Did a Timer Error Change the Outcome of a Division I College Basketball Game?

Slashdot - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 5:06pm
New submitter javakah writes: Controversy has erupted from the February 10th basketball game between Boise State and Colorado State, and speculation is that a timer may have made an incorrect assumption about the number of frames per second the game was recorded in, and ultimately lead to an erroneous result. With the game tied in overtime, Boise State had the ball out-of-bounds with 0.8 seconds left on the game clock. The ball was thrown in-bounds, the shot went in, and the game clock showed that the Boise State player got the shot off with 0.4 seconds left. However there was a problem: the game clock did not start until a fraction of a second after the in-bounds player touched the ball. Referees decided to use video replay to examine whether the player had gotten the shot off within 0.8 seconds or not. To do this, they used a timer embedded in the video replay system. This embedded timer indicated that 1.3 seconds had passed between the time that the in-bounds player touched the ball and when he got the shot off. (Read more, below.)

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Google Brain Researchers Make Significant Progress On Language Modeling

Slashdot - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:43pm
New submitter integralclosure writes: Using neural networks, Google Brain researchers have significantly improved a computer's ability to model English (achieving extremely low perplexity score on a large dataset). Using the model they were able to generate random sentences, such as the following: 'Yuri Zhirkov was in attendance at the Stamford Bridge at the start of the second half but neither Drogba nor Malouda was able to push on through the Barcelona defence.' The sentences are generally coherent and mostly grammatically correct. Advances seem to be a replay of neural networks' dominance in the Imagenet competition.

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Hackers of Ukrainian Utilities Probably Hit Mining and Railroad Targets, Too

Slashdot - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:26pm
itwbennett writes: Trend Micro said Thursday that its latest technical research shows that the same malware — dubbed BlackEnergy and KillDisk — were likely used in attacks on a mining company and a railway operator that preceded the devastating power-company hacks and that those earlier attacks may have been test runs. 'The malware used in the attacks, known as Black Energy, has been linked by the security firm iSight Partners to a group nicknamed the Sandworm Team, which is suspected to be from Russia,' writes Jeremy Kirk.

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Asics Buys Runkeeper in Another Shoe and Software Team-Up

Wired News - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:21pm

The fitness apps are going fast.

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Best Telescopes for the Money

Space.com - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:16pm
Here are the best telescopes for the money. Our top picks include recommendations for city dwellers, hobbyists and gift-givers, as well as budget picks. Our editors have selected a few of the best options in each of four categories.
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Austrian Minister Calls For a Constitutional Right To Pay In Cash

Slashdot - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:45pm
New submitter sittingnut writes: Bloomberg reports that Austrian Deputy Economy Minister Harald Mahrer has called for a constitutional right to use cash to protect their privacy. According to the report, Mahrer said, "We don't want someone to be able to track digitally what we buy, eat and drink, what books we read and what movies we watch. We will fight everywhere against rules," including caps on cash purchases. EU finance ministers at a meeting in Brussels last Friday urged the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to "explore the need for appropriate restrictions on cash payments exceeding certain thresholds," " to crack down on "illicit cash movements."

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Catastrophic failure of South American Ice Age dam changed Pacific Ocean circulation and climate

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:24pm
The catastrophic release of fresh water from a vast south American lake at the end of the last Ice Age was significant enough to change circulation in the Pacific Ocean according to new research. The study reveals that the lake, which was about one third the size of Wales, drained several times between 13,000 and 8,000 years ago, with devastating consequences.
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Catastrophic failure of South American Ice Age dam changed Pacific Ocean circulation and climate

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:24pm
The catastrophic release of fresh water from a vast south American lake at the end of the last Ice Age was significant enough to change circulation in the Pacific Ocean according to new research. The study reveals that the lake, which was about one third the size of Wales, drained several times between 13,000 and 8,000 years ago, with devastating consequences.
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Sleep apnea takes a toll on brain function

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:23pm
People with sleep apnea show significant changes in the levels of two important brain chemicals, which could be a reason that many have symptoms that impact their day-to-day lives, new research concludes.
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Sleep apnea takes a toll on brain function

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:23pm
People with sleep apnea show significant changes in the levels of two important brain chemicals, which could be a reason that many have symptoms that impact their day-to-day lives, new research concludes.
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Genome studies can help identify lifestyle risks for diseases

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:23pm
A type of study commonly used to pinpoint genetic variants associated with diseases can also be used to identify the lifestyle predictors that increase the risk of a disease -- something that is often overlooked in genetic studies.
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Genome studies can help identify lifestyle risks for diseases

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:23pm
A type of study commonly used to pinpoint genetic variants associated with diseases can also be used to identify the lifestyle predictors that increase the risk of a disease -- something that is often overlooked in genetic studies.
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Gene switch may repair DNA and prevent cancer

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:23pm
New discoveries are bringing scientists closer to understanding how DNA repairs itself with a chemical modification which, when absent, can lead to tumor formation.
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Gene switch may repair DNA and prevent cancer

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:23pm
New discoveries are bringing scientists closer to understanding how DNA repairs itself with a chemical modification which, when absent, can lead to tumor formation.
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Giant flightless bird wandered the Arctic 50 million years ago

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:23pm
New research confirms there really was a giant, flightless bird with a head the size of a horse's wandering about in the winter twilight of the high Arctic some 53 million years ago.
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Giant flightless bird wandered the Arctic 50 million years ago

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:23pm
New research confirms there really was a giant, flightless bird with a head the size of a horse's wandering about in the winter twilight of the high Arctic some 53 million years ago.
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Pirate Bay Browser Streaming Technology Is a Security and Privacy Nightmare

Slashdot - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:05pm
An anonymous reader writes: Last week the Pirate Bay added support for streaming video torrents inside the browser in real-time. Kickass Torrents followed the next week. The technology they used is called Torrents Time. A security researcher has discovered that this technology which is a mix of client and server side code is actually a security and user privacy disaster. Attackers can carry out XSS attacks on TPB and KAT, the app runs on Mac as root, attackers can hijack downloads and force malicious code on the user's PC, and advertisers can collect info on any user that has Torrents Time installed.

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Gene signature could lead to a new way of diagnosing Lyme Disease

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:37pm
Researchers may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene “signature” they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne bacteria.
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Gene signature could lead to a new way of diagnosing Lyme Disease

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:37pm
Researchers may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene “signature” they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne bacteria.
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New lens ready for its close-up

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:37pm
Researchers have always thought that flat, ultrathin optical lenses for cameras or other devices were impossible because of the way all the colors of light must bend through them. But researchers have developed a new method of creating optics that are flat and thin yet can still perform the function of bending light to a single point, the basic step in producing an image.
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