Monthly Archives: August 2019

A massive study confirms there is no ‘gay gene’

https://www.popsci.com/genes-cannot-predict-same-sex-sexual-behavior/ Researchers at the Broad Institute analyzed genomes from nearly half of a million people to better understand if and how genetics play a role in sexual orientation. (Pixabay/) Genetics can’t predict whether a person will engage in same-sex sexual … Continue reading

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What Is Wi-Fi 6 and When Will I Get It?

https://www.wired.com/story/what-is-wi-fi-6 In January of this year, at the annual multithousand-square-foot madhouse of consumer electronics in Las Vegas, manufacturers started slipping a new claim into their spec sheets: Supports Wi-Fi 6. New laptops and routers from HP, Dell, Asus—they would all … Continue reading

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Georgia Tech researchers teach robots to be mechanical MacGyvers

https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/28/georgia-tech-researchers-teach-robots-to-be-mechanical-macgyvers/ There weren’t many sticky situations that ’80s television action hero MacGyver couldn’t slip out of with the help of a disposable lighter, penknife and two tabs of Alka Seltzer. His unconventional application of scientific principles and outside the box … Continue reading

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Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure

https://arstechnica.com/?p=1489117 Enlarge / Ken Thompson (sitting) and Dennis Ritchie (standing) in front of a PDP-11. Ritchie annotated this press image for Bell Labs as “an amusing photo,” and he joked that he had much “more luxuriant and darker hair” at … Continue reading

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Duped In The Deli Aisle? ‘No Nitrates Added’ Labels Are Often Misleading

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/08/29/755115208/duped-in-the-deli-aisle-no-nitrates-added-labels-are-often-misleading?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news Consumer groups are urging the USDA to change labeling rules for processed meats. They argue that "uncured" and "no nitrates added" labels may falsely lead people to believe these meats are healthier. (Image credit: Foodcollection/Getty Images/Foodcollection) via NPR Topics: … Continue reading

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Aptera returns with plans for 1,000-mile EV

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/08/28/aptera-3-wheel-electric-vehicle-revival/ A long time ago — especially in the relative timeframe of the modern EV — there was a promising, über-efficient electric car being developed by a company called Aptera. The three-wheeled, two-seat pod looked like the fuselage of a … Continue reading

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Insta360’s tiny wearable sports cam has video stabilization

https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/28/insta360-go-stabilized-sports-cam-action-release-date-hands-on/ Insta360 — as the name implies — is usually known for its 360-degree cameras, but this time, it’s braving sports cam territory with a little surprise, literally. The Insta360 Go is apparently the "world’s smallest stabilized camera" — so … Continue reading

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