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Isn't the secong G graphics? If graphics pipeline is missing, this is just a multicore CPU..

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Researchers have been working on creating self-healing materials for a while now, and if you look around YouTube, you can find a handful of videos of them in action. But this week a research team described a new material that they claim is even faster at healing, able to repair a puncture wound in about a second.

The material hardens once it interacts with oxygen

The material is an almost liquid resin that hardens as soon as it's exposed to the slightest bit of oxygen. In order for it to work, the resin has to be sandwiched between two walls; should the walls be punctured — by, say, a bullet or debris in space — the resin will immediately react with the incoming oxygen and plug the gap. The research comes primarily from the University of Michigan, with funding coming from NASA. The study was published this week in the American Chemical Society's ACS Macro Letters.

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The owner of adultery website Ashley Madison had already been struggling to sell itself or raise funds for at least three years before the publication of details about its members, according to internal documents and emails also released by hackers as part of their assault on the company in recent weeks.

Some unnamed investors wanted out, multiple attempts to close a deal or raise funds failed, and a public market debut looked increasingly unlikely, the documents show.

Avid Life Media announced on Friday that CEO Noel Biderman, who founded the website in 2001, had left the company with immediate effect, the latest sign of the wrenching impact on the company of the attack that led to the disclosure of sensitive data about millions of clients.

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IT administrators may get more information than originally planned about Windows 10 patches, as Microsoft ponders how much to tell business customers about modifications to the new OS.

"We've heard that feedback from enterprise customers so we're actively working on how we provide them with information about what's changing and what new capabilities and new value they're getting," Jim Alkove, a vice president in the Windows group, said during a press briefing. 

It's a change in tone for the company, which previously said that it wouldn't provide detailed information about most Windows 10 patches. That original plan was bad news for IT managers and users who want to know what an update does before they install it. This is more of an issue now that Microsoft is supposed to release more frequent updates over the lifetime of Windows 10, as part of its "Windows as a service" plans, than it did for previous editions of Windows.

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International Space Station backdropped againts a blue and white Earth.

NASA recently paid Russia $490 million to continue ferrying its astronauts to the ISS, but Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden says "it doesn't have to be this way." In a piece/open letter the space agency's head honcho wrote for Wired, he explains how the Congress is holding back the agency from launching astronauts on US soil. Apparently, if the House of Representatives approved the funding the agency was asking for, then NASA would have already been making the final preparations for a US-based launch.

Bolden reveals that the program has received $1 billion less than it needed from Congress since 2010, but it's not as if the government saved money in the process -- it paid Russia the same amount to give astronauts a seat on Soyuz flights within the same period. See, NASA pays Russia $81 million per seat, whereas carrying astronauts to the ISS aboard one of the spacecraft SpaceX and Boeing are developing will only cost $58 million per.

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"Bro, I will end you."

"But bro, I love you."

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The New 1TB PS4 is Still Using Old Hardware

Sony recently revised the PS4 hardware, sneaking out a new model that was less power hungry, quieter and cooler - but it seems the new hardware hasn’t been used on PS4s that are now being sold with a 1TB hard drive.

Our pals at TechRadar have issued a stark warning not to buy the 1TB version of the console if you’re planning to buy a PS4 - and urging you to pick up the 500GB version instead.

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Five Years Ago

There were a lot of branding battles breaking out this week in 2010. LucasFilm targeted a company called Jedi Mind with claims of trademark infringement, false designation of origin, trademark dilution, breach of contract and unfair competition; Madonna got sued for selling clothes under the name Material Girl by a company that had already been doing that since 1997; Warner Bros. called in the lawyers over "Harry Popper" condoms being made in Switzerland; Facebook kicked off a trademark fight with Teachbook; Take-Two Interactive discovered that it couldn't snag the bioshock.com domain because it was registered before the Bioshock trademark; and yet another player jumped into the trademark fight over the Mafia Wars Facebook game. Meanwhile, in a town up here in Ontario, some guy managed to trademark the phrase "Welcome to Parry Sound" and started demanding money from local businesses.

Copyright collection societies around the world were up to their usual tricks, with a Czech proposal that would require artists to get collection society permission to use Creative Commons, a South African society fighting to prevent music from entering the public domain, and BMI trying hard to reverse a court ruling that let venues route around it.

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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

It seems a popping champagne cork can bring down a plane. © The Food Passionates/Corbis

If you've seen and heard everything, this story isn't for you.

For me, though, this is a new one. Here, you see, is the tale of a champagne cork bringing a plane down earlier this month.

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There are more Kickstarter watches out there these days than grains of sand on the beach. Everyone with a quartz movement and a NATO strap figures they can make and sell some kind of fashion watch to the masses, a concept that is as silly as it is flawed. That’s why the Tactico Geomaster GMT is actually interesting. First, it uses a mechanical ETA movement – an rare movement these days given their scarcity – and the design is at once familiar and unique. In short, it’s what I wish more watchmakers were doing in crowdfunding circles.

The Geomaster is a GMT watch. This means it can display the time in multiple time zones – depending on how to read the bezel. It’s great for travelers and pilots. It also features Superluminova hands, coat steel case, and a custom date dial. In short, it’s very unique and very clever. It was created by Compañía Relojera Especializada para Actividades Subacuáticas aka CREPAS, a custom diver manufacturer in Zaragoza, Spain.

At about $900 you’re paying an awful lot for a GMT watch but based on the quality and design as well as the movement, it’s not that much. My pet peeve is the date wheel. These sorts of open date wheels – where they show multiple days in order, usually three to five, with today’s date specified by a pip – annoy me because they clutter the dial.

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There are more Kickstarter watches out there these days than grains of sand on the beach. Everyone with a quartz movement and a NATO strap figures they can make and sell some kind of fashion watch to the masses, a concept that is as silly as it is flawed. That’s why the Tactico Geomaster GMT is actually interesting. First, it uses a mechanical ETA movement – an rare movement these days given their scarcity – and the design is at once familiar and unique. In short, it’s what I wish more watchmakers were doing in crowdfunding circles.

The Geomaster is a GMT watch. This means it can display the time in multiple time zones – depending on how to read the bezel. It’s great for travelers and pilots. It also features Superluminova hands, coat steel case, and a custom date dial. In short, it’s very unique and very clever. It was created by Compañía Relojera Especializada para Actividades Subacuáticas aka CREPAS, a custom diver manufacturer in Zaragoza, Spain.

At about $900 you’re paying an awful lot for a GMT watch but based on the quality and design as well as the movement, it’s not that much. My pet peeve is the date wheel. These sorts of open date wheels – where they show multiple days in order, usually three to five, with today’s date specified by a pip – annoy me because they clutter the dial.

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Phonebook pages

The humble phonebook has been the subject of one of the more entertaining physics puzzles in recent years. It’s well known that two phonebooks with their pages interleaved are almost impossible to separate because of friction, but the exact cause was a mystery until now. A team of researchers from France and Canada have finally solved this vexing problem. It turns out the friction comes from the shape of the phonebook and how pulling affects it. If this isn’t deserving of a Nobel Prize, I don’t know what is.

It would have been convenient to simply say that the unbreakable phonebooks are caused by friction between the pages and move on, but that didn’t tell the whole story. If you look at the amount of friction generated by two pages touching each other, then multiply by the number of pages in a given two-phonebook complex, you wouldn’t have nearly enough force to match what we see in reality. The force rises geometrically with the number of pages, but why?

To solve the mystery, the team built special phonebooks to exacting specifications with pages of a certain size and a specific number of them. Then they interleaved the pages and pulled them apart with traction instruments to measure the amount of force required. Using the data from this experiment, the team generated a mathematical model that explains what’s going on between all those pages.

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NASA's New Horizons team is plotting to swing the spacecraft past the exotically named 2014 MU69 in the Kuiper Belt.
NASA's New Horizons Brings Pluto Into Focus

NASA's New Horizons Brings Pluto Into Focus

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Call it a galactic victory lap. Following New Horizon's astoundingly successful flyby of the Solar System's ninth planet -- or dwarf planet, depending on which camp you belong to -- NASA scientists are turning the spacecraft towards a new target.

The space agency announced it has selected the potential next destination for the New Horizons mission, a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO) known as 2014 MU69 that orbits nearly a billion miles beyond Pluto.

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Doug Kari is a lawyer, business executive, and freelance writer in Southern California.

The intellectual property interests are at it again, trying to leverage their rights to take away yours. No one knows this better than 44-year-old Eric Smith of Charleston, West Virginia. Smith has devoted his life to the office supply company founded by his father—a company that’s now under legal attack by printing behemoth Lexmark International, Inc.

Although Smith trying to fend off Lexmark is like a lone Ukrainian trying to stop the Russian army, when I reached the embattled businessman at his office, he said that he’s determined to stick it out. “We have nothing else to fall back on.”

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Top 10 Things You Can Do with a Slow Cooker That Don't Involve Food

The slow cooker (or crock pot) is a wonderful appliance for hands-off cooking, but the gentle, slow heating process can also be used for other things unrelated to food. Such as these ten things.

Many of these projects are crafty, and you might want a dedicated second slow cooker (perhaps picked up at a garage sale) for these purposes, such as the soap-making one. Others, however, you can just whip out your slow cooker to accomplish, clean, and then use for slow cooking food. It’s a wonderfully multi-purpose tool.

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The internet and technology have totally changed sex and relationships, we know you — you adults, anyway, this column is not for children! — have questions about the world of sex. In order to answer them, we've asked our friend Stoya — a professional sex-haver — to field any inquiries. You can write to her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Can a girl fall in love with someone simply because he got her to orgasm, and the way he interacts with her, or is there truly something more to it?

If I tell a girl from the US that I am a virgin, will it hurt my chances?

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BB8 LucasfilmFor the seemingly interminable wait until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, we’re helping pass time by giving you daily challenges related to everyone’s favorite universe. When you complete a task, send us a tweet @WIRED or tag us on Facebook. Got a picture of yourself in action? Post it on Instagram and put @WIRED in the description. Also, make sure to hashtag everything #WIREDStarWarsChallenge. We’ll give shout-outs to the most worthy challengers out there, so prepare for Internet glory!* OK, time to get real. This week we didn’t see a ton of people out there doing their WIRED Star Wars Challenges. But it’s understandable. Any fan worth their salt was probably getting themselves down to Comic-Con International over the last few days to see the epic Star Wars panel, so that likely didn’t leave much time for completing any other tasks. That’s cool. We did, however, see this sweet bit of art: Alas, another week is upon us, and with it comes another set of Star Wars Challenges. Hop to it, y’all! July 13, 2015: Day 71/158 days left
Dress as Han Solo or Chewbacca and host a cocktail hour featuring “Han Solo in Carbonite” ice cubes. No Jabbas invited! July 14, 2015: Day 72/157 days left
Fly the flag of the Galactic Republic, Galactic Empire or Rebel Alliance—choose wisely! July 15, 2015: Day 73/156 days left
You already made your Darth cake back in June, but that was already forever ago. Sweeten up your life this time with a Stormtrooper helmet. July 16, 2015: Day 74/155 days left
Take an evening off from the activities and chill out with the documentary Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy. July 17, 2015: Day 75/154 days left
Are you a comics junkie and still not satisfied after inhaling the first 49 issues of Marvel’s Star Wars? Then you’re in luck, because Volume 3 of the Omnibus collection includes issues 50-67. July 18, 2015: Day 76/153 days left
Don’t get bogged down indoors with all your Star Wars love getting pent up. Take to the backyard and train like Darth Maul. Sure, he was a Sith Ninja super creature, but with commitment and determination—and lots of stretching—you’ll be able to recreate his epic showdown with Obi Wan and Qui Gon Ginn in no time! July 19, 2015: Day 77/152 days left
Recreate Ben & Jerry’s limited run Boba Fett’s Carbonite Crunch flavor. Start with vanilla ice cream and add caramel sauce, a pinch of sea salt, then top it off with Han Solo-in-carbonite chocolate pieces. (You can reuse your carbonite ice tray!) *ANY SUBMISSIONS, PHOTOS, VIDEOS, OR OTHER MATERIAL YOU SHARE MAY BE PUBLISHED ON WIRED.COM OR WIRED’S SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS, AND MAY BE CROPPED OR EDITED. Go Back to Top. Skip To: Start of Article.
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Microsoft has been cleared of patent infringement by the US International Trade Commission. The case dates back to 2007 when InterDigital Inc claimed Microsoft infringed its patents, and there were calls for a ban on the import of handsets.

InterDigital Inc has been battling in court for eight years, initially trying to claim royalties on phones made by Nokia, now transferred to Microsoft. As well as blocking the call for an import ban, the ITC stated that Microsoft did not infringe patents relating to the way mobiles make calls. In short Microsoft is in the clear and InterDigital's rights have not been violated.

InterDigital CEO William J. Merritt responded to the ruling in with a bittersweet swipe at Microsoft. He said: "[the] decision is disappointing but is expected to have a limited impact on our going-forward business, given the decline of the Nokia mobile device business under Microsoft’s control and its limited market position."

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The only plus-size models shown in any major September fashion mags were in ads.

The Huffington Post recently dug through seven September issues of the biggest fashion publications: (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle and Cosmopolitan) and found zero plus-size models in any of its editorials. It was a clear message: Plus-size still isn't en vogue. Literally.

The September issue of Vogue, the publication's biggest yearly edition, has a whopping 832 pages. The only two pages that included any women who were more than sample size comprised a curious advertisement. “It’s time for change,” the ad pleaded along with its hashtag, #PlusIsEqual.

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