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Anyone who works as a freelancer these days has to be at least a bit familiar with techie things. But it isn’t just that. When I was a kid and those vaguely SF puppet shows were on the television and all the other kids wanted to be Greg Gogetem or Steve Savetheuniverse, I wanted to be the guy in a white coat and glasses called Doc or Brains. Here are some technology-related feeds I find useful and/or entertaining.

Wired Top Stories » Xeon-Alternative Startup SeaMicro Now Selling Xeons

Tuesday 31 January 23:58:00 UTC 2012

The startup best known for shaking up the server market by building systems with an alternative to Intel's high-powered Xeon processors has found a new chip for its products: Intel's high-powered Xeon processor. [Link]

Slashdot » Self-Guided Bullet Can Hit Targets a Mile Away

Tuesday 31 January 23:40:00 UTC 2012

New submitter jpwilliams writes "Gizmag reports that researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have tested a 10-centimeter bullet that can be fired from a smooth-bore rifle to hit a laser-marked target one mile away. The bullet 'includes an optical sensor in the nose to detect a laser beam on a target. The sensor sends information to guidance and control electronics … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Hayabusa's asteroid-sampling mission, take two

Tuesday 31 January 23:11:00 UTC 2012

Japan's Hayabusa 2 probe will use brute force to collect samples from an asteroid in an attempt to avoid the pitfalls of its problem-plagued predecessor [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Simpsons Theme – A Capella Style [Video]

Tuesday 31 January 23:07:35 UTC 2012

This is my tribute to Matt Groening and my favorite TV show! The recording is 100% vocals and 100% my own voice. In order to perform this song, I actually had to write out the entire orchestration from a recording and perform every part, which ended up being over 30! The violin runs were the most fun to record :)[Via … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Love Story That Started With a Typo [Video]

Tuesday 31 January 23:07:32 UTC 2012

In January 2007, Rachel P. Salazar and Ruben P. Salazar were living 9,000 miles apart and completely unaware of each other’s existence. But when an email meant for Rachel accidentally went to Ruben, it wasn’t long before an ordinary mistake began to look like an extraordinary stroke of luck.[Via]Related posts:The Dark Side of Love: Alessandra Torresani’s Failed Love Story with … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Sonic Waves as Male Contraception?

Tuesday 31 January 23:07:31 UTC 2012

A new breakthrough in the wonderful world of forced infertility has Sonic Waves reducing the sperm count of men. The only problem is that it is not known if this technique could be reversed so it is still in the works.io9 reports:Scientists from the University of North Carolina say a non-oral form of male contraception is on the horizon. According to … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » IRL – In Real Life: A Short Documentary About Online Game Addiction [Video]

Tuesday 31 January 23:07:30 UTC 2012

After losing six years of his life on World of Warcraft, third year film student Anthony Rosner decided that enough was enough and started living in the real world. His documentary, IRL, takes a look at the effects MMORPGs can have on people and show that there is hope at the end of the tunnel.“IRL – In Real Life” is … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Evolution Takes A Leap: The Boy Who Will Begin A New World Order

Tuesday 31 January 23:07:29 UTC 2012

The time for reading comics is done. It’s time to live the marvel of mutated human beings, to realize that superpowers are real. And they’re here.This report on YouTube reports that a child in China has blue cat-like eyes, reflecting light back at us in the night. He’s able to do written tests in the dark and is terribly uncomfortable … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Samsung patent lawsuits may be unlawful

Tuesday 31 January 23:07:28 UTC 2012

We’re well used to tech companies suing one another for patent violations (and likely passing the legal bills on to us in higher prices.) But now the tables may have turned, with the European Union investigating whether Samsung misuses its own patents.In recent years, Samsung and Apple in particular have been engaged in a patent war of attrition, both suing one … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 76% Off Dragon Age Pack (Dragon Age 1 Ultimate + Dragon Age 2) [PC or MAC Download] – $11.99

Tuesday 31 January 23:07:27 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Dragon Age Pack, which includes the ultimate version of Dragon Age 1 as well as Dragon Age 2, both for PC or MAC, for just $11.99. That’s 76% Off the pack’s usual retail price of $49.98.-Dragon Age Pack [PC Download] – $49.98 $11.99 (76% Off)-Dragon Age Pack [Mac Download] – … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » What Happens When 500 People Trace the Same Line? [Video]

Tuesday 31 January 23:07:26 UTC 2012

Clement Valla asked 500 people to consecutively trace what was, at first, a single line. As each person traces the last person’s line, the result becomes more and more jumbled and complex.[Source]Related posts:A Mystery: Why Can’t People Walk in a Straight Line?Woman’s Face Made of 500 FacesWhy the other line is likely to move faster [Video] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Vihart’s Open Letter to Nickelodeon: SpongeBob’s Pineapple under the Sea = BLASPHEMY! [Video]

Tuesday 31 January 23:07:25 UTC 2012

It’s clear to me now, SpongeBob SquarePants should be pulled off the air for being scientifically inaccurate. Shame on you Nickelodeon![Viahart]Related posts:Spielberg’s Open Letter to Lucas [Pic]Awesome Time-Lapse Video Compilation: The Unseen SeaChild’s letter to Institute of Physics regarding the “Large Hardon Collider” [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Star Trek: The Inner Light – The Orchestral Edition

Tuesday 31 January 23:07:24 UTC 2012

I’ll leave this here just before going to bed. I hope you guys will enjoy it as much as I did. It certain brought back good memories of what is probably for me the greatest Star Trek episode of all time.Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ve got something stuck in my eye.The Concert was in Landau, Germany. The … [Link]

Slashdot » Why Linux Vendors Need To Sell More Than Linux

Tuesday 31 January 22:59:00 UTC 2012

jfruh writes "Mandriva, a venerable Linux distro, is on the verge of shutting down. One of its main problems is that it never grew into more than just an OS vendor. The big players in the commercial Linux space — Red Hat, SuSE, Canonical — all built Linux into their larger computing visions. Is there any room in the … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Two Cute: Den Camera Shows Baby Bears' Birth

Tuesday 31 January 22:39:03 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » Israeli Nukes Triggered Fukushima Quake, Crackpot Claims

Tuesday 31 January 22:39:02 UTC 2012

Seismologists at the U.S. Geological Survey, the International Seismological Center, and NASA have come to a consensus about last year's cascading tragedies in Japan that left at least 16,000 dead and half a million homeless. Jim Stone, a self-professed former National Security Agency analyst with an "engineering background," has a different explanation: the whole thing was a deliberate and dastardly … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Help Astronomers Use an Asteroid to Calculate the Size of the Solar System

Tuesday 31 January 22:39:01 UTC 2012

This week, there will be a faint, new object in the night sky: the asteroid 433 Eros. Anyone planning to train their binoculars or telescope on the asteroid should also consider participating in a crowdsourcing effort that will use the passage of Eros to precisely calculate the size of the Solar System. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Saturday Night Live's John Mulaney Loves Ice-T, Doing Stand Up

Tuesday 31 January 22:39:00 UTC 2012

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Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet that Never Sleeps [Video]

Tuesday 31 January 22:30:03 UTC 2012

THE CITY DARK chronicles the disappearance of darkness. When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves to New York City and discovers skies almost completely devoid of stars, a simple question — what do we lose, when we lost the night? — spawns a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners. Astronomers, cancer researchers, ecologists and philosophers provide glimpses of what is lost … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Gorilla Grins Hint at Origin of Human Smiles

Tuesday 31 January 22:21:00 UTC 2012

Gorillas use human-like facial expressions to communicate moods with one another, and two of the expressions — both of which resemble grinning — could show the origins of the human smile. [Link]

Slashdot » Trials and Errors: Why Science Is Failing Us

Tuesday 31 January 22:17:00 UTC 2012

Lanxon writes "An in-depth feature in Wired explores the reason science may be failing us. Quoting: 'For too long, we've pretended that the old problem of causality can be cured by our shiny new knowledge. If only we devote more resources to research or dissect the system at a more fundamental level or search for ever more subtle correlations, … [Link]

Slashdot » The Science of Human-Robot Love

Tuesday 31 January 22:01:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes "Since Slashdot first covered lovotics back in July 2011, its creator — Hooman Samani — has been busy working on a couple of new applications for his fledgling scientific sphere of human-robot love: Kissenger and Mini-Surrogate. Kissenger is a robot with highly-sensitive and motor-actuated lips, which you can use to transmit a kiss to another Kissenger robot … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Telepathy machine reconstructs speech from brainwaves

Tuesday 31 January 22:00:00 UTC 2012

In what amounts to technological telepathy, neuroscientists are on the verge of being able to hear silent speech by monitoring brain activity [Link]

Slashdot » Dutch Supreme Court Sees Game Objects As Goods

Tuesday 31 January 21:35:00 UTC 2012

thrill12 writes "The Dutch Supreme Court ruled on January 31st that the taking away of possessions in the game Runescape from a 13-year-old boy, who was threatened with a (real) knife, was in fact theft because the possessions could be seen as actual goods. The highest court explained this not by arguing it was software that was copied, but … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » How To Remove Ads From Videos

Tuesday 31 January 21:30:29 UTC 2012

[Via]Related posts:@DeathStarPR Parodies Windows 7 Ads [Videos]Why Do Facebook Users Add and Remove Friends?100 Viral Videos in 3 Minutes [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Obama, Romney Campaigns Adopt Mobile Payments For Donations

Tuesday 31 January 21:30:00 UTC 2012

We're about 10 months away from the presidential election, and grassroots fundraising is kicking into high gear. For the first time ever, smartphone-enabled mobile payments are playing into fundraising schemes, both for Republican and Democrat presidential hopefuls. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » IRL – In Real Life: A Short Documentary About Online Game Addiction [Video]

Tuesday 31 January 21:16:06 UTC 2012

After losing six years of his life on World of Warcraft, third year film student Anthony Rosner decided that enough was enough and started living in the real world. His documentary, IRL, takes a look at the effects MMORPGs can have on people and show that there is hope at the end of the tunnel.“IRL – In Real Life” is … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » How To Remove Ads From Videos

Tuesday 31 January 21:00:29 UTC 2012

[Via]Related posts:@DeathStarPR Parodies Windows 7 Ads [Videos]Why Do Facebook Users Add and Remove Friends?100 Viral Videos in 3 Minutes [Link]

Slashdot » Why the Raspberry Pi Won't Ship In Kit Form

Tuesday 31 January 20:52:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "A post at the Raspberry Pi blog shows an image containing the device's SoC and memory chip to help explain why the tiny PC won't ship in kit form. Clearly, the chips are so small, and the solder blobs required so tiny, that most people would mess up doing it by hand. Add to that … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Neil Young Trumpets High-Quality Digital Music, With Steve Jobs' Blessing

Tuesday 31 January 20:35:24 UTC 2012

Neil Young shared his thoughts on the state of digital music at the D: Dive Into Media conference on Tuesday, fiercely arguing his point: Quality needs to return to the music industry. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Megaupload Server Purge Delayed

Tuesday 31 January 20:35:23 UTC 2012

A scheduled purging of Megaupload?s data was tentatively shelved Tuesday to give its millions of account holders an opportunity to attempt to retrieve their content from the file-sharing service whose, top officials were indicted on criminal copyright charges. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Symbols May Make License Plates Easier to Read, Remember

Tuesday 31 January 20:35:16 UTC 2012

A Massachusetts businessman redesigns the license plate to make it easier for crime victims and witnesses to remember registration numbers. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A 'Silver Buckshot' Will Mend Our Fuelish Ways

Tuesday 31 January 20:35:12 UTC 2012

No one technology will lead us to a cleaner, greener motoring future. We'll see a range of fuels and drivetrains. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How to Search for the Golden Age of Television

Tuesday 31 January 20:35:08 UTC 2012

The Golden Age of television history spawned classics such as I Love Lucy and The Twilight Zone. A look at Internet Movie Database data, however, reveals a new and recent Golden Age hidden in plain sight. Mathematician and Social Dimension blogger Samuel Arbesman crunches the numbers. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Whale acrobatics inspire a faster helicopter

Tuesday 31 January 20:28:39 UTC 2012

Inspired by the fins of humpback whales, engineers have built a helicopter with far higher performance than before [Link]

Slashdot » Ongoing Attacks Target Defense, Aerospace Industries

Tuesday 31 January 20:10:00 UTC 2012

Gunkerty Jeb writes "Researchers have identified a strain of malware that's being used in a string of targeted attacks against defense contractors, government agencies and other organizations by leveraging exploits against zero-day vulnerabilities. The attacks may have been going on since 2009 in some form and the emails containing the malicious attachments are specifically targeted at executives and officials … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Take That, Cornell! Stanford and Columbia Partner (in Manhattan and the Valley) for Media Innovation

Tuesday 31 January 20:04:00 UTC 2012

Cornell may have adroitly handled complex negotiations with the city, but Stanford and Columbia are doing it on their own. Or rather, on their own, but with a tremendous amount of support from Helen Gurley Brown. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Love Story That Started With a Typo [Video]

Tuesday 31 January 20:00:30 UTC 2012

In January 2007, Rachel P. Salazar and Ruben P. Salazar were living 9,000 miles apart and completely unaware of each other’s existence. But when an email meant for Rachel accidentally went to Ruben, it wasn’t long before an ordinary mistake began to look like an extraordinary stroke of luck.[Via]Related posts:The Dark Side of Love: Alessandra Torresani’s Failed Love Story with … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Iran Now a 'Top Threat' to U.S. Networks, Spy Chief Claims

Tuesday 31 January 19:49:00 UTC 2012

American officials have complained for years that U.S. networks were crawling with Russian and Chinese hackers. On Tuesday, the nation's top intelligence official told Congress that there's a new danger to America's information security: Iran. If only he had provided a little evidence to back up the claim. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Bachelorette Isn't Bridesmaids and That's OK

Tuesday 31 January 19:40:00 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » Pentagon: 30,000 Pound Bomb Too Small

Tuesday 31 January 19:27:00 UTC 2012

smitty777 writes "According to the Pentagon, the 30,000-pound, precision-guided Massive Ordnance Penetrator GBU-57 bomb is just too small. Concerns around Iran's fortification of their nuclear program facilities has the DoD seeking from Congress something not quite as subdued as the GBU-57, the largest non-nuke bomb operated by the USAF. This 'smaller' bomb just recently won a prize for its … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Sonic Waves as Male Contraception?

Tuesday 31 January 19:00:48 UTC 2012

A new breakthrough in the wonderful world of forced infertility has Sonic Waves reducing the sperm count of men. The only problem is that it is not known if this technique could be reversed so it is still in the works.io9 reports:Scientists from the University of North Carolina say a non-oral form of male contraception is on the horizon. According to … [Link]

Slashdot » German Appeals Court Confirms Galaxy Tab 10.1 Ban

Tuesday 31 January 18:45:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Killer Panda sends word that a German Appeals Court has upheld the injunction prohibiting sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany. Apple convinced lower courts to issue and uphold the injunction last year by making the case that Samsung's devices "slavishly" copied the iPhone and iPad. "Samsung, which is Apple's supplier as well as a competitor, … [Link]

Slashdot » Surveillance Cameras Used To Study Customer Behavior

Tuesday 31 January 18:04:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Technology Review reports on a startup with software used by stores to track, count and log people captured by security cameras. Prism Skylab's technology can produce heatmaps showing where people went and produce other statistics that the company claims offer tracking and analytics like those used online for the real world. One use case is … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 31 January 2012

Tuesday 31 January 18:00:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: why you think your team is the best and self-portraits of a declining brain [Link]

Wired Top Stories » NATO Will Buy Its First Spy Drones, Eventually

Tuesday 31 January 17:42:23 UTC 2012

After years of delay and shrinking budgets, NATO will buy its first ever spy drones later this year. But it's a tentative entry, at best, into the ranks of the unmanned systems revolution. The five new robotic spies won't actually join the transatlantic military alliance's air fleet until the end of the decade. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Biggest, Fastest, Bloodiest: Earth's Most Extreme Insects

Tuesday 31 January 17:42:21 UTC 2012

Find out who in the insect world is the biggest, longest, bloodiest, highest jumper, best actor and more in Wired's Entomological Hall of Fame. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Fossil DNA has clues to surviving rapid climate change

Tuesday 31 January 17:31:00 UTC 2012

In the last ice age, organisms adapted fast or died. The stunning find of epigenetic changes to DNA frozen in permafrost may help explain their trick [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Herd of ivory elephants reveals illicit trade in Egypt

Tuesday 31 January 17:27:02 UTC 2012

Ranks of ivory elephants in a Cairo shop show how the illegal tusk trade remains strong despite a 20-year ban [Link]

Slashdot » WikiLeaks To Ship Servers To Micronation of Sealand?

Tuesday 31 January 17:24:00 UTC 2012

Velcroman1 writes "Julian Assange's investors are in the process of purchasing a boat to move WikiLeaks servers offshore in an attempt to evade prosecution from U.S. law enforcement, FoxNews.com has learned. Multiple sources within the hacker community with knowledge of day-to-day WikiLeaks activities say Assange's financial backers have been working behind the scenes on the logistics of moving the … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Drug-Resistant Bugs Found in Antibiotic-Free Meat

Tuesday 31 January 17:17:00 UTC 2012

If you're paying premium prices for pesticide- and antibiotic-free meat, you might expect that it's also free of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Not so, according to a new study. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Lazy photon among the missing in exotic LHC roll call

Tuesday 31 January 17:12:00 UTC 2012

String balls, leptoquarks and lazy photons have yet to put in an appearance at the LHC, the world's largest particle smasher [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Evolution Takes A Leap: The Boy Who Will Begin A New World Order

Tuesday 31 January 17:00:56 UTC 2012

The time for reading comics is done. It’s time to live the marvel of mutated human beings, to realize that superpowers are real. And they’re here.This report on YouTube reports that a child in China has blue cat-like eyes, reflecting light back at us in the night. He’s able to do written tests in the dark and is terribly uncomfortable … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Army's New Weight-Loss Plan: Transplant Soldiers With Extra Fat

Tuesday 31 January 17:00:00 UTC 2012

Just last week, military brass vowed that the force of the future would be "smaller and leaner." Apparently, the Army's taking that pretty damn literally. They want smaller, leaner soldiers. Their best idea to do it? Give GIs transplants of extra fat cells. [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Versus Google Innovation Strategies

Tuesday 31 January 16:43:00 UTC 2012

porsche911 writes "The NY Times has a great story comparing the top-down versus bottom-up innovation approaches of Apple and Google. From the article: '"There is nothing democratic about innovation," says Paul Saffo, a veteran technology forecaster in Silicon Valley. "It is always an elite activity, whether by a recognized or unrecognized elite."'" Read more of this story at Slashdot. … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » NBC Publishing Wants to Prove a TV Company Can Make Better E-Books

Tuesday 31 January 16:42:00 UTC 2012

NBC Universal, the Comcast-owned media empire, is launching a new venture, NBC Publishing, to produce electronic and print books under the NBC brand. But make no mistake: NBC Publishing's approach to books will be digital-first. [Link]

Slashdot » Eye of Tiger Composer Sues Gingrich To Stop Campaign From Using Song

Tuesday 31 January 16:20:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter Joe_Dragon writes "The composer of the Survivor hit Eye of the Tiger has sued Newt Gingrich to stop the Republican presidential candidate from using the Rocky III anthem at campaign events. The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Chicago by Rude Music Inc., the Palatine-based music publishing company owned by Frank Sullivan, who, … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Samsung patent lawsuits may be unlawful

Tuesday 31 January 16:00:26 UTC 2012

We’re well used to tech companies suing one another for patent violations (and likely passing the legal bills on to us in higher prices.) But now the tables may have turned, with the European Union investigating whether Samsung misuses its own patents.In recent years, Samsung and Apple in particular have been engaged in a patent war of attrition, both suing one … [Link]

Slashdot » SmartCap Reads Brain Waves to Monitor Workers' Fatigue Levels

Tuesday 31 January 15:59:00 UTC 2012

Zothecula writes "You don't need to be an expert in occupational safety to know that worker fatigue is one of the leading causes of workplace accidents — this particularly applies to people who operate heavy machinery or drive for a living. While it would be great if all employees simply took a break when fatigue started setting in, it … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, PayPal Go After Phishers With New E-Mail Authentication Effort

Tuesday 31 January 15:30:39 UTC 2012

The biggest names in e-mail have teamed up to create a new system for authenticating e-mail senders, which would help prevent fraudulent spam and phishing messages. [Link]

Slashdot » Building the Bionic Man

Tuesday 31 January 15:15:00 UTC 2012

nk497 writes "Will we soon be upgrading body parts like the components inside our PCs? 'Human enhancement' technologies are quickly evolving, making it easier to treat health conditions — and make us more powerful. Neural implants are already being used to restore vision, but in the future it could be used to give us better than 20/20 eyesight. Bionic … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 76% Off Dragon Age Pack (Dragon Age 1 Ultimate + Dragon Age 2) [PC or MAC Download] – $11.99

Tuesday 31 January 15:10:25 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Dragon Age Pack, which includes the ultimate version of Dragon Age 1 as well as Dragon Age 2, both for PC or MAC, for just $11.99. That’s 76% Off the pack’s usual retail price of $49.98.-Dragon Age Pack [PC Download] – $49.98 $11.99 (76% Off)-Dragon Age Pack [Mac Download] – … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » What Happens When 500 People Trace the Same Line? [Video]

Tuesday 31 January 15:00:17 UTC 2012

Clement Valla asked 500 people to consecutively trace what was, at first, a single line. As each person traces the last person’s line, the result becomes more and more jumbled and complex.[Source]Related posts:A Mystery: Why Can’t People Walk in a Straight Line?Woman’s Face Made of 500 FacesWhy the other line is likely to move faster [Video] … [Link]

Slashdot » Inside the Museum of Nonsense

Tuesday 31 January 14:53:00 UTC 2012

coondoggie writes "Some call it the museum of failed inventions and others might just call it the stupidity museum, either way it is officially known as the Museum of Nonsense and it opened in Austria this month. It is decidedly low-tech though it does contain some high-tech ideas like a truly interesting way to anonymize identity (a piece of … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Look ma, no wings: Secret of great tit flight revealed

Tuesday 31 January 14:34:19 UTC 2012

Watch a slow-mo movie that shows a bird folding its wings to take a turn [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: How To Inform a Non-Techie About Proposed Copyright Laws

Tuesday 31 January 14:34:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter skywiseguy writes "I know someone who continues to argue that the takedown of MegaUpload shows that the existing laws are not adequate and that we *need* SOPA/PIPA to protect the movie/music industries from offshore (non-US) piracy. I keep trying to inform him of the history the *AA's have brought to bear on the copyright laws … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Self-portraits of a declining brain

Tuesday 31 January 14:15:00 UTC 2012

An exhibition of artist William Utermohlen's works reveal how his art was influenced by his Alzheimer's disease [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Pythons hunt Florida mammals to brink of extinction

Tuesday 31 January 14:13:00 UTC 2012

In just 10 years, discarded and escaped pet pythons have almost wiped out many Everglades mammals, including bobcats and opossums [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Virtual tailor's dummy makes designing clothes easy

Tuesday 31 January 14:12:27 UTC 2012

Augmented reality could help make dressmaking far simpler by letting designers work with a virtual dummy first [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Vihart’s Open Letter to Nickelodeon: SpongeBob’s Pineapple under the Sea = BLASPHEMY! [Video]

Tuesday 31 January 14:00:27 UTC 2012

It’s clear to me now, SpongeBob SquarePants should be pulled off the air for being scientifically inaccurate. Shame on you Nickelodeon![Viahart]Related posts:Spielberg’s Open Letter to Lucas [Pic]Awesome Time-Lapse Video Compilation: The Unseen SeaChild’s letter to Institute of Physics regarding the “Large Hardon Collider” [Link]

Slashdot » Megaupload Lawyer Says User Data Will Be Held For Two Weeks

Tuesday 31 January 13:52:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter AlistairCharlton writes "Users' data on the seized Megaupload website will be saved for two further weeks, according to the website's lawyer, despite being shut down by US authorities. From the article: 'Megaupload lawyer Ira Rothken reportedly told tech blog TorrentFreak.com that users' data would be saved for at least another two weeks, after it was … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Unite to fight bird flu

Tuesday 31 January 13:24:00 UTC 2012

Now we know the true scale of the threat from H5N1 avian flu we should put the people who know how to stop it in charge, says Debora MacKenzie (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Why you think your team is the best

Tuesday 31 January 13:17:00 UTC 2012

You can't help being biased towards your favourite team since your brain perceives the actions of your own team as better than the those of a rival team [Link]

Slashdot » Mechanic's Mistake Trashes $244 Million Aircraft

Tuesday 31 January 13:09:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "An accident report is finally out for the Air Force E-8C Joint Surveillance Targeting and Attack Radar System that had started refueling with a KC-135 on on March 13, 2009 when the crew heard a 'loud bang throughout the midsection of the aircraft.' Vapor and fuel started pouring out of the JSTARS from 'at least two … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » First recording of deep-water fish chat

Tuesday 31 January 12:58:04 UTC 2012

Grunts, quacks and knocks may help fish communicate in an environment so murky that they cannot easily see their neighbours [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Sex life of worm hides a protein with links to ALS

Tuesday 31 January 12:36:00 UTC 2012

A protein that helps worm sperm to fertilise an egg may be related to a human protein that plays a role in inherited forms of ALS [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Jan. 31, 1961: A Chimp Named Ham Spaces Out

Tuesday 31 January 12:15:50 UTC 2012

A little fellow named Ham (for Holloman Aerospace Medical Center, his place of training) hitches a ride on the Mercury-Redstone 2 rocket to become the first chimp in outer space. Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to follow Ham?s lead, did so just two and a half months later. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » High-Powered Plasma Turns Garbage Into Gas

Tuesday 31 January 12:15:49 UTC 2012

S4 Energy Solutions cofounder Jeff Surma has one way to solve our garbage mess: Atomize it with an 18,000-degree plasma arc. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » 'World Shaker' Crossbreeds Processor With Memory Chip

Tuesday 31 January 12:15:48 UTC 2012

As the Intels of the world pack more and more processors into the chips running today's supercomputers and massive web operations, you'd think that they would only get faster. But there comes a point where they actually get slower. According to a recent study from Sandia National Laboratories, when a chip includes more than eight processors, or "cores," it hits … [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: Designing Mobile Interfaces – $19.99 (Save 50%)

Tuesday 31 January 12:11:29 UTC 2012

Get "Designing Mobile Interfaces" today and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2012-02-01 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Fish oil in pregnancy reduces infant eczema

Tuesday 31 January 11:24:00 UTC 2012

Women with a family history of eczema may be able to avoid giving the condition to their children by taking fish oil during pregnancy [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Capturing the heart of the disappearing Arctic

Tuesday 31 January 11:17:00 UTC 2012

Photographer Ragnar Axelsson captures an austere waning world beautifully in his exhibition Last Days of the Arctic [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » AR goggles make crime scene investigation a desk job

Tuesday 31 January 10:44:00 UTC 2012

Investigators could soon probe a crime scene for clues remotely, and help officers on site by interacting through an augmented reality system [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook's Oregon Data Center Uses As Much Power As Entire County

Tuesday 31 January 10:07:00 UTC 2012

1sockchuck writes "The first phase of the Facebook data center in Oregon uses 28 megawatts of utility power, local officials said this week. That's not extraordinary for a facility of that size in most data center hubs. But it stands out in Crook County, Oregon where all the homes and business other than Facebook use 30 megawatts of power. … [Link]

Slashdot » UCSD Researchers Create Artificial Cell Membrane

Tuesday 31 January 8:11:00 UTC 2012

cylonlover writes with an excerpt from a Gizmag article: "The cell membrane is one of the most important components of a cell because it separates the interior from the environment and controls the movement of substances in and out of the cell. In a move that brings mankind another step closer to being able to create artificial life forms … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Jan. 31

Tuesday 31 January 6:14:35 UTC 2012

Google's daily brainteaser helps hone your search skills. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Massive Selector: SmithsonMartin's 42-Inch Touchscreen DJ System

Tuesday 31 January 6:14:34 UTC 2012

DJs are pretty boring to watch. SmithsonMartin's huge touchscreen Emulator DVS controller for digital DJs changes all that. [Link]

Slashdot » Dutch ISPs Refuse To Block Pirate Bay

Tuesday 31 January 5:04:00 UTC 2012

judgecorp writes "Two Dutch ISPs have complied with a demand to block the Pirate Bay, but KPN and T-Mobile are refusing to block the site." Torrent Freak has a bit more info. T-Mobile at least seems to imply they would respond to a court order, and are merely refusing to take down sites at the request of a private … [Link]

Slashdot » Tenative Ruling Against Kaleidescape in DVD CCA Case

Tuesday 31 January 3:02:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader wrote in with an update in the long drawn out legal proceedings between the DVD CCA and Kaleidescape, a manufacturer of a video jukeboxes. Despite a victory by Kaleidescape in 2007, they ended up back in court in November 2011. The DVD CCA insisted that ripping a DVD was in violation of the license granted to … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Exclusive: Boy Meets Borrower in The Secret World of Arrietty Clip

Tuesday 31 January 2:09:11 UTC 2012

A bed-ridden boy finds comfort in miniature people eking out an existence beneath his floorboards in the latest Studio Ghibli fantasy to surface stateside. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Google Aims for Better Android Apps With New Google+ Page

Tuesday 31 January 2:09:02 UTC 2012

If you want a high number of quality apps in your app store, you better make sure your developers have all the tools and knowledge to do the job. Google has recognized this, and is taking extra steps to provide tips, services and even instruction to Android developers via a new Google+ landing page. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Humans With Bird Wings

Tuesday 31 January 2:08:59 UTC 2012

There's a project to build human wings, but the creator may not have taken a good look at a chart of wingspan-to-mass ratios. Dot Physics blogger Rhett Allain shows why the numbers are so important. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » New Mobile-Phone Privacy Law Proposed

Tuesday 31 January 1:30:00 UTC 2012

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts) unveiled draft legislation Monday requiring mobile-phone carriers to reveal if they are employing tracking software such as Carrier IQ. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Star Trek: The Inner Light – The Orchestral Edition

Tuesday 31 January 0:59:49 UTC 2012

I’ll leave this here just before going to bed. I hope you guys will enjoy it as much as I did. It certain brought back good memories of what is probably for me the greatest Star Trek episode of all time.Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ve got something stuck in my eye.The Concert was in Landau, Germany. The … [Link]

Slashdot » DHS Sends Tourists Home Over Twitter Jokes

Tuesday 31 January 0:58:00 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "In a classic case of 'we say destroy, you say party hard,' the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security detained a pair of British twenty-somethings for 12 hours and then sent them packing back to the land of the cheeky retort. At issue is a Tweet sent by Leigh Van Bryan about plans to 'destroy America,' starting with … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Samsung Galaxy Note: Does the World Really Need a 5-Inch Phone With a Stylus?

Tuesday 31 January 0:52:00 UTC 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Note's gigantic 5.3-inch, Super AMOLED display makes it the largest "smartphone" we've seen so far. It's practically a mini-tablet. Does the world really need a phone quite this large? [Link]

Slashdot » Installation of Blue Waters Petaflop Supercomputer Begins

Tuesday 31 January 0:15:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois is finally getting the troubled Blue Waters supercomputer installed. After IBM walked away from the project after 3 years of planning, Cray stepped in to pick up the $188 million contract. Now, in around 9 months time, Blue Waters should be fully operational and … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Skora's Barefoot Shoes Swaddle Your Dogs in Skin

Tuesday 31 January 0:07:00 UTC 2012

Looking for the Bentley of barefoot running shoes? Skora's got you covered. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » HOW TO: Alien Brain Hemorrhage Cocktail

Tuesday 31 January 0:00:08 UTC 2012

Not only is this cocktail really easy to make, it also looks totally awesome.To make an alien brain hemorrhage cocktail, fill a shot glass halfway with peach schnapps. Gently pour Bailey’s Irish Cream on top. After the shot is almost full, carefully add a small amount of blue curacao. After it settles, add a few drops of grenadine syrup.[Via Latinrapper]Related posts:Portal … [Link]

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