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Don't want the new iPhone? Try these smartphone alternatives
Three new versions of the iPhone have just been announced, and while they may be light years ahead of Apple's previous models, they may not be for everyone. The idea proved to be nothing more than a gimmick for consumers, so LG scrapped it for the G6. The phones also offer similar form factors to the iPhone, meaning those who are switching from Apple's flagship phone should be comfortable with the Pixel's dimensions.
Fast radio bursts may be firing off every second
When fast radio bursts, or FRBs, were first detected in 2001, astronomers had never seen anything like them before. Since then, astronomers have found a couple of dozen FRBs, but they still don't know what causes these rapid and powerful bursts of radio emission. Instead of the light we can see with our eyes, these flashes come in radio waves.
Mercedes to invest $1 billion at Tuscaloosa, add 600 jobs
Germany's Daimler AG says its Mercedes-Benz luxury car division will invest $1 billion to set up electric vehicle production at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant. The company says it will make future electric SUVs under Mercedes' EQ sub-brand there and will also build a new battery plant, adding 600 new jobs in the region. Mercedes executive Markus Schaefer said in a statement Thursday that with the addition of electric SUVs to our future fleet, we will provide discerning drivers with a new, high-quality automotive option.
Billionaire gives $30M to Univ. of Arizona for Biosphere 2
Texas billionaire Edward P Bass is giving $30 million to the University of Arizona to support the Biosphere 2 research facility. Biosphere 2 Director Joaquin Ruiz says Bass' gift will allow continued research into global climate change and other grand scientific challenges affecting daily life. The university's announcement Wednesday says the gift is the third major commitment by a Bass foundation to support the university's research and operations at Biosphere 2.
Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light
Nature Communications today published research by a team comprising Scottish and South African researchers, demonstrating entanglement swapping and teleportation of orbital angular momentum 'patterns' of light. To make it secure and fast requires a higher-dimensional alphabet, for example, using patterns of light, of which there are an infinite number. In this latest work, the team performed the first experimental demonstration of entanglement swapping and teleportation for orbital angular momentum (OAM) states of light.
Rapid imaging of granular matter
Granular systems such as gravel or powders can be found everywhere, but studying them is not easy. Granular systems - a generic term for anything that resembles grains or powders - play a pivotal role not just in nature. They are equally important in practical applications, such as the chemical industry, where three quarters of the raw materials are granular substances. This allowed them to measure the internal dynamics of granular systems ten thousand times faster than had been possible before.
Scientists study wildlife rangers, what motivates them?
Wildlife rangers are on the front lines protecting our most iconic species-tigers, elephants, gorillas and many others. The survey asked rangers to rank nine job aspects according to what most and least motivated them to continue working as rangers. The survey also asked rangers if they would want or not want their children to become rangers and why. The top reasons rangers did not want their children to become rangers were low salary and no reward for hard work.
Tesla denies claims that it tried to block unionizing effort
Tesla Inc is denying claims that it tried to prevent employees from passing out union leaflets at its Fremont, California, factory. The National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Tesla earlier this month, citing multiple incidents at its Fremont assembly plant. Some workers allege that Tesla's security guards refused to let them pass out leaflets about the United Auto Workers union.
Fed agency urging corporate cybersecurity upgrades is hacked
According to the SEC, the breach was discovered last year, but the possibility of illicit trading was uncovered only last month. It did not explain why the hack itself was not revealed sooner, or which individuals or companies may have been impacted. Those documents can cause enormous movements in the market, sending billions of dollars in motion in fractions of a second.
DNA sheds light on African history
DNA from ancient remains has been used to reconstruct thousands of years of population history in Africa. The results suggest that populations related to the indigenous people of southern Africa had a wider distribution in the past. This southern African-like genetic background is found in hunter-gatherers from Malawi and Tanzania in the east of the continent. The later spread of farmers from western Africa had a major impact on the genetic make-up of people in surrounding regions.
DNA discovery could help shed light on rare childhood disorder
New insights into how our cells store and manage DNA during cell division could help point towards the causes of a rare developmental condition. Their findings shows how proteins associated with chromosomes work to set up an environment that ensures careful maintenance of the genetic material. These proteins carry out a strategy in which biochemical components in the cell designate sections of DNA at which proteins are recruited to organise the genetic material.
Study provides insights into how algae siphon carbon dioxide from the air
If we could engineer other crops to concentrate carbon, we could address the growing world demand for food, Jonikas said. All plants use an enzyme called Rubisco to fix carbon dioxide into sugar that can be used or stored by the plant. Algae have an advantage over many land plants because they cluster the Rubisco enzymes inside the pyrenoid, where the enzymes encounter high concentrations of carbon dioxide pumped in from the air.
Ancient human DNA in sub-Saharan Africa lifts veil on prehistory
The first large-scale study of ancient human DNA from sub-Saharan Africa opens a long-awaited window into the identity of prehistoric populations in the region and how they moved around and replaced one another over the past 8,000 years. Ancient DNA is the only tool we have for characterizing past genomic diversity. The ancient population was about one-third Eurasian, and the researchers were able to further pinpoint that ancestry to the Levant region.
ISRO working on substitute navigation satellite
Work has begun in Bengaluru to assemble a substitute navigation spacecraft, which became essential after the main backup was lost in a failed launch on August 31, 2017. The Indian Space Research Organisation has been training a team from an industry consortium to assemble this spacecraft and its lost fellow satellite, IRNSS-1H. M Annadurai, director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bengaluru, said the current approval is for seven navigation spacecraft and two spares - IRNSS-1H and IRNSS-1I.
The island people with an escape plan
Unlike many island communities facing such problems, the Guna have an escape plan. It is the people of Gardi Sugdub - Crab Island - who are in the vanguard of the relocation project. My grandchildren want to play soccer and volleyball, but there's no place for them to do that on the island. Efforts to enlarge the island may have made its inhabitants more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Mexico's earthquake at street level
His neighbourhood - Portales, in the borough of Benito Juarez - suffered gravely in Tuesday's earthquake, the most lethal tremor to hit Mexico in a generation. The area I live in was hit pretty hard, so a lot of the people - a lot of my neighbours are devastated. The new earthquake struck on the 32nd anniversary of a magnitude 8 quake that killed up to 10,000 people and left 30,000 others injured.
UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos
DNA - has been altered in human embryos for the first time in the UK. The researchers used 41 embryos that had been donated by couples who no longer needed them for IVF. From the embryo's perspective it is a disaster but for scientists it has given unprecedented insight. It is the first time human embryos have been edited to answer questions about fundamental biology. One option for IVF is to have a better way of testing which embryos are going to be successful.
ATM at 50: An oddity then, but it changed consumer behavior
The utilitarian machine gave fixed amounts of money, using special vouchers-the magnetic-striped ATM card hadn't been invented yet. As the ATMs became familiar, though, they changed not only the banking industry but made people comfortable interacting with kiosks in exchange for goods. Around the US today are roughly 3 million cash machines, according to the ATM Industry Association. The wide acceptance of the ATMs changed the types of cash Americans typically carry in the pocketbooks.
Plant-eating dinos 'had broader diet'
The idea of plant-eating dinosaurs having a strict vegetarian diet has been called into question. Fossil remains of dinosaur dinners is rare, so this pescatarian diet may have been overlooked in the past. When the first dinosaur discoveries were made in the 1850s, some species were labelled plant-eaters because their teeth resembled those of living plant-eating mammals such as rhinos. The discovery, detailed in the journal Scientific Reports suggests other plant-eating dinosaurs may have in fact been omnivorous.
Surprising discovery-how the African tsetse fly really drinks your blood
Researchers at the University of Bristol have been taking a close-up look at the biting mouthparts of the African tsetse fly as part of ongoing work on the animal diseases it carries. The teeth tear the delicate blood capillaries in the skin, so the fly can suck up the blood. To stop the blood clotting, the fly squirts saliva containing anti-coagulant into the wound through a narrow tube inside the proboscis.

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