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This algorithm could make DNA origami as simple as 3D printing

MIT-DNA-Origami-1_0 If you want to print something a few inches tall, extruded plastic is a good medium. But when you need something at the nanometer scale, DNA is a better bet — but who has the time to design and assemble it base by base? New research lets would-be DNA origami masters design the shape — while an algorithm determines where to put our friends A, T, G, and C. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 27th

Gadgets

ForcePhone adds pressure sensitivity to any phone using ultrasonics

force-feeling-phone-software-lets-mobile-devices-sense-pressure-orig-20160526 Force touch may be a feature exclusive to the latest iPhones, but something like it is now possible on pretty much any phone out there, thanks to research from engineers at the University of Michigan. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 27th

Gadgets

Mobile

The circle is complete: Minecraft is getting a deathmatch mode

minecraft_feature Minecraft, a game that skyrocketed to unprecedented levels of popularity among all ages because of its open-ended gameplay, infinite worlds, and limitless possibilities for creation and collaboration, is getting a deathmatch mode. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 26th

Gadgets

Terrapattern is reverse image search for maps, powered by a neural network

culdesacs Terrapattern is a visual search engine that, from the moment you first use it, you wonder: Why didn’t Google come up with this 10 years ago? Click on a feature on the map — a baseball diamond, a marina, a roundabout — and it immediately highlights everything its algorithm thinks looks like it. It’s remarkably fast, simple to use and potentially very powerful. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 25th

Gadgets

Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

MIT-Solar-Thermal-1_0 An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.” Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 25th

Gadgets

Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

MIT-Solar-Thermal-1_0 An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.” Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 25th

Gadgets

E Ink brings rich color to ePaper, but not to e-readers

Pencils E Ink, maker of the ePaper displays found in many e-readers (maddening to have three different e prefixes in one sentence, but it’s unavoidable), announced a brand new type of reflective display that can show a huge range of colors — but the tech is only going to be deployed as signage for now. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 24th

Gadgets

Apple prepping Siri SDK and Echo-like home assistant gadget

shutterstock apple Apple is preparing an SDK that would allow developers much greater access to Siri — and the improved assistant will power a stationary hub device like Amazon’s Echo. A report from The Information tallies with what we’ve heard over the last few weeks; expect an announcement, if not the device itself, at WWDC in June. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 24th

Apple

Gadgets

Apple prepping Siri SDK and Echo-like home assistant gadget

shutterstock apple Apple is preparing an SDK that would allow developers much greater access to Siri — and the improved assistant will power a stationary hub device like Amazon’s Echo. A report from The Information tallies with what we’ve heard over the last few weeks; expect an announcement, if not the device itself, at WWDC in June. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 24th

Apple

Gadgets

Tim Cook admits ‘prices are high’ for iPhones in India

timcook_ndtv Apple CEO Tim Cook made an uncharacteristic admission today in an interview with Indian news channel NDTV — that iPhones are too expensive. He immediately qualified it, and the context really is important, but it’s just one of those things you don’t hear very often. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 23rd

Apple

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