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Slashdot - 43 min 51 sec agoGerman scientists are switching on "the world's largest artificial sun" in the hope that intense light sources can be used to generate climate-friendly fuel. From a report: The Synlight experiment in Julich, about 19 miles west of Cologne, consists 149 souped-up film projector spotlights and produces light about 10,000 times the intensity of natural sunlight on Earth. When all the lamps are swivelled to concentrate light on a single spot, the instrument can generate temperatures of around 3,500C -- around two to three times the temperature of a blast furnace. "If you went in the room when it was switched on, you'd burn directly," said Prof Bernard Hoffschmidt, a research director at the German Aerospace Center, where the experiment is housed in a protective radiation chamber. The aim of the experiment is to come up with the optimal setup for concentrating natural sunlight to power a reaction to produce hydrogen fuel.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.BBC World News - 53 min 11 sec agoIn one of the suspect's alleged threats a Delta Air Lines flight had to make an emergency landing.BBC World News - 56 min 36 sec agoA man is arrested in the Belgian city of Antwerp on suspicion of driving at a crowd, police say.BBC World News - 1 hour 6 min agoBritish Swimming is conducting an investigation after multiple bullying claims by Paralympians about a coach, the BBC learns.BBC World News - 1 hour 19 min agoSyria faced Uzbekistan in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and BBC Sport's Richard Conway was there.Slashdot - 1 hour 23 min agoAn anonymous reader shares a report: For data and movie geeks, the MPAA's latest "Theatrical Market Statistics" report is a wealth of information about the health of the movie business. The big picture: 246 million people went to the movies in the United States and Canada last year, a 2% increase from the year before. But dig into the trends and things start to get a little more interesting. For instance, looking at per capita attendance broken down by age group shows 18- to 24-year-olds are hitting the big screen at lower rates than they were in 2012, although they saw an uptick last year.
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all 205 news articles »BBC World News - 2 hours 1 min agoRavindra Gaikwad says he hit the airline steward with a slipper after being denied business class.Slashdot - 2 hours 3 min agoWriting for The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino documents stories of several people -- a nine-month pregnant Lyft driver, for instance -- who contribute to companies that work on the model of gig economy. Through these tales, Tolentino underscores an increasingly growing pattern in the Silicon Valley (and elsewhere) where companies offer hard-labor contracts to people, pay them peanuts (with little liabilities), and yet find a reason to celebrate their business and encourage more to come onboard. From the article: Fiverr, which had raised a hundred and ten million dollars in venture capital by November, 2015, has more about the "In Doers We Trust" campaign on its Web site. In one video, a peppy female voice-over urges "doers" to "always be available," to think about beating "the trust-fund kids," and to pitch themselves to everyone they see, including their dentist. A Fiverr press release about "In Doers We Trust" states, "The campaign positions Fiverr to seize today's emerging zeitgeist of entrepreneurial flexibility, rapid experimentation, and doing more with less. It pushes against bureaucratic overthinking, analysis-paralysis, and excessive whiteboarding." This is the jargon through which the essentially cannibalistic nature of the gig economy is dressed up as an aesthetic. No one wants to eat coffee for lunch or go on a bender of sleep deprivation -- or answer a call from a client while having sex, as recommended in the video. It's a stretch to feel cheerful at all about the Fiverr marketplace, perusing the thousands of listings of people who will record any song, make any happy-birthday video, or design any book cover for five dollars. I'd guess that plenty of the people who advertise services on Fiverr would accept some "whiteboarding" in exchange for employer-sponsored health insurance. At the root of this is the American obsession with self-reliance, which makes it more acceptable to applaud an individual for working himself to death than to argue that an individual working himself to death is evidence of a flawed economic system. The contrast between the gig economy's rhetoric (everyone is always connecting, having fun, and killing it!) and the conditions that allow it to exist (a lack of dependable employment that pays a living wage) makes this kink in our thinking especially clear.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.The Register - 2 hours 33 min agoDelay may indicate Internet of Things market is less frantic than thought
Vodafone has admitted that the commercial launch of its Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in Ireland and the Netherlands has been delayed by a whole season.…BBC World News - 2 hours 56 min agoThe lives of three French teenagers injured in Wednesday's terror attack are not in danger - minister.Slashdot - 3 hours 3 min agoNew submitter omaha393 writes: A team of researchers at Harvard Medical School have developed a point-of-care microfluidic detector capable of determining sperm quality using the simple device and a standard smartphone. Typical male fertility screens require a team of trained laboratory professionals and a screening process taking days to weeks and incurring high costs. The alternative home sperm measuring kits rely on chemical probes and only give measurements of quantity, not quality.The new method offers an easier, cheaper approach, with processing time taking about 5 seconds with no sample processing or wash steps required. The team found their device meets WHO guidelines with 98% accuracy of sperm quality measurements and is comparable to clinical results. The new device uses 35 microliters of sample to accurately measure both concentration and motility at a manufacturing cost of less than $5 per device. The device must still undergo FDA evaluations before being available to consumers, and the technology has yet to be named. The results of the study were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Further reading: NPR, Ars Technica, Scientific American
Read more of this story at Slashdot.BBC World News - 3 hours 20 min agoThe latest victim appears to be a mother assaulted for four hours in front of her son.The Register - 3 hours 31 min agoIf we can't buy O2, they must give us MOAR SPECTRUM
Three has renewed calls on Ofcom to intervene in the UK's mobile spectrum market, warning it could lawyer up unless the regulator curbs the proportion of airwaves owned by Vodafone and BT's EE in the forthcoming auction.…BBC World News - 3 hours 40 min agoA "medal at any cost" approach created a "culture of fear" at British Cycling, says former cyclist Wendy Houvenaghel.BBC World News - 3 hours 49 min agoDenis Voronenkov, who fled to Ukraine last year, is shot dead in the centre of the Ukrainian capital.The Register - 3 hours 53 min agoGot a good Internet of Things problem-solving idea? Try it out with us, says city
Brainbox greenhouse Cambridge has rolled out the latest stage of its smart city network, the Intelligent City Platform, which talks to the city’s existing LoRaWAN Internet of Things network.…NYT - New York/Region - 3 hours 58 min agoThough the Republican senator denies wrongdoing, the indictment adds to a list of public officials who have faced charges of corruption.BBC World News - 4 hours 6 min agoA Russian man faces up to 10 years in jail for spreading a computer virus that cost victims more than $500m (£401m).