The true nature of electronic cigarettes: they are not safe

The true nature of electronic cigarettes: they are not safe

Science
Electronic cigarettes are battery operated devices that can look like either a real cigarette or a pen. There are hundreds of brands and they are used as a way to get the required level of nicotine without experiencing the dangers of cigarettes. Most contain chemical nicotine, a substance which creates addiction. When you stop using the electronic cigarette there is the risk of developing apathy and nervousness, or, with less words, you experience a withdrawl. A recent study draws attention to the increasingly popular electronic cigarettes. Although these are used as a supposedly healthy alternative to the regular cigarettes, it has been proven that they also pose a risk for our health. Experts show that the steam produced by an electronic cigarette can cause mutations in DNA and, consequently, ca…
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The eruption of a large volcano is imminent

The eruption of a large volcano is imminent

Science
Scientists warns about a possible natural phenomenon with large implications. Campi Flegrei is a large volcano located near Naples. It erupted the last time hundreds of years ago. However, lately, the researchers have detected a series of small earthquakes that occur here, caused by the inner magma movement. (more…)
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With ExoMars 2016, the understanding of Mars has made an unprecedented leap

With ExoMars 2016, the understanding of Mars has made an unprecedented leap

Science
The ExoMars mission in 2016 will soon experience a turning point. Indeed, Wednesday, October 19, the Schiaparelli capsule will land on the Red Planet. As for the satellite TGO, it will fit into the orbit of Mars to study its atmosphere. Franck Montmessin, CNRS research director at the laboratory atmospheres, backgrounds, space observations (Latmos), explains the scientific challenges of this mission. The ExoMars mission is among the most ambitious ever undertaken on the Red Planet. Its order to seek traces of past or present life. ESA offers us a video preview of this mission that proves exciting. (more…)
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Is your telecommunications company prepared for a power outage?

Is your telecommunications company prepared for a power outage?

Technology
More than many other companies, telecommunications firms are reliant on having an uninterrupted supply of electricity. If the power to your premises was suddenly cut, your business may instantly be rendered incapable of functioning. For every minute in the dark without access to critical systems and technologies, your organisation could lose many thousands of pounds. On top of this, you risk suffering major and long-lasting reputational damage. After all, customers demand a reliable round-the-clock service from their telecommunications providers. With this in mind, it’s important to ask yourself if your company is prepared for possible power outages. If it isn’t, now is the time to take action. (more…)
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The new Microsoft browser that will end IE

The new Microsoft browser that will end IE

Technology
The story of Internet Explorer is coming to an end. Back in 1995, a revolutionary operating system took over the world, reshaping the way we interacted with computers. I'm talking about the Windows 95, an OS that represents a milestone in the history of computers. Along with it, Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 1.0, an application that allowed the user to interact with the outer world via Internet. Ever since,  things have evolved. A lot. Nowadays, although IE is the third most popular browser,  it is regarded as an outdated application that couldn't keep up with the trends. The best thing I can say about it is that IE is the perfect solution if you want to download a great Internet browser like Mozilla or Chrome. It's a sad joke, I…
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The future of smartphones – predictions

The future of smartphones – predictions

Smartphones
The future is here! We are entering a new age of technology, of outstanding devices and affordable gadgets. It's hard to predict what each smartphone manufacturer will do in the future, but one thing is certain: we'll witness a hard competition to create devices that have reasonable prices. The main interest will probably be the mid-range smartphone market, where we can expect the average price to drop. According to a study created by International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker (IDC), the price will drop from $297 down to $241 per device. The same study unveiled that emerging markets like India will develop $100 smartphones. In contrast, the price for the flag ship devices will remain in the same price range. This way, customers that want quality could get…
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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar – a space opera spoiler review

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar – a space opera spoiler review

Science
  Last night, I sat in a theater chair for almost three hours and watched Christopher Nolan's latest work, Interstellar. Although this movie is an original idea created by Chris and his brother, it has a lot of film-school references and probably the most important one is Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).   The general setup The movie is set in the near future, in an unknown place (probably US) where nothing but corn will grow anymore, where the humanity is doomed to fail and to perish. There are some minor references to time, but judging by the old-fashioned technology used by the characters, it doesn't look that much into the future. Everything is recognizable. Interstellar begins slowly, introducing Cooper - McConaughey's character, his family and his farm.…
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Home Made Spider-Man Webshooter

Home Made Spider-Man Webshooter

Gadgets
If you combine a fan of comics with an inventor you'll probably get this guy and his webshooter. This dude took his time to create a real life device that allows him to capture various objects around him. Just watch the following video to see how it works and how he managed to create the webshooter.
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Download 1GB in 0.003 seconds. The invention that could speed up the Internet

Download 1GB in 0.003 seconds. The invention that could speed up the Internet

Technology
A group of scientists from Netherlands and US was able to transfer digital information at the speed of 255 terabits per second (Tbps), ie 32 terabytes per second. If you do the math you'll learn that 255 Tbps is just enough to transfer a 1GB movie in three milliseconds. That's pretty fast, right? The team of scientists managed to beat the speed record for such a network transfer on a single optical fiber. So far, the fastest transfer rate achieved in the lab was around 100GB per second, and that is 2550 times slower than the this one. A rate of 255Tbps is similar to the sum of the entire Internet data traffic at peak hours. Scientists have achieved such speed by creating a multi-cores optical fiber. Before this project,…
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How to downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7

How to downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7

Technology
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus along with the new iOS 8 were just released. Although I can't say too much about the new Apple smartphones, since I haven't had the chance to play with them, I thought it would be a great idea to help people that just upgraded to iOS 8 and they are not so happy with it. Most users have mixed opinions on the latest iOS, and those who doesn't love it have the chance to perform a downgrade and return to iOS 7.1.2. The iOS8 to iOS7 downgrade option will be available for a short period of time, until Apple will release the digital signature for iOS 7.1.2, which will lead to the impossibility to return to the previous operating system. If you want to downgrade,…
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