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Submission + - New Horizons spacecraft reveals new faces of Pluto

__roo writes: The surface of Pluto is becoming better resolved as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft speeds closer to its July flight through the Pluto system. A series of new images obtained by the spacecraft’s telescopic Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) during May 29-June 2 show Pluto is a complex world with very bright and very dark terrain (sharpened from the raw, unprocessed pictures), yielding the best views ever obtained of the Pluto system. You can follow the path of the spacecraft in real time with a visualization of the actual trajectory data, using NASA’s Eyes on Pluto.

Submission + - Scientist fools millions into thinking chocolate helps weight loss (

__roo writes: Did you know chocolate helps you lose weight? You can read all about this great news for chocoholics in the Daily Star, Daily Express, Irish Examiner, and TV shows in Texas and Australia, and even the front page of Bild, Europe's largest daily newspaper. The problem is that it's not true. A researcher who previously worked with Science to do a sting operation on fee-charging open access journals ran a real—but obviously flawed—study rigged to generate false positives, paid €600 to get it published in a fee-charging open access journal, set up a website for a fake institute, and issued press releases to feed the ever-hungry pool of nutrition journalists. The doctor who ran the trial had the idea to use chocolate, because it's a favorite of the "whole food" fanatics. "Bitter chocolate tastes bad, therefore it must be good for you. It’s like a religion."

Submission + - NASA's CubeSat initiative helps testing of Solar Sails

__roo writes: With help from NASA, a small research satellite to test technology for in-space solar propulsion launched into space Wednesday aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, as part of the agency’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. The Planetary Society’s LightSail satellite is a technology demonstration for using solar propulsion on nanosatellites. LightSail consists of three CubeSats (approximately four inch cubes) bundled together.

Submission + - Satellites make a load of difference to bridge safety (

__roo writes: In an effort to detect crumbling infrastructure before it causes damage and costs lives, the European Space Agency is working with the UK’s University of Nottingham to monitor the movements of large structures as they happen using satellite navigation sensors. The team uses highly sensitive satnav receivers that transmit real-time data to detect movements as small as 1 cm combined with historical Earth observation satellite data. By placing sensors at key locations on the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland, they detected stressed structural members and unexpected deformations.

Submission + - Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience (

__roo writes: Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods. It’s all pseudoscience—so why are some kinds of pseudoscience more equal than others? That's the question the author of this article tackles: "From the probiotics aisle to the vaguely ridiculous Organic Integrity outreach effort ... Whole Foods has all the ingredients necessary to give Richard Dawkins nightmares." He points out his local Whole Foods' "predominantly liberal clientele that skews academic" shop at a place where a significant portion of the product being sold is based on simple pseudoscience. So, why do many of us perceive Whole Foods and the Creation Museum so differently?

Submission + - Study shows aging C-123 cargo planes are still contaminated with Agent Orange (

__roo writes: Herbicides used in Vietnam in the 1970s still pose a threat to servicemen, according to a study published Friday. The U.S. Air Force and Department of Veteran Affairs denied benefits to sick veterans, taking the position that any dioxin or other components of Agent Orange contaminating its fleet of C-123 cargo planes would have been "dried residues" and unlikely to pose meaningful exposure risks. According to the lead researcher, "The VA, whether out of ignorance or malice, has denied the entire existence of this entire branch of science. They have this preposterous idea that somehow there is this other kind of state of matter — a dried residue that is completely inert." To show that such exposures happened, her research team had to be 'very clever.'

Submission + - Google+ deletes WNBA champion team page, says "start over" (

__roo writes: " reports that on Sunday, the 2011 WNBA Champions Minnesota Lynx found that their page, along with their 30,000+ fans, disappeared from Google+ just after winning the Western Conference championship and advancing to the finals. According to the Bob Stanke, the team's Director of Interactive Services, Google+ told them to "start over," despite the fact that they were early Google+ adopters. An update to the article points out that the page seems to be back, but the followers may have been lost."

Submission + - Stand-up meetings getting more popular as teams go agile (

__roo writes: "The Wall Street Journal reports that an increasing number of companies are replacing traditional meetings with daily stand-ups. The points out that stand-up meetings date back to at least World War I, and that late employees "sometimes must sing a song like 'I'm a Little Teapot,' do a lap around the office building or pay a small fine." Do Slashdot readers feel that stand-up meetings are useful? Do they make a difference? Are they a gimmick?"

Submission + - Protest Spurs Online Dialogue on Inequity (

__roo writes: The New York Times reports that the Occupy Wall Street movement has inspired hundreds of Facebook pages, Twitter posts, and Meetup events, and that "blog posts and photographs from all over the country are popping up on the WeArethe99Percent blog on Tumblr from people who see themselves as victims of not just a sagging economy but also economic injustice." What do Slashdotters think? Do you relate to the 99% stories? Do they make you angry—either at the system, or at the posters? If it's at the posters, is it rational or a just-world effect?

Submission + - Top recruiters call Columbia and MIT "second-tier" (

__roo writes: Top job recruiters looking for recent grads consider MIT, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and other respected schools "second tier" and "just okay", according to a new Northwestern research study. Many only consider graduates from "Harvard, Yale, Princeton, or (maybe) Stanford" for jobs at prominent consulting firms, law firms, and banks.

Submission + - Planck Mission Peels Back Layers of the Universe (

__roo writes: The Planck Mission released a new data catalogue Tuesday from initial maps of the entire sky (press release, video). The catalogue includes thousands of never-before-seen dusty cocoons where stars are forming, and some of the most massive clusters of galaxies ever observed. Planck is a European Space Agency mission with significant contributions from NASA.

Submission + - Gawker source code and databases compromised (

__roo writes: Gawker is reporting that "various copies of our source code available for download", including a link to the torrent. The report includes the statement, "We protect our data with UNIX Standard hash encryption method crypt(3), which is absolutely 100% impossible to crack" (more on the history of cracking crypt(3) algorithms here: link, link, link). The torrent description makes references to past Gawker posts about 4chan's Anonymous.

Submission + - Opossums overrun Brooklyn, fail to eliminate rats (

__roo writes: In a bizarre case of "life imitates the Simpsons," New York City officials introduced a population of opossums into Brooklyn parks and under the boardwalk at Coney Island, apparently convinced that the opossums would eat all of the rats in the borough and then conveniently die of starvation. ("City brought possums in to take care of rats," read Community Board 15 notes from a 2007 Brooklyn forum meeting where the effort was discussed.) Several years later, the opossums have not only failed to eliminate the rat epidemic from New York City, but they have thrived, turning into a sharp-toothed, foul-odored epidemic of their own.

Submission + - Froot Loops packaging: dangerous to your health? (

__roo writes: The Washington Post reports that Kellogg recalled 28 million boxes of Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and Honey Smacks after dozens of consumers reported a strange taste and odor, and some complained of nausea and diarrhea after eating it. U.S. regulators suspect the chemical 2-methylnaphthalene is the cause, but neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the Environmental Protection Agency have basic scientific health and safety data it — "even though the EPA has been seeking that information from the chemical industry for 16 years." The chemical, along with thousands of others commonly used in industry, is specifically exempted from the Toxic Substances Control Act.

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