Chicago Finally Agrees to Build the George Lucas Museum

Wired News - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 6:00pm

The George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, designed by Beijing-based MAD Architects, got approved for zoning.

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Electronic Skin May Transform the Way We Interact With Tech

Wired News - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 6:00pm

Researchers have developed a polymer skin that senses pressure, temperature, and sound–all at once.

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Harrison Ford Wanted Han Solo Killed Off Long Ago

Wired News - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 5:57pm

The actor stopped by Jimmy Kimmel's show to explain why he asked George Lucas to kill off Han Solo.

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SXSW Reinstates Panels On Harassment, Adds All-Day Harassment Summit

Slashdot - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 5:55pm
An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, the South by Southwest Festival announced that it had canceled a pair of panels about online harassment after receiving threats involving them. The cancellation generated a massive outcry, including threats from media organizations to withdraw their support for the festival. Now, SXSW has announced that they're reinstating the panels as part of an all-day summit dedicated to talking about online harassment. They said, "By canceling two sessions we sent an unintended message that SXSW not only tolerates online harassment but condones it, and for that we are truly sorry. The resulting feedback from the individuals involved and the community-at-large resonated loud and clear. While we made the decision in the interest of safety for all of our attendees, canceling sessions was not an appropriate response." They've scheduled more than two dozen speakers for the event, and they plan to stream it live online. "Online harassment is a serious matter and we stand firmly against hate speech and cyber-bullying. It is a menace that has often resulted in real world violence; the spread of discrimination; increased mental health issues and self-inflicted physical harm."

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Fish, Ram, Triangle and More In November 2015 Skywatching | Video

Space.com - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 5:37pm
The twin fish of Pisces, the golden ram of Aries, and the Triangulum constellation are great targets this month. Meanwhile, Mars, Venus and the moon make a tight pairing early in November and Leonid meteors rain in the middle of the month.
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Halloween Fireballs Will Blaze in the Sky Through November

Space.com - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 5:30pm
The Taurid meteors — also called "Halloween fireballs" — are known for being extremely bright and relatively slow-moving. They will streak through the sky from Oct. 20 to Nov. 30, but will peak from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12.
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Mexican Senator Drafts One of the World's Worst Internet Laws

Slashdot - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 5:13pm
Kyusaku Natsume writes: This week, Mexican Senator Omar Fayad from ruling party PRI proposed a law to the Mexican Senate that would make it illegal to update your OS, disparage politicians, or become a whistleblower (Google translation of Spanish original), among other such nonsense. The poorly drafted law was written with the collaboration of the Mexican Federal Police — the agency that caused the U.S. government to cut back its financial support in the Mexican drug war because of their constant human rights abuses. Unsurprisingly, the stated goals of the law are to fight child pornography, identity theft, online bullying, and financial fraud.

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Saturn's geyser moon shines in close flyby views

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 4:54pm
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun transmitting its latest images of Saturn's icy, geologically active moon Enceladus, acquired during the dramatic Oct. 28 flyby in which the probe passed about 30 miles (49 kilometers) above the moon's south polar region. The spacecraft will continue transmitting its data from the encounter for the next several days.
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Chemical complexity promises improved structural alloys for next-gen nuclear energy

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 4:46pm
Researchers are investigating ways to design structural materials that develop fewer, smaller flaws under irradiation. Radiation can harm spacecraft, nuclear power plants and high-energy accelerators. Nuclear reactions produce energetic particles -- ions and neutrons -- that can damage materials as their energy disperses, causing the formation of flaws that evolve over time. Advanced structural materials that can withstand radiation are a critical national need for nuclear reactor applications.
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Large igneous provinces linked to extinction events

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 4:45pm
Mass extinction events are sometimes portrayed in illustrations of volcanic eruptions causing widespread destruction. According to experts this interpretation may have some truth behind it, but not in the instantaneous way we might think.
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New metal alloy could yield green cooling technologies

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 4:44pm
A promising metal alloy system could lead to commercially viable magnetic refrigerants and environmentally friendly cooling technologies.
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Solving 80-year-old mystery, chemist discovers way to isolate single-crystal ice surfaces

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 4:44pm
A chemist has discovered a way to select specific surfaces of single-crystal ice for study, a long-sought breakthrough that could help researchers answer essential questions about climate and the environment.
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What we know about how neonicotinoids affect bees

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 4:44pm
A second summary in as many years on the scientific evidence about the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees has been published by scientists. The research team was asked to update its findings by the chief scientific adviser of the United Kingdom government, which has banned the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides. Current evidence suggests that bumblebees and solitary bees are more severely affected by neonicotinoids than honeybees.
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Simple mathematical formula models lithium-ion battery aging

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 4:44pm
Hybrid electric vehicles, cell phones, digital cameras, and the Mars Curiosity rover are just a few of the many devices that use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Now a team of researchers has a simple mathematical formula to predict what factors most influence lithium-ion battery aging.
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Ask Slashdot: Innovative Operating Systems/Distros In 2015?

Slashdot - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 4:30pm
iamacat writes: Back in 90s, we used Linux not only because of open source, but also for innovative features not found in commercial operating systems — better multitasking, network power features like slirp and masquerading, free developer tools for many languages. Nowadays OSX and Windows caught up in these areas and mainstream distros like Ubuntu dumbed down in default configuration. So where to go for active innovation like 3D/VR desktop, artificial intelligence, drag and drop ability to mash up UI of multiple apps or just drastically better performance? Something maybe rough around the edges but usable and exciting enough to use as daily desktop?

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Wickedly Cool Space Book Comes Personalized to Your Kid

Wired News - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 4:28pm

Each highly customized book is made using data from sources like NASA and Google.

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NASA To Ping Halloween Asteroid With Large Antenna | Video

Space.com - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 4:14pm
Scientists will be treated to a near fly-by of a recently discovered 1300-foot-wide asteroid on Oct. 31st, 2015. They will be using their Deep Space Network's 34-meter (110-foot) DSS 13 antenna in Goldstone, California.
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Halloween Asteroid Flyby: Why You Won't See the Space Rock Saturday

Space.com - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 3:53pm
As you may already know by now, we're going to have a pretty close encounter on Halloween Saturday (Oct. 31) with a pretty big asteroid. But chances are low that you'll be able to see asteroid 2015 TB145 when it sails by on Halloween. Here's why.
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Lessons From a Decade of IT Failures

Slashdot - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 3:48pm
New submitter mixed_signal writes: IEEE Spectrum has an online set of articles, or "lessons," on why big IT projects have failed, including analysis of the impacts of failed systems and the life cycles of failed projects. From the summary: "To commemorate the last decade's worth of failures, we organized and analyzed the data we've collected. We cannot claim—nor can anyone, really—to have a definitive, comprehensive database of debacles. Instead, from the incidents we have chronicled, we handpicked the most interesting and illustrative examples of big IT systems and projects gone awry and created the five interactives featured here. Each reveals different emerging patterns and lessons. Dive in to see what we've found. One big takeaway: While it's impossible to say whether IT failures are more frequent now than in the past, it does seem that the aggregate consequences are worse."

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Return to the 2000s With This AIM-Inspired Chat Game

Wired News - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 3:30pm

'Emily is Away' takes place in a recreation of the AOL Instant Messenger client.

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