Lying Eyes: Cyborg Glasses Simulate Eye Expressions

April 18th, 2014 04:34 admin View Comments

Japan

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes “A researcher in Japan has taken what is, perhaps, the next step after Google Glass: Glasses which produce animated images of the user’s eyes to simulate emotional responses. They are intended to aid workers in emotionally-intensive environments. As the researcher explains, ‘… they allowed others to feel they were “cared” about …’”

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Plant Breeders Release ‘Open Source Seeds’

April 17th, 2014 04:58 admin View Comments

Science

mr crypto (229724) writes “A group of scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to change the rules that govern seeds. They’re releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new ‘open source pledge’ that’s intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.”

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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

April 17th, 2014 04:30 admin View Comments

Crime

schwit1 (797399) writes “There has been a huge surge in the number of hidden cannabis farms across Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Oldbury, towns on the outskirts of rural Shropshire some seven miles from central Birmingham. They require hydroponic lights for the marijuana plants to grow – and the huge amounts of excess heat given off make them easily spottable for a would-be criminal with a drone carrying infrared cameras. One such man says that after finding a property with a cannabis farm he and his crew either burgle or ‘tax’ the victim.”

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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

April 17th, 2014 04:02 admin View Comments

The Courts

itwbennett (1594911) writes “Oracle is gearing up for a fight with officials in Oregon over its role developing an expensive health insurance exchange website that still isn’t fully operational. In a letter obtained by the Oregonian newspaper this week, Oracle co-president Safra Catz said that Oregon officials have provided the public with a ‘false narrative’ concerning who is to blame for Cover Oregon’s woes. In the letter, Catz pointed out that Oregon’s decision to act as their own systems integrator on the project, using Oracle consultants on a time-and-materials basis, was ‘criticized frequently by many’. And as far as Oracle is concerned, ‘Cover Oregon lacked the skills, knowledge or ability to be successful as the systems integrator on an undertaking of this scope and complexity,’ she added.”

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‘Accidental’ Siberian Mummies Part of Mysterious Ancient Arctic Civilization

April 17th, 2014 04:50 admin View Comments

Science

concertina226 (2447056) writes “Russian archaeologists are trying to discover the origins of a group of 800-year-old bodies found just 29 km from the Arctic Circle, which were accidentally mummified by copper when they were buried. The mummies were discovered at Zeleniy Yar in Siberia, in 34 shallow graves, and 11 of the bodies found in the medieval burial place had either smashed skeletons or missing and shattered skulls. They may have been damaged by their peers deliberately to prevent spells emanating from them. There is only one female, a child, who is buried with her face masked by copper plates, and three male infant mummies, who wear copper masks and were bound in four or five copper hoops that each measure several centimetres wide.”

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NASA Proposes “Water World” Theory For Origin of Life

April 17th, 2014 04:32 admin View Comments

NASA

William Robinson (875390) writes A new study from researchers at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has proposed the “water world” theory as the answer to our evolution, which describes how electrical energy naturally produced at the sea floor might have given rise to life. While the scientists had already proposed this hypothesis called ‘submarine alkaline hydrothermal emergence of life’ the new report assembles decades of field, laboratory and theoretical research into a grand, unified picture.”

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In a Cloning First, Scientists Create Stem Cells From Adults

April 17th, 2014 04:51 admin View Comments

Biotech

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes in with news about a breakthrough in creating stem cells perfectly matched to a person’s DNA. “…Lanza’s group used caffeine to prevent the fused egg from dividing prematurely. Rather than leaving the egg with its newly introduced DNA for 30 minutes before activating the dividing stage, they let the eggs rest for about two hours. This gave the DNA enough time to acclimate to its new environment and interact with the egg’s development factors, which erased each of the donor cell’s existing history and reprogrammed it to act like a brand new cell in an embryo.’”

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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

April 17th, 2014 04:07 admin View Comments

Power

First time accepted submitter Amtrak (2430376) writes MIT has created designs for a nuclear plant that would avoid the downfall of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The new design calls for the nuclear plant to be placed on a floating platform modeled after the platforms used for offshore oil drilling. A floating platform several miles offshore, moored in about 100 meters of water, would be unaffected by the motions of a tsunami; earthquakes would have no direct effect at all. Meanwhile, the biggest issue that faces most nuclear plants under emergency conditions — overheating and potential meltdown, as happened at Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island — would be virtually impossible at sea.”

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In Mississippi, Gov’t Text Messages Are Officially Public Records

April 17th, 2014 04:23 admin View Comments

Government

New submitter Chris Elkins (3620071) writes “Text messages [by public officials about government business] are now officially considered public records. An investigative reporter fought for access to what he believed were public records. He took his fight to the state and won. Mississippi open government and transparency advocates view this unanimous commission opinion as precedent-setting for all government bodies and public officials in the state.”

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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

April 17th, 2014 04:42 admin View Comments

Social Networks

sandbagger (654585) writes “The New York Times reports that General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, or ‘join’ it in social media communities. Who’d have imagined that clicking like requires a EULA?”

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