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Decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide key to ancient climate transition — ScienceDaily

A decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels led to a fundamental shift in the behaviour of the Earth’s climate system around one million years ago, according to new research led by the University of Southampton. A team of international scientists used new geochemical measurements, coupled with a model of the ‘Earth system’, to show that the growth and changing nature of continental ice sheets, approximately a million years ago, coincided with a cascade of events that ultimately lowered atmospheric…

Artificial muscles give soft robots superpowers

A demonstration of strength of the artificial muscle. Credit: Shuguang Li Soft robotics has made leaps and bounds over the last decade as researchers around the world have experimented with different materials and designs to allow once rigid, jerky machines to bend and flex in ways that mimic and can interact more naturally with living organisms. However, increased flexibility and dexterity has a trade-off of reduced strength, as softer materials are generally not as strong or resilient as inflexible ones,…

Creating a personalized, professional ticketing experience for any business, powered by Square APIs

SimpleTix is growing their platform through a differentiated experience and leveraging the new multi-party settlement feature through Square’s E-commerce API. Building a unique product SimpleTix founder Aron Kansal first started tinkering with an event ticketing solution in college, over ten years ago. What began as a ticketing page he built in Adobe Dreamweaver for a small theater in Canada has now evolved into a flexible, full-service ticketing platform for thousands of venues. “I learned through my work as a freelance…

Screaming Circuits: Stage Three Marketing

As an engineer entering the land of entrepreneurship, you know (over simplification warning) design can be split into two philosophies: hack & patch, or engineer it. I suspect that all but lazy people would prefer the “engineer it” method over “hack & patch.” Unfortunately, we aren’t’ always given enough time or resources to do it right, which leads to the common expression: “Never time to do it right, but always time to do it over.” A similar concept applies in…

Spotify Spotlight: Interview with Product Manager Sabrina Aronson

This is part 1 in our new interview series called “Spotify Spotlight.” In these interviews, we showcase Spotifiers working in a range of different tech roles, and learn more about their journey to Spotify and what they love about working here. What’s your name and where are you from? My name is Sabrina Rabello Aronson. I was born and raised in Brazil, but my life has sort of turned me into a real-life version of “Where’s Waldo?”. Since leaving Brazil,…

Invention detects black ice in traffic

Credit: Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) A new Finnish invention by EEE Innovations Ltd and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland revolutionizes the way black ice is detected and provides several other improvements in traffic safety as well. The software installed in vehicles can also guide drivers to drive more economically. Software-based, the invention can be installed into a majority of heavy vehicles in particular with no additional equipment. The new invention allows slippery road conditions to be detected…

Uber Under Pressure for Data Breach

In recent years, the rideshare-app company called Uber has not led anyone to believe they would win a corporate personality contest.  Their aggressive growth and shouldering aside of municipal regulations and the charges of sexual harrassment that ultimately led to the resignation of Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick last June have now been followed by a revelation that Uber had a massive data breach in October of 2016, over a year ago, and didn’t make it public till last week.  Besides…

Scope and Trends in Cloud Computing Career

Cloud Computing provides on-demand computing resources which may be either data centers or applications on a pay for use basis or a service over the internet. It’s a kind of computing that relies on sharing a group of virtual and/or physical resources instead of deploying personal or local software and hardware. Today, cloud computing is one of the hottest trends in IT as it is all about simplifying the lives of users and saving their money. Some reasons why every…

High-speed quantum encryption may help secure the future internet

Quantum encryption may be one step closer to wide-scale use thanks to a newly developed system. The system is capable of distributing encryption codes at megabit-per-second rates, five to 10 times faster than existing methods and on par with current internet speeds when running several systems in parallel. New theory shows that the technique is secure from common security attacks. Source link…

Researchers measure magnetic moment with greatest possible precision — ScienceDaily

High-precision measurement of the g-factor eleven times more precise than before / Results indicate a strong similarity between protons and antiprotons. The magnetic moment of an individual proton is inconceivably small, but can still be quantified. The basis for undertaking this measurement was laid over ten years ago, and physicists of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, GSI Darmstadt, and the RIKEN research institute in Japan are still performing experiments to measure this…