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Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falcons

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination.
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Researchers remove harmful hormones from Las Vegas wastewater using green algae

A common species of freshwater green algae is capable of removing certain endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) from wastewater, according to new research from the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Las Vegas. In a new study published in the journal Environmental Pollution, DRI researchers Xuelian Bai, Ph.D., and Kumud Acharya, Ph.D., explore the potential for use of a species of freshwater green algae called Nannochloris to remove EDCs from treated wastewater.
Tags: Science, Las Vegas, Desert Research Institute DRI, Environmental Pollution DRI, Xuelian Bai, Nannochloris


South Carolina: Moving plutonium belies Nevada claim of risk

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's demand for the U.S. government to remove weapons-grade plutonium that was secretly trucked to a site north of Las Vegas last year contradicts its claim that moving radioactive material is dangerous, according to lawyers for South Carolina, where the shipment originated.
Tags: Science, Las Vegas, Nevada, South Carolina, RENO Nev AP


We Just Got Our First Look at Footage of Joaquin Phoenix in DC's Joker

The trailer officially drops tomorrow, but CinemaCon 2019 audiences at the Warner Bros. presentation in Las Vegas just got a first look at footage from Todd Philips’ Joker. io9 is there, and here’s what we saw:Read more...
Tags: Science, Dc Comics, Las Vegas, Warner Bros, Joaquin Phoenix, DC Entertainment, Joker, Cinemacon, Zazie Beetz, Todd Philips, Cinemacon 2019


Transit Unions Are Drawing Up a Plan to Confront Autonomous Vehicles

As institutional embrace of automation continues to create a mounting threat to existing jobs, unions are formally taking note. Last year, the largest Las Vegas service workers union organized a strike partly over casinos’ plans to embrace automated systems, and the union won language in the resulting contract that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Automation, Las Vegas, Automaton


Party like it’s $1,999: Jeff Bezos and Robert Downey Jr. will headline re:MARS fest in Vegas

Amazon didn't have to look very far for one of the biggest headliners due to appear at re:MARS, the Seattle-based company's open-to-the-public event focusing on artificial intelligence and other tech frontiers. Billionaire founder Jeff Bezos will share the stage with actor/producer Robert Downey Jr. and a cavalcade of CEOs, researchers and Amazon executives. Today Amazon is taking the wraps off the starting lineup for the first re:MARS conference, set to take place June 4-7 at the Aria R...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Robert Downey Jr, Las Vegas, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Vegas, Today Amazon, Aria Resort and Casino


Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 March 2019

An Avro Lancaster and a Boeing B-17. See item below. Good morningHappy International Women’s Day.I’ve been struggling this week to write a review on what, in the opinion of many main stream media reviewers, have now become the very best set of noise cancelling headphones out there.  As longer time readers know, I’ve been reviewing noise cancelling headphones pretty much right since Day One, way back in 2001.During that time, I’ve reviewed the original Bose Quiet Comfort, and then just about ever...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, Science, London, China, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, David, Canada, Britain, New Zealand, Sony, New Orleans, Las Vegas


Las Vegas Sands said in 'good hands' as CEO battles cancer

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino magnate and major GOP donor Sheldon Adelson is battling cancer, but industry analysts say the company he founded and helms has the personnel to guide it through the health crisis.
Tags: Science, Ap, Gop, Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas, Las Vegas Sands


Photos: Snow makes a rare appearance in Las Vegas

Snowflakes made a rare appearance in Las Vegas as cold air plunged into the deserts of the southwestern United States on Sunday night.
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Nevada seeks new injunction to block plutonium shipments

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s attorney general is making another bid for a court order blocking shipments of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas, declaring Thursday that the U.S. government’s assurances no more of the radioactive material is Nevada-bound “aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.” Attorney General Aaron Ford filed notice earlier […]
Tags: Science, News, Nation, Las Vegas, Nevada, RENO Nev AP, Aaron Ford


The robot AI dog that will keep an eye on children and the elderly

Sony's puppy-sized robot dog aibo, equipped with cameras, artificial intelligence and internet capability, can now remotely check up on family members, children or even pets. The 30-centimetre (one-foot) robopup with flapping ears and cutting-edge LED eyes will roam around the home at pre-designated times looking for family members. However, the latest canine tech does not come cheap, with a single dog costing nearly $3,000 (£1,500) for a three-year package, including software services such ...
Tags: Japan, Science, Sony, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Lovot, CES the world, Secom, Izumi Kawanishi, Kawanishi


LG to Supply Gesture-Reading System for Mercedes-Benz, Sources Say

A camera installed in the car ceiling will read the driver’s hand gestures, letting them control tasks such as turning on cruise control and adjusting music volume. BMW has already deployed a similar system in its 7 Series sedans, using technology from Softkinetic Systems, which was later bought by Sony Corp. LG already has a deal with Mercedes for a camera system that can tell if the driver is drowsy. A Jan. 8 news release by Mercedes-Benz from CES in Las Vegas showcased a new feature called ...
Tags: Science, Las Vegas, Bmw, Lg, Mercedes, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz CLA Coupe, Mercedes Benz Sources Say, Softkinetic Systems, Sony Corp LG


Amazon launches re:MARS event focusing on AI, as second stage to invite-only MARS

Amazon’s annual invitation-only event on machine learning, automation, robotics and space — known as Mars — has become a high-tech highlight for insiders, featuring billionaire founder and CEO Jeff Bezos riding a giant robot or walking a robot dog. Now a wider circle of tech leaders can get in on a spin-off experience called re:MARS, which is due to make its debut June 4-7 at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The event will shine a spotlight on the leading lights and cutting-edge advancem...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Las Vegas, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Aria Resort


Amazon sets conference on robotics, artificial intelligence

Amazon announced plans Thursday to hold a conference open to the public on robotics, space and artificial intelligence, as well as to discuss future applications of emerging technologies. The re:MARS conference in Las Vegas will include "visionary talks, interactive workshops, technical deep dives, roundtables, hands-on demos, and more," an Amazon statement said. The conference called Machine learning, Automation, Robotics and Space on June 4-7 grew out of a private, invite-only event hosted b...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Las Vegas, Jeff Bezos, Automation Robotics


Skin Care Tech Is Already Having a Big Year

Las Vegas might not be the first place you think of when it comes to the future of skin care—it’s in the desert after all. But at this year’s CES, skin care tech was at the show in full force.Read more...
Tags: Science, Ces, Las Vegas, Skin Care, Loreal, Olay, CES 2019, Opte


The 13 Coolest Things We Saw at CES This Year

Several people on the ground at CES in Las Vegas told me that it was down year. I’d argue that it was just plain boring. But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some neat gadgets in the mix. In fact, a baker’s dozen of them were just plain amazing.Read more...
Tags: Science, Asus, Ces, Vr, Las Vegas, Lg, Ose, Vizio, Sex Toys, Soundbars, Vive, Tcl, Skin, Ossia, The North Face, Spigen


Tech to the rescue: New products aim to improve disaster relief

After catastrophic wildfires in southern California late last year, the Israeli startup Watergen sent in its devices which pull clean water out of the atmosphere for firefighters and relief workers. The machines, which have been deployed in other global disaster areas, were among the technologies on display at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show to highlight innovations which can be used in various kinds of relief efforts. "We clean the air because it's much easier to clean air than it is to cl...
Tags: Science, California, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show, Watergen, Yehuda Kaploun, Watergen USA


CES Report 2019

The annual CES event was held in Las Vegas this week. Ever since 1967, the first week in January has seen the enormous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  This year was no exception, with over 180,000 attendees from over 150 countries and over 4,500 exhibiting companies meeting in an enormous 2.5 million square foot exhibition, sprawling over the Las Vegas Convention Center and spilling into other nearby hotels and locations too. We’ve been occasionally attending CES since the mid/late 198...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Google, Amazon, Science, Miscellaneous, Samsung, Tech, Current Affairs, Las Vegas, Costco, Vegas, Harley Davidson, Alexa, Consumer Electronics Show, Cellphones & Wireless


What Made TVs Fascinating at CES This Year

It’s hard to imagine CES without TVs, and this year that almost happened. This is not to say there weren’t any TVs in Las Vegas. There were a lot! There were 8K TVs, OLED TVs, QLED TVs, big TVs, small TVs. But it’s hard to explain how they’re meaningfully different than the fancy TVs we were excited about at CES last…Read more...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Sony, Las Vegas, Lg, Tvs, Tcl, 8K, CES 2019, Teevee


Olay Convinced Me to Moisturize By Showing Me What I'll Look Like in 20 Years

Las Vegas is a very bad place for skin. The casinos are full of smoke, the air is dry, and there are damaging UV rays everywhere because well, it’s the desert. And while I packed some drug store moisturizer and sunscreen for my trip to CES 2019, I have admittedly been very remiss about maintaining a good skin care…Read more...
Tags: Science, Ces, Las Vegas, Olay, CES 2019, Skin Tech, I Still Have Time To Fix This


Samsung Let Me Wear an Exoskeleton, and I Liked It

When a lot of people picture an exoskeleton, they might imagine Matt Damon wearing a robotic jumpsuit of sorts in the entertaining but critically panned move Elysium. Samsung has a different idea for how this technology might work. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the company showed off a line of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Matt Damon, Samsung, Las Vegas, Cyborgs, Consumer Electronics Show CES, Exoskeletons, CES 2019, Elysium Samsung


Google Pushes Deeper Into Homes With Digital Assistant Updates

Google’s voice-activated assistant will be integrated with new devices including DISH Network Corp.’s Hopper receivers, Sonos Inc. speakers, KitchenAid appliances and Samsung Electronics Co. televisions, the company said Tuesday at CES in Las Vegas. Google, Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are battling to distribute their digital assistants as widely as possible in a bid to dominate an emerging new way to interact with computers. Alphabet Inc.’s Google is trying to position its assistant as the ...
Tags: Google, Science, Ces, Las Vegas, Kitchenaid, Alphabet Inc, Amazon com Inc, Samsung Electronics Co, DISH Network Corp, Sonos Inc, Google Apple Inc


The New Impossible Burger Is Stupid Delicious

To many meat-eaters, the Impossible Burger is a rude idea. This plant-based beef substitute is designed to look like meat, grill like meat, and taste like meat. As someone who recently tasted an Impossible Burger for the first time, I can safely say that these claims aren’t true. Then, at a buzzy event in Las Vegas, I…Read more...
Tags: Food, Science, Beef, Las Vegas, Impossible Burger, CES 2019


Robot pets to help the elderly avoid loneliness a hit at CES in Las Vegas

A pet robot which coos when its owner strokes it and is designed as a loyal companion for lonely elderly people is among the hit products at CES, the world's biggest technology fair in Las Vegas. Japanese manufacturer Groove X says its robot Lovot, which comes complete with cartoon eyes and fuzzy teddy bear arms, has been built to “nurture people’s capacity to love” by demanding the affection of its owner. Packed with sensors to respond to human touch, when Lovot wants to be cuddled, it wave...
Tags: Japan, UK, Science, US, Samsung, Las Vegas, Centrica, Ada, Hyundai, Daily Telegraph, Gary Lee, Intuition Robotics, John Suh, Lovot, Hyundai Elevate, CES the world


Robot pets to help ageing baby boomers stave off loneliness prove a hit at CES in Las Vegas

A pet robot which coos when its owner strokes it and is designed as a loyal companion for lonely elderly people is among the hit products at CES, the world's biggest technology fair in Las Vegas. Japanese manufacturer Groove X says its robot Lovot, which comes complete with cartoon eyes and fuzzy teddy bear arms, has been built to “nurture people’s capacity to love” by demanding the affection of its owner. Packed with sensors to respond to human touch, when Lovot wants to be cuddled, it wave...
Tags: Japan, UK, Science, US, Samsung, Ces, Las Vegas, Centrica, Ada, Hyundai, Daily Telegraph, Gary Lee, Intuition Robotics, John Suh, Lovot, Hyundai Elevate


Tech companies target ageing baby boomers with robot pets and gadgets aimed at the elderly

A pet robot which coos when its owner strokes it and is designed as a loyal companion for lonely elderly people is among the hit products at CES, the world's biggest technology fair in Las Vegas. Japanese manufacturer Groove X says its robot Lovot, which comes complete with cartoon eyes and fuzzy teddy bear arms, has been built to “nurture people’s capacity to love” by demanding the affection of its owner. Packed with sensors to respond to human touch, when Lovot wants to be cuddled, it wave...
Tags: Japan, UK, Science, US, Samsung, Las Vegas, Centrica, Ada, Hyundai, Daily Telegraph, Gary Lee, Intuition Robotics, John Suh, Lovot, Hyundai Elevate, CES the world


Fossil's Kate Spade Smartwatch Finally Isn't Just Dumb Wrist Candy

At CES, you can always count on Fossil to show up to Las Vegas with an army of smartwatches. The same is true this year, but now the star of the lineup is the new version of Fossil’s Kate Spade scalloped touchscreen smartwatch.Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Ces, Kate Spade, Las Vegas, Fossil, Wear OS, CES 2019, Kate Spade Smartwatch


IBM unveils world's first commercial quantum computer

IBM has unveiled the world's first commercial quantum computer in a breakthrough that could someday lead to PCs that are millions of times faster than a regular machines.  Named the IBM Q System One, the supercomputer was unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in an airtight 9-foot cube made from half-inch thick glass.  The IBM Q uses theories of physics to create computing techniques that are far more powerful than current devices. While real-world applications of quantum...
Tags: Google, Science, Ap, Ibm, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show, IBM Research, Consumer Electronics Show CES, Mountain View California, Arvind Krishna, Ploughskeepsie New York


AMD and Nvidia Lead Biggest Two-Day Chip Stock Rally Since 2015

The Philadelphia semiconductor index gained 2.7 percent as the technology industry gears up for the CES conference in Las Vegas. Nvidia Corp. jumped as much as 6.4 percent after a presentation by Chief Executive Officer Jensen Huang in Las Vegas Sunday that focused on improvements to the company’s graphics processors for personal computers and teased automotive-related announcements later in the week.
Tags: Science, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Amd, Nvidia Corp, Jensen Huang


Daimler Is Selling a Truck That Can Brake, Accelerate and Steer on Its Own

The updated Freightliner Cascadia, also with lane-keeping assistance, will fuse information from radar and cameras to enable partially autonomous technology, Daimler said Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. To maintain its lead over the likes of Volvo AB and Paccar Inc., the manufacturer said it plans to offer highly-automated vehicles, which don’t need drivers on some routes, within a decade. Highly-automated trucks will improve safety and boost the performance of logistics,...
Tags: Science, Las Vegas, Daimler, Consumer Electronics Show, PACCAR Inc, Volvo AB, Freightliner Cascadia, Martin Daum



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