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Submission + - Researchers Create Sodium Battery in Industry Standard "18650" Format (

Zothecula writes: A team of researchers in France has taken a major step towards powering our devices with rechargeable batteries based on an element that is far more abundant and cheaper than lithium. For the first time ever, a battery has been developed using sodium ions in the industry standard "18650" format used in laptop batteries, LED flashlights and the Tesla Model S, among other products.

Submission + - HTTP/2.0 Opens Every New Connection It Makes With The Word 'PRISM' (

An anonymous reader writes: British programmer and writer John Graham-Cumming has spotted what appears to be a 'code-protest' in the next generation of the hypertext protocol. Each new connection forged by the HTTP/2.0 protocol spells out the word 'PRISM' obliquely, though the word itself is obscured to the casual observer by coded returns and line-breaks. Work on the hidden message in HTTP/2.0 seems to date back to nine days after the Snowden revelations broke, with the final commit completed by July of 2013. In July 2013 one of the protocol's architects appealed to the development group to reconsider design principles in the light of the revelations about the NSA's worldwide surveillance program.

Submission + - Italy Invests 150 Million Euros In Surveillance, With Emphasis on PS4 Comms (

An anonymous reader writes: Italian Minister of Justice Andrea Orlando has revealed that Italy is spending 150 million euros ($157mn) on new technology and staff to improve surveillance capabilities, and emphasised that the 'new instruments' (it's not clear whether this means new technology or new requisitions) will also target the Sony PlayStation network which fell under suspicion as a possible forum of organization for the Paris attacks (though no evidence was found to support this).

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Obama, Xi Tout Close US-China Climate Coordination - New York Times (


Obama, Xi Tout Close US-China Climate Coordination
New York Times
PARIS — President Barack Obama on Monday touted close U.S. cooperation with China on climate change as vital to world efforts to slow global warming, even as he acknowledged persistent differences with China's President Xi Jinping over cybersecurity...
200 Arrested Amid Violent Protests at Paris Climate TalksTIME
Key sticking points in UN climate talksSacramento Bee
Obama, Xi to meet on sidelines of Paris climate conferenceWashington Post
all 5,556 news articles

Submission + - MST3K Kickstarter about to break record (

the_Bionic_lemming writes: Recently Joel Hodgson, the creator of Mystery Science 3000 that had a successful run of over 197 shows has after 15 years launched a kickstarter to relaunch the series. Previous MST3K Is Kickstarting Back To Life, MST3K Successfully Crowdsources Its Comeback.
In just over two weeks Joel has been wildly successful in not only having over 25000 fans contribute, but actually scoring the second highest show kickstarter on record — he has just under two weeks to shoot past the Number 1 kickstarter, Veronica Mars.

Additionally , Joel had an eight year old girl write in during the long series run , and they did her letter on the air (something the fans loved — having their mail on the air) . A few days ago, Freezepop's Ashley (who was that 8 year old girl) sang a wonderful tribute with Joel for the Kickstarter .

Submission + - Diamond Nanothreads Could Support Space Elevator (

Taco Cowboy writes: Researchers in Penn State University discovered a way to produce ultra-thin diamond nanothreads that could be ideal for a space elevator

The team, led by chemistry professor John Badding, applied alternating cycles of pressure to isolated, liquid-state benzene molecules and were amazed to find that rings of carbon atoms assembled into neat and orderly chains

While they were expecting the benzene molecules to react in a disorganized way, they instead created a neat thread 20,000 times smaller than a strand of human hair but perhaps the strongest material ever made

Just recently, a team from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia modeled the diamond nanothreads using large-scale molecular dynamics simulations and concluded that the material is far more versatile than previously thought and has great promise for aerospace properties. The simulation was published in early November

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Shares in Hong Kong toy maker VTech halted after customer data stolen - Reuters (


Shares in Hong Kong toy maker VTech halted after customer data stolen
HONG KONG Nov 30 Shares of electronic toy maker VTech Holdings Ltd were suspended from trade on Monday after customer data was stolen in a cyber attack, sparking concern over the loss of information relating to children. The hacked data included...
Hackers target toy maker VTech, make off with customer dataPCWorld
VTech data hack: Private details of 5m parents stolen from popular electronic ... ABC Online
Toymaker Vtech hit by cyber attackFinancial Times
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Submission + - 3 Days to go for Star Trek Renegades Funding (

Shadyman writes: From the link: "The countdown for Star Trek Renegades Continues through Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Monday. We've reached $310,000, which is 88% of the goal with 3 Days to go. Help us bring this project over the finish line."

This Kickstarter will fund Epsiodes 2 and 3 of the fan-funded true-to-canon Star Trek series. The project needs $350,000 to be funded.

I don't want to advertise/spam up Slashdot, but I'm sure a canonical Trek is relevant to Slashdot's collective interest, and has been previously featured on this site.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: 90 million-year-old fossil shows how snakes lost their legs - The Hindu (

The Hindu

90 million-year-old fossil shows how snakes lost their legs
The Hindu
Snakes lost their limbs when their ancestors evolved to wriggle through burrows, and not in order to live in the sea, according to a new analysis of a 90 million-year-old reptile fossil skull. Comparisons between CT scans of the fossil and modern ...
Mystery of how snakes lost their legs solved by reptile fossil(e) Science News (press release) (registration)
How snakes lost their legs? This 90-million-year-old fossil tellsHindustan Times
Reptile Fossil Explains How Snakes Lost Their Legs: StudyNDTV
Daily News & Analysis-Wiley Online Library-University of Edinburgh-University of Edinburgh
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Submission + - Romain Jerome Unveils Retrotastic Super Mario Bros Watch And It's Only $18,950 (

MojoKid writes: Hardcore Nintendo fans will soon be able to slap a piece of nostalgia on their wrist. It's a Super Mario Bros timepiece, made by luxury watch maker Romain Jerome, which isn't shying away from the famous plumber's affinity for taking mushrooms to induce strange effects. The three-dimensional scene captured on the watch face has Super Mario in mid air, legs kicked out and arms pumped in familiar fashion, as he no doubt chases the mushroom on the lower third of the scene. Even the dial is a throwback to pixelated gaming; it was designed with a three-layer technique to give it a look that blends in with the old-school theme. This isn't Romain Jerome's first retro-themed watch for nostalgic gamers. The company also carries Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Tetris watches. However, not many of these watches are being made; just 85, in fact and priced at $18,950 a pop. Better start pounding the bricks for coins.

Submission + - Purdue Experiments With Income Contingent Student Loans writes: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel writes in the Washington Post that Purdue University is partnering with Vemo Education, a Reston-based financial services firm, to create income-share agreements, or ISAs, that its students can tap to pay for tuition, room and board. In return, students would pay a percentage of their earnings after graduation for a set number of years, replenishing the fund for future investments. Purdue president Mitch Daniels calls the contracts a constructive addition to today’s government loan programs and perhaps the only option for students and families who have low credit ratings and extra financial need. "From the student’s standpoint, ISAs assure a manageable payback amount, never more than the agreed portion of their incomes. Best of all, they shift the risk of career shortcomings from student to investor: If the graduate earns less than expected, it is the investors who are disappointed; if the student decides to go off to find himself in Nepal instead of working, the loss is entirely on the funding providers, who will presumably price that risk accordingly when offering their terms. This is true “debt-free” college."

However some observers worry that students pursuing profitable degrees in engineering or business would get better repayment terms than those studying to become nurses or teachers. "Income share agreements have the potential to create another option for students looking to pay for college while seeking assurances they will not be overwhelmed by future payments," says Robert Kelchen. "However, given the current generosity of federal income-based repayment programs and the likely hesitation of those who expect six-figure salaries to sign away a percentage of their income for years to come, the market for these programs may be somewhat limited."

Submission + - Sitting further away from your boss makes you a better worker (

schwit1 writes: The research, published in the Journal of Management, sought to find out “how spatial distance between higher and lower management” affects the spread of behaviour and fair procedures in the work place.

"Distance is a very useful tool that can be used to stop negative behaviours from spreading through an organization,... It creates the freedom to make up your own mind."

Submission + - Is it time for government to get out of the business of giving dietary advice? (

schwit1 writes: But that would mean giving up on so many opportunities for graft and self-importance and control over others.

With the release of the eighth edition of the U.S. government’s Dietary Guidelines expected by year’s end, it seems reasonable to consider—with the “obesity plague” upon us and Americans arguably less healthy than ever before—whether the guidelines are to be trusted and even whether they have done more harm than good.

Many Americans have lost trust in the science behind the guidelines since they seem to change dramatically every five years. In February, for example, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee declared that certain fats and eggs are no longer the enemy and that cholesterol is “not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” This, after decades of advising Americans to “watch their cholesterol.”

Such controversy is nothing new. U.S. Dietary Guidelines were first released by the Agriculture Department and the Department of Health and Human Services in 1980. One nutrition expert at the time, Edward “Pete” Ahrens, a groundbreaking researcher on fat and cholesterol metabolism, called the guidelines “a nutritional experiment with the American public as subjects . . . treating them like a homogeneous group of Sprague-Dawley rats.”

The original goals were to: 1) increase Americans’ carbohydrate consumption to 55%-60% of caloric intake; 2) reduce fat consumption to less than 30% from 40% of caloric intake; 3) reduce saturated fat to 10% of calories and increase poly- and monounsaturated fats each to 10% of calories; 4) reduce cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams a day; 5) reduce sugar intake by 40%; and 6) reduce salt consumption by 50%-80%.

These six goals, viewed in the context of what we know today, could hardly be more misdirected.

If only we could hold them liable the way we would if they were pharmaceutical companies that produced similarly defective and harmful products.

Submission + - Foreign law professors condemn space mining provisions of commercial space act ( 1

MarkWhittington writes: The Commercial Space Launch Act, which includes provisions allowing American companies the right to keep resources that they mine in space, was recently signed into law by President Barack Obama. While the act has been hailed as groundbreaking in the United States, the space mining title has gotten an angry reaction overseas. In an article in Science Alert, Gbenga Oduntan, Senior Lecturer in International Commercial Law, University of Kent, condemned the space mining provisions as environmentally risky and a violation of international law. Ram Jakhu, a professor at Canada’s McGill University's Institute of air and space law, adds that space mining is a violation of the Outer Space Treaty and should not be allowed.

Leveraging always beats prototyping.