Here Is Your WIRED Star Wars Challenge for Day 170

Wired News - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 1:00pm

To embody Galen Marek, you must do your homework.

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eFast Malware Hijacks Browser With Chrome Clone

Slashdot - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 12:56pm
An anonymous reader writes with a report at The Stack that: eFast Browser, a new malicious adware which disguises itself as Google Chrome, has hijacked internet users' systems in an apparent effort to serve its own ads and harvest user activity to sell to third-party advertisers. It is able to mirror the aesthetics of Chrome as it uses the same source code, available across the open-source project Chromium. Once installed, eFast places ads across existing web pages, linking to third-party e-commerce sites or other malicious platforms.

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Scientists May Have Found the Earliest Evidence of Life On Earth

Slashdot - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 12:15pm
sciencehabit writes with news that UCLA scientists have found evidence that life likely existed on Earth at least 4.1 billion years ago, 300 million years earlier than previously thought. Science reports: "When did life on Earth begin? Scientists have dug down through the geologic record, and the deeper they look, the more it seems that biology appeared early in our planet's 4.5-billion-year history. So far, geologists have uncovered possible traces of life as far back as 3.8 billion years. Now, a controversial new study presents potential evidence that life arose 300 million years before that, during the mysterious period following Earth's formation. The clues lie hidden in microscopic flecks of graphite—a carbon mineral—trapped inside a single large crystal of zircon. Zircons grow in magmas, often incorporating other minerals into their crystal structures of silicon, oxygen, and zirconium. And although they barely span the width of a human hair, zircons are nearly indestructible. They can outlast the rocks in which they initially formed, enduring multiple cycles of erosion and deposition."

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Slick New Wireless Speakers Reimagine Your Home Audio Setup

Wired News - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 12:01pm

Portable wireless speakers are usually associated with road trips and so-so audio, but Libratone's new Zipp and Zipp Mini want to replace your Sonos system.

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The Idea That Online Life Isn’t Real Is Trite—And Harmful

Wired News - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 12:00pm

The idea that on-screen life is less authentic has meant that my experiences of online harassment—and those of countless other women—aren't taken seriously.

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Rovi and Michigan State University Establish Largest US Library Media Collection

Slashdot - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 11:31am
New submitter dbosman writes: A donation from Rovi Corp. announced Monday is bringing a gigantic media collection to Michigan State University that includes more than 850,000 CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games. “We are honored to be the proprietors of the largest media archive in the country, which has quickly become the most requested material in the Michigan inter-library loan system,” said Clifford H. Haka, director of libraries, Michigan State University. “The ‘Rovi Media Collection’ dramatically enhances our teaching curriculum and research within the College of Music, popular culture and film studies, and an emerging gaming program. Assembling a collection of such cultural and historic importance and overall magnitude would simply not have been feasible with our current budget. On behalf of all of our users at MSU and across Michigan, we thank Rovi for this generous gift.”

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'Chaos' on Jupiter’s Moon Europa Perhaps Spawned by Comet Crashes

Space.com - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 11:11am
Cosmic impacts might have helped deliver the ingredients for life into the hidden oceans that scientists think lurk beneath the surfaces of Europa and several other frozen moons in the solar system.
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Orionid Meteor Shower Promises Bright Sky Show This Week

Space.com - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 11:09am
One of the year's most reliable meteor showers is set to peak before sunrise on Thursday morning. This display is known as the Orionids, because the meteors seem to fan out from an area north of the constellation Orion's second-brightest star.
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Cosmic Artist Belbruno Enters a Strange New Dimension with NYC Exhibit

Space.com - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 11:06am
Mathematician and painter Ed Belbruno says his work in cosmology has made his art even more strange and abstract — or maybe it's his art that's influencing his science.
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How Climate Change Became a National Security Problem

Wired News - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 11:00am

Bernie Sanders says climate change is our biggest national security issue. Is he right? And what does it mean if he is?

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How the Most Promising Hoverboards Actually Work

Wired News - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 11:00am

Everyone wants a hoverboard. Here are three real hoverboards that exist right now.

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Huge, Elaborate Structures Made of Random Heaps of Plastic

Wired News - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 11:00am

Can we build more flexible architecture by pouring pieces of plastic on top of each other?

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That Time I Blacked Out Pulling 4 G’s in a Stunt Jet

Wired News - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 11:00am

The pilots of the Breitling Jet Team put on the fastest, loudest, coolest ballet you'll ever see. I went up for a ride.

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How to Modify Your Holga Camera

Wired News - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 10:00am

It's like creating a real-life Instagram filter.

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Guy Creates Handheld Railgun With a 3D-Printer

Slashdot - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 9:27am
turkeydance writes: Using a combination of 3D printing and widely available components, David Wirth built a functioning handheld railgun that houses six capacitors and delivers more than 1,800 joules of energy per shot. So far he has tested the gun using metal rods made of graphite, aluminum and copper-coated tungsten. David has shot projectiles at over 250 meters per second in tests.

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This News-Writing Bot Is Now Free for Everyone

Wired News - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 9:00am

The age of the robot writers is upon us, from sports recaps to earnings reports. Now the same tool news orgs use is available for everyone.

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Here’s How Twitter Reacted to the New Force Awakens Trailer

Wired News - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 4:20am

FYI, there was a point during the trailer's debut when #TheForceAwakens was being mentioned 283 times per second.

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These Are the Essential GIFs from the New Star Wars Trailer

Wired News - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 3:55am

Sure, it's fine to watch the new trailer. But you know what's even better? Watching the best moments on a constant loop.

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Here Is Every Great Moment in the New Star Wars Trailer

Wired News - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 3:26am

If you make them the backgrounds on all your various screens it will almost be like you’re living in a galaxy far, far away.

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