Feb 15, 2013

Large Hadron Collider completes three-year cycle, goes into long shutdown

posted by Laura Domela

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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) completed its first three-year running cycle at 7:24am today, when its crew removed its beams and entered it into its first long shutdown period. Called LS1 (Long Shutdown 1), the LHC will undergo maintenance and consolidation work, enabling it to run at a higher energy when it is fired back up in 2015.
via Slash Gear

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Feb 15, 2013

NYT reviewer responds to Tesla accusations

posted by Laura Domela

Elon Musk , the chief executive of Tesla Motors, has now responded in detail to the account of my test drive of his Model S electric car, using the company’s new East Coast Superchargers, that was published in The Times on Feb. 10. His broadest charge is that I consciously set out to sabotage the test. That is not so. I was delighted to receive the assignment to try out the company’s new East Coast Supercharger network and as I previously noted in no way anticipated – or deliberately caused – the troubles I encountered.
via New York Times

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Feb 15, 2013

What are the chances an asteroid will hit your house?

posted by Laura Domela


By Movoto

Tomorrow the 143,000 ton asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass a mere 17,200 miles from the Earth. What does that mean for you? Nothing. There’s no chance of DA14 hitting the Earth. We’ll all be fine this time around, but hundreds of smaller objects strike the Earth every year.Our friends at Movoto have a handy calculator to get the odds that one will hit your house. Give it a try, and you’ll probably feel a lot better about the whole thing.
via Geekosystem

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Feb 14, 2013

World's first bionic eye receives FDA approval

posted by Laura Domela

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This morning, I was speaking with Brian Mech, the vice-president of the medical device company Second Sight, when his land-line rang. Mech had just been telling me about the fifteen years his company has spent developing the Argus II, a retinal prosthesis that restores partial sight to people with a degenerative eye disease called Retinitis pigmentosa (RP). It had been a long process, Mech said, but he can count on one hand the number of days he hasn't woken up excited about the work ahead. And they were nearing the end--Europe approved the Argus II in 2011, and the FDA was expected to give the green light some time soon.

When his other line rang, Mech excused himself and set down the phone. I could hear a muffled version of his other conversation. After a few seconds, I heard "I gotta go," and then he was back. "Emily," he said, "I'm going to have to run: FDA approval just came through."

And with that, the U.S. has its first bionic eye.
via Popular Science

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Feb 14, 2013

NYC mayor calls for 10,000 EV charging stations within 7 years

posted by Laura Domela

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In an effort to bolster the city’s friendliness towards electric vehicles, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for 10,000 charging stations all across the city by 2019. Bloomberg mentioned the goal during his last State of the City address today, and he’s asking the city council to require landlords to make at least 20% of new parking spaces equipped for electric vehicles.
via Slash Gear

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Feb 14, 2013

Spanish scientists claim to have significantly improved GPS accuracy

posted by Laura Domela

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Millions of vehicles, smartphones, and other devices in use all around the world support GPS navigation capability today. People rely on this GPS capability every day to get around in unfamiliar cities and to find better routes in cities they are familiar with. A group of Spanish researchers has recently claimed that they have discovered a way to help improve GPS accuracy in cities by as much as 90%.
via Slash Gear

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Feb 14, 2013

Detailed photos of the sun captured on telescope

posted by Laura Domela

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Buffalo-based photographer Alan Friedman has captured a series of detailed photographs of the Sun through a telescope. 

Using several special filters that allow the photos to be taken without damaging his camera or eyes, Friedman’s images of the Sun look like something you might see under a microscope.
via Design Taxi

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Feb 14, 2013

Tesla releases driving logs contradicting NYT’s scathing review of Model S

posted by Laura Domela

Data released by Tesla Motors late Wednesday night directly contradicts a damning review of the automaker’s Model S sedan by The New York Times.

Tesla claims the data, pulled directly from the electric sedan’s on-board computer, proves that New York Times reporter John M. Broder never completely ran out of energy during his extended drive of the Model S, despite his account to the contrary.

Broder’s trip in the Model S began outside of Washington, D.C., ran up to Norwich, Connecticut and then down to Milford, Connecticut over the course of two days. The drive was intended as a way to evaluate Tesla’s newly installed Supercharger stations, which allow Model S owners to top off their batteries for free at solar-powered charging stations lining major thoroughfares along the east and west coasts.
via Wired

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Feb 14, 2013

Finally! A fitness tracker that actually knows what you’re doing

posted by Laura Domela

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Self-quantification is awesome in theory, but the data and record-keeping, frankly, suck. Which is why I’m pretty pumped about the Amiigo fitness bracelet.

Because while it tracks your fitness activity, similar to a Fitbit, Jawbone Up, or Nike FuelBand, it also knows the difference between a sit-up and a push-up. In other words, it knows exactly what you’re doing, and it tracks it for you.

“The other devices are glorified pedometers,” Dave Scott, one of the four Amiigo cofounders, told me today. ”We’re the first fitness tracker which you can take into a gym and do jumping jacks or pushups or pull-ups … and it knows what you’re doing … and it knows how many reps and sets you’ve done of each.”
via Venture Beat

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Feb 14, 2013

Commodore 65 prototype sells for $7,625

posted by Laura Domela

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Did you adore your 64? Well, wanna buy a 65? That'll cost you.

Earlier this month we saw how fans of vintage home computers can get a little crazy on eBay, bidding up the price of a 1983 10MHz Texas Instruments TI-99/8 to $3,240.

Well that's nothing compared with the enthusiasm that Commodore commands. A prototype Commodore 65 more than doubled the winning TI bid when it sold on eBay recently for a whopping $7,625.
via cnet

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