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Submission + - House Science Committee Tweets Climate-Change Denying Breitbart Article (businessinsider.com)

xtsigs writes: On Thursday, The House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tweeted a misleading article published by Breitbart about the state of the global climate.

"Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists," the tweet read, citing an article from The Daily Mail. Apparently, the portions of our government responsible for overseeing public funding for science are getting their information from tabloids.

Senator Bernie Sanders responded to the tweet, asking, "Where'd you get your PhD? Trump University?"

Submission + - NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) Sees Carbon Emissions From Space (nasa.gov)

dryriver writes: Scientists have produced the first global maps of human emissions of carbon dioxide ever made solely from satellite observations of the greenhouse gas. The maps, based on data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite and generated with a new data-processing technique, agree well with inventories of known carbon dioxide emissions. No satellite before OCO-2 was capable of measuring carbon dioxide in fine enough detail to allow researchers to create maps of human emissions from the satellite data alone. Instead, earlier maps also incorporated estimates from economic data and modeling results. The new (OCO-2 based) maps show widespread carbon dioxide across major urban areas and smaller pockets of high emissions. Human emissions of carbon dioxide have grown at a significant rate since the Industrial Revolution, and the greenhouse gas lingers in the atmosphere for a century or more.

Submission + - How Stephen Wolfram Figured Out Interstellar Travel in One Night (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: "Arrival" hits theaters tomorrow, and it's heavy on the science. So how might an interstellar spacecraft actually work? Just ask Stephen Wolfram: he was deputized to figure it out. At Backchannel, he writes: "For the movie, I wanted to have a particular theory for interstellar travel. And who knows, maybe one day in the distant future it’ll turn out to be correct. But as of now, we certainly don’t know. In fact, for all we know, there’s just some simple “hack” in existing physics that’ll immediately make interstellar travel possible." Click through for the full (and lengthy) read.

Comment Re:Economic malthusianism (Score 1) 917

Before using the "Cry wolf" argument, please remember that in the original fable, eventually the wolf did come.

Maybe we'll take this next round of automation in stride, we'll adapt to the technology, and the economy will adjust. Maybe the cries of "Wolf!" will be just cries, again. But maybe not. To say that the cries of "Wolf!" will NEVER be valid is actually a bigger and harder to prove conjecture than that at some point the cry will be valid..

Comment Re:First they have to find the cause (Score 1) 64

The November date is really a soonest-possible date, I suspect. In early discussion after the incident, I saw it mentioned that Pad 40 will likely be out of commission for a year, and that the next option would be Pad 39A, which is supposed to be ready in November.

I suspect the hope is that by the time the pad is ready they will understand the failure and have taken remedial action. I doubt they'd be permitted to launch anything without some sort of root cause and remedy.

Submission + - Mysterious sudden demise of world's most dangerous exploit kit Angler is solved (theregister.co.uk)

mask.of.sanity writes: On June 7, Angler, possibly history's most advanced financially-driven exploit kit went silent and nobody knew why. Now Kaspersky's lead intelligence researcher has revealed it was the progeny of some 50 arrested hackers known as the Lurk group. The report is the culmination of some six years of research and bookends the mysterious demise of one of the biggest threats to end users on the internet.

Submission + - SPAM: Lost Doctor Story to be released as animation

BigBadBus writes: The lost 1966 Doctor Who story, "The Power of the Daleks" is to be released in an animated version according to the UK Mirror Newspaper. The story is significant as it is the first story to feature the newly regenerated Doctor, starring Patrick Troughton. However, only a few live action clips exist from the story. For weeks now, BBC Worldwide have issued takedown orders to anyone leaking animated clips on YouTube.
There are still 97 live action episodes missing however; the last were unearthed in 2013.

Submission + - SETI has observed a "strong" signal that may originate from a Sun-like star (arstechnica.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia has detected a strong signal around 11 GHz (which is very unlikely to be naturally-caused) coming from HD164595, a star nearly identical in mass to the Sun and located about 95 light years from Earth. The system is known to have at least one planet.

If the signal were isotropic, it would seem to indicate a Kardashev Type II civilization.

While it is too early to draw any conclusions, the discovery will be discussed at an upcoming SETI committee meeting on September 27th.

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