Friday Morning Report

By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend

Microsoft wants to put data centers at the bottom of the sea

The first prototype, Leona Philpot, was trialled in the Pacific Ocean.

Microsoft is on a mission to put its server farms at the bottom of the ocean. That might sound self-destructive, but there's method in the madness -- such an approach, the company believes, could make data centers faster, greener …

Oceans

Project Skybender: Google's secretive 5G internet drone tests revealed

Google is testing solar-powered drones at Spaceport America in New Mexico to explore ways to deliver high-speed internet from the air, the Guardian has learned.

In a secretive project codenamed SkyBender, the technology giant built several prototype transceivers at the isolated spaceport last …

Google

'Astro Pi' and Tim Peake run UK kids' code in space

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has experienced a lot of highs recently, including a complete sell-out of its smallest-ever machine, the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero.

Now it's gone higher than ever: 250 vertical miles into orbit.

Commander Tim Peake, Britain's first official visitor to the International Space …

UK News

You Don’t Need a DevOps Team

DevOps is a new term emerging from the collision of two major related trends. The first was also called “agile system administration” or “agile …

Twitter deletes 125,000 Isis accounts and expands anti-terror teams

Twitter has deleted more than 125,000 accounts linked to terrorists since mid-2015, the company announced, offering some of the most detailed insight yet of how Silicon Valley is collaborating with western governments in its fight against Islamic State.

The social media company is relying on a mix …

Terrorism

You Might Be Too Old to Start a Business If You’re Doing Any of These 5 Things

At some point, you can't do the $0-$1m revenue phase again.

Is over 50 too old to be an entrepreneur? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Jason M. Lemkin, Partner @ Storm Ventures, on Quora:

I …

Startups

Smallest-ever optical switch revolves around one atom

It's actually smaller than the light beam it needs to work.

We've seen some ridiculously tiny electronics in our day, but this might take the cake. Swiss researchers have built an optical networking switch so small that it's measured on the atomic scale -- in fact, it's smaller than the wavelength …

Transistors

Apple Health isn’t private. It’s painful.

In October 2015 (3 months ago) I started working on integrating Apple Health with Exist for iOS. Lots of Exist users (or potential users) don’t have …

Apple News

Why Finding Gravitational Waves Would Be Such a Big Deal

This morning, the Internet erupted with rumors that physicists have finally observed gravitational waves; ripples in the fabric of spacetime …

Gravitational Waves

23 Warships That Are Changing The Future Of Warfare

War is changing and governments around the world are changing how they fight. As technology moves forward so does modern warfare. Here are the top 23 …

Royal Marines

Incredible DeLorean Customizations That Would Make 'Doc Brown' Jealous - Page 2 of 2

The 3M Gold Digger

US mega-corp 3M made the “Gold Digger” by taking gold vinyl and wrapping it over an original DMC-12, being careful to maintain the …

New York City

Mysterious Islamic Tribe Where Women Have Sex With Different Men, Don't Wear A Veil And Own Property

Behind the ancient way of life for the Tuareg tribe of the Sahara is a culture so progressive it would even make some in liberal western cultures …

Religion

10 Vestigial Traits You Didn't Know You Had

Humans have an amazing knack for clinging to the past. We all have traits or behaviors that suited our ancestors just fine, but no longer make any …

Cool Stuff

Scientists may have accidentally found the cure for cancer

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Scientists researching for a vaccine against malaria in pregnant women may have accidentally discovered an effective weapon …

Medicine

Twitter takes its #HelloWorld campaign on the road to win over developers

In an effort to show developers that their work matters to Twitter, the company has announced it will be traveling to nine cities around the world starting in February. This event is part of chief executive Jack Dorsey’s #HelloWorld campaign to demonstrate that the company is listening to …

Twitter

Strong Evidence Suggests a Super Earth Lies beyond Pluto

Astronomers have found compelling hints of a huge, unseen world that may reside in the murky reaches of the Kuiper Belt

Earth Science

This Guy Makes Millions Playing Video Games on YouTube

What?!

The YouTube personality with the most subscribers isn’t Justin Bieber (8 million) or Rihanna (12.5 million). That honor goes to a 24-year-old Swede named Felix Kjellberg, better known by his YouTube handle, PewDiePie.

PewDiePie doesn’t sing or dance, no. PewDiePie has made his name—and a …

YouTube

In The 1950s, Women Were Expected To Do THIS For Their Husbands. This Is Crazy!

The two most dangerous numbers in the universe are threatening the end of physics

'For the first time in the history of science, we could be facing questions that we cannot answer'

Astronomy

Mysterious Planet X Could Be the Ninth Planet In Our Solar System

There could be a new ninth planet floating beyond the dark edges of our solar system, according to new research published in The Astronomical Journal

Astronomy

Supersized Earthworms Discovered Living On Scottish Island

Plants and Animals Photo credit: Dr Kevin ButtEcologists have stumbled across some rather special worms on the remote Isle of Rum, just off the coast …

Scotland

The Foam Fins Covering This Wetsuit Let You Body Surf Without a Board

The next time you’re driving along the coast and admiring the waves, don’t feel bad about not packing a surfboard. The WaveWrecker wetsuit can be …

Wetsuits

Historical Events You Won't Believe Happened At The Same Time

Everything Your High School History Teacher Ever Told You Is A Lie

Okay, maybe not EVERYTHING. But chances are you were probably sleeping through …

Aztecs

Apocalypse Now? A Short Guide To Family Disaster Planning

While the Doomsday Preppers ready themselves for Judgment Day or the forthcoming zombie apocalypse, your family is more likely to be involved in …

Natural Disasters

10 Ridiculously Simple Things This Security Expert Does To Protect His Home

If somebody is trying to open your sliding glass door in the middle of the night, chances are they're ...

Security

Amidst drop in oil prices, U.S. Navy deploys 'Great Green Fleet'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will formally deploy its so-called "Great Green Fleet" on Wednesday, sending warships to sea on biofuels even though oil prices have dropped 70 percent since congressional Republicans first criticized the high cost of alternative fuels.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus …

Energy

Wind power supplied 97% of electricity needs of Scottish households in 2015

2015 was an insanely good year for Scottish renewables. Now experts are calling for even bigger ambitions.

Electricity

Bitcoin Exchange Kraken Acquires Coinsetter To Expand To The U.S.

According to Bitcoinity, Kraken is the largest EUR bitcoin exchange in the world with Bit-x and Gatecoin not far behind. But Kraken has one weakness — there isn’t much volume when it comes to other currencies. The company is trying to fix that by acquiring Coinsetter to expand to the U.S. and …

Bitcoin

MIT engineers create glove that mitigates hand tremors from Parkinson’s

A med student who refused to take no for an answer has designed a prototype stabilizing glove for Parkinson's patients that can reduce hand tremors …

Engineering