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Submission + - world's blackest "spray paint" (newatlas.com)

turkeydance writes: Sometimes, regular black just isn't good enough. If you're building an ultra-sensitive space telescope, for instance, you want to minimize reflections within that device as much as humanly possible. That's why Surrey NanoSystems released its Vantablack coating two years ago. Now, in order to expand its possible applications, the material is available in a convenient spray-on form.

Clients can have Vantablack S-VIS applied by Surrey NanoSystems, or they can license the technology for their own production facilities. So no, you can't just buy a can to paint your car.

Submission + - Consumer Reports: Tesla's Model X Is 'Fast and Flawed' (marketwatch.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Tesla Motors Inc. was dealt a blow earlier this week as Consumer Reports magazine called the Model X, its much-awaited and much-feted SUV, a “flawed” vehicle. Beyond a “brag-worthy magic, the all-wheel drive Model X 90D largely disappoints,” the magazine said, citing rear doors prone to pausing and stopping, second-row seats that can’t be folded, and limiting cargo capacity. Even its panoramic, helicopter-like windshield won cranky-sounding disapproval from Consumer Reports: It’s not tinted enough to offset the brightness of a sunny day, it said. Overall “the ride is too firm and choppy for a $110,000 car,” Consumer Reports said.

Submission + - Humans Are Born to Move (nytimes.com)

schwit1 writes: Are we fighting thousands of years of evolutionary history and the best interests of our bodies when we sit all day?

That question is at the core of a fascinating new study of the daily lives and cardiovascular health of a modern tribe of hunter-gatherers. The findings strongly suggest that we are born to be in motion, with health consequences when we are not.

Evolutionary biologists have long believed that the basic structure of human bodies and genomes were set tens of thousands of years ago, when we were hunter-gatherers. The hunter-gatherers from that time who were most adept at following game or finding tubers won the baby-making lottery and passed along their genes to us, their descendants.

But we no longer live in a hunting and gathering world. Mostly we live in offices and in front of screens, where we sit and have food brought to us, creating a fundamental mismatch between the conditions that molded our bodies and those that we inhabit.

The health consequences of this mismatch are well-established. Many scientists have pointed out that the easy availability of food creates an “obesogenic” world, in which we easily gain weight and develop related health problems.

Comment itwbennett the new /. schill (Score 1) 143

Come on Slashdot! itwbennett is the new nervals lobster schill on /. All of his posts link to ITWorld or cio.com, both owned by the same company. At least disclose these ties. We know Dice is hurting for cash to pay their execs their $1 million salaries but this is just ridiculous. You are alienating and losing your most loyal users and soon there will be nothing left.

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