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Crowdsourced Moon maps get accuracy approval

Crowdsourced Moon maps get accuracy approval

Crowdsourcing already gets products off the ground and figures out where traffic congestion is, but CosmoQuest is turning the power of group-work to map the moon. Using high-resolution images beamed back from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the public science project allows anybody to register and then sift through, flagging up craters, boulders, and other features of the rocky surface. Now, new research indicates the crowdsourced mapping can be just as accurate as when trained experts do it.

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Roadrage car tech tracks if you’re dangerous

Roadrage car tech tracks if you’re dangerous

Cars that can recognize when drivers are angry or irritated, and warn when emotional states might make them dangerous on the road, are in development in France, using dashboard cameras to track facial expressions associated with roadrage. The technology - which could, researchers suggest, be paired with lip reading AIs that could pick up on times when you cuss out the driver who cuts in front of you - initially reacts to expressions of anger or disgust.

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Tiny fluffy T-Rex roamed the Arctic

Tiny fluffy T-Rex roamed the Arctic

A new species of pygmy Tyrannosaurus Rex only half the size of its closest relative has been identified in northern Alaska, with Nanuqsaurus hoglundi ending up smaller and fluffier than its better-known cousins thanks to the harsh conditions. The dinky dino was likely the top Arctic predator in the late Cretaceous period, paleontologists Anthony R. Fiorillo and Ronald S. Tykoski concluded, measuring around 20 feet long and probably covered in dense fuzzy hair.

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Samsung Galaxy backdoor could pose data risk [Updated]

Samsung Galaxy backdoor could pose data risk [Updated]

Multiple models of Samsung Galaxy smartphones could contain a backdoor for remote data access, a developer team has alleged, potentially leaving personal files open to clandestine browsing. The security loophole stems from a proprietary app Samsung created to run on the modem's application processor, which can access and modify software running on the phones and, in at least nine cases, have unfettered access to personal data as well.

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Thermodynamics discovery teases super-dense drives

Thermodynamics discovery teases super-dense drives

New research into the Third Law of Thermodynamics and the odd behaviors of spin ice could have implications for data storage and more, with nanotech scientists finding unexpected behaviors at near-absolute zero. The study, carried out at University College London, created thin films of spin ice - which shows magnetic properties, and normally would be assumed to be the only thing not to fully freeze at absolute zero - for the first time, and then demonstrated how those films could be manipulated.

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9000 year-old masks are the world’s oldest

9000 year-old masks are the world’s oldest

Masks are something that we don’t think much about in the modern world. At certain times of the year, you could walk into just about any retail store in the US and walk out with a mask made of plastic or other materials. Masks have been around much longer than you might think and some of the world's oldest masks are on display in Jerusalem.

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