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Oct
2018

Samsung’s updated VR headset kicks out the “Screen Door Effect”

Samsung has updated its VR headset with the HMD Odyssey+

Virtual reality doesn't seem to have set the world on fire as much as manufacturers would have liked, but that isn't stopping them refining their tech with new versions. Samsung is the latest to update its VR headset, announcing the HMD Odyssey+ which targets the dreaded "Screen Door Effect" with a clever new tactic and adds a few ergonomic improvements to the outer shell.

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Category: VR

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Oct
2018

First-of-a-kind study finds microplastics in human stool around the world

Plastic particles have been discovered in human stool samples in a first-of-a-kind study

One the many reasons to be concerned about the monumental problem of plastic pollution is the uncertainty around its effects when consumed by organisms, including us humans. Scientists have suspected it can make its way into our bellies through the consumption of seafood, and one recent paper confirmed its presence in 93 percent of bottled water. A new study will do little to allay these fears, describing the presence of various microplastics in human stool samples across the globe for the first time.

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Category: Environment

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22
Oct
2018

Ancient enzymes resurrected to take the heat and make better biocatalysts

Australian researchers have revived 450-million-year-old enzymes to be better catalysts for chemistry

From animals and entire ecosystems, to building materials and beer recipes, scientists have long drawn on the past for inspiration for new breakthroughs. Now, researchers at the University of Queensland have looked to the past to help with the future of biochemistry, resurrecting enzymes from almost half a billion years ago to fill in where current ones can't.

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Category: Science

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Oct
2018

Porsche to make rugged AWD adventure wagon concept its second electric model

The Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo gets the production green light

Earlier this year, we saw a very different type of Porsche – a rugged, 600-hp, all-wheel drive, all-road adventure wagon capable of kicking up dust under purely electric motor power. Now that concept is becoming a reality. Porsche will build a production Mission E Cross Turismo as the second vehicle in its fast-growing electric car lineup, which is expected to account for half its deliveries by 2025.

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Category: Automotive

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22
Oct
2018

World’s largest performing arts center opens in Taiwan

The National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts in Taiwan houses a huge public plaza under its ...

Billed as a new cultural hub for East Asia, the National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts in Taiwan is an expansive facility that references the local landscape and houses a huge public plaza under its undulating roof. Around 50,000 people attended the opening last week, with the center's large performances spaces playing host to an inaugural concert and ceremony.

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Category: Architecture

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