Technology

YouTuber admits Fifa gambling offences

Two men who ran a betting website connected to the Fifa video game have pleaded guilty to offences under the UK’s Gambling Act. Craig Douglas, a prominent gamer known as Nepenthez, and his business partner Dylan Rigby ran a website that let video gamers gamble virtual currency. Douglas promoted the website to fans of his YouTube channel, which has more ... Read More »

Twitter reinstates ‘alt-right’ leader

Twitter has reinstated the account of a white nationalist think tank leader credited with coining the term “alt-right”. The social network suspended Richard Spencer on 15 November. Since then, he was filmed shouting: “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory,” at a meeting, prompting some audience members to raise their arms in Nazi-style salutes. A leading anti-racism campaigner has criticised ... Read More »

Man spends stolen $1m on Game of War

A man went on a $1m (£800,000) spending spree on the Game of War app after stealing $4.8m from his employer. Kevin Lee Co, 45, from Sacramento, California, pleaded guilty to fraudulently using company credit cards to steal the money. Court documents reveal Mr Co spent about $1m of the embezzled funds on Game of War, one of the world’s ... Read More »

Apple tackles calendar spam with ‘report junk’ button

Apple is tackling an outbreak of spam on iPhone calendars by introducing a button that lets users report the junk appointments. The messages appear as invitations to events but are sent by spammers not the brands they feature. The “report junk” button has been added to Apple’s iCloud.com site and is expected to be included in an iOS update soon. ... Read More »

New acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials

A schematic representation of the atomic force microscope interacting with the material surface. Credit: Credit: Rama Vasudevan, ORNL Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously map ... Read More »

New approach provides images of single cell with micrometer resolution via contrast based on cell’s thermal properties

On the left, a classical phase contrast image of a cell obtained via a standard microscope. On the right, a thermal image of the same cell recorded with the team’s thermal imaging device. Credit: Bordeaux University Thermal properties of cells regulate their ability to store, transport or exchange heat with their environment. So gaining control of these properties is of ... Read More »

Scientists create ‘nano-reactor’ for the production of hydrogen biofuel

Artist’s rendering of P22-Hyd, a new biomaterial created by encapsulating a hydrogen-producing enzyme within a virus shell. Credit: Indiana University Scientists at Indiana University have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen—one half of the “holy grail” of splitting H2O to make hydrogen and oxygen for fueling cheap and efficient cars that run on water. A ... Read More »

Graphene, the finest filter

January 5, 2016 Graphene can simplify production of heavy water and help clean nuclear waste by filtering different isotopes of hydrogen, University of Manchester research indicates. Writing in Science, a team led by Sir Andre Geim demonstrated that using membranes made from graphene can act as a sieve, separating protons – nuclei of hydrogen – from heavier nuclei of hydrogen ... Read More »

Lipoprotein nanoplatelets shed new light on biological molecules and cells

A new composite material has been made by entrapping crystalline sheets called nanoplatelets into lipoprotein nanoparticles. These lipoprotein nanoplatelets are brightly fluorescent and enter cells rapidly. Credit: Sung Jun Lim, University of Illinois An interdisciplinary research team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a new material composite derived from quantum dots. These lipoprotein nanoplatelets are rapidly taken ... Read More »

Nanowalls for smartphones

With a special mode of electrohydrodynamic ink-jet printing scientists can create a grid of ultra fine gold walls. Credit: Ben Newton / Digit Works Researchers at ETH Zurich have manufactured transparent electrodes for use in touchscreens using a novel nanoprinting process. The new electrodes are some of the most transparent and conductive that have ever been developed. From smartphones to ... Read More »