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Everything You Need to Know from Amazon's Alexa Live 2022

Everything You Need to Know from Amazon’s Alexa Live 2022

Alexa Live is an annual conference for developers who use the digital assistant. screenshot: Amazon Amazon is hosting its annual Alexa developers annual conference, called Alexa Live, today. The event will introduce a heaping of new APIs for developers to build with, meaning new abilities coming to an Echo speaker or smart display near you. …

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Physicists Devised a Way to See Elusive 'Unruh Effect' in the Lab

Physicists Devised a Way to See Elusive ‘Unruh Effect’ in the Lab

Drawing: Karl Gustafson A team of physicists say they’ve discovered two properties of accelerating matter that they believe could make a never-before-seen type of radiation visible. The newly described properties mean that observing the radiation—called the Unruh effect—could happen in a tabletop lab experiment. The Unruh effect in nature would theoretically require a ridiculous amount …

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Physicists Devised a Way to See Elusive 'Unruh Effect' in the Lab

Physicists Devised a Way to See Elusive ‘Unruh Effect’ in the Lab

Drawing: Karl Gustafson A team of physicists say they’ve discovered two properties of accelerating matter that they believe could make a never-before-seen type of radiation visible. The newly described properties mean that observing the radiation—called the Unruh effect—could happen in a tabletop lab experiment. Who Should Be The New Wolverine? io9 Picks The Unruh effect …

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Nerf's New Blaster is a Less Messy Take on a Paintball Gun

Nerf’s New Blaster is a Less Messy Take on a Paintball Gun

Image: Hasbro Foam darts have been Nerf’s mainstay for decades, but in recent years, the company has been expanding to other foam projectiles, like the tiny balls its powerful Rival blasters fire. But today, Hasbro revealed a new twist for Nerf: a blaster that instead fires tiny pre-hydrated super absorbent polymer rounds that explode and …

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Space Pebble That Hit Webb Telescope Caused Significant Damage, Scientists Say

Space Pebble That Hit Webb Telescope Caused Significant Damage, Scientists Say

A micrometeoroid that hit the Webb Space Telescope in late May caused permanent damage to the spacecraft, according to a Space Telescope Science Institute report. The report was published last week by NASA and the European and Canadian space agencies. It described the telescope’s science performance up to July 12, 2022, the day the telescope’s …

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