Well Duh, studying one of the richest and most powerful nation is stupid. You can only learn so much about a group studying it's extremes, not to mention powerful societies tend to do there own thing (because they don't see a need to copy things) and the longer in power the more noticeable it becomes.
An anonymous reader writes: Author Cody Jackson has just suffered through an ordeal involving Google's non-exitent customer service. He hosts a website called Start Programming with Python using Google’s Blogger platform and uses AdSense to generate revenue from it. The site is home to his book on Python programming called Learn to Program with Python, which he offers in a range of formats (paperback and e-book) for you to purchase, but he also offers the book for free.
In order to get his book read by more people Cody decided to upload a torrent of it and link to a torrent tracking site on his website. Remember, the book is free, is his work, and there’s no publisher involved so this is in no way piracy. However, Google viewed the link differently and decided to take action.
From posting that one torrent tracker link Cody lost his AdSense revenue as Google decided to cut him off. The reason given is that Google doesn’t allow AdSense publishers to place ads alongside copyrighted files, or next to links that drive traffic to websites carrying copyrighted material. In other words, Google believed Cody is encouraging piracy of copyrighted material as opposed to just sharing his own book that he owns the copyright for. Link to Original Source
Pyrotech7 writes: Live Science reports People with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor, according to new research.
A team of scientists has tracked down a genetic mutation that leads to blue eyes. The mutation occurred between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago. Before then, there were no blue eyes.
"Originally, we all had brown eyes," said Hans Eiberg from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Copenhagen
"The question really is, 'Why did we go from having nobody on Earth with blue eyes 10,000 years ago to having 20 or 40 percent of Europeans having blue eyes now?" Hawks said. "This gene does something good for people. It makes them have more kids." Link to Original Source
CharlyFoxtrot writes: Haiku OS, the open source reimplementation of BeOS celebrated its tenth birthday this week. "Ten years ago today, the first post appeared on the mailing list of our project — then still called "OpenBeOS" — officially marking the start of our endeavor. Back then, with the imminent demise of Be Inc., there was an excitement and creative motivation in the air, that lead many to think a first release was only a matter of a few years. As it turns out, this estimation was a bit too optimistic..." The project is currently on the third alpha of its Haiku Release 1. Link to Original Source
from the can-the-sirens-be-far-behind dept.
The BBC has a report on a proposal that will be submitted to NASA for funding — a mission to Saturn's moon Titan that would deposit a lander on its hydrocarbon sea. (We recently discussed the widely-circulated photo of sunlight glinting off one of Titan's seas.) "The scientific team behind the idea is targeting Ligeia Mare, a vast body of liquid methane sited in the high north of Saturn's largest moon. ... 'It is something that would really capture the imagination,' said Dr Ellen Stofan, from Proxemy Research, who leads the study team. 'The story of human exploration on Earth has been one of navigation and seafaring, and the idea that we could explore for the first time an extraterrestrial sea I think would be mind-blowing for most people,' she told BBC News. ... The Titan Mare Explorer (TiME) has already been under study for about two years. It is envisaged as a relatively low-cost endeavor — in the low $400m range. It could launch in January 2016, and make some flybys of Earth and Jupiter to pick up the gravitational energy it would need to head straight at the Saturnian moon for a splash down in June 2023."