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UK To Require Drone Registration And Safety Exams

An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg: Drones will have to be registered and their users required to pass safety tests under new rules to be announced by the U.K.’s Department for Transport… Registration will be mandated for owners of drones 250 grams (8.8 ounces) or larger after research found that drones as small as 400 grams (14 ounces) could damage the ... Read More »

Predatory Journals Hit By "Star Wars" Sting

intellitech quotes an article from Discover’s Neuroskeptic blog: A number of so-called scientific journals have accepted a Star Wars-themed spoof paper…an absurd mess of factual errors, plagiarism and movie quotes. I know because I wrote it… I created a spoof manuscript about “midi-chlorians” — the fictional entities which live inside cells and give Jedi their powers in Star Wars…and submitted ... Read More »

Disastrous ‘Pokemon Go’ Event Leads To Mass Refunds

thegarbz writes: A Pokemon Go Fest hosted in Chicago and attended by between 15-20,000 people has ended in disaster. The event was plagued by logistical issues resulting in 3+ hour long delays getting into Chicago’s Grant Park… Those people who were lucky enough to get into the paid event were greeted with a completely overloaded cell network unable to cope ... Read More »

College Students Are Flocking To Computer Science Majors

Slashdot reader dcblogs writes: Enrollments in Computer Science are on a hockey stick trajectory and show no signs of slowing down. Stanford University declared computer science enrollments, for instance, went from 87 in the 2007-08 academic year to 353 in the recently completed year. It’s similar at other schools. Boston University, for instance, had 110 declared undergraduate computer science majors ... Read More »

Quantum Particles In Motion Can Still Travel Backwards

Quantum particles have a unique ability to travel in the opposite direction from their momentum. Or, as slew (Slashdot reader #2,918) puts it, “When pushed, quantum particles can fight back.” slew writes: Who knew quantum particles were passive aggressive? It’s subtle, but researchers “have shown that ‘backflow’ can always occur, even if a force is acting on the quantum particle ... Read More »