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Here is your SHAB TECHNOLOGY PLANET customized technology news for December 29, 2020.
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JAPAN UNVEILS GREEN GROWTH PLAN FOR 2050 CARBON NEUTRAL GOAL
Japan on Friday unveiled plans to boost renewable energy, phase out gasoline-powered cars and reduce battery costs as part of a bid to reach an ambitious 2050 carbon-neutral goal.
GoDaddy APOLOGISES FOR FAKE CHRISTMAS BONUS EMAIL SECURITY TEST
US web company GoDaddy apologized Thursday after an email that promised employees a Christmas bonus in the midst of the economic crisis turned out to be a computer security test.
CHINA ORDERS ANT GROUP TO RECTIFY BUSINESSES
Chinese regulators have ordered Ant Group, the world’s largest financial technology company, to rectify its businesses and comply with regulatory requirements amid increased scrutiny of anti-monopoly practices in the country’s internet sector.
iPhone AGAIN BEST TECH SELLER OF THE YEAR, THANKS TO WORK-FROM-HOME TREND
Once again, the best-selling tech product of 2020 was Apple’s iPhone—topping the phone’s sales in 2019—despite being a pandemic year when so many people were thrown out of work and money was harder to come by.
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SEARCHING FOR INVISIBLE AXION DARK MATTER WITH A NEW MULTIPLE-CELL CAVITY HALOSCOPE
Over the past few decades, many experimental physicists have been probing the existence of particles called axions, which would result from a specific mechanism that they think could explain the contradiction between theories and experiments describing a fundamental symmetry. This symmetry is associated with a matter-antimatter imbalance in the Universe, reflected in interactions between different particles.
QUANTUM PHILOSOPHY: FOUR WAYS PHYSICS WILL CHALLENGE YOUR REALITY
Imagine opening the weekend paper and looking through the puzzle pages for the Sudoku. You spend your morning working through this logic puzzle, only to realise by the last few squares there’s no consistent way to finish it.
NEW QUANTUM NANODEVICE CAN SIMULTANEOUSLY ACT AS A HEAT ENGINE AND A REFRIGERATOR
A multitasking nanomachine that can act as a heat engine and a refrigerator at the same time has been created by RIKEN engineers. The device is one of the first to test how quantum effects, which govern the behavior of particles on the smallest scale, might one day be exploited to enhance the performance of nanotechnologies.
? EARTH NEWS?:
STUDY SHOWS WAVES, RAINFALL IMPORTANT PARTS OF CLIFF EROSION PROCESS, PROVIDING NEW OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE FORECASTS
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego researchers have uncovered how rain and waves act on different parts of coastal cliffs.
2020 WEATHER DISASTERS BOOSTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE: REPORT
The ten costliest weather disasters worldwide this year saw insured damages worth $150 billion, topping the figure for 2019 and reflecting a long-term impact of global warming, according to a report Monday.
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RIPPLES IN SPACE-TIME COULD PROVIDE CLUES TO MISSING COMPONENTS OF THE UNIVERSE
There’s something a little off about our theory of the universe. Almost everything fits, but there’s a fly in the cosmic ointment, a particle of sand in the infinite sandwich. Some scientists think the culprit might be gravity—and that subtle ripples in the fabric of space-time could help us find the missing piece.
CHINESE ASTRONOMERS DISCOVER 591 HIGH-VELOCITY STARS WITH LAMOST AND GAIA
A research team, led by astronomers from National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC), has discovered 591 high velocity stars based on data from the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) and Gaia, and 43 of them can even escape from the Galaxy.
PRIMORDIAL BLACK HOLES AND THE SEARCH FOR DARK MATTER FROM THE MULTIVERSE
The Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) is home to many interdisciplinary projects which benefit from the synergy of a wide range of expertise available at the institute. One such project is the study of black holes that could have formed in the early universe, before stars and galaxies were born.
? NANOTECHNOLOGY NEWS⛄☃:
THE EVOLUTION OF SINGLE AMYLOID FIBRILS INTO MICROCRYSTALS
Amyloids refer to abnormal fibrous extracellular and proteinaceous deposits found in organs and tissues that form insoluble constructs that are resistant to degradation. Their formation can accompany disease, where each disease is characterized by a specific protein or peptide aggregate. The nanomechanical properties of amyloid fibrils and nanocrystals depend on their secondary and quaternary structure and intermolecular geometry. Scientists have used advanced imaging methods including atomic force microscopy (AFM) to unravel the morphological and mechanical heterogeneity of amyloids, although it is difficult to obtain a full understanding based on conventional spectroscopic methods.
HIGH-SPEED ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY TAKES ON INTRINSICALLY DISORDERED PROTEINS
Our understanding of biological proteins does not always correlate with how common or important they are. Half of all proteins, molecules that play an integral role in cell processes, are intrinsically disordered, which means many of the standard techniques for probing biomolecules don’t work on them. Now researchers at Kanazawa University in Japan have shown that their home-grown high-speed atomic force microscopy technology can provide information not just on the structures of these proteins but also their dynamics.
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