Copenhagen's New All-Electric Public Carsharing Programming

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dkatana writes: Residents in Copenhagen have a new all-electric, free-floating, carsharing service. DriveNow is launching 400 brand new BMW i3 electric cars in the Danish city. The service is one-way, and metered by the minute. The big news is that residents can sign-up on the spot taking a picture of their drivers' license and a selfie and use their public transport accounts to pay. There will be a car available every 300 meters, the same distance as bus stops. The cost will be 3.50 kroner ($0.52) per minute driven. If members decide to park the car for a few minutes continuing the rental, those stationary minutes are charged at 2.5 kroner ($0.37). The maximum charge per hour is capped at 190 kroner ($28.50). There is no annual fee.

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Intel invests US$50 million in quantum-computing research

Kurzweil AI - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 11:56pm

Think of classical physics as a coin. It can be either heads or tails. If it were a bit, it would be 0 or 1. In quantum physics, this coin is best thought of as a constantly spinning coin. It represents heads and tails simultaneously. As a result, a qubit would be both 0 and 1 and spin simultaneously up and down. (credit: Intel)

Intel announced today (Thursday Sept. 3) an investment of $50 million and “significant engineering resources” in quantum computing research, in a 10-year collaborative relationship with the Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch Organisation for Applied Research.

“A fully functioning quantum computer is at least a dozen years away, but the practical and theoretical research efforts we’re announcing today mark an important milestone in the journey to bring it closer to reality,” said Mike Mayberry, Intel vice president and managing director of Intel Labs.

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Congressional Testimony: A Surprising Consensus On Climate

Slashdot - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 11:42pm
Lasrick writes: Many legislators regularly deny that there is a scientific consensus, or even broad scientific support, for government action to address climate change. Researchers recently assessed the content of congressional testimony related to either global warming or climate change from 1969 to 2007. For each piece of testimony, they recorded several characteristics about how the testimony discussed climate. For instance, noting whether the testimony indicated that global warming or climate change was happening and whether any climate change was attributable (in part) to anthropogenic sources. The results: Testimony to Congress—even under Republican reign—reflects the scientific consensus that humans are changing our planet's climate.

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Google Chrome Cuts Back on Memory Usage

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 11:40pm

Google Chrome has a reputation for high RAM usage? Not anymore.

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Connecting the Unwired World With Balloons, Satellites, Lasers & Drones

Slashdot - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:59pm
1sockchuck writes: New projects are seeking to connect the unwired world using balloons, drones, lasers and satellites to deliver wireless Internet. There are dueling low-earth orbit satellite initiatives backed by billionaires Elon Musk (SpaceX) and Richard Branson (OneWeb), while Google's Project Loon is using balloons (which sometimes crash) and Facebook is building a solar-powered UAV (Project Aquila). “The Connectivity Lab team is very focused on the technical challenges of reaching those people who are typically in the more rural, unconnected parts of the world,” Jay Parikh, vice president of engineering at Facebook says. “I think that we need to get them access. My hope is that we are able to deliver a very rich experience to them, including videos, photos and—some day—virtual reality and all of that stuff. But it’s a multi-, multi-, multi-year challenge, and I don’t see any end in sight right now.”

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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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