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Cloud Video Game Play coming to Google TV

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(Best Syndication News) - Ubitus Inc. announced that they would be bringing console and MMO video games to play through Google TV. The company will be demonstrating their cloud gaming technology for the Google TV platform at the 2013 Consumers Electronics Show (CES) this week.

As bandwidth quality continually improves, Ubitus sees the potential for delivering video games over the Internet directly to TV sets, which the company considers a central component for home entertainment. Lags in streaming intensive video games smoothly have hindered full integration of cloud gaming services to TV sets. Ubitus claims to have overcome this problem.

LG Electronics taking pre-orders for 55-inch WRGB OLED TV

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(Best Syndication News) - LG Electronics (LG) is taking pre-orders for their 55-inch WRGB Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) TV in South Korea. The OLED TV will start being delivered in February 2013 to South Korea customers.

Over 1,400 retail stores selling LG TV sets in South Korea will be taking pre-orders for the 55EM9700 TV set on January 3, 2013. Deliveries should start the first week of February. The price is estimated at around US $10,000.

Extended Radiation Exposure could speed up Alzheimer’s disease in Astronauts

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(Best Syndication News) - A recent animal study suggests that cosmic radiation could speed up the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in astronauts traveling on deep space missions. The scientists published their findings in the journal PLOS ONE.

Senior study author, M. Kerry O’Banion, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, explained the cancer health risk factor due to radiation exposure in space has already been acknowledged. However, their researchers wanted to see if there was a risk for developing cognitive problems from the radiation exposure, which could lead to an accelerated onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Earth’s magnetic field provides protection from much of the radiation, but when astronauts travel into space they exposed to a variety of radioactive particles.

Mountains on Hawaiian Islands dissolving from the Inside

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(Best Syndication News) - It will not be happening anytime soon, but scientists believe that groundwater and streams are dissolving mineral material from within the mountains of Hawaii eventually causing the landmass to flatten. Surface erosion will not be the largest contributor to flattening these mountains and scientists believe this process will take more than 1.5 million years just to start.

Before the terrain flattens, the mountains of Oahu will continue to rise in elevation as the island is pushed to the northwest. The mountains should continue to rise for 1.5 million years, explained scientists from the Brigham Young University.

Two Free eBooks about NASA’s Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes available

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(Best Syndication News) – The Space Telescope Science Institute released two free eBooks which discuss the NASA Hubble Space Telescope and the NASA James Webb Space Telescope. The free eBooks can be read with an Apple iPad or through the free iBooks app. There is also a downloadable PDF version available for those people who are not set up with a reader.

The new eBooks are written at a high-school reading level and give a thorough explanation of the telescope’s functions and the images that were captured along the way. Scientific minded individuals will be fascinated to learn more about the history of telescopes and of the deep-space discoveries. The photos captured by the telescopes are astounding and beautiful to look at from an artistic perspective.

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