Hundreds of federal scientists miss conferences in shutdown

The world's largest airborne observatory was supposed to be parked in Seattle this week, so thousands of scientists attending the "Super Bowl of Astronomy" could behold this marvel: a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope used to study the fundamental mysteries of the universe.
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Slowing Tech Cycle Will Hurt Asia's Exporters, Goldman Says

Chip exports from the region were up 16.6 percent year on year in 2018 to the end of November, accounting for just over a third of headline export growth. While Goldman’s analysts expect the technology downturn to be benign, with modest price declines, they also see a risk that it could be worse than expected because of consumers delaying purchases once prices start to fall. The most vulnerable would be South Korea, where chip exports accounted for 92 percent of headline export growth.
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Science, Goldman

Elon Musk in China to Break Ground for First Tesla Factory Outside U.S.

After four years of planning, Tesla Inc. is finally breaking ground on its $5 billion factory in the world’s biggest auto market. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk will be in Shanghai Monday to lay the foundation for what would be the electric-vehicle maker’s first car-manufacturing facility outside the U.S. While the event, scheduled for 3 p.m. local time at a site near the city, marks a new journey for Tesla, it comes at a point where China’s economy is showing signs of strain amid the trade ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, China, Tesla, Shanghai, Tesla Inc, First Tesla Factory Outside U S

China's Navy Has Big Plans for Its Future Aircraft Carriers

Think drones and electromagnetic catapults.
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This Laptop Has a Notch

Little by little, smartphone design has been making an impact on laptops thanks to features like touchscreens, built-in fingerprint readers, face-scanning cameras, and more. So naturally, after notches became one of the most discussed (and often reviled) features on phones in 2018, Asus went and added one to the new…Read more...
Tags: Science, Windows, Ces, Notebooks, Laptops, Consumer Tech, CES 2019, Asus Put A Notch On A Laptop, Zenbook S13

Sphero's Sensor Ring Turns Everything Into an Instrument For Fidgety Finger Tappers

Hello. My name is Andrew Liszewski, and I’m an incessant finger tapper. Almost anything in reach can become an impromptu drum kit when I’m burning off nervous tension. It’s often incredibly annoying to those unfortunate enough to be in earshot, but soon my anxious behaviors could yield a future hit on the club scene…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Tech, Ces, Sensors, Instruments, Sphero, Consumer Tech, Andrew Liszewski, Specdrums, CES 2019, Ces2019

Jabra's Beautiful New Headphones Cancel Noise With AI

Jabra is jumping in the big boy noise-canceling headphone game, and it’s ready to brawl. The company just announced the Elite 85h headphones at CES in Las Vegas. While the over-ear-design looks like a fatter version of the very well reviewed Jabra Move headphones, the new active noise-canceling feature sounds…Read more...
Tags: Science, Audio, Ces, Headphones, Las Vegas, Jabra, CES 2019

This Nifty L'Oreal Sensor Will Suggest Skin Care Tips Based On Your pH Levels

Last year, L’Oreal brought a nifty little UV sensor to CES. The idea was it was supposed to help you monitor your UV exposure and tailor a skin care regimen based on environmental factors. And while it worked as advertised, we found it a little lacking in practice. But this year L’Oreal is one-upping itself with a…Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Ces, L'oreal, Loreal, CES 2019, Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

Saudi Arabia Will Now Notify Women by Text If They've Been Divorced

Women in Saudi Arabia—who have long been subjected to a litany of misogynistic restrictions on their behavior, including totalitarian male guardianship laws—will soon receive text messages to inform them of changes to their marital status as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “reforms” of the country’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Sexism, Saudi Arabia, Sms, Middle East, Texting, Mohammed bin Salman

Huawei Unveils New Chipset Using ARM Design for Server Push

The Kunpeng 920 is built using the cutting edge 7-nanometer process and uses the semiconductor architecture of ARM Holdings, Shenzhen-based Huawei said in a statement on Monday. The new chips would compete with the dominant x86 server architecture used by U.S. giants Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested last year on allegations of violating sanctions on Iran, the U.S. and its allies are questioning its security and some wireless customer...
Tags: Science, Iran, Huawei, Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc, Wanzhou, ARM Holdings Shenzhen

Tech Comebacks, 'Bandersnatch' Endings, and Net Neutrality: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Welcome to 2019! You made it. Despite the government shutdown and myriad other cursed baggage we’re still faced with—including the official death of net neutrality, for which FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and self-affirmed shill released a gloating statement—there was actually some good news this week! For one, lots of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Ces, Consumer Tech, Ajit Pai, Best of the week, Nintendo Switch, Bird Box, Bandersnatch

Here's Your First Look at the Final Season of Game of Thrones, and Watchmen Too

While movies and TV shows were getting awards during the Golden Globes, HBO dropped the first footage of their two biggest genre properties of 2019: Game of Thrones and Watchmen.Read more...
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China's Huawei launches server chipset as it taps new growth channels

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] on Monday launched a new chipset for use in servers, at a time when China is pushing to enhance its chip-making capabilities and reduce its heavy reliance on imports, especially from the United States. Huawei, which derives the bulk of its revenue from selling telecommunications equipment and smartphones, is seeking growth avenues in cloud computing and enterprise services as its equipment business comes under increased scrutiny in the West wary of Chinese go...
Tags: Science, China, Huawei, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, United States Huawei

Japanese Billionaire Responsible for the Most Retweeted Tweet Ever

For the honor, the founder of Japan’s second-largest online shopping site Zozo Inc. will be paying out a total of 100 million yen ($920,000) to 100 lucky people who shared the post. The previous record holder for retweets was a college student in the U.S. whose goal was to get a year’s free supply of chicken nuggets from the Wendy’s fast-food franchise, according to Statista. Ellen DeGeneres’s 2014 Oscars selfie with Hollywood stars including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Angelina...
Tags: Japan, Hollywood, Science, Angelina Jolie, Wendy, Zozo Inc, Statista Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep Julia Roberts Brad Pitt

India outcry after scientists claim ancient Hindus invented stem cell research

The organisers of a major Indian science conference said they were concerned by speakers citing religious texts and ideas at the event The organisers of a major Indian science conference distanced themselves on Sunday from speakers who used the prestigious event to dismiss Einstein’s discoveries and claim ancient Hindus invented stem cell research.The Indian Scientific Congress Association expressed “serious concern” as the unorthodox remarks aired by prominent academics at its annual conference...
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National Park Service Plans to Use Visitor Fees to Keep Sites Operational Amid Shutdown Chaos

As the government shutdown moves into its third week with no foreseeable end in sight, national parks are devolving into utter chaos as reports describe heaping piles of garbage and unmanaged public toilets overflowing with human waste.Read more...
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Neil Young pays tribute to ex-wife Pegi Young

His wife of 36 years died last week following a battle with cancer.
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Before the Electric Car Takes Over, Someone Needs to Reinvent the Battery

Scientists in Japan, China and the U.S. are among those struggling to crack the code of how to significantly boost the amount of energy a battery cell can store and bring an EV's driving range into line with a full tank of gas. If it can be mastered, solid-state technology could help speed the demise of the combustion-engine car and potentially slash EV charging times to about 10 minutes from as much as several hours. “We don’t see another way to get there without solid-state technology,” said...
Tags: Science, Detroit, Ford Motor Co, Japan China, Ted Miller

$3 Billion Hedge Fund Bets Samsung’s Woes Are Bad News for South Korea’s Stock Market

2019 has started on the wrong foot for Samsung, which dropped 3.2 percent after a 24 percent plunge last year driven by concerns that the global chip-industry “supercycle” is ending. Following record earnings in the third quarter, analysts have lowered their operating-profit estimates for the final three months of 2018 to 13.9 trillion won ($12.4 billion) on average, which would be the least since the first quarter of 2017, data compiled by Bloomberg show. “I can’t buy the stock for now, no ma...
Tags: South Korea, Science, Samsung, Bloomberg

As Apple Shifts Into Services, Its iTunes App Will Be Coming to Samsung Smart TVs

In a move that could signal a major shift in the way it does business, tech giant Apple will make iTunes movie and TV show libraries accessible from 2018 and 2019 smart TVs manufactured by Samsung, the two companies announced on Sunday. The partnership will also result in support for AirPlay 2, which allows users to…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Technology, Samsung, Itunes, Streaming, Smart TV, Walled Gardens, CES 2019

This Stylish Cowboy Bebop Fan Film Kicks Ass

Cowboy Bebop is one of the best animes of all time, and it’s all about mood. There’s a sheen of style, a slick jazzy vibe, that runs through the whole thing that makes it work. The only way to adapt Cowboy Bebop is to get that tone right, and this fan film nails it. Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Anime, Cowboy Bebop, Fan Films

'Sonic attack' on US embassy in Havana could have been crickets, say scientists

Noise which saw diplomats complaining of headaches and nausea could be song of Indies short-tailed cricketThe US embassy in Havana more than halved its staff in 2017 when diplomats complained of headaches, nausea and other ailments after hearing penetrating noises in their homes and nearby hotels.The mysterious wave of illness fuelled speculation that the staff had been targeted by an acoustic weapon. It was an explanation that appeared to gain weight when an audio recording of a persistent, hig...
Tags: Science, Americas, US, World news, Cuba, Havana, Associated Press Continue

Matrix's Body Heat-Powered Watch Finally Adds Useful Smart Features

One of the biggest gripes with smartwatches is battery life. That’s what made the original Matrix PowerWatch and its successor, the PowerWatch X, compelling—a fitness-oriented smartwatch fully powered by the heat generated from your own body? It was an intriguing concept to say the least, even if we found the…Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Ces, Smartwatches, Fitness Trackers, Matrix, CES 2019

Apple Sure Is Riding a Very High Privacy Horse in Vegas

With the Consumer Electronics Show just days away, a very curious billboard has surfaced in Las Vegas that prominently touts Apple’s privacy standards. Playing to city’s own infamous tagline, it reads: “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.”Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Privacy, Ces, Las Vegas, Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show, Privacy And Security, Billboard Trolling

Mexico offensive against fuel theft leaves motorists stranded

A Reuters witness said many gas stations in the city of Guadalajara in Jalisco state were closed on Sunday, and that there were long lines of motorists at those that were operating. Violent criminal gangs have for years used fuel theft as a way to supplement their income, hurting Mexico's refineries, bleeding money from state coffers and driving bloodshed as they fight rivals and extort oil workers. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in December, said on Friday that the sho...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Guadalajara, Reuters, Jalisco, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Count finds sharp drop in monarch butterflies in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Researchers with an environmental group have labeled as "disturbingly low" the number of western monarch butterflies that migrate along the California coast.
Tags: Science, California, San Francisco, Ap

Apple to Start Offering iTunes Movies and Shows on Samsung TVs

Coming ahead of the annual CES technology show in Las Vegas, Sunday’s move demonstrates Apple’s shift toward developing into a tech- and media-services company as sales of gear like the iPhone continue to wane. It’s “further evidence that Apple is willing to change its hardware-first approach and work with third parties to boost services revenue,” said Gene Munster, a longtime Apple watcher. Last week, after Apple shocked investors by saying iPhone sales missed expectations for the holiday qua...
Tags: Apple, Science, Samsung, Las Vegas, Gene Munster

Rolls Royce Hired Formula E Engineers To Build A Really Fast Electric Plane

Rolls Royce leads a group of UK Government funded projects under the name ACCEL, which is an abbreviation of “Accelerating the Electrification of Flight” somehow. With the group’s newest flight project, the Spirit of Innovation, they aim to exceed 300 miles per hour, and sustain speed for at least forty minutes, enough to cross over from London to Paris. It’s an ambitious project, and one that Rolls hopes will kick off a “third wave of aviation.”
Tags: UK, Science, London, Paris, Accel, Royce

Mark Hamill Shared Some Hot Trivia About A New Hope's Death Star Run

Decades after its release, it’s easy to imagine we know just about everything about the production of the original Star Wars. But A New Hope still holds a few secrets close to its chest. And some of them are delightful.
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Mark Hamill, Star Wars A New Hope

Study: Mysterious Sound Recorded by Sickened Cuba Embassy Staff Was Just Crickets

Since 2017, the baffling case of U.S. diplomatic staff in Cuba and elsewhere who developed symptoms resembling brain trauma after allegedly hearing strange noises (sometimes called “Havana syndrome”) have spawned plenty of theories of varying plausibility: A “covert sonic device,” malfunctioning spy gear, weaponized…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Diplomacy, Mysteries, Cuba, US Embassy Cuba, Crickets, Sonic Weapons, Havana Syndrome, Entymology, Sickened Cuba Embassy

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