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Submission + - Google Launches Underwater Endeavor With Seaview (mindprocessors.com)

An anonymous reader writes: People will soon be able to explore the depths of the ocean seeking out tiger sharks, green turtles, and manta rays with a new program called the Catlin Seaview Survey.

Submission + - 26th Feb/Moodoff Day (eindiadiary.com)

infobd4 writes: "Moodoff Day is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to raise awareness
of smart phone addiction and to minimise the impact on relationships, work/life
balance, reduce risk of injury in traffic and improve quality of life. What
will you be doing Sunday, February 26, from 5am to 10am? A non-profit
organization out of Sydney, Australia, is asking that you spend those morning
hours without using your smartphone. This unique campaign is already receiving
support world wide. This event is to be called "Moodoff Day." Why a goofy name
such as Moodoff? Well, it was named after the effect it will likely have on the
participants. When people are asked to stop browsing or checking their
spartphone, it usually turns their mood off. Moodoff Day is designed to
stimulate the much-needed awareness about the potential dangers of excessive
smartphone use, including addiction. So what do you think? Can you wake up, go
to the bathroom, brush your teeth AND eat breakfast before checking your phone?
we think u can do it once in a year."

Submission + - Startup uses 3-D Printer to build human muscle tissue (technologyreview.com)

parallel_prankster writes: A San Diego-based startup Organovo is building human muscle tissue with the help of 3-D printers . Organovo’s product is so similar to human tissue, it could help researchers identify drugs that will fail long before they reach clinical trials. This technology lets cells interact with each other – like the way they do in the body. They’re packed together tightly and incubated, prompting them to trade chemical signals. When they’re printed, the cells are kept bunched together in a paste that helps them grow, migrate, and align themselves properly. So far, Organovo has built tissue of several types, including cardiac muscle, lung, and blood vessels. They’ve only made small pieces of tissue, but the goal is to use their 3-D printer to make organs for transplants.

Submission + - EU suspends copyright treaty ratification (khaleejtimes.com) 1

cmarkn writes: The European Commission, facing opposition in city streets, on the Internet and in the halls of parliament, has suspended efforts to ratify a new international anti-counterfeiting agreement, and instead will refer it to Europe’s highest court to see whether it violates any fundamental EU rights.

The decision appeared to reflect recognition by European Union officials of the political obstacles. Protests against the agreement were staged earlier this month in several European capitals — including Berlin, Helsinki, Paris and Vienna — by critics who say the agreement would stifle free speech and access to information.

The hacking group known as Anonymous claimed responsibility last week for a new series of hacks against the US Federal Trade Commission and consumer rights websites. The sites were replaced with a violent German-language video satirizing ACTA.

ACTA has been under negotiation for years. Its drafters say it is needed to harmonize international standards to protect the rights of those who produce music, movies, pharmaceuticals, fashion goods, and a range of other products that often fall victim to piracy and intellectual property theft.

The U.S. has signed the agreement. Others include Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea. Mexico and Switzerland participated in the negotiations but have not yet signed.

The EU and 22 EU Member States signed ACTA on 26 January 2012 in Tokyo. Although the European Council — the European Union heads of government — unanimously approved ACTA in December, for the EU to be a party to the treaty, all 27 member countries would have to formally ratify it.


Submission + - GE forces Chevy Volt onto employees (greencarreports.com) 3

thecarchik writes: Sixteen months ago, General Electric announced it would place the "largest order in history" for electric cars , to be used by its employees who are issued company cars. Now, those cars are starting to arrive and be placed with employees.

And where changes are made, personnel policies are sure to follow. A person inside GE recently forwarded a memo to us that covers some of the nuts and bolts of using the 2012 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car . It's from the fleet operations manager for GE Healthcare.

Among the interesting points:

"All sedans ordered in 2012 will be the Chevrolet Volt"

Crossovers and minivans will be replaced by electric-vehicle sedans, i.e. the Volt


Submission + - Microgravity Coffee Cup (physicscentral.com)

BuzzSkyline writes: "Despite the fact that astronauts have been eating and drinking out of tubes for decades, it's actually possible to drink from an open-top cup in space. Astronaut Don Pettit recently downlinked a video that shows him slurping coffee from a cup he kludged out of plastic sheet. It appears to work pretty much like a cup on Earth, even in freefall aboard the International Space Station, thanks to capillary action."

Submission + - Clay Bubbles May Have Been Precursor to Life (harvard.edu)

eldavojohn writes: New research published in the peer reviewed journal Soft Matter claims that inorganic clay bubbles provide conditions for forming the first protocells. One of the lead researchers said, 'We have now provided a complete physical mechanism for the transition from a two-phase clay–air bubble system, which precludes any aqueous-phase chemistry, to a single aqueous-phase clay vesicle system creating a semipermeable vesicle from materials that are readily available in the environment.' When they come into contact with ethanol and methanol, the bubbles become cell-like vesicles that are capable of allowing building blocks to enter but keeping complex larger structures inside.

Submission + - NASA Releases First 3D Images of the Sun

mvar writes: On Feb. 6th, NASA's twin STEREO probes moved into position on opposite sides of the sun, and they are now beaming back uninterrupted images of the entire star—front and back. "For the first time ever, we can watch solar activity in its full 3-dimensional glory," says Angelos Vourlidas, a member of the STEREO science team at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. NASA released a 'first light' 3D movie on, naturally, Super Bowl Sunday.

Submission + - Evolving Martian dunes (nasa.gov)

An anonymous reader writes: Sand dunes in a vast area of northern Mars long thought to be frozen in time are changing with both sudden and gradual motions, according to research using images from a NASA orbiter. Martian images show seasonal activity, thought to cause sand avalanches and ripple changes on Martians dunes long thought dead.




Submission + - Iran's New Space Program (google.com)

eldavojohn writes: Coinciding with the 32nd anniversary of the Iranian revolution, Iran opened a center to receive satellite images built "entirely by Iranian engineers." Iran promised that by the end of their year (March of 2011) they would launch two observational satellites: Fajr (Dawn) and Rasad-1 (Observation-1). You might recall two years ago when they launched Omid that completed about 700 orbits in two weeks. There are reports that new launch rockets will be revealed in February to launch the new satellites — all equipment is claimed to be entirely Iranian made. Iranian media is reporting that one of the satellites 'carries remote measuring equipment that would be used in meteorology and identifying sea borders.' The Iranian Student News Agency is reporting that Explorer 4 (Kavoshgar 4) is meant to transport humans and other living organisms into space and that the sensory on the satellites 'is able to find gas and oil resources, identify coal mines, jungles and agricultural products as well as salty-marsh and contaminated environments.' These rapid fire achievements are not the only bragging Iran has done as of late, they also claim 'new gamma radiation units for medical treatments and a supercomputer billed as among the top 500 most powerful in the world' but fact or fiction aside the sateliltes have old enemies speculating.

Submission + - Wikileaks' Assange begins extradition battle (bbc.co.uk)

arisvega writes: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has begun his court battle against extradition from the UK to Sweden.

He faces allegations of sexual assault against two women, which he denies.

Mr Assange, 39, argues Swedish prosecutors had no right to issue a warrant for his arrest because he has not yet been charged with any offences.

At the extradition hearing, in London's Belmarsh Magistrates' Court, his lawyers are also challenging the move on human rights grounds.

Mr Assange's legal team, led by Geoffrey Robertson QC, argues that if their client is forced to return to Sweden he could be extradited to the US, or even Guantanamo Bay, to face separate charges relating to the publication of secret documents by Wikileaks.

First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - How to measure performance of online content?

somberlain writes: I work for a company that offers testing solutions for various types of content on various types of platforms. We recently noticed a move from DirectX/OpenGL games running stand-alone on PC/Mac/Linux platforms to games running in a variety of browsers.

We have always provided statistics and metrics to our clients regarding the performance of these stand-alone games on various locations. Some clients provided debug tools in their games that allowed us to measure these statistics without a problem. In other cases, we used 3rd party tools that allowed us to capture these statistics.

We're now trying to find a solution to measure these statistics for browser-based games and streaming video. Most of them are currently running using the Adobe Flash plug-in, but we're investigating other types (such as the Unity platform) as well.

One thing that we ask our clients is to include an FPS-meter into the game, but sometimes they don't want to add any extra code to their game. What I would like to ask the Slashdot readers is: do you have an experience with measuring the performance of Adobe Flash content when you don't have access to the code or the Flash-file itself? A simple statistic that we would like to measure is "frames per second", but we would be interested in other statistics (such as network usage) as well. It would be really convenient if this solution would also provide a way of measuring the FPS of a video stream.

Submission + - i18n computer terms? (vulpeculox.net)

Peter (Professor) Fo writes: I've recently been internationalising a tiny FOSS application. (The languages could eventually number in dozens — submitted by users.) I found it difficult to get technical computing terms eg "Right-click", "System tray" "preferences" "auto start" "Exit". People doing general translation tend to have trouble with the technical vocabulary. (Automatic translators more so.)

Question 1 : Is there any resource to help me in existence? I have looked but drawn a blank.

Question 2 : If not, then how might it be implemented as a global resource?

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall