Anonymous claims credit for hacking Minneapolis Police website and threatens to release records

The hacker group Anonymous has claimed credit for infiltrating the Minneapolis Police Department website and accessing a wide range of information about its officers. In a video posted on Anonymous’s unconfirmed Facebook page and circulated widely across Twitter, a representative from the collective accused the department of having a ‘horrific track record of violence and corruption’ and promised to begin ‘exposing your many crimes to the world.’ The announcement came after several extended periods during which the MPD website appeared inaccessible, something that was consistent its servers being overwhelmed by…

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3D simulation of body more accurately establishes time of death

Forensic scientists work tirelessly to determine a murder victim’s time of death in order to aid law enforcement in reconstructing events that occurred during the horrific crime. Experts typically use temperature measurements, but a new model could provide even more accurate details of the unlawful act. Scientists are developing 3D computer simulations of dead bodies that pulls data from the victim’s skin, body size, position, clothing and air temperature surrounding them. The model then calculates postmortem body cooling, allowing scientists to determine no more than 38 minutes from their time…

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Tesla Model 3 ‘on Autopilot mode’ crashes into truck in Taiwan

Security cameras watching a highway in Taiwan captured the moment a white Tesla Model 3 vehicle plowing into truck that was rolled over on its side. Reports say the driver of the Tesla did not see the overturned Truck while cruising with the Autopilot driver assistant feature activated. The footage also shows that the car’s emergency automatic braking system was applied at the last second, due to smoke coming from the tires moments before the collision. An image of the aftermath shows the entire front-end of the Tesla pierced through…

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Good egg? Robot chef is trained to make the ‘perfect’ omelette

A robot has been trained to prepare and cook an omelette from breaking the egg to presenting it on a plate to the diner by a team of engineers. Researchers from the University of Cambridge worked with domestic appliance firm Beko to train the machine to create the best omelette for the majority of tastes.   The team say cooking is an interesting problem for roboticists as ‘humans can never be totally objective when it comes to food’ or how it should taste. They used machine learning data from a study…

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Giant magnetic spots on the surface of extremely hot stars trigger giant flares, study shows 

Giant magnetic spots on the surface of extremely hot and small stars can trigger giant flares, a study has concluded. Researchers used the so-called Very Large Telescope in Chile to study a special kind of star found in distant stellar cluster — and found that their brightness changes. These changes are caused by the presence of giant bright hot spots on the star’s surface that come in and out of view as the star rotates. The spots — caused by magnetic fields — can also release powerful explosions of energy…

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The world’s largest radio telescope set to commence scanning for alien life in September

The world’s largest single-aperture radio telescope dedicated to searching for extra terrestrials and potentially habitable alien planets is set to come online in September. The five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in Guizhou, China will be able to scan twice the sky area covered by the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, the previous record holder for the largest single-aperture radio telescope in the world. The FAST will also deliver readings between three and five times more sensitive than those from the Arecibo Observatory’s, something that’s made many scientists hopeful the telescope…

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Staring at a phone screen before bed can cause depression

Staring at your phone screen when you should be sleeping can make you depressed over time, new research suggests. Chinese experiments suggest harmful blue light emissions from your device at night trigger a mysterious neural mechanism, leading to behavioural changes.   The research team found that mice exposed to blue light for two hours a night over a few weeks started showing depressive-like behaviour.   But by blocking brain signals that are triggered by blue light at night, the mice no longer showed behavioural changes.  The neural pathway responsible for this phenomenon…

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NASA map shows Mars DOES have a magnetic field of sorts 

Electric currents around Mars, which are responsible for generating a magnetic field around the planet, have been mapped by NASA for the first time. Unlike the Earth, whose magnetism comes from its molten core, Mars does not generate a magnetic field on its own.  However, as solar wind smashes into the planet’s upper atmosphere at around a million miles per hour, it strips electrons from atoms, making them highly conductive.  These electrons and protons are forced to flow apart due to their opposite electric charge, forming electric currents that drape around…

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NASA map shows the Red Planet DOES have a magnetic field of sorts 

Electric currents around Mars, which are responsible for generating a magnetic field around the planet, have been mapped by NASA for the first time. Unlike the Earth, whose magnetism comes from its molten core, Mars does not generate a magnetic field on its own.  However, as solar wind smashes into the planet’s upper atmosphere at around a million miles per hour, it strips electrons from atoms, making them highly conductive.  These electrons and protons are forced to flow apart due to their opposite electric charge, forming electric currents that drape around…

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Staring at your phone screen before bed can make you depressed

Staring at your phone screen when you should be sleeping can make you depressed over time, new research suggests. Chinese experiments suggest harmful blue light emissions from your device at night trigger a mysterious neural mechanism, leading to behavioural changes.   The research team found that mice exposed to blue light for two hours a night over a few weeks started showing depressive-like behaviour.   But by blocking brain signals that are triggered by blue light at night, the mice no longer showed behavioural changes.  The neural pathway responsible for this phenomenon…

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