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  • The Eagles Settle 'Hotel California' Trademark Lawsuit With Mexico Inn

    01/18/2018 9:20:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/18/2018 | Colin Stutz
    The legendary rock band previously argued that the hotel had been attempting to capitalize on their 1976 album's success. The Eagles have settled a lawsuit with a Mexican hotel using the name of the band's famous song "Hotel California." A joint dismissal of the group's lawsuit against the hotel in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, was filed on Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The same day, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office accepted Hotel California Baja's request to permanently abandon its trademark application. "This matter has been settled by mutual agreement of the Parties," said Eagles'...
  • Is David Letterman Getting a Pass Despite Past Sexual Misconduct?

    01/18/2018 8:49:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Paste Magazine ^ | January 8, 2018 | Lizzie Manno
    David Letterman has been in the news recently for his forthcoming Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, which will premiere on Jan. 12 and feature former president Barack Obama. However, in light of the #MeToo movement that became Time’s 2017 Person of the Year and was highlighted in last night’s Golden Globes, why does David Letterman get a pass for repeated allegations of sexual misconduct? In 2009, Letterman revealed during a live broadcast of his late-night talk show that he had engaged in sexual relationships with several female employees of his show, all while being...
  • An iMessage 'text bomb' is floating around that can freeze your iPhone (or Mac)

    01/18/2018 2:56:51 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    iMore ^ | January 17, 2018 | By TORY FOULK
    A bug publicly released by a developer can freeze — and possibly crash — your device if you open it in Messages. According to an article by Nicole Nguyen at Buzzfeed, yesterday afternoon software developer Abraham Masri publicly posted the bug — a security vulnerability called "chaiOS" that he found while attempting to break the operating system via "fuzzing" — to Github. Fuzzing is essentially a way of testing for vulnerabilities that involves putting way too much data into a system in order to crash it. 👋 Effective Power is back, baby! chaiOS bug:Text the link below, it will freeze...
  • Will we soon be able to charge electric cars in just a minute? [Super capacitors?]

    01/18/2018 12:50:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    www.irishtimes.com ^ | Wed, Jan 10, 2018, 07:20 | Neil Briscoe
    Former Aston Martin designer to challenge Tesla with claims of dramatic breakthrough Henrik Fisker at CES in Las Vegas, says the solid-state batteries have the potential to be much cheaper to make than lithium-ion batteries. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In an announcement designed, surely, to take some of the wind from Tesla’s sails, Henrik Fisker is claiming to have made a dramatic breakthrough in battery technology. Fisker, who left a job as chief of design at Aston Martin to set up his own eponymous car company, says that he’s filed patents on a new design of so-called “solid state” batteries, which can theoretically...
  • It takes 556 days of computing and a hefty electricity bill to mine a single bitcoin. [tr]

    01/18/2018 12:16:27 PM PST · by C19fan · 73 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | January 17, 2018 | Amanda Lee and Josh Ye
    At the Golden Arcade at Sham Shui Po, a new product is creating a stir among the community of geeks, gamers and offbeat collectors that call this jam-packed shopping centre in Kowloon their haven. A banner that reads “Mining Specialist” stands out from among all the stores selling X-Box games, comic books, action hero figurines and video game consoles.
  • Unexpected Phenomenon Observed In Lithium-Ion Batteries [self healing!]

    01/18/2018 12:06:05 PM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | Jan 17, 2018, 3:00 PM CST | By Brian Westenhaus
    Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists have observed an unexpected phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries – the most common type of battery used to power cell phones and electric cars. As a model battery generated electric current, the scientists witnessed the concentration of lithium inside individual nanoparticles reverse at a certain point, instead of constantly increasing. This discovery, published in the journal Science Advances, is a major step toward improving the battery life of consumer electronics. Esther Takeuchi, a SUNY distinguished professor at Stony Brook University and a chief scientist in the Energy Sciences Directorate at Brookhaven Lab said, “If you have a...
  • How Solid Power Batteries Are Going to Make Electric Cars Great Again

    01/18/2018 11:58:09 AM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    www.inverse.com ^ | 01/17/2018 | By Mike Brown
    The company has big plans to make electric cars cool. t’s an exciting time for solid state batteries. BMW announced last month that it’s teamed up with Colorado-based battery developer Solid Power, which could see the automaker ditch the liquid electrolyte lithium-ion cells of yesteryear in favor of a solid alternative that’s safer, higher-energy, and simpler. “I don’t wanna sit here and claim that all the technical challenges are solved,” Doug Campbell, the CEO of Solid Power, tells Inverse. “It’s a vote of confidence in that some of the fundamental historical concerns for solid state, I think this is a...
  • Inexpensive and stable—The salt water battery

    01/18/2018 11:49:48 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    phys.org ^ | 01/09/2018 | by Rainer Klose, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
    Research on the water electrolyte: Empa researcher Ruben-Simon Kühnel connecting a test cell to the charger with the concentrated saline solution. The stability of the system is determined in several charging and discharging cycles. Credit: Empa ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Water could form the basis for future particularly inexpensive rechargeable batteries. Empa researchers have succeeded in doubling the electrochemical stability of water with a special saline solution. This takes us one step closer to using the technology commercially. In the quest to find safe, low-cost batteries for the future, eventually we have to ask ourselves a question: Why not simply use water as...
  • Using crumpled graphene balls to make better batteries

    01/18/2018 11:38:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    techxplore.com ^ | 01/18/2018 | by Amanda Morris, Northwestern University
    Six years ago, Jiaxing Huang discovered crumpled graphene balls -- novel ultrafine particles that resemble crumpled paper balls. Credit: Jiaxing Huang ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Lithium metal-based batteries have the potential to turn the battery industry upside down. With the theoretically ultra-high capacity of lithium metal used by itself, this new type of battery could power everything from personal devices to cars. "In current batteries, lithium is usually atomically distributed in another material such as graphite or silicon in the anode," explains Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang. "But using an additional material 'dilutes' the battery's performance. Lithium is already a metal, so why not...
  • A new polymer raises the bar for lithium-sulfur batteries

    01/18/2018 11:29:53 AM PST · by Red Badger · 3 replies
    phys.org ^ | 01/18/2018 | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    This illustration shows the formation of complex ion clusters during the cycling of a lithium-sulfur battery cell. The clusters consist of cationic polymer binders, battery electrolyte, and anionic sulfur-active materials. Credit: Berkeley Lab _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Lithium-sulfur batteries are promising candidates for replacing common lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles since they are cheaper, weigh less, and can store nearly double the energy for the same mass. However, lithium-sulfur batteries become unstable over time, and their electrodes deteriorate, limiting widespread adoption. Now, a team of researchers led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have reported...
  • Tim Cook: 'Maybe we should have been clearer' over iPhone throttling

    01/18/2018 10:20:59 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    ZDNet ^ | January 18, 2018 | By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    In a recent interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledges the company should have been clearer with iPhone owners. The iPhone throttling issue that Apple brought upon itself last year shows no signs of going away any time soon, but Apple CEO Tim Cook finally acknowledges that the company should have been clearer with iPhone owners. For those of you who aren't following the story closely, it all started back in July of last year, when Apple released iOS 10.2.1 following reports that iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE handsets were shutting down randomly due to cold weather, low battery...
  • Why is D.C. needed?

    01/17/2018 5:49:50 PM PST · by A Cyrenian · 22 replies
    This is a serious question. The people in congress were elected by the people in their home states. Why are they collecting their pay from the federal level? Why can't we send everyone in D.C. back to their home states and have the states pay for their salary, benefits, staff, etc.? With all of the advances in communication, why do they need to be in D.C. In my own job, we have meetings with other members using Skype, Outlook, or even gotomeeting. It's time to disband D.C.
  • fisherman frantically dive into water seconds before speedboat crashes into their vessel

    01/17/2018 3:48:13 PM PST · by dennisw · 57 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 17 January 2018 | Hannah Parry
    Terrifying moment a fisherman and his passengers frantically dive into the water just seconds before a speedboat crashes into their vessel Marlin Lee Larsen's 31-foot motorboat plowed into Bryan Maess' 20-foot fishing boat near the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon, on August 12 Video captured the moment Maess and his two passengers yelled at Larsen to stop as the boat bore down on them Trio were forced to dive into the icy water to escape being crushed Larsen has since been charges with reckless endangerment and assault Police ruled out alcohol and drugs but a passenger on Maess' boat...
  • Special Elections 01/16/2018

    01/17/2018 3:02:08 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 13 replies
    Besides losing one in Wisconsin, what are the other 4 seats did we win last night? I know libs are going gaga over this but 4 out 5 does not look like blue wave so far to me.
  • New Year, New Energy: Let’s Talk About Climate (Cupertino, California)

    01/17/2018 2:24:18 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 10 replies
    350 Silicon Valley ^ | 1/17/18 | Anon
    Do you wish you could talk directly to your representative about climate? Share your concerns about the future? Now's your chance to have that conversation and ask your questions. Bring the kids/teens along, it's their future! Kids will ask their questions first, so they can get home early. Please RSVP on this page. Assembly Members Evan Low and Marc Berman Join us for a dynamic conversation about how CA can lead on climate legislation with CA Assembly Members Evan Low and Marc Berman. With special guest Jason Barbose, Union of Concerned Scientists. Late arrivals welcome! Please help us spread the...
  • Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

    01/17/2018 2:17:34 PM PST · by Governor Dinwiddie · 55 replies
    NPR ^ | January 16, 2018 | Dan Charles
    This year, trucks and other heavy-duty motors in America will burn some 3 billion gallons of diesel fuel that was made from soybean oil. They're doing it, though, not because it's cheaper or better, but because they're required to, by law. The law is the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. For some, especially Midwestern farmers, it's the key to creating clean energy from American soil and sun. For others — like many economists — it's a wasteful misuse of resources.
  • South Korea's 'Kimchi Deficit' Hits Record High

    01/17/2018 12:37:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    South Korea's trade deficit in kimchi, its proud traditional side dish of fermented cabbage, reached an all-time high last year as low-priced Chinese imports flooded the market, statistics showed Wednesday (Jan 17). The spicy foodstuff is emblematic of Korean cuisine and accompanies almost every meal served in the country, whatever its culinary origins, with kimchi-making still an important annual ritual for many families. But the commercial market has been deluged by Chinese producers in recent years, resulting in what has been dubbed the "kimchi deficit".
  • Ferrari Is Planning to Bring an Electric Supercar to Market

    01/17/2018 12:01:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Fortune ^ | January 16, 2018 | KIRSTEN KOROSEC
    Ferrari will make a battery-electric supercar to snatch some market share and attention away from Tesla, the dominant player in the luxury electric vehicle industry, CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Italian race car brand’s move towards electrification signals a shift not just for the company, but for Marchionne, who also heads Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Marchionne also confirmed plans to bring a Ferrari SUV to market by late 2019 or 2020, Bloomberg reported. Reports of a Ferrari SUV first arose in August. There are scant details on this impending electric...
  • China has a plan to clean up space junk with lasers

    01/17/2018 11:42:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    phys.org ^ | 01/17/2018 | by Matt Williams, Universe Today
    Artist's impression of a laser removing orbital debris, based on NASA pictures. Credit: Fulvio314/NASA/Wikipedia Commons -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Orbital debris (aka. space junk) is one of the greatest problems facing space agencies today. After 60 years of sending rockets, boosters and satellites into space, the situation in the low Earth orbit (LEO) has become rather crowded. Given how fast debris in orbit can travel, even the tiniest bits of junk can pose a major threat to the International Space Station and threaten still-active satellites. It's little wonder then why ever major space agency on the planet is committed to monitoring orbital...
  • I Want a "Wall" Around Our Money

    01/17/2018 9:56:45 AM PST · by Brian Griffin · 7 replies
    01/17/2018 | Brian Griffin
    This "Wall" would be in the form of a Constitutional amendment limiting Democratic depredations. Getting a proposed amendment to the states for ratification requires the same two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and Senate as does getting a bill past the veto pen of a President. President Trump might have to veto each DACA replacement bill until enough Democrats play ball. President Trump and his family members have a lot more to lose from 90% income and 90% estate taxation than we do. And the Democrats do need to play ball, since the upcoming 2020 census that must count...