This new battery charges to 70% in two minutes, and lasts for 20 years

This new battery charges to 70% in two minutes, and lasts for 20 years

Sick of waiting an hour for your phone to charge before you leave the house? Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have come up with the best solution yet – a lithium ion battery that charges to 70 percent in just two minutes.

Even better, it also lasts for 20 years, and will reportedly be available to the public within two years.

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Australian Spooks busted for tapping own phones

Australian Spooks busted for tapping own phones

Australia’s Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (AIGIS) has found that the nation’s Australian Security and Intelligence Agency (ASIO) spied on itself in contravention of local laws.

The Inspector-General’s Annual Report [PDF] lists breaches of Australia’s Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act (TIA). The most comical breach played out as follows:

“ASIO intercepted, without warrant, calls made from one of its own regional offices due to a technical error. The data was deleted and processes put in place to ensure it does not happen again.”

 

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A caffeine hit is not the “pick-me-up” it used to be

A caffeine hit is not the “pick-me-up” it used to be

Hawaii: Drinking too much coffee can radically reduce a man’s ability to father children, a study has found.

Men who drank two or more cups of strong coffee a day had just a one in five chance of becoming fathers through IVF. However, for those who drank less than a cup, the chance of having a child rose to nearly 52 per cent.

The study also showed that men who drink around a pint and a half of beer a night could improve their fertility.

 

Bad news for those caffiene drinkers. But things seem to be looking ‘up’ for those beer drinkers.

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Internet Trolls go stright to jail – do not pass go!

Internet Trolls go stright to jail – do not pass go!

Internet trolls could face up to two years in jail under new laws, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said.

He told the Mail on Sunday quadrupling the current maximum six-month term showed his determination to “take a stand against a baying cyber-mob”.

Mr Grayling was speaking days after TV presenter Chloe Madeley suffered online abuse, which Mr Grayling described as “crude and degrading”.

She has welcomed the proposed laws but said social media should be regulated.

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Fraudband still Shithouse

Fraudband still Shithouse

Australia’s third-largest telco, iiNet, has revealed that the fibre-to-the-node (FttN) trial is slower for some of its customers than the figures that NBN Co has reported to the public.

As part of the company’s shift away from fibre to the premises to the so-called multi-technology mix, NBN Co commenced trials of fibre to the node in the New South Wales central coast town of Umina several months ago, and in August reported average speeds of around 98Mbps down for some customers.

The announcement was heralded by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull as a good indication that the government could deliver the NBN sooner and at less cost to the taxpayer, although the cost of the trial was not disclosed at the time.

Since then, NBN Co has added more active services on the trial in Umina, including eight with iiNet.

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Emma Stone is damn sexy

Emma Stone is damn sexy

She’s carved out a career as one of Hollywood’s most wholesome stars.

But Emma Stone is set to get theatregoers hot under the collar in her sexiest role to date after confirming she’ll make her Broadway debut in Cabaret.

The first picture of the actress in guise as Sally Bowles has been released and is bound to shock the actress’ legion of fans.

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Man Flu is Real

Man Flu is Real

They are often the subject of ridicule and laughter among females – the whinging, whining men who are forever complaining about having a cold.

But new research has shown that man flu is not a myth, as a lack of female sex hormones actually leaves males with weaker immune systems.

Scientists from Harvard University believe that a lack of oestrogen makes men more likely to succumb to pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.

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Tor for Chumps

Tor for Chumps

Over on Kickstarter, there’s a project that aims to provide consumers with a way to access the Internet anonymously. Called the Anonabox, this device was created by August Germar and includes two Ethernet ports and one USB port (for power) – and that’s it. The campaign is looking to drum up a mere $7,500, which has been surpassed by 5,224 backers pledging a huge $331,465 so far.

The Anonabox is based on the open source software Tor, which encrypts all data flowing in and out of the user’s computer. This box will hide the user’s location and will also provide better performance than when using the Tor browser on the desktop.

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Men would rather root than eat – NO SHIT SHERLOCK

Men would rather root than eat – NO SHIT SHERLOCK

According to a new research, male brains are wired to ignore food and instead search for a mate, the Telegraph reports.

The University of Rochester Medical Centre research examines how small differences in the brain’s circuitry can explain the behavioral differences between males and females.

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Another conversation for the NSA to ignore

Another conversation for the NSA to ignore

PALO ALTO — You own your data. And the government needs to start respecting that.

This was the assertion made today by Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith at a Silicon Valley panel discussion on NSA surveillance. Until the US recognizes and restores the fundamental right of ownership you have in your data, he continued, the U.S. cannot hope to rebuild trust lost through the NSA’s widespread surveillance programs.

This stance flies in the face of what we expect from internet companies these days, many of whom tend to act as if they own the content we create.

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Creep kills his mum, roots her corpse and is totally chuffed by it

Creep kills his mum, roots her corpse and is totally chuffed by it

A teenager found guilty for murdering his mother and then having sex with her corpse sat in court cracking his knuckles, stretching, and waving to people during his trail.

And from the sound of things, Kevin Jazrael Davis has yet to show any remorse.

Davis admitted to hitting his mom, Kimberly Hill, with a hammer 20 times before raping her dead body on March 26. In court he also admitted to having violent and sexual fantasies about his sister – who was sitting nearby.

Davis told officers: ‘I’m not mentally disturbed. I’m sane. I know what I did.’

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This world is fucked, Where do I get off?

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Sceptics lining up to shoot down Lockheed claims of “Truck Sized Fusion reactor”

Sceptics lining up to shoot down Lockheed claims of “Truck Sized Fusion reactor”

“Our compact fusion concept combines several alternative magnetic confinement approaches, taking the best parts of each, and offers a 90 percent size reduction over previous concepts,” said Tom McGuire, compact fusion lead for the company’s Skunk Works’ Revolutionary Technology Programs. “The smaller size will allow us to design, build and test the CFR [compact fusion reactor] in less than a year.”

I want my Mr Fusion reactor so I can have my flying car.

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Cuba’s Abandoned Communist Nuclear Reactor

Cuba’s Abandoned Communist Nuclear Reactor

Just 90 miles off the tip of Florida lies a half-baked, abandoned relic of the Cold War-era arms race — what was once going to be a joint Cuban-Soviet nuclear reactor. Thank God it never panned out. Because not only do we now have these incredible shots from photographer Darmon Richter, but every last aspect of this thing would have been a total and utter disaster.

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Kindergartener forced to sign no kill/harm/suicide contract

Kindergartener forced to sign no kill/harm/suicide contract

A Mobile, Ala., mom says school officials forced her daughter to sign a contract promising not to commit suicide or harm others after the kindergartner “drew something that resembled a gun,” then pointed a crayon at another kid and said “pew, pew!”

Elizabeth’s mom said school officials recommended the 5-year-old see a psychiatrist. She refused.

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