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Care for cats? So did people along the Silk Road more than 1,000 years ago https://phys.org/news/2020-07-cats-people-silk-road-years.html

Wow. And it was even the domestic cat species.
#caturday #science
 
Albert Einstein the mediocre: Why the h-index is a bogus measure of academic impact https://phys.org/news/2020-07-albert-einstein-mediocre-h-index-bogus.html

Yep. That supposed objective index is completely bogus and completely irrelevant and as we saw can also be dangerous.
#library #science
 
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#science #sciencemanuelacasasoli
The mathematical skills of hummingbirds!
Rufous hummingbirds use numerical order to figure out which flower in line is the juiciest.
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/hummingbirds-can-count-their-way-food
 
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#science #sciencemanuelacasasoli
The mathematical skills of hummingbirds!
Rufous hummingbirds use numerical order to figure out which flower in line is the juiciest.
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/hummingbirds-can-count-their-way-food
 
The Norman Conquest didn’t change ordinary people’s lives very much | Ars Technica
A recent study suggests that after 1066, English food was as terrible but filling as before.
😂 😂 😂
#science #England
 
The explosive physics of pooping penguins: they can shoot poo over four feet | Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/poopy-projectiles-penguins-can-fling-their-feces-over-four-feet-study-finds/
Nature is a brutal place, so during brooding, chinstrap and Adélie penguins are reluctant to leave their eggs unguarded in the nest—even to relieve themselves. But one also does not wish to sully the nest with feces. So instead, a brooding penguin will hunker down, point its rear end away from the nest, lift its tail, and let fly a projectile of poo—thereby ensuring both the safety of the eggs and the cleanliness of the nest.
@Jörn W #worldoftoilets Endlich mal spannende Wissenschaft. Wie weit fliegt die Scheiße von Pinguinen?

#science #nature
 
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INFOSEC: FUCK YOUR '"BLACK/WHITE NEUTRALITY"!

By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day | July 4, 2020

The information security (infosec) community has angrily reacted today to calls to abandon the use of the 'black hat' and 'white hat' terms, citing that the two, and especially 'black hat,' have nothing to do with racial stereotyping.



Discussions about the topic started late last night after David Kleidermacher, VP of Engineering at Google, and in charge of Android Security and the Google Play Store, withdrew from a scheduled talk he was set to give in August at the Black Hat USA 2020 security conference.

In his withdrawal announcement, Kleidermacher asked the infosec industry to consider replacing terms like black hat, white hat, and man-in-the-middle with neutral alternatives.

These changes remove harmful associations, promote inclusion, and help us break down walls of unconscious bias. Not everyone agrees which terms to change, but I feel strongly our language needs to (this one in particular).

— David Kleidermacher (@DaveKSecure) July 3, 2020

While Kleidermacher only asked the industry to consider changing these terms, several members mistook his statement as a direct request to the Black Hat conference to change its name.

With Black Hat being the biggest event in cyber-security, online discussions on the topic quickly became widespread among cyber-security experts, dominating the July 4th weekend.

While a part of the infosec community agreed with Kledermacher, the vast majority did not, and called it virtue signaling taken to the extreme.

Most security researchers pointed to the fact that the terms had nothing to do with racism or skin color, and had their origins in classic western movies, where the villain usually wore a black hat, while the good guy wore a white hat.

Others pointed to the dualism between black and white as representing evil and good, concepts that have been around since the dawn of civilizations, long before racial divides even existed between humans.

Right now, the infosec community doesn't seem to be willing to abandon the two terms, which they don't see as a problem when used in infosec-related writings.
MORE COMMENTS: https://www.zdnet.com/article/infosec-community-disagrees-with-changing-black-hat-term-due-to-racial-stereotyping/

#programming #computer #science #software #development #infosec #black hat #resistance #goggle #hackers #internet #censorship #freedom #sexism #social #web #human rights #sanctimony #activism #activist #correctness #meetoo #blacklivesmatter #racism #racist #USA #research #cyber-security #security #privacy
 
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INFOSEC: FUCK YOUR '"BLACK/WHITE NEUTRALITY"!

By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day | July 4, 2020

The information security (infosec) community has angrily reacted today to calls to abandon the use of the 'black hat' and 'white hat' terms, citing that the two, and especially 'black hat,' have nothing to do with racial stereotyping.



Discussions about the topic started late last night after David Kleidermacher, VP of Engineering at Google, and in charge of Android Security and the Google Play Store, withdrew from a scheduled talk he was set to give in August at the Black Hat USA 2020 security conference.

In his withdrawal announcement, Kleidermacher asked the infosec industry to consider replacing terms like black hat, white hat, and man-in-the-middle with neutral alternatives.

These changes remove harmful associations, promote inclusion, and help us break down walls of unconscious bias. Not everyone agrees which terms to change, but I feel strongly our language needs to (this one in particular).

— David Kleidermacher (@DaveKSecure) July 3, 2020

While Kleidermacher only asked the industry to consider changing these terms, several members mistook his statement as a direct request to the Black Hat conference to change its name.

With Black Hat being the biggest event in cyber-security, online discussions on the topic quickly became widespread among cyber-security experts, dominating the July 4th weekend.

While a part of the infosec community agreed with Kledermacher, the vast majority did not, and called it virtue signaling taken to the extreme.

Most security researchers pointed to the fact that the terms had nothing to do with racism or skin color, and had their origins in classic western movies, where the villain usually wore a black hat, while the good guy wore a white hat.

Others pointed to the dualism between black and white as representing evil and good, concepts that have been around since the dawn of civilizations, long before racial divides even existed between humans.

Right now, the infosec community doesn't seem to be willing to abandon the two terms, which they don't see as a problem when used in infosec-related writings.
MORE COMMENTS: https://www.zdnet.com/article/infosec-community-disagrees-with-changing-black-hat-term-due-to-racial-stereotyping/

#programming #computer #science #software #development #infosec #black hat #resistance #goggle #hackers #internet #censorship #freedom #sexism #social #web #human rights #sanctimony #activism #activist #correctness #meetoo #blacklivesmatter #racism #racist #USA #research #cyber-security #security #privacy
 

Kerbal's 'Shared Horizons’ launched with real ESA missions








ESA and Kerbal Space Program enthusiasts now have ‘Shared Horizons’, a free update today to the space simulator to that allows gamers to build Ariane 5 rockets and tackle real ESA missions.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Kerbal's 'Shared Horizons’ launched with real ESA missions








ESA and Kerbal Space Program enthusiasts now have ‘Shared Horizons’, a free update today to the space simulator to that allows gamers to build Ariane 5 rockets and tackle real ESA missions.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 
How conspiracy theories emerge—and how their storylines fall apart
#science
 
How conspiracy theories emerge—and how their storylines fall apart
#science
 
Fragwürdige Unterstützung für Tönnies aus der Schwindelambulanz » 1ife5cience » SciLogs - Wissenschaftsblogs https://scilogs.spektrum.de/lifescience/fragwuerdige-unterstuetzung-fuer-toennies-aus-der-schwindelambulanz/

Die üblichen Verdächtigen
#science
Fragwürdige Unterstützung für Tönnies aus der Schwindelambulanz
 

Bike routing app uses space for cyclists








A navigation app that guides people on safer, more enjoyable bike journeys will be launched later this summer as social-distancing measures encourage more cyclists to take to the road.

Developed by London-based company Beeline, it uses space data and crowdsourced information to generate route suggestions, and can be connected to a device fixed onto the bike’s handlebars that provides easy-to-understand prompts.

#telecommunications #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Bike routing app uses space for cyclists








A navigation app that guides people on safer, more enjoyable bike journeys will be launched later this summer as social-distancing measures encourage more cyclists to take to the road.

Developed by London-based company Beeline, it uses space data and crowdsourced information to generate route suggestions, and can be connected to a device fixed onto the bike’s handlebars that provides easy-to-understand prompts.

#telecommunications #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Martian rover motors ahead








European engineers, together with Canada, are working on the technologies needed to find and retrieve samples from Mars, as part of ESA’s plans to send material from the Red Planet to Earth.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Martian rover motors ahead








European engineers, together with Canada, are working on the technologies needed to find and retrieve samples from Mars, as part of ESA’s plans to send material from the Red Planet to Earth.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Parking in a pandemic








The coronavirus pandemic has brought the tourism and travel industry to a near-standstill, with nationwide lockdowns significantly impacting the aviation and maritime industry worldwide. Satellite images, captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, show parked aircraft and anchored vessels in times of COVID-19.

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Parking in a pandemic








The coronavirus pandemic has brought the tourism and travel industry to a near-standstill, with nationwide lockdowns significantly impacting the aviation and maritime industry worldwide. Satellite images, captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, show parked aircraft and anchored vessels in times of COVID-19.

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Colourful Queensland, Australia


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Bild/Foto Image: This image, captured by Copernicus Sentinel-2, takes us over part of Channel Country – a pastural region located mostly in southwest Queensland, Australia.

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Colourful Queensland, Australia


Bild/Foto

Bild/Foto Image: This image, captured by Copernicus Sentinel-2, takes us over part of Channel Country – a pastural region located mostly in southwest Queensland, Australia.

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Linsey Marr auf Twitter: "Toilets are icky, but let's put this in perspective. We measured ~0.00001 microliters of aerosol volume per flush. Coughing and talking (counting 1 to 100) produce 10-100x more. I'm more worried about other people talking in the bathroom. https://t.co/EEscfU8V80 /1" / Twitter


#science

https://twitter.com/linseymarr/status/1273268299380506625
 

Biological Warfare Expert Explains Why You Should Never Get In A Las Vegas Pool | IFLScience

A specialist in biological and chemical warfare has explained why he believes you should never get in a Las Vegas pool, and it's a rollercoaster.
Author Dan Kaszeta began his career as a Chemical Officer in the US Army. He then became a defense contractor, working with the Pentagon on chemical and biological proliferation issues. His career spans historical research for the USA's decommissioned chemical and biological weapons programs to training on live nerve agents.
Basically he's got the kind of C.V. that if he says "don't go in that pool" you don't get in that pool.
#science #health #PSA
 

Biological Warfare Expert Explains Why You Should Never Get In A Las Vegas Pool | IFLScience

A specialist in biological and chemical warfare has explained why he believes you should never get in a Las Vegas pool, and it's a rollercoaster.
Author Dan Kaszeta began his career as a Chemical Officer in the US Army. He then became a defense contractor, working with the Pentagon on chemical and biological proliferation issues. His career spans historical research for the USA's decommissioned chemical and biological weapons programs to training on live nerve agents.
Basically he's got the kind of C.V. that if he says "don't go in that pool" you don't get in that pool.
#science #health #PSA
 

Coronavirus came to UK 'on at least 1,300 separate occasions' | BBC News

Coronavirus was brought into the UK on at least 1,300 separate occasions, a major analysis of the genetics of the virus shows.
The study, by the Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium (Cog-UK), completely quashes the idea that a single "patient zero" started the whole UK outbreak.
The analysis also finds China, where the pandemic started, had a negligible impact on cases in the UK.
Instead those initial cases came mostly from European countries.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Coronavirus came to UK 'on at least 1,300 separate occasions' | BBC News

Coronavirus was brought into the UK on at least 1,300 separate occasions, a major analysis of the genetics of the virus shows.
The study, by the Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium (Cog-UK), completely quashes the idea that a single "patient zero" started the whole UK outbreak.
The analysis also finds China, where the pandemic started, had a negligible impact on cases in the UK.
Instead those initial cases came mostly from European countries.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 
Bees? Please. These plants are putting ants to work
....have discovered a plant that has successfully evolved to use ants—as well as native bees—as pollinating agents by overcoming their antimicrobial defenses.

"Ants secrete an antimicrobial fluid that kills pollen grain," he said."So ants have traditionally been considered to be a menace—nectar thieves whose aggression keeps other potential pollinating insects at bay.

"However this group of plants in WA, commonly known as the Smokebush family (Conospermum), has evolved a way to use ants to their advantage."
#science
 
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