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  • Rosetta Spacecraft Catches Comet Eruption
    An anonymous reader writes: On March 12, the Rosetta spacecraft was imaging Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from a distance of 75 kilometers (46 miles) and by pure chance it spotted an eruption of dusty material from the shaded nucleus. Long-duration spacecraft are essential if we are to ...
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  • Futures Trader Arrested For Causing 2010 'Flash Crash'
    New submitter dfsmith writes: Apparently the "Flash Crash" of the stock market in May 2010 was perpetrated by a futures trader in the UK. The US Justice Department alleges that he used a "dynamic layering scheme" of large-volume sell orders to confuse other buyers, hence ...
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  • 'Aaron's Law' Introduced To Curb Overzealous Prosecutions For Computer Crimes
    SonicSpike writes: Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation today to better target serious criminals and curb overzealous prosecutions for non-malicious computer and Internet offenses. The legislation, inspired by the late Internet innovator and activist Aaron ...
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  • Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism
    An anonymous reader sends word of a new study (abstract) into the relationship between the MMR vaccine and kids who develop autism. In short: there is no relationship, even for kids at high risk of developing autism. From the article: [Researchers] examined records from a large ...
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  • Learn About FIRST's New Embedded Linux Controller (Video)
    Our interviewee today is Mike Anderson, an adviser to FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Team 116 at Herndon High School in Virginia. He's here to tell us about the new embedded Linux controller FIRST is using this year. It is apparently ...
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  • Protein Converts Pancreatic Cancer Cells Back Into Healthy Cells
    An anonymous reader writes: Scientists working in the area of pancreatic cancer research have uncovered a technique that sees cancerous cells transform back into normal healthy cells. The method relies in the introduction of a protein called E47, which bonds with particular DNA sequences and ...
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  • Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer
    An anonymous reader writes: In January, the British-American computer scientist Stuart Russell drafted and became the first signatory of an open letter calling for researchers to look beyond the goal of merely making artificial intelligence more powerful. "We recommend expanded research aimed at ensuring that ...
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  • Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record
    nojayuk writes: An experimental Japanese magnetic levitation train has reached a speed of 603 km/h, breaking the world speed record the same train set last week of 590 km/h. "Central Japan Railway (JR Central), which owns the trains, wants to introduce the service between Tokyo ...
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  • Twitter Rolls Out New Anti-Abuse Tools
    An anonymous reader writes: After facing criticism that it gives trolls and hatemongers a platform to intimidate people, Twitter has now rolled out a new set of tools and policies to handle abusive tweets. Previously, they only prohibited threats of violence that were "direct" and ...
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  • Supreme Court Rules Extending Traffic Stop For Dog Sniff Unconstitutional
    bmxeroh writes: The Supreme Court ruled today (PDF) that a police officer may not extend a traffic stop beyond the time needed to complete the tasks related to that stop for the purposes of allowing a trained dog to sniff for drugs. Justice Ruth Bader ...
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  • Optical Tech Can Boost Wi-Fi Systems' Capacity With LEDs
    chasm22 writes: Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology that can increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times, using LED lights to transmit information. The system can potentially send data at up to 100 megabits per second. Although some current ...
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  • OSGeo Foundation Up In Arms Over ESRI LAS Lock-In Plans
    Bismillah writes: The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is outraged over mapping giant ESRI's latest move which entails vendor lock-in for light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data through its proprietary Optimised LAS format. ESRI is the dominant company in the geospatial data arena, with its ArcGIS ...
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  • Copyright For Sale: What the Sony Docs Say About MPAA Buying Political Influence
    An anonymous reader writes: The linkage between political funding and the major copyright lobby groups is not a new issue as for years there have been stories about how groups like the MPAA and RIAA fund politicians that advance their interests. Michael Geist digs into the Sony document leak to ...
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  • The Logistics of an eSports Tournament
    An anonymous reader writes: Wargaming's hugely popular World of Tanks game sees its biggest tournament of the year, The Grand Finals, taking place this weekend. In an interview published today, the developer's eSports director, Mohamed Fadl, reveals just what goes into preparing a tournament for ...
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  • 'Mobilegeddon': Google To Punish Mobile-Hostile Sites Starting Today
    jfruh writes: Google has announced that it will be adding mobile-friendliness to the list of factors that will get a site bumped up in search rankings. Sites that have no mobile versions — which includes sites owned by Wikipedia, the BBC and the European Union ...
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  • 7 iPhone security apps
    Apple says that iOS devices are inherently secure -- that's the stance the company took in its 53-page iOS Security Guide last fall. However, around the same time, opposing points of view were expressed in stories about Xsser Trojans, which can steal data from iOS ...
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  • Best indie games from GDC and SXSW 2015
    Games don't have to have a Dragon Age- or Call of Duty-sized budget to wow gamers and critics. Outer Wilds and SpeedRunners proved that point again recently at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and South by Southwest (SXSW). Check out the winners from both conferences' ...
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  • Spring-clean your smartphone
    The smartphone is the ultimate decluttering tool -- it's your address book, clock, calendar, camera, and music collection, and it can do a lot of what your computer does. But the more apps you have, the less space and speed your phone has, and the ...
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  • 6 calendar apps that spring ahead
    Your phone comes with a calendar app, but does it suit you? Save the day (and the week, month, and year) with a calendar app that will help you spring ahead. Google Calendar (iOS, Android) Google Calendar is old hat for Android ...
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  • Security software awards
    What's the best antivirus software, and how can you tell? When we review security software at Download.com, we do hands-on testing, looking at everything from user-friendliness to virus eradication, but we also look at test results from independent institutes like AV-Test and AV-Comparatives. These labs ...
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  • First look: Vivaldi browser
    Vivaldi, a Web browser now in tech preview, caters to power users who expect more from their browsers, letting them interact with content in new and exciting ways. Created by former Opera developers, Vivaldi is built on Chromium, the same platform used for Google Chrome, ...
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  • Fitness apps to motivate your workouts
    How is your workout working out? Lots of apps provide routines and fitness tracking, but those are no use if you're not motivated to get off the couch and keep going. We've run through fitness apps and have picked seven that will get you into ...
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  • 7 apps for 7 daters
    Meeting people is easy, but meeting the right person is challenging. If you're finding too many Ms. or Mr. Wrongs, then you probably just haven't met the right app yet. We've screened dating apps and have picked our top 7, paired with personality profiles, so ...
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  • 10 apps to make taxes less taxing
    We all dread tax time: hunting for receipts and statements, figuring out which forms we need, decrypting IRS instructions, and carving out time to go through it all. In tax preparation as in health matters, prevention is the best medicine, so we've compiled 10 apps ...
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  • 6 apps for your repetitive tasks
    Every February, Punxsatawney Phil forecasts whether spring is coming (this week's verdict: more winter). But for most of us, Groundhog Day is about the movie, with Bill Murray's weatherman suffering the same day over and over again -- 12,403 times by one super-fan's estimate -- ...
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  • 12 apps for Super Bowl Sunday
    Don't let Deflategate take the air out of your Super Bowl. On February 1, eight-time Super Bowl contenders the New England Patriots and returning champions the Seattle Seahawks will face off in Super Bowl XLIX. If you're looking for breaking news and scores, party tips, ...
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  • Windows 10: Microsoft aims for Windows everywhere
    Windows Insiders have been trying the Windows 10 Technical Preview for a few months, but today Microsoft announced what everyone can look forward to in 2015. This ambitious OS overhaul wants to make all your Windows devices -- PC, phone, tablet, Xbox -- work better ...
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  • Star Apps: Tears for Fears
    Tears for Fears' chart-topping, career-defining "Songs From the Big Chair" turns 30 this year. To mark the pearl anniversary of the album that spawned "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," "Shout," and "Head Over Heels " the band is releasing a rebooted super deluxe version, ...
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  • 9 moviemaking apps
    Do you picture yourself as an iPhone filmmaker, an Android auteur? In awards season, we sit back and critique other people's films, and if those Golden Globes and Oscar nominees have inspired or irritated you -- or if you simply want to level up from ...
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  • Windows 7 mainstream support ends
    On January 13, Microsoft officially ends mainstream support for Windows 7 Service Pack 1. What end of mainstream support means For corporate users, it's business as usual. For home users, free online and phone support are disappearing. Microsoft stopped distributing new licenses to manufacturers and ...
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