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How an unpaid UK researcher saved the Japanese seaweed industry

Ars Technica - 2 hours 30 min ago

Enlarge / A nori farm off the coast of Japan. (credit: H. Grobe)

The tasty Japanese seaweed nori is ubiquitous today, but that wasn't always true. Nori was once called “lucky grass” because every year's harvest was entirely dependent on luck. Then, during World War II, luck ran out. No nori would grow off the coast of Japan, and farmers were distraught. But a major scientific discovery on the other side of the planet revealed something unexpected about the humble plant and turned an unpredictable crop into a steady and plentiful food source.

Nori is most familiar to us when it's wrapped around sushi. It looks less familiar when floating in the sea, but for centuries, farmers in Japan, China, and Korea knew it by sight. Every year, they would plant bamboo poles strung with nets in the coastal seabed and wait for nori to build up on them.

At first it would look like thin filaments. Then, with luck, it grew into healthy, harvestable plants with long, green leaves. The farmers never saw seeds or seedlings, so no one could cultivate it. The filaments simply appeared every year. That is, they appeared until after World War II, when pollution, industrialization along the coast, and a series of violent typhoons led to a disastrous drop in harvests. By 1951, nori production in Japan had been all but wiped out.

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'Justice League': 7 burning questions about what comes next - CNET

cNET.com - News - 3 hours 11 min ago
CNET explores what clues the film leaves for the future of the DC Extended Universe.

Legend of the seas: a look inside the massive RMS Queen Mary - CNET

cNET.com - News - 4 hours 11 min ago
Bigger than the Titanic, and the finest transport of her day, the RMS Queen Mary is now a museum and hotel. Here’s the full tour.

Above and below decks of the beautiful Queen Mary - CNET

cNET.com - News - 4 hours 11 min ago
Bigger than the Titanic, nearly as long as New York's Chrysler Building is tall, and once carried 16,082 soldiers from NY to England in WWII, here what the incredible RMS Queen Mary looks like inside.

Hammond: Driverless cars will be on UK roads by 2021

BBC Technology News - 4 hours 49 min ago
The chancellor says the country must embrace new technologies in order to succeed.

What to play this weekend: Star Wars, Pokemon and Skyrim - CNET

cNET.com - News - 16 hours 32 min ago
There's something for everyone this week. Even PlayStation Vita owners.

The 31 best Black Friday 2017 deals so far - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 18, 2017 - 11:01pm
Some are available now, some start by Thanksgiving, but all of them will be in effect by Black Friday, Nov. 24. Here are the absolute best deals we've found so far.

The inner workings of surreal mechanical sculptures - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 18, 2017 - 10:41pm
For a new exhibit, artists bring creatures to colorful life though objects that are part toys, part art and part science.

I went to buy an iPhone X. AT&T told me Galaxy Note 8 is better - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 18, 2017 - 10:07pm
Commentary: An AT&T salesman tells me it's quite obvious why Samsung's large phone is better than Apple's future of the smartphone.

The Audiophiliac picks the best speakers of 2017 - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 18, 2017 - 8:47pm
Here they are, the best of the best sound bars, desktop, bookshelf, and tower speakers of 2017.

This crazy Bluetooth speaker turntable system actually works - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 18, 2017 - 7:47pm
The +Audio’s The+Record Player manages to combine a record player and Bluetooth speaker in a single box, and the Audiophiliac even liked the sound.

Best pre-Black Friday deals you can get right now - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 18, 2017 - 6:00pm
Why wait? There are already some great deals out there -- without the need to wait in line at 4 a.m.

Oh baby! 'Incredibles 2' teaser launches a Jack-Jack attack - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 18, 2017 - 5:29pm
The long-anticipated sequel to the 2004 Pixar hit starring the super-powered family is just around the corner.

Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on

The Register - November 18, 2017 - 3:12pm
NSF approves plan to keep Puerto Rico facility operational after hurricane trashed it

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has approved a plan to keep the famous Arecibo Observatory running after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Maria.…

Whimsical mechanical creatures spring to life, tell stories - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 18, 2017 - 2:00pm
These absurdist sculptures of people and animals explore the intersection of art and engineering -- and tell playful little tales while they're at it.

Pandemic Legacy: Season 2—The world’s “best board game” gets better

Ars Technica - November 18, 2017 - 2:00pm

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com.

How do you follow the most popular board game ever made?

In a world where three separate versions of Smurfs Monopoly exist, Pandemic Legacy: Season One (PL:S1) isn’t the biggest-selling game of all time—but it has topped the popularity charts at Board Game Geek since it was released. It’s as close to “universally loved” as it’s possible to get in this contrarian world.

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HomePod delay clouds Apple’s smart speaker future - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 18, 2017 - 2:00pm
Apple is ceding the key holiday shopping season to Google and Amazon.

Pentagon contractor leaves social media spy archive wide open on Amazon

Ars Technica - November 18, 2017 - 1:30pm

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A Pentagon contractor left a vast archive of social-media posts on a publicly accessible Amazon account in what appears to be a military-sponsored intelligence-gathering operation that targeted people in the US and other parts of the world.

The three cloud-based storage buckets contained at least 1.8 billion scraped online posts spanning eight years, researchers from security firm UpGuard's Cyber Risk Team said in a blog post published Friday. The cache included many posts that appeared to be benign, and in many cases those involved from people in the US, a finding that raises privacy and civil-liberties questions. Facebook was one of the sites that originally hosted the scraped content. Other venues included soccer discussion groups and video game forums. Topics in the scraped content were extremely wide ranging and included Arabic language posts mocking ISIS and Pashto language comments made on the official Facebook page of Pakistani politician Imran Khan.

The scrapings were left in three Amazon Web Servers S3 cloud storage buckets that were configured to allow access to anyone with a freely available AWS account. It's only the latest trove of sensitive documents left unsecured on Amazon. In recent months, UpGuard has also found private data belonging to Viacom, security firm TigerSwan, and defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton similarly exposed. In Friday's post, UpGuard analyst Dan O'Sullivan wrote:

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Iconic hacker booted from conferences after sexual misconduct claims surface

Ars Technica - November 18, 2017 - 12:30pm

Enlarge / John Draper, seen here in 2011. (credit: campuspartycolombia)

John Draper, a legendary figure in the world of pre-digital phone hacking known as "phreaking," has been publicly accused of inappropriate sexual behavior going back nearly two decades.

According to a new Friday report by BuzzFeed News, Draper, who is also known as "Captain Crunch," acted inappropriately with six adult men and minors between 1999 and 2007 during so-called "energy" exercises, which sometimes resulted in private invitations to his hotel room. There, Draper allegedly made unwanted sexual advances.

As a result of the new revelations, Draper, 74, is now no longer welcome at Defcon. Michael Farnum, the founder of HOU.SEC.CON, told Ars on Friday afternoon that Draper, who had been scheduled to speak in April 2018, was disinvited.

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Best Black Friday deals for cord-cutters: Roku, Fire TV and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 18, 2017 - 11:00am
Want to stream video or watch free over-the-air TV instead of paying for cable? Black Friday is the perfect time to upgrade your hardware.

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