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Star-shaped gold nanoparticles, coated with a semiconductor, can produce hydrogen from water over four times more efficiently than other methods – and could lead to better ways to store solar energy, a new study shows.   The discovery could also lead to other advances that could boost renewable energy use and fight climate change, researchers
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The internet isn’t your phone. It’s not Instagram, YouTube, or Netflix. Behind those apparitions, the internet is actually a sprawling matrix of hundreds of undersea data cables, criss-crossing the ocean for some 885,000 km (550,000 miles).   That’s where your Facebook and FOMO come from. But those hidden conduits aren’t just useful for relaying data
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Researchers from Montreal’s National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS) just published a study in Optica detailing a new approach to invisibility cloaking. Their device, called a spectral invisibility cloak, is the first to manipulate the color (or frequency) of the light waves that interact with an object, rendering it invisible.   “Our work represents a breakthrough in the
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The hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. There seems to be no shortage of sensationalist news about how AI could cure diseases, accelerate human innovation and improve human creativity.   Just looking at the media headlines, you might think that we are already living in a future where AI has infiltrated
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There’s long been talk about a foldable smartphone from Samsung, but now there’s something tangible that brings a foldable smartphone closer to reality. On May 2, Samsung was granted multiple patents for its foldable smartphone design and the way it will work.   Samsung’s latest patents show that the company is experimenting with a smartphone that
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The maths behind a landmark paper by the British mathematician Alan Turing have been used to create a new nanoscale structure for desalinating water, and its creators claim it does the job far better than filters currently on the market.   Material scientists from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, successfully created a nanoscale tangle of
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Mark Zuckerberg just announced that Facebook is joining the dating game, trying to help its users build perhaps “the most meaningful relationship of all.” Zuckerberg made the announcement on Tuesday during his keynote speech at F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, where the executive team unveils what the company has been working on for the past year.
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A big, green snake slithers up your body, squeezing your rib cage, but you’re not afraid. It’s strangely exhilarating. In this virtual-reality simulation, the snake isn’t real, but the feeling in your chest is.   In addition to seeing the snake through a virtual-reality headset strapped to your face, you’re wearing a jacket filled with
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Users of Facebook, Google and other popular technology platforms are likely to benefit from stricter privacy regulations that, beginning next month, will require new disclosures, new forms of consent and new power to limit how personal data is stored and utilized.   The changes are being announced in emails, blog posts and new on-screen messages
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