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  • Watson in first-round Brisbane exit
    By on December 31, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments


    Britain’s Heather Watson loses 6-4 6-3 to Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of the Brisbane International.

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  • What Would French Fries Taste Like If You Made Them On Jupiter?
    By on December 31, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    sciencehabit writes “Hoping that studying deep frying in different gravitational conditions will help them improve space food for future astronauts, scientists with the European Space Agency chopped potatoes into thin sticks and deep fried them in extra-virgin olive oil, one side at a time, in a spinning centrifuge that created conditions of up to nine times Earth’s gravity, akin to that seen on Jupiter. Higher gravity levels significantly increased (more…)

  • VIDEO: Mourinho on Suarez dive and TV pundits
    By on December 30, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Jose Mourinho accuses Luis Suarez of a “swimming pool dive” in an attempt to win a penalty in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

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  • UK Introduces Warrantless Detention
    By on December 30, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes with news that the UK is introducing new laws tightening security around military bases, quoting the article “The Ministry of Defense is set to introduce “draconian” new powers to tighten security and limit access to US airbases in Britain implicated in mass surveillance and drone strikes, The Independent can reveal. … Among the 20 activities to be banned within the controlled area are camping ‘in tents, caravans, trees (more…)

  • The Power of the Hoodie-Wearing C.E.O.
    By on December 25, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter silverjacket writes “New research (JSTOR sub required / paywalled) shows that we see nonconformity as a sign of both status and competence — under the right conditions. From the article: ‘Next, the researchers asked students at American universities to imagine a professor who is clean-shaven and wears a tie, or one who is bearded and wears T-shirts. Students were slightly more inclined to judge the dapper professor as a better (more…)

  • VIDEO: Most pleasing win of season – Martinez
    By on December 25, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez is delighted with the character of his side after they pulled off a “significant” 2-1 win away at Swansea.

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  • Data Broker Medbase200 Sold Lists of Rape & Domestic Violence Victims
    By on December 20, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    McGruber writes “During her testimony (PDF) at a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing Wednesday about the data-broker industry, Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, revealed that the Medbase200 unit of Integrated Business Services Incorporated had been offering a list of ‘rape sufferers’ on its website, at a cost of $79 for 1,000 names. The company, which sells marketing information to pharmaceutical (more…)

  • Snowboarder Jones concussed in crash
    By on December 20, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Olympic snowboard hope Jenny Jones is out of action until the new year after she is concussed in a training crash.

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  • Bradley Wiggins knighted by Queen
    By on December 15, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins is knighted at Buckingham Palace for services to cycling.

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  • Graphene-based Nanoantennas Could Allow WLANs of Nanodevices
    By on December 15, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Freshly Exhumed writes “With the onslaught of graphene experimentation, especially in computing and RF, news from IEEE Spectrum comes that researchers at Georgia Tech have computer-modeled nanoantennas made from graphene that could provide wireless network communications between nanoscopic devices. “We are exploiting the peculiar propagation of electrons in graphene to make a very small antenna that can radiate at much lower frequencies than classical (more…)