A Global Fish War is Coming, Warns US Coast Guard

Slashdot - 1 hour 44 min ago
schwit1 shares an article from the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings magazine. It includes this warning from the Coast Guard's chief of fisheries law enforcement: Nearly two decades into the 21st Century, it has become clear the world has limited resources and the last area of expansion is the oceans. Battles over politics and ideologies may be supplanted by fights over resources as nations struggle for economic and food security. These new conflicts already have begun -- over fish... In 1996, Canada and Spain almost went to war over the Greenland turbot. Canada seized Spanish vessels it felt were fishing illegally, but Spain did not have the same interpretation of the law and sent gunboats to escort its ships. In 1999, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter intercepted a Russian trawler fishing in the U.S. exclusive economic zone. The lone cutter was promptly surrounded by 19 Russian trawlers. Fortunately, the Russian Border Guard and the Coast Guard drew on an existing relationship and were able to defuse the situation... Japan protested 230 fishing vessels escorted by seven China Coast Guard ships entering the waters of the disputed Senkaku Islands. Incidents in the South China Sea between the Indonesian Navy and Chinese fishing vessels and China Coast Guard have escalated to arrests, ramming, and warning shots leading experts to suggest only navies and use of force can stop the IUU fishing... The United States needs to show it is serious about protecting sustainable fisheries and international rule of law. It needs a fleet that not only will provide a multilateral cooperation platform, but also take action against vessels and fleets that are unwilling to cooperate... If cooperation cannot be achieved, the United States should prepare for a global fish war. When I read "fish war," I was imagining it more like this.

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NASA's Cassini Probe Begins Its 'Grand Finale' Through Saturn's Atmosphere

Slashdot - 2 hours 49 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes Space.com: After orbiting Saturn for more than 13 years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is getting ready to say goodbye. On Monday (August 14), Cassini made the first of five passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere, kicking off the last phase of the mission's "Grand Finale." After completing those five dives, Cassini will come back around again one last time, plunging into Saturn's atmosphere on September 15. This will be a suicide maneuver: Cassini will burn up in the ringed planet's thick air, turning into a meteor in the Saturn sky... Cassini's radar will be able to look into the atmosphere and see features as small as 16 miles (25 km) wide, about 100 times smaller than what it could see from its usual orbital positions. The Grand Finale will include one final swing by Saturn's largest moon, Titan, on Sept. 11. Titan's gravity will slow Cassini's orbit around Saturn and bend its path to send the spacecraft toward its September 15 encounter with the planet... Cassini will keep sending back data on September 15 until it gets to an altitude where atmospheric density is about twice what it encountered during its final five passes, NASA officials said. At that point, mission controllers will lose contact with the probe because its thrusters won't be able to keep Cassini's antenna pointed toward Earth; there will simply be too much air to push against. The second dip happens this weekend, and NASA has created a special web page tracking Cassini's current location for its final 28 days.

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Spotlight on Carbondale: Illinois Town Sits at Solar Eclipse 'Crossroads'

Space.com - 3 hours 10 min ago
By pure cosmic coincidence, the town of Carbondale has found itself at the center of eclipse mania.
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Solar Eclipse 2017 in Carbondale: Space.com is at the Crossroads

Space.com - 3 hours 13 min ago
Space.com's Tariq Malik hits the road to Carbondale with Live Science's Denise Chow to cover the celestial event of the year, if not the century.
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Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Here Are the Best Live-Video Streams to Watch

Space.com - 3 hours 17 min ago
Experience 2017's total solar eclipse virtually: Come Aug. 21, people outside the eclipse path, under cloudy skies or hoping to stay indoors have plenty of options to watch the celestial event live.
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Tim Allen's Question About Apes Tops this Week's News Roundup

Wired News - 4 hours 13 min ago
The comedian's Twitter inquiry had a lot of people ready to tell him a thing or two.
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Cord-Cutting Still Doesn't Beat the Cable Bundle

Wired News - 5 hours 13 min ago
Cord-cutting is not cheap or easy, and there's not much hope of improvement on either front any time soon.
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Energized fabrics could keep soldiers warm and battle-ready in frigid climates

Science Daily - 5 hours 22 min ago
Soldiering in arctic conditions is tough. Protective clothing can be heavy and can cause overheating and sweating, while hands and feet can grow numb. To keep military personnel more comfortable, scientists are trying to create high-tech fabrics that heat up when powered and that capture sweat. These fabrics could conceivably be used in future consumer clothing.
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Testing TVs and tablets for 'green' screens

Science Daily - 5 hours 22 min ago
Today, researchers report preliminary results suggesting that under simulated landfill conditions, quantum dots can leach out of TVs and tablets. But because this happens in such tiny amounts, the team says that in the grand scheme of things, it might make sense to use the more toxic quantum dots that are made with a more eco-friendly process. The researchers are presenting their results at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.
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No guts no glory: Harvesting the microbiome of athletes

Science Daily - 5 hours 22 min ago
Scientists have tapped into the microbiome of elite runners and rowers, and have identified particular bacteria that may aid athletic performance. The goal is to develop probiotic supplements that may help athletes -- and even amateur fitness enthusiasts -- recover from a tough workout or more efficiently convert nutrients to energy. The researchers will present their work today at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.
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Silk could improve sensitivity, flexibility of wearable body sensors

Science Daily - 5 hours 22 min ago
From smart socks to workout clothes that measure exertion, wearable body sensors are becoming the latest 'must-have' technology. Now scientists report they are on the cusp of using silk, one of the world's most coveted fabrics, to develop a more sensitive and flexible generation of these multi-purpose devices that monitor a slew of body functions.
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Mussel-inspired glue could one day make fetal surgery safer

Science Daily - 5 hours 23 min ago
Whether to perform surgery on a fetus is a heart-wrenching decision. This type of surgery involves penetrating the delicate amniotic sac, increasing health risks to the fetus. Now researchers report the development of a glue, inspired by the tenacious grip of mussels on slippery rocks, that could one day help save the lives of the youngest patients.
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Sugars in human mother's milk are new class of antibacterial agents

Science Daily - 5 hours 23 min ago
A new study has found that sugars in mother's' milk do not just provide nutrition for babies but also help protect them from bacterial infections, making them a new class of antimicrobial agent.
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postmarketOS Pursues A Linux-Based, LTS OS For Android Phones

Slashdot - 5 hours 54 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes Liliputing: Buy an iPhone and you might get 4-5 years of official software updates. Android phones typically get 1-3 years of updates... if they get any updates at all. But there are ways to breathe new life into some older Android phones. If you can unlock the bootloader, you may be able to install a custom ROM like LineageOS and get unofficial software updates for a few more years. The folks behind postmarketOS want to go even further: they're developing a Linux-based alternative to Android with the goal of providing up to 10 years of support for old smartphones... Right now postmarketOS is a touch-friendly operating system based on Alpine Linux that runs on a handful of devices including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 4, 5, and 7 (2012), and several other Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Sony smartphones. There are also ports for some non-Android phones such as the Nokia N900 and work-in-progress builds for the BlackBerry Bolt Touch 9900 and Jolla Phone. Note that when I say the operating system runs on those devices, I basically mean it boots. Some phones only have network access via a USB cable, for instance. None of the devices can actually be used to make phone calls. But here's the cool thing: the developers are hoping to create a single kernel that works with all supported devices, which means that postmarketOS would work a lot like a desktop operating system, allowing you to install the same OS on any smartphone with the proper hardware. One postmarketOS developer complains that Android's architecture "is based on forking (one might as well say copy-pasting) the entire code-base for each and every device and Android version. And then working on that independent, basically instantly incompatible version. Especially adding device-specific drivers plays an important role... Here is the solution: Bend an existing Linux distribution to run on smartphones. Apply all necessary changes as small patches and upstream them, where it makes sense."

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Here Are the Most Amazing Things to Observe During a Solar Eclipse

Space.com - 6 hours 13 min ago
All sorts of spooky and downright amazing things happen during a solar eclipse, and knowing what to look for makes the experience even better.
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Wow, 'Terminator 2' in 3-D Is a Bad Idea

Wired News - 6 hours 13 min ago
Twenty-six years later, the ultimate action flick is back in multiplexes—but did it need to be baaaaack?
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The Most Extreme Way to Watch the Eclipse? Chase It in a Jet

Wired News - 6 hours 13 min ago
Some eclipse aficionados are skipping the traffic and meeting the eclipse more or less half way—from the air.
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Heading Back to School? Download These Study Apps for Android and iOS

Wired News - 6 hours 13 min ago
These great apps can help keep you on track in school.
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Tips for Safe Eclipse Viewing…from Someone Who Learned the Hard Way

Space.com - 6 hours 13 min ago
Get out and enjoy the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, but be sure to protect your eyes, or suffer potentially devastating effects.
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Google Culture Should Stay Open

Wired News - 6 hours 13 min ago
A veteran of Google’s communications team argues for preserving the famous Google culture of debate—even after a controversial firing.
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