Ancient snow patches melting at record speed

Science Daily - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 12:12pm
Norway is dotted with small glaciers and permanent snow patches that contain all sorts of archaeological treasures, from ancient shoes to 5000-year-old arrowheads. But climate change has turned up the temperature on these snowfields and they are vanishing at an astonishing rate.
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Twinkle on fast-track mission to unveil exoplanet atmospheres

Science Daily - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 12:12pm
A team of scientists and engineers have announced plans for a small satellite, named ‘Twinkle’, that will give radical new insights into the chemistry, formation and evolution of planets orbiting other stars. The mission will be launched within four years.
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Cow immune system inspires potential new therapies

Science Daily - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 12:12pm
To help people with hormone deficiencies, scientists have developed a potential new therapy based on an unlikely model: immune molecules from cows.
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After hospital discharge, deadly heart risks can remain for up to a year

Science Daily - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 12:11pm
In the month following an older heart patient's hospital discharge, there is a one in five risk of rehospitalization or death, but little is known about how these risks change over time. A new study found that risks remain high for up to a year, but can be addressed with targeted care.
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How Leatherman Made That Amazing Multi-Tool You Wear on Your Wrist

Wired News - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 12:00pm

A screen isn't nearly as cool as some old-school tools.

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A Wireless Sensor That Locks Your Mac When You Walk Away

Wired News - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 12:00pm

The new Sesame 2 key fob is a dead-simple security solution for your Mac that's exactly the right kind of boring. It automatically locks your computer when you walk away from it.

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Better Call Saul Is No Breaking Bad, But It’ll Be Just as Addictive

Wired News - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 12:00pm

In Better Call Saul, the prequel spinoff to AMC's critically acclaimed meth drama Breaking Bad, we finally get to learn a little more about the sweaty desperation that makes Saul Goodman tick. It's not the same as Breaking Bad, but it promises to be just as addictive.

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Go See Jupiter Ascending, Even if It’s Stupid (And It Really Is)

Wired News - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 12:00pm

Jupiter Ascending might be a hot mess, but it also might be the only massive space action movie we get for a while. So you might as well go see it.

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The Gear From Goonies That Made Us Feel Better About Being Nerds

Wired News - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 11:30am

If WarGames introduced a generation to computers and hacker culture, The Goonies became a template for future gadget tinkerers and DIYers.

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We Can Now Build Autonomous Killing Machines. And That’s a Very, Very Bad Idea

Wired News - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 11:30am

Clearpath Robotics is a 80-person company founded six years ago by three college buddies who had a passion for machine building. They specialize in all-terrain test vehicles, such as the Husky, a stout four-wheeled robot vehicle that’s used by the Department of Defense as a test machine. They make drones too, and have even built a robot boat called the Kingfisher. But there is one thing the company will never build: a robot that can kill.

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Homeschooling Only Deepens Silicon Valley’s Rift With the Rest of Us

Wired News - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 11:30am

The homeschooling trend plays into the suspicion that techies would rather live in a bubble than the world we all share. The issue is a Silicon Valley culture that can too often prize breaking away at the expense of chipping in.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: This Amazing Little Critter Just Might Be Immortal

Wired News - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 11:30am

Listen, I don’t want to live forever. First of all, it’d take a really long time to work enough to save up for that long of a retirement. And I dunno, I’m a writer. I live by deadlines. And there ain’t no bigger deadline than your own inevitable death. But there’s one creature that doesn’t […]

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Hot Cocoa Mix Has the Same Stuff Your iPhone’s Screen Is Made Of

Wired News - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 11:00am

When used in your phone, this compound helps improve the strength of your screen; in hot cocoa, it traps moisture in its molecular pores, ensuring the only lumps in the mix are the marshmallows.

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Well That Didn’t Work: The Ridiculous History of Unstable, Impractical Three-Wheeled Cars

Wired News - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 10:45am

It is a given that vehicles should have an even number of wheels. Two, four, even six. But that hasn’t kept more than a few people from thinking three was the magic number.

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The Genuine American Communities That Still Exist in the Age of Facebook

Wired News - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 10:30am

Social media has become one of the leading ways we engage with life and feel connected to others, but the reality is, it’s often surreal and lonely. Everywhere you look, people are staring at a small screen, liking, swiping, commenting, and “socializing” with people they can’t actually see, let alone interact with. Photographer Alec Soth longed for […]

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The US Navy Wants More Railguns and Lasers, Less Gunpowder

Slashdot - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 10:29am
coondoggie writes Speaking before nearly 3,000 attendees at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology EXPO in Washington, D.C., Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert charged his audience to reduce reliance on gunpowder in a wide-ranging speech on the future technological needs of the Navy. "Number one, you've got to get us off gunpowder," said Greenert, noting that Office of Naval Research-supported weapon programs like Laser Weapon System (LaWS) and the electromagnetic railgun are vital to the future force. “Probably the biggest vulnerability of a ship is its magazine—because that’s where all the explosives are." Weapons like LaWS have a virtually unlimited magazine, only constrained by power and cooling capabilities aboard the vessel carrying them. In addition, Greenert noted the added safety for Sailors and Marines that will come from reducing dependency on gunpowder-based munitions.

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Roam the Mean Streets With This Essential Gear for Urban Hikers

Wired News - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 9:19am

Who needs a gym when there are miles of sidewalk to explore? Go hit the grid with this gear.

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Vintage First-Aid Kits Are the Prettiest Ways to Dress Your Wounds

Wired News - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 8:50am

Two classic first-aid kits for less than $20? Yes, and some of them even come loaded with decades-old bandages.

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Uber Will Add Panic Button and Location/Journey Sharing In India

Slashdot - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 8:09am
mpicpp sends word about new Uber safety measures coming soon to India. "Late last year, Uber announced plans for tighter safety measures in India following the rape of a passenger using its service in December. Now it has confirmed that two major features — an in-app panic button and journey/location sharing — will roll out to users in India on February 11 The company went public with the launch date after Times Of India reported that the Mumbai transportation department was considering a ban on its service over its apparent approach to safety. Authorities are reportedly "not happy with Uber representatives' responses during various meetings held to consider measures for passengers' safety." Uber cleared the air on its plans to settle "some misconceptions" around its safety policy — which already includes more stringent background checks and a dedicated emergency response team. That will be boosted when the in-app panic button, which alerts local police when triggered, and a 'safety net' feature, which goes beyond Uber's existing 'share my ETA' feature to let customers share details of their location and trip with up to five other people, go live in India next week."

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Uber Will Add Panic Button and Location/Journey Sharing In India

Slashdot - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 8:09am
mpicpp sends word about new Uber safety measures coming soon to India. "Late last year, Uber announced plans for tighter safety measures in India following the rape of a passenger using its service in December. Now it has confirmed that two major features — an in-app panic button and journey/location sharing — will roll out to users in India on February 11 The company went public with the launch date after Times Of India reported that the Mumbai transportation department was considering a ban on its service over its apparent approach to safety. Authorities are reportedly "not happy with Uber representatives' responses during various meetings held to consider measures for passengers' safety." Uber cleared the air on its plans to settle "some misconceptions" around its safety policy — which already includes more stringent background checks and a dedicated emergency response team. That will be boosted when the in-app panic button, which alerts local police when triggered, and a 'safety net' feature, which goes beyond Uber's existing 'share my ETA' feature to let customers share details of their location and trip with up to five other people, go live in India next week."

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