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Did Scientist Discover Solar Neutrinos?

September 2, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Scientist Discover Solar Neutrinos?

Tiny particles forged in the heart of the sun have been detected for the first time, offering scientists a glimpse into the nuclear fusion core of our closest star. The subatomic particles, called neutrinos, are hallmarks of the dominant fusion process insidethe sun. Created in the first step of a reaction sequence responsible for the majority of the sun’s fusion, the particles have long eluded detection. Now, an international collaboration of more than 100 scientists working with the Borexino... 

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AT&T Files Suit Against Cox Communications

September 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
AT&T Files Suit Against Cox Communications

AT&T has filed a suit against Cox Communications for infringing eight patents dealing with network quality after the regional cable provider ignored its complaints about the issue. In the suit filed Friday in Delaware federal court against Cox and more than 30 of its regional units, AT&T said that Cox had been warned about the claims of patent infringement as far back as 2009. It said Cox delayed negotiations and refused to take a license for the technologies. AT&T claims the patents... 

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Bitcoin Adoption Rate Continues Its Upward Trajectory

August 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Bitcoin Adoption Rate Continues Its Upward Trajectory

Bitcoin is gaing greater acceptance at U.S. online merchants including Overstock.com and Expedia, as customers use a digital currency that just a few years ago was virtually unknown but is now showing some staying power. Though sales paid for in bitcoin so far at vendors interviewed for this article have been a fraction of one percent, they expect that as acceptance grows, the online currency will one day be as ubiquitous as the internet. “Bitcoin isn’t going anywhere; it’s here... 

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Do White Dwarfs Hold The Key To Supernova Explosions?

August 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Do White Dwarfs Hold The Key To Supernova Explosions?

Supernovas, the most powerful stellar explosions in the universe, may result from catastrophic nuclear explosions on dead stars, new research shows. Scientists had long theorized that such nuclear events cause some supernovas, but now researchers finally have direct evidence. A supernova shines brightly enough to briefly outshine all the stars in its galaxy, making it visible from halfway across the universe. Such explosions are rare, only occurring within each galaxy about every 100 years. For decades,... 

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Tesla Motors Recruits Hackers For Security Challenge

August 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Tesla Motors Recruits Hackers For Security Challenge

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors is searching for security researchers to hack its vehicles. The Silicon Valley based high-tech auto maker will hire up to 30 full-time hackers whose job will be to identify and resolve vulnerabilities in the sophisticated firmware that controls its cars. “Our security team is focused on advancing technology to secure connected cars,” a company spokesman said via email. The focus is on “setting new standards for security and creating new capabilities... 

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Did Scientist Discover Microbial Life Inside A Martian Rock?

August 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Scientist Discover Microbial Life Inside A Martian Rock?

Scientists have found a strange structure resembling a microbial cell inside a Martian meteorite, but they’re not claiming that it’s evidence of Red Planet life. The researchers discovered the microscopic oval object within the Nakhla Mars meteorite, which fell to Earth in Egypt in 1911. While the structure’s appearance is intriguing, it most likely formed as a result of geological rather than biological processes, team members said. “The consideration of possible biotic scenarios... 

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Amazon Acquires Live-Streaming Game Network Twitch For Nearly $1B

August 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Acquires Live-Streaming Game Network Twitch For Nearly $1B

Amazon.com Inc has acquired live-streaming gamingnetwork Twitch Interactive for about $970 million in cash, reflecting Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos’ vision to transform Amazon into an Internet destination beyond its roots in retail operations. The deal, jointly announced by the two companies, is the largest deal in Amazon’s 20-year history and will help the U.S. e-commerce company vie with Apple Inc and Google Inc in the fast-growing world of online gaming, which accounts for... 

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Does Microbial Life Here Bold Well For Alien Life Discovery?

August 27, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Does Microbial Life Here Bold Well For Alien Life Discovery?

The discovery of a complex microbial ecosystem far beneath the Antarctic ice may be exciting, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that life teems on frigid worlds throughout the solar system, researcher’s caution. Scientists announced today (Aug. 20) in the journal Nature that many different types of microbes live in subglacial Lake Whillans, a body of fresh water entombed beneath 2,600 feet (800 meters) of Antarctic ice. Many of the micro-organisms in these dark depths apparently get their... 

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US Government Warns Major Businesses Hit By Backoff Malware

August 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
US Government Warns Major Businesses Hit By Backoff Malware

Over 1,000 major enterprise networks and small and medium businesses in the U.S. have been compromised by a recently discovered malware package named Backoff and are probably unaware of it, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has said in a cybersecurity alert. Backoff first appeared in October 2013 and is capable of scraping the memory contents of point of sales systems — industry speak for cash registers and other terminals used at store checkouts — for data swiped from credit... 

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Is Europa The Best Bet For Alien Life?

August 26, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Europa The Best Bet For Alien Life?

Jupiter’s moon Europa doesn’t look like a particularly inviting place for life to thrive; the icy satellite is nearly 500 million miles (800 million kilometers) from the sun, on average. But beneath its icy crust lies a liquid ocean with more water than Earth contains. This ocean is shielded from harmful radiation, making Europa one of the solar system’s best bets to host alien life. That’s one of the reasons Europa is so alluring to scientists. It has all the elements thought... 

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Amazon Developing Own Online Advertising

August 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Developing Own Online Advertising

Amazon Inc is planning to develop its own software for generating advertisements online, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources with knowledge of the matter. While the in-house platform is initially planned to replace ads supplied by Google Inc on Amazon’s own website, the new system could challenge Google and Microsoft Corp’s advertising business in the future, the newspaper cited the people as saying. Amazon’s system would resemble Google’s AdWords, and is... 

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UPS Joins The List Of Companies To Report A Data Breach

August 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
UPS Joins The List Of Companies To Report A Data Breach

Credit and debit card information belonging to customers made purchases at 51 UPS Store Inc. locations in 24 states this year may have been illegally accessed as the result of an intrusion into the company’s networks. In a statement on Wednesday, UPS said it was recently notified by law enforcement officials about a “broad-based malware intrusion” of its systems. A subsequent investigation by an IT security firm showed that attackers had installed previously unknown malware on... 

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Astrophysicists Discover Stars Being Eaten By Supermassive Black Hole

August 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astrophysicists Discover Stars Being Eaten By Supermassive Black Hole

Astrophysicists have analyzed two decades-worth of X-ray data and discovered three events inside galactic cores that can be interpreted in only one way: stellar destruction. ANALYSIS: Supermassive Black Hole Jet Mystery Solved For any given galaxy, it is estimated that a star will be destroyed by the central supermassive black hole approximately once every 10,000 years. The vast majority of known galaxies are thought to contain at least one supermassive black hole in their cores, having a dramatic... 

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YouTube Music Might Prove Lucrative For Google

August 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
YouTube Music Might Prove Lucrative For Google

A beefed up version of YouTube offering exclusive content might turn out to be lucrative bait for Google to lure some of its users deeper into its digital video and music services. YouTube appears to be readying a paid premium music service that would cost US$9.99 a month, called YouTube Music Key. Roughly a dozen purported screenshots of the service were recently published online on the blog Android Police, possibly showing how it would work. The images showed exclusive content such as remixes... 

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Astronomer’s Discover New Clues In Supernovas Death?

August 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomer’s Discover New Clues In Supernovas Death?

When a supernova suddenly appeared in the night sky earlier this year, astronomers scrambled to study the bright new object before it faded away. Now, with new forensic data gathered by NASA telescopes, scientists say they have a better idea about what caused the star explosion in the nearby Messier 82 galaxy. At 12 million light-years away, the Type Ia supernova first spotted on Jan. 21 was the closest to Earth in years. There are two primary explanations for how Type Ia supernovas are triggered:... 

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