It takes two to tango

Ciao, ciao - it's only me again,

Did you hear about the HDMI cable and the electrical outlet going on a date? 

It didn't go well because they couldn't connect :(

On another note, did you see my last email?



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On Fri, Jan 22, 2021 5:06 AM, Claire Simmons <> wrote:

Howdy partner,

I'm Claire from Dating Sidekick, and I just wanted to pop by and say hola because you mentioned dating on your page here:

We've got this brand spanking new guide to balanced relationships - and I think it'd be a great addition to your page. Pleaaase could you add a link to it?

Here's the page we made -

If so, not only would do I do a little fistpump - but I'd also be more than happy to get you a link back to say thanks :)

Does that sound good to you?

Thanks sooo much,


P.S. Where did the cow go on his first date?

To the moooooo-vies

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Science X Newsletter Tuesday, Apr 6

Dear ymilog,

Here is your customized Science X Newsletter for April 6, 2021:

Spotlight Stories Headlines

Gamma-ray emission detected from the supernova remnant G272.2-3.2

Ancient atmospheric oxygen sleuthing with ocean chromium

A safer way to deploy bacteria as environmental sensors

High-order superlattices by rolling up van der Waals heterostructures

Hubble spots double quasars in merging galaxies

Dark Energy Survey physicists open new window into dark energy

How a moving platform for 3D printing can cut waste and costs

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter survives first night alone on Mars

Rise of the 'robo-plants', as scientists fuse nature with tech

Climate change driving marine species poleward

Separating beer waste into proteins for foods, and fiber for biofuels

Discovery is key to creating heat-tolerant crops

EMA has 'not yet reached conclusion' on AstraZeneca

Droughts longer, rainfall more erratic over the last 50 years in most of the West

Curbing coronavirus spread in enclosed spaces means better masks, adequate ventilation

Physics news

Curbing coronavirus spread in enclosed spaces means better masks, adequate ventilation

With research increasingly showing the COVID-19 virus is transmissible via smaller droplets suspended in air, there is a growing concern current public health guidelines of mask wearing and social distancing are insufficient in combating its spread in indoor environments, like prisons, hospitals, and meatpacking plants, where people tend to be in close quarters.

Activated carbon increases cryocooler efficiency

Cryocoolers are ultracold refrigeration units used in surgery and drug development, semiconductor fabrication, and spacecraft. They can be tubes, pumps, tabletop sizes, or larger refrigerator systems.

Plant, animal surfaces inspire infection-proof engineered implants

Dragonfly wings, lotus leaves, cicada wings—thanks to millennia of evolution, nature has optimized the ways these surfaces and others behave to offer antibacterial functionality.

New computing algorithms expand the boundaries of a quantum future

Quantum computing promises to harness the strange properties of quantum mechanics in machines that will outperform even the most powerful supercomputers of today. But the extent of their application, it turns out, isn't entirely clear.

Investigating the interplay of topology and non-Hermitian physics with nonlinear effects

An international team of researchers has investigated the interplay of topology and non-Hermitian physics with nonlinear effects. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes contructing an optical waveguide lattice using a biased photorefractive crystal and experiments introducing nonlinear effects. Piotr Roztocki and Roberto Morandotti with INRS-Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications have published a Perspective piece in the same journal issue outlining the benefits of studying nonlinear systems and work by the team on this new effort.

International research makes progress towards improved materials for quantum sensor technology

Boron nitride is a technologically interesting material because it is very compatible with other two-dimensional crystalline structures. It therefore opens up pathways to artificial heterostructures or electronic devices built on them with fundamentally new properties.

Astronomy and Space news

Gamma-ray emission detected from the supernova remnant G272.2-3.2

Using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, Chinese astronomers have detected significant GeV gamma-ray emission from a supernova remnant (SNR) known as G272.2-3.2. The finding is detailed in a paper published March 29 on the arXiv pre-print repository.

Hubble spots double quasars in merging galaxies

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is "seeing double." Peering back 10 billion years into the universe's past, Hubble astronomers found a pair of quasars that are so close to each other they look like a single object in ground-based telescopic photos, but not in Hubble's crisp view.

Dark Energy Survey physicists open new window into dark energy

The universe is expanding at an ever-increasing rate, and while no one is sure why, researchers with the Dark Energy Survey (DES) at least had a strategy for figuring it out: They would combine measurements of the distribution of matter, galaxies and galaxy clusters to better understand what's going on.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter survives first night alone on Mars

NASA's Ingenuity mini-helicopter has survived its first night alone on the frigid surface of Mars, the US space agency said, hailing it as "a major milestone" for the tiny craft as it prepares for its first flight.

Exploring comet thermal history: Burnt-out comet covered with talcum powder

The world's first ground-based observations of the bare nucleus of a comet nearing the end of its active life revealed that the nucleus has a diameter of 800 meters and is covered with large grains of phyllosilicate; on Earth large grains of phyllosilicate are commonly available as talcum powder. This discovery provides clues to piece together the history of how this comet evolved into its current burnt-out state.

NASA's first weather report from Jezero Crater on Mars

The weather often plays a role in our daily plans. You might put on a light jacket when the forecast calls for a cool breeze or delay your travel plans because of an impending storm. NASA engineers use weather data to inform their plans, too, which is why they're analyzing the conditions millions of miles away on Mars.

Technology news

How a moving platform for 3D printing can cut waste and costs

3-D printing has the potential to revolutionize product design and manufacturing in a vast range of fields—from custom components for consumer products, to 3-D printed dental products and bone and medical implants that could save lives. However, the process also creates a large amount of expensive and unsustainable waste and takes a long time, making it difficult for 3-D printing to be implemented on a wide scale.

Tiny brains grown in 3D-printed bioreactor

Scientists from MIT and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras have grown small amounts of self-organizing brain tissue, known as organoids, in a tiny 3-D-printed system that allows observation while they grow and develop. The work is reported in Biomicrofluidics.

Inferring what we share by how we share

It's getting harder for people to decipher real information from fake information online. But patterns in the ways in which information is spread over the internet—say, from user to user on a social media network—may serve as an indication of whether the information is authentic or not.

New machine learning tool converts 2D material images into 3D structures

A new algorithm developed at Imperial College London can convert 2D images of composite materials into 3D structures.

New 3D microbatteries stand up to industry standard thin-film counterparts

The thin-film lithium-ion batteries used in microdevices such as portable and medical electronics may supply a good amount of power relative to their mass, but do not provide enough power for many devices due to their limited size. Researchers have introduced a fabrication process that builds microbatteries with thick, 3D electrodes using lithography and electrodeposition—and seals each unit in a gel electrolyte-filled package. The new prototype shows the highest peak power density of any reported microbatteries, the researchers said.

Topological data analysis can help predict stock-market crashes

EPFL scientists, together with local startup L2F, have developed a robust model that can predict when a systemic shift is about to occur, based on methods from a branch of mathematics called topological data analysis.

DIY microfluidic tool climbs to the top of the charts

A student's side project created to optimize his lab work has piqued the interest of the global scientific community, putting it in the top 10 chemistry papers published in Scientific Reports in 2020.

Deep learning networks prefer the human voice—just like us

The digital revolution is built on a foundation of invisible 1s and 0s called bits. As decades pass, and more and more of the world's information and knowledge morph into streams of 1s and 0s, the notion that computers prefer to "speak" in binary numbers is rarely questioned. According to new research from Columbia Engineering, this could be about to change.

Understanding fruit fly behavior may be next step toward autonomous vehicles

With over 70% of respondents to a AAA annual survey on autonomous driving reporting they would fear being in a fully self-driving car, makers like Tesla may be back to the drawing board before rolling out fully autonomous self-driving systems. But new research from Northwestern University shows us we may be better off putting fruit flies behind the wheel instead of robots.

GitHub is investigating a crypto-mining campaign exploiting its server infrastructure

The Record, the news branch of the threat intelligence company Recorded Future, has reported that GitHub is currently looking into multiple attacks against its cloud infrastructure. These attacks have enabled cybercriminals to exploit and implant the company's servers for use in illegal crypto-mining operations.

China's bitcoin mining rush risks derailing climate goals

China's electricity-hungry bitcoin mines that power nearly 80 percent of the global trade in cryptocurrencies risk undercutting the country's climate goals, a study in the journal Nature Communications said on Tuesday.

New artificial neural network design can differentiate between healthy and diseased skin

The founding chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Houston is reporting a new deep neural network architecture that provides early diagnosis of systemic sclerosis (SSc), a rare autoimmune disease marked by hardened or fibrous skin and internal organs. The proposed network, implemented using a standard laptop computer (2.5 GHz Intel Core i7), can immediately differentiate between images of healthy skin and skin with systemic sclerosis.

Apple chief Tim Cook talks of autonomous cars

Apple chief Tim Cook portrayed self-driving cars as an ideal match for the technology giant during an interview released Monday by the New York Times.

Atari creates blockchain division for cryptocurrency, games

Video game pioneer Atari announced on Tuesday the creation of a blockchain division that will seize on the technology to develop games and a cryptocurrency that players could spend on items.

Why cities planning to spend billions on light rail should look again at what buses can do

Many cities in Australia and around the world have recently made or proposed investments in new light rail systems. They often do so in the belief this will not only increase public transport use, but also lead urban renewal and improve a city's global image. However, compared to light rail, my research shows a system of buses running along dedicated corridors, known as bus rapid transit, has many advantages for Adelaide (the focus of my research) and cities like it.

Facebook data breach: What happened and why it's hard to know if your data was leaked

Over the long weekend reports emerged of an alleged data breach, impacting half a billion Facebook users from 106 countries.

New fluorine-free calcium electrolyte for future rechargeable calcium batteries

Scientists from Tohoku University have developed a new fluorine-free calcium (Ca) electrolyte based on a hydrogen (monocarborane) cluster that could potentially realize rechargeable Ca batteries.

A new type of battery that can charge ten times faster than a lithium-ion battery

It is difficult to imagine our daily life without lithium-ion batteries. They dominate the small format battery market for portable electronic devices, and are also commonly used in electric vehicles. At the same time, lithium-ion batteries have a number of serious issues, including: a potential fire hazard and performance loss at cold temperatures as well as a considerable environmental impact of spent battery disposal.

New small business coalition targets Amazon on antitrust

A new coalition of small business groups on Tuesday launched a campaign for tougher US antitrust enforcement, specifically calling for the breakup of online commerce titan Amazon.

YouTube says rule-breaking videos get scant views

YouTube on Tuesday said rule-breaking videos get looked at very little before being removed by the Google-owned platform.

UAE begins commercial operations of first Arab nuclear plant

The United Arab Emirates announced Tuesday that its Barakah nuclear power plant has started commercial operations, in a first for the Arab world.

Electric Chevy pickup to get estimated 400 miles per charge

An electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck will get an estimated 400 miles of range per charge, General Motors says.

Major E3 video game show goes virtual—and free

The world's premier video game trade show will return in June as a free, virtual event after the annual gathering was cancelled last year because of the pandemic.

Lawmakers call YouTube Kids a 'wasteland of vapid' content

A House subcommittee is investigating YouTube Kids, saying the Google-owned video service feeds children inappropriate material in "a wasteland of vapid, consumerist content" so it can serve them ads.

Yahoo Answers is shutting down after 16 years. Here's how users can download old data.

Yahoo Answers, one of the longest-running question-and-answer sites on the internet, is shutting down after 16 years.

Air France gets EU green light for 4 bn euro aid

The EU authorised the French government on Tuesday to double its stake in Air France and inject up to four billion euros into the struggling airline whose revenues have been hit by the pandemic-induced drop in passenger traffic.

Softbank to buy $2.8 bn stake in Norway robotics firm

Japanese investment giant SoftBank Group will buy a 40 percent stake in Norwegian robotics company AutoStore in a deal worth $2.8 billion, the two firms said.

'A space to listen': Lebanese tackle crisis on Clubhouse

In a break from social media mud-slinging and Lebanon's perennially polarised debates, audio app Clubhouse is hosting a new kind of conversation in the crisis-hit country.

Amazing integration of technology and art: A 3D LotusMenu in your palm

A recent study by Associate Professor Lu Fei's human-computer interaction research team from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications has proposed a three-dimensiona menu that can "bloom in the palm."

Tool visualizes the flow of goods into and across the U.S.

A newly released dataset that tracks the movement of everything from food to gasoline across the United States by air, water, truck, rail and pipeline showed the value and tonnage of those goods rose significantly between 2012 and 2017.

Russia fines TikTok over calls for minors to join protests

A Moscow court on Tuesday fined TikTok more than $30,000 for failing to delete posts calling for minors to join unsanctioned protests in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Low-cost technology reduces the cost and carbon footprint of pressurized irrigation

Innovation and advances in technology have facilitated agricultural activity in recent years, as traditional irrigation techniques have been supplanted by pressure-based ones, improving water efficiency but increasing energy dependence. This drives up the Agriculture sector's energy costs, some of the highest in the European Union.

'Get back to what you love': Google COVID-19 vaccine ad garners 6.3 million views, emotional response

Google is encouraging the public to "get back to what you love" with a video that ends with the search phrase: "COVID vaccine near me." is launching a high-tech Xupermask in partnership with Honeywell is no stranger to technology, having invested in companies such as Tesla and Beats Electronics. His next venture is focused on revamped the face mask.

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