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What would you say if you came across some bed wetter obsessively scanning bar codes to make sure it wasn’t a Koch-owned company? Get a life is the first thing that comes to mind.
For liberals wanting to avoid buying products from conservative companies, there’s now an app for that.
According to Forbes, freelance programmer Ivan Pardo recently unveiled Buycott, an app designed to discourage consumers from purchasing products made by Koch Industries, owned by Charles and David Koch. The app bears a striking resemblance to one proposed by Darcy Burner, a former Microsoft programmer and Democratic congressional candidate for Washington’s first district. She unveiled her idea for a similar app last year, at Netroots Nation — an annual liberal conference — though Pardo and his team were already working on Buycott.
Pardo’s app, available on iPhone and Android, allows users to scan a product’s barcode before placing it in their shopping cart. Buycott then traces the item’s origins back to its parent company and alerts shoppers if the company is one they should avoid.
“Buycott helps you organize your everyday consumer spending to support causes you care about,” the app’s description reads.
Computer viruses are on the rise worldwide for the first time in years, according to Microsoft security expert Tim Rains.
Viruses had become less popular among computer attackers in the past several years, Microsoft's Security Intelligence Report says. The term "virus," while commonly used to mean any kind of malicious software, is actually a very specific type of invasive program that, like a biological virus, infects a computer's existing programs and spreads along with those programs.
'For several years viruses…seemed to be out of favor with attackers.' - Microsoft security expert Tim Rains
Viruses often take more lines of code than other types of threats such as Trojans and password stealers, and are also much easier to trace and eliminate with the right software.
Screaming winds of infernal violence alternate with periods of dead calm as one nears the surface of Uranus, according to a new analysis of the gas giant.
The turbulent weather patterns on gaseous planets has long been known -- think of the giant storm raging on Jupiter that makes up its famous eye. But little had been known about life on the surface of distant Uranus.
A new analysis of data taken by the spacecraft Voyager 2 during a fly-by in 1989 reveals the dynamic winds that lie on the surface of the planet, beneath an atmosphere thick enough to swallow the entire Earth.
And on the planet itself, things are surprisingly calm.
Charles Darwin may have been wrong about the evolution of coral atolls. The controversy surrounding Darwin’s idea of sinking islands continues. New research indicates that coral formation is more complicated and involves different evolutionary processes.
Attacking Charles Darwin’s theories has become a popular topic, and his ideas have been the subject of several recent reports. Darwin blamed sinking islands for the formation of coral atolls, but researchers at MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have found other processes involved in their formation. Changing sea levels and ocean temperatures, ideas missing from Darwin’s earlier work, both play an important part. Computer models have revealed how reefs are actually created. Nevertheless, researchers are still crediting Darwin with getting part of the creation process correct. “Darwin actually got it mostly right, which is pretty amazing,” mentioned Taylor Perron.
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Do nuclear power plants need a redesign? Critics of nuclear energy seem to think so, and so does nuclear energy advocate, Taylor Wilson. A physics wunderkind, Wilson became the youngest person to ever create fusion at age 14. And since graduating from high school last year, he's devoted himself to finding innovative solutions to the world's biggest problems. Continued...
Einstein's special relativity has proven more useful than ever, as scientists have now used it to discover an alien planet around another star.
The newfound world — nicknamed "Einstein's planet" by the astronomers who discovered it — is the latest of more than 800 planets known to exist beyond our solar system, and the first to be found through this method.
The planet, officially known as Kepler-76b, is 25 percent larger than Jupiter and weighs about twice as much, putting it in a class known as "hot Jupiters." The world orbits a star located about 2,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
The sun, it seems, is in overdrive. Late Monday night, the sun unleashed its third major solar flare in 24 hours — the biggest and most powerful solar storm of the year, so far.
This latest sun storm erupted Monday (May 13) at 9:11 p.m. EDT (0111 GMT) and registered as an X3.2 solar flare, one of the strongest types of flares the sun can release, space weather officials said. It came on the heels of two other recent X-class solar flares on Sunday night and Monday, all of which were sparked by a highly active sunspot on the sun's far left side.
'Clearly an extraordinary active region is making its way fully onto the visible disk.'- NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center officials
Officials at the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo., appeared amazed at the intense activity from the crackling sunspot.
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