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+ - Carbyne: A Form of Carbon Even Stronger Than Graphene 1

Submitted by Dialecticus
Dialecticus (1433989) writes "Sebastian Anthony at ExtremeTech has written an article about research into the physical properties of carbyne, an elusive form of carbon. A new mathematical analysis by Mingjie Liu and others at Rice University suggests that carbyne may achieve double the strength of graphene, stealing its crown and becoming the strongest material known to man."

+ - Mitochondrial Eve and Adam Could Have Met Between 148 – 120 Thousand Years->

Submitted by TechkNighT_1337
TechkNighT_1337 (739420) writes "From the article — Stanford researchers claim that our most recent common ancestors, known as mitochondrial Eve and Y-chromosomal Adam, roughly overlapped during evolutionary time – between 120,000 to 156,000 years ago for the man, and between 99,000 and 148,000 years ago for the woman"
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The Internet

Ship Anchor, Not Sabotaging Divers, Possibly Responsible For Outage 43

Posted by samzenpus
from the who's-to-blame dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "This week, Egypt caught three men in the process of severing an undersea fiber-optic cable. But Telecom Egypt executive manager Mohammed el-Nawawi told the private TV network CBC that the reason for the region's slowdowns was not the alleged saboteurs — it was damage previously caused by a ship. On March 22, cable provider Seacom reported a cut in its Mediterranean cable connecting Southern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Asia to Europe; it later suggested that the most likely cause of the incident was a ship anchor, and that traffic was being routed around the cut, through other providers. But repairs to the cable took longer than expected, with the Seacom CEO announcing March 23 that the physical capability to connect additional capacity to services in Europe was "neither adequate nor stable enough," and that it was competing with other providers. The repairs continued through March 27, after faults were found on the restoration system; that same day, Seacom denied that the outage could have been the work of the Egyptian divers, but said that the true cause won't be known for weeks. 'We think it is unlikely that the damage to our system was caused by sabotage,' the CEO wrote in a statement. 'The reasons for this are the specific location, distance from shore, much greater depth, the presence of a large anchored vessel on the fault site which appears to be the cause of the damage and other characteristics of the event.'"
Youtube

YouTube Alters Copyright Algorithms, Will 'Manually' Review Some Claims 71

Posted by timothy
from the get-your-hands-off-my-manuals dept.
thomst writes "David Kravets of Wired's Threat Level blog reports that Google's Thabet Alfishawi has announced YouTube will alter its algorithms 'that identify potentially invalid claims. We stop these claims from automatically affecting user videos and place them in a queue to be manually reviewed.' YouTube's Content ID algorithms have notably misfired in recent months, resulting in video streams as disparate as Curiosity's Mars landing and Michelle Obama's Democratic Convention speech being taken offline on specious copyright infringement grounds. Kravets states, 'Under the new rules announced Wednesday, however, if the uploader challenges the match, the alleged rights holder must abandon the claim or file an official takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.' (A false takedown claim under the DMCA can result in non-trivial legal liability.)" Update: 10/05 11:24 GMT by S : Google has clarified its earlier comments. The user videos will be placed in a queue for manual review not by Google, but by the content owners.

+ - ADTRAN releases technology allowing 100 Mbps LANs over legacy phone wiring->

Submitted by
patrick_price
patrick_price writes "Today, ADTRAN announced the release of a new technology called ActivReach—now available on its new NetVanta 1535P gigabit Ethernet switch—capable of delivering 100 Mbps (symmetric) Ethernet data connectivity and PoE over long distances (up to 1200 ft.) of existing 4-pair, 2-pair, or 1-pair of CAT5, CAT3, or legacy analog phone wiring. ActivReach allows for the delivery of VoIP or data connectivity no matter what type of existing cabling infrastructure is already in place. Furthermore, because the NetVanta 1535P supports both standard 10/100/1000Base-T and ActivReach, business can build networks using legacy-wiring today and upgrade to gigabit connectivity later once new cabling infrastructure is installed without replacing the switch."
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Censorship

+ - Should it be real?->

Submitted by TechkNighT_1337
TechkNighT_1337 (739420) writes "Already discussed here by slashdotters [http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/06/09/1927246/an-http-status-code-for-censorship], Wired run a story in the webmonkey blog [http://www.webmonkey.com/2012/06/error-451-this-page-has-been-burned] about the IETF initiave of a censored webpage response. [http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-tbray-http-legally-restricted-status-00]. It's time for us to know more about the knowledge bunners!"
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The Military

+ - Flexrotor VTOL UAV Enters Second Phase of Development->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "In an attempt to combine the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities of a helicopter, with the speed, range and altitude capabilities of a fixed wing aircraft, tiltrotor aircraft, such as the AgustaWestland AW609 and the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey rely on powered rotors mounted on rotating shafts or nacelles at the end of a fixed wing. But the tiltrotor design isn’t the only option for aircraft looking to get the best of both worlds. Like Aerovironment’s SkyTote, the Flexrotor is designed to transition from vertical to horizontal flight without any pivoting of its rotor."
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Firefox

+ - Mozilla unveils Australis, one Firefox interface to rule them all->

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "The last year or two has seen Firefox experience something resembling an identity crisis. You will all remember when Firefox 4.0 introduced a wildly different interface (called Strata) with The Big Orange Button, but Mozilla has also been experimenting with different tablet and smartphone UIs since Firefox for Android’s inception. For a variety of reasons, Mozilla never tried to bring Strata to the mobile platforms, resulting in a very fragmented user experience — mobile Firefox had almost zero resemblance to desktop Firefox. Now Mozilla is preparing to introduce Australis, a new UI (and UX) that will span, embrace, and unify the desktop, tablet, and smartphone versions of Firefox. Starting with the premise that Firefox is "soft, friendly, and human," Australis is as curvy as a curvy thing. While the desktop version of Australis obviously has more browser chrome (buttons/widgets) than the smartphone and tablet versions, all three share one recurring feature: Rounded corners everywhere. Tabs are positively swoopy. The bottom left and right corners of the browser window will be rounded. The tab thumbnails (when switching tabs on Firefox for Android) have rounded corners. Pop-up dialogs, such as Settings or Downloads, have rounded corners. The address bar and search bar are no longer rectangular: They're rounded rectangles. Still, there's no denying that Australis is rather pretty — and a unified Firefox UX, across Windows (and Metro), Mac, Linux, and Android is definitely a Good Thing."
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+ - Whatever happened to technology innovation?-> 1

Submitted by Velcroman1
Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "Aside from "disruptive," there's probably no more overused buzzword than "innovation." Every speech, every business discussion, every CEO presentation is peppered with the word. Apparently, every idea, every new business, and every startup is staggeringly "innovative." Some argue that there hasn't been much technological innovation since the personal computer and the integrated circuit. That's a dry spell of 30 to 40 years, depending upon when you think PCs really began to make a difference in scientific and industrial quarters. Some people, recalling a famous 2003 headline from the Onion — "48-Hour Internet Outage Plunges Nation Into Productivity" — blame the Web. But we could be slowly awakening from our Web slumber. There are plenty of people hard at work, struggling for long hours in research labs and "skunk works" around the world trying to solve what seem like intractable problems. Here are a few of these endeavors and technology trends that show the most promise."
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United States

+ - Steve Jobs Told Obama Made-in-the-USA Days Over 9

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "At his Last Supper with Steve Jobs, reports the NY Times, President Obama had a question for Jobs: What would it take to make iPhones in the United States? 'Those jobs aren't coming back,' Jobs replied. The president's question touched upon a central conviction at Apple: It isn't just that workers are cheaper abroad; Apple execs believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and industrial skills of foreign workers have so outpaced their American counterparts that Made in the U.S.A.' is no longer a viable option for most Apple products. 'The speed and flexibility is breathtaking,' a former Apple exec gushed, describing how 8,000 workers were once roused from company dormitories at midnight to address a last-minute Apple design change, given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. 'There's no American plant that can match that.' What's vexed Obama as well as economists and policy makers is that Apple — and many of its hi-tech peers — are not nearly as avid in creating American jobs as other famous companies were in their heydays. 'We don't have an obligation to solve America's problems,' a current Apple exec is quoted as saying. 'Our only obligation is making the best product possible.'"
Toys

+ - Saturn Rocket model, re-created using LEGO->

Submitted by
The Joe Kewl
The Joe Kewl writes "The model is complete to the scale of a LEGO minifig. I am wondering when this LEGO model will be available for purchase... from the article:
LEGO pro Ryan McNaught (aka The BrickMan) constructed a ridiculously impressive 19-foot tall Saturn V rocket replica (with gantry) out of 120,000 bricks over the course of 250 hours. It's the largest LEGO model in Australia."

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