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Submission + - Toyota recalls 625,000 hybrid vehicles over software glitch->

hypnosec writes: Japanese car manufacturer Toyota on Wednesday recalled 625,000 hybrid vehicles globally to fix a software defect. The automaker said that the defect in question might lead to shut down of the hybrid system while the car is being driven. The recall was due to software settings that could result in “higher thermal stress” in parts of a power converter, potentially causing it to become damaged. Toyota dealers will update the software for both the motor/generator control ECU and hybrid control ECU in the involved vehicles.
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Submission + - CUER unveils its Evolution solar-powered car->

hypnosec writes: The Cambridge University Eco-Racing (CUER) team has finally unveiled its latest solar-powered car dubbed Evolution that weighs about a third of the weight of a small car. The team intends to have Evolution race at the 3,000km Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October in Australia. Evolution will be pitched against 50 cars at the event. Weighing at 180kg, the car gains energy via a solar panel of 2.36 square metres and is capable of speeds of up to 110km per hour, or 68 mph with a battery that can last up to 500km.
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Submission + - Gobbling up space debris the Pac-Man way->

hypnosec writes: Switzerland's orbital cleaning satellite project dubbed CleanSpace One is inching ahead towards completion as engineers from eSpace, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)’s Center for Space Engineering and Signal Processing 5 Laboratory (LTS 5), and partners from HES-SO are currently testing a camera system, visual approach algorithms and a “Pac-Man” style capture system. The prototype resembles a net in the form of a cone that unfolds and then closes back down once it has captured the small satellite. With a plan to launch in 2018, CleanSpace One's approach and capture systems has passed the prototype stage. The next stage will combine putting together the first version of the engineering models – which will be more accurate than the prototypes – and more extensive tests.
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Submission + - Brit sets up €1.6 billion crowdfunding campaign for Greece bailout->

hypnosec writes: In a first of its kind initiative, Thom Feeney, a shoe shop worker from Yorkshire in the UK has started a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo to bailout Greece with a goal of €1.6 billion. The reason Feeney started this campaign was that he got bored of the daily dithering over Greece with various European countries deliberating whether they can help the Greek people or not. "Why don't we the people just sort it instead?" Feeney writes in the crowdfunding campaign description.
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Submission + - Corals may survive global warming thanks to "genetic rescue"-> 1 1

hypnosec writes: Researchers have found that some coral populations already posses genetic variants that could help them tolerate the increasing ocean temperatures and if such corals are mixed and matched with corals from different latitudes they can be made to survive global warming through 'genetic rescue'. Researchers exposed the corals' larvae to increasingly warm temperatures for long periods of time, and then analyzed the genes of the surviving individuals. Their results reveal that the more heat-tolerant corals produced larvae that were 10 times more likely to survive heat exposure than the larvae of the less heat-tolerant corals.
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Submission + - D-Wave shatters the 1000 qubit quantum computing barrier->

hypnosec writes: D-Wave Systems Inc. has announced a new technological and scientific achievement wherein it has managed to break the 1000 qubit quantum computing barrier through a new processor about double the size of D-Wave’s previous generation and far exceeding the number of qubits ever developed by D-Wave or any other quantum effort. The company says that this new breakthrough will enable its customers to solve more complex computational problems than was possible on any previous quantum computer.
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Submission + - Getting Microsoft Windows 10 on July 29 for free can't get any easier->

hypnosec writes: If we go by the recent changes announced by Microsoft for the Windows 10 preview builds, anyone with a computer capable of running Redmond's latest operating system can get Windows 10 for free. According to the changes, users will be required to connect their registered Microsoft Account (MSA) to their Windows 10 preview systems to continue receiving future preview builds – both Slow and Fast ring – through Windows Update. He further adds that Windows Insiders running the Windows 10 Insider Preview (Home and Pro editions) with their registered MSA connected to their PC will receive the final release build of Windows 10 starting on July 29th. This means that users are not required to have any previous Windows license with them to receive the licensed copy of Windows 10. "As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated", reads the statement.
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Submission + - Data of millions of app users at risk owing to coding flaws->

hypnosec writes: Security experts have revealed that data of millions of app users is vulnerable and could be easily stolen owing to coding flaws that leave their data unprotected. Experts at Technische Universität Darmstadt and Fraunhofer SIT, based on their analysis of cloud databases like Facebook’s Parse and Amazon’s AWS, have found 56 million sets of unprotected data including email addresses, passwords, health records and other sensitive information of app users, which may be easily stolen and often manipulated.
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Submission + - Active video games may be better than unstructured physical activity-> 2 2

hypnosec writes: At a time when video games are being blamed for Children’s lack of interest in physical activity, increased food intake; improper sitting postures; masculinity crisis; aggressive behaviour, slow mental decay and even obesity, a new research has showed that video games that involve active participation from players may be better for children than unstructured physical activity and that they may actually be a source of moderate or intense physical activity in children five to eight years old.
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Submission + - ESA still searching for Philae; may have zeroed in on a possible location->

hypnosec writes: The European Space Agency (ESA) hasn't given up on the task of finding its Philae comet lander and according to the latest information from the space agency, it may have zeroed in on Philae's location as being the CONSERT ellipse measuring approximately 16 x 160 m.
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Submission + - 15-year-old Brit discovers Jupiter-sized planet in our galaxy->

hypnosec writes: A schoolboy on work-experience at Keele University has been attributed with the discovery of a new Jupiter-sized planet orbiting a star 1000 light years away in our galaxy. Tom Wagg, the discoverer, spotted the planet by finding a tiny dip in the light of a star as a planet passed in front of it. Wagg, now aged 17, made the discovery when he was 15 and is believed to be the youngest person to have ever found a planet.
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Submission + - Year long FSA UK survey finds campylobacter in 73% of chickens->

hypnosec writes: Campylobacter, the food bug which is mainly found on raw poultry and is considered one of the biggest cause of food poisoning in the UK, has been found in 73 per cent of chickens in the UK – a year long survey carried out by the Food Standards Agency has revealed. The FSA published its cumulative results for samples taken between February 2014 and February 2015 including results presented by major retailer. The survey found that 19 per cent of chickens tested positive for campylobacter within the highest band of contamination meaning that more than 1,000 colony forming units per gram (>1,000 cfu/g) were detected in those samples. The survey, which tested more than 4,000 samples of fresh whole chilled chickens and packaging, also found that 0.1 per cent (five samples) of packaging tested positive at the highest band of contamination and 7 per cent of packaging tested positive for the presence of campylobacter.
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Submission + - Thanks to the Montreal Protocol, we avoided severe ozone depletion->

hypnosec writes: Concentrations of ozone depleting chemicals was at its peak in 1993, but over the years they have declined and a new research points out that the Montreal Protocol, which came into force in 1987, has played a major role in not only ensuring that use of these chemicals is reduced, but has also helped us avoid a severe ozone depletion.
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Submission + - Towards more resilient, disease resistant crops using supercomputers->

hypnosec writes: In a quest for more disease resistant and resilient crops, researchers have moved a step closer to identifying the nanostructure of celluose – the building block of plant cell walls – by tapping into IBM’s supercomputing power. Researchers at IBM and Universities of Melbourne and Queensland have been able to model the structure and dynamics of cellulose at the molecular level – a development that is pegged as a significant step towards understanding of cellulose biosynthesis and how plant cell walls assemble and function.
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