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How the World’s Fastest Electric Car Is Pushing Wireless Charging Tech

An anonymous reader writes With the first ever season of Formula E revving up in China next month, it’s clear there’s more to electric cars than Tesla. But the race cars hitting the track in Beijing don’t have anything on the speed of Drayson Racing Technology’s Lola B12 69/EV, which holds the record for the world’s fastest lightweight electric car, and which uses the kind of power technologies that could one day have applications off the track too—like charging your phone wirelessly.

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Researchers Use GPS Trackers to Solve Sailing Rock Mystery

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DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have photographed these “sailing rocks” being blown by light winds across the former lake bed.

Cousins Richard and James Norris said the movement is made possible when ice sheets that form after rare overnight rains, melt in the rising sun, making the hard ground muddy and slick. Read more…

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Plasticity Labs Raises $2.1M To Boost Employee Morale

Plasticity Labs Plasticity Labs, a company that uses data analytics to measure workplace morale, announced that it has raised $2.1 million led by Fibernetics Ventures. The funds will be used for sales and development.
Plasticity was founded in 2012, three years after co-founder and CEO Jim Moss, a former professional lacrosse player for Colorado Mammoth, fell ill with swine flu and was also diagnosed with… Read More

Tencent, Baidu And Wanda Form $814M Joint Venture To Take On Alibaba

RMB Chinese Internet giants Tencent and Baidu are teaming up with conglomerate Wanda to form an RMB 5 billion (about $814 million) e-commerce joint venture in a bid to challenge Alibaba’s dominance. Wanda, a real estate and movie theater chain group, will hold a 70 percent stake, while Tencent and Baidu will each hold 15 percent. Read More

You Can Now Strap a GoPro to Your Dog

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The newest GoPro accessory will allow users to see the world from a dog’s-eye view.

The company unveiled a harness called GoPro Fetch, which is washable, and adjusts to accommodate dogs of all breeds and sizes. It features two mounts, which work with any GoPro camera, and shows both “over-the-head” shots and “front-paw action.”

GoPro said its new product will enable dog owners to document a variety of pet activities, on land and in water

“The adaptability and versatility of GoPro cameras make them the perfect device to document life from a dog’s point of view,” Paul Osborne, GoPro’s senior director of product management, said in a statement. “We designed Fetch to meet the unique needs and usage for pets, and can’t wait to see the images and videos that owners will capture and share now that they have a mount specifically for their dog.” Read more…

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Miley Cyrus’s Homeless VMA Date Turned Himself in to Police

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The homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail.

The director of Polk County Community Corrections in the Willamette Valley community of Dallas, Oregon, said 22-year-old Jesse Helt turned himself in Thursday, was booked on a probation violation warrant and then posted $2,500 bail.

Corrections Director Martin Silbernagel said Helt will be expected to appear before a judge in about two weeks.

Court records show that Helt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass several years ago and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation. The arrest warrant was issued in November 2011 after he violated probation. Read more…

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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Andreas Kolbe writes Wikipedia is well known to have a very large gender imbalance, with survey-based estimates of women contributors ranging from 8.5% to around 16%. This is a more extreme gender imbalance than even that of Reddit, the most male-dominated major social media platform, and it has a palpable effect on Wikipedia content. Moreover, Wikipedia editor survey data indicate that only 1 in 50 respondents is a mother – a good proportion of female contributors are in fact minors, with women in their twenties less likely to contribute to Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation efforts to address this “gender gap” have so far remained fruitless. Wikipedia’s demographic pattern stands in marked contrast to female-dominated social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest, where women aged 18 to 34 are particularly strongly represented. It indicates that it isn’t lack of time or family commitments that keep women from contributing to Wikipedia – women simply find other sites more attractive. Wikipedia’s user interface and its culture of anonymity may be among the factors leading women to spend their online time elsewhere.

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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Andreas Kolbe writes Wikipedia is well known to have a very large gender imbalance, with survey-based estimates of women contributors ranging from 8.5% to around 16%. This is a more extreme gender imbalance than even that of Reddit, the most male-dominated major social media platform, and it has a palpable effect on Wikipedia content. Moreover, Wikipedia editor survey data indicate that only 1 in 50 respondents is a mother – a good proportion of female contributors are in fact minors, with women in their twenties less likely to contribute to Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation efforts to address this “gender gap” have so far remained fruitless. Wikipedia’s demographic pattern stands in marked contrast to female-dominated social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest, where women aged 18 to 34 are particularly strongly represented. It indicates that it isn’t lack of time or family commitments that keep women from contributing to Wikipedia – women simply find other sites more attractive. Wikipedia’s user interface and its culture of anonymity may be among the factors leading women to spend their online time elsewhere.

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Code Red Aviation Alert Issued As Icelandic Volcano Begins Erupting

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The Bardabunga volcano in Iceland, which has been the subject of heightened scrutiny and international alarm in recent days, began erupting on Thursday night

So far, the eruption appeared to consist mainly of basaltic lava, which does not create the explosive ash clouds that are hazardous to aviation and in some cases can affect the Earth’s climate

However, the Icelandic Meteorological Office issued a code red aviation alert, which indicates that an eruption is occurring or is imminent, and potentially hazardous to aircraft. No ash clouds had been detected by the UK Met office, which monitors such hazards throughout Europe, as of midnight eastern time. Read more…

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From city names to budget cuts, Lewiston-Auburn charter opinions run the gamut

AUBURN — For every opinion voiced Thursday night about combining the Twin Cities, someone said the exact opposite. Whether it was about creating a new name for a combined Lewiston-Auburn, including current employees of the two governments in their discussions or where to focus their …