Study Finds That Humidity Has More Effect On Drive Failures Than Temperature

Slashdot - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 1:24pm
AmiMoJo writes: A study by Rutgers University and Microsoft has found that hard drives are more prone to failure due to high levels of humidity [PDF] than high temperature. With a view to 'free cooling' data centres (using low external air temperature for cooling to save power), the paper notes that humidity related malfunctions of the driver controller / adapter are the dominant cause of drive failure. The good news is that while the researchers found that high relative humidity was a significant factor in drive failures, "[S]oftware availability techniques can mask them and enable freecooled operation, resulting in significantly lower infrastructure and energy costs that far outweigh the cost of the extra component failures."

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Uber Just Launched Its Food-Delivery UberEATS App in First US Cities

Wired News - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 1:11pm
After first launching in Toronto, the standalone UberEATS app is arriving today in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The post Uber Just Launched Its Food-Delivery UberEATS App in First US Cities appeared first on WIRED.









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Magnetic nanoparticles show promise in biomedical applications

Science Daily - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 1:06pm
Recent developments and research related to iron oxide nanoparticles confirm their potential in biomedical applications – such as targeted drug delivery – and the necessity for further studies.
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Development of a wall-climbing drone

Science Daily - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 1:06pm
A new wall-climbing drone can approach any type of structure by flying and sticking to the target and utitlizing a pose change and perching mechanism.
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New electrode for ion concentration analysis: affordable and suitable for mass production

Science Daily - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 1:01pm
Researchers have developed a new electrode for analyzing lithium ion concentrations. Unlike traditional systems, it could be manufactured in a small format at low costs. The key is the material lithium-iron-phosphate, which is also utilized in lithium ion batteries. The operating principle could be applied to the analysis of other ions, such as are necessary for blood analyses and industrial tests.
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'Fairy circles' discovered in Australia

Science Daily - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 1:01pm
The circular, barren patches of land, forming a highly regular pattern over the dry grassland of Namibia, were thought to be the only ones of their kind anywhere in the world. But a new study shows that they are not. Researchers have now discovered the baffling structures in the uninhabited Australian outback too. Investigations carried out there have also provided new evidence that these fairy circles result from the way plants organize themselves in response to water shortage.
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Etsy Offers Half-A-Year Paid Leave in Tech Parental Perks Race

Wired News - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 1:01pm
Etsy is joining the ranks of tech giants offering more expansive benefits to parents in the race to attract talent. The post Etsy Offers Half-A-Year Paid Leave in Tech Parental Perks Race appeared first on WIRED.









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The Rain That’s Saving the West Is Drowning the South

Wired News - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 1:00pm
The jet stream abandoned a California weather system in Mexico. The post The Rain That's Saving the West Is Drowning the South appeared first on WIRED.









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Shyp Now Has a One-Tap Way to Ship Stuff You Sold on eBay

Wired News - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 1:00pm
Starting today, some sellers will no longer have to pack and send merchandise themselves thanks to eBay's new deal with Shyp. The post Shyp Now Has a One-Tap Way to Ship Stuff You Sold on eBay appeared first on WIRED.









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Pigeon foot feather genes identified

Science Daily - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 12:59pm
Scientists identified two genes that make some pigeon breeds develop feathered feet known as muffs, while others have scaled feet. The same or similar genes might explain scaled feet in chickens and other birds, and provide insight into how some dinosaurs got feathers before they evolved into birds.
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Microbes may not be so adaptable to climate change

Science Daily - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 12:59pm
Microbes in soil -- organisms that exert enormous influence over our planet's carbon cycle -- may not be as adaptable to climate change as most scientists have presumed.
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Complex learning dismantles barriers in the brain

Science Daily - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 12:59pm
Scientists taught Braille to sighted individuals and found that learning such a complex tactile task activates the visual cortex, when you'd only expect it to activate the tactile one.
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Pregnant T. rex could aid in dino sex-typing

Science Daily - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 12:56pm
A pregnant Tyrannosaurus rex that roamed Montana 68 million years ago may be the key to discerning gender differences between theropod, or meat-eating dinosaur, species.
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Amazon Wants To Replace Passwords With Selfies and Videos

Slashdot - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 12:43pm
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has filed a patent application for a technology which would allow consumers to authenticate transactions via selfie or video. As part of the verification process, the computer or mobile device will prompt the user to 'perform certain actions, motions or gestures, such as to smile, blink, or tilt his or her head.' Amazon claims that the introduction of facial recognition technology will make transactions more user friendly and secure than conventional identification methods, such as passwords which can be stolen and hacked.

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Will Arnett’s Guide to (Newly Tech-y) Venice, California

Wired News - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 12:00pm
Will Arnett's new Netflix show is about a man caught in the super-insular world of Venice, California. Here's the actor's guide to the place he calls home. The post Will Arnett's Guide to (Newly Tech-y) Venice, California appeared first on WIRED.









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AMD Announces 16 TFLOP Radeon Pro Duo

Slashdot - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 11:31am
MojoKid writes: Remember that Radeon R9 Fury X2 graphics card that AMD CEO Lisa Su showed off months ago? We were previously lead to believe that the dual-GPU graphics card would deliver performance of around 12 TFLOPs. However, the card will actually deliver in excess of 16 TFLOPs. AMD says that this is more than enough to allow developers to "Develop content more rapidly for tomorrow's killer VR experiences while at work, and playing the latest DirectX 12 experiences at maximum fidelity while off work." And the Radeon R9 Fury X2 name? That's dead and buried — the card is now known as the Radeon Pro Duo. Not much is known about the new card at this point but the Radeon Pro Duo will apparently be available during the second quarter with an estimated street price of $1,499.

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Loaded with Celestial Snapshots, 'Armchair Astronomer' Tours Cosmic Nebula

Space.com - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 11:17am
The new e-book "The Armchair Astronomer" takes readers on a tour of cosmic nebulae — massive clouds of gas and dust where stars die and are born. The book is loaded with photos of nebulae by Terry Hancock.
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Young Stars May Feast Frantically, Grow Chaotically, New Study Shows

Space.com - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 11:12am
Bright bursts of light released by certain young stars could be caused by collisions with nearby clumps of matter. The finding could have big implications for theories about star growth.
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Politics Threaten the Bold Plan to Free the Internet from US Control

Wired News - Tue, 15/03/2016 - 11:00am
Not everyone likes the proposal to end US control of ICANN, the organization that governs the Internet's tech standards. But the alternatives may be worse. The post Politics Threaten the Bold Plan to Free the Internet from US Control appeared first on WIRED.









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