Monthly Archives: October 2015

Mother of All Apes May Have Been Surprisingly Small

sciencehabit writes: From sturdy chimpanzees to massive gorillas to humans themselves, the living great apes are all large-bodied, weighing between 30 and 180 kilograms. So for years most researchers thought the ancestral ape must have tipped the scales as well.

Posted in Uncategorized

Farmer Coalition Offers $250K Prize For Blueberry Picking Robot

Hallie Siegel writes: Having spent many a back breaking hour in deep woods Ontario picking wild blueberries in summer time, I can only imagine the challenge of farming and harvesting these awesome little flavour nuggets. Blueberries are in record demand

Posted in Uncategorized

Atom 1.1 Is Out, With Lots of Graphic Improvements

yathosho writes with some good news for GitHub developers: GitHub’s new Atom editor sees a first big update in version 1.1. Character measurement has been improved, fonts with ligatures and variable width fonts are now supported. The biggest new feature

Posted in Uncategorized

Cuba’s Internet Routing Is Messed Up

Internet access in Cuba has gotten far better in the last year, thanks in large part to thawing relations between Cuba’s government and the U.S. In the case of a censorship-heavy, technology-impaired regime, though, “better” doesn’t necessarily mean good. Northwestern

Posted in Uncategorized

Bug Bounties Are Bonanza, For a Few Persistent Hackers

chicksdaddy writes: Bug bounty programs are all the rage these days, with companies from Asana to Zendesk (http://bugsheet.com/directory) offering cash rewards for finding holes in their web sites. But is spending your weekends fuzzing someone else’s application code really worth

Posted in Uncategorized

IMDb Hits 25

An anonymous reader writes: The year 2015 heralded a number of notable Internet milestones — the humble .com domain name reached 30 years of age, while both eBay and Amazon reached the grand old age of 20. That the Internet

Posted in Uncategorized

Harnessing EVE Online For Science

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists and the developers of space MMORPG EVE Online are working on a project to harness the power of the game’s huge playerbase to do useful scientific work. The Human Protein Atlas has 13 million images

Posted in Uncategorized

A Push To Ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty?

Lasrick writes: Hugh Gusterson thinks a symposium sponsored by the U.S. Energy Department was the first sign that the Administration is readying a push to finally ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). “Conceding that the earlier drive to

Posted in Uncategorized

US Army Tests Swarms of Drones In Major Exercise

itwbennett writes: The U.S. Army, curious about the potential threat and usefulness of off-the-shelf drones, brought consumer quadcopters and octocopters to the Network Integration Evaluation war games that concluded earlier this month at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, and

Posted in Uncategorized

Twitch Viewers Will Try To Collaboratively Install Arch Linux

An anonymous reader writes: Early last year, an anonymous developer had the idea to try to crowd-source a game of Pokemon using Twitch.tv. 16 days of continuous play later, they were victorious, with an estimated 1.17 million people participating. A

Posted in Uncategorized