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31 Oct 10:18

Hungary's internet tax axed after public protests

by Aaron Souppouris
Barely a week after it was first proposed, Hungary's internet tax looks to be dead in the water. Tens of thousands of Hungarians took to the streets last weekend to protest the tax, which would have seen internet use charged per gigabyte transferred....
30 Oct 19:12

Epica - Debut New Video

by BloodTears
It wasn't too long ago that <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=208&bandname=Epica>Epica</a> released their latest album <i>The Quantum Enigma</i>. The Dutch symphonic metallers have been touring this year in support of that record with big European tours set for November/December and also next year. But today, the group is bringing you a new video to be enjoyed right here. They chose the track "Victims Of Contingency" for this video. The video is directed by Remko Tielemans (<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=613&bandname=Textures>Textures</a>) and produced by the Kunstoff Kollectiv. The same team who were responsible for the <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=208&bandname=Epica>Epica</a> music video for "Storm The Sorrow". Take a look at it below. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24867>Read more...</a>
30 Oct 11:07

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by stajerez
30 Oct 10:01

Senior checking new framework

by sharhalakis

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28 Oct 21:20

There will be a lot of Marvel and DC Comics movies in the next few years

by Billy Steele
Earlier this month, Warner Bros. announced its roadmap for DC Comics movies through 2020, and today, Marvel Studios revealed its plans as well. Basically, if you're into superhero/comic book movies, you're set for the next seven years. Need a quick...
29 Oct 06:02

A single fiber strand could carry the world's internet traffic

by Steve Dent
Researchers in the US and Netherlands have managed to transmit data at 255Tbps across a single strand of fiber cable over a kilometer (0.6 miles), about 2,500 times faster than any commercial fiber. They used a so-called multicore cable with seven...
29 Oct 15:00

HP's 3D-scanning 'Sprout' PC is unlike anything the company has made

by Dana Wollman
The best way to describe Sprout, an ambitious new desktop from HP, is that it's unlike any PC the company has ever made. The second-best way: It's an all-in-one computer with a touch mat that acts as a second screen, and an overhead projector/camera...
29 Oct 17:28

Retail's response to Apple Pay and Google Wallet already hacked

by Jon Fingas
If the retailers backing the CurrentC mobile payment system hope to topple NFC-based technology like Apple Pay and Google Wallet, they may need to improve their safeguards for your data. CurrentC is now warning people in its beta program that...
29 Oct 17:02

TSA supervisor confiscates raygun belt buckle -- because terrorism!

by Mark Frauenfelder

A TSA supervisor confiscated Sean Malone's toy ray gun belt buckle at the airport. Malone described the encounter:

"You understand that this is a belt buckle, right?

Read the rest
30 Oct 11:48

Apple CEO Tim Cook: “I’m proud to be Gay”

by Brandon Hill
"We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick." -- Tim Cook
29 Oct 02:45

Orbital's Rocket Explodes in Spectacular Fashion, Heavily Damaging NASA Launch Site

by Jason Mick
Contractor's hodge-podge rocket was behind schedule, but appeared to be staging an unlikely comeback since 2013 -- until now
28 Oct 18:04

Security checklist

by CommitStrip

28 Oct 19:08

Knit Cthulhu mask

by Xeni Jardin

A gorgeous shot of a gorgeous piece of knitted art by Tracy Widdess, shared in our Flickr Pool.

28 Oct 22:15

Marvel Announces a Remarkable Slate of Movies

by David Konow

Schedule for the rest of the decades includes an Avengers two-parter, The Black Panther, and Captain Marvel

29 Oct 07:09

Where Are the Black Widow and Hulk Movies?

by David Konow

Marvel apparently didn't cover all the bases for Phase Three movie slate

27 Oct 21:40

Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Doctor Strange

by David Konow

A familiar face will play Marvel's most anticipated big screen franchise

28 Oct 00:59

OK Go's new music video has robotic seats, drones and life-sized pixel art

by Jon Fingas
Say what you will about OK Go's music, but the band has a knack for attention-getting uses of technology in its videos -- and its latest project only drives that point home. The new "I Won't Let You Down" promo has band members performing dance...
24 Oct 10:41

OZZY OSBOURNE Says BLACK SABBATH Will 'Disband' After Next Studio Album, Tour

Ozzy Osbourne says that BLACK SABBATH will "disband" after completing the next album and touring cycle, leaving him to focus entirely on his solo career. The singer released a solo retrospective called "Memoirs Of A Madman" earlier this month. The collection features 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career. Asked why he decided to release "Memoirs Of A Madman" now, Ozzy told The Times-Picayune: "A lot of people are asking me, with the success of the reformation of BLACK SABBATH, am I going to do any solo stuff any more? The answer is yes. I am going to continue to do my solo stuff, but I can't do the two at the same time. This 'Memoirs Of A Madman' package is to let everybody know that I haven't abandoned my solo career." He continued: "I'm doing one more BLACK SABBATH tour, one more BLACK SABBATH album, and then we're disbanding the name, I believe. And then after that, I'll be doing my solo stuff." Ozzy added: "In a way, I'm glad that I did the things with BLACK SABBATH. No. 1, it was the first time we ever had a No. 1 [album] in America. No. 2, hopefully we'll end on a happy note. The only sad note about it is that [original drummer] Bill Ward didn't do the last tour, for reasons that I guess have something to do with financing or something. I don't know. "It would be great for him to get it together and sort all the problems out for the next tour. It would be a great way for the four of us to end such a wonderful experience of being BLACK SABBATH, and what we achieved. "Tommy Clufetos [the drummer in Osbourne's solo band] did a great job [filling in for Ward on the most recent tour]. He's a great drummer. But he ain't Bill Ward, you know?" Ward was announced as part of the band's reunion in late 2011, but dropped out early the following year due to what was assumed to be a dispute over his contract. Since that time, however, the other three original SABBATH members — Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler — have hinted that Ward was not physically up to the task of recording a new album and embarking on a lengthy world tour. Ozzy said as much when The Pulse Of Radio asked about Ward's absence a while back. "Bill Ward has got the most physically demanding job of the lot of us, 'cause he's the timekeeper," he said. "I don't think personally he had the chops to pull it off, you know. The saddest thing is that he needed to own up to that, and we could have worked around it, whether we had a drummer on the side with him or something. But I suppose it was something to do with finances as well." Ward underwent surgery last year for perforated diverticulitis, a gastrointestinal condition in which the walls of the intestine have become perforated. For the recording of its 2013 reunion album, "13", SABBATH used RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk, while Clufetos handled the drums on tour. Ozzy recently told Metal Hammer magazine that Rick Rubin, who produced last year's "13" album, will likely be back for the next project. Asked if he has started writing songs for the new BLACK SABBATH album, Ozzy told Esquire magazine: "No. Although I texted [guitarist] Tony [Iommi] the other day. I said, 'It would be a great idea if you could send me some musical ideas so I can try and work some melodies around so we don't have to go searching for the song structure.' So I'm not starting from a cold block, you know?"
28 Oct 10:12

Soundgarden - Debut New Song

by BloodTears
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4211&bandname=Soundgarden>Soundgarden</a> have recorded a new song in May this year with producer Jack Endino in Seattle. The Americans are now streaming it online and sharing it with their fans. The track is called "Storm" and you can hear it here now! This is the band's first new track since their 2012 comeback album <i>King Animal</i>, their first album since 1996. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24844>Read more...</a>
27 Oct 13:42

Amazon Announces $39 Fire TV Stick, Prime Members Can Pay $19 for a Limited Time

by Brandon Hill
Amazon looks to burn the competition with its new Fire TV Stick
25 Oct 19:30


27 Oct 12:20

Julian Assange: Google is breaking bad

by Dave Neal
Julian Assange: Google is breaking bad

Web firm is 'not what it seems', warns WikiLeaks founder

24 Oct 14:19

Scientist trumps his own work three weeks after winning the Nobel Prize

by Daniel Cooper
If you'd just won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, no-one would blame you if you took a quick trip to Disneyland, or at least a few days to catch up on Orange is the New Black. Eric Betzig, however, had other plans, since shortly after he was told he...
24 Oct 22:55

Sundar Pichai takes control of Google's crucial products

by Chris Velazco
Well, we guess congratulations are in order. According to Re/code, Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president at Google who used to just be in charge of the Chrome, Android, and web apps teams now basically has control of almost every other Google...
25 Oct 15:44

Investigating the science in Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

by Timothy J. Seppala
Even the most well respected filmmakers have been known to bend the truth a bit when it comes to depicting science on the silver screen, throwing accuracy to the wind in favor of trivialities like "plot" and "drama." We kid, of course. But how does...
27 Oct 04:52

App-controlled coffeemaker can automatically mix your perfect blend

by Mariella Moon
You won't even bother denying it: you're somewhat of a coffee snob and have a particular bean-to-water ratio of choice. This new coffeemaker called Bruvelo promises to make it a lot faster to mix your perfect cup -- you don't even have to do anything...
25 Oct 12:23

Watch a Platypus Walk between Creeks in Tasmania

by RJ Evans

You really don’t see this every day.  The platypus is usually considered nocturnal (even though it can also be seen in the early evening) yet sometimes, needs must.  This platypus (one of the few venomous mammals on the planet) wants to get from one creek to another in its Tasmanian home but with no streams to get it to its destination, it has been forced to walk. Its trek was caught on film by Max Moller of Black Devil Productions.
25 Oct 11:44

The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl

by RJ Evans

We don’t usually stray away from live action on Ark in Space, but this is really something rather wonderful.  Mike Roush, an animator living in California, has created this animated record of the life and loves of the Burrowing Owl.  Although it does veer in to the anthropomorphic it also faithfully records many of the details of how burrowing owls survive in the wild.  If this wets your appetite for the real thing then why not take a look at our feature article on the burrowing owl.
25 Oct 12:25

The Incredible Glasswing Butterfly

by RJ Evans
A butterfly with transparent wings? Surely not. Yet there is a species that exhibits this trait. Take a close look at the incredible Glasswing, an enchanting species that confounds science.

Greta oto may sound like the name of a silent movie star from Eastern Europe but is in fact the scientific name for one of the most exquisite – and little known – species of butterfly on the planer. This butterfly’s claim to fame is that its wings, spanning up to six centimeters, are almost completely transparent. That’s right, you can see just about right through them.

The common English name for this remarkable butterfly is glasswing, which in itself speaks volumes about the appearance of this small but unusual insect. However, it takes the romance languages to step in and give the butterfly the name which, for many, suits it best. The Spanish name for the glasswing is ‘espejitos’. Literally translated, this means little mirrors. Just a glance at the insect in question and one can imagine the thrill of pleasure when the moment of inspiration that came to its Hispanic name giver.

A close look at Greta oto reveals that between the veins of its wings the tissue is virtually see through) or, properly, translucent). Most other butterflies have colored scales which pattern the wings, quite often to ward off predators. The glasswing has another way of doing this entirely, but over the millennia it has evolved these specific wings to hide itself from predators rather than to warn them off. The only way that you can tell that it has wings at all are the borders, which are of a dark hue, sometimes bordering on the orange. Were it not for these borders, the glasswing would be more or less invisible to the human eye.

The glasswing is part of a specific clade of butterfly. Now for the science, as Jennifer Aniston used to say. A clade is a ‘branch’ and is a term used in the taxonomy of species. When groups of species has a single common ancestor (which does not necessarily need to be extant) then it is known as monophyletic. The common ancestor of the glasswing is long extinct but the clade it belongs to is known as the clearwing clade.

Transparency in nature is not something that has been very well understood. In order to achieve transparency the tissue must not absorb light. Neither can it scatter light, as this is the major obstacle to being see-through. Humans, for example, will never be able to be transparent because they have chemical and biological compounds that all have different refraction.

The wings of the glasswing must, therefore, have the same refractive index all the way through them as otherwise this transparency could not possibly occur. It is thought (a postulation at the moment rather than sure fire fact) that the surface of the wing has a covering of protrusions that are so small they can be called submicroscopic. They have a single refractive index and so do not scatter light, so making the wings transparent.

As with most butterflies it is a delicate looking species, but those who breed it in captivity have found it to be quite resilient and its wings are no less strong than those of other species. Another relief is the fact that in its native habitat it is quite common. Unless you live in South America, however, the only chance you will get of seeing the glasswing alive is in a butterfly house or farm.

If you want to see ‘little mirrors’ in the wild, however, you will have to take a trip – anywhere from Mexico to Panama in Central America will do the trick. You will also have to locate the nearest rainforest as the understory of this environment is where the glasswing prospers. They feed off the nectar of a variety of rainforest flowers but when it comes to laying their eggs and ensuring the survival of the next generation, the glasswing has a fine trick up its (metaphorical) sleeve.

The glasswing, where possible, will lay its eggs on a plant of the genus ‘Cestrum’. Its common name, to you and I, is the nightshade and it is highly poisonous. The caterpillars, which are striped in bright purple and red to warn possible predators, are thus a snack that birds and other animals will not enjoy at all. The alkaloids, a chemical in the plants that occurs naturally and is full of nitrogen, stay in the bodies of the glasswing in to adulthood meaning that even then they will not be an attractive meal.

During mating, which can last for many hours, usually starting in the early afternoon, the males will convert some of these alkaloids in to pheromones which will attract the females to them. The glasswing is also noted for its long migrations and the fact that the males of the species, when about to meet, practice lekking. This is when a host of males gather together to show off their best features en masse – the females then choosing the most dominant and visually exciting.

The glasswing, while not rare as a species, is one of very few land based animals that have successfully mastered the act of transparency. Now you see it, now you don’t.

26 Oct 07:00

In Pictures: 40 Of The Dirtiest PCs You've Ever Seen

Even if you like to get your hands dirty, today's picture story may make you want a shower. Get your latex gloves and liquid air ready. These messes won't be easy to clean up.