Results From This Blind Smartphone Camera Test Will Surprise You

Marques Brownlee, also known as MKBHD, hosted his third annual, 17-minute blind smartphone camera test featuring 20 new smartphones. The phones were grouped into a bracket that hid the phone names while the public voted for their favorites.

First of all, it’s important to note right from the start that this “test” is the furthest thing from scientific in nature.

“This isn’t a scientific test at all,” Brownlee says. “In fact, it’s kind of the opposite of a scientific test.”

The point of this playoff-style bracket isn’t to objectively claim one camera is better than another, but rather serves as a good case study for what people think makes a photo “good.” By the end, and after over 10 million total votes were cast, Brownlee was able to point out some interesting conclusions from the information he gathered.

The concept of the test is simple: Brownlee put together a seeded

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Virgin Galactic gets NASA contract, prepares for test flight

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New lab-on-a-chip infection test could provide cheaper, faster portable diagnostics — ScienceDaily

The chip, developed at Imperial College London and known as TriSilix, is a ‘micro laboratory’ which performs a miniature version of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on the spot. PCR is the gold-standard test for detecting viruses and bacteria in biological samples such as bodily fluids, faeces, or environmental samples.

Although PCR is usually performed in a laboratory, which means test results aren’t immediately available, this new lab-on-a-chip can process and present results in a matter of minutes.

The chip is made from silicon, the same material that is used to make electronic chips. Silicon itself is cheap, however, it is expensive to process into chips which requires massive, ‘extremely clean’ factories otherwise known as cleanrooms. To make the new lab-on-chip, the researchers developed a series of methods to produce the chips in a standard laboratory, cutting the costs and time they take to fabricate, potentially allowing them to be

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Space balloon company raises funds, will conduct first test flight next year

A company that plans to send passengers to the edge of space in a pressurized vehicle beneath a large balloon said Wednesday it is on track to fly a demonstration mission next year and has raised the funds needed to accomplish this.

Space Perspective, which is based at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, announced it has raised $7 million in seed funding in a round of funding

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Air pollution spikes linked to lower test scores for Salt Lake County third graders — ScienceDaily

Fine particulate matter (PM2.5), the tiny particles responsible for hazy air pollution, are detrimental to children’s health even inside the classroom. Mounting evidence has linked chronic exposure with poor academic performance in K-12 students. Until now, no research had examined the impact of “peak” air pollution events, the 24-hour spikes of extremely high PM2.5 levels. For students in Salt Lake County, Utah, these episodes are a dangerous reality — the county’s largest city, Salt Lake City, was among the top 10 most polluted American cities for short-term particle pollution in the latest American Lung Association report.

In a new study, University of Utah researchers found that more frequent peak air pollution exposure was associated with reduced math and English language arts (ELA) test scores for third graders in all primary public schools in Salt Lake County during the 2016-2017 year. The minimum peak pollution levels in this study are below

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SpaceX’s Starship will have its first high-altitude test next week

  • SpaceX’s Starship rocket is scheduled to have its first high-altitude flight test next week.
  • The spacecraft will fly 15 kilometres (50,000 feet) into the air. Previous prototypes have only made short hops of a few hundred metres.
  • CEO Elon Musk said there was a lot that could go wrong, and gave the rocket a 1-in-3 chance of landing in one piece.
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Next week, Elon Musk’s space-exploration company SpaceX will take a big step forward in its quest to fly people to Mars.

Musk tweeted on Tuesday that SpaceX’s enormous Starship spacecraft – which the company eventually wants to use to get humans to Mars – will undergo its first high altitude test next week. This follows a successful test firing of the current prototype’s engines on Tuesday.

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A prototype of SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft at the company’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas (September 28,

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GRAIL and UK Government to Make Galleri Multi-Cancer Early Detection Blood Test Available to Patients

MENLO PARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov 26, 2020–

GRAIL, Inc., a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured, today announced a partnership with the United Kingdom’s (UK) National Health Service (NHS) to help transform cancer outcomes by making GRAIL’s multi-cancer early detection blood test, Galleri™, available to UK patients starting in 2021.

The commercial partnership program aims to confirm Galleri’s clinical and economic performance in the NHS system as a precursor to its routine use by the NHS.

The partnership program will involve approximately 165,000 people in the UK and includes two groups. The first will include 140,000 people over the age of 50 without any suspicion of cancer, and the second will include 25,000 people aged 40 and above with suspicious signs or symptoms of cancer. Based on data from this program, access to the test could be expanded to around one million people

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Community Leaders Test Ride New Micro-Mobility Technology

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

Superpedestrian demonstrated its LINK e-scooter safety systems at the Queens Botanical Garden with local groups and community leaders who test drove the next-generation micro-mobility technology. The demonstration of this cutting-edge micro-mobility technology was led by Paul Steely White, Director of Development and Public Affairs at Superpedestrian. Community leaders participating in the e-scooter demo included Susan Lacerte, executive director of the Queens Botanical Garden, Taehoon Kim, president of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, Christopher Torres, executive director of Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector, and Charles Yoon, President of the Korean American Association of Greater New York.

The demo was hosted in partnership with the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and the Queens Botanical Garden just inside the garden gates. Superpedestrian operates LINK in multiple cities across the U.S.

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FDA clears test designed to tell how well someone is protected

A medical worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) inserts a Covid-19 test tube into a box at a drive-thru testing site at the Alemany Farmers Market in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

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The FDA on Wednesday authorized one of the first Covid-19 tests that measures the amount of neutralizing antibodies produced by the body’s immune system after exposure to the virus — a “new generation” of coronavirus test that is designed to tell how well someone is protected against infection.

A person’s immune system produces antibodies to combat viruses and other foreign pathogens that invade the body. When it comes to Covid-19, it remains unclear how much protection antibodies provide and how long that might last, but this test could help researchers better understand the role of Covid antibodies in immune protection.

Unlike many previously authorized antibody tests

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PlayStation 5 heat test: Using a thermal camera to find out how hot the PS5 gets

Sony’s PlayStation 5 is packed with powerful components to make your next-gen games look better than ever. That kind of power tends to generate a lot of heat, however, so I wanted to see just how hot the console gets in use. 

I pointed the CAT S62 Pro phone at it, which has a built-in thermal imaging sensor made by industry expert Flir Systems. I previously used the same phone to test the heat-generating capabilities of the new Xbox Series X, which peaked at around 121.9 degrees Fahrenheit (49.9 degrees Celsius) while playing Gears 5. 

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When the console was idling on the home screen I clocked a temperature of 66.7 F (19.3 C), roughly in line with the Xbox’s 68.7 F (20.4 C). I started by firing up Astro’s Playroom, the game Sony preinstalled to show off some of the new console and controller features. It hit

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