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Funky mirror turns electric field into a magnetic field with missing pole
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Enlarge / Not the funky mirror used in this study. (credit: Getty Images) One of the strange truths of the Universe is that magnets always come with two poles. It doesn’t matter how often you cut a magnet in two, both halves will always have a north and a south pole, even down to the […]

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Quantum physicists in the 1920s helped found field of quantum biology
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Enlarge / There is some evidence that quantum effects might play a role in the process of photosynthesis. (credit: Mikel Bilbao/VW Pic/Getty Images) In 1944, quantum physicist Erwin Schroedinger wrote a short book called What is Life: The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell, exploring how the relatively new field of quantum mechanics might play a role […]

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Twitter updates level the playing field for emoji character counts
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Twitter announced today on its developer forum that all emojis will count evenly toward the platform's maximum 280 character limit. Before this update, various modifiers such as gender and skin tone caused certain emojis to use up more characters tha…

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Earth’s magnetic field may not be flipping
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Enlarge / It doesn’t look like anything to me. (credit: Tom Bridgman/NASA) Going back millions of years into Earth’s history, our planet’s magnetic field has frequently gone its own way. The magnetic north pole has not only wandered through the north, but it has changed places with the south magnetic pole, taking up residence in […]

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Moon Had Magnetic Field At Least a Billion Years Longer Than Thought, Says Study
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While the moon has no global magnetic field nowadays, it did have one in the past and researchers believe it lasted at least a billion years longer than previously thought. The Guardian reports: Between 4.25 billion and 3.56 billion years ago, the lunar magnetic field was similar to that of the Earth. The field is […]

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The Navy’s railguns are ready for live-fire field tests
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The US Navy has been testing its railguns, which fire shells at high velocity using electromagnets instead of explosive propellant, for years. Test footage emerged in 2012 showing off successful demonstration of the experimental weapon on land target…

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The beefy Dell Precision 7520 DE can out-muscle a growing Linux laptop field
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Enlarge / Kind of a looker, no? (credit: Scott Gilbertson) Project Sputnik has done an admirable job over the years of bringing a “just works” Linux experience to Dell Ultrabooks like the XPS 13 Developer Edition—in fact, we’ve tested and largely enjoyed those experiences multiple times now. But while the XPS 13 is a great machine […]

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First data from Juno shows strong magnetic field, massive polar storms
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Enlarge / Jupiter’s chaotic, cyclone-filled poles. (credit: J.E.P. Connerney et al., Science) It’s hard to imagine that the Solar System’s biggest planet, which provided Galileo with his first key astronomic observations, has a lot of secrets left 450 years later. Yet, despite countless hours spent peering through telescopes and numerous robotic visitors, there’s a lot […]

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New Gear VR Headset Gets USB-C and a Wider Field of View
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It’ll work with older Galaxy phones with its Micro USB adapter, but you’ll need the new headset if you want Note7-driven VR. The post New Gear VR Headset Gets USB-C and a Wider Field of View appeared first on WIRED.

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