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October 21st, 2017

Amazon Echo Spot: Smart alarm clock

Amazon continues to release new Alexa devices that can be placed anywhere around the home. The latest new device is a smart alarm clock. Spot has all the features as Echo devices but with a screen similar to Echo Show. Also it looks pretty cool. via Iotlist, http://ift.tt/2zFKujJ

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Amazon Echo: 2nd generation

Amazon has released a cheaper version of it’s smash hit Echo. All the features are pretty much the same but the price is now $99. They also introduced new colors into the lineup. via Iotlist, http://ift.tt/2xWGkqs

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New study predicts worldwide change in shallow reef ecosystems as waters warm

A new study based on the first global survey of marine life by scuba divers has provided fresh insights into how climate change is affecting the distribution of marine life. Reef Life Survey diver assessing coral reef community, Australia [Credit: Graham Edgar/Reef Life Survey]The research published in the journal Science Advances predicts that as the oceans warm fish – which …Continue reading →

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More than 75 percent decrease in total flying insect biomass over 27 years across Germany

The total flying insect biomass decreased by more than 75 percent over 27 years in protected areas, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Caspar Hallmann from Radboud University, The Netherlands, and colleagues. Malaise trap in a nature protection area in Germany [Credit: Hallmann et al., 2017]Insects play a crucial role in ecosystem functioning, pollinating …Continue reading →

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New Amazon threat? Deforestation from mining

Sprawling mining operations in Brazil are destroying much more of the iconic Amazon forest than previously thought, says the first comprehensive study of mining deforestation in the world’s largest tropical rainforest. Uncontacted indigenous tribe in the Brazilian state of Acre [Credit: Gleilson Miranda/Governo do Acre/WikiCommons]The research, published in Nature Communications, finds that mining-related forest loss caused roughly 10… [[ This …Continue reading →

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Filling the early universe with knots can explain why the world is three-dimensional

The next time you come across a knotted jumble of rope or wire or yarn, ponder this: The natural tendency for things to tangle may help explain the three-dimensional nature of the universe and how it formed. This is a computer graphic showing the kind of tight network of flux tubes that the physicists propose  may have filled the early …Continue reading →

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Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons

Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics carried by future robotic explorers, according to a new NASA study. The study also considered electrical charges that could develop as astronauts transit the surface on potential human missions to Phobos. Phobos, the …Continue reading →

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Scientists dig into the origin of organics on dwarf planet Ceres

Since NASA’s Dawn spacecraft detected localized organic-rich material on Ceres, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been digging into the data to explore different scenarios for its origin. After considering the viability of comet or asteroid delivery, the preponderance of evidence suggests the organics are most likely native to Ceres. SwRI scientists are studying the geology associated with the organic-rich areas …Continue reading →

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This startup built an affordable 3D bioprinter from a Monoprice Select Mini

As we enter the age of affordable desktop 3D printing, one company is keen to show that inexpensive bioprinting is the next logical step. An American startup by the name of 3D Cultures has just released the Tissue Scribe 3D bioprinter, a desktop system equipped for printing bio-materials in research labs, classrooms, and even at home. Priced at $999, the …Continue reading →

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Fossil coral reefs show sea level rose in bursts during last warming

Scientists from Rice University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies have discovered that Earth’s sea level did not rise steadily but rather in sharp, punctuated bursts when the planet’s glaciers melted during the period of global warming at the close of the last ice age. The researchers found fossil evidence in drowned reefs …Continue reading →

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