Xiaomi announced earlier this year that it was knocking together an online store for the U.S. and several European markets. Well, the work’s all done, with the Chinese company set to flick the switch on June 1 stateside and June 2 in the UK, France, and Germany.You can already check out the store’s offerings, though you’ll have to wait till 7 p.m. PST Monday for the ‘buy’ button to show up. Products will be shipped throughout the U.S., as well as to addresses in the UK, France, and Germany. Updated by Kyle Wiggers on 05-27-2015: Added the store’s launch dates.At launch, however, only a selection of the company’s accessories will be available, with its smartphones and tablets possibly finding their way into the store at a later date. Its Mi headphones, for example, are going for $80, while the Mi fitness band is available for $15. Mobile battery packs are also on sale for between $10 and $14.Speaking earlier this … [Read more...] about Xiaomi launches online store on June 1 in the U.S. and later in Europe, but it’s sparsely stocked
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(This interview was conducted before we ran our review of The Secret World, which you can find here).Although it doesn’t quite have the same license backing as Star Wars: The Old Republic, and it certainly doesn’t have the name recognition of World of Warcraft, developer Funcom’s The Secret World may still be the best MMO you will play this year. The game veers away from the traditional MMO settings of the far future and magical past, and instead offers a look at the world under the skin of our own world.We recently had the chance to speak with Martin Bruusgaard, Funcom’s lead designer of The Secret World. What was the genesis of the game? Martin Bruusgaard: We wanted to make an MMO unlike any other. We looked at different settings, from medieval [to] sci-fi, but realized that the world we live in, OUR world, is incredibly interesting! When we mix our world with all the different myths and legends that exist all around the world, it creates a very … [Read more...] about The Secret World’s lead designer talks about the origins of the game and its future
Informatics Can the international science community find the proper balance between cooperation and competition?Can the International Science Community Find the Proper Balance Between Cooperation and Competition? Science has a long history of crossing borders, bridging cultures and balancing the public good with private gain. That tradition, the focus of the upcoming Kavli Prize Science Forum, may face a more challenging future. Cooperation comes naturally to science; or at least it should, as the big problems science is called upon to address ? from climate change to pandemics ? respect no boundaries. And science at its best is a group effort, inclusive and open. But are competitive forces, now stronger than in the past, working against globally collaborative science? This will be one of the issues addressed at the inaugural Kavli Prize Science Forum, a partnership of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and … [Read more...] about Can the international science community find the proper balance between cooperation and competition?
Informatics THE KAVLI PRIZE SCIENCE FORUM, Can the International Science Community Find the Proper Balance Between Cooperation and Competition?Science has a long history of crossing borders, bridging cultures and balancing the public good with private gain. That tradition, the focus of the upcoming Kavli Prize Science Forum, may face a more challenging future.Cooperation comes naturally to science; or at least it should, as the big problems science is called upon to address – from climate change to pandemics – respect no boundaries. And science at its best is a group effort, inclusive and open.But are competitive forces, now stronger than in the past, working against globally collaborative science? This will be one of the issues addressed at the inaugural Kavli Prize Science Forum, a partnership of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. To be held on September 6 in Oslo as part of Kavli Prize … [Read more...] about THE KAVLI PRIZE SCIENCE FORUM, Can the International Science Community Find the Proper Balance Between Cooperation and Competition?
Modeling November 2010 Geology and GSA Today HighlightsGeology includes two papers on the 2009 6.3 L'Aquila earthquake, one of which features a new analysis technique, Focal Mechanism Tomography; a study on the impact of the Three Gorges Dam on the middle Yangtze; three papers on methane hydrates; findings of "easily recognized signatures of life" in iron-oxide-rich spheres and pipes near Escalante, Utah; and examination of a ~300-million-year-old bivalve shell. GSA Today investigates what caused the Dead Interval after the Cambrian explosion.Keywords: methane hydrates, Sri Lanka, monsoons, L'Aquila earthquake, UK North Sea oils, electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometry, Himalayan Range Front, North Anatolian fault, Focal Mechanism Tomography, Navajo sandstone, Gorgona komatiite, Aucanquilcha volcanic cluster, Mount St. Helens, Permian-Triassic marine biotic crisis, Early Permian seasonality, short-wavelength infrared spectroscopy, seawater boron, Akiyoshi karst dolines, Three … [Read more...] about November 2010 Geology and GSA Today Highlights
Informatics An element of concern: phosphorus, food and our future What element is commonly found in every living creature on Earth yet may become scarce in our lifetimes? If you answer phosphorus, you?d be one of only a few individuals in tune with scientists and governments aware of limitations in this mined resource. How can a common element find itself considered alongside rare earth elements as an issue of national security? What many people don?t understand is that the great majority of the phosphorus used in intensive agriculture comes from fertilizers, and essentially all of that comes from mines. Ninety percent of identified geological reserves of phosphorus are located in only five countries: Morocco and Western Sahara, China, South Africa, Jordan and the United States; and real questions are emerging about what reserves actually remain. To address these concerns, Arizona State University will host an international conference, the Sustainable Phosphorus Summit, … [Read more...] about An element of concern: phosphorus, food and our future
Keeping the lights on in the global industrial world -- never an easy task -- never seems to get any easier.Nuclear energy, which provides nearly 20 percent of our nation's electricity, is at a crossroads. Can nuclear reactors -- the torrid, pulsating, heat-generating hearts of nuclear power plants -- ever be safe enough?Particularly following the May 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in northern Japan, in which the cores of three of the plant's six reactors melted down and still remain critically dangerous, there's no doubt that everyone on this planet needs to know the answer to that question.All 103 nuclear reactors currently operational in the United States have irreparable safety issues and should be taken out of commission and replaced, according to Gregory Jaczko, former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.Many American reactors that had received permission from the NRC to operate for 20 years beyond their initial 40-year licenses probably would not … [Read more...] about Nuclear Power, Part 1: A Smaller, Safer Future
Opening day of the 2017 R&D 100 Conference continues this afternoon, Thursday, Nov. 16, diving deeper into this year’s theme, “Emerging R&D Capabilities” with more breakout sessions and expert insights from R&D leaders. The day’s events will conclude with an exclusive preview of R&D Magazine’s 2018 Global R&D Funding Forecast.The third annual 2017 R&D 100 Conference is taking place at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort in Orlando, Florida, culminating in the R&D 100 Awards gala event on the evening of Nov. 17.Today’s afternoon session kicks off with “Optimizing R&D Performance Through Metrics,” (1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m., Osprey Ballroom) presented by Bradford L. Goldense, CEO of Goldense Group, Inc. (GGI), a Needham, Massachusetts consulting, education and research firm.In his session, Goldense will discuss how R&D performance can be improved with the right approach and the right set of measures. He … [Read more...] about 2017 R&D 100 Conference Continues Highlighting Emerging R&D and Future Forecasts
The third annual 2017 R&D 100 Conference concludes Friday, Nov. 17 with an exciting afternoon session, featuring key insights on innovation and fascinating discussions on cutting-edge technologies and new R&D opportunities.The R&D 100 Awards gala event—which will showcase the past year’s most exceptional advancements in science and technology—will take place following the conference.The conference’s afternoon session will open with “Sustaining Innovation: Managing the Challenges and Markets,” (1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m., Ospray Ballroom), a General Session focused on R&D strategies and leadership presented by Bob Maughon of Dow Chemical Company.In his talk, Maughon will discuss the challenge of sustaining innovation in R&D, particularly in a time where budgets and programs are increasingly at risk.He will share insights from Dow Chemical Company and the R&D strategies they use to “stack the deck” to make sure innovation … [Read more...] about Space, Robotics and Keys to Innovation Explored in Final Day of 2017 R&D 100 Conference
Among the issues on the agenda for the talks over the weekend between China's President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Obama were cybersecurity and hacker attacks on U.S. targets by hackers based in China.Even if China had the will to act against hackers within its territory, doing so wouldn't be easy, noted FireEye CTO Ashar Aziz."The technical means to validate true reduction in cyberoffense are not very good since the advantage belongs overwhelmingly to the attacker in cyberspace, and existent security techniques are generally poor in their detection capabilities," Aziz told TechNewsWorld.Moreover, as powerful as the United States and China are, espionage and lawlessness in cyberspace may be more than two nations alone can handle, Aziz added."Cyberconflicts are a global governance issue, and are not an issue that can be resolved with bilateral talks between two countries," he said."The number of countries and nonstate groups with sophisticated offensive capabilities in cyberspace is … [Read more...] about SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY Cybersecurity Tops the Agenda in U.S.-China Weekend Talks