An anonymous reader writes: The New York Daily News reports that a startup company in Manhattan is putting robotic key copying machines in 7-Eleven stores. The machines can automatically create physical copies of common apartment and office keys. What is more interesting is that they allow users to save digital copies of their keys, which can later be created when the original is lost or the user is locked out of their home.
quantr writes: ""The University of California Berkeley will join Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in offering free interactive online classes to students around the world. EdX, as the nonprofit venture is known, was announced in December 2011 as an MIT experiment called MITx, an online program of courses with homework, exams and discussion forums. Harvard joined the venture in May and faculty from the three institutions will offer a total of seven classes this fall, open to anyone with Internet access, according to a statement today. The nonprofit is providing free and affordable classes as young student-loan borrowers in the U.S. struggle to keep up with rising tuition costs. The nation’s outstanding educational debt reached about $1 trillion earlier this year, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.""
TaeKwonDood writes: Every few months a story comes out that American kids are falling behind and they reference an international standardized test score which shows the US in the middle. Then they say we need to invest more in education. With 5,000 PhDs working as janitors that does not seem to make sense. And America is already number two in the world in spending per child.
eldavojohn writes: Helium white dwarf stars are now theorized to produce a new kind of quasiparticle that would explain a known temperature anomaly between helium white dwarfs and vanilla white dwarfs (lumps of charcoal). Since helium can form a Bose-Einstein condensate and there are extra constraints inside such a dense object, a new quasiparticle emerges. Their models claim it 'reduces the specific heat of the white dwarf core by two orders of magnitude compared to a crystalline core.' But even with that figured in, measurements of some nearby ancient helium white dwarfs show that they don't fit the specific temperature curve exactly. So some questions remain with the possible explanation that these stars undergo internal transition late in their age. The heavy reading is available on the prepublication site arxiv.
An anonymous reader writes: In Climate Change 101, Al Gore and Bill Nye “The Science Guy” presented "a simple lab experiment that you could replicate yourself". Anthony Watts tried to do just that painstakingly and methodically, and failed.
garymortimer writes: "Many conspiracy theorists already believe this can happen.
London, Oct 11 A Boeing chief has suggested that the company’s mysterious unmanned space-plane, called X-37B, developed for the US Air Force, could be scaled up and modified to carry astronauts.
The company’s X-37B project chief Art Grantz revealed that at least two more versions of the 9-metre long space-plane are under investigation – one of which involves adding a crew to a much-enlarged version of the space drone, New Scientist reported.
If built, the new version would give the US back its ability to shuttle people to the International Space Station."
Barence writes: "Opera has unveiled a new Reader system that ditches scrolling on websites in favour of flippable pages. The Norwegian browser maker is looking to remove the side scroll bar for documents or articles in favour of "pages" of a set-size, similar to an ebook. Text can be reflowed into a column layout, and ads will be moved into the right spot in the text, with different ones displayed depending on the orientation of the device. Pages are flipped with gestures on tablets or with mouse clicks on the desktop. It's an “opportunity to rethink the ads on the web and the user interface”, said Hakon Wium Lie, Opera's CTO."
Sanoj writes: Strange patterns of ichthyosaur bones have been found on an ancient deep-water seabed. One paleontologist has put forward the theory that these could have been the work of giant cephalopods who were eating the swimming dinosaurs and then arranging the vertebrae to resemble their own tentacles. Sound far-fetched? Apparently, the modern octopus also does this.