We May Have Jupiter To Thank For the Nitrogen In Earth's Atmosphere

An anonymous reader writes: Nitrogen makes up about 78% of the Earth's atmosphere. It's also the 4th most abundant element in the human body. But where did all the nitrogen on Earth come from? Scientists aren't sure, but they have a new theory.

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We May Have Jupiter To Thank For the Nitrogen In Earth's Atmosphere

An anonymous reader writes: Nitrogen makes up about 78% of the Earth's atmosphere. It's also the 4th most abundant element in the human body. But where did all the nitrogen on Earth come from? Scientists aren't sure, but they have a new theory.

4 Ways Tiny Microbes Changed Life on Earth Forever

This is the microbes' world—we just live in it. Throughout the history of Earth, microbes have radically reshaped life on the planet, from creating the very air we breath to wiping out almost all life on Earth. Don't underestimate the power of tiny,

Scientists Measure Spooky Drops in Air Pollution Over the Middle East

Air pollution is decreasing over parts of the Middle East. But researchers say that for most Middle Eastern cities, the clearer air is actually a symptom of conflict, not a sign of progress.Read more...

The Ice of Pluto is More Diverse Than We Realized

We give up: Pluto is out to surprise us. This time it’s the ice. We thought it’d be easy once we confirmed ice caps of methane and nitrogen, but the story is much more complicated. The entire world has methane ice, but it’s concentrated at the equator and relatively thin at the pole.Read more.

The Truth About Your Flammable Farts

Contrary to popular belief, it’s probably not methane leaking from behind that reckless “bros” light on fire (known as pyroflatulence); rather, it’s most likely primarily hydrogen.Read more...

Inside the Chamber Where NASA Recreates Space on Earth

Inside Building 32 at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas sits Chamber A, a marvel of engineering, cleanliness, and design. It's also the closest you can come to being in space without strapping into a rocket.Read more...

10 Tiny Creatures You Didn't Realize Were Controlling Your World

The world’s greatest power players include some much smaller titans than you’d expect. Armies of tiny creatures labor every day to shape the world, without most of us ever noticing. Here are ten creatures you can barely see—but you can’t live without.Read more...

The Nights Are Filled With Glorious Auroras This Week

The aurora borealis is one of the most stunning light shows on Earth, but normally, it’s a treat reserved for the hardy souls living at the coldest edges of the world. The last few nights, however, people across the Northern and Southern hemispheres have enjoyed dazzling, colorful skies,

Google Straps Aclima Sensors To Street View Cars To Map Air Pollution

If a city knows what intersections are full of smog, it could add trees or change stop light schedules to improve the air its citizens breathe. Google Earth’s Outreach program that equips non-profits and public-benefit organizations with data wants to give the world these insights. So today,

How Will We Even Know New Lifeforms When We See Them?

If we met new life – on this planet or the next – would we know it when we saw it? Matthew Francis investigates.Read more...

Supreme Court Gives Tacit Approval To Warrantless DNA Collection

An anonymous reader writes On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a case involving the conviction of a man based solely on the analysis of his "inadvertently shed" DNA.

What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?

An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft spent billions purchasing Mojang, the studio behind the game Minecraft, and while it's unlikely to start work on a sequel anytime soon, rather than continue development of the game, it's worth considering what a Minecraft 2 will look like. After all,

Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

An anonymous reader writes 14 years after the Anna Kournikova virus took advantage of users' ignorance about file-name extensions in order to wreak worldwide havoc,

Khronos Group Announces Vulkan To Compete Against DirectX 12

Phopojijo writes The Khronos Group has announced the Vulkan API for compute and graphics. Its goal is to compete against DirectX 12. It has some interesting features,

Inside the North Korean Data Smuggling Movement

Sparrowvsrevolution writes A new Wired magazine story goes inside the North Korean rebel movement seeking to overthrow Kim Jong-un by smuggling USB drives into the country packed with foreign television and movies. As the story describes, one group has stashed USB drives in Chinese cargo trucks.

NVIDIA Fixes Old Compiz Bug

jones_supa writes NVIDIA has fixed a long-standing issue in the Ubuntu Unity desktop by patching Compiz. When opening the window of a new application, it would go black or become transparent on NVIDIA hardware. There have been bug reports dating back to Ubuntu 12.10 times.

Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email At State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules

HughPickens.com writes: The NY Times reports that Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, according to State Department officials.

The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

HughPickens.com writes: Five years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPad and insisted that it would do many things better than either a laptop or a smartphone. Will Oremus writes at Future Tense that by most standards, the iPad has been a success,

Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

An anonymous reader writes: Immediately following the Charlie Hebdo attack, Mark Zuckerberg said, "...this is what we all need to reject — a group of extremists trying to silence the voices and opinions of everyone else around the world. I won't let that happen on Facebook.

Security-Focused BlackPhone Was Vulnerable To Simple Text Message Bug

mask.of.sanity sends this report from El Reg: The maker of BlackPhone – a mobile marketed as offering unusually high levels of security – has patched a critical vulnerability that allows hackers to run malicious code on the handsets.

Do we really need an International Women in IT Day?

As the world celebrates International Women in IT day, Alysia Judge looks at what today really means and whether the issue of gender equality in technology is still relevant.Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/04/24/do-we-really-need-an-international-women-in-it-day/

【卖人啦】康宁1984:我很乐意把自己的未来10年赌在互联网金融上

这篇是虎嗅活动“神作者,不怕问”的第二篇。昨天文章介绍了电商老兵:斗牛士。今儿要扒一扒的是行不改名坐不改姓滴康宁,他与嗅哥牵手15个月,几个月前喜当奶爸。咦?有点怪怪的感觉。。。

英国广泛使用网络过滤器:1/5热门网站遭屏蔽

由于英国宽带和移动网络中广泛安装了成人内容过滤器,导致至少五分之一最流行的网站遭到封杀。受到影响的包括一家保时捷经销商、两家女权主义网站、一个有关叙利亚战争的博客和政治网站Guido Fawkes。

韩国第三大手机厂商泛泰(Pantech)宣布挂牌出售

根据外媒报道,韩国第三大手机制造厂商泛泰(Pantech)在今天宣布挂牌出售,原因是公司清算价值和持续经营价值之间的巨大差异。泛泰在此之前已经陷入财务危机,在今年的 2 月份,泛泰还申请了债务重组计划。

How mobile phone surveillance is helping track and tackle Ebola

Mention web or mobile surveillance, and you're sure to raise a few hackles. But the current Ebola outbreak is showing that the data collected from handsets can be extremely useful. Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/10/16/how-mobile-phone-surveillance-is-helping-track-and-tackle-ebola/

CLIA Southeast Asia和CLIA North Asia成立,象征亚洲邮轮行业发展迈出重要一步

悉尼--(美国商业资讯)--全球最大的邮轮行业协会国际邮轮协会(CLIA)已在东南亚和北亚地区分别设立CLIA Southeast Asia和CLIA North Asia分会,推动亚洲邮轮行业向前迈出重要一步。  

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维也纳2015年上半年旅客过夜次数创新纪录

维也纳2015年7月23日电 /美通社/ -- 创下空前新纪录:2015年1月至6月,维也纳登记在册的旅客过夜次数约达630万次,较上年同期增长5.4%左右。

解读移动互联网千亿市场时代来临

2015年Q1,移动互联网市场规模达到761.6亿元,较2013年Q1增长3.47倍,相比2014年同期增长1.12倍。随着各类创新应用的不断涌现和各细分领域规模扩大,2015年移动互联网市场规模将突破1000亿。

全球热议“拒绝比稿”短片 网上爆红

多伦多2015年11月16日电 /美通社/ -- 一周前,一部名为“拒绝比稿”(Say no to spec) 的两分钟短片在网上发布后爆红。这部短片对广告行业在竞标中或“新业务”流程中为潜在客户提供免费“创意解决方案”的常见做法提出了质疑。

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