[ gsmarena.com ] Google Wifi now available in more European markets

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Google Wifi now available in more European markets

Google has expanded the availability of its Wifi mesh router. The device is now available in 5 new European markets, including Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands. With this, the total number of countries where the router is now available stands at 12.

As for pricing in the newly-added markets, the device ranges from €139 to €155 depending upon the country you purchase it from. Of course, the Mountain View, California-based company is offering deals if you go for three-pack.

For more details, head to the country-specific Google Store websites.

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[ gsmarena.com ] Google Wifi now available in more European markets

[ mukeshbalani.com ] “You heard it here first…if you haven’t already heard it elsewhere”…

Google Wifi now available in more European markets

Google has expanded the availability of its Wifi mesh router. The device is now available in 5 new European markets, including Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands. With this, the total number of countries where the router is now available stands at 12.

As for pricing in the newly-added markets, the device ranges from €139 to €155 depending upon the country you purchase it from. Of course, the Mountain View, California-based company is offering deals if you go for three-pack.

For more details, head to the country-specific Google Store websites.

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[ gsmarena.com ] Google Calendar gets Material redesign on the web

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Google Calendar gets Material redesign on the web

Starting today, Google Calendar’s web presence finally looks like something from 2017, not 2010. The entire web app has been revamped using the company’s Material Design guidelines, which means it’s now very similar in looks to the Google Calendar mobile apps.

You’ll see a modern color palette and a responsive layout that auto-adjusts to your screen size, and some new features are baked in too.

Conference room details are accessible at a glance when booking a room (so you know where it is, how large it is, what equipment it has, that sort of stuff). Rich formatting and hyperlinks…

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[ futurism.com ] This Material Could Allow NASA Planes to Cross the Country in Under an Hour

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This Material Could Allow NASA Planes to Cross the Country in Under an Hour

Going Hypersonic

Within the next decade, planes could be capable of traveling across the country by hypersonic flight in less than an hour—all it would take is some boron nitride.

A key factor for a vehicle to maintain extremely high speeds is the intense amount of heat generated during travel; for example, the now-retired supersonic Concorde aircraft experienced temperatures of up to 260°F at its lazy cruising speed of 1,534 miles per hour. As such, the materials used to build these aircraft must also be able to withstand very high heat, in addition to being structurally stable and lightweight. A study conducted by researchers from NASA and Binghamton University investigated the properties of nanotubes made using boron nitride, a combination of boron and nitrogen. The study revealed it could potentially be used to make hypersonic travel—speeds above 4,000 miles per hour—possible.

Currently, carbon nanotubes are used in aircraft due to their strength and ability to withstand temperatures up to 400 degrees Celsius (752 degress Fahrenheit). Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs), however, can withstand up to 900 degrees Celsius (1652 Fahrenheit). They can also handle high amounts of stress, and are much more lightweight than their carbon counterparts.

The Price of Air Travel

The problem with using BNNTs is their cost. According to Binghamton University Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Changhong Ke, coating an aircraft with BNNTs would run a very high price tag.

“NASA currently owns one of the few facilities in the world able to produce quality BNNTs,” said Ke. “Right now, BNNTs cost about $1,000 per gram. It would be impractical to use a product that expensive.”

Despite the high production cost, it’s possible prices will decrease, and production increase, after more studies detail the material’s usefulness. Carbon nanotubes were around the same price 20 years ago, but are now between $10 and $20 per gram. Ke believes something similar will happen with BNNTs.

That said, don’t expect the first application of BNNTs to be for commercial aircraft. They’ll probably be used for military fighter jets first, with commercialized flights to follow after. Hopefully by then, we’ll other other ways to travel quickly: be it by hyperloop, Elon Musk’s BFR rocket, or China’s plans to build the fastest “flying train.”

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[ futurism.com ] The U.K. Just Installed Its First “Seabin” to Clean Plastic-Polluted Waters

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The U.K. Just Installed Its First “Seabin” to Clean Plastic-Polluted Waters

Polluted Waters

Every year, 8 million metric tons of discarded plastic find their way into Earth’s oceans. In the past, a majority of this debris was organic material, but that has since been replaced primarily by plastic. One technology, the “seabin,” aims to combat this problem—and the U.K. just installed its first one.

The seabin is, as its name suggests, a bin made up of a large fiber net and a dock-based pump. The device is aimed at collecting pollution of all sizes, down to floating debris as small as 2mm in diameter. It’s even capable of collecting oil from the water, a priceless innovation in the event of an oil spill.

The first implemented seabin was installed this month in Portsmouth Harbor in the U.K, where it will be able to immediately start cleaning plastic pollution from its waters.

“Sure, we can’t catch everything right now, but it’s a really positive start,” the device’s creators, Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turto, told the Huffington Post. “It’s a big mission, but it can be done. In fact, we’re doing it right now.”

Cleaning Plastic Pollution

The seabin works by creating a flow of water into the bin, bringing with it any surrounding debris that is then caught in the net. According to the Seabin Project website, the device can catch 1.5 kilograms (about 3.3 pounds) of debris per day, with the ability to hold up to 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds) at full capacity. The creators estimate each seabin can remove about half a ton of debris every year, the equivalent of collecting about 20,000 bottles or 83,000 plastic bags.

This technology was so promising that its creators were able to raise $260,000 on IndieGoGo to fund its creation.

The seabin is set to become commercially available this November. If its installment in the U.K. proves successful, others will catch on and adopt the technology—indeed, other efforts are already underway, and with little time to lose. If left in place, ocean plastic can injure and starve animals, release toxins into creatures that eat it, and even end up in our food and in our water. Global adoption of plastic-collecting technology could make a serious dent in this worldwide issue we are facing.

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[ futurism.com ] Scientists Just Unlocked the Catalyst for Cancerous Relapse

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Scientists Just Unlocked the Catalyst for Cancerous Relapse

Cancer Relapse

New research has shown that cancer cells that survive treatment may effectively wake themselves up and resume growing by tapping into the body’s immune system as a power source. This work provides more insight into the puzzle of why, and how, cancer relapses, and has provided key insights into why the immune system may fail to fight cancer effectively. The research also revealed that, by restoring the body’s immune response to proper functioning, immunotherapy might prove effective at preventing relapse of the deadly disease.

The research question for this team was how a relatively tiny number of treatment-resistant cancer cells could become a deadly occupying force after remaining dormant for stretches of time. In an attempt to answer this question, the team studied immune responses in mice. They were watching to see how immune system cells operate before treatment for cancer, after treatment was declared a success, and once tumors returned.

Normally, immune cells trigger inflammation by releasing signals when they sense infection or trauma. This can, in some cases, help the immune system kill cancer cells. However, post-treatment cancer cells subvert these signals. In the study, researchers targeted the response to the post-treatment cells using immunotherapies, and were able to delay — or  in some cases prevent — relapse.

Image Credit: zzzi zeth/Flickr
Image Credit: zzzi zeth/Flickr

The key discovery was that a chemical signal called TNF-alpha can switch roles: it can either serve as an anti-tumor agent, supporting the immune response to cancer cells, or as a new type of relapse promoting signal. TNF-alpha was also able to trigger the resistant cells, prompting them to influence cells that kill cancer naturally not to attack.

Cells Ignoring the Problem

Specifically, the team found that the surfaces of resistant cancer cells had high levels of a certain molecule, PD-L1, on their surface. The PD-L1 on those cells can act with other PD-L1 on T cells, instructing them to ignore signals. These results suggest that, after surviving treatment, cancer cells wake themselves up and start growing again using the patient’s immune system. Once this mechanism is better understood, immunotherapy could provide potential treatment for humans. As such, this  is the next area of research the team plans to pursue.

“Our study finds the body’s own immune system seems to play a crucial role when cancer relapses,” co-author Professor Alan Melcher said in a press release. “The immune system goes from keeping cancer cells in check to awakening and feeding residual cells, while turning a blind eye to their growth.”

“Excitingly, many of the methods employed by treatment-resistant tumours to re-grow and hide from the immune system can be blocked using existing immunotherapies.” The researchers also added that, based on recent supporting data from clinical trials, the potential of immunotherapy to reduce cancer relapse is good.

Co-author Kevin Harrington added: “It is becoming increasingly clear that the immune system is at the core of the puzzle of how we can treat cancer more effectively.”

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[ gsmarena.com ] WhatsApp rolls out live location sharing for Android and iOS

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WhatsApp rolls out live location sharing for Android and iOS

Of all of Facebook’s various properties, WhatsApp definitely isn’t the fastest when it comes to adding new features or catching up with competitors in that regard. But it does still launch new functions from time to time, and today we’re talking about live location sharing.

This has been seen before in apps such as Google Maps and even Facebook Messenger – the launch in both of those cases happened back in March. Seven months later, the feature is finally ready to be added to WhatsApp.

It will be rolling out “in the coming weeks” in the chat service’s Android and iOS apps. Live…

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