Connect Tag Is a Smart Tracker which Runs for a Week on One Charge

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Connect Tag can keep you up to date to your objects’ location for an entire week without charging

Keeping track of your more vulnerable loved ones or of your personal stuff can be tough sometimes. Sure, there are many devices which can simply be attached to an object or person, but they do not have unending battery life. Samsung knew this was the most widespread problem with smart trackers, so it decided to release a device of its own.

Connect Tag surpasses the battery limitations

Sometimes, it might be hard to keep an eye on your kids, pets, or even objects, so there’s always the option of attaching a smart tracker to them, and being always connected to their location via a smartphone app. However, constant tracking drains the battery, but Samsung found a solution.

The new smart tracking device is called Connect Tag, and takes advantage of the disadvantages of similar equipment. It is powered by a narrowband tech, which can run for an entire week after one single charging session. All this technology is contained in a compact encasing, which makes it easy for it to attach to almost anything.

The device is also waterproof, so you can easily attach it on your dog’s leash without fearing it might damage it. Also, you can give it to your kids to carry around, or hook it to your bags. Moreover, you can choose a specific area where the object or person should keep roaming and, whenever the device gets out of the area, you are alerted on your smartphone.

The smart tracker will be available only for Android

Connect Tag can easily work as a regular smart device, so it has other appliances as well. You can connect it with different equipment in your home, and tell it to turn on the lights or the TV. However, it has some disadvantages.

Since it’s produced by Samsung, Connect Tag can only be paired with an Android smartphone. The company hasn’t revealed anything about an iOS version yet, but there’s still some time until it comes on the market. Also, Samsung hasn’t mentioned anything about the price, and it might be a little too spicy for some users.
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Voting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Is On

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has released the list of next year’s nominees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is getting ready for the 2018 ceremony, and has already released the full list of nominees who are proposed to be inducted next year. The condition for the artists to receive a nomination was to have had their first record released at least 25 years ago. Among the nominees, there are artists who have been proposed before to enter the Hall of Fame, as well as bands who make their first entry on the list.

Nineteen musicians are waiting for a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The full list of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame contains 19 musicians, nine of which are at their first nomination. Among these nine artists, there are two bands who most surely are an important part of everybody’s childhood and teenage years. Both bands released their debut album precisely 25 years ago, so they fit perfectly on the list.

These two popular bands are no other than Radiohead and Rage Against The Machine. The seven other bands who make a first-time entry on the nominee list of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include Judas Priest, Dire Straits, Nina Simone, Eurythmics, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Kate Bush, and The Moody Blues.

Both fans and music experts can vote for the artists

The nominee will receive votes from a number of 900 music experts, including artists, valuable members of the music industry, and historians. They will have to judge a musician or band from several points of view, and will consider their history, career, and the degree of influence they had on other musicians.

However, you can vote as well. The first five artists who receive the most fan votes will be receive the special fan ballots during the ceremony. Voting is already available on the website of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and will remain so until December 5th.

The final list of the artists who are to be inducted will be made public in December. Then, the official ceremony is to take place in April next year, in Cleveland.
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Music Teacher Hummed During His Brain Surgery To Ensure Its Success

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A music teacher hummed during his tumor-removal brain surgery, all part of a cutting edge research.

A music teacher and professional musician named Dan Fabbio was asked to hum during his tumor-removal brain surgery to ensure the surgery’s success. This is because his tumor grew in the brain area responsible for music function. Fabbio’s surgery is part of a larger project, a cutting-edge research targeting brain mapping.

Dan Fabbio recounted how he was 25 years old when he found out that he had a tumor growing on his brain, and also how he took the news. However, the doctors had some good news as well, besides the bad ones. The tumor was benign but had been probably growing since childhood in the area of the brain responsible for music function.

So Fabbio was involved in a cutting edge-research currently being conducted by a team of surgeons and physicians from the University of Rochester Medical Center. This project is named the Translational Brain Mapping Program. It seeks to carefully map out the brain of each patient which “comes to URMC for surgery” as explained by Professor Bradford Mahon.

“This type of personalized brain mapping is important because, while everyone’s brain is organized in more or less the same way, there is inter-individual variability in the precise location of specific functions,” continued the professor.

So the investigators designed a series of fMRI experiments which were used to “map the music in Dan’s brain”. The team was keen on finding a way of removing the tumor without affecting their patient’s musical abilities.

By creating and completing a detailed map of Fabbio’s brain, the surgeons knew exactly both where the tumor was located and the particular place of his music function.

Music Teacher Hummed Simple Warming Exercises

The map was then used as a guide during surgery, and the extra assurance came from Fabbio himself. During the operation, he was awake and humming.

Besides the fact that the music teacher hummed during surgery, he also repeated a series of language exercises especially learned before the surgery. This helped the operating team know if they were potentially disrupting a music processing brain part.

The music teacher hummed during operation and then demonstrated the success of the surgery by starting to play the saxophone right in the operating room after the end of the procedure. Reports state he has recovered and is back to teaching music.

A research paper with the full details of the surgery and its required work is available in the journal Current Biology.

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NASA Reveals Snowy Dunes On The Surface Of Mars

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NASA revealed some new images showing the snowy dunes of Mars during springtime.

In one of its recent posts, NASA revealed that the Red Planet could to have a wintery feel. Namely, the aerospace agency released images of snowy dunes of Mars, as snow and ice covered its surface formations.

According to the post through which NASA published the pictures, these images were taken on May 21, 2017. At the time, it was spring in the Northern Hemisphere of Mars. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped the photos with its HiRISE or High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera.

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Snowy Dunes on Mars, Also Predicted by an Experiment

In the image description, NASA explains that snow and ice “inexorably” covered the dunes during the winter time. It also points out that the ice and snow on Mars are quite different from those here on Earth.

Instead of being frozen water, these are based on carbon dioxide, or as it is more commonly known, dry ice.

According to the report, the ‘smooth’ surface of the snowy dunes starts cracking as the sun starts shining on them come springtime. As the dunes crack, this also reportedly releases gas which carries dark sand from the dunes down below. This states NASA, “often creates beautiful patterns”.

However, some of the frost remains trapped behind small and sheltered ridges on the rough surface among the dunes.

A team of scientists also released a new study in which it presents the results of its new simulations. These explore the effects of the ‘flip-flopping’ layers in the atmosphere on Mars. According to the simulations, these combine in a more ‘vigorous’ manner than expected, which produces stormy weather.

In turn, this can also lead to a dusting of snow settling on the dunes of Mars. These snowfalls were seemingly quite insubstantial, some of them not even reaching the surface, and can happen in bursts during the summertime.

Details on the study and its results can be accessed in a paper in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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Some Fish Make Alcohol In Wait For Oxygen

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Some fish, for example, the goldfish, can produce their own alcohol.

As you see a goldfish pond in the summer, your thoughts might turn to how those beautiful creatures survive in winter under a sheet of ice. Well, a group of scientists with the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom believes that they have discovered what helps keep them and some of their relatives alive. It appears that some fish make alcohol while they are in wait for oxygen. Also, for a few them, that blood alcohol level can rise over the legal limit to drive in most countries.

Some Fish Include Goldfish and the Carp

When ice covers a pond or lake during winter, the oxygen levels can drop quickly depending on how much water volume there is. It also depends on how many creatures live within this body of water using up its oxygen reserve. This can spell death for some fish during an unusually long or harsh cold season.

The bodies of fish and most other animal species produce a substance called lactic acid whenever oxygen levels run low in the bloodstream. Lactic acid is toxic, and it is the same stuff that causes the muscles to feel sore after a hard workout.

Well, it seems that goldfish and their cousins in the carp family have developed a secondary system that kicks in inside their cells when their oxygen levels run low. This causes the cellular mitochondria to make alcohol out of the lactic acid in a process not that different from fermentation.

“The ethanol production allows the crucian carp to be the only fish species surviving and exploiting these harsh environments,” claimed Dr. Cathrine Fagernes, “thereby avoiding competition and escaping predation by other fish species with which they normally interact in better-oxygenated waters.”


Fagernes is the study author and also part of the University of Oslo, which also participated in the study. She then went to point out that this adaptation may be one of the reasons why the goldfish, the ‘carp’s cousin’, ‘is arguably one of the most resilient pets under human care.”

Study results and further details are available in the journal Scientific Reports. 

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The First Gliding Mammals Seem To Have Lived Alongside Dinosaurs

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Scientists took a closer look at what might well be the first gliding mammals.

An international team of scientists identified what are most likely the first ever gliding mammals, and these seem to have lived alongside dinosaurs.

A pair of fossils discovered in northeastern China, in the Tiaojishan Formation, revealed new details about the ancestors of all modern-day mammals. They show that, some 140 million years ago, if not more, these were soaring through the skies.

Exceptionally Well-Preserved Fossils of Gliding Mammals From the Jurassic

The team of paleontologists took a closer look at the two discovered fossils, which are now at the Beijing Museum of Natural History. These specimens were determined to be a Maiopatagium furculiferum and a Vilevolodon diplomylos.

The Maiopatagium, which translates to “mother of wings” was the biggest of the two, but still came to just around nine inches in length and some 4 to 6 ounces in weight. Vilevolodon or the “gliding mammal” was even smaller, being just three inches long and weighing some one to two ounces.

These two gliding mammals are haramiyidans or a branch of mammaliaforms that were herbivores and which went extinct some 40 million years ago. Mammaliaformes are held as being the ancient ancestors of all modern-day mammals.

Both of the analyzed fossils were exceptionally preserved as they still clearly presented membranes. These were noted to have connected their front to back limbs.

Skeletal features in both the forelimbs and the shoulder joints suggested that the animals were agile enough as to use the connected membranes for gliding. Their digits also suggested that they could have been used for gripping onto branches, much like the present-day bats.

Examples of Amazing Evolutionary Process

These are just some of the data that suggested that these two animals were well adapted for an aerial locomotion. Both of the species lived during the Mesozoic Era, in the Jurassic period, which makes them contemporaries of some of the dinosaurs.

The Maiopatagium and Vilevolodon were both dated as being at least 140 million years old, which makes them the earliest gliding mammals discovered until now.

“It’s amazing that the aerial adaptions occurred so early in the history of mammals,” stated David Grossnickle, a researcher part of the study and the University of Chicago.

“The groundwork for mammals’ successful diversification today appears to have been laid long ago,” stated another study member, Zhe-Xi Luo.

Research results and further details are available in the journal Nature.

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Black Panther Reveals New Poster And Footage At SDCC 2017

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Marvel released an exclusive footage and a new poster for Black Panther during its SDCC 2017 panel.

Marvel revealed a slew of new details about its upcoming cinematic releases, but one of the highest acclaimed ones was Black Panther. During its SDCC 2017 panel, Marvel Studios released a new poster for the movie and also played an exclusive footage of what is to come.

Black Panther Gets New Poster and Exclusive Footage


The new poster for the film shows T’Challa as he stands atop a panther statue. In doing so, he is looking over Wakanda as aircraft are also across the sky.

“Long live the king” is used as the tagline and can be found under the name and production studio, with the released date (2.16.2018) placed underneath it.

Those attending Black Panther’s panel also got an exclusive first look at footage from the upcoming movie. At least according to reports, it seems that they will be the only ones able to do so. This montage has yet to be posted online and might never be uploaded.

Details on the Footage

Nonetheless, the footage was discussed by many media sources. This first look at the movie features a sequence set in South Korea. It presents T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), along with Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) dressed in formal civilian attire at a casino. They seem to be shadowing Ulysses Klaue (played by Andy Serkis), the arms dealer.

Everett K. Ross, the government agent first introduced by Martin Freeman in Civil War, also makes an appearance as he has a scene with Klaue. Things go rather wild after the casino scene. T’Challa is being chased by a car, morphs into the Black Panther costume as he does so. His return to Wakanda leads to a combat scene on the sound of war drums and later a press conference.

The footage then zipped back to South Korea and shots of people in a museum, a car battle, and Killmonger confronting T’Challa, to keep it short. Killmonger also reveals his own Black Panther-like costume, this being gold-hued.

Although the footage will seemingly be kept under wraps, Marvel did post the cast’s reaction to the montage, and their excitement almost makes up for it.


Meanwhile, we can still watch the teaser trailer, released in early June.


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New Study Suggests People Find It Hard To Detect Fake Images

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People are not as good at detecting fake images as initially believed.

A recently released study suggests that people actually find it quite hard to detect fake images, especially if these seem contextually appropriate.

Research results showed that people actually identified only about a third of the photos manipulated as part of the study. Their ability to spot the fakes was also quite influenceable, as the participants were more or less successful, depending on the picture’s context.

University of Warwick, UK, researchers led by Sophie Nightingale conducted this new study. Their study involved almost 700 participants between the ages of 13 to 70. These were asked to look at banks of images in which no picture repeated itself. This, in turn, made it harder to detect if the photos had been altered or not.

Human Capacity of Spotting Fake Images Still Not Fully Understood

The images utilized were real-life situations and depicted everyday scenes. Among the picture banks, half of the photos were real, and the remaining ones had been altered. Nonetheless, these digital modifications were subtle changes.

Namely, the research team airbrushed faces, for example. Or they added or subtracted items. Still, they also made some implausible changes such as incorrectly placed shadows or weird angles.

As the participants were shown banks of 10 images, chance performance for this task was 50 percent. In comparison, the people did not do such a splendid job, as they were only able to correctly identify 65 percent of the fake images. They also accurately identified just 58 percent of the original photos.

When asked to explain why they had made such a choice, the participants were even less successful. However, additional tests had people identify possibly altered areas of an image. The participants fared better in this task, as they correctly spotted 56 percent of the manipulations.

This also seems to suggest that, given time and by catching a hint of something being wrong, people might be able to spot fakes even if the alterations are subtle or barely visible.

“So the challenge now is to try and find ways to help people improve at this task. For instance, fake images often contain tell-tale signs that they have been manipulated,” states Nightingale.

Now, the team is conducting a new research in the same area. They are trying to determine if, given these signs, people can become better at detecting manipulated or fake imagery.

Current study results are available in the journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications.

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Hubble Managed To Capture An Image Of The Hidden Galaxy

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Hubble managed to capture a much clearer image of IC 342 or the Hidden Galaxy.

The Hubble Space Telescope managed to snap a picture of a quite challenging cosmic target, namely the so-called Hidden Galaxy. Named IC 342, this bright galaxy is nonetheless hard to spot and capture in pictures, thus gaining its nickname mentioned above. IC 342 is situated relatively close to the Milky Way, at least in astronomical terms.

The Hidden Galaxy Offers a First Clearer Look

Because of the many obstacles in their way, astronomers have yet to determine the exact distance separating the two systems. This could be anything in between 7 million light years, to 11 million light years.

The Hidden Galaxy or Caldwell 5 is an intermediate spiral galaxy. It is positioned near the equator of the galactic disk of the Milky Way. This cosmic region is heavily populated by bright stars, dark dust, and cosmic gas. Also, these are not the only obstacle in viewing IC 342. The galaxy is also obscured by a significant amount of cosmic material in our solar system.

IC 342 appears to be one of the two brightest galaxies in the IC 342/Maffei Group galaxy groups of the Camelopardalis constellation. First discovered in 1985 by William Frederick Denning, it can be detected even with binoculars.

However, all the obstacles in its path make it hard to observe by either amateur or professional astronomers. Now, with some help from the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA and ESA managed to capture the clearest yet image of the Hidden Galaxy.

This reveals: “A beautiful mixture of hot, blue star-forming regions, redder, cooler regions of gas, and dark lanes of opaque dust can be seen, all swirling together around a bright core.”

These colors indicate, according to a NASA statement, that the galaxy is very active. The new image reportedly captured the “very central region” of IC 342.

Back in 2003, astronomers confirmed that the core of this galaxy is a very specific type of central region. Titled an HII nucleus, its very name underlines the presence of ionized hydrogen. This is likely a driving force behind the creation of so many hot new stars.

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Snorting Chocolate Might Be The New Trend

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Coco Loko is a recently released cacao-powder joining the latest trend of snorting chocolate.

A cocoa-based powder called Coco Loko was recently released on the market, with the announcement that it can be snorted. The powder will supposedly give the users a rush without the use of chemicals or other additives. A 10-serving tin can of Coco Loko cost only $24,99.

Snorting chocolate powder – are there any risks?

The founder of the Legal Lean company, which produces the Coco Loko powder, stated that he was inspired by a chocolate-snorting trend in Europe. With the Coco Loko powder, he tried reproducing the product and make it into his own blend.

According to him, by snorting the powder, the users will feel the rush of an energy drink from 30 minutes to an hour. Moreover, the product description claims that it will also produce a serotonin and endorphin rush in the body.

This will make the users feel positive, happy and euphoric. This is the result of the guarana and taurine used in the mix. At the same time, the raw cacao will give the users a sense of calm, as it supposedly reduces anxiety and stress.

On the other hand, it is known that the inside of the nose is a very sensitive area. One protected by the natural secretions and linings of the membrane. Thus, foreign objects that the inside of the nose cannot process might lead to injuries. By snorting the chocolate powder, there is the risk of disrupting the natural defenses. In turn, this could harm the body.

The US Environmental Protection Agency advised avoiding inhaling anything that is made of tiny particles as it is a direct link to respiratory diseases. Still, the exact effects of snorting chocolate and over a certain period of time have not been studied so currently, there is no final answer.

While the powder is already available on Amazon, it was still not approved by the FDA.

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