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  • Mertesacker defends Germany display
    By on June 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments


    Germany’s Per Mertesacker says winning is all that counts after criticism of their laboured last-16 victory over Algeria.

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  • California Legalizes Bitcoin
    By on June 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    jfruh (300774) writes “California governor Jerry Brown has signed a law repealing Section 107 of California’s Corporations Code, which prohibited companies or individuals from issuing money other than U.S. dollars. Before the law was repealed, not only bitcoin but everything from Amazon Coin to Starbucks Stars were techinically illegal; the law was generally not enforced.”

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  • Maglev Personal Transportation System Set For Trial In Tel Aviv
    By on June 26, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    andhar (194607) writes The BBC reports a system of two-passenger maglev pods suspended from 500 meters of elevated tracks will be constructed on the campus of Israel Aerospace Industries as a pilot for a larger deployment in Tel Aviv. The article claims a top speed of 150 mph (240 kph) for these autonomous “personal rapid transit” pods. From the article: “Joe Dignan, an independent smart city expert, said the system represented ‘a hybrid between existing (more…)

  • Burns maintains appetite for success
    By on June 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Ricky Burns is in confident mood ahead of his WBC eliminator against Dejan Zlaticanin at the Braehead Arena.

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  • Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil
    By on June 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    rtoz writes: A MIT spinout company aims to end the landfilling of plastic with a cost-effective system that breaks down nonrecycled plastics into oil, while reusing some of the gas it produces to operate. To convert the plastics into oil, this new system first shreds them. The shreds are then entered into a reactor — which runs at about 400 degrees Celsius — where a catalyst helps degrade the plastics’ long carbon chains. This produces (more…)

  • England aim to avoid series whitewash
    By on June 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    England hope to win only their third Test in New Zealand when they face the record-chasing All Blacks in Hamilton on Saturday.

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  • Green in fresh bid for Rangers
    By on June 16, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Former Rangers chief executive Charles Green seeks financial backing to launch a new bid for control at Ibrox.

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  • How To Make Espresso In Space
    By on June 15, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    In a story that’s sure to bring to the surface the long-debunked myth of an over-elaborate NASA quest to create a pen to operate in space, Wired reports that the coffee situation abooard the International Space Station is about the improve: the station will be getting a 20kg, custom designed Lavazza espresso machine, to be delivered along with Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. Among other differences from terrestrial espresso machines: the (more…)

  • No extra pressure as champion – Rose
    By on June 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Justin Rose says there is no extra pressure on him as defending champion at the US Open starting on Thursday.

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  • NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin
    By on June 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    PvtVoid (1252388) writes “In the semiannual report to Congress by the NSF Office of Inspector General, the organization said it received reports of a researcher who was using NSF-funded supercomputers at two universities to mine Bitcoin. The computationally intensive mining took up about $150,000 worth of NSF-supported computer use at the two universities to generate bitcoins worth about $8,000 to $10,000, according to the report. It did not name (more…)