Bigfoot Ground Zero-Brian Gosselin Interview/Whitehall NY

Cryptomundo - 1 hour 53 min ago
Tonight at 5pm PST, 8pm EST Please join me tonight as I bring you the interview I conducted a few weeks ago in Whitehall NY. Over the last 40 years, this area has become famous for Bigfoot sightings over the last 40 years. Brian Gosselin had the sighting that put this small town on the Bigfoot map.
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Single Pixel Camera Takes Images Through Breast Tissue

Slashdot - 1 hour 59 min ago
KentuckyFC writes Single pixel cameras are currently turning photography on its head. They work by recording lots of exposures of a scene through a randomising media such as frosted glass. Although seemingly random, these exposures are correlated because the light all comes from the same scene. So its possible to number crunch the image data looking for this correlation and then use it to reassemble the original image. Physicists have been using this technique, called ghost imaging, for several years to make high resolution images, 3D photos and even 3D movies. Now one group has replaced the randomising medium with breast tissue from a chicken. They've then used the single pixel technique to take clear pictures of an object hidden inside the breast tissue. The potential for medical imaging is clear. Curiously, this technique has a long history dating back to the 19th century when Victorian doctors would look for testicular cancer by holding a candle behind the scrotum and looking for suspicious shadows. The new technique should be more comfortable.

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Space Rock Sheds Light on Mysterious Mineral on Earth - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 11:24pm
A rock from space is giving scientists the first natural sample of a mysterious mineral that has never been seen before.
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Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

Slashdot - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 11:15pm
RegularDave writes: I'm a recent grad from a master's program in a potentially worthless social science field, and I've considered getting into iOS development. Several of my friends who were in similar situations after grad school have done so and are making a healthy living getting contract work. Although they had CS and Physics degrees going into iOS, neither had worked in objective C and both essentially went through a crash courses (either self-taught or through intensive classes) in order to get their first gigs. I have two questions. First, am I an idiot for thinking I can teach myself either objective C or Swift on my own without any academic CS background (I've tinkered in HTML, CSS, and C classes online with some success)? Second, if I'm not an idiot for attempting to learn either language, which should I concentrate on?

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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

Slashdot - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 10:17pm
mrspoonsi sends this Reuters report: France wants to gradually phase out the use of diesel fuel for private passenger transport and will put in place a system to identify the most polluting vehicles, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday. Next year, the government will launch a car identification system that will rank vehicles by the amount of pollution they emit, Valls said in a speech. This will make it possible for local authorities to limit city access for the dirtiest cars. "In France, we have long favoured the diesel engine. This was a mistake, and we will progressively undo that, intelligently and pragmatically," Valls said. About 80 percent of French motorists drive diesel-powered cars. Valls said taxation would have to orient citizens towards more ecological choices, notably the 2015 state budget measures to reduce the tax advantage of diesel fuel versus gas.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer

Underground Stream - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 10:06pm

It's still a year away, but Disney has released an 88-second teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. There's no shot of Jar Jar Binks Han, Luke, or Leia. No wookie's roar or a golden droid's "Oh my!" But there's the Millennium Falcon in a dog-fight with TIE Fighters over the sand dunes of Tatooine! X-Wings piloted by rebel scum zooming over water. A soccer-ball droid who will surely get kicked around at some point in the movie. And three new characters: John Boyega, who's the right height for a Stormtrooper; Daisy Ridley, driving something you wouldn't want to get hit by and looking very much like Natalie Portman's granddaughter; and Adam Driver bringing the Dark Side of the Force back with a very impractical but wicked looking lightsaber (a little religious symbolism going on there?).

Is JJ Abrams the man to erase the memories of the prequels? Some people aren't happy, pointing to his recent reboot of Star Trek as evidence he'll mess up a much-loved franchise. However, Abrams himself admitted he was never really a big Star Trek fan. His second reboot, Star Trek: Into Darkness, felt like a dress rehearsal for Star Wars to me. Khan and Spock's fight on top of the moving barges felt like a Jedi fight, sans lightsabers. Then there was Kirk dodging Klingons in a suspiciously Millennium Falcon-shaped ship. And last, but not least, the R2D2 easter egg. ST:ID certainly felt like an audition to direct a Star Wars movie! I like Abrams, his Spielberg-ET homage Super 8 was an underrated movie, and I can't wait to see him rejuvenate the Star Wars universe.

Post your thoughts (and bad feeling about this) below. When the trailer ended with the John Williams score, I felt like partying like an Ewok with bonfires and fireworks. December 2015 can't come soon enough! Incidentally, I had a very vivid dream last week I was watching some of the new Star Wars movie. An ageing Han Solo was visiting the Millennium Falcon for the last time, telling another person, "She'll never fly again." I'm glad that dream didn't come true. Now excuse me, I'm going to watch this teaser trailer for the 88th time...

Jurassic World Trailer

Cryptomundo - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 9:27pm
"If something chases you... run!"
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Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

Slashdot - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 9:15pm
Lasrick writes: Chris Neuzil is a senior scientist with the National Research Program of the U.S. Geological Survey. He thinks the qualities of shale make it the perfect rock in which to safely and permanently house high-level nuclear waste. Given the recent discovery that water is much more of an issue than originally thought for the tough rock at Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Utah, the unique qualities of shale, along with its ubiquitous presence in the U.S., could make shale rock a better choice for the 70,000 metric tons of commercial spent fuel currently sitting above ground at nuclear power facilities throughout the country. France, Switzerland, and Belgium are all considering repositories in shale, but it hasn't been studied much in the U.S. "Shale is the only rock type likely to house high-level nuclear waste in other countries that has never been seriously considered by the U.S. high-level waste program. The uncertain future of Yucca Mountain places plans for spent nuclear fuel in the United States at a crossroads. It is an opportunity to include shale in a truly comprehensive examination of disposal options."

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Debian Forked Over Systemd

Slashdot - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 8:18pm
jaromil writes: The so called "Veteran Unix Admin" collective has announced that the fork of Debian will proceed as a result of the recent systemd controversy. The reasons put forward are not just technical; included is a letter of endorsement by Debian Developer Roger Leigh mentioning that "people rely on Debian for their jobs and businesses, their research and their hobbies. It's not a playground for such radical experimentation." The fork is called "Devuan," pronounced "DevOne." The official website has more information.

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Intel Core M Notebooks Arrive, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tested

Slashdot - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 7:20pm
MojoKid writes: Intel's 14nm Core M Broadwell architecture was announced a few months ago but to date, 2-in-1 hybrid devices and laptops have only trickled out to the market. Lenovo recently took the wraps off their Yoga 3 Pro 13-inch ultralight notebook and it's one of the few devices on the market right now that offers a glimpse of what Intel's Core M processor is capable of in performance and battery life testing. The 4.5 Watt TDP Core M 5Y70 actually keeps pace with 15-Watt previous generation Core i5 mobile chips in testing, but with significantly better battery life. It also enables very thin and light designs like the 2.6 pound Yoga 3 Pro, which is an interesting machine. Its watchband hinge allows it to contort into various positions for tablet, tent, stand and standard modes. The hinge is a "you love it or hate it" kind of thing, but does come with a 3200x1800 IPS display.

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Sasquatch Snatches Fish Catch

Cryptomundo - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 6:59pm
Sasquatch In British Columbia
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Star Wars Episode VII Teaser Trailer - Millennium Falcon Soars Again! - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 6:27pm
"The Force Awakens" in the first trailer of the highly anticipated sequel (released on Nov. 28th, 2014).
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Slashdot - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 6:15pm
Midnight Thunder writes: The first trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has been released. (YouTube link.) This is the first real opportunity to get a feeling for whether childhood dreams will be crushed or Disney, with the help of JJ Abrams, will be able to breath new life into the story without making it feel like a merchandising excuse.

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The Web Is Getting Slower, At Least in How We All Experience It

Wired News - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 5:37pm

One thing you can always rely on technology to do is speed things up. Everything, from processors to phones to networks gets faster. Heck, there are actual laws that define this phenomenon. So when at a recent Akamai analyst event a speaker made the offhand comment that the Web is getting slower, it pretty much […]

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Why Young Engineers Are Missing Out

Wired News - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 5:35pm

In the early 2000s, when the dot-com boom was going bust, there was a corny joke doing the rounds: The new definitions of B2B and B2C were “Back to Banking” and “Back to Consulting.” Thousands of young professionals who had fled the safe confines of Wall Street and the Big 6 in pursuit of Silicon […]

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Philae May Have Grazed Crater Rim

Slashdot - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 5:12pm
An anonymous reader writes: The European Space Agency is gradually sorting through the data collected during the brief window Philae was alive and transmitting on the surface of a comet. Analysis of that data has provided another interesting clue about what happened to the probe as it bounced across the comet's surface. According to results from the on-board magnetometer, immediately after the first touchdown, the lander's spin rate increased somewhat. It continued to spin for about 36 minutes until another event dramatically changed its spin rate. This suggests it collided with something, because there was no corresponding vertical deceleration to indicate it had landed once more. Scientists think Philae likely grazed the rim of a crater with one of its landing legs. 65 minutes later, it landed again, and bounced to its final resting place just a few minutes later. The ESA's article has some interesting graphs showing how the data changed as the lander progressed through these different events.

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Finally, Here’s the First Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

Wired News - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 5:06pm

It's not much—in fact, it might feel like the shortest 88 seconds of your life—but the first trailer for director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally here, and they weren't kidding when they called it a "teaser."

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2014 Physics Gift Guide

Wired News - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 4:30pm

Need some ideas for a physics-based gift? Here are some suggestions.

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News Briefs 28-11-2014

Underground Stream - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 4:19pm

“We are not born into the world. We are born into something that we make into the world.”

Quote of the Day:

“All points in space became equal to all other points in space, and it was meaningless to speak of anything as being separate from anything else.”

Michael Talbot

New substance overcomes treatment-restistance in leukemia

Science Daily - Fri, 28/11/2014 - 4:13pm
Haematologists have developed a new active substance that effectively combats the most aggressive forms of Philadelphia chromosome-positive leukemia.
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