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25 Apr 23:59

In the Hatton Garden raiders' footsteps

Retracing the London safe deposit thieves' footsteps
24 Apr 17:44

Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox

by Soulskill
An anonymous reader writes: Like initials carved in a tree, ER = EPR, as the new idea is known, is a shorthand that joins two ideas proposed by Einstein in 1935. One involved the paradox implied by what he called "spooky action at a distance" between quantum particles (the EPR paradox, named for its authors, Einstein, Boris Podolsky and Nathan Rosen). The other showed how two black holes could be connected through far reaches of space through "wormholes" (ER, for Einstein-Rosen bridges). At the time that Einstein put forth these ideas — and for most of the eight decades since — they were thought to be entirely unrelated. But if ER = EPR is correct, the ideas aren't disconnected — they're two manifestations of the same thing. And this underlying connectedness would form the foundation of all space-time. Quantum entanglement — the action at a distance that so troubled Einstein — could be creating the "spatial connectivity" that "sews space together," according to Leonard Susskind, a physicist at Stanford University and one of the idea's main architects. Without these connections, all of space would "atomize," according to Juan Maldacena, a physicist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., who developed the idea together with Susskind. "In other words, the solid and reliable structure of space-time is due to the ghostly features of entanglement," he said. What's more, ER = EPR has the potential to address how gravity fits together with quantum mechanics.

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24 Apr 00:00

12 Unusual City Slogans on Welcome Signs

Take a look at some curious welcome signs with bizarre slogans.
23 Apr 17:26

When I have to explain the different jobs in IT

22 Apr 19:58

New Javascript Attack Lets Websites Spy On the CPU's Cache

by samzenpus
An anonymous reader writes: Bruce Upbin at Forbes reports on a new and insidious way for a malicious website to spy on a computer. Any computer running a late-model Intel microprocessor and a Web browser using HTML5 (i.e., 80% of all PCs in the world) is vulnerable to this attack. The exploit, which the researchers are calling "the spy in the sandbox," is a form of side-channel attack. Side channel attacks were previously used to break into cars, steal encryption keys and ride the subway for free, but this is the first time they're targeted at innocent web users. The attack requires little in the way of cost or time on the part of the attacker; there's nothing to install and no need to break into hardened systems. All a hacker has to do is lure a victim to an untrusted web page with content controlled by the attacker.

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22 Apr 15:03

Гледайте новото лирик-видео на MOONSPELL "Medusalem"

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   По-долу, може да гледате лирик-видеото на MOONSPELL към парчето "Medusalem". Песента е от новия албум на групата, "Extinct", който излезе ...
22 Apr 20:12

A Dog in Scotland Took a Tractor for a Joyride. His Face Says it All.

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Don the collie hopped in the tractor in Abington, South Lanarkshire early in the morning, crashing through a fence and careening through a busy commuter road. Don's owner was eventually able to commandeer the vehicle, and luckily no one was hurt. 

And really, could you be mad at the little guy with a face like that? 

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22 Apr 20:14

How To Tell A Bobkitten From A Regular Kitten

by Wes Siler on IndefinitelyWild, shared by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan to Gizmodo

Bobkitten or regular kitten? While both look cute nibbling on your finger, one might actually eat that finger. This is the latest litter born in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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22 Apr 15:06

Hatton Garden heist damage revealed

Images of the hole drilled by thieves into the vault at a Hatton Garden safe deposit company in central London are released by the Met Police.
22 Apr 12:26

NIGHTRAGE: Entire 'The Puritan' Album Available For Streaming

"The Puritan", the sixth studio album from Greek/Swedish melodic death metallers NIGHTRAGE, can be streamed in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below. The CDwill be released on April 24 via Despotz Records. "The Puritan" — described in a press release as "an uncompromising, eerie, dramatic and melodic death metal journey in its purest essence" — welcomes new NIGHTRAGE vocalist Ronnie Nyman to the mix. Nyman joins NIGHTRAGE guitarist and founding member Marios Iliopoulos and bassist Anders Hammer after performing with the band last year on its Japanese and Russian tours. "The Puritan" was produced by Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, DEVIN TOWNSEND, SOILWORK) and George Nerantzis at Dugout Productions in Uppsala, Sweden. "The Puritan" track listing: 01. The Puritan 02. With A Blade Of A Knife 03. Desperate Vows 04. Endless Night 05. Foul Vile Life 06. Stare Into Infinity 07. Lone Lake (Instrumental) 08. Son of Sorrow 09. When Gold Turns To Rust 10. Fathomless 11. Kiss Of A Sycophant NIGHTRAGE was founded in 2000 in Greece by Marios Iliopoulos and his close friend, Gus G., who departed after the band's second album, "Descent Into Chaos". During the band's 14-year career, NIGHTRAGE has released five studio albums and toured across Europe, the U.S., Canada and Asia while employing various musicians from AT THE GATES, EVERGREY, DARK TRANQUILLITY, AMARANTHE and FIREWIND. NIGHTRAGE signed a record/publishing deal with Swedish music company Despotz in summer 2014 before entering the studio with Daniel Bergstrand and George Nerantzis. NIGHTRAGE is: Marios Iliopoulos - Guitar Ronnie Nyman - Vocals Anders Hammer - Bass
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22 Apr 11:57

CIVIL WAR Featuring Ex-SABATON Members: Audio Samples Of Entire 'Gods And Generals' Album

Audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on "Gods And Generals", the sophomore album from CIVIL WAR — the Swedish metal band featuring former SABATON members Rikard Sundén (guitar), Daniel Mullback (drums), Daniel Mÿhr (keyboards) alongside singer Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, LION'S SHARE), and guitarist Petrus Granar — can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The CD will be released via Napalm Records on the following dates: Sweden, Spain: May 6 UK, Norway, France, Demark, Italy: May 11 Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Australia: May 8 North America: May 12 Says CIVIL WAR: "Recorded and mixed by none other than Peter Tägtgren, we are extremely happy with the result. This is, without doubt, an album that takes off where 'The Killer Angels' left us 'n you! It's been in our treasure chest for a while and in May we're happy to share the result with you!" The band's debut CD, "The Killer Angels", was certified gold in Sweden by the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. (Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry [IFPI] in Sweden has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach gold status in the country twice in the last 11 years — from the pre-2002 level of 40,000 to the current 20,000.) "The Killer Angels" was distributed in Sweden via the June 2013 issue of Sweden Rock Magazine and each copy of the magazine containing the CD was counted towards the certification; the album was also sold separately. CIVIL WAR's debut EP was released on November 13, 2012 via Despotz Records.
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21 Apr 17:00

Talk like a politician

by admin

21 Apr 15:09

'Tame HIV' used to cure disease

The lives of six boys with a deadly genetic disease have been transformed by a pioneering treatment to correct errors in their DNA, say doctors.
21 Apr 20:39

Protein Converts Pancreatic Cancer Cells Back Into Healthy Cells

by Soulskill
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists working in the area of pancreatic cancer research have uncovered a technique that sees cancerous cells transform back into normal healthy cells. The method relies in the introduction of a protein called E47, which bonds with particular DNA sequences and reverts the cells back to their original state. The study (abstract) was a collaboration between researchers at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, University of California San Diego and Purdue University. The scientists are hopeful that it could help combat the deadly disease in humans.

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20 Apr 16:08

Cirque du Soleil sold to investors

Canadian circus firm Cirque du Soleil sells a majority stake to US and Chinese private investors, valuing the firm at $1.5bn.
20 Apr 05:00

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14 Apr 08:40

Cigarettes, damn cigarettes and statistics

by Tim Harford
Undercover Economist

We cannot rely on correlation alone. But insisting on absolute proof of causation is too exacting a standard

It is said that there is a correlation between the number of storks’ nests found on Danish houses and the number of children born in those houses. Could the old story about babies being delivered by storks really be true? No. Correlation is not causation. Storks do not deliver children but larger houses have more room both for children and for storks.

This much-loved statistical anecdote seems less amusing when you consider how it was used in a US Senate committee hearing in 1965. The expert witness giving testimony was arguing that while smoking may be correlated with lung cancer, a causal relationship was unproven and implausible. Pressed on the statistical parallels between storks and cigarettes, he replied that they “seem to me the same”.

The witness’s name was Darrell Huff, a freelance journalist beloved by generations of geeks for his wonderful and hugely successful 1954 book How to Lie with Statistics. His reputation today might be rather different had the proposed sequel made it to print. How to Lie with Smoking Statistics used a variety of stork-style arguments to throw doubt on the connection between smoking and cancer, and it was supported by a grant from the Tobacco Institute. It was never published, for reasons that remain unclear. (The story of Huff’s career as a tobacco consultant was brought to the attention of statisticians in articles by Andrew Gelman in Chance in 2012 and by Alex Reinhart in Significance in 2014.)

Indisputably, smoking causes lung cancer and various other deadly conditions. But the problematic relationship between correlation and causation in general remains an active area of debate and confusion. The “spurious correlations” compiled by Harvard law student Tyler Vigen and displayed on his website (tylervigen.com) should be a warning. Did you realise that consumption of margarine is strongly correlated with the divorce rate in Maine?

We cannot rely on correlation alone, then. But insisting on absolute proof of causation is too exacting a standard (arguably, an impossible one). Between those two extremes, where does the right balance lie between trusting correlations and looking for evidence of causation?

Scientists, economists and statisticians have tended to demand causal explanations for the patterns they see. It’s not enough to know that college graduates earn more money — we want to know whether the college education boosted their earnings, or if they were smart people who would have done well anyway. Merely looking for correlations was not the stuff of rigorous science.

But with the advent of “big data” this argument has started to shift. Large data sets can throw up intriguing correlations that may be good enough for some purposes. (Who cares why price cuts are most effective on a Tuesday? If it’s Tuesday, cut the price.) Andy Haldane, chief economist of the Bank of England, recently argued that economists might want to take mere correlations more seriously. He is not the first big-data enthusiast to say so.

This brings us back to smoking and cancer. When the British epidemiologist Richard Doll first began to suspect the link in the late 1940s, his analysis was based on a mere correlation. The causal mechanism was unclear, as most of the carcinogens in tobacco had not been identified; Doll himself suspected that lung cancer was caused by fumes from tarmac roads, or possibly cars themselves.

Doll’s early work on smoking and cancer with Austin Bradford Hill, published in 1950, was duly criticised in its day as nothing more than a correlation. The great statistician Ronald Fisher repeatedly weighed into the argument in the 1950s, pointing out that it was quite possible that cancer caused smoking — after all, precancerous growths irritated the lung. People might smoke to soothe that irritation. Fisher also observed that some genetic predisposition might cause both lung cancer and a tendency to smoke. (Another statistician, Joseph Berkson, observed that people who were tough enough to resist adverts and peer pressure were also tough enough to resist lung cancer.)

Hill and Doll showed us that correlation should not be dismissed too easily. But they also showed that we shouldn’t give up on the search for causal explanations. The pair painstakingly continued their research, and evidence of a causal association soon mounted.

Hill and Doll took a pragmatic approach in the search for causation. For example, is there a dose-response relationship? Yes: heavy smokers are more likely to suffer from lung cancer. Does the timing make sense? Again, yes: smokers develop cancer long after they begin to smoke. This contradicts Fisher’s alternative hypothesis that people self-medicate with cigarettes in the early stages of lung cancer. Do multiple sources of evidence add up to a coherent picture? Yes: when doctors heard about what Hill and Doll were finding, many of them quit smoking, and it became possible to see that the quitters were at lower risk of lung cancer. We should respect correlation but it is a clue to a deeper truth, not the end of our investigations.

It’s not clear why Huff and Fisher were so fixated on the idea that the growing evidence on smoking was a mere correlation. Both of them were paid as consultants by the tobacco industry and some will believe that the consulting fees caused their scepticism. It seems just as likely that their scepticism caused the consulting fees. We may never know.

Written for and first published at ft.com.

17 Apr 00:00

Simpsons Did It: 10 Times The Simpsons Predicted the Future

South Park once argued that you can't criticize a show for copying The Simpsons because The Simpsons have already come up with so many different ideas. In fact, The Simpsons has even featured these events before they happened in real life.
15 Apr 18:45

Cheryl Is a Good Logic Puzzle Maker and a Bad Friend

cheryl's birthday logic problem

Via NY Times:

Originally, Mr. Kong said this was a problem inflicted on fifth-graders, leading to hand-wringing that Singapore children were way better at math than everyone else in the world and worries that Singapore children were being mentally abused with convoluted logic at a young age.

It turned out the problem actually came from a math olympiad test for math-savvy high school-age students.

If you're having trouble here's the answer.

And here's the post that started it all.

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Tagged: puzzle , friends , logic , math
15 Apr 19:00

Italian Man's Quest to Fix Toilet Led to Amazing Archaeology Discoveries

by Sarah Zhang

Fifteen years ago, Luciano Faggiano of Lecce, Italy sent his sons out digging for a broken sewer line. They didn’t find the pipe, but they did find “a Messapian tomb, a Roman granary, a Franciscan chapel and even etchings from the Knights Templar,” writes Jim Yardley in a story for the New York Times.

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15 Apr 12:00

That Time the US Accidentally Nuked Britain’s First Satellite

by Karl Smallwood - TodayIFoundOut.com

When it comes to nations with a long and rich history of space travel and exploration, Britain isn’t normally a country that comes to most people’s minds. However, they were the third country in the world to operate a satellite in orbit. It’s just a shame America ended up accidentally killing it just a few months later…

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14 Apr 22:44

Chrome 42 Launches With Push Notifications

by Soulskill
An anonymous reader writes: Google today launched Chrome 42 for Windows, Mac, and Linux with new developer tools. Chrome 42 offers two new APIs (Push API and Notifications API) that together allow sites to send notifications to their users even after the given page is closed. While this can be quite an intrusive feature for a browser, Google promises the users have to first grant explicit permission before they receive such a message.

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14 Apr 18:25

New Horizons' First Color Photo of Pluto Is One Awe-Inspiring Blur

by Darren Orf

So that’s Pluto and its Texas-sized moon, Charon from a distance of about 71 million miles. Not a bad shot all things considered. But the New Horizons probe, on its way closer right now, will be upping its photo-taking game in July. Then we’ll get to see some actual surface features.

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13 Apr 09:01

Spain's Hologram Protest: Thousands Join Virtual March In Madrid

by samzenpus
An anonymous reader writes Thousands of people marched past a parliament building in Madrid to protest a new law that they say endangers civil liberties. But none of them were actually there. From the article: "Late last year the Spanish government passed a law that set extreme fines for protesters convening outside of government buildings. In response to the controversial Citizen Safety Law, which will take effect on July 1, Spanish activists have staged the world's first ever virtual political demonstration. After months of massive flesh-and-blood protests against the so-called 'gag law', thousands of holograms last night marched in front of the Spanish parliament in Madrid."

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13 Apr 21:23

The International Space Station (Finally) Gets an Espresso Machine

by samzenpus
coondoggie writes NASA this week will be sending its first espresso making machine into space, letting astronauts onboard the International Space Station brew coffee, tea or other hot beverages for those long space days. Making espresso in space is no small feat, as heating the water to the right temperature – 208F – and generating enough pressure to make the brew are critical in the brewing process. And then getting it into a “cup,” well that’s nearly impossible in gravity-free space. NASA, the Italian space agency ASI, aerospace firm Argotec, and coffee company Lavazza have come up with en experimental machine that will deliver the espresso into what basically amounts to a sippy pouch.

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14 Apr 00:30

Want To See a Naked Washing Machine?  

by Sean Buckley

Are your desires …unconventional? Enough so that you have a deep yearning for a periodical of tastefully photographed technology, stripped down to its barest elements? Boy, have I got the magazine for you.

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13 Apr 14:00

Theories of Disappointment

by Lisa Marcus



Grant Snider of Incidental Comics takes on the inevitable occurrence in life of being disappointed. Whether it's disappointment as a result of the actions of significant others, friends or family, disappointment in the workplace or in other life circumstances, it's unavoidable. But as Snider points out, trying to avoid disappointment at all costs only makes your world smaller, with few opportunities, and thus, more disappointing. 

This is part one of "Theories of Disappointment." See part two at Incidental Comics.

08 Apr 18:12

VIDEO: The scene of the London jewel heist

Burglars have used heavy cutting equipment to break into up to 70 safety deposit boxes in a vault in London's jewellery quarter.
03 Mar 15:31

Unity 5 Ships and Brings One Click WebGL Export to Legions of Game Developers

by Mozilla

Mozilla’s goal of high quality plugin-free gaming on the Web is taking a giant leap forward today with the release of Unity 5. This new version of the world’s most popular game development tool includes a preview of their amazing WebGL exporter. Unity 5 developers are one click away from publishing their games to the Web in a whole new way, by taking advantage of WebGL and asm.js. The result is native-like performance in desktop browsers without the need for plugins.

Unity is a very popular game development tool. In fact the company says just under half of all developers report using this tool. The engine is highly suited for mobile development and as such has been used to produce a wealth of content which is particularly well suited for Web export. Small download size, low memory usage, and rendering pipeline similarities make this content straight forward to port to the Web. Unity has a long history of providing their developers the ability to ship online via a Web plugin. In recent years, browser vendors have moved to reduce their dependency on plugins for content delivery.

A new cross browser approach was needed and it has arrived

Mozilla and Unity worked together to find a way to bring content developed in Unity 5 to the Web using only standard compliant APIs and JavaScript. Unity’s new approach to Web delivery is made possible by using a combination of IL2CPP and a cross-compiler named Emscripten to port its content. IL2CPP was developed at Unity Technologies and converts all ingame scripts to C++. This approach has performance benefits when porting to multiple platforms, including the Web. Unity then uses Emscripten to convert the resulting C++ to asm.js, a subset of JavaScript that can be optimized to run at near native speeds in the browser. asm.js was pioneered by Mozilla. The code then executes in the browser as any other Web content. It accesses hardware via standard compliant APIs such as WebGL, IndexedDB, and Web Audio. The results of this collaboration have now reached the point where it’s time to get them into the hands of developers.

“Unity has always been a strong supporter of Web gaming,” said Andreas Gal, CTO of Mozilla. “With the ability to do plugin-free WebGL export with Unity 5, Mozilla is excited to see Unity promoting the Web as a first-class platform for their developers. One-click export to WebGL will give Unity’s developers the ability to share their content with a new class of user.”

Dead Trigger 2Angry BotsAaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA for The Awesome!

Clicking on the images above will take you to live examples of Unity 5 exports using WebGL 1.

At GDC, Mozilla will also be providing a first look at WebGL 2. While the shipping Unity WebGL export targets WebGL 1, Unity and Mozilla have been working together to take advantage of WebGL 2, the next generation standard for 3D graphics on the Web. Unity has redeveloped their Teleporter demo to showcase the technology in action.

Mozilla and Unity will be showing off a number of titles developed in Unity and exported to the Web, including Nival’s Prime World Defenders and AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA! for Awesome by Dejobaan Games, which can be played right on their website. You can also try Dead Trigger 2 and Angry Bots available via Unity Technologies’ website.

For more information on Unity’s news please see their blog post.

For more information on Mozilla’s news at GDC see this post.

Edited March 4th to clarify that current Unity support is for WebGL 1 while WebGl 2 is an experimental technology being developed in conjunction with Mozilla.

07 Apr 14:32

Dutch man jailed for horsemeat sales

Dutch horsemeat trader Willy Selten is found guilty of falsifying documents and sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.