Submitted by: Goshin @ 03:39 PM | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | (url: http://www.bbc.co...)
LOL! Oil pipes!
Clean-up crews are working around the clock as investigators look into how tens of thousands of gallons of oil spewed into the sea off Santa Barbara.
More than 6,000 gallons (22,700 litres) of oil have been mopped from the beach - a fraction of the 20,000 gallons officials say spilled into the sea after a pipe burst on Tuesday.
Federal officials are to excavate the pipe to find clues to how it ruptured.
The company responsible for the pipeline has publicly apologised
The alarm was first raised on Tuesday when authorities received reports of a foul smell near Refugio State Beach around midday (04:00 GMT).
Emergency responders found a half-mile slick in the ocean and traced the origin to a ruptured onshore pipeline spewing oil into a rainwater drain which ran to the ocean.
The pipeline was shut off about three hours later.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 09:46 PM | Thursday, May 7, 2015 | (url: http://mobile.nyt...)
"In interviews, Danish employees of McDonalds, Burger King and Starbucks said that even though Denmark had one of the worlds highest costs of living about 30 percent higher than in the United States their $20 wage made life affordable.
True, a Big Mac here costs more $5.60, compared with $4.80 in the United States. But that is a price Danes are willing to pay. We Danes accept that a burger is expensive, but we also know that working conditions and wages are decent when we eat that burger, said Soren Kaj Andersen, a University of Copenhagen professor who specializes in labor issues.
Measured in Big Macs, McDonalds workers in Denmark earn the equivalent of 3.4 Big Macs an hour, while their American counterparts earn 1.8, according to a study by Orley C. Ashenfelter, a Princeton economics professor, and Stepan Jurajda, an economics professor at Charles University in Prague.
And the Danish restaurants are less profitable. With fast-food wages in the United States so much lower than in Denmark, and the price of Big Macs in the two countries similar, Mr. Ashenfelter said, It must be that U.S. McDonalds are far more profitable. The higher wages and the higher menu prices help explain why there are 16 McDonalds per million inhabitants in Denmark, but 45 McDonalds per million in the United States, Mr. Jurajda said."
Submitted by: motoxbudd @ 05:13 PM | Thursday, May 7, 2015 | (url: http://photograph...)
Colorado bill that would entitle citizens at least $15,000 in damages if police interfere with their right to record breezed through the House Tuesday with overwhelming bipartisan approval, another step closer to becoming law.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 08:16 PM | Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | (url: http://www.nasasp...)
A group at NASAs Johnson Space Center has successfully tested an electromagnetic (EM) propulsion drive in a vacuum a major breakthrough for a multi-year international effort comprising several competing research teams. Thrust measurements of the EM Drive defy classical physics expectations that such a closed (microwave) cavity should be unusable for space propulsion because of the law of conservation of momentum.
so here's a pretty decent nerd article about the shit going on at NASA
i'll start digging around some more and put more info up as I find it
the fact that it's got it's own article on this site is pretty significant though
Submitted by: Goshin @ 05:53 PM | Friday, April 10, 2015 | (url: http://www.bbc.co...)
Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, consumer gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.
From where I'm standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and chimneys reaching up into grey, washed-out sky. Between it and me, stretching into the distance, lies an artificial lake filled with a black, barely-liquid, toxic sludge.
Id seen some photos before I left for Inner Mongolia, but nothing prepared me for the sight The alien environment at Baotou lake
Dozens of pipes line the shore, churning out a torrent of thick, black, chemical waste from the refineries that surround the lake. The smell of sulphur and the roar of the pipes invades my senses. It feels like hell on Earth.
You may not have heard of Baotou, but the mines and factories here help to keep our modern lives ticking. It is one of the worlds biggest suppliers of rare earth minerals. These elements can be found in everything from magnets in wind turbines and electric car motors, to the electronic guts of smartphones and flatscreen TVs. In 2009 China produced 95% of the world's supply of these elements, and it's estimated that the Bayan Obo mines just north of Baotou contain 70% of the world's reserves. But, as we would discover, at what cost?
Submitted by: Rooster128 @ 03:42 PM | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | (url: http://me.ign.com...)
Halo Online will launch this spring, only in Russia. It's designed to run well on lower-end PCs. There's no campaign mode, but the game is set on a secret UNSC space station called "Anvil" where Spartans train together and test new technology.
During the upcoming closed beta, the developers will monitor and adjust gameplay, features, and the in-game economy.
There are no plans to bring Halo Online to the Xbox One.
Submitted by: Odio @ 03:36 PM | Friday, March 13, 2015 | (url: http://www.sun.ac...)
In a ground-breaking operation, a team of pioneering surgeons from Stellenbosch University (SU) and Tygerberg Hospital performed the first successful penile transplant in the world.
The marathon nine-hour operation, led by Prof Andr van der Merwe, head of SU's Division of Urology, was performed on 11 December 2014 at Tygerberg Hospital in Bellville, Cape Town. This is the second time that this type of procedure was attempted, but the first time in history that a successful long-term result was achieved.
"South Africa remains at the forefront of medical progress," says Prof Jimmy Volmink, Dean of SU's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS). "This procedure is another excellent example of how medical research, technical know-how and patient-centred care can be combined in the quest to relieve human suffering. It shows what can be achieved through effective partnerships between academic institutions and government health services."
Van der Merwe was assisted by Prof Frank Graewe, head of the Division of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at SU FMHS, Prof Rafique Moosa, head of the FMHS Department of Medicine, transplant coordinators, anaesthetists, theatre nurses, a psychologist, an ethicist and other support staff.
The patient, whose identity is being protected for ethical reasons, has made a full recovery and has regained all function in the newly transplanted organ.
"Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery," says Van der Merwe. The end result of the transplant was the restoration of all the patient's urinary and reproductive functions.
"It's a massive breakthrough. We've proved that it can be done we can give someone an organ that is just as good as the one that he had," says Graewe. "It was a privilege to be part of this first successful penis transplant in the world."
Submitted by: narmF @ 06:45 PM | Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | (url: http://www.cnn.co...)
London (CNN)Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson was suspended for allegedly hitting a producer, the BBC reported on Wednesday.
The BBC said Clarkson, one of the corporation's highest earners, had "a fracas with a BBC producer" in a statement released yesterday.
"Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation," they said. "No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday." The BBC reported that the next two episodes, and possibly the third and final show of the series, will not be aired.
Fans of the presenter expressed dismay at the decision. At the time of writing, more than 300,000 people have signed a petition seeking his reinstatement.
Using the hashtag #BringBackClarkson, which is trending worldwide, some Twitter users lamented that the show would not be the same without him.
Submitted by: motoxbudd @ 11:24 PM | Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | (url: http://www.dailym...)
its not kickstarter anymore and half price atm frim their website. i just ordered one. will post pics
Submitted by: motoxbudd @ 01:53 PM | Thursday, March 5, 2015 | (url: http://http://www...)
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement. "The decision to deny this dangerous project belongs to President Obama alone, and we are confident he has all he needs to reject it once and for all."
Submitted by: Odio @ 01:34 PM | Thursday, February 26, 2015 | (url: http://gizmodo.co...)
Sorry to keep posting Gizmodo shit, but this is important need to know information!
We've all shaken a fitness tracker or two in our lives to beat the system. But now, Pornhub is making a wearable meant for just thatshaking. And beating. It's called the Wankband, and it lets you charge your gadgets by jacking off. It was only a matter of time.
According to Pornhub's (decidedly SFW) video, a small inner valve in the band sends a weight up and down with each loving, lonely stroke. The extra-special alone time bracelet stores that generated energy, which you can then use to juice up all the similarly special gadgets in your life.
Of course, the amount of power it generates is almost definitely not going to be enough to give anything a full charge. But with the right attitude, days to kill, and a lock on your mom's basement door, we're sure you can persevere.
The Wankband is still in development right now, but you can head over to Pornhub's (SFW) wearable landing page to sign up for your chance to get in on the beta round, which Pornhub tells us should start "in the coming months." Coming months, indeed. (I hate myself.) [Pornhub]
Submitted by: Odio @ 12:14 PM | Thursday, February 26, 2015 | (url: http://gizmodo.co...)
The open internet finally got the protection it deserves from profit-hungry cable companies. The FCC just approved the strongest set of net neutrality rules in this country's history, punctuating a years-long battle for this future of the internet. However, the war's not yet over.
The new rules largely resemble the open internet rules that Obama laid out three months ago. They forbid paid prioritizationthe practice that enables cable companies to create internet "fast lanes"as well as throttling. The new rules do not allow internet service providers to block websites and give the FCC authority to intervene when big cable companies don't act in the public interest.
In a nutshell, this plan lets the FCC regulate the internet as a public utility, much like telephones. The plan does not give the government the power to set the price of internet service.
This is all fantastic news, and it's news we've been waiting years to hear. However, the next battle for the future of the internet will happen in America's courtrooms and possibly in Congress as well. Several cable companies have already expressed intentions to sue the FCC over the rules, and those cases could drag out for years. These court cases are particularly dangerous. In 2011, a Verizon lawsuit led to a judge overruling the FCC's old net neutrality rules.
But for now, these are the rules that internet experts agree are the best way to preserve net neutrality. This is the outcome that America deserves.
Submitted by: EvanVolm @ 04:32 PM | Monday, December 1, 2014 | (url: http://www.fps-z....)
Tribes will be celebrating its 16th birthday today, though celebrating may be a bit of an overstatement. Unlike other popular PC games of the mid-to-late 90s such as Starcraft, Quake, Unreal Tournament, Half-Life, and of course Counter Strike, the original Tribes has unfortunately been unable to retain much of its player base. While there was a time when the game had over 100,000 players and a plethora of servers and mods to choose from, those days have long since passed.
Those remaining today are the die-hards. The ones who know the game from the inside out, and absolutely slaughter the rare newcomers who dare to step -or fly- in front of their Spinfusor. Online activity typically peaks later into the evenings, with just two servers managing to attract between 12 and 18 players each, 20 on a good day. In total there are roughly 5 active servers, none of which feature the vanilla game itself anymore. Popular mods such as Annihilation and LT (Light Tribes or Light Training, depending on who you ask) have taken over the original game that launched in 1998.
Submitted by: Hologram @ 10:35 AM | Saturday, November 22, 2014 | (url: http://www.thegua...)
The European parliament is reportedly poised to call for a break-up of Google in a drastic escalation of Europes long-running antitrust case against the tech giant.
A draft motion seen by the Financial Times, and expected to be agreed next week, calls for the unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services as a potential solution to Googles dominance of the search market in Europe.
The European Commission has been investigating concerns that Google has abused its dominant position in search since 2010 and the dispute has become increasingly bitter. In September the EUs incoming digital commissioner Gnther Oettinger warned that any settlement with Google could cement its strength in the market rather than diluting it.
German, French and Spanish politicians have attacked the company over a variety of issues including revelations from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and right to be forgotten legislation that allows people to delete information from search results.
Submitted by: Hologram @ 10:28 AM | Saturday, November 22, 2014 | (url: http://venturebea...)
Thursday, Google shared an update from Project Loon, the company's initiative to bring high-speed Internet access to remote areas of the world via hot air balloons. Google says it now has the ability to launch up to 20 of these balloons per day. This is in part possible because the company has improved its autofill equipment to a point where it can fill a balloon in under five minutes. This is a major achievement, given that Google says filling a Project Loon balloon with enough air so that it is ready for flight is the equivalent of inflating 7,000 party balloons.