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Scientists discover link between gut microbes and Parkinson’s disease

Scientists discover link between gut microbes and Parkinson’s disease

Medical researchers in California have made a breakthrough in understanding Parkinson's disease. The discovery was made while performing animal research and a direct link between the brain disorder and a bacteria living in the gut has been found. The scientists hope that the discovery could someday lead to new treatments for the disease by focusing drugs on killing the gut bacteria or via the use of probiotics.

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ESA will participate with ISS through 2024

ESA will participate with ISS through 2024

The 22 member states that participate in the European Space Agency (ESA) met for two days recently in Switzerland and came to the decision to continue ESA participation in the International Space Station (ISS). The ESA member states voted to extend participation in the ISS through 2024. The decision makes the ESA the final ISS partner that has agreed to extend participation.

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Netflix keeping bandwidth usage low by encoding its video with VP9 and H.264/AVC codecs

Netflix keeping bandwidth usage low by encoding its video with VP9 and H.264/AVC codecs

Last week Netflix debuted offline viewing mode, something that subscribers have been wanting for a long time. With the offline mode, users were allowed to download shows and movies directly to their device to watch on the go without having to stream using WiFi or data connections. Netflix has taken steps to ensure that the downloads are as small and as efficient as possible using VP9 content encoding for downloaded content.

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Galaxy Note 7 users will get no additional compensation says Samsung

Galaxy Note 7 users will get no additional compensation says Samsung

Galaxy Note 7 owners who are hoping for some additional compensation thanks to having to return their phablets twice will be disappointed. Samsung has stated that there will be no more compensation for the users other than what has already been offered. The statement on no further compensation comes after a class-action suit has been filed against Samsung on behalf of Note 7 owners.

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Russian investigation into Soyuz loss focusing on third stage engine

Russian investigation into Soyuz loss focusing on third stage engine

Russian officials were well into the investigation late last week into what happened to cause the loss of the Progress cargo spacecraft that was supposed to be heading to the ISS. The unmanned cargo ship burned up in the atmosphere above the Tuva region of Siberia shortly after launch. As of Friday no debris had been found in the area of the crash.

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Audi lunar quattro rover is ready for the moon

Audi lunar quattro rover is ready for the moon

Audi is mostly known for cool sports and luxury cars, but the company has also designed a lunar rover. The rover is called the Audi lunar quattro and it is ready to head to the moon. The rover's moon mission is now one step closer to fruition with a German space travel team called "Part-Time Scientists" having announced that it plans to complete the trip to the moon with the rover by the end of 2017.

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Security researchers bypass Apple Activation Lock screen using unknown bug

Security researchers bypass Apple Activation Lock screen using unknown bug

The Apple Activation Lock screen is there to prevent someone from stealing your Apple device and then being able to activate it to sell or use for themselves. Security researchers have now found a bug that allows them to bypass that Activation Lock screen and activate stolen or lost tablets and iPhones. The bug was first documented by security researcher Hemanth Joseph in November.

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Origin mechanical smart watch by Grayton is self-winding, water resistant, and track activity

Origin mechanical smart watch by Grayton is self-winding, water resistant, and track activity

Most of the smartwatches on the market today are digital with some sort of display rather than an actual watchface. That's not what the Origin mechanical watch is though. This is an old-school looking mechanical watch that also has smart features inside the band. The watch itself is pure mechanical and has no electronics inside.

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19th BMW Art Car by John Baldessari features a self-portrait (of the car)

19th BMW Art Car by John Baldessari features a self-portrait (of the car)

BMW has been making what it calls Art Cars for a long time now and the art car this time around is an actual race car that will be fielded at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The artist who designed the livery for the car is John Baldessari. The car itself is a BMW M6 GTLM and the livery is interesting.

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Cadillac DPi-V.R race car brings Caddy back to prototype racing

Cadillac DPi-V.R race car brings Caddy back to prototype racing

Cadillac has been out of the endurance prototype racing game for over a decade, but that will all change during the 2017 IMSA season opener held on January 28-29 2017. That event is the Rolex 24 at Daytona and teams form Wayne Taylor Racing and Action express Racing will be fielding a new Cadillac racecar called the 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R. The racers will be fielded in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship series.

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Australia carrier blocks remaining Note 7 smartphones

Australia carrier blocks remaining Note 7 smartphones

Around the world there are still some users of the Galaxy Note 7 who just refuse to return the devices, which are prone to burst into flames during charging. The issue is so serious that many airlines around the world have banned the devices from aircraft. While in the US, the harshest stance that has been taken so far is to limit the battery of the device to 60%, things have gone much more serious in Australia.

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United Launch Alliance RocketBuilder is a configurator for space launches

United Launch Alliance RocketBuilder is a configurator for space launches

Most people out there who have wanted a new car have started off at the automaker's website using the configurator to build up your dream ride and see just how much it might cost you. If your dream ride is a rocket, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has a new website where you can configure your rocket and see how much it would cost to put your payload into orbit. The RocketBuilder site allows launch hopefuls to choose all sorts of options and see the estimated cost immediately.

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