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France elections: Macron-Le Pen through to run-off, projections say - Projections see centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen facing-off on 7 May.

General election 2017: Corbyn says Labour nuclear policy still 'under discussion' - The Labour leader says "all aspects" of defence are up for review but the party insists it still backs Trident.

Marathon runner helps exhausted athlete - Runner helps exhausted London marathon competitor across the line

Man killed as thieves take car from outside his house - Michael Samwell is believed to have been run over while trying to stop his Audi S3 from being taken.

Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded at Kenya conservation park - Kuki Gallmann, author of I Dreamed of Africa, is flown to hospital after an ambush.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology - Time to look back on those halcyon days of bad ideas, mindlessly hyped If you work in Silicon Valley, you might want to look away now. Because one day your work may well feature in the Museum of Failure.…

<code>systemd</code>-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0 - Unix greybeards issue release candidate and proclaim init freedom Devuan, the effort to build a systemd-free version of Debian, has released Devuan Jessie 1.0.0, a release candidate felt to be just about the finished article.…

China 'hacked' South Korea to wreck Star Wars missile shield - FireEye fingers Middle Kingdom infiltration teams Well-connected security biz FireEye is claiming Chinese hackers are trying to break into South Korea's military to halt the deployment of an anti-ballistic weapons system in the country.…

FCC greenlights small cell free-for-all in the US - New rules wil lower requirements to build wireless cells America's favorite watchdog the FCC has suggested a set of new rules for installing hardware for 5G wireless broadband networks.…

Alaska dentist 'pulled out patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard' - When this thing gets up to 88 miles per hour, you're going to see some serious sh*t A dentist in Alaska has been accused of performing a tooth extraction while riding a hoverboard.…

New Scientist - News

On the ground in Washington at the March for Science - Thousands rallied and marched in the rain in the US capital to stand up for science and its place in politics

Marchers, raise your banners for the tortoise pace of progress - The March for Science reflects the growing gap between slow, steady, vital scientific gains and quick-fire, opportunist US politics, says Dave Levitan

Should you worry about heavy phone use causing cancer? - An Italian court has ruled that heavy cellphone usage was to blame for a man’s tumour. But there is still no convincing evidence that phones raise cancer risk

Drones listen in on bats to reveal their in-flight secrets - Using ultrasonic detectors, drones in the air and on the water are detecting bat calls, in the hope of finding out what the mammals get up to when flying

Arkansas should halt execution spree and let its drugs expire - Regardless of your view on the death penalty, there's scant evidence to back the idea that the use of lethal injection is humane, says Anna Nowogrodzki

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Startup Still Working On 'Immortal Avatars' That Will Live Forever - Startup Eternime, founded by MIT fellow Marius Ursache, is still working on "immortal avatars" that, after your death, will continue interacting with your loves ones from beyond the grave. An anonymous reader quotes CNET: Give Eternime access to your social media profiles and the startup's algorithms will scrape your posts and interactions to build a profile... The algorithms will study your memories and mannerisms. They'll learn how to be "you"... Eternime was announced in 2014 after Ursache developed the idea during the MIT Entrepreneurship Development Program. He wasn't entirely sure if he should develop the project further and wanted to get a sense of public reaction. In the first four days, 3,000 people signed up at, the company's website, for a private beta. Then, Urasche received an email from a man dying of terminal cancer. "Eternime, he wrote, was the last chance to leave something behind for friends and family," Urasche told me. "That was the moment I decided that this was something worth dedicating my life to"... Since 2014, the Eternime website has largely been silent, although it continues to take names of people who want to test the service. Ursache says the Eternime team has been refining the product over the last two years, testing features, figuring out what will work and what won't. "The private beta test is ongoing," according to the article, "and Ursache says the feedback has been positive." But unfortunately, the service still isn't operational yet. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

America's Most-Hated ISP Is Now Hated By Fewer People - "Comcast's customer service may actually be improving," writes an Oregon newspaper. An anonymous reader quotes their report: In the second year of Comcast's broad customer service overhaul, complaints to Oregon cable regulators are down 25%. They've also declined 40% since 2014. Complaints are falling nationally, too, according to the highly regarded American Customer Satisfaction Index. Its most recent report showed a surge in Comcast subscriber satisfaction... Two years ago, Comcast made Oregon the test bed for its customer service push, responding both to disparaging headlines and the prospect of growing competition from other telecom companies and from streaming video services. The company is adding Apple-style retail stores around the metro area and introduced innovations to help consumers understand what they're paying for and when technicians will arrive for service calls. It's rolling out new tools nationally to help them improve their home Wi-Fi, and diagnosing problems before customers call to complain... For example, if several subscribers in the same neighborhood use the company's tool for testing internet speeds, that triggers an alert at Comcast to look for a problem in the local network. The company redesigned its bills to make it clearer what customers subscribe to, and what it costs, in hopes of reducing confusion and calls. And Comcast has a robust social media presence, fielding complaints on Twitter. The article points out that Comcast's satisfaction scores are still below-average for cable TV providers, "and well below the median among internet service providers. And that's a low bar -- the telecom sector is among the most complained about under ACSI's rankings." Their figures show that the only ISPs in America with a lower score for customer satisfaction are Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, and MediaCom. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Flawed Online Tutorials Led To Vulnerabilities In Software - An anonymous reader quotes Help Net Security: Researchers from several German universities have checked the PHP codebases of over 64,000 projects on GitHub, and found 117 vulnerabilities that they believe have been introduced through the use of code from popular but insufficiently reviewed tutorials. The researchers identified popular tutorials by inputting search terms such as "mysql tutorial", "php search form", "javascript echo user input", etc. into Google Search. The first five results for each query were then manually reviewed and evaluated for SQLi and XSS vulnerabilities by following the Open Web Application Security Project's Guidelines. This resulted in the discovery of 9 tutorials containing vulnerable code (6 with SQLi, 3 with XSS). The researchers then checked for the code in GitHub repositories, and concluded that "there is a substantial, if not causal, link between insecure tutorials and web application vulnerabilities." Their paper is titled "Leveraging Flawed Tutorials for Seeding Large-Scale Web Vulnerability Discovery." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

'Detergent' Hydroxl Molecules May Affect Methane Levels In The Atmosphere - An anonymous reader quotes Caltech's announcement about the results of a study funded by NASA and the Department of Energy: During the early 2000s, environmental scientists studying methane emissions noticed something unexpected: the global concentrations of atmospheric methane -- which had increased for decades, driven by methane emissions from fossil fuels and agriculture -- inexplicably leveled off. The methane levels remained stable for a few years, then started rising again in 2007... New modeling by researchers at Caltech and Harvard University suggests that methane emissions might not have increased dramatically in 2007 after all. Instead, the most likely explanation has less to do with methane emissions and more to do with changes in the availability of the hydroxyl radical, which breaks down methane in the atmosphere... If global levels of hydroxyl decrease, global methane concentrations will increase -- even if methane emissions remain constant, the researchers say... Tracking decadal trends in both methane and hydroxyl, Christian Frankenberg and his colleagues noted that fluctuations in hydroxyl concentrations correlated strongly with fluctuations in methane... "Think of the atmosphere like a kitchen sink with the faucet running," Frankenberg explains. "When the water level inside the sink rises, that can mean that you've opened up the faucet more. Or it can mean that the drain is blocking up. You have to look at both." So what's changing the level of hydroxl in the atmosphere? The researchers say they have no idea. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Pioneering Researchers Track Sudden Learning 'Epiphanies' - wisebabo quotes Science Daily: Until now, researchers had not had a good way to study how people actually experienced what is called "epiphany learning." In new research, scientists at The Ohio State University used eye-tracking and pupil dilation technology to see what happens as people figured out how to win a strategy game on a computer. "We could see our study participants figuring out the solution through their eye movements as they considered their options," said Ian Krajbich, co-author of the study and assistant professor of psychology and economics at Ohio State. "We could predict they were about to have an epiphany before they even knew it was coming." The original submission suggests, "This might be useful to determine when you are trying to teach a difficult subject to someone who you're afraid might be inclined to just nod their head. Or maybe this is how the Voight-Kampff test works. (Are you a replicant?)" Read more of this story at Slashdot.