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+ - Earliest Known Pterosaur Described->

Submitted by damn_registrars
damn_registrars (1103043) writes "A fossil of the earliest known Pterosaur flying reptile was found recently in China. Named Kryptodrakon progenitor, it was described in a paper published yesterday in the journal current biology (http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822%2814%2900322-4) (paywalled by Elsevier). A less restrictive summary of the findings is in National Geographic (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/04/140424-pterodactyl-pterosaur-china-oldest-science-animals/)."
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+ - Sun Not A Signficant Driver In Climate Change-> 1

Submitted by damn_registrars
damn_registrars (1103043) writes "Scientists from Edinburgh, Scotland have recently published a study based on data from 1,000 years of climate data. They have compared the effects of differing factors including volcanic activity, solar activity, and greenhouse gases to find which has the most profound effect on climate. They have concluded that the driving factor since 1900 has been greenhouse gases. Their work has been published today in Nature Geoscience: http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2040.html"
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+ - Coelocanth Genome Sequenced->

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damn_registrars (1103043) writes "The lobe-finned fish described as a "living fossil" due to its apparent lack of change for hundreds of millions of years (as well as the fact it was thought extinct until the 1930s) has been sequenced by an international team including scientists from Sweden, Harvard, and MIT. The 3 billion base pair genome of the Coelocanth was described yesterday in the journal Nature. This paper is published in an open (non-paywalled) manner on Nature, making the full text available to all."
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+ - Nintendo To Cancel Weather, News, And Other Wii Built-In Apps in June-> 1

Submitted by damn_registrars
damn_registrars (1103043) writes "Nintendo of Japan has announced that at the end of June it will be canceling the services of several of the channels that are built in to the original Wii, including the Weather, News, Everybody Votes, and Mii Contest. This will also effect the WiiConnect24 services, though should not effect the Wii shopping channel."
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Networking

+ - What is the cheapest / easiest way to set up Windows AD for a small business?

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damn_registrars writes "I have been asked to help modernize a network for a small business. Currently they have 3 PCs running various versions of Windows and of course they have no central authentication for their logins or credential-based file sharing between the systems. One task I want to accomplish then is to set up a single point of authentication for all the systems, partially to better manage file permissions and partially so that it will be easier to handle requests for new passwords if someone forgets their login.
Of the three existing PCs two run Windows 7 and one runs XP Pro. We plan to replace the XP Pro system with a PC running 7 or 8 in the very near future. I expect that regardless, I will be setting up another PC in their network to handle authentication. I understand the old Windows SFU has been replaced with SUA in newer versions; if the new PC is running *nix could I have SUA sync passwords with it and be done? I know that the newest version of SAMBA also can act as an AD server, which is an interesting option as well although I don't have experience with that and I won't have a lot of time to set this up.
It seems like the nuclear option would be to buy a system running windows server, which should "just work". Of course that would also be the most expensive and I haven't run a windows server since NT4 so that would be new territory for me as well."
Government

+ - US House Passes Ron Paul Bill To Audit The Fed->

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damn_registrars writes "By a vote of 327 — 98, the US House Of Representatives passed a bill today authored by Ron Paul to audit the federal reserve bank. This has been a primary platform for the Texas Republican for some three decades now. The bill is not currently slated to be considered in the Senate, however."
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China

+ - Lenovo CEO Gives $3M Bonus To Employees->

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damn_registrars
damn_registrars writes "Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing received a $3,000,000 bonus for the healthy finances of his company this past year. The bonus is not unusual for top executives, however what he did was. Yuanqing gave the entire $3M to lower-level employees (including on the assembly line) at Lenovo. For some of the employees, he gave them the equivalent of another month's pay.
Yuanqing receives an annual salary of $14M, so he won't be poor without the bonus by anyone's measure. However his giving away the $3M bonus was not something that many other CEOs have opted for in recent memory."

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Facebook

+ - When Did Facebook Become So Uncool?->

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damn_registrars
damn_registrars writes "For a while, everyone wanted to talk about facebook. Vendors were beating paths to set up sites there for themselves. The site was making more money than they seemed to know what to do with.

Now, people are moving away from it. Not necessarily to google plus or anything else, just simply away from facebook. They've had a few significant blunders in the eyes of the public, and this article outlines them and how they have managed to rather quickly move facebook from being very cool to being very uncool.

And it doesn't even mention that your grandmother's wall has more comments than yours."

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Medicine

+ - Stanford Researcher Uses Himself as Guinea Pig for Real Time Genomics->

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damn_registrars writes "As sequencing and purification technologies have rapidly improved over the years, genomics (and related sciences such as transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics) have bcome practical not only on larger scales of sample numbers but also on shorter time frames. Stanford researcher Michael Snyder, head of a research group, made himself a test subject for exactly this kind of work. Over a time course, Snyder had his genome sequenced and assembled, while also having RNA and protein levels monitored over time. Amongst other findings, this was the first time a genomics experiment was done before, during, and after a rhinovirus (common cold) infection to see the genetic response. Oh, and they found Dr. Snyder to be predisposed to type II diabetes, before his physician had noticed any clinical signs.

This article is non-paywalled, and should be available for anyone to download directly from the journal Cell."

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+ - The North Carolina Non-Troversy Over A Preschool Lunch->

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damn_registrars writes "Slashdot was fooled in to placing conservative spin on the front page regarding a preschool girl whose lunch was not taken away from her and forcibly substituted with chicken nuggets by her school. The attached article shows where the spin came from, and what the truth of the matter actually is. Slashdot apologizes for failing to read in to what they posted to the front page."
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Biotech

+ - Draft Genome of Marijuana Completed->

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damn_registrars writes "This week it was announced that a draft of the marijuana genome has been completed. Currently the group responsible for the effort — and you might not be surprised to know some of the work was done in Amsterdam — has thousands of reads available and estimates the genome size at around 400 million base pairs. By comparison the human genome is usually stated to be around 3 billion, and a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabidopsis_thaliana">commonly used scientific model weed is estimated at around a third the genome size of marijuana.

The portion of the draft pot genome currently available consists of just the raw reads — the assembly has not been made public yet. The leader of the initiative — a group launched under the name medicinal genomics — is known for also contributing to the technology behind one of the current gene sequencing instruments."

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