Mashable
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Amazon has taken another small autonomous step toward drone delivery. The company completed its first public United States delivery using one of its Prime Air delivery drones at a robotics conference in California on Monday. SEE ALSO: Forget taxis; Dubai wants to fly you around in passenger drones The drone lands in a field, drops off a box of sunscreen bottles, and buzzes back up into the sky. Amazon's first drone delivery took place late last year in the United Kingdom, where regulations are a bit more drone-friendly. The drone delivered an Amazon Fire TV and a bag of popcorn. But Amazon did reportedly conduct its U.S. delivery with FAA " assistance ," which demonstrates coordination and communication on at least some level. Read more... More about First , Prime , Delivery , Amazon , and Drones
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PC Pro
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“This finding definitely suggests a more sophisticated view of the lungs - that they're not just for respiration, but also a key partner in formation of crucial aspects of the blood.” Video of Inside the Lungs: Making Blood How had this crucial piece of information about lung function remained hidden for so long? Well, the discovery was made using relatively new technology based on two-photon intravital imaging. In short, green fluorescent protein (GFP) was inserted into the mouse genome, meaning that the platelets would emit a green light as they worked their way around the body. Using this method, the researchers were able to see where the megakaryocytes (the cell responsible for platelet generation) were concentrated. They dug deeper and discovered that around one million megakaryocyte progenitor cells and blood stem cells were just outside the tissue of each mouse lung.
TopRank
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Hackaday
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Have you got a spare Dish Network antenna lying about? They're not too hard to come by, either curbside on bulk waste day or perhaps even on Freecycle. If you can lay hands on one, you might want to try this fun radio telescope build . Now, don't expect much from [Justin]'s minimalist build. After all, you'll be starting with a rather small dish and an LNB for the Ku band, so you won't be doing serious radio astronomy. In fact, the BOM doesn't include a fancy receiver just a hacked satellite finder. The idea is to just get a reading of the relative brightness of a radio source without trying to demodulate the signal. To that end, the signal driving the piezo buzzer in the sat finder is fed into an Arduino through a preamp. The Arduino also controls stepper motors for the dish's azimuth and elevation control, which lets it sweep the sky and build up a map of signal intensity.
Hackaday
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Being a terminal, we would have appreciated bringing a serial port out. On the other hand, there is a full-size USB connector so you could plug in a serial cable. There's also a micro port for charging and a small HDMI connector, which means you could use an available HDMI device as a full-size screen if you like. Although you can see a prototype, [NODE] is still refining the 3D printed parts and plans to release them soon. Having seen the prototype, you can grab the dimensions of your target phone and duplicate something similar if you're up for a challenge. [NODE] clearly likes portable Linux systems since we've seen him cobbling together slightly larger laptops before. Of course, everyone loves the Pi and that's why we've also been keeping our eye on the ZeroPhone . Of course many like to play games on their phones. If you'd rather play on a real iPhone, there's always this simple method . Filed under: 3d Printer hacks , Cellphone Hacks , Raspberry Pi
Mashable
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We're a sucker for drama. And you'll see plenty of it, in Dash Cam Owners Australia's "March 2017 On The Road" compilation, which is part of an ongoing collection of the Facebook page's most dangerous but also highly entertaining cases of woeful driving or near-misses with risk-taking pedestrians. Just a warning, there's plenty of grunting and swearing from unhappy Australians in the video, but we think you'll find that's part of the hilarity of it all. Read more... More about Videos , Video , Dash Cam Footage , Dash Cam Owners Australia , and Dash Camera
Mashable
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You twist the bottle, or try to yank it up quickly after pouring a glass we all struggle to drop wine bottles from dribbling down the side of the neck. But turns out, all it took was some clever engineering to fix the perennial problem. SEE ALSO: This mum's wine hack has taken Twitter by storm Daniel Perlman, an inventor and biophysicist at Brandeis University has showed off a bottle with a groove cut into its lip. The groove is what stops the liquid from running down the bottle. There are already products designed to prevent wine dripping, but Perlman says he wanted to solve the problem without an additional accessary. Read more... More about Engineering , Alcohol , Brandeis University , Wine , and Watercooler
Mashable
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"Hi, it's Donald Trump here." That's what Emma Thompson heard as soon as she picked up the phone. What followed next is a pretty incredible story. It was the late 1990s, and Thompson was doing a film called Primary Colors with John Travolta, the British actress said during an interview for Swedish news outlet SVT . SEE ALSO: Samantha Bee: Trump's budget reveals he 'has no f*cking clue' Thompson, who at the time was freshly divorced from Kenneth Branagh, received the call from The Donald while on her trailer on the Universal Studios lot. After the initial shock, Trump reportedly said: "Yeah, I just you know, I wondered if I could offer you some accommodation in one of my Trump Towers. They're really comfortable." Read more... More about Date , Emma Thompson , Donald Trump , and Entertainment
Mashable
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A woman in Mumbai is being hailed a hero on Twitter after reportedly jumping on a leopard to rescue her little son from its claws. The incident is believed to have taken place in northern Mumbai in an area bordering a forest-park. The animal leaped out of a dense thicket at around 9pm local time. I started yelling for help, and ran towards my child to grab him. On seeing me approach, the leopard made a dash for the bushes, the mother recalled. SEE ALSO: Watch this lion attack a tourist vehicle in a popular biological park Residents have blamed local authorities for not installing streetlights in the area. The mother, however, managed to avert any serious injuries to her three-year-old. He was given three stitches at a local hospital. Read more... More about Forests , India , Social Media , Wildlife , and Twitter Reactions
Mashable
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A new New York Times profile on John Mayer details how the singer is still struggling to recover from the worst thing that has ever happened to him his life was too great so he decided tell Playboy his penis is racist to shake things up. Yes, poor, rich John Mayer. Another terrible, no good thing for Mayer was, apparently, breaking up with Katy Perry . The on again, off again couple called it quits for good (perhaps?) in 2015, but he hasn't quite moved on. In a coy way, Mayer admits that "Still Feel Like Your Man" off his latest EP is about Perry. SEE ALSO: Katy Perry's 'Chained to the Rhythm' is cotton candy political pop Read more... More about Music , Celebrities , Katy Perry , John Mayer , and Celebrity Breakup
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Only the biggest of movies get the privilege of teasing the teaser and making us pay attention. For better or worse, Justice League , you certainly qualify. SEE ALSO: 'Wonder Woman' gets an origin story in new trailer Warner Bros. on Thursday revealed that "IN 2 DAYS" (that's Saturday, if you do the math) a new Justice League trailer will arrive, and though they're not saying exactly what time, you'd have to get up pretty early in the morning to slip this thing past us. Zack Snyder dropped the first Justice League footage back in July at Comic-Con , then released it to his Twitter account shortly after the Hall H presentation. Though we've seen plenty of Wonder Woman (a June 2 release) since then, it's been all quiet on the Justice League front (November 17). Read more... More about Aquaman , Dc Comics , Warner Bros. , Wonder Woman , and Superman
Mashable
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If you're part of the Harry Potter generation, you probably remember the hit 2007 club banger "The Mysterious Ticking Noise" from Potter Puppet Pals . That video is exactly 10 years old now, so we're going to go drown in wizard angst over the passage of time. SEE ALSO: Harry Potter and Voldemort were in love and we have proof In " The Mysterious Ticking Noise ," Severus Snape wanders the blue-curtained halls of Hogwarts in search of the source of a "kind of catchy" ticking sound he can't seem to shake. He starts singing his name to the tempo of the ticking, and Dumbledore, Ron, Hermione and Harry catch on. The video has been viewed over 172 million times. Read more... More about Anniversary , Youtube , Video , Mysterious Ticking Noise , and Potter Puppet Pals
Techradar - Reviews
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But, judging how deeply youve already bought into GoPros ecosystem, it might be a wise purchase. If you also see yourself only flying a few times a year, the Karma system is more versatile in that you can also use it for handheld footage and as a standalone action camera. Otherwise, there are better-specced and smarter drones out there for dedicated fliers. The DJI Mavic Pro easily overshadows GoPros offering as a better drone with more sensors, intelligent features, longer battery life and a smaller footprint and its a smidgen more affordable to boot.
Mashable
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Well, this is a new one: A state lawmaker in Maine wants you to believe that climate change deniers deserve protection under anti-discrimination laws. Maine Republican Rep. Larry Lockman says climate deniers are in danger of seeing their free speech threatened and need legal protections from anti-discrimination laws. Yes, the same laws that protect the rights of racial and religious minorities as well as those discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation. SEE ALSO: EPA chief denies carbon dioxide is main cause of global warming and... wait, what!? Lockman, along with the cosponsors of his new bill , are seeking to add climate deniers to the list of protected people under state anti-discrimination laws. Read more... More about Science , Global Warming , Climate Change , Free Speech , and Climate Denial
Hackaday
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But in principle, anything can be happening to the signal between samples. We just choose to use the simplest (lowest frequency) interpretation that will fit. Not only does this seem reasonable, but this is also deeply ingrained in human physiology, so there's no use fighting it. When you watch a Western, and the stagecoach accelerates so that the spokes in its wheels just match the film's frame rate , you see the wheels as stopped because each frame was taken when the next spoke was in the same position as in the previous frame. As it speeds up further, you even think you see the wheel turning backwards. The illusion that sampled data comes from the obvious underlying signal is strong. So if sampling adds together signals from different frequencies, how can we disentangle them? The short answer is that once the data has been collected, you can't.
Mashable
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Miles Soloman is a 17-year-old taking part in a very cool project that gives students across the UK the chance to work on data taken directly from the space station. SEE ALSO: Ask This Astronaut Anything As He Flies in Space One day, as he was looking at radiation levels on the space station, the A-level student noticed an anomaly. Encouraged by his teacher, he emailed scientists at NASA who appreciated the correction and even invited him to help analyse the problem. The research was part of the TimPix project from the Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) . The project takes data from a little chip on the space station that records the radiation levels. Read more... More about International Space Station Iss , Nasa , British Teen , and Tech
Ars Technica
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Location sharing is back in Google Maps. Google announced the addition of " real-time location sharing " to the Android and iOS apps, coming soon to an app store near you. The process seems pretty simple: Open the navigation drawer and press the new "Share Location" button. You'll be able to send a sharing permission to a Google contact or send a link over a messaging app, and you'll be able to pick how long you want to share your location for—permanently or for a set time. Anyone you share to will get a notification from Google Maps, and they'll be able to see your location on the smartphone and Web versions of Google Maps. There's also a "share trip" button you can activate while navigating somewhere, so rather than sending someone an ETA, they can just see you drive around on the map. Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments
Autocar
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Skoda’s first electrified car is set to be a Superb plug-in hybrid, which is due to go on sale in 2019. However, Strube confirmed that the first all-electric car wouldn't be far behind, suggesting an on-sale date of 2020 or 2021. “We wont be the first brand in the group to have an MEB car on sale, but we will be fast followers and at the forefront when compared to our competition.” The VW Group’s electric car plans have accelerated significantly in the wake of the Dieselgate scandal, leading to last year’s unveiling of the ID , which has the dimensions of a Golf and the interior space of a Passat . The group has targeted a million electric car sales by 2020. Strube didnt elaborate on what size or style of car the concept would be, but the new image and previous reports suggest that it will have an SUV bodystyle. Sister brand Volkswagen is also tipped to take an all-electric ID SUV to Shanghai . Read more Geneva motor show news Geneva motor show - the 14 cars you must see
Hackaday
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This device takes it to another level, and [Techmoan] does a great job of showing it in close-up detail. This is certainly a formidable design from an era that's beginning to fade into history. The video (found after the break) also does a great job of showing glimpses of other creative auto-reverse solutions including one from Phillips that appears to rely on bouncing tapes through something vaguely resembling a playground slide. We'd love to see that one in action, too. One thing you should never do with a cassette deck like this is use it with a cassette audio adapter like this one . Filed under: digital audio hacks , teardown
Mashable
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The people are coming together, and they're using creativity and social media to be heard. A new initiative called The People's Campaign is raising money on GoFundMe to travel to 15 states across the U.S. that are "overcoming injustice, but are no longer in the national spotlight." The campaign hopes to combine digital storytelling and social justice activism to support and reinvigorate these communities deeply impacted by racism and violence. SEE ALSO: 5 initial ways you can be a better ally to people of color "I felt it would be effective to continue the dialogue about these communities," campaign creator Cyrus Aaron said. "The reality of prejudice is not limited to the acts that get our attention. It is in the attitudes that don't." Read more... More about Social Media , Racial Justice , Social Good , Advocacy , and Activism
The Star Online
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Malaysia is going to see a lot more of Alibaba founder Jack Ma, who was also appointed as the digital economy adviser to the Malaysian government. Ma also said he has been discussing the Electronic World Trade Platform (EWTP) with Malaysia's ministers, among other things.
Techradar
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With others being able to add appointments to a Google Calendar (or multiple calendars, even) it could be a collaborative schedule, and fit in far more info than a small box on a regular paper calendar affords. As an e-paper device it could stay on all day in a low-power mode, too, hanging discretely on a wall without necessarily emitting any light. The video also shows some other uses for the device there's a point where the Magic Calendar appears to display a world time zones map, and another where it displays a full-screen cooking recipe. While there are apparently no concrete plans to develop the Magic Calendar for retail, it has been showcased in Japan and hopefully the buzz it's generating will see someone pick it up for a full-scale production run, as it's a great idea we'd happily have hanging in the kitchen at home. The ball is in your court, Google. Make it so. 10 gadgets for the ultimate connected home