Nano-sized hydrogen storage system increases efficiency

Science Daily - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 6:39pm
An efficient hydrogen storage system has been developed that could be a boon for hydrogen powered vehicles.
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The Oscars Have Always Been Self-Important. Now It’s For a Reason

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 6:00pm
Simply by dint of its political stature, it's become the most important awards show of the year. The post The Oscars Have Always Been Self-Important. Now It's For a Reason appeared first on WIRED.
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With No Fair Use, It's More Difficult to Innovate, Says Google

Slashdot - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 6:00pm
Unlike the United States where 'fair use' exemptions are entrenched in law, Australia has only a limited "fair dealing" arrangement. This led head of copyright at Google to conclude that Australia wouldn't be a safe place for his company to store certain data, a clear hindrance to innovation and productivity. From a report on TorrentFreak: The legal freedom offered by fair use is a cornerstone of criticism, research, teaching and news reporting, one that enables the activities of thousands of good causes and enriches the minds of millions. However, not all countries fully embrace the concept. Perhaps surprisingly, Australia is currently behind the times on this front, a point not lost on Google's Senior Copyright Counsel, William Patry. Speaking with The Australian, Patry describes local copyright law as both arcane and not fit for purpose, while acting as a hindrance to innovation and productivity. "We think Australians are just as innovative as Americans, but the laws are different. And those laws dictate that commercially we act in a different way," Patry told the publication. "Our search function, which is the basis of the entire company, is authorized in the US by fair use. You don't have anything like that here." Australia currently employs a more restrictive "fair dealing" approach, but itâ(TM)s certainly possible that fair use could be introduced in the near future.

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Massive Bug May Have Leaked User Data From Millions of Sites. So … Change Your Passwords

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:53pm
One of the biggest internet infrastructure companies leaked sensitive data for up to five months. The post Massive Bug May Have Leaked User Data From Millions of Sites. So … Change Your Passwords appeared first on WIRED.
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'Mission Control' Film About Apollo's Unsung Heroes is a 'Go' for Theaters

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:32pm
A new feature length documentary about the NASA team that guided the early astronauts into space and onto the moon is set launch into movie theaters. "Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo" from Haviland Digital will be released in April.
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LG's Latest Battery Is Also a Phone

Slashdot - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:20pm
An anonymous reader shares an Engadget report: The problem with having a smartphone that you want to use all the damn time is that you'll spend a big chunk of your day wedded to an outlet. LG believes that nobody should have to suffer such an indignity, and has launched the X power2 as a remedy. The smartphone is designed to operate for an entire weekend on a single charge thanks to the 4,500mAh battery tucked inside. It'll also recharge nice and quick, too, taking just two hours to go from flat all the way back up to 100 percent. Unfortunately, like the first-generation LG X power phone, the capacious battery is the only noteworthy thing about it. The 5.5-inch display has a HD resolution, and is using an off-brand 1.5Ghz octa-core chip that we're guessing is made by MediaTek. In addition, there's either 1.5GB or 2GB RAM paired with 16GB storage, which will hardly pull up any trees when most flagships are packing twice that amount.

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New nano approach could cut dose of leading HIV treatment in half

Science Daily - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:17pm
Successful results have utilized nanotechnology to improve drug therapies for HIV patients.
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Ancient humans arrived in South America in multiple waves

Science Daily - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:17pm
Paleoamericans share a last common ancestor with modern native South Americans outside, rather than inside, the Americas and new findings underscore the importance of looking at both genetic and morphological evidence, each revealing different aspects of the human story, to help unravel our species' history.
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High-Altitude Balloon Company Wants to Open a New Market at the Edge of Space

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:17pm
World View Enterprises, a private company that plans to sell balloon rides to the edge of space, has announced the grand opening of its new headquarters and a conjoined spaceport.
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Famed Hacker Kevin Mitnick Shows You How to Go Invisible Online

Wired News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:00pm
Want to become invisible online? Start with your emails. The post Famed Hacker Kevin Mitnick Shows You How to Go Invisible Online appeared first on WIRED.
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Commercial Crew Providers Remain Confident in Schedules

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:00pm
The two companies developing commercial crew vehicles are confident that they will be ready to start carrying astronauts in 2018 despite a recent report that concluded delays into 2019 were likely.
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NASA Authorization Bill Calls for Orion-to-ISS Study

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:00pm
A NASA authorization bill passed by the Senate Feb. 17 would require NASA to reexamine the feasibility of using the Orion spacecraft to transport crews to and from the International Space Station.
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Treasure Trove of Internal Apple Memos Discovered in Thrift Store

Slashdot - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 4:40pm
An anonymous reader shares a Gizmodo report: Peeking inside a book bin at a Seattle Goodwill, Redditor vadermeer caught an interesting, unexpected glimpse into the early days of Apple: a cache of internal memos, progress reports, and legal pad scribbles from 1979 and 1980, just three years into the tech monolith's company history. The documents at one point belonged to Jack MacDonald -- then the manager of systems software for the Apple II and III (in these documents referred to by its code name SARA). The papers pertain to implementation of Software Security from Apple's Friends and Enemies (SSAFE), an early anti-piracy measure. Not much about MacDonald exists online, and the presence of his files in a thrift store suggests he may have passed away, though many of the people included in these documents have gone on to long and lucrative careers. The project manager on SSAFE for example, Randy Wigginton, was Apple's sixth employee and has since worked for eBay, Paypal, and (somewhat tumultuously) Google. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak also features heavily in the implementation of these security measures.

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Comet 67P: Target of Rosetta Mission

Space.com - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 4:19pm
Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is a small body visited by the Rosetta spacecraft in the first mission to land on a comet.
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More virus infection, please

Science Daily - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 4:18pm
Scientists have generated a new plasmid-based reverse genetics system for rotaviruses.
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Teach yourself everyday happiness with imagery training

Science Daily - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 4:18pm
Researchers have found that self-guided positive imagery training can successfully combat negative emotions in our daily lives. This tool is so powerful that it also changes the way our brain functions.
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Hammerhead shark migration gives new hope for conservation

Science Daily - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 4:18pm
Great Hammerhead sharks have been tagged and tracked across the USA and Bahamas in a bid to shed light on their migration habits. Researchers suggest that these sharks are more at risk than previously thought because of their predictable and seasonal migratory patterns. As an endangered species, the Great Hammerhead shark is in desperate need of effective conservation management. This new information will allow marine planners to improve the protection of this iconic animal.
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New risk factors for anxiety disorders

Science Daily - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 4:18pm
Several newly discovered variants of a gene increase the risk of developing anxiety disorders. A research team aims to derive new therapies from this finding which are better tailored to the individual patients.
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Study examines ways to use demand information to adjust capacity

Science Daily - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 4:17pm
A new study derived optimal policies and data-driven, problem-solving techniques for firms to learn about demand so that they can decide when and by how much they should adjust their capacity level.
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Interactive health apps may inspire healthy behaviors, but watch the tone

Science Daily - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 4:17pm
Just like real doctors and nurses, online health tools with good -- but controlled -- communication skills can promote healthier lifestyles, according to researchers. However, if their tone is conversational, these tools may lull users into a false sense of comfort, they add. In a study, people who experienced a back-and-forth interaction with an online health risk assessment website were more likely to follow the health behaviors suggested by the tool.
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