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Friday, March 17, 2017

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Patriot missile -- usually priced at about $3 million -- was used to shoot down a small quadcopter drone, according to a U.S. general. The strike was made by a U.S. ally, Gen David Perkins told a military symposium. "That quadcopter that cost $200 bucks from Amazon.com did not stand a chance against a Patriot," he said. Patriots are radar-targeted weapons more commonly used to shoot down enemy aircraft and ballistic missiles. "Now, that worked, they got it, OK, and we love Patriot missiles," the general said. read more

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Shine on you crazy frog. The polka-dot tree frog is the first amphibian known to be naturally fluorescent.

Fluorescence, which happens when a substance absorbs light at one wavelength and emits it at a longer one, is known to occur in some parrots and sea turtles, and a wide variety of fish.

The polka-dot tree frog, which is about 3 centimetres long, is pale green and speckled with white, yellow or reddish spots. It is commonly found all over the Amazon basin and is mainly active at dawn, dusk and night.

Julián Faivovich at the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, made the discovery unexpectedly while studying a pigment in the frog. "For some things we were planning on doing, we had to illuminate the frog tissues with UV light. Then we realised the whole frog was fluorescing," he says.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Germany proposed a new law today to fight hate speech, threatening social media networks like Twitter and Facebook with €50 million fines.

Under the rules proposed, social media companies must clearly explain rules and complaint procedures to users and follow up on each complaint. Blatantly illegal content must be deleted within 24 hours, while other law-breaking content must be taken down or blocked within seven days.

"Facebook and Twitter missed the chance to improve their takedown practices," said Heiko Maas, federal minister for justice and consumer protection. Maas claimed social media networks don't take complaints seriously. "For companies to take on their responsibility in question of deleting criminal content, we need legal regulations."

Carleton University is feeling the burn from students on social media for removing a weight scale from its gym to promote a more holistic approach to a healthy body image. The recent move isn't sitting well with several students who are accusing the school of kowtowing to a small group of gym users who are easily offended. "Next it will be the mirrors. #bringbackthescale," wrote one Carleton student on Facebook, while another said online, "Are you for real, Carleton? What a sick joke." Details of the scale controversy were first reported in the university's student-run newspaper, The Charlatan, on Thursday. ... The paper quotes one student as saying, "Scales are very triggering" for people with eating disorders.


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