40 Cellphone-Tracking Devices Discovered Throughout Washington

The investigative news “I-Team” of a local TV station in Washington D.C. drove around with “a leading mobile security expert” — and discovered dozens of StingRay devices mimicking cellphone towers to track phone and intercept calls in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. An anonymous reader quotes their report: The I-Team found them in high-profile areas like outside the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue and while driving across the…

May 19, 2018
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Anti-GMO Activists Slow Scientists Breeding a CO2-Reducing Superplant

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists calls it “a plant that could save civilization, if we let it.” Slashdot reader meckdevil writes: A “super chickpea plant” now in development could remove huge amounts of excess atmospheric carbon dioxide and fix it in the soil, greatly diminishing the impacts of climate change (not to mention producing large amounts of tasty hummus). But fear of anti-GMO activists has so far deterred her from…

May 19, 2018
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Should The Media Cover Tesla Accidents?

Long-time Slashdot reader rufey writes: Last weekend a Tesla vehicle was involved in a crash near Salt Lake City Utah while its Autopilot feature was enabled. The Tesla, a Model S, crashed into the rear end of a fire department utility truck, which was stopped at a red light, at an estimated speed of 60 MPH. “The car appeared not to brake before impact, police said. The driver, whom police…

May 19, 2018
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Astronomers Discovered the Fastest-Growing Black Hole Ever Seen

Long-time Slashdot reader Yhcrana shares “some good old fashioned astronomy news.” Astronomers have discovered “a black hole 20 billion times the mass of the sun eating the equivalent of a star every two days,” reports the New York Times. The black hole is growing so rapidly, said Christian Wolf, of the Australian National University, who led the team that found it in the depths of time, “that it is probably…

May 19, 2018
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Rebuilding the PDP-11/70 with a Raspberry Pi

“You could look at this as a smallish PDP-11/70, built with modern parts,” Oscar Vermeulen writes on his site. “Or alternatively, and equally valid, as a fancy front panel case for a Raspberry Pi.” Long-time Slashdot reader cptnapalm writes: Oscar Vermeulen’s PiDP-11 front panel, modeling a PDP-11/70 in all its colorful glory, has been released to beta testers. This is Mr. Vermeulen’s second DEC front panel; his PiDP-8 was released…

May 19, 2018
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Data shows Tencent bought stakes in 277 tech companies between 2013 and 2017, and the value of its stakes in public companies topped $33B at the end of 2017 (Wall Street Journal)

May 19, 2018

Wall Street Journal: Data shows Tencent bought stakes in 277 tech companies between 2013 and 2017, and the value of its stakes in public companies topped $33B at the end of 2017  —  Social-media and videogame giant bought stakes in 277 tech companies since 2013, and its deal-making pace is accelerating Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Can This New Treatment Stop the Common Cold?

“Researchers may have identified a compound that can stop some of the most common cold viruses, the rhinovirus, in its tracks, according to a new report published in the journal Nature.” An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: The scientists’ work is early-stage. But the mechanism it uses to tackle colds is striking. Developed at the Imperial College London, the molecule targets a protein in human cells that cold viruses use in…

May 19, 2018
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A look at Chinese “accelerators” in Silicon Valley, 11 of which have been created since 2013, that aim to identify promising startups and bring them to China (Reuters)

May 19, 2018

Reuters: A look at Chinese “accelerators” in Silicon Valley, 11 of which have been created since 2013, that aim to identify promising startups and bring them to China  —  Koh Gui Qing, Salvador Rodriguez  —  NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Beijing’s unslakeable thirst for the latest technology … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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