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NASA and the UAE will team up for human spaceflight

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 21:05
The UAE is the latest country to sign a deal with NASA to cooperate on human spaceflight. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted about the joint letter of intent today, which was also signed by Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, the director general of the...

Can Nike's $250 Running Shoes Make You Run Faster? NYT Analysis Says Yes

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-07-20 20:45
Last year, Nike released a new pair of running shoes that claim to make you run 4% faster, thanks to its proprietary sole technology. The new "Vaporfly 4%" shoes would, in theory, "be enough to help a runner break the mythical two-hour marathon barrier for the first time," Fast Company points out. The New York Times decided to put the shoes to the test through an intensive analysis of 500,000 marathon and half marathon running times, culled from the social network Strava. Nike's claims apparently check out. Fast Company reports the findings: We know a lot about the runners in our data set, including their age, gender, race history and, in some cases, how much training they've done in the months before a race. We also know about the races themselves, including the distribution of runners' times and the weather that day. We can put all of this information into a model to try to estimate the change in runners' time from their previous races. After controlling for all of these variables, our model estimates that the shoes account for an expected improvement of about 4 percent over a runner's previous time. Including the uncertainty around the estimates, the Vaporflys are a clear outlier, one of the only popular shoes we can really say makes any difference at all.

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'Star Trek: Discovery' mini episodes arrive this fall

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 20:32
CBS All Access won't have the next season of Star Trek: Discovery ready for streaming until early 2019, but fans won't have to wait until then for new content. Today at Comic-Con executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman revealed four "Short Tr...

New Wearable Sensor Detects Stress Hormone In Sweat

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-07-20 20:03
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: Today, a team of researchers at Stanford, led by materials science and engineering associate professor Alberto Salleo and postdoctoral research fellow Onur Parlak, announced in Science Advances that they've developed a wearable patch that can determine how much cortisol someone is producing in seconds, using sweat drawn from the skin under the patch. [Cortisol, a steroid hormone, goes up when a person is under physical or emotional strain.] The stretchy patch pulls in the sweat through perforations to a reservoir. A membrane on top of the reservoir allows charged ions, like sodium and potassium, to pass through. Cortisol, which has no charge, can't pass, and instead blocks the charged ions. Signals sent from an electrical sensor in the patch can be used to detect these backups and determine how much cortisol is in the sweat. The prototype cortisol detection patch channels sweat into a reservoir; a membrane selectively lets charged ions through, and the amount of these ions detected can be translated into a reading of cortisol levels in the sweat. Parlak tested the prototype on several runners, and reported that the cortisol levels detected by the wearable sensor patch matched those obtained by running samples of the runners' sweat through an ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test that takes several hours.

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Everything Netflix just signed from Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 19:55
They're paying her $150M a year, according to the New York Times.

PeerTube, the 'Decentralized YouTube,' Succeeds In Crowdfunding

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-07-20 19:20
A crowdfunded project, known as "PeerTube," has blown through its initial goal with 53,100 euros collected in forty-two days. The project aims to be "a fully decentralized version of YouTube, whose computer code is freely accessible and editable, and where videos are shared between users without relying on a central system." The goal is PeerTube to officially launch by October. Quariety reports: PeerTube relies on a decentralized and federative system. In other words, there is no higher authority that manages, broadcasts and moderates the content offered, as is the case with YouTube, but a network of "instances." Created by one or more administrators, these communities are governed according to principles specific to each of them. Anyone can freely watch the videos without registering, but to upload a video, you must choose from the list of existing instances, or create your own if you have the necessary technical knowledge. At the moment, 141 instances are proposed. Most do not have specifics, but one can find communities centered on a theme or open to a particular region of the world. In all, more than 4,000 people are currently registered on PeerTube, for a total of 338,000 views for 11,000 videos. The project does not display ads, unlike YouTube. "In terms of monetization, we wanted to make a neutral tool," says Pouhiou, communication officer for Framasoft, the origin of PeerTube. The site will rely on a "support" button at the start, but "people will be able to code their own monetization system" in the future.

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'GTA: Online' goes clubbin' next week with 'After Hours'

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 19:07
A little bit of Liberty City is coming to GTA: Online very, very soon. "Gay" Tony Prince, first seen in Grand Theft Auto IV's "The Ballad of Gay Tony" expansion from 2009, is opening up a nightclub in Los Santos and needs your help. "A perfect cover...

Star Trek: Discovery: Spock confirmed and more revelations from Comic-Con 2018 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 18:41
Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman also promised we'll get answers to lingering questions as the show "syncs up with canon."

Waymo's Autonomous Vehicles Are Driving 25,000 Miles Every Day

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-07-20 18:40
With Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval at the National Governors Association, Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced a huge milestone: Waymo's fleet of self-driving vehicles are now logging 25,000 miles every day on public roads. The company reportedly has 600 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans on the road in 25 cities. Waymo has also driven 8 million miles on public roads using its autonomous vehicles, "meaning the comopany has been able to double the number of autonomous miles driven on public roads in just eight months," reports TechCrunch. From the report: The company also relies on simulation as it works to build an AI-based self-driving system that performs better than a human. In the past nine years, Waymo has "driven" more than 5 billion miles in its simulation, according to the company. That's the equivalent to 25,000 virtual cars driving all day, everyday, the company says. This newly shared goal signals Waymo is getting closer to launching a commercial driverless transportation service later this year. More than 400 residents in Phoenix have been trialing Waymo's technology by using an app to hail self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. The company says it plans to launch its service later this year.

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Let NASA take you to the moon with Debussy's Clair de Lune - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 18:36
Breathtaking moon imagery pairs beautifully with Debussy's contemplative tune.

Star Trek: Discovery's Comic-Con 2018 trailer: Watch it here - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 18:34
We get a closer look at the Discovery's auspicious meeting with the USS Enterprise.

Star Trek: Short Treks on CBS All Access to delve into Harry Mudd, Saru, Tilly - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 18:03
From Comic-Con 2018 comes word that a series of Star Trek short films will warp deeper into the backstories of popular Discovery characters.

New Walking Dead season 9 trailer, release date drop at Comic-Con 2018 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 18:02
Rick Grimes gives the ultimate undead pep talk on the AMC horror series. Plus, Lincoln confirms his upcoming departure.

Uber Drivers 'Employees' For Unemployment Purposes, New York Labor Board Says

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-07-20 18:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: New York City's largest taxi driver advocacy group is hailing a legal decision by the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, which ruled last Friday that three out-of-work Uber drivers can be considered employees for the purpose of unemployment benefits. The decision was first reported Thursday by Politico. In other words, three men -- and possibly other "similarly situated" Uber drivers who had quit over low pay or who were deactivated from the Uber platform -- can get paid. "The decision means that New York Uber drivers can file for unemployment insurance and likely receive it," Veena Dubal, a labor law professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, emailed Ars. "Uber may appeal the decision to state court, but for now, it's good law."

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Smart record presses promise consistent audio quality at a global scale

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 17:46
The manufacturer of what's one of the best sounding record pressing machines today is taking a step into the future. Viryl Technologies recently announced its WarmTone and LiteTone models will soon connect to the internet. After a test pressing is co...

Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director James Gunn fired over offensive tweets - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 17:43
Guardians just lost its director and creative visionary.