This 3D printer doesn’t gloss over the details — ScienceDaily

Shape, color, and gloss.

Those are an object’s three most salient visual features. Currently, 3D printers can reproduce shape and color reasonably well. Gloss, however, remains a challenge. That’s because 3D printing hardware isn’t designed to deal with the different viscosities of the varnishes that lend surfaces a glossy or matte look.

MIT researcher Michael Foshey and his colleagues may have a solution. They’ve developed a combined hardware and software printing system that uses off-the-shelf varnishes to finish objects with realistic, spatially varying gloss patterns. Foshey calls the advance “a chapter in the book of how to do high-fidelity appearance reproduction using a 3D printer.”

He envisions a range of applications for the technology. It might be used to faithfully reproduce fine art, allowing near-flawless replicas to be distributed to museums without access to originals. It might also help create more realistic-looking prosthetics. Foshey hopes the advance represents a step

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‘Trust the science,’ until the science doesn’t support the nanny state

After some bureaucrats decided that strip clubs can be open while schools can’t and that bars and restaurants can be open although churches can’t, unelected bureaucrats are now contemplating changing the definition of “moderate drinking” for men from two drinks to one. I don’t know if this government intervention is worth taking up our pitchforks and storming the Capitol over, but it at least makes it extremely clear that our government is taking its role as a nanny state seriously. The hard part is stopping this overreach.



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Every five years, the Department of Health and Human Services publishes new dietary guidelines. With the next update due in December, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has published its recommendations. Ever since the introduction of guidelines in 1980, the

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UK government announces plans to write a ‘conduct’ code for Facebook and Google, starting in April 2021, but doesn’t offer an enforcement timeline

  • The UK on Friday introduced a new “pro-competition” watchdog to regulate Google, Facebook, and others.
  • The Digital Markets Unit will enforce a new code, adding data-transparency requirements and helping small businesses promote themselves online, according to the announcement.
  • Ronan Harris, vice president of Google UK & Ireland, said the search giant looks forward to “working constructively” with the new unit.
  • From April 2021, the unit “could be given powers to suspend, block and reverse decisions of tech giants,” the government said.

The UK on Friday announced a government unit to enforce a new competition code on Google, Facebook, and other tech giants, beginning in April 2021.

The business secretary, Alok Sharma, said in a statement that companies like Google and Facebook make a “significant contribution” to the UK economy, but “the dominance of just a few big tech companies is leading to less innovation, higher advertising prices and less choice

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Opinion | The Latest Vaccine News Doesn’t Tell the Full Story

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The drugmakers Moderna and Pfizer buoyed hopes for an end to the coronavirus pandemic when they announced this month that their vaccines were 94.5 percent (Moderna) and 90 percent (Pfizer) effective at preventing Covid-19, based on preliminary results from ongoing clinical trials. Neither vaccine produced any serious safety concerns.

Pfizer’s and Moderna’s data were analyzed by independent experts, though their findings were published in news releases, not peer-reviewed scientific journals, so the results are not yet considered conclusive. But if the numbers hold steady through the end of the trials, these vaccines would be among some of the most effective ever created.

What would that mean for the future of the pandemic and vaccine science, and what obstacles still stand in the way of getting shots in people’s arms? Here’s

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A Strong Password Doesn’t Work, Neither Does Typical Multi-Factor Authentication

The Director of Identity Security at Microsoft has been warning about the inefficacy of passwords and more recently about standard Multi-Factor Authentication or MFA.

Passwords don’t matter

Earlier this year, Alex Weinert warned that “Your Pa$$word doesn’t matter,” In that he spelled out the reasons that even strong passwords aren’t necessarily effective.

“When it comes to composition and length, your password (mostly) doesn’t matter,” Microsoft’s Weinert said. He should know: the team he works with at Microsoft defends against hundreds of millions of password-based attacks every day.

“Remember that all your attacker cares about is stealing passwords…That’s a key difference between hypothetical and practical security.” — Microsoft’s Alex Weinert

In other words, the bad

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‘Daunting task’: Virginia Tech doesn’t have easy road ahead with 2020 season at a crossroads | Virginia Tech



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Virginia Tech receiver Tré Turner stiff-arms Boston College’s Jason Maitre (left) during an Oct. 17 game in Blacksburg. Turner said the Hokies are focused on Miami and not last week’s deflating loss to Liberty.




BLACKSBURG — It will take some time for Virginia Tech fans to get over last weekend’s 38-35 loss to Liberty.

Tech players don’t have that luxury.

The Hokies (4-3, 4-2 ACC) regrouped Sunday to review the loss — to figure out what went wrong — and try to put it behind them with No. 9 Miami visiting Lane Stadium on Saturday.

“It’s not hard at all,” wide receiver Tre Turner said. “We came out and had a good Tuesday practice just like I’m used to seeing us do after we lose. It was a tough loss to take, but we always have to turn the next page and go on to

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Calories by the clock? Squeezing most of your calories in early doesn’t impact weight loss — ScienceDaily

Restricting meals to early in the day did not affect weight among overweight adults with prediabetes or diabetes, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. The meeting will be held virtually, Friday, November 13 — Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

“We have wondered for a long time if when one eats during the day affects the way the body uses and stores energy,” said study author Nisa M. Maruthur, M.D., M.H.S., associate professor of medicine, epidemiology and nursing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. “Most prior studies have not controlled the number of calories, so it wasn’t clear if people who ate earlier just ate fewer calories. In this study, the only thing we changed was the time of day of eating.”

Maruthur and colleagues followed 41 overweight adults in a 12-week study. Most participants (90%) were Black women with prediabetes or diabetes,

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Twitter labels Trump’s latest claim about election fraud as ‘disputed’ but doesn’t limit dissemination

President Trump took to Twitter late Saturday to falsely claim he had won the 2020 presidential election, airing a fresh barrage of baseless attacks mere hours after Democratic candidate Joe Biden had achieved victory.



a large crowd of people walking down a street: People gather along 16th street in front of the White House to celebrate the presidential race being called in favor of President-elect Joe Biden over President Donald Trump, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


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People gather along 16th street in front of the White House to celebrate the presidential race being called in favor of President-elect Joe Biden over President Donald Trump, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

His post — coming after major media networks said Trump lost the election — prompted Twitter to immediately slap a label on the tweet, saying “This claim about election fraud is disputed.” The tech giant, however, took minimal action to limit Trump’s millions of followers from viewing it or re-sharing it widely.

The president’s all-caps tweet questioned the integrity of the vote, alleging “BAD THINGS” had occurred, even though he has not presented

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PS5 Doesn’t Support Folders, But Its Game Library Has Small Yet Smart Tweaks

The PlayStation 5 features an overhauled user interface that both introduces new features and also tweaks existing ones to make them a little more intuitive. Although it unfortunately does not include folder support for organizing your games, one UI improvement is the reworked game library, which has been cleaned up to make it easier to navigate.

When tabbing over to the game library, you’ll now notice a drop-down menu available on the left of the screen. Using this, you can change visibility options to show either PS3, PS4, or PS5 games. (PS3 games are playable through PlayStation Now.) Additionally, you can now also filter by source, so you can see the games you acquired through a PlayStation Store purchase, PlayStation Plus, or PlayStation Now.

Tabbing over to the Installed section will show you all your ready-to-play games and, at a glance, you’ll be able to tell where they are installed

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5G wireless doesn’t live up to the hype … yet

The fifth generation of wireless communication is finally here and has the phones to go with it. AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are all touting their nationwide 5G coverage with claims of movie downloads in seconds and flawless communication.



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Let’s talk about the reality of 5G and what it can offer and whether the time is right to make the jump.

5G is designed to give us blazing fast data speeds, more reliability and very low lag time. Imagine no more talking over each other on Zoom calls or waiting forever for large files to upload.

But the real technology jump comes with the realization of the Internet of Things. This is the idea that all

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