You Gotta Try DIY Virtual Reality, Even if You Make Hideous Things

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 3:00pm
Most of the VR created by everyday people will be hideous, but it will help the medium grow. The post You Gotta Try DIY Virtual Reality, Even if You Make Hideous Things appeared first on WIRED.
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How to View Beautiful Open Star Clusters Using Mobile Apps

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 2:52pm
Sprays of tiny diamonds against the black velvet sky, occasionally sprinkled with gems of ruby or topaz — open star clusters are among the most beautiful sights available to amateur stargazers.
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New iOS Update Fixes Unexpected Shutdown Issue On iPhone 6, iPhone 6s

Slashdot - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 2:40pm
Matthew Panzarino, writing for TechCrunch: Over the past couple of iPhone versions users have complained of "unexpected" shutdowns of their devices. Some iPhone 6, 6S, 6 Plus and 6S Plus devices could basically go dark unexpectedly, forcing a user to have to plug them into an outlet to get them to power back on. Apple has been working on this very annoying bug and it says it has come up with a fix of sorts that should mitigate the problem on a majority of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s devices. The fix is actually already on your iPhone if you have installed iOS 10.2.1 -- something that around 50 percent of iOS users have already done. After letting the fix simmer on customer devices, Apple now has statistics to share on how it has improved the issue, citing 80 percent reduction on iPhone 6s and 70 percent reduction on iPhone 6 devices.

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The toy boat that sailed the seas of time

Science Daily - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 2:35pm
A thousand years ago, for reasons we will never know, the residents of a tiny farmstead on the coast of central Norway filled an old well with dirt. Maybe the water dried up, or maybe it became foul. But when archaeologists found the old well and dug it up in the summer of 2016, they discovered an unexpected surprise: a carefully carved toy, a wooden boat with a raised prow like a proud Viking ship, and a hole in the middle where a mast could have been stepped.
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Where do flowers come from? Shedding light on Darwin’s 'abominable mystery'

Science Daily - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 2:35pm
The mystery that is the origin of flowering plants has been partially solved thanks to a team of scientists. Their discovery sheds light on a question that much intrigued Darwin: the appearance of a structure as complex as the flower over the course of evolution.
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Go See Get Out, the Smart Horror Gem We All Deserve

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 2:30pm
Jordan Peele's feature film debut gets in your head in ways that are hard to forget. The post Go See Get Out, the Smart Horror Gem We All Deserve appeared first on WIRED.
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Space Calendar 2017: Launches, Sky Events & More

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 2:30pm
Here’s a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecrafts already in travel.
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Kidney damage diagnosis may be inaccurate for many, suggests study

Science Daily - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 2:26pm
An analysis of patient records reveals that, for many, an initial diagnosis of 'acute kidney injury' using current clinical diagnostic methods may have been inaccurate.
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Founder of India's $4 Smartphone Firm Arrested on Allegations of Fraud

Slashdot - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 2:00pm
Remember the $4 smartphone from India? Yeah, things haven't really materialized. Reuters reports: The founder of an Indian tech firm that shot to prominence by offering a $4 smartphone has been arrested on allegations of fraud, after a handset dealer accused the company of not refunding him for an unfulfilled order, the police said. Mohit Goel, the founder of Ringing Bells, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Uttar Pradesh and will be produced in court later on Friday, said Rahul Srivastav, a police spokesman from the northern Indian state. Goel and his company made headlines last year with the "Freedom" smartphone, which was priced at 251 rupees ($3.77), attracting strong demand but also widespread scepticism and scrutiny from regulators even in price-conscious India, where cheap smartphones are big sellers. The founder was arrested after a dealer said he had paid 3 million Indian rupees for an order of handsets but had received only a fraction of the order. He further said some of the phones received were defective, according to the police.

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Do Cats Cause Schizophrenia? Believe the Science, Not the Hype

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 1:30pm
Like many health studies examining relationships between bacon and cancer, salt and obesity, or sugar and heart disease, the science here is not settled. The post Do Cats Cause Schizophrenia? Believe the Science, Not the Hype appeared first on WIRED.
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NASA Will Consider Adding Crew to Next-Gen Rocket's Debut Launch

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 1:30pm
NASA will take about a month to assess how much extra time, money and risk would be added to the debut flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket if a two-member crew was aboard, officials said Friday.
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Alphabet's Waymo Sues Uber For Allegedly Stealing Self-Driving Secrets

Slashdot - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: It took Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo seven years to design and build a laser-scanning system to guide its self-driving cars. Uber Technologies Inc. allegedly did it in nine months. Waymo claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday that was possible because a former employee stole the designs and technology and started a new company. Waymo accuses several employees of Otto, a self-driving startup Uber acquired in August for $680 million, of lifting technical information from Google's autonomous car project. The "calculated theft" of Alphabet's technology earned Otto's employees more than $500 million, according to the complaint in San Francisco federal court. The claims in Thursday's case include unfair competition, patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. Waymo was inadvertently copied on an e-mail from one of its vendors, which had an attachment showing an Uber lidar circuit board that had a "striking resemblance" to Waymo's design, according to the complaint. Anthony Levandowski, a former manager at Waymo, in December 2015 downloaded more than 14,000 proprietary and confidential files, including the lidar circuit board designs, according to the complaint. He also allegedly created a domain name for his new company and confided in some of his Waymo colleagues of plans to "replicate" its technology for a competitor. Levandowski left Waymo in January 2016 and went on in May to form Otto LLC, which planned to develop hardware and software for autonomous vehicles.

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Potential Trump Science Adviser Says Climate Change Is Great

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:30pm
Opinion: A climate scientist explains why William Tapper, a candidate for science adviser to the president, gets carbon dioxide all wrong. The post Potential Trump Science Adviser Says Climate Change Is Great appeared first on WIRED.
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Photo of the Week: The Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Ends in Flames

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:30pm
Photographer Stephen Yang arrived Wednesday morning to witness one final act of protest. The post Photo of the Week: The Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Ends in Flames appeared first on WIRED.
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The Math Behind Trump’s Deportation Plan Makes No Sense

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:00pm
As police are embracing data-driven, targeted enforcement, the Trump administration is turning to old-timey dragnets that won't make anyone safer. The post The Math Behind Trump's Deportation Plan Makes No Sense appeared first on WIRED.
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Hypnotic Animations Show Why Trees Depend on Forest Fires

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:00pm
Fire ecology is a big topic. Eleanor Lutz, the infographic-maker of the <em>Tabletop Whale</em> blog, breaks it down. The post Hypnotic Animations Show Why Trees Depend on Forest Fires appeared first on WIRED.
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Inside the Extreme Machine That Mimics Bombs and Black Holes

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:00pm
Machines like Z are the only way—short of exploding a weapon or sojourning inside the sun—to measure how matter behaves in extreme environments. The post Inside the Extreme Machine That Mimics Bombs and Black Holes appeared first on WIRED.
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Visit TRAPPIST-1e! NASA Travel Poster Advertises Exoplanet Discovery

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:00pm
If you're looking for an ultra-long vacation to an ultra-small dwarf star, a new NASA travel poster has just the trip for you: a star trek (get it?) to TRAPPIST-1e!
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Would the 'Hidden Figures' Leading Ladies Go to Space? (Video)

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 11:58am
Just in time for the Oscars, the three leads of "Hidden Figures" share their take on futuristic forms of spaceflight and whether they'd want to make an out-of-this-world journey.
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'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Will Be Visible from Southern Hemisphere Sunday

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 11:54am
This Sunday (Feb. 26), a "ring of fire" solar eclipse will be visible from parts of South America and Africa. Here's how this kind of eclipse differs from a total solar eclipse.
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