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Scientists look to music of volcanos to better monitor eruptions
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Enlarge / The Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador is “the largest pipe organ you’ve ever come across.” (credit: Silvia Vallejo Vargas/Insituto Geofisico, Escuela Politecnica Nacional (Quito, Ecuador).) Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which has been spewing lava since May, gave a few key clues to scientists that an eruption might be imminent. Now, it looks like sound might […]

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A realistic look at AI in science fiction
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(video link) Robin Sloan writes about artificial intelligence in his latest novel, Sourdough, but he has also been writing with help from AI, too. In the latest episode of Ars Technica Live, filmed before actual humans at Oakland bar Eli’s Mile High Club, I talked to Sloan about his work. We started out by discussing […]

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A Nanoscale Look At a Complete Fly Brain
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Controlled Environments Magazine: Two high-speed electron microscopes. 7,062 brain slices. 21 million images. For a team of scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, these numbers add up to a technical first: a high-resolution digital snapshot of the adult fruit fly brain. […]

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A look at Chrome’s new tab design
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Chrome is getting a major redesign soon, and this week new changes have started to land in the Chrome’s nightly “Canary” build. Google is launching a new version of Material Design across its products, called the “Google Material Theme,” and after debuting in Android P and Gmail.com, it’s starting to roll out across other Google’s major […]

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Ribbons and Tabs Give OnlyOffice Suite a Fresh Look
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Ascensio System SIA recently released its free office suite upgrade — OnlyOffice Desktop Editors — with a ribbon and tab interface plus numerous updated features. The refresh makes version 5.1 a potential alternative to Web versions of the Microsoft Office suite and Google Docs for Linux users. The three-module set of OnlyOffice Desktop Editors has […]

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VR games can look amazing with this game-changing imaging tech     – CNET
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New displays and something called foveated rendering could make a world of difference.

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Want to charge your smartphone in 7 seconds? Look to graphene     – CNET
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Graphene is touted as a “wonder material” because of its unique properties. Here are five potential real-world uses.

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Yes, selfies do make your nose look bigger     – CNET
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Get a whiff of this! Selfies act as “portable funhouse mirrors” that distort noses, a new study says. And more people are going under the knife because of it.

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Ocean-wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current
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An anonymous reader shares a Nature article: The North Atlantic Ocean is a major driver of the global currents that regulate Earth’s climate, mix the oceans and sequester carbon from the atmosphere — but researchers haven’t been able to get a good look at its inner workings until now. The first results from an array […]

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