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Nailed it? Canon's new Pixma printer could help you save on manicures - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 25, 2018 - 2:59pm
But it takes up a lot more space than a few bottles of nail polish.

Aggregate this: NewsNow has spilt a bunch of 'encrypted' passwords

The Register - September 25, 2018 - 2:56pm
But no one will take the trouble to decipher them, right?

Updated UK aggregator NewsNow has suffered a breach resulting in the leak of users' "encrypted" passwords.…

Flying cars are closer than you think - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 25, 2018 - 2:35pm
Uber wants to fly you around the city like the Jetsons, but there are still roadblocks to overcome before UberAir can get off the ground.

Mummy of paraplegic child shows how Peru’s Nasca culture treated disability

Ars Technica - September 25, 2018 - 2:32pm

The Nasca Boy's remains are now on display in the National Museum of Ica, Peru. (credit: Tilley et al. 2018)

Most Peruvian mummies come bundled in cloth, with their legs folded up to their chests and their arms around their knees. But the young boy we now know only as the Nasca Boy was buried in a position he probably occupied in life: on a contoured, cushioned adobe stool, with his lower legs tucked beneath his seat. It’s the only burial of its kind that archaeologists have ever seen, and it immediately suggests two very important things about this child: he lived with a disability that would have required additional care and resources, and he was well cared for and valued by the people around him, even during a period of their history when food was scarce and life was uncertain.

That’s the conclusion of a new study, which revisits the original 1973 research on the mummified remains of the young boy, who died around 700 CE. The original archaeologists, led by the late Marvin Allison, focused on identifying evidence of tuberculosis in the boy’s remains; they provided the first evidence that the disease had stalked South American populations long before Europeans arrived.

Archaeologist Lorna Tilley and her colleagues have taken a second look at that study in an effort to reconstruct details of the child’s experience with his illness and disability, the kind of care he probably received, and what that reveals about the culture in which he lived. “I rely on taking the information available from the work of other archaeologists and synthesizing it, hoping that I've understood their research results and providing copious references so that readers can go to the sources themselves,” Tilley told Ars Technica.

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Facebook moderator sues over 'beheading stress'

BBC Technology News - September 25, 2018 - 2:27pm
A contractor working on the social network says it does not do enough for traumatised staff.

Nameless Right To Be Forgotten Google sueball man tries Court of Appeal – yet again

The Register - September 25, 2018 - 2:24pm
Can he make it to 12 months without telling anyone his real name?

A man who has refused to identify himself to Google or the UK courts but is still trying to drag the ad tech company through a Right To Be Forgotten legal action last week had his second attempt to take it to the Court of Appeal* in London denied by a senior British judge.…

Firefox Monitor shows if your personal information was lost in a hack - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 25, 2018 - 2:23pm
Mozilla's service can help you decide which passwords need changing.

After a decade of testing, propylene rocket fuel may be ready for prime time

Ars Technica - September 25, 2018 - 2:21pm

Enlarge / In May, Vector launched a full-scale prototype of the Vector-R rocket. (credit: Vector)

For a long time, Rocket Propellant-1, or RP-1, reigned supreme as the fuel of choice for the first stage of rockets. This highly refined form of kerosene, which was derived from jet fuel, powered the Saturn, Delta, Atlas, and Soyuz rockets throughout the 20th century. It even served as fuel for modern rockets like the Falcon 9.

RP-1 has the benefit of being dense, which means a lot of fuel can be packed into a relatively small tank. However, RP-1 isn't the most efficient fuel, a measurement known as specific impulse. Liquid hydrogen, by contrast, has a really high specific impulse. But because it is not at all dense, it can't efficiently be used as a first stage fuel.

This is one reason a number of major new rocket engines developed during the last decade, including SpaceX's Raptor and Blue Origin's BE-4 engines, have been designed to use methane as a fuel. It represents a compromise between RP-1 and hydrogen—not quite as dense as the former, and with not quite as high of a specific impulse as the latter. Methane is also useful if you want to go to Mars, because it is relatively abundant in the Red Planet's thin atmosphere and could be used to refuel an ascent vehicle.

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Tinder tests new feature for women in India

BBC Technology News - September 25, 2018 - 2:19pm
The dating platform is testing letting women take control of sending the first message to a match.

Should gammon slur be banned on Twitter?

BBC Technology News - September 25, 2018 - 2:18pm
Twitter asks its members to help shape new rules banning "dehumanising speech".

Amazon Echo Dot deal: Just $23 - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 25, 2018 - 2:13pm
It's used, but still the cheapest Dot to date.

Fujifilm's $4,500 GFX 50R hits a new low price for medium format - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - September 25, 2018 - 2:00pm
The company's eagerly awaited "affordable" version of its GFX 50S trims features you probably won't miss -- and a couple you might.

Samsung, Bosch, LG lead in the eternal race to fill your home with appliances - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 25, 2018 - 2:00pm
A survey of 250,000 people have made their appliance alliances.

Yale smart locks get the August treatment with new kit - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 25, 2018 - 2:00pm
Assa Abloy acquired August last year, and now we're getting a look at what that means for Yale and August smart locks.

Mac users get to join the OneDrive Files On-Demand festivities

The Register - September 25, 2018 - 1:53pm
Because there ain't no party like a cloud storage party

A year after Microsoft reintroduced placeholders for Windows users of OneDrive in the form of "Files On-Demand", Mac users of the cloudy file service are getting the same love.…

YouTube channel owner 'arrested over child sex abuse'

BBC Technology News - September 25, 2018 - 1:43pm
BuzzFeed claims to have a warrant suggesting the British national, 55, was arrested during a video shoot.

Turns out download speed isn't everything when streaming video on your smartphone

The Register - September 25, 2018 - 1:26pm
Someone should tell mobile industry. Oh, here we go

The Czech Republic and Hungary top the world for mobile video performance – even though they don't have the fastest networks.…

Instagram founders Systrom and Krieger leaving Facebook-owned firm

BBC Technology News - September 25, 2018 - 1:17pm
The departure of Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger is the latest test for parent company Facebook.

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