(Phys.org) —Today, astronomers with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III, or SDSS-III – including University of Virginia astronomers – released a new online public data set featuring 60,000 stars that are helping to tell the story of how our Milky Way galaxy formed, the subject of scientific speculation and debate for hundreds of years. …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Phys.org
(Phys.org) —To live together harmoniously in our bodies, cells need to be able to distinguish which of those among them are sanctioned residents and which are interlopers. This way, native cells can be left alone to do their jobs, and foreign cells can be attacked and removed. …read more
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In their second year on the market, the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid and its plug-in hybrid sibling, the Fusion Energi, remain attractive and efficient versions of the stylish and well-received Fusion mid-size sedan that was all new for the 2013 model year. All Fusions share remarkably good handling, sleek lines that remind some of nothing… …read more
Now in its seventh year, the Scion xD has stayed the same while newer subcompacts have improved by leaps and bounds. In 2007, there was no Ford Fiesta, the Honda Fit was in its previous generation, and the unloved Chevrolet Aveo did little to thrill buyers of the smallest cars. Against that competition, Scion’s five-door hatchback… …read more
Check out this short fan film Resident Evil: Vengeance, featuring Chris Redfield in action against zombies.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film: “Years after the original T-Virus outbreak and the events at the mansion, Chris Redfield finds himself battle weary and alone, unable to trust even his closest friend.”
Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Movies
A small-town police chief who appears in online videos using profanity and shooting automatic weapons has been suspended for 30 days without pay.
The borough council of Gilberton voted 5-1 at a meeting Wednesday night to suspend Chief Mark Kessler, saying he misused borough property. It said he used the weapons without permission.
Kessler has said he made the videos to draw attention to the erosion of the constitutional rights of free speech and to bear arms and he increasingly fears a government out of control.
He said after the meeting that he wouldn’t apologize for making the videos and didn’t regret having done so. He said he looked forward to getting back to work after the suspension.
Gun rights activists descended on the community of about 800 people, in Schuylkill County in eastern Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal country, to show support for Kessler, some carrying flags and displaying weapons.
In one video, Kessler criticizes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s support of a United Nations treaty aimed at controlling the international arms trade, which some gun rights advocates fear could lead to restrictions on domestic weapons. Kessler then fires a weapon and screams, “Come and get it!”
Gilberton Mayor Mary Lou Hannon has said she found the language in the videos offensive and she understood that others did as well.
“I think it’s blackened our eye a little, but we are a strong community,” Hannon said after the meeting. “We will go on from here.”
Officials have said that Kessler bought the weapons with his own money and donated them to the police department, an action approved by the council. Kessler told PennLive.com on Wednesday that he also donated the ammunition used in the videos.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox US News
Is there anyone among us who didn’t laugh uncontrollably at the Family Truckster that transported Clark, Ellen, Rusty and Audrey (along with a few other, less fortunate souls…) to Wally World in National Lampoon’s Vacation? We thought not. Such a classic piece of Hollywood automobilia deserves such recognition, we think, and we’re happy to report that one real-life Griswold Family has replicated the movie’s fateful trip the best way it can: with a Wagon Queen Family Truckster of their very own.
Wally World exists only in the imagination of the movies, and that’s fine because Disney World not only exists but is a perfect fill-in for the Griswold Family Vacation. The family may not be greeted by the late, great John Candy, and they probably aren’t going to see Christie Brinkley in a bright red Ferrari, but they will for sure see Mickey Mouse, and hopefully even Tinker Bell, if they’re lucky.
Check out the video below to see the real-life Griswold Family and their faithful recreation of the infamous Family Truckster, and feel free to head on over to the official Disney blog for more on the family and their vacationing travails. Finally, check out another fan-made Family Truckster here.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog
FP: In most cases, developers prefer to make new smartphone apps for iPhone first, only moving to Android and other platforms once they get some traction.
In most cases, developers prefer to make new smartphone apps for iPhone first, only moving to Android and other platforms once they get some traction.
(Android owners who had to wait months for Twitter’s video app Vine know what we’re talking about.)
But there are some outliers. There are a bunch of great apps that happen to be Android exclusives. Check them out.
Ingress is a unique real-world scavenger hunt game.
Ingress is a sci-fi game that sends you on a scavenger hunt through the real world to find “hidden” virtual goodies.
Google developed the game. Here’s the plot:
“A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us.”
So, basically, you run around your town trying to find this illusive “energy” before the bad guys do.
Facebook Home turns your home screen into a Facebook photo gallery
William Wei, Business Insider
Facebook Home adds a Facebook-powered wrapper to your Android phone. Instead of seeing your normal lock screen, you get a beautiful slide show of your friends’ Facebook photos and status updates. You can comment and like those updates directly from the lock screen without opening the regular Facebook app.
Price: Free (Only works on select Android phones.)
DeskSMS makes sure you’ll never miss a message again.
DeskSMS is a nifty app that allows you to forward text messages (and picture messages) from your Android smartphone to your desktop via Gmail, Google Talk, and the Chrome Web browser.
WiFi Analyzer lets you determine how strong a wireless network is in your vicinity
Have you ever been stuck on a slow wireless network?
WiFi Analyzer lets you see how strong networks are around you, helping you to pick the fastest, most reliable one.
Weather Bomb gives a data-intensive view of the weather on your Android device
Weather Bomb is an extremely detailed weather app that gives users seven days of data.
There are various views, but our favourite is the graph view, which gives the week’s rain, wind, and cloud forecast at a glance.
Other data includes rain, wind, cloud, temperature, pressure humidity and wave height.
Google Skymap lets you know exactly which star you’re staring up at.
Llama is a nifty app that automatically switches specific phone settings depending on where you are. You can automatically silence your phone when you arrive at your office or turn Bluetooth on at 7 a.m. to pair with your headphones for a morning run.
Best of all, the app doesn’t use your phone’s GPS, which can drain your battery. Instead, it uses cell towers in your area to figure out where you are.
BetterBatteryStats helps you spend more time unplugged.
BetterBatteryStats lets you analyze your phone’s behavior, pinpointing exactly which applications are causing your battery to drain. Once you know what the culprit is you can specifically fix the issue.
APP Lock password protects specific apps.
The premise behind APP Lock is simple: password protect installed applications with a password or pattern. Now you don’t have to be nervous when someone else is playing around with your smartphone.
SwiftKey 3 will change how you type on your Android smartphone.
Business Insider / Matthew Lynley
SwiftKey improves your productivity by helping you to type better.
Swiftkey gives much more accurate corrections and predictions than other keyboards. Very sloppy typing will make sense, even if you miss spaces, and SwiftKey 3 also predicts your next words.
Tasker lets you automate everything on your smartphone from settings to SMS
Tasker is an awesome app that lets you tweak specific phone features like turning the flash on for alerts. You can even cancel specific notification pop-ups.
Tasker features more than 200 actions, triggers, and even an app creation section for making your own app.
Friday helps you discover new things to do
Friday’s makers say that the app brings self discovery to your life by introducing the first passive auto journal.
Friday captures your entire life through your phone and builds a timeline of the things you do. You can even filter and search your life to find the exact information you want.
Friday allows you to share and log your favourite activities that you’ve been doing all day.
Robin is a great alternative to Apple’s Siri
Before Google Now, Robin was the first true Siri challenger.
We love the expanded capabilities of the newer virtual assistant. You can ask Robin for directions, local places, real-time parking, traffic info, gas prices, weather, your Twitter news, and much more.
Robin is disrupting the personal assistant arena, and we only hope that her existence pushes developers to make personal assistant apps feel more like true personal assistants.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Linux Today