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Submitted by Peter Teuben
Peter Teuben (3657945) writes "The CARMA Summer School (http://mmarray.org) is an annual one week school where students can experience hands-on how to do research with a mm radio wave interferometer. Good basic hard core astronomy stuff. It usually attracts about 20 student from the US and all across the world. This year 3 (out of 21) students could not get their visa in time, and lets say this wasn't the students lack of preparation, so we decided to do a google+ hangout and provide a live feed on youtube. We decided to record our lectures on radio interferometry and related techniques. We started Monday morning, and by Tuesday afternoon, without any warning, or contact to provide human feedback, the account was closed. An email back to google was quickly answered, apparently by another robot, telling us sorry we were having such problems logging in!
The reference material sent by YouTube/Google contains no obvious items we were abusing. The closest we can think of, is a MOOC. Contacting google and hoping for a response is like trying to talk to the president of the USA. Why do we let such shutdowns happen by robots and why is it so hard to contact them about this. We now have 3 students in the dark, and there is no way they can catch up."

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Is the Yellowstone Supervolcano About To Blow? 877

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An anonymous reader writes "Apparently, Yellowstone National Park has been having a very unusual number of earthquakes. Many of the most recent tremors have been deeper underground, an ominous sign. Combine that with a rapid rise in elevation over the past three years, and the possibility that earthquake activity from surrounding areas could trigger such an eruption on its own, and you've got the possible warning signs of a supervolcano eruption that would wipe out half to 2/3 of the continental US, plunge global temperatures, and wipe out a very significant chunk of world food sources. Here's a little more info to make your New Year brighter!"

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