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Four maps show how electricity generation has changed in the US

Ars Technica - September 23, 2018 - 9:30pm

A natural gas fracking well near Shreveport, Louisiana. (credit: Daniel Foster)

The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) recently published two interesting sets of maps to show how the US energy mix has changed state by state between 2007 and 2017.

That decade saw the rise of cheap natural gas that lead many utilities to switch away from coal, but the result is not as clear-cut as one might think: in some states, coal retirements resulted in nuclear power becoming the most-used energy source.

It's also important to note that the maps below reflect electricity generation, not necessarily consumption. In some cases, what's generated within state lines will be sold to neighboring states.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan first drive review: A class above - Roadshow

cNET.com - Reviews - September 23, 2018 - 7:43pm
Finally, a subcompact Mercedes-Benz that truly feels premium.

Crazy-fun Maniac on Netflix demands you binge the next episode - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 23, 2018 - 7:35pm
Review: Jonah Hill and Emma Stone get weird, and it works, in this stylish sort-of-sci-fi streaming on Netflix now.

Low pay, poor prospects, and psychological toll: The perils of microtask work

Ars Technica - September 23, 2018 - 6:30pm

Enlarge / The Amazon Mechanical Turk, or mturk.com, website is displayed on a computer screen for a photograph in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images (credit: Getty Images)

Microtask platforms recruit humans to do the rating, tagging, review-writing, and poll-taking work that can't quite be automated with an algorithm yet. In the US, the most common such platform is Amazon's Mechanical Turk, but other platforms are prominent in other parts of the world.

Proponents of this kind of work say that these quick, simple tasks allow people flexible hours to make money, or help "fill in the gaps" for the un- and under-employed.

But a new study (PDF) from the United Nations' International Labor Organization (ILO) questions whether these platforms are as good for society as the Silicon Valley investors and digital evangelists claim. The ILO surveyed 3,500 people across 75 countries who worked for Mechanical Turk, as well as Crowdflower, Clickworker, Prolific, and Microworker.

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iPhone XS drop test: Surprisingly tough to crack - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 23, 2018 - 5:35pm
We dropped a brand-new gold iPhone XS onto the sidewalk four times to find out how durable the glass is on both sides.

Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway. Here are the results.

Ars Technica - September 23, 2018 - 5:30pm

Enlarge / A road to nowhere? (credit: Robert B.D. Brice/Wattway)

Four years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. The first results from preliminary studies have recently come out, and they’re a bit underwhelming.

A solar panel lying under a road is at a number of disadvantages. As it’s not at the optimum tilt angle, it’s going to produce less power and it’s going to be more prone to shading, which is a problem as shade over just 5 percent of the surface of a panel can reduce power generation by 50 percent.

The panels are also likely to be covered by dirt and dust, and would need far thicker glass than conventional panels to withstand the weight of traffic, which will further limit the light they absorb.

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Mercedes will still sell CLA-Class alongside new A-Class sedan - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - September 23, 2018 - 5:00pm
In fact, a new CLA is expected to arrive next year.

OnePlus takes just 45 days to bring Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 6

Ars Technica - September 23, 2018 - 4:30pm

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OnePlus continues its trend of getting better and better at updates. Earlier this year, it finally released a formalized update plan for its devices, and now it's releasing one of its fastest device updates in recent memory. The OnePlus 6 is being updated to Android 9 Pie.

This release comes just 45 days after Google's release of Android 9 Pie. This might sound pretty slow compared to the millions of users that just got iOS 12 on launch day, but for Android, anything under three months is pretty good! OnePlus' old flagship, the OnePlus 5T, took a whopping five months to get updated from Android 7.1 Nougat to 8.0 Oreo, so this is a big improvement.

The update speed of Android devices is worth paying attention to this release cycle because things are actually different. Android 8.0 Oreo totally revamped the Android update process with Project Treble, a massive undertaking that modularized the OS away from the hardware. With Treble in place with Oreo, the update from Oreo to Pie should be faster and easier. So far we've seen a few signs that it might be working.

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“Rainbow” weevil could hold the secret to generating nature’s colors in the lab

Ars Technica - September 23, 2018 - 4:00pm

Enlarge / The colorful spots of a rainbow weevil (left) as seen through a bright-field light microscope (right) (credit: Bodo D. Wilts)

There are many insects that boast one or two bright colors on their cells. But the so-called "rainbow weevil" is unique because it has many different colored spots. Now researchers from Yale-NUS College and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland have discovered the mechanism behind this rainbow effect, and it is very like the way that squid or cuttlefish shift color for camouflage. They described their results in a recent paper in the journal Small.

Nature produces color in its creatures in various ways. For instance, the bright colors in butterfly wings don't come from any pigment molecules but from how the wings are structured. The scales of chitin (a polysaccharide common to insects) are arranged like roof tiles. Essentially they form a diffraction grating, except photonic crystals only produce certain colors, or wavelengths, of light, while a diffraction grating will produce the entire spectrum, much like a prism.

This is a naturally occurring example of what physicists call photonic crystals, or photonic bandgap materials. That's because photonic crystals are "tunable," precisely ordered in such a way as to block certain wavelengths of light while letting others through. Alter the structure by changing the size of the tiles, and the crystals become sensitive to a different wavelength. Even better (from an applications standpoint), the perception of color doesn't depend on the viewing angle.

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Android turns 10: Google's fierce iPhone rival had a stumbling start - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 23, 2018 - 4:00pm
My, has Google's mobile operating system come a long way since Larry Page and Sergey Brin introduced the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1.

Cody Wilson arrives back in the States, enters US Marshals custody

Ars Technica - September 23, 2018 - 3:50pm

Enlarge / In addition to a press release, USMS sent an updated wanted poster to media. (credit: USMS)

In a late evening press release on Saturday, September 22, US Marshals announced they have received and taken custody of Cody Wilson at the International Airport in Houston. The 3D printed guns activist is charged in nearby Travis County for the alleged sexual assault of a female minor.

US Marshals shared this image of Wilson arriving into custody in Houston. (credit: USMS)

Wilson's arrival marks the end of a multi-day, international search. It started on Wednesday, September 19, when a warrant (PDF) was issued for Wilson in Austin, Texas. Austin police revealed later that afternoon that the Defense Distributed founder had flown to Taipei, Taiwan earlier in the month (on September 6) but skipped his return flight after receiving a tip about the allegations.

On Thursday, September 20, Wilson was spotted trying to rent an apartment in Taipei. Wilson reportedly tried to pass himself off as an American student living in the city, and he even made an initial downpayment on a rental. But the rental agency ultimately recognized Wilson and called the authorities, leading to Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau to pick up the search.

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This starter audiophile system sounds outrageously good for $88 - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 23, 2018 - 3:25pm
The Lepai LP2020TI stereo integrated amplifier and a pair of Dayton Audio B652 Air speakers dazzle the Audiophiliac.

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