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Edible Protein Powder

Made in a small portable lab, this edible protein powder could help famine-stricken areas better produce ...
Made in a small portable lab, this edible protein powder could help famine-stricken areas better produce their own food (Credit: Laboratories at VTT)

A Finnish research project has created a batch of single-cell protein using just electricity, water, carbon dioxide and microbes, in a small portable lab. While we’re hesitant to call it “food” in its current state, the stuff is edible and nutritious enough to be used for cooking or livestock feed, and the team hopes that the system can eventually be used to grow food in areas where it’s needed the most. read more

Does TV Resolution Matter

To Know About 720p and 1080p

Video Resolution Chart - 480i to 1080p

Video Resolution Chart – 480i to 1080p. mage via Wikimedia Commons – Public Domain

How 720p and 1080p Are Similar and Different

Although 4K gets all the buzz these days as the ultimate high-resolution video format available, 720p and 1080p are actually both high definition video display formats. In addition, the other characteristic 1080p and 720p share in common are that they are progressive display formats (that is where the “p” comes from). However, this is where the similarity between 720p and 1080p ends.

  • 720p is 1,280 pixels displayed across the screen horizontally and 720 pixels down the screen vertically. This arrangement yields 720 horizontal lines on the screen, which are, in turn, displayed progressively, or each line displayed following another.
  • 1080p represents 1,920 pixels displayed across the screen horizontally and 1,080 pixels down the screen vertically. This arrangement yields 1,080 horizontal lines on the screen, which are, in turn, displayed progressively, or each line of pixels displayed following another. In other words, all lines are displayed progressively, providing a very detailed high definition video image.

The main difference between 720p and 1080p lies in the number of pixels that make up a 720p image and 1080p image. For 720p the number of pixels that make up the image is about 1 million (equivalent to 1 megapixel in a digital still camera) and about 2 million pixels for 1080p.

This means that a 1080p image has the potential to display a lot more detail than a 720p image.

However, how does this all translate to what you actually see on a TV screen? Shouldn’t it be easy to see the difference between a 720p and 1080p TV? Not necessarily.

Besides pixel density of 1080p vs 720p, there are also the factors of screen size and seating distance from the screen to take into consideration.

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The Rise of Ransomware

Targets of ransomware attacks shelled out a combined $25 million in ransoms over the last two years alone.

Researchers at Google, Chainalysis, UC San Diego, and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering came to the astounding total by following the Bitcoin transactions the victims paid their hackers through the blockchain, then comparing them against known samples to create a comprehensive overview of the ransomware ecosystem.

The study tracked 34 separate families hit by ransomware attacks and revealed that just a few strains of malicious software were responsible for the majority of the attacks and profits.  read more

Nielsen to Add Hulu and YouTube

Nielsen will begin including Hulu Live TV and Google’s YouTube TV viewing in its TV ratings in the United States in an effort to capture the shift from traditional broadcast to watching shows on laptops or smartphones, the company said on Tuesday.

All programming on Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV that has the same commercials that ran when the program aired on TV, will be included in Nielsen’s ratings no matter the device or whether it was viewed live or on DVR, the advertising tracking company said.

As viewers increasingly ‘cut the cord’, or cancel their cable package subscriptions and move to skinny bundles such as Sling TV and streaming sites like Hulu, it is important for Nielsen to account for these digital players, Nielsen’s Executive Vice President of product leadership Megan Clarken told Reuters.

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New Amphibious Beach Buggy

According to Lazareth, the amphibious Moke can be registered as a dinghy
According to Lazareth, the amphibious Moke can be registered as a dinghy (Credit: Lazareth)

If you’ve been to the Caribbean or various other tropical vacation spots, then chances are you’ve seen a Mini Moke. Built from 1964 to 1993 in several parts of the world (and recently resurrected as an electric car), the diminutive open-top vehicle was made mainly from Mini parts, and is still popular for use as a beach buggy. read more

New Meaning to Harvest Moon

The 2020
The 2020 “Harvest Moon” expedition will be the first commercial operation to send lunar rocks back to Earth (Credit: Moon Express)

The private race to the moon just kicked up a notch with Moon Express revealing in detail its plan to begin commercially harvesting moon rocks by 2020. The company is set to become the first commercial presence on the Moon sending back lunar samples as well as establishing a permanent lunar research outpost. read more

Surviving After All Else Dies

The tardigrade shall inherit the Earth, according to a new study from Oxford and Harvard
The tardigrade shall inherit the Earth, according to a new study from Oxford and Harvard(Credit: rukanoga/Depositphotos)

In about 5 billion years’ time, our Sun will use up its reserves of hydrogen and begin to cool down and expand, cooking the Earth in a miasma of heat and radiation. Given our current trajectory, humans will probably be long gone by then anyway, but at least one lifeform will likely still be plodding along: the utterly unkillable tardigrade. According to a new study from Harvard and Oxford, it’ll take nothing short of the death of the Sun to finally do the species in – which bodes well for the resilience of life as a whole. read more

The Outrageous Aston Martin Valkyrie

The Aston Martin Valkyrie could be headed to a public road near you
The Aston Martin Valkyrie could be headed to a public road near you

The bespoke AM-RB001 Valkyrie became one of the most talked about cars in the world when Aston Martin and Red Bull announced it in Melbourne last year, and the hype hasn’t faded in the intervening 18 months. We’ve now been given a detailed look at the road-legal version of the Valkyrie, complete with unbelievably intricate underbody aerodynamics and a stunning, pared-back interior. read more

Ninjaflex Prosthetic Digits

Need an extra thumb?
Need an extra thumb? (Credit: Dani Clode Design)

We’ve all had a moment where an extra pair of hands would have been incredibly useful, but who has ever wondered what they could do with just an extra thumb? London-based designer Danielle Clode not only wondered, but went on to build one. Her 3D-printed, foot-controlled, Third Thumb offers an insight into how prosthetics can do more than just replace disabled limbs, but actually extend our natural abilities. read more