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By Rich Woods
Surface leaks show ARM-based Surface 7 with narrow bezels, Laptop 3 without Alcantara
by Rich Woods
Microsoft's big Surface launch event is just days away at this point, and FrAndroid says it has the scoop. A few things that we're expecting to see is the Surface Pro 7, a Snapdragon-powered Surface tablet, and Surface Laptop 3 in 13.5- and 15-inch flavors. Today's report shares some details on those devices.
According to the report, Surface 'Campus', which it calls Surface 7, will be "almost borderless". Apparently, it will stray from the Surface trend of large bezels, although the top and bottom bezels will still be a bit larger. The site compared it to an iPad Pro. There's no USB Type-A port, similar to a Surface Go, and it will come with 4G LTE. This would be the model that comes with the Snapdragon 8cx.
The Intel Surface Pro 7, however, won't see any meaningful design changes. The only real change will be that it has a USB Type-C port instead of a Mini DisplayPort. This part really isn't surprising at all.
Finally, the Surface Laptop 3 should see some design changes, as the whole Laptop lineup is seeing an overhaul. It will now come with AMD processors, and for the first time, there will be a 15-inch model. Apparently, it won't just add one USB Type-C port, but two. It also might ditch Alcantara fabric on the palm rest, or at least one of the models will.
There are new colors on the way, although the report wasn't clear on what those colors will actually be for. We'll see Yellow Sandstone, Glacier Blue, and Red Poppy in either the new Type Covers, the new Surface Laptops, or both.
Of course, we only have to wait a few days before we can confirm any of these rumors. The big reveal will be if Microsoft wants to show off its Centaurus dual-screen PC, although that wouldn't be ready for sale until next year anyway.
Researchers use Microsoft Kinect to scan dinosaur skull
by Andy Weir
Image credit: Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (via MIT News) Researchers at the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came up with a novel solution when they found that their sophisticated 3D scanning equipment wasn't quite up to the huge task of scanning the giant jaw of a tyrannosaurus rex.
Forensic dentists obtained special permission to carry out a 3D scan of a T-rex skull at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, to try to understand the cause of some unusual holes in the beast's jawbone. But they quickly discovered that their high-resolution dental scanners couldn't handle such a large jaw, so they got in touch with the Camera Culture group at MIT's Media Lab for assistance.
The Media Lab has a prototype system for producing high-res 3D scans, but it wasn't ready to handle a job that big either. So the Camera Culture team considered an alternative approach, using off-the-shelf hardware and software.
Spending just $150 on hardware, and with the help of some free software, they were able to create a system capable of scanning the massive jaw of the mighty dinosaur. MIT News explained:
Their solution cost a fraction of the tens of thousands of dollars needed to purchase high-end commercial 3D scanners. Such expensive scanning equipment is obviously more capable, and offers a depth resolution of around 50 to 100 micrometers, compared with roughly 500 micrometers for the Kinect. Nonetheless, Microsoft's 3D sensor - which it originally released for its Xbox games consoles - still provided enough resolution to help the researchers get some answers.
Anshuman Das, a research scientist in the Camera Culture group, said he anticipates that this low-cost solution will prove invaluable to researchers around the world, including archaeologists and anthropologists. He said that with such affordable tools at their disposal, scientists will be able to immediately scan their discoveries as soon as they're uncovered in the field, and quickly share them with colleagues worldwide.
Source: MIT News via Engadget
In a dramatic discovery, police in Argentina believe they have found the largest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history.
The trove, which was found in a hidden room in a house near Buenos Aires, includes a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with swastikas and even a macabre medical device used to measure head size.
The Washington Post reports that the items were put on display at the Delegation of Argentine Israeli Associations in Buenos Aires on Monday.
The discovery of the 75 objects in a collector's home in Beccar, a suburb north of Buenos Aires has grabbed international attention. Authorities suspect the artifacts are originals that belonged to high-ranking Nazis in Germany during World War II.
"Our first investigations indicate that these are original pieces," Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich told The Associated Press on Monday, saying that many pieces were accompanied by old photographs. "This is a way to commercialize them, showing that they were used by the horror, by the Fuhrer. There are photos of him with the objects."
This week in science: say good-bye to Jurassic Park, coral reef bleaching, new NASA mission
by Gabriel Nunes
This week in science is a review of the most interesting scientific news of the past week.
Credit: University of Manchester. Jurassic Park may never exist
If you have once hoped to take your children to a “healthy” tour through somewhere like a Jurassic Park, you will need to take that off your bucket list. Paleontologists at the University of Manchester have re-analyzed collagen from a Tyrannosaurus rex bone discovered ten years ago and that inspired the idea of a Jurassic Park among scientists around the world.
Not all scientists were convinced about the decade-long discovery of dinosaur collagen, though, due the possibility of bacterial contamination or even of modern contamination in the laboratory. It was the last possibility that was tried by the Manchester team of researchers, which analyzed the collagen on bone samples from three different ostriches and matched them to the previously reported Tyrannosaurus rex and Brachylophosaurus (another dinosaur) collagen samples. According to Dr. Mike Buckley:
If the collagen was indeed a prehistoric protein, it could have been the first step toward rebuilding dinosaurs. But as previously determined by the scientific community, collagen sequences have not been found to survive beyond 3.5 million years old, so it would be really difficult for it to survive for 68 million years, since the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.
Fish swims around healthy coral on the Australian Great Barrier Reef.
Credit: Tane Sinclair-Taylor/ARC Center of Excellence via AP. Great Barrier Reef bleaching worse than first thought
As already reported here at Neowin, another huge coral bleach event was being expected for 2017 in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Unfortunately, the event is worse than first thought, and scientists expect it to accelerate unless global carbon emissions are cut.
Coral reefs are diverse underwater ecosystems developed inside and around calcium carbonate structures secreted by corals, which are marine invertebrates. Those reefs provide a home for at least 25% of all marine species, but are extremely sensitive to temperature variations.
Last year, aerial and in-water surveys accounted for 22 percent of corals destruction, but current surveys already account for 29 percent. To make matters worse, this marks the second straight year of bleaching, an unprecedented scenario what could lead corals to finally die, with serious consequences for the ecosystem they sustain. According to Russell Reichelt, chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA):
This year’s reports on the bleaching event are yet to be finished. But in a world where some insist climate change is not real, the GBRMPA is also studying options to protect coral reefs, such as “developing coral nurseries, strategies to boost culling of crown-of-thorns starfish, expanding monitoring systems and identifying priority sites for coral restoration”.
NICER's 56 X-ray mirrors. Credit: NASA. NASA prepares the launch of the first neutron star mission
Neutron stars and pulsars are created after massive stars exhaust their nuclear fuel, explode and collapse into super-dense spheres. They were theoretically proposed in 1939 by British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell and discovered back in 1967. But as stated by Keith Gendreau, from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland:
NICER stands for Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer, a NASA mission expected to be carried to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket during the CRS-11, a cargo resupply mission. NICER, which is equipped with 56 X-ray telescopes and silicon detectors, will be externally installed on the ISS to investigate neutron stars.
In the 18 months after its installation on the ISS, NICER is expected to collect X-rays generated from the stars’ magnetic fields and from their two magnetic poles, a region from where pulsars emit powerful beams of radiation. Furthermore, NICER's telescopes will be used on another experiment, the Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology, or SEXTANT. This experiment aims at developing algorithms that can harness the pulsar’s predictable pulsations to create an analogous to GPS for deep-space exploration.
World's first rocket launch with a 3D printed engine blasts off from New Zealand
As already reported here at Neowin, for the first time, a rocket was launched using a 3D printed engine, which was also manufactured in just 24 hours. The rocket was launched from a private launch pad in New Zealand on May 25 by US-based Rocket Lab.
Not an impact, but an Argentine boomer