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OnePlus 2 smartphone revealed by Chinese regulator ahead of launch

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus had a big hit last year with the $299 OnePlus One, which offered powerful specs at a bargain price. The company is hoping it can follow this success with the OnePlus 2, which is scheduled to be unveiled later this month. However, Chinese wireless regulator TENAA has …

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APOD: At the Heart of Orion (2015 Jan 02) Image Credit & Copyright: László Francsics http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150102.html Explanation: Near the center of this sharp cosmic portrait, at the heart of the Orion Nebula, are four hot, massive stars known as the Trapezium. Tightly gathered within a region about 1.5 light-years in radius, they dominate the core of the dense Orion Nebula Star Cluster. Ultraviolet ionizing radiation from the Trapezium stars, mostly from the brightest star Theta-1 Orionis C powers the complex star forming region's entire visible glow. About three million years old, the Orion Nebula Cluster was even more compact in its younger years and a dynamical study indicates that runaway stellar collisions at an earlier age may have formed a black hole with more than 100 times the mass of the Sun. The presence of a black hole within the cluster could explain the observed high velocities of the Trapezium stars. The Orion Nebula's distance of some 1,500 light-years would make it the closest known black hole to planet Earth. http://www.ptes.hu Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=150102 #APOD

Keurig recalls more than 7 million coffee makers after burns reported

If you purchased a<p>Keurigcoffee maker for the holidays, you may want to give that serial number another look. The company is recalling more than 7 million Keurig Mini Plus Brewing Systems after nearly 100 consumers reported burn-related injuries from the coffee makers.<p>According to the reports, the …

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How Information Theory Unifies Quantum Mechanics

A new framework ties together wave-particle duality and quantum uncertainty with bits.<p>Two parallel mysteries of quantum mechanics, so-called wave-particle duality and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, are in reality one and the same. This is according to a new framework developed by physicists …

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Life Confirmed Under Antarctic Ice; Is Space Next?

Tomorrow’s edition of the journal Nature will include a paper documenting the existence of microorganisms living far beneath Antarctic ice. Special drilling and extraction techniques allowed scientists to tap into an active ecosystem half a mile below the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, …

Survey of remote Kimberley islands finds rare and unknown species

Northern quoll and tree-rat found during the 18-day study of Lacrosse Island and Buckle Head in Western Australia<p>A search of two remote islands in the Kimberley has revealed previously unknown populations of threatened native species, including the northern quoll and a tree-rat.<p>An 18-day survey of …

Talking to ourselves: the science of the little voice in your head

If we want to understand what’s happening in the brain when people ‘hear voices’, we first need to understand what happens during ordinary inner speech<p>Accents, narrators and total silence: how you hear voices when you read Read more from the Inner Voices series<p>Most of us will be familiar with the …

Influenza: How the Great War helped create the greatest pandemic ever known

The Great War helped create the influenza pandemic of 1918, which eventually brought an early end to the Great War<p>I had a little bird,<br>Its name was Enza.<br>I opened the window,<br>And in-flu-enza.~ Children's Skipping Rhyme, 1918<p>Like most rhymes that one learns as a child, I had no idea at the time what …

Secret language of penguins decoded

Six distinctive calls made by African or 'jackass' penguins express the birds' ecstasy, love, hunger, anger and loneliness<p>African penguins communicate feelings such as hunger, anger and loneliness through six distinctive vocal calls, according to scientists who have observed the birds' behaviour in …

How To Use Trees To Prospect For Gold

There's gold in them leaves!<p>They say money doesn't grow on trees, but gold and other precious metals can accumulate in plants. Researchers recently discovered relatively high levels of gold in the leaves of a eucalyptus tree in Western Australia, before uncovering a deposit of the metal more than …

Do you hear things after playing video games? There's a name for that

Research suggests that players hear sound effects and background music long after switching off their games consoles<p>When you switch off a video game, a really involving and engrossing video game, sometimes it doesn’t go away. Not straight away. Instead, it can linger in the mind, overlaying the …

Astronomers weigh up Milky Way

<b>The Milky Way is lighter than astronomers previously thought, researchers have concluded.</b><p>A team of scientists led by the University of Edinburgh found it has about half the mass of a neighbouring galaxy, known as Andromeda.<p>Their estimates come from working out the mass of invisible matter found in …

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