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Wireless power titans merge but it’s not quite perfect yet

Wireless power titans merge but it’s not quite perfect yet

Two of the major wireless charging standards will merge, promising simpler and more effective ways to rejuice gadgets without having to plug them in. The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have been talking about teaming up to take on the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi standard for a year now, inking a letter-of-intent back in January, but it's only today that the - currently nameless - collaboration has been made official. Next up, though, comes the hard part.

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Researchers restore memories in amnesiac mice using light

Researchers restore memories in amnesiac mice using light

MIT researchers have managed to recover so-called lost memories in mice with amnesia using light, and in doing so have raised questions about amnesia and memory storage. The method used to reactivate the memories was optogenetics, and involved adding proteins to neurons so that they can be activated using light. The experiment was conducted on mice, and the results indicate that “lost” memories do still exist, but access to them is essentially blocked and things like emotional triggers can't reactivate them.

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Concert mishap shows why you shouldn’t grab drones

Concert mishap shows why you shouldn’t grab drones

Drones and crowds are a no-no -- in the US, at least, that's one of the rules: if there's a crowd, don't try to fly your drone through or over it because someone is liable to get hurt. Fast forward to a recent event in Tijuana, Mexico, where a "drone" (it was a quadcopter) was being used to get various shots of the crowd at an Enrique Iglesias concert. By all accounts this is nothing new, and neither is Iglesias' grabbing the drone to get a POV shot for the crowd. This time, though, things didn't go as planned.

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This is Uber’s future (and massive) San Francisco campus

This is Uber’s future (and massive) San Francisco campus

Uber is many things: controversial, successful, and usually undeterred. It's also wealthy, and what better way to demonstrate that wealth than a big glassy campus in tech-heavy San Francisco? The ridesharing service has commissioned a pair of companies to develop the campus, and concept images showing what the final structures will look like have been published. In them we see two buildings, one larger than the other, connected together with glassy walkways over the street sandwiched between them, as well as a lot of glass and interior wooden rooms.

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Silk Road black market leader Ross Ulbricht gets life in prison

Silk Road black market leader Ross Ulbricht gets life in prison

Ross Ulbricht, the man behind the Silk Road online black market for drugs and other illicit goods, has been sentenced to life in prison. The news comes after a long legal battle spanning many months, one that included such things as law enforcement corruption and legal papers showing how the arrest came about. It's bad new for Ulbricht, who had asked for leniency ahead of the sentencing. Such serves as a warning for others considering using the Internet to run a criminal enterprise.

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Prehistoric murder indicated by newly discovered skull

Prehistoric murder indicated by newly discovered skull

There’s a prehistoric murder mystery in the news, and it’s not the plot of a movie. Rather, researchers have discovered a 430,000 year old skull that is thought to be the oldest (discovered) murder victim remains. The skull is said to belong to a primitive person of Neanderthal lineage, and it was found nestled deeply within a Spanish cave. There are a couple fractures visible, both of which point toward a single weapon that was likely used to murder the victim.

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Periscope live tour held by The British Museum

Periscope live tour held by The British Museum

Periscope is a livestreaming service, and it can be used for more than piracy and vlogs. Case in point: the British Museum gave a live broadcast of an exhibit earlier today using Periscope, and we can only hope it'll be doing more of them in the future. This makes it easier than ever to tune into live events from iOS or Android (which is now supported) devices, the same device users can use to broadcast their own events. In the case of The British Museum, Periscope was used to offer an exclusive live guided tour for people scattered around the world.

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FCC proposal frowns upon robotexts and robocalls

FCC proposal frowns upon robotexts and robocalls

Robocalls are a no-no in most places, and robotexts are treated largely the same way. That doesn’t stop them from happening, however, and so the FCC would like to see options for consumers to block them entirely. As such, the commission has proposed changes to the auto-dialing rules, and it’ll be voting on the proposal the middle of next month. Under it, service providers will be able to offer “technologies” of some sort for blocking the robocalls if they’re unwanted, as well as robotexts in the case of wireless carriers.

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DoD accidentally ships live anthrax to South Korea, 9 US labs

DoD accidentally ships live anthrax to South Korea, 9 US labs

The Department of Defense has revealed that it accidentally shipped live anthrax to nine labs located in the United States, as well as to a joint military based located in South Korea. No known infections among lab personnel have been reported, and the Pentagon says there is no known risk to the general population. The Centers for Disease Control is working with the Department of Defense to investigate the issue, which is said to have resulted from live samples of anthrax being shipped inadvertently from a government lab located in Dugway, Utah to the aforementioned locations.

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A wax Steve Wozniak is destined for Madame Tussauds

A wax Steve Wozniak is destined for Madame Tussauds

Assuming wax statues don’t give you the creeps, there’s a good chance you’ve been to one of the Madame Tussauds wax museums scattered around in different big cities. The museums are home to famous faces recreated in wax and included as installations within the museum, and every now and again a new face is added. Recently Madame Tussauds took to the Internet to find out what wax statue the people were interested in seeing next, specifically which person in tech they wanted to see get a wax avatar, and the people have overwhelming spoken.

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