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Marine Le Pen's presence deemed 'disrespectful' at Web Summit

BBC Technology News - August 16, 2018 - 6:26am
Conference organiser Paddy Cosgrave initially defended her invitation to the technology summit.

Amazon said to consider purchase of movie theater chain - CNET - News - August 16, 2018 - 5:57am
The e-tailer is vying to buy Landmark Theatres, a chain owned by Mark Cuban, Bloomberg reports.

India's taking another shot at making it to the moon - CNET - News - August 16, 2018 - 5:18am
The country's moon lander and rover was scheduled to leave this year, but has been delayed till January next year.

Intel steals Nvidia's thunder with sneak peek at its first discrete GPU in years - CNET - News - August 16, 2018 - 3:59am
It's been nearly 20 years since Intel produced a real graphics card.

Intel uses Bluetooth to keep flying drones from colliding - CNET - News - August 16, 2018 - 2:19am
The technology could be good for something besides wireless headsets and keyboards.

New sponge for cleaning harbor oil leaks has a successful real-world test

Ars Technica - August 16, 2018 - 1:00am

Enlarge / Seth Darling, Jeff Elam, and Ed Barry conduct research experiments with the Oleo Sponge in Santa Barbara, California. (credit: Argonne National Laboratory)

In March 2017, Ars wrote about a new material that could soak up oil like a sponge. The so-called Oleo Sponge could be wrung out, the oil could be collected, and the sponge could be used again. The material had just been developed at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) outside of Chicago, so it was still being tested in controlled environments.

Now, Argonne has announced a successful real-world test of the Oleo Sponge at an oil seep in a channel near Goleta, California.

The test, conducted in April, involved immersing the Oleo Sponge in the Coal Oil Point Seep Field in the Santa Barbara Channel. The oil seep field is natural and is one of the largest in the known world (PDF). Not only does it release lots of methane every day, but it also releases oil into the channel water. A press release from ANL notes, "the seeps have been active for at least 500,000 years and release roughly 40 tons of methane, 19 tons of other organic gases, and more than 100 barrels of liquid petroleum daily."

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Dilbert - August 16, 2018 - 12:59am
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Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

The Register - August 16, 2018 - 12:49am
Web Security says there's nothing nefarious to its URL collection

A security plug-in for the Firefox browser is under fire after users discovered it was collecting and uploading their online activity.…

Making money mining Coinhive? Yeah, you and nine other people

The Register - August 16, 2018 - 12:23am
10 users controlling the bulk of cryptocoin generator funds

Mining internet currency on websites with Coinhive scripts is a lucrative endeavor, but only for a handful of people.…

Twitter suspends Infowars host Alex Jones' ability to tweet - CNET - News - August 15, 2018 - 11:59pm
Twitter follows the lead of other social media platforms.

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 11:50pm
But odd results and email impersonation raise eyebrows

A pair of physicists have claimed to reach the holy grail in physics: room temperature superconductivity.…

Game of Thrones deaths won't match books, George R.R. Martin says - CNET - News - August 15, 2018 - 11:43pm
The author says he's "working on" Winds of Winter, and the print books won't always align with the HBO series.

Samsung Harman Kardon sound bars aiming for the high-end Atmos enthusiast - CNET - News - August 15, 2018 - 11:33pm
Samsung has announced two Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound bars that will be available from late August, with pricing starting at $1,200.

Cisco shift to recurring revenue gives 3.8 billion signs that it's working

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 11:14pm
Customer interest in hybrid cloud buoys networking biz

Switch and comms kit biz Cisco reported $12.8bn revenue for its fiscal 2018 fourth quarter, a six per cent increase that is a bit more than than analysts expected.…

DNA reveals ancient parrot breeder supplied US Southwest peoples

Ars Technica - August 15, 2018 - 11:11pm

Enlarge / Chaco Canyon ruins in New Mexico. (credit: Erik Terdal / Flickr)

Lots of macaw parrot skeletons and feathers have turned up at human settlements in the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico dating back to at least 900 CE. Given that these sites are at least 1,000 kilometers north of the bird’s natural range, it has long been clear that there was an interesting story here. How were macaws traded between cultures and over such long distances, long before the arrival of the Spanish and their horses?

Between 1250 and 1450, a settlement discovered at Paquimé in Mexico seems to have hosted a macaw-breeding program that must have met the demand for this culturally significant bird in the region. But what about before Paquimé? Archaeologists have debated the possibilities: that traders frequently traveled the long route to bring back macaws, that birds were haphazardly traded between settlements, or that there was an earlier breeding post.

A study led by Penn State’s Richard George sought to answer this question using DNA from scarlet macaw skeletons found at New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon and Mimbres settlements. Techniques to recover fairly complete DNA sequences from archaeological specimens have advanced in recent years, allowing researchers to test hypotheses with much more confidence.

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Best Buy buys Jitterbug phone maker GreatCall for $800M - CNET - News - August 15, 2018 - 10:48pm
"New: Tech for seniors," reads one of the company's new ads.

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