New “Metallic Wood” Is As Strong As Titanium But Much Lighter

Titanium “has long been touted as the metal of the future,” writes Dwell, “due to its strength, rust resistance, and amazing lightness.” But can careful atom-stacking lead to something better? An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have discovered a way to create a new “metallic wood” material that is as strong as titanium, but five times lighter, reports Dwell. “So far, the researchers have built a sheet of nickel with nanoscale…

February 9, 2019
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AMD Radeon VII review: at $699, the first 7nm gaming GPU is good value when used as a high-VRAM prosumer card but for pure gamers there are better options (Nate Oh/AnandTech)

February 9, 2019

Nate Oh / AnandTech: AMD Radeon VII review: at $699, the first 7nm gaming GPU is good value when used as a high-VRAM prosumer card but for pure gamers there are better options  —  For AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group, 2018 was a bit of a breather year.  After launching the Polaris architecture in 2016 … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Eight People Suffer Burns After Attempting Viral ‘Boiling Water Challenge’

A burn surgeon at Loyola University Medical has treated eight different people for second and third-degree burns after they attempted to replicate the viral “boiling water challenge,” according to one local news station. These people (like many others as seen across social media) heated water and threw it into the sub-zero air, expecting it to transform into a powder-like state and blow away in the wind. But that apparently didn’t…

February 9, 2019
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‘Why Data, Not Privacy, Is the Real Danger’

“While it’s creepy to imagine companies are listening in to your conversations, it’s perhaps more creepy that they can predict what you’re talking about without actually listening,” writes an NBC News technology correspondent, arguing that data, not privacy, is the real danger. Your data — the abstract portrait of who you are, and, more importantly, of who you are compared to other people — is your real vulnerability when it…

February 9, 2019
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Fitbit launches Inspire, its first fitness tracker available exclusively through its corporate, wellness, health plan, and health systems partners (Christina Farr/CNBC)

February 9, 2019

Christina Farr / CNBC: Fitbit launches Inspire, its first fitness tracker available exclusively through its corporate, wellness, health plan, and health systems partners  —  Fitbit has recently introduced a new activity and sleep tracker.  But unlike it’s previous devices, this one is only available if your health plan or employer is signed up with Fitbit. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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YouTube Struggles To Fight Mobs Weaponizing Their ‘Dislike’ Button

“YouTube is no stranger to viewers weaponizing the dislike button, as seen by the company’s recent Rewind video, but the product development team is working on a way to tackle the issue,” writes the Verge. Suren Enfiajyan shares their report on a new video by Tom Leung, YouTube’s director of project management. “Dislike mobs” are the YouTube equivalent to review bombings on Steam — a group of people who are…

February 9, 2019
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Python Developer Survey Shows Data Analysis More Popular Than Web Development

Over 20,000 programmers from more than 150 different countries provided answers for the second annual Python Developers Survey (conducted by the Python Software Foundation and JeBrains). An anonymous reader submitted this condensed version of their results: 84% of Python users in our survey use Python as their main language…up 5 percentage points from 79% in 2017. But half of all Python users in the survey also use JavaScript, and 47%…

February 9, 2019
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Hundreds Rally For Their Right To Not Vaccinate Their Children

CBS News reports that as Washington state confronts a measles outbreak which has sickened at least 56 people, “hundreds rallied to preserve their right not to vaccinate their children.” They packed a public hearing for a new bill making it harder for families to opt out of vaccination requirements, reports The Washington Post: An estimated 700 people, most of them opposed to stricter requirements, lined up before dawn in the…

February 9, 2019
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