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Today's quotable quote

Zsa Zsa Gabor, asked how many husbands she had had: You mean apart from my own.

This day in history

23 February: Battle of the Alamo Begins (1836). In the 1835 Texas Revolution, the predominantly American settlers of Texas sought independence from the Mexican government. In December, they took the Alamo, an old chapel in San Antonio. When Mexican forces arrived in February, the Texians were outnumbered and unprepared to withstand the 13-day siege. Nearly all of them were killed. The loss became a rallying point for Texians, who went on to win the war.

Live on the net

Oil and gas wastewater spills alter microbes in West... »

Wastewater from oil and gas operations—including fracking for shale gas—at a West Virginia site altered microbes downstream, according to a Rutgers-led study. physorg: Thursday, 23 February at 10:06.

Why Asia's Entrepreneurial Space Sector Deserves Its Very... »

How Asian governments advance humanity’s infrastructure in outer space demands attention as never before. forbes: Thursday, 23 February at 09:44.

Exoplanet discovery: seven Earth-sized worlds spotted... »

Exoplanets found orbiting Trappist-1 raise hope that the hunt for alien life beyond the solar system can start much sooner than previously thought A huddle of seven worlds, all close in size to Earth, and perhaps warm enough for water and the life it can sustain, has been spotted around a small, faint star in the constellation of Aquarius. Related: This discovery is a lottery win for astronomers looking for life beyond Earth Continue reading... guardian: Thursday, 23 February at 09:17.

Air Opus camping trailer inflates into a home away from... »

When we first discovered the British-designed Opus camping trailer back in 2013, its combination of compact pop-up construction and comfy interior design made it one of our favorite campers of the year. Since then, the Opus has gotten a few extra tricks up its sleeve, including a motorcycle mounting system and an all-new tent inflation system. With its integrated Air Poles, the new inflatable Air Opus trailer tent sets up in about a third the time of the original... Continue Reading Air Opus camping trailer inflates into a home away from home in 90 seconds Category: Outdoors Tags: Caravan Opus trailers Camping Trailer Related Articles: Top 10 motorhomes and caravans of 2015 Nest Caravan delivers a monocoque-built glamping adventure Electrified trailer glamps off-grid for days and charges your Tesla, too The Drifter trailer offers something for the weekend Military-inspired off-road multi-trailers explore the backcountry Nutty aluminum camping trailers sleep you and your 4x4 gizmag: Thursday, 23 February at 08:38.

SK Hynix considering fresh bid for Toshiba stake, says CEO »

SK Hynix will make a fresh bid for Toshiba's flash memory business if the latter offers more of it for sale, the CEO of the South Korean chip giant has said. zdnet: Thursday, 23 February at 08:26.

Tech breakthroughs take a backseat in upcoming Apple... »

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When Apple Inc launches its much-anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone this fall, it will offer an unwitting lesson in how much the smartphone industry it pioneered has matured. reuters: Thursday, 23 February at 08:14.

Confirmed: UK challenger bank Monzo raises £19.5M... »

 Monzo, one of a number of so-called “challenger” banks in the U.K. aiming to re-invent the current account, has disclosed details of its new funding round — confirming our scoop from earlier this week. Read More techcrunch: Thursday, 23 February at 08:00.

Federal Bill Introduced To Add A Warrant Requirement To... »

House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, along with his Senatorial counterpart Ron Wyden, is tackling something he promised to act on after he was finished excoriating the leaky Office of Personnel Management for ruining the lives of millions of Americans: Stingray devices. A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday requiring police agencies to get a search warrant before they can deploy powerful cellphone surveillance technology known as "stingrays" that sweep up information about the movements of innocent Americans while tracking suspected criminals. “Owning a smartphone or fitness tracker shouldn’t give the government a blank check to track your movements," said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee who introduced the bill with Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and John Conyers, D-Mich. "Law enforcement should be able to use GPS data, but they need to get a warrant. This bill sets out clear rules to make sure our laws keep up with the times." What the bill would do is codify the DOJ's "Stingray Best Practices" policy, which implemented a warrant requirement for cell site simulator deployment -- albeit one that wasn't really a requirement because it wasn't statutorily-required. This would be the statutory [...] techdirt: Thursday, 23 February at 07:43.

Tired teens 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes as... »

University of Pennsylvania professor Adrian Raine discovered that teenagers who experience sleep problems and exhibit anti-social behavior are more likely to commit violent crimes as adults. eurekalert: Thursday, 23 February at 07:00.

Cyberwar talk is getting real »

The existential threat of cyberwar has shifted from hand-waving about 'Cyber Pearl Harbor' to hand-waving about 'digital atomic bombs'. Hype? Maybe. Either way, politicians are talking tough. zdnet blogs: Thursday, 23 February at 06:02.

'Magical thinking' on Heathrow expansion »

A third runway at Heathrow can only be justified if it does not breach climate change laws, MPs say. bbc: Thursday, 23 February at 02:15.

Emails Reveal Close Ties Between EPA Boss Scott Pruitt and... »

Documents suggest former Oklahoma AG followed lobby group's guidance on challenging environmental regulations. The post Emails Reveal Close Ties Between EPA Boss Scott Pruitt and Fossil Fuel Interests appeared first on WIRED. wired: Thursday, 23 February at 01:34.

Facts About Tardigrades »

Tardigrades, often called water bears or moss piglets, are near-microscopic animals that are almost indestructible and can even survive in outer space. live science: Thursday, 23 February.

NASA Scientists Propose New Definition of Planets, and... »

Rei writes: After several years of publicly complaining about the "bullshit" decision at the IAU redefining what comprises a planet, New Horizons program head Alan Stern and fellow planetary geologists have put forth a new definition which they seek to make official, basing planethood on hydrostatic equilibrium. Under this definition, in addition to Ceres, Pluto and other Kuiper Belt objects, large moons like Titan and Europa, as well as our own moon, would also become planets; "planet" would be a physical term, while "moon" would be an orbital term, and hence one can have a planetary moon, as well as planets that orbit other stars or no star at all (both prohibited under the current definition). The paper points out that planetary geologists already refer to such bodies as planets, citing examples such as a paper about Titan: "A planet-wide detached haze layer occurs between 300-350 km above the surface; the visible limb of the planet, where the vertical haze optical depth is 0.1, is about 220 km above the surface." Read more of this story at Slashdot. slashdot: Thursday, 23 February.

Group develops deep, non-invasive imaging of mouse brain »

Using a laser technology he developed at Cornell, physics professor Chris Xu and collaborators report sharp imaging of a subcortical region of the brain, using novel three-photon microscopy. cornell: Wednesday, 22 February at 23:02.

Japanese men hold competition to celebrate baldness »

TSURUTA CITY, JAPAN (Reuters) - More than 30 bald men gathered at a hot spring facility in Tsuruta City, Japan, on Wednesday to show off their hairless heads and have fun. reuters: Wednesday, 22 February at 22:29.

Adding friendly bacteria to skin lotion wards off bad... »

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bacteria live on everyone's skin, and new research shows some friendly germs produce natural antibiotics that ward off their disease-causing cousins. Now scientists are mixing the good bugs into lotions in hopes of spreading protection.... ap: Wednesday, 22 February at 21:54.

Today's leading causes of DDoS attacks »

First, you should know that while the total DDoS attacks only increased by 4 percent from Q4 2015 to Q4 2016, there was a 140 percent increase in attacks greater than 100 gigabits per second (Gbps). In short, we're not seeing that many more DDoS assaults, but they are getting muc … newsvine: Wednesday, 22 February at 18:48.

Google Site Search Being Phased Out »

Google Site Search is being discontinued according to multiple reports. Google emailed its Site Search customers saying that starting April 1, 2017, new purchased and renewals of GSS will not be available. The product will completely shut down on April ... Read More The post Google Site Search Being Phased Out appeared first on WebProNews. webpronews (insider report): Wednesday, 22 February at 17:24.

Night Hawk DDR4 3000 - Spread Your Wings »

Team Group pushes the envelope with these wind shaped Night Hawk sticks that are designed to take your system to the serious heights and cool lights. dailytech: Wednesday, 22 February at 13:15.

Typical Nintendo: there's already a game too big for the... »

Admittedly, the game is only available in Japan, but the new console’s limited internal memory could prove annoying It could probably only happen to Nintendo. While other console manufacturers have dutifully stuffed their consoles with ever more expansive hard drives, the Kyoto-based veteran has always been somewhat penurious with storage. Its next release, the delightfully eccentric Switch, contains only 32GB of internal memory, around 4GB of which is reserved for the operating system. Sure, this probably keeps the manufacturing costs down, but it presents a problem. This week, the official Japanese Switch page revealed a host of forthcoming titles, together with their file sizes. One, a double pack featuring Dragon Quest Heroes I and II, comes in at ... 32GB. Which means if you buy the digital version from the Nintendo eShop, it won’t fit on your console. There are some mitigating factors here. Dragon Quest Heroes I & II collects two full-size PlayStation releases into one package, so it’s an unnaturally large proposition. The file sizes for other games were mostly around 1GB to 5GB, with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild coming in at 13.4GB. Also, unlike the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the Switch doesn’t demand [...] guardian: Wednesday, 22 February at 12:32.

Are Cyborgs In Our Future? 'Homo Deus' Author Thinks So »

Yuval Noah Harari expects we'll soon engineer our bodies in the same way we design products. "I think in general medicine ... will switch from healing the sick to upgrading the healthy," he says. npr: Wednesday, 22 February at 00:04.

How origami shield could provide 'revolutionary' police... »

Scientists at BYU borrowed a pattern from the ancient paper-folding technique to make a lightweight shield that's a big improvement over current technology. csmonitor: Wednesday, 22 February.

Researchers Failed To Tell Testosterone Trial Patients... »

Low levels of iron in the blood may indicate a serious but treatable medical condition if caught early, but patients in a testosterone trial were not informed, a bioethicist finds. npr: Tuesday, 21 February at 23:21.

Kellogg's unveils Pop-Tarts pizza, tacos at NYC cafe »

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pop-Tarts might not just be for breakfast anymore.... ap: Tuesday, 21 February at 20:03.

How a College Kid Made His Honda Civic Self-Driving for... »

Who needs a Tesla when you can build your own automated copilot using free hardware designs and software available online? technology review: Tuesday, 21 February.

Hobbyists Could Genetically Engineer Dogs »

Check out: The FDA Is Cracking Down On Rogue Genetic Engineers. Apparently the US Food and Drug Administration wants to classify genetically altered dogs as drugs. When this is done to humans will they become drugs too? I think Huey Lewis has foreseen this possibility. A substantial part of the population is going to continue to insist on owning highly inbred genetically messed up dog breeds with serious health issues (e.g. bulldogs and pugs). If you do not want to me like them then avoid the unhealthiest dog breeds. But given that these breeds will continue to exist it certainly makes sense to genetically fix the fixable ones (some are, by breed standard, probably not fixable). So genetic engineers who... future pundit: Monday, 20 February.

Advertising: PewDiePie Dust-Up Shows Risks Brands Take to... »

Online stars, called influencers, can connect businesses to coveted audiences, but they can also bring companies closer to topics they’d rather not broach. nyt: Sunday, 19 February at 23:45.

Matter: Disappearing Seagrass Protects Against Pathogens,... »

An ecological cornerstone is vanishing rapidly from the oceans, and scientists fear the consequences for climate change, fisheries and disease. nyt: Thursday, 16 February at 21:00.

In London this week – Busy with Analytics »

When I get that message from Amazon that says  “you haven’t blogged for over a month, and if we see you haven’t blogged for 60 days, we’ll not syndicate your blog on Amazon Kindle anymore” – it spurs me to write a post – ha! Seriously, the last several weeks have been very intense – […] web metrics guru: Monday, 14 July at 01:47.

The Most Embarrassing Moments in the History of Science »

What? Scientists get things wrong? We know. It’s shocking to hear, but science isn’t always an exact science. Mistakes do happen -- and they often lead to great scientific discoveries. So, grab your safety glasses and see if you can identify the most embarrassing scientific moments ever. howstuffworks: Wednesday, 07 November at 20:00.

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