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6 Extra Pairs of Genitals Is Just Too Much of a Good Thing

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 2:48pm

A millipede ended up with 6 extra pairs of genitals. Or, if you count each appendage, a total of 16 sexual appendages.

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A Ph.D Thesis Defense Delayed By Injustice 77 Years

Slashdot - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 2:42pm
Taco Cowboy writes: A story about a 102-year old lady doing her PhD thesis defense is not that common, but when the thesis defense was delayed by a whopping 77 years, that gotta raise some eyebrows. Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport studied diphtheria at the University of Hamburg in Germany and in 1938, the 25-year old Protestant-raised, German-born Ingeborg submitted for her doctorate thesis defense. She was denied her chance for her defense because her mother was of the Jewish ancestry, making her an official "cross-breed". As such the Nazi regime forbid the university from proceeding with her defense, for "racial reasons". She became one of the thousands of scholars and researchers banished from German academe, which at the time included many of the world's most prestigious research institutions, because of Jewish ancestry or opposition to Nazi policies. Many of them ended up suffering or dying in concentration camps. Rudolf Degkwitz, Syllm's professor, was imprisoned for objecting to euthanizing children. Syllm, however, was able to reach the United States and earned her medical degree from the old Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Eventually she married a fellow physician named Samuel Mitja Rapoport, had a family, and moved back to Germany in the 1950s, where she achieved prominence in neonatology. Syllm-Rapoport, who is now 102 years old, might have remained just a doctor (if a very accomplished one) had not the present dean of the Hamburg medical school, Uwe Koch-Gromus, heard her story from a colleague of her son, Tom Rapoport, a Harvard cell biologist. Determined to do what he could to mitigate this wrong, Koch-Gromus arranged Syllm-Rapoport's long-delayed defense. Despite failing eyesight, she brushed up on decades of developments in diphtheria research with the help of friends and the Internet. Koch-Gromus called the 45-minute oral exam given by him and two colleagues on 13 May in her Berlin living room "a very good test. Frau Rapoport has gathered notable knowledge about what's happened since then. Particularly given her age, she was brilliant."

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Prospects and Limits For the LHC's Capabilities To Test String Theory

Slashdot - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 2:00pm
StartsWithABang writes: The Large Hadron Collider has just been upgraded, and is now making the highest energy collisions of any human-made machine ever. But even at 13 TeV, what are the prospects for testing String Theory, considering that the string energy scale should be up at around 10^19 GeV or so? Surprisingly, there are a number of phenomenological consequences that should emerge, and looking at what we've seen so far, they may disfavor String Theory after all.

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Hack Brief: There’s a New iPhone Text Message Attack

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 1:28pm

It turns out pranksters can crash an iPhone merely by texting it the exact right string of English and Arabic characters.

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How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?

Slashdot - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 1:17pm
Nerval's Lobster writes: How much C++ do you need to know to land an entry-level job that's heavy in C++? That's a question Dice posed to several developers. While the exact topic was C++, the broader question of "How much X do you actually need to know to make money off it?" could also apply to any number of programming languages. In the case of C++, basics to know include virtual methods, virtual destructors, operator overloading, how templates work, correct syntax, the standard library, and more. Anything less, and a senior developer will likely get furious; they have a job to do, and that job isn't teaching the ins and outs of programming. With all that in mind, what's a minimum level of knowledge for a programming language for entry-level developers?

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New Star Wars Wax Exhibit Captured With Periscope

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 1:10pm

WIRED sent Peter Dench to document the Madame Tussauds' Star Wars exhibit in London using the livestreaming video app Periscope.

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‘Deep Learning’ Will Soon Give Us Super-Smart Robots

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 1:00pm

The new breed of AI will extend beyond the internet, pushing into devices that can operate here in the physical world.

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Review: Pebble Time

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 1:00pm

Can the Pebble Time compete with the Apple Watch? The better question is, should it even have to?

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WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Star Trek: Voyager

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 1:00pm

If space was the final frontier, the thinking behind 'Star Trek: Voyager' goes, then a wholly-unexplored region of space must be the most final-est frontier of all.

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Entertainment Podcast: Tomorrowland’s Woes and A$AP Rocky’s Flows

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:59pm

Welcome back for the second edition of WIRED’s new weekly podcast covering world of entertainment and pop culture!

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Amy Schumer GIF and a Graf: Bill Nye Explains the Universe

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:58pm

You know how people are always saying "it was the universe telling me..."? Yeah, well, actual scientist Bill Nye is here to tell you that's BS.

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Red Hat CEO Publishes Open Source Management Memoir

Slashdot - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:35pm
ectoman writes: Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst has just published The Open Organization, a book that chronicles his tenure as leader of the world's largest open source company. The book aims to show other business leaders how open source principles like transparency, authenticity, access, and openness can enhance their organizations. It's also filled with information about daily life inside Red Hat. Whitehurst joined Red Hat in 2008 after leaving Delta Airlines, and he says his time working in open source has changed him. "I thought I knew what it took to manage people and get work done," he writes in The Open Organization. "But the techniques I had learned, the traditional beliefs I held for management and how people are taught to run companies and lead organizations, were to be challenged when I entered the world of Red Hat and open source." All proceeds from the book benefit the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Opensource.com is hosting free book club materials.

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Google IO Liveblog: All the Google and Android News, As It Happens

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:49am

Join the action at Google IO with WIRED's Google IO Liveblog. Yes, the event is streaming live on the web. So why a liveblog? Because we love liveblogs.

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Glucose-Sensing Contacts and More Brilliant Diabetes Tech

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:21am

Isn’t it time we had a major breakthrough in the gear that helps us manage diabetes? Well, we’re about to.

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Splatoon: Nintendo Finally Makes a Shooter, Only Not Really

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:00am

Nintendo made a shooter! Sort of. Not really.

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