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In 2014, Hewlett-Packard announced that it was splitting into two separate companies: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, selling servers and enterprise services, and HP Inc, selling PCs and printers. That split completed last year at the cost of more than 30,000 jobs. In a surprise announcement today, the company is about to embark on a second split: Hewlett Packard Enterprise is spinning off its IT services business. The low-margin outsourced IT services business, which HP got into with its $14 billion acquisition of EDS in 2008, is to be merged with Computer Sciences Corp (CSC) to create a new company currently known only as SpinCo. HPE will own half of the new company, HPE CEO Meg Whitman will be on the new company's board, and HPE and CSC will each nominate half of the board members. CSC's current CEO, Mike Lawrie, will become CEO of the new company. HPE says that the deal will save around $1 billion in operating costs. HPE shareholders will own shares in both companies, owning half of the combined company, with their stake valued at around $4.5 billion. They'll also receive a $1.5 billion cash dividend. Additionally, the merger will see some $2.5 billion in debt moved to SpinCo's books. Read 3 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Nasdaq officials have told MassRoots, a sort of “Facebook for pot,” that it can't join the exchange. The Denver-based social network has 775,000 users from the 24 states where marijuana is legal medicinally (including those states where it's also legal recreationally), who use the platform to find like-minded people in their area, learn about nearby dispensaries, and follow pot legalization news. MassRoots has said it meets the criteria for listing on Nasdaq—it has a $40 million market capitalization value and “well over 300 shareholders” through over-the-counter markets, according to CNN Money. MassRoots alleges that the decision to deny the social media platform a place on Nasdaq was due to the fact that marijuana use and cultivation remains a federal crime. “On May 23, 2016, Nasdaq denied MassRoots' application to list on its exchange for being cannabis-related,” the company wrote. “We believe this dangerous precedent could prevent nearly every company in the regulated cannabis industry from listing on a national exchange, making it more difficult for cannabis entrepreneurs to raise capital and slow the progression of cannabis legalization in the United States.” Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Hand design from scan data and 3D modeling. 16 more images in gallery .related-stories { display: none !important; } It all started because Amy Karle wanted to grow her own exoskeleton. But after experimenting with 3D printing bones during an artist residency program through Autodesk's Pier 9 workshop in San Francisco, she set her sights on something a little smaller and more intimate. She decided to grow a human hand. Karle has a lot of experience with human limbs, because she volunteers with a nonprofit group that 3D prints prosthetic arms for children and makes its designs available for free. She also works on medical instruments and told Ars that she's fascinated by objects that go inside the body, as well as how parts of our bodies can live outside us. With her new project "Regenerative Reliquary," currently on display at the Pier 9 space in San Francisco, she has brought all her obsessions together to create an actual hand grown from human stem cells on a 3D printed trellis. Working with bioscientist Chris Venter in Pier 9's Bio/Nano Lab and Autodesk materials scientist John Vericella, Karle designed a bone trellis in CAD based on the dimensions of her own hand. This trellis, which looks like a cross between a skeleton and a piece of jewelry, is made from pegda, a hydrogel used as a cellular growth medium in petri dishes and elsewhere. Its structure is modeled on the trabecular structure of the spongy microlattices within bone that make it flexible. For several weeks, she and her collaborators worked on 3D printing a pegda trellis on the Ember printer that would hold together inside a bioreactor where cells could grow. In the gallery above, you can see the hand inside a bioreactor, as well as what the trellis looks like under magnification. Next, she needed a cell line to grow on the trellis. Karle told Ars that she'd hoped at first to harvest her own stem cells or to use cancer cells from a mouse. But both of those options raised safety issues, so she and the scientists settled for using human mesenchymal stem cells, extracted from bone marrow (of course you can order human stem cells online). Currently, Karle is culturing the cells, and the next step in her project will be to grow them on the hand trellis. Once the project is complete, Karle will post instructions on how to build your own hand on the DiY site Instructables. Read 1 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Delphi has been testing its 48V mild hybrid system in this Honda Civic turbodiesel. (credit: Delphi) It's clear that we need to make our passenger vehicles a lot more efficient if we want to avoid some of the very worst effects of climate change. And it's also becoming increasingly clear that diesel—which was once looked at in places like Europe as a panacea for this problem—might not be quite so groovy, what with rampant emissions cheating in the auto industry. Delphi, a major vehicle component supplier, thinks it has a real solution to help us with this, in the form of 48V "mild hybrids." Climate change is such a big problem that even Donald Trump (who says he doesn't believe in it, publicly) is spending money to defend his properties from sea level rise. Although passenger vehicle emissions are only part of the carbon emission problem, in the US, Europe, and China regulators are taking the problem seriously, with increasingly strict fuel efficiency targets for all new cars. Here in the US, car makers have until 2025 to double their average fuel economy to 54.5mpg, but things are even tighter abroad. China has set 2020 for its deadline, by which time manufacturer averages have to be down to 117 grams of CO2 per km driven, and the following year the EU requires fleet averages of just 95g/km. And along with those targets come hefty financial penalties for missing them. Several years ago, we took a deep dive into some of the technologies that automakers are looking at to get themselves out of this bind. These features included variable valve timing, small capacity turbocharged engines, gasoline and diesel direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and stop-start functions. But all of those features are being widely deployed across new vehicle fleets, and it's clear that they won't be enough. Of course, there's also the wide world of electrification, like plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery EVs, but adoption of EVs of all stripes remains insufficient to really move the needle—even accounting for Tesla's gigantic Model 3 presales. That's where the 48V mild hybrid comes in. Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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(credit: Cole Marshall) When Charter purchased Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, federal regulators forced the company to agree to some conditions designed to boost competition in the Internet service market. Charter, now the nation's second largest cable company behind Comcast because of the merger, is required to bring broadband of at least 60Mbps to at least 1 million homes and businesses where there's already a provider offering at least 25Mbps. This is known as "overbuilding," something that happens infrequently enough that many Americans have only one choice for high-speed Internet. But when Charter fulfills the overbuilding requirement imposed by the Federal Communications Commission, it'll apparently do so without actually competing against other cable companies. Instead, Charter will enter the territory of phone companies like AT&T or Frontier, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge said. Why is that? Because Charter might want to buy more cable companies later. And the FCC is less likely to approve a merger between two companies competing against each other. Read 9 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Just a couple of 1.56 billion-year-old fossils from southern China. (credit: Maoyan Zhu) The Cambrian “explosion” of life around 540 million years ago is one heck of a story, in which a huge variety of animal body plans first appear in the fossil record. But the harder we look, the more interesting and incredible the Cambrian prequels become. Now, there's a report of organisms big enough to be easily visible yet dating back to more than 1.5 billion years ago. The fuse to the Cambrian bomb was quite long and, at the very least, had some firecrackers tied to it. Single-celled eukaryotes, organisms with a nucleus and other complex internal structures, joined the bacteria and archaea around 1.5 billion years before the Cambrian. About 60 million years before the start of the Cambrian, a considerable batch of complex organisms appeared, although their relationships to Cambrian life are contentious. The history of multi-cellular eukaryotes in between is hard to piece together, as extraordinary luck is needed to preserve evidence of their soft cell bodies for us to find. We have a couple examples of tiny multi-cellular organisms that may have been eukaryotes, but a new discovery from a team led by Shixing Zhu of the China Geological survey adds a big one to the family. The long, flat fossils they found in 1.56 billion-year-old rocks were up to a whopping 30 centimeters long and 8 centimeters wide. Read 5 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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The proposed LCS frigate upgrade design from Austal, based on its Freedom class trimaran LCS hull. 3 more images in gallery .related-stories { display: none !important; } On May 20, the US Navy took delivery of the USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000), the first of a class of destroyers designed to take on the role once served by battleships. As the Navy prepares to commission the $22 billion Zumwalt, the service is accelerating its plans to produce 14 smaller ships—frigates that were ordered to be built by the Pentagon instead of the last set of the Navy's Littoral Combat Ships. The LCS program has experienced a number of glitches over its lifetime—canceled weapons systems, mine-hunting systems that can't pass acceptance tests, failures of gears aboard two ships that left them stranded, and the realization that no one asked for hull corrosion protection on one variant. The biggest problem the LCS faces, however, is that its capabilities that do work match up against a very specific class of adversary: something on the level of 1990s-era Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy patrol boats and suicide speedboats. And with the rise of China's blue-water navy and the growing tensions over claims in the South China Sea, the LCS is facing missions where the threat will be beyond its current capabilities. Read 9 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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(credit: Scott Beale) While brevity is oft considered the soul of wit, Twitter has finally come through on the rumored character limit increase. On Tuesday, Twitter formally announced that @-replies and media attachments (you know, those GIFs that the kids are crazy about these days) will no longer count against the 140-character limit. The San Francisco company also announced that users will soon be able to retweet and quote their own tweets. Links aside from those to other tweets will still count against the character limit, however. “We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed,” Todd Sherman, a senior product manager, wrote in the blog post. Read 1 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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(credit: frankieleon) Kelly Hoggan. (credit: TSA) Kelly Hoggan, the embattled head of security for the Transportation Security Administration, has been stripped of his duties, the House Oversight Committee announced Monday evening. The move comes nearly two weeks after a contentious committee hearing and as lawmakers learned that Hoggan had received $90,000 in bonuses despite security snafus and long lines at US airports. TSA administrator Peter Neffenger said, "These adjustments will enable more focused leadership and screening operations at critical airports in the national transportation system." As passengers have been confronted by massive security lines at US airports, lawmakers found Hoggan had been awarded the bonus despite a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report highlighting “pitiful” security operations. The bonus was paid out in roughly $10,000 increments, prompting accusations of “smurfing.” Read 3 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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The City of Mesa is upset that Whittaker is using its three-tiered logo. (credit: Jeremy Whittaker for Mesa) A well-known First Amendment lawyer has formally responded on behalf of a city council candidate in Mesa, Arizona, who is accused of abusing the city’s trademarked logo in his campaign literature. In his Monday response letter, lawyer Paul Alan Levy informs the City of Mesa’s lawyer that “not every use of a trademark constitutes infringement, and the First Amendment protects Whittaker’s use of these logos for purposes of noncommercial political expression.” Levy represents political hopeful Jeremy Whittaker. The dispute represents yet another seemingly overzealous attempt at restricting speech using intellectual property laws. Levy has proven successful at halting such cases: earlier this year he defended an anonymous YouTube user whose identity was attempted to be revealed by the rogue Georgia dentist who was the subject of this user’s video. Read 5 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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(credit: Mike Mozart) AT&T's home Internet data caps got an overhaul yesterday when the company implemented a recently announced plan to strictly enforce the caps and collect overage fees from more customers. Customers stuck on AT&T's older DSL architecture will be facing lower caps and potentially higher overage fees than customers with more modern Internet service. AT&T put a positive spin on the changes when it announced them in March, saying that it was increasing the monthly data limits imposed on most home Internet customers. This was technically true as AT&T already had caps for most Internet users. But previously, the caps were only enforced in DSL areas, so the limits had no financial impact on most customers. Now, a huge swath of AT&T customers have effectively gone from unlimited plans to ones that are capped, with an extra $10 charge for each additional 50GB of data provided per month. The only customers who aren't getting an increase in their monthly data allowance are the ones who have been dealing with caps the past few years, according to AT&T's data usage website: Read 7 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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(credit: Getty Images) Google’s Paris offices have been raided by hundreds of French investigators—the search giant is suspected of avoiding tax in the country to the tune of €1.6 billion (~$1.78 billion, £1.22 billion). The French financial prosecutor’s office (Le parquet national financier, PNF) which carried out the raid in the early hours of Tuesday morning, confirmed that the searches were the result of a preliminary investigation opened in June last year into possible “aggravated tax fraud and organised money laundering.” Google’s European headquarters are based in Ireland, which boasts a tiny 12.5 percent corporation tax—the lowest in the European Union. Read 5 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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As one of the world's biggest electronics manufacturers, Samsung is an important partner if you're trying to get traction for a nascent operating system. When it comes to smartwatches, Google will have to make do without the Korean juggernaut—Samsung says it's done with Android Wear. After a chat with Samsung executives, a report from Fast Company says that "no more Samsung Android Wear devices are in development or being planned." Samsung apparently sees its in-house operating system, Tizen, as the wearable future. The report says that Samsung executives are going with Tizen because it's "far more battery-efficient than Android Wear" and "the standard OS on other Samsung products from TVs to refrigerators." Samsung has given Android Wear a single try: the square "Galaxy Gear Live" smartwatch, which was one of the first Android Wear devices. For Tizen, the company has released the Gear S2, the Gear S, the Gear 2, and the Galaxy Gear. Android Wear recently launched a developer preview of version 2.0, which features an all-new design, new text input options, and more standalone functionality for watches with LTE modems. Read 1 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Artist's conception of the mysterious "MH" portable. Or a hacked-together portable N64. One of those. A new report out of Japan could be the first indication of a new handheld console in the pipeline for Nintendo, with the codename "MH." But despite some breathless reports on the news, there is reason for skepticism. The rumor mill got churning this time thanks to off-handed mention in a report from the business analysts at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley (published in Japanese here and here). A couple of translations of that report predict that future economic growth for Nintendo through the 2020 fiscal year will be driven by "the next generation game console NX and next generation portable game console MH (Tentative title) [or (temporary name), depending on the translation]." The translated wording certainly seems certain enough, and the specificity of the codename suggests an actual product in the works at Nintendo rather than mere speculation. Still, it's pretty odd that the first public mention of a major new hardware initiative at Nintendo would come in an aside in a business analyst's note rather than from Nintendo itself. Read 7 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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A proposed helicopter could triple the distances that Mars rovers can drive in a Martian day. (credit: NASA) Imagine a tissue-box sized device, with blades a few feet long, whirring to life after charging for a full Sol on Mars. It then flies ahead of a rover to search for hazards and targets of interest. Deeper in the solar system, on Europa, a large spacecraft lands near a fissure and drops small probes into the ocean far below. Beyond the Moon, a telescope with a specially fitted shade images an Earth-like exoplanet for the first time, possibly finding chemical markers of life. Finally, in a few decades, powered by hitherto undreamed-of propulsion, a spacecraft takes off for Alpha Centauri at a significant fraction of the speed of light. It all sounds like science fiction, but a new budget for NASA proposed by the US House of Representatives includes seed money for all of these initiatives, some of which are receiving funding for the first time. The budget must still be reconciled with that of the Senate, but the House and Senate committees have worked well in the past to finalize NASA’s funding. Most of these concepts should therefore survive. Ars caught up with the author of this budget Monday evening, John Culberson, a Texas Republican who represents one of the most conservative districts in the conservative state of Texas. He’s a proud member of the Tea Party and would like nothing more than to tear up Obamacare. But Culberson is also a science geek through and through, and while he’d like to cut the federal budget, he’d just as soon plough those savings into NASA to fuel new innovations. Read 14 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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(credit: Pebble) As the wearable space becomes increasingly crowded, Pebble is holding strong amid stiff competition. Companies like Fitbit and Garmin are trying to turn fitness trackers into all-purpose smartwatches, but Pebble's CEO Eric Migicovsky is making sure that Pebble does "a couple things really really well." That's the premise behind Pebble's newest and most unique device, the Pebble Core smart running module. It's a tiny computer that tracks running and can sync with your Spotify account so you really don't have to take your phone with you on a workout anymore. Run free The Core is Pebble's first non-smartwatch product. It's a small square with rounded edges and two circular indents on its front. The larger is the main button for starting and stopping tracking, and the smaller one in the corner, in true Pebble fashion, can be hacked to perform a number of features. You could program it to send an emergency text to someone when you leave your phone at home, call an Uber when you find yourself in a pinch, or a number of other things. On the top side of the core is a hold slider and a headphone jack, and the device is Bluetooth ready so you can connect wired or wireless headphones to it. Aside from Bluetooth, the Core is Wi-Fi ready, and it has a 3G modem, 4GB of storage, and a GPS to map runs. Migicovsky describes it as a "tiny computer running Android 5.0," so it could end up being much more than a clip-on running monitor. Migicovsky went so far as to say that you might be able to use the Core's smaller button to open your garage door or even find your keys if you leave the device attached to a key ring. Pebble's history of making its devices open to the developer community makes a device like the Core quite appealing since its small size lets it take on many functions depending on the features people develop for it. Read 10 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Abigail Bassett This is the McLaren 570S—the "baby" of the range, if you can describe a 562hp supercar in those terms. 7 more images in gallery .related-stories { display: none !important; } I sent my mom a photo of the grey, alien-looking sports car hunkered low in my driveway. "What is THAT?" She typed back. "McLaren 570S," I thumbed at the screen, followed by an elaborate string of emoticons Read 13 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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You'll need a little bit more of this. (credit: Pete) Windows Vista was a shock to many Windows users, as its hardware requirements represented a steep upgrade over those required to run Windows XP: most 32-bit versions required a 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, DirectX 9 graphics, and 40 GB of mass storage with 15GB free. But those 2006-era requirements looked much less steep once Windows 7 rolled out in 2009: it required almost the same system specs, but now 16GB of available disk space instead of 15. Windows 8 again stuck with the same specs and, at its release, so did Windows 10. But the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (referred to in documentation as version 1607, so it ought to ship in July) changes that, with the first meaningful change in the Windows system requirements in almost a decade. The RAM requirement is going up, with 2GB the new floor for 32-bit installations. This happens to bring the system in line with the 64-bit requirements, which has called for 2GB since Windows 7. The changed requirements were first spotted by Nokia Power User and WinBeta. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Ars Technica plays Overwatch, starting at 7:30 p.m. EDT Monday, May 23 (12:30am BST) After an extensive beta period, Blizzard's first foray into first-person combat, the new team-based shooter Overwatch, finally launches on Monday, May 23. The game's final version didn't get a preview period for press, but our time with the game's beta has left us convinced that we're in for a pretty quality shooting game—and quite possibly the best entry in the "hero shooter" genre. While Ars staffers and contributors have logged significant time in the beta, we're not ready to turn in our "review" call just yet, especially with a game so reliant on online play. Thus, we're going to whet your appetite with a live stream of Ars' dive into the game's first few hours of retail existence. The game goes live at 7pm EDT, and while all of Ars' eager gamers are pre-installed and ready to rock on our gaming PCs, we're going to give the game's servers a little while to breathe before soft-launching our livestream at 7:30pm EDT today (and "officially" starting at 8pm, or 1am if you're in the UK). Click the above YouTube Gaming video box, or this link, to tune in. The feed will star yours truly on both webcam and gameplay feed, but Ars' Kyle Orland, Steven Strom, and Peter Bright will be on board as both voice chatters and party members. We'll do our best to respond to questions in both the YouTube Gaming chat scroll and on the Ars comments thread. Expect the live feed to last until roughly 9:30pm EDT tonight. Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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(credit: Val Altounian / Science Translational Medicine (2016)]) In some situations, antibiotics are lifesavers. In others, however, they do more harm than good. For instance, when antibiotics are used too much or for the wrong illnesses, the drugs only end up killing helpful microbes and spawning drug-resistant superbugs. To figure out the proper times to use antibiotics, doctors need to carefully weigh the risks and benefits of each situation. But, sadly, that calculation is extremely tricky—if not impossible—because scientists still aren’t sure what all of the risks are. With two new studies, researchers added to the tally. In general, both studies found that when antibiotics kill off microbes in the gut, the immune system gets thrown out of balance and can cause unexpected health problems. In one of the studies, certain types of antibiotics appeared to spur an inflammatory condition in humans that can sabotage life-saving transplants. In the second study, a long course of antibiotics seemed to stymy the birth of brain cells in adult mice, which led to memory problems. While the studies focus on disparate treatment situations, the studies both serve to highlight the unexpected risks of blasting the body’s complex microbial communities—and how careful doctors should be when using weapons of mass microbial destruction, such as antibiotics. Read 10 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Editor’s Note: We won’t have access to the final release version of Overwatch before the rest of the world, but Game Director Jeff Kaplan described the Overwatch open beta earlier this month as "what will go live at launch" on the Blizzard forums. Here are some early thoughts based on that limited test before the game officially launches tonight. With Overwatch, Blizzard looks poised to continue its game plan of taking years-old concepts and making them as clean, colorful, easily accessible, and generally perfected as possible. Unlike World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm, however, this feels less like the obvious conclusion to a well-worn genre. Instead, Overwatch feels like a leap into an alternate future, where Team Fortress 2's even-keeled, class-based competition won out over Call of Duty 4's determined, gun-based progression. Overwatch is the game we should only have gotten after a decade of iteration and improvement to that TF2 formula, cemented with a Blizzard budget. Read 17 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Enlarge (credit: FBI) FBI officials are warning private industry partners to be on the lookout for highly stealthy keystroke loggers that surreptitiously sniff passwords and other input typed into wireless keyboards. The FBI's Private Industry Notification is dated April 29, more than 15 months after whitehat hacker Samy Kamkar released a KeySweeper, a proof-of-concept attack platform that covertly logged and decrypted keystrokes from many Microsoft-branded wireless keyboards and transmitted the data over cellular networks. To lower the chances the sniffing device might be discovered by a target, Kamkar designed it to look almost identical to USB phone chargers that are nearly ubiquitous in homes and offices. "If placed strategically in an office or other location where individuals might use wireless devices, a malicious cyber actor could potentially harvest personally identifiable information, intellectual property, trade secrets, passwords, or other sensitive information," FBI officials wrote in last month's advisory. "Since the data is intercepted prior to reaching the CPU, security managers may not have insight into how sensitive information is being stolen." Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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5,000 years ago on a terraced slope above the Chan River in Shaanxi Province, China, some enterprising villagers built two sophisticated beer brewing kits. Part of the Mijiaya site, once the location of a thriving civilization, both kits were housed in pits sunk 2 to 3 meters into the ground, lined with rock, and accessed by stairs. One is fitted with a small shelf, and both have ceramic ovens for brewing in wide-mouthed pots that once held boiled barley. Archaeologists found other telltale beer-brewing tools (all covered in an ancient yellow residue), including funnels for filtration and amphorae, or cocoon-shaped containers, for fermentation. After careful analysis of plant and chemical remains on the inside of these storage containers, the scientists reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they had a pretty good idea of what kinds of ingredients went into this ancient beer. Illustrations of the beer brewing pit and the 5,000-year-old components of the kit discovered at the Mijiaya site in Shaanxi Province, China. (credit: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) Most of these ingredients will sound familiar to beer lovers. The scientists found traces of broomcorn millet, barley, Triticeae (wheat), and Job’s tears (a grain plant often called Chinese pearl barley, though it is not actually barley), plus small amounts of snake gourd root and lily (both are tubers often used in Chinese medicine), as well as yam. It's possible that the yam was added to enhance what was probably already a slightly sweet brew due to the barley. What impressed the archaeologists was that people living 5,000 years ago during the Neolithic Yangshao period had already mastered a pretty sophisticated system for brewing, including temperature regulation. This finding pre-dates by thousands of years the earliest writing about fermenting beer, which comes from Shang Dynasty manuscripts circa 1240-1046 BCE. In their article, the researchers write that all the evidence they examined indicates that "the Yangshao people brewed a mixed beer with specialized tools and knowledge of temperature control. Our data show that the Yangshao people developed a complicated fermentation method by malting and mashing different starchy plants." This discovery may also shed light on a longstanding mystery about how barley came to Eastern China from Western Eurasia. By the time of the Han Dynasty, roughly 200 BCE, barley was already a popular crop. But what would have motivated early farmers to bring this grain all the way across the Central Plains? Apparently, it was for partying, not for eating. Write the archaeologists: Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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(credit: Gage Skidmore) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn’t had to answer many questions about his position on climate change yet. But in a handful of colorful tweets over the last few years, Trump has made it clear that he rejects the conclusions of climate science, opting for descriptors like “hoax” and “bullshit.” However, that belief is apparently not always reflected in the management of coastal property owned by Trump. A story in Politico reports that the permit request to build a seawall along a golf course and resort in Ireland, which Trump purchased in 2014, cites sea level rise as part of the reason for its construction. Coastal erosion is eating away at the property, and Trump is seeking to armor the beach with rock. The environmental impact statement prepared for the prospective project explains, “If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct, however, it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates not just in Doughmore Bay but around much of the coastline of Ireland.” Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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This aerial view of Monterey Bay from the south was created by combining computer-generated topographic and bathymetric data. Vertical relief has been exaggerated to better show the Monterey Canyon and mountains on either side of the bay. (credit: Monterey Bay Acquarium Research Institute) Prosecutors have dropped their lawsuit against a California fisherman who they alleged took a government-owned scientific buoy "hostage" after it nearly struck his fishing vessel earlier this year in Monterey Bay. Daniel Sherer, the fisherman, had kept the buoy in his possession for at least 10 weeks after the January 15 incident where it came loose and nearly struck his vessel. He demanded that the United States Geological Survey compensate him. According to Courthouse News Service, the buoy has been returned to authorities, but it is not clear when or how the handover took place. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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