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August 14, 2017
Placing insects into CO2-induced suspended animation allows for live micro-CT scanning
London, Canada (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Until now, insects have been too wriggly to make good subjects for scientists wanting to understand more about insect innards. But an interdisciplinary team of biologists and imaging specialists from Western University has worked out a novel micro-imaging solution that's leading to unprecedented new ways of viewing insect development. The team has managed to create spectacularly detailed, three-dimensional views of insects' insides - without harming them in any way - by using carbon dioxide ... read more

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End of an era as typewriting tests phased out in India
The unmistakable chatter of typewriters outside courthouses and government offices will soon fall silent in India's financial capital Mumbai as stenography colleges on Friday hold their final manual exams. ... more
Japan gives world-beating fidget spinner a whirl
One company in perfectionism-obsessed Japan is claiming it has developed a fidget spinner that whirls longer than any rival on the market - 12 minutes and counting. ... more
Facebook rolls out video shows, in new challenge
Facebook is rolling out a new video service offering professionally produced shows in a challenge to rivals such as YouTube, and potentially to streaming providers like Netflix. ... more
Smartphone screen maker Japan Display cutting 30% of workforce
Japan Display said Wednesday it would slash 3,700 jobs, or about 30 percent of its workforce, as the struggling smartphone screen maker's chief executive warned it was the "last chance" for a turnaround. ... more
US trade commission probing Qualcomm iPhone complaint
The US International Trade Commission on Tuesday said it will look into Qualcomm's complaint that Apple is violating its patents in some iPhones. ... more
Disney empire strikes back, sort of, with new streaming plan
Walt Disney Co. has the potential to shake up the television sector with its plan to offer direct-to-consumer streaming services and take on Netflix on its own turf. ... more
Technique enables printable and rewritable color images
A chemical process that allows color images to be printed on specially coated paper and then erased so that different images can be printed on the same paper has been developed by researchers at Ric ... more
Never too old to code: Meet Japan's 82-year-old app-maker
When 82-year-old Masako Wakamiya first began working she still used an abacus for maths - today she is one of the world's oldest iPhone app developers, a trailblazer in making smartphones accessible for the elderly. ... more

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Department of Defense to start issuing tablets for classified documents
The Defense Information Systems Agency has initiated a pilot program to allow senior officials to access classified documents on specially secured tablets. ... more
Contemporary art boom is 'historic change' in art market
The art market is entering a "new era of prosperity" driven for the first time by rising prices for contemporary art, the world's biggest art market index said Friday. ... more
Apple's China problem highlights conundrum for tech sector
Apple's decision to bow to Chinese officials by removing apps to sidestep online censorship underscores the dilemma faced by US tech companies seeking to uphold principles while expanding their business. ... more
Apple, Huawei, Amazon gain in sluggish tablet market
Apple, Huawei and Amazon boosted tablet sales over the past quarter, despite the ongoing slump in the overall market for the devices, surveys showed Thursday. ... more
Smartphone sales slip as top vendors consolidate market share
Global smartphone sales saw a modest decline in the second quarter of 2017, as market leaders Samsung and Apple consolidated their positions, a survey showed Wednesday. ... more
Apple beats profit estimates, boosting shares
Apple on Tuesday reported stronger-than-expected results for the past quarter, with higher revenues and profits, delivering a boost to its share price. ... more
Amazon sales surge, but spending bites into profit
Internet colossus Amazon on Thursday reported its profit shrank in the recently ended quarter despite surging sales as it poured money into growth. ... more
Broadband light sources with liquid core
The researchers pumped a hybrid waveguide with an ultrafast, intense laser pulse and produced a very broad light spectrum in the near and mid-infrared range (1.1 um to 2.7 um) not visible to the hum ... more

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Kestrel Eye satellite launched to International Space Station aboard SpaceX

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China, Russia push talks as N. Korea steps back from missile launches

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Twitter dives, growth stall highlights contrast with Facebook
Twitter shares were hammered Thursday after the company reported no gain in its user base in the past quarter, raising fresh fears about the future of the service as it loses more ground to Facebook. ... more
Trump hails $10 bn investment from Apple supplier Foxconn
President Donald Trump on Wednesday unveiled a $10 billion US investment by Apple supplier Foxconn to build a plant in Wisconsin. ... more
Facebook profit jumps as user ranks grow
Facebook on Wednesday reported a surge in profits in the past quarter, fueled by strong growth in money-making ads to its more than two billion users. ... more
Chinese writers navigate censors to earn cash via apps
When outspoken professor Qiao Mu posted his resignation letter on a popular Chinese messaging app, sympathetic readers tapped their phone screens to send him money, leaving him with a 20,000 yuan ($3,000) payday. ... more
Amazon pushes into SE Asia with Singapore launch
Amazon launched its express delivery service in Singapore on Thursday, the US online retail giant's first foray into Southeast Asia and a move that puts it in direct competition with China's Alibaba. ... more
India's top court considers whether privacy is a right
India's Supreme Court began hearing submissions Wednesday to determine whether Indians have a constitutional right to privacy in a challenge to the government's massive biometric database, which critics argue violates that right. ... more
Colorizing images with deep neural networks
For decades, image colorization has enjoyed an enduring interest from the public. Though not without its share of detractors, there is something powerful about this simple act of adding color to bla ... more
Alphabet profit hit by EU fine on Google
Google parent Alphabet on Monday saw shares slide as the market reacted to a massive fine by the European Commission and word that success in mobile, cloud and YouTube is coming with higher costs. ... more
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