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West Antarctic Ice Sheet exposed to Warmer than expected Temperatures

Henry Brecher, Ohio State University, research associate (now retired) at Byrd Polar Research Center, took this picture in winter 1959-1960. The sign reads: Astronomical Position Observed Here. Credit: Photo by Henry Brecher, courtesy of Ohio State University. Usage Restrictions: None

(Best Syndication News) - The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) has the potential of melting at a faster pace because the temperature increased twice as much as expected. The average annual temperatures recorded at the Byrd Station increased 4.3 degrees Fahrenheit compared to 1958. The research findings were published in the online edition of the journal Nature Geoscience.

This temperature increase is three times faster than the average temperature rise around the world. David Bromwich, professor of geography at Ohio State University and senior research scientist at the Byrd Polar Research Center, noticed the warming trends were occurring during the summer months – December through February – and the temperature increase is almost double what previous research had suggested.

Logitech announces Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard and Wireless Trackpad for Apple Products

Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard - credit: Logitech

(Best Syndication News) - Logitech announced the addition of a Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard and a Wireless Rechargeable Trackpad for Apple products. The new Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard will work with the Mac, iPad, and iPhone, while the Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad works with the Apple Mac.

Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard Features

The new Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard lets users switch the keyboard from a Mac, then to an iPad, and then to an iPhone, all with just a touch of a button. Three devices are supported on the keyboard and will continue to work interchangeably without rebooting devices.

Scientists investigate using Purpurin Plant Based Dye for making Lithium Ion Batteries

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(Best Syndication News) - Scientists from The City College of New York and Rice University used purpurin, a dye extracted from the rose madder root, to power an environmentally friendly battery. The goal is to develop a non-toxic and sustainable lithium-ion battery. On December 11, 2012, the researchers reported their results in Nature's online and open access publication, Scientific Reports.

The madder plant roots have been used as a natural fabric dye for over 3,500 years in Asia and in the Middle East. The plant dye was used to color fabrics a bright orange, red, and pink.

Twitter support for Instagram Photos Vaporizes

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(Best Syndication News) - Instagram fans were shocked to not be able to share their filtered photos on Twitter today. Facebook, who purchased Instagram this year, ended support for Twitter cards. This meant that Twitter users that used the Instagram photo-sharing app will now be inconvenienced.

Today, Twitter users are tweeting their shock; Instagram photos are no longer being displayed on the website. Twitter announced the status change on their website this afternoon. They wrote:

"Instagram has disabled photo integration with Twitter. As a result, photos are no longer appearing in Tweets or user photo galleries.

Vision-Impaired accessibility features to be on more Amazon Kindle Fire devices

(Best Syndication News) - Amazon announced that they will be adding “Voice Guide,” and “Explore by Touch” to their Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD 7” models early next year. The two accessibility features for the visually impaired and the learning disabled are already available on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” model.

In addition to the newly added features supported on the Kindle Fire devices, Amazon has already incorporated text-to-speech and font size and color adjustments. However, with the new features, it will make it easier for visually-challenged people to navigate menus. It will also help them to enjoy books, audiobooks, and music.

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