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Harsh Deep Chopra, Manfred Wuttig, 'Non-Joulian magnetostriction', Nature 521, 340–343 (21 May 2015) doi:10.1038/nature14459. http://www.nature.com/nature/j...
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+ - Student photographer threatened with suspension for sports photos->

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger writes: Anthony Mazur is a senior at Flower Mound High School in Texas who photographed school sports games and other events. Naturally he posted them on line. A few days ago he was summoned to the principal's office and threatened with a suspension and 'reporting to the IRS' if he didn't take those 4000 photos down. Reportedly, the principle's rationale was that the school has copyright on the images and not him.
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+ - Worms From Space!!!->

Submitted by LeadSongDog
LeadSongDog writes: The Dragon capsule launched by SpaceX on April 14 has splashed down safely in the Pacific with 1.5 tonnes of cargo, including an experiment on roundworm aging in microgravity.
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+ - The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers-> 9

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster writes: The latest biography of Elon Musk, by technology journalist Ashlee Vance, provides an in-depth look into how the entrepreneur and tech titan built Tesla Motors and SpaceX from the ground up. For developers and engineers, getting a job at SpaceX is difficult, with a long interviewing/testing process... and for some candidates, there's a rather unique final step: an interview with Musk himself. During that interview, Musk reportedly likes to ask candidates a particular brainteaser: 'You’re standing on the surface of the Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west, and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?' If you can answer that riddle successfully, and pass all of SpaceX’s other stringent tests, you may have a shot at launching rockets into orbit.
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+ - Critical Vulnerability in NetUSB Driver Exposes Millions of Routers to Hacking->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett writes: NetUSB, a service that lets devices connected over USB to a computer be shared with other machines on a local network or the Internet, is implemented in Linux-based embedded systems, such as routers, as a kernel driver. Once enabled, it opens a server that listens on TCP port 20005 for connecting clients. Security researchers from a company called Sec Consult found that if a connecting computer has a name longer than 64 characters, a stack buffer overflow is triggered in the NetUSB service.
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+ - NASA gives away over 1000 of its tool to the public->

Submitted by ganjadude
ganjadude writes: Once again NASA is giving back to the people. They just recently released over 1000 of the tools that it uses to the people in its second annual Software Catalog.
From the article :

The program tools are organized into 15 separate categories, which range in scope from aeronautics and propulsion, to system testing and handling, according to the catalog.
For example, the Vehicle Sketch Pad, or OpenVSP, is a tool NASA uses to design aircrafts by way of geometry modeling.

so go have a look and see what kind of use you can get from these tools
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+ - European telecom firms may block all mobile ads, spelling trouble for Google->

Submitted by Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson writes: Google is facing something of a European revolution as mobile companies consider blocking ads on a massive scale. Israeli company Shine has developed software that blocks mobile ads, and it has gained the attention and support of a number of telecom companies in Europe.

Talking to the Financial Times, one wireless carrier said that the software had been installed at its data centers and could be enabled by the end of the year. With the potential to automatically block most ads on web pages and within apps, the repercussion of the ad boycott could be huge as mobile providers try to wrestle control from the likes of Google.

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+ - State-Sized Ice Shelf In Antarctica To Disappear In 5 Years

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson writes: CBC is reporting on a study that predicts a chunk the size of Rhode Island will disintegrate around 2020.

The study's lead scientist, Ala Khazendar, said analysis of the data reveals that a widening rift in Larsen B will eventually break it apart completely, probably around the year 2020. Once that happens, glaciers held in place by the ice shelf will slip into the ocean at a faster rate and contribute to rising sea levels. The study also found Leppard and Flask, two main tributary glaciers of the ice shelf, have thinned by 20 to 22 metres (between 65 and 72 feet) in recent years, and the pace of their shrinking has accelerated since the immediate aftermath of the 2002 partial collapse of the ice shelf.

+ - What's the most distinctive cause of death in your state?->

Submitted by Maria_Celeste
Maria_Celeste writes: A study in CDC's "Preventing Chronic Disease" reports the most distinctive cause of death in each of the 50 states (with an entertaining map). Some of the more amusing causes: water, air and space, and other and unspecified transport accidents and their sequelae; discharge of firearms — undetermined intent; and the ominous legal intervention.
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+ - Chinese army bans smartwatches and wearables over security concerns->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Smart devices and wearables, including connected watches and glasses have been banned in the Chinese armed forces by the national government amid growing concern over cybersecurity threats. The new regulation followed an incident in which a soldier had attempted to take a photo of his colleagues using his smartwatch in the city of Nanjing. The chief commander stopped the soldier and reported the case to Chinese high authorities, who responded by banning such gadgets on the grounds that the technology poses a threat to military operations and security.Teaching materials and warning signs have been provided to military staff to ensure that the law is effectively implemented. Security experts believe that forbidding the use of connected devices is a logical extension of current military bans on smartphones.
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+ - Third Bangladeshi Blogger Murdered In As Many Months->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Ananta Bijoy Das blogged about science in Bangladesh, also tackled difficult issues about religion. He won an award in 2006 for "deep and courageous interest in spreading secular and humanist ideals and messages." He's now been murdered for his writings, the third Bangladeshi blogger to die in the past few months. Four masked assailants chased him down in broad daylight and attacked him with cleavers and machetes. The Committee to Protect Journalists says Das is the 20th writer to be murdered globally so far this year. Arrests have been made in Bangladesh for the murders of the previous two bloggers this year, but no convictions have yet been made. Das's murderers remain at large.
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+ - 3 big lessons learned from running an open source company->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: It all sounds so straightforward: Put your code up on GitHub or start/join a project at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), build a community of like-minded individuals, start a company, take in some funding, and then IPO. Or maybe not. One thing is certain: Running an open source company has unique challenges and opportunities. Although much has been written on the subject of open source and community building, I'd like to share three critical lessons learned in my travels as a co-founder and CTO of a venture-backed open source company.
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+ - Automate the boring stuff with Python->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: "Learn to code" is the new mantra for the 21st century. What’s often lost in that statement is exactly what makes programming so useful if you’re not planning to switch careers and become a software engineer. Just because we’re surrounded by computers doesn’t mean the average person needs to be able to reprogram their smart fridge.

But programming skills can help solve uncommon, user-specific problems. Office workers, students, administrators, and anyone who uses a computer has encountered tedious tasks. Maybe they need to rename a few hundred files. Perhaps they need to send out notifications each time a particular website updates. Or maybe they need to copy several hundred rows from an Excel spreadsheet into a webform.

Software developer Al Sweigart walks through some easy Python solutions to these common problems.

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