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Submission + - Flying Snake Mysteries Revealed

Rambo Tribble writes: Researchers from Virginia Tech are reporting they have uncovered the secrets behind the genus Chrysopelea's aerodynamic feats. These ophidians are capable of gliding some distance while appearing to slither through the air. The BBC's article on the revelations hosts a short video of the phenomenon. At the heart of Chrysopelea's feat is a remarkable ability of the snakes to alter their body's cross-section. Finally, snakes that don't need to be on no stinking plane.

Submission + - Cryosat Image Anomalies Prompt Icy Structure Insights

Rambo Tribble writes: Patterns appearing in images taken by the ESA's Cryosat program at first baffled agency scientists. Fearing malfunction, they poured over the data. It turns out that patterns in ice features known as sastrugi were affecting the reflection of the polarized radar used by the satellite. The sastrugi have been formed by Antarctica's prevailing katabatic winds. The BBC reports.

Submission + - Amazon Said Buying Mobile Payment Startup

Rambo Tribble writes: TechFlash is reporting on articles from TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal indicating that Amazon is scooping up San Francisco startup, mobile-payments provider GoPago, to compete with the likes of PayPal and Square. Opinions differ as to whether this is a speculative deal or a fait accompli.

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