Shared posts

20 Oct 12:30

Slashdot's 20th Anniversary: History of Slashdot

by whipslash
Slashdot turned 20 this month, which is ancient in internet years. How far have we come? Also, we've set up a page to coordinate user meet-ups around the world to celebrate. Read on for the full 20-year history of Slashdot.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

19 Oct 13:19

Startup Plans To Clean Up Cigarette Butts Using Crows

by EditorDavid
AmiMoJo writes: A startup in the Netherlands is developing the "Crowbar," a bird feeder that takes discarded cigarette butts as payment for dispensing food. A camera recognises cigarette filters and rejects any other objects placed in the Crowbar. The idea isn't entirely original, a gentleman in the US has already built a similar device and trained crows to deposit coins. The hope is that crows will be able to keep cities clean, sort through refuse and perform other tasks for our mutual benefit. Popular Mechanics notes that crows "are some of the smartest animals in the world," suggesting this means "we could harness their abilities for the greater good of our planet."

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

18 Oct 14:10

Google Maps Now Lets You Explore Your Local Planets and Moons

by BeauHD
Google has added three planets and nine moons to Google Maps. "The heavenly bodies include Saturn moons Dione, Enceladus, Iapetus, Mimas, Rhea and Titan, and Jupiter moons Europa, Ganymede and Io," reports CNET. "Google also added dwarf-planets Pluto and Ceres and full-planet Venus." From the report: Once inside Google Maps for planets, you can spin the space objects around, get more information on their place names and zoom in for a closer look. The new worlds are possible thanks to imagery from NASA and the European Space Agency. NASA's dearly departed Cassini spacecraft sent back a treasure trove of views of Saturn's moons. If you have a few moments to spare, fire up a browser, go to your current location on Google Maps, enter satellite mode and hit the zoom-out button until you've left the planet and are "floating" in space. A list of available planets and moons pops up on the side and you're off on your space adventure.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

18 Oct 06:37

Why Race Is Not a Thing, According to Genetics

by Simon Worrall
13 Oct 11:52

Do Viking Funeral Clothes Reveal Surprising Arabic Lettering?

by Austa Somvichian-Clausen
06 Oct 13:05

Гледайте първия анимационен видеоклип на DEEP PURPLE "The Surprising"

news picture
   Британските рок динозаври DEEP PURPLE ще отбележат половинвековен юбилей на сцената догодина. Въпреки дългата си кариера, музикантите все още на ...
06 Oct 08:24

New Clues to How Neanderthal Genes Affect Your Health

by Michelle Z. Donahue
05 Oct 13:18

Here's How The Body Keeps Time, Thanks to This Year's Nobel Winning Science

by Ryan F. Mandelbaum

The human body is like a computer in a whole lot of ways. It’s got a processor, it’s got memory, it needs energy to run, it can solve problems, and, uh, it sees its fair share of porn. But it also has a clock—one whose mechanics have only been delved into fairly recently.


05 Oct 11:11

Fukushima’s Radioactive Waste Is Leaking From an Unexpected Source

by George Dvorsky

A new and unexpected source of radioactive material left over from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has been found up to 60 miles away along coastlines near the beleaguered plant. The discovery shows that damaged nuclear reactors are capable of spreading radiation far from the meltdown site, and in some surprising…


03 Oct 13:24

Uranus at Its Best, and More Can't-Miss Sky Events in October

by Andrew Fazekas
26 Sep 14:25

Famous Viking Warrior Was a Woman, DNA Reveals

by Michael Greshko
26 Sep 14:23

Is This the Face of Mary Magdalene?

by Sarah Gibbens
26 Sep 12:25

Man Partly Wakes From 15-Year Vegetative State—What It Means

by Karen Weintraub
12 Sep 14:00

How NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Met Its Fiery End

by Nadia Drake
12 Sep 12:35

Why RSS Still Beats Facebook and Twitter for Tracking News

by msmash
An anonymous reader shares a report: One of the main reasons RSS is so beloved of news gatherers is that it catches everything a site publishes -- not just the articles that have proved popular with other users, not just the articles from today, not just the articles that happened to be tweeted out while you were actually staring at Twitter. Everything. In our age of information overload that might seem like a bad idea, but RSS also cuts out everything you don't want to hear about. You're in full control of what's in your feed and what isn't, so you don't get friends and colleagues throwing links into your feeds that you've got no interest in reading. Perhaps most importantly, you don't need to be constantly online and constantly refreshing your feeds to make sure you don't miss anything. It's like putting a recording schedule in place for the shows you know you definitely want to catch rather than flicking through the channels hoping you land on something interesting. There's no rush with RSS -- you don't miss out on a day's worth of news, or TV recaps, or game reviews if you're offline for 24 hours. It's all waiting for you when you get back. And if you're on holiday and the unread article count starts to get scarily high, just hit the mark all as read button and you're back to a clean slate.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

12 Sep 12:32

First FDA-approved genetic therapy fights leukemia

by David Lumb
The first gene therapy treatment has been approved for use in the United States. The FDA greenlit a procedure that uses a patient's own cells to combat a particular type of leukemia, but will only permit it for children and young adults up to age 25.
20 Aug 11:43

Want to ‘Speak’ Elephant? Now You Can

by Casey Smith
20 Aug 11:22

Chemical Concerns – Fipronil and the egg contamination scandal

by Compound Interest
Over the past few weeks, concern has been growing regarding the contamination of eggs for sale in a number of EU countries with the chemical Fipronil. Currently seven different countries have discovered contaminated eggs, and it has led to large number of eggs being withdrawn from sale. So, what is Fipronil, how has it gotten […]
04 Aug 13:47

UK Security Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry Outbreak Arrested in US

by msmash
Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: A security researcher who in May stopped an outbreak of the WannaCry ransomware has been arrested and detained after attending the Def Con conference in Las Vegas. Marcus Hutchins, 23, a British national, was arrested at Las Vegas airport on Wednesday by US Marshals, several close friends confirmed to ZDNet. A friend told ZDNet that he was "was pulled by Marshals at the lounge" after clearing security. He was briefly detained in a federal facility in Nevada until he was moved. "We went to see him this morning and we had already been moved," said the friend. Hutchins is now understood to be in custody at an FBI field office in the state. Motherboard first broke the story on Thursday. Update: A Motherboard reporter tweets, "Here's the indictment accusing @MalwareTechBlog of running the Kronos banking malware." Update 2: New DOJ statement: Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on July 11, 2017, following a two-year long investigation, a federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment against Marcus Hutchins, also known as "Malwaretech," for his role in creating and distributing the Kronos banking Trojan.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

04 Aug 11:29

How To Make Boozy Bourbon Bacon Jam — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

by Meghan Splawn
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Nothing makes me feel like more of a breakfast or dinner hero than remembering that I have jars of boozy bacon jam in the fridge. This rich spread could turn a sleeve of stale crackers into a pretty stellar dinner, but when you fold it into warm pasta with fresh corn, sweet tomatoes, and basil, or mix it with maple syrup for pancakes, then you'll feel like giving yourself a gold star for having the foresight to make it.

Boozy bacon jam is also a practical way to preserve bacon that might need using up. You cook the bacon, caramelize some onions, and hold the two together with a little maple syrup, a decent amount of bourbon, and a splash of vinegar. The resulting spread is chunky, with plenty of smoky, savory flavor and back notes of sweetness and bourbon. Making bacon jam is the greatest gift you can give to your future self.


02 Aug 05:33

In pictures: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017

The shortlisted images in this year's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year have now been selected.
02 Aug 05:16

hipsterenglishteacher: I bet this was found in the bottom of a...


I bet this was found in the bottom of a Mesopotamian teacher’s desk. “Hammurabi, bring me that right now. You will leave a mark on this world if you keep playing with foolish trinkets. Now get back to your studies.” 

31 Jul 13:04

Sir Peter Jackson’s studio reveals augmented reality demo

Apple gave Sir Peter's studio, Wingnut AR, special access to its augmented reality developer kit.
31 Jul 12:49

Smart Tip: Keep Berries Fresh Longer with This Washing Method — Tips from the Kitchn

by Anjali Prasertong

Fresh berries are one of summer's great pleasures, but they don't come cheap — which makes it even more disappointing when a basket of strawberries or raspberries turns to moldy mush within days of purchase. Washing them before storage usually accelerates the deterioration, but Cook's Illustrated has a washing method that actually keeps the berries fresh longer in storage. Here's what they recommend.


28 Jul 08:20

What We Can Learn From This Ancient ‘Lunchbox’

by Sarah Gibbens
26 Jul 12:43

IKEA 2018 Catalog Sneak Peek: 10 Products We're Excited About — IKEA Shopping Guide

by Lisa Freedman
(Image credit: Janel Laban)

Get ready to wish this week was next week. Why? IKEA's 2018 catalog hits stores next Wednesday (that's August 2 — you can request your copy now and you can also browse it online on August 7). Exciting, right?

We couldn't agree with you more: This is always our favorite time of year. Will there be something that's even more versatile than the RÅSKOG cart? What amazing — and totally affordable! — tabletop finds will be on offer? What will their kitchens look like? So many questions!

Luckily, we have a few answers. In that we got a sneak peek at the catalog. Here are 10 new kitchen-related things we're most excited about.


26 Jul 12:37

If You Love Amaro, You Need to Try Cardamaro — Travel Intelligence

by Geraldine Campbell

This past weekend, I knew I needed to get out of town. My dog, Charlie, was acting like a Hoover, eating every piece of trash in his path; my apartment was basically sweating due to the 95-and-humid-as-a-Russian-bath-house temperatures; and the combination was putting me in the foulest of moods.

This mindset was not improved during my drive to Livingston Manor, a charming little town in Sullivan County, New York. Under normal circumstances, it takes somewhere between two and three hours to reach this part of the Catskills; that day, it took me as long to get out of the city and again as long to navigate my way to my destination. Many expletives were uttered en route.

When I arrived at The DeBruce, I was hungry, tired, and desperately in need of a drink.


21 Jul 11:34

Chinese mahjong lovers take to the river to beat the heat

What do you do if it's way too hot but you just can't stay away from your favourite boardgame?
21 Jul 11:28

Harar - the Ethiopian city known as 'Africa's Mecca'

Our correspondent visits the ancient city of Harar as it celebrates its 1,010th anniversary.
20 Jul 12:13

A Kenyan artist imagines what the Maasai people would look like in space

A Kenyan artist imagines what the Maasai people would look like in space