What Snowpiercer’s Video-on-Demand Success Means for Indie Film Distribution

Wired Tech News - 5 hours 19 min ago
In an unprecedented turn of events, the indie sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer's video-on-demand releasing bringing in almost as much money as its theatrical run. Should other films follow suit?






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16-foot Waves Measured in Arctic Ocean Where There Was Once Only Ice

National Geographic Tech - 5 hours 19 min ago
Researchers get the first measurements of wave heights in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska, and they're big.
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Buying Madbits, Twitter Wants Image-Search Super Powers

Wired Tech News - 6 hours 5 min ago
To understand why Twitter just bought an artificial intelligence company called Madbits, it helps to watch a video where a modern day computer learns to play a 35-year-old video game. Captured at a conference in Paris this spring, the video (see above) shows a machine coming to grips with a game called Breakout, something so […]






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Astronomers Unravel Secrets of Weirdly Tilted Solar Systems

National Geographic Tech - 8 hours 23 min ago
Astronomers have spotted two solar systems forming on a slant, thanks to the influence of each other's stars.
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Amazing Maze: What Science Says About Solving Labyrinths

National Geographic Tech - 8 hours 23 min ago
We encounter mazes every day when we navigate roads. But they are also a powerful tool for neuroscientists trying to figure out the brain.
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Supportive moms and sisters boost female baboon's rank

Science Daily Tech - 11 hours 11 min ago
A study of dominance in female baboons suggests that the route to a higher rank is to maintain close ties with mom, and to have lots of supportive sisters.
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Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants

Science Daily Tech - 11 hours 11 min ago
Exotic pests, shrinking ranges and a changing climate threaten some of the world's most rare and ecologically important plants, and so conservationists establish seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity. For decades, these seed collections have been guided by simple models that offer a one-size-fits-all approach for how many seeds to gather. A new study, however, has found that more careful tailoring of seed collections to specific species and situations is critical to preserving plant diversity.
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Dimly lit working environments: Correcting body clock is possible

Science Daily Tech - 11 hours 11 min ago
Researchers have, for the first time, conducted a study under real conditions on the body clocks of members of an international polar research station. The researchers have shown that a particular kind of artificial light is capable of ensuring that their biological rhythms are correctly synchronized despite the absence of sunlight.
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Naltrexone may be effective in diminishing impulse control disorders in Parkinson's disease patients

Science Daily Tech - 11 hours 12 min ago
Parkinson's disease (PD) patients may confront a common but largely unrecognized challenge: the occurrence of impulse control disorders (ICDs) such as compulsive gambling, sexual behavior, eating, or spending. A team of investigators conducted a pilot study and found that the opioid antagonist naltrexone may be an effective treatment for diminishing ICD symptoms in PD patients.
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Many depressed preschoolers still suffer in later school years

Science Daily Tech - 11 hours 12 min ago
Children diagnosed with depression as preschoolers are likely to suffer from depression as school-age children and young adolescents, new research shows. The investigators followed 246 children, now ages 9 to 12, who were enrolled in the study as preschoolers when they were 3 to 5 years old. The children and their primary caregivers participated in up to six annual and four semiannual assessments. They were screened using a tool called the Preschool Feelings Checklist and evaluated using an age-appropriate diagnostic interview.
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New Wildfire Science Shows That Small Steps Can Save Homes, Communities

National Geographic Tech - 11 hours 27 min ago
In wildfire season, a few adjustments can be the difference between a saved and a destroyed home.
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Eruptions Summer Break

Wired Tech News - 11 hours 46 min ago
So, the summer has melted away quickly and now it’s time for me to make my (nearly) annual pilgrimage to the SHRIMP-RG lab at Stanford University. I have two students working with me this summer and they will be blasting zircon from the Lassen Volcanic Center, along with some from a couple new locations along […]






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Dark Data, Amber, and Attenborough

Wired Tech News - 12 hours 1 min ago
A new pigmy grasshopper found in amber is named for Sir David Attenborough.






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Nature inspires a greener way to make colorful plastics

Science Daily Tech - 12 hours 32 min ago
Long before humans figured out how to create colors, nature had already perfected the process -- think stunning, bright butterfly wings of many different hues, for example. Now scientists are tapping into those secrets to develop a more environmentally friendly way to make colored plastics. Their method uses structure -- or the shapes and architectures of materials -- rather than dyes, to produce colors.
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Exploring 3-D printing to make organs for transplants

Science Daily Tech - 12 hours 32 min ago
Printing whole new organs for transplants sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the real-life budding technology could one day make actual kidneys, livers, hearts and other organs for patients who desperately need them. Scientists are reporting new understanding about the dynamics of 3-D bioprinting that takes them a step closer to realizing their goal of making working tissues and organs on-demand.
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Decades-old amber collection offers new views of a lost world: Tiny grasshopper encased in amber

Science Daily Tech - 12 hours 32 min ago
Scientists are searching through a massive collection of 20-million-year-old amber found in the Dominican Republic more than 50 years ago, and the effort is yielding fresh insights into ancient tropical insects and the world they inhabited. Perhaps the most striking discovery thus far is that of a pygmy locust, a tiny grasshopper the size of a rose thorn that lived 18- to 20-million years ago and fed on moss, algae and fungi.
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Square Bets Big on Next-Gen Credit Card Tech

Wired Tech News - 13 hours 19 min ago
Square first came to fame with a credit card reader you could plug into your iPhone jack. But next year, the company’s signature device will be on its way to obsolescence as the U.S transitions to a new kind of credit card that verifies purchases with an embedded computer chip. In anticipation of this sweeping […]






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Mercury's bizzare magnetic field tells scientists how its interior is different from Earth's

Science Daily Tech - 13 hours 31 min ago
Mercury's interior is different from the Earth's interior in a way that explains Mercury's bizarre magnetic field, planetary physicists report. Measurements from NASA's Messenger spacecraft have revealed that Mercury's magnetic field is approximately three times stronger at its northern hemisphere than its southern one.
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Scientists caution against exploitation of deep ocean

Science Daily Tech - 13 hours 31 min ago
The world's oceans are vast and deep, yet rapidly advancing technology and the quest for extracting resources from previously unreachable depths is beginning to put the deep seas on the cusp of peril, an international team of scientists has warned.
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Sugar mimics guide stem cells toward neural fate

Science Daily Tech - 13 hours 33 min ago
Many growth factors that influence the fate of embryonic stem cells must bind to sugars attached to specific receptors on the surface of the cell to work. Because the sugars are difficult to manipulate, biochemists created synthetic stand ins that helped to identify substructures recognized by a growth factor involved in neural development.
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