New weapon in the fight against children's brain tumors

Science Daily - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:17pm
Children with brain cancer may soon get some help from mice with the same disease, thanks to a new brain tumor model in mice that should make it easier to test treatments.
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Breeding birds use alligators to protect nests from raccoons, opossums

Science Daily - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:17pm
Breeding birds that nest above alligators for protection from mammalian predators may also provide a source of food for the alligators living in the Everglades, Florida, according to a new study.
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Windows' Built-In PDF Reader Exposes Edge Browser To Hacking

Slashdot - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:57pm
An anonymous reader writes: Edge, Microsoft's new browser, uses the WinRT PDF library to automatically embed and present PDF files while navigating the web. This is what Java does with applets, and Flash with SWF files -- it unintentionally allows a hacker to append malicious code to PDF files and trigger drive-by attacks, which exploit WinRT vulnerabilities to target Windows 10 users. All that an attacker needs to do is to find and create a database of WinRT vulnerabilities it could leverage to distribute his malware.

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Reports Coming In Of Mass IBM Layoffs Underway In The U.S.

Slashdot - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:15pm
Tekla Perry writes: Last week, IBM reported to investors that its workforce at the end of 2015 was almost as big as its workforce at the end of 2014 (within less than 1 percent), in spite of a year in which 70,000 employees left the company, to be replaced with new hires and acquisitions. Today reports are coming in that massive layoffs across the United States are underway, likely one-third of the U.S. workforce, according to one soon-to-be-laid-off-IBMer. In addition, a recent change in IBM's severance policy may leave workers with less cash than anticipated. IBM maintains that things are just business as usual, but this appears to be the day IBM Watchers have long warned about.

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Song Exploder: How Patti Smith Inspired KT Tunstall’s Hit ‘Suddenly I See’

Wired News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:00pm
Here's how KT Tunstall transformed "Suddenly I See" from a lackluster demo into a radio-ready hit. The post Song Exploder: How Patti Smith Inspired KT Tunstall's Hit 'Suddenly I See' appeared first on WIRED.









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Google Says Angular 2 Will Support Python, Java

Slashdot - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 9:53pm
An anonymous reader writes: Google will release a faster beta version of Angular 2 in about two weeks, with a smaller version targeted for April. "We're improving our ability to handle different languages," says Google's Brad Green, noting that 213 contributors are currently working on Angular. "Our plan is to have versions that will work with many server-side technologies, from Java to Python." Microsoft has already demonstrated how it's building Angular into ASP.NET and Google is also working with the Drupal team. But Green says they'll also continue supporting Angular 1 for at least another year, until a majority of users have transitioned to the new syntax. Google says there are currently 21.3 million developers using Angular 1, compared to just 300,000 using Angular 2. "We've got a ways go to," Green admitted.

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Facebook Hit By German Antitrust Probe Over User Data

Slashdot - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 9:10pm
Regulators in Germany wonder whether the social network may be abusing market power by not being clear with consumers about how its using their data. Privacy advocates have argued that Facebook, along with a handful of other companies, is leveraging its dominance as a social network to harvest personal information, effectively trampling on privacy laws. The German probe, announced today, will investigate the violation of data protection provisions.

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Culture Podcast, Miracle Edition: We Didn’t Hate the Oscars!

Wired News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:55pm
There were a few things we left unsaid during our liveblog of Sunday's Oscars telecast. We're saying them on this week's Culture Podcast. Tune in here. The post Culture Podcast, Miracle Edition: We Didn't Hate the Oscars! appeared first on WIRED.









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Wooden iPhone Case Puts a Little Bit of Nature in Your Pocket

Wired News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:54pm
It's like wrapping your phone in a beautiful tree. The post Wooden iPhone Case Puts a Little Bit of Nature in Your Pocket appeared first on WIRED.









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Tiny 3-D Printed Building Shares Its Energy With an (Also 3-D Printed) SUV

Wired News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:46pm
From architecture firm SOM and the U.S. Department of Energy, here's a glimpse at how architects think we might live off-the-grid, and in the future. The post Tiny 3-D Printed Building Shares Its Energy With an (Also 3-D Printed) SUV appeared first on WIRED.









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New Findings Deepen the Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts

Slashdot - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:33pm
An anonymous reader writes: Last week, it was reported that the mystery of fast radio bursts were solved, and that they were due to the merger of a neutron star with another collapsed object, well outside of our galaxy. However, not only was that analysis fundamentally flawed, but a new paper out today identifies fast radio bursts that repeat, a dealbreaker for the merger scenario. Instead, it's thought that these events come from the evolution of young neutron stars, as the data show an extragalactic but non-transient origin for these bursts. Planned follow-up observations plan on identifying the source locations as well as their true nature, and discerning whether all fast radio bursts have the same origin, or whether there are multiple different classes.

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South Korea Breaks Filibuster Record Fighting New Surveillance Bill

Slashdot - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:12pm
An anonymous reader writes: Lawmakers in South Korea's National Assembly have broken the global collective filibuster record in its determination to defeat a new anti-terrorism bill which they believe threatens personal privacy for the country's citizens. 38 liberal members of the National Assembly spoke for a total of 193 hours in a collective effort which began on February 23rd and ended today, with the passing of the bill by 160 parliament members, with one 'no' and apparent abstention from the filibusters.

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Angela Bassett: An Interview of Probing Google Searches

Wired News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:00pm
Apparently a lot of people think she was in the video for Michael Jackson's "Thriller," but it's not true. She did, however, play Jackson's mom once. The post Angela Bassett: An Interview of Probing Google Searches appeared first on WIRED.









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Small dragonfly found to be world's longest-distance flyer

Science Daily - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:00pm
A dragonfly barely an inch and a half long appears to be animal world's most prolific long distance traveler -- flying thousands of miles over oceans as it migrates from continent to continent -- according to newly published research.
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iOS 9.3 Will Tell You If Your Employer Is Monitoring Your iPhone

Slashdot - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 7:51pm
An anonymous reader writes: Nobody likes being monitored. But even if you suspected your company is following your activities on the iPhone, would you know where to check? In the next iteration of its smartphone operating system, iOS 9.3, Apple is looking to make this an easier task. According to Reddit user MaGNeTiX, the latest beta of iOS 9.3 has a message telling users their iPhone is being supervised. The message is as prominent as can be, both on the device's lock screen and in the About section. "This iPhone is managed by your organization," the message on the lock screen says. And in the About screen, you get a little more detail, with a message saying your iPhone's supervisor can monitor your Internet traffic and locate your device.

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WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Love

Wired News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 7:50pm
Here's how to binge your way through Netflix's new not-quite-romantic rom-com. The post WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Love appeared first on WIRED.









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DoD Announces New Bug Bounty Program Called Hack the Pentagon

Slashdot - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 7:09pm
Quince alPillan writes: Announcing what it calls "the first cyber bug bounty program in the history of the federal government," the Department of Defense says it's inviting vetted hackers to test the security of its web pages and networks. Vetted hackers will need to pass a background check and will be attacking a predetermined system that is not a part of critical operations. This program is being put together by the Digital Defense Service, launched last fall.

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Pentagon Taps Eric Schmidt to Make Itself More Google-ish

Wired News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 7:04pm
While helping the Pentagon stay on top of the latest tech trends, the board also makes for some positive optics amid strained relations with Silicon Valley. The post Pentagon Taps Eric Schmidt to Make Itself More Google-ish appeared first on WIRED.









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Whales dine with their own kind: Predators feed in species-specific hotspots

Science Daily - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 6:56pm
Researchers have found that as multiple species of whales feast on herring, they tend to stick with their own kind, establishing species-specific feeding centers along the 150-mile length of Georges Bank.
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Popular blood pressure app misses the mark

Science Daily - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 6:56pm
A popular smartphone app purported to accurately measure blood pressure simply by placing a cellphone on the chest with a finger over the built-in camera lens misses high blood pressure in eight out of 10 patients, potentially putting users' health at risk, according to new research.
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