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Submission + - Space Tsunamis Solve Mystery of Third Van Allen Belt

lazarus writes: The mysterious third Van Allen belt, which has puzzled astronomers for years, is created by so-called 'space tsunamis', according to research.

For more than 50 years, experts believed there were two rings of high-energy particles circling Earth, but in 2013, Nasa launched spacecraft to probe the Van Allen radiation belts and discovered a third, previously unseen ring.

"Remarkably, we observed huge plasma waves," said Ian Mann, physics professor at the University of Alberta, lead author on the study and former Canada Research Chair in Space Physics. "Rather like a space tsunami, they slosh the radiation belts around and very rapidly wash away the outer part of the belt, explaining the structure of the enigmatic third radiation belt."

Submission + - Apple Swaps "Get" Button for "Free" To Avoid Confusion Over In-App Purchases

lazarus writes: Apple is falling in line with the European Commission's request that app sellers do more to stop inadvertent in-app purchases.
Following Google's lead, Cupertino has removed all instances of the word "free" within its iOS and Mac app stores (with the exception of its own apps, like iMovie), and replaced them with the term "Get."
The new label clarifies what users can expect when downloading an app. Apps previously labeled as "Free" will now have a "Get" label. If those apps include in-app purchases, a small gray "In-App Purchase" label will appear below the "Get" button.

Submission + - Virus Killer Magnate McAfee Wanted for Murder (gizmodo.com)

lazarus writes: John McAfee, who sold his anti-virus company to Intel in 2010 is wanted for murder in Belize. Gizmodo reports that his on-going disputes with builder Gregory Faull and his alleged abuse of psychosis-inducing hallucinogens has made him the prime suspect in Faull's murder. Some high-tech entrepreneurs go on to build electric supercars and spaceships while others move to Belize and attempt to purify bath salts.
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Submission + - Duke Nukem Forever Finally Released (physorg.com)

lazarus writes: "Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., which publishes the game, launched in Europe and Australia on Friday. The game debuts on Tuesday in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PCs.

Despite the long wait, the game launched to tepid reception from critics. The website Metacritic.com, which aggregates reviews, gave the Xbox 360 version a score of 55 out of 100. The game did better on the PC with a "metascore" of 76 out of 100. There is no score currently available for the PS3 version."

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