GeekSpeak for 2013-10-05

Tesla Bristles at Flaming Plutonium Shortage

At NASA, The Problem is the Plutonium shortage. AT KUSP, it’s how best to encourage listeners to offer financial support to the station. One problem is hard to solve; the other could be easy…

Plutonium Shoratge Could Hamper Deep-Space Exploration

Most of what humanity knows about the outer planets came back to Earth from spacecraft powered by batteries full of plutonium-238. Global supplies of this element are running dangerously low.

Tesla Model S catches fire after battery puncture

Electric cars have many advantages, but they still share some things in common with our current gas guzzlers.

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Would you like to try out Tesla’s sporty electric sedan? Rent them now from SFO & LAX airports for $500 a day.

Annual World Solar Challenge About To Start

On Sunday morning (Australian time), October 6th, 40 solar-powered vehicles from 24 countries will depart from Darwin and make their way south along the 3000km Stuart Highway towards Adelaide- in the 2013 World Solar Challenge.

MIT self assembling robots

These blocks jump, flip, slide and click in to place to form self assembling robots.

Yahoo plots bug bounties from $150 to $15,000

Yahoo will reward security researchers who find vulnerabilities in its platforms with payments of between $150 and $15,000 from the end of October under a major overhaul of its bug bounty system.

The new crowd sourced and private search engine.

It’s still young, but this search engine hopes to challenge Google and others with it’s crowd sourced data based on how long a webpage is viewed by each user. As an important bonus, it also designed to be private and anonymous.

Data Mining Reveals the Emotional Differences In Emails From Men and Women

Sentiment analysis relies on large databases of common words that are marked as positive, negative or neutral, and associated with one of the eight fundamental emotions: joy, trust, fear, surprise, sadness, disgust, anger or anticipation. It is then fairly straightforward to search a large data set (like a book or emails) to see what emotions appear and how frequently.

Team of Dentists Create "The Six-Second Toothbrush"

A team of dentists has created a toothbrush they say can clean teeth thoroughly in less than six seconds.
Each brush contains about 400 soft bristles and requires the wearer to grind their teeth in order to clean.

Facebook Building a Company Town

Facebook is working with a local developer to build a $120 million, 394-unit housing community within walking distance of its offices. The 630,000 square-foot rental property will include everything from a sports bar to a doggy day care.

Facebook and Cisco Offer Check-In Service For Free Wifi

Facebook and Cisco are now expanding their joint “Facebook Wifi” program nationwide.
The service directs customers who connect to a store’s wifi to a landing page where they are encouraged to “check-in” to the business in order to be connected. While users can currently opt out of this and still be connected, the “skip this” button is difficult to find.