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The medications that change who we are

The medications that change who we are

“Patient Five” was in his late 50s when a trip to the doctors changed his life. He had diabetes, and he had signed up for a study to see if taking a “statin” – a kind of cholesterol-lowering drug – might help. So far, so normal. But soon after he began the treatment, his wife…
Facebook won’t change its political ad policies

Facebook won’t change its political ad policies

Twitter has banned most kinds of political ads. Google has limited the effectiveness of political ads it accepts. But Facebook, which may be the most powerful force in online ads during the 2020 campaign, says it won’t change its core, controversial policies about political ads: It will continue to run them, it will not prevent…
Tech-driven change a key priority for new EC president

Tech-driven change a key priority for new EC president

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has made responding to technology-driven change a key priority for her five year term which began last month, setting it in the same breath as challenges posed by climate change and demographic shifts, tacitly linking all three to a rise in regional unease. Her solution, set out in…
Just change the temperature to make this material transform into a human face

Just change the temperature to make this material transform into a human face

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas — New method based on double-curvature effect described by Gauss nearly 200 years ago. Jennifer Ouellette - Jan 5, 2020 11:30 pm UTC Enlarge / A lattice structure, originally printed flat, has morphed into the outline of a human face after changing the surrounding temperature. The facial shape is…
Climate change now detectable from any single day of weather at global scale

Climate change now detectable from any single day of weather at global scale

AbstractFor generations, climate scientists have educated the public that ‘weather is not climate’, and climate change has been framed as the change in the distribution of weather that slowly emerges from large variability over decades1,2,3,4,5,6,7. However, weather when considered globally is now in uncharted territory. Here we show that on the basis of a single…
Tech that could seriously change the game in 2020 – Mashable

Tech that could seriously change the game in 2020 – Mashable

Every big company is going to release something noteworthy in 2020, but all we've are got is rumors and dreams to work with right now. That's not going to stop us from speculating about the potential for revolutionary tech. Think beyond brighter screens, better cameras, and other incremental changes. These are things we expect to…
You can’t change the world in Disco Elysium — and that’s why it’s great – Polygon

You can’t change the world in Disco Elysium — and that’s why it’s great...

Role-playing games offer a very tempting promise: the ability to step into a new world and, through my choices, forever change it. The Outer Worlds starts with my character emerging from cryostasis into a mega-capitalist hellscape but, by the end of the game, I can tear the corporations down, if I choose to. Disco Elysium…
Simple change to Domination in Modern Warfare could fix major issue – Dexerto

Simple change to Domination in Modern Warfare could fix major issue – Dexerto

This slight tweak to the Call of Duty League ruleset in Modern Warfare would keep fans and players involved in the action to the very end during Domination matches.With Domination making its way back into the rotation of game modes on the competitive ruleset, plenty of long-time fans of the franchise have expressed their concern…
All change: Microsoft is redesigning the 100 icons used for its apps and tools – ZDNet

All change: Microsoft is redesigning the 100 icons used for its apps and tools...

Microsoft users can expect to see over 100 new icons for its mobile apps and Windows utility tools in the coming year.  The company last year revealed 10 new Office icons, which attempted to "keep tradition alive while gently pushing the envelope" with its Fluent Design System. Apps such as Outlook, Powerpoint, Word and Excel…
A Tiny Rule Change Has Allowed Rotary Engines At Le Mans Again – Jalopnik

A Tiny Rule Change Has Allowed Rotary Engines At Le Mans Again – Jalopnik

That fateful year of 1991.Photo: Getty ImagesIn 1991, a rotary-powered Mazda won the 24 Hours or Le Mans. By 1992, rotary engines were no longer allowed to race there. But for the 2021 season, 30 years after the fact, the organizers behind the biggest race in the world of sports cars have allowed rotaries back…

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I remotely patrolled a house with a $10,000 security drone –...

The system starts with 'Sunflowers,' a collection of motion and vibration sensors that double as color-changing garden lights. Each flower has a 20-foot detection radius and can accurately differentiate between people, cars and animals. Which is good, because you don't want to be woken up every time a fox trots across your lawn. (Unless, of…

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