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Why a neonicotinoid ban isn’t enough to protect the environment

New Scientist - Breaking news - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:00am
Neurotoxic pesticides hurt more than just bees, and they have spread throughout the environment. A ban is a good thing, but it could create another problem
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Blood from human babies makes brains of elderly mice young again

New Scientist - Breaking news - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:00am
Young blood can rejuvenate the mind. Now a study has identified a protein in umbilical cord blood that can boost memory and brain function in aged mice
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The five best exoplanets in the galaxy to check for alien life

New Scientist - Breaking news - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:00am
The announcement of a new habitable, “Earth-like” planet made us wonder – where should we look first?
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Ubuntu Is Switching to Wayland

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader shares a report: Ubuntu is to ship Wayland in place of X.Org Server by default. Mir, Canonical's home-spun alternative to Wayland, had been billed as the future of Ubuntu's convergence play. But both Unity 8 the convergence dream was recently put out to pasture, meaning this decision was widely expected. It's highly likely that the traditional X.Org Server will, as on Fedora, be included on the disc and accessible from whichever login screen Ubuntu devs opt to use in ubuntu 17.10 onwards. This session will be useful for users whose system experience issues running on Wayland, or who need features and driver support that is only present in the legacy X.Org server session.

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Male robins can guess and satisfy their partner’s food cravings

New Scientist - Breaking news - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 9:57am
Female birds incubating eggs get an itch for specific foods, and their male partners somehow know what they want and deliver it to them
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eSports to join 2022 Asian Games as a medal-eligible sport

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 9:56am

The Olympic Council of Asia is seemingly eyeing sports titles like FIFA and both multiplayer online battle area and real-time strategy games for inclusion in future Asian Games events. ...

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TED Wants To Remind Us That Ideas -- Not Politicians -- Shape the Future

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 9:20am
An anonymous reader shares a Quartz report: Amid global political upheavals, TED curator Chris Anderson argues that ideas have never mattered more. "Ideas changes how people act and [shape] their long term perspective," he said in during a April 17 press briefing. "Politicians come and go and ideas are forever." He said TED -- two segments of which will be broadcast live in movie theaters this year -- wants to re-introduce civility into political discourse. "We want to avoid the zero sum game we see on cable television every day," said Anderson, noting that TED is a non-partisan organization and has historically featured controversial and intriguing thinkers from both sides of the political divide. In place of the shrill, headline-bait tenor of political spectacles, TED wants to take viewers to a place of "reasoned discourse" where big ideas can act as a bridge between opposing views. By creating an eclectic program -- including an entire session delivered in Spanish and another on artificial intelligence -- Anderson said he wants to steer the conversation away from government and politics. "With so much focus in politics, the world is in danger of forgetting that so much of what really changes the future happens outside completely of politics. It happens inside the mind of dreamers, designers, inventors, technologists, entrepreneurs," he said.

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Blog: Earned Value Management in game development

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 9:14am

This article aims to demystify Earned Value Management and explain how the system can be used to control the development process. ...

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VRDC Fall 2017 opens registration and welcomes new board members!

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 9:00am

Organizers of the Virtual Reality Developers Conference, the premier event for creators of immersive VR (and AR) experiences, are proud to announced that registration for VRDC Fall 2017 is now open! ...

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Discuss what is best in life with Conan Exiles' Joel Bylos at 3PM PDT

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 8:58am

We're talking with the creative director of Funcom's Conan Exiles today at 3PM EDT. Come chat with us! ...

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Nintendo To Launch SNES Mini This Year, Reports Eurogamer

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 8:40am
Nintendo plans to release another console this year aimed at nostalgia-seekers. The iconic game company is working on a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) classic version that would launch in time for the holidays, according to Eurogamer, which cites sources with knowledge of the plans. The device is already under development and -- like its predecessor the NES Classic Edition -- will give gamers access to some of the console's biggest hits. From the article: Nintendo's plans for SNES mini are also a major reason why last year's NES mini did not see a reprieve from discontinuation, Eurogamer understands, despite the latter's continued popularity and sell-out status.

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Silicon Valley's $400 Juicer May Be Feeling the Squeeze

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 8:00am
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: One of the most lavishly funded gadget startups in Silicon Valley last year was Juicero Inc. It makes a juice machine. The product was an unlikely pick for top technology investors, but they were drawn to the idea of an internet-connected device that transforms single-serving packets of chopped fruits and vegetables into a refreshing and healthy beverage. Doug Evans, the company's founder, would compare himself with Steve Jobs in his pursuit of juicing perfection. He declared that his juice press wields four tons of force -- "enough to lift two Teslas," he said. Google's venture capital arm and other backers poured about $120 million into the startup. Juicero sells the machine for $400, plus the cost of individual juice packs delivered weekly. But after the product hit the market, some investors were surprised to discover a much cheaper alternative: You can squeeze the Juicero bags with your bare hands. Two backers said the final device was bulkier than what was originally pitched and that they were puzzled to find that customers could achieve similar results without it.

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HTC releases Vive Tracker project code and developer tutorials

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 7:55am

HTC has released the code for five Vive Tracker projects to help virtual reality devs get to grips with the new accessory. ...

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Nintendo preparing SNES mini for this Christmas - report

GamesIndustry.biz news - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 7:33am
Eurogamer has confirmed with "sources close to the company" that another Nintendo microconsole is on the way
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The Slashdot Interview With Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor John B. Goodenough

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 7:20am
You asked, he answered! Lithium-ion battery inventor John B. Goodenough has responded to questions submitted by Slashdot readers. Read on for his answers.

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Blog: Navigating the space of game design

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 7:15am

Designing a game spawns an endless set of ideas - ideas that need to be sorted. In order to do this, you need a method of evaluating them. So here's five different ways of thinking about game design. ...

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Bose Headphones Secretly Collected User Data, Lawsuit Reveals

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 6:40am
The audio maker Bose, whose wireless headphones sell for up to $350, uses an app to collect the listening habits of its customers and provide that information to third parties -- all without the knowledge and permission of the users, according to a lawsuit filed in Chicago. From a report: The complaint accuses Boston-based Bose of violating the WireTap Act and a variety of state privacy laws, adding that a person's audio history can include a window into a person's life and views. "Indeed, one's personal audio selections -- including music, radio broadcast, Podcast, and lecture choices -- provide an incredible amount of insight into his or her personality, behavior, political views, and personal identity," says the complaint, noting a person's audio history may contain files like LGBT podcasts or Muslim call-to-prayer recordings.

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The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski says the pen is mightier than the gamepad

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 6:33am

"How much substance can there be in the lines of text when the hero walks through the woods and talks to a squirrel? Where's the room for depth or sophisticated language with which games could elevate culture?" ...

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Digital sales now represent 74% of the US game market

GamesIndustry.biz news - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 6:27am
The games industry added $11.7 billion to the US GDP in 2016, according to ESA's new Essential Facts report
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Facebook Owns Four Out of the Five Most Downloaded Apps Worldwide

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 6:00am
An anonymous reader shares a report: Facebook continues to storm the numbers as the company has claimed four out of the five spots for the most downloaded apps across the globe during the last quarter. Interestingly, Netflix still lords over everyone as far as revenue goes. New research by app analytics firm Sensor Tower reveals that WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Snapchat were the most downloaded apps for the first three months of this year. While the numbers differed across the App Store and Google Play, one thing both platforms shared is that Facebook owned four out of the top five spots for the most downloaded apps worldwide. While Messenger topped the App Store download charts, Facebook headed the race on Google Play.

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