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Photoshop’s new Super Resolution feature makes images bigger, not blurrier

Stan HoraczekUpscaling a digital photo typically destroys its image quality. You lose detail and sharpness while adding ugly objects called artifacts to the file that make the whole picture look crunchy and unappealing. For years, however, companies like Adobe have been working on algorithms to try to bring the CSI “enhance” feature out of the world of TV fiction and into its image-editing software. The latest version of Photoshop makes a big leap in that direction with a feature called…

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The best carpet cleaner machines to keep your home spotless

Josh Sorenson via Pexels Let’s be honest, unless your carpets are dark grey and constructed for what manufacturers call “heavy traffic,” i.e. a lot of wear and tear, you’re probably going to need a carpet cleaner. Whether it’s a glass of red wine, a mishap with some makeup, or a pet accident, carpet stains and messes are going to happen, and that’s where a carpet cleaner comes in. But, if you’re reading this and thinking “not my problem, no carpets…

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The battle to save one of the planet’s best fossil preserves

Kate Evans for Undark Kate Evans is a freelance science journalist and writer based in Raglan, New Zealand. Follow her on Twitter @kate_g_evans. This article was originally published on Undark. One of New Zealand’s most spectacular fossil sites originated 23.2 million years ago. It was formed in a valley dotted with small volcanoes, when rising magma deep below the Earth’s surface came into contact with groundwater. Lava and water don’t mix—they explode. The resulting detonation obliterated the surrounding forest and…

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Solar panels and water canals could form a real power couple in California

Solar Aqua Grid LLCCalifornia has around 4,000 miles of canals that shuttle clean water throughout the state. New research shows that these canals can do way more than bringing California’s residents with drinking water—paired with solar panels, these canals might also be a way to both generate solar power and save water. This new study presents an analysis from researchers at the University of California Merced and University of California Santa Cruz that quantifies the economic feasibility of building a…

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Researchers just measured Jupiter’s stratospheric winds for the first time—and they’re a doozy

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSAn international team of astronomers just measured Jupiter’s raging stratospheric winds for the very first time—and they used a 27-year-old comet to do it. Scientists had already measured wind speeds down in Jupiter’s troposphere—where the planet’s iconic stripes lie—and way up in its ionosphere. But this new study was first to take wind speed measurements of Jupiter’s stratosphere using the incredibly sensitive Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). They measured wind speeds near the equator and near the poles. Some results…

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New Battery Tech Helps Solve Lithium-Ion’s Biggest Problem: Degradation

But, thanks to a team of researchers from Japan, that seemingly quick loss of capacity may be a thing of the past. According to EurekaAlert via PCMag, a team of scientists from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) have discovered a new material that helps a battery hold its capacity for five years and possibly longer, claims head researcher Professor Noriyoshi Matsumi. The material, bis-imino-acenaphthenequinone-paraphenylene (BP) copolymer, is a binder used on a lithium-ion battery’s negative terminal. Current…

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This New Battery Tech Could Utilize Body Heat to Power an Apple Watch

Researchers at the University of Colorado recently developed this new battery technology using a material called polyamine. Polyamine is flexible and stretchable, allowing it to bend around your wrist or another part of the body. Polyamine is also self-healing allowing it to repair itself after it has been cut. The team slices the material with a razor blade to demonstrate below how it can reform itself without outside assistance. It also can be pieced together like Lego bricks allowing them…

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Kroger and Gauss Soon to Launch This Rapid iPhone-Assisted COVID-19 Test

Rather than work alone, this pandemic is bringing together the most unusual collaborators. In the latest effort, tech companies like Apple, medical companies like Gauss, and retailers like Kroger are working to offer a rapid, at-home antigen test for COVID-19. FDA Approval Not everyone who needs a COVID-19 test is getting one. Depending on where you live, tests may be difficult to schedule a testing time and you may have to wait in line. The holy grail of testing with…

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When Are Integrated Graphics Good Enough on a PC?

Pryimak Anastasiia/Shutterstock.com Anybody looking for serious graphics power needs to have a graphics card from AMD, NVIDIA, or (someday soon) Intel. Not everyone wants that kind of power, however, especially when it comes at a price tag of $150 to more than $1,000. How Good Are Integrated Graphics? So what do you do if you aren’t interested in shelling out for a graphics card, but you’d still like to play the occasional session of Civilization VI or The Witcher 3?…

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They’re Here! Apple Unveils Long-Awaited $549 AirPods Max Over-Ear Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation and Adaptive EQ

While almost all of the recent rumours have suggested that Apple would use the name “AirPods Studio” for its new headphones, that stemmed from the name cited in a DigiTimes report back in May, but before that we’d been predicting they’d be called AirPods Max since early March. Upon reflection, AirPods Studio ultimately seemed like it would have been an odd choice anyway, as Apple would likely want to distance its newest flagship headphones from the Beats branded Studio series,…

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How to Expand Your Xbox Series X|S Storage

Microsoft The Xbox Series X comes with a 1TB internal drive, while the Series S includes a modest 500GB instead. After downloading a few games, you might find your console is already low on space. Here are several ways you can add more space, with a solution for every budget. What Uses All That Space? Whether you buy a laptop, tablet, or brand-new game console, system files always eat into the advertised drive capacity. The $499 Xbox Series X comes with…