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Google News Sci Tech: SpaceX Dragon passenger capsule due to get key test - CNNMoney->

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SpaceX Dragon passenger capsule due to get key test
CNNMoney
SpaceX plans a flight for its Dragon space capsule this week, a key step towards its plans to carry astronauts for NASA by 2017. The company run by Tesla Motors (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk is one of two companies working to develop the next generation of...
SpaceX Will Test Their Launch Abort System WednesdaySlate Magazine (blog)
SpaceX to test revolutionary Crew Dragon that will take astronauts to the ISS in ... Daily Mail
May 5, 2015 in News: Photos: Dragon prototype poised for abort testSpaceflight Now
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+ - Extreme Exoplanet Volcanism Possibly Detected on 55 Cancri e->

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astroengine writes: Using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have revealed wild atmospheric changes on a well studied exoplanet — changes that they suspect are driven by extreme volcanic activity. Over a period of 2 years, the team, led by University of Cambridge researchers, noted a 3-fold change in temperature on the surface of 55 Cancri e. The super-Earth planet orbits a sun-like star 40 light-years away in the constellation of Cancer. It is twice the size of Earth and 8-times our planet’s mass. 55 Cancri e is well-known to exoplanet hunters as the “diamond planet” — a world thought to be carbon-rich, possibly covered in hydrocarbons. But this new finding, published today in the arXiv pre-print service, has added a new dimension to the planet’s weird nature. “This is the first time we’ve seen such drastic changes in light emitted from an exoplanet, which is particularly remarkable for a super-Earth,” said co-author Nikku Madhusudhan, of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy, in a press release. “No signature of thermal emissions or surface activity has ever been detected for any other super-Earth to date.”
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How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text 36

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from the message-could-not-be-lawfullly-transcribed dept.
Presto Vivace writes: Dan Froomkin reports at The Intercept: "Though perfect transcription of natural conversation apparently remains the Intelligence Community's 'holy grail,' the Snowden documents describe extensive use of keyword searching as well as computer programs designed to analyze and 'extract' the content of voice conversations, and even use sophisticated algorithms to flag conversations of interest." I am torn between admiration of the technical brilliance of building software like this and horror as to how it is being used. It can't just be my brother and me who like to salt all phone conversations with interesting keywords.

Google News Sci Tech: Microsoft to add real-time co-authoring for Word docs - Times of India->

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Microsoft to add real-time co-authoring for Word docs
Times of India
WASHINGTON: Microsoft will include real-time co-authoring for Word documents in Office 2016, the next major version of Microsoft's desktop suite of apps. Microsoft confirmed that the new feature will be first enabled in Word and subsequently it will enable it...
Microsoft Office 2016 public preview is now available for your dogfooding pleasureInquirer
Microsoft touts new update service as way for enterprises to go slow on Windows ... Computerworld

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+ - Enzyme Could Make Any Type of Donated Blood Safe For Anyone to Receive->

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Zothecula writes: When it comes to donated blood, type O is special. It can be given to anyone, regardless of their blood type. By contrast, type A can only go to A or AB patients, and B can only go to B or AB patients. Additionally, type O patients can only receive O. Thanks to new research, however, it may soon be possible to give anyone whatever type of blood happens to be available, with no ill effects.
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+ - How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace writes: Dan Froomkin reports:

Though perfect transcription of natural conversation apparently remains the Intelligence Community’s “holy grail,” the Snowden documents describe extensive use of keyword searching as well as computer programs designed to analyze and “extract” the content of voice conversations, and even use sophisticated algorithms to flag conversations of interest.

I am torn between admiration of the technical brilliance of building software like this and horror as to how it is being used.

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The BBC Looks At Rollover Bugs, Past and Approaching 26

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New submitter Merovech points out an article at the BBC which makes a good followup to the recent news (mentioned within) about a bug in Boeing's new 787. The piece explores various ways that rollover bugs in software have led to failures -- some of them truly disastrous, others just annoying. The 2038 bug is sure to bite some people; hopefully it will be even less of an issue than the Year 2000 rollover. From the article: It was in 1999 that I first wrote about this," comments [programmer William] Porquet. "I acquired the domain name 2038.org and at first it was very tongue-in-cheek. It was almost a piece of satire, a kind of an in-joke with a lot of computer boffins who say, 'oh yes we'll fix that in 2037' But then I realised there are actually some issues with this.

+ - The baffling numbers that lead to catastrophe->

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Merovech writes: “It was in 1999 that I first wrote about this,” comments Porquet. “I acquired the domain name 2038.org and at first it was very tongue-in-cheek. It was almost a piece of satire, a kind of an in-joke with a lot of computer boffins who say, ‘oh yes we’ll fix that in 2037’ But then I realised there are actually some issues with this.”
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Recent Paper Shows Fracking Chemicals In Drinking Water, Industry Attacks It 140

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eldavojohn writes: A recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences turned up 2-Butoxyethanol from samples collected from three households in Pennsylvania. The paper's level headed conclusion is that more conservative well construction techniques should be used to avoid this in the future and that flowback should be better controlled. Rob Jackson, another scientist who reviewed the paper, stressed that the findings were an exception to normal operations. Despite that, the results angered the PR gods of the Marcellus Shale Gas industry and awoke beltway insider mouthpieces to attack the research — after all, what are they paying them for?

+ - What Uber drivers in Belgium must do to reach the same standard as taxi-drivers -> 1

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An anonymous reader writes: With the conclusion of the first of thirty-odd Belgian prosecutions against Uber drivers flouting the ban on the ride-sharing service in Brussels, the company now faces compliance with the standard that the country sets for its taxi-drivers, in order to reach an agreement to operate there within the legal framework. The approval process is significantly more effortful than Uber's core requirements of a minimum age of 21, a 4-door car no older than 10-15 years (depending on the city), a valid driver's license and a 'great personality and some entrepreneurial spirit' [http://blog.uber.com/partners]. Prospective cabbies in Belgium must undergo an eight-week period of training including personality assessment and background checks, followed by a four-month probationary stint with an accredited taxi company, including the need for satisfactory weekly reports from their tutor, before being granted a license to operate a taxi.
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+ - USBKill Turns Thumb Drives Into Computer Kill Switches

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Orome1 writes: A coder has shared with the world a Python script that, when put on an USB thumb drive, turns the device in an effective kill switch for the computer in which it's plugged in. USBkill, as the programmer dubbed it, "waits for a change on your USB ports, then immediately kills your computer." The device would be useful "in case the police comes busting in, or steals your laptop from you when you are at a public library," Hephaestos explained.

+ - Microsoft Offers New Security in Features in Windows 10->

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citpyrc writes: According to the Register, Microsoft plans to provide a peer-2-peer updating mechanism for Windows 10. Microsoft also offers a service called Advanced Threat Analytics, which employs various machine learning techniques to identify malware on a network. As a premium service, top-dollar customers can pay for Microsoft to monitor black-hat forums and alert the company if any of its employees' identities are stolen.
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+ - Recent Paper Shows Fracking Chemicals in Drinking Water, Industry Attacks It->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes: A recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences turned up 2-Butoxyethanol from samples collected from three households in Pennsylvania. The paper's level headed conclusion is that more conservative well construction techniques should be used to avoid this in the future and that flowback should be better controlled. Rob Jackson, another scientist who reviewed the paper, stressed that the findings were an exception to normal operations. Despite that, the results angered the PR gods of the Marcellus Shale Gas industry and awoke beltway insider mouthpieces to attack the research — after all, what are they paying them for?
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+ - Invisibility box to hide your phone and keys to be demonstrated this month->

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An anonymous reader writes: Scientists have created a small box which can be used as an invisibility cloak by bending light around valuable objects like wallets, phones and keys.

Where previous efforts to make objects disappear were thwarted by the impossibility of speeding up the light which is slowed as it is bent around them, the new invention uses a light-scattering material which slows down all light around the box, meaning it can be sped up again as it goes through the cloak.

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Introducing, the 1010, a one-bit processor. 0 NOP No Operation 1 JMP Jump (address specified by next 2 bits)

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