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Google Opens Up Street View Archives From 2007 To Today

Science of Nerds:Slashdot - 19 min 17 sec ago
mpicpp (3454017) writes with news that Google is publishing all Street View imagery back to 2007. Quoting Ars: "The feature hasn't rolled out to many accounts yet, but it looks like a small, draggable window will be added to the Street View interface. Just move the time slider around and you'll be able to jump through past images. Granted, Street View has only been around for a few years, so the archives only go back to 2007. A few of the events Google suggests browsing through are the building of One World Trade Center and the destruction and rebuilding of Onagawa, Japan after the 2011 earthquake. Besides being really cool, the move will save Google from having to choose a canonical Street View image for every location. If the current image is blacked-out or wrong in some way, you can just click back to the previous one."

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Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

Science of Nerds:Slashdot - 1 hour 1 min ago
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The B612 Foundation, a U.S.-based nuclear test monitoring group, has disclosed that their acoustic sensors show asteroid impacts to be much more common than previously thought. Between 2000 and 2013 their infrasound system detected 26 major explosions due to asteroid strikes. The impacts were gauged at energies of 1 to 600 kilotons, compared to 45 kilotons for 1945 Hiroshima bomb."

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Brain size matters in evolution of self-control

Science News From - 1 hour 24 min ago

A new study from a large multi-national group of scientists suggests that absolute brain size is key in evolution of cognition and self-control. The study, published in early edition in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examined 36 animal species in two problem-solving tasks measuring self-control. It found that absolute (not body size- relative) brain size and dietary breadth were the major predictors of species differences in self-control.

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AT&T Plans To Launch Internet Video Service

Science of Nerds:Slashdot - 1 hour 31 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "AT&T officially announced on Tuesday their intention to launch a Netflix-like service in collaboration with an investment group run by a former Fox president. AT&T is following in the footsteps of Verizon, which partnered with Redbox in 2012 to offer the same type of service, and like Verizon, is also still negotiating with Netflix on payments to not throttle Netflix traffic."

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Performing dogs go big after $1 million TV prize

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A million dollars will change you.

With Amazon Deal, HBO Finally Lets Shows Loose on the Net

Science and Tech News from Wired - 2 hours 10 min ago
It's been a long time coming, but HBO has finally inked a deal to let people to watch shows like The Sopranos online without an HBO subscription. Here's why:

ARIN Is Down To the Last </nobr>/8 of IPv4 Addresses

Science of Nerds:Slashdot - 2 hours 12 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "On 3 February 2011, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) issued the remaining five /8 address blocks, each containing 16.7 million addresses, in the global free pool equally to the five RIRs, and as such ARIN is no longer able to receive additional IPv4 resources from the IANA. After yesterday's large allocation ( to Akamai, the address pool remaining to be assigned by ARIN is now down to the last /8. This triggers stricter allocation rules and marks the end of general availability of new IPv4 addresses in North America. ARIN thus follows the RIRs of Asia, Europe and South America into the final phase of IPv4 depletion."

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Spacewalkers to replace failed computer outside space station

Science News: - 2 hours 32 min ago

Two U.S. astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Wednesday to replace a failed computer that serves as a backup to critical control systems, including the outpost's solar panel wings. Flight engineers Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson left the station's Quest airlock just after 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) for what was expected to be a 2-1/2-hour spacewalk. They carried with them a spare computer to be installed in the central section of the station's exterior power truss. "It looks like a great day to take a walk in space," Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen radioed to the crew from NASA's Mission Control in Houston.

You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X&mdash;For Free

Science of Nerds:Slashdot - 2 hours 53 min ago
redletterdave (2493036) writes "Apple on Tuesday announced the OS X Beta Seed Program, which allows anyone to download and install pre-release Mac software for the sake of testing and submitting feedback before the public launch. Until Tuesday, Apple charged users $99 a year to test out new OS X software—doing so required a paid-up developer account. (Testing new iPhone software still requires a separate developer account for another $99 a year.) Now, much the same way new OS X software is now totally free to download, it's also free to try out. All you need is an Apple ID to sign up."

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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Science of Nerds:Slashdot - 3 hours 34 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officers are legally allowed to stop and search vehicles based solely on anonymous 911 tips. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority opinion, reasoned that 'a 911 call has some features that allow for identifying and tracking callers' as well as for recording their calls, both of which he believed gave anonymous callers enough reliability for police officers to act on their tips with reasonable suspicion against the people being reported. The specific case before them involved an anonymous woman who called 911 to report a driver who forced her off the road. She gave the driver's license plate number and the make and model of his car as well as the location of the incident in question. Police officers later found him, pulled him over, smelled marijuana, and searched his car. They found 30 pounds of weed and subsequently arrested the driver. The driver later challenged the constitutionality of the arrest, claiming that a tip from an anonymous source was unreliable and therefore failed to meet the criteria of reasonable suspicion, which would have justified the stop and search. Five of the nine justices disagreed with him." The ruling itself (PDF).

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The Poop on Pooping: 5 Misconceptions Explained

Science News: - 3 hours 38 min ago
Here is the truth behind five common misconceptions about defecating. Misconception No. 1: Daily pooping is normal, and optimal.

Ah-CHOO! 3 Snortworthy Facts About Sneezes

Science News: - 3 hours 41 min ago
Sneezes are one of the body's natural defense mechanisms against foreign invaders, protecting the lungs and other organs from contamination. Sneezes begin when respiratory epithelium, which is the layer of cells that line the nose, becomes irritated and triggers the ending of the trigeminal cranial nerve, which then tells the brain to initiate the sneeze reflex. In fact, 1 in 4 people sneeze in bright sunlight, known as the photic sneeze reflex, or by the cleverly contrived name, autosomal dominant compelling helio-opthalmic outburst, or ACHOO, syndrome.
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