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Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone!

El Reg - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 9:47pm
Stanford researchers figure out how icy outer planets make it rain gemstones

Researchers from Stanford have shown how the frigid, high-pressure atmospheres of the planets Uranus and Neptune can create a "rain" of diamonds.…

Science fiction great Brian Aldiss, 92, dies at his Oxford home

El Reg - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 9:20pm
Super SF writers don't last all summer long

Obit  Brian Aldiss OBE, one of the most popular and prolific science fiction writers of his generation, has passed way at his home one day after his 92nd birthday.…

Microsoft Outlines the Upgrade Procedures For Xbox One X

Slashdot - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 9:20pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The easiest way to get all your games to the new system, as outlined by Microsoft Vice President Mike Ybarra, will be to just put them on an external USB hard drive and then plug that drive into the new console. "All your games are ready to play" immediately after this external hard drive move, he said, and user-specific settings can also be copied via external hard drive in the same way. If you don't have an external drive handy, "we're going to let you copy games and apps off your home network instead of having to manually move them or redownload them off the Internet," Ybarra said. It's unclear right now if Microsoft will mirror the PS4 Pro and allow this kind of system-to-system transfer using an Ethernet cable plugged directly into both consoles. For those who want to see as many pixels as possible as quickly as possible when they get their Xbox One X, Ybarra says you'll be able to download 4K updates for supported games before the Xbox One X is even available, then use those updates immediately after the system transfer. Microsoft also released a list of 118 current and upcoming games that will be optimized for the Xbox One X via updates, a big increase from the few dozens announced back at E3.

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AI leaders again seek limits on killer robots

El Reg - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 8:23pm
No LAWS for us, please

Leading roboticists and computer science researchers have again asked the United Nations to save us all from lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS).…