Following is a transcript of the video. Our moon is on the move. Each year, it drifts an estimated 1.5 inches further away from Earth. And in the process, Earth’s rotation is actually slowing down. What if one night, the moon simply disappeared? Would we miss it? A full moon is on average 14,000 times brighter than the next brightest night-sky object, Venus. So without it, every night would be as dark as a new moon. And star gazing would be spectacular. But by the next morning, you’d begin to realize just how important the moon is for life on Earth. To start, between the sun, Earth’s rotation, and the moon, the moon has the largest influence on Earth’s tides. Without it, high and low tides would shrink by an estimated 75%. This would jeopardize the lives of many types of crabs, mussels, and sea snails that live in tidal zones and disrupt the diets of larger animals who rely on them for food, threatening entire coastal ecosystems in the process. Within a few … [Read more...] about What living on Earth would be like without the moon
Microsoft previously touted VR as a feature for the Xbox One X, but the features are still AWOL. The last time we heard about the subject, gaming CVP Phil Spencer noted that they wanted wireless headset technology to proliferate before bringing VR to consoles, since draping wires all over your living room isn't a particularly great experience. Microsoft technically already has a platform that can support VR for Xbox One, in the form of UWP-based Windows Mixed Reality. Right now it simply doesn't work on Xbox One, but does it matter? A discussion is taking place on our forums right now on the topic. While VR fans might be abandoning Xbox for Sony's PlayStation VR, the fact remains that traction in VR as a whole hasn't been that exciting. Despite price cuts, new tech, and a modest amount of support on Steam, VR is still far from what I'd consider mainstream. While I was initially excited by the possibilities of my Windows Mixed Reality headset, recently it has been languishing in the … [Read more...] about Chime in: Do you care about getting VR on Xbox One X?
The National Institutes of Health is facing mounting criticism and questions amid a series of reports outlining what appears to be an all-too-cozy relationship with the alcohol industry. Central to the concerns are how the federal research agency schmoozed industry executives into donating tens of millions of dollars for a study assessing the potential health benefits of daily drinking. Researchers and NIH officials pitched the study by strongly suggesting that it would end up endorsing moderate drinking as part of a healthy lifestyle, documents and interviews showed. Amid that wooing, other researchers claimed for the first time Monday that they were scolded by agency officials for collecting data that appeared critical of the alcohol industry. They also suggest that the agency spiked a similarly critical research proposal, despite that it was highly ranked by scientific peers who evaluate proposals for funding purposes. In a statement last month, NIH Director Francis Collins said … [Read more...] about “I don’t f—ing care”: In wooing $67M from big alcohol, NIH nixed critical study
Having trouble enrolling your Galaxy S9 or S9+ in Samsung Premium Care? You're not alone - but fear not: Samsung says post-purchase enrollment is opening in the coming weeks, and that you'll be notified once it's available. Samsung Premium Care is one of the better extended warranty programs out there for smartphones in the US, and Samsung made it available starting with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Basically, you pay Samsung $12 a month for an extended warranty - including accidental damage protection - and Samsung makes the process of replacing a damaged or inoperable phone a lot easier. The biggest benefit? After performing a remote assessment of your device and approving the protection claim, Samsung will send a courier directly to you to perform an in-person swap of your damaged or broken device for a new one. (And that's seven days a week, assuming you live in a region where all this is available). It also covers a lot of the other standard stuff you'd expect, and the $99 deductible … [Read more...] about All US Galaxy S9 and S9+s will be able to enroll in Samsung Premium Care “in the coming weeks”
A defining characteristic of stroke is the loss of motor control due to structural damage in specific brain areas. In fact, motor impairments (or deficits) are the number one complication after stroke. Losing the ability to carry out basic bodily functions, such as speaking, walking and swallowing, can be devastating for stroke survivors. Unfortunately, there are few effective recovery options beyond physical and occupational therapy to stimulate brain re-learning. While many researchers have tried to identify effective new therapies to mitigate motor function impairment and enhance quality-of-life, discoveries have been lacking. Because the neural circuitry of the brain operates via electro-stimulation, applying small amounts of electrical current to the scalp (transcranially) has been investigated as a means of modulating brain activity. However, although there are promising tDCS data, the optimal dosing remains unknown. Furthermore, it is unclear what amount of scalp-applied current … [Read more...] about Detection of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Deep in the Living Human Brain