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Submission + - Solar Energy's Dirty Little Secret, Discarded solar panels. (

Templer421 writes: Discarded solar panels are piling up all over the world, and they represent a major threat to the environment. A new study by Environmental Progress (EP) warns that toxic waste from used solar panels now poses a global environmental threat. The Berkeley-based group found that solar panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of energy than nuclear-power plants. Discarded solar panels, which contain dangerous elements such as lead, chromium, and cadmium, are piling up around the world, and there’s been little done to mitigate their potential danger to the environment.

Submission + - Something big is warping the outer solar system (

schwit1 writes: The plane of our solar system is warped in the outer reaches of the Kuiper Belt, suggesting the presence of an unknown Mars-to-Earth-mass planetary object far beyond Pluto—but much closer than Planet Nine.

An unknown, unseen “planetary mass object” may lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system, according to new research on the orbits of minor planets.

The object would be different from—and much closer than—the so-called Planet Nine, a planet whose existence has yet to be confirmed.

Comment Ya gotta love Intel (Score 1) 55

Intel gave the dates for the new platform as the following: 4, 6, 8 and 10-core parts available for pre-order from June 19th; 4, 6, 8 and 10-core parts shipping to consumers from June 26th; 12-core parts expected to ship in August; and 14, 16 and 18 core parts expected to ship in October.

IOW, they're going to start making IDENTICAL 18-core parts NOW, and they'll bin them according to how many (4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18) functioning cores pass QA. By October, they hope to have their processes straightened out to the point where they can get maybe a 5-8% yield on the 18-core version.

Meanwhile, you've still got 18 cores sharing the same memory bus, running the same-old, same-old 8086 instruction set. REPNE SCASB forever, baby!

Submission + - Physicists Discover a Possible Break in the Standard Model of Physics (

freddienumber13 writes: A series of experiments has shown that tau particles have decayed faster than predicted by the standard model. This has been observed at both CERN and SLAC. This suggests that the standard model for particle physics is incomplete and further research is required to understand this new area of physics.

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