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The High School Student Who’s Building His Own Integrated Circuits

Electronics enthusiasts like being able to make things themselves. In IEEE Spectrum’s Hands On column, we’ve detailed how readers can make their own solder reflow ovens, conductive ink, and synthetic aperture radars. But making DIY integrated circuits seemed impossibly out of reach. After all, building a modern fab is astronomically expensive: For example, in 2017 Intel announced it was investing US $7 billion to complete a ...

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STEELSERIES APEX M750 REVIEW: FOR PEOPLE WHO PRIORITIZE RGB LIGHTING ABOVE ALL OTHER FEATURES

Earlier this year I finally got around to covering SteelSeries’s Apex M800 and its proprietary QS1 switch, and now it’s gone. Yes, after just one keyboard, SteelSeries has ditched the QS1 switch, with its square housing and centered LED. Taking its place is the Apex M750 keyboard designed around the all-new QX2 switch—still proprietary, but quite a bit more familiar. ...

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Google Rolls Out New Chrome Security Feature to Combat Microsoft

The internet can be a marvelous thing that gives us access to all the world’s information. However, it also gives us access to all the world’s malware. Every browser maker has implemented tougher security in recent years, but Google and Microsoft are particularly intent on competing with each other. In the latest volley, Google has rolled out a major new enterprise ...

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Lasers Could Lead To Better Understanding Of Neurodegenerative Conditions

Boulder researchers are embarking on a new project to study the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s by using a new technique to measure neurons firing deep inside animal brains. Eventually, the scientists hope, the research could lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment options. Led by Ralph Jimenez of JILA—a joint institute of CU Boulder and the National Institute ...

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Many Different Types Of Anxiety And Depression Exist, New Study Finds

Five new categories of mental illness that cut across the current more broad diagnoses of anxiety and depression have been identified by researchers in a Stanford-led study. The five categories, defined by their specific symptoms and areas of brain activation, are: tension, anxious arousal, general anxiety, anhedonia — the inability to feel pleasure — and melancholia. “We are trying to ...

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How Much Are Dogs Influenced by Local Culture?

A good friend insists: “You don’t study dogs, Julie. You study human culture. Dog behavior is a product of the people who love them.” And since I’m not one for quick comebacks, I typically just smile and pet her dog. Because I like dogs. And I study them (see what I just did there? Bam). Or maybe she’s onto something. Is ...

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Four papers from CSIR, ICAR labs retracted for fake peer reviews

The journal publisher Frontiers has retracted four papers from NIIST and CTCRI, which are Thiruvananthapuram-based CSIR and ICAR labs respectively, once it found evidence of fake peer reviews. Routine check on a manuscript submitted by the researchers from these labs led to the discovery of faking the peer-review process. While the manuscript was rejected, it also led to further scrutiny of ...

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How to Pick a Managed Service Provider

In today’s world, the challenge of staying up-to-date with the latest technology can seem overwhelming at times. Business owners — especially small business owners — may feel that they’re doomed to be lagging when it comes to the latest technology because they simply can’t afford it. However, this does not have to be the case thanks to the help of a managed ...

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Researchers from Indian national institutes publish in predatory journals

India not only publishes the most number of predatory journals in the world but researchers based in India are one of the biggest contributors to such bogus journals; an earlier study found that researchers in India accounted for 35 per cent of publication in bogus journals. Predatory journals very often trick authors into submitting papers, rarely peer-review manuscripts thus allowing ...

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The Best Online Retailers for Cheap Imported Gadgets

Unless you regularly peruse the less—ahem—mainstream portions of the web’s personal electronics sites, you might not be very familiar with the booming low-price gadget trade. Manufacturers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea are more than willing to offer phones, tablets, music players, and even full PCs to buyers whose budgets won’t stretch to the big brand names. Why ...

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