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We have better battery technologies, but not better batteries. Here’s why

Last month Ellen Williams, the director of ARPA-E, the U.S. Department of Energy’s advanced research program for alternative energy, made headlines when she told the Guardian newspaper that “We have reached some holy grails in batteries.” Despite very promising results from the 75-odd energy-storage research projects that ARPA-E funds, however, the grail of compact, low-cost energy storage remains elusive. * Read the full article here

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Nvidia Pascal-powered Laptops Are Blowing My Mind

A new generation of laptops are starting to roll out that feature Nvidia’s 10-series cards built on the Pascal chip architecture. The company already unleashed the GTX Titan X, 1080, 1070, and 1060 in their desktop formats, but now manufacturers like MSI, Asus, and Razer are building the mobile versions of those chips into their gaming notebooks. Unlike previous GPUs, Pascal’s cool, energy-efficient 14-nanometer processors enable full desktop video cards to fit into a wide variety of portable PCs. * Read the full article here

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How Surgical Theater Changes The Way Neurosurgeons Operate

Dr. Robert Louis, a neurosurgeon at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Orange County, CA, is pitched some type of new technology, gadget or medication every day. He’s shown things so often that he developed an internal filter that automatically sets expectations a lot lower than the enthusiasm of the rep. But that all changed in October 2015. * Read the full article here

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Game Now Offering HTC Vive On Monthly Payment Plans

At £759 in the UK, there aren’t many consumers that will be willing to walk into a mainstream high street retailer like Game and pick up an HTC Vive, but the company thinks it has a way around that issue. As revealed at the Insomnia58 event in Birmingham, UK this weekend, Game is now offering the roomscale VR headset through monthly payments. * Read the full article here

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How (and Why) to Safely Open Your Wi-Fi Network During a Disaster

After an earthquake rattled through Italy yesterday, flattening towns and leaving at least 250 dead, the Italian Red Cross asked average citizens to help out … by handing over their Wi-Fi. In a tweet, the organization requested people in earthquake-affected areas disable password protection on their home Wi-Fi networks so everyone could get on the web in a hurry. * Read the full article here

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Is your employer watching you? Online profiling blurs the boundary of our public and private lives

A new study reveals employers are using online information about job applicants without their knowledge, to inform hiring decisions. Approximately 55% of organisations now have a policy about this type of practice, called profiling. However, despite its increased use, most employees are not comfortable with being profiled. Over 60% believe they have a right to a private online identity that employers should not access. But only 40% of those surveyed in the study reported they always manage their social media activities with their current employer in mind. * Read the…

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