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+ - Gecko feet inspire hand-held Spider-Man paddles

Submitted by ygslash
ygslash (893445) writes "DARPA is developing hand-held paddles that can be used to scale vertical walls. The adhesion technology employed in the paddles is based on Van der Waals force, inspired by the feet of certain species of geckos known for their excellent climbing ability. In a recent test, a man weighing almost 100 kg (220 lbs) and carrying a heavy pack that added about 23 kg (50 lbs) of additional weight, was able to scale a vertical glass wall almost 8 m (25 ft) high using the paddles. However, the paddles are reported to be 'not battlefield-ready yet'. Apparently, smooth glass walls are not usually what you need to climb in real battlefield conditions."

+ - Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "According to the World Health Organization, over 107 million blood donations are collected around the globe every year, most of which goes on to help save lives. However, while the need for blood is global, much of that which is donated is not accessible to many who need it, such as those in developing countries. And of the blood donated in industrialized countries, the amount often falls short of requirements. To help address this imbalance, scientists at the University of Essex are developing an artificial blood substitute. It would be able to be stored at room temperatures for up to two years, which would allow it to be distributed worldwide without the need for refrigeration and make it immediately accessible at the site of natural disasters."
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+ - Bloomberg Testing Productivity App for Oculus Rift->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "So far, the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset has found its most widespread use in gaming. But as the device rises in prominence, more companies are testing its capabilities as a work tool. Bloomberg is one of those companies, having designed software that allows Oculus-equipped traders and financial pros to view dozens of virtual “screens,” each one packed with data. The platform is clearly aimed at those Masters of the Universe who stack their real-world desks with four, six or eight screens—the better to take the pulse of the markets. Think of it as a traditional Bloomberg terminal on steroids. “This is a mockup of how virtual reality can be applied in the workplace,” Nick Peck, a Bloomberg employee responsible for creating the software, told Quartz. “I really wanted to explore how virtual reality could solve one of the most basic problems we hear about: limited screen real estate.” A virtual-reality Bloomberg terminal isn’t the only practical application proposed by Oculus Rift users: earlier this year, the Norwegian Armed Services began testing whether the hardware could be used to drive tanks, on the supposition that off-the-shelf cameras and a headset built for virtual gaming could prove cheaper than custom-built military equipment."
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+ - New Permission System Potentially Makes Android Much Less Secure 1

Submitted by capedgirardeau
capedgirardeau (531367) writes "An update to the Google Play store now groups app permissions into collections of related permissions making them much less fine grained and potentially misleading for users. For example the SMS permissions group would allow an app access to both reading and sending SMS messages. The problem is that once an app has access to the group of permissions, it can make use of any of the allowed actions at anytime without ever informing the user. As Google explains: "It’s a good idea to review permissions groups before downloading an app. Once you’ve allowed an app to access a permissions group, the app may use any of the individual permissions that are part of that group. You won’t need to manually approve individual permissions updates that belong to a permissions group you’ve already accepted.""

+ - Are Flying Drones a Peeping Tom's Dream Tool?->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Fears are growing that helicopter drones could be used to sexually harass women and take secret photographs of them.

This week, Andrea Mears, 23, was charged with assault and breach of the peace for attacking a drone hobbyist who was flying a quadracoptor over a Connecticut beach, according to NBC Connecticut. Meanwhile in Seattle, a resident wrote to the Capitol Hill Seattle community blog to report that a drone had flown into her back garden and hovered next to the third-floor window of her home.

The woman said that when her husband challenged the drone operator, who was standing on the street outside their home, he claimed to be conducting "research", and insisted that it was legal for him to fly his drone over their property.

While drone enthusiasts are up in arms and Haughwout might well be completely innocent, the fact remains that these small remote-controlled aircraft are able to fly almost silently in the air, and most of the time, we have no idea what they are being used for."

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+ - "Cyberbullying" law lets police remotely hack into computers, mobile devices, or->

Submitted by fischerville
fischerville (1458275) writes "This just in from Canada,

Bill C-13, being studied by the House of Commons justice committee this week, is described by the Conservatives as cyberbullying legislation, but will dramatically expand the reach of police, giving them "the power to remotely hack into computers, mobile devices, or cars in order to track location or record metadata"

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+ - Official World Cup Ball 'The Brazuca' Is Almost Perfect, Scientists Say->

Submitted by Diggester
Diggester (2492316) writes "The 2014 FIFA world cup is scheduled to begin on the 12th of June and the buzz is building up each day. A major chunk of the buzz is about the official football of the World Cup made by Adidas, the Brazuca. The name combines the words Brasil (the host nation) and Bazooka. It is certainly as unique a football as its name and looks to be as impressive on the field as it is to behold."
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Comment: Re:I sent a message but didn't mark it PRIVATE (Score 2) 63

by unk98 (#41476865) Attached to: Facebook Denies Leak of Users' Private Messages
Weren't "direct messages" in the early years of Facebook mostly wall-to-wall. Everyone else could see them; I recall reading quite a few conversations that should have been kept private (phone numbers, address, etc). A lot of users I knew back then did not know there was a difference between a user's inbox and their wall.

Comment: Re:Fantastic first impressions (Score 3) 368

by unk98 (#40832463) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils Outlook.com, Hotmail's Successor
I use the Instant Search functionality for Outlook (uses "Windows Search" I believe). It completely indexes your email and attachments and I find email from several years back in only a few seconds. You can even search for tags with "categories:junk" or for specific things like "from:joe hasattachment:yes sent:2010". I believe that has been there since Outlook 2003, definitely with 2007.

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