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Sunday January 13, 2019. 08:19 PM
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via The Atlantic: The latest experiments in this niche but increasingly vocal field come from Lilach Hadany and Yossi Yovel at Tel Aviv University. In one set, they showed that some plants can hear the sounds of animal...
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Slashdot reader mileshigh writes: Activists in California have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that parked scooters littering sidewalks interfere with sidewalk accessibility for people with multiple types of disabilities and violate the Americans with Disabilities Act...
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hackingbear writes: During Elon Musk's trip to China for the ground-breaking of Tesla's first overseas factory, which will allow it to sell vehicles directly in the world's largest market for electric vehicles, he was offered a Chinese green card when he met with Premier Li...
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dryriver writes: A recent Guardian article about the need for actors and celebrities -- male and female -- to look their best in a high-definition media world ended on the note that several low-profile Los Angeles VFX outfits specialize in 'beautifying actors' in movies, TV...
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Chinese tech giant Huawei has fired Weijing Wang, an employee recently arrested in Poland over spying allegations despite security officials saying the espionage wasn't directly tied to the company. The staffer brought the company into 'disrepute,' according to a statement....
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An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a Gizmodo report, written by national security reporter and transparency activist Emma Best: Late last year, the U.S. government accidentally revealed that a sealed complaint had been filed against Julian Assange, the founder of...
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An anonymous reader quotes Inc: It's inevitable, really. Musk's two largest companies, Tesla Motors and SpaceX, make electric cars and rockets.... Musk tweeted about a 'SpaceX option package' for the next Tesla Roadster in June of last year. The upgrade was described as...
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schwit1 quotes Nature: Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth's north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron sloshing within the planet's core. The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has...
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'How does the actual, purchaseable consumer technology available in 2019 compare to what you -- back in the 1960s, '70s, '80s or '90s -- thought consumer technology might look like around the year 2020?' asks Slashdot reader dryriver. Is today's consumer technology as...
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Long-time Slashdot reader Futurepower(R) shares this article about a newly-published study which counters previous theories that neurons stop developing after adolescence: Healthy men and women continue to produce new neurons throughout life, suggesting older people remain...
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As America's government faces its longest-ever shutdown over the president's demands for border wall funding, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested 'possible alternatives to a physical wall,' according to one Silicon Valley newspaper: Among the president's justifications...
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A California assemblyman has introduced a law barring retailers from printing paper receipts unless a customer requests one. Otherwise they'd be required to provide proof-or-purchase receipts 'only in electronic form.': An anonymous reader quotes CNBC: Stores that give out...
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Saturday January 12, 2019. 11:39 PM
Last Saturday a firm which rents promotional robots claimed that one of their robots broke free from a line of robots, only to be hit by a self-driving Tesla. Though video of the incident has now been viewed over 1.2 million times, Wired followed up on the company's claim...
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Python 'is often described as being slow when it comes to performance... But is that truly the case?' writes Patrick Wohlschlegel, Arm's senior product manager for infrastructure and high-performance computing tools. Slashdot reader igor.sfiligoi writes: Effectively...
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'Some people have figured out how to turn reselling public domain content into side hustles,' reports Motherboard: On Etsy, there are thousands of listings for downloadable prints and lithographs that are in the public domain. The concept is pretty simple: these merchants...
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'One of the world's foremost mathematicians, Prof Sir Michael Atiyah, has died at the age of 89,' reports the BBC. 'He has been described to me by more than one professor of mathematics as the best mathematician in this country since Sir Isaac Newton,' his brother tells the...
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An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: German authorities have asked the public for help in surfacing more details and potentially identifying the owner of a MAC address known to have been used by a bomber in late 2017... The MAC address is f8:e0:79:af:57:eb. Brandenburg police...
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One study found that 66% of tweets with links were posted by 'suspected bots' -- with an even higher percentage for certain kinds of content. Now a new California law will require bots to disclose that they are bots. But does that violate the bots' freedom of speech, asks...
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Startups are demonstrating 'sensor technology that watches and analyzes drivers, passengers and objects in cars' reports Reuters -- a technology that 'will mean enhanced safety in the short-term, and revenue opportunities in the future.' SonicSpike shares their report:...
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An anonymous reader quotes CNN: SpaceX is laying off 10% of its 6,000-person workforce as it tackles two hugely expensive projects. Elon Musk's rocket company said its finances are healthy, but that it needs to make cuts so its most ambitious plans can succeed. 'To continue...
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