'July Effect' doesn’t apply to length of surgery

Science Daily - Sat, 24/01/2015 - 12:01am
The "July Effect" -- when newly trained physicians begin their residency at teaching hospitals, potentially increasing the risk of medical errors -- doesn't appear to lengthen surgeries during that month, according to an American study.
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How Helicopters Could Fly On Mars | Video

Space.com - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 11:52pm
The gravity and atmosphere of the Red Planet are far different than that of Earth. Helicopter design would have to be altered - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Bob Balaram explains the challenges.
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Slashdot - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 11:33pm
CryoKeen writes: I got a new laptop recently after trading in my old laptop for store credit. While I was waiting to check out, the sales guy just handed me some random antivirus software (Trend Micro) that was included with the purchase. I don't think he or I realized at the time that the CD/DVD he gave me would not work because my new laptop does not have a CD/DVD player. Anyway, it got me wondering whether I should use it or not. Would I be better off downloading something like Avast or Malwarebytes? Is there one piece of antivirus software that's significantly better than the others? Are any of the paid options worthwhile, or should I just stick to the free versions? What security software would you recommend in addition to anti-virus?

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Here’s the Secret Silk Road Journal From the Laptop of Ross Ulbricht

Wired News - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 11:23pm

As the saga of the Silk Road has unfolded over the last four years, everyone has had an opinion about the unprecedented, billion-dollar online narcotics bazaar, from press to politicians to prosecutors. Even the pseudonymous mastermind of the site, the Dread Pirate Roberts, gave an interview and posted many thousands of words to the Silk […]

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Leatherman’s New Wearable Tech Can Repair Your Wearable Tech

Wired News - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 11:05pm

Leatherman's new Tread is an industry first: a serious multi-tool that's worn on the wrist. Each link on the band includes two to three functional tools, for a total of 25 usable features.

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Ford Finally Discovers Silicon Valley

Wired News - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 11:01pm

Things like connectivity, infotainment, and autonomous features are as important to Ford as performance, styling, and safety.

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Aspiring Singer Arrested in Israel on Suspicion of Hacking Madonna

Wired News - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 10:59pm

The specific hackers behind the Sony breach and data leaks may never be identified or arrested. But authorities say they have caught a hacker behind another high-profile breach: the intrusion into computers owned by Madonna, which resulted in leaks of her songs before their scheduled release. The Israeli suspect, 39-year-old Adi Lederman, was arrested in […]

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'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)

Slashdot - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 10:46pm
The company is called TrackPIN, as is the product. Its creator, Mark Hall, showed it off at CES. Timothy pointed his camcorder at Mark as he explained how his product would let you get package deliveries safely when you aren't home by giving the UPS or FedEx (or other) delivery person access to your garage, as well as letting in selected people like your maid, your plumber, and possibly an aquarium cleaner. Each one can have a private, one-time PIN number that will actuate your garage door opener through the (~$250) TrackPIN keypad and tell your smartphone or other net-connected device that your garage was just opened, and by whom. You might even call this, "One small step for package delivery; a giant leap forward for the Internet of Things." Except those of us who don't have garages (not to mention electric garage door openers) may want to skip today's video; the TrackPIN isn't meant for the likes of us. (Alternate Video Link)

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George Lucas on How His New Film Is Like Star Wars for Girls

Wired News - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 10:41pm

"Just like Star Wars was designed for 12-year-old boys," says Lucas, "Strange Magic was designed for 12-year-old girls."

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10 New Rosetta Images Reveal Comet 67P In All Its Glory

Slashdot - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 10:02pm
sciencehabit writes: The first scientific results from Rosetta at comet 67P have been published, and they detail a surprising diversity of features on the 4-kilometer-long duck-shaped comet. The discoveries include images from Rosetta's main science camera, OSIRIS, which reveal 67P to be a far more varied place than anyone expected. The article summarizes a trove of scientific papers that were published today about comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The best part? They're all freely available.

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Expedia Buys Travelocity, Merging Two of the Web’s Biggest Travel Sites

Wired News - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 9:43pm

Expedia has agreed to buy Travelocity from its parent company, Sabre Corp., for $280 million, merging two major travel booking sites amidst increasing competition from other players in the space.

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It’s Time to Fix America’s Infrastructure. Here’s Where to Start

Wired News - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 9:42pm

President Obama believes America must build “21st century infrastructure—modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest Internet,” and in his State of the Union this week he asked the Republican-controlled Congress to pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan, likely the trillion-dollar legislation Senator Bernie Sanders proposed earlier this month. It’s an ambitious plan that many agree is desperately […]

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Mars Rover Opportunity Marks 11-Year Anniversary with Stunning Photo

Space.com - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 9:38pm
NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 11 years on Mars Saturday (Jan. 24), and the robot's handlers are marking the occasion with a gorgeous panoramic photo that Opportunity took of its Red Planet environs.
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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Slashdot - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 9:24pm
WheezyJoe writes: If you've been holding out hope that FiOS would rescue you from your local cable monopoly, it's probably time to give up. Making good on their statements five years ago, Verizon announced this week it is nearing "the end" of its fiber construction and is reducing wireline capital expenditures while spending more on wireless. The expense of replacing old copper lines with fiber has allegedly led Verizon to stop building in new regions and to complete wiring up the areas where it had already begun. The fiber network was profitable, but nowhere near as profitable as their wireless network. So, if Verizon hasn't started in your neighborhood by now, they never will, and you'd best ignore all those ads for FiOS.

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Mountain-Size Asteroid to Fly by Earth Monday: How NASA Will Watch

Space.com - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 8:40pm
Although the flyby of asteroid 2004 BL86 — which is about 1,800 feet (550 meters) wide — poses no foreseeable threat to Earth, it does present a rare opportunity to easily see a near-Earth asteroid, NASA officials say.
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Slashdot - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 8:32pm
An anonymous reader writes: The complainant in a sexual harassment case has come forward and told her story about what happened when she was a student in a MOOC led by a rockstar professor. "It would take almost a year before Harbi, with the help of MIT’s investigators, said she came to understand that Lewin’s interest in her was not motivated by empathy, and that their first conversations included inappropriate language. Shortly after contacting her, Harbi said, Lewin quickly moved their friendship into uncomfortable territory, and she was pushed to participate in online sexual role-playing and send naked pictures and videos of herself."

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U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

Slashdot - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 7:50pm
itwbennett writes: Automated tank gauges (ATGs), which are used by gas stations in the U.S. to monitor their fuel tank levels can be manipulated over the Internet by malicious attackers, according to security firm Rapid7. "An attacker with access to the serial port interface of an ATG may be able to shut down the station by spoofing the reported fuel level, generating false alarms, and locking the monitoring service out of the system," said HD Moore, the chief research officer at Rapid7.

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Uber’s Privacy Woes Should Serve As a Cautionary Tale for All Companies

Wired News - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 7:43pm

Revelations from the Washington Post and others are bringing to light growing concern that every Uber employee, and apparently interviewee, is allowed unlimited access to customer data. For instance, one article described how the company’s employees use a feature called “God View” that allows tracking of all Uber customers in real time; that information has then been […]

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Scientists slow down the speed of light travelling in free space

Science Daily - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 7:41pm
Scientists have managed to slow photons in free space for the first time. They have demonstrated that applying a mask to an optical beam to give photons a spatial structure can reduce their speed.
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Microsoft Continues Its March Toward Open Source With Latest Acquisition

Wired News - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 7:24pm

Microsoft has agreed to acquire open-source software company Revolution Analytics, heavily embracing the R programming language, a data analysis tool widely used by both academics and corporate data scientists. The software giant announced the deal on Friday, but did not disclose the terms. Revolution Analytics is best known for offering developer tools for use with […]

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