Will Enormous Galactic Bubbles Expose Dark Matter? (Kavli Q+A)

Space.com - 1 hour 22 min ago
Three astrophysicists who discovered the "Fermi bubbles" place the discovery in context, and share what the mysterious bubbles may reveal about the history of our Milky Way galaxy.
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Gigantic ring system around J1407b much larger, heavier than Saturn's

Science Daily - 1 hour 33 min ago
Astronomers have discovered that the ring system that they see eclipse the very young Sun-like star J1407 is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn.
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"Once In a Lifetime" Asteroid Sighting Monday Night

Slashdot - 1 hour 38 min ago
An anonymous reader writes Tonight, Asteroid 2004 BL86 will make a pass by the Earth at just 745,000 miles away. This should offer stargazers a great opportunity to see the half-kilometer space rock. CNN has some tips on the best method and time to look. From the article: "The best chance for viewing will be from 8 p.m. ET Monday to 1 a.m. ET Tuesday. Asteroid 2004 BL86 is large, and it will brighten, but nonetheless will not be observable with the naked eye. Some astronomy websites say a pair of binoculars could do the trick, but Sky & Telescope recommends at least a 3- or 4-inch diameter telescope. 'One good technique for fast-movers like 2004 BL86 is to identify and lock onto a star along its path,' Sky & Telescope senior editor Kelly Beatty says. 'Then just watch at the time that the asteroid is predicted to pass by that particular star.'"

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Facebook Launches ‘Lite’ App for Users in the Developing World

Wired News - 1 hour 49 min ago

Facebook has launched an alternate, slimmed down version of its app called Facebook Lite, designed for low-end Android phones used primarily in the developing world.

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Bring On #snowmageddon2015. Just Don’t Take Down My Internet

Wired News - 1 hour 59 min ago

Twenty-four inches of snow are heading down from Canada to lock Boston in a fluffy white straight jacket. The roads will close. The shops will close. The schools already have closed. No one is delivering food, and the shelves at Trader Joe’s and Market Basket are nearly empty. None of that matters, as long as […]

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Coinbase Opens ‘First Licensed Bitcoin Exchange in the U.S.’

Wired News - 1 hour 59 min ago

On Monday morning, Bitcoin wallet provider Coinbase launched the first licensed US Bitcoin exchange.

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James Patterson’s New Book Self-Destructs in 24 Hours

Wired News - 2 hours 13 min ago

Either finish the book on time, or live the rest of your life in suspended curiosity.

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Germany Plans Highway Test Track For Self-Driving Cars

Slashdot - 2 hours 21 min ago
An anonymous reader writes with news about a new project to test autonomous vehicles in Germany. "The German government wants to convert part of the A9 Autobahn in Bavaria into a test-field for advanced car technology. The project is key to ensuring the country's 'digital sovereignty,' according to its transport minister. The track, part of the 'Digitales Testfeld Autobahn' project, would be launched this year, Alexander Dobrindt said on Monday in an interview (in German) with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. The plan involves equipping the road with infrastructure to allow cars to communicate with each other and the road's own sensors to provide necessary data on traffic. 'Cars with assisted driving and later fully-automated cars will be able to drive there,' Dobrindt said. Germany, a major European car producer, wants to have robotic car technology that's not dependent on foreign companies, the minister said. Domestic producers 'won't rely on Google' he stressed."

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Massive Blizzard 'Juno' Seen Developing From Space | Time-Lapse Video

Space.com - 2 hours 56 min ago
The NOAA GOES-13 satellite captured the massive winter storm bearing down on the east coast of the United States on Jan. 26th, 2015. GOES ‘sees’ infrared radiant energy and reflected visible light.
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Slashdot - 3 hours 6 min ago
jones_supa writes Late last week, Microsoft pushed out a new build (9926) of Windows 10 to those of you who are running the Technical Preview. The latest version comes with many new features, some easily accessible, others bubbling under, but two big changes are now certain: the Charms bar is dead, and Start Screen for large devices is no more. Replacing the Charms bar is the Action Center, which has many of the same shortcuts as the Charms bar, but also has a plethora of other information too. Notifications are now bundled into the Action Center and the shortcuts to individual settings are still easily accessible from this window. The Start Screen is no longer present for desktop users, the options for opening it are gone. Continuum is the future, and it has taken over what the Start Screen initiated with Windows 8.

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Google Lunar XPrize Milestone Awards Announced

Space.com - 3 hours 6 min ago
Five teams just hit their milestones — totaling more than $5 million — in the race for the Google Lunar XPrize.
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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

Slashdot - 3 hours 47 min ago
An anonymous reader sends word of this biotech breakthrough. "Univ. of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) and Australian chemists have figured out how to unboil egg whites—an innovation that could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the $160 billion global biotechnology industry, according to findings published in ChemBioChem. 'Yes, we have invented a way to unboil a hen egg,' said Gregory Weiss, UCI professor of chemistry and molecular biology & biochemistry. 'In our paper, we describe a device for pulling apart tangled proteins and allowing them to refold. We start with egg whites boiled for 20 min at 90 C and return a key protein in the egg to working order.'"

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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

Slashdot - 3 hours 47 min ago
An anonymous reader sends word of this biotech breakthrough. "Univ. of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) and Australian chemists have figured out how to unboil egg whites—an innovation that could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the $160 billion global biotechnology industry, according to findings published in ChemBioChem. 'Yes, we have invented a way to unboil a hen egg,' said Gregory Weiss, UCI professor of chemistry and molecular biology & biochemistry. 'In our paper, we describe a device for pulling apart tangled proteins and allowing them to refold. We start with egg whites boiled for 20 min at 90 C and return a key protein in the egg to working order.'"

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New Moon Missions? - Europe Looks Back and Forward | Video

Space.com - 3 hours 55 min ago
ESA is developing its vision for lunar exploration. This film details all moon missions date and projects future robotic and extended human missions on the surface.
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Dental experts show why wound healing is impaired in diabetics

Science Daily - 4 hours 31 sec ago
A critical molecule has been identified by a team of dental scientists that helps explain why diabetics suffer from impaired healing. Their results pinpoint a target for therapies that could help boost healing.
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Is head CT overused in emergency departments?

Science Daily - 4 hours 33 sec ago
Most patients presenting to the emergency department with syncope or dizziness may not benefit from head CT unless they are older, have a focal neurologic deficit, or have a history of recent head trauma.
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Brain study sheds light on how children with autism process social play

Science Daily - 4 hours 35 sec ago
Brain scans confirm significant differences in play behavior, brain activation patterns and stress levels in children with autism spectrum disorder as compared with typically developing children, new research demonstrates.
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Majority of homeless adults with mental illness have high rates of cognitive deficits

Science Daily - 4 hours 37 sec ago
Nearly three-quarters of homeless adults with mental illness in Canada show evidence of cognitive deficits, such as difficulties with problem solving, learning and memory, new research has found. The study-believed to be the largest of its kind -assessed neurocognitive functioning indicators such as mental processing speed, verbal learning and memory in 1,500 homeless adults in five Canadian cities.
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Cochlear implant users can hear, feel the beat in music

Science Daily - 4 hours 39 sec ago
People who use cochlear implants for profound hearing loss do respond to certain aspects of music, contrary to common beliefs and limited scientific research, says a research team. The scientists say exposure to the beat in music, such as drums, can improve the emotional and social quality-of-life of cochlear implant users and may even help improve their understanding and use of spoken language.
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Partly wrong with a chance of being right: Weather forecast

Science Daily - 4 hours 1 min ago
The inaccuracy of weather forecasts has personal implications for people around the world. New research from Tel Aviv University prioritizes, for the first time, the reasons for forecasting failures across different regions of the planet, quantifying the causes -- man-made and natural -- for weather prediction inaccuracies.
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