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Researchers create device to detect mosquito species common for disease

AUSTIN, Texas -- Standing just three matchboxes tall, a new device out of the University of Texas is expected to make surveillance of a mosquito species known for carrying deadly diseases quick and easy.

Researchers created a tool with which users can crush a dead mosquito and add a mixture of chemicals to it. After a half-hour wait, the blend ...Read more

This car-sized NASA spacecraft is hurtling closer to the sun than any mission before

At the center of the sun is a raging nuclear inferno that reaches temperatures well into the millions of degrees. The surface is cool by comparison, at 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Then up in the corona -- the golden haze that can be seen around the sun during a total eclipse -- the temperature shoots into the millions again. And no one knows why...Read more

Microsoft to invest $40 million in AI technology for humanitarian issues

Microsoft will invest $40 million to apply artificial intelligence to humanitarian issues, the company said Monday, the third program in a previously announced series of AI initiatives.

The project, AI for Humanitarian Action, follows a $50 million pledge in AI for Earth and a $25 million investment in AI for Accessibility.

The humanitarian ...Read more

Sound Advice: A good phono preamp can make a major difference in vinyl sound quality

Q. I need a phono preamp for a Denon high output moving coil cartridge. What would you recommend under $500?

-- S.O.

A. A high output moving coil cartridge will work with any phono preamp with a moving magnet (MM) input. A moving coil (MC) input is only needed with a low output moving coil cartridge. Many phono preamps have settings for both ...Read more

Sound Advice: HomeHawk Home Monitoring System is impressive

Q. I am interested in security products for the home. I don't want an expensive service with subscription fees and am looking for simple devices I can easily employ myself. Is there anything noteworthy you can recommend?

-- S.C., Sewickley, Pa.

A. Panasonic recently introduced the HomeHawk Home Monitoring System and it is extremely impressive....Read more

Sound Advice: If not an Oppo player, get a Blu-ray player from your TV's manufacturer

Q. I have a new TCL 8-series 65-inch 4K television. I now need a 4K Blu-ray player to go with it. I know you have a strong preference for Oppo players, but not only do I think this high-end product is more than I need, prices have gone up dramatically since Oppo ended production. Can you recommend a different player for me?

-- D.A., Eden ...Read more

Sound Advice: Technics SL-1200GR turntable is your best bet

Q. I read the cartridge comparison test on your website and saw how much you liked the new Technics SL-1200GR turntable. I am in the market for a turntable, price up to $2,000. Do you think it is my best bet? Is it much different than the old Technics SL-1200 models?

-- F.J., New York

A. I do think it is your best bet, ...Read more

Sound Advice: Cambridge Audio to release limited amount of Air 100 in September

Reader email: I read your article this weekend and ordered a Cambridge Audio Air 100. I consider myself lucky that there were still some available. Well, it arrived this morning and it is fantastic! Setup was a breeze, it's not too big and the sound is enormous. I'm testing my jazz collection over AirPlay, it's easy and sounds great. I should ...Read more

Sound Advice: What's the best soundbar with a 1080P Panasonic plasma?

Q. In recent columns you gave high praise to LG OLED televisions and the ZVOX SB500 soundbar. I have a 1080P Panasonic plasma and the picture and color using HD broadcasts are so good I am wary of changing anything. I host our Super Bowl party every year and everyone still raves about how good it looks.

I use Sennheiser wireless digital ...Read more

Sound Advice: Cambridge Audio Air 100, 200 sale one of the best Don Lindich has seen

The best audio deal I have ever seen: Several years ago I wrote about the Bluetone 100 Bluetooth speaker from British audio manufacturer Cambridge Audio. (Not to be confused with American manufacturer Cambridge SoundWorks, producer of the OontZ speakers.) The Bluetone 100 sold for $299 and I considered it to be the best-sounding Bluetooth ...Read more

Sound Advice: Onkyo TX-8020 a better receiver than TX-8220

Q. You often recommend the Onkyo TX-8020 as the top pick in an affordable (under-$200) receiver. Have you ever evaluated the new Onkyo TX-8220, which includes Bluetooth?

-- B.R., San Jose, Calif.

A. I have not evaluated the TX-8220 and after looking at the specifications, I don't need to. I would not buy one and will still be recommending the ...Read more