Bioacoustic Devices Could Help Save Rainforests

“Researchers writing in Science argue that networked audio recording devices mounted in trees could be used to monitor wildlife populations and better evaluate whether conservation projects are working or not,” writes Slashdot reader Damien1972. From the report: Compared to ground surveys and camera traps, the technology provides cheap continuous, real-time biodiversity monitoring at the landscape scale. Thousands of hours of recordings can now be collected with long-lasting batteries and stored…

January 18, 2019
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Court Rejects FCC Request To Delay Net Neutrality Case

A federal appeals court denied the FCC’s request to postpone oral arguments in a court battle over the agency’s decision to repeal its net neutrality rules. The FCC had asked for the hearing to be postponed since the commission’s workforce has largely been furloughed due to the partial government shutdown. The hearing remains set for February 1. The Hill reports: After the FCC repealed the rules requiring internet service providers…

January 18, 2019
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Adding New DNA Letters Make Novel Proteins Possible

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Economist: The fuzzy specks growing on discs of jelly in Floyd Romesberg’s lab at Scripps Research in La Jolla look much like any other culture of E. coli. But appearances deceive — for the dna of these bacteria is written in an alphabet that has six chemical letters instead of the usual four. Every other organism on Earth relies on a quartet…

January 18, 2019
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Jack Bogle, the Man Who Revolutionized Investing, Dies At 89

Thelasko shares a report from MarketWatch: You can thank Thomas Edison for the light bulb casting light in your home, Henry Ford for your affordable, mass-produced car, and Apple’s Steve Jobs for the astonishing computer in your pocket. And Jack Bogle, who died Wednesday [at the age of 89]. The low-cost mutual funds he helped pioneer at Vanguard aren’t as sexy or dramatic as other inventions. And you can’t really…

January 18, 2019
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Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR review: much more refined design, and Qi wireless charging is nice, but it is still bulky and expensive (Jeff Benjamin/9to5Mac)

January 18, 2019

Jeff Benjamin / 9to5Mac: Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR review: much more refined design, and Qi wireless charging is nice, but it is still bulky and expensive  —  Does your iPhone have trouble making it through a full working day without dying?  If so, then Apple’s just-released Smart Battery Case … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Twitter Bug Exposed Some Android Users’ Protected Tweets For Years

Twitter disclosed on its Help Center page today that some Android users had their private tweets revealed for years due to a security flaw. “The issue caused the Twitter for Android app to disable the ‘Protect your Tweets’ setting for some Android users who made changes to their account settings, such as changing the email address associated with their account, between November 3rd, 2014 and January 14th, 2019,” reports The…

January 18, 2019
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Freight and Passenger RoRo Ferry Group Partners Up to Make Vessel Loading Faster

ESTONIA – RoRo Ferry line Tallink Grupp and the Tallin University of Technology's (TalTech) Estonian Maritime Academy have announced a scientific collaboration with the aim of developing various innovative solutions for Tallink Grupp's vessels over the next two years. The group carries both passenger and freight traffic with Tallink Silja Cargo operating between Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Latvia. Source: http://www.handyshippingguide.com

January 18, 2019
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