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This is Vudu Spark, Walmart’s very own Chromecast competitor 08 November 2014, 16.59 Internet Television
This is Vudu Spark, Walmart’s very own Chromecast competitor
Nov. 7, 2014 - 12:46 AM PST Nov. 7, 2014 - 12:46 AM PST Add Walmart to the list of companies that’s trying to sell you a Chromecast-like HDMI streaming stick: The retail giant’s Vudu streaming service is getting ready to
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Amazon Prime Instant gets unofficial Chromecast support with Primecast
Nov. 6, 2014 - 1:49 PM PST Nov. 6, 2014 - 1:49 PM PST Amazon Prime Instant is coming to Chromecast at last, thanks to two third-party developers: Amazon’s video streaming service doesn’t officially support Chromecast, but
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Social media and breaking news: Why authenticity trumps authority almost every time
Nov. 6, 2014 - 12:42 PM PST Nov. 6, 2014 - 12:42 PM PST There were a number of panels at the Web Summit in Dublin this week that talked about media and journalism, but the one that included VICE News, Time Inc. and Storyful was
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Aereo imposes large layoffs, but streaming TV service is not shutting down
Nov. 6, 2014 - 12:08 PM PST Nov. 6, 2014 - 12:08 PM PST Aereo’s bad year just got worse. The company said on Thursday that it will shut down its Boston office and lay off 43 employees, citing yet another adverse court ruling
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Does BuzzFeed engage in clickbait? That depends on your definition 08 November 2014, 16.59 Internet Television
Does BuzzFeed engage in clickbait? That depends on your definition
Nov. 7, 2014 - 11:38 AM PST Nov. 7, 2014 - 11:38 AM PST So BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith wrote a post on Thursday about clickbait, a post that appears to have been triggered by a dismissive comment that Jon Stewart made
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Green Car Reports: Tesla Superchargers, New Hybrids, and Toyota’s First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle
Share on TumblrEmail What defines a “green car” can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with
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Swiss Man Breaks Bicycle Speed Record with Insane 207-MPH Rocket Bike
Share on TumblrEmail Imagine reaching 207 mph in just 4.8 seconds – that’s a pretty impressive feat for any vehicle. Now imagine traveling that fast on a bicycle with a rocket strapped to it. Daredevil
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NASA Tests New Shape-Shifting Flaps to Make Airplanes Greener 12 November 2014, 21.04 Transportation
NASA Tests New Shape-Shifting Flaps to Make Airplanes Greener
Share on TumblrEmail Air travel produces roughly 5 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions, edging us closer to an era of runaway climate change. As part of an ongoing effort to develop greener planes and
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Classic works of literature turned into beautiful book sculptures 12 November 2014, 21.03 Green Architecture
Classic works of literature turned into beautiful book sculptures
Impressive art made of carved books. The chosen books are classics and each carving is related to the topic of the book. The series is titles “Fragments of story” and was designed by Tokyo-based artist Tomoko
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A 3D-printed lamp that will turn your room into a wonderland 12 November 2014, 21.03 Green Architecture
A 3D-printed lamp that will turn your room into a wonderland
Created by Linlin and Pierre-Yves Jacques, a Paris-based arist couple, this lamp was designed to project some patterns on your wall and turn any room into a beautiful wonderland. The post A 3D-printed lamp that will turn your
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30 beautiful digital artworks for your inspiration 12 November 2014, 21.03 Green Architecture
30 beautiful digital artworks for your inspiration
In this today’s blog post, we have the collection of 30 beautiful digital artworks for your inspiration. All these artworks are the mixture of stunning photo manipulations, digital illustrations and other amazing digital art
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15 gorgeous free all caps fonts 12 November 2014, 21.03 Green Architecture
15 gorgeous free all caps fonts
With so much of compelling fonts available in the web, it’s sometimes very difficult to make a decision on which font to choose for your design. Despite of other fancy fonts, capital fonts are also very competent to use for
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Surreal illustrations by Matthias Leutwyler 12 November 2014, 21.03 Green Architecture
Surreal illustrations by Matthias Leutwyler
Matthias Leutwyler‘s illustrations look like a mix of drawing, collage and painting. He doesn’t say much about himself, but his work speaks for itself. The post Surreal illustrations by Matthias Leutwyler appeared
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20 well-designed packaging designs 12 November 2014, 21.03 Green Architecture
20 well-designed packaging designs
Looking for some packaging design inspiration? Then here we introduce you 20 well designed packaging designs that are amazing and high quality artworks from great designers around the globe. Have a look! 1. Pringles packaging
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Art that goes against the frame 12 November 2014, 21.03 Green Architecture
Art that goes against the frame
A cool art project by Steven Guermeur, who decided to break the conventional frame and to make it a part of the artwork. In a fun way, the artist changes the way art is traditionally presented to the world. The post Art that
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Green Car Reports: Tesla Superchargers, New Hybrids, and Toyota’s First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle
Share on TumblrEmail What defines a “green car” can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with
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Swiss Man Breaks Bicycle Speed Record with Insane 207-MPH Rocket Bike
Share on TumblrEmail Imagine reaching 207 mph in just 4.8 seconds – that’s a pretty impressive feat for any vehicle. Now imagine traveling that fast on a bicycle with a rocket strapped to it. Daredevil
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NASA Tests New Shape-Shifting Flaps to Make Airplanes Greener 12 November 2014, 21.04 Transportation
NASA Tests New Shape-Shifting Flaps to Make Airplanes Greener
Share on TumblrEmail Air travel produces roughly 5 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions, edging us closer to an era of runaway climate change. As part of an ongoing effort to develop greener planes and
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DJI Inspire 1: An amazing 4K-capable drone for videographers and photographers
Originally best known for it gyroscopic stabilizers, DJI has quickly become the top brand name in drones for photographers and filmmakers. Not content to rest on the success of its Phantom drone line, DJI has incorporated
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Musk’s next mission: Blanketing the world with cheap internet access, via 700 low-orbit satellites
Elon Musk, capitalizing on SpaceX’s unique ability to cheaply launch stuff into space, has announced that he’s working on deploying a constellation of some 700 satellites, for the purpose of bringing “very low cost”
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Mozilla releases Firefox Developer Edition, with built-in development environment
Firefox isn’t the go-to browser for the nerdy crowd anymore, but that hasn’t stopped Mozilla from working hard to improve the internet on the whole. Earlier this week, Mozilla released Firefox Developer Edition — a web
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Why Lowering NYC’s Speed Limit by Just 5 MPH Can Save a Lot of Lives
Cars are viewed on a Manhattan Street on November 7, 2014 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Last week, New York City officially lowered its default speed limit, from the standard 30 mph to 25. That difference may
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Incredible New Photos Taken From the Surface of a Comet
This incredible image was taken by the Philae lander of one of its legs resting on the comet's surface. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA This incredible image was taken by the Philae lander of one of its legs resting on
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Facebook Rolls Out Clearer Privacy Policy, But You Still Can’t Control Your Data
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Ariel Zambelich / WIRED Facebook has condensed its complex and legalese-loaded privacy policy by two-thirds, in hopes of making it easier for the average user to understand. “Our goal is to
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The Philae Spacecraft Landed in the Shadow of the Comet’s Cliff
This is the first image ESA is releasing from the comet. It shows Philae settled at the base of a rocky comet cliff. ESA We landed a motherfucking spacecraft on a comet. And then it bounced off. Twice. And the scientists and
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Science Graphic of the Week: Magnetic Stars and Planets
This snapshot from a computer simulation shows magnetic interactions, represented by the colorful, stringy lines, between a star and its nearby planet.  A. Strugarek, Université de Montréal The most basic factor that
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New Eruption Started at Alaska’s Pavlof 12 November 2014, 21.03 Tech
New Eruption Started at Alaska’s Pavlof
The lava fountain at Pavlof during the eruption that started on November 12, 2014. Image: Carol Damberg / AVO. It’s been a fairly quiet year for the volcanoes of Alaska. A few have rumbled but none have really had an
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Virgin Galactic Tragedy May Mean New Space Tourism Rules
The investigation into the Virgin Galactic accident has yet to find a cause, but the FAA will consider new regulations for commercial space travel. By Dave Majmudar on November 10, 2014 Congress has avoided placing
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Rise of the Robot Security Guards 12 November 2014, 21.02 Tech
Rise of the Robot Security Guards
Startup Knightscope is preparing to roll out human-size robot patrols. By Rachel Metz on November 13, 2014 The K5 security robot. As the sun set on a warm November afternoon, a quartet of five-foot-tall, 300-pound shiny
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Virtual Reality Aims for the Mobile Phone 12 November 2014, 21.02 Tech
Virtual Reality Aims for the Mobile Phone
A smartphone-based virtual reality headset from Samsung and Oculus VR could make the technology more accessible, but it also demonstrates a new set of challenges. By Simon Parkin on November 12, 2014 The Gear VR headset,
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Next-Generation Robot Needs Your Help 12 November 2014, 21.02 Tech
Next-Generation Robot Needs Your Help
A Carnegie Mellon researcher shows that designing robots to ask for human assistance can make them a lot more useful. By Will Knight on November 11, 2014 If you visit Manuela Veloso, a professor at Carnegie Mellon
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Our Lives 08 November 2014, 16.56 Transportation
INFOGRAPHIC: How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Our Lives
Share on TumblrEmail There’s no doubt about it – driverless cars are on the way. Everyone from Google to Tesla, Lexus, and Porsche are developing autonomous vehicles – but have you ever considered how
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17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize
Share on TumblrEmail Meet a next-generation scientist making the next generation of biofuel. 17-year-old Sara Volz invented a process that increases the amount of biofuel produced by algae to win this
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Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen
Share on TumblrEmail LA Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti called the approval “a milestone day in our goal to bring ‘America’s Last Great Train
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Verizon’s latest privacy wrecking ploy: An unblockable supercookie that lets anyone track you on the internet
Over the last week, it has emerged that Verizon Wireless has been silently tracking around 100 million mobile customers using a supercookie that can’t be opted out of. The tracking cookie appears to be part of Verizon’s
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New Google, and Larry Page’s continuing mission to explore strange new technologies
Google’s co-founder and CEO, Larry Page, has admitted that it’s time to find a new mission statement. The company’s mission, “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,”
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An interview with Zoltan Istvan, leader of the Transhumanist Party and 2016 presidential contender
ExtremeTech has never been particularly interested in politics. That being said, as the focus of politics and politicians inexorably shifts towards technology, we might just jump in the water for a dip. Many might imagine
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Dark market massacre: FBI shuts down Silk Road 2.0 and dozens more Tor websites
Error Sorry, the page you are looking for is currently unavailable.Please try again later. If you are the system administrator of this resource then you should check the error log for details. Faithfully yours,
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Microsoft releases free Office apps for iPhone and iPad, Android coming soon
In a rather surprising move, Microsoft has made the Office suite of apps — Word, Excel, and PowerPoint — free to download and use on the iPad and iPhone. Previously, an Office 365 subscription was required — but now,
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Verizon threatens to sue FCC if it pushes ahead with net neutrality, reserves right to continue gouging customers
Verizon’s legal counsel has published a new blog post threatening the FCC with legal action if the government regulatory body attempts to curtail the company’s egregious behavior over net neutrality, while simultaneously
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Google Wants to Store Your Genome 08 November 2014, 16.56 Tech
Google Wants to Store Your Genome
For $25 a year, Google will keep a copy of any genome in the cloud. By Antonio Regalado on November 6, 2014 Google is approaching hospitals and universities with a new pitch. Have genomes? Store them with us. The search
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Does Watson Know the Answer to IBM’s Woes? 08 November 2014, 16.56 Tech
Does Watson Know the Answer to IBM’s Woes?
IBM is betting that research on more human-like artificial intelligence will help it turn things around. By Will Knight on November 5, 2014 A scientist from the Spanish oil company, Repsol, and an IBM researcher use a
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Google’s Half-Finished Attempt to Take Over the Living Room
Google’s Nexus Player should appeal to those who want smarter TVs. But it will need to do much more to be the hub of all home entertainment. By Rachel Metz on November 4, 2014 Google’s Nexus Player lets you stream
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A Brain-Inspired Chip Takes to the Sky 08 November 2014, 16.56 Tech
A Brain-Inspired Chip Takes to the Sky
An experiment involving a chip on a small drone shows how hardware modeled on the brain could provide useful intelligence. By Tom Simonite on November 4, 2014 The chip mounted in the center of this small aircraft has 576
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With $100 Million, Entrepreneur Sees Path to Disrupt Medical Imaging
Will ultrasound-on-a-chip make medical imaging so cheap that anyone can do it? By Antonio Regalado on November 3, 2014 Jonathan Rothberg A scanner the size of an iPhone that you could hold up to a person’s chest and see
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Software Designs Products by Simulating Evolution
New CAD software takes input from designers, then “evolves” new designs on its own. By Gwen Kinkead on November 7, 2014 Brackets for a lunar lander designed by Autodesk for the company Moon Express using
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XploreAir Paravelo: World’s First Flying Bicycle Lifts Off the Ground
Share on TumblrEmail If you love getting some air between you and the ground while doing tricks on your bicycle, then you will love the Paravelo. Designed by two British men who have a passion for both
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Horizon Mass Transit System is an All-Electric Train-Plane Hybrid
Share on TumblrEmail The Horizon System is an entirely electric system of transportation conceived as a hybrid between a plane and a train. Thanks to a maglev-style mechanism, the large aircraft is able to
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Detroit Electric Reveals New Fastback Design for the SP:01 Electric Sports Car
Share on TumblrEmail Detroit Electric has revealed the final exterior design of its electric two-seater sports car, the SP:01. What will be the world’s fastest production electric car upon release now
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The Right Way to Fix the Internet 19 October 2014, 22.26 Tech
The Right Way to Fix the Internet
If you’re like most people, your monthly smartphone bill is steep enough to make you shudder. As consumers’ appetite for connectivity keeps growing, the price of wireless service in the United States tops $130 a month in
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Carbon Sequestration: Too Little, Too Late? 19 October 2014, 22.26 Tech
Carbon Sequestration: Too Little, Too Late?
A few carbon capture and sequestration projects are under way, but economics and politics are holding the technology back. By David Talbot on October 13, 2014 This coal power plant in Saskatchewan is the first
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Microsoft’s Quantum Mechanics 19 October 2014, 22.26 Tech
Microsoft’s Quantum Mechanics
In 2012, physicists in the Netherlands announced a discovery in particle physics that started chatter about a Nobel Prize. Inside a tiny rod of semiconductor crystal chilled cooler than outer space, they had caught the first
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How a Wiki Is Keeping Direct-to-Consumer Genetics Alive
When Meg DeBoe decided to tap her Christmas fund to order a $99 consumer DNA test from 23andMe last year, she was disappointed: it arrived with no information on what her genes said about her chance of developing
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Air Traffic Control for Drones 19 October 2014, 22.26 Tech
Air Traffic Control for Drones
If large numbers of commercial drones are to take to the skies, they’ll need an air traffic control system. By Tom Simonite on October 17, 2014 Drones at the San Francisco headquarters of Airware. The company will soon
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Can Apple Pay Do to Your Wallet What iTunes Did for Music?
The point-of-sale terminal at the CVS drugstore in Palo Alto, California, can accept payments through a quick tap from a smartphone. The clerk isn’t sure how it works, though he knows it does because “a few kids” have
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Michigan Poised to Start Banning Tesla Sales 19 October 2014, 22.26 Transportation
Michigan Poised to Start Banning Tesla Sales
Share on TumblrEmail Michigan just passed a bill in state legislature that essentially bans Tesla from selling cars within the state. HB 5606 prohibits vehicle manufacturers from selling cars directly to
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The Startram Maglev Train Could Make Space Travel Cheaper & More Efficient
Share on TumblrEmail Space travel is a costly and inefficient process. Not only does it take a large amount of fuel to send the lightest payload into orbit (the Space Shuttle used over one million pounds of
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Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by a Chainsaw 19 October 2014, 22.26 Transportation
Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by a Chainsaw
Share on TumblrEmail Other than the fact that it was constructed in Russia, we aren’t entirely sure who’s responsible for this mean-looking chainsaw bike. While it may look like it’s designed for the
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Nexus 6: The best Android smartphone for wireless and LTE connectivity
Google’s new Motorola-made Nexus 6 is a monster of a phone — both in terms of form and function — with cellular wireless capabilities that outclass any other Android device on the market today. Launching with Android
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How to watch Apple’s iPad event live stream on Windows and Android
Updated @ 12:38, October 16: If you’re trying to watch the live stream of Apple’s iPad event on Windows or Android, the following instructions (which were for the iPhone 6 event in September) should still work. The only
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Google finds critical vulnerability in SSL 3.0 called POODLE
The web is built on standards — but as those standards evolve and change, it’s common for previous standards to remain as options for compatibility reasons. The dangers of this practice are highlighted in a recent Google
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Samsung develops 60GHz WiFi capable of 4.6Gbps, will be in devices next year
Samsung has announced that it’s entering the 60GHz 802.11ad WiFi game. Samsung says it has a commercialized version of 60GHz WiFi (aka WiGig) that’s capable of 4.6Gbps, or 575 megabytes per second — about five times
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Gadget Lab Podcast: Did You Hear That Apple Had an Event This Week?
The iPad Air 2 is demonstrated at Apple headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 in Cupertino, Calif. Apple unveiled the thinner iPad with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid
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Game|Life Podcast: Software Sales Slump and Bayonetta Makes a Comeback
Bayonetta 2. Nintendo The NPD Group has released (some tiny amount of) data on the game industry’s September sales, and it’s not all good news, as we discuss on this week’s Game|Life podcast. While hardware sales are
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What’s Scarier, Haunted Houses or Haunted People?
Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring. Warner Bros. Halloween season is the perfect time to watch horror movies, and a reliable standby of the genre is the haunted house story. Recent examples range from the understated (The Woman
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The Tragic Medical History Behind That Crazy Knick Finale
Mary Cybulski/Cinemax [Spoiler alert: The following piece contains spoilers for The Knick season finale, "Crutchfield." Stop here if you haven't seen it. You've been warned.] There were about a bajillion “Oh, crap!”
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Snapchat Ads Are Heading Your Way Starting This Weekend
WIRED It’s happened to Twitter. And Tumblr. And Instagram. And now, Snapchat’s day has finally come. Beginning this weekend, the ephemeral messaging app will start rolling out paid advertisements for the first time. The
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The Internet Sleeps at Night. Really. 19 October 2014, 22.24 Tech
The Internet Sleeps at Night. Really.
Gif: University of Southern California Here in the United States, we spend most of our time in an always-on world—a place where internet connections are as constant and reliable as the lights or running water. But this
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How does PlayStation Now on the PS3 compare to the PS4?
In September, Sony rolled out the PlayStation Now beta service to the PS3. The public beta has been available on the PS4 for a while now, but this additional release spurred me to take another look at the service. This
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HP announces split into two companies, but sadly they won’t be called H and P
HP, after years of will-they-won’t-they deliberation, has officially announced that it will be split into two separate companies: HP Inc, which will focus on PCs and printers, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which will
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Hong Kong protesters turn to mesh networks to evade China’s censorship
The rather cramped streets of Hong Kong are currently lined with tens of thousands of people — the Umbrella Revolution. They are mostly students and members of Occupy Central, who are protesting for a fully democratic
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You can now stream Photoshop to your Chromebook: A huge win for Google
In a somewhat surprising move, Adobe and Google have announced a streaming version of Photoshop for Chromebooks (Chrome OS) and the Chrome browser. This is potentially massive news for Chromebooks, as the lack of Big Software
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IBM leaves the x86 market at long last: Lenovo’s $2.1 billion acquisition approved (updated)
Updated @ 9:09am, September 29: Lenovo has finally received approval from US and EU regulators for its acquisition of IBM’s low-end x86 server business. The $2.1 billion acquisition should be finalized by Wednesday this
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Shellshock: A deadly new vulnerability that could lay waste to the internet (updated)
Updated @ 8:10am, September 29: Another remote code execution vulnerability has been found in Bash. It is unrelated to the first Shellshock vulnerability, but it is essentially the same deal: It’s very easy to exploit, and
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The Contrarian’s Guide to Changing the World
Is the technology investor Peter Thiel brilliant, or is he just strange? He is nothing if not industrious. Since he cofounded PayPal, in 1998, Thiel has had a hand in some of the most important and unexpected tech companies
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Can Sucking CO2 Out of the Atmosphere Really Work?
Physicist Peter Eisenberger had expected colleagues to react to his idea with skepticism. He was claiming, after all, to have invented a machine that could clean the atmosphere of its excess carbon dioxide, making the gas
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Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?
Standards bodies are wrestling with the impact of accidental robot strikes. By Tom Simonite on October 6, 2014 Baxter, a collaborative robot from Rethink Robotics, works on a mocked-up assembly line. How much should a
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Fun with Food 08 October 2014, 23.44 Tech
Fun with Food
Things reviewed Nordic Food LabNoma Copenhagen, Denmark Ever since cooks began playing with the equipment of the food industry, chefs have felt compelled to join one of two camps. The first believes any kitchen is
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What It Will Take for Computers to Be Conscious
The world’s best-known consciousness researcher says machines could one day become self-aware. By Antonio Regalado on October 2, 2014 Christof Koch Is a worm conscious? How about a bumblebee? Does a computer that can
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An Industrial-Size Generator That Runs on Waste Heat, Using No Fuel
Startup Alphabet Energy has its first product: what it says is the world’s largest thermoelectric generator. By Kevin Bullis on October 9, 2014 Alphabet Energy’s new generator uses thermoelectric materials to convert
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NSA Mind-Bender: We Won’t Tell You What Info We Already Leaked to the Media
NSA headquarters. Wikimedia Commons Longtime reporters who cover the NSA know that any time we ask the obstinate spy agency for information, we’re probably going to hit a brick wall. But who would have thought that trying
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New iRobot App Lets You Control a ‘Bot Army With an Android Tablet
irobot You may be familiar with iRobot’s Roomba vacuums, but some the company’s other robots perform much harder (and more dangerous) tasks. There are around 6,000 iRobot’s defense and security robots deployed
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Two Incredible Views of Super Typhoon Vongfang From Space
NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team This beautiful image of Super Typhoon Vongfon over the Philippine Sea was taken by NASA’s Aqua satellite at 12:25 a.m. ET this morning. Below, another incredible view of the massive
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The Design Thinking Behind London’s New $4B Subway Trains
The London Underground revealed new plans today for subway cars, designed by British travel design firm PriestmanGoode. Photo: PriestmanGoode The London Underground revealed new plans today for subway cars,
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Why Lowering NYC’s Speed Limit by Just 5 MPH Can Save a Lot of Lives PDF Print E-mail

Cars are viewed on a Manhattan Street on November 7, 2014 in New York City.

Cars are viewed on a Manhattan Street on November 7, 2014 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Last week, New York City officially lowered its default speed limit, from the standard 30 mph to 25. That difference may seem arbitrary and hardly worth noting, but it actually makes a big difference when it comes to saving lives. For one, cars going more a bit slowly will have an easier time avoiding crashes in the first place. But the real difference is a huge jump in pedestrian survival rates when crashes do happen: The laws of physics and human anatomy translate to 30 mph being far deadlier than 25 mph. The difference in velocity translates to the car lifting pedestrians off the ground, and creating traumatic impacts against vital areas like the head.

“I’d estimate that a person is about 74 percent more likely to be killed if they’re struck by vehicles traveling at 30 mph than at 25 mph,” says Brian Tefft, a researcher with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety who wrote a 2011 report on the subject. He looked at 549 vehicle-pedestrian accidents occurring across the US between 1994 and 1998, accounting for factors like vehicle size and pedestrian BMI. The risk of serious injury (defined as likely to result in long-term disability) for a pedestrian hit at 23 mph was about 25 percent. At 39 mph, it jumped to 75 percent. Analyzing his findings, Tefft says, “25 to 35 mph, they’re almost three times as likely to be killed.” 35 mph, he found, was the median impact speed for fatal pedestrian crashes.

A 2010 study in London had similar findings: “In all of the pedestrian datasets, the risk of fatality increases slowly until impact speeds of around 30 mph. Above this speed, risk increases rapidly – the increase is between 3.5 and 5.5 times from 30 mph to 40 mph,” the author, D.C. Richards, writes.

So why doesn’t a 20 percent change in speed just mean a 20 percent change in serious injuries? There are lots of variables at work here (is the car an Escalade or a Fiat? is it a direct hit or a side swipe?), but, it turns out, the 30 mph mark is something of a limit for what our bodies can live through. Above that speed, organs and the skull aren’t necessarily strong enough to withstand the kinetic impact of a bumper and windshield.

“It has to do with fracture forces,” says Dr. Peter Orner, a licensed physician and former engineering professor who consults on injury biomechanics in car crashes. “As velocity increases, you’re crossing thresholds.” Though he’s skeptical of the comprehensiveness of studies like Tefft’s, Orner also says that at higher speeds, “the car is going to scoop them up.” And when you’re talking about cars, what gets scooped up is usually smacked against a windshield or thrown onto the ground. That can easily lead to brain trauma.

The good news is that cars have gotten safer over the past few years, and federal regulations designed to protect pedestrians in the event of a crash are making a difference. But then throw in rise of distracted driving and yes, distracted walking, which has led to a recent spike in pedestrian injuries, including those not involving automobiles. So it seems like a good idea for NYC to make everyone drive a bit more slowly.

Whether the speed limit change will make for safer roads is up for debate. “If the actual [car] speeds are reduced in response to the change in the speed limit,” Tefft says, “it should have a safety benefit.” But that’s not always the case. “In general,” he says, “the research shows that it takes more than the number on the sign to change the speeds of traffic.”

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Incredible New Photos Taken From the Surface of a Comet PDF Print E-mail

This incredible image was taken by the Philae lander of one of its legs resting on the comet's surface. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

This incredible image was taken by the Philae lander of one of its legs resting on the comet's surface.

ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

This is the first 360-degree panorama shot released from the Philae lander. The view was captured by the CIVA-P imaging system. Parts of Philae’s landing gear can be seen. The next image in the gallery is a sketch of the lander superimposed on this photo. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

This is the first 360-degree panorama shot released from the Philae lander. The view was captured by the CIVA-P imaging system. Parts of Philae’s landing gear can be seen. The next image in the gallery is a sketch of the lander superimposed on this photo.

ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

This image is a sketch of the lander superimposed on the previous photo. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

This image is a sketch of the lander superimposed on the previous photo.

ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

This photo was captured by Philae's downward-looking ROLIS camera from about 40 meters above the surface of the comet as the lander descended. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR

This photo was captured by Philae's downward-looking ROLIS camera from about 40 meters above the surface of the comet as the lander descended.

ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR

The image shows the comet as seen by Philae's ROLIS instrument on the during descent from about 3 Kilometers away. Resolution is about 3 meters per pixel. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR

The image shows the comet as seen by Philae's ROLIS instrument on the during descent from about 3 Kilometers away. Resolution is about 3 meters per pixel.

ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR

Philae took this shot of its mothership Rosetta shortly after separation from about 10 meters away with the lander’s CIVA-P imaging system. It shows almost the full length of one of Rosetta's 14 meter-long solar wings. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

Philae took this shot of its mothership Rosetta shortly after separation from about 10 meters away with the lander’s CIVA-P imaging system. It shows almost the full length of one of Rosetta's 14 meter-long solar wings.

ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

Rosetta took this parting shot of the Philae lander as it began its 7-hour descent to the comet's surface. ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Rosetta took this parting shot of the Philae lander as it began its 7-hour descent to the comet's surface.

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

A full-frame parting shot from Rosetta. ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

A full-frame parting shot from Rosetta.

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

This photo of the original planned landing site was taken by Rosetta just days before its lander Philae began the descent. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

This photo of the original planned landing site was taken by Rosetta just days before its lander Philae began the descent.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

This incredible image was taken by the Philae lander of one of its legs resting on the comet's surface. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

This incredible image was taken by the Philae lander of one of its legs resting on the comet's surface.

ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

This is the first 360-degree panorama shot released from the Philae lander. The view was captured by the CIVA-P imaging system. Parts of Philae’s landing gear can be seen. The next image in the gallery is a sketch of the lander superimposed on this photo. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

This is the first 360-degree panorama shot released from the Philae lander. The view was captured by the CIVA-P imaging system. Parts of Philae’s landing gear can be seen. The next image in the gallery is a sketch of the lander superimposed on this photo.

ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

This image is a sketch of the lander superimposed on the previous photo. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

This image is a sketch of the lander superimposed on the previous photo.

ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

This photo was captured by Philae's downward-looking ROLIS camera from about 40 meters above the surface of the comet as the lander descended. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR

This photo was captured by Philae's downward-looking ROLIS camera from about 40 meters above the surface of the comet as the lander descended.

ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR

The image shows the comet as seen by Philae's ROLIS instrument on the during descent from about 3 Kilometers away. Resolution is about 3 meters per pixel. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR

The image shows the comet as seen by Philae's ROLIS instrument on the during descent from about 3 Kilometers away. Resolution is about 3 meters per pixel.

ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR

Philae took this shot of its mothership Rosetta shortly after separation from about 10 meters away with the lander’s CIVA-P imaging system. It shows almost the full length of one of Rosetta's 14 meter-long solar wings. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

Philae took this shot of its mothership Rosetta shortly after separation from about 10 meters away with the lander’s CIVA-P imaging system. It shows almost the full length of one of Rosetta's 14 meter-long solar wings.

ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

Rosetta took this parting shot of the Philae lander as it began its 7-hour descent to the comet's surface. ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Rosetta took this parting shot of the Philae lander as it began its 7-hour descent to the comet's surface.

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

A full-frame parting shot from Rosetta. ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

A full-frame parting shot from Rosetta.

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

This photo of the original planned landing site was taken by Rosetta just days before its lander Philae began the descent. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

This photo of the original planned landing site was taken by Rosetta just days before its lander Philae began the descent.

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Editor’s Note: We will update this gallery with new images as they become available.

For millennia, people have seen comets come and go from afar, watching the mysterious, bright objects suddenly appear in the sky with long, spectacular tails. Now the Rosetta mission has provided an unprecedented close-up perspective. The spacecraft’s images of comet 67P/Guryumov-Gerasimenko’s surface reveal a rugged environment, covered with jagged rock and sharp cliffs. Now its lander, Philae, has snapped the first-ever photos from the surface of a comet.

The photos in this gallery include those first shots, as well as photos taken of the lander’s descent by both Philae and Rosetta. Alos included are some gorgeous images of the comet taken during Rosetta’s reconnaissance flyby at 10 kilometers above the surface.

It’s dark out in space, especially at the comet’s current location about 278 million miles from the sun. The comet itself is blacker than coal. To highlight the features on the surface, the contrast in some of these black-and-white images has been enhanced.

The Rosetta spacecraft, which is orbiting the comet, is equipped with OSIRIS, a wide and narrow-angle camera. The Philae lander has two imaging instruments, a set of six cameras called ÇIVA that take surface panoramas, and another camera called ROLIS, which took the pictures of the comet during the descent and will help study the texture and fine structure of the comet’s surface.

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Facebook Rolls Out Clearer Privacy Policy, But You Still Can’t Control Your Data PDF Print E-mail

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Ariel Zambelich / WIRED

Facebook has condensed its complex and legalese-loaded privacy policy by two-thirds, in hopes of making it easier for the average user to understand.

“Our goal is to make the information about Facebook as clear as possible,” Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday. “Our hope is that it won’t take long for people to read through this and really get it.”

According to the Journal, Facebook worked with members of the Council of Better Business Bureaus to make the policy more user friendly, and this week, the company is accepting public comments from users to help inform the policy.

But while the revamp may make Facebook’s privacy policy easier to understand, it doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to keep your information private on the social network.

Though users have the option to opt in or out of sharing information with third-party apps, they still don’t have the option to select what type of information is shared, and more importantly, the new data policy still maintains that Facebook has the right to use information people share on Facebook to target ads to them on and off Facebook.

The reality is that most Facebook users will not read the policy, and even if they do take issue with the way Facebook intends to collect information about their purchases or use their location information to target advertisements, most will likely continue to use Facebook. Such is the way of the modern web, which is, in large part, paid for and driven by ad targeting technologies.

On Friday, Facebook also rolled out a feature called Privacy Basics, an animated guide to controlling what others see about you, how others can interact with you, and what you see, and this includes a direct link to the company’s new data policy, which it will be finalizing over the next month.

The new policy is indeed easier to understand. It includes clear questions, like “What kinds of information do we collect?” and “How can I manage and delete information about me?” The answers to those questions are arranged in neat, bulleted lists. The update also includes information on how Facebook uses payment data, noting that the company collects information on each purchase, as well as credit card data, account authentication information, billing, shipping, and contact information.

Facebook has also taken the half-step of giving users more insight into why they’re seeing certain ads, but it still doesn’t give users the option to control what information is being used for advertising to begin with.

Instead, this new policy encourages users to find out more about how they can control their add preferences to “personalize” the ads they see. In other words, Facebook wants users to help make its platform an even more powerful tool for advertisers by getting them to voluntarily say what types of ads they prefer.

None of this should come as a surprise. If Facebook ceded control of data collection to users, its very business model would be at risk. And yet, this policy overhaul is still a show of good faith between Facebook and its users. In the past, the company has slipped controversial changes into its privacy policy that only made the lengthy document more cryptic. Now, at least, the company is inching closer toward an honest conversation with users about just how they’re being used.

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The Philae Spacecraft Landed in the Shadow of the Comet’s Cliff PDF Print E-mail

This is the first image ESA is releasing from the comet. it shows Philae settled at the base of a rocky comet cliff.

This is the first image ESA is releasing from the comet. It shows Philae settled at the base of a rocky comet cliff. ESA

We landed a motherfucking spacecraft on a comet.

And then it bounced off. Twice. And the scientists and watching world held a communal breath.

We can all exhale, as not only is Philae back on the surface, somewhere, it is sending pictures to ESA. Those pictures show that one of Philae’s three feet is not currently touching the comet’s “ground.” It is suspended in the vacuum of space. In a stunning, currently unprocessed image, you can just make out the suspended lander foot over-exposed in the shadow of a massive cliff. This shadow means Philae’s solar batteries are not charging at the expected rate, but at a press conference this morning an emotional and sleep-deprived European Space Agency emphasized that Philae is stable. For now.

Philae should have sent harpoons into the surface to anchor itself to the comet as it hurtles through space. As was clear pretty soon after contact yesterday, that mechanism failed.

“After our first touchdown signal we could tell that something was not normal because Philae was still moving. The lander kept rotating,” said Stefano Mottola from the Lander Control Centre in Cologne, Germany. This could have been very bad. The team feared Philae would not make contact with the comet again. But then, after nearly two hours, “we saw that the rotation stopped. The rotation could only stop by touching the comet again.”

But it’s reverberations were not over yet. The surface of the comet “is not a powder, it’s a rock,” said lead scientist Jon Pierre Bilbring. “This material is like a trampoline. You go there and it ejects you immediately afterwards.” After its first 2-hour bounce, during which time it traveled nearly a kilometer, Philae took another short hop, going 3 centimeters a minute for 7 minutes. And that’s when it settled down at the base of a large wall, relying on gravity to hold it in place.

Though the ESA could now fire the harpoons to ensure Philae latched, the team is wary of doing so, as it could thrust the spacecraft off the comet. “You can imagine the gentle manuevre that we must do now to maintain the location of the lander. We will do that in the next hours and possibly days. We might stilll be able to modify the orientation of the lander,” said Jon-Pierre Bibring of CIVA.

Bilbring took exception to the characterization of the landing position as “awkward” and unideal, saying, “it is gorgeous where we are.”

The team is working hard to figure out how to fix the lander’s orientation, however. But first they need to understand exactly where they have landed. “We would not dare operate the landing gear without first knowing where we are,” said Stephan Ulamec, the principal investiogator in charge of the landing mechanism. “If the material is too soft or too hard it would put momentum on the lander and push us away from the surface. So these activations will not happen in the next hours for sure.”

The very good news is that though they can’t be precisely sure where Philae is, ESA is familiar with its unexpected landing spot. Before deciding on where to aim for the landing, the team investigated many landing spots and carefully weighed the merits of each. They had aimed for landing site J, but the new spot in the shadow of the cliff is very close to landing zone B.

“I was joking that we jumped from one ‘preselected landing site to another,'” joked Ulamec.

Incredibly, the first touchdown was nearly bullseye perfect. An image from 50 kilometers pre-landing shows a flat and ideal spot at the center of the target, site J. “We would have wished it stayed there, but we know it didn’t,” said Bilbring. “We will find the lander. We are waiting like hell to show you where it sits.”

At one point in the morning’s conference, Flight Director Andrea Accomazzo gave an emotional shout out to Stefan Ulamec, tears welling in his eyes as he expressed his admiration for how he handled the complicated landing and mission.

Because of the shadow, Philae is not getting as much power from the sun as the team had planned for. The batteries will last through tomorrow for sure, but the day after will be the critical time for drilling down into the surface and gathering data.

However, even if the batteries cannot last past 60 hours from now, Philae could potentially be awoken from a hibernation in a few months when (and if) more solar energy hits its position. “If even in months the solar situation will change completely, we can still wake it up,” said Ulamec.

“Tomorrow is another day for Philae. 2015 is another year for Rosetta,” Ulamec cheered. Rosetta will continue orbiting the comet for another 20 months, no matter how long Philae remains active.

Editors’ Note: We will update this story as images and data come in throughout the day.

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Science Graphic of the Week: Magnetic Stars and Planets PDF Print E-mail

This snapshot from a computer simulation shows the magnetic interactions, represented by the colorful, stringy lines, between a star and its nearby planet

This snapshot from a computer simulation shows magnetic interactions, represented by the colorful, stringy lines, between a star and its nearby planet.  A. Strugarek, Université de Montréal

The most basic factor that determines whether life can exist on a planet is its distance to its star. Too close and the planet becomes a scorching hell. Too far and it’s too cold.

Another important factor is the magnetic field of both the planet and the star. If the star’s magnetic field is especially strong or active, it might produce powerful stellar winds that can wreak havoc on any sort of burgeoning life on the planet. Meanwhile, a planet’s magnetic field can protect it from such stellar onslaughts. Earth’s magnetic field, for example, produces a bubble that shields us from the damaging particles of the solar wind.

If the planet is close enough to its star, then the two magnetic fields can interact, which could affect the planet’s habitability. To better untangle this magnetic give-and-take, Antoine Strugarek of the University of Montreal in Canada and his colleagues have produced three-dimensional models of these interactions. They’ve modeled both simpler scenarios with an idealized star and planet (above) and a more realistic scenario of a real star called HD 189733 (below).

For many planets, such proximity to their stars doesn’t bode well for life. But the majority of the galaxy’s stars are smaller and cooler than the sun, and planets around these stars could be close enough to them for magnetic interactions yet be cool enough for life. The researchers are finding that a planet’s magnetic field can induce hot spots on the star’s surface, Strugarek says. If astronomers can detect these magnetic imprints on stars, then they might be able to analyze an exoplanet’s magnetic field and gauge that planet’s habitability.

A model of the magnetic field and corona of the star named HD 189733.

A model of the magnetic field and corona of the star named HD 189733. A. Strugarek, Université de Montréal

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New Eruption Started at Alaska’s Pavlof PDF Print E-mail

The lava fountain at Pavlof during the eruption that started on November 12, 2014. Image: Carol Damberg / AVO.

The lava fountain at Pavlof during the eruption that started on November 12, 2014. Image: Carol Damberg / AVO.

It’s been a fairly quiet year for the volcanoes of Alaska. A few have rumbled but none have really had an eruption that caught everyone’s attention like recent events at Veniaminof, Redoubt or Kasatochi. It appears that Pavlof might be trying to make up for some of that lost time as a new eruption as started at the volcano. The Alaska Volcano Observatory is reporting ash reaching ~2.7 km (9,000 feet) and images of the volcano taken from Cold Bay clearly show a lava fountain (see above) coming from the most recently active vent. Seismicity remains high at the volcano, suggesting that eruption isn’t likely to stop immediately and visibility is touch and go with low cloud cover.

This is the second bout of lava fountaining that Pavlof has experienced this year. The first set of eruptions started in late May and went on until June with a lava flow that snaked down the side of the volcano almost 5 km (3 miles). However, by the end of July, the alert status at Pavlof was lowered to Green after seismicity ended. This new activity isn’t abnormal for Pavlof, where the volcano takes breaks that might last a few months between new eruptions.

Pavlof rejoins Shishaldin and Cleveland as the only Aleutian volcanoes on elevated alert status right now. There is no AVO webcam pointed at Pavlof, but you can check out the FAA weathercam located in Cold Bay to catch a glimpse.

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Virgin Galactic Tragedy May Mean New Space Tourism Rules PDF Print E-mail

The investigation into the Virgin Galactic accident has yet to find a cause, but the FAA will consider new regulations for commercial space travel.

image of SpaceShipTwo

Congress has avoided placing regulations on commercial spaceflight in order to encourage people to enter the business.

When Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two disintegrated over the skies of Southern California last week, killing one test pilot and injuring another, it highlighted one of the fundamental problems facing space tourism—the lack of regulations governing the business of blasting paying members of the public into orbit.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration already has a minimal regulatory framework for commercial spaceflight. Companies have to get test permits, for example. But in an effort to spur on the development of the commercial space industry, Congress imposed a moratorium on burdening the fledgling sector with additional red tape back in 2004, with the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act. And in 2012, Congress extended the measure to October, 1, 2015.

“It was believed that this would support the industry by not having regulations to act as barriers,” said Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Space Law and visiting professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology School of Law. “The moratorium would be in place until a certain date or the event of the first death. Unfortunately, the first death has now occurred and the FAA will likely revisit the need for regulations, if any.”

That death occurred on October 31, when Michael Alsbury, a test pilot for Scaled Composites, the aerospace company developing an orbital vehicle for Virgin Galactic, was killed during a rocket-powered test flight. Fellow test pilot Peter Siebold was also injured after managing to escape from the vehicle as it broke up at an altitude of around 15,000 meters (50,000 feet).

The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the accident. Preliminary evidence shows that the rocket motor, which was initially suspected as the cause of the crash, was not to blame. A statement released by Virgin Galactic, citing the NTSB investigation, noted the intact engine and rocket propulsion fuel tanks. “This definitively dismisses the premature and inaccurate speculation that the problem was related to the engine or the fuel,” the statement read.

The NTSB’s focus is on SpaceShip Two’s unique feathering mechanism, which moves the spacecraft’s wing booms into the vehicle’s reëntry configuration. “The NTSB indicated that the lock/unlock lever was pulled prematurely based on recorded speed at the time,” reads the Virgin Galactic statement. “They have suggested that subsequent aerodynamic forces then deployed the feathering mechanism, which resulted in the in-flight separation of the wings and vehicle.”

Despite the tragic accident, it is unclear if the accident will spur any new regulations, says Henry Hertzfeld, a lawyer and research professor of space policy at George Washington University. “I really think it’s too early to comment on that.”

Aviation accidents, especially during highly sophisticated developmental test programs, are not that uncommon, says Hertzfeld. The issue is how many test flights are needed before the spacecraft can be certified to carry passengers. “The bottom-line question is how many test flights do you need?” Hertzfeld says. “I don’t think anyone can put a finger on that.”

Legally, absent any further regulation, passengers can do what they like if they are aware of the danger. “People climb Everest,” Hertzfeld says. “People do those types of things because they are crazy, stupid, or thrill-seeking.”

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Rise of the Robot Security Guards PDF Print E-mail

Startup Knightscope is preparing to roll out human-size robot patrols.

The K5 security robot.

As the sun set on a warm November afternoon, a quartet of five-foot-tall, 300-pound shiny white robots patrolled in front of Building 1 on Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus. Looking like a crew of slick Daleks imbued with the grace of Fred Astaire, they whirred quietly across the concrete in different directions, stopping and turning in place so as to avoid running into trash cans, walls, and other obstacles.

The robots managed to appear both cute and intimidating. This friendly-but-not-too-friendly presence is meant to serve them well in jobs like monitoring corporate and college campuses, shopping malls, and schools.

Knightscope, a startup based in Mountain View, California, has been busy designing, building, and testing the robot, known as the K5, since 2013. Seven have been built so far, and the company plans to deploy four before the end of the year at an as-yet-unnamed technology company in the area. The robots are designed to detect anomalous behavior, such as someone walking through a building at night, and report back to a remote security center.

“This takes away the monotonous and sometimes dangerous work, and leaves the strategic work to law enforcement or private security, depending on the application,” Knightscope cofounder and vice president of sales and marketing Stacy Stephens said as a K5 glided nearby.

In order to do the kind of work a human security guard would normally do, the K5 uses cameras, sensors, navigation equipment, and electric motors—all packed into its dome-shaped body with a big rechargeable battery and a computer. There are four high-definition cameras (one on each side of the robot), a license-plate recognition camera, four microphones, and a weather sensor (which looks like a DVD-player slot) for measuring barometric pressure, carbon dioxide levels, and temperature. The robots use Wi-Fi or a wireless data network to communicate with each other and with people who can remotely monitor its cameras, microphones, and other sources of data.

GPS and a laser ranging instrument help the robots find their way around their patrol area and avoid obstacles when on duty. When they’re taken to a new place—such as the Microsoft campus where they were patrolling earlier this month before Knightscope cofounder and CEO William Santana Li spoke at a tech event—a human with a wireless controller shows the robot around to determine the area it will patrol and let it learn about its surroundings. “You give it a base map and then it starts building from that,” Stephens says.

Knightscope is one of a growing number of companies using robots to help with work traditionally done by humans (see “How Human-Robot Teamwork Will Upend Manufacturing” and “Smart Robots Can Now Work Right Next to Auto Workers”), or perhaps replace them altogether (see “How Technology Is Destroying Jobs”). The trend is accelerating as robots are made ever smarter, more agile, and more adaptable to specific tasks. And while most robots do assembly-line work, Knightscope is one of a few companies betting that they could take on other tasks.

Knightscope may not outright replace many security guards soon—over a million of them were employed in the U.S. last year, according to an estimate from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the estimated hourly wage these guards earned was more than twice the $6.25 that Knightscope says it will charge for its robots, which could tempt some companies and schools to at least try them out.

The robots have a battery that could last about 24 hours on a single charge, though the K5 is supposed to monitor its battery life and wheel over to a charging pad when needed. It takes 15 or 20 minutes to refuel.

Though the K5 may look friendly and does not carry any weapons, it’s not meant to be messed with. If you walk in front of it, it will stop abruptly. Try to detain it, and after some time its built-in alarm will begin to chirp as a warning while sending a low-level alert to a remote monitoring center. Keep bothering it, and an ear-piercing alarm will sound as it sends another alert, prompting an operator to use Knightscope’s browser-based software to check out the status of the sensors, see what’s happening around the robot, and talk to anyone who may be there harassing it.

If you’re the one who needs help and a robot is nearby, you can press a button near the top of its head to summon someone remotely.

Stephens says several dozen potential customers are interested, including lots of security companies weary of high guard turnover. Knightscope hopes to start putting robots to work at a variety of companies in the first half of next year.

The company envisions the robots going beyond standard security applications. For example, Stephens suggests an app that would let college students request one to chaperone them across campus at night.

But Knightscope has plenty of challenges to solve, both technological and cultural, if the robo-guards are to work. For one thing, they will need to prove they can be effective over time, and people will need to feel comfortable in their presence.

The robots will also have to work on their balance. While speaking with Stephens, I noticed that a K5 in the distance had somehow toppled over the edge of the sidewalk onto the parking-lot asphalt several inches below. A couple of Knightscope folks were needed to pull it upright. Unlike human security guards, these robots still cannot right themselves if they fall.

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A smartphone-based virtual reality headset from Samsung and Oculus VR could make the technology more accessible, but it also demonstrates a new set of challenges.

The Gear VR headset

The Gear VR headset, developed by Samsung and Oculus VR.

Max Cohen, head of mobile at Oculus VR, the virtual reality startup bought by Facebook this year for $2 billion, is unequivocal: the dominant way most consumers will experience virtual reality will be on mobile devices.

“PCs and dedicated machines will always have more power, but at some point, graphics become ‘good enough’ on a mobile device and none of that matters anymore,” Cohen says. “Will it be in two years’ time? Five years? Ten? I don’t know. But it will happen. You can’t surpass the beauty of being untethered.”

Gear VR, a forthcoming headset from Oculus VR and Samsung, is the first attempt at this “untethered” vision. It is the product of a fortuitous meeting, when Oculus VR approached the Korean electronics giant to have it create screens for the Rift, its yet-to-be-released device. Samsung had been working on a virtual reality headset into which you which you could slide a Galaxy Note mobile phone in order to experience portable VR. Now the two companies are collaborating on the resulting product, with Oculus VR providing expertise and software.

While work continues on the original Rift, the Gear VR is more than just a gimmick or sideshow for Oculus VR. Indeed, it’s a pet project for John Carmack, the video game designer who is driving the design and implementation of the company’s grand virtual reality vision.

Mobile seems a logical platform for the technology. When you find yourself fully immersed in a virtual realm, the illusion is compromised by the dim awareness that you remain attached to a PC via a cat’s cradle of wires. Mobile devices, theoretically, offer a more liberating experience. They’re not only self-contained but also cheaper to buy and run.

And yet there are significant technological hurdles to overcome before the Gear VR, or its successors, can become mass-market products.

“Heat is our primary issue,” says Cohen. “When you run a mobile phone’s CPUs and GPUs at maximum, the device heats up really quickly, and it needs to either cut the speed by throttling or shut down entirely.”

It’s a setback that Carmack and the rest of the Gear VR team are struggling to solve. “This isn’t a problem that’s going to go away in the near future, unfortunately,” says Cohen. “We’ll always have to manage heat; we won’t be able to fully solve it.”

The temperature of the device is just one technological difficulty. There’s also the fact that phone displays don’t refresh as frequently as other screens, which can make them appear to flicker and thus ruin the illusion, as Carmack acknowledged during his keynote address at the Oculus Connect event in Hollywood in September.

Then there’s the problem of positional tracking, needed to accurately transpose the user’s head movements into the virtual space. The sensors in a smartphone do not provide very accurate motion tracking (although the Gear VR is now rumored to use a relatively precise electromagnetic motion tracking system, called STEM, to overcome the problem).

And, of course, there are the ongoing challenges of battery life that vex all mobile phone developers, even those who make far lesser demands on their devices than those issued by a virtual reality application. For these reasons, the Gear VR is currently labeled “Innovator Edition,” a marketing twist, perhaps, on a more honest label: “prototype.”

“This stuff will work itself out in time,” says Cohen.

Despite the challenges, Cohen seems evangelical about the product. “It is incredibly cool,” he says. “It just still has some rough edges.”

It’s been a demanding 12 months for Oculus, a company founded in 2012 by inventor Palmer Luckey (see “Can Oculus Rift Turn Virtual Wonder into Commercial Reality?”).

In that time Oculus has had to adjust from being a small, self-contained company with a close-knit team of enthusiast engineers to working with two multinational corporations, Facebook and Samsung, with all of the challenges that come from a much larger, dispersed team.

Even when the hardware issues have been solved, the challenge of creating compelling software will remain.

Video games are likely to represent one major area of output. The video game development community has led the way with exploring VR’s current potential.

But film could play a major role in selling the technology to the public. One application that Oculus VR has developed, Oculus Cinema, is a virtual movie theater that lets you watch 2-D and 3-D films on the Gear VR. The company even hopes to make this a more social experience by letting people inhabit the same virtual spaces together, and adding physical representations of each person.

“When I travel for work, I talk to my wife and son over videoconference—but what if I could actually continue that emotional connection through a sense of presence and being with them?” says Cohen. “Social VR is something we’ve been thinking about for a long, long time, not just since we joined with Facebook.”

The resurgence of the technology—more than two decades after the initial virtual reality rush of the late 1980s—is being driven in part by the giddy excitement of enthusiasts. The shift to mobile VR may be happening before the true value of the technology has been established. There are many interesting games and applications in development, but nothing that demonstrates VR’s necessity, or why it should propagate to new platforms with such urgency. Gear VR’s challenge is to not only clear the technological hurdles but also demonstrate the broader usefulness of immersive virtual worlds.

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