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Russia offers $110,000 Tor bounty

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Russia offers 3.9m roubles ($110,000; £65,000) in a contest for ways to crack the identities of users of the Tor network.

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Beats sued for noise-cancelling tech

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Headphones-maker Bose claims that Beats has infringed its noise-cancelling tech and is seeking damages ahead of a takeover by Apple.

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Cyber criminals ride Google coattails in DDoS attacks

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The easy access Google’s Web crawlers have to sites is increasingly being exploited by cyber criminals in launching distributed denial-of-service attacks, a security vendor says. Fake Web crawlers accounted for 4 percent of the total number of legitimate ones, called Googlebots, analyzed by Incapsula.

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Hacker McKinnon turns search expert

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker who was the subject of a 10-year legal battle over US extradition, reinvents himself as a search expert.

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Surface Pro 3 problems linger despite three firmware patches in a month

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

If you have a new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and it’s working fine, you’re probably in the majority and I wish you well.

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Another botched Microsoft patch: Office 365 ProPlus says ‘Something went wrong’

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

This is the second month in a row where we’ve seen a botched automatic Office patch. As is the case with so many Office patches these days, there’s no KB number and no warning that a patch is being applied.

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Hype and hi-tech

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The difficulties of predicting the future shape of technology

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The cellphone unlocking bill is about to become law — but there’s a catch

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

A bill to restore consumers’ rights to unlock their cellphones is one step from becoming law now that it has cleared Congress.

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Why one developer switched from Java to Google Go

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

While Java may be a good choice for building business software, Google’s Go language has advantages when it comes to building systems software, says a Java developer at Pivotal who has become a Go advocate.

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Machine Learning: LG’s Snappy G3 Phone Is Poised to Test Rivals

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The many enhancements of the new device could help LG, not widely thought of in the U.S. as a maker of high-end smartphones, challenge its rivals.

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Can Reddit Grow Up?

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Efforts by the freewheeling online community to monetize without driving away its 114 million monthly users will require appealing to advertisers without sacrificing values like personal data privacy.

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Smell of the Greasepaint, the Funds of the Crowd

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Proposed investment rules would make it easier for American theater producers to raise money through crowdsourcing, a method already being tried in Britain.

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Bits Blog: How to Charge Your Phone in 15 Minutes

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The Unu Ultrapak is the fastest-charging battery pack on the market, effectively letting you charge up your phone in 15 minutes.

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Bits Blog: When Digital Art Is Suitable for Framing

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

New screens offer a chance to showcase an image (and a growing community of artists).

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Your third hand: Why tongues have the mouse licked

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Dexterous, sensitive and precise, it’s the ultimate hands-free device – no wonder the tongue is at the heart of a new generation of computer controls

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Google searches hold key to future market crashes

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

A team of researchers from Warwick Business School and Boston University have developed a method to automatically identify topics that people search for on Google before subsequent stock market falls.

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Mineral magic? Common mineral capable of making and breaking bonds

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Reactions among minerals and organic compounds in hydrothermal environments are critical components of the Earth’s deep carbon cycle, they provide energy for the deep biosphere, and may have implications for the origins of life. However, very little is known about how minerals influence organic reactions. A team of researchers from Arizona State University have demonstrated how a common mineral acts as a catalysts for specific hydrothermal organic reactions – negating the need for toxic solvents or expensive reagents.

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Physicists unlock nature of high-temperature superconductivity

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Physicists have identified the "quantum glue" that underlies a promising type of superconductivity—a crucial step towards the creation of energy superhighways that conduct electricity without current loss.

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How faces drive first impressions

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers.

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Groups Press New York State to Ban Poisons That Kill Wildlife

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Wildlife and conservation groups are citing new evidence gathered from post-mortem examinations by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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New study confirms water vapor as global warming amplifier

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

A new study from scientists at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and colleagues confirms rising levels of water vapor in the upper troposphere – a key amplifier of global warming – will intensify climate change impacts over the next decades. The new study is the first to show that increased water vapor concentrations in the atmosphere are a direct result of human activities.

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Impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coral is deeper and broader than predicted

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

A new discovery of two additional coral communities showing signs of damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill expands the impact footprint of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The discovery was made by a team led by Charles Fisher, professor of biology at Penn State University. A paper describing this work and additional impacts of human activity on corals in the Gulf of Mexico will be published during the last week of July 2014 in the online Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Bits Blog: Bill to Legalize Unlocking Cellphones Passes Congress

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that will make it legal for consumers to open the digital locks on their cellphones so that they can more easily switch wireless carriers.

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Bits Blog: Challenges for Amazon’s Cloud Computing Hopes

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Amazon Web Services, the company’s Internet computing service, declined in quarterly revenue. The company blamed competition from Google, but there may be more to the story.

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Team of rivals: Hortonworks, Pivotal join up for Hadoop project

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

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Discarded Museum Lives Again at Brown University

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The work of the naturalist John Whipple Potter Jenks was thrown out and forgotten until a group of graduate students revived it, with an artist’s help, for a new exhibition.

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Q&A: Using the ‘Public’ Network Option

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Plus, finding the date and time stamps on iPhone photos.

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Beauty spots still at fracking ‘risk’

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.

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A Tentacled Underwater Workhorse

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

A new breed of robots with sinewy arms, a powerful grip and the ability to work underwater, is almost here.

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A Tentacled Underwater Workhorse

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

A new breed of robots with sinewy arms, a powerful grip and the ability to work underwater, is almost here.

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Microsoft Offices in China Are Targets of Authorities’ Visits

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

An agency that enforces antimonopoly laws visited company offices in four cities, as the country more closely scrutinizes multinational companies.

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Lenovo’s smart glasses prototype has battery at neck

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

China’s PC giant Lenovo last week offered a peek at its Google Glass-competing smart glass prototype, further details of which are to be announced in October. Lenovo’s glasses prototype is not an extreme departure from the Google Glass look but there is a distinguishing feature and that is a battery pack that sits at the back of the neck, connected to the device with what The Telegraph described as a blue wire.

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Is the Samsung Z smartphone just delayed — or doomed?

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The launch of the Samsung Z, the first smartphone to run the Tizen OS for commercial use, will be delayed, with no release date given by Samsung. The reason for the delay isn’t entirely clear. Two analysts suggested that the smartphone could well be doomed.

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Researchers discover cool-burning flames in space, could lead to better engines on earth (w/ Video)

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

A team of international researchers has discovered a new type of cool burning flames that could lead to cleaner, more efficient engines for cars. The discovery was made during a series of experiments on the International Space Station by a team led by Forman Williams, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Researchers detailed their findings recently in the journal Microgravity Science and Technology.

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Microsoft says under antitrust probe in China

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Microsoft said Monday it was under investigation by antitrust authorities in China, pledging to cooperate in the investigation.

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Sea star disease strikes peninsula marine centers

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

(AP)—The disease wreaking havoc on wild sea star populations on the West Coast has struck captive collections in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

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NOAA: ‘Nuisance flooding’ an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Eight of the top 10 U.S. cities that have seen an increase in so-called "nuisance flooding"—which causes such public inconveniences as frequent road closures, overwhelmed storm drains and compromised infrastructure—are on the East Coast, according to a new NOAA technical report.

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Satellite sees Genevieve’s remnants chased by 2 more systems

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Tropical Storm Genevieve may be a remnant low pressure area but there’s still a chance it could make a comeback. Meanwhile, GOES-West satellite imagery showed there are two developing low pressure areas "chasing" Genevieve to the east. NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center has suddenly become very busy tracking these three areas.

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NASA sees Tropical Storm Hernan near Mexico’s Baja California

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Tropical Storm Hernan developed over this past weekend and reached hurricane strength before vertical wind shear kicked in and kicked the storm down. NASA’s Terra satellite passed over Hernan when it was developing as a tropical depression near Baja California, Mexico.

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Dot Earth Blog: U.S. Coal Exports Eroding Domestic Greenhouse Gains

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Continuing rise in U.S. exports of coal work against domestic reductions in CO2 emissions.

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Perils of the English countryside

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The risks of walking in the English countryside

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Books: Book Review: ‘The Norm Chronicles’

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

“The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger and Death” is a kinetic trip through the percentages of risk and the primacy of perceptions.

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Microsoft Offices in China Are Targets of Authorities’ Visits

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

An agency that enforces antimonopoly laws visited company offices in four cities, as the country more closely scrutinizes multinational companies.

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DealBook: Zillow to Acquire Trulia for $3.5 Billion

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The deal will create a giant repository of online listings for real estate and home values.

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Beauty spots still at fracking ‘risk’

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" has received a mixed response from campaigners.

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Dot Earth Blog: U.S. Coal Exports Eroding Domestic Greenhouse Gains

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Continuing rise in U.S. exports of coal work against domestic reductions in CO2 emissions.

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How sweet it is: New tool for characterizing plant sugar transporters

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

A powerful new tool that can help advance the genetic engineering of "fuel" crops for clean, green and renewable bioenergy, has been developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a multi-institutional partnership led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The JBEI researchers have developed an assay that enables scientists to identify and characterize the function of nucleotide sugar transporters, critical components in the biosynthesis of plant cell walls.

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Google searches hold key to future market crashes

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

A team of researchers from Warwick Business School and Boston University have developed a method to automatically identify topics that people search for on Google before subsequent stock market falls.

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Amazon launches 3D printing store

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Amazon announced Monday the launch of an online store for 3D printed items to allow consumers to customize and personalize items like earrings, pendants, dolls and other objects.

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Ancient Earth fossils could be found on the moon

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Experiments with a large cannon have shown that fossilised algae could have travelled to the moon intact, providing an exciting window into Earth’s past

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Seeing is bead-lieving: Scientists create model ‘bead-spring’ chains with tunable properties

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Rice University researchers are using magnetic beads and DNA "springs" to create chains of varying flexibility that can be used as microscale models for polymer macromolecules.

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Zillow buys real estate rival Trulia for $3.5 bn

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Online real estate website Zillow announced Monday it was buying rival Trulia in a $3.5 billion stock deal that merges the two main firms in the sector.

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Microsoft Offices in China Are Targets of Authorities’ Visits

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

An agency that enforces antimonopoly laws visited company offices in four cities, as the country more closely scrutinizes multinational companies.

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Here’s how to stay safe until the Tails privacy tool is patched

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Vulnerabilities in the Tails operating system could reveal your IP address, but you can avoid trouble by taking a couple of precautions. Tails, a portable operating system that employs a host of privacy-focused components, plans to patch flaws contained in I2P, a networking tool developed by the Invisible Internet Project that provides greater anonymity when browsing. It’s similar in concept to Tor.

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DealBook: Zillow to Acquire Trulia for $3.5 Billion

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The deal will create a giant repository of online listings for real estate and home values.

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Science Take: For Kangaroos, Tail Becomes a Fifth Leg

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

A study shows that when kangaroos feed, they use a slower, walking motion that relies on the tail to exert force.

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Computer model shows moon’s core surrounded by liquid and it’s caused by Earth’s gravity

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

(Phys.org) —A team of researchers with team members from China, the U.S. and Japan has created a computer model that shows that the moon is not solid all the way through—instead, it shows a liquid layer surrounding the core. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the team suggests the liquid layer, if it’s really there, is caused by friction due to Earth’s gravity.

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Measuring the smallest magnets: Physicists measured magnetic interactions between single electrons

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Imagine trying to measure a tennis ball that bounces wildly, every time to a distance a million times its own size. The bouncing obviously creates enormous "background noise" that interferes with the measurement. But if you attach the ball directly to a measuring device, so they bounce together, you can eliminate the noise problem.

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Limits on fracking in beauty spots

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" has been given a cautious welcome by the National Trust.

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The right amount of grazing builds diverse forest ecosystems

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Botanists from Trinity College Dublin have provided surprising evidence to show that preventing hungry deer from munching on plants actually decreases floral biodiversity in globally important woodland ecosystems.

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Understanding the source of extra-large capacities in promising Li-ion battery electrodes

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Lithium (Li) ion batteries power almost all of the portable electronic devices that we use everyday, including smart phones, cameras, toys, and even electric cars. Researchers across the globe are working to find materials that will lead to safe, cheap, long-lasting, and powerful Li-ion batteries.

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Bits Blog: The Lessons Thus Far From the Transition to Digital Patient Records

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The use of digital patient records has not led to overbilling, as feared, according to a new report — but it has not yet delivered efficiency gains or improved care, either.

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Breakthrough in coccidiosis research

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Biological researchers at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) are a step closer to finding a new cost-effective vaccine for the intestinal disease, coccidiosis, which can have devastating effects on poultry production.

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‘Doing nothing’ to maintain the dunes on Ameland does not affect coastal safety

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

‘Dynamic coastal management’ has been used to maintain the dunes in several areas on Ameland since 1990. In other words, nature has been allowed to take its course and few interventions have been made. Research carried out by Alterra, Wageningen University and the Nature Center Ameland has shown that this strategy does not compromise safety.

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A word in your ear, but make it snappy

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

To most, crocodiles conjure images of sharp teeth, powerful jaws and ferocious, predatory displays – but they are certainly not famous for their hearing abilities. However, this could all change, as new research is shedding light on the reptiles’ ears, showcasing their evolution from the reign of the dinosaurs to the era of Crocodile Dundee.

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Comet Jacques makes a ‘questionable’ appearance

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

What an awesome photo! Italian amateur astronomer Rolando Ligustri nailed it earlier today using a remote telescope in New Mexico and wide-field 4-inch (106 mm) refractor. Currently the brightest comet in the sky at magnitude 6.5, C/2014 E2 Jacques has been slowly climbing out of morning twilight into a darker sky over the last two weeks.

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Fracking in UK national parks allowed in ‘exceptional circumstances’

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Fracking will be allowed in British national parks in "exceptional circumstances", according to government guidelines announced on Monday as new bidding for exploration licenses opens.

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Australia approves huge India-backed mine

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Australia has given the go-ahead to a massive coal mine in Queensland state which Environment Minister Greg Hunt said Monday could ultimately provide electricity for up to 100 million Indians.

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EU antitrust body clears Apple’s $3bn Beats deal

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

(AP)—The European Union’s antitrust authority has cleared Apple’s $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services.

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DealBook: Zillow to Acquire Trulia for $3.5 Billion

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The deal will create a giant repository of online listings for real estate and home values.

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Layoffs cool Microsoft employees’ opinion of CEO Satya Nadella

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Although Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s approval rating before the company’s biggest-ever layoff was high enough to place him in the top 30 of U.S. chief executives, the percentage of employees, both current and former, who say they approve of him as the firm’s leader has dropped since the job cuts.

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Social network research may boost prairie dog conservation efforts

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Researchers using statistical tools to map social connections in prairie dogs have uncovered relationships that escaped traditional observational techniques, shedding light on prairie dog communities that may help limit the spread of bubonic plague and guide future conservation efforts. The work was done by researchers from North Carolina State University and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent).

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Image: Our flocculent neighbour, the spiral galaxy M33

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The spiral galaxy M33, also known as the Triangulum Galaxy, is one of our closest cosmic neighbours, just three million light-years away. Home to some forty billion stars, it is the third largest in the Local Group of galaxies after the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and our own Milky Way.

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Scientists throw light on the mechanism of plants’ ticking clock

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Scientists from the University of York are part of an international team of researchers who have made a significant step in discovering the genetic mechanisms that plants use to fight for light.

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Titan offers clues to atmospheres of hazy planets

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

When hazy planets pass across the face of their star, a curious thing happens. Astronomers are not able to see any changes in the range of light coming from the star and planet system.

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James Webb Space Telescope’s giant sunshield test unit unfurled first time

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The huge Sunshield test unit for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been successfully unfurled for the first time in a key milestone ahead of the launch scheduled for October 2018.

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Functional analysis reveals Miocene fossil pig’s foraging behavior

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Foraging behavior and adaptations for feeding in the context of habitat condition have been studied widely in living suids (pigs) but rarely in their fossil relatives. A study published in Science China: Earth Sciences (5) compared the skull and mandible of a Late Miocene fossil pig from the Linxia Basin, Gansu Province, China, Chleuastochoerus, with those of extant pigs and peccaries, and revealed the foraging behavior of Chleuastochoerus, adding fresh evidence that the area of the Linxia Basin was open but still relatively humid in the middle-late Late Miocene.

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The mysteries of Antarctic sea ice

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The world is unmistakeably warming, melting glaciers and raising sea levels world-wide.

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Bits Blog: The Lessons Thus Far From the Transition to Digital Patient Records

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The use of digital patient records has not led to overbilling, as feared, according to a new report — but it has not yet delivered efficiency gains or improved care, either.

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Having fun with the equation of time

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

If you’re like us, you might’ve looked at a globe of the Earth in elementary school long before the days of Google Earth and wondered just what that strange looking figure eight thing on its side was.

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Russia offers $110,000 Tor bounty

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Russia offers 3.9m roubles ($110,000; £65,000) in a contest for ways to crack the identities of users of the Tor network.

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Beats sued for noise-cancelling tech

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Headphones-maker Bose claims that Beats has infringed its noise-cancelling tech and is seeking damages ahead of a takeover by Apple.

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Seeds keep vital much longer when stored without oxygen

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

If seed breeding companies, gene banks and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on Spitsbergen should store plant seeds under oxygen-poor conditions, it would be possible to store them for much longer while still maintaining their germination capacity. This is indicated by research carried out by seed physiologists from Wageningen UR and seed experts from the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands, a Dutch gene bank which is part of Wageningen UR. They studied pregerminated celery seeds, which generally speaking lose their germination capacity after only three weeks. When the seeds were stored without oxygen, 98% of them germinated after three weeks.

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Cyber criminals ride Google coattails in DDoS attacks

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The easy access Google’s Web crawlers have to sites is increasingly being exploited by cyber criminals in launching distributed denial-of-service attacks, a security vendor says. Fake Web crawlers accounted for 4 percent of the total number of legitimate ones, called Googlebots, analyzed by Incapsula.

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Native species may be hindering fox control efforts

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Native species interfering with ground distributed baits used to control red foxes in south west Western Australia may mean the baits are not available to the target species, a Murdoch University study has found.

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Tracking your digital fingerprint online raises privacy issues

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Just how much information we give away about ourselves as we browse the web has been raised again by a tracking device used in thousands of websites.

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Study of starling flight reveals message from turning bird sweeps through flock at constant speed

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

A team of researchers with members from several countries working together in Rome, Italy, has come up with a new explanation of how it is that starlings are able to fly in a flock in a way that makes them appear as a single organism. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the team describes how they used high-speed cameras to capture and study flight movement by individual bird members and what they found as a result.

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After four months on simulated Mars, HI-SEAS team is as strong as ever

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Real astronauts would be jealous: re-entry was just that easy. For the crew members of the Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission, returning to Earth after four months on simulated Mars was as simple as opening a faux airlock door.

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Surface Pro 3 problems linger despite three firmware patches in a month

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

If you have a new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and it’s working fine, you’re probably in the majority and I wish you well.

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Understanding the economics of human trafficking

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Although Europe is one of the strictest regions in the world when it comes to guaranteeing the respect of human rights, the number of people trafficked to or within the EU still amounts to several hundred thousands a year according to the European Commission. The most common forms of such trafficking include sexual and economic exploitation, the removal of organs and forced illegal activities such as petty theft.

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Can you really be identified on Tor or is that just what the cops want you to believe?

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

Have the UK police successfully broken anonymity on the internet? They certainly seemed to imply as much when the National Crime Agency proudly announced last week that it had made 660 arrests after an operation to identify people viewing indecent images of children online.

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New theory predicts magnets may act as wireless cooling agents.

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The magnets cluttering the face of your refrigerator may one day be used as cooling agents, according to a new theory formulated by MIT researchers.

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Graphene surfaces on photonic racetracks

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

In an article published in Optics Express, scientists from The University of Manchester describe how graphene can be wrapped around a silicon wire, or waveguide, and modify the transmission of light through it.

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Study finds Europe’s habitat and wildlife is vulnerable to climate change

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

New research has identified areas of the Earth that are high priorities for conservation in the face of climate change.

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DRIP is an abuse of our rights, not a matter of national security

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The UK is one of the most CCTV-saturated countries in the world. Being watched and monitored is an everyday reality on British streets, allegedly increasing from one camera for every 14 people in 2008 to one for every 11 people in 2013.

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Workers discover fire debris in wall cavity of Thomas Jefferson’s rotunda

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

The 1895 fire that all but destroyed Thomas Jefferson’s Rotunda was thought to have left no traces of the iconic building’s dome. But University of Virginia masons working on the building’s current renovation have discovered pieces of that structure preserved within the walls.

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Phytoplankton use turbulence to survive

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

A unique water profiling instrument developed by The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Water Research (CWR) is enabling scientists to understand the impact of even the most subtle turbulence on algal populations.

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Another botched Microsoft patch: Office 365 ProPlus says ‘Something went wrong’

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

This is the second month in a row where we’ve seen a botched automatic Office patch. As is the case with so many Office patches these days, there’s no KB number and no warning that a patch is being applied.

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Timely arrival of Pharao space clock

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

ESA has welcomed the arrival of Pharao, an important part of ESA’s atomic clock experiment that will be attached to the International Space Station in 2016.

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Engineers tap gaming technology to improve design

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•14

UNSW researchers are hoping to revolutionise engineering design with cutting-edge, low-cost 3D gaming technology.

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