The Name of This New Rogue One Character Does Not Sound Cool

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 11:00am
His costume is pretty cool, though. The post The Name of This New Rogue One Character Does Not Sound Cool appeared first on WIRED.
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Space Photos of the Week: These Galaxies Got a Warped POV

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 11:00am
Space photos of the week, July 17—23, 2016. The post Space Photos of the Week: These Galaxies Got a Warped POV appeared first on WIRED.
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Back Up Your Phone While Charging It With This Spendy Cable

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 11:00am
A pricey little cable with a built-in storage module, Meem is an ingenious way to back up your photos, contacts, and text messages without the cloud. The post Back Up Your Phone While Charging It With This Spendy Cable appeared first on WIRED.
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Sega Announces Two New Sonic Games That Seek To Recapture The Glory Days

Slashdot - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader writes: In celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th anniversary, Sega has announced two new Sonic games at Comic-Con in San Diego. The first game is called Sonic Mania and it's a 2D platformer that features visuals and gameplay reminiscent of the classic Genesis games. "It revamps zones and acts from Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and Sonic and Knuckles, in addition to introducing new ones into the fold," writes Mat Paget from GameSpot. The second game has no title [besides "Project Sonic 2017"], but it does have a holiday 2017 release date for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo NX consoles. It reportedly features both classic and modern versions of Sonic, similar to 2011's Sonic Generations. Sega made two additional announcements. "Mobile game Sonic Dash has passed 200 million downloads and will receive a special in-game event that adds the Green Hill Zone and Classic Sonic as a playable character," reports GameSpot. "The event only lasts a week, but players can unlock both the classic level and character for use after the event." The second additional announcement is that the animated Sonic Boom series will be renewed for a second season. "Sonic Mania was born out of our fans' love of the classic Sonic 2D platform games,â said Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka. "This type of collaboration is a first for Sega and we hope everyone will be both surprised and delighted by this title. Sonic Mania has been a passion project for the entire team and we look forward to sharing more details about it later this year. Having the game actually playable at the event itself tonight was testament to the dedication of the team behind it.â

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The Most Amazing Space Photos This Week!

Space.com - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 7:29am
See the best photos on Space.com this week, including amazing images from a SpaceX rocket launch and landing, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos dressed as an alien and a super-deep photo from the Hubble Space Telescope.
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CRISPR: Chinese Scientists To Pioneer Gene-Editing Trial On Humans

Slashdot - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 7:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A team of Chinese scientists will be the first in the world to apply the revolutionary gene-editing technique known as CRISPR on human subjects. Led by Lu You, an oncologist at Sichuan University's West China hospital in Chengdu, China, the team plan to start testing cells modified with CRISPR on patients with lung cancer in August, according to the journal Nature. CRISPR is a game-changer in bioscience; a groundbreaking technique which can find, cut out and replace specific parts of DNA using a specially programmed enzyme named Cas9. Its ramifications are next to endless, from changing the color of mouse fur to designing malaria-free mosquitoes and pest-resistant crops to correcting a wide swath of genetic diseases like sickle-cell anaemia in humans. The Sichuan University trial, it is important to note, does not edit the germ-line; its effects will not be hereditary. What the researchers plan to do is enroll patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer, Nature reported, and for whom other treatment options -- including chemotherapy and radiotherapy -- have failed. They will then extract immune cells from the patients' blood and use CRISPR to add a new genetic sequence which will help the patient's immune system target and destroy the cancer. The cells will then be re-introduced into the patients' bloodstream. The Guardian does note that CRISPR was approved for human trials in the U.S., but if it begins on schedule in August the Sichuan University study will beat them to the punch of being the first of its kind.

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Mining Black Hole Collisions for Hints of the Elusive Axion

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 5:00am
The physicist Asimina Arvanitaki is thinking up ways to search gravitational wave data for evidence of dark matter particles orbiting black holes. The post Mining Black Hole Collisions for Hints of the Elusive Axion appeared first on WIRED.
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There’s a Trailer for the New Blair Witch Movie! Wait, What?

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 4:43am
It's a sequel! But not the original sequel. Also, it has the same name? We're just as surprised as you are. The post There's a Trailer for the New Blair Witch Movie! Wait, What? appeared first on WIRED.
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Cyanogen Inc. Reportedly Fires OS Development Arm, Switches To Apps

Slashdot - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 3:30am
An anonymous reader writes: Android Police is reporting that the Android software company Cyanogen Inc. will be laying off 20 percent of its workforce, and will transition from OS development to applications. The Android Police report says "roughly 30 out of the 136 people Cyanogen Inc. employs" are being cut, and that the layoffs "most heavily impact the open source arm" of the company. Android Police goes on to say that CyanogenMod development by Cyanogen Inc "may be eliminated entirely." Ars Technica notes the differences between each "Cyanogen" branding. Specifically, CyanogenMod is a "free, open source, OS heavily based on Android and compatible with hundreds of devices," while Cyanogen Inc. is "a for-profit company that aims to sell Cyanogen OS to OEMs." It appears that many of the core CyanogenMod developers will no longer be paid to work on CyanogenMod, though the community is still free to develop the software." Android Police details the firing process in their report: "Layoffs reportedly came after a long executive retreat for the company's leaders and were conducted with no advanced notice. Employees who were not let go were told not to show up to work today. Those who did show up were the unlucky ones: they had generic human resources meetings rather ominously added to their calendars last night. So, everyone who arrived at Cyanogen Inc. in Seattle this morning did so to lose their job (aside from those conducting the layoffs)." Early last year, Microsoft invested in a roughly $70 million round of equity financing for the then-startup Cyanogen Inc. Not too long before that, Google tried to acquire Cyanogen Inc., but the company turned down Google's offer to seek funding from investors and major tech companies at a valuation of around $1 billion. Cyanogen Inc. CEO Kirt McMaster once said the company was "attempting to take Android away from Google" and that it was "putting a bullet through Google's head."

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Comic-Con Hath Blessed Us With an American Gods Trailer

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 2:00am
From Neil Gaiman's book to Bryan Fuller's direction to your TV screen. Amen. The post Comic-Con Hath Blessed Us With an American Gods Trailer appeared first on WIRED.
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Auto Industry Publishes Its First Set of Cybersecurity Best Practices

Slashdot - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 1:40am
chicksdaddy quotes a report from Security Ledger: The Automotive industry's main group for coordinating policy on information security and "cyber" threats has published a "Best Practices" document, giving individual automakers guidance on implementing cybersecurity in their vehicles for the first time. The Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) released the Automotive Cybersecurity Best Practices document on July 21st, saying the guidelines are for auto manufacturers as well as their suppliers. The Best Practices cover organizational and technical aspects of vehicle cybersecurity, including governance, risk management, security by design, threat detection, incident response, training, and collaboration with appropriate third parties. Taken together, they move the auto industry closer to standards pioneered decades ago and embraced by companies like Microsoft. They call on automakers to design software to be secure from the ground up and to take a sober look at risks to connected vehicles as part of the design process. Automakers are urged to test for and respond to software vulnerabilities, to develop methods for assessing and fixing security vulnerabilities, to create training programs, promote cybersecurity awareness for both information technology and vehicle specific risks, and educate employees about security awareness. The document comes after a Kelly Blue Book survey that found that 62% of drivers think "connected cars will be hacked," and that 42% say they "want cars to be more connected."

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E-cigarette nicotine labels not always accurate

Science Daily - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 1:25am
A study found that 51 percent of labels on e-cigarette liquid nicotine containers from 16 North Dakota stores don’t accurately reflect the levels of nicotine found in the products. In one instance, actual nicotine levels were 172 percent higher than labeled. The majority of e-cigarette liquid containers also did not provide child-resistant packaging.
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Newly discovered material property may lead to high temp superconductivity

Science Daily - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 1:22am
Researchers have discovered an unusual property of purple bronze that may point to new ways to achieve high temperature superconductivity.
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Drug targeting BRAF mutation slows thyroid cancer, too

Science Daily - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 1:22am
Researchers found that treating metastatic thyroid cancer patients harboring a BRAF mutation with the targeted therapy vemurafenib -- originally approved for melanoma patients with the mutation -- showed promising anti-tumor activity in a third of patients.
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Behavioral activation as effective as CBT for depression, at lower cost

Science Daily - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 1:22am
A simple and inexpensive therapy is equally as effective at treating depression as the 'gold standard' of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a large-scale study has concluded.
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6 Things We Learned at the Game of Thrones Comic-Con Panel

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 1:15am
Well, that's one way for Samwell Tarly to die. The post 6 Things We Learned at the Game of Thrones Comic-Con Panel appeared first on WIRED.
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Hillary Clinton Chooses Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine As Running Mate

Slashdot - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 1:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine has been chosen as Hillary Clinton's running mate -- a man she called a "relentless optimist" who "devoted his life to fighting for others." Kaine has long been considered to be at the top of Clinton's short list. He was previously vetted for the vice presidency by Barack Obama in 2008. Kaine was an early supporter of Clinton's, appearing at a "Ready for Hillary" breakfast in May 2014 where he urged her to enter the 2016 presidential race. Kaine told NBC in June that he "encouraged her to run in May of 2014, because I could telescope forward and see some of the challenges that this nation would be facing. And I decided that by reason of character, by reason of background, and experience, but also especially by reason of results, she would be the most qualified person to be president in January of 2017." Prior to being elected to the Senate, Kaine served as governor and lieutenant governor of Virginia. In 2009, President Obama picked Kaine to lead the Democratic National Committee. Last week, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced Mike Pence as his VP running mate.

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Clinton’s VP Announcement is the Ultimate Text From Hillary

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 12:48am
By teasing a text, Clinton drummed up anticipation for an event that is, admittedly, a snoozefest for anyone but cable news producers. The post Clinton’s VP Announcement is the Ultimate Text From Hillary appeared first on WIRED.
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Steven Universe Turned Its Panel Into A Glorious Concert

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 12:35am
There's at least one song in nearly every episode of Rebecca Sugar's Cartoon Network show, so she led the cast and crew as a band. The post Steven Universe Turned Its Panel Into A Glorious Concert appeared first on WIRED.
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VW Has Emissions-Cheating Fix Ready, Says Report

Slashdot - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 12:20am
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Portland Press Herald: Volkswagen plans to fix the engines that were rigged to cheat on emissions tests by updating computer software and installing a larger catalytic converter to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, according to two dealers who were briefed by executives on the matter. The dealers said that limited details of the plan were made public last week at a regional dealer meeting in Newark, New Jersey, by Volkswagen of America Chief Operating Officer Mark McNabb. Portland Press Herald reports: "One dealer said the group was told that early testing of a small sample of repaired cars showed that the fix made 'no discernible difference' in the cars' mileage, horsepower or torque. Both dealers said they were told that more testing was needed and that the plans still had to be approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. One of the dealers said the so-called 'Generation 1' diesels -- about 325,000 VW Jettas, Golfs, Passats and Beetles from the 2009 to 2014 model years – would get new software and bigger catalytic converters in January or February of next year. About 90,000 'Generation 2' Passats already have sufficient emissions systems and would get only a software update early next year. Another 67,000 'Generation 3' 2015 models would get software in October and would get additional hardware a year later, the dealer said. Dealers also were told that they'd be reimbursed by VW for sales losses due to the scandal, and that new vehicles are coming." Last month, Volkswagen agreed to a record $14.7 billion settlement over the emissions cheating.

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