Science X Newsletter Thursday, Nov 28

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Here is your customized Science X Newsletter for November 28, 2019:

Spotlight Stories Headlines

Highly performing and wafer-scalable aligned carbon nanotube transistors

Additive manufacturing and Ni/Ti metal bolster cooling technology

Underwater telecom cables make superb seismic network

Toward more efficient computing, with magnetic waves

Researchers demonstrate machine-guided engineering of AAV capsids

With ultracold chemistry, researchers get a first look at exactly what happens during a chemical reaction

Animals could help humans monitor oceans

Popular heartburn drugs may up odds of stomach bug

Placenta changes could mean male offspring of older moms more likely to develop heart problems

New vaccine will stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis

Bacteria overcome hurdles to jump between species

An electron highway headed for methanol

Indo-Pacific Ocean warming is changing global rainfall patterns

Researchers identify protein that governs human blood stem cell self-renewal

Study warns helmets don't offer full protection on slopes

Physics news

Toward more efficient computing, with magnetic waves

MIT researchers have devised a novel circuit design that enables precise control of computing with magnetic waves—with no electricity needed. The advance takes a step toward practical magnetic-based devices, which have the potential to compute far more efficiently than electronics.

Astronomy & Space news

European Space Agency agrees record budget to meet new challenges

European Space Agency (ESA) members agreed Thursday a record 14.4 billion euros budget, promising to maintain Europe's place at the top table as the United States and China press ahead and industry disruptors such as Elon Musk's Space X present new challenges.

Technology news

Highly performing and wafer-scalable aligned carbon nanotube transistors

As we enter the wireless world of 5G, communications in the millimeter-wave band (i.e., from 30 to 300 GHz) will become increasingly important, particularly for high-speed wireless data-transfer applications. The trouble is that at these small wavelengths, the on-circuit signal strength degrades rapidly, thus requiring the circuit to be highly integrated into the smallest possible footprint. To best implement this, the high-frequency transistor technology needs to be compatible with the workhorse technology of digital electronics: complementary metal-oxide-semiconductors (CMOSs).

Polish firm's drones, from lifesaver to invisible model, take to the skies

Silently the eight propellers of the Hermes V8MT drone begin to spin and the large yellow aircraft rises up, locates its direction and moments later disappears into the sky in southern Poland.

Ambient Mode announced for some Android phones

As far as Android announcements go, the one for Google Assistant Ambient Mode was more like a pleasant cowbell ring than a blasting trumpet but nonetheless it is a new feature and will please those who like the idea of being reminded about information important to them.

Nissan invests in production to prepare for electric age

Nissan is investing 33 billion yen ($303 million) in its flagship auto plant in Japan's Tochigi prefecture in a first rollout of a production system geared toward electric vehicles.

Israel's drone industry becomes global force

In a fierce battle for market share against world superpowers China and the United States, Israel's drone industry likes to say it has a secret weapon—military experience.

In New York, grocery deliveries go high-tech

In New York, a city famous for always being on the go, grocery shopping can be time consuming.

End of an era as Japan's Panasonic exits chip business

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Thursday it was exiting the semiconductor business, selling its loss-making subsidiary to a Taiwanese firm as it struggles with intense competition from China and South Korea.

German court issues split rulings over VW diesel cheating

A German appeals court has ruled in several lawsuits against automaker Volkswagen, saying consumers who unknowingly bought cars with software installed to cheat diesel emissions tests deserve compensation but those who purchased them later don't.

A new group thinks Amazon is 'too big to govern' and wants to lead the resistance

In 2017, as cities and states including Philadelphia and Delaware built out lavish incentive packages and sales pitches in hopes of luring Amazon's second headquarters, a resistance emerged.

Shooting stars: TikTok's explosive and rocky ride to fame

He's no Bollywood star, but school dropout Israil Ansari has found fast fame on TikTok with two million followers glued to his oddball dancing and rainbow hairstyles in India, the app's biggest international market.

Germany aims to shield tech firms from foreign takeovers

Germany's economy ministry said Thursday it planned to tighten rules on non-EU takeovers of hi-tech firms, against a backdrop of growing alarm about Chinese firms buying up German know-how.


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Happy Thanksgiving from The Verge, we got you good deals

Hello all, welcome to Thanksgiving evening. You made it through the marathon of food, family, drinks, and endless conversation, and now, it's time to settle in with some Good Deals. The Verge's Guidebook team curated the best deals, some that are active now and others that'll start up tomorrow on Black Friday. Check them out below. Go ahead, buy your mom a TV. Buy yourself wireless earbuds. Thanksgiving is nearly over, you deserve it.

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P.S. Dieter's still out this week, so a few guests will be popping in to keep things running during the ~ season of deals ~

More from The Verge

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker script wound up on eBay after John Boyega partied and forgot about it

This is iconic hangover behavior. Star Wars actor John Boyega says he and his buddies drank too much, which caused him to forget his highly valuable script under his bed. A housekeeper found it and put it on eBay. Disney execs got mad, which is hard for me to imagine. I feel shame when my mom witnesses my drunk behavior, let alone an executive who pays me millions of dollars.

Former Go champion beaten by DeepMind retires after declaring AI invincible

Thanksgiving streaming recommendations: the best shows and movies to binge-watch

More distractions! I love this streaming guide because my colleagues have good taste in movies. Thank you, all.

Twitter halts plan to remove inactive accounts until it can memorialize dead users

Following up on Tuesday's report that Twitter was going to delete inactive accounts, the company is now saying it's pausing that effort while it builds a way to memorialize accounts of people who have died.

Here they are, the deals

Early Black Friday deals: the best gaming, phone, and TV sales are already happening

These are the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals under $40 

Lots of deals focus on big-ticket items, but this roundup is limited to $40 and below tech products

+ Here's The Verge guide to Black Friday

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