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  • Interior of Burnt Herculaneum Scroll Read For First Time
    By on January 20, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments


    New submitter Solandri writes: When Mt. Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, it destroyed a library of classical works in Herculaneum. The papyrus scrolls weren’t incinerated, but were instead carbonized by the hot gases. The resulting black carbon cylinders have mostly withstood attempts to read their contents since their discovery. Earlier attempts to unfurl the scrolls yielded some readable material, but were judged too destructive. Researchers decided (more…)

  • BitTorrent Launches Project Maelstrom, the First Torrent-Based Browser
    By on December 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes BitTorrent today announced the first torrent-based browser. Project Maelstorm, as the app is currently called, is being made available as an invite-only alpha to “a small group of testers.” Although BitTorrent is in the very early stages of the project (testers are being asked to help assess for usability and reliability), the company strongly believes Maelstrom “is the first step toward a truly distributed web, one that (more…)

  • First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix
    By on October 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes John Oliver calls it “cable company f*ckery” and we’ve all suspected it happens. Now on Steven Levy’s new Backchannel publication on Medium, Susan Crawford delivers decisive proof, expertly dissecting the Comcast-Netflix network congestion controversy. Her source material is a detailed traffic measurement report (.pdf) released this week by Google-backed M-Lab — the first of its kind — showing severe degradation (more…)

  • Airbus E-Fan Electric Aircraft Makes First Flight
    By on May 15, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “The aviation industry has taken a tentative step toward electric power with the successful maiden flight of the Airbus E-Fan. The manufacturer known for the massive A380 jetliner began testing this small experimental aircraft last week, with the ultimate aim of lowering the huge carbon dioxide emissions from commercial flights. The E-FAN is powered by 120 lithium-polymer batteries, and can fly at speeds up to 136mph. Measuring (more…)

  • 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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  • First Arab Supercar Costs $3.4 Million, Has Diamond-Encrusted Headlights
    By on November 10, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    cartechboy writes “If you’re looking for bling, you can always count on Dubai. At the Dubai Motor Show this week, Lebanon-based W Motors unveiled what is billed as the world’s first Arab-built super car. The Lykan Hypersport incorporates jewels and precious metals in its construction, suicide-style doors, and an interactive holographic display system. (Yes, drivers will be able to adjust radio volume via a holograph.) The 750 horsepower car accelerates (more…)

  • VIDEO: Australian GP first practice highlights
    By on March 15, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Highlights of the first practice session from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

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  • Defending the First Sale Doctrine
    By on December 25, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation recaps two court cases pending in the U.S. which will decide whether you’re allowed to re-sell the things you purchase. The first case deals with items bought in other countries for resale in the U.S., such as textbooks. An unfavorable decision there would mean “anything that is made in a foreign country and contains copies of copyrighted material – from the textbooks at issue in the Kirtsaeng case to shampoo (more…)

  • First Culture Freedom Day Underway In Lisbon, Others Next Saturday
    By on May 11, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter Blug_fred writes “The first ever Culture Freedom Day is happening right now over a two-day period in Lisbon, Portugal. Organized by Flausina with the participation of Creative Commons Portugal, and being celebrated one week earlier that the official date, this event brings an impressive program of concerts, documentary projections, debates and more. For others there is still time to find an event in your area (so far, eleven (more…)

  • First Amendment Protection For Search Results?
    By on May 11, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “A legal paper (PDF), commissioned by Google and written by Eugene Volokh and Donald Falk, makes the case that search results should be protected under the First Amendment, thereby making regulation of search results illegal. The authors say a search engine ‘uses sophisticated computerized algorithms, but those algorithms themselves inherently incorporate the search engine company engineers’ judgments about what (more…)