As day turns into night, and night turns into day, the vast majority of living organisms follow a fixed circadian rhythm that controls everything from sleep needs to body temperature.In the brain, clock genes are particularly active in the so-called suprachiasmatic nucleus.It sits just above the point where the optic nerves cross and sends signals to the brain about the surrounding light level.From here, the suprachiasmatic nucleus regulates the rhythm of a number of other areas of the body, including the cerebellum and the cerebral cortex.However, these three areas of the brain are not directly linked by neurons, and this made researchers at the University of Copenhagen curious.'In humans, the hormone is known as cortisol, and although the sleep rhythm in rats is the opposite of ours, we basically have the same hormonal system', says Associate Professor Martin Fredensborg Rath of the Department of Neuroscience.
A swappable battery would be icing on the cake, thoughThe Surface Pro X is in the hands of US users and the iFixit crew has already ripped into it.The repairability results might please Microsoft's legions of loyalists but give iPad fanbois pause for thought.While the Surface Pro X components were on display for all to see at Microsoft's Ignite event, the chippery was securely hidden behind a do-not-touch sign.After successfully tearing apart Microsoft's new Surface Laptop 3 with surprisingly little difficulty, the team were keen to see if mere mortals could achieve similar levels of disassembly with the Pro X.The answer is a guarded "Yes".
In the US, that collection of nasty, soggy, chemically laden remains of cigarettes is the top item – often numbering in the thousands per cleanup – found in the sand in many parts country, along with other bits of plastic pollution.Patrick Diamond, vice chair of Surfrider NYC, told us in an email that while he hasn’t kept specific statistics, vape paraphernalia is “now joining cigarette butts and other items as beach trash and plastic pollution which means they will make their way into the ocean as more plastic pollution.”Public health has become a primary concern with vaping this year.The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed 33 deaths in 24 states from illnesses related to vaping while another 1,500 lung injuries have been reported.Each refill contains two to four pods, so that’s easily over a billion and as many as two billion little squares of plastic going into the trash each year.At best, this foists the cost of disposal, clean up, and recycling onto the user – or the non-vaping taxpayer.
Resolution Games is launching a level builder so fans can create custom levels in Rovio‘s Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs.The level builder is part of an update for the existing virtual reality game, where you can move around and attack the green pig fortresses from different points of view, thanks to VR.The update is coming in time for the holiday season.Stockholm-based Resolution Games will release the level builder later this year, marking the first time Angry Birds fans will be able to tap into their inner game designer to create the Angry Birds environments and levels.“We have been working on this level builder technology for some time and are very excited to have it make its debut in Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs,” said Tommy Palm, CEO of Resolution Games, in a statement.“With our upcoming release, players will have the power to show their creativity in ways we could never imagine.
Amazon hopes its singing smile boxes will tug on even more heartstrings this holiday season as they return in another upbeat spot—this time to the tune of preacher and singer Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.”Amazon debuted the 90-second version of its 2019 holiday ad in the U.K. on Nov. 4 during a broadcast of the long-running soap opera Coronation Street.Created by TBWA-owned agency Lucky Generals, the singing boxes’ costars include a diverse cast: children at a fancy dress party; passengers on a train in what might be a meet-cute; a delivery driver making her rounds; an older couple dancing while talking to loved ones (presumably on an Echo Show); toe-tapping office workers in a meeting with the acronym BLAH on a whiteboard; bus passengers; a wistful Santa; and buskers playing a melodica—a mini keyboard that you blow into—and a ukulele.The singing boxes, of course, have cameos and solos throughout.“Amazon’s singing boxes are at the heart of people coming together on their festive journey,” the ecommerce giant said in a statement about the campaign.The 90-second ad also weaves in references to Amazon Logistics, the program Amazon launched in 2018 to help aspiring entrepreneurs start their own last-mile delivery businesses for Amazon packages, as well as Amazon’s Hub Counter pickup locations, which include thousands of stores in the U.S. such as Rite Aid and GNC.
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The $699 iPhone 11 has dual-rear cameras, Night Mode and Deep Fusion.My tests revolved around three lighting scenarios: good, medium and low light.A second rear camera with an ultrawide-angle lens, Night Mode, Deep Fusion produce overall sharper photos and videos that make this phone worth every penny of its $699 price tag.The iPhone 11 has a new sensor with 100% focus point coverage to help focus faster and more accurately.In terms of sharpness and dynamic range, the main camera is definitely superior to the ultrawide.Skin tones are decent and the cutout effect looks real.
An Australian government department has shown interest in forcing pornography sites to verify a user's age, and it's willing to offer its facial recognition services to get it done.It's suggested its facial recognition service, which is yet to pass in parliament and was initially proposed for national security and fraud detection purposes, could help to make this a reality.Australian Home Affairs has been developing its facial recognition service (named 'The Capability'), which it's hoping to legalise if the Identity-matching Services (IMS) Bill 2019 and the Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2019 are ever passed through parliament.Just last week the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) tabled the bills, expressing that the committee believed protections for individual's rights should be more explicitly incorporated.The bill propose two services — a Face Identification Service (FIS) and Face Verification Service (FVS).The first matches unknown faces against a database filled with identified facial data collected from passports, drivers' licences and other forms of photo ID.
The US Interior Department said on Wednesday that it is grounding all drones made in China or containing China-made parts on fears of espionage and cyberattacks, Bloomberg reported, a move which effectively pulls from the field its entire fleet pending an agency review.Why it matters: The grounding is the latest in a flurry of US decisions to shun industry-leading Chinese tech companies citing national security concerns.Details: The government agency responsible for managing all federal land, the Interior Department is concerned that the drones could be used to send classified information, mainly videos and photos, of sensitive US infrastructure that could later be attacked, according to the Wall Street Journal.The department manages 810 drones, 15% of which were made by Chinese drone giant DJI.The rest are made in China either entirely or in part, Bloomberg quoted a department spokeswoman saying.While the agency conducts the security review, non-essential drones will be grounded except those used for emergencies, such as fighting wildfires and search and rescue efforts.
Epic recently added the Storm King to Fortnite, a beast that will be available for battle royale players to fight over the next few days.The company kicked off its “Fortnitemares” yesterday, a Halloween-themed event that comes with challenges alongside a new Limited Time Mode called ‘The Storm King.’ Complaints from players have prompted Epic to nerf the boss.The Storm King LTM is a temporary game mode in which a large group of players must work together to defeat the Storm King and his minions.Victory rewards players with a special new umbrella featuring purple and crackling electricity…but that’s only if you manage to win.It’s clear that Epic intended Storm King to be difficult to beat — it previously teased the boss as the hardest opponent battle royale players will have ever faced.Some players say the company took it too far, though, making the mode more frustrating than fun.
Samsung’s lineup of Galaxy S and Note smartphones remains as the flagship series to beat in the Android world.If you want to enjoy a stellar Samsung Galaxy smartphone experience without breaking the bank, your best bet would be to go for the Galaxy A series.It’s actually the first smartphone to have four cameras on the back, a desirable feature that you won’t find on the flagship S devices.Putting a quad-lens camera to a midrange smartphone is already a daring move for Samsung, but the Korea-based company did not stop at that.At the core of the A9 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor backed by 6GB of RAM.It’s not as powerful as the latest S10 series, but it’s snappy enough in opening tasks, switching between apps, and multitasking.
As Jack Dorsey announced his company Twitter would drop all political ads, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg doubled-down on his policy of refusing to fact-check politicians’ ads.We will be best served over the long term by resisting this urge and defending free expression.”Still, Zuckerberg failed to delineate between freedom of expression and freedom of paid amplification of that expression — which inherently favors the rich.During today’s Q3 2019 earnings call where Facebook beat expectations and grew monthly users 2% to 2.45 billion, Zuckerberg spent his time defending the social network’s lenient political ad policy.One clear objective was to dispel the idea that Facebook was motivated by greed to keep these ads.We just shared our community update and quarterly results.
För drygt ett år sedan rapporterade Di att det finska dataspelsbolaget Nitro Games tog in nästan 50 miljoner kronor från en rad prominenta investerare såsom Spotifymiljardären Ludvig Strigéus och mätteknikbolaget Hexagons vd Ola Rollén, på kursnivån 47,50 kronor.Nu är det dags igen, efter att kursen rasat till strax under 12 kronor i kölvattnet av bland annat tekniska problem med huvudspelet Heroes of Warland vid lanseringen, problem som nu ska vara avhjälpta.Sent på tisdagskvällen gick bolaget ut med att man tar in 15 miljoner kronor på kursnivån 10,90 kronor i en riktad emission.Bland investerarna den här gången finns åter den finska Wallenbergmotsvarigheten Jacob Ehrnrooth – som är både styrelseordförande och största ägare – Swedbank Roburs fond Ny Teknik och Ludvig Strigeus, men däremot nämns till skillnad från vid fjolårets emission inte Ola Rolléns Cypernbaserade bolag Iskossala i pressmeddelandet.Di Digital har sökt Rollén.Som rådgivare har Nitro Games anlitat fondkommissionären Corpura, till skillnad från Partner förra gången det begav sig.
Design in the early- to mid-20th century was full of optimism.Art deco and the "rocket age" look became staples.Hyundai revealed the Hyundai HDC-6 Neptune on Monday, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered semi truck that looks like something from a cross between Tron and I, Robot.Its striking looks graced the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, and the we received a few more details about the unique semi concept.The automaker also mentioned it's learned a lot from its fuel cell passenger-vehicle program, most recently with the Nexo crossover, and it sounds like those lessons helped shape the HDC-6 Neptune.With a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain, the company said designers looked at the semi with a clean-sheet reinterpretation.