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  • ‘Watching France is like watching clowns at the circus’
    By on February 26, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    A “weird” game plan, selection problems and a lack of imagination are dragging France down, says Jeremy Guscott


  • The Higgs Boson Re-Explained By the Mick Jagger of Physics
    By on February 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes “Jorge Cham, author of the comic strip Ph.D. comics, recently found himself on a bus crossing the Israel-Jordan border sitting next to Eilam Gross, head of the Atlas Higgs Group, one of the two groups that found the famous particle. When Cham asked Gross for feedback on the Higgs Boson animation he had done last year, Gross told Cham ‘It’s all wrong’ and noted that he had yet to see a truly correct explanation of what the (more…)

  • Ukraine skier withdraws in protest
    By on February 21, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Skier Bogdana Matsotska pulls out of the Sochi Games in protest at Ukraine’s government amid fighting that has left dozens dead.


  • Dogs’ Brains Have Human-like “Voice Area”
    By on February 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    sciencehabit writes “When you hear a friend’s voice, you immediately picture her, even if you can’t see her. And from the tone of her speech, you quickly gauge if she’s happy or sad. You can do all of this because your human brain has a ‘voice area.’ Now, scientists using brain scanners and a crew of eager dogs have discovered that dog brains, too, have dedicated voice areas. The finding helps explain how canines can be so attuned to their owners’ (more…)

  • Internet Censorship Back On Australian Agenda
    By on February 15, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter aberglas writes “The conservative government’s George Brandis wants to force ISPs to block sites that might infringe copyright. Brandis said he stood firmly on the side of content creators (a.k.a. Hollywood). Ban gross violators today, obscure ones tomorrow, porn sites, far left sites the day after…” From the article, too, this snippet: “The federal government is also considering implementing a “graduated response scheme” that could (more…)

  • Murray beaten by Cilic in Rotterdam
    By on February 15, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Britain’s Andy Murray is beaten by Marin Cilic in the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament quarter-finals.


  • Godot Game Engine Released Under MIT License
    By on February 11, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    goruka writes with news that a new game engine has been made available to Free Software developers under the permissive MIT license “Godot is a fully featured, open source, MIT licensed, game engine. It focuses on having great tools, and a visual oriented workflow that can deploy to PC, Mobile and Web platforms with no hassle. The editor, language and APIs are feature rich, yet simple to learn. Godot was born as an in-house engine, and was used to (more…)

  • My career could be over – Pickering
    By on February 11, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Craig Pickering says the back injury that prevented him from competing in the bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics may end his career.


  • VIDEO: Best expects ‘battle’ with Scots
    By on February 5, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Ireland hooker Rory Best expects a strong challenge from a confident Scotland side who will bring “passion and intensity” to their game in Dublin.


  • NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites
    By on February 5, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    coondoggie writes “NASA today said it was looking into developing two new Centennial Challenge competitions that would let the public design, build and deliver small satellites known as Cubesats capable of operations and experiments near the moon and beyond. The first challenge will focus on finding innovative ways to allow deep space communications with small spacecraft, while the second focuses on primary propulsion for small spacecraft.”