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Weekend Streaming: Catch 'This is Spinal Tap' before it goes offline - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 07:00
The end of the month is fast approaching. Find out what you should watch before June shows up.

Brood Awakening: 17-Year Cicadas Emerge 4 Years Early

Scientifc America - Fri, 2017-05-26 06:45
Scientists search for the mysterious cause, as millions of hatching bugs loudly buzz the night away

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Scientists Develop Technology That Burns Natural Gas With No CO2 Emissions

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-05-26 06:00
New submitter Ben Sullivan writes: Researchers and engineers in Vienna have developed a way to burn natural gas without releasing CO2 into the air through a combustion method called chemical looping combustion (CLC). In this process, CO2 can be isolated during combustion without having to use any additional energy, which means it can then go on to be stored. The method had already been applied successfully in a test environment, and has now been upscaled to allow use in up to a 10 MW facility. ScienceBlog.com reports: "A granulate made of metal oxide circulates between the two chambers and is responsible for transporting oxygen from air to fuel: 'We pump air through one chamber, where the particles take up oxygen. They then move on to the second chamber, which has natural gas flowing through it. Here is where the oxygen is released, and then where flameless combustion takes place, producing CO2 and water vapor,' explains Stefan Penthor from the Institute of Chemical Engineering at TU Wien. The separation into two chambers means there are two separate flue gas streams to deal with too: air with a reduced concentration of oxygen is discharged from one chamber, water vapor and CO2 from the other. The water vapor can be separated quite easily, leaving almost pure CO2, which can be stored or used in other technical applications."

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The Morning After: Friday, May 26th 2017

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 06:00
Welcome to Friday morning. In the last 24 hours, we gazed at SpaceX's latest rocket tests and heard about major financial companies involving themselves in bitcoin. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Twitch competitor has (sort of) relaunched with a new name and...

UK urges tech giants to fight terror after Manchester attack - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 04:59
UK Prime Minister Theresa May wants the online community to do more to help put a stop to terrorism.

The ‘Monster Hunter’ series is coming to Nintendo's Switch

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 04:17
We knew it was going to happen. Capcom will be bringing its hugely popular (at least in Japan) action RPG to Nintendo's hybrid console, although the first title won't be a completely new iteration. Monster Hunter XX is pitched as an expanded edition...

Juno Spacecraft Reveals Spectacular Cyclones At Jupiter's Poles

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-05-26 03:00
Joe Palca reports via NPR: NASA's Juno spacecraft has spotted giant cyclones swirling at Jupiter's north and south poles. That's just one of the unexpected and puzzling findings being reported by the Juno science team. Juno arrived at Jupiter last summer. It's the first spacecraft to get a close-up look at the planet's poles. It's in an orbit that takes it skimming close to the cloud tops of the gas giant once every 53 days. After each close pass, the spacecraft sends a trove of data back to Earth. Ultimately, scientists will want to understand how these cyclones change over time and whether they form differently in the north and south poles. Another puzzle that Juno is supposed to help solve is whether Jupiter, a gas giant, has a solid core. Another surprise from Juno is the concentration of ammonia in Jupiter's atmosphere. Scientists thought ammonia was most likely distributed evenly throughout the atmosphere. The data show there's more ammonia near the equator than there is at other latitudes.

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Raspberry Pi is merging with a coding foundation

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 02:00
Raspberry Pi's credit card-sized computers have helped kickstart a coding revolution. Thanks to their low cost, major companies like Google and VMWare have distributed thousands of the DIY boards to children all over the world in the hope that it'll...

VR is now helping teach midwives to deliver babies - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 01:08
A new project will allow aspiring midwives at the University of Newcastle to deliver babies in a virtual environment.

Second-gen Moto 360 smartwatches will get Android Wear 2.0 soon

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 00:51
A bunch of smartwatches got Android Wear 2.0 when it finally came out in April, but sadly, Moto 360 wasn't one of them. The company promised a late-May availability, and it sounds like it's staying true to its word. Motorola Support's Twitter account...

Roll for initiative: Girt by CNET podcast 111 - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-05-25 23:40
This week brush off your polyhedral dice, because we're talking to Mike Mearls, the lead designer on Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition.

Chinese Company Offers Free Training For US Coal Miners To Become Wind Farmers

SlashDot - Thu, 2017-05-25 23:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: If you want to truly understand what's happening in the energy industry, the best thing to do is to travel deep into the heart of American coal country, to Carbon County, Wyoming (yes, that's a real place). The state produces most coal in the US, and Carbon County has long been known (and was named) for its extensive coal deposits. But the state's mines have been shuttering over the past few years, causing hundreds of people to lose their jobs in 2016 alone. Now, these coal miners are finding hope, offered from an unlikely place: a Chinese wind-turbine maker wants to retrain these American workers to become wind-farm technicians. It's the perfect metaphor for the massive shift happening in the global energy markets. The news comes from an energy conference in Wyoming, where the American arm of Goldwind, a Chinese wind-turbine manufacturer, announced the free training program. More than a century ago, Carbon County was home to the first coal mine in Wyoming. Soon, it will be the site of a new wind farm with hundreds of Goldwind-supplied turbines.

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SmartCar connects Facebook's chatbot to your Tesla

Engadget - Thu, 2017-05-25 23:21
We've seen AI-powered chatbots for almost everything, and now a company called Smartcar has developed one specifically for Tesla electric vehicles. Owners can access any number of features via Tesla's mobile app, and by logging in via TeslaBot, they...

Twitch is launching a $200,000 Tekken esports league - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-05-25 22:38
A six-month Tekken "World Tour" will kick off next month and will stream exclusively on Twitch.

The educational games of your youth have their own museum exhibit

Engadget - Thu, 2017-05-25 22:21
The Minnesota Education Computing Corporation might not be the most recognizable game developer today, but if you went to elementary school in the US anytime in the eighties or nineties, then you've almost certainly played -- and probably learned som...

Sounds of Jupiter sent back by NASA's Juno are oddly familiar - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-05-25 22:15
The spacecraft studying the giant planet picks up some wave signals, and NASA slows them to a frequency humans can hear.

US Senator Introduces the First Bill To Give Gig Workers Benefits

SlashDot - Thu, 2017-05-25 21:45
Virginia Senator Mark Warner has introduced a bill that will give basic benefits to gig workers. "Warner has just proposed the first-ever piece of national legislation aimed at helping on-demand and other non-traditional workers without traditional benefits, like paid sick days or a retirement plan, have some sort of a safety net," reports TechCrunch. "The bill asks the federal government to set aside $20 million in funding for organizations to use to look at the types of benefits programs individual workers could take with them from job to job." From the report: "[Portable benefits is] that emergency fund," Warner told BuzzFeed, which first reported news of the bill. "It might be a fund to take care of a disability if you get hurt. It might work with some existing retirement programs. Part of it would be, depending on what happens with Obamacare, an ability to help deal with health care expenses. I think there will be a variety of models." The funding wouldn't be enough to cover everyone, of course, but if it gets the green light a draft of the bill indicates it would earmark $5 million toward grants doled out by Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta for organizations already looking into portable benefits and $15 million for new programs.

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Android exploit adds secret, thieving layers to your phone

Engadget - Thu, 2017-05-25 21:22
Researchers from UC Santa Barbara and Georgia Tech have discovered a fresh class of Android attacks, called Cloak and Dagger, that can operate secretly on a phone, allowing hackers to log keystrokes, install software and otherwise control a device wi...

Zuckerberg: Some Tech Is Worrying, but Not Facebook

PCMag News - Thu, 2017-05-25 21:21
In his Harvard commencement address, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reminisced about his intentions for starting the social network.

Amazon's Drive-Up Grocery Stores Are Now Open To the Public In Seattle

SlashDot - Thu, 2017-05-25 21:15
Amazon has opened two drive-up grocery stores to the public that will allow Amazon Prime subscribers to place an online order and choose a two-hour pickup window for when they'd like to drive over and retrieve it. The Verge reports: Despite the stores being called "AmazonFresh Pickup," a membership to the company's home delivery grocery service isn't required. But if you do pay for AmazonFresh (an extra $14.99 per month on top of Prime's usual cost), your groceries will be ready within 15 minutes. Regular Prime customers have to wait at least two hours before the earliest pickup window becomes available. According to The Seattle Times, the first time you visit one of the two AmazonFresh Pickup locations, a concierge will enter your name and vehicle's license plate number into Amazon's systems. That way, during subsequent visits a license plate reader will automatically identify you and signal to employees that they should bring your order out to your car. The Times notes that this license plate scanning can be disabled from Amazon's website.

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