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Submission + - US and China setting up 'space hotline' (

Taco Cowboy writes: Washington and Beijing have established an emergency “space hotline” to reduce the risk of accidental conflict

Several international initiatives are already in train to seal a space treaty to avoid a further build-up of weapons beyond the atmosphere. However, security experts say the initiatives have little chance of success

A joint Russia-China proposal wending its way through the UN was not acceptable to the US

An EU proposal, for a 'code of conduct' in space, was having diplomatic 'difficulties' but was closer to Washington's position

Submission + - NASA - Oct 2015 obliterates all other Octobers (

Taco Cowboy writes: NASA is out with its monthly analysis of global surface temperatures, and the verdict is unsettling: This past month positively obliterated the previous record for warmest October

The global average temperature in October according to NASA’s analysis was 1.04 degrees C warmer than the long-term average for the month. The previous record of 0.86 degrees C was set in October of last year

The jump in global temperatures in October was also the greatest departure from average — by far — for any month in NASA’s entire record, which dates back to 1880

Submission + - Paris under islamic terrorism attack ! (

Taco Cowboy writes: A coordinated series of attack is happening in Paris, including shooting, bomb exploding and hostage taking

In at least one of the cases shooters were heard yelling "Allahu Akhbar" while carrying out the slaughtering of innocent people

With the rapid increase of moslem population in Europe more episodes of islamic terrorism are going to take place and more people will die!

Submission + - There are probably tiny pieces of plastic waste in your table salt (

Taco Cowboy writes: A research carried out in China found traces of waste plastics in table salt. While the salt they use in the report came from China (and the surrounding seas) it does not mean that salt from other places are not contaminated

According to the picture ( @ https://qzprod.files.wordpress... ) even salt mined from rock mines were found to be contaminated with traceable amount of plastics

As TFA puts it —

" Although the oceans close to China appear to be a “hotspot” for microplastic pollutants, it is unlikely Chinese table salt is the only salt that is contaminated with plastics "

An American researcher also chimed in —

" Plastics have become such a ubiquitous contaminant, I doubt it matters whether you look for plastic in sea salt on Chinese or American supermarket shelves," Sherri Mason, an environmental science researcher at the State University of New York Fredonia told Scientific American. "I'd like to see some 'me-too' studies,” she added "

Submission + - Sunscreen is killing Coral Reefs (

Taco Cowboy writes: Next time if you intend to swim near coral reefs please remember to not put on any sun screen

An ingredient commonly used in sun screen lotion / sun tan cream is oxybenzone, which, in even very diluted form, kills baby corals

An international research team that conducted the study, led by Craig Downs, found the highest concentrations of oxybenzone around coral reefs popular with tourists, particularly those in Hawaii and the Caribbean

Oxybenzone, even in very diluted form, alters coral DNA, makes coral more susceptible to potentially fatal bleaching and acts as an endocrine disruptor, causing baby coral to encase itself in its own skeleton and die, according to the findings

Between 6,000 and 14,000 tonnes of sunscreen lotion winds up in coral reef areas each year, much of which contains oxybenzone

In Hawaii and the Caribbean, concentrations were 12 times higher, according to the sea water testing

The damaging effects were seen in coral in concentrations of oxybenzone as low as 62 parts per trillion, which is equivalent to a drop of water in six and a half Olympic-sized swimming pools, according to the researchers

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Submission + - Helium airship that can fly 6 months at a time, flies (

Taco Cowboy writes: Its length is 75 meter long

It relies on solar power for all the on board electronics

It can fly, at a near-space altitude of 20 kilometres, 6 month at a time, embarked upon its maiden flight this month, launching from Xilinhot in Inner Mongolia of China, a few days ago

The massive length of the ship corresponds to an equally vast size when the Yuanmeng is fully inflated, with a volume of approximately 18,000 cubic metres. The aircraft stands at 22 metres high, and can carry a payload of between 4.5 and 6.3 metric tonnes

A report in the People’s Daily suggests that it might be used for communications purposes, as the ship is said to be loaded with systems for wideband communication, data relay, high-definition observation, and spatial imaging

The sedentary nature of the airship allows it to sit up at the edge of space and watch. It can surveil the ground, and it can also act as a base station to command fleets of military planes. In a pinch, the Yuanmeng airship could act as a stand-in for communications satellites

Operating higher in near space means that the Yuanmeng would have constant line of sight over a hundred thousand square miles—an important requirement for radar and imaging

The airship still has some kinks to be ironed out. The People’s Daily spoke to Yu Quan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, who told them that "The biggest challenge for the near-space airship is the big temperature difference in the day and night." Because the airship is so close to space, it experiences space-like extremes of weather as it is baked by the sun and then frozen by the night

Submission + - Crowdfunding folly (

Taco Cowboy writes: Lazer-Razor, a crowd-funded project which generated millions, is set to crashing down blazing

The project that supposed to come up with the razor that purported to be using laser had a very professionally produced demo, the only unfortunate part is that no one dares to use it to carry out an actual shaving yet

Submission + - Stem cell from aborted babies to help other fetuses (

Taco Cowboy writes: Scientifically the reason is sound ...

Injecting stem cells into fetuses which are already known to be infected with brittle bone disease to cure it

However, the stem cells are harvested from aborted babies, and the inevitable ethnical debate ensures ...

Britain has decided to go ahead with such a controversial plan

Submission + - What 100,000 year-old-teeth reveal about human migration (

Taco Cowboy writes: Archaeologists found 47 teeth in a cave in southern China that could put a fresh perspective on ancient humans

These teeth belong to Homo sapiens, that is, anatomically modern humans – ones who, according to current archaeological theories, didn't exist in Asia at that time

Dated between 80,000 and 120,000 years old, these teeth place Homo sapiens in Asia tens of thousands of years earlier than previous research, dramatically rewriting the story of how modern humans spread out of Africa, say researchers

The 47 teeth are the only human remains found in the southern China cave, as teeth, with their hard enamel coating, often survive much longer than any other kind of bone. And fortunately, teeth offer many forensic clues

Scientists have long discussed what could have caused the extinction of our Neanderthal cousins, Homo neanderthalensis, the ancient human that lived in Europe before H. sapiens moved in

This new understanding of modern human migration out of Africa could paint a clearer picture of the stronger, older species's demise, says Martinón-Torres

"For a long time, it was thought that the entry of H. sapiens into Europe triggered Neanderthal’s extinction," she explains, but knowing H. sapiens trekked thousands of miles from Africa long before they appeared in Europe suggests a more long-standing tension

Instead of H. sapiens pushing out the brawny Neanderthals as soon as they migrated out of Africa, it likely took generations to supplant them

A barrage of difficult climatic conditions could have weakened the Neanderthals over hundreds of thousands of years, giving H. sapiens an opportunity to move into the region and push the earlier humans to extinction

Submission + - Tourist went to wrong street and was slain - because of an app (

Taco Cowboy writes: The couple followed their Waze GPS app, thinking it would lead them to a touristy avenue in Niteroi, a large city across the bay from Rio de Janeiro

Instead, it led them to another street of the same name in Niteroi in one of the city's most notorious slum areas. The woman was shot and killed

Regina Murmura, 70, a travel agent who had been using the Waze app while traveling through Niteroi with her 69-year-old husband, Francisco, was killed on Saturday night, according to a Brazilian police spokesman. The couple's app led them on a small road in one of the city's most notorious favelas, or slum areas

Someone opened fire, with 20 bullets hitting the couple's car, the police spokesman said. Authorities don't know why, though drug gangs are prevalent in the area

Submission + - Verizon to hike unlimited plan, again! (

Taco Cowboy writes: Verizon to add $20 to grandfathered unlimited data plans

Verizon is planning to raise the price of unlimited data plans from $29.99 to $49.99 per month

It's yet another sign the company's trying to force people to let go of their highly-prized plans that remain only because they were grandfathered in

The unlimited data is only part of a cell phone bill. Talking and texting are extra. Right now if you're on Verizon's 450 plan, that costs $59.99 per month. Add the new higher rate for unlimited data, the total monthly cost will look more like $109.99, plus fees. Verizon customers will see the increase starting on monthly bills that arrive on Nov. 15 or later

Submission + - Priority of spending, country by country (

Taco Cowboy writes: A country's spending reflects its national stereotypes, according to household expenditure data compiled by Eurostat

Russians splash 8% of their money on booze and cigarettes—far more than most rich countries—while fun-loving Australians spend a tenth of theirs on recreation, and bookish South Koreans splurge more than most on education

Predominantly private health care in America eats up over a fifth of each household’s budget, whereas the European Union, where public health care is common, only spends 4% on it

In Russia, government-subsidised housing and heating make living cheaper, and this means money is left over for the finer things in life

The infographic is available at

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Submission + - Chinese' space program worries India (

An anonymous reader writes: According to Indian armed forces, China's establishment of a 50,000 strong Space Force under the Central Military Commission as a part of the China’s latest military modernisation plan is very worrisome

The Space Force would not only have anti-satellite and anti-missile capability, but also would have military astronauts. Space and Navy are the two areas where Beijing is putting more emphasis in its military reorganisation plan as compared to other areas

Submission + - Predicting your next move ... by a robot ! (

Taco Cowboy writes: So a lot of humans are still saying that they are smarter than the bots

Years from now, when a robot outdraws you in a gunfight, a 2015 algorithm may be the reason why

The algorithm, by two University of Illinois researchers, opens the door to software that can guess where a person is headed—reaching for a gun, steering a car into armored gate—milliseconds before the act plays out

To test the algorithm, they gave a joystick to five men and three women between the ages of 24 and 30. The subjects were instructed to reach out with the joystick 730 times under various conditions, including ones that obstructed their motion. The tests proved the algorithm’s ability to infer, within tenths of a second, where the subject was headed

Although the authors stress the important of the algorithm against potential "terrorists" it won't surprise anyone that the same algorithm will be used on ordinary people as well, particularly if a government that has turned rogue, and the people are rising up in opposing the rogue government

Skynet, anyone?

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.