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Want to move something at nearly the speed of light? Here’s how

Ars Technica - October 16, 2018 - 5:15pm

Video shot and directed by Justin Wolfson, edited by John Cappello. Click here for transcript.

We recently ran a little poll of our science readers to find out what they were looking for from our coverage. One of the things that was clear was that you wanted to know how things work—what's the technology that enables the latest science (and vice versa), and how does it operate?

These things can be a challenge to handle via text, since there are often a lot of moving parts, things that really require diagrams to explain, and so forth. In a lot of ways, this makes video a better tool for helping people visualize what's going on. Given that we've got access to people who make some fine videos, we decided to give it a try.

What you'll see above is our first go at explaining a pretty amazing bit of technology: the Large Hadron Collider. Nearly everything about the LHC—its detectors, the data filtering, the clusters that store, share, and analyze the data—is pretty astonishing. But at the heart of it all, the key to enabling everything, is the fact that we have a way to accelerate objects so that they are moving so close to the speed of light that the difference is a rounding error. How do we do that? Hopefully, after watching the video, you'll come away with a pretty good idea.

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Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist's disappearance

The Register - October 16, 2018 - 5:15pm
Jamal Khashoggi: Oil-rich state is blushing but Western leaders aren't saying much

Google Cloud's gros fromage, Diane Greene, has pulled out of a Saudi Arabian summit following the disappearance of a writer who criticised the Saudi regime from the country's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.…

Exclusive deals on Fantastic Beasts and Wonder Woman Blu-ray SteelBooks - CNET - News - October 16, 2018 - 5:04pm
These rare editions include not only Blu-ray, but also 4K Ultra HD and digital.

Ars on your lunch break: Thinking in public and brawling with Batman

Ars Technica - October 16, 2018 - 5:00pm

Enlarge / Batman: he drinks, and he knows things. Wait, maybe that's a different guy. (credit: Warner Bros.)

This week we are serializing yet another episode from the After On Podcast here on Ars. The broader series is built around deep-dive interviews with world-class thinkers, founders, and scientists, and tends to be very tech- and science-heavy. You can access the excerpts on Ars via an embedded audio player, or by reading accompanying transcripts (both of which are below).

This week my guest is Sam Harris: a neuroscientist turned bestselling author turned podcasting colossus. We’ll be running the episode in four installments, starting today. Harris has described his job as “thinking in public.” In doing this, he has never been one to shrink from controversy. He irked many by revealing himself as a committed atheist in his first book, 2004’s End of Faith. He’s spent much of the time since then articulating a genuinely heterodox set of political and other beliefs.

Click here for a transcript and click here for an MP3 direct download.

The uniqueness of Harris’ perspective is evidenced by his ability to trigger comparable gusts of outrage from both the left and the right (generally from the extremes of each camp). The many fans and supporters he has won likewise hail from throughout the political spectrum. I’ll add that a lot of Sam’s fascinations and domains of expertise are apolitical. These include meditation and the nature of consciousness, as well as both philosophy and neuroscience writ large.

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iFixit rips open the Pixel 3 XL, finds a Samsung display panel

Ars Technica - October 16, 2018 - 4:57pm

The Pixel 3 XL is out, but even after the usual slate of announcements and reviews, there are still a few things we don't know about it. For some answers on the internals, we turn to iFixit, which recently ripped open the Pixel 3 XL to show the world its insides.

In last year's Pixel 2 XL, the LG OLED display panel was a big concern. Last year LG jumped back into the OLED smartphone market after being absent for years, and it found itself way behind the competition. The display was grainy and dirty looking at low brightness, and there were burn-in issues. Others complained of a color shift whenever the phone was looked at on an angle. The smartphone OLED industry leader is Samsung, which supplies displays for its own Galaxy line and for Apple's high-end iPhones.

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Germany slaps Audi with 800M euro fine for diesel misdeeds - Roadshow - News - October 16, 2018 - 4:51pm
That's sure to make a dent in the automaker's annual financial report.

There will be no escape once Twilio snaps up SendGrid in $2bn deal

The Register - October 16, 2018 - 4:45pm
A message to you, Rudy. Or a call. Or maybe an email?

Customer engagement outfit Twilio has confirmed its intent to snap up email marketing platform SendGrid in a deal worth around $2bn in stock.…

Peter Thiel donates $250K to Trump Victory fund ahead of midterm elections - CNET - News - October 16, 2018 - 4:30pm
The well-known Republican donor has previously said that Silicon Valley leans too far left.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro priced at 1,049 euros, available in Europe now - CNET - News - October 16, 2018 - 4:20pm
The step-down Mate 20 will start at a more affordable 799 euros.

See Spot twerk: Boston Dynamics robot dog can shake its booty - CNET - News - October 16, 2018 - 4:09pm
SpotMini is definitely an Uptown Funk fan.

Lyft offering 30-ride subscription plan for $299 per month - Roadshow - News - October 16, 2018 - 4:04pm
Hopefully they're short rides, or you'll end up paying more than the monthly rate.

Google Pixel 3 XL teardown confirms Samsung AMOLED display - CNET - News - October 16, 2018 - 4:01pm
Now you know who's behind the curtain.

Sega’s Genesis (and more) get an HDMI upgrade with the Mega Sg

Ars Technica - October 16, 2018 - 4:00pm

After giving the high-end, HDMI-enabled aftermarket treatment to both NES and SNES hardware, Analogue is now setting its sights on recreating and upgrading Sega's classic game consoles. The $189 Mega Sg, shipping next April, promises full FPGA-driven, HDMI-powered support for a bevy of early Sega cartridges.

Out of the box, the Mega Sg will offer region-free support for Genesis/Mega Drive and Sega Master System cartridges, the latter via an included adapter. Other optional cartridge adapters (which should sell for about $10 each) will add support for the Game Gear and international Sega systems like the SG-1000, SC-3000, and Mark III. Users will also be able to connect a standard Sega CD/Mega CD hardware to play Sega's earliest CD-ROM games.

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TSA outlines plans to expand facial recognition use on domestic flights - CNET - News - October 16, 2018 - 3:59pm
It wants to move toward automating each step of your journey.

Elon Musk says new Tesla Autopilot chip will be ready in about 6 months - Roadshow - News - October 16, 2018 - 3:52pm
If you paid for that mysterious "Full Self-Driving" package, you'll be eligible for a retrofit.

Robot 'talks' to MPs about future of AI in the classroom

BBC Technology News - October 16, 2018 - 3:51pm
Pepper goes to Parliament to talk to MPs about the role robotics and AI will play in the classroom.

Apple Watch joins clinical study of hip and knee replacements - CNET - News - October 16, 2018 - 3:51pm
Feedback from patients will be combined with continuous health and activity data from the Apple Watch.

UK's National Cyber Security Centre gives itself big ol' pat on the back in annual review

The Register - October 16, 2018 - 3:45pm
Nixing 139k phishing sites is pretty good going to be fair

Despite companies "hanging up" when GCHQ rings them to say they've been hacked (true story), "the UK has avoided a category 1 [infosec incident]", according to National Cyber Security Centre chief Ciaran Martin.…

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