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Researchers create ‘porous liquid’ able to capture carbon

Researchers create ‘porous liquid’ able to capture carbon

Scientist have created what they say is a ‘porous liquid’ able to, among other things, capture carbon, making it one possible way to tackle the world’s pollution problem. The development was made by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, specifically its School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The researchers worked in conjunction with scientists from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, as well as unspecified international partners.

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Twitter intros ‘ScratchReel’ GIFs that rewind, fast-forward

Twitter intros ‘ScratchReel’ GIFs that rewind, fast-forward

Twitter has introduced, and in a relatively quiet manner, ‘ScratchReel’ GIFs, which are animated GIFs with an unusual feature: you can scrub back and forth through them by swiping your finger (or mouse, for those on desktop). Signs of the GIFs cropped up in recent weeks, likely as part of a test on Twitter's part, but can now be enjoyed by all. The company isn’t particularly vocal about the new feature, but it appears ScratchReel might be made possible thanks to Snappy TV.

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Xtreem Gravity Pursuit outdoors drone launches with FHD camera

Xtreem Gravity Pursuit outdoors drone launches with FHD camera

Xtreem has announced the launch of its new Gravity Pursuit drone, a lightweight quadcopter designed for outdoor use. The Gravity Pursuit features a Full HD 1080p camera allowing users to record videos of themselves or their adventures, or something else entirely. Unlike some recent camera-toting drones that have been introduced, this model falls within the “affordable” range for a wider array of consumers at $299.99 USD. The drone is available now from Swann.

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Karma Automotive teams with BMW for EV and hybrid tech

Karma Automotive teams with BMW for EV and hybrid tech

Karma Automotive, formerly known as Fisker Automotive, has announced a new business deal with BMW that will have the latter supplying Karma with various electric car tech. This includes EV systems and hybrid system, as well as high-voltage battery charging systems. Karma announced the news on Thursday, praising BMW for the quality of its parts while teasing that it will be bringing “a stunning car back to the market.” The first of BMW’s supplied parts will be put in Karma’s plug-in hybrid flagship model.

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Microsoft HoloLens research grant recipients revealed

Microsoft HoloLens research grant recipients revealed

This past summer, Microsoft put out a call for grant proposals with the goal of getting some creative and innovative uses for its HoloLens in the pipeline. On Wednesday, the company announced the recipients of its academic research grants, the total of which is five, as well as the five runner-ups. Says Microsoft, "It’s so exciting to see the academic community respond to Microsoft HoloLens with such enthusiasm, and we suspect this is only the beginning."

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Amazon Prime Now adds restaurant delivery in LA

Amazon Prime Now adds restaurant delivery in LA

Amazon is offering restaurant delivery in Los Angeles via its Prime Now delivery service, the company has announced. Those located within a Los Angeles zip code can use the Prime Now mobile app, assuming they’re a Prime member, to order food from supported restaurants. Those orders can be tracked using the app, and will be delivered directly to one’s door, whether it’s an apartment, office, or elsewhere.

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T-Mobile: video streaming won’t use up 4G LTE data

T-Mobile: video streaming won’t use up 4G LTE data

T-Mobile, in its latest Uncarrier event, announced that video will now stream “free” from certain video services, with “free” meaning it won’t cut into a subscriber’s existing high-speed data allotment. The initial change will include a total of 24 video services, but the carrier teases that additional video services will be encompassed by the free streaming change in due time. Counted among the initial included services are Hulu, Netflix, and Sling TV.

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Cox to launch ‘Flare MeTV’ video service by year’s end

Cox to launch ‘Flare MeTV’ video service by year’s end

Cox Communications will soon take the wraps off a new online TV service called Flare MeTV, though the company is staying tight-lipped about all the details at this point. When it first arrives, Flare MeTV will serve as an aggregator of already-available Web videos, which isn’t terribly exciting. In the future, though, the company plans on Flare MeTV offering some traditional TV programming when it gets the right licenses in place.

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Twitch boosts security with two-factor authentication

Twitch boosts security with two-factor authentication

Twitch is the latest company to give users an extra dose of security by adding two-factor authentication to user accounts. The company made the announcement on Monday, saying the new security feature is offered in partnership with Authy, which delivers push notifications to authorized smartphones rather than text messages, removing some of the hassle that comes with enabling two-factor authentication.

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Microsoft reveals plan to acquire Secure Islands

Microsoft reveals plan to acquire Secure Islands

Microsoft has announced a plan to acquire Secure Islands, confirming recent rumors that have cropped up. Secure Islands is an Israeli security company offering “advanced information protection solutions,” says Microsoft, and through the acquisition it will help Microsoft business customers secure their sensitive data. Secure Islands is already used by some big name companies for data protection, including Vodafone.

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Museum unveils first discovered baby Pentaceratops skull

Museum unveils first discovered baby Pentaceratops skull

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science researchers took the wraps off the first-ever discovered baby Pentaceratops skull. The unveiling took place yesterday at a free public showing reportedly attended by hundreds. The skull had been sealed within a plaster jacket to protect it during its airlifting out of New Mexico. During the unveiling, the researchers cut that plaster open, revealing the skull.

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Los Angeles street lights will double as cell towers soon

Los Angeles street lights will double as cell towers soon

Los Angeles will be the first city to launch Philips’ SmartPole Street lighting, the company has announced. These LED light poles feature “small cell technology” developed by Ericsson — that is, they function as small 4G LTE cell towers. The city’s mayor says this effort will involve “taking advantage of previously untapped real estate” in Los Angeles, which has more light poles than an other American city. The benefits will be two-fold, with LED lights using less electricity and the cellular technology improving network coverage.

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