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Submission + - Discover the ninth planet in our Solar System (zooniverse.org) 1

Z00L00K writes: There's a project going on that has the goal to find a new planet in the solar system.

In the outer-reaches of our Solar System, far beyond Neptune, are a number of large objects that are orbiting the Sun in a highly unusual and unexpected way. The presence of a ninth planet in our Solar System would explain these unexpected observations. However, this planet hasn’t yet been found. Help us search for Planet 9; together we may be able to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the Universe.


Submission + - New theory eliminates need for dark energy (ras.org.uk)

schwit1 writes: A new theory now shows that dark energy, the apparent acceleration of the universe’s expansion rate on large scales, does not need to exist in order to explain the data that astronomers have obtained.

In the new work, the researchers, led by Phd student Gábor Rácz of Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary, question the existence of dark energy and suggest an alternative explanation. They argue that conventional models of cosmology (the study of the origin and evolution of the universe), rely on approximations that ignore its structure, and where matter is assumed to have a uniform density. “Einstein’s equations of general relativity that describe the expansion of the universe are so complex mathematically, that for a hundred years no solutions accounting for the effect of cosmic structures have been found. We know from very precise supernova observations that the universe is accelerating, but at the same time we rely on coarse approximations to Einstein’s equations which may introduce serious side-effects, such as the need for dark energy, in the models designed to fit the observational data.” explains Dr László Dobos, co-author of the paper, also at Eötvös Loránd University.

In practice, normal and dark matter appear to fill the universe with a foam-like structure, where galaxies are located on the thin walls between bubbles, and are grouped into superclusters. The insides of the bubbles are in contrast almost empty of both kinds of matter. Using a computer simulation to model the effect of gravity on the distribution of millions of particles of dark matter, the scientists reconstructed the evolution of the universe, including the early clumping of matter, and the formation of large scale structure.

Unlike conventional simulations with a smoothly expanding universe, taking the structure into account led to a model where different regions of the cosmos expand at different rate. The average expansion rate though is consistent with present observations, which suggest an overall acceleration.

In other words, the uneven structure of the universe has never been considered in previous models, and once included in the equations the need for dark energy disappears.

Submission + - FBI Re-releases 9/11 Photos Of Pentagon (fbi.gov)

dryriver writes: BBC, CNN and various other outlets are reporting that the FBI has re-released images of the damaged Pentagon taken on 9/11/2001. Over the years, many conspiracy theorists have analyzed various photos of the Pentagon on the day of the 9/11 terror attacks and concluded that "no passenger plane hit the Pentagon" and similar. Now the FBI has re-released 27 photos from that day. Some of them show debris from an American Airlines plane. It appears that the images were first released online in 2011, then disappeared again due to a technical glitch.

Submission + - Computing a secret, unbreakable key (phys.org) 3

chasm22 writes: Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo developed the first available software to evaluate the security of any protocol for Quantum Key Distribution (QKD).

QKD allows two parties, Alice and Bob, to establish a shared secret key by exchanging photons. Photons behave according to the laws of quantum mechanics, and the laws state that you cannot measure a quantum object without disturbing it. So if an eavesdropper, Eve, intercepts and measures the photons, she will cause a disturbance that is detectable by Alice and Bob. On the other hand, if there is no disturbance, Alice and Bob can guarantee the security of their shared key

Submission + - Defective Takata airbags are being installed on new cars (reuters.com)

chasm22 writes: Toyota Motor Corp , Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV , Volkswagen AG and Mitsubishi Motors Corp are still selling new vehicles with defective air bags that will eventually need to be recalled, according to a report by a U.S. lawmaker overseeing the agency handling the largest-ever auto safety recall.

Submission + - Why You Should Fear Russia's Robot Army (vocativ.com)

turkeydance writes: These particular technologies pose a unique threat because they complicate the laws of war—which is one of the main reasons that the United Nations is considering banning autonomous weapons. “There’s a bigger worry with the legal and ethical challenges that merge when you have more and more autonomous systems, thinking how they might be used and abused,” Singer said, explaining that, just as drones protect pilots, robot soldiers protect real soldiers from being captured, which allows military powers both to protect human soldiers and to use robots in operations that they can keep secret or later deny. “To give a parallel, Russia recently did a trade of POWs with Ukraine. Russia had been saying, ‘We don’t have troops in Ukraine.’ But then they did a swap. That’s one of the appeals of unmanned systems. It’s why the U.S. uses drones over Pakistan.”

Submission + - SPAM: HP Elite X3 Review, Revolution in Mobility | Gadget Tested

GadgetTested writes: HP Elite X3 phablet is a huge device that offers to be an all-in-one phone to satisfy all your computing needs. Actually it is a window phone, although window phones have snail-paced rollout, limited application support as well as Microsoft’s unassuming cell phones. Now the Elite X3, wants to change all that with its new phablet, meant mainly for businesspersons.
The largish 5.96” phone sports some very good specs including n Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with a clock speed of 2.15GHz and DDR4 RAM of 4GB. This is because HP intended this phone to work in three distinct modes. Just as the Microsoft Lumia 950 as well as 950XL, it is possible to hook this device to an external monitor for you to enjoy the desktop experience. Apart from this, Elite x3 can be connected to HP's brand new, Wi-Fi controlled Mobile Extender laptop, whenever you require a mobile workstation.
Summary
The HP Elite x3 will impress anyone because it is loaded with specs as also multiple use cases, although it might have come a bit too late to save the flagging Windows 10 Mobile platform.

HP Elite x3 Design and Features
The HP Elite x3 is essentially a standalone handset, although it is too large to be termed a handset as it comes with a whopping 5.96” screen of 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. The display is even bigger than the 5.7” Nexus 6, as well as Samsung Galaxy Note 5. You’ll have difficulty in holding it with one hand. In spite of its massive size, it is almost all screen and minimal bezels. On the side, thin slivers are there, and the top and bottom has about 1cm to make enough room to house its Bang and Olufsen stereo speakers. The bottom speaker grille at the bottom has a pattern like an equalizer, adding an additional design element to its formal look.

The HP Elite x3 has dynamic colors and sharp contrast, thanks to its AMOLED panel that HP selected for its x3 functions. It is duly protected by Corning Gorilla Glass to withstand any number of scratches as well as accidental drops very well.+

The front and edges of the device are metal, with a polycarbonate rear. Like most enterprise devices, x3 has been created to be quite durable and even meets the 810G military spec. It is waterproof too to IP67, so it is protected from rain and occasional getting wet from a water faucet.+

The HP Elite x3's other specifications include a Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU that is fully integrated with a Snapdragon chip, and paired together with an enormous 4,150mAh battery. As to storage it has a whopping 64GB of space. And talking about cameras, the Elite x3 is equipped with an excellent 16MP rear camera. Apart from this, the front facing camera boasts of an 8MP sensor to snap two images, and during Skype chats combines both into a well-balanced, image similar to HDR. However, what makes the HP Elite x3 real special is that by slotting the device into the USB-C dock to link it with a keyboard, mouse and screen, to gain a whole desktop experience.
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Verdict
The HP Elite x3 will impress anyone because it is loaded with specs as also multiple use cases, although it might have come a bit too late to save the flagging Windows 10 Mobile platform.

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Submission + - Asus Zenbo a home robot with touch screen on its face (iafrica.tv)

An anonymous reader writes: Writing about technology is often unclear. However, finding the words for Asus Zenbo is a tougher task and it was declared at the start of the Computex trade show in Taipei.

Submission + - SPAM: Is the death of Disney Infinity signaling the end of an Era?

kube00 writes: The announcement of Disney canceling Disney Infinity so many gamers were disappointed. The last few years have been good for the so call life to
toys games. Skylanders, Lego Dimensions, Disney Infinity, Nintendo’s
Amiibos have all filled this niche. The bigger question reminds is this the
slow decline of the popularity across the genre?

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Submission + - China reveals plans for large space station called the Tiangong 3 (blastingnews.com)

MarkWhittington writes: The latest Chinese space station, the Tiangong 2, is slated to be launched later in 2016 and will be visited by Chinese astronauts in a Shenzhou spacecraft. But, according to Spaceflight Insider, the Chinese are already looking ahead to their permanent low Earth orbit space facility, the Tiangong 3, slated to begin construction in 2018

Submission + - Pentagon Investigator: New revelations of retaliation against whistleblowers

BarbaraHudson writes: The Guardian is reporting:

The account of John Crane, a former senior Pentagon investigator, appears to undermine Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other major establishment figures who argue that there were established routes for Snowden other than leaking to the media.

Crane, a longtime assistant inspector general at the Pentagon, has accused his old office of retaliating against a major surveillance whistleblower, Thomas Drake, in an episode that helps explain Snowden’s 2013 National Security Agency disclosures. Not only did Pentagon officials provide Drake’s name to criminal investigators, Crane told the Guardian, they destroyed documents relevant to his defence.

Snowden, responding to Crane’s revelations, said he had tried to raise his concerns with colleagues, supervisors and lawyers and been told by all of them: "You’re playing with fire."

Punishing whistleblowers when the government is acting outside it's mandate is not what many of us would call either patriotic or legal.

Submission + - Hundreds of Drupal Sites Targeted with Fake Ransomware (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A group of hackers have created a ransomware strain that specifically targets Drupal sites. Infection occurs thanks to an automated bot which scans Drupal sites and then uses an SQL injection (CVE-2014-3704) to change the site admin's password. The bot also dumps any emails it finds on the server, and then overwrites the site's main page to show a typical ransomware note. Over 400 sites have been infected until now, but nobody has paid the ransom yet. This case yet again proves why "Web ransomware" will never work because even the worst Web hosting service provides automatic backups from where they could retrieve a clean version of their site.

Submission + - SPAM: Amazon adds SD card e-book storage, automatic video downloads to Fire tablets

Robotech_Master writes: Amazon has added a couple of interesting new capabilities in its latest Fire tablet firmware. The $50 Fire tablet will now automatically store e-books on SD cards, when available, and will also automatically download Prime Video movies to have on hand in case you can't access Wi-Fi for a while.

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