World thunderstorm 'map' key to assessing climate change

Science Daily - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 4:32pm
New research will likely be crucial to measuring the impact of climate change on thunderstorms -- one of the weather occurrences most problematic for human life on the planet. The varying frequency and intensity of thunderstorms have direct repercussions for the public, agriculture, and industry.
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Controlling genes with light: Light-activated genes might be precisely controlled and targeted

Science Daily - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 4:32pm
Researchers have demonstrated a new way to activate genes with light, allowing precisely controlled and targeted genetic studies and applications. The method might be used to activate genes in a specific location or pattern, allowing more precise study of gene function, or to create complex systems for growing tissue or new therapies.
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Earth's surprise inside: Geologists unlock mysteries of the planet's inner core

Science Daily - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 4:32pm
Seismic waves are helping scientists to plumb the world's deepest mystery: the planet's inner core. Thanks to a novel application of earthquake-reading technology, researchers have found that the Earth's inner core has an inner core of its own, which has surprising properties that could reveal information about our planet.
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Evidence for dark matter in the inner Milky Way

Science Daily - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 4:30pm
A new study is providing evidence for the presence of dark matter in the innermost part of the Milky Way, including in our own cosmic neighborhood and the Earth's location. The study demonstrates that large amounts of dark matter exist around us, and also between us and the Galactic center. The result constitutes a fundamental step forward in the quest for the nature of dark matter.
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A centimeter of time: Cool clocks pave the way to new measurements of Earth

Science Daily - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 4:30pm
Two cryogenically cooled optical lattice clocks that can be synchronized to a tremendous one part in 2.0 x 10-18--meaning that they would only go out of synch by a second in 16 billion years. This is nearly 1,000 times more precise than the current international timekeeping standard cesium atomic clock.
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Stellar partnership doomed to end in catastrophe

Science Daily - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 4:30pm
Astronomers have identified two surprisingly massive stars at the heart of the planetary nebula Henize 2-428. As they orbit each other the two stars are expected to slowly get closer and closer, and when they merge, about 700 million years from now, they will contain enough material to ignite a vast supernova explosion.
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Pick a card, any card: How magicians sway decision-making

Science Daily - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 4:30pm
A team of Canadian researchers has combined the art of magic and the science of psychology to demonstrate how certain contextual factors can sway the decisions people make, even though they may feel that they are choosing freely.
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Both Liberals, Conservatives Can Have Science Bias

Science Daily - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 4:30pm
New research suggests that liberals, as well as conservatives, can be biased against science that doesn’t align with their political views.
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Senate Report Slams Automakers for Leaving Cars Vulnerable to Hackers

Wired News - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 4:11pm

A new senate report reveals that most modern cars are vulnerable to hacking and that the industry is not even close to having a grasp on what to do about it.

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Microsoft Trademarks "Windows 365"

Slashdot - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 4:06pm
jones_supa writes The talks about a subscription-based Windows have begun again. With Windows 10 those ideas did not materialize in the way that many had speculated. Even though Microsoft has not fully detailed its Windows 10 pricing strategy, it is not believed that Microsoft is targeting an annual subscription charge for Windows at this time. However, it turns out that Microsoft has recently filed for a trademark for Windows 365, which adds a bit of fuel to the subscription based version of Windows. As of right now, Microsoft has only claimed this branding right, but as for what they will do with it, only time will tell. Deep inside the company, the idea is clearly still bubbling there.

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Boom! Doomed Stellar Pair Will Go Supernova | Video

Space.com - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 4:01pm
The two white dwarf stars of planetary nebula Henize 2-428 will be drawn ever closer together over the next 700 million years, ultimately obliterating one another in a type 1A supernova
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50 Shades of WRONG: Disturbing Insect Sex

Wired News - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 3:55pm

Oh Humans. You think you're getting freaky? You know nothing.

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SpaceX Launch of DSCOVR Satellite, Rocket Landing Try Delayed to Tuesday

Space.com - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 3:39pm
The launch of a new satellite designed to monitor space weather has been delayed another day.
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Samsung SmartTV Customers Warned Personal Conversations May Be Recorded

Slashdot - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 3:21pm
An anonymous reader writes Samsung's privacy policy includes details that its Smart TV voice recognition feature may pick up on personal conversations and transmit private communications to third parties. Buried in the privacy policy related to the smart television, Samsung advises users to be aware that any snippets of conversation might be captured by the software which allows them to control their television sets with a series of commands. Questions have been raised about who these third parties could be, what the information is used for, and how the data is being transmitted – with potentially unencrypted voice clips left exposed to hackers.

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Samsung SmartTV Customers Warned Personal Conversations May Be Recorded

Slashdot - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 3:21pm
An anonymous reader writes Samsung's privacy policy includes details that its Smart TV voice recognition feature may pick up on personal conversations and transmit private communications to third parties. Buried in the privacy policy related to the smart television, Samsung advises users to be aware that any snippets of conversation might be captured by the software which allows them to control their television sets with a series of commands. Questions have been raised about who these third parties could be, what the information is used for, and how the data is being transmitted – with potentially unencrypted voice clips left exposed to hackers.

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Samsung SmartTV Customers Warned Personal Conversations May Be Recorded

Slashdot - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 3:21pm
An anonymous reader writes Samsung's privacy policy includes details that its Smart TV voice recognition feature may pick up on personal conversations and transmit private communications to third parties. Buried in the privacy policy related to the smart television, Samsung advises users to be aware that any snippets of conversation might be captured by the software which allows them to control their television sets with a series of commands. Questions have been raised about who these third parties could be, what the information is used for, and how the data is being transmitted – with potentially unencrypted voice clips left exposed to hackers.

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Samsung SmartTV Customers Warned Personal Conversations May Be Recorded

Slashdot - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 3:21pm
An anonymous reader writes Samsung's privacy policy includes details that its Smart TV voice recognition feature may pick up on personal conversations and transmit private communications to third parties. Buried in the privacy policy related to the smart television, Samsung advises users to be aware that any snippets of conversation might be captured by the software which allows them to control their television sets with a series of commands. Questions have been raised about who these third parties could be, what the information is used for, and how the data is being transmitted – with potentially unencrypted voice clips left exposed to hackers.

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Samsung SmartTV Customers Warned Personal Conversations May Be Recorded

Slashdot - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 3:21pm
An anonymous reader writes Samsung's privacy policy includes details that its Smart TV voice recognition feature may pick up on personal conversations and transmit private communications to third parties. Buried in the privacy policy related to the smart television, Samsung advises users to be aware that any snippets of conversation might be captured by the software which allows them to control their television sets with a series of commands. Questions have been raised about who these third parties could be, what the information is used for, and how the data is being transmitted – with potentially unencrypted voice clips left exposed to hackers.

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Samsung SmartTV Customers Warned Personal Conversations May Be Recorded

Slashdot - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 3:21pm
An anonymous reader writes Samsung's privacy policy includes details that its Smart TV voice recognition feature may pick up on personal conversations and transmit private communications to third parties. Buried in the privacy policy related to the smart television, Samsung advises users to be aware that any snippets of conversation might be captured by the software which allows them to control their television sets with a series of commands. Questions have been raised about who these third parties could be, what the information is used for, and how the data is being transmitted – with potentially unencrypted voice clips left exposed to hackers.

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Samsung SmartTV Customers Warned Personal Conversations May Be Recorded

Slashdot - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 3:21pm
An anonymous reader writes Samsung's privacy policy includes details that its Smart TV voice recognition feature may pick up on personal conversations and transmit private communications to third parties. Buried in the privacy policy related to the smart television, Samsung advises users to be aware that any snippets of conversation might be captured by the software which allows them to control their television sets with a series of commands. Questions have been raised about who these third parties could be, what the information is used for, and how the data is being transmitted – with potentially unencrypted voice clips left exposed to hackers.

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