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P1 Dokumentär

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Komikern Soran Ismail kämpar mot rasism och främlingsfientlighet. Regelbundet äter han dock lunch med sverigedemokraternas Linus Bylund. Går det att skapa dialog med sin meningsmotståndare?
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Apple has filed a patent for a new feature that could kill off mobile payment apps like Venmo, Paypal, and Square Cash

Apple has filed a patent for a new feature that could kill off mobile payment apps like Venmo, Paypal, and Square Cash | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Apple Pay is missing one essential feature that it needs to stop people using other mobile payments apps: person to person transactions. 

But it looks like Apple is planning to change that. 

The company just filed a new patent that will let people send money to one another directly from their iPhone's Wallet, which has replaced the Passbook app, Patently Apple reports.
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The 14 most exciting new tech products that will launch before the end of the year

The 14 most exciting new tech products that will launch before the end of the year | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
We're halfway through the year, which means there's still plenty of time for companies such as Apple, Google, and Samsung to release new products in time for the holiday season.

Although most of these companies haven't spoken publicly about their new products yet, leaks have given us an idea of what's to come. 

From new iPhones to the next version of Windows, here's a look at the products we can expect to see before the year's end. 
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Put your wallet away - Samsung Pay is nearly ready for prime time

Put your wallet away - Samsung Pay is nearly ready for prime time | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
The world of mobile payments is still trying to find its feet, and with Apple Pay set for further expansion over the next few months, Samsung Pay looks set to join its Cupertino-made rival in the near future. The last we heard, Sammy was planning to roll the feature out to the United States and Korea in the second half of 2015, and according to BusinessKorea, is on schedule to drop in September. 

At present, Samsung is running tests with eight domestic card companies in order to smooth out kinks within the system. The tech deployed to send info to card readers -- Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) -- is Samsung's proprietary feature that replicates a payment card's magnetic information. Working in tandem with traditional NFC, the advantage of MST is that it'll open Samsung Pay up to 90 % of pre-existing payment terminals in the United States, where competitors like Google Wallet and Apple Pay are tied down to NFC-only systems. Exclusive to the flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, it'll enable the company's top tier handsets to get in on Samsung Pay before anybody else. Unfortunately, it's a little rough around the edges at present, so getting everything to run without flaw is taking some time. 

Additionally, fingerprint verification is also rumored to be a little buggy for now. So while Samsung did have plans to get things up and running by this month, it'll now wait until September 1st, ensuring everything is as seamless as can be prior to launch. 

With the presence of those aforementioned payment systems from Apple and Google, Samsung enters a market that, while still emerging, is fairly busy nonetheless. Boosted by the acquisition of Loop Pay, though, Samsung definitely has a couple of trump cards, and it'll be interesting to see how Samsung Pay stacks up against its adversaries one it hits the scene.
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The Simple Ways Tourists Make the Best of Hot Weather in Uzes

The Simple Ways Tourists Make the Best of Hot Weather in Uzes | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
For days the temperature has hovered around the ninety degree mark in Uzes. Next week, they say, it’ll hit ninety-nine.

For those who live in hot-weather areas around the world, ninety degrees is not so bad for summer. In France, when it’s this hot, it breaks records.

Century-old buildings with thick walls help to insulate homes and businesses from the intense heat, so air conditioning is scarce. There are some tried and true ways the French try to keep their indoor spaces cooler.
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150-Ton Magnet Pulls World Toward New Energy Source

150-Ton Magnet Pulls World Toward New Energy Source | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
A 150-ton magnet developed in part by MIT engineers is pulling the world closer to nuclear fusion as a potential source of energy.
Over the last three years "we've shown that we can design a magnet of this size and complexity and make it work," said Joseph V. Minervini, a senior research engineer at MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) and Department of Nuclear Engineering. Minervini leads the MIT team involved in the project.

He notes, however, that a better understanding of certain results is necessary to reduce costs for the researchers' ultimate goal: a magnet weighing 925 tons that will be key to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). That magnet, in turn, will be part of a total magnet system weighing some 10,000 tons.
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Nanowires could be the LEDs of the future

Nanowires could be the LEDs of the future | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
The latest research from the Niels Bohr Institute shows that LEDs made from nanowires will use less energy and provide better light. The researchers studied nanowires using X-ray microscopy and with this method they can pinpoint exactly how the nanowire should be designed to give the best properties. The results are published in the scientific journal, ACS Nano.

Nanowires are very small - about 2 micrometers high (1 micrometer is a thousandth of a millimetre) and 10-500 nanometers in diameter (1 nanometer is a thousandth of a micrometer). Nanowires for LEDs are made up of an inner core of gallium nitride (GaN) and a layer of indium-gallium-nitride (InGaN) on the outside, both of which are semiconducting materials.

"The light in such a diode is dependent on the mechanical strain that exists between the two materials and the strain is very dependent on how the two layers are in contact with each other.

"We have examined a number of nanowires using X-ray microscopy and even though the nanowires should in principle be identical, we can see that they are different and have very different structure," explains Robert Feidenhans'l, professor and head of the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen.
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Global Positioning System: A Generation of Service to the World

Global Positioning System: A Generation of Service to the World | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Twenty years ago, the United States Air Force announced the Global Positioning System had achieved Full Operational Capability. As of July 17, 1995, a total of 24 satellites were on orbit, providing global 24-hour coverage. In the two-decades since, GPS has been woven into nearly every aspect of human activity, from military operations to sports.

At the time "FOC" was announced, GPS had already proved its worth during Operation Desert Storm, allowing ground forces to navigate the featureless desert terrain, even when the system had only 16 satellites providing about 19 continuous hours of coverage per day. Today, roughly two-thirds of all munitions being used to combat ISIS rely on some form of GPS guidance.

Nearly forty years ago, the Air Force launched the first Global Positioning System satellite, dubbed Navstar. But even the most visionary of those people involved with that first launch probably could not have guessed how much GPS would eventually impact the world.
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Rafael Nadal crashes out of Wimbledon after bravura Dustin Brown display

Rafael Nadal crashes out of Wimbledon after bravura Dustin Brown display | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Rafael Nadal was knocked out of Wimbledon in the first week for the third time in four years, bamboozled by the wild but often brilliant game of the qualifier Dustin Brown, a man who spent three years living in a camper van as he travelled Europe trying to earn a living. The German hit numerous drop shots, some unbelievable returns and generally kept the 10th seed off balance and out of kilter, clinching a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.
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An Insider's Guide to Shopping in Nimes

An Insider's Guide to Shopping in Nimes | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
After a few times driving to shopping areas in Nimes, I'm beginning to know my way around.
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NoTricksZone | "Not here to worship what is known, but to question it" – Jacob Bronowski. Climate news from Germany in English – by Pierre L. Gosselin

NoTricksZone | "Not here to worship what is known, but to question it" – Jacob Bronowski. Climate news from Germany in English – by Pierre L. Gosselin | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
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"Not here to worship what is known, but to question it" – Jacob Bronowski. Climate news from Germany in English – by Pierre L. Gosselin
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P2P Foundation

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The P2P Foundation is an international organization focused on studying, researching, documenting and promoting peer to peer practices in a very broad sense.
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Edvard Moser

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Här gäller det att spetsa öronen. Dels för att det stundtals krävs koncentration för att ta in nyanserna av norskan, dels för att man förstås kan lära sig ett och annat av en Nobelpristagare. Om hjärnan, Pink Floydiana och om att uppskatta samisk kultur och musik!

Moser växte upp på lilla Harøja, i det norska bibelbältet, där kyrkobesöken var legio. I skolan kunde den som var överbegåvad bara hoppas på en lite svårare mattebok när man var klar med den lättare. Hemma fanns som tur var ett helt hav av böcker och Edvard Moser slukade allt han kom över av populärvetenskap: geologi, vulkanologi, metrologi, zoologi, paleontologi….

Först på gymnasiet fick han en lärare som såg hans begåvning och kunde utmana honom. En av dem förutspådde det kommande Nobelpriset.

Den stränga kristna miljön påverkade också. Hos honom väckte tron tvivel och att fundera över det oförklarliga och oväntade är väl det som krävs av en forskare, menar Moser.

Om Edvard Moser
Hjärnforskare, psykolog, nobelpristagare, 53 år. Född i Ålesund, bosatt i Trondheim, Norge.

Nobelpristagare i medicin 2014, ett pris han delade med hustrun May-Britt Moser och den amerikansk-brittiska forskaren John O’Keefe. De belönades för sin upptäckt om var i hjärnan människans inre GPS är lokaliserad och hur den fungerar. Blev besatt av att förstå hur hjärnan fungerar i samband med psykologistudier. Verksam vid Norges tekniska- och naturvetenskapliga universitet, NTNU, i Trondheim. Är också chef för Kavli Institute for System Neuroscience. Tilldelades 2013 Horwitzpriset från Columbia-universitet i New York. Edvard Mosers föräldrar kom till Norge från Tyskland på 1950-talet.
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Photos of Greece's colossal shipping port show you why the economy is in tatters

Photos of Greece's colossal shipping port show you why the economy is in tatters | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
ATHENS, Greece — The Greek referendum on whether or not to accept the country's international bailout deal has made international headlines, and the queues outside the country's banks have become a symbol of what's going wrong in the country.

But there are other visual signs that Greece's economy has deep, structural problems.

I went out to Piraeus, Greece's biggest port, to see what things looked like. It's not far from Athens and is the national hub for shipping, one of Greece's biggest industries.

But once you're there, you can see why despite all this activity, the country's economy is in such an awful state. 
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Plugged-In Prefab Collects Weather Data to Conserve Energy

Plugged-In Prefab Collects Weather Data to Conserve Energy | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
With the help of the prefab experts at NOEM, an outdoorsy Spanish family created a high-tech countryside retreat in Serra d'Espadà. Architect Aitor Iturralde Martín says the design team opted for a clean, contemporary look that would be a departure from the concrete and brick houses that otherwise populate the area. The house is a simple two module configuration that is punctuated by a terrace and bold metal structure that “projects towards the landscape.” The entire structure took only 10 days to assemble.

Insulation made from wood fiber, sheep wool, and recycled cotton is one of the many elements that help make the home sustainable. Other green features include passive-house construction standards and a heat recovery ventilation system to welcome in fresh air.

The sanctuary is also smart in another respect: various intelligent control systems automate its energy-consumption. “We installed sensors and actuators through a home automation switchboard to be able to monitor and analyze all systems in real time and achieve superior levels of energy-efficiency and comfort,” Martín says. “Temperature, humidity, energy consumption, sunlight, and air quality data are analyzed by the switchboard, which according to the settings can activate different systems automatically.” 
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Crise de l'euro : Toute l'actualité sur Le Monde.fr.

Crise de l'euro : Toute l'actualité sur Le Monde.fr. | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Crise de l'euro - Découvrez gratuitement tous les articles, les vidéos et les infographies de la rubrique Crise de l'euro sur Le Monde.fr.
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Suit Up: 50 Years of Spacewalks

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2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the first American to walk in space. A new documentary commissioned by NASA titled Suit Up celebrates this historic event by featuring the accomplishments of those rare few who have experienced this thrilling form of space exploration.

It all began in 1965 when cosmonaut Alexey Leonov and American astronaut Edward White became the first people in history to perform extravehicular activity (EVA), otherwise known as a spacewalk. Space exploration grew from a foundation of fierce competition. After the Soviets launched the satellite Sputnik into space in 1957, the United States founded NASA, and the race was on to be the first country to develop and implement manned missions outside the confines of our planet.

The earliest suit technologies, such as those worn by White in that first Gemini 4 mission, were rustic and troublesome. While they allowed for basic survival outside of the spacecraft, they were too limited and constrictive to perform simple productive functions amidst the harsh environment of space. NASA applied the lessons of Gemini 4 to their future missions, including the hugely ambitious Apollo 11 launch where Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first humans in history to walk on the surface of the moon. The suits were now customized for each astronaut, and reconfigured to allow for greater freedom of movement and internal temperature control.

The design and functionality of the space suit only improved with subsequent missions. Astronauts would soon be able to repair complex equipment malfunctions with tremendous precision and dexterity from outside their spacecraft.

Space suit technology continues to evolve as we set our eyes on exploring the even more distant reaches of our solar system, including the planet Mars. The film features a wealth of awe-inspiring footage collected from decades of exploratory space missions, narration by actor and space enthusiast Jon Cryer, and interviews with many key figures including assorted NASA engineers and development personnel, and astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Sunita Williams, Story Musgrave, Gene Cernan, and Kathryn Sullivan. Inspiring and informative, Suit Up celebrates the possibilities of our future in space travel by paying honor to our past.
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With 300 kilometers per second to new electronics

With 300 kilometers per second to new electronics | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
It may be significantly easier to design electronic components in future. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids have discovered that the electrical resistance of a compound of niobium and phosphorus increases enormously when the material is exposed to a magnetic field. This giant magnetoresistance, which is responsible for the large storage capacity of modern hard discs, was previously known to occur in some complexly structured materials.

Niobium phosphide or a material with similar properties which can be manufactured more easily could offer an alternative. The Max Planck researchers, together with colleagues from the High-Field Magnet Laboratories at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and at the Radboud University in the Netherlands, published the new findings on niobium phosphide in the journal Nature Physics.

Electronic systems are expected to process and store a steadily increasing amount of data, faster and faster, and in less space. Luckily, physicists discover effects that help engineers to develop better electronic components with surprising regularity, for instance a phenomenon known as giant magnetoresistance.
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Secret Russian Hypersonic Nuke Glider Can Pierce Any Missile Defense

Extremely maneuverable, ultra-fast and elusive, the hypersonic Yu-71 can break through any missile defense system, military experts said. Russia has reportedly carried out four tests already. Russia is test-launching a new hypersonic attack aircraft that can carry nuclear warheads and penetrate missile defense systems, US media said citing a report by Jane's Information Group.

The development of the Yu-71 vehicle took several years, and Russia reportedly conducted the most recent test flight on February 26, with an SS-19 missile trying to deliver the Yu-71 to space. The new hypersonic aircraft is part of Moscow's plans to modernize its Strategic Missile Forces.

Yu-71, a secret missile program codenamed "Project 4202", has probable speed of up to 11,200 kmh (7,000 mph) and is extremely maneuverable, which makes it an incredibly dangerous and a hardly targetable weapon. Thanks to its speed and unpredictable trajectory, Yu-71 can evade an enemy's missile defense systems.
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The Greek financial crisis, explained in fewer than 500 words

When Greece joined the euro in 2001, confidence in the Greek economy grew and a big economic boom followed. But after the 2008 financial crisis, everything changed. Every country in Europe entered a recession, but because Greece was one of the poorest and most indebted countries, it suffered the most. The unemployment rate reached 28 percent in 2013, worse than the United States suffered during the Great Depression.

If Greece wasn't in the euro, it could have boosted its economy by printing more of its currency, the drachma. This would have lowered the value of the drachma in international markets, making Greek exports more competitive. It would also lower domestic interest rates, encouraging domestic investment and making it easier for Greek debtors to service their debts.
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This could be the first airplane on Mars - CNET

When I think of airplanes on Mars, I imagine a sci-fi scenario with robotic winged flying machines swarming through the Martian air, gathering data like a flock of hyper-intelligent space seagulls.

The first airplane on Mars will be pretty far from this fantasy. Chances are, it will look a lot more like a kind of glider that's already in use on Earth, according to a NASA photo released Monday.

The proposed Prandtl-m aircraft is a relatively dainty flying-wing-style plane. The prototype will be based on the existing Prandtl-d, a radio-controlled glider designed and built by aerospace engineering students during a NASA internship in 2012 and 2013.
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Google Translate gets more conversational

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Google Translate is notorious for spewing out either oddly worded or overly formal results, but the company says it's getting better thanks to people's help. Mountain View's online translator is now more adept at figuring out informal speech -- for instance, it can tell if you want to ask "Is everything alright?" when what you've typed in has another more literal translation, as you can see below the fold. That's all made possible by the volunteers who spend time translating phrases and checking the quality of other people's submissions on the Translate community website. The company promises to incorporate more and more translations over time as its service learns each language better. Hopefully, that means locals won't look at us funny next time we try to use it overseas.
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2016 Chevy Cruze, Tesla Charging Confusion, 250-Mile Leaf: The Week In Reverse (Video)

2016 Chevy Cruze, Tesla Charging Confusion, 250-Mile Leaf: The Week In Reverse (Video) | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Which huge global carmaker seems to have gone all Occupy Wall Street in its messaging? And, what higher-range electric car in development now has its very own video? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, June 26, 2015...
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