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+ - Software Developer Beats Rap For Driving While Wearing Google Glass

Submitted by mbstone
mbstone (457308) writes "California motorist and software developer Cecilia Abadie was found not guilty by a San Diego Superior Court commissioner Thursday (16) of charges of both speeding, and of driving with a video monitor visible. The California Highway Patrol had cited her based on her wearing Google Glass when pulled over; however, the commissioner ruled that the prosecution could not prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the device was activated."

+ - No Longer "Noble," Argon Compound Found In Space 1

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mbstone (457308) writes "Scientists at the University College of London — where argon was originally discovered in 1894 — have now found spectroscopic signatures of molecules of argon hydride (ArH), said to be produced via explosive nucleosynthesis in a core-collapse supernova in the Crab Nebula. The post-supernova molecular dust was observed by the Herschel Space Observatory shortly before it ran out of coolant in April.."

+ - Chameleons Change Color To Win Territory, Females

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mbstone (457308) writes "Color change in chameleons isn't just for blending in, as is commonly assumed. According to scientists at Arizona State University, male chameleons' success in competing with one another depends on who has the brighter stripes and who can change color the fastest. In the study, the males were placed facing one another and watched with hidden cameras. Whether a given pair fought, or stayed away from one another, correlated with differences in color brightness between the two. (Images)"

+ - "Dark Lightning" Could Expose Airline Passengers To Radiation

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mbstone (457308) writes "Lightning researcher Joseph Dwyer of the Florida Institute of Technology claims that thunderstorms unleash sprays of X-rays and even intense bursts of gamma rays which could cause airline passengers to receive in an instant the maximum safe lifetime dose of ionizing radiation — the kind that wreaks the most havoc on the human body. Dwyer hopes rove hopes his sensor aboard the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, will provide more data."
News

+ - Gates Fondation Offers Up To $1M For "Reinvented" Condoms

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mbstone (457308) writes "Not enough pleasure, too much hassle, says Bill G., whose charitable foundation is offering cash prizes for new and improved wearable contraceptives. The first million went to University of Washington researchers, whose drug-elucting fiber meshes cause condoms made with the material to deliver anti-HIV and contraceptive drugs. Other new designs include, I kid you not, the Receptive Anal Intercourse Condom."

+ - USAF Taps ESPN To Compile Drone "Highlight" Video 2

Submitted by mbstone
mbstone (457308) writes "The Air Force has a problem: Its drones generate thousands of hours of video (I almost said "footage.") And most of it is miles of endless desert. USAF needs to distill the highlights, if you will, and nobody does it better than ESPN, the TV sports network. Air Force officials have asked ESPN for help in analyzing the 327,384 hours collected just this year.

What we really need in times like these is sportscaster Warner Wolf. 'Let's go to the videotape, pick it up right here, Taliban in the home black.'"
Science

+ - Water From Water Vapor With Hydrophilic Beetle-Emulating Coatings->

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mbstone (457308) writes "The Namib Desert Beetle generates water from water vapor via its shell, which has alternating hydrophilic and hydrophobic bumps which channel water droplets into its mouth. Scientists at MIT developed a self-filling water bottle using this technology, and have announced a contest for the best design of a countertop water-from-air generator."
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+ - Huffers Gonna Huff: This time it's Blow-It-Out®->

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mbstone (457308) writes "3 Chicagoland teens were accused of huffing and driving after inhaling an aerosol product, familiar to every techie who cleans keyboards and other electronic assemblies, and causing at least two fatal auto accidents. Signs your kid might be huffing include 'sudden weight loss, changes in mood, changes in friendships, acting confused and rebellious.'"
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Privacy

+ - Anonymous Cowards, Deanonymized-> 1

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mbstone (457308) writes "Arvind Narayanan writes: What if authors can be identified based on nothing but a comparison of the content they publish to other web content they have previously authored? Naryanan has a new paper to be presented at the 33rd IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy. Just as individual telegraphers could be identified by other telegraphers from their "fists," Naryanan posits that an author's habitual choices of words, such as, for example, the frequency with which the author uses "since" as opposed to "because," can be processed through an algorithm to identify the author's writing. Fortunately, and for now, manually altering one's writing style is effective as a countermeasure."
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Displays

+ - Mechanical "Flip-Letter" Display Emulated In Flash->

Submitted by mbstone
mbstone (457308) writes "You know those big, electromechanical displays that used to grace railroad stations and airports, the ones with the letters that would flip around and around until the correct message appeared? Sadly, none remain in service, but Cary Dunn has done it in ActionScript — how cool is that? — and I bet his emulation makes its way into real airports real soon now."
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Displays

+ - Diabetic Mood Tattoos Measure Blood Sugar Levels->

Submitted by mbstone
mbstone (457308) writes "Aside from ending painful daily fingerpricking for millions,the invention of the color-changing blood sugar tattoo should also reduce the vast amount spent on glucose test strips ($1/test). Next, I want to see artistic diabetic tattoos that morph according to the wearer's blood sugar."
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The Military

+ - Test Missile Hits Vladivostok; Chief Designer Out->

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mbstone writes "Remember the Soviet Union's mysterious, anonymous "Chief Designer" whose Sputnik I frightened the U.S. into a crash competition for space supremacy? (You probably don't, but maybe you remember the reference from the Tom Wolfe book, and movie, The Right Stuff.) Yury Solomonov, the present-day Russki missile honcho, quit (or was fired) after a test of the new Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile went awry and landed in a residential area of Vladivostok."
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