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Accidental discovery turns carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel

Accidental discovery turns carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel

Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have accidentally discovered a process by which they are able to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into ethanol that can be used for fuel. The electrochemical process uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper in the conversion process. In addition to the carbon and copper, the process also requires nitrogen and an applied voltage.

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CompactFlash Association at work on CFexpress cards good for 8GB/s

CompactFlash Association at work on CFexpress cards good for 8GB/s

The larger the files you are working with on a digital camera or other device that stores data to a CompactFlash card, the faster the card you need. Large files can really slow a fast camera down when the storage card needs a while to catch up when shooting bursts. To help speed things up the CompactFlash association has announced that it is developing a new breed of memory cards called the CFexpress card.

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Amazon Prime Photos Family Vault lets you share with up to five people

Amazon Prime Photos Family Vault lets you share with up to five people

Amazon has announced another very cool benefit for Amazon Prime subscribers. The new feature makes it easy to share your family photos and video with family members or friends at no additional cost. Prime Photos has been available for a while now, but the new feature adds in Family Vault allowing you to invite up to five other family members to use the service at no additional cost.

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WhammyPhone is a bendable smartphone that makes music when bent

WhammyPhone is a bendable smartphone that makes music when bent

Flexible phones aren't exactly a new concept as they have been seen in demonstration and prototype form several times. The last flexible smartphone that we talked about was from Lenovo and the flexible phones it showed off were cool. Over at Queen's University's Human Media Lab some of the researchers have developed a device called the WhammyPhone. It's being called the world's first musical instrument for a flexible smartphone.

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Galaxy Note 7 exchange kiosks open in Australian airports

Galaxy Note 7 exchange kiosks open in Australian airports

The only way that things could get worse for Samsung is is one of the Galaxy Note 7 owners who thinks their device is safe and won't catch fire actually has a device that catches fire and does significant damage. There are those out there who have yet to return their defective devices and Samsung is pulling out all the stops to get these people to turn in the defective phones. Samsung has gone so far as to set up exchange kiosks in airports in South Korea and those exchange kiosks have now opened outside of Samsung's home turf.

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Huawei Honor 6X has 5.5-inch screen and dual rear cameras

Huawei Honor 6X has 5.5-inch screen and dual rear cameras

Huawei has announced a new smartphone that is called the Honor 6X. The device has a 5.5-inch screen with 1080p resolution and covered in 2.5D curved glass. The SoC under the hood is an eight-core Kirin 655 16nm processor. One of the biggest features of the smartphone is that it has a dual sensor rear camera.

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Chinese astronauts launch into space for 30d stay on experimental space station

Chinese astronauts launch into space for 30d stay on experimental space station

A Chinese Long March-2F rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center recently and aboard were a pair of Chinese astronauts. The pair of astronauts is headed to a rendezvous with an experimental space station where they will spend a month living and working, the Shenzhou 11 mission lifted off at 2330 GMT.

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AT&T will fix cracked screens on some smartphones, here’s how it works

AT&T will fix cracked screens on some smartphones, here’s how it works

It always seems like the littlest bumps are the ones that leave the screen on your smartphone cracked. After you crack your screen the challenge is to find a place that can repair the screen of your device without messing things up worse. I know several people who have had so-called repair services fix their phone only to have a screen with no cracks and issues with touch not working afterwards. AT&T has a new service that will fix the screen of some iPhone and Android devices.

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Nubia Z11 mini S gets official with 23MP rear camera

Nubia Z11 mini S gets official with 23MP rear camera

The nubia z11 mini S smartphone has gone official and it has some very cool features packed inside a device that really isn't small as the mini name would imply. The smartphone has a 5.2-inch screen with full HD resolution. It comes in three colors including khaki, champagne, and alloy. I think most of us would call those colors gray, black, and gold.

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Samsung first to use 10nm FinFET tech in SoC mass production

Samsung first to use 10nm FinFET tech in SoC mass production

Samsung has announced that it had begun mass production of SoC products built using 10nm FinFET technology. The move into mass production makes Samsung the first in the industry to begin using 10nm tech. Samsung was first to mass produce a FinFET application processor back in 2015.

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Tesla and Panasonic team for solar panel and module production

Tesla and Panasonic team for solar panel and module production

Tesla and Panasonic have announced that they intend to extend their partnership in solar power generation and storage. The two firms are currently working together to produce electric vehicle and grid storage battery cells at the Tesla Gigafactory. The new letter of intent signed between the two firms focuses on production of photovoltaic cells and modules.

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Torq EV buggy is designed specifically for ordnance disposal

Torq EV buggy is designed specifically for ordnance disposal

A company called Torq Defense Systems has unveiled a new electric all-terrain vehicle that is designed specifically for ordnance disposal personnel. The vehicle is called the EOD Light Tactical Electric Vehicle and can be used by both law enforcement and government agencies. The Torq LTEV is designed so that the driver can operate the vehicle while wearing a full ordinance disposal suit. The vehicle is designed to operate in high-density urban environments.

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