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Submission + - 47 year old television signals bouncing back to Earth ( 2

Okian Warrior writes: While searching deep space for extra-terrestrial signals, scientists at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico have stumbled across signals broadcast from Earth nearly half a century ago.

[Dr. Venn]: "I realised the signal was in the VHF Band and slap bang in the middle of 41-68 MHz. It was obviously old terrestrial television broadcasts, but they seemed to be originating from deep space." After boosting and digital enhancement the resulting video signals are remarkably clear.

"They are signals that left the Earth about 50 years ago and have bounced off an object or more likely a field of objects some 25 light years away".

Submission + - Snakebite antidote is running out (

Okian Warrior writes: The most effective snakebite treatment in the world is set to expire next year and there is no comparable replacement yet ready, experts have warned.

Fav-Afrique, the best-known antidote for 10 different snakebites common in Africa, is in short supply and the last remaining batches available will expire in June 2016.

Sanofi Pasteur, the company that manufactures the antidote, claims it has been priced out of the market and Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), a charity raising concerns about the shortage, say that alternative treatments are not as effective.

Submission + - Dismaland opens in England (

Okian Warrior writes: Banksy has opened a theme park "Dismaland" in England. Prepared in secret, the pop-up exhibition in a disused lido is "a sinister twist on Disneyland". Banksy has described it as a "family theme park unsuitable for children." Some of the attractions include:

...sulky attendants with their Mickey Mouse ears replying monosyllabically to inquiries. The stuffed unicorn. The photo galleries where you stick your head through a hole and take a picture of yourself as a terrorist. The drive-your-own model boats full of desperate migrants.

The park is wildly popular, tickets are selling out.

Submission + - Requirements for obtaining a NY BitLicense (

Okian Warrior writes: New York issued its final Bitcoin license rule after nearly two years of debate and feedback. August 8th, 2015 ended the 45 day grace period allotted for operations related to transactions involving any form of digital currency to operate without a license.

Among the requirements for getting a Bitcoin license: .) Non-refundable $5000 application fee .) 10 years of court records in every county you've ever lived. .) 15 years of work history .) Permission to contact every company you've ever worked for .) A surety bond, whose value will be announced later .) background checks by licensed PI firms, including fingerprints .) background checks for everyone in your family

The onerous requirements are causing some bitcoin companies to leave New York entirely.

Submission + - H-1Bs Don't Replace U.S. Workers (

Okian Warrior writes: [Ask Slashdot] In response to Donald Trump's allegations that H1B visas drive Americans out of jobs, The Huffington Post points to this study which refutes that claim.

From the study: "But the data show that over the last decade, as businesses have requested more H-1Bs, they also expanded jobs for Americans."

This seems to fly in the face of reason, consensus opinion, and numerous anecdotal reports.

Is this report accurate? Have we been concerned over nothing these past few years?

Submission + - US approves anti-epilepsy pill manufactured with 3D printer (

Okian Warrior writes: Aprecia Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA had approved its Spritam medication for the treatment of epilepsy.

The company said that with its ZipDose 3D printing technology, it is possible to create a detailed, porous structure which allows the pill to dissolve faster while delivering up to 1,000 mg of medication in a single dose.

Submission + - Drone drops drugs onto Ohio prison yard (

Okian Warrior writes: Officers rushed into the north yard of Mansfield Correctional Institution in Mansfield, Ohio, last week after noticing 75 inmates gathering and a fight breaking out.

It wasn't until authorities later reviewed surveillance tape that they saw what led to the fisticuffs: A drone had flown over the yard and delivered 144.5 grams of tobacco, 65.4 grams of marijuana and 6.6 grams of heroin before the fight ensued.

If the heroin is half pure, that package amounts to about 140 individual doses,

Submission + - The world's first water computer (

Okian Warrior writes: Stanford's Manu Prakash created a computer clock made of water droplets trapped in a magnetic field that could have biological and chemical applications, as well as change the way scientists think about computation.

Check out the video of the computer in action.

[[You guys keep complaining that no one submits good videos to the feed, well here's one. Check out the video accompanying the article:

[[Also not the video technique. People talking, but interspersed with interesting images of their system in action. Still scenes are made more interesting by camera movement.]]

Submission + - Rare 9-way kidney swap a success (

Okian Warrior writes: Doctors at UCSF and California Pacific Medical Center finished the final of 18 surgeries in a rare nine-way, two-day kidney transplant swap at the two San Francisco hospitals.

A computer software program made domino-like kidney transplants chains possible by connecting willing donors with compatible recipients, even if their kidney does not match their intended recipient. The donor’s kidney is paired with a matching recipient and, in exchange, the donor’s loved one will receive a kidney from a compatible donor in the same chain.

Submission + - The first self-driving semi is tested in Nevada (

Okian Warrior writes: Freightliner has been given a license to test out its autonomously driving tractor-trailer truck in the state of Nevada. The big-rig manufacturer already has such a truck in operation and will now begin test driving it on public highways. The trucks can only drive on their own in highway situations — a driver will take control in suburban and city situations.

(Note from OkianWarrior: There are an estimated 3.5 million truck drivers in the US.)

Submission + - Tesla to announce home battery-based energy storage (

Okian Warrior writes: Billionaire Elon Musk will announce next week that Tesla will begin offering battery-based energy storage for residential and commercial customers.

The batteries power up overnight when energy companies typically charge less for electricity, then are used during the day to power a home.

In a pilot project, Tesla has already begun offering home batteries to SolarCity (SCTY) customers, a solar power company for which Musk serves as chairman. Currently 330 U.S. households are running on Tesla's batteries in California.

The batteries start at about $13,000, though California's Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PCG) offers customers a 50% rebate. The batteries are three-feet high by 2.5-feet wide, and need to be installed at least a foot and a half off the ground. They can be controlled with a Web app and a smartphone app.

Submission + - April Fool's Joke spoofs market algorithms (

Okian Warrior writes: Yesterday, Tesla's twitter feed and blog announced the new "W" Model. Meaning "Watch" (as in "wristwatch"), the announcement Included a photo of a watch spouting a cumbersome "Big Ben" glued to the face and including this text:

"This incredible new device from Tesla doesn't just tell the time, it also tells the date. What's more, it is infinitely adjustable, able to tell the time no matter where you are on Earth. Japan, Timbuktu, California, anywhere! This will change your life. Reality as you know it will never be the same."

Clearly, this was an April fool's joke as anyone who reads more than just the headline would immediately guess. The problem is that Bloomberg's fast response team did not. The algos, on massive volume, spiked TSLA stock higher by nearly 1%....

Submission + - What movie technologies will we see in the next few years? (

Okian Warrior writes: [[Ask Slashdot]]

The future, as envisioned by Robert Zemeckis' in 1989, arrives in about 10 months. "Back to the Future Part II" is set on Oct. 21, 2015 and imagines a world of flying vehicles, hoverboards, drone dog-walkers. Also, in the future a lot of stuff will float, apparently.

What futuristic movie technologies do you think we will get in the next few years? "Eyeglass phone" seems similar to Google Glass, "drone photojournalism" sounds like it's time has just about come, and there's still time for fax machines to make a comeback.

Any thoughts on what we might see in the next few years?

Submission + - Activists Discover Evidence of St. Petersburg's River of Poop (

Okian Warrior writes: Two weeks ago, a group of St. Petersburg ecologists conducted a test in Novoye Devyatkino, a suburb about 12 miles outside the city, of the local sewer system. In a study they titled “Feces Travel,” the activists dropped ten miniaturized, waterproofed GPS-tracking units down the toilet of a single apartment home and began mapping the devices’ signals.

On their website, the ecologists claim the trackers spilled out directly into the open-air waterways outside the building, without encountering even the most rudimentary sewage filtration. From Novoye Devyatkino, five of the devices reached the open waters of Neva Bay, where the units’ batteries appear to have died.

Submission + - AltSlashdot is coming ( 3

Okian Warrior writes: I've registered "". I intend to run a site much like Slashdot used to be — better articles, less decoration and less "in your face" functionality. I'm reviewing and getting comfortable with slashcode right now. I'm looking for volunteers to help with setup and running the site. If the site becomes profitable, I intend to hire from the pool of volunteers. If you've ever wanted to participate in a site like Slashdot, here's your chance! I'm particularly in need of people who can:
  • Set up and manage a high-traffic site (servers, load-balancers, data sites, &c)
  • Edit story submissions
  • HTML, CSS, and script creation/bugfix/repair

Contact me if interested John (at) AltSlashdot (dot) org

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