a_hanso writes: (Reuters) — About 400 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky in central Russia on Friday sending fireballs crashing to Earth, smashing windows and setting off car alarms.
a_hanso writes: Wired and several other sources report: Google intentionally circumvented the default privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser, using a backdoor to set cookies on browsers set to reject them, in the latest privacy debacle for the search and advertising giant. Google immediately disabled the practice after the Wall Street Journal disclosed the practice.
a_hanso writes: SpaceX's Dragon capsule--a craft that is capable of eventually ferrying astronauts--is scheduled to make an unmanned rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS) on February 7th. The capsule is to be launched atop a Falcon 9 booster from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The capsule will be carrying food, clothing and other supplies.
a_hanso writes: A press release by the National Institute of Health heralds the end of most types of research that use chimpanzees. The announcement does not say why, except "oemost current use of chimpanzees for biomedical research is unnecessary."
a_hanso writes: Hard drives that combine a traditional spinning platter for mass storage and solid state flash memory for frequently accessed data, have always made sense. They may be slower than SSDs, but they are a lot cheaper gigabyte-for-gigabyte. CNET's Harry McCracken speculates on how soon such drives may become mainstream.
a_hanso writes: A study by Oregon State University suggests that the effects of rising levels of carbon dioxide on temperature may be less than previously thought.
The new models predict that given a doubling in CO2 levels from pre-industrial levels, the Earth's surface temperatures will rise by 1.7 to 2.6 degrees C. That is a much tighter range than suggested by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s 2007 report, which suggested a rise of between 2 to 4.5 degrees C.
a_hanso writes: The Google.org-funded Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) research at the Southern Methodist University has produced a coast-to-coast geothermal potential map of the United States. Having invested over $10 million on geothermal energy, Google seems to believe that it is our best bet at kicking the oil habit (especially now that nuclear power has suddenly become disproportionately unpopular).
a_hanso writes: According to The Telegraph, Dutch scientists experimenting with in vitro meat are six months away from producing the world's first vat grown sausage. The price tag: US$350,000. But with the world's meat consumption predicted to double by 2050, artificial meat may soon become more economical than farming animals.
a_hanso writes: With the upcoming appointment of General Petraeus as the head of the CIA and the former CIA head as the secretary of defense, is the US shifting its defense strategy further toward unconventional warfare? Drone strikes have already tripled under the Obama administration and surgical strikes based on intelligence are increasingly replacing brute force assaults, which are not preferred by either man. Begun, have the Drone Wars?
a_hanso writes: From the NY Times: On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed well over 800,000 times, gaining new viewers at a rate of about 50,000 per month, fairly remarkable numbers for a 90-minute discussion of the nuances of fructose biochemistry and human physiology.
a_hanso writes: The National Reconnaissance Office has announced the launch of what we may assume to be a rather large reconnaissance satellite. According to the NRO press release, it is the third of a series of six such payloads. We can only speculate as to what kind of monitoring capabilities these satellites will bring to the US defense/intelligence community once they are fully operational.