The surface of the nanodiamond material (left) was measured at the atomic-scale using a transmission electron microscope. The local slope was found to be steeper than that of the Austrian Alps (right) measured at the scale of a human. Credit: Tevis Jacobs People can usually tell if something is rough or smooth by running their…

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“This is a milestone nobody wanted to hit,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic wrote in an email. On average, Ebola — which causes fever, severe headache and in some cases hemorrhaging — kills about half of those infected, but case fatality rates in individual outbreaks have varied. The latest outbreak in Congo, which began in August,…

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Ketamine, a drug once associated with raucous parties, bright lights, and loud music, is increasingly being embraced as an alternative depression treatment for the millions of patients who don’t get better after trying traditional medications. The latest provider of the treatment is Columbia University, one of the nation’s largest academic medical centers. Starting this month,…

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Reports continue to flood in that the iPhone XS (details), iPhone XS Max (details) and iPhone XR (details) are in trouble but now Apple faces a new threat not only to its latest iPhones but every iPhone and iPad you can buy…  In short: the data on all iPhones and iPads running iOS 12 is…

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Destiny 2’s Season of the Forge started this week, but the Black Armory mini-expansion is still shrouded in mystery. Set to release on Dec. 4, little is known about Black Armory and the content coming in Destiny 2’s Annual Pass. To make things a bit easier for players as they head into the new expansion,…

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Enlarge / I mean, maybe, right? Maybe? Probably not, though. Almost certainly not. Shortly before Halloween, the chairman of Harvard’s astronomy department openly declared that an interstellar object hurtling through our Solar System might just be part of an extraterrestrial craft. And then…crickets. The astrophysics blog Centauri Dreams broke the story to the cognoscenti three…

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An Oldowan core pulled from the Ain Boucherit site. Image: M. SahnouniThe discovery of 2.4-million-year-old stone tools and butchered bones at a site in Algeria suggests our distant hominin relatives spread into the northern regions of Africa far earlier than archaeologists assumed. The find adds credence to the newly emerging suggestion that ancient hominins lived—and…

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What a year it’s been: Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman, First Reformed and First Man, Gotti and … well, Gotti. And now we finish 2018 nice ‘n’ strong this month with a last gasp of award contenders (Natalie Portman goes pop; Christian Bale bulks up; Steve Carell plays with dolls) and holiday-market studio tentpoles (Aquaman goes…

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The Surface Laptop and Surface Laptop 2Photo: Alex Cranz (Gizmodo)The year is winding down, and it’s very unlikely Microsoft will announce another major product, so naturally, we need to look forward to 2019 and beyond. Brad Sams of Thurrot has plenty of delectable rumors in his new book Beneath a Surface. Some of his claims…

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Now that the new iPad Pro is available, Apple’s 2018 iPad lineup consists of four models: the 2018 iPad Pro, the 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the 2018 9.7-inch iPad and the iPad Mini 4. AppleInsider examines all of the options and explains what is worth looking out for when buying a new tablet. Externals, Smart…

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