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Russia spy poisoning: 23 UK diplomats expelled from Moscow - It also closes the British Council in Russia - amid tensions over the nerve agent attack on an ex-spy.

'Mini Beast from the East' brings snow and ice to parts of UK - The icy conditions see flights cancelled at Heathrow and cause serious problems for many drivers.

FBI ex-deputy director Andrew McCabe sacked days before retirement - Andrew McCabe had long been accused by President Trump of bias - claims he has strongly denied.

Cliff-top homes 'could fall into sea' - The chalets are "perilously close" to the edge of a cliff being lashed by high winds and waves.

William and Kate brave snowy St Patrick's Day parade - The Duke and Duchess watched the Irish Guards and their star mascot before distributing shamrocks.

The Register

Nest reveals the first truly connected home - Begun, the battle of the home eco-systems has Comment After years of hype, the connected home is finally here thanks to a range of new products available this week from Google-owned Nest.…

Machines making music, translating Chinese, self-driving trucks, and more - Developments for our future overlords Roundup Welcome to this week's AI roundup. We have news on a machine learning model used by Google to make music that doesn't sound completely bad, improved translation between English and Chinese from Microsoft, and a new test bed for Waymo's self-driving trucks.…

AMD security flaw saga, browsers broken, Lamo dead at 37, and more - It's the week in security Roundup The lingering fallout of security flaws in AMD processor chipsets has dominated the news this week, and it ain't over yet.…

Nip/Tug: Plastic surgeon accused of mid-surgery 'hardcore' smut binge - Come for the nose job, stay for the... denials of any wrongdoing A Los Angeles plastic surgeon has been accused of watching porn videos on a screen while performing surgery.…

Oracle botherer Rimini Street brags of swelling fortunes – but hands tied on reinvesting cash - Biz left with fewer reps after limit on sales, marketing spend Rimini Street, the third-party support thorn in Oracle's side, has reported increased revenue and operating profit in 2017 – but complained unspecified covenants have prevented it from investing in sales staff or marketing.…

New Scientist - News

Essential oils in hygiene products may make boys grow breasts - Some substances in lavender and tea tree essential oils seem to mimic the hormone oestrogen, which could explain why they have been linked to breast growth

The FDA wants to cut the nicotine in cigarettes by a third - Tobacco companies could be forced to slash the amount of nicotine in US cigarettes, under radical plans from the Food and Drug Administration

Bacteria-killing nanofibres could make clothes that stop disease - Antimicrobial fabric could slow the spread of diseases like Ebola. These nanofibres kill viruses and bacteria, and their active ingredient recharges in daylight

Mystery of neutrino masses may be explained by dark matter force - Dark matter and neutrinos are both cosmic loners – they don’t interact with much. But dark matter could give neutrinos their mass through a weak repellant force

Bottled water is bad – but microplastics aren’t the reason - Microplastic particles may taint some bottled water, but the ecological cost of bottles is a better reason to turn on the tap instead

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DIY Explosives Experimenter Blows Self Up, Contaminates Building - Long-time Slashdot reader hey! writes: Benjamin D. Morrison of Beaver Dam Wisconsin was killed on March 5 while synthesizing explosives in his apartment... The accident has left the apartment building so contaminated that it will be demolished in a controlled burn, and residents are not being allowed in to retrieve any of their belongings. It was just five years ago that Morrison graduated from Pensacola Christian College in Florida with a degree in pre-pharmacy and minors in chemistry and math. Though a local reverend believes 28-year-old Morrison was "not a bomb maker," USA Today's site FDL Reporter notes that "Officials assume he was making bombs that accidentally exploded and killed him... They have not publicly disclosed what chemicals were in apartment 11 where Morrow lived, only describing them as 'extremely volatile and unstable explosives.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Vim Beats Emacs in 'Linux Journal' Reader Survey - The newly-relaunched Linux Journal is conducting its annual "Reader's Choice Awards," and this month announced the winners for Best Text Editor, Best Laptop, and Best Domain Registrar. Vim was chosen as the best editor by 35% of respondents, handily beating GNU Emacs (19%) Sublime Text (10%) and Atom (8%). Readers' Choice winner Vim is an extremely powerful editor with a user interface based on Bill Joy's 40-plus-year-old vi, but with many improved-upon features including extensive customization with key mappings and plugins. Linux Journal reader David Harrison points out another great thing about Vim "is that it's basically everywhere. It's available on every major platform." For best laptop their readers picked Lenovo (32%), followed by Dell (25%) and System76 (11%). The ThinkPad began life at IBM, but in 2005, it was purchased by Lenovo along with the rest of IBM's PC business. Lenovo evolved the line, and today the company is well known as a geek favorite. Lenovo's ThinkPads are quiet, fast and arguably have one of the best keyboards (fighting words!). Linux Journal readers say Lenovo's Linux support is excellent, leaving many to ponder why the company doesn't ship laptops with Linux installed. In February readers also voted on the best web browser, choosing Firefox (57%) over Chrome (17%) and Chromium (7%). And they also voted on the best Linux distribution, ultimately selecting Debian (33%), open SUSE (12%), and Fedora (11%). Read more of this story at Slashdot.

'Why YouTube's New Plan to Debunk Conspiracy Videos Won't Work' - Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein believes YouTube's plan to combat conspiracy videos with "information cues" is "likely doomed to be almost entirely ineffective." The kind of viewers who are going to believe these kinds of false conspiracy videos are almost certainly going to say that the associated Wikipedia articles are wrong, that they're planted lies... Not helping matters at all is that Wikipedia's reputation for accuracy -- never all that good -- has been plunging in recent years, sometimes resulting in embarrassing Knowledge Panel errors for Google in search results... The key to avoiding the to minimize their visibility in the YouTube/Google ecosystem in the first place... Not only should they be prevented from ever getting into the trending lists, they should be deranked, demonetized, and excised from the YouTube recommended video system. They should be immediately removed from YouTube entirely if they contain specific attacks against individuals or other violations of the YouTube Terms of Service and/or Community Guidelines. These actions must be taken as rapidly as possible with appropriate due diligence, before these videos are able to do even more damage to innocent parties. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ubuntu Community Considers a Crowd-Sourced Promo Video - Slashdot reader Beacon11 writes that "Alan Pope, a community advocate for Ubuntu, has requested comments and ideas regarding the creation of a crowd-sourced promo video that, in 30 seconds, conveys that Ubuntu is for everyone." Alan Pope writes: So for example you might see a woman on a train typing an article, a guy in an office creating a presentation, a kid on the sofa playing a game with a controller on their TV, someone watching a film, someone developing code, kids playing with robots, a farmer planning animal feeding. You get the idea... So I'd really like to do this as a shared community project, with video clips submitted by Ubuntu users from around the world, perhaps even taking in a landmark or two here and there. I'd expect the video to represent the diversity of users, and variety of activities people are able to do with Ubuntu. Though they're currently just discussing its feasibility, Alan writes that "I think if we work together we could make something amazing." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Researchers Claim They Can Predict Where Lightning Is Likely To Strike - Long-time Slashdot reader conner_bw shared an article from the CBC: A study by researchers at the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering suggests it's possible to predict where lightning will strike and how often.They say satellite data and artificial intelligence can help foresee where lightning poses a greater risk to spark wildfires... "Those events don't just randomly happen," said Dr. Xin Wang, one of three researchers involved in the study. "They also have spatial and temporal patterns." One of the paper's authors says their analysis can predict areas with a high chance of wildfires with an accuracy greater than 90%. Read more of this story at Slashdot.