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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 6:01pm
AmiMoJo writes The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says more than one trillion becquerels of radioactive substances were released as a result of debris removal work at one of the plant's reactors. Radioactive cesium was detected at levels exceeding the government limit in rice harvested last year in Minami Soma, some 20 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi. TEPCO presented the Nuclear Regulation Authority with an estimate that the removal work discharged 280 billion becquerels per hour of radioactive substances, or a total of 1.1 trillion becquerels. The plant is believed to be still releasing an average of 10 million becquerels per hour of radioactive material.

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:31pm
CanHasDIY writes The old saying goes, "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." A man learned the consequences Sunday, after Tweeting about his experience with a rude Southwest gate attendant: "A Minnesota man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent. Duff Watson said he was flying from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday and tried to board in a spot for frequent flyer privileges he held and take his sons, ages 6 and 9, with him, even though they had a later spot to board the plane. The agent told him that he would have to wait if he wanted to board with his children. Watson replied that he had boarded early with them before and then sent out a tweet that read 'RUDEST AGENT IN DENVER. KIMBERLY S. GATE C39. NOT HAPPY @SWA.' Watson told TV broadcaster KARE in Minneapolis on Wednesday that after he boarded, an announcement came over the plane asking his family to exit the aircraft. Once at the gate, the agent said that unless the tweet was deleted, police would be called and the family would not be allowed back onboard." He gave into the threat, deleted the Tweet, and was allowed to board a later flight. Southwest, as one could have predicted, offered a boilerplate "apology" and vouchers.

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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:48pm
Lasrick writes Physicist Lawrence Krauss blasts Congress for their passage of the 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill that cut funding for renewable energy, sustainable transportation, and energy efficiency, and even worse, had amendments that targeted scientists at the Department of Energy: He writes that this action from the US Congress is worse even than the Australian government's move to cancel their carbon tax, because the action of Congress is far more insidious: "Each (amendment) would, in its own way, specifically prohibit scientists at the Energy Department from doing precisely what Congress should mandate them to do—namely perform the best possible scientific research to illuminate, for policymakers, the likelihood and possible consequences of climate change." Although the bill isn't likely to become law, Krauss is fed up with Congress burying its head in the sand: The fact that those amendments "...could pass a house of Congress, should concern everyone interested in the appropriate support of scientific research as a basis for sound public policy."

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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:01pm
Graculus writes with news that the so called "magic helmets" for the controversial F-35 are ready for action. This week, Lockheed Martin officially took delivery of a key part of the F-35 fighter's combat functionality—the pilot's helmet. The most expensive and complicated piece of headgear ever constructed, the F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) is one of the multipurpose fighter's most critical systems, and it's essential to delivering a fully combat-ready version of the fighter to the Marine Corps, the Navy, and the Air Force. But it almost didn't make the cut because of software problems and side effects akin to those affecting 3D virtual reality headsets. Built by Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems International (a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and the Israeli defense company Elbit Systems), the HMDS goes way beyond previous augmented reality displays embedded in pilots' helmets. In addition to providing the navigational and targeting information typically shown in a combat aircraft's heads-up display, the HMDS also includes aspects of virtual reality, allowing a pilot to look through the plane. Using a collection of six high-definition video and infrared cameras on the fighter's exterior called the Distributed Aperture System (DAS), the display extends vision a full 360 degrees around the aircraft from within the cockpit. The helmet is also equipped with night vision capabilities via an infrared sensor that projects imagery inside the facemask

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Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Announced

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
Cliffski's Blog officially announces Gratuitous Space Battles 2, a sequel to Positech's space strategy game. He discusses his passion for the project and the reasons he hasn't embarked on a sequel...

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Free Weekend

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
Steam News announces a free weekend is underway for Ace Combat Assault Horizon - Enhanced Edition, coinciding with a 75% off sale on the aerial combat game. Here's the call they're putting out for...

Jagex Free Weekend

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
Steam News announces two Jagex games are playable for free this weekend, offering open access to both Ace of Spades: Battle Builder and Carnage Racing until 4:00 pm EST on Sunday. For those who find...

Ships Ahoy - Gods Will Be Watching

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
Steam News has word that Gods Will Be Watching is now available, offering a point-and-click adventure for Windows, Linux, and OS X that developer Deconstructeam calls "brutal." This launch trailer...

Son of Nor Early Access

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
Son of Nor is now available for Early Access on Steam (you can tell because he has Nor's eyes), offering a first crack at this first-person action/adventure that features telekenesis and terraforming....

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Patched

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
Stardock offers a new patch for Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes to update their fantasy-themed strategy game to version 1.7, saying this is "arguably the biggest patch" in the game's history....

Pulstar Adds Linux Support

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
A Steam community announcement has word that the first update for Pulstar is now live, which adds Linux support to the arcade shoot-em-up and along with tweaks and fixes. Here's word on the patch,...

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
Thanks nin. Never back a Kickstarter without a programmer (and other tips for not losing your money) - Polygon. Kickstarter-funded game developer at heart of Airbnb squatter scandal.

On Sale

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
Breakneck Bundle on Bundle Stars. Dead Island Series on Steam. Save 75%. Plug in Digital Bundle on Humble Weekly Bundle. Viscera Cleanup Detail on Steam. Save 40%.

Evening Interviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
Alien Isolation video interviews original film's cast. Freedom And Fantasy: Pillars Of Eternity Interview - Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

Evening Previews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
Battleborn on Dissecting elements and influences. Meridian: New World on Pillars of Eternity on Strategy Informer.

Evening Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack. Thanks Ant. Bungie: The Iron Banner Returns in Destiny. Inside Destiny's Secret Nerve Center. Thanks nin. Halo Nightfall Trailer (TV Series).

Evening Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
Microsoft's most boneheaded product is about to be killed off. Comic-Con bans Google Glass from super secret screenings. Thanks HARDOCP.

Evening Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
Thanks Ant. Google's Deal to Buy Twitch Confirmed, According to New Report. Google dumps plans for OpenSSL in Chrome, takes own Boring road. Comcast Reaches Key Milestone in Launch of IPv6 Broadband...

Evening Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20pm
PC Perspective Podcast #310 - NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, WD 6TB Red and 4TB Red Pro HDDs and more.

Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:17pm
sciencehabit (1205606) writes A new study shows that ground water in the Colorado basin is being depleted six times faster than surface water. The groundwater losses, which take thousands of years to be recharged naturally, point to the unsustainability of exploding population centers and water-intensive agriculture in the basin, which includes most of Arizona and parts of Colorado, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Because ground water feeds many of the streams and rivers in the area, more of them will run dry.

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