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10% pay gap between men and women in IT in Australia

concertina226 Boooo (2 comments)

I really hate it that even in the Western World, women are still not able to attain equal salaries to men in some industries. For shame!

about a year and a half ago



SpaceX Dragon: Videos Beamed to Earth by Nasa Laser Communications System?

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  40 minutes ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "Nasa is piggybacking on the SpaceX CRS-3 Dragon space craft launch to send the first space-to-Earth optical communication system to the International Space Station.

Once the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (Opals) system reaches the space station, it will connected and used to demonstrate the transmission of formatted video in experiments lasting 100 seconds at a time over 90 days.

Nasa is hoping to demonstrate video transmission speeds of up to 50MB per second transmission. The current speed is 200400KB per second in many deep-space missions.

Radio frequency beams are used in communications between astronauts and mission control centres back on earth, but since laser beams are significantly narrower than radio frequency beams, much higher data rates are possible."

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Robot Mice Programmed to Have Sex by Scientists Studying Evolutionary Patterns

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  yesterday

concertina226 (2447056) writes "Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have used robots shaped like mice having lots of robot sex in order to study the mating habits of 1,000 generations of animals in just a few days.

Polymorphism refers to the evolutionary biological study of mating patterns, how they influence how species reproduce and how each successive generation of a species is born with a slightly different "morph" to enable it to better adapt to changing environments.

Dr Stefan Elfwing, a researcher in the Institute's Neural Computation Unit has demonstrated the usefulness of using robots to study evolution, and his research, entitled "Emergence of Polymorphic Mating Strategies in Robot Colonies" is published in the PLOS ONE journal.

Elfwing built a small colony of Cyber Rodent robots, which come with two wheels, a camera mounted on the front to detect batteries and other robots, electrode teeth to rechargeable from batteries, as well as an infra-red port for "mating"."

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South Korean Man Let Baby Son Starve to Death Due to Internet Gaming Addiction

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  yesterday

concertina226 (2447056) writes "South Korean police have arrested a 22-year-old unemployed man in the North Gyeongsang Province for allegedly leaving his 28-month son at home to starve to death while he played online computer games at an internet café for several days.

According to South Korean newspaper Yong Hup News, the man, who has been identified only by his family name Jeong, confessed to leaving his child unattended for 10 days in late February in the city of Daegu, South Korea's fourth largest city.

He came home in early March to find the dead body and according to police, hid the body out on the veranda of his apartment complex for a month before wrapping it up in a blanket and plastic bag and leaving the body in a flower garden a mile away from his home."

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Titan Aerospace Acquisition: Why Does Google Want Flying Drones?

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  yesterday

concertina226 (2447056) writes "Google has bought drone start-up Titan Aerospace, which manufactures jet-sized solar-powered unmanned flying drones that can fly for up to five years without needing to land.

Facebook had been considering buying Titan earlier this year to help fulfil Marc Zuckerberg's Internet.org dream of bringing affordable internet access over the air to five billion people in rural areas of the world. He eventually bought UK-based aerospace company Ascenta for $20m instead.

Google topped Facebook's offer for Titan, allegedly paying $60m, insider sources with unauthorised access to the information told Tech Crunch.

The question is, what does Google want drones for?

The internet giant tested out its own global internet plan, Google Loon, in 2013, launching 30 large weather balloons in New Zealand that had been specially developed by its top secret X Lab.

Here are five theories on why Google bought Titan:"

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Rome 'Was Founded 200 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought'

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  yesterday

concertina226 (2447056) writes "Archaeologists excavating Lapis Niger, an ancient shrine in the Roman Forum, have found a wall that predates Rome's official founding year of 753BC by up to two hundred years.

According to Italian newspaper Il Messagero, the wall was made from blocks of volcanic tuff, the product of volcanic eruptions, and was designed to channel water from the small river Spino, a tributary of The Tiber.

Near the remains of the wall, the archaeologists also found fragments of ceramic pottery and the remains of food in the form of grains.

"The examination of the ceramic material was crucial, allowing us today to fix the wall chronologically between the 9th century and the beginning of the 8th century," said Patricia Fortini, an archaeologist working for Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale, a state-funded organisation in charge of all historical, archaeological and artistic monuments found in Rome."

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Miss 8-Bit Gaming? Revive 80s Commodore 64 Computer Using Raspberry Pi

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  2 days ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "I'm sure some of you will think it's insane to want to go backwards with technology, but retro gaming fans and supporters of old computing hardware will definitely disagree.

To that end, a group of Commodore fans are working on a new emulator with the ability to turn the Raspberry Pi £30 computer into a fully functioning Commodore 64 fresh from the 1980s.

Scott Hutter, creator of the Commodore Pi project, together with a team of developers on Github, are seeking to build a native Commodore 64 operating system that can run on Raspberry Pi.

"The goal will be to include all of the expected emulation features such as SID sound, sprites, joystick connectivity, REU access, etc. In time, even the emulation speed could be changed, as well as additional modern graphics modes," he writes on his website."

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Living DNA Nanobot Computers Could be Injected into Humans to Beat Cancer

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  4 days ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "Scientists at Harvard University and Bar IIan University in Israel have successfully injected tiny living DNA nanobots into live cockroaches to deliver drugs directly into the insects' cells.

Although it is still very early days, the same technique could be used to one day treat humans with cancer. The DNA nanobots, also known as origami robots, are basically tiny living computers that work by folding and unfolding strands of DNA.

When DNA encounters a certain type of protein, it unravels and becomes two complementary strands to the protein.

This is how cancer cells spread through the body. The nanobots have the ability to create a particular DNA sequence that causes the strands to unravel if they come into contact with certain molecules, such as those of a diseased cell."

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Hewlett-Packard Pays $108m to Settle Money Laundering and Bribery Charges

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  5 days ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "HP has admitted to creating a "slush fund" of shell companies and bank accounts to launder money for bribe payments in order to secure lucrative government contracts in Russia, Mexico and Poland.

The firm has agreed to pay $108m in fines to settle federal charges brought against it by the US government, including $31.5m in civil penalties to a probe by the US Securities and Exchange Commission and $76.8m in criminal penalties and fines to the US Department of Justice, which investigated it for alleged violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

In 1999, the Russian government announced a $100m tender to upgrade and automate computer and telecoms systems relations to the Office of the Prosecutor-General.

In order to secure the contract, HP Russia came up with a scheme to buy its own products back at inflated prices, funnelling the money into a secret slush fund of shell companies registered in the UK, Belize and British Virgin Islands that belonged to Russian government officials.

The money was then laundered through off-shore bank accounts in Switzerland, Lithuania, Latvia and Austria, and portions of the money was used to buy cars, jewellery, furniture, luxury goods, swimming pool technology, holidays and household appliances."

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World Cup 2014: Paraplegics to Walk in Mind-Controlled Robotic Suits

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  5 days ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "For the first time ever, on 12 June three young adult paraplegics wearing mind-controlled exoskeleton suits will stand up, walk and kick a football at the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup in São Paulo, Brazil.

The robotic exoskeleton suits are the results of 12 years of research and work by the Walk Again Project – an international group of engineers and scientists headed by Dr Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroengineer at Duke University in North Carolina.

In 1999 Nicolelis, together with co-author John Chapin and other colleagues, published the first study demonstrating that the brain of a rat could be used to control a robotic device in real-time.

However it wasn't until 2002, after tests with monkeys proved successful, that Nicolelis realised that there was a possibility that humans would be able to control robotic devices with their brains."

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Eterni.me: Would You Like to Live Forever in a 3D Digital Avatar?

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  5 days ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "Want to live forever? Just like Johnny Depp's character in the upcoming sci-fi film Transcendence. Part of you might be able to do so, as a new start-up wants to create a 3D digital avatar in your likeness which will be able to talk to your loved ones once you're gone.

Comprising a team of engineers and designers, Eterni.me wants to use all the online data and images stored in social media, emails and online accounts to build up a library of a dead person's life, which their friends and family would own and be able to use like a search engine by talking to a computerised presence.

"We are very aware of the emotions attached to death. It is really important to emphasise that we do not want to preserve the banalities of the life of a person, but would much more like to create a legacy that allows your grandchildren to interact with their grandfather," Eterni.me's CEO and co-founder Marius Ursache told IBTimes UK.

"Can you imagine how it would've been if you could preserve Socrates or Einstein? Steve Jobs said in a 2001 interview that he would give up all technology in order to be able to spend only one afternoon with Socrates.""

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Ultra-Fast Electrical Circuits Using Light Could Revolutionise Processor Speeds

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  about a week ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "Scientists at the National University of Singapore and A*Star have demonstrated a super-fast electrical circuit which operates at frequencies of hundreds of terahertz — tens of thousands times faster than the microprocessors we have today.

Light operates at extremely high frequencies of 100 terahertz. Photonics (the science of light) is used to carry data across optical fibre cables but these ultra-fast properties do not work with the state-of-the-art nano-scale microprocessor chips we have, which can only reach very small length scales.

It has long been known that it is possible for light to be captured when it interacts with certain types of metal, in the form of plasmons – ultra-fast oscillations of electrons which can be manipulated at the nanoscale.

In 2012, A*Star scientists theorised that it would be possible to create an electrical circuit that made use of quantum plasmonic tunnelling, and their theory has finally been proved."

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Electric Pulse to Spine Might Restore Ability for Paraplegics to Walk Again

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  about a week ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "Scientists have succeeded in helping four young men who have been paralysed for years to move their legs again, thanks to a groundbreaking method of using electricity to stimulate spinal cords.

All four participants, who were paralysed in road-related accidents, were given "epidural stimulation" — an electrical current of varying frequencies and intensities applied to specific locations on the patients' lumbosacral spinal cord. The area contains dense neural bundles that largely control the movement of the hips, knees, ankles and toes.

Once the signal was triggered by the electrical current, the spinal cord re-engaged its neural network to control and direct muscle movements, and when put together with rehabilitative therapy, the patients were able to activate movements over time with less and less stimulation.

According to the researchers, the results of their study is a "wake-up call" to doctors who treat spinal cord injuries."

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World's First Smart Interactive Bed Turns Sleeping Into a Whole New Experience

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  about two weeks ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "A UK inventor has created the world's first smart interactive bed that contains a computer able to contour the bed to fit your body's shape as well as offer vibrating massage and a surround sound entertainment system.

Joe Katan, 52, a consumer product innovator who has a background in consumer product manufacturing and retail, has spent the last seven years working on the Balluga Smart Interactive bed, which will be unveiled next week at the Gadget Show Live trade show in Birmingham.

The mattress itself is an air bed made up of multiple cells made from a soft inflatable elastic membrane material that is 2 millimetres thick.
The cells can be precisely adjusted to fit and support your body using either a conventional remote control, or you can control the bed wirelessly from a smartphone app as the bed contains both a Wi-Fi hotspot and an Ethernet power line adaptor in the main AC plug.

If you just want a bed to sleep in, you can have that, but if you want more functionality, the company can build in a vibrating massage function to send you to sleep."

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Amazing Video Shows Skydiver's Near Miss With Meteorite

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  about two weeks ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "A Norwegian man narrowly avoided being hit by a meteorite while skydiving and has captured the first ever video footage of a meteorite travelling through the air after its flame has gone out.

"I got the feeling that there was something, but I didn't register what was happening," Anders Helstrup of the Oslo Parachute Club. "When we stopped the film, we could clearly see something that looked like a stone. At first it crossed my mind that it had been packed into a parachute, but it's simply too big for that."

A geologist confirmed that a meteoroid had exploded about 20 kilometres above Helstrup and his fellow skydivers.

So far they have found one stone which has coloured patches that resembles a breccia, which is a common type of meteorite rock, but the Natural History Museum in Oslo has laughed at them.

Undeterred, Helstrup and his friends are continuing to search the area, which is quite difficult to search as it contains thick forest, scrub and marshes, so now they want to offer the international meteorite community a chance to help them out on their website."

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Reversible USB Cables That Will Make Life Easier: First Pictures

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  about two weeks ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "The USB Implementers Forum, which oversees the Universal Serial Bus specification, announced plans to develop a new USB standard in December to replace the current microUSB standard, almost universally used to power smartphones and tablets today.

"The specification is anticipated to be completed in July 2014. We could see products with the new cable by end of year," the USB IF told CNET at the Intel Develop Forum conference in Shenzhen, China.

The new Type-C cables will run on the USB 3.1 standard, which supports 10Gbps transfer rates, although the USB prong itself will measure 8.3mm x 2.5 mm, which is slightly smaller than the common USB cable ports in PCs but slightly larger than the microUSB cables used to connect mobile phones."

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Unmanned Robot Submarines Needed in Search for Missing Plane

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  about two weeks ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "Unmanned robot submarines will need to be brought in to locate wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the Indian Ocean once the search zone has been narrowed down.

Unmanned submarines, which are known as Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), were crucial in finding the black box recorders from Air France Flight 447 after it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009, killing all 228 people onboard.

Investigators are currently using an underwater drone and a black box locator attached to the Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Ocean Shield, a large Australian Royal Navy ship that is being used in the search. Attaching these devices to the ship enables real-time data transmission to the surface and a continuous power supply from the ship to the devices, however this is a very slow way to search for wreckage.

An advantage of using AUV unmanned robot submarines is that they can travel much deeper underwater than regular submarines and can stay underwater for between 20 to 24 hours."

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Apple to Introduce Interchangeable iPhone Camera Lenses With Bayonet Mounts

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  about two weeks ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "Apple has been granted a patent for interchangeable camera lenses — which could be used on the up-coming iPhone 6. The application was granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office in remarkably quick time, according to Patently Apple.

Patent No. 8,687,299 has been granted to Apple today for "Bayonet attachment mechanisms," i.e. a bayonet mount that is able to securely attach lenses to an iOS device, such as an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

A bayonet mount is a fastening mechanism which is typically seen on cameras, used to attach lenses to the camera body.

At the moment, there is no adjustable camera lens system in existence for smartphones, although there are lots of third party macro lens products that consumers can buy to clip onto their smartphone."

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Gotta Catch 'Em All: Take the Pokémon Google Maps Challenge Today

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  about two weeks ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "Starting in Japan 19 hours ago, Google has launched an impressive April Fools' Day game that lets Google Maps users catch Pokémon hidden all over the world while using the app on the smartphone or tablet.

To earn the great prestige of becoming a Pokémon Master, all you have to do is launch the Google Maps app on your iOS or Android device and tap the Search field at the top of the screen.

A new option in blue called "Press start" will appear on the screen with a Poké Ball symbol next to it, and once you press it, Google Maps will take you on a dazzling adventure across the world to catch elusive wild Pokémon species.

In addition to viewing your new Pokémon (rendered using Nintendo-licensed artwork), you can also view the Pokédex, which has a list of 150 Pokémon for you to capture."

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Ancient Virus DNA Discovery Could be a Breakthrough in How Diseases are Treated

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  about two weeks ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "Understanding how retroviruses are passed down through our DNA could be the key to helping researchers re-programme normal cells to become stem cells for treating diseases.

Researchers from Canada and Singapore have discovered that the ancient viruses which entered our ancestors' genomes thousands of years ago have altered the way our cells behave; the material left by dead viruses in our cells is the answer.

1,000 copies of one particular class of retroviruses, known as the human endogenous retrovirus HERV-H, is still in our genome, and while the HERV-H retrovirus DNA is dead and cannot replicate itself, it continues to send out messages telling the embryonic stem cell how to become other cells in the body, and this is what makes the cells pluripotent."

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World's First Dolphin to English Two-Way Translator is on its Way to Us

concertina226 concertina226 writes  |  about two weeks ago

concertina226 (2447056) writes "Scientists expect to be chatting with dolphins this summer after researchers developed a computer program that analyses dolphin whistles and translates them into English.

Together with Dr Thad Starner, the technical lead researching Google Glass at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the researchers have created the Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT), the world's first prototype dolphin translator.

CHAT is a small underwater keyboard fitted to the arm of a diver. It has four symbols which correspond to four artificial whistle sounds that researchers have taught the dolphins to mimic. Each sound represents an item the dolphins like to play with, such as seaweed, rope or a scarf. By pressing a button on the keyboard, the diver can activate a sound through an underwater speaker.

Since 2011, they have digitised the database and used it to collect data on all the different whistle sounds they make, many of which the human ear cannot hear, since dolphins' whistles are on frequencies up to 200 kilohertz, which is 10 times higher than the highest pitch a human can hear."

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