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+ - 102 'Space bubbles' may have led to deadly battle in Afghanistan->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A new study reveals that one of the bloodiest battles for U.S. forces in Afghanistan may have been caused by "space bubbles". In early 2002, a rescue mission went awry because a U.S. command post was unable to radio one of its helicopters about mistaken coordinates. The chopper ended up being shot down by the same al-Qaida forces that necessitated the rescue mission in the first place. Now scientists say that turbulent pockets of ionized gas may have deflected the military satellite radio signals enough to cause temporary communications blackouts in the region--and thus prevented the warning from getting to the rescue helicopter. The mission turned into a 17-hour firefight, costing seven lives."
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+ - 102 How Microsoft Buys Foreign Companies to Avoid U.S. Taxes->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft's $2.5 billion dollar deal to acquire Mojia, the Stockholm-based developer of Minecraft, is just the latest in a string of deals under which Redmond uses its offshore cash troves to fund growth--and dodge the IRS. International Business Times describes how it works."
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+ - 133 Smallest possible diamonds form ultra-thin nanothread->

Submitted by drcosquared
drcosquared (1720540) writes "Researchers in the Badding Lab at Penn State University have made diamond nanothreads through the compression of benzene molecules."These nanothreads promise extraordinary properties such as strength and stiffness higher than that of sp2 carbon nanotubes or conven tional high-strength polymers15. They may be the first member of a new class of ordered sp3 nanomaterials synthesized by kinetic control of high-pressure solid-state reactions." Nature Materials"
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+ - 102 Lotus creator Ray Ozzie is back -- with Talko->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Ray Ozzie, the man who created Lotus Notes and later went on to become Microsoft's chief software architect after selling the company his collaboration company called Groove, is back with a startup called Talko that on Tuesday introduced its first product — an iPhone app designed to encourage people to start using their cellphones again for voice conversations. The app mixes text and voice messaging, voice calling, image sharing and more, and is designed for delivering more meaningful group conversations."
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+ - 141 bentgate, a new issue Phone 6 users?

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "First, there was 'Antennagate', as iPhone 4 users found a noticeable drop in signal strength when touching the lower-left corner of their handset, leading Apple to tell its customers that they were holding the device the wrong way. Then came 'Scuffgate', as iPhone 5 users complained that it was all too easy to scratch that device's aluminium bodywork. Now, with the launch of Apple's latest handsets, comes 'Bentgate'. A handful of users — so far, at least — have complained that their iPhone 6 Plus handsets are 'bending', without significant force being exerted upon them. Several of these reports have come from users on the MacRumors forums. One user, 'hanzoh', said that his handset had been in his front trouser pocket for much of the day, which involved sitting while on a long drive and at a wedding, where he also danced. By the end of the day, when he placed his 6 Plus on his coffee table, he noticed that the device had bent slightly towards the top."

+ - 138 Octopus-Inspired Robot Matches Real Octopus For Speed

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Underwater vehicles have never matched the extraordinary agility of marine creatures. While many types of fish can travel at speeds of up to 10 body lengths per second, a nuclear sub can manage a less than half a body length per second. Now a team of researchers has copied a trick used by octopuses to build an underwater robot capable of matching the agility of marine creatures. This trick is the way an octopus expands the size of its head as it fills with water and then squirts it out to generate propulsion. The team copied this by building a robot with a flexible membrane that also expands as it fills with water. The fluid then squirts out through a rear-facing nozzle as the membrane contracts. To the team's surprise, the robot reached speeds of 10 body lengths per second with a peak acceleration of 14 body lengths per second squared. That's unprecedented in an underwater vehicle of this kind. What's more, the peak force experienced by the robot was 30 per cent greater than the thrust generated by the jet. The team think they know why and say the new technique could be used to design bigger subs capable of even more impressive octopus-like feats."

+ - 102 Stanford Promises Not to Use Google Money for Privacy Research->

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An anonymous reader writes "Stanford University has pledged not to use money from Google to fund privacy research at its Center for Internet and Society — a move that critics claim poses a threat to academic freedom.

The center has long been generously funded by Google but its privacy research has proved damaging to the search giant as of late. Just two years ago, a researcher at the center helped uncover Google privacy violations that led to the company paying a record $22.5 million fine. In 2011-2012, the center's privacy director helped lead a project to create a "Do Not Track" standard. The effort, not supported by Google, would have made it harder for advertisers to track what people do online, and likely would have cut into Google's ad revenue.

Both Stanford and Google say the change in funding was unrelated to the previous research."

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+ - 94 Best crowd funding source for science or education projects?->

Submitted by Donald Philip
Donald Philip (3847667) writes "I work with a research group that is building a set of analytic tools to analyze students postings in online learning environments. We already have the tools, but need money to build the software bridges that would allow our system to interoperate with systems like Blackboard or Moodle. Does anyone know which crowd funding source might be the best for such a project? The URL below is to the research group to which I refer."
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+ - 113 Fuel Cell Innovations

Submitted by Inzkeeper
Inzkeeper (767071) writes "I remember years ago when I first ready about fuel cells as a possible alternative energy source.
This sounded great: using hydrogen to generate electricity without combustion. The exhaust is pure water. I was excited ...until I started reading about the drawbacks. Hydrogen is not easy to produce, store, distribute, etc. The cathode is made from platinum making it expensive.

Years after losing interest, I decided to check on recent developments in the field.
I discovered that research into the use of fuel cells is alive and well.
This may very well become the disruptive technology that we hope it could be.
Here are some of the many recent innovations out there:

April 9 2013: Burn scrap paper and aluminum, add cheap catalyst and water: "cheap" hydrogen on demand

Nov 25, 2013: CellEra creates a catalyst free of rare earth metals.

April 29, 2014: Lawrence Berkeley and Argonne National Labs create a process that uses 85% less platinum and has more the 30 times the catalytic activity.

June 24, 2014: UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council experiments with ammonia as a source fuel.
It is relatively easy to store, "cheap" to make, and can be stored at low preassure.

July 2014: GE has developed a process that uses stainless steel as a catalyst instead of platinum.
The fuel is natural gas instead of pure hydrogen. The exhaust, a mixture of hydrogen
and carbon, is then put through a combustion engine for further efficiency.

August 4, 2014: Anglo American Platinum is funding a study into the use of liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology
as a means of storing hydrogen.

August 22, 2014: Stanford has developed an process for producing hydrogen from water using inexpensive materials and relatively little energy."

+ - 127 Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable-> 1

Submitted by electronic convict
electronic convict (3600551) writes "A year ago, security researcher Marc Rogers demonstrated how to spoof the TouchID sensor in the iPhone 5S using some Elmer's glue and glycerol — oh, and a high resolution camera and a laser printer.

Has TouchID security improved at all on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus? Not really, Rogers reports in his latest post, in which he again hacks the latest TouchID sensors using the same method as before. 'Fake fingerprints created using my previous technique were able to readily fool both devices,' he reports.

Rogers, however, says there's no reason to panic, as the attack requires substantial skill, patience and a good clear fingerprint. . As he writes: 'We use locks on our doors to keep criminals out not because they are perfect, but because they are both convenient and effective enough to meet most traditional threats.'"

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+ - 102 One Remote To Rule Them All?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "How do you imagine yourself interacting with the Internet of Things in the future? Does each thing have its own interface? Will you use one device or multiple "things" that interact together in ways that are meaningful to you within the context you happen to be in? These are hard questions to answer, but in a recent thread spurred by news that Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home, Jon Bruner asks "Who will build the “god platform” for the Internet of Things?""

+ - 180 How to keep Student's Passwords Secure? 1

Submitted by bigal123
bigal123 (709270) writes "My son's school is moving more and more to online and is even assigning Chromebooks or iPads to students (depending on the grade). In some cases they may have books, but the books stay home and they have user names and passwords to the various text book sites. Then hey also have user names/passwords to several other school resources. Most all the sites are 3rd party site. So each child may have many user names (various formats) and passwords. They emphasized how these elementary kids needed to keep their passwords safe and not share them with other kids. However when asked about the kids remembering all the user names and passwords the school said they are going to have the kids write them down in a notebook. This seemed like a very bad practice for a class room and to/from home situation. Do others have good password management suggestions or suggestions for a single sign-on process (no/minimal cost) for kids in school accessing school provisioned resources?"

+ - 245 Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million in 4 Months->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes "Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released Tuesday, in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gave worst- and best-case estimates for Liberia and Sierra Leone based on computer modeling.

In the worst-case scenario, Liberia and Sierra Leone could have 21,000 cases of Ebola by Sept. 30 and 1.4 million cases by Jan. 20 if the disease keeps spreading without effective methods to contain it. These figures take into account the fact that many cases go undetected, and estimate that there are actually 2.5 times as many as reported.

The report does not include figures for Guinea because case counts there have gone up and down in ways that cannot be reliably modeled.

In the best-case model — which assumes that the dead are buried safely and that 70 percent of patients are treated in settings that reduce the risk of transmission — the epidemic in both countries would be “almost ended” by Jan. 20, the report said. It showed the proportion of patients now in such settings as about 18 percent in Liberia and 40 percent in Sierra Leone."

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+ - 102 PayPal Integrates Bitcoin Processors BitPay, Coinbase And GoCoin

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "PayPal today announced partnerships with three leading Bitcoin payment processors: BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin. The eBay-owned company wants to help digital goods merchants accept Bitcoin payments, although it is starting with those located in the US and Canada first ("We are considering expanding to other markets," a PayPal spokesperson told TNW. "Stay tuned.")

PayPal says it chose to integrate the third-party functionality directly in the PayPal Payments Hub because the aformentioned trio already offers its customers protections when dealing with the virtual currency. The company envisions anything that can be obtained digitally, such as video games and music, being sold in Bitcoin."

+ - 93 Ebola, Social Media & The Fight To Contain Contagion ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We live in the information age, to be sure – and this age is spreading to all parts of the world. This is good news for those parts previous left in the dark, where word-of-mouth is how vital information was shared. Social media is changing the way that same vital information is now shared, particularly in Africa. This infograph sets out to not only give you some valuable pieces of intel about the Ebola virus, but also how social media is playing a role.

With contagious diseases such as Ebola, arming people with accurate information is key to protecting themselves. The good news is, while 2014 has been one of the deadliest years in terms of the disease, more people than ever before are online and gathering an arsenal of knowledge to combat the hysteria.

Check out some of the startling facts on Ebola in this new Age of Information. Leave us a comment below and let us know your thoughts."

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+ - 95 Everything about the Flu->

Submitted by risktoni
risktoni (3126317) writes "During the winter season people get sick more with the flu virus. The flu can be prevented thanks to health resources and natural flu remedies. You can avoid the flu, but first you need to know everyting about the flu. For example, what is flu and how it differs from a cold. Which people can be easily infected and how it is spread. You must know all these things if you want not to get infected."
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+ - 134 Virgin Galactic Wants to Fly You From LA to Tokyo (Through Space, In One Hour)

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "When Virgin Galactic finally takes its first tourists to space, it'll just be a a stepping stone to what the company's ultimate mission is: Flying people from one place on Earth to another place on Earth, just like any other airline. Except in this version, you'll travel through space and be able to fly from Los Angeles to Tokyo in an hour.
It's called point-to-point suborbital space transportation, and groups such as the European Space Agency, the FAA, and DARPA have been researching its future. "You can imagine a SpaceShipThree or a SpaceShipFour going outside the atmosphere, then coming back down outside an urban area and landing," Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said yesterday. "We can imagine a vehicle using liquid oxygen or liquid hydrogen to get us across the Pacific in an hour. You could do that.""

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal