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+ - Extent of Antarctic sea ice reaches record levels->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Scientists have declared a new record has been set for the extent of Antarctic sea ice since records began. Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometers covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent. Jan Lieser from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) said the discovery was made two days ago.

"Thirty-five years ago the first satellites went up which were reliably telling us what area, two dimensional area, of sea ice was covered and we've never seen that before, that much area."

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+ - Classroom of the Future in VR Goggles? Oculus Rift Leader Says So->

Submitted by jyosim
jyosim (904245) writes "Oculus Rift isn't just for gaming. Brendan Iribe, CEO of the VR company, says the immersive tech will be "one of the most transformative platforms for education of all time." In an interview with Chronicle of Higher Education, he imagined laser-scanning every object in the Smithsonian for students to explore, and collaborating in shared virtual spaces rather than campuses. Sound like a vision we've heard before (like in plenty of sci-fi movies from the '80s)? Will the hardware be good enough this time, and what will that mean for learning?"
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+ - KDevelop 4.7.0 Released->

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KDE Community (3396057) writes "KDevelop team is proud to announce the final release of KDevelop 4.7.0. This release is special, as it marks the end of the KDE4 era for us. As such, KDevelop 4.7.0 comes with a long-term stability guarantee. The CMake support was improved and extended to ensure that all idioms needed for KF5 development are available. The unit test support UI was polished and several bugs fixed. In the same direction, some noteworthy issues with the QtHelp integration were addressed. KDevelop's PHP language support now handles namespaces better and can understand traits aliases. Furthermore, some first fruits of the Google summer of code projects are included in this release. These changes pave the path toward better support for cross compile toolchains. Feature-wise, KDevelop now officially supports the Bazaar (bzr) version control system. On the performance front, it was possible to greatly reduce the memory footprint when loading large projects with several thousand files in KDevelop. Additionally, the startup should now be much faster."
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+ - Despite Obama's Pledge to Curb It, NSA Mass Surveillance Wins Rubber Stamp->

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schwit1 (797399) writes "The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the Justice Department's request for another 90-day extension of the National Security Agency's controversial mass surveillance program, exposed publicly last summer by Edward Snowden and authorized under Section 215 of the post-9/11 Patriot Act. The spying authority is next set to expire on Dec. 5.

The extension marks the third of its kind since President Obama pledged in January to reform how the NSA spies on Americans during a major policy speech delivered amid withering scrutiny of the nation's intelligence-gathering practices."

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+ - CERN Tests First Artificial Retina Capable Of Looking For High Energy Particles

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KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Pattern recognition is one of the few areas where humans regularly outperform even the most powerful computers. Our extraordinary ability is a result of the way our bodies process visual information. But surprisingly, our brains only do part of the work. The most basic pattern recognition—edge detection, line detection and the detection of certain shapes—is performed by the complex circuitry of neurons in the retina. Now particle physicists are copying this trick to hunt for new particles. A team at CERN has built and tested an artificial retina capable of identifying particle tracks in the debris from particle collisions. And it can do it at the same rate that the LHC smashes particles together, about 800 million collisions per second. In other words, it can sift through the data in real time. The team says the retina outperforms any other particle-detecting device by a factor of 400."

+ - Software patents are crumbling, thanks to the Supreme Court->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "This doesn't necessarily mean that all software patents are in danger — these are mostly patents that are particularly vulnerable to challenge under the new Alice precedent. But it does mean that the pendulum of patent law is now clearly swinging in an anti-patent direction. Every time a patent gets invalidated, it strengthens the bargaining position of every defendant facing a lawsuit from a patent troll."
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+ - We Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Information wants to be free? During the Second World War, it actually was. Publishers took advantage of new printing technologies to sell crates of cheap, paperback books to the military for just six cents a copy, at a time when almost all the other books they printed cost more than two dollars. The army and the navy shipped them to soldiers and sailors around the world, giving away nearly 123 million books for free. Many publishers feared the program would destroy their industry, by flooding the market with free books and destroying the willingness of consumers to pay for content. Instead, it fueled a postwar publishing boom, as millions of GIs got hooked on good books, and proved willing to pay for more. It's a freemium model, more than 70 years ago."
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+ - Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "It's been taken for granted that science would, one day, figure out what parts of our DNA make us smart (or not). But a huge new study done by a group of almost 60 researchers using genome data on over 100,000 people has come up empty-handed. The scientists first looked for differences in the genome that correlated with academic achievement. After narrowing it down to 69 individual sites, they gave cognitive tests to separate group of 24,000 people and looked for evidence of difference at those same locations (abstract). Most of the sites weren't significantly different from chance — the (already weak) genetic influence of genes on height has an effect 20 times greater. On top of that, the three gene locations that did seem to have a stronger correlation weren't involved in development of the nervous system."
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+ - Universal Big Bang lithium deficit confirmed

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schwit1 (797399) writes "New data from a globular cluster in nearby dwarf galaxy has confirmed that the deficit of lithium that astronomers have found in the Milky Way also exists in other galaxies.

According to the Big Bang theory, the amount of lithium in the universe should be two or three times more than it is. This result shows that the deficit exists outside the Milky Way, which suggests strongly that something significant is wrong with the Big Bang theory."

+ - Intelsat is 50 years old->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain (874202) writes "Now a private company, The International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium, aka Intelsat, is 50 years old this year. Created as an international organization with as many as 80 countries signing on, its mission was to bring “nations, and ultimately the world, together through communication and video” using new cutting edge space technology. The organization “bought people around the world to one organization with a common goal in an almost utopian concept”. “It looked like the United Nations”, said one member.

Satellite technology was in its infancy and the people at Intelsat had to make it all work. “We were doing something new; there was almost no precedent You were able to get bright people with a bag of tools but no experience”.

In our present day, accustomed as we are to instant news and communications worldwide, we forget the astonishment of people seeing things unfold in real time half a world away. The phrase “live via satellite” preceded broadcasts such as the 1969 moon landings and the 1978 World Cup. Intelsat even linked the White House and the Kremlin by the infamous hot line."

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+ - Inside a Critical Webmin Vulnerability->

Submitted by msm1267
msm1267 (2804139) writes "The University of Texas information security office yesterday disclosed the details on a critical vulnerability in Webmin that was patched in May, days after it was reported.

The bug in the UNIX remote management tool provided remote root access to a host server. Authenticated users would then be able to delete files stored on the server. Researcher John Gordon published a report yesterday on the UT ISO website explaining that the problem was discovered in the cron module’s new environment variable. Gordon wrote that an attacker would have been able to use directory traversal and null byte injection techniques to force Webmin to delete any file stored on the system.

The vulnerability, Gordon said, likely cannot be flipped into an attack granting someone remote shell access or code execution on a standard Linux server, for example."

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+ - As Terror Fears Spike, Nuke Plant Near Nation's Capital Practically Unguarded->

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mdsolar (1045926) writes "About 50 miles outside Washington D.C. is a nuclear power plant that sits on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. It’s the sort of place the government has warned is vulnerable to a terrorist attack.

But an investigation conducted by The Daily Caller found that anybody can enter the property of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, drive through the front gates, park not far from a nuclear reactor and have no contact of any kind with security.

A reporter and videographer drove from the nation’s capital last Friday to Calvert Cliffs and twice accessed the power plant site. No one stopped or even seemed to notice them.

TheDC was able to proceed through an unmanned security checkpoint — the guard booth was empty and padlocked — and, minutes later, enter a parking lot about 550 feet away from one of the plant’s two nuclear reactors.

On one visit, reporters did not see a single security guard anywhere. On a subsequent visit, a lone marked security car passed by without slowing down or asking questions.

At one point, a large civilian truck — roughly of the size of the trucks used in terror bombings around the world, including at the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995 — rolled through the front gates and approached the reactors without being stopped.

TheDC visited Calvert Cliffs after being alerted by someone who recently visited the nuclear facility last month and became concerned about the apparent lack of security.

“That facility is the softest target I have ever seen in my life,” the visitor recalled."

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+ - Intel shows off Skylake, its next 14nm chip -> 1

Submitted by nk497
nk497 (1345219) writes "Intel has shown off a working version of its Skylake chip — the successor to the recently arrived Broadwell, which was a dieshrink to the 14nm process. Skylake will be a new architecture and also be produced via the 14nm process. Intel said at IDF that chips will arrive in the second half of 2015, and hit volume production by the end of that year."
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+ - Proton Beam therapy for removing unwanted stuff from brains->

Submitted by dominux
dominux (731134) writes "The story of Ashya King, a kid who's parents didn't like the radiotherapy on offer locally, has been widely reported recently. His parents wanted Proton Beam therapy from a clinic in the Czech Republic, and ended up taking Ashya out of hospital and being chased across Europe, arrested and put in prison for a few days. This is widely considered to be unusually harsh treatment for someone wanting to explore options beyond the NHS. Drama aside, proton beam therapy is possibly the geekiest healthcare intervention ever. It involves a substantial cyclotron (smaller than CERN, but still quite impressive) and the particle beam target is someone's head."
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