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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:58 Source

Perfect indulgence for the school holidays. The latest installment from my favourite fan/pro Trekker homage outfits.

I'm not going to embed the video, because bandwitdth. But you can find it here on the toobz.

I'm always amazed the the quality these guys bring to the screen, it's every bit as good as ToS, and often better. In this ep, "Kirk and McCoy are trapped in time while an alien infestation threatens the Enterprise".

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:55 Source

Believe it or not, it turns out there is one thing members of Congress can agree on: Pollutants are not good, and maybe we should do something about really bad pollutants getting released into the atmosphere. Ahead of the Pope's speech to a joint session of Congress today, two senators re-introduced a bipartisan climate bill.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:55 Source

This is an understatement: Battlefields are unsafe. For troops wounded in combat, they need to get out of battle fast and to medical care. Historically that's been the role of human medics, who bravely risk enemy fire to save their wounded comrades. That's profoundly dangerous work, undertaken by humans because we haven't, historically, had any other options. Earlier this week, Major General Steve Jones, commander of the Army Medical Department Center, said that in the future, we might send robots instead. Jones said:

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:55 Source

Last week, the FAA granted the NFL legal permission to fly drones. The FAA's authorized over a thousand businesses to fly drones, but the NFL is the first major sporting league granted such permission. The rights extend to data collection and video capture, but are limited to times when teams aren't playing. The FAA specifically noted that drones are safer than manned aircraft for this, saying:

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:55 Source

We've seen Pluto's ice mountains, its glacier-carved plains, its mysterious dark spots. But the dwarf planet still has a few tricks up its sleeve. Today, the New Horizons team released images that reveal a totally new Plutonian feature.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:55 Source

Today, Oculus VR co-founder Palmer Luckey made a surprising revelation at the developer conference Oculus Connect 2: Minecraft, the hit block-based world-building game that was acquired by Microsoft last year, will be released on the Oculus Rift.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:55 Source

What goes around comes around, and that might be bad news for seafood lovers. We already know that eating fish comes with risks of ingesting metals like mercury and lead, or pesticides like DDT. A new paper published today in Scientific Reports now reports that the fish we eat may also contain plastic particles and small fibers from the waste we produce.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:55 Source

In case Facebook's 360-degree video wasn't enough for you, Netflix is bringing its streaming video service to virtual reality. With the help of Oculus, Reed Hastings and company will allow you to binge their content catalog in VR.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:54 Source

In one lab, an image of an object is shown to a study participant on a computer screen. The subject wears a cap connected to an electroencephalography (EEG) machine that monitors his brain waves.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:54 Source

Google's event will take place on September 29, but that hasn't stopped their newest Nexus devices from leaking. The Nexus 5X and 6P are rumored to be revealed at the search company's announcement in San Francisco on Tuesday. But almost a full week early, the devices have appeared on camera.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:54 Source

Mega-pharmacy chain CVS announced Wednesday that it will start selling naloxone without a prescription in 12 new states. Previously, only customers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts had over-the-counter privileges for the drug, which treats overdoses from opioids like heroin, morphine, and prescription pain medications like Oxycontin and Vicodin.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:54 Source

The dark techno-drama Black Mirror was an instant hit in the UK following its premiere on Channel 4 in 2011. But the cult dystopian show—which has been compared by many critics to a modern-day Twilight Zone with its acerbic and cutting commentary on voyeurism, technology, and societal norms—remained largely unknown outside the UK until its first full two seasons came to Netflix in late 2014.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:54 Source

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced additional vehicle emissions testing in response to Volkswagen cheating at the tests since 2008, though many questions remain about which cars, and how many, will ultimately be subjected to them.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:54 Source

Teleportation isn't real, at least not as it's depicted in fiction. No one has ever made a material object -- be it Harry Potter or Captain Kirk -- physically disappear from one location and reappear elsewhere. But information … that's a different story.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:54 Source

President Xi Jinping of China announced today during a visit to the White House that China will start a national cap-and-trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions in 2017.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:44 Source

By Leith van Onselen Two of the biggest tax policy no-brainers – reforming superannuation concessions and replacing stamp duties with broad-based land values taxes – received near universal support from business and community leaders at last week’s AFR tax reform summit. From The AFR: Nearly 90 per cent of delegates surveyed… said those two changes

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:44 Source

The FDA is cracking down on a blood test that claims to detect early signs of cancer in high-risk individuals. Pathway Genomics, makers of the CancerIntercept Detect tool, is under investigation by the FDA, which claims that the screening tool is unapproved, not backed by adequate scientific studies, and therefore could be harmful to the public.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:43 Source

Influenza, SARS, Ebola, HIV, the common cold. All of us are quite familiar with these names. They are viruses—a little bit of genetic material (DNA or RNA) encapsulated in a protein coat. But what we don't really understand, and what scientists have struggled with since the study of virology began, is whether viruses are actually living or not. A paper published today in Science Advances just might change that.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:43 Source

Cargo containers are as universal as trade itself, finding their way onto trucks, freight trains, and ocean-going vessels. Their uniform, boxy shape and sharp edges make them instantly stackable, but not terribly aerodynamic. For transport by air, that usually means fitting square pegs into round planes. A new plane design by Boeing, granted a patent this week, could change that. Instead of slotting cargo containers into a round tube, the Boeing plane would line them up longwise in a neat row, then lower its aerodynamic body on top. Here's what that looks like:

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:43 Source

We have trained machines to dream, but can we make them follow their dreams of moving to New York to become a fashion designer? In a world where startups use algorithms to find the next fashion trends, it's not impossible that computers could go beyond finding what's popular, and start creating it. Stitch Fix, a fashion startup that aims to provide a personal shopping experience remotely, already uses machine learning to understand its customers' tastes. Last week, Stitch Fix data scientist TJ Torres poked into the potential future of computer-generated clothing designs.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:43 Source

When endangered wildlife get caught in traps it's usually a bad thing. But in Peru's Sira Communal Reserve, it was more like a miracle. Camera traps captured some extraordinary footage of the wildlife living in this remote area, including some very endangered species.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:43 Source

Over the last few months, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute surveyed more than 500 US drivers to gauge their feelings about autonomous cars. The results? Only about 16 percent of respondents wanted a fully self-driving vehicle. By contrast, nearly 44 percent said they didn't want their cars to do any driving at all

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:43 Source

We've all eyeballed a parking space at the kerb and decided to go for it, despite the fact that it's a bit too small for our car, or maybe traffic is heavy and might rush our perfect parallel parking job. According to a new study by AAA and the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center, we think we can nail that parking challenge. Almost 80% of drivers in the study said they were confident in their parallel parking abilities, and only about 25% said they'd trust a self-parking system to help them.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:43 Source

If someone offered you a drug that would save your life, what would you be willing to pay for it? Could you even put a number on it?

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:43 Source

It's been two years since the first revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and there are still new details in his trove of stolen secrets. Many of the revelations have concerned the bulk data collection of data done by the American agency, whose job it is to monitor electronic communications.

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:43 Source

The secret roach's name was Death's Head, aka Blaberus Cranifer, and it came from Russia on a mission. It is a small, mechanical beast, styled after the death's head cockroach. According to Russian state-owned Sputnik news site, it was built in seven months by a group at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, for a vague Russian organization. That vague group's requirements?

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Popular Science Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:43 Source

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, which has launched satellites into orbit and carried cargo to the International Space Station and back again on multiple occasions, is getting a serious upgrade. It's engines are getting higher throttle settings, condensed fuel, and some new structural modifications. This week, the company put the rocket through its first static test fire.

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Delimiter Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:35 Source

Mid-tier telcos M2 and Vocus this morning announced they would merge into a large company with a market capitalisation in excess of $3 billion, in a move that will further cement M2’s place as Australia’s fourth-largest broadband player and further consolidate the already minimalist Australian telecommunications industry.

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Delimiter Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:35 Source

Mid-tier telcos M2 and Vocus this morning announced they would merge into a large company with a market capitalisation in excess of $3 billion, in a move that will further cement M2’s place as Australia’s fourth-largest broadband player and further consolidate the already minimalist Australian telecommunications industry.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:31 Source

Is Shorten letting Turnbull off the hook on cities policy?

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