The Lonely-Man-Becomes-a-Crustacean Trailer: The Lobster

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:34pm

Find love or turn into an animal, NBD.

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The Movie About Making Grand Theft Auto Looks Serious

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:23pm

The BBC has released the first trailer for The Gamechangers, its upcoming film about the making of Grand Theft Auto.

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Easy-To-Clean Membrane Separates Oil From Water

Slashdot - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:15pm
ckwu writes: A steel mesh with a novel self-cleaning coating can separate oil and water, easily lifting oil from an oil-water mixture and leaving the water behind. Unlike existing oil-water separation membranes, if the coated mesh gets contaminated with oil, it can be simply rinsed off with water and reused, without needing to be cleaned with detergents. The team was able to use the mesh to lift crude oil from a crude oil-seawater mixture, showcasing the feasibility of oil-spill cleanup. The membrane could also be used to treat oily wastewater and as a protective barrier in industrial sewer outlets to avoid oil discharge.

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The Story (And Tech) Behind That Awesome Star Wars BB-8 Toy

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:00pm

It might be taking the blogs (and fans' hearts) by storm, but Sphero's toy robot is the product of one very lucky meeting.

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LISA Pathfinder to Refine Hunt for Gravitational Waves

Space.com - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 9:53pm
A new spacecraft will test ideas to find gravitational waves in the universe
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NASA Satellite's Dirt-Mapping Radar Bites the Dust

Space.com - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 9:47pm
The radar instrument on NASA's $916 million Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft stopped returning data on July 7, a few months after the satellite began its science mission. The SMAP team now views the instrument's recovery as unlikely.
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The Feds Need a Warrant to Spy With Stingrays From Now On

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 9:31pm

The federal government can no longer use controversial stingray devices to track mobile phone users without a warrant.

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14-Year-Old Boy Placed On Police Register After Sending Naked Picture To Classmate

Slashdot - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 9:31pm
Ewan Palmer reports: A teenage boy in the UK has had a crime of making and distributing indecent images recorded against him after he sent a naked picture of himself to one of his female classmates. The 14-year-old was not formally arrested after he sent the explicit image to a girl of the same age via Snapchat. The police file against the boy will now remain active for 10 years, meaning any future employer conducting an advanced Criminal Records Bureau check will be aware of the incident. However, it is not clear whether a police file was recorded for the girl who saved and shared the image. Under new legislation, if she had been over 18, the girl could have been convicted under the so called 'revenge porn' law in the UK.

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NASA's Laser-Communication Tech for Spacecraft Zaps Forward

Space.com - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 9:30pm
NASA is working to develop laser-based communications systems that will allow far-flung spacecraft to beam data home far faster than previously possible.
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'Hedgehog' robots hop, tumble in microgravity

Science Daily - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 9:21pm
Hopping, tumbling and flipping over are not typical maneuvers you would expect from a spacecraft exploring other worlds. Traditional Mars rovers, for example, roll around on wheels, and they can't operate upside-down. But on a small body, such as an asteroid or a comet, the low-gravity conditions and rough surfaces make traditional driving all the more hazardous. Enter Hedgehog: a new concept for a robot that is specifically designed to overcome the challenges of traversing small bodies.
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Chrysler Catches Flak for Patching Hack Via Mailed USB

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 8:59pm

The company is asking its users to commit a security sin: Plugging a USB drive they receive in the mail into a sensitive computer.

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Apple Finally Has a Gaming Twitter Feed. But Why Now?

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 8:51pm

Does Apple's new social media presence for its gaming apps portend a bigger push into gaming soon?

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Completely Paralyzed Man Walks In Robotic Exoskeleton

Slashdot - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 8:50pm
Zothecula writes: Working with a team of UCLA scientists, a man with protracted and complete paralysis has recovered sufficient voluntary control to take charge of a bionic exoskeleton and take many thousands of steps. Using a non-invasive spinal stimulation system that requires no surgery, this is claimed (abstract) to be the first time that a person with such a comprehensive disability has been able to actively and voluntarily walk with such a device.

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Google’s Latest Update Makes Life Easier for Hypochondriacs

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 8:49pm

Google will soon offer more quick, straightforward health information in search. So, hypochondriacs, maybe now you can finally take your doc off speed dial.

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NYC Enlists Tech Types to Help Fix Its Uber Problem

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 8:30pm

Over the summer, the mudslinging between Uber and the City of New York got ugly. Now they're looking to the future together.

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Remembering the Legend Behind ‘Form Follows Function’

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 8:16pm

Happy birthday, Louis Henry Sullivan.

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Slowing Wind Energy Production Suffers From Lack of Wind

Slashdot - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 8:08pm
HughPickens.com writes: Gregory Meyer reports at the Financial Times that electricity generated by U.S. wind farms fell 6 per cent in the first half of the year, even as the nation expanded wind generation capacity by 9 per cent. The reason was some of the softest air currents in 40 years, cutting power sales from wind farms to utilities. The situation is likely to intensify into the first quarter of 2016 as the El Niño weather phenomenon holds back wind speeds around much of the U.S. "We never anticipated a drop-off in the wind resource as we have witnessed over the past six months," says David Crane. Wind generated 4.4 per cent of US electricity last year, up from 0.4 per cent a decade earlier. But this year U.S. wind plants' "capacity factor" has averaged just a third of their total generating capacity, down from 38 per cent in 2014. EIA noted that slightly slower wind speeds can reduce output by a disproportionately large amount. "Capacity factors for wind turbines are largely determined by wind resources," says a report from the Energy Information Administration. "Because the output from a turbine varies nonlinearly with wind speed, small decreases in wind speeds can result in much larger changes in output and, in turn, capacity factors." In January of 2015, wind speeds remained 20 to 45 percent below normal on areas of the west coast, but it was especially bad in California, Oregon, and Washington, where those levels dropped to 50 percent below normal during the month of January.

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Before nature selects, gene networks steer a course for evolution

Science Daily - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 8:05pm
Natural selection is a race to reproduce, a competition between individuals with varying traits that helps direct evolution. How do the structures of gene networks determine which individuals appear on the starting line, silently influencing evolution before competition has even begun? Researchers have addressed this question by exploring the gene network that guides limb development in mammals.
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The science of stereotyping: Challenging the validity of 'gaydar'

Science Daily - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 8:05pm
'Gaydar' -- the purported ability to infer whether people are gay or straight based on their appearance -- seemed to get a scientific boost from a 2008 study that concluded people could accurately guess someone's sexual orientation based on photographs of their faces. In a new paper, researchers challenge what they call 'the gaydar myth.'
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Increased odds for type 2 diabetes after prenatal exposure to Ukraine famine of 1932-33

Science Daily - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 8:05pm
Men and women exposed in early gestation to the human-made Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 in regions with extreme food shortages were 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in adulthood. There was no diabetes increase among individuals born in regions with no famine. This is the first large-scale study of the relationship between famine severity during different stages of prenatal development and Type 2 diabetes risk.
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