Science & Technology

Sub-atomic particle observed as both matter & antimatter

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After 80 years of painstaking experimentation, scientists have directly observed a sub-atomic particle that is its own antiparticle. The breakthrough promises a leap forward in quantum computing and potentially shows the path to finding dark matter. The particles are called the Majorana fermions, after the Italian scientist who proposed their …

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Apple: iPhone 6 profit margin a rip-off 69%

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The iPhone 6 costs Apple between $200 and $247 to build, giving the company a profit margin of 69% for the entry-level model, according to a teardown analysis. The teardown, executed by research firm IHS and shared with Re/code, is based on an analysis of the parts used in each model and an estimate of …

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Solar to be world’s top electricity source by 2050 – IEA

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Solar power may become the dominant source of electricity by 2050 as generation equipment becomes cheaper, according to a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Solar power enhances energy diversity and hedges against price volatility of fossil fuels, thus stabilizing the costs of electricity generation in the long-term, says …

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Water on Earth is older than the Sun

Scientists have discovered that the life-giving water of Earth predates the formation of the Sun – and there could be a lot more of it out there. Water is essential to life on Earth and likely indicator for alien life as well, which is why so much of the world’s space missions and astronomical …

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Assange: ‘Google is a privatised version of the NSA’

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange equated Google with the National Security Agency and GCHQ, saying the tech giant has become “a privatized version of the NSA,” as it collects, stores, and indexes people’s data. He made his remarks to BBC and Sky News. “Google’s business model is the spy. It makes …

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Satellite imagery: Antarctic ice cover at record high levels

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Scientists say the extent of Antarctic sea ice cover is at its highest level since records began. Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometres covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent. Jan Lieser from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) said the …

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Google satellites can perform face recognition from space

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Google will soon have an unprecedented ability to spy on you from space. Theoretically, at least. How? Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest satellite company in North America, DigitalGlobe, the US government relaxed restrictions to allow for commercially available satellite imagery up to 25 cm resolution—twice as detailed as the previous limit of 50 …

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MIT can extract audio from a silent video using vibrations

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MIT researchers have developed new technology that can record conversations via the miniscule vibrations that sound waves create in inanimate objects, paving the way for yet more invasive forms of surveillance. Lead author Abe Davis and his team demonstrated that movements in objects like chip packets or pot plants could …

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New Facebook Messenger app has NSA backdoor built-in

Facebook

How much access to your (and your friends’) personal data are you prepared to share for access to free mobile apps? I suspect the amount is significantly less than that which you actually agreed to share when blindly accepting the Terms of Service. Case in point: Facebook‘s Messenger App, which …

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Elon Musk: AI could be more dangerous than nukes

Elon Musk

Elon Musk thinks solar power and electric cars are the future, and that we should get to work building humanity’s second home on Mars as soon as possible. But the billionaire techno-optimist continues to speak out about what he sees as the dangers of a future filled with super-intelligent machines. …

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