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Study Links Pregnant Women's Exposure to Air Pollution to Shorter Telomeres in Babies
takyon writes:A study has found that pregnant women exposed to air pollution (as inferred by their residential addresses, not lung biopsies or something) give birth to babies with shorter telomeres, considered a sign of premature aging damage:
NASA Unlikely to Have Enough Plutonium-238 for Missions by the Mid-2020s
takyon writes:A Government Accountability Office report has found that the U.S. is unlikely to produce enough Plutonium-238 for NASA missions about a decade from now. The isotope has been used in radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) on missions such as Voyager, Cassini, and the Mars Science Laboratory:
Spain Moves Forward With Plan to Suspend Catalonia's Autonomy
takyon writes:After Catalonia's leader missed a deadline to clarify the government's stance on an independence referendum, and missed another deadline (Thursday calling for an unambiguous renouncement of the independence referendum, the Spanish government plans to strip Catalonia of its autonomous status:
Over 75% Decline in Insect Biomass Measured in German Nature Reserves
takyon writes:Three-quarters of the total insect population lost in protected nature reserves
Alphabet Leads $1 Billion Round of Investment in Lyft
takyon writes:The investment arm of Google's parent company has invested in the ride-hailing company Lyft, raising $1 billion along with other companies, and valuing Lyft at $10-11 billion:
Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres
takyon writes:The Dawn spacecraft will continue to orbit the dwarf planet Ceres, and will capture closer imagery than ever before:
Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for TheMightyBuzzard
Virtual Reality Technology Allows Women to See Their New Breasts in 3D Before Going Under the Knife
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for TheMightyBuzzard
Backyard Chicken Trend Leading to Spike in Poultry-Related Diseases
takyon writes:A trend in raising chickens in urban/suburban areas has led to a spike in salmonella infections:
Enter the Moon Cave
looorg writes:Following up on a report from 2011, comes confirmation that, instead of a base on the moon, a better idea might be a base inside the moon:
Cambridge University Adds Trigger Warning for Shakespeare
takyon writes:⚠ Warning: Contents of summary and comments may be offensive. ⚠Cambridge Uni students get Shakespeare trigger warnings
Intel's Cannon Lake CPUs for Consumers Will Support AVX-512 Instructions
takyon writes:Intel's upcoming 10nm Cannon Lake CPUs will include support for AVX-512 instructions, even in some consumer-oriented SKUs:
Dog Doping at the Iditarod
takyon writes:Several dogs from one of the top twenty finishing teams at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race failed a drug test:
Is A Mega-Deal Like Amazon's HQ2 Always Worth It?
stretch611 writes:'A Major Distraction': Is A Megadeal Like Amazon's HQ2 Always Worth It?
US versus Japan Mecha Fight (no spoilers in TFS)
An Anonymous Coward put us out of our misery by finally delivering the result of the long awaited international giant mecha fight:
Donald Trump Threatens to Shut Down NBC and Other TV News Networks That Criticize Him
DeathMonkey brings us this story from The Independent:Donald Trump has threatened to shut down NBC and other American networks, saying that they peddle fake news."With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!" Mr Trump wrote in a tweet.Mr Trump's tweet came in response to a story written by NBC, which said that Mr Trump had sought to increase America's nuclear arsenal tenfold after taking a look at a briefing slide that showed stead reduction of the US nuclear arsenal since the 1960s. The story cited three officials who were reportedly in the room when Mr Trump made the comments.Source: Donald Trump threatens to shut down NBC and other TV news networks that criticise himOriginal SubmissionRead more of this story at SoylentNews.
Anti-Burka Law Bites Shark Mascot
mhajicek writes:
Solar Wind "Electrifies" Phobos and Deimos
takyon writes:https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/goddard/2017/mars-electric-moons
AlphaGo Zero Makes AlphaGo Obsolete
takyon writes:Google DeepMind researchers have made their old AlphaGo program obsolete:
A ‘Sonic Attack’ on Diplomats in Cuba? These Scientists Doubt It
Phoenix666 writes:
Donald Trump's Place on Forbes' List of the Wealthiest Americans Slides Bigly
-- OriginalOwner_ writes:AlterNet reports
Being a Vampire Can be Brutal. Here's How Bloodsuckers Get by.
rylyeh writes:An article in Science News examines some of the challenges inherent in feeding on blood:
Samsung to Begin Production of 8nm LPP Chips
takyon writes:Samsung has qualified its 8nm "low power plus" process for production 3 months earlier than planned. It is a slightly improved version of the company's 10nm process, and a stop-gap before Samsung begins production of a 7nm process using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. TSMC will release its 7nm process chips before Samsung, but won't use EUV for the initial generation. Samsung's 8LPP chips will improve power consumption by 10% and reduce die size by 10% (compared to 10LPP):
You Would Not Ask a Firefighter to Perform Open-Heart Surgery: Understanding Collective Intelligence
AnonTechie writes:
Malta Panama Papers Journalist Killed by Car Bomb
takyon writes:Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist
Sex of Blood Donor Could Influence Recepient's Survival Rate
takyon writes:A study has found an increased chance of mortality of men who received blood donated from previously pregnant women:
Volvo's Electric Car Brand Polestar Unveils First Model
Phoenix666 writes:
Bigelow and ULA to Put Inflatable Module in Orbit Around the Moon by 2022
takyon writes:In a move intended to align with the National Space Council's call for NASA to return to the Moon, the United Launch Alliance intends to launch a Bigelow Aerospace B330 inflatable module into low Earth orbit, and later boost it into lunar orbit using a rocket which can have propellant transferred to it from another rocket:
Uranus Possibly Visible to the Naked Eye During Opposition
Fnord666 writes:
Florida Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Speech by Richard Spencer
aristarchus writes:Governor Rick Scott (R) has declared a state of emergency in the county where the University of Florida lay, due to a planned speech by Richard Spencer. According to NPR:
Gran Turismo Sport is Extremely Limited in Offline Mode
Phoenix666 writes:
Microsoft Wants to Reimagine Virtual Reality
Phoenix666 writes:
Intel to Release Nervana Machine Learning Chips by the End of 2017
takyon writes:Intel will release a machine learning chip intended to compete with Nvidia's Tesla chips and Google's TPUs (Tensor Processing Units):
Tiangong-1 to Crash to Earth Between Now and April 2018
takyon writes:https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/13/tiangong-1-chinese-space-station-will-crash-to-earth-within-months
GM Will Test Self-Driving Cars in New York City
takyon writes:Despite strict rules, General Motors will test its self-driving cars in New York City:
Factorization Flaw in TPM Chips Makes Attacks on RSA Private Keys Feasible
Fnord666 writes:
Plasma Optic Combines Lasers Into Superbeam
Phoenix666 writes:
Netflix Adds 5 Million Subscribers, Doubles Profit
Phoenix666 writes:
Amazon Wants to Deliver Purchases to Your Car Trunk
Phoenix666 writes:
Google Maps iOS App Removes Calorie Burning Estimator After "Fat Shaming" Outrage
takyon writes:These cupcakes are making me hangry:
3-D Mapping of Rooms Using Radar
Phoenix666 writes:
Metrorail vs. Uber: Travel Time and Cost
Phoenix666 writes:
Verizon and AT&T Accused of Selling Your Location to Almost Anyone
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for TheMightyBuzzard
A New Way to Test Body Armor
Phoenix666 writes:
DragonFly BSD 5.0 Released
Celestial writes:The DragonFly BSD developers have released version 5.0 of the operating system. The big changes are the introduction of the HAMMER2 file system, video driver updates, and better support for both AMD Ryzen and EFI.
The Supreme Court Will Decide If the US Can Access Anyone's Data on Earth
Phoenix666 writes:
Another Study Identifies Complex Social and Cultural Behaviors Seen in Dolphins
takyon writes:Whales and dolphins lead 'human-like lives' thanks to big brains, says study
U.S. Air Force Will Eventually Launch Using SpaceX's Reused Rockets
takyon writes:The head of the U.S. Air Force Space Command is "completely committed" to launching future missions using reused SpaceX rockets, following certification of the reused boosters for military use:
Airbus and Bombardier Reach C-Series Jet Deal
takyon writes:Airbus has partnered with Bombardier to produce C-Series jet planes:
Cities Desperate to Become the Location of Amazon's "Second Headquarters"
takyon writes:Cities Dream Of Landing Amazon's New HQ And They're Going To Great Lengths To Show It