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Orbital survival simulator ‘Adr1ft’ floats to Vive in May

Folks who (digitally) lined up to buy the HTC Vive have another game to add to their wishlist: Adr1ft. Publisher 505 Games announced today that the game inspired by its creator's Twitter freakout will hit HTC and Valve's room-scale VR platform this M…

Reddit removes “warrant canary” from its latest transparency report

(credit: Cyrus Farivar)

Reddit has removed the warrant canary posted on its website, suggesting that the company may have been served with some sort of secret court order or document for user information.

At the bottom of its 2014 transparency report, the company wrote: “As of January 29, 2015, reddit has never received a National Security Letter, an order under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or any other classified request for user information. If we ever receive such a request, we would seek to let the public know it existed.”

That language was conspicuously missing from the 2015 transparency report that was published Thursday morning. (Disclaimer: Ars and Reddit are owned by the same parent company, Advance Publications.)

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POTUS advisors vote for Superbug Czar but go soft on farm antibiotic use

Hospital-Associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Bacteria (credit: NIAID)

WASHINGTON—The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that trek between farms and clinics and across international boarders is unquestionably one of the most serious public health threats of our time. They currently sicken around two million people in the US each year, killing at least 23,000. To tackle the issue, the Obama Administration last year released a National Action Plan and established a panel of diverse experts to research and guide the government’s efforts to squash those deadly superbugs.

That 15-person panel, called the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria or PACCARB, convened this week in Washington, DC to discuss and vote on its first progress report and key recommendations, which now head to the president’s desk. Thursday, the council unanimously voted for six recommendations, which spanned calls for funding and collaboration. But chief among them is the call for the president to establish a White House-level leader that could coordinate all of the government agencies’ efforts to fight drug resistance.

Such a leader would be critical, several panel members as well as panel chair Martin Blaser, told Ars. Currently, efforts to fight off drug resistant germs are scattered among several agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Defense, and several others—all of which have different priorities and budgets. The piece-meal approaches even made it difficult for the panel to assess what government agencies were up to and how they overlapped.

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Forget Tolkien, the scientific tale of real-life “hobbits” is even more complex

Forget what J.R.R. Tolkien taught you about hobbits for a moment. In real life, Homo floresiensis, affectionately dubbed “the hobbit,” is a diminutive hominin species defined by skeletons discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2004. Since then, its status and identity have been the subject of much speculation, mystery, and controversy. That’s partly because the hobbits were thought to have lived startlingly recently—just 12,000 years ago.

The idea of another hominin species living as recently as 12 kya (12 thousand years ago) had been both exciting and incredibly confusing. “We know that modern humans had got to Australia … probably by 50 kya,” Richard Roberts, one of the researchers involved in the work, told Ars. Modern humans had passed through Southeast Asia on their way there, which means that they must have existed alongside any species living in their path at the time. Flores is not too far off that path.

In fact, many originally argued that the Flores skeletons were those of modern humans. Rather than a new species, some researchers suggested a variety of ailments that could create skeletons with a similar set of features to those of the hobbits. This would have cleared up another mystery—where modern humans go, related species go extinct. “We could never work out how you could have hobbits surviving so long after modern humans had [arrived],” says Roberts.

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Get Mustard Stains Out of White Clothes With Dish Soap and Sunlight

Mustard goes great on a hot dog, but not so much on your white shirt. Here’s a super simple method for removing mustard and other yellow stains from your white clothes.

This video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel shares several tips for keeping your whites as pristine as possible. If you get a mustard stain on your nice white shirt or some other item of clothing, use some dish soap and warm water to work as much of the stain out as you can. Then take the clothing item and lay it out in the sunlight to let it bleach. After a while the spot should be gone and your white clothes will be back to looking brand new.

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Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Keep White Clothes White | YouTube

Get Mustard Stains Out of White Clothes With Dish Soap and Sunlight

Mustard goes great on a hot dog, but not so much on your white shirt. Here’s a super simple method for removing mustard and other yellow stains from your white clothes.

This video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel shares several tips for keeping your whites as pristine as possible. If you get a mustard stain on your nice white shirt or some other item of clothing, use some dish soap and warm water to work as much of the stain out as you can. Then take the clothing item and lay it out in the sunlight to let it bleach. After a while the spot should be gone and your white clothes will be back to looking brand new.

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Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Keep White Clothes White | YouTube

Get Mustard Stains Out of White Clothes With Dish Soap and Sunlight

Mustard goes great on a hot dog, but not so much on your white shirt. Here’s a super simple method for removing mustard and other yellow stains from your white clothes.

This video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel shares several tips for keeping your whites as pristine as possible. If you get a mustard stain on your nice white shirt or some other item of clothing, use some dish soap and warm water to work as much of the stain out as you can. Then take the clothing item and lay it out in the sunlight to let it bleach. After a while the spot should be gone and your white clothes will be back to looking brand new.

http://lifehacker.com/find-the-solut…

Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Keep White Clothes White | YouTube

Get Mustard Stains Out of White Clothes With Dish Soap and Sunlight

Mustard goes great on a hot dog, but not so much on your white shirt. Here’s a super simple method for removing mustard and other yellow stains from your white clothes.

This video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel shares several tips for keeping your whites as pristine as possible. If you get a mustard stain on your nice white shirt or some other item of clothing, use some dish soap and warm water to work as much of the stain out as you can. Then take the clothing item and lay it out in the sunlight to let it bleach. After a while the spot should be gone and your white clothes will be back to looking brand new.

http://lifehacker.com/find-the-solut…

Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Keep White Clothes White | YouTube

Get Mustard Stains Out of White Clothes With Dish Soap and Sunlight

Mustard goes great on a hot dog, but not so much on your white shirt. Here’s a super simple method for removing mustard and other yellow stains from your white clothes.

This video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel shares several tips for keeping your whites as pristine as possible. If you get a mustard stain on your nice white shirt or some other item of clothing, use some dish soap and warm water to work as much of the stain out as you can. Then take the clothing item and lay it out in the sunlight to let it bleach. After a while the spot should be gone and your white clothes will be back to looking brand new.

http://lifehacker.com/find-the-solut…

Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Keep White Clothes White | YouTube

Get Mustard Stains Out of White Clothes With Dish Soap and Sunlight

Mustard goes great on a hot dog, but not so much on your white shirt. Here’s a super simple method for removing mustard and other yellow stains from your white clothes.

This video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel shares several tips for keeping your whites as pristine as possible. If you get a mustard stain on your nice white shirt or some other item of clothing, use some dish soap and warm water to work as much of the stain out as you can. Then take the clothing item and lay it out in the sunlight to let it bleach. After a while the spot should be gone and your white clothes will be back to looking brand new.

http://lifehacker.com/find-the-solut…

Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Keep White Clothes White | YouTube