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Monday, July 20th, 2015


Tesla Offers New ‘Ludicrous Mode’: Zero to 60 in 2.8 Seconds

Bloomberg-Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk introduced a new “Ludicrous Mode” for the dual-motor version of the Model S during a call on Friday, allowing the all-electric sedan to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds. The upgrade costs an additional $10,000 for new buyers and results in a 10 percent acceleration improvement. The hold music before the conference call began was a loop of the rap song Beast Mode by Ludacris. Ludicrous Mode “is an extension of Insane Mode,” Musk explained. With acceleration of 1.1 Gs, “it’s faster than falling.”Read More

Plastic roads may put asphalt to shame

The days of putting up with crumbling asphalt streets might just come to an end. Construction company VolkerWessels has revealed plans for recycled plastic roads that are both more sustainable and more practical than old-fashioned blacktop. Besides reusing material, they’d last about three times longer and survive greater temperature ranges (between -40F and 176F) — despite their fragile look, they’re less likely to crack under the strain of vehicles or the weather. You can pre-assemble them to lay them down faster, too, and their hollow structure is handy for cablingRead More

State officials say Oregonians should prepare for magnitude 8+ earthquake

Registerguard-When New Yorker magazine published a recent article about the possible consequences of a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami, state emergency preparedness officials saw an opportunity. The article, titled “The Really Big One,” begins with a description of the impact of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It then moves to the United States, comparing the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Pacific Northwest coast to the infamous San Andreas fault. The writer’s conclusion is that people should be more concerned about the Cascadia fault line than the better-known San AndreasRead More

Stephen Hawking and Yuri Milner Announce $100M Initiative to Seek ET

LONDON — Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian tech entrepreneur Yuri Milner are pushing the search for extraterrestrial life into higher gear.  Milner, a tech start-up entrepreneur and philanthropist, is partnering with scientists around the world to search for life among the stars. The pair said Monday the $100 million “Breakthrough Initiatives” program funded by Milner will harness computer power as never before in a search of the heavens. “We are intelligent, we are alive, we must know,” said Hawking, who warned of the potential danger of contacting aliens. In 2010, HawkingRead More

After Hottest Year On Record, Ocean Warming Now ‘Unstoppable’

Sea levels, warming of the surface and upper layer of the oceans, greenhouse gases and land temperatures all hit a record high in 2014. In addition to this, glacier melt and tropical storms were also at a high, while sea ice loss continued. These are the findings from the annual State of the Climate report, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The results are based on the work of 413 independent scientists from 58 countries. “This report represents data from around the globe, from hundreds of scientists and givesRead More

NASA’s next 7 projects – including sending a submarine to Titan

NASA has just funded seven far-out space-exploration concepts, summarized below.  One of the coolest – the Submarine being sent to Saturn’s moon Titan. You can learn more about the projects here:   Swarm Flyby Gravimetry (Justin Atchison, Johns Hopkins University): To investigate asteroids and comets, a spaceship would let loose a swarm of low-cost probes to fly by the objects, measuring its gravitational pull and composition from all different angles. PERISCOPE: PERIapsis Subsurface Cave Optical Explorer (Jeffrey Nosanov,Nosanov Consulting):A low-orbiting spacecraft would peer down at the moon, firing laser pulsesRead More

Cheating website Ashley Madison hacked

A dating website that helps married people cheat has been hit by hackers who threatened to release information about millions of customers. Ashley Madison, which uses the advertising slogan “Life is short. Have an affair,” said Monday it had been attacked and some user data was stolen. Brian Krebs, the blogger behind Krebs on Security, first reported the breach late on Sunday. Krebs said the hackers posted some data and were threatening to release all Ashley Madison’s customer records if their demands were not met. “We were recently made awareRead More

Windows 10 Releasing on Aug 16t, Will come on USB

Windows 10 will release on August 16th, according to an Amazon US listing and will come on USB stick. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the OS will be included on a single memory stick and will be available for $119 and $199 for the retail versions of Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro respectively.   This release is over 2 weeks after the initial wave of Windows 10 upgrades which will start on July 29th on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 based devices. This staggering of the new operatingRead More

The sleep-deprived brain can mistake friends for foes you can’t tell a smile from a scowl, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. A new UC Berkeley study shows that sleep deprivation dulls our ability to accurately read facial expressions. This deficit can have serious consequences, such as not noticing that a child is sick or in pain, or that a potential mugger or violent predator is approaching. “Recognizing the emotional expressions of someone else changes everything about whether or not you decide to interact with them, and in return, whether they interact with you,” said study seniorRead More