Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Lawsuit brings $289 million verdict against maker of Roundup weed killer

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Lawsuit brings $289 million verdict against maker of Roundup weed killer

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Legal roundup — Jury finds fault with herbicide manufacturer despite lack of scientific evidence. John Timmer – Aug 11, 2018 6:45 pm UTC Enlarge / A weedkiller has gotten its manufacturer in very large legal troubles.On Friday, a California jury hit Monsanto with $289 million in damages in a lawsuit brought by a patient suffering…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | One man designed and built the ultimate bush plane

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | One man designed and built the ultimate bush plane

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who needs airfields? — It all started when the engine in Mike Patey’s Wilga 2000 failed. Eric Tegler – Aug 11, 2018 2:25 pm UTC The DRACO, a bush plane designed and built by Mike Patey in five months. It uses a turbine instead of a piston engine, and can take off in just 110…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Friendly fox genomes help us understand the genetics of behavior

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Friendly fox genomes help us understand the genetics of behavior

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Sit! Stay! — A famous experiment combined with genetic data is a potent source of new clues. Cathleen O’Grady – Aug 11, 2018 1:30 pm UTC Enlarge / Russian domesticated foxesKingston Photography for the JAB Canid Education and Conservation Center Since 1959, a unique breeding experiment has been underway in southwestern Siberia. Its founder, Dmitry…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | PETA roasts Impossible Burger for rat tests, suggests patties cause cancer

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | PETA roasts Impossible Burger for rat tests, suggests patties cause cancer

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Impossibly stupid — Tests with 188 rats started food fight, but PETA lobbed ridiculous health claim. Beth Mole – Aug 11, 2018 12:45 pm UTC Enlarge / The impossible burgerThe oft controversial animal-rights group PETA has beef with the ostensibly animal-friendly Impossible Burger. PETA, short for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is fired…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | The hottest new board games from Gen Con 2018

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | The hottest new board games from Gen Con 2018

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So many games — A giant list of cool games from America’s biggest tabletop convention. Aaron Zimmerman – Aug 11, 2018 12:00 pm UTC Late summer is the time for barbecues, concerts in the park, and (most importantly) making the trek to downtown Indianapolis to play tabletop games with 60,000 other board game fanatics for…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Short seller sues Tesla, Elon Musk, claiming buyout tweets were fraudulent

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Short seller sues Tesla, Elon Musk, claiming buyout tweets were fraudulent

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Private parts — Expect more lawsuits if Musk can’t prove he has funding lined up. Timothy B. Lee – Aug 11, 2018 11:50 am UTC Enlarge / Elon Musk in 2016. Three days after Elon Musk tweeted that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private, we still don’t know who, if anyone, has agreed…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Speedier broadband standards? Pai’s FCC says 25Mbps is fast enough

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Speedier broadband standards? Pai’s FCC says 25Mbps is fast enough

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Slow down, buddy — FCC kicks off annual analysis of nationwide broadband deployment. Jon Brodkin – Aug 10, 2018 7:39 pm UTC The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to maintain the US broadband standard at the current level of 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream. That’s the speed standard the FCC uses each year to determine…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Water Is Destroyed, Then Reborn in Ultrahot Jupiters

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Water Is Destroyed, Then Reborn in Ultrahot Jupiters

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These simulated views of the ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b show what the planet might look like to the human eye from five different vantage points, illuminated to different degrees by its parent star. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Vivien Parmentier/Aix-Marseille University (AMU) Imagine a place where the weather forecast is always the same: scorching temperatures, relentlessly sunny, and with absolutely zero…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | US Planted Flag on the Moon. Does This Mean We Own It?

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | US Planted Flag on the Moon. Does This Mean We Own It?

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Buzz Aldrin stands near a U.S. flag planted on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. (Neil A. Armstrong Photo/Courtesy of NASA) Most likely, this is the best-known picture of a flag ever taken: Buzz Aldrin standing next to the first U.S. flag planted on the Moon. For those who knew their world history, it…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired At DefCon, the Biggest Election Threat Is Lack of Funding

Hexbyte Tech News Wired At DefCon, the Biggest Election Threat Is Lack of Funding

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Mark Ovaska/The New York Times/ReduxMark Ovaska/The New York Times/ReduxNow in its second year, the Voting Machine Hacking Village at the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas features a new set of voting machines—all of which will actually be used in the 2018 midterm elections—for attendees to analyze and attack. But as eager attendees get to…