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Submission + - D&D goes digital (

An anonymous reader writes: Seems a new digital D&D will soon be offered. It's not a game in the Baldur's Gate style but rather seems to be about using apps to complement the experience.

I wonder if it includes some kind of VOIP facility so the D&D session can be established without everyone being in the same room.

Submission + - SPAM: China wants to share its new space station with the world

Taco Cowboy writes: VIENNA, 16 June (UN Information Service PR)

China, United Nations Sign Cooperation Agreement on Space Station

China is launching a rival to the International Space Station (ISS) – and it wants to share its new toy

The China Manned Space Agency and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have announced a partnership that will let UN member states conduct experiments on and even send astronauts to the Chinese space station, due to start operating in the 2020s

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) have agreed to work together to develop the space capabilities of United Nations Member States via opportunities on-board China’s future space station

Under the agreements, UNOOSA and CMSA will work together to enable United Nations Member States, particularly developing countries, to conduct space experiments on-board China’s space station, as well as to provide flight opportunities for astronauts and payload engineers

China is excluded from the ISS because of a US government ban on its participation. It’s not clear if the other ISS partners – Russia, Japan, Canada and the member countries of the European Space Agency – will have access to China’s station

The Chinese space station will be comprised of three modules, the core command module and two experiment modules, orbiting at between 340 and 450 kilometers in altitude at an inclination of 42-43 degrees relative to the equator. The international space station, with the United States, Russia, Japan, the European Space Agency and Canada as partners, flies at approximately the same altitude but with an inclination of 51.6 degrees. The higher inclination allows it to pass over Russia’s mission control center in Korolev, Russia

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Submission + - Cops are asking and 23andMe for their customers' DNA (

An anonymous reader writes: When companies like and 23andMe first invited people to send in their DNA for genealogy tracing and medical diagnostic tests, privacy advocates warned about the creation of giant genetic databases that might one day be used against participants by law enforcement. DNA, after all, can be a key to solving crimes. It “has serious information about you and your family,” genetic privacy advocate Jeremy Gruber told me back in 2010 when such services were just getting popular.
Now, five years later, when 23andMe and Ancestry both have over a million customers, those warnings are looking prescient.

Submission + - 10 year old Muslim boy probed for 'terrorist house' spelling error

AmiMoJo writes: A 10-year-old Muslim boy who mistakenly wrote that he lived in a "terrorist house" during an English lesson at school has been investigated by police. The pupil, who attends a primary school in Lancashire, meant to say he lived in a "terraced house". The boy was interviewed by Lancashire Police at his home the next day and the family laptop was examined. The 2015 Counter Terrorism and Security Act means that Teachers have been legally obliged to report any suspected extremist behaviour to police since July. Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, the UK's largest umbrella group for Islamic associations, said he was aware of dozens of cases similar to that of the schoolboy.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: World's Largest Canyon Hides Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet - Tech Times (

Tech Times

World's Largest Canyon Hides Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet
Tech Times
Latest satellite data analysis indicates that a canyon and lake system may be hiding beneath the Antarctic ice sheet (file photo). The massive undiscovered gem – now being confirmed by an airborne survey – is believed to be bigger than the Grand Canyon.
World's Largest Canyon Discovered Hidden Beneath Antarctic IceScience World Report
World's largest canyon, dwarfing Grand Canyon, might be buried underneath ... Fusion
World's Largest Canyon Could be Hidden Under Antarctic Ice SheetI4U News
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Submission + - Darth Vader is still unpaid ( 2

inode_buddha writes: "In a case of Hollywood accounting at its finest, it seems that David Prowse is still not getting any residuals from his role as Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi. The film has grossed nearly half a billion on a production budget of 32.5 million. Says David, "I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we’ve got nothing to send you. Now here we’re talking about one of the biggest releases of all time.”"

Submission + - Wrinkled fingers are an evolutionary advantage (

Dupple writes: Science may be getting closer to explaining those prune-like fingers and toes we all get when we sit in a hot bath too long.

UK researchers from Newcastle University have confirmed wet objects are easier to handle with wrinkled fingers than with dry, smooth ones.

They suggest our ancestors may have evolved the creases as they foraged for food in wet vegetation or in streams.

Their experiments are reported in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

These involved asking volunteers to pick up marbles immersed in a bucket of water with one hand and then passing them through a small slot to be deposited by the other hand in a second container.

Volunteers with wrinkled fingers routinely completed the task faster than their smooth-skinned counterparts.


Submission + - Tough, super-stretchy hydrogel could be used to replace cartilage (

cylonlover writes: Scientists at Harvard University have created a hydrogel that’s tough, biocompatible, self-healing, and can be repeatedly stretched to 21 times its regular length without breaking – all of which are qualities that could make it an ideal replacement for damaged cartilage in humans. Being a hydrogel, it’s composed mostly of water, although it also contains calcium ions, and a mix of two common polymers. While each of those polymers are fairly weak on their own, the results are truly impressive when they’re combined.
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Submission + - Paralympics Sponsor Hit By Disability Protests (

judgecorp writes: "Service provider Atos is a sponsor of the Parfalympics — but is also a hate object for the UK's disabled population as it is implementing checks which assess those on disability benefits with a view to getting them back to work. Atos' handling of the system has led to criticism, as have its attempts to silence protests using libel laws. In its defence, Atos says it doesn't make the rules."

Submission + - Are we living in a Matrix like simulated reality? ( 1

quax writes: Recently theoretical physicist Dr. Gates recalls his reaction to watching the movie the Matrix, when interviewed for NPR's "On Being" radio show:

The thought occurred to me, suppose there were physicists in this movie. How would they figure out that they lived in the Matrix? One way they might do that is to look for evidence of codes in the laws of their physics. But, you see, that's what had happened to me already.

So are we actually living in a simulated reality?


Submission + - Murdoch will close News of the World over hacking ( 1

tripleevenfall writes: The Murdoch media empire today said it is shutting down the 168-year-old News of the World over a massive phone-hacking scandal.

James Murdoch, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, News Corp.and Chairman of News International, commenting on the scandalous acts said "it was inhuman and has no place in our Company."


Submission + - Biker Dies in Crash During Anti-Helmet Rally 3

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "AP reports that 55-year-old Philip A. Contos, riding bareheaded on one of about 550 motorcycles in an anti-helmet law rally lost control of his cycle, went over his handlebars, and hit his head on the pavement and died, in an accident he likely would have survived if he'd been wearing a helmet, state troopers say. Contos was driving a 1983 Harley-Davidson on a helmet protest ride organized by a chapter of American Bikers Aimed Towards Education, or ABATE, an organization that encourages the voluntary use of helmets but opposes mandatory helmet laws. Contos hit his brakes, and his motorcycle fishtailed and went out of control, flipping him over the handlebars, police say. "He was one of the public who wanted to join in support of helmet freedom," says Thomas Alton, the statewide president of ABATE, adding that Contos wasn't a member of ABATE but was a motorcyclist with 30 years of experience. "I don't believe we've ever had a fatality on any group run of any kind." A helmet that meets federal standards reduces the wearer's chances of being killed in an accident by more than 40 percent (PDF), says safety consultant Jim Hedlund, of the Governors Highway Safety Association."

Submission + - Is Nokia flirting with Android? (

hasanabbas1987 writes: "What we have stumbled across now is what appears to be another N9 lookalike and seems likes its running Android (god forbid!). We can not confirm the originality of the home screen being actual Gingerbread, but the source of this image can not be ignored as it comes from the same Chinese guy who posted pictures of Nokia’s Windows Phone prototype back in May. So we can speculate that Mr. Chinese Guy has inside links and knows more than us. By the looks of bite sized Android UI on the screen we can be a bit hopeful that this is perhaps a testing model of Nokia."
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Submission + - UN report criticises UK Digital Economy Act (

An anonymous reader writes: United Nations report argues that the Digital Economy Act (DEA) falls foul of basic human rights and should be repealed...

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