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Archive for May, 2016

A closer look at Google’s modular phone prototype

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2016/05/21

This is an interesting idea. Hope the cost is reasonable.

http://www.theverge.com/google/2016/5/20/11723508/google-project-ara-modular-phone-photos-io-2016

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A Secret Forest Grew for Millennia in North America Without Anyone Noticing

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2016/05/20

Cedar trees living on steep cliffs were centuries old, and no one knew.

Source: A Secret Forest Grew for Millennia in North America Without Anyone Noticing

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Underwater Archaeology: Florida sinkhole discovery suggests humans lived in America 1,500 years earlier than previously thought 

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2016/05/16

Archaeologists investigating a Florida sinkhole have unearthed evidence suggesting humans lived in the Americas around 14,500 years ago. On the Aucilla River, near Tallahassee, the 8m deep Page-Ladson sinkhole was found to contain a stone knife and animal bones which had apparently been marked by humans.

Source: Florida sinkhole discovery suggests humans lived in America 1,500 years earlier than previously thought | Archaeology | News | The Independent

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10 best American whiskies

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2016/05/16

Whiskey is made the length and breadth of the US, and some of it is good and some bad. We haven’t confined ourselves in choosing variety and instead have focused on quality. We have included three different variations. Corn whisky, the historical US style, is aged in uncharred oak and tends to have a natural feel. Rye, which has to be at least 51 percent rye, is spicy and more oomphy. And the wheat-based stuff, which is 51 percent wheat and aged in white-oak barrels, is softer in character. 1. Buffalo Trace: £20 for 70cl, Tesco

Source: 10 best American whiskies | Food & Drink | Extras | The Independent

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Two, the number is two, execpt when you sweat a lot then it shall be three. But no more than that. 

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2016/05/16

The exact number of times men should wash their faces every day?

Hopefully, you wash your face every day. But are you washing it enough? Dr. Terrence Keaney, a dermatologist working with Dove Men+Care, recommends his male patients wash their face twice a day — and only twice a day. “When you wash your face, the soap or cleanser that you’re using not only strips away the oil and sweat, but also strips away some of the natural lipids in the skin, so it can be potentially irritating,” Keaney told Business Insider.

Source: The exact number of times men should wash their faces every day | Health & Families | Lifestyle | The Independent

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How the sea gets its smell – and why it’s important 

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2016/05/16

This one is interesting. Looks like we are not done learning about the planet we live on. Too bad we don’t take better care of it.

Scientists have discovered just how the “smell of the sea” is produced by a tiny marine organism that is playing a major role in the fight against climate change. The microbes are so small that about half a million of them can be found in just a teaspoon of seawater. But they are also so numerous – they are among the most abundant forms of life – that they appear have a significant effect on the Earth’s climate.

Source: How the sea gets its smell – and why it’s important | Environment | The Independent

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IBM developed a ‘magic bullet’ to combat viral infections

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2016/05/13

From Engadget.com
IBM is the last company that I would have expected to get involved in this type of research.

Not sure if we are ready for this type of tech but it seems it is coming to the store near you at some point.

IBM Research and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore have created a new chemical “macromolecule” that could aid in the fight against a wide range of viral diseases like Ebola, Zika, dengue fever, herpes or even influenza. The new chemical was “designed from the ground up” to combat viruses in three ways: by preventing it from infecting healthy cells, stopping the virus’s replication and finally boosting the body’s immune system to help it fight the virus on its own.

For now, however, the two groups are exploring ways to put their new chemical into consumer goods like anti-viral wipes or a vaporized version that could be used in hospitals to prevent further outbreaks.

Source: Engadget

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MIT’s tiny robot operates on your stomach from the inside

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2016/05/13

This has a lot of potential down the road for non-invasive surgery.

Source: MIT’s tiny robot operates on your stomach from the inside

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Google is hiring autonomous car testers in Arizona

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2016/05/13

Not for the Dumb and Dumber, bring your bachelor’s degree to this test.

If you’re in Arizona, Google is hiring for a gig that could be a good alternative to doing Uber. The job entails test driving an autonomous car around the state for $20 an hour, six to eight hours a day. You’ll still need to know how to actually drive to be able to take the wheel if needed. But since your role is testing out the big G’s new technology, you’re expected to provide the engineering team “concise written and oral feedback,” submit daily reports and document any test or procedure performed.

That’s why even though Google isn’t looking for any “particular type of person,” it wants people with bachelor’s degrees and excellent communication skills. If you’re applying because you want to go on a road trip inside one of Google’s compact cars, though, we’re afraid you’d be sorely disappointed. You’ll be testing the tech titan’s self-driving technology on a Lexus like the one in the image above.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/13/google-hiring-autonomous-car-testers/

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Android Marshmallow Guide -V 6.x

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2016/05/11

Link to Andoid 6.x user guide

Android Marshmallow Guide

Why a new Android Marshmallow Guide page? Android Marshmallow is a major update from Android Lollipop. It official Android version number is Android 6. As a major update, Android Marshmallow 6 brings many new features for billions of Android users. For developers, Android Marshmallow brings many new opportunities. This Android Marshmallow guide page is mainly to help …

Source: Android Marshmallow Guide – Android Guides

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