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German trains in deadly head-on crash - At least nine people are killed and more than 100 injured as two passenger trains collide in the German state of Bavaria.

Labour Trident deal 'may be impossible' - Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham says it may be "impossible" for Labour to reach an agreed position on Trident.

Starbucks employee wins dyslexia case - A woman with dyslexia wins a discrimination case against her employer Starbucks after she was disciplined for falsifying documents.

New Hampshire votes in key US primary - People in New Hampshire begin voting for Democrats and Republicans seeking their party nomination in the first primary of the US presidential race.

Details of terror case to stay secret - The Court of Appeal upholds an unprecedented gagging order preventing the media reporting why a terrorism suspect was cleared at trial.

The Register

DataGravity CEO, on layoffs: A little pruning doesn't hurt - Unless you're the one being pruned. Not that he'd know Comment Fresh fruit blosssoms on new wood and a little pruning doesn't hurt. So said John Joseph, DataGravity's president and founder as he discussed the recent headcount reduction.…

Private clouds kind of suck - Enterprises want them, but they're still a pain in the ASCII Sysadmin Blog Are enterprises really starting to act like service providers? If you ask vendors, social media and "thought influencers" hired to speak at conferences, the answer is yes. I'm not so sure.…

Ballmer schools SatNad on Microsoft's mobile strategy: You need one - Otherwise, everything's just fine and dandy The world’s wealthiest activist shareholder, Steve Ballmer, has offered another critique of Microsoft, the company he helped build.…

What took you so long, Twitter? Micro blogging site takes on the trolls - U mad bro? Twitter is seeking to stamp out the anonymous bullies and trolls who blight the “social” media site. Today the company announced the Twitter Trust & Safety Council, comprising more than 40 organisations and outside experts.…

Actifio CEO talks about growth, quietly sacks bunch of staff - Copy data reducing startup goes into staff reducing mode Copy data reduction startup Actifio has laid off some staff, the fifth storage startup we've heard about this month to do so.…

New Scientist - News

People today are still dying early from high 1970s air pollution - Exposure to UK urban pollution 40 years ago is raising death rates today as a result of bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia

Your brain activity for memory tasks changes with the seasons - It's well known that for some people, mood is tied to the time of year. Now it seems something similar happens for other cognitive functions

Sleep deprivation linked to false confession in milestone study - The first study to show lack of sleep can lead to false confessions could be used in court to prevent miscarriages of justice, predict legal experts

Latest rumour of gravitational waves is probably true this time - Has the LIGO experiment seen gravitational waves? New Scientist has probed public observation logs, and here is our exclusive look at where they might be

125-year mini ice age linked to the plague and fall of empires - The Game of Thrones-like cold spell that started in AD 536 went on much longer than thought, and may help explain historical events in Europe and Asia

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Slashdot

The Internet of Broken Things - szczys writes: The Internet of Things is all the hype these days. On one side we have companies clamoring to sell you Internet-Connected-everything to replace all of the stuff you already have that is now considered "dumb." On the other side are security researchers screaming that we're installing remote access with little thought about securing it properly. The truth is a little of both is happening, and that this isn't a new thing. It's been around for years in industry, the new part is that it's much wider spread and much closer to your life. Al Williams walks through some real examples of the unintended consequences of IoT, including his experiences building and deploying devices, and some recent IoT gaffs like the NEST firmware upgrade that had some users waking up to an icy-cold home. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Are Roads Safer With No Central White Lines? - Press2ToContinue writes: White lines along the center of roads have been removed in parts of the UK, with some experts saying it encourages motorists to slow down. So is it the beginning of the end for the central road marking? You are driving along the road when the dotted white line that has been your companion — separating your car from oncoming traffic — suddenly disappears. One theory is that you will slow down, making the road safer. What could possibly go wrong? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google Working On Wireless Charging For Self-Driving Cars - MikeChino writes: New FCC filings suggest that Google is currently installing wireless charging systems for self-driving cars at its headquarters in Mountain View. The documents suggest that the systems will be installed by Hevo Power and Momentum Dynamics. Both companies offer technology that can wirelessly charge an electric car via plates that are embedded in the ground. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

China Just Made a Major Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion Research - New submitter TechnoidNash writes: China announced last week a major breakthrough in the realm of nuclear fusion research. The Chinese Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), was able to heat hydrogen gas to a temperature of near 50 million degrees Celsius for an unprecedented 102 seconds. While this is nowhere near the hottest temperature that has ever been achieved in nuclear fusion research (that distinction belongs to the Large Hadron Collider which reached 4 trillion degrees Celsius), it is the longest amount of time one has been maintained. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wolves Howl In Different 'Dialects,' Machine Learning Finds - derekmead writes: Differentiating wolf howls with human ears can prove tricky, so researchers have turned to computer algorithms to suss out if different wolf species howl differently. They think that understanding wolf howls could help improve wolf conservation and management programs. In a study published in the journal Behavioural Processes, a group of international researchers describe using machine learning for the first time to analyze 2,000 wolf howls gathered from both wild and domesticated wolves and their subspecies from around the world. Read more of this story at Slashdot.