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+ - DARPA contemplates vast ocean network->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "Probably one of the last and perhaps unforgiving areas of the world not truly “wired” is above and below the ocean. Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) want to explore the possibility of seriously changing that notion and develop what it calls “a system-of-systems architecture and critical components to support networked maritime operations, to include undersea, surface, and above surface domains.”"
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+ - Cisco to slash up to 6,000 jobs (8% of workforce)->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Cisco Systems will cut as many as 6,000 jobs over the next 12 months, saying it needs to shift resources to growing businesses such as cloud, software and security. The move will be a reorganization rather than a net reduction, the company said. It needs to cut jobs because the product categories where it sees the strongest growth, such as security, require special skills, so it needs to make room for workers in those areas, it said. “If we don’t have the courage to change, if we don’t lead the change, we will be left behind,” Chairman and CEO John Chambers said on a conference call."
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+ - Lucid Dreams may be better in solving problems->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "According to a study of University of Lincoln, UK, lucid dreamers have better problem-solving abilities

In the first empirical study on the subject, "Lucid Dreamers”, those who actually know they are dreaming while the dreams play out, exhibit better problem-solving abilities in their day-to-day lives

"It is believed that for dreamers to become lucid while asleep, they must see past the overwhelming reality of their dream state, and recognise that they are dreaming," said Patrick Bourke, senior lecturer at the Lincoln School of Psychology. "The same cognitive ability was found to be demonstrated while awake by a person's ability to think in a different way when it comes to solving problems"

For the study, the researchers observed the cognitive ability in 68 participants, aged between 18 and 25 years, who had experienced different levels of lucid dreaming, ranging from never to several times a month. The participants were asked to solve 30 problems intended to test their insight.The researchers said that each problem comprised of three words and a solution word. Each of the three words could be combined with the solution word to form a new compound word. For example, with the words 'sand', 'mile' and 'age', the linking word would be 'stone'

They found that frequent lucid dreamers solved 25 per cent more of the insight problems than non-lucid dreamers"

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Comment: Re:Don't allow jpg or gif or ... (Score 1) 298

by whereiswaldo (#47667981) Attached to: Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

I agree that Slashdot's commenting system is good but it could be better. For example, I spent half my mod points a week ago on very long copy/paste spam touting someone's antivirus software. And there were many more copies that others had already downmodded. A couple possible ways to combat this: a) If someone posts something that's mostly a repeat of something else they've already posted, it should get automatically downmodded. b) if they are getting lots of downmods in succession, stop them from posting for awhile.

+ - Teen's Device Produces Renewable Energy and Fresh Water->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Concerned about the millions of people living without energy and water, 17-year-old student scientist Cynthia Sin Nga Lam developed the H2Pro – a portable photocatalytic electricity generation and water purification unit that produces clean energy and fresh water at the same time. Cynthia explains that while investigating photocatalysis, she stumbled upon the idea of the H2Pro: “In photocatalysis, not only water is purified and sterilized, but hydrogen is also produced through water-splitting, which can be used to generate electricity.”"
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