Science


Renewable energy employed 8.1 million in 2015: IRENA
- May 27, 2016

Crucially, the country continues to lead in overall clean energy investment, having invested more than US$110 billion in the previous year - demonstrating how finance is crucial to accelerate the transition toward a low carbon economy. In terms of growth, that's a healthy 5 per cent increase on last year's jobs figures. The report also shows a continued shift of jobs towards Asia, with the continent's share in global employment increasing to 60% in 2015 from 51% in 2013. (more...)
Reddit ditches Imgur and hosts its own images Reddit ditches Imgur and hosts its own images
- May 27, 2016

You had to upload your image to Imgur then link to it in your Reddit post. Some Redditors have griped about Imgur's usefulness as a strict image host since it ramped up advertising after raising $40 million two years ago from Andreessen Horowitz and Reddit itself. (more...)
The iPhone 7 might actually be THICKER than the iPhone 6 The iPhone 7 might actually be THICKER than the iPhone 6
- May 27, 2016

According to Mr. Horng, there will be only one model that will feature the all-glass design, which is expected to be the high-end iPhone 8 Plus or the highly rumored iPhone Pro, as Apple strives to revamp the iPhone lineup for the smartphone's 10 anniversary. (more...)
Mars, Earth, sun queuing up in the sky Mars, Earth, sun queuing up in the sky
- May 27, 2016

Hubble took the photo on May 12, when Mars was just 50 million miles (80 million kilometers) from Earth. In a planetary alignment befitting the most retro sci-fi movies, tonight's " Mars opposition " will showcase the planet in its shining, red glory. (more...)
Microsoft Is Banning Your Dumb Passwords Microsoft Is Banning Your Dumb Passwords
- May 27, 2016

As pointed out by Group Program Manager of the Azure AD Identity Protection team, Alex Weinert, cyber criminals are looking for the same list of commonly used passwords. The company has already rolled the feature out to Microsoft Account Service, which covers the likes of Outlook, Office, Skype, Xbox, etc. It's in private preview in Azure AD, and will roll out fully across the coming months. (more...)
'The Space Between Us' Movie Trailer
- May 27, 2016

Mars has ice ages similar to those on earth. Scientists have long known that, like Earth, Mars goes through changes in its global climate due to the tilt of the planet's axis and relatively small changes in its orbit around the sun. A few hundred thousand years ago, the Red Planet wasn't almost as red as it is today, planetary scientsts tell VOA. "Radar observations of the ice cap provide a detailed history of ice accumulation and erosion associated with climate change". (more...)
NASA inflating new experimental room at space station NASA inflating new experimental room at space station
- May 26, 2016

The astronauts aboard the space will examine a series of tests to validate overall performance and capability of expandable habitats. BEAM will remain attached to the ISS until 2018 and the result of the assessments during this time could spell the success or failure of Bigelow in sending inflatable habitats in space. (more...)
KKR interested in becoming financial sponsor to Takata: Nikkei KKR interested in becoming financial sponsor to Takata: Nikkei
- May 26, 2016

A day after Japanese airbag maker Takata announced it hired investment bank Lazard for financial restructuring, a report in the Nikkei Asian Review Thursday said US investment fund Kohlberg Kravis Roberts was considering buying a majority stake in the troubled company. (more...)
Brightest Mars in 10 Years
- May 26, 2016

In August 2003, they were just 35 million miles (56 million km) apart, a quirk stemming from the planets' slightly oval-shaped orbits around the sun. The side of Mars on display in the Hubble image has seen a lot of human-related activity. (more...)
Pokemon GO Battle Mechanics, Gym Details Revealed Pokemon GO Battle Mechanics, Gym Details Revealed
- May 26, 2016

The game is also free-to-play but also supports in-app-purchases. Niantic has finally released some official screenshots and details about the upcoming release of the pokemon mobile experience, Pokemon GO. When a team has control of a Gym, team members can increase its Prestige and level by training their Pokemon with other defending Pokemon . However, that's where the similarities to classic Pokemon games end, as Pokemon gyms in Pokemon GO are a bit more involved than simply battling ... (more...)
Tonight Will Offer the Brightest Look at Mars in a Decade
- May 26, 2016

This year's closest approach will occur on May 30 where Mars and Earth will be only separated by 46.8 million miles from each other. Mars is especially photogenic at this time because it is fully illuminated by the sun as viewed from Earth. (more...)
Google is taking its self-driving cars to Detroit Google is taking its self-driving cars to Detroit
- May 26, 2016

Google has been testing its technology in several locations, including Silicon Valley, spurring several automotive companies to accelerate their efforts with self-driving cars. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said recently that a team consisting of Google and FCA engineers would be working out of a new technology centre. "Our engineers, working with local partners, will further develop and refine self-driving technology". (more...)
South Korea's Mando in talks to supply parts for Tesla's Model 3
- May 26, 2016

Stage 4 autonomous systems will operate cars completely on their own with no human input whatsoever. In order to do so, Tesla need to increase efficiency of its supply chain, this is going to be hard as well as costly. In other Tesla Motors news, Director Kimbal Musk sold 11,997 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, March 18th. The actual number was more than 22,000. (more...)
Monster Supermassive Black Holes Come from Collapsing Cosmic Clouds Monster Supermassive Black Holes Come from Collapsing Cosmic Clouds
- May 25, 2016

Previously, researchers believed that super massive black holes were formed after the collision of two small black holes. Andrea Grazian, a co-author from the National Institute for Astrophysics in Italy said that though it is hard to unravel the origin of black hole seeds just yet, their research has brought two main candidates to limelight. (more...)
Google to release new high-end Chromebooks this year
- May 25, 2016

The same apps that run on phones and tablets will run on Chromebooks - without compromising speed or security. A dedicated Daydream VR app is also set to launch, which is a modified version of the Google Play Store containing VR apps. Developers who want to test their Android apps on Chrome will be able to use the Asus Chromebook Flip, Chromebook Pixel, and Acer Chromebook R11 starting in June. (more...)
Google's Android and Chrome operating systems get closer Google's Android and Chrome operating systems get closer
- May 25, 2016

Chromebook Android apps: What does this mean for you? " Chromebooks have always been about making computing more accessible for everyone, and by bringing together the best of Android and Chrome OS, we are taking a big leap forward", wrote Dylan Reid and Elijah Taylor, Chrome OS Software Engineers, in the blog announcement. (more...)
Here are the best insect repellents to ward off Zika
- May 25, 2016

House Republicans set forth a plan that included only $ 622 million , reallocated from other programs, reported the New York Times . The eggs are layed in stagnant waters in populated areas, making public awareness one of the main tools of fighting against the Zika epidemic. (more...)
India Successfully Tests Small Space Shuttle
- May 25, 2016

This ISRO's first winged flight vehicle that came back and landed on a virtual in the Bay of Bengal, 500 km from the coast. The mission was created to gather information on hypersonic flight and lasted about 10 minutes from lift-off to splash-down, the Hindu newspaper said . (more...)
Overwatch Custom Settings are Unique for Every Character Overwatch Custom Settings are Unique for Every Character
- May 25, 2016

Through short stories, online comics, the popular animated shorts , and the open beta, the world of Overwatch was fleshed out over a period of time , thus creating much hype for the game. Blake 'Zeror' Mitchell, coach of the Chiefs , believes part of it comes down to Blizzard's design. Inspired by ice sculpture festivals in Chinese cities such as Harbin, Overwatch lead character concept artist Arnold Tsang crafted a look for Mei , the bespectacled climatologist among the 21 ... (more...)
Sony Xperia X, XA coming to India, Xperia X Performance may not Sony Xperia X, XA coming to India, Xperia X Performance may not
- May 25, 2016

Moving on to the rumored specifications, the Sony Xperia E5 will reportedly flaunt a pocket-friendly 4.6-inch display, aided by 720p screen resolution. Another advantage of the higher-end model is that it has LTE Category 6 and a 2620mAh battery. The device is powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor that enables the Quick Charge 2.0 feature rendering 5.5 hours of usage in just 10 minutes of charging with a charger that is certified with Quick Charge 2.0. (more...)

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