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+ - What China is Watching Right Now: Smog

Submitted by TheRealHocusLocus
TheRealHocusLocus (2319802) writes "TV celebrity Chai Jing quit her job when she learned her daughter was born with a lung tumor. The operation was a success, and she decided to investigate further the persistent smog condition affecting mainland China for at least a decade. Under the Dome: Investigating China’s Haze is a docu-lecture somewhat like a TED talk presenting her findings, and some of them are terrifying. At issue is airborne 'PM2.5' pollution of particles less than 2.5 microns, one sample in her own city yielded a level of Benzo(a)pyrene some 14 times greater than China's (elevated) target limit. Not even near a coking plant.

This may become the most viral video to date within modern Chinese society, with some 8.5 million views since 2/27 on Yoku. Minister of environmental protection Chen Jining has praised the work, indicating the government's acquiesce to its message and rising popularity. A project to complete English subtitles for the Youtube version is in progress and may be completed in hours or days.

These aerosol plumes are global. In California up to ~29% of PM2.5 pollution may originate in China."

+ - Small satellite industry predicted to blossom->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "An industry study now predicts that more than 500 small satellites, including nanosats, cubesats, microsats, and minisats, will be launched in the next five years.

Note however this important detail, highlighted below:

75% of the 510 satellites to be launched during the next five years will be for government civil and defense agencies. Growth in government demand will be stronger than in the commercial world where a total of 130 satellites are expected. "Large constellation projects such as those announced in 2014 by OneWeb and by SpaceX in association with Google have not been included in our forecasts/scenarios for launch by 2019," said Rachel Villain, Principal Advisor at Euroconsult and Editor of the report. "Large constellation projects could, however, represent a very significant component of launches over the following five year period (2020-2024)." [emphasis mine]

Even though the predicted launches represent a two-thirds increase per year compared to the previous decade, this launch rate does not include the big private constellations that appear almost certain to fly. In other words, all signs point to the possibility that we are about to see a real boom in the space industry."
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+ - Ghostery lists Adobe TypeKit as privacy threat -> 3

Submitted by Maurits van der Schee
Maurits van der Schee (2943109) writes "In order to provide the Typekit service, Adobe may collect information about the fonts being served to your website. The information is used for the purposes of billing and compliance, and may include the following:

Adobe TypeKit's privacy policy says that, but AFAIK "may include" does not imply "is limited to". Also this "compliance" is not further specified. What do you think? Should I take off my tin-foil hat?"
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+ - UNDER U.S. PRESSURE, PAYPAL NUKES MEGA FOR ENCRYPTING FILES->

Submitted by seoras
seoras (147590) writes "After coming under intense pressure PayPal has closed the account of cloud-storage service Mega. According to the company, SOPA proponent Senator Patrick Leahy personally pressured Visa and Mastercard who in turn called on PayPal to terminate the account. Bizarrely, Mega's encryption is being cited as a key problem.... ... What makes the situation more unusual is that PayPal reportedly apologized to Mega for its withdrawal while acknowledging that company’s business is indeed legitimate.
However, PayPal also advised that Mega’s unique selling point – it’s end-to-end-encryption – was a key concern for the processor.""

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+ - Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow.

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "BBC News Reports

An unidentified attacker shot Mr Nemtsov four times in central Moscow, a source in the law enforcement bodies told Russia's Interfax news agency. He was shot near the Kremlin while walking with a woman, according to Russian-language news website Meduza. "Several people" had got out of a car and shot him, it added. Mr Nemtsov, 55, served as first deputy prime minister under the late President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s.

Meanwhile, various sources report a massive gathering of protestors at the site of the shooting."

Comment: I know that novel (Score 1) 209

by hcs_$reboot (#49146061) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

the neck of both would be cut and the major blood vessels linked with tubes. Finally, the spinal cords would be severed, with as clean a cut as possible. Joining the spinal cords, with the tightly packed nerves inside, is key. The plan involves flushing the area with polyethylene glycol, followed by several hours of injections of the same, a chemical that encourages the fat in cell membranes to mesh

That's Frankenstein. Any one really believed TFA was a true story??

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