with a wide design that’s reminiscent of the BlackBerry Passport, and the two-tone coloring of the KeyOne.A square 4.5-inch LCD display sits above the physical keyboard and runs a 1,440 x 1,440 pixel resolution.Where BlackBerry’s phones are sleek and executive, the rugged Titan is aiming for a more adventurous crowd.
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The Twitter website you once knew will soon be a thing of the past.The new desktop look starts rolling out globally today.The updated website includes more white space and less grey.Your tweets are still displayed in the middle of the page.On the old website, tabs for Home, Moments, Notifications and Direct Messages were at the top.Now shortcuts are on the left side and include tabs for bookmarks, lists, and your profile.
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Scientists have imaged a phenomenon officially known as Bell entanglement for the first time.Scientists John Bell formalized this phenomenon, but it was described by Albert Einstein first.Einstein described the quantum mechanics in the phenomenon as “spooky action at a distance” because of the instantaneousness of the remote interaction between a pair of entangled particles.Two entangled particles interact and share their physical states, no matter how great the distance between the two particles is.Bell entanglement is an underpinning of quantum mechanics.The image the team has obtained shows a strong form of quantum entanglement and is described by scientist Paul-Antonie Moreau as “an elegant demonstration of a fundamental property of nature.
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The limited-edition British “hypercar” is a road-going racer, and it made its debut at the UK’s Silverstone Grand Prix circuit this weekend, ahead of the 2019 British Grand Prix.Silverstone is no stranger to unusual cars, and ahead of high-profile events like the Grand Prix it’s not exactly difficult to find automotive exotica.Still, even by those standards, the Valkyrie is something else.Though the car has been in development for some time now – long enough, indeed, for all 150 examples of the road-going version to be snapped up by future-owners – that’s so far been predominantly in simulation.Digital modeling and virtual testing has given the automaker and its partner Red Bull Advanced Technologies time to refine and perfect the slippery design and potent drivetrain.There’s only so much you can do in the digital world, however, and Valkyrie buyers probably wouldn’t be entirely satisfied were they presented with a USB stick containing their virtual car rather than an actual set of keys.
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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University researchers have developed a new computer model for calculating the water content of snowpacks, providing an important tool for water resource managers and avalanche forecasters as well as scientists."In many places around the world, snow is a critical component of the hydrological cycle," said OSU civil engineering professor David Hill.The project is called Community Snow Observations and is part of NASA's Citizen Science for Earth Systems program.Led by Hill, Gabe Wolken of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Anthony Arendt of the University of Washington, the project originally focused on Alaskan snowpacks.Currently, the project has more than 2,000 participants.The University of Alaska Fairbanks has spearheaded the public involvement aspect of the project, while the University of Washington's chief role is managing the data.
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Qualcomm wants to take the Snapdragon 855 to the next level before it presumably unveils a newer chip at the end of the year.The company has taken the wraps off of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, which is aimed at acting as a modest upgrade to the original Snapdragon 855.According to Qualcomm, the new, slightly more powerful chip is aimed at delivering 5G, mixed reality, and artificial intelligence, along with a better mobile gaming experience.The chipset brings a few performance tweaks to the Snapdragon 855, and will likely appear in upcoming flagship phones that get released between now and December, which is when Qualcomm traditionally has released its flagship chipsets.Well, while the original Snapdragon 855 offered a Kryo 485 CPU with a clock speed of 2.84GHz, the Snapdragon 855 Plus steps things up to a so-called Kryo 485 Prime CPU, which offers a clock speed of 2.96GHz.The Snapdragon 855 Plus also features an Adreno 640 GPU that Qualcomm says has been tuned to offer a 15% performance increase over the Adreno 640 in the original Snapdragon 855.
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Qualcomm first announced the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform in December 2018, and since then it’s made its way into a huge number of flagship smartphones.Nearly every major manufacturer has made at least one device utilizing the chipset, which brings a pretty substantial leap in performance over the Snapdragon 845.Now, Qualcomm is making a mid-year chipset improvement with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus.The 855 Plus is primarily targeted at mobile gamers and brings CPU and GPU improvements to elevate the mobile gaming experience.This is in contrast to the Prime core in the standard Snapdragon 855, which clocked up to 2.84GHz.Technically, this is only a four percent improvement, so we’ll have to see how it impacts performance and benchmarks once we get a device in our hands.
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Googlers just don’t know when to give up when it comes to social media as the internet giant attempts to crack the market once again with Shoelace.It’s been almost six months since the team decided to shut-down Google+ but the search behemoth hasn’t given up just yet.We’ve lost track at how many times Google has attempted to crack this lucrative market, and the latest attempt will put much more of a hyper-local twist on the social networking euphoria.“Shoelace is a mobile app that helps connect people with shared interests through in person activities,” the team has written in the new platforms FAQs.“It’s great for folks who have recently moved cities or who are looking to meet others who live nearby.”Coming out of Google’s Area 120, an experimental group within the R business, the team will look to create a platform which will focus on uniting people in local communities and neighbourhoods depending on their interests and experiences.
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AWS: Oracle’s claims a “desperate attempt to distort the facts”AWS and Microsoft are the last two standing in a winner-takes-all fight for a $10 billion (£7.9 billion) cloud computing contract with the United States Department of Defense, after Oracle’s bid to stay in the running was thrown out of court on Friday.The winner will provide department-wide cloud services that will underpin new AI-powered war-fighting capabilities, via a common cloud environment.A decision on the mammoth cloud contract is now expected within weeks.The two finalists for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract were announced in April, but Oracle had launched a legal appeal against the decision, alleging conflicts of interest and other issues in how the procurement was handled.Late Friday the Court of Federal Claims threw the appeal out.
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Researchers show limited success in getting rid of dataAI systems have weird memories.The machines desperately cling onto the data they’ve been trained on, making it difficult to delete bits of it.In fact, they often have to be completely retrained from scratch with the newer, smaller dataset.That’s no good in an age where individuals can request their personal data be removed from company databases under the EU GDPR rules.A 2017 research paper by law and policy academics hinted that it may even be impossible.
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Kindles are another story, they're more expensive and go on sale less often.We've compiled every decent deal on Amazon-branded devices happening on Prime Day.Read our WIRED Best Echo & Alexa Speakers guide for recommendations on which Amazon Echos we think are worth your money.Echo Plus for $110 ($40 off): The Echo Plus is the best-sounding Echo.It has a tweeter and subwoofer with impressive enough sound to justify its price compared to other Echos.Consider pairing them with an Echo Sub ($230, $50 off).
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That means lots of smart home devices are up including well-known brands such as Dyson.Since the allergy season is already in full swing, this is the best time to secure your family with a device that can fight all these harmful pollutants.Right when you need it, Amazon gives 27% off on the Dyson Pure Cool - DP04 Air Purifier and Fan.Health is wealth and the Dyson Pure Cool will be our home’s first line of defense against allergens and any unwanted particles roaming in the air, thanks to its smart air filtering mechanism.The Pure Cool automatically senses dust and pollution and captures them in a sealed high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) activated carbon filter, then counters it by producing purified air around the room.The HEPA filter catches 99.97% of allergens as small as 0.3 microns making it an ideal air purifier in your room.
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Huawei may still be facing an uncertain future over its access to licensed versions of Android and Windows operating systems, but it’s been busy readying in-house replacements in case the tide turns against its favor.Now, the world’s second largest phone maker has filed a trademark application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, attempting to register the name “Harmony” for its mobile and computer operating systems.The application is dated July 12, 2019, and is currently under examination.The description of the application reads: “Downloadable operating system programs; Recorded operating system programs; Mobile operating systems; Computer operating systems; Downloadable computer operating programs and computer operating systems.”That description hints Huawei might be attempting to create a cross-platform operating system that’s compatible with both desktops and smartphones.The company — which has found itself caught in the cross hairs of a trade war between China and the US — had earlier trademarked an OS called HongMeng in China, but this was later revealed to be for IoT devices.
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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has set up a research and development unit in Finland focusing on camera technologies, according to Finnish media.Why it matters: The Beijing-based handset maker joins Huawei in setting up a research arm in Tampere, Finland, where there is an abundance of experts thanks to the presence of one-time industry leader Nokia.Set up three years ago, Huawei’s Tampere operation focuses on camera, audio, and imaging technologies.Huawei has four models in the global top 10 rankings of mobile phone cameras from independent benchmark Dxomark, while Xiaomi has one.Nokia once led the market prior to Apple’s entry in 2007.“At first, Xiaomi Finland Oy will focus on product development for camera technologies in Tampere.”
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What you need to know from infosec land latelyEarlier this month, an alert went out to Ruby on Rails developers after it was discovered that a popular package had been hijacked and injected with malicious code.Tute Costa was going through the gems used for his Ruby application and checking for updates when he noticed that something was amiss with the strong_password package.It was eventually concluded that the GitHub account managing the gem had been hijacked from its original owner and then had a bit of malicious code inserted."If it didn’t run before (checking for the existence of the Z1 dummy constant) it injects a middleware that eval‘s cookies named with an ___id suffix, only in production, all surrounded by the empty exception handler _!function that’s defined in the hijacked gem, opening the door to silently executing remote code in production at the attacker’s will."
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Prime Day means discounts on Amazon devices and the company's Kindle e-readers are seeing some nice price chops this year.The Kindle Paperwhite, now fully waterproof and the best value in the Kindle line, is selling for $85 (8GB version).That's $45 off its list price and the best price we've seen to date for this model.The same is true for the new entry-level Kindle and the top-end Oasis, which is being slightly updated later this month.These Kindle deals are available now.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
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A rogue bitcoin mining operation in Zhenjiang, a city located in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, has been shut down by the police after stealing electricity worth nearly RMB 20 million (around $3 million), according to state-run media Xinhua (in Chinese).Why it matters: According to the Zhenjiang police, the case is by far the largest cracked in the province by amount of electricity stolen.A large percentage of the world’s cryptocurrency mining activities take place in China in part due to cheap electricity sources.Crackdowns on large-scale mining farms could potentially cause volatility in Bitcoin prices.Details: The Zhenjiang police confiscated around 4,000 mining machines found in nine factories and arrested 22 suspects who reportedly ran the operation using altered electricity cables.The Zhenjiang power supply company notified the police in March after observing a spike in electricity usage that began last year.
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A new reusable device created by the Johns Hopkins University can help women with breast cancer in lower income countries by using carbon dioxide, a widely available and affordable gas, to power a cancer tissue-freezing probe instead of industry-standard argon.A study detailing the tool's success in animals was published this month in PLOS One."This project is a remarkable example of success from the Biomedical Engineering Design Program," says Nicholas Durr, an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins and the study's senior author."Instead of saying 'She has breast cancer," the locals we met while conducting focus groups for our research said 'She has death,' because breast cancer is often considered an automatic death sentence in these communities," adds Surtees.In lower-income countries, the main barriers to treating breast cancer are inadequate treatment options--with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation being impractical or too expensive--and long travel times to regional hospitals where efficient treatment is available.Killing cancerous tissue with cold, or cryoablation, is preferable to surgically removing tumors in these countries because it eliminates the need for a sterile operating room and anesthesia, thus making it possible to local clinics to perform the procedure.
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