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Brightest X-ray laser gets stronger with an upgrade

Brightest X-ray laser gets stronger with an upgrade

One of the most powerful x-ray lasers in all the world is getting a serious upgrade that will boost its power even further. Construction on the laser upgrade began a few days ago at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The construction project will see the addition of a second X-ray laser beam that is an average of 10,000 times brighter than the first laser and 8,000 times faster.

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Autonomous trucks drive 2,000km across Europe in platooning challenge

Autonomous trucks drive 2,000km across Europe in platooning challenge

We all know that autonomous cars will make our roads safer and reduce traffic we have to deal with. The autonomous future also includes autonomous big rigs and trucks that will haul cargo across the country. Trucks from 12 different makers recently completed a week's trek across Europe and most of the time the trucks were driving autonomously.

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Supermassive black hole found sitting in the middle of cosmic nowhere

Supermassive black hole found sitting in the middle of cosmic nowhere

Scientists have discovered one of the largest black holes that has ever been found. Interestingly, the supermassive black hole sits in what scientists consider a cosmic backwater. Finding such a massive black hole in such an out of the way place is akin to finding a gigantic skyscraper in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. The gigantic black hole contains 17 billion times the mass of our sun.

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Huawei P9 Lite to sport 5.2-inch screen and single 13MP camera

Huawei P9 Lite to sport 5.2-inch screen and single 13MP camera

We already know about the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus smartphones. Both of these devices went official and we have talked about all there is to know about them right now. Another P9 smartphone is coming and this one is called the P9 Lite and will be the low-end range for the P9 series. The Lite version will have a 5.2-inch full HD resolution display and a single rear camera.

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Huawei TalkBand B3 has built-in Bluetooth headset

Huawei TalkBand B3 has built-in Bluetooth headset

When Huawei finally got around to unveiling the P9 smartphone, that phone wasn’t all the company had to unveil. It also tossed out some details on the TalkBand B3 wearable. At first glance, the TalkBand B3 looks like a skinny smartwatch, but it has something that you won't find on other wearables. The screen of the TalkBand is actually a Bluetooth headset so you can have hands free communication when you want.

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Ryobi garage door opener uses plug-and-play modules to do more

Ryobi garage door opener uses plug-and-play modules to do more

Typically, a garage door opener does one thing; it opens the garage door for you. Ryobi has a new garage door opener that opens the door and ads functionality to your garage via plug and play modules that can be added and removed as needed. The garage door opener can be fitted with modules that add things like carbon monoxide sensors, wireless speakers, fans, or parking assistants.

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Single DNA molecule used to create smallest diode in all the land

Single DNA molecule used to create smallest diode in all the land

Researchers have created the world's smallest diode and they did it using a single molecule of DNA. The creation was devised by researchers from the University of Georgia and Ben-Gurion University in Israel. The creation has shown for the first time that nanoscale electronic components can be made using a single DNA molecule. The breakthrough is seen as an advance that could aid in the search for replacement in silicon chips.

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HP Spectre gets swanky with 18k gold and Swarovski crystals

HP Spectre gets swanky with 18k gold and Swarovski crystals

HP has trotted out a pair of very swanky Spectre laptop computers at the New York Times International Luxury Conference. The machines started life as your standard Spectre notebook computers before designers Tord Boontje and Jess Hannah got their hands on the machines. The two limited edition notebooks were produced in very limited numbers and will be auctioned at the Cannes Film Festival in May with all proceeds from the auctions going to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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LG G5 SE name trademarked, could be a G5 special edition

LG G5 SE name trademarked, could be a G5 special edition

Apple is always on the lookout for every market that it can find to tap into. This is what led the company to trot out the iPhone SE, essentially a hardware updated iPhone 5S. Only time will tell if the iPhone SE proves to be a popular device, but with Apple making a move with an older design, you can bet other firms will copy. This appears to be the exact case with LG; the company has filed a trademark in Korea for the name LG G5 SE.

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Pluto’s heart may be heavy enough to have tipped it over

Pluto’s heart may be heavy enough to have tipped it over

One of the coolest things about Pluto that was shown in the images sent back by the New Horizons probe is the heart-shaped area on the surface dubbed Tombaugh Regio. Scientists have been researching the data gathered by New Horizons and the study is now suggesting that the heart-shaped area might be heavy enough to have tipped the dwarf planet on its side. The west side of the heart called Sputnik Planum with its smooth surface is through to be what remains of a large crater that filled with nitrogen ice.

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Huawei P9 specs leak ahead of press event

Huawei P9 specs leak ahead of press event

Huawei fans around the world will get official details on the Huawei P9 smartphone tomorrow when the official press event for the device is held. Ahead of that official press event, the leaks are still coming hot and heavy. Specifications and benchmarks have turned up hinting at what we will hear tomorrow at the official press event.

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Galaxy S7 Edge dunked in water for 16 hours, will it survive?

Galaxy S7 Edge dunked in water for 16 hours, will it survive?

We all know that one of the best features of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones are that they are both water resistant. We aren't just talking about splash resistant either, these phones can actually survive dunking in water for an entire hour according to Samsung. If they are rated for an hour, I am sure we aren't the only ones who have wondered if they will actually survive a dunking that lasts longer.

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