Watch Methane Clouds Swirl In Saturn Moon Titan's Skies (Video)

Space.com - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 4:42pm
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured video of methane clouds scudding through the skies of Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
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Salty batteries: Sodium-oxygen batteries have improved cycle life due to highly concentrated electrolytes

Science Daily - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 4:41pm
Smartphones, laptops, electric cars -- whatever the device, an efficient battery is high on any user's wish list. The search for the next-generation battery has recently focused on sodium- oxygen batteries. Theoretically, these should provide previously unattainable efficiency but their practical implementation has proven to be a stumbling block. Researchers now report that a highly concentrated electrolyte solution may make the sodium-oxygen battery more stable, and therefore more practicable.
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DRM is Used to Lock in, Control and Spy on Users, Says Free Software Foundation

Slashdot - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 4:40pm
In a scathing critique, the Free Software Foundation is urging the U.S. Government to drop the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions which protect DRM. From a report on TorrentFreak:Late last year the U.S. Copyright office launched a series of public consultations to review critical aspects of the DMCA law. FSF sees no future for DRM and urges the Copyright Office to repeal the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions. "Technological protection measures and Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) play no legitimate role in protecting copyrighted works. Instead, they are a means of controlling users and creating 'lock in'," FSF's Donald Robertson writes. According to FSF, copyright is just an excuse, the true purpose is to lock down and control users. "Companies use this control illegitimately with an eye toward extracting maximum revenue from users in ways that have little connection to actual copyright law. In fact, these restrictions are technological impediments to the rights users have under copyright law, such as fair use." Even if copyright was the main concern, DRM would be an overbroad tool to achieve the goal, the foundation notes. FSF highlights that DRM is not just used to control people but also to spy on them, by sending all kinds of personal data to technology providers. This is done to generate extra income at the expense of users' rights, they claim. "DRM enables companies to spy on their users, and use that data for profit," Robertson adds. "DRM is frequently used to spy on users by requiring that they maintain a connection to the Internet so that the program can send information back to the DRM provider about the user's actions," he adds.

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Patagonian fossil leaves reveal rapid recovery from dinosaur extinction event

Science Daily - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 4:34pm
Ancient feeding marks from hungry insects in South American leaf fossils are shedding new light on the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs.
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Innovation a Priority for New NASA Science Chief

Space.com - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 4:30pm
The new head of NASA's science directorate says he wants to incorporate more innovation into its various missions, but acknowledges that there are limited opportunities to do so in the near future with current missions.
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Small association of surgical anesthesia before age 4, later academic performance

Science Daily - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 4:18pm
A study of children born in Sweden suggests a small association between exposure to anesthesia for surgery before the age 4 with slightly lower school grades at age 16 and slightly lower IQ scores at 18, according to an article.
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Blood vessels control brain growth

Science Daily - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 4:17pm
Blood vessels play a vital role in stem cell reproduction, enabling the brain to grow and develop in the womb, reveals new research in mice.
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Key mechanisms of cancer, aging and inflammation uncovered

Science Daily - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 4:13pm
New details about the biology of telomeres -- "caps" of DNA that protect the tips of chromosomes and play key roles in a number of health conditions, including cancer, inflammation and aging -- have been uncovered by a team of researchers.
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Diamond collection brings deep Earth to the surface

Science Daily - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 4:11pm
It takes incredible heat and pressure to form a diamond. And when diamonds are formed, microscopic minerals are trapped inside. The chemistry of these minerals, or inclusions, provides a rare look at the processes that led to the formation of Earth's crust. Researchers have recently analyzed diamonds and have learned how an unusual chunk of Africa formed.
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Network traffic visualization tool will help thwart cyber attacks

Science Daily - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 4:06pm
Researchers have used a new tool to visualize DDoS attacks and malware distribution networks.
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Express Yourself Like It’s 1999, With This WordArt Generator

Wired News - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 4:00pm
The newest web toy from the designer behind the 'Stranger Things' type generator and, more recently, the LaCroix flavor generator, is an homage to WordArt. The post Express Yourself Like It’s 1999, With This WordArt Generator appeared first on WIRED.
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Australian Telescope Joins $100 Million Search for Alien Life

Space.com - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 4:00pm
Breakthrough Listen has begun using the Parkes radio telescope in Australia to scan the heavens, representatives of the ambitious, decade-long project announced Monday (Nov. 7).
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Facebook Puts Deep Learning in the Palm of Your Hand

Slashdot - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 4:00pm
Facebook has built a simple-looking video tool to show off a sophisticated use of artificial intelligence on cell phones. From a report on Fortune: During an event at its office in Menlo Park, Calif., last Friday afternoon, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer showed off software that takes a live Facebook video feed from a cell phone and converts the image in real time into a selection of artistic styles, such as that of Van Gogh. It might sound like a simple filter, but usually, an algorithm of this nature would need to send that type of information back to a server in a data center to process the pixels on more powerful machines. The Facebook crew crafted a less power-hungry and computing-intensive deep learning system they call "Caffe2Go," that uses the computing power in a cell phone. Facebook's Schroepfer showed the algorithm and other applications of artificial intelligence at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday. Last Friday, he called the system a "pretty big leap" and "a real neural net running on a phone in real time."

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Twitter May Save Vine by Selling it

Slashdot - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 3:20pm
Internet products come and go. Twitter announced late last month that it will be shutting down its micro-video platform Vine. But the fate of Vine, which has since received a lot of support, could change. Twitter has received a large number of bids from interested parties looking to buy the app, reports TechCrunch. From the article: One source says that at least some of the offers are for less than $10 million, indicating Twitter might not generate significant revenue directly from selling Vine. However, Vine could still benefit Twitter even if it's owned by someone who would help it thrive and retain the strong integration between the two apps. Vine content plays instantly in the Twitter stream, bolstering its current parent company's quest to serve more video that could attract user engagement.

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How human brains do language: One system, two channels

Science Daily - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 3:07pm
Currently there is a debate as to what role sign language has played in language evolution, and whether the structure of sign language share similarities with spoken language. New research shows that our brain detects some deep similarities between speech and sign language.
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Early planned birth linked to risk of poor child development

Science Daily - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 3:06pm
Planned births occur where a considered decision is made to deliver an infant, and in recent years there have been significant changes in clinical practice resulting in an increase in planned births before the ideal time of birth at 39-40 weeks' gestation. This is mostly attributable to the increased use of elective caesarean section and induction of labour.
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The Caucasus as an 'island' in the 'sea' of steppes: New insights in mosquito evolution

Science Daily - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 3:05pm
From a geographical point of view, the Caucasus is far from an island or even a peninsula, being a relatively big mountainous region appearing as a fence at the border of Europe and Asia, situated between the Black and the Caspian seas. However, a study into the chromosome structure of mosquito larvae of the species Glyptotendipes salinus, living by a saltwater lake in the foothills of the Caucasus, suggests that the region could be imagined as an "island" in the "sea" of steppes.
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Dependency can be an evolutionary advantage

Science Daily - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 3:04pm
It has been known for quite some time that genetically modified bacteria, which have lost their ability to produce certain amino acids and retrieve these nutrients from their environment grow better than bacteria, which produce all nutrients themselves. This led researchers to inquire whether natural selection would favor the loss of abilities, thus making bacteria more dependent on their environment.
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Check Out Fox News’ Insane $30M Election Day Studio

Wired News - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 3:00pm
Election night has always been about making complex information as digestible as possible. The post Check Out Fox News' Insane $30M Election Day Studio appeared first on WIRED.
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If Trump Loses But Doesn’t Concede, He Still Loses

Wired News - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 2:40pm
How much havoc can a sore loser wreak? Legally, not much. The post If Trump Loses But Doesn't Concede, He Still Loses appeared first on WIRED.
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