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Space

A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt? 114

astroengine writes "Astronomers have spotted something rather odd in the asteroid belt. It looks like a comet, but it's got a circular orbit, similar to an asteroid. Whether it's an asteroid or a comet, it has a long, comet-like tail, suggesting something is being vented into space. Some experts think it could be a very rare comet/asteroid hybrid being heated by the sun, but there's an even more exciting possibility: It could be the first ever observation of two asteroids colliding in the asteroid belt."
Transportation

Submission + - Self-Heating Roads Save Cars From Icy Conditions (inhabitat.com) 1

MikeChino writes: It’s about that time of the year when roads start freezing over and cars slip-slide into accidents. Fortunately for drivers, Researchers at the University of Houston, Texas want to make these ice-related mishaps a thing of the past with self-heating roads that can keep ice from forming. The so-called road radiators consist of sheets of carbon nanofiber that heat concrete with help from an electrical element.

Submission + - Man Controls Cybernetic Hand with Thoughts (unicampus.it)

MaryBethP writes: Scientists in Italy announced Wednesday that Pierpaolo Petruzziello, a 26-year-old Italian who had lost his left forearm in a car accident, was successfully linked to an artificial limb that was neural planted in the median and ulnar nerves. He has learned to control the artificial limb with his mind. According to cnet, Petruzziello says he could feel sensations in it, as if the lost arm had grown back again.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10408139-1.html

Security

Submission + - The Hail Mary Cloud is Growing (blogspot.com)

badger.foo writes: The .au Rickrolling of jailbroken iPhones only goes to prove that bad passwords are bad for you, Peter Hansteen points out before he reports on the further exploits of password-guessing Hail Mary Cloud (previously /.ed here). The article contains log data that could indicate that the cloud of distributed password guessing hosts is growing.
Space

Submission + - Europe Launches Flood Predicting Satellite (inhabitat.com)

MikeChino writes: Today the European Space Agency launched a $460 million satellite that will aim to accurately pinpoint the future location and intensity of floods and droughts. Launched on a Russian rocket launcher from the Plesestk cosmodrome, the SMOS probe will measure soil moisture, plant growth, and ocean salt levels across the globe. The measurements gathered by the SMOS probe can be used to track ocean circulation patterns and soil moisture — data that can be used to quickly predict drought and flood risk in certain areas, as well as the intricacies of the planet’s climate cycle.

Submission + - ING Direct's web site down most of the morning (ingdirect.com)

bzzfzz writes: Popular online-only bank ING Direct's web site has been down most of the morning, returning 503s and a maintenance slide with a lame pocket protector joke. When a bricks-and-mortar banks online transaction processing system fails, most in-person transactions can still be handled (or at least batched up for later processing) using a variety of fallbacks. When a web-only bank's web site goes down, then what?

Submission + - Pirate Bay closure sparked P2P mutiny (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: The closure of the Pirate Bay peer-to-peer site had the unforeseen side effect of forcing the torrent sharers underground and causing a 300% increase in sites providing access to copyright files, according to figures from security firm McAfee. “This was a true “cloud computing” effort,” the company said in its Threats Report for the third quarter. “The masses stepped up to make this database of torrents available to others... Once it was temporarily shut down, those people still wanted the torrents so they went elsewhere, and that meant lots of other sites popped up to take advantage – we saw a 300% increase in sites hosting and distributing movies and software."

Submission + - Unfinished Windows 7 feature exploited (pcworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It wasn't all that long ago that Microsoft was talking up the Virtual WiFi feature developed by Microsoft Research and set for inclusion in Windows 7, but something got lost along the road to release day, and the functionality never officially made it into the OS. As you might expect with anything as big and complicated as an operating system though, some of that code did make it into the final release, and there was apparently enough of it for the folks at Nomadio to exploit into a full fledged feature. That's now become Connectify, a free application from the company that effectively turns any Windows 7 computer into a virtual WiFi hotspot — letting you, for instance, wirelessly tether a number of devices to your laptop at location where only an Ethernet jack is available, or even tether a number of laptops together at a coffee shop that chargers for WiFi. Intrigued? Hit up the link below to grab the beta. --engadget.com
The Internet

Submission + - Piratebay sues Media Companies

An anonymous reader writes: TPB files charges against media companies. Thanks to the email-leakage from MediaDefender-Defenders we now have proof of the things we've been suspecting for a long time; the big record and movie labels are paying professional hackers, saboteurs and ddosers to destroy our trackers. While browsing through the email we identified the companies that are also active in Sweden and we have tonight reported these incidents to the police. The charges are infrastructural sabotage, denial of service attacks, hacking and spamming, all of these on a commercial level.

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