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Submission + - Rotterdam is paving streets with plastic ocean waste->

Kristine Lofgren writes: Welcome to Rotterdam, where the streets are paved with LEGO-like blocks of plastic made out of waste fished from the ocean. At least, that's the plan. The city has teamed with VolkerWessels to create recycled plastic blocks that can easily snap together, making it the first city in the world to turn ocean plastic into infrastructure.
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Comment Re:Saturday Night Specials (Score 1) 117

So how much of the work does the eventual owner have to do on the firearm? If you want to register a kit car as a custom vehicle you have to have put a certain number of hours into it, as I recall, or maybe a percentage of the total hours.

The part that gets the serial number from the manufacturer is considered the firearm. In the case of an AR style rifle this would be the lower receiver, For a 1911 handgun this would be the frame. As to how much work has to be done .. 20% or more. This is why many companies will sell 80% complete parts along with the jigs and drills / mills to complete them. So for an AR the upper receiver, stock, buffer tube, trigger group, bolt carrier group etc can all be purchased complete and as long as you do the 20% to finish the blank receiver you have a legal firearm with no manufacturer record and no serial number. As long as this weapon is intended for personal use this is entirely legal.

Submission + - 'Tom and Jerry syndrome' causes seizures in old cats->

sciencehabit writes: Mice and rats communicate in the ultrasonic frequency range, and it’s thought that cats evolved the ability to hear those high-pitched squeaks to better hunt their prey. Now, a new study suggests that sensitivity to higher pitched sounds may cause seizures in some older cats. After receiving reports of the problem, nicknamed the “Tom and Jerry syndrome” because of how the cartoon cat is often startled by sounds, researchers surveyed cat owners and examined their pets’ medical records, looking for insight into the types and durations of seizures and the sounds that provoked them. In 96 cats, they found evidence of the syndrome they call feline audiogenic reflex seizures. The most common types of seizure-eliciting sounds included crinkling tinfoil, clanking a metal spoon on a ceramic feeding bowl, and clinking glass. The severity of the seizure ranged from brief muscle jerks to more serious episodes where the cat lost consciousness and stiffened and jerked for several minutes.
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Submission + - Virtual Telescope Readies to Image Black Hole's 'Ring of Fire'->

astroengine writes: With the addition of a telescope at the southern-most point of Earth, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) now spans the diameter of our planet and, when the vast project goes online, astronomers will get their first glimpse of the bright ring surrounding a supermassive black hole. Using a method known as Very Long Baseline Interferometry, or VLBI, astronomers can combine the observing power of many telescopes situated at distant locations around the planet. The distance between those observatories, known as the “baseline,” then mimics a virtual telescope of that diameter. Now, in an attempt to make direct observations of the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy, located at a powerful radio emission source called Sagittarius A*, the South Pole Telescope (SPT) at the National Science Foundation’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station has been linked to the EHT and the stage is set for a historic new era of exploring the most extreme objects in the known universe. “Now that we’ve done VLBI with the SPT, the Event Horizon Telescope really does span the whole Earth, from the Submillimeter Telescope on Mount Graham in Arizona, to California, Hawaii, Chile, Mexico, Spain and the South Pole,” said Dan Marrone of the University of Arizona. “The baselines to SPT give us two to three times more resolution than our past arrays, which is absolutely crucial to the goals of the EHT. To verify the existence of an event horizon, the ‘edge’ of a black hole, and more generally to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity, we need a very detailed picture of a black hole. With the full EHT, we should be able to do this.”
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Comment Re:Fingers crossed for artificial vertebrae (Score 2) 41

Well for one thing the spinal cord lies within the lamina of the vertebrae thus preventing an easy replacement of a damaged vertebrae. This alone makes it rather impractical to replace them. As someone who has had the lamina of L-3 - L-5 removed due to having numerous disk herniated I know a little about it. Now if you had suggested 3d printed disks I would think it very possible.

Submission + - Yup, there's already someone lined up to buy the iPhone 6->

zacharye writes: Last year ahead of Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launch, lines began forming outside Apple stores weeks in advance. At the time, we thought it was pretty crazy that anyone would line up that far in advance to buy a cell phone — but now we know what crazy really looks like. A Japanese man named “Yoppy” says he has already lined up to buy Apple’s unannounced iPhone 6, which isn’t expected to launch for another seven months...
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Submission + - Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside to join Dropbox->

sfcrazy writes: Googler Dennis Woodside, who stepped up to head Motorola Mobility replacing Sanjay Jha, is leaving the company to join Dropbox as its first CEO. Google recently sold Motorola unit to Lenovo and it was unclear what senior leadership of Motorola would do. Prior to taking over Motorola Dennis was the Vice President of Google’s America Operations. He joined Google in 2003.
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Submission + - Amphibious Trimaran is Made For More Than Just Water->

Zothecula writes: Here's one you might not have heard before ... Whaddaya get when cross a hovercraft, an airboat and a pontoon boat? Give up? An ATASD, or Amphibious Trimaran with Aerostatic Discharge! OK, it's not that funny, but the vehicle itself is pretty cool. It can travel over virtually any surface, and should soon be heading into production.
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Submission + - Sophisticated Spy Tool 'The Mask' Rages Undetected for 7 Years->

thomst writes: Kim Zetter of Wired's Threat Level reports that Kaspersky Labs discovered a Spanish-language spyware application that employs "uses techniques and code that surpass any nation-state spyware previously spotted in the wild." The malware, dubbed "The Mask" by Kaspersky's researchers, targeted targeted government agencies, diplomatic offices, embassies, companies in the oil, gas and energy industries, and research organizations and activists had been loose on the Internet since at least 2007, before it was shut down last month. It infected its targets via a malicious website that contained exploits — among which were the Adobe Flash player vulnerability CVE-2012-0773 — that affected both Windows and Linux machines. Users were directed to the site via spearphishing emails.
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Submission + - As Technology Gets Better, Will Society Get Worse?-> 1

cold fjord writes: Tim Wu has a though provoking piece in the New Yorker, "Assuming that we really are evolving as we wear technological prosthetics ... here’s the big question: Will that type of evolution take us in desirable directions ? Some, like the Wired founder Kevin Kelly, believe ... “yes.” ... Kelly writes: “Technology wants what life wants: Increasing efficiency; Increasing opportunity; Increasing emergence; Increasing complexity; Increasing diversity; ... Increasing freedom; ... Increasing evolvability.” We can test the “Increasing” theory ... south of the Hudson Bay. Here live the Oji-Cree ... For much of the twentieth century, the Oji-Cree lived at a technological level that can be described as relatively simple. ... they lived in tents during the summer, and in cabins during the winter. Snowshoes, dog sleds, and canoes were the main modes of transportation, used to track and kill fish, rabbits, and moose ... A doctor who worked with the Oji-Cree in the nineteen-forties has noted the absence of mental breakdowns or substance abuse ... nowadays, the Oji-Cree no longer face the threat of winter starvation ... They can more easily import and store the food ... The constant labor of canoeing or snowshoeing has been eliminated ... Television made it north in the nineteen-eighties ... the Oji-Cree story is not a happy one. Since the arrival of new technologies, the population has suffered a massive increase in morbid obesity, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. Social problems are rampant ... some of the highest levels on earth. ... Childhood obesity is widespread ... The Oji-Cree are literally being killed by technological advances."
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Comment Re:Why not just fill the mine? (Score 1) 172

No, not in Sweden. The local people are going to have no say unless they pull an ethnic-minorities card - for instance if the town were a Suomi sacred site or something.

The fact that most people there are Suomi and that its in the far north (which in Sweden means Hicks a-la Bob and Doug Mackenzie) indicates that Swedes in the south will not give a rats ass what hardship it causes.

FTFY and the Mackenzie brothers were from Canada not Sweden. Obviously you must be thinking about the Muppets and the Swedish chef.

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