LeadSongDog writes: Cars today have thermometers, sound systems, microphones, power windows, alarms and computers galore. For a few lines of added code they could detect children or pets left in closed cars and prevent them from baking there. Will the SAE step up to the plate, before the hacktivists? Link to Original Source
LeadSongDog writes: From our "YRO may vary" department, academic Glynis Startz' post "Systematizing Privacy and Governance of Data and the Internet of Things" examines how different cities are addressing the tradeoffs around their privacy policies, encryption, and retention as monitoring becomes ubiquitous. Link to Original Source
LeadSongDog writes: Sometime early Friday this planet will hit 7-1/3 billion people. Is it time to stop the population clock? A) Soon B) Never C) Overdue D) As soon as I'm finished my Soylent Green E) If Cowboy Neal ever finds a breeding Partner F) I for one want to make serfs for my new robot overlords
LeadSongDog writes: In fact, everything is. The ESA and NASA have pegged the expansion of the universe (the Hubble constant) more accurately and at a faster rate than previously known. Every distance is currently stretching by 7.5e-11 per year. Or perhaps the speed of light is slowing that much: that would amount to the same thing, right?
LeadSongDog writes: Researchers in Hong Kong and the US have managed to grow very efficient multipurpose lasers on handydandy cheap and cheerful silicon wafers: "Sub-wavelength InAs quantum dot micro-disk lasers epitaxially grown on exact Si (001) substrates" Appl. Phys. Lett. 108, 221101 (2016); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.49...
LeadSongDog writes: Cambridge researchers have announced in PNAS that they've created "ANTs": structures of gold nanoparticles in a negative-tempco polymer that develops multi-nN forces on Au cores, at desktop temperatures (32C).
LeadSongDog writes: If El Reg is to be believed, Republican also-ran Carly Fiorina wants Google and Apple to turn over all your data to the FBI. But then, perhaps she just wants to drive Apple and Google out of the US market....
LeadSongDog writes: It seems the backlash to Facebook's use of facial recognition is growing. It seems the EFF is lined up against big business for what may turn out to be the last bastion of our collective delusion of privacy. http://business.financialpost.... http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-28/facebook-s-use-of-facial-recognition-tool-draws-privacy-concerns
LeadSongDog writes: The Royal Astronomical Society advises that, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has confirmet the long suspected: many SMBHs are obscured by a surrounding cloud. Observing nine known black holes at X-ray energies not previously visible, they found that five of the nine were emitting much more energetic X-rays than had been known. They so conclude that the SMBHs are much more common than had been known.
LeadSongDog writes: The US Air Force Research Lab has been looking at the SABRE concept from the UK maker Reaction Engines, which has already been endorsed by the European Space Agency. The hybrid runs as a jet from stationary to Mach 5.5, then it becomes a rocket for all the way up to Mach 25. The magic is all in keeping the heat exchanger from icing up. This now clears the way for funding the next step: build and test demonstrator engines.