Cyborg Rights, Truffle Dealers, and 3 More Must-Hear Podcasts

Wired News - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 2:00pm
This week's podcast roundup has everything: hot air balloons, blood-letting, and a trunk full of truffles. The post Cyborg Rights, Truffle Dealers, and 3 More Must-Hear Podcasts appeared first on WIRED.
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Alexa and Google Home Record What You Say. But What Happens to That Data?

Wired News - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 2:00pm
Recording your voice and storing it on a server sounds alarming---OK, it is alarming---but there's a good reason why Amazon Echo and Google Home do it. The post Alexa and Google Home Record What You Say. But What Happens to That Data? appeared first on WIRED.
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Embedding Isn't Copyright Infringement, Says Italian Court

Slashdot - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 2:00pm
The appeal court of Rome has overturned one of the 152 website blocks another court imposed last month, and ruled that embedding does not constitute a copyright infringement. From an ArsTechnica report: The order against the Italian site Kisstube is annulled, but the other websites remain blocked. Kisstube is a YouTube channel, which also exists as a standalone website that does not host any content itself, linking instead to YouTube. Both the channel and website arrange content by categories for the convenience of users. The Italian court's decision was informed by an important ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). In the BestWater case, the CJEU held that embedding or framing a video or image from another website is not copyright infringement if the latter is already accessible to the general public. However, another CJEU judgment ruled that posting hyperlinks to pirated copies of material is only legal provided it is done without knowledge that they are unauthorised versions, and it is not carried out for financial gain.

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Stereochemistry: Self-amplifying selectivity

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 1:59pm
A chemist has designed and synthesized a catalyst that flexibly molds the handedness of the reaction products with which it interacts.
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Researchers uncover protein-based 'cancer signature'

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 1:59pm
A research team has investigated the expression of ribosomal proteins in a wide range of human tissues including tumors and discovered a cancer type specific signature. This “cancer signature” could potentially be used to predict the progression of the disease.
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ALMA measures size of seeds of planets

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 1:59pm
Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), have for the first time, achieved a precise size measurement of small dust particles around a young star through radio-wave polarization. ALMA’s high sensitivity for detecting polarized radio waves made possible this important step in tracing the formation of planets around young stars.
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Role of molecular modification in determining physical activity levels revealed

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 1:59pm
Researchers show modification of a gene product results in greater physical activity and reduced body weight in mice, thus boosting understanding of how physical activity is regulated at the cellular level in the nervous system.
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Highly efficient genome engineering in flowering plants

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 1:59pm
Plant biologists have developed a genome editing method to knockout target genes in a model plant with high efficiency. The team reports a new CRISPR/Cas9 vector for the model plant that can strongly induce inheritable mutations. This method is expected to become a powerful molecular tool for genome engineering in various plant species.
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Image of the Day

Space.com - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 1:30pm
"Spacey Casey" and an actor in a Z2 Mars spacesuit joined NASA Langley Director David Bowles and NASA administrator Charles Bolden on this spaced-out holiday float during NASA Langley's centennial celebrations.
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It’s a Fancy Hotel, Only, You Know, for Bicycles

Wired News - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 1:00pm
More fancy shed than Four Seasons, the Lillestrøm Bicycle Hotel lets commuters pay a small monthly fee to safely store bicycles indoors. The post It's a Fancy Hotel, Only, You Know, for Bicycles appeared first on WIRED.
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Uber Buys a Mysterious Startup to Make Itself an AI Company

Wired News - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 1:00pm
Uber is trying to move way beyond ride-sharing. The post Uber Buys a Mysterious Startup to Make Itself an AI Company appeared first on WIRED.
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EU Threatens Twitter And Facebook With Possible 'Hate Speech' Laws

Slashdot - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 12:30pm
An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo: On Sunday, the European Commission warned Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube and Microsoft that if the companies do not address their hate speech problems, the EU will enact legislation that will force them to do so. In May, those five companies voluntarily signed a code of conduct to fight illegal hate speech on their platforms within 24 hours... But on Sunday, the European Commission revealed that the companies were not complying with this code in a satisfactory manner. "In practice the companies take longer and do not yet achieve this goal. They only reviewed 40 percent of the recorded cases in less than 24 hours," a Commission official told Reuters. The Commission's report found that YouTube responded to reports of harassment the fastest, and unsurprisingly, Twitter found itself in last place. "If Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft want to convince me and the ministers that the non-legislative approach can work, they will have to act quickly and make a strong effort in the coming months," Jourova told the Financial Times on Sunday.

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'The Glass Universe': How Women 'Computers' Measured the Stars

Space.com - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 12:01pm
In the mid-19th century, women worked at the Harvard College Observatory as human computers, studying photographic plates of stars and unveiling some of the most fundamental discoveries of our universe.
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Say Hello to WIRED’s Stunning Photo Site

Wired News - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 12:00pm
More photos. More stories. One incredible new display. The post Say Hello to WIRED’s Stunning Photo Site appeared first on WIRED.
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In Sunday Sketching, Christoph Niemann Tells the Brutal Truth About the Creative Process

Wired News - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 12:00pm
WIRED Logo Click to share this story on Facebook Click to share this story on Twitter Click to email this story Click to comment on this story. (will open new tab) © 2016 Christoph Niemann For years, Christoph Niemann spent every Sunday conducting a drawing experiment. The artist, whose illustrations have appeared in dozens of […] The post In Sunday Sketching, Christoph Niemann Tells the Brutal Truth About the Creative Process appeared first on WIRED.
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How One Composer Turns Science Into Serious Drama

Wired News - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 12:00pm
Scientific topics, like love triangles or bank heists, are all about drama, emotions, and humans---and that's what chords and chromatics are all about. The post How One Composer Turns Science Into Serious Drama appeared first on WIRED.
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Cantina Talk: Those Rogue One Reshoots Were Kind of a Big Deal

Wired News - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 12:00pm
And by "big deal" we mean "probably quite expensive and time-consuming." The post Cantina Talk: Those Rogue One Reshoots Were Kind of a Big Deal appeared first on WIRED.
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What Tangled Web: Galaxy's Messy 'Threads' Star in New Pic

Space.com - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 11:56am
A striking new image from the Hubble Space Telescope captures an extremely detailed view of the galaxy NGC 4696 and the tangled, thread-like filaments stretching from its bright galactic core.
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Cassini Probe Will Have Busy Final Year at Titan

Space.com - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 11:55am
Saturn's moon Titan is being used by scientists to better understand the Earth's atmosphere. One day, it could give scientist a clue about the likelihood of non-Earthlike lifeforms evolving in the universe.
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18 Boho-Chic Gifts for the Hipster in Your Life

Wired News - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 11:04am
What to buy for the back-to-land, cooler-than-thou, anti-establishment hipster in your life? The post 18 Boho-Chic Gifts for the Hipster in Your Life appeared first on WIRED.
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