GeekSpeak for 2016-04-30

Firefighting Battery Podcasts with Lab Mice

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Using drones to fight fire, another promising battery technology, and an in depth look at podcasting. These and many other stories on this week’s episode of GeekSpeak.

Testing drones to help fight wild fires

The system to do this was put to the test Friday at Homestead National Monument west of Beatrice. Drones were used to drop balls of flammable fluid that can position fires exactly where they’re needed.

Researchers Accidentally Make Batteries Last 400 Times Longer

Instead of lithium, researchers at UC Irvine have used gold nanowires to store electricity, and have found that their system is able to far outlast traditional lithium battery construction. The Irvine team’s system cycled through 200,000 recharges without significant corrosion or decline.

CERN releases 300TB of Large Hadron Collider data into open access

“Once we’ve exhausted our exploration of the data, we see no reason not to make them available publicly,” she said in a news release accompanying the data. “The benefits are numerous, from inspiring high school students to the training of the particle physicists of tomorrow. And personally, as CMS’s data preservation coordinator, this is a crucial part of ensuring the long-term availability of our research data.”

Podcasting

Listening to podcasts is easy. Lyle likes Overcast for IOS. Although there are a lot of great podcast apps for IOS.

For android there are also a lot of great apps to listen to podcasts.

GeekSpeak is also available through Google Play Music, which now supports podcasts!

Spy Chief Complains That Edward Snowden Sped Up Spread of Encryption by 7 Years

The shortened timeline has had “a profound effect on our ability to collect, particularly against terrorists,” he said.

U.S. lawmakers are pressing the nation’s top intelligence official to estimate the number of Americans ensnared in email surveillance and other such spying on foreign targets, saying the information was needed to gauge possible reforms to the controversial programs. — Spy chief pressed for number of Americans ensnared in data espionage

‘Dirty’ mice better than lab-raised mice for studying human disease

Mice with more experience fighting pathogens have immune system reactions more like humans’, conclude two studies published online April 20. “Dirty” mice bought from pet stores or caught in the wild have more humanlike immune systems than clean lab mice do, researchers report in Nature. And in Cell Host & Microbe, scientists find that infecting lab mice with a series of viruses and parasites alters their immune responses to be similar to those of dirty mice and humans.