The International Space Station Turns 15

Slashdot - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 12:16am
An anonymous reader writes: Today marks the 15th birthday of the International Space Station (ISS). Since Nov. 2, 2000 the ISS has hosted more than 220 people from more than a dozen countries. Time reports: "The ISS was little more than three pressurized modules, some supplies and a couple of solar wings to help keep it powered on the day the first crew climbed aboard. Today, the station is a flying piece of cosmic infrastructure the size of a football field, containing 15 pressurized modules, which afford the astronauts as much habitable space as a six-bedroom home. It weighs 1 million pounds (454,000 kg), runs on 3.3 million lines of software code and required 115 launches just to carry all of its components up to orbit."

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Gateway Computer Co-Founder Mike Hammond Dead At 53

Slashdot - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 11:55pm
damn_registrars writes: Mike Hammond, one of the three men who co-founded Gateway Computer, died over the weekend at the age of 53. Gateway started in an Iowa farmhouse in 1985 and shipped PCs straight to customers in boxes with a spotted-cow design. After retiring from Gateway, Hammond started Dakota Muscle to restore and repair classic cars.

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Early intervention in dyslexia can narrow achievement gap

Science Daily - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 11:42pm
Data demonstrate marked differences already present in first grade between typical and dyslexic readers.
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Global connections between El Nino events, drought

Science Daily - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 11:42pm
A team of researchers recently discovered that global climate change is causing general increases in both plant growth and potential drought risk. El Nino is a disruption of the ocean-atmosphere system in the tropical Pacific with important consequences for weather around the globe.
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Ice-age lesson: Large mammals need room to roam

Science Daily - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 11:42pm
A study of life and extinctions among woolly mammoths and other ice-age animals suggests that interconnected habitats can help Arctic mammal species survive environmental changes.
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Risk assessment, for the birds

Science Daily - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 11:42pm
Every year, backyard songbirds across the United States make an arduous journey to warmer winter climes. They migrate hundreds of miles, occasionally braving tough terrain and nasty weather. Sometimes, they have no place to stop and refuel along the way. A new study focused on the complex factors that determine when these little birds make their journeys.
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Trial reveals evidence of long-term benefits for people with chronic neck pain

Science Daily - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 11:42pm
Chronic neck pain is a difficult condition to treat, and previous research shows that single interventions generally do not provide long term benefits. Now a large scale investigation has found that the use of Alexander Technique or acupuncture can significantly relieve chronic neck pain.
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Somebody Just Claimed a $1 Million Bounty For Hacking the iPhone

Slashdot - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 11:33pm
citadrianne writes with news that security startup Zerodium has just paid a group of hackers $1 million for finding a remote jailbreak of an iPhone running iOS 9. Vice reports: "Over the weekend, somebody claimed the $1 million bounty set by the new startup Zerodium, according to its founder Chaouki Bekrar, a notorious merchant of unknown, or zero-day, vulnerabilities. The challenge consisted of finding a way to remotely jailbreak a new iPhone or iPad running the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system iOS (in this case iOS 9.1 and 9.2b), allowing the attacker to install any app he or she wants app with full privileges. The initial exploit, according to the terms of the challenge, had to come through Safari, Chrome, or a text or multimedia message. This essentially meant that a participant needed to find a series, or a chain, of unknown zero-day bugs."

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T-Mobile Will Put a Tiny LTE “Tower” in Your House

Wired News - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 11:32pm

T-Mobile’s CellSpot is effectively free, provided you pay a refundable $25 deposit and remember to return it at some point.

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San Francisco Is Ground Zero for an Airbnb Freakout

Wired News - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 11:27pm

Tomorrow San Franciscans vote on Proposition F—the so-called Airbnb initiative—the first time the “sharing economy” has faced such a big ballot test.

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Sprint Signs First Direct Roaming Agreement With Cuba

Slashdot - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 10:50pm
An anonymous reader writes: Sprint is now the first U.S. wireless carrier to sign a direct roaming agreement with Cuba. Sprint already has a direct long-distance interconnection agreement with the Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA). "As the commercial relationship between the U.S. and Cuba continues to progress, it is expected that the number of travelers to Cuba will increase exponentially," said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. "We want to make sure any Sprint customer traveling to Cuba can use their phone the same way as they do in the United States."

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Sally Ride's Life Shines in New Photobiography Book for Kids

Space.com - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 10:49pm
A new children's photobiography of Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, traces the course of her life in pictures and stories compiled by her partner of 27 years — offering a rare opportunity to get to know the famously private astronaut.
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BAE Takes Stake in British Air-Breathing Rocket Venture

Space.com - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 10:31pm
Access to BAE capital and technology will help Reaction Engines Limited accelerate development and testing of a prototype single-stage-to-orbit engine.
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US Air Force Launches 11th GPS 2F Satellite

Space.com - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 10:20pm
Service officials said the last satellite in the GPS 2F series is expected to launch Feb. 3, 2016.
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J.J. Abrams Answers Your Burning Star Wars Questions

Wired News - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 10:15pm

J.J. Abrams is getting very good at not giving straight answers about his new movie.

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Google Patches More Stagefright Vulnerabilities In Android

Slashdot - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 10:08pm
msm1267 writes: The Stagefright vulnerabilities are the gifts that keep on giving. Months after the potentially devastating security flaws in the mobile OS were publicly disclosed, Google continues to send out patches addressing vulnerabilities related to the initial reports. Today's monthly Android security bulletin includes a fix for another flaw in the Stagefright media playback engine, one in libutils where the Stagefright 2.0 vulnerabilities were found, and two in Android Mediaserver where all the vulnerable code runs. The over-the-air update was released today to Google's Nexus devices and will be added to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository in the next two days; Google partners including Samsung were provided the patches on Oct. 5, Google said, adding that the vulnerabilities are patched in Build LMY48X or later, or in Android Marshmallow with a patch level of Nov. 1.

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This Awesome Typeface Stretches Like a Rubber Band

Wired News - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 10:05pm

Natasha Jen designed an extendable typeface that can be stretched horizontally like a rubber band.

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Autumn's Night Skies Offer the Best of Summer ... and Winter

Space.com - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 10:04pm
Look up into the sky this week to see why autumn is the favorite season for many skywatchers: You can get your last look at summer stars and, if you stay up late, your first look at winter stars.
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A 51,000-Pound RV Made for a Little Girl Is Coming to Vegas

Wired News - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 9:46pm

A little girl's dream RV—with Kevlar reinforced tires, telescopic masts, and a popup penthouse—is headed to Las Vegas for its debut.

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Restaurants listing calorie counts on the menu offer more lower-calorie items

Science Daily - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 9:43pm
Large U.S.-based chain restaurants that voluntarily list calorie counts on their menus average nearly 140 fewer calories per item than those that do not post the information, new research suggests.
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