Archive | November 2014

Giant sunspot may cause massive solar storms

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The largest sunspot to appear on Earth’s nearest star in more than two decades is once again pointed at the planet, and it will likely kick-start solar storms, NASA scientists say.

The massive sunspot, previously known as Active Region 12192, was turned toward Earth in October and early November, but rotated out of view. While it was on the Earth-facing side of the sun, the sunspot did not produce any coronal mass ejections — hot bursts of material ejected into space at 4 million mph (6.4 million kilometers/hour) — which have the potential to damage satellites and power grids. Now the active region has rotated back around to face Earth again, and although the sunspot has shrunk in size, it will likely be disruptive, NASA scientist Holly Gilbert told Space.com during a …

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This entry was posted on November 30, 2014, in Mashable.

Vox takes $46.5 million in funding as media investments stay hot

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Vox Media has closed a funding round of $46.5 million, putting it among other digital media companies, including BuzzFeed and Vice, that have attracted major recent investments at sizable valuations

The Series E round values the company at $380 million, according to the New York Times. The investment came from only one firm: General Atlantic. Since the company’s first major funding round in 2009, it has raised about $107 million

Content companies have not traditionally attracted much in the way of venture capital. VC firms tend to hunt for companies that have the potential to return investments many times over. Content companies, even very successful ones, …

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This entry was posted on November 30, 2014, in Mashable.

Amazon’s secret to getting through the holidays: Seniors doing manual labor

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Those holiday gifts you’re expecting this year will come from Santa’s workshop, if you still believe in that kind of thing. More than likely, though, you realize they’re shipping out from Amazon

But what you may not know is there’s a dead ringer for Mrs. Claus packing the boxes.

Amazon, which recently fell behind Alibaba to become the world’s second-largest e-commerce company, is in the throes of its annual temporary seasonal worker program that includes a few thousand graying retirees in its giant warehouse facilities around the U.S

The employees live full-time in recreational vehicles, following mostly low-paying, strenuous jobs around the country instead of enjoying those golden years on the golf course. …

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This entry was posted on November 30, 2014, in Mashable.

Hong Kong protests escalate as police use pepper spray, water hoses

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Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police early Monday as they tried to surround Hong Kong government headquarters, stepping up their movement for genuine democratic reforms after camping out on the city’s streets for more than two months.

Repeating scenes that have become familiar since the movement began in late September, protesters carrying umbrellas — which have become symbols of the pro-democracy movement — battled police armed with pepper spray, batons and riot shields as they attempted to clear the roads around the government buildings.

Police push back protesters at Admiralty after students reignite Occupy Central. Live stream: https://t.co/jRttvY5hzC pic.twitter.com/ZhYkSE7VTt

— Deborah Kan (@debkhk) …

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This entry was posted on November 30, 2014, in Mashable.

Sony Pictures investigating North Korean links to recent hack, report says

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Sony Pictures Entertainment is reportedly investigating whether the recent hack that downed the company’s computer system is linked to North Korea.

The thinking is that the hack may be in response to Sony’s upcoming film, The Interview, which is premised on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Re/code reports.

Citing Sony and “outside security consultants,” the report suggests the hackers may be based in China and carried out the attack as retaliation for the movie.

The comedy, which is set to be released on Christmas Day, stars Seth Rogen and James Franco who play entertainment journalists recruited by the CIA to kill Kim after it comes out the two men are planning an interview with the North Korean leader …

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Missing Ohio State football player found dead of an apparent suicide

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A missing Ohio State football player was found dead Sunday, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Police tell media outlets the body of 22-year-old Kosta Karageorge was found near the campus after a search since he went missing Wednesday. The senior defensive tackle from Columbus had last been seen at his apartment in Columbus, when his roommates said he left to go on a walk.

Karageorge’s parents filed a missing-person report Wednesday evening, and his mother, Susan Karageorge, told police he has had several concussions and a few spells of being extremely confused, according to the report. She said that at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday he texted a message that cited the concussions and said, “I am sorry if I am an embarrassment.” …

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10 times science ruled in 2014

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There’s no denying it: Science is cool, and 2014 was no exception

This year, we discovered that one of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus, was shooting geysers out of cracks in its surface. We also found a way to make a teeny, tiny radio that requires no battery. The human race is pushing forward into the final frontier — and also the tiniest frontier

Although 2014 was also the year …

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St. Louis Rams players put hands up during game in apparent nod to Ferguson

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Five players for the St. Louis Rams came out for pre-game introductions on Sunday with their hands raised to the sky, presumably as a gesture of solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri

Rams tight end Jared Cook and receivers Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and Tavon Austin entered the Edward Jones Dome arena Sunday afternoon with their hands raised. Protesters in Ferguson and cities across the United States frequently chant, “Hands up, don’t shoot” during demonstrations, which have been ongoing since last week when a Missouri grand jury did not indict former police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in August …

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This entry was posted on November 30, 2014, in Mashable.