Submitted by: Goshin @ 10:44 PM | Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | (url: https://www.nasas...)
Were particularly excited about an upcoming SpaceX project that would build upon a current no-exchange-of-funds agreement we have with the company, noted NASA deputy Administrator Dava Newman. In exchange for Martian entry, descent, and landing data from SpaceX, NASA will offer technical support for the firms plan to attempt to land an uncrewed Dragon 2 spacecraft on Mars.
Submitted by: Odio @ 04:26 PM | Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | (url: http://www.avclub...)
A New York City man was reportedly physically assaulted by a stranger on the street due to his passing resemblance to actor Shia LaBeouf, according to a report in Gothamist. Mario Licato says he was exiting the Delancey Street F train station on Manhattans Lower East Side at around 8 PM on Saturday when he was unexpectedly punched in his LaBeouf-esque face and knocked briefly unconscious. I was walking up the stairs, Licato explains to Gothamist. I didnt even see the guy. I just see his fist coming towards me. It knocked me, and while I was falling down the stairs, all I hear was, This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf! Just to put a fine point on this, the unknown assailantwhom witnesses describe as a muscular 6-foot-tall bro type in his mid-20sdid not think he was punching the the 29-year-old actor. He was, by his own parting words, punishing a person for looking similar to Transformers: Dark of the Moon star.
After regaining consciousness at the bottom of the stairs, his face bloodied and his glasses broken in half, Licato turned to a couple who had rushed to his aid in order to confirm the absurdity of the event. I was so confused, he recalls. I was even more confused because I got up and I was like, am I crazy or did I hear him say, This is because you look like Shia LaBeouf? And they were like, Nope. Thats exactly what he said as he was running away from you.
The New York-born advertising art director says that he has been mistaken for LaBeouf in the past and has been stopped on the street a number of times, though this is the first time such an encounter has come to violence. I want to know what Shia LaBeouf did to him, Licato told Gothamist. What did Shia LaBeouf do to him that he punched somebody that looks like him? He must have did something so mean. Did he steal his girlfriend? Did he just see his last performance art piece? Sounds like he just answered his own question
Submitted by: Odio @ 07:29 PM | Saturday, April 23, 2016 | (url: http://www.bbc.co...)
The suicide rate in the US has surged to its highest level in almost three decades, according to a new report.
The increase is particularly pronounced among middle-age white people who now account for a third of all US suicides.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report did not offer an explanation for the steep rise.
However, other experts have pointed to increased abuse of prescription opiates and the financial downturn that began in 2008 as likely factors.
The report did not break down the suicides by education level or income, but previous studies found rising suicide rates among white people without university degrees.
"This is part of the larger emerging pattern of evidence of the links between poverty, hopelessness and health," Robert D Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard, told the New York Times.
CDC reported on Friday that suicides have increased in the US to a rate of 13 per 100,000 people, the highest since 1986.
Meanwhile, homicides and deaths from ailments like cancer and heart disease have declined.
In the past, suicides have been most common among white people, but the recent increases have been sharp.
The overall suicide rate rose by 24% from 1999 to 2014, according to the CDC. However, the rate increased 43% among white men ages 45 to 64 and 63% for women in the same age-range.
In 2014, more than 14,000 middle-aged white people killed themselves.
That figure is double the combined suicides total for all blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Alaska Natives.
The suicide rate declined for only two groups: black men and all people over 75.
Submitted by: Odio @ 07:04 PM | Saturday, April 23, 2016 | (url: http://futurism.c...)
13,000 YEARS WORTH OF ENERGY IN THE OCEANS
We have 4.5 billion tons of uranium in seawater. Half of that amount is enough to power nuclear plants worldwide for 6,500 years.
However, unfortunately, the costs of extracting uranium from seawater is three times the current cost of uranium mined from land. That said, researchers believe this source may one day be critical to sustaining our energy needs, and to that end, efforts to extract uranium from the seas began in the 1960s. And our efforts have continued from there.
For nuclear power to remain a sustainable energy source, an economically viable and secure source of nuclear fuel must be available, said Phillip Britt, technical and outreach leader of the team started by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2011. And now, it seems that we have a much cheaper way of obtaining this material.
Submitted by: Odio @ 06:43 PM | Saturday, April 23, 2016 | (url: http://www.wired....)
Today the average webpage is about the same size, data-wise, as the classic computer game Doom, according to software engineer Ronan Cremin.
A compressed copy of the installer for the shareware version of Doom takes up about 2.39MB of space. Todays average webpage, meanwhile, requires users to download about 2.3MB worth of data, according to HTTP Archive, a site that tracks website performance and the technologies they use.
Thats not totally analogous comparison, but it does illustrate the webs growing obesity problem. Recall that Doom is a multi-level first person shooter that ships with an advanced 3D rendering engine and multiple levels, each comprised of maps, sprites, and sound effects, Cremin writes on MobiForge, a site for mobile web developers. By comparison, 2016s web struggles to deliver a page of web content in the same size.
So how did we get here? As internet connections have gotten faster, publishers and developers worry less about efficiency. Thats led to a growing number of analytics scripts, animated ads, and high-resolution photographs. Each individual script may be small, but eventually they add up, slowing down page loads not just by adding bulk but by increasing the number of connections required to load a page.
Apart from being inefficientand potentially violating users privacythis massive growth in page size could wind up costing users money. Wireless internet providers have been phasing out unlimited data plans for years, and even unlimited plans tend to throttle speeds after users hit a certain download limit. Fixed line internet providers like Comcast are also imposing bandwidth limits, which means that one day soon every megabyte might count.
Submitted by: Odio @ 02:44 PM | Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | (url: http://medicalxpr...)
Dark chocolate has already been hailed for its positive effects on cardiovascular health and now a study undertaken at London's Kingston University has found the tasty treat could help give sports enthusiasts an extra edge in their fitness training.
A team led by postgraduate research student Rishikesh Kankesh Patel discovered that dark chocolate provides similar benefits to beetroot juice, now taken regularly by elite athletes after studies showed it can improve performance. "Beetroot juice is rich in nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide in the body. This dilates blood vessels and reduces oxygen consumption allowing athletes to go further for longer," Mr Patel explained.
The Kingston University team wanted to find out whether dark chocolate could provide a similar boost, as it contains a substance called epicatechin a type of flavanol found in the cacao bean, that also increases nitric oxide production in the body.
To test the theory, Mr Patel carried out a study with a group of nine amateur cyclists. The 23 year old researcher from Stratford, East London, was supervised by sport science field leader Dr Owen Spendiff and senior lecturer in sport analysis James Brouner.
After undergoing initial fitness tests to establish a baseline for comparison, the participants were then split into two groups. The first group was asked to replace one of its normal daily snacks with 40g of a dark chocolate known to be rich in flavanols for a fortnight, while the other participants substituted 40g of white chocolate for one of their daily snacks as a control.
Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 08:24 PM | Friday, April 15, 2016 | (url: http://www.cato.o...)
"Last year, the Maryland NAACP released a report concluding that the ready access to a lifetime of welfare and free social service programs is a major contributory factor to the crime problems we face today.(1) Their conclusion appears to be confirmed by academic research. For example, research by Dr. June ONeills and Anne Hill for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed that a 50 percent increase in the monthly value of combined AFDC and food stamp benefits led to a 117 percent increase in the crime rate among young black men.(2)"
Submitted by: Odio @ 02:40 PM | Sunday, April 3, 2016 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)
Killer bees swarmed into Friday prayers at a Phoenix, Arizona mosque, stinging over 20 people and shutting down the entire street in the process.
Some 20,000 bees attacked the Muslim Community Mosque, causing worshipers to flee as fire crews cordoned off the building and sprayed it with a special foam to subdue the bees.
Local residents were instructed to stay indoors and one man told KNXV-TV how he witnessed the angry bees from his house.
[quote]I don't know, it was just crazy how everyone was running everywhere, he said. They were making some movements like that ... some people would even fall in the grass over there and then they'd get up and start running.
Many were stung as they quickly covered themselves with blankets and one 24 year old was taken to hospital, but is in stable condition, according to local channel KTVK-TV.
The incident didnt stop actual Islamophobia on Twitter. Right-wing users immediately mocked Muslims, telling them to buzz off in some cases.
Much to the disappointment of the bigots, no one was seriously hurt.
Submitted by: Odio @ 02:01 PM | Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)
Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef has faced a public backlash after saying that according to Jewish law some non-Jews should be forbidden to live in Israel.
According to Jewish law, its forbidden for a non-Jew to live in the Land of Israel unless he has accepted the seven Noahide laws, Rabbi Yosef said during his weekly Saturday lecture on March 26.
Non-Jews who fail to live by the seven Noahide laws should be expelled to Saudi Arabia, he added.
If hes not willing to accept one of them, [which is] not to commit suicide, if hes not willing to accept this, you send him to Saudi Arabia, Yosef said.
The seven Laws of Noah include prohibitions against idolatry, blaspheming God, murder, illicit sexual relations, stealing and eating a limb of a live animal. It also prescribes the establishment of a legal system that would ensure obedience to the law.
If a non-Jew stays in Israel, he has to serve the Jews, the Rabbi said.
Who will be the servers? Who will be our assistants? Therefore, we leave them here in the land, he said.
However, following a wave public outrage, Yosef had to backtrack on his comments. He explained that his words had nothing to do with todays world as he had been referring to the days of the messiah.
These laws are theoretical, [and] refer to fulfilling the seven Noahide Laws in the days of the messiah, and have no connection to the present day, he wrote, adding that he has always adopted a peaceful and embracing path.
Its clear that theres no law in our time, God forbid, to expel non-Jews from Israel, he concluded.
This is not the first time Chief Rabbi Yosef has found himself in hot water over his comments. Earlier this month he said that Israelis should not be afraid to kill terrorists armed with knives.
Submitted by: Odio @ 07:37 AM | Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | (url: http://arstechnic...)
Samsung has announced that it is now shipping its PM1633a SSD. That's a boringly mundane name for a drive that's anything but: the PM1633a isn't just the biggest SSD around, it's straight-up the biggest drive around. At 15.36TB, it dwarfs other SSDs and surpasses the capacity even of the very latest magnetic spinning disks. Remarkably, it packs all this storage into a conventional 2.5-inch package.
The company explained how this was done in August last year. While traditional integrated circuits (whether processors or flash memory or RAM or anything else) have a flat, essentially 2D structure, this drive uses Samsung's 3D V-NAND technology, which vertically stacks 48 layers of NAND cells to greatly increase the storage density. The highest performance flash memory stores a single bit in each flash cell; Samsung's trades a bit of performance for density, storing three bits per cell. Each die using this technology stores 256Gb (32GB) of data.
The company then adds a second level of layering: 16 of the 256Gb dies themselves are stacked up, creating a package with a 512GB capacity. Of these packages, 32 are used in the PM1633a to give it its total 15.36TB capacity. Samsung plans future versions with 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB, and 480GB capacities. The 15.36TB unit also has 16GB of RAM embedded.
The PM1633a is aimed at enterprise markets, and accordingly it will use an enterprise interface: 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS). The raw performance of this drive won't match the very fastest PCIe-attached drives, with Samsung saying it offers read and write speeds of 1,200MB/s, with 200,000 read and 32,000 write operations per second. However, these numbers handily beat spinning disks, and previously, that was the only way of offering this kind of capacity. As for endurance, Samsung says that the drive supports 15.36TB of writes per day over its five-year life cycle.
The South Korean firm is leaving one important detail out, at least for now: the price.
Submitted by: Odio @ 09:20 PM | Sunday, March 20, 2016 | (url: http://www.orland...)
Brenda Barfield paused to think about the faces of her Rollins College professors over the past three years.
There hadn't been a single African-American professor leading her classes, she said after a moment at the private Winter Park school where 91 percent of the faculty are white.
"Not even an adjunct," said Barfield, an Apopka resident who is black and returned to school to study communications in hopes of starting her own public relations firm.
What happened next on Friday was an honest and sometimes uncomfortable discussion as students like Barfield, professors and the school's president discussed the lack of diversity at the predominantly white college.
Submitted by: Odio @ 11:16 PM | Thursday, March 17, 2016 | (url: http://futurism.c...)
MILITARY DRONE SWARMS
The Pentagon has declassified a video showing an F-16 fighter jet releasing micro-drones while flying at 430mph. This footage was taken last summer in Alaska while the Pentagon was conducting secret tests on the new prototypes.
These micro-drones can be launched from a fighter jets flare dispensers. They come encased in canisters that parachute to the ground after launching. The canisters then break open, releasing the drones which then come together to form a swarm.
The test flight was conducted by a secretive Pentagon organization called the Strategic Capabilities Office, which launched in the summer of 2012 with a directive to develop technologies to counter strategic threats posed by other nations.
The Pentagon has yet to say what these drone swarms will be used for, but its suggested that they could be a cheap way to undertake surveillance missions.
THE STRATEGIC CAPABILITIES OFFICE
The organization has been working in secret since its founding, its activities only recently disclosed to the American public after Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter unveiled its existence during a preview of his proposed budget for 2017, which detailed a $902 million funding plan for the SCO.
This disclosure had some at the Pentagon concerned, but SCO Director William Roper said that Secretary Carter sought clearance to reveal some of the classified information in an effort make a statement to potential adversaries.
I have been in the classified, black world for my whole career, so all of this is new for me and I really wish I could go back, said Roper, who had worked in missile defense. You cant win wars if everything is outside the doors, but you cant deter wars if everything is behind
Submitted by: Odio @ 08:21 PM | Monday, March 14, 2016 | (url: http://medicalxpr...)
Today, there is only one class of antiviral medicines against herpesvirusesa family of viruses that cause mononucleosis, herpes, and shingles, among other illnesses - meaning options for treating these infections are limited. If viruses become resistant to these frontline treatments, a growing problem particularly in clinical settings, there are no alternative drugs to serve as backup.
In a search for new drugs to treat viral infections, scientists from the University of Utah School of Medicine found that a medicine routinely used to treat heart failure, spironolactone, has an unexpected ability to block infection by Epstein Barr virus (EBV), a herpesvirus that causes mono and is associated with several human cancers. They find that the drug's antiviral properties stem from its ability to block a key step in viral infection that is common to all herpesviruses. Spironolactone's target is distinct from that of existing drugs, revealing that it could be developed into a new class of anti-herpesvirus drug.
"It's remarkable that a drug we have used safely in the clinic for over 50 years is also an effective EBV inhibitor," says senior author Sankar Swaminathan, M.D., chief of infections disease at University of Utah Health Care and professor of internal medicine. "It goes to show how basic research can reveal things we would never have found otherwise." In collaboration with research assistant professor of internal medicine Dinesh Virma, Ph.D., and Jacob Thompson, he published the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Submitted by: Amadeus @ 01:53 PM | Monday, March 7, 2016 | (url: http://news.xbox....)
Today, I have some difficult changes to announce that affect some of our Microsoft Studios teams and projects in the UK and Denmark.
After much consideration we have decided to cease development on Fable Legends, and are in discussions with employees about the proposed closure of Lionhead Studios in the UK. Additionally, we will close Press Play Studios in Denmark, and sunset development on Project Knoxville.
These have been tough decisions and we have not made them lightly, nor are they a reflection on these development teams we are incredibly fortunate to have the talent, creativity and commitment of the people at these studios. The Lionhead Studios team has delighted millions of fans with the Fable series over the past decade. Press Play imbued the industry with a unique creative spirit behind games like Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Kalimba, which both captured passionate fans. These changes are taking effect as Microsoft Studios continues to focus its investment and development on the games and franchises that fans find most exciting and want to play.
I speak for all of Xbox when I say that despite this news, we remain committed to the development communities in the UK and Europe, and Xbox will continue to support new IP and originality in the games we offer on our platforms, whether theyre AAA blockbusters like Quantum Break from Remedy, adventurous new IPs like Sea of Thieves from Rare, or unique new creations from independent developers like Moon Studios with Ori.
We have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the members of Lionhead and Press Play for their contributions to Xbox and gaming. We are committed to working closely with those affected by todays news to find them new opportunities at Xbox, or partnering with the broader development community to help place them in jobs elsewhere in the games industry should they desire.
Well shit. There goes a bit of gaming history.
Submitted by: Odio @ 03:57 PM | Friday, March 4, 2016 | (url: http://www.scienc...)
In January 1897, British archaeology students Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt dug into what they thought was a simple sand dune at the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, about 200 km south of Cairo.
Pretty soon they realised there was nothing simple about what they were excavating - theyd uncovered an ancient rubbish dump, from which more than 500,000 fragments of Egyptian papyrus were eventually extracted. But the problem with finding so many documents is that someone actually has to read them all.
Between 1898 and 2012, academics managed to transcribe just over 5,000 of the 500,000 documents that are now housed by the Sackler Library in Oxford and owned by the Egypt Exploration Society in London. That means it took them more than a century to transcribe 1 percent of the documents.