AirBNB adds a feature to make traveling with friends easier – CNET

If you are booking for a group, you can now split the payment.

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Porgs a ‘nightmare’ to work with, ‘Last Jedi’ director says – CNET

Rian Johnson answers fan questions on Twitter, and reveals that Porgs are real Hollywood divas and the Millennium Falcon has seat belts.

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BioSolar Reports Progress in Reducing the Cost and Improving the…

BioSolar, Inc. , a developer of breakthrough energy storage technology and materials, today announced that its additive technology exhibited significant improvement in battery capacity and capacity retention when applied to silicon anodes made from Si micro-particles, a form of raw silicon that is more cost effective than Si nano-particles. The industry standard for Si anodes makes use of Si nano-particles, but the difficulty of manufacturing the raw Si nano-particle materials remains a costly challenge.

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Researchers inadvertently boost surface area of nickel nanoparticles for catalysis

Researchers have discovered that a technique designed to coat nickel nanoparticles with silica shells actually fragments the material — creating a small core of oxidized nickel surrounded by smaller satellites embedded in a silica shell. The surprising result may prove useful by increasing the surface area of nickel available for catalyzing chemical reactions.

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A Physicist’s Physicist Ponders the Nature of Reality – Quanta Magazine

Quanta MagazineA Physicist's Physicist Ponders the Nature of RealityQuanta MagazinePhysics luminaries since Albert Einstein, who lived out his days in the same intellectual haven, have sought to unify gravity with the other forces of nature by finding a more fundamental quantum theory to replace Einstein's approximate picture of …

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Cyber Monday sees surge of shopping on mobile – CNET

US shoppers spent $1.59 billion using their phones this Cyber Monday, a new record. Overall online shopping also hit a US single-day record, at $6.59 billion.

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Comcast denies plans to offer internet ‘fast lanes’ – CNET

The nation’s largest broadband provider says it has no plans to offer fast lanes on the internet once the FCC rolls back net neutrality rules next month.

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Key component for quantum computing invented

In a critical step towards scaling up quantum computers, physicists have invented a microcircuit based on topological insulators, a new phase of matter awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. The circuit will be a vital component in the scaling up of quantum information systems.

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The Quantum Gap with China – Foreign Policy (blog)

Foreign Policy (blog)The Quantum Gap with ChinaForeign Policy (blog)How does the Battle of Midway relate to the ongoing race to develop quantum technologies? Quantum technologies are those that make use of some of the properties of quantum mechanics. Features such as quantum entanglement, quantum superposition, and …

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Gold nanoparticle-dotted, ionic liquid-functionalised, carbon hybrid…

Yu Tian A , Jianbo Li A , Yanhui Wang A , Chaofan Ding A , Yuanling Sun A , Weiyan Sun A , Yanna Lin A and Chuannan Luo A B A Key Laboratory of Interfacial Reaction & Sensing Analysis in Universities of Shandong , School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022, China. Environmental Chemistry 14 385-393 https://doi.org/10.1071/EN17081 Submitted: 11 April 2017 Accepted: 25 July 2017 Published: 28 November 2017 Environmental context.

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