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Researchers have found direct evidence for the first time for the presence of water ice on the poles of the moon (The Register). It was observed by NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) aboard Chandrayaan-1 from the Indian Space Research Organization. As scientists have predicted since the middle of the 20th century, most of the ice was found in the shadows of craters at the poles, and Nasa says that if there is enough ice on the surface, "water might be accessible if a resource for future expeditions to explore and stay on the moon and possibly be easier to reach than the water detected under the surface of the moon. "
A study has revealed a disturbing correlation between the use of Facebook and the prevention of violence against refugees in different regions of Germany (TechCrunch). The University of Warwick study collected usage data by checking the extreme-right, anti-immigrant alternative for Germany-page and, as a check, the German page for popular nutella chocolate spread. The researchers found that "anti-refugee crimes increase disproportionately in areas with higher Facebook use during periods of high anti-refugee sentiment online … this suggests a role for social media in the transmission of Germany-wide anti-refugee sentiment." Significantly enough "the effect of refugee posts on hate crimes disappears in weeks of major Facebook outages."
Social networks Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have removed hundreds of accounts and pages after a report from cybersecurity company FireEye that describes "a network of non-authentic news sites and clusters of associated accounts on multiple social media platforms to share political stories promote in accordance with Iranian interests "(Reuters). In a Facebook blog, the social network said it had removed accounts that were linked to both Iran and Russia. The move follows the conclusion of six phishing domains by Microsoft, which are designed to resemble US political sites, and Microsoft says "made by a group that is widely associated with the Russian government and known as Strontium," or alternatively Fancy Bear or APT28. & # 39;
Want to listen to the ultimate, vinyl editions of iconic albums such as Pink Floyd & # 39; s Dark side of the moon? (WIRED) In the era of subscription-based, digitized music that is not an easy task. That is where a secret duo of Russian-speaking digitizers comes. AudioPhil, as the couple is known, spends months and thousands of dollars searching for the best-sounding vinyl editions of iconic albums such as Pink Floyd & # 39; s Dark side of the moon, Led Zeppelin & # 39; s Presence or The Beatles & # 39; White album and Abbey Road to make them available to everyone – free of charge, copyright law and the resits they think are disrupting the original music.
Valve has released an update for Steam Play, the framework for Linux game support, with an integrated version of the Wine compatibility layer, which means that some native Windows Steam games will now run on Linux PCs ( Ars Technica). The first batch of games that is certified as works with the new system includes fate (2016) and NieR: Automata, while Steam Play testers can try it out in any Windows game they want. The update comes hot after the launch of Valve's Steam.tv game service, which is currently running Dota 2 International tournaments, but of which is rumored to be in development as a competitor of the popular Twitch streaming service.
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