How 4 Mexican Immigrant Kids and Their Cheap Robot Beat MIT

Wired News - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 11:30am

A WIRED Classic: How four underdogs from the mean streets of Phoenix took on the best from M.I.T. in the national underwater bot championship.

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Three Charming Gadgets That Show the Weather as Sights and Sounds

Wired News - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 11:30am

Weather Systems is a series of connected devices that alert you wind, rain and temperature.

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Nature Makes All Articles Free To View

Slashdot - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 10:12am
An anonymous reader writes: Scientific journal publishers have been under pressure recently by both scientists and the public to relax their restrictive rules on the sharing of information. Now, Macmillan has announced that its Nature Publishing Group will make all research papers free to read. This will require the use of proprietary viewing software, but it's a step in the right direction. "Initial reactions to the policy have been mixed. Some note that it is far from allowing full open access to papers. "To me, this smacks of public relations, not open access," says John Wilbanks, a strong advocate of open-access publishing in science and a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. 'With access mandates on the march around the world, this appears to be more about getting ahead of the coming reality in scientific publishing. Now that the funders call the tune and the funders want the articles on the web at no charge, these articles are going to be open anyway,' he says. But Peter Suber, director of the Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, says that the program is a step forward in that it eliminates the six-month embargo that NPG demands for free archiving of manuscripts."

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New Game of Thrones Videogame Is a Hyperviolent Choose-Your-Own-Adventure

Wired News - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 8:00am

WIRED editors play the first episode of the Game of Thrones videogame, and compare the choices they made as they attempt to stay alive in Westeros.

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The Life of an ATLAS Physicist At CERN

Slashdot - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 7:08am
An anonymous reader writes: Anyone with even a passing interest in the sciences must have wondered what it's like to work at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN. What's it like working in the midst of such concentrated brain power? South African physicist Claire Lee, who works right on ATLAS – one of the two elements of the LHC project that confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson in 2012 — explains what a day in the life of a CERN worker entails. She says, "My standard day is usually comprised of some mix of coding and attending meetings ... There are many different types of work one can do, since I am mostly on analysis this means coding, in C++ or Python — for example, to select a particular subset of events that I am interested in from the full set of data. This usually takes a couple of iterations, where we slim down the dataset at each step and calculate extra quantities we may want to use for our selections. The amount of data we have is huge – petabytes of data per year stored around the world at various high performance computing centers and clusters. It’s impossible to have anything but the smallest subset available locally – hence the iterations – and so we use the LHC Computing Grid (a specialized worldwide computer network) to send our analysis code to where the data is, and the code runs at these different clusters worldwide (most often in a number of different places, for different datasets and depending on which clusters are the least busy at the time)."

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CoreOS Announces Competitor To Docker

Slashdot - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 5:12am
New submitter fourbadgers writes: CoreOS, the start-up making the CoreOS Linux distribution, has announced Rocket, a container management system that's an alternative to Docker. CoreOS is derived from Chrome OS and has a focus on lightweight virtualization based on Linux containers. The project has been a long-time supporter of Docker, but saw the need for a simpler container system after what was seen as scope-creep in what Docker provides.

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Invisible Dark Matter May Show Up in GPS Signals

Space.com - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 3:39am
Dark matter might be made of clouds of energy cracks instead of particles and may be detectable in GPS signals.
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Invisible Dark Matter May Show Up in GPS Signals

Space.com - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 3:39am
Dark matter might be made of clouds of energy cracks instead of particles and may be detectable in GPS signals.
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Slashdot - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 3:14am
Jason Baker writes: Most everyone is using an open source tool somewhere in their workflow, but relatively few are contributing back their time to sustaining the projects they use. But these days, there are plenty of ways to contribute to an open source project without submitting code. Projects like OpenHatch will even help you match your skill set to a project in need. So what's holding you back? Time? Lack of interest? Difficulty getting started?

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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Slashdot - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 3:14am
Jason Baker writes: Most everyone is using an open source tool somewhere in their workflow, but relatively few are contributing back their time to sustaining the projects they use. But these days, there are plenty of ways to contribute to an open source project without submitting code. Projects like OpenHatch will even help you match your skill set to a project in need. So what's holding you back? Time? Lack of interest? Difficulty getting started?

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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Slashdot - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 3:14am
Jason Baker writes: Most everyone is using an open source tool somewhere in their workflow, but relatively few are contributing back their time to sustaining the projects they use. But these days, there are plenty of ways to contribute to an open source project without submitting code. Projects like OpenHatch will even help you match your skill set to a project in need. So what's holding you back? Time? Lack of interest? Difficulty getting started?

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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Slashdot - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 3:14am
Jason Baker writes: Most everyone is using an open source tool somewhere in their workflow, but relatively few are contributing back their time to sustaining the projects they use. But these days, there are plenty of ways to contribute to an open source project without submitting code. Projects like OpenHatch will even help you match your skill set to a project in need. So what's holding you back? Time? Lack of interest? Difficulty getting started?

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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Slashdot - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 3:14am
Jason Baker writes: Most everyone is using an open source tool somewhere in their workflow, but relatively few are contributing back their time to sustaining the projects they use. But these days, there are plenty of ways to contribute to an open source project without submitting code. Projects like OpenHatch will even help you match your skill set to a project in need. So what's holding you back? Time? Lack of interest? Difficulty getting started?

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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Slashdot - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 3:14am
Jason Baker writes: Most everyone is using an open source tool somewhere in their workflow, but relatively few are contributing back their time to sustaining the projects they use. But these days, there are plenty of ways to contribute to an open source project without submitting code. Projects like OpenHatch will even help you match your skill set to a project in need. So what's holding you back? Time? Lack of interest? Difficulty getting started?

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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Slashdot - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 3:14am
Jason Baker writes: Most everyone is using an open source tool somewhere in their workflow, but relatively few are contributing back their time to sustaining the projects they use. But these days, there are plenty of ways to contribute to an open source project without submitting code. Projects like OpenHatch will even help you match your skill set to a project in need. So what's holding you back? Time? Lack of interest? Difficulty getting started?

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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Slashdot - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 3:14am
Jason Baker writes: Most everyone is using an open source tool somewhere in their workflow, but relatively few are contributing back their time to sustaining the projects they use. But these days, there are plenty of ways to contribute to an open source project without submitting code. Projects like OpenHatch will even help you match your skill set to a project in need. So what's holding you back? Time? Lack of interest? Difficulty getting started?

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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Slashdot - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 3:14am
Jason Baker writes: Most everyone is using an open source tool somewhere in their workflow, but relatively few are contributing back their time to sustaining the projects they use. But these days, there are plenty of ways to contribute to an open source project without submitting code. Projects like OpenHatch will even help you match your skill set to a project in need. So what's holding you back? Time? Lack of interest? Difficulty getting started?

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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Slashdot - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 3:14am
Jason Baker writes: Most everyone is using an open source tool somewhere in their workflow, but relatively few are contributing back their time to sustaining the projects they use. But these days, there are plenty of ways to contribute to an open source project without submitting code. Projects like OpenHatch will even help you match your skill set to a project in need. So what's holding you back? Time? Lack of interest? Difficulty getting started?

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Target Cassiopeia and Perseus In December 2014 | Skywatching Video

Space.com - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 1:13am
The two constellations hold a bevy of star clusters ripe for gazing in December. Also, Mars, Jupiter and Venus are the evening planets to look for and Saturn before sunrise. Lastly, the Geminid meteor show peaks on the night of Dec. 13th to 14th.
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Target Cassiopeia and Perseus In December 2014 | Skywatching Video

Space.com - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 1:13am
The two constellations hold a bevy of star clusters ripe for gazing in December. Also, Mars, Jupiter and Venus are the evening planets to look for and Saturn before sunrise. Lastly, the Geminid meteor show peaks on the night of Dec. 13th to 14th.
Categories: Science