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+ - NASA Mars rover drills hole into mountain->

Submitted by ziddudotcom
ziddudotcom writes: The Curiosity rover has reportedly drilled a complete hole in first such feat on the Martian rocks since May. The robot has been used as a power tool to take out a sample from a pale slab.

This is at a location that is termed Pahrump Hills. This latest move gives scientists a look into the type of sediments, which lies ahead.

The Nasa rover is currently moving nearby the foothills of Mount Sharp, a 5km peak close to the centre of Mars' Gale Crater.

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+ - 2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder illegal in some states->

Submitted by innocent_white_lamb
innocent_white_lamb writes: The 2015 Corvette has a Valet Mode that records audio and video when someone other than the owner is driving the car. Activating the Valet Mode allows you to record front-facing video as well as capture audio from within the car so you can help keep your Corvette safe when itâ(TM)s in the hands of others.

Well it turns out that recording audio from within the car may be considered a felony in some states that require notice and consent to individuals that they are being recorded and now GM is sending notices out to dealerships and customers alerting them to this fact as well as promising a future update to the PDR system.

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+ - China is keen to send its own mission to Mars in the wake of India's Mangalyaan->

Submitted by MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington writes: The recent arrival into Mars orbit of both NASA’s MAVEN and India’s Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission has not escaped the notice of China, according to a Thursday story in Xinhua. The achievement of its Asian rival has especially proven galling to the Chinese. China has yet to successfully send a space probe beyond the moon. The development has elicited calls in Beijing to accelerate China’s Mars program.

China currently plans to send a rover to Mars in 2020 and, perhaps, do a Mars sample return mission in 2030. However, it feels that India, which China regards as its rival in an Asian space race, has stolen a march and has left the Chinese behind. China is now keen to try to play catchup with its own Mars mission.

One of the hold ups for a Chinese interplanetary exploration program is the delays surrounding the development of the Long March 5 rocket, which will be roughly the equivalent of the America Delta IV in its capabilities. The Chinese launch vehicle has slipped to at least 2015 because of the technological challenges it faces. The Long March 5 is also needed to launch the 20 ton modules of the Chinese space station, currently planned for later this decade.

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+ - Intel Putting 3D Scanners in Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones to Follow-> 1 1

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula writes: Intel has been working on a 3D scanner small enough to fit in the bezel of even the thinnest tablets. The company aims to have the technology in tablets from 2015, with CEO Brian Krzanich telling the crowd at MakerCon in New York on Thursday that he hopes to put the technology in phones as well.
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+ - Intel shows off Skylake, its next 14nm chip -> 1 1

Submitted by nk497
nk497 writes: Intel has shown off a working version of its Skylake chip — the successor to the recently arrived Broadwell, which was a dieshrink to the 14nm process. Skylake will be a new architecture and also be produced via the 14nm process. Intel said at IDF that chips will arrive in the second half of 2015, and hit volume production by the end of that year.
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+ - Bitcoin Kiosks coming to five Canadian cities->

Submitted by dreamstateseven
dreamstateseven writes: Canadian Bitcoin enthusiasts will be able to exchange Canadian cash for the digital currency through a kiosk that's similar to an ATM. Bitcoiniacs says it has ordered five Bitcoin kiosks from a Las Vegas-based company called RoboCoin and intends to roll them out across Canada in the coming months, with the first machine expected to land in Vancouver in early October.

The kiosks allow users to select how much money they would like to spend, insert cash into the machine and then scan a QR code on their phone to transfer the Bitcoins to their wallet.

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+ - Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years-> 1 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: After a long and protracted trial, Judge Denise Lind has handed down a sentence in the Bradley Manning case: 35 years and a dishonorable discharge. Manning initially faced a maximum sentence of 135 years, which was reduced to 90 years when Manning was found not guilty of Espionage Act offenses and certain other charged were merged. He has already served over 1000 days in prison, and his sentence will be reduced by 1,274 days.
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+ - New York's Financial Regulator Subpoenaes Bitcoin Companies->

Submitted by dreamstateseven
dreamstateseven writes: Things are getting serious for Bitcoin this month: a federal judge declared it real money, Bloomberg gave it an experimental ticker (XBT), Thailand declared it illegal, and New York’s financial regulator announced an interest in regulating it.

The department is starting out by subpoenaing 22 digital-currency companies and investors to get a lay of the Bitcoin land. They sent letters to the major Bitcoin players asking them to hand over information regarding their money laundering controls, consumer protection practices, source of funding, pitch books (for Bitcoin start-ups) and investment strategies (for Bitcoin investors).

Keep in mind, a subpoena doesn't mean criminal activity has taken place.

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Comment: Give me a budget! (Score 1) 237 237

by dreamstateseven (#43804571) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Determine If a Video Has Been Faked?
The people purported to have this video want a rather princely sum. Originally to the tune of $1M, now dropping it to "six figures" which I'll post at around $100,000. Give me a $25,000 budget and I'll find a Rob Ford look-a-like, hire some wicked makeup artists, and grab some local extras who need some coin and give you a video of Toronto's Mayor doing anything you ask. That being said, I hope with every fiber of my being that it's true, and this unempathic embarrassment of a human being gets humiliated and run out of town. Yes, I live in Toronto. Heh.
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Biological Computer Created at Stanford 89 89

Posted by samzenpus
from the meat-machine dept.
sciencehabit writes "For the first time, synthetic biologists have created a genetic device that mimics one of the widgets on which all of modern electronics is based, the three-terminal transistor. Like standard electronic transistors, the new biological transistor is expected to work in many different biological circuit designs. This should make it easier for scientists to program cells to do everything from monitor pollutants and the progression of disease to turning on the output of medicines and biofuels."

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