Vape Pens and E-Cigs Are Blowing Up. Like, Literally

Wired News - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 2:00pm

The problem usually can be traced to problems with the lithium-ion battery.

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Why Stack Overflow Doesn't Care About Ad Blockers

Slashdot - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 1:43pm
Press2ToContinue writes: Forging a bold step in the right direction, Stack Overflow announced today that they don't care if you use an ad blocker when you visit their site. "The truth is: we don't care if our users use ad blockers on Stack Overflow. More accurately: we hope that they won't, but we understand that some people just don't like ads. Our belief is that if someone doesn't like them, and they won't click on them, any impressions served to them will only annoy them-- plus, serving ads to people who won't click on them harms campaign performance. ... Publishers can't win by forcing ads — especially low-quality ads — in people's faces. Think scantily-clad women selling flight deals, weight-loss supplement promos or wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube-men promoting car dealerships." It's possible that this declaration by SO might help to clarify to advertisers that it is the overabundance of low quality ads that practically force the public to seek out ad blockers. But seriously, what is the likelihood of that?

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North Korea's Satellite Tumbling In Orbit

Slashdot - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 1:02pm
schwit1 writes: U.S. Defense officials stated Tuesday that the satellite that North Korea launched on Sunday is now tumbling in orbit and is useless. Do not take comfort from this failure. North Korea has demonstrated that it can put payloads in orbit. From this achievement it is a very short leap to aiming those payloads to impact any continent on Earth. They might not be able to aim that impact very accurately, but if you want to ignite an atomic bomb somewhere, you don't have to be very accurate.

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Gravitational Waves vs. Gravity Waves: Know the Difference!

Space.com - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 12:20pm
Gravity waves, gravitational waves and primordial gravitational waves... what do they mean? Is there a difference?
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These Scientists Saw Zika Coming. Now They’re Fighting Back

Wired News - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 12:00pm

For years, Zika has been collecting dust on the shelves of virus researchers in the United States. Now the research begins.

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Exposing the Seedy Underbellies of BMWs, Motorcycles, and Locomotives

Wired News - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 12:00pm

Yasena Popova uses an unlikely POV to showcase the underside of vehicles people use everyday.

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This Plane Flies Itself to an Airport and Lands in an Emergency

Wired News - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 12:00pm

Diamond Aircraft says it's building an airplane that takes over in an emergency, flies itself to an airport, and lands safely on its own.

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Obama’s Cybersecurity Plan is Meant to Secure His Legacy

Wired News - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 12:00pm

Cybersecurity is an essential part of any government or corporate security plan. Obama has recognized he couldn't leave office without one in place.

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With Its New Original Series, YouTube Asks: ‘What Netflix?’

Wired News - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 12:00pm

By tapping some of its homegrown stars for its premium programming, YouTube is setting itself apart in the original programming game.

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Hoefler & Co.’s New Typewriter-Inspired Font Is Crafted for Coders

Wired News - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 12:00pm

Operator is a new typewriter font that works in the digital age.

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NASA to Decide Fate of Troubled Mars Lander Next Month

Space.com - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 12:00pm
NASA aims to decide in March whether to prepare its InSight Mars lander for launch in mid-2018 or perhaps scrap the mission. InSight will miss its 2016 launch opportunity because of a leak in the vacuum chamber surrounding one of its key instruments.
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NASA Europa Mission May Not Launch Until Late 2020s

Space.com - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 12:00pm
Congress has directed NASA to launch a mission to Jupiter's potentially life-hosting moon Europa by 2022, but the agency's budget request for 2017 supports a liftoff in the late 2020s, officials say.
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February's Last-Quarter Moon: Why It's Missing

Space.com - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 12:00pm
As you gaze at the first-quarter moon this week, you may wonder when the last-quarter moon will occur this month. But there won't be one, if you live in North or South America.
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Gravitational Waves: A Black Hole Is Trying to Slap You — Can You Feel It?

Space.com - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 11:40am
Studying the ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves could allow astronomers to open a new window on the universe.
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Gravitational Waves Simply Explained With A Cube And Marble | Video

Space.com - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 11:36am
ESA LISA Pathfinder project scientist Paul McNamara explains the phenomena predicted by Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. The LISA Pathfinder mission will test the "concept of low-frequency gravitational wave detection."
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Sci-Fi Authors' Website Offers Free Gifts for Readers

Space.com - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 11:17am
Several science fiction authors have opened up a new online platform intended to connect directly with readers — and it's currently offering a free e-book upon sign-up and the chance to win 40 signed novels.
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NASA's 2017 Budget Request: Reactions from Space Industry Experts, Lawmakers

Space.com - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 11:17am
The proposed NASA budget for the 2017 fiscal year, $19 billion, has evoked mixed reactions from government officials and space organizations.
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'Cosmic Clouds' Lit Up By New Star | Video

Space.com - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 11:00am
Astronomers using the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope have captured imagery of 'reflection nebula' IC 2631; which is comprised of cosmic dust and gas that is illuminated by the star HD 97300.
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How to Make Nest’s Thermostat Your Smart-Home Hub

Wired News - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 10:42am

What's most intriguing about the Nest Thermostat is how it's become the center of a connected home ecosystem.

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Most IT Pros Have Seen Embarrassing Information About Their Colleagues

Slashdot - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 10:12am
An anonymous reader writes: Often working in isolation, IT teams are still considered to be supporting players in many workplaces, yet the responsibility being placed on them is huge. In the event of a cyber attack, network outage or other major issue, they will typically drop everything to fix the problem at hand. Almost all the respondents (95%) to a new AlienVault survey said that they have fixed a user or executive's personal computer issue during their work hours. In addition, over three-quarters (77%) said that they had seen and kept secret potentially embarrassing information relating to their colleagues' or executives' use of company-owned IT resources.

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