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Comment: Re:Welp, sold (Score 1) 42

by tomhath (#48434251) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Yea, it's not clear from the linked articles if you contributing more means the site gets more, or whether you get to visit more sites ad free before your contribution runs out.

Plus, a site would have to disable all advertising in order to make it worthwhile. Getting rid of half the ads and replacing them with other annoyances won't fly

+ - The Big Book of Postgres - Documenting PostgreSQL

Submitted by RaDag
RaDag (3455045) writes "PostgreSQL users regularly rave about the high quality of Postgres' documentation. From his front row seat, community member Thom Brown wrote a blog on his experiences with the documentation efforts. He discusses key changes he made, like introducing cross-references, a snazzy redesign and moving queries to an open dialogue to get better comments, that have helped make PostgreSQL documentation, in the words of one blogger, a thing of beauty."

+ - Fish tagged for research become lunch for gray seals->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "When scientists slap an acoustic tag on a fish, they may be inadvertently helping seals find their next meal. The tags, rods a few centimeters long that give off a ping that can be detected from up to a kilometer away, are often used to follow fish for studies on their migration, hunting, or survival rates. Researchers working with 10 gray seals (Halichoerus grypus) who were captive for a year have now reported that the animals—including the female seal pictured above, named Janice—can learn to associate the pings with food. If the findings hold true in the wild, the authors warn, they could skew the results of studies trying to analyze fish survival rates or predation."
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Comment: Re:With or without subsidies? (Score 3, Insightful) 489

by tomhath (#48414591) Attached to: Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016
His prediction that there will be a big increase in solar installations is based on what will be happening to subsidies in the next few years (he expects a rush to install as much as possible before the programs expire). In other words, the actual cost of solar won't really reach price parity - what he's really saying is that manufacturers of small scale solar power generators might see a short lived boom in the near term.

+ - Major brain pathway rediscovered after century-old confusion, controversy->

Submitted by vinces99
vinces99 (2792707) writes "A couple of years ago a scientist looking at dozens of MRI scans of human brains noticed something surprising: A large fiber pathway that seemed to be part of the network of connections that process visual information that wasn't mentioned in any modern-day anatomy textbooks. “It was this massive bundle of fibers, visible in every brain I examined,” said Jason Yeatman, a research scientist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. “... As far as I could tell, it was absent from the literature and from all major neuroanatomy textbooks.”

With colleagues at Stanford University, Yeatman started some detective work to figure out the identity of that mysterious fiber bundle. The researchers found an early 20th century atlas that depicted the structure, now known as the vertical occipital fasciculus. But the last time that atlas had been checked out was 1912, meaning the researchers were the first to view the images in the last century. They describes the history and controversy of the elusive pathway in a paper published Nov. 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

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+ - Can Toyota's Mirai Kick-Start a Hydrogen Revolution?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Toyota just announced the pricing and availability of its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, which is coming to California next fall for under $45,000 after incentives. The automaker is positioning the zero-emission vehicle as "the next Prius," and it plans to ship 3,000 hydrogen cars worldwide by 2017."
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The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." -- Isaac Asimov