Day: February 23, 2019

New Material Can Soak Up Uranium From Seawater

A new adsorbent material “soaks up uranium from seawater, leaving interfering ions behind,” reports the ACS’s Chemical & Engineering News, in an article shared by webofslime: The world’s oceans contain some 4 billion metric tons of dissolved uranium. That’s roughly 1,000 times as much as all known terrestrial sources combined, and enough to fuel the…

Huawei ‘Mate X’ foldable phone appears to be a thing at MWC 2019 – CNET

An image leaked online purports to show a billboard for the foldable being installed at Mobile World Congress. …read more Source:: CNet

Charging LiPos with USB Power Delivery

DC power bricks were never a particularly nice way to run home electronics. Heavy and unwieldy, they had a tendency to fall out and block adjacent outlets from use. In recent years, more and more gadgets are shipping with USB ports for power input. However, power over USB has always been fraught with different companies…

Razzies 2019: Donald Trump, Holmes & Watson dominate bad-film awards – CNET

Hail to the grief! The president took home worst actor and worst film combo awards for appearing in two political documentaries. …read more Source:: CNet

Record-Breaking Jet Stream Accelerates Air Travel, Flight Clocks In At 801 MPH

pgmrdlm quotes CBS News: On Monday night, the river of air 35,000 feet above the New York City area, known as the jet stream, clocked in at a blazing 231 mph. This is the fastest jet stream on record since 1957 for the National Weather Service in Upton, New York — breaking the old record…

Galaxy S10 vs. Galaxy S9, S10 Plus, S10E, S10 5G: What’s new and what’s different? – CNET

Samsung introduced a dizzying number of Galaxy phones recently. Here’s what makes them different from one another and from the GS9. …read more Source:: CNet

What Happens When Police License Plate Readers Make Mistakes?

An anonymous reader writes: The Verge reports that San Francisco Bay Area police “pulled over a California privacy advocate and held him at gunpoint after a database error caused a license plate reader to flag a car as stolen, a lawsuit alleges.” Brian Hofer, the chairman of Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission, was handcuffed and surrounded…

Microsoft workers call for end to HoloLens contract with US Army – CNET

“We did not sign up to develop weapons,” says the group. …read more Source:: CNet

Galaxy Fold dominated the Galaxy S10. Can it top MWC 2019 too? – CNET

Four new Galaxy S10 phones, along with earbuds and smart watches — but all we care about is that foldable phone. Is that all anyone at MWC will care about too? …read more Source:: CNet

Virgin Galactic Reaches Space Again In Highest, Fastest Test Flight Yet

“If you’re willing to spend $250,000 for a quick trip to space, that option is getting closer to reality,” reports CNN. VSS Unity, Virgin Galactic’s rocket-powered plane, climbed to a record altitude of nearly 56 miles during a test flight on Friday, marking the second time Richard Branson’s startup has reached space. Two pilots, and…