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Submission + - Cosmic Expansion Marker Find Hailed 1

Rambo Tribble writes: Evidence for the Big Bang has received a remarkable boost from the apparent finding of the B-mode polarisation of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation. This event traces the origins of the universe's expansion back to "... first trillionth, of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second," of its existence. From the BBC article: "'Detecting this signal is one of the most important goals in cosmology today. A lot of work by a lot of people has led up to this point,' said Prof John Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a leader of the BICEP2 collaboration."

Already there is talk of a Nobel for this research.

Comment A thought occurs ... (Score 2, Insightful) 183

... people are not entirely visually oblivious to the UV spectrum; most popular laundry detergents include UV reflection enhancers that make the clothes treated with them look brighter. Hunters often employ special detergents to avoid this and its affect on game. This leads me to wonder if those who claim to have adverse reactions, such as headaches, when in proximity to power lines might not, in fact, simply be more sensitive to UV spectra, and hence, these corona events.

Submission + - Power Cables' UV Flashes Apparently Frighten Animals

Rambo Tribble writes: Ultraviolet light flashes, or "corona", may be scaring animals and altering behavior. An international scientific team, first studying behavioral anomalies in reindeer near power lines, have found that sporadic flashes of UV from the lines are probably responsible. As most mammals can see into the UV spectrum, this has broad implications for the disruption of animal behavior. From the BBC article: "Since, as the researchers added, coronas 'happen on all power lines everywhere', the avoidance of the flashes could be having a global impact on wildlife."

Submission + - Google to replace GTK+ with its own Aura in Chrome (muktware.com) 1

sfcrazy writes: Google‘s Chromium team is working on an alternative of Gtk+ for the browser called Aura. Elliot Glaysher, a Google developer explains, “We aim to launch the Aura graphics stack on Linux in M35. Aura is a cross-platform graphics system, and the Aura frontend will replace the current GTK+ frontend.” Free Software community is debating is Google trying to do Canonical? Couldn't Google just switch to Qt which is becoming an industry standard?

Comment Re:Already Lost (Score 1) 353

To add to your observations regarding the P-51, it should be noted that its primary adversary were later model Messerschmitt 109s, the superior Focke Wulf 190 never reaching the numbers of production the 109 attained. Hitler had banked all on the 109, expecting a short war decided by quantity more than quality. As a result, the 109's ageing airframe was fitted with ever larger and ever thirstier engines. By late in the war, the 109s which scrambled to meet incoming waves of Allied bombers, escorted by p-51s, had the performance to give the Mustangs a run for their money, but quickly had to go back for more fuel. When the 109 climbed back up to the fray, those same p-51s it had engaged could still be waiting.

Submission + - Second Bitcoin 'bank' is Wiped Out

mrspoonsi writes: Joining MtGox, Flexcoin today announce they have had their vault wiped out, some 896 BTC (about $615,000) by hackers. "On March 2nd 2014 Flexcoin was attacked and robbed of all coins in the hot wallet. The attacker made off with 896 BTC, dividing them into these two addresses: 1NDkevapt4SWYFEmquCDBSf7DLMTNVggdu 1QFcC5JitGwpFKqRDd9QNH3eGN56dCNgy6 As Flexcoin does not have the resources, assets, or otherwise to come back from this loss, we are closing our doors immediately".

Comment Perhaps compounding the issue ... (Score 1) 168

... much of the region is suffering from drought conditions. While eastern drainages to the Colombia have a fairly robust snow pack, many to west and south of the river are suffering. This would normally suggest the Army Corps of Engineers would want to hold back more water in the reservoirs, but this news impacts such actions. In the mixed new category, storms are currently lining up to dump on the region. Snow pack data is available, here: http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/snow/ 10-day weather forecast maps, here: http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/weather/10_day.cgi

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