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Science/Tech

Astronomers Have Come Up With a Better Way To Weigh Millions of Solitary Stars

Today at 09:00 AM, via Slashdot

Science_afficionado writes: By measuring the flicker pattern of light from distant stars, astronomers have developed a new and improved method for measuring the masses of millions of solitary stars, especially those hosting exoplanets. Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy Keivan Stassun says, “First, we use the total light from the star and its parallax to infer its diameter. Next, we...

The lift that took you for a spin

Today at 07:17 AM, via BBC News

As one of the last examples of a unique elevator closes in Leicester, is it hasta la vista Paternoster?

Chinese smartphone makers to take on Apple

Today at 07:09 AM, via MyBroadband

China’s top smartphone makers are ready to challenge Apple on its home turf after trouncing the iPhone maker in their own market.

A Cryptocurrency Without a Blockchain Has Been Built To Outperform Bitcoin

Today at 05:30 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency on a hot streak — plenty of alternative currencies have enjoyed rallies alongside the Epic Bitcoin Bull Run of 2017. One of the most intriguing examples is also among the most obscure in the cryptocurrency world. Called IOTA, it has jumped in total value from just over $4 billion to more than...

Noninvasive Radiation Therapy Halts Deadly Heart Rhythm

Today at 03:50 AM, via Slashdot

schwit1 shares a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): The patients were gravely ill, their hearts scarred by infections or heart attacks. In each, the electrical system that maintains a regular heartbeat had been short-circuited. They suffered frequent bursts of rapid heartbeats, which can end in sudden death. The condition kills an estimated...

DOJ Confirms Uber Is Being Investigated For Criminal Behavior

Today at 03:10 AM, via Slashdot

A newly released letter from the Department of Justice has formally acknowledged that federal prosecutors have an open criminal investigation into Uber. Ars Technica reports: Late last month, as part of the proceedings in the high-profile and ongoing Waymo v. Uber trade secrets lawsuit, U.S. District Judge William Alsup said that on November 22 he had received a letter from San Francisco-based...

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