Do Cats Cause Schizophrenia? Believe the Science, Not the Hype

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 1:30pm
Like many health studies examining relationships between bacon and cancer, salt and obesity, or sugar and heart disease, the science here is not settled. The post Do Cats Cause Schizophrenia? Believe the Science, Not the Hype appeared first on WIRED.
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NASA Will Consider Adding Crew to Next-Gen Rocket's Debut Launch

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 1:30pm
NASA will take about a month to assess how much extra time, money and risk would be added to the debut flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket if a two-member crew was aboard, officials said Friday.
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Alphabet's Waymo Sues Uber For Allegedly Stealing Self-Driving Secrets

Slashdot - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: It took Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo seven years to design and build a laser-scanning system to guide its self-driving cars. Uber Technologies Inc. allegedly did it in nine months. Waymo claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday that was possible because a former employee stole the designs and technology and started a new company. Waymo accuses several employees of Otto, a self-driving startup Uber acquired in August for $680 million, of lifting technical information from Google's autonomous car project. The "calculated theft" of Alphabet's technology earned Otto's employees more than $500 million, according to the complaint in San Francisco federal court. The claims in Thursday's case include unfair competition, patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. Waymo was inadvertently copied on an e-mail from one of its vendors, which had an attachment showing an Uber lidar circuit board that had a "striking resemblance" to Waymo's design, according to the complaint. Anthony Levandowski, a former manager at Waymo, in December 2015 downloaded more than 14,000 proprietary and confidential files, including the lidar circuit board designs, according to the complaint. He also allegedly created a domain name for his new company and confided in some of his Waymo colleagues of plans to "replicate" its technology for a competitor. Levandowski left Waymo in January 2016 and went on in May to form Otto LLC, which planned to develop hardware and software for autonomous vehicles.

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Potential Trump Science Adviser Says Climate Change Is Great

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:30pm
Opinion: A climate scientist explains why William Tapper, a candidate for science adviser to the president, gets carbon dioxide all wrong. The post Potential Trump Science Adviser Says Climate Change Is Great appeared first on WIRED.
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Photo of the Week: The Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Ends in Flames

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:30pm
Photographer Stephen Yang arrived Wednesday morning to witness one final act of protest. The post Photo of the Week: The Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Ends in Flames appeared first on WIRED.
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The Math Behind Trump’s Deportation Plan Makes No Sense

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:00pm
As police are embracing data-driven, targeted enforcement, the Trump administration is turning to old-timey dragnets that won't make anyone safer. The post The Math Behind Trump's Deportation Plan Makes No Sense appeared first on WIRED.
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Hypnotic Animations Show Why Trees Depend on Forest Fires

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:00pm
Fire ecology is a big topic. Eleanor Lutz, the infographic-maker of the <em>Tabletop Whale</em> blog, breaks it down. The post Hypnotic Animations Show Why Trees Depend on Forest Fires appeared first on WIRED.
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Inside the Extreme Machine That Mimics Bombs and Black Holes

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:00pm
Machines like Z are the only way—short of exploding a weapon or sojourning inside the sun—to measure how matter behaves in extreme environments. The post Inside the Extreme Machine That Mimics Bombs and Black Holes appeared first on WIRED.
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Visit TRAPPIST-1e! NASA Travel Poster Advertises Exoplanet Discovery

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:00pm
If you're looking for an ultra-long vacation to an ultra-small dwarf star, a new NASA travel poster has just the trip for you: a star trek (get it?) to TRAPPIST-1e!
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Would the 'Hidden Figures' Leading Ladies Go to Space? (Video)

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 11:58am
Just in time for the Oscars, the three leads of "Hidden Figures" share their take on futuristic forms of spaceflight and whether they'd want to make an out-of-this-world journey.
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'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Will Be Visible from Southern Hemisphere Sunday

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 11:54am
This Sunday (Feb. 26), a "ring of fire" solar eclipse will be visible from parts of South America and Africa. Here's how this kind of eclipse differs from a total solar eclipse.
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What Would Life Be Like on the TRAPPIST-1 Planets?

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 11:53am
What would it be like to live in the TRAPPIST-1 system, which is home to seven Earth-sized planets that could potentially support life?
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Cloudflare Leaks Sensitive User Data Across the Web

Slashdot - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 10:00am
ShaunC writes: In a bug that's been christened "Cloudbleed," Cloudflare disclosed today that some of their products accidentally exposed private user information from a number of websites. Similar to 2014's Heartbleed, Cloudflare's problem involved a buffer overrun that allowed uninitialized memory contents to leak into normal web traffic. Tavis Ormandy, of Google's Project Zero, discovered the flaw last week. Affected sites include Uber, Fitbit, and OK Cupid, as well as unnamed services for hotel booking and password management. Cloudflare says the bug has been fixed, and Google has purged affected pages from its search index and cache. Further reading: The Register, Ars Technica

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Space Webcasts: NASA Debates Adding Crew to First Orion Flight

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 9:00am
NASA hosted a teleconference today (Feb. 24) to discuss the option of adding crew to the first flight of NASA's Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft. Listen live here.
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Russian Progress 66 Cargo Ship Docks at Space Station

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 8:38am
The robotic Russian cargo ship Progress 66 arrived at the International Space Station early Friday (Feb. 24), delivering nearly 3 tons of supplies to the orbiting laboratory.
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F1’s Funky New Cars Promise Faster, More Exciting Racing

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 8:00am
Speed brings spectacle, and Formula 1 definitely wants more spectacle. The post F1's Funky New Cars Promise Faster, More Exciting Racing appeared first on WIRED.
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Life Expectancy Set To Hit 90 In South Korea, Study Predicts

Slashdot - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 7:00am
According to a study published in the journal The Lancet, researchers have predicted that South Korea will likely become the first country where the average life expectancy will exceed 90 years. The researchers led by public-health researcher Majid Ezzati at Imperial College London used data from the World Health Organization and a suite of 21 statistical models they developed to figure out how life expectancy will change in 35 developed countries by 2030. Nature reports: Life expectancy is expected to increase in all 35 countries, in keeping with steady progress in recent decades, the team found. But it is South Korean women who will be living longest by 2030: there is a nearly 60% chance that their life expectancy at birth will exceed 90 years by that time, the team calculates. Girls born in the country that year can expect to live, on average, to nearly 91, and boys to 84, the highest in the world for both sexes. The nation's rapid improvement in life expectancy -- the country was ranked twenty-ninth for women in 1985 -- is probably down to overall improvements in economic status and child nutrition, the study notes, among other factors. South Koreans also have relatively equal access to health care, lower blood pressure than people in Western countries and low rates of smoking among women. As for the United States, the life expectancy is "predicted to be among the lowest of these countries by 2030; 80 for men (similar to the Czech Republic) and 83 for women (similar to Mexico)."

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Android Can’t Compete With iMessage. Google Is Changing That

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:01am
Google has been working with hundreds of carriers around the world to bring the text message into the 21st century. The post Android Can't Compete With iMessage. Google Is Changing That appeared first on WIRED.
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Self-Driving Cars Should Be Liable For Accidents, Not the Passengers: UK Government

Slashdot - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 3:30am
"Electric charging points at all major motorway services and petrol stations, and the occupants of a self-driving car aren't liable in the case of an accident -- those are two of the measures proposed by a new law that the UK government hopes will let us reap the rewards of improved transport technology over the next few years," reports Ars Technica. "These changes are part of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill (VTAB), a draft law that is basically a shopping list of governmental desires." From the report: The first item on the bill involves automated vehicles, and how to ensure that the vehicle's owner (which may or may not be a driver) and potential accident victims are protected. The bill says that insurance companies must offer two types of protection: for when a vehicle is acting autonomously, but also if the human driver decides to takes control. Essentially, the government wants to make sure that an accident victim can always claim compensation from the insurance company, even if the car was acting autonomously. It would then be up for the insurance company to try and reclaim that money from the car maker through existing common law and product liability arrangements. In a somewhat rare display of tech savviness, there are two exemptions listed in the bill. If the vehicle owner makes unauthorized changes to the car's software, or fails to install a software update as mandated by their insurance policy, then the insurer doesn't have to pay. It isn't clear at this point which capabilities will be enough to classify a vehicle as "self-driving." The draft law asks the department for transport (DfT) to work it out, post haste, and then to determine which vehicles qualify for the new type of insurance. The planned law also outlines new governmental powers to improve the UK's electric charging infrastructure.

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Who sweats more: Men or women?

Science Daily - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 1:20am
Sex differences in heat loss responses are dependent on body size and not sex, meaning that larger individuals sweat more than smaller ones during cycle exercise in warm and tolerable conditions.
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