Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

Slashdot - 52 min 43 sec ago
cartechboy (2660665) writes "Earlier in the week we heard that Tesla and Panasonic had reached an agreement to build the gigafactory together, and today that became official. Now it seems that things are farther along than anyone thought. In fact, construction of the plant might already be secretly underway in Nevada. This is of course interesting as Tesla hasn't officially announced where the gigafactory will be built. Something called Project Tiger is currently underway east of Reno, and there's a lot of construction workers, heavy equipment, and a heavily guarded fenced barrier around the site. The volume of dirt being moved is 140,000 cubic yards, which matches the gigafactory dimensions given earlier this year by Tesla. Is it possible that Tesla's actually building the gigafactory before even announcing its location? It seems so, yes."

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What’s Your Post-Apocalypse Gameplan?

Wired News - 1 hour 11 min ago
An interview with Lewis Dartnell, astrobiologist and author of The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch, about the most important skills to carry into a new civilization.






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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

Slashdot - 1 hour 23 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "University of Virginia grad student Thomas Talhelm was living in Beijing on a Fulbright Scholarship during the winter of 2012-13, when air pollution was so bad scientists likened it to a nuclear winter. Those who could afford it were resorting to an expensive solution: air filters costing up to $1,000. Talhem built his own on the cheap, getting comparable particulate count results, and has started a company that both markets the product to middle class Chinese and shows others how to DIY."

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White Dwarf + Red Giant = Thermonuclear Explosion | Animation

Space.com - 1 hour 37 min ago
The Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope detected a flash-blast emanating from white dwarf star V407 Cyg as the stellar wind of its red giant companion impinges, like spraying lighter fluid at a raging fire.
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Aquanautics: Why Astronauts Train Underwater | Video

Space.com - 1 hour 39 min ago
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei explains how he trains for assignments in space during a long stay in the Aquarius underwater laboratory in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
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NASA's JPL Develops Multi-Metal 3D Printing Process

Slashdot - 2 hours 3 min ago
yyzmcleod (1534129) writes The technology to 3D print a single part from multiple materials has been around for years, but only for polymer-based additive manufacturing processes. For metals, jobs are typically confined to a single powdered base metal or alloy per object. However, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory say they have developed a 3D printing technique that allows for print jobs to transition from one metal to another in a single object. From the article: In JPL’s technique, the build material’s composition is gradually transitioned as the print progresses. For example, the powdered build material might contain 97 percent titanium alloy and 3 percent stainless steel at the beginning of the transition. Then, in 1 percent increments between layers, the gradient progresses to 97 percent stainless steel and 3 percent Ti alloy by some defined point in the overall 3D printing process.

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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

Slashdot - 2 hours 44 min ago
An anonymous reader writes with s snippet from Ars Technica that should make you (even more) skeptical about plugging in random USB drives, or allowing to persons unknown physical access to you computer's USB ports : When creators of the state-sponsored Stuxnet worm used a USB stick to infect air-gapped computers inside Iran's heavily fortified Natanz nuclear facility, trust in the ubiquitous storage medium suffered a devastating blow. Now, white-hat hackers have devised a feat even more seminal—an exploit that transforms keyboards, Web cams, and other types of USB-connected devices into highly programmable attack platforms that can't be detected by today's defenses. Dubbed BadUSB, the hack reprograms embedded firmware to give USB devices new, covert capabilities. In a demonstration scheduled at next week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, a USB drive, for instance, will take on the ability to act as a keyboard that surreptitiously types malicious commands into attached computers. A different drive will similarly be reprogrammed to act as a network card that causes connected computers to connect to malicious sites impersonating Google, Facebook or other trusted destinations. The presenters will demonstrate similar hacks that work against Android phones when attached to targeted computers. They say their technique will work on Web cams, keyboards, and most other types of USB-enabled devices.

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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

Slashdot - 3 hours 26 min ago
First time accepted submitter wijnands (874114) writes Star Wars crews have started filming on the small Irish Island of Skellig Michael. This island, listed as a Unesco world heritage site, features the remains of a 6th century monastery as well as breeding populations of puffins , manx shearwaters, storm petrels, guillemots and kittiwakes. Currently the Irish navy has deployed one vessel to maintain a 2 mile exclusion zone around the island. Unesco is now concerned about what is going on the island, which is only visited 13 times a year by tourist groups, and has asked the Irish government for an explanation.

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Scientists Uncover a Surprising World of Microbes in Cheese Rind

Wired News - 3 hours 30 min ago
The rind of good cheese is a thriving microbial community. A single gram—a tiny crumb—contains 10 billion microbial cells, a mix of bacteria and fungi that contribute delicious and sometimes funky flavors. But even though humans have been making cheese for thousands of years, we know very little about what all those bugs are and […]






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Key to aging immune system is discovered

Science Daily - 3 hours 51 min ago
The immune system ages and weakens with time, making the elderly prone to life-threatening infection and other maladies, and scientists have now discovered a reason why.
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Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

Slashdot - 4 hours 7 min ago
jones_supa (887896) writes "Nokia's future as a company focused on providing network solutions, rather than mobile phones, looks to be bright. The company made big profits in the second quarter of 2014 after selling its mobile devices unit — the cornerstone of Nokia's rise in the 1990s — to Microsoft. Meanwhile Nokia has been buying up other businesses such as the Chicago-based SAC Wireless. Now Nokia is acquiring part of Panasonic's network business in an effort to boost its presence in Japan. The deal announced Thursday will give the Finnish firm control of roughly one third of Japan's mobile network market."

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Rising Moon and Milky Way Glow Above Maine Lighthouse (Photo)

Space.com - 4 hours 13 min ago
Astrophotographer Jon Secord took this image from Pemaquid Lighthouse in Pemaquid, Maine on June 21.
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Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

Slashdot - 4 hours 49 min ago
MojoKid (1002251) writes Game developer Crytek's problems have been detailed recently from various source, and it's now clear that it wasn't just the company's UK studios that were affected. Crytek announced today that it has officially moved development of its F2P shooter Hunt: Horrors of the Guilded Age to a German developer, ignoring the fact that the majority of the US team had apparently already quit the company. The problem? Just as in the UK, the US employees weren't getting paid. In a separate announcement, Crytek also declared that development of the Homefront series had passed entirely to developer Deep Silver. The company has stated, "On completion of the proposed acquisition, the Homefront team from Crytek's Nottingham studio would transfer their talents to Koch Media in compliance with English law and continue their hard work on upcoming shooter, Homefront: The Revolution. Both parties hope to finalize and implement a deal soon." It's hard to see this as good news for Crytek. The company can make all the noise it wants about moving from a development studio to a publisher model, but Crytek as a company was always known for two things — the CryEngine itself, adapted for a handful of titles and the Crysis series. Without those factors, what's left?

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Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

Slashdot - 5 hours 30 min ago
angry tapir writes The Internet domain name for a country doesn't belong to that country — nor to anyone, according to ICANN. Plaintiffs who successfully sued Iran, Syria and North Korea as sponsors of terrorism want to seize the three countries' ccTLDs (country code top-level domains) as part of financial judgments against them. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees the Internet, says they can't do that because ccTLDs aren't even property.

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Hackers Can Control Your Phone Using a Tool That’s Already Built Into It

Wired News - 5 hours 33 min ago
A lot of concern about the NSA’s seemingly omnipresent surveillance over the last year has focused on the agency’s efforts to install back doors in software and hardware. Those efforts are greatly aided, however, if the agency can piggyback on embedded software already on a system that can be exploited. Two researchers have uncovered such […]






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NASA Prepping Mars Probes, Rovers for Close Comet Flyby

Space.com - 5 hours 56 min ago
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN) is closing in on the Red Planet. At the same time, an interloper, comet Siding Spring, is also approaching.
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The Gadgets and Gear We Couldn’t Get Enough of This Month

Wired News - 6 hours 50 min ago
This is the stuff from our lives that we either own and never want to let go, or that we’ve been testing and are totally enamored with. This is July's most loved gear.






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Finally, a Way to Teach Coding to the Touchscreen Generation

Wired News - 6 hours 50 min ago
First came Generation X. Then the Millennials. And if you have kids under 10, you already know what they’re going to be called: the Touchscreen Generation. For these kids, who learned to walk and talk as smartphones and tablets were saturating the cultural landscape, a computer with a physical keyboard is archaic and distant, a […]






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Meet the Creative Crew Generating Some of the Internet’s Coolest GIFs

Wired News - 6 hours 50 min ago
The GIF is growing up. In just the past couple years it’s graduated from grainy loops of LOLing babies to an artistic medium that’s endorsed by the venerable Saatchi Gallery in London and commissioned by newspaper heavyweights like The New York Times. New art forms tend to inspire an infrastructure of people and organizations: fans, […]






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A Portrait of Priests and Nuns, Watching the Decline of Catholic Culture

Wired News - 6 hours 50 min ago
Catholicism’s reach and influence in the western world has been waning for decades, a large yet incremental shift difficult to document with a camera. Photographer Mika Goodfriend does so, beautifully, by focusing on the small and the personal in his series Fraternité Sacerdotale. The series provides a glimpse into the lives of the priests and […]






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