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Tatooine Youth Suspected In Terrorist Attack 179

Posted by Soulskill
from the strange-two-dimensional-shockwave-still-puzzles-scientists dept.
BeruHadItComing writes: Imperial investigators are still trying to piece together what happened in last week's horrifying terrorist attack on our largest orbital defense station. Over a million loyal citizens, scientists, and medical staff lost their lives in the grisly attack while the station was being put through training exercises near the Yavin system. Billions more are in mourning, while a number of powerful senators have renewed calls to increase defense spending. Initial reports have confirmed Rebel involvement, and officials are making inquiries about a young insurgent from Tatooine with known ties to religious fundamentalists.

+ - Dear David Cameron...->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: An open letter to the British prime minister: 20th century solutions won’t help 21st century surveillance. By Jonathan Zittrain.
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+ - The day I left slashdot

Submitted by Lovin1t
Lovin1t writes: This is the exact day I give up on trying to read slashdot. There where never audio ads, the page would only refresh when I refreshed it. Now, audio ads are incessant and sometimes the page will refresh for minutes without doing anything.

+ - Dark matter found in Milky Way's core->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit writes: A team of researchers that the measured speeds and calculated speeds of stars near the center of our galaxy don't agree. This suggests that there is dark matter in the Milky Way's core that is affecting the motion of these suns. The researchers hope their studies will help narrow down searches for the nature of dark matter as well as aid the understanding of galaxy formation.

, demonstrating that dark matter does indeed play a role in the inner galaxy. The researchers hope their studies will help narrow down searches for the nature of dark matter as well as aid the understanding of galaxy formation.

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+ - Court releases DOJ memo justifying drone strike on US citizen

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday released a secret 2010 Justice Department memo justifying the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S citizen killed in a drone strike in 2011. The court released the document as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union to make the document public. Then-acting Assistant Attorney General David Barron, in the partially redacted 41-page memo, outlines the justification of the drone strike in Yemen to take out al-Awlaki, an alleged operational leader of al Qaeda.

+ - A 2,250-Foot Tall Tower in New Mexico Will Produce Both Wind and Solar Energy

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler writes: Wind and solar energy only provide us with power as nature allows, but solar-wind hybrid towers could soon overcome this limitation. The company Solar Wind Energy has received the necessary startup capital for the construction of a 2,250-foot-high tower in New Mexico, which would be the tallest freestanding structure in the US.
The concept is simple. A mist of water droplets is sprayed over the opening of the tower. The fog evaporates and absorbs the heat of the surrounding air. The cooled air then falls to the bottom, because it is denser than warm air, and that wind gets up to 50 miles an hour. At the base of the tower the horizontal downdraft is diverted through the wind turbines, which then generate electricity.

+ - US releases memo justifying drone strike on American citizen-> 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: Under orders from a US appeals court, the Obama administration has released a memo justifying the killing of American citizens with a targeted "drone strike." The memo presents a case for killing Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda propagandist who was killed in Yemen in 2011. The strike on al-Awlaki has been widely debated since then, especially after a separate attack inadvertently killed al-Awlaki's 16-year-old son Abdulrahman. Now, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request made by the ACLU and others, it's possible to read both the court's reasoning and the 30-page legal debate on whether he and others could be killed without due process under the CIA's drone program.
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+ - NOAA: Earth smashed a record for heat in May, 2014, effects to worsen 2

Submitted by Freshly Exhumed
Freshly Exhumed writes: Driven by exceptionally warm ocean waters, Earth smashed a record for heat in May and is likely to keep on breaking high temperature marks, experts say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Monday said May's average temperature on Earth of 15.54 C beat the old record set four years ago. In April, the globe tied the 2010 record for that month. Records go back to 1880. Experts say there's a good chance global heat records will keep falling, especially next year because an El Nino weather event is brewing on top of man-made global warming. An El Nino is a warming of the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean that alters climate worldwide and usually spikes global temperatures.

+ - Teacher Goes Back To Classroom After Being Removed For Science Fair Project

Submitted by As_I_Please
As_I_Please writes: In a followup to a previous story, Greg Schiller, a high school biology and psychology teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, returned to his classroom this past Monday after two months of suspension. The suspension came after complaints that two of his students built allegedly dangerous science fair projects: a pneumatic marshmallow launcher and a coil gun capable of launching a metal projectile several feet.

In addition to students being deprived of a qualified teacher for two months with just a week before AP exams, the school's fencing team was without a coach and could not compete in competitions, and the teacher's union was without their representative during contract negotiations.

The school district has not announced whether it will pursue any other disciplinary action.

+ - The UK "Porn" Filter Blocks Kids' Access To Tech, Civil Liberties Websites ->

Submitted by badger.foo
badger.foo writes: It fell to the UK Tories to actually implement the Nanny State. Too bad Nanny Tory does not want kinds to read up on tech web sites such as slashdot.org, or civil liberties ones such as the EFF or Amnesty International. Read on for a small sample of what the filter blocks, from a blocked-by-default tech writer.
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