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Game Streaming Service

Amazon is working on developing a video game streaming service over the internet, joining other large tech companies such as Sony, Google and Microsoft that are building similar offerings, promising for a new battleground in online entertainment, The Information reported, citing two people familiar with the plan. While Sony’s PlayStation is already up and running, Google has begun to test its Project Stream service in the United States, and Microsoft

Drug Sponge

A group of researchers from University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco has recently developed a tiny polymer drug sponge, which is set to absorb excess chemotherapy agents from the bloodstream after they have reached the target. As reported in the journal ACS Central Science, the new drug sponge is aimed to minimize the ill side effects of toxic chemotherapy drugs which have potent effect against tumors,

Bio-composite

A team of researchers has recently created a new bio-composite material using date palm fiber biomass, which is potential for sustainable, lightweight, and low-cost applications in automotive and marine industries for non-structural parts such as door linings and car bumpers. Unlike synthetic composites reinforced by glass and carbon fibers, the polycaprolactone (PCL) bio-composite reinforced by date palm fiber is completely renewable, recyclable, biodegradable, and sustainable, according to researchers whose work has

Sexual Misconduct

Attorneys are suing the board of Google parent Alphabet Inc. on behalf of a company shareholder for allegedly covering up two former executives from accusations of sexual misconduct over the last five years, Reuters reported. The company declined the request for comment. The two lawsuits came months after a report by New York Times detailed how Google shielded sexual misconduct claims against its executives, by keeping them on staff or

Pain

In a research study published in Current Biology, it is described that memory of earlier pain – which is believed to drive a chronic pain–may vary based on sex, in both mice and humans. A team researchers from McGill and University of Toronto Mississauga has discovered that men as well as male mice recall earlier painful experiences clearly, resulting in hypertensive and stressful reactions to later pain when returned to

Brain-Computer Interfaces

To better understand the brain function, many researchers used electrode arrays to map the electrical activity of different regions of the brain. However, these arrays are only capable of detecting the activity over a certain frequency threshold. Recently, a group of researchers from Barcelona built a new technology that not only overcomes the technical limitation but also unlocks a myriad of information found below the frequency of 0.1 Hz, paving

Preserve

Researchers at Penn State claimed that grain bran contains a ‘natural antioxidant’ that could preserve food longer and potentially replace synthetic antioxidants currently used in food industries across the globe. Currently, there is a big push within the food industry to adopt natural ingredients over the synthetic variants, mainly driven by the consumers, doctoral candidate Andrew S. Elder said. There has been an increasing demand for clean labels, the consumers

Smarter Airplanes

Gulls’ wings can adapt their shape to breezy or gusty conditions by altering a single elbow joint, according to a new research at the University of British Columbia (UBC) – a simple mechanism that could influence better and smarter airplanes design. Findings of the research are detailed on a paper published in the recent issue of Journal of the Royal Science Interface. According to the senior author Douglas Altshuler, a

App Store

Global customers reportedly spent around $1.22 billion on Apple App Store during the holiday season of 2018, hitting a single-day record with purchases worth nearly $322 million on New Year’s Day alone. On Thursday, the iPhone maker reported that spending on App Store topped $1.22 billion from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. According to Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Apple’s Worldwide Marketing, the holiday week of 2018 has been

Bankrupt

Despite high consumer spending that lifted economy in the United States, over a dozen of retailers filed for bankruptcy protection in 2018. Several big names of departmental stores, shoe companies, and mattress sellers have come up, CNBC news reported. Although the pace of closures have reduced from 2017 when more than 20 retailers including Toys R Us, Gymboree and Hhgregg went bust, bankrupt filings and store closures are still affecting