Twitter Ditching Stars Is All About Snagging New Users

Wired News - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 9:21pm

Twitter is giving its users the chance to use the heart, on its own turf.

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Moon Over Mars: Why US Needs a Lunar Mission First (Op-Ed)

Space.com - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 9:07pm
Mars can wait — NASA must first go back to the moon.
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Gorgeous Glow! Green Aurora Shines Over Glimmering Lake

Space.com - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:57pm
A golden-green Aurora shines over Moraine Lake from Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.
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Google Tries To Guess Your Email Responses

Slashdot - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:54pm
An anonymous reader writes: Google's research blog today announced a new feature for their Inbox email app: a neural network that composes short responses to emails you receive. For example, if somebody emails you an invitation to an event, the app will detect that by scanning the words in the message and present you with three options for a quick response. Google says, "A naive attempt to build a response generation system might depend on hand-crafted rules for common reply scenarios. But in practice, any engineer's ability to invent 'rules' would be quickly outstripped by the tremendous diversity with which real people communicate. A machine-learned system, by contrast, implicitly captures diverse situations, writing styles, and tones. These systems generalize better, and handle completely new inputs more gracefully than brittle, rule-based systems ever could." Of course, you can skip them entirely, or use them and add your own words as well. How long until our email systems do most of our talking for us?

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Building the International Space Station

Space.com - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:51pm
Watch as the International Takes Shape in this speeded up NASA animation of its decade-long assembly, which began in 1998 and will end around 2010.
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VICE’s New VICELAND Channel Promises to Remake Cable With Edgy Infomercials

Wired News - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:39pm

As a business move, what's striking about the new VICE channel is the decision by a "new media" company to go in a direction that's demonstrably old.

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Hey Guess What Killing Bugs With Fire Is Still a Bad Idea

Wired News - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:30pm

The Exothermic Entomology Award, for exceptionally bad judgement in killing invertebrates with fire.

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New Bill Would Force Cops to Get Stingray Warrants

Wired News - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:27pm

Eventually even local law enforcement agencies may have to get a warrant before they can use stingray spying devices.

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Activision Buys Candy Crush Maker for $5.9 Billion

Wired News - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:24pm

Activision Blizzard's acquisition of King isn't about Candy Crush or Bubble Witch, it's about swallowing up a mobile audience.

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This Wallet Doubles as an iPhone Charger

Wired News - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:18pm

Now you can pay people with cash, or extra battery life.

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Professors study legal, social complexities of an augmented reality future

Science Daily - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:16pm
Those designing coming augmented reality systems should make them adaptable to change, resistant to hacking and responsive to the needs of diverse users, according to a report.
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Researchers work to solve infrastructure challenges through new engineering research center

Science Daily - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:16pm
In August, four universities were included in a new National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center to develop advances in geotechnical engineering that will provide solutions to some of the world’s biggest infrastructure development and environmental challenges.
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Warmer New England waters change landscape for cod and lobsters

Science Daily - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:16pm
An expert says a rapidly changing climate will dramatically change the living marine resources and maritime traditions of seacoast communities, like those of New England and must be accounted for by those responsible for managing the nation’s marine living resources.
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Why Avast Won't Show Source Code To the Government, But Others Do

Slashdot - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:12pm
An anonymous reader writes: Avast, a security and antivirus company based in Prague, says they refuse to share their source code, and that the U.S. government hasn't even asked them. This is not necessarily the case for the rest of the industry. Over the summer we learned from a report at The Intercept that GCHQ and the NSA had a project to subvert security software so they could use vulnerabilities and exploits to their own advantage. Antivirus firms McAfee and Symantec were notably absent from the list of targets, and Symantec later confirmed over email that they "permitted source code review in controlled environments to meet government requirements." In addition to raising questions about whether a security product can be trusted under such circumstances, it also causes political problems: "Giving assurances to one country, and receiving government certification, can harm a security company in another. China, a known cyber-adversary of the US, accused Symantec last year of including backdoors that could allow outside access -- though it did not specifically say how -- and banned the product from the country."

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How depressive thoughts persevere, interfere with memory in people with depression

Science Daily - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:11pm
Depressive thoughts are maintained for longer periods of time for people with depressed mood, and this extended duration may reduce the amount of information that these individuals can hold in their memory, new research demonstrates.
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Female biased green sea turtle sex ratio in San Diego Bay

Science Daily - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:11pm
Scientists have for the first time determined the ratio of males to females in a wild foraging group of green turtles in the Eastern Pacific, which suggests that sea turtles may be vulnerable to feminization from the temperature rises expected with climate change.
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Wildfires may double erosion across a quarter of western US watersheds by 2050

Science Daily - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:11pm
In recent years, wildfires have burned trees and homes to the ground across many states in the western US, but the ground itself has not gotten away unscathed.
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Researchers develop 3-D printing method for creating patient-specific medical devices

Science Daily - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:11pm
An innovative 3-D printing technology has been developed that could revolutionize important biomedical equipment, enhancing treatment for everyone from premature babies to patients needing implants.
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Fighting citrus greening with vibrating orange groves

Science Daily - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:11pm
Asian citrus psyllids are loathed by orange farmers because they spread a pernicious foe: the bacteria Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, which cause citrus greening, which turns the trees' leaves a sickly yellow and makes the fruit bitter and stunted. There is no cure, and the infected trees usually die within a few years. To halt the spread of the disease, researchers are developing vibration traps that hijack psyllid mating calls to bring their populations under control.
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WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: The James Bond Movies

Wired News - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 8:09pm

After 52 years and 24 movies, there's a dizzying amount of spycraft to sift through. Allow us to help, won't you?

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